<![CDATA[I N S P I R A T I O N - HOME]]>Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:33:17 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[PARLOURS {Insider Inspiration}]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:00:00 GMThttp://inspirems.co/home/parlours-insider-inspiration
When she couldn’t find the lounge furniture she had in mind for her wedding day, Mary Fran Mason knew she had to do something about that.  “Planning the wedding, we couldn’t find the lounge furniture we had envisioned in our minds. That’s when, PARLOURS was created!  Why not purchase the furniture we wanted and start an online company to provide the ‘perfect solution for every type of rental need,’” says Mary Fran.  Her dilemma has blossomed into a booming business and PARLOURS is ready to provide customers with the perfect solution for every type of rental need from weddings, corporate events, parties, and even stage a home for sale.

Mary Fran Mason, the daughter that is part of the dynamic mother/daughter team, shares more with us about PARLOURS!

What is PARLOURS and when did you open?
“Whether you’re a bride with a wedding in need of beautiful décor, a business looking to jazz up an event space, or a realtor in search of the perfect staging to sell a home, PARLOURS Rentals is the go-to source for furniture and decor rental and staging.  Our online presence began in January of 2017.”

Tell us about your background and your mom’s background.  Have you always been interested in retail/owning your own business?
“We are a mother/daughter duo…Christi, has specialized in commercial real estate sales, leasing, and property management since 1990.  I graduated from Mississippi State University with degrees in fashion merchandising, business & marketing and ended up becoming a Sales Rep and became engaged!  We both have always worked in the fashion side of retail but we always have envisioned owning our own store one day just have never gotten around to it until my wedding in October.  It came to life when we realized the need for rental furniture for weddings, events, as well as home staging.”

What does PARLOURS offer to their clients/customers?
“PARLOURS is a marketing tool that helps turn your event planning and or listing into a ‘product’ that completes & outshines the other comparable ‘products’ on the market.  It appeals to the greatest number of event planners and or listing agents. PARLOURS has a competitive edge for our market, it’s a win-win for you and your client.”

Describe your style in one sentence or less.
“Our style is classic and elegant; yet timely and refreshing.”

What sets PARLOURS apart from other stores that do similar business?
“Again; PARLOURS has a competitive edge, we focus on small details as well as go over and beyond to make sure our clients are satisfied…when staging a home, we add fresh flowers, candles, lemon water in our beautiful antiqued gold dispenser, we look at the over picture!  AS for weddings, we stay competitive with other rental companies…we want to ensure we can give our brides the best experience!  We are grateful for the event planners and realtors that support us so that PARLOURS will continue to raise the bar on our wedding events and staging!”

Are there any memorable experiences you have had since you opened you might want to share with our readers?
“We have definitely had a couple of memorable experiences with a wedding as well as staging a home.  A wedding at Providence Hill Farm was magical!  Anyone could vision the months of preparation in planning a special day for the bride.  It was nice to sit back and watch as the guests arrived and as they were gazing around they were making comments in amazement of how PARLOURS turned the barn into such an elegant fairytale.  Home staging…WOW so many funny experiences!  My brother (and Christi’s son), Forest, helps us pack up when homes have sold, move furniture, etc.  We had asked him to carry a HUGE Parisian rug into a Reunion home we had staged upstairs.  He had gotten all the way up the stairs and after lots of laughter and Forest not being too happy with us, we had changed our minds and it needed to come back downstairs.  He was not happy with us, but it was a hilarious sight to see. I don’t think he will be carrying anymore rugs for us anytime soon.”

Any advice you would like to offer to our readers about staging or renting furniture?
“Some good advice for a Seller or Realtor…Investment in staging is always less than the first price reduction.  We hope to storefront retail soon so our clients will be able to view our inventory and introduce a couple of lines we have picked up over the last few months.”

For more information on PARLOURS, click here.  You can also view their work on their Facebook page here and Instagram account here.

