Shannon Berrey

Label blanket

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

I saw this fabulous blanket at the Showhouse that was made entirely out of clothing labels!  

Of course my mind starts spinning...did all the labels belong to the same couple? {I saw
suit labels and dress labels} Were they collected for years...decades? What was the procedure--buy 
a new garment and immediately remove the tag, or, wear it, and then remove the tag when
the garment had been outgrown or outdated? 

I have saved my special t-shirts and sweatshirts since high school. I had always planned to create
a quilt out them. Instead, maybe I will make my kids a quilt made out of all their sports
shirts, camp shirts and school shirts. 

Wouldn't that make a fun graduation gift!     

Have you ever made a blanket out of something really personal or collected? Share it with me!


Update***I got some emails from folks wanting more info on the label blanket. I contacted Monday’s House

 of Design and found out that the blanket was created by local artist, Shari Erickson. It is 5’x7’ and was hand

 stitched with her personal collection of  labels {dating back to the 1970’s}. Shari has a tremendous

 portfolio and many impressive clients. Take a look at her website. Oh, and it is for sale…



Cashiers Showhouse: Reflections

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The Cashiers Showhouse is always full of eye candy, but when you get to attend with
 a bunch of design bloggers, well, every detail is more appreciated and more enjoyed! 
Here's another picture of all of us design appreciators who were in attendance.  
{By the way...these girls all laughed at me for my (correct) pronunciation of Cashiers--
Caa-shurs--is the correct 'local' pronunciation, NOT Cash-eers}

LoriAngela , Me, Heidi, Rhoda, and Renae

Enjoying elevations of up to 4160 ft, with rolling pastures and grassy lawns, 
is a natures lover paradise. 

The entrance was deceiving. It felt as if you were entering a small cottage, but this estate was
 actually a sprawler. The 42-acre sanctuary adjoins 600 additional acres of conservation land.

The house is a true Southern masterpiece, created from logs reclaimed from 1930's
Tennessee Valley Authority construction sites.

The Stone Terrace was decorated by James Farmer in lovely chocolates and marigolds.
 It was accented with loads of blooming hydrangeas.


Charles Faudree designed The Entry. The main building was built in 1967.

This is the Before:

Charles does such a great job at creating a casualness while mixing
 European antiques from multiple cultures.

The Living Room Before: 

Carole Weaks, of Carole Weaks Interiors designed the room with custom upholstery
pieces designed by Ainsworth-Noah for their new line. 

The Master Bedroom Before:

Ann Sherrill of Rusticks designed this soothing retreat draped in gauzy linen:

The Kitchen Before:
Melamine cabinets, fluorescent lighting, green formica countertops...
'nuff said.

 Audrey Woods and Cheryl Benitez of Mountain House transformed the space by
painting the cabinets, removing the lighting, and they painted right over the countertop!  


The Sitting Room Before:

Debra Green of English-Green Interiors, did such a beautiful job on the upstairs Sitting Room . 


We all loved this industrial tiered side table


And the little pleated detail on the roman shades.

And check out the silhouette of the legs on the half round table in the corner.

The Music Room on the End wing was added in 1971. It was a log cabin that was dismantled
and rebuilt with each beam numbered.

 Tammy Connor of Birmingham, transformed this room into one of my favorite spaces.

I just love the idea of the hanging lanterns instead of table lamps! 

And the painted floors....L.O.V.E.

{we had to go barefoot inside the house, please don't think that we also had toothpicks in 
between our teeth and moonshine in our bags. These were the rules, peeps....just saying} 

Outside of the music room was the most delightful Gallery of Dogs Room designed by
my buddy, Sally Johannessen of Dovetail Antiques. There were so many people admiring
this space that I don't have many pictures of it! There were personalized collars and sweet
canine paintings. Trust me, it beautifully displayed Sally's deep love
 of man's best friend {she happens to have 7 best friends!} 

The Library is the other original room in the cabin.

Lynn Monday of Monday's House of Design enveloped the space with cashmere
plaid curtains, as well as silk, cashmere, and velvet upholstery.    

The Upstairs Getaway Before:

Skip Ryan of The Ryan Companies created such a sweet bedroom with canopied
 twin beds draped in toile and a tiny sage check.  


