It seems that one of my readers was highly offended by my last journal entry about gifting. I can only imagine that they looked at the pictures of all the outrageously extravagant gifts and did not bother to read the words which were very obviouly facetious .
Those of you who did read through and past the photographs hopefully could tell that it was written tongue in cheek. My intention was not to overlook the true spirit of the season, nor to make anyone dealing with difficulties in these hard economic times feel badly.
The effects of this depressed economy are far reaching and very few have been left untouched.
After 27 years in the business of manufacturing fine hand crafted furniture made in America- my husband and I have had to make the painful decision to roll up our Summer Hill tent . This has involved letting people go, who over the years have become tight knit members of our Summer Hill family. This has been the most difficult time in our lives.
|The Summer Hill Barn|
Original oil painting by Susan Watson
We tended the fragile sapling, watched it take root and grow
into a successful and accomplished company.
Our objective was to create bench made furniture of lasting quality and fine design.
We employed American workers on American soil.
faced with foreign competition.
|The original Summer Hill Fabric Collection|
still remains a popular staple
|The Bar Harbor was the first chair in The Collection|
|The Arno Chair|
|The Adams Bed|
Even the shelter magazines began dwindling down to a mere handful.
Thank heavens there are still those of you who are highly tuned in to the design world, love design, and seek out quality and originality when furnishing your homes. You are not satisfied with purchasing from a catalog of 'sameness' just because the photography looks pretty good.
Distinguished interior decorators and architects will always be available to help guide you through this priviledged process and maybe my journal will provide a few inspirations as well.
Summer Hill has come to a cross roads.
We have been priviledged to work with a wonderful team on the Summer Hill Staff in our corporate showrooms, our corporate offices and our workroom. We have made good friends among our representative showrooms across the country, as well as our multi-talented suppliers, and it has been our pleasure to be a part of making a house a home for all our many loyal customers.
I look forward to what lies ahead as I relaunch my former career as an interior and architectural designer. It's where I first began designing the products that became the Summer Hill Collection .
It seems that I have come full circle...
I wish you a new year of peace and prosperity.
Rela Gleason Design