Shannon Berrey

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? 

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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}.


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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.

Weekend dreaming

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I'm so thankful to live in a part of the country that gets to truly enjoy all of the seasons. I try to stay in the moment and appreciate the current season, but sometimes my mind rushes to the months ahead. I know that we will have more snowfalls to experience this winter, but with expected temperatures in the 60's this weekend, I have to admit that I am getting antsy about sprouting daffodils, and dinners grilled out on the porch.


Seeing beautiful spots like this one tucked into the corner of Helene Aumont's property in the heart of Santa Barbara's wine country, certainly doesn't help my 'appreciate the moment' resolution. This little oasis is so unexpected, and yet it such a fantastic idea! 


So tell me, are you getting the spring bug, too??

{images via Traditional Home}

Spotlight: Jenny Wolf Interiors

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

 I was doing a little blog hopping, and discovered a new to me designer featured on Green Street. I am pretty sure my big attraction to Jenny Wolf's design style is because she is a Southern girl designing in NYC. Although her business, Jenny Wolf Interiors began in 2011, she is no newbie to the design scene. Jenny grew up in a family of furniture retailers and after college, had the opportunity to travel the country working in several positions with Ralph Lauren. She then went to Parsons and received her degree in Interior Design.

Take a look at my favorite images from her portfolio.






Jenny has also just started her own blog, you can check it out here.

Extreme Makeover: Cabin Edition

Monday, January 16, 2012

Living in the lovely North Carolina mountains, I have had the great opportunity of getting to renovate and decorate many vacation cabins for my clients. So, I am always excited to get to peak inside other cabins. You know that when you see an exterior as welcoming as this Northwest Indiana home that's it's going to be a real treat. 

This home {or 'kooky cabin' as the homeowners refer to it} sits in Michiana Shores, a summer resort area that was built in the 1920's-30's. It was in need of lots of TLC, but, homeowners Paul Schwab and Stephen Warner, were undaunted. In 2005, upon purchasing the property, renovations began. 

Upon entering, you enjoy the same fresh green on the interior that is used on the trim's exterior. In the foyer, you are treated to the unexpected, somewhat formal paisley wallpaper that is the background for the less than formal rustic furniture. I love this juxtaposition.  

The original great room was dark and the fireplace was a little odd.

But look what happens when the paneling gets bathed in soft white and becomes the new frame for what is now a showstopping fieldstone fireplace. Gore. jus.

This dresser, with its simple lines and dark stain, keep it feeling very expected in a cabin. But how wonderfully stunning does it become with the addition of the dark chevron design? It sits at the bottom of a striking staircase and twig banister, which were completed by a local artisan.

The dark small original kitchen was a complete overhaul.

The walls came down and new windows and doors {and white paint!} went up. 


Although the red checked rooster wallpaper border in the bathroom is...cottagey... surprisingly, the guys had other plans.  

Well, hello Mother Nature, come on in!

This small bedroom tricks us into believing it's a little larger by matching the same print on the walls as on the bed. I'm also loving the 3 small picture lights over the local artwork.

Every little quirky eave is utilized. A small bamboo desk and twig chair create a cozy little office space.  

My very favorite spot of this entire cabin--the screened porch! With it's expanded 20' x 20' walls and 18' ceilings, it provides the most wonderful entertaining space. Double ceiling fans provide a great breeze when sitting and enjoying the lake. And the fireplace sconces and upholstered chaise, with its citrus pillows, again adds the unexpected twists that this home boasts. But, the green


Let's enjoy some more exterior green accents, shall we...


Kudos to these homeowners for producing a stunning lakeside home that preserves the past with a contemporary elegance.

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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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