Shannon Berrey

Decorating with dough bowls

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sorry for the silence! I have been in and out of Dr.'s offices and in and out of the hospital....some mysterious infection/virus has found my intestine a lovely special happy place and has wreaked havoc on me this past week. I have been S.I.C.K, ya'll. I still don't feel 'good' but, perhaps a bit better. And as I type this, I am fever-free for the first time in 6 days. So, thankful for small miracles.  

Before I got sick, I was adding some accessories to a remodel I have been working on. It is a big open concept kitchen/living/dining room with loads of windows. I am a big believer in decorating with plants in a home. I love bringing nature indoors and if a client is agreeable, I add plants as a last detail in almost all of my projects. 

As in all successful accessory styling, scale and proportion are everything. My client has an enormous trunk from RH that she uses as her coffee table.


This image is from their website. I'm not sure you can appreciate how big this thing actually is. But trust me, it is BIG. Instead of styling it with lots of little items, {what's up with your styling, RH????} I decided to use a huge vintage 4' dough bowl planted with ferns and other green lovelies. 



They can be used in tons of different ways. Simply place a potted plant inside.



Fill it with found objects like these old fishing floats.



Or some dried lavender.



And seasonally, it can be filled it with pumpkins, pinecones, or christmas ornaments.



Or make it functional - how cool is this dough bowl turned rustic sink?


I own several of my own dough bowls and they are also great to use as serving pieces {line them and serve a huge salad, fill with ice and fill with beer/water}. You can find them in all sizes and this particular one was the perfect size to sit on top of the massive trunk. 



Using 2 trash bags, I folded them, and placed them on the bottom of the bowl. I actually took the dough bowl with me to White Rabbit Botanicals and filled it with lots of different plants, playing around with color and size. All of the plants were in 2 different plant containers so I used 2 different sized ziploc bags and slipped each plant into a bag.  



I could have filled the whole thing with dirt and removed the plants from the pots and planted them. But, I thought this bag technique was perhaps a safer alternative. This way, when you water, there is no way the water can escape through the wood. 



I arranged all of the pots until I found a pleasing look -- taller in the middle, shorter on the ends. I love the way it turned out. All of the great greens and textures look so great against the old wood. 



You really can't see the black pots, but I did tuck some moss into any holes I saw. 

 

I don't have any pictures of it in its new home, but, I hope to soon. Do you own a dough bowl? What do you use yours for? 




Floral party

Monday, July 07, 2014


Hope you enjoyed your nice long holiday weekend! Friday holidays are simply the best, right? Since we are all in full-time summer mode now, there are probably a few parties and dinner with friends in your future. Speaking of, have you seen the sweet floral party collection at Target that was done in collaboration with one of my favorite blogs, Poppytalk?? 



These have a great vintage vibe and the price points are insane!!! 

I’m talking bright shabby-chic floral patterns, portable patterned cake stands, pink vintage-look plastic flatware, fun glamping equipment, adorable ice cream cups, and even floral marshmallow roasting forks! 











And if you are going to be a guest at a party and are need of an awesome hostess gift, I have one for you!!!


I discovered these little blown glass vases at White Rabbit Botanical and fell in love. This makes giving a bottle of wine soooo much more special. 



I tried it on several pretty bottles {and if you aren't a wine person, how about hanging it on a liquor bottle...a homemade bottle of oil...be creative! }






There is a small hole near the top that you fill with water and place your flowers in. 



And did I mention that they are $8.99 {!!!} Stock up!! 


*****Not sponsored, I just like to share my goodies with you guys!*****








I heart you, America!

Friday, July 04, 2014


The weather sure is beautiful in the mountains today !! {Super thankful considering how so many up north are suffering through Arthur's storms}. Walking along the creek this morning, I spotted this heart rock just within the waters edge. I treasure the time I get to spend at my creek, amongst the trees and freely collecting and accepting natures lovely gifts. We must never forget how lucky we are to live in our America. 

Happy 4th!!!



 

Red, White and Better Homes and Gardens

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Excited that another BHG magazine has included my sharpie bathroom in their summer publication! {Thank you to the wonderful Lisa Mowry!} And the fact that Sherry {aka Sherika, Shaboomchakalaka, Shalayingdownthelaw, Shayfabralicious, Shabooyah} Hart {if you don't already -- follow her, 'cause she's hilarious and uber talented AND her sister was a playboy bunny!} also shares the pages of the magazine, well, if that's not keeping up with the Jones', don't know what is.






A few weeks ago I was invited do a little 4th of July photo shoot for the boutique, Humanite. Getting to hang out with Maris and all of the youngsters is always a treat. {I think the point was -- even old people can wear cute clothes}

'Hey there, tall curly girl in the red maxi dress! You sure are cute!' 

 

I love this DIY paper garland flag. So pretty simply taped to a wall.

I am thinking it's time to invest in a bigger front porch flag.   



This might just be perfect.





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