I was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana along with my sister Treasure. You remember, the much older, wiser, more popular one. I have lived in Houston for most of my life now. My husband and I have a wonderful home in the Heights a mile away from my sister. I have a beautiful 10 year old little girl named Abbott and another little girl on the way. I love to travel, especially to places with beautiful architecture and food. Honestly, almost all of my travels revolve around food! I absolutely adore my family and the ocean and hope that one day I will be able to be there full time. Those are the things that make me the most happy...although anything design related is a very close second!
From an early age I can remember always wanting to rearrange my room when it got stale and I needed something fresh. I watched our mom closely as she was constantly decorating/redesigning our houses or those of close friends and family. She has an impeccable eye and has been a my role model ever since.
After a long stint in the beauty industry, I decided I needed a change. A friend introduced me to couple who was looking for the right person to run their antique store so I jumped at the chance! In 2006 I got the job of a lifetime working for the master of design himself, Brian Stringer, and his lovely and also very talented wife, Kathi. It was here I took my first real steps into the design world. Even though I had no prior formal schooling or training Brian and Kathi took me under their wings and showed me the true art of interiors and from there I took off. I learned everything from the history and origin of antiques and textiles all the way down to the back office management and finally showroom staging, under the watchful eye of Kathi, of course. Unfortunately in 2009 Brian and Kathi decided it was time to retire and live the good life. All good things must come to an end they say. Brian passed away in December of 2016. I feel so incredibly grateful knowing that his passion for design and knowledge will always be a big part of me.
From there I went on to work part time at Walter Lee Culp. For those of you who aren't familiar with this company, it is a trade only fabric house that has some of the most beautiful textiles I have ever seen. It was probably the most influential for Abbott Rion Pillows. I collected every swatch I could get my hands on and dreamed of textiles until our launch in 2017.
In 2010 I was offered a wonderful opportunity to get back into the design world and work for Vieux Interiors, where I'm currently still employed. My role as a buyer has given me the opportunity to focus on the things I love. I travel to markets and fairs to find the most unique pieces for our already beautiful showroom. I love being able to hand select the art, furniture, lighting and of course my true love, pillows. When anyone comes to the store looking for pillows they all point to me. They call me the pillow whisperer...thus Abbott Rion Pillows was born!
I'm looking forward to what's ahead and am excited to share this journey with all of you!
xo - Summer
(I'm also a part time smore whisperer btw :))