{Blog post by Jill Dale}
<![CDATA[Mississippi Book Festival {Event}]]>Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:00:00 GMThttp://inspirems.co/home/mississippi-book-festival-event9571512Mississippi's own Literary Lawn Party is just around the corner! The Mississippi Book Festival has quickly become a favorite event for many people, from book enthusiasts young and old to aspiring young writers. On Saturday, August 19, 2017, thousands of people will descend on the grounds of the State Capital to hear from over 200 regional writers through panel discussions, live interviews, and book signings. For a complete listing of events or for more information on the Mississippi Book Festival, please click here.
<![CDATA[BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar {Insider Inspiration}]]>Mon, 07 Aug 2017 05:00:00 GMThttp://inspirems.co/home/bravo-italian-restaurant-bar-insider-inspiration
A Jackson staple at Highland Village for 23 years, BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar is getting a new look! If you haven’t heard by now (or if you haven’t seen their lighthearted YouTube video), BRAVO! will be closed from Monday, August 28th, 2017 through Monday, September 25th, 2017. Co-Owner, Jeff Good, is excited about the renovation and what’s to come! “We are teaming up with Erik Kegler and Brennan Hovell of EK Home and Katie Browning of CDFL Architects to give BRAVO! a fresh, modern look that will honor and celebrate the BRAVO! everyone loves,” continues Good. “Along with that is a commitment to bring some of our core practices into the 21st century: a new, better functioning website, an online to-go ordering option, and an updated look for the menu.”
Only BRAVO! would celebrate a closing with a party! A wine party that is! On Saturday, August 12th at 6:00 p.m., “The Closer” party will feature rare wines from the BRAVO! cellar selected by long-time sommelier Lesley McHardy, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. To add to the fun of “The Closer” party, guests will have chances to not only bid on a seat at their favorite table at the grand unveiling of the new BRAVO!, but also to participate in an auction for a piece of BRAVO! history; much of the furniture and accessories in BRAVO! “The only way to get a seat- or table- to the unveiling (planned for September 26th) will be to bid on it at The Closer Party,” says Susan Farris, Marketing Manager. “We’ve already had many inquiries from our long-time regulars about how they can reserve their favorite table for the reopening so they can celebrate with us that we came to realize we really had to turn this into a celebration. The energy and the joy is there,” smiles Farris. “And who doesn’t love an excuse for wine at BRAVO!?”
Would you like an opportunity to bring a piece of BRAVO! history home with you? At “The Closer Party,” you can! “We also immediately had questions about what would happen to the furniture. So many people have great memories with family and friends at these tables and under these lights. Or have admired that painting or this mirror. They want to bring that history home with them,” says Farris. “Why not have some fun with it?”
Tickets to “The Closer” are $60 a person or $100 per couple and can be bought on Eventbrite at https://bravo-the-closer.eventbrite.com or at BRAVO!
For more information on BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar, please click here.

<![CDATA[Mississippi Artist Trail {LIFE}]]>Fri, 04 Aug 2017 05:00:00 GMThttp://inspirems.co/home/mississippi-artist-trail-lifeThe arts have always been an important part of Mississippi's rich history. From the visual arts to the performing arts, our state is not lacking in talent. Take a look at the artists that have come from Mississippi! There may be a few you didn't realize have Mississippi roots!
<![CDATA[Elam Roberson: Stand Up Release Party {Event}]]>Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:00:00 GMThttp://inspirems.co/home/elam-roberson-stand-up-release-party-event
Not too long ago, we introduced to Elam Roberson when she released her first song, Your Own Kind of Beautiful. It’s a song about being yourself. “It's about being true to who you are, stand up for others, and follow your dreams," says Elam. Elam is doing just that. She knows that this opportunity gives her a platform and she hopes that through her music, she can encourage other young people and give a voice to others that are struggling to find their way.

