Shannon Berrey

Laurel magazine: in the Rambles

Friday, July 29, 2011

Forgot to tell you guys that I am in this magazine this month:

They showcased a home I designed 4 years ago. In all honesty, the house is way more beautiful
in person. It is owned by a great family and it was one of the most fun projects {and probably the
biggest home--6400 sq ft!!} I have ever worked on. I haven't been back to it in years and I wasn't
present for the photo shoot. AND, I never hired a photographer to take 'after' photos for my
portfolio---bad, horrible, huge mistake. Lesson learned....

It would be so interesting to sit in on a magazines decision making meeting as to which pictures
 are used and the reasons behind it. For instance, this home has gorgeous multiple fireplaces, an
 open beautiful kitchen, fun kids rooms, a massive inviting entrance foyer with a lovely staircase...wish
 they had photos of that! *sigh*   

If you want to see the whole article and read the interview, click here.

**I had a problem with the link, but think it's fixed now!

A new Sarah is tomorrow on HGTV {at least for us Americans!}
 Episode 4 is the redo of Andrews bedroom.

 I spot one of my very favorite fabrics of all times on the upholstered bed--Chiang
Mai Dragon! 


Have a great weekend! 

Kind of like magic..

Thursday, July 28, 2011

They arrived today...

The contents in these 6 boxes will decorate a 13,000 sq ft ballroom at Harrah's Casino
 in a mere 2 weeks. 

400+ people will be attending our fundraiser 'Here's to Hollywood Gala', as we raise money
 for our local hospital.  

No pressure.  

Lovely lakehouse

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Designer Meg Braff may be based in Manhattan, but she's a southern girl at heart.
Every summer she packs her family of 4 boys and husband up and heads to their 
Mississippi lakehouse. The house has seen 3 generations of Meg's family and is 
tagged 'Bikini Point' by her Uncle.

Meg gave the house a recent face-lift with a 4-bedroom addition, but being very careful
 to keep the charm of the existing home. The original brick floors got a glossy recoat
 while the walls and ceilings were covered in Benjamin Moores White Dove.

Because family gatherings can bring 40 people to the lakehouse, a lot of seating
 was necessary. Meg outfitted the deep hearth with custom cushions and she used
woven cubes that can be moved around for additional seating. 

In the family room, the walls are covered in a grasscloth wallpaper and then painted
blue. I love how keeping the trim, the walls, and the bookcases the same color
 creates such a lovely calm. .   

It's fun seeing the formal style of the sofa paired with the rustic coffee table and
twig lamp. A great example of how fabrics can unify even the most unlikely of pairings.   

The punchy fabric in the guest room looks so great and unexpected used on the bedskirt.
 Because it is a busy pattern, it could be overwhelming, but is beautifully balanced by using
the simple white bedding.  

{all pics via Southern Living

To see more of Meg's work, view her website here. 


Monday, July 25, 2011

We have loads of wine corks. For years, everytime we finish a bottle of vino, we add the cork to our
 expanding collection. I have used them for a variety of projects. They have filled glass vases, added
needed height inside a pottery vase that housed a plant, acted as namecard holders at dinner parties,
and my daughter has made a cork board or two. I have dreams of one day using them as a
backsplash or as a cool floorcovering. But, until then I will delight in what other artists create with
 their corks. One in particular, is the fabulous jewely of Cat Ivins of Olive Bites Studio.

You can buy Cat's jewelry at her etsy store, uncorked. Or, you can even send her your
 own special cork to create a piece just for you!   

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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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