Shannon Berrey

Seriously, is that a dragon on your foot??

Thursday, February 02, 2012

We've seen it on pillows and upholstered chairs. We love it on ottomans and wallpaper. It's great on stationary, on the back of bookcases, and even on covered boxes. 

The infamous  ...Chiang Mai Dragon  

Let's all just stare at this fabric for a minute, shall we...

As much as I love it, I own nothing covered in that crafty dragon.

Until now!!

Maris and I found a pair of TOMS look-a-likes. For less than 13 smackers. {Can I just tell you how awesome it is wearing the same size shoe as your stylish 16 year old?!}  

Plain, cotton, and perfect for painting.

I taped the inside with frog tape and stuffed them with newspaper. Then I gave them a few thin coats of white spray paint. This just acted as a good base coat for the craft paint.

Using a pencil, I sketched the chiang mai dragon and all his floral friends on the shoe.

I then mixed my craft paints with textile medium and got to painting.  


It took a looooong time to complete that one. I tried desperately to convince Maris that we only needed one painted shoe.  'Really, all the cool kids are doing it.' 

 She didn't buy it.    



All the hours were worth it because Maris loved them.



 I need to get a picture of these crazy kicks with an outfit other than my pajamas.

What do you think? Would you be comfortable rocking these schumacher slip-ons ?!

Happy February!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Welcome to 2012, Mr. February! I'm super glad you're here, just wasn't expecting you quite this soon.

So, while I try to get myself ready for you, let's take a look back at a fun Valentines idea that I shared last year.

If you are a drinker {teetering on needing an intervention if you have a BIG space to decorate} then grab your empty wine bottles, chalkboard paint, some branches and tissue paper and you are well on your way.   


Visit this post for the full details.

House portrait

Monday, January 30, 2012

My neighbors have 4 young kids--kids who are super active in all kinds of after school sports and activities. He's a busy doctor and she is always playing chauffeur, so we rarely get an opportunity to see them. But, during the spring and summer, we do get to visit when we are out in the yards working in our flowerbeds. 

Isn't their house pretty?

They moved here 2 years ago from out of state. Even with their incredibly busy schedules, they find the time to work on their yard and their landscaping and have created a wonderful play area for the kids.       


For Christmas, I decided to paint a little watercolor of their pretty exterior using my favorite canvas--a thin slice of wood.  


A little brown velvet ribbon had it ready for the tree.

Aren't good neighbors the best?

Eddie Ross's yard sale bedroom

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Some of you may recall that last summer Eddie Ross put out a facebook message that announced he was looking for a room that he could makeover using items from the up and coming 127 Corridor Sale {aka the World's Longest Yard Sale}.

Elizabeth Harris was the lucky High Point gal that Eddie selected. She had lived with her very traditional bedroom since getting married. But, with the years that passed, she craved a room that was lighter and brighter. Eddie saw huge potential.


Saving money, Eddie kept the bed and bedside table and lacquered it with fresh white paint. He added canopy rails on which he tied blue buffalo check fabric panels.



Dark bedding was traded in for a white duvet and pillows in coral, floral and blues.


Elizabeth got rid of the TV, and now the space is used as a beautiful work space.  

The fireplace wasn't given a lot of love or attention before.  

Now it's the focal point of the room with the addition of coral matted art, a patterned rug, painted and reupholstered vintage chairs, and colorful accessories. The awkward little space to the right of the fireplace became the new home for an antique screen that Eddie painted and added the same coral color with little painted inserts.  


The original dresser was lacquered white and got a new menagerie of accessories thanks to more yard sale deals. A bamboo mirror, wall pediments, and figurines--also received a new color. The lamps were garden canisters when Eddie found them. After he had them wired, they became lovely lamps that he topped with ribbon trimmed shades.  

And one last before shot:

Such a beautiful transformation. He continues to inspire me.

You can read more about Eddie's process and his shopping deals on his blog. And you can also check out Southern Living's story.  

{all images via Eddie Ross}

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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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