Shannon Berrey

Sorry to keep 'dragon' this on...

Friday, April 06, 2012


But seeing this bench only continues my hanky-panky with Mr.Chiang Mai Dragon.

'Good stuff' is right.

*I have Caitlin to thank for keeping this reptilian romance hot and heavy* 

{because this is a family blog, I'm going to resist explaining what the addition of the nailhead trim is doing up in here}  

Loving: Wood and Grain

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Nothing gets me more excited than beautiful nature inspired art. So you can imagine, I got a little giddy when I saw this invitation. This may be the best, most beautiful, most time-consuming wedding invitation I've ever seen! The couple, gifted with talents galore, wanted to create as much of their rustic wedding  as possible, themselves. This began with the design and then the making of the invites. Ian {husband-to-be} spent 20 minutes for every 4 cards on the laser printer. The back kraft layers were also laser cut and then sewn onto the front card.  



Each guest received an invite, a field guide, and a map {all handmade, of course!}, all tucked into a hand-stamped envelope wrapped with twine and a little {hand-cut and sanded} wood button. 

After the wedding, the couple got busy on their 'Thank-you's': a little box filled with a photo display stand {aka wooden spool}, a hand stamped magnet, directions, and a photo from the big day.   

Everything was tucked on a little bed of moss.


I would have gladly made this couple a river rock rug if only they had invited me...   

To read more about their wedding, check out their blog Wood and Grain.  


{all images via Wood and Grain}


Following her dreams: A New York retreat

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Pretty gorgeous, right? It's been my experience that a beautifully landscaped yard generally means that the home beyond the flowers is as equally beautiful. Such is the case with this 1830's home of artist Kathryn Windley in Milan, New York. 

Kathryn got burned out and longed for a simpler life. She left her career as art director for a fast paced ad agency and bought the home back in 1998. Now she has a sunny studio in the homes ground floor addition.

Kathryn's oil painting depicts the homes 20-acre property. 


I love walls of bookcases! Don't invite me over and leave me in your living room of books by myself because I will read all the titles before you return with my sweet tea. You can learn so much about a person through the books they read. Agreed?!    

There is a laundry list of favorite things happening in this bathroom. The mirrors slide, barn door style to expose a recessed medicine cabinet. The chunky white sinks sit atop a countertop made out of a big thick slab of wood. Hand towels are conveniently held by undermounted towel bars. And don't get me started on that cast iron tub looking into that fabulous yard.  

Look closely at the reclaimed pine that covers the fireplace and you can see the hinges of the hidden storage, behind which the TV is stored. 


To see more visit Country Living.


images via Country Living, photography Mikel Vang 


River Rock Rug ideas

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

I shared my backyard plans for a River Rock Rug yesterday. If you follow me on Pinterest, you have probably seen several of these inspiration photos. I am excited to get started but not sure which pattern I am going to attempt. I love all of them.







What do you think? Do you have a favorite?


images: 1-3, 5 Jeffrey Bale Janetanne  6-7 Stone man mosaics BingBing


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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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