Shannon Berrey

Camping Bella style

Monday, September 26, 2011

I hope you had a great weekend. I spent it shopping like a crazy person for a new client. But, I know

 where I would have liked to have spent it….on a camping trip. Well, not just any camping trip, {truth is,

 I’m not much of a wilderness gal} no, but, I would have loved to have roughed it with Wendy celebrating

 Bella’s 8th birthday. Check out this ridiculous party:


See the adorable pajama pants on the birthday girl--Wendy's mom made each guest a pair!!

For the one or two of you who aren’t familiar with Wendy’s blog, Wendy is Bella’s superstar

mom who is not only a popular photographer, but, a crazy-talented party planner.


Wendy made each girl their own tent and personalized them with an initial pillow from YelliKelli  


You might remember Bella’s 7th birthday party that I posted about here. It was a pretty unbelievable

Up Party. When Wendy said she was preparing for #8 on FB last week, I didn’t think it was possible

 for her to deliver an equally fabulous celebration for this years shindig. Um, guess I was wrong.

I have 363 days to try to get my name on Bella’s guest list for 2012.


To see more pictures and get all the info on vendors, check out Wendy’s blog.

Fall Flor

Friday, September 23, 2011

The New FLOR collection for Fall is out and there are some goodies in this seasons catalog!

The texture that Just Plain Folk adds to these kids rooms is super impressive.

It really looks like the floors are covered in cableknit sweaters. It’s so warm and

cozy. And look at the variety you can get with the same tiles by simply placing

 them in different patterns.

The striped Parallel Reality rug would look so great in my daughters room!

Petal Pushers was inspired by a favorite knit afghan.


I’m incredibly partial to Cut Flowers. Its appeal is in its duplication of a vintage

embroidered sampler. If I was using this colorful rug, I would use neutral

furniture to allow the rug to be the star.

No worries if you missed out on the Target Missoni bust line because the

 Mag-Neat-O rug is here! This zig-zag design gets its great naturally hand dyed

 look from a heat transfer process into velvet cut pile. Love it!


From this angle, it’s hard to appreciate the design of these tiles that comprise the

 Be My Neighbor rug. But, stand on it and look down and you feel like you are on

top of the ‘burbs !  

How fun for a kid to run his matchbox cars along these streets!

If I hadn’t just installed new carpet in my son’s room, I would have seriously considered

the Best of Both Wools {props FLOR guys for the great rug names!}. I love the flannel

feel in the rows of loose loops that create this really plush, somewhat masculine design.

If you want to see the whole FLOR Fall collection, check them out here.


Any exciting plans for your first fall weekend? I am heading out of town

on a fast buying trip. Have a great weekend!

CornerStone Sonoma: Zipper

Thursday, September 22, 2011

While visiting Sonoma, we spent an afternoon at CornerStone Gardens. Our first stop was in

the eclectic shop of Zipper. This store is such a visual treat. Upon entering, you'll find an

 outstanding collection of goods curated by former NY fashion designer Steven Saden

and arts executive and writer Elizabeth Cashour. Zipper was voted one of the 10 best

 retailers in the world by Retailer Magazine and Assouline Publishing in Paris.













They have it all—fine art, jewelry, design and architecture books, and personal accessories all artfully merchandised amongst a collection of home furnishings and décor items.

The back of the store features a whimsical section of children’s books and toys. My favorite was

this little mid-century dollhouse. Complete with a brick fireplace and hardwood floors!


I found a little goodie in the jewelry section. With this bracelet collection, you got to

choose your choice of leather, your quote, and your charm.



Elizabeth then put it all together for me and I got to leave with this special momento.


The Zipper credo: Objects are imbued with art and history. Make that connection,

 and the objects you choose will enrich your life.


I left my waistline in San Francisco

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


I was excited to find an art show going on in Union Square last weekend.

And really, could they have found better peeps to be their Master of Ceremonies ?


Not too far away we got to enjoy more eye candy...these super fit tap dancers. 

We made a little pit stop through China Town.


And then we headed across the street for a yummy brunch. Guess who rounded

out our party of three?

My blogger friend, Courtney! You all know him from his blog, Courtney Outloud.

 He is a local, and was kind enough to act as tour guide for the day and share all kinds

of great nuggets of area info. We met through the blog a year ago and when we

were panning the trip, I emailed him asap!


{thank-you, cute friend, for spending the day with us!}

 We made our way through the Financial District and then on to the Ferry Building.


Inside were all kinds of great places, including this lovely bakery that I have only ever admired from other blogs...

I still am enamored with the wallpaper...

Then we were off to Fishermans Wharf

There were lots of lazy sea lions and no shortage of beautiful colorful fruits.

And imagine my excitement when we walked over to Ghirardelli Square and found this party going on:

There were blocks {bu-laaaucks} of tents sheltering {incredible} chocolate companies

offering their wares. We’re talking chocolate coconut milk, chocolate vodka, chocolate

sundaes, chocolate fudge--you get the idea…

You best believe that we got in line for tickets for this shindig.

1 ticket allowed you 15 samples from all the different tents.

We sampled 30 {thirty}. I'm not proud, just a few pounds heavier {and happier}. 

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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