As with any artist, her work has meaning and a story. Her newest song was released Friday, July 28, 2017. The song is entitled Stand Up. “Stand Up is about standing up for something you believe in. Whether you are standing up to bullying or standing up for a cause, you are showing kindness and inspiring others,” says Elam. PopFizz in Jackson, MS is hosting a release party today, August 1, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. A percentage of sales will be going to the Campbellbulldog Fund for Childhood Cancer Awareness and Research. “Donating a percentage of sales to the Campbellbulldog Fund was entirely Elam’s idea,” her mother Marley Roberson says. “She wanted to make a difference, to give back, and support a great cause,” she continues.

"The Campbellbulldog Fund for Childhood Cancer Awareness and Research was established to help bring awareness to Childhood Cancer during the month of September, recognized worldwide as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month," says Jill Dale, co-founder of the Campbellbulldog Fund. "The Campbellbulldog Fund partners with the Children’s Cancer Clinic at Batson Hospital for Children to bring awareness about a subject that is hard to fathom, much less talk about which is children fighting for their lives and some even losing their life," Dale continues. "We hope that through raising awareness, money will be raised that will go directly into the Campbellbulldog Fund for research to help find cures for the many different types of pediatric cancer. We are thrilled Elam chose the Campbellbulldog Fund as part of her mission to give back and inspire others through her music."

Come to PopFizz for your chance to meet Elam, shop, and enjoy food and fun to celebrate her newest release!

To read more about Elam, click here. To learn more about the Campbellbulldog Fund, click here. You can download her latest single, Stand Up, on iTunes and follow her on Instagram: @elamroberson, Facebook: @elammusic, and Twitter: @elamroberson

{Blog post by Jill Dale}
<![CDATA[The Highlands at Char {Insider Inspiration}]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:00:00 GMThttp://inspirems.co/home/the-highlands-at-char-insider-inspirationChar Restaurant is excited to announce its newest event space within Char, The Highlands at Char. This private dining and event space will open to the public Tuesday, August 1, 2017 with a ribbon cutting at 4:00 p.m. Light snacks and a Champaign toast will cap off the open house and ribbon cutting from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to come and take a tour of the space and ask questions. “We are so excited about this newest event space,” says Anne Marie Smith, Senior Sales Manager at 4Tops Catering. “It is a gorgeous space with a nice, speak-easy feel to it,” continues Smith.

The newly renovated space contains five rooms of various sizes, each of which has an audio-visual screen and projector. The largest room, the Highlands Room, has two projector screens as well as a flat-screen TV behind the room's bar. Char's new space also features a dedicated bar available for large events.

Char's smallest private dining room, the Jacksonian Room, can seat up to 20 people. The Eastover Room seats up to 38 people, the Northside Room seats up to 60 people, the Lefleur's Bluff room seats up to 108 people, and the Highlands Room seats up to 150 people. Customers can also rent the Highlands Room for cocktail receptions, serving up to 200 people.

The restaurant will offer its full menu for parties of less than 20 guests and a limited menu for groups of 20 or more. The limited menu will include guests' choice of appetizer, salad, entree and dessert options, with optional hors d'oeuvres. Customized menus are also available for groups of any size.

“The Highlands at Char is a great space for your next corporate event, cocktail party, rehearsal dinner or reception,” Smith says. For more information on The Highlands at Char, click here to visit their website or contact Brittney Moses at 601-937-3840.

{Blog post by Jill Dale}
<![CDATA[Inspirational Travel: Oxford]]>Fri, 28 Jul 2017 05:00:00 GMThttp://inspirems.co/home/inspirational-travel-oxfordSchool is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to take that last trip of the summer! Mississippi's most charming town, Oxford, is the perfect retreat! From quaint inns and hotels, to exceptional culinary experiences, it's easy to see why Oxford is quickly becoming a travel destination!
<![CDATA[Easton's Puppy Dog Party {Event}]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 GMThttp://inspirems.co/home/eastons-puppy-dog-party-event
{Name}  Mark and Amber Kaplan    
{Hometown}  Flowood, MS
{Event Site}  The Kaplan Home
{Tell us about the occasion for the event?}
Our son, Easton, turned 2 years old!

{What inspired your event location and theme?}
Easton's love for dogs was the inspiration behind the party!

