Shannon Berrey

look a little different around here?

Friday, February 17, 2012

In uploading some pictures to the blog, I somehow deleted folders that held, what looks like 1/2 of all the pictures on my blog--including my logo, my mentions, my tabs.....  

I kind of want to crawl in the corner and throw-up. 

I have no idea if I can get the images back. Please hang tight while I go blow my nose.    

Update: My fabulous web designer, Hannah worked to restore my tabs and my sidebar late last night.  Now I am going to have to see if I can retrieve the missing photos in some of the posts.  

Penguin Threads

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Penguin Books has done it again. This time, with a new collection called Penguin Threads. They are offering 3 classics in covers designed by artist, Jillian Tamaki. She was given the creative task of hand embroidering all 3 covers in just 2 months. The books are sold with sculptural-embossed, full wrap around covers.


I think these are just exquisite. I have studied these images, enlarged them, and studied them some more. I love Jillian's color combinations, the thick details, the tiny knots that comprise Mary's fuschia skirt...and just look at the loose flowing mane of Black Beauty and the tiny little knots and stitches that create his strong body. 

How sweet are Emma's multi-colored curls and the twists of her braids..the teeny little pink freckles.

The original classics already live on my bookshelves, but I can not wait to add these to my collection!

{To purchase, please check out your own local bookstore!}

{images via jillian tamaki}

Express yourself

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I used to love watching Oprah. When she launched her O magazine years ago, I was intrigued to see how this superstar would translate on to the printed page. I would flip through her magazine when I was waiting in line at checkout. Her 'At Home' editions that came out a couple of times a year always made it home with me, but I haven't really looked through the magazine in a while. Until this month.

{O Magazine, February 2012 | Photo: Ruven Alfanador, Set design: Sam Cook, Lettering: Dana Tanamachi}

It had me at 'Express Yourself'.

 Then it made me change lanes to get closer to its amazing chalkboard painted cover.  

It looked familiar to me, those beautiful stylized graphics. I grabbed it and began to flip through the first few pages to see if I could find the credits attributed to the artist {yes I see that pink chalk in your hand, nice try, Ms. Winfrey}. Sure enough, it was done by the artist Dana Tanamachi, whose work I have spotted, and admired, over the last several years. 


{O magazine February 2012 via Dana Tanamachi} 

This Brooklyn graphic designer was at a party 2 years ago. Her friends had a chalkboard wall. She grabbed some chalk and started drawing. As an artist with 2 chalkboard walls in my own house, this too, would be my favorite thing to do at a party!   

Here is her cute self in progress.

{The Wes Anderson via Dana Tanamachi}

 The folks at the party were hugely impressed and it wasn't long before she got her first commissioned chalk drawing for a small furniture company. 


{The Cooper Collection via Dana Tanamachi}

Now she works full-time as a chalk letterer {how cool is that?!} You've probably seen her work. In 2011, she did a huge collaboration with West Elm for their holiday catalog. 

{West Elm Holiday Catalog via Dana Tanamachi}

 She has had the opportunity to work with several Ralph Lauren stores. 


{Rugby Ralph Lauren via Dana Tanamachi}

{Rugby Ralph Lauren via Dana Tanamachi}

She grabs her inspiration from typography--old stamps, documents, books. It also comes from browsing old images of Brooklyn from the library. I love that her installations are so large and are completely hand drawn. Many times they are the backdrop for an event, setting the tone for weddings, grand openings and parties. 

 And just what is that tone?

Tone = You've just stepped into awesomeness...welcome! {fyi--that's my interpretation}  

{Kings County Jerky Co. via Dana Tanamachi}

{Mad Men Holiday Soiree via Dana Tanamachi}

{Garden and Gun Magazine via Dana Tanamachi}

{Ace Hotel via Dana Tanamachi}

{Style Me Pretty via Dana Tanamachi}

 Here is a cool little video of Dana in action. Enjoy! 


{The By and By via Dana Tanamachi}

Check out Dana's portfolio and her journal here.

Valentine desert

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


I know. 3 posts in one day -- what is going on??? 

Husband cooked me the most wonderful dinner and he finished it off with this amazing poached apple that was covered in a sauce made of wine, greek yogurt, honey, cinnamon, vanilla, orange and lemon delicious.

It was just so pretty that I had to share it with you!


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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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