Shannon Berrey

Creative Christmas tree options

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Many folks don't have the space to display a traditional christmas tree. But, that doesn't mean that a wonderful 'tree' can't be enjoyed. Check out these non-traditional trees made by some extremely creative folks.











If you are really under the gun, say you are having a party and somehow the whole christmas tree thing got over looked....then here is the perfect solution. Stick your kids in the corner, light them up, hand them some ornaments and threaten that if they move, santa ain't a coming.   


Don't act like you haven't done this at least once.

Although, Buddy is a lot better at this than the kids.

Cheap lighting options

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

If you have been reading my blog for a little while, you know that I am a big believer in the impact lighting has on interiors.


Soft ambient spot lighting can make such an impact on a space. Look at the depth the spot lights give the upper cabinets as well as spotlighting the countertops in both of these kitchens.


Imagine how one-dimensional this rustic kitchen would feel without the wash of light on the backsplash.

I was Christmas shopping in Sam's Club yesterday and I became a little side tracked {which is precisely why I limit my visits to said club} and came upon some super cool lighting options.

You don't have to call an electrician with these guys.They are battery operated and they can go anywhere thanks to double sided tape or for more permanence, screws. Sylvania offers the pot lights and GE has the strip lights. That cool 'switch' is actually a remote control that looks like a light switch so it can slip in your drawer or mount on the wall. I don't know how long the batteries would last, but they are LED which leads to me to think you would probably get a fairly long life.     

     I think these are a really great inexpensive option {under $30} for folks who don't want to invest in hard-wiring or can't because they live in a rental. What do you think, have you tried them?  

Simple Christmas decor

Tuesday, December 13, 2011







I love the natural, simplistic christmas decoration {not to mention what a beautiful home!} featured in this house belonging to the owners of the design firm Les Ensembliers. The greenery looks so rich against all the white. Nature provides us the most wonderful adornments, does it not??

{all images via House & Home} 

If you liked it then ya should a put a ribbon on it.

Monday, December 12, 2011

I shared with you how to use fabric to create a custom mat here. Today, I wanted to show you another simple way to create a customized mat, this time with ribbon, that is as cute as the custom art it surrounds!

Robert's cousin, Melissa, recently had a baby and I ordered this sweet 8"x10" print from mosieposie.

I bought a frame that came with an 8"x10" white mat. 

I could have just popped it in and called it done. But, I knew I wanted to add a little punch.

I found a cute striped ribbon at Wal-Mart that had the same blues and greens in the print. 

I cut 2 pieces 10" long and hot glued them across the top and bottom. I used the edge of the mat as my guide.

Then I cut 2 pieces 12" long and glued them down in the middle leaving the edges loose. 

I folded in the corner to create a miter, making sure the corners met up, and pressed it with my finger. Using hot glue, I glued it down.  

I put the glass back on top.  

Much cuter, don't you think?

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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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