{What inspired your color scheme/flowers?}
We used fun, preppy boy colors for summer.

{What’s your favorite event detail? Is there a story behind it?}
My favorite piece of the party was probably the “Pose with the Pups” prop area. My son loved being able to “walk” the dogs and it was a unique surprise that guests enjoyed.

{What was your favorite part of the event planning process?}
I love planning and picking the items for parties, but I also love seeing the finished product come together.

{What was your favorite moment of the event day?}
The entire day was so good, it would be hard to pick a favorite moment, but we loved seeing our son’s face light up when he saw the “doggies” and all of the dog related items, and his excitement to show his family and friends how to “walk” the dogs. I feel like the kids’ favorite part was probably the puppy adoption station and the bubble machine.

Photographer: Allison Agent Photography and Design
Venue: The Kaplan Home
Paper Goods: WH Hostess
Rentals: Great Southern Events
<![CDATA[Ice Cream with Friends {Insider Inspiration}]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:00:00 GMThttp://inspirems.co/home/ice-cream-with-friends-insider-inspiration
The month of July is almost over, have you been to Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint to get your Batson Sundae yet? To celebrate National Ice Cream month in July Inspiration Mississippi, Sal & Mookie’s, and Brown Bottling have joined together to benefit Friends of Children’s Hospital. During the entire month of July, 15% of all ‘Batson Sundae’ sales at Sal & Mookie’s will be donated to Friends of Children’s Hospital benefiting Batson Children’s Hospital.

Jeff Good, owner/operator of Sal & Mookie’s, says, “Sal & Mookie’s is a huge part of the Jackson community. Every year, we throw our annual Children’s Carnival during Fondren’s Zippity Doo Dah Weekend, which also benefits Friends of Children’s Hospital. When Kendall with Inspiration Mississippi came to us with this idea to benefit the hospital during National Ice Cream Month, we knew that this would be another perfect way to show our commitment to this community and our kids. We hope that ‘Ice Cream with Friends’ becomes an annual event in the future.”

As part of the fun, Sal & Mookie’s had a few special guests visit to get their Batson Sundae! A group of athletes representing the Mississippi State University football team, the women’s volleyball team, the men’s basketball team, and others were in town to visit children at Batson Children’s Hospital. While they were there, they played games with the kids, visited many hospital rooms, and signed autographs. After spending a fun afternoon at the hospital, they stopped by Sal & Mookie’s for a Batson Sundae.

A big thank you to the Mississippi State Athletic Department for supporting Ice Cream with Friends and always bringing a smile to the faces of the children at Batson Children’s Hospital!

For more information on Friends of Children's Hospital visit here.

{Blog post by Jill Dale}
<![CDATA[SummerHouse Back Door Sale {Event}]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:58:54 GMThttp://inspirems.co/home/summerhouse-backdoor-sale-event
It’s that time of the year again! It’s time for SummerHouse’s Back Door Sale this Friday and Saturday, July 21st and 22nd! “This sale is an annual event that our customers have grown to really love,” smiles Laurel Donahoo with SummerHouse. “It is highly anticipated and people start lining up outside the door for the sale hours before it starts,” continues Donahoo. At the sale you will find incredible deals on so many items! “Some of these items we’ve either had too long, have received slightly damaged, or were ordered in too large a quantity,” says Donahoo.

One item of note says Donahoo is that “the sale is NOT at our storefront”! The sale is being held on Wilson Drive in Ridgeland by Shapley’s Restaurant. She also says, “the earlier you come, the better selection you will have.” The sale is from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

We’ve included a few pictures of some of the items that will be at the sale. You can also search on Instagram for the hashtag #SHBackDoorSale and see pictures of more items for sale.

“This sale is a fun couple of days for us and for our customers,” says Donahoo. “We hope to see a lot of people there shopping for great deals!”

For more information on SummerHouse, please visit their website here.

{Blog post by Jill Dale and a special thank you to SummerHouse for these sneak peak pictures!}