Shannon Berrey

Sassy Sunflowers

Friday, March 30, 2012


There is a new Cafe and Bakery opening in Cherokee next month. The 2 *sassy* local owners asked me to paint their logo on their storefront.



It was perfect painting weather, although a bit windy. The store down the street had their country music cranked between riders, when they would then resume the 'calling' for the mechanical bull riding. {Cherokee is an interesting place, ya'll!}.     


I'll let you locals know when you can take your sassy selves to load up on the goodies when The Sassy Sunflowers is open for business! 

And speaking of sunflowers, I can't wait to get outside this weekend and dig up my flowers! We are dividing our daylilies, hostas, and doghobble, which have turned mammoth, and we are giving them new digs in the back yard along our creek.  

 I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


UPDATE: THEY ARE NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS!! You can check them out on Facebook here.


Chalkboard gallery wall

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Last week when I shared my kitchen cabinet upgrade, someone commented that they would like to see more of the wall right beyond the kitchen. It is actually a framed chalkboard {that I made over a decade ago} hung on a wall that I painted with chalkboard paint. This chalkboard has moved to our many houses over the years and it the only way I can keep up with 2 baseball teams, track, 2 basketball schedules, soccer, volleyball practices, student council meetings, doctor and orthodontist appointments, etc....

This is sort of Grand Central Station in our house. The back door is right across from the chalkboard so it's the last thing we see when we leave the house. Does it ensure that we never miss an appointment or activity? Not hardly. But, I would hate to see what would happen if it wasn't there!


It's a hodgepodge collection of personal treasures--family photos, artwork, framed fabric scraps, needlepoint, and special memorabilia. Our homes tell a story about us and I think this wall defines us fairly well. Plus, I love sweeping my eye across the things and the people I love, daily.   


my pretty mom!






 Chalkboard on chalkboard may seem repetitious, but I like the patina of the framed chalkboard against the richer black of the chalkboard wall. Plus, I have never been very good at following design rules. It doesn't hurt that Deborah Needleman also agrees: 

{excerpt from The Perfectly Imperfect Home}




East Coast bound!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

My day started in the thick darkness of 4:15 this morning. Jack was leaving for his 8th grade trip and everyone had to be there to board the bus at 5am. He was so excited and I just hope that we packed everything he's going to need. He's the kid that when it's time to leave for a week-long family vacation, he get's in the car with a his ipad, ipod, cell phone and A pair of shorts. no kidding. He can. not. stand. to pack. So much so, that he actually has found that he can pay his sister to do it for him. sigh..

In order to celebrate his big trip, Robert cooked us a big steak dinner last night.{he will probably try to live the next week on gummy bears and cheez-its} The weather was perfect so we sat out on the deck to eat. 

What Jack hates, maybe even more so than packing, is getting his picture taken. I desperately tried to capture him while he was eating. I can't recall that I have any photos from his 8th grade year. deeper sigh.

I tried... 




He is headed across the state, from our mountains he will travel east stopping to visit our state capital in Raleigh and then on towards the coast. There will be stops at hotels, restaurants, water parks, and sandy beaches. It will be a great time for them!

I also hope that he soaks up the beauty of our entire great state--all the tulips that are in bloom, the dogwood trees, the grass that is the richest shade of green due to the spring showers and gorgeous sunshine we have enjoyed. I feel like this great rug *feels* like what all these 8th graders are going to experience this week.

Isn't it beautiful? I think this rainbow of 23 different colors would be a fantastic pop of spring in an all-white living room, a stripey addition to a kids room, or to jazz up a laundry room.     


Do you have a treasured piece in your home that  gives you the 'feel' of a special place or represents a great memory? Do share! 


Abby's studio

Monday, March 26, 2012

Are you familiar with the artwork of Abby Kasonik? Her beautiful aquatic series is quite ethereal.

  She used to work out of her Charlottesville basement, but last year she built a new backyard studio that reflects her love of 19th century Virginia schoolhouses and churches.


It's so bright, so open and so inspiring. It's the perfect backdrop for her meditative art.

This cottage is an artists dream--the huge worktable to spread out all of the paints, the built-in storage to hold the finished and yet to be painted canvas, and the light....can't you just breathe in all of that delicious light?! And let's just talk about how simply lovely the space is.The reclaimed timbers play beautifully against the pristine white of the ceiling and the large paper lanterns.



A kitchen tucked in the corner has an old trunk that was outfitted with barnwood and wheels to create the perfect mobile island.  

There was no skimping on the size or number of windows that flood the space with light and are framed with curtains made from dropcloths. And did you catch the upstairs sleeping quarters? Who needs the big house? I would *live* here perfectly happily. 



To see more of Abby's portfolio, check out her website.

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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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