Shannon Berrey

The best of my 2011

Saturday, December 31, 2011


Deep breath....

I can't thank everyone enough for your sweet comments and emails. This week has been hard. Many of us have suffered loss. Thank-you for allowing me to share mine with you and thank-you for sharing your hurts with me. 


Everyones doing I am jumping on the recap blogwagon. Let's take a walk down memory lane, shall we...  

In January, I showed you how I turned a dated apartment complex into an updated townhome with the tiniest of budgets and some house staging:

February, I gave you a tour of a clients mountain home that I was lucky enough to be involved with from the ground up : 

And, if you want to see some more, here is the post of the kitchen:

In March, I gave you a sneak peek into my own guest bathroom that I was finally redecorating. I was inspired by {out-of-my-price-range} Schumacher wallpaper:

In April, I brought you along on a day in my life: {well...sort of...}

In May, We took of a tour of a Paint-by-Numbers room I finished. I must say, I sort of love this room!

June brought us the completion of a fresh renovated kitchen in a clients mid-century modern home:

In July, I thought I might need to hospitalized due to this:

But, I got it together in time to take you into the clubhouse I completed at Bear Lake Reserve: 

In August, I shared pictures of the Medwest Gala, "Here's to Hollywood" at Harrah's Casino. Every year our fundraiser has a new theme:

I also invited you in to my completed Sharpie-drawn-wallpaper bathroom that was finally finished!

August was busy...I can't leave out my visit to the Cashiers Showhouse:

I was lucky enough to find myself vacationing in California in September. We hit up a lot of the beautiful coast and stayed in various places. Here you can see our visit to the chic Hotel Monaco.

In October, I got busy decorating for fall with some funkins:

As well as party rocking some Halloween costumes:















November brought me to one of my favorite events--The Gingerbread Houses at the Grove Park Inn!

And a reveal of a clients newly renovated Guest room:

In December, I shared a way to jazz up your art work with ribbons:


Dang, that took a long time to put together--but, you're worth it *silly rainbow smiles*.

Woa!!! What a year! It's kind of fun to look back and remind myself of 2011's accomplishments. I look forward to all that 2012 has in store for all of us and I also look forward to having you here with me. Your encouragement means the world to me. You're the best.

Our Buddy Bear

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

You may have noticed I have been a little absent this week. My kids wish this Christmas was for their beloved 11 1/2 year old lab, Buddy Bear, to spend one last Christmas with us. His arthritis had become debilitating, his back was filled with cancer, but he still managed to ask for hugs and kisses. 

I am pretty sure he knew their wish. And he simply would never disappoint these two. ever. So, their Christmas wish was honored. 



I know there are so many that read my blog that knew Buddy. When I owned my furniture store downtown, he came to work with me every day. Customers, as well as locals, would visit my store just to visit my sweet man. He was an excellent greeter, especially considering his meager wages.


And quite the poser.




He indulged us with our crazy costumes--you know he had to be embarrassed.



He was my constant, my very best friend, through a tumultuous divorce. I spent many hours cuddled up on that big furry pillow sharing with him things I have never told another. 

We have all shared that pillow.


Christmas 2011

We are so happy that Christmas was indeed spent with our Buddy. But, now that handsome guy is pain free and once again running and swimming. But, we {I} have got to figure out how to walk through this raw pain that has slid in and taken over. Grief is such a complicated, unpredictable emotion.

I look forward to posting about design and my projects. But, it may take a little while. I will be back soon.   


 Buddy Bear 2000-2011

Jen's 2011 Great Read Blog Posts

Monday, December 26, 2011


I hope your Christmas day was magical! Our family somehow snuck by on the 'nice' list {just barely, I'm sure} because Santa left us some great goods. Now the clean-up begins...

But first, I encourage you to visit Jen at Rambling Renovators as she is posting her annual Great Reads of 2011. I am so honored to be included in this list where I am sharing my favorite post of the last year. Any guesses? Grab some coffee and enjoy reminiscing with some great bloggers.     

Thanks, Jen! 

Merry Berrey Christmas!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

























From our home to yours--I hope that your journey through the holidays and into the new year will be blessed with joy and peace.

'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!' Luke 2-14  

Shannon Berrey Bio
I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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