Shannon Berrey

An Apple a day keeps Apple away

Thursday, January 31, 2013


I can't tell you how long I have been waiting for January 31 to arrive! months and months and months!! Although, last April when *it* happened, I really had no idea that it would be January before things would get back to normal.

If you are my friend, my acquaintance, my client, then you know what I am talking about. You have met {and laughed at} my constant companion. if you haven't met me, then allow me to introduce you to my little buddy.




What? It looks odd to you?????

It's now totally familiar to me. It happened last April. Let me say that again. 'LAST APRIL'. A simple, accidental drop to the floor left her shattered and ugly, but still working. And when I happened to be at a track meet, in a city with an Apple store last May, I took her in to show her to the Apple geniuses to discuss my options. They looked at her and said 'Whooa, you have like 3 months max before she's a gonner. You can't drop it THAT hard for it to shatter like THAT and not do serious internal damage.' 

So, there it was. A challenge. Don't devil's advocate me and think I won't fall for it. Cause I will. 

I honestly really believed the Apple man and thought I would just wait it out. I thought it would be a few weeks and that I would give her a nice slow respectful death and then I would have to get a new one. The screen was sharp {shattered glass is sharp ya'll} so I stuck a film protector on her to avoid the blood from my fingers falling into her privates. And I continued to wait.

But she just wouldn't die.



Way to go Apple. Way to make a phone that is so freaking good that I can completely shatter it, remove it from it's protective case, hold it together with a clear sticker, and drop it again {and again} and it just keeps on keeping on.... for 9 more months. 

Last year, it made no sense to get a replacement *old model* phone months before the new one came out. So, I just sucked it up. I learned to look at pictures through a web {that's a 'spider web' reference not the 'world wide web'}, continued to read only every 3rd word of my text messages and kept my fingers crossed as I sent texts and emails since I can't see what I am writing!! Until today---the end of my ridiculous contract.  

Part of me wants to keep the old. See if I can set some set some kind of Apple record. But the smarter {smaller} part says 'Are you insane???'

So design is trumped today. Sorry. I am going to ask the Verizon peeps to be kind to her. She has served me well. Bittersweet...



Stepping up their game: The Land of Nod

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


It's so refreshing to see a company that sells great products {ie great buyers} up their game by pulling out innovative new marketing. I feel like Land of Nod has done a little 'reinvention' this year. I have always been a big fan of the company. Jack still has LON furniture in his bedroom {I promise Jack that we are redoing your room this year} that is 10 years old...but, it's so well made that it's been hard to part with.




Last months catalog came and I knew it looked different...but then I opened it and I was like 'this is goooood!!!' It felt more like a magazine than a catalog. They have started a new monthly feature called Real Families/ Real Kids where they visit bloggers {!!} homes and shoot their catalog photos from here. Great. Great. Great. idea.




We get to watch as Rachel Myers of the sweet blog, Finding My Feet, transform her daughters room with the help of  accessories and textiles {and stylists!} from the Land of Nod.





February's catalog arrived over the weekend and I got just as excited. This month they visit the home of Trina McNeilly of LaLaLovely. 





It hasn't made it to their website yet, so you will need to get on your bifocals and check out my photos :)



And they even got the talented chalkboard artist, Dana Tanamachi {remember this post} to personalize the space.



Trina also helped to redecorate the home of her friends, the Lyons family, with some LON love.





Not only is the catalog full of LON products but, they are combined with the homeowners lovely existing items which make it so much more personal and believable. There are also links to learn tips and how-to's to create the accessories made by the bloggers. Did you know LON had their own blog???

    Very, very impressive Land of Nod. I hope this will be a series that they plan on continuing with each catalog this year.  


{I am in no way connected to or endorsed by LON--just giving kudos to a well deserved creative company. BUT, if they want to work with me...}



Creative headboards

Monday, January 28, 2013


I am thinking about new furniture for Jack's room {poor Jack...I have been *thinking* for years...} and I have been playing around with the idea of incorporating a non-traditional headboard. Upholstered headboards have certainly had the spotlight for many years, but a headboard can be repurposed from such a variety of different materials.There are some pretty creative ones out there.

















 I love the lighted headboard {last image} -- Jack, not so much. Maybe a fun client will let me do something similar...

Have you ever made your own headboard? Do share.


Preparing for college: gift ideas

Sunday, January 27, 2013


With less than 6 months until Maris is packing up to move many states away, on her own, I have started collecting things that will hopefully ease the transition for her {someone please send something that will ease MY transition!} Many of you are in this same season of life and I thought you might appreciate my finds. I will share some of them with you over the next few months.



First up, this sweetly illustrated 'How to do your own laundry' print created by the folks at Caravan.



You simply pay $5 and then you receive a pdf file that allows you to print either a 12x12 or a 20x20 - as many as you'd like! Much better {and prettier} than just a typed explanation from Mom.




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