Shannon Berrey

Laundry Art

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I have admitted before that I have a hoarders size collection of design magazines. I love going back through them because I always find something that may not have appealed to me when it first arrived in the mail, but, may now provide inspiration for a new project.


Such is the case when I was perusing back through my Better Homes and Gardens: 100 Decorating Ideas under $100. {Spring 2010}


 Designer Wendy Musgrave first discovered these 4 Laundry tips in a 1961 BH &G Sewing Book. She framed the vintage illustrations and they became great free artwork in her laundry room.

Now, I am fairly certain this is not the color scheme I would use in my own laundry, but they could easily be framed in a different color frame. But, the best part is that the pen and ink illustrations are available to be downloaded.  

 If you want to add some whimsy to your laundry room, go here to download all 4 illustrations. Think of them as constant 'Mom Reminders' {or Grandma Reminders for all you young'uns} and certainly we can all use those.  

It's Tuesday, so here is Mondays post....

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

This should have been posted yesterday--blame it on Blue Monday or a confused pick.

I thought I would share a little round-up of what's been going on 'round these parts.

We have enjoyed cheering at some great basketball games.


{Maris is on the far right]

{Jack is in the middle, surrounded by 2 of his good buddies}

We were excited to see this shot in the Sylva Herald.


 We finally found a free afternoon on Saturday and we were able to get Maris to Wink.

   A little wash, loads of layers and 6" lighter, resulted in this.


So much healthier.  


We got to run into Target. I spotted some really cute items, which may be old news to you guys, but, I can't even remember the last time I was in. 

Mirrored cubes.


Mirrored trays and tables.

Sweet little vintage inspired dishes

Silky chevron

Pretty covered books and crystal bottles.

Pretties for the wall


Love the shape and the color of this lamp.

Great X-bench

These lamps look just like vintage hob nail milk glass! I should have taken these home. {And notice the little chevron boxes that I stuck behind the lamps--I should be a stylist}   

Good stuff, Target.  


We also got to enjoy Maris' new Christmas present.

Maris loves to bake. Do you remember this great cake she made last year? Robert gave her this neat cake slicer for Christmas. It comes with a slicer, a lifter and an adjustable mold.     

Her impulse to bake usually hits after 9pm...much to my chagrin. We didn't have a cake mix in the pantry, but this didn't stop her, she made the cake and the chocolate icing from scratch {thanks pinterest for great recipes!}


She used vanilla pudding as her filling in between the layers. It was delicious.

Do you have or know about some great cake decorating tools that Maris would enjoy? Please share!


 Ok, friends, I feel that we are caught up!

A penny for your love

Monday, January 23, 2012

With Valentines Day only a few weeks away, lots of spring weddings are right around the corner. 


If you are a sucker for the wedding tradition of the good luck penny in your shoe, then you might love this idea as much as I do. Etsy artist, Sarah, of Seize the Night, hand stamps these keepsake pennies with your initials, wedding date, personal sentiments, and other available little designs.


With the addition of the little hole Sarah adds, the penny can become a necklace, added to your keychain, or put on your charm bracelet, after the big day. 

And if you already have a special penny or a penny with a specific year on it, you can send it to her. 

Stair Schizophrenia

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Don't you love to walk into a home and be greeted by a big beautiful staircase? The style of a staircase can really give you a flavor of whats to come in the rest of the home. The end of the staircase, the newel post, is the show-off detail of the stairs and yet it is often overlooked.

 Are you familiar with all the different components of a staircase? 

{designing your perfect home}

There's a lot to it, right?!

I am just about ready to tackle my own staircase redo and I am super excited. The original carpet covering my stairs will be ripped up and replaced with hardwood and a runner. I am also trying to convince my hubby that our uber colonial contractor newels, and balusters need to be given the heave-ho. Here are some of the pics I have been storing at pinterest.

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My favorite look is this simple box style. 


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Although I love the look of the clean, painted box newels above, I equally love this rustic

detail-free salvaged wood newel post {hubs is not a fan}.


{serena and lily}

And yet these fat carved newels are quite tempting.


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I have even played with the idea of these victorian inspired balusters. The flat silhouettes add such a fun flavor.
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And if that weren't enough to choose from, I also like the idea of doing a take on a simplified classic revival inspired staircase...
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Lots of decisions to make!
We are hoping to do this ourselves so I will take you along when we finally get started.
And, if you want to see more of my pins, check them out on pinterest.

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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