The Lounging Porch Before:

Outside of the Master Bedroom was the Lounging Porch designed by Francie Hargrove Interiors.
When the house was originally built it was open-air and was referred to as the 'dog run'.
This space was a huge crowd favorite.

The furniture was slipcovered with the most lovely outdoor fabrics designed to withstand nature's elements.

This dough bowl full of live moss makes a beautiful centerpiece for this outdoor dining area .
 {Francie's Design Rule regarding artificial flowers: 'If it doesn't grow, it's gotta go!'   AMEN!!}  

The height of the fireplace was even more appreciated flanked with the soaring plaid panels.

These enormous sconces bordered the french doors.   

This fantastic branch detail ran the whole perimeter of the porch's ceiling.  

The Dining Room Before:

The Dining Room was decorated by Tobi West. It was very classic with it's floral
 window treatments, brass chandelier and antiques.   
{This is actually shot from the opposite angle than the before}

Dianne Estes of D. Estes Antiques was responsible for the stunning Front Porch.  

There was a lot of lingering done at this custom porch swing. It was upholstered
 in a nubby linen and accented with nailheads. So pretty.

Looking off the porch, these are your views.


The estate's outbuildings include a two-car carport, an upper barn, a lower barn, and a pond pavilion. 
The pavilion is terraced with perennial gardens, a lake, dock, three ponds, and numerous walking trails.  

Here is the front of the house looking up at the Front Porch.

The weather was perfect to sit out overlooking the pond for lunch. We left the Showhouse
and proceeded to shop all the wonderful stores Cashiers has to offer!   

{Thanks Rhoda for letting me use some of your great photos!}

Pack it up

Monday, September 05, 2011

Have you got Labor day plans? If not, how about throwing on your white pants for one last
 2011 romp, and pack your Boxsal full of some goodies.

Oh, and did you happen to see the design on the box?!
It's a Paint-by-Numbers!! 
 {And you know I am slightly obsessed with those beauties ;) }

I just love this idea!!

And if the super fun box wasn't enough, look at what all comes inside

And their fun website even gives you great ideas on what to pack for your little soirre.

Have a wonderful Labor Day!! 

The Skirted Console

Friday, September 02, 2011

I showed you my rustic bedroom makeover yesterday. I wanted to show you how 
I constructed the skirted console table.  

Console tables are great ways to introduce additional storage, as well as give the weight a
wall needs to balance out a design without a huge investment.

This is the wall with a desk the homeowners were originally using.
 Can you see how the scale of the small desk doesn't relate to the huge wall? 


To invest in a piece of furniture that would be the right scale could be extremely pricey. The great
thing about using a skirted console table is that you make it to the exact size, height and width that
 is appropriate for the space. 

I like to use the stackable Organizers by Closetmaid for my base. You can find these at
 most big box stores.


When put together, they look like this.

Because I wanted this table to be just a bit taller than the 32' finished height
 {31" organizer + 1" wood top}, I added some scrap pieces of wood. {I actually ended
 up only using 1 piece of scrap wood} So, finished height was 33".

The top was a piece of 12" x 6' piece of MDF. This didn't have to be cut, but, the guys at
 Lowe's/Home Depot will cut a piece to your specifications. The size of the piece of wood on
 top determines your console size--it does not have to be the same width as the organizer. I could
have used a piece of wood that was twice as wide. When I installed it in the house, I screwed
 straight down through the top, through the scrap wood and through the organizer.    

After I made the skirt, I topped it with a piece of 1/4" glass that my local glass company cut for me.
 I failed to take pictures of my construction of the skirt--sorry! But I was in a huge hurry to get it completed.
 I sewed mine, but there are no-sew directions out there that use staples and glue.    

On a 6' long table, I like to use 2 inverted pleats spaced evenly. But, this is just my preference!   

I added a little 1 1/2" banding to the hem.

There are so many great examples of skirted consoles, take a look at some.


{phoebe howard}


{grant gibson}

{michelle adams}

{palmer weiss}

{elements of style}

{palmer weiss}

{palmer weiss}

Have a wonderful Labor day weekend!!

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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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