Shannon Berrey

Pratt Creek

Friday, June 28, 2013


We have 3 bird nests at our house right now. Two are in the front of the house and one in the back. I wake, every morning, to the early morning chirps of hungry babies. I love to peak in on them and see how big they are getting. Those mama birds are so protective and work so hard to bring worms and extra sticks to pad those little nests.  




I  was thrilled to happen on the sweet colorful art by Angela Moulton of Pratt Creek Art. Her wet-on-wet technique allows a wonderfully loose and layered painting.   








Aren't they lovely?? Check out more of her work on etsy.

Have a great weekend!! 



Selecting white paint

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Struggling with paint colors seems to be a universal problem. Everything affects it -- the amount of natural light, the ceiling height, the trim color...I could go on and on.. Not to mention the 1000's of paint color options that are available.

Funny story: I had a client who texted me and said 'the painter is ready to paint the trim. I told him to paint it 'white'. He said 'which one?' Apparently there is more than 1 white option to choose from--is this true???

Bless his heart...


Believe it or not, the number of white paint colors is overwhelming. There are undertones to deal with-- blue, yellow, gray, peach.. and the white you use and love on your trim is not necessarily the same white you want to use when you are painting your walls. 

 Darlene was struggling with white paint and she contacted and collected a wonderful group of designers/bloggers who shared their favorites.



To see all of the recommended selections {mine included!}, visit Fieldstone Hill Design.  



Nashville's Idea House sneak peek

Monday, June 24, 2013


I shared a beautiful Nashville home with you last week and now I find out that Nashville has yet another beauty to share with us.



This one is courtesy of Southern Living and designer Phoebe Howard {one of my all time favorites!}. `The entire 2013 Idea House is decorated by Phoebe, which, judging from the sneak peek pictures, is insanely beautiful. The house opens for touring this Saturday, June 29th, and will be featured in the August issue of SL.  


Nashville house: Jeannette Whitson

Friday, June 21, 2013



It's hard to believe this gorgeous home with it's crusty light fixtures, detailed moldings and encaustic tile floors is actually a new home. Homeowner, Jeannette Whitson, had a vision and working with many talented craftsman, was able to create a home that feels like it could have been the original farmhouse on the property.   



The entrance mimics that of beautiful Charleston homes, where you walk in from the street through the louvered door, but you are still basically outside. Then you walk into the actual front doors. I love this.

Look at that enormous mushroom on the entry table!! Jeannette brings nature and the garden related elements into everything she does. She owns Garden Variety Design and you can see her collected antique items that she sells throughout her home. She made sure that every entry door is through a garden. In front is her secret garden — that's another Charleston inspiration — enclosed by a wall of pear trees. It creates a perfect backdrop for a photo shoot for her store.  




Above her fieldstone fireplace is a painting that is hung on a paneled trifold door that opens to reveal her flatscreen TV. Great idea.

And let's just take in the combination of warm worn leather on the chesterfield sofa, the cowhide covered side chairs and the linen on the sofa. And if that wasn't perfect enough--a fig tree and a vase of blue hydrangeas. good gravy...



 The house is so full of light and white paint to bounce it around. All the window panes are restoration glass so they break up the light into little prisms. As a result, there are very few window treatments.

 Asked what the style of her home was she said, 'Think: an Englishman who's come to America, married a Pennsylvania Dutch woman, and has a French mistress on the side in Charleston.'       right on.


You enter the mudroom through a dutch door {love}. Hidden behind the floor to ceiling built-ins on the right, is a small doggie door. The soapstone tub is big enough to give the dogs a bath. All of the hardware and faucets in the home are unlacquered brass, my very favorite finish ever.


 Indoor rooms flow seamlessly to outdoor rooms


The kitchen cabinetry and trim is painted in Farrow and Ball Cornforth White. And it's a little hard to see, but one of my favorite details is that she eliminated the bottom window sills and ran the marble tops all the way into the frame. It flows so beautifully into one another.    

As you look straight back, you can see into the butlers pantry. 






I love the Brunschwig and Fils Bird and Thistle taupey curtains against the gray walls. And speaking of walls-- there are 3 walls of windows in her bedroom which overlooks her gardens. Oh the light...



And the room that has us blown away--the small library that is a completely covered in Farrow Ball Hague blue paint. This is where the family closes the shutters and watches TV. The silk velvet sofa was matched to the wall color. And the ceiling is actually an Indian block fabric by Michael S Smith.

 Blue + brass + velvet = perfection.  






This is one of my favorite homes I have ever featured!  To see more of Jeannette Whitson's home, check out the HB article here.   



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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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