Shannon Berrey

Monday Madness

Monday, December 19, 2011

I hope your pre-Christmas weekend was wonderful. We are hosting a party at our house tonight for the folks that work with Robert. I will be spending my morning in the grocery store. Which will probably look a little like this.     

Watch out, peeps. I'm on a mission. 

Pioneer Woman + Novogratz = fantastic

Friday, December 16, 2011

We all love a great before and after. But, if the Novogratz are involved in the after, well we know that it will be nothing short of outstanding. Enter the lovely Pioneer Woman and her girls room before:

The girls had very simple requests: a place to sleep and a place to knit and study.

After:

Pretty great. I love that we get to see the Novogratz step out of NYC and show us how their talents translate into middle america design. I think this couldn't be more appropriate for teenager girls who just happen to live on a cattle farm in Oklahoma.  

Before:

I think that looooonnnng desk will inspire lots of study time.

After:

The 'knitting center':

I can't wait for all the nitty gritty details that will be shared when the HGTV show airs on next seasons Novogratz show in the spring. Jump over and check out more info on Ree's blog, the Pioneer Woman

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.

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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.   

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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.

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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?  


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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