It was such an honor to be featured in the 4th Issue of the Soulbase Magazine. This issue focused on women in the Design + Art world. To be placed at the same table with so many talented creatives - was a true honor.
Soulbase is both online and in print and makes a beautiful addition to your coffee table. You can find Issue 4: Design and Art Issue here.
A little sneak peak at the interview:
Summer, if you could describe yourself and what you are doing in just a few sentences, what would you say?
I am currently relaunching my brand. Moving from West to East has inspired me to rebrand and reimagine what my small business will look like. I am the founder of Catskills Vintage & Co, a modest online home shop devoted to simplicity, form and function. I hand pour small batch candles, make pottery and concrete home accessories, and curate other maker items to round out my line. I focus on the modest home, where utility and beauty intersect. I want to be accessible and provide affordable design elements for the home. Nothing says cozy like burning an earthy candle on a cold winter's night.
You also lived in Mexico with your family for a time. When you move, whether to Mexico or within the U.S., do you take furniture with you or do you have special pieces that have made their way into all of your homes?
A house is a building with a soul and should be nurtured as such, but home is wherever we are together. The furnishings and decor in our Washington home did not necessarily work in upstate New York. Before moving cross-country, I sold most things to start fresh in the Hudson Valley. I guess I’m not a sentimental person when it comes to items, I have been learning to let go and embrace simplicity and minimalism. Less feels so much better to me right now in this season of life. And by starting over, this doesn’t mean “new” - we found balance by blending vintage and new pieces. I love the stories behind vintage items, but it can also take a long time to find them, so I feel a blending of items is often the way to go.
When we moved to Mexico, we did not take more than we needed. That felt liberating and no matter what style home we were in—a modern desert oasis, a condo near Medano or a family home in Pescadero—it all felt like home to us, because we were there together.
I am one of many women in this magazine. It means so much when people purchase printed materials like this. The small business and maker mindset is strong and outlets like this remind us to support one another. Take a look for yourself today.