Shannon Berrey

CornerStone: Artefact

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


When I first walked in to Artefact, an architectural salvage store in Cornerstone on the edge

 of Sonoma wine country, I wasn’t prepared. You know when you enter a store, or a house or

maybe just a fabulous space and you are instantly consumed with endorphins?? You want to

immediately come face-to-face with the owner because you know that you have a common bond

 and you are destined to become friends...

Well, that’s how smitten this blogger was when she regained her composure upon walking in. 


 This gigantic hand greets you upon entering. And see the peek of chalky blue off to the right?

 It's a 20' wall of stacked vintage chairs *awesome*

This art installation is backdropped with loads of ropes. Look closely and you can make out

 the wooden legs of the gal carrying 75 tons of wooden…{?} stuff all while still checking

 herself in  her hand mirror. 




These silver skulls almost changed my mind about Halloween decor! 

If you are really lucky, you'll get to meet the shop dog, Axel. 


Artefacts is right outside the fantastic store, Zipper, that I wrote about here and next to Keating Winery. 



This little gem is located at the southern gateway to Napa & Sonoma wine country. CornerStone

 Sonoma is an eclectic collection of shops, wineries and a gourmet cafe set amidst nine acres

 of garden installations created by the world's leading landscape architects. If you are lucky

enough to be in the area, I strongly recommend visiting.  

Wedding Dress paintings: Kristina Bailey

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My brothers best friend of 25+ years got married this year. Doug's mom recently posted a

picture of a wedding gift that Doug and Michelle received on Facebook and I thought it

was such an awesome idea that I wanted to share it with you.



A watercolor painting of the brides dress!

For the most part, a bride packs up her wedding dress and it gets placed in the back of the guest

room closet with hopes that maybe one day her daughter might entertain the idea of wearing

THE dress on her own special day.


Thanks to artist Kristina Bailey, the dress that we always dreamed of, shopped

hours for, and wore on our most special day, can now be part of our decor.

 This talented ladies 8x10 paintings have been featured in Southern Lady,

Atlantan Bride Magazine, and Daily Candy.



Kristina grew up in Macon, Georgia and after receiving her BFA in Fabric Design from the

University of Georgia, she interned in New York City in the textile and fashion industries.

She then spent her days dying fabrics and embellishing clothing surfaces, an experience

 that would later greatly influence her painting. An opportunity in visual merchandising

 with a national fashion accessories company brought her back home to Georgia where

she currently lives with her husband in Atlanta.



 To order your own dress painting or an awesome gift for a special bride, contact Kristina at

 her website here. But hurry, she will be going on maternity leave soon!

Weekend thoughts...

Sunday, October 09, 2011

This weekend went too fast. Jack has a travel baseball ball tournament every weekend.


It's always in either another city or state and it involves between 4-6 games in 2 days. It's a lot. ..

 It's a lot of travel and a lot of strain on 13 year old knees when he catches for 20+ innings like he did last weekend. This weekend he pitched, which means a lot of stress on a 13 year old throwing arm. Add to travel ball: soccer games, baseball practices and homework and it makes for incredibly long days and weekends. 


We were lucky this weekend in that he played only 40 minutes away. His first game was 9am on Saturday. Getting up at 7am on a Saturday is not fun. I begrudgingly got up and headed out. Jack rode over an hour earlier with his dad since he had to be there at 8am. The beauty of the leaves on this drive were just incredible and my 'woe is me' attitude immediately shifted. The sun was out and I wanted to look at every tree in these Smoky Mountains. I literally had chills around certain curves as the colors were so intense in the early morning sun. I wish I had pictures.

I do love the thinking time that driving alone presents. I read a blog post a few days ago that I couldn't get out of my mind on this drive. Paige is the momma to 4 beautiful daughters and she shares her life so honestly on her blog, Simple Thoughts. It's a life that has not been fair to Paige, or her girls, but one that she has triumphed through. In this particular post, she shared an experience that really resonated with me. You can read it here.

 I struggle with this.

 Do I expect too much? Do I give enough in return?

I never want my kids to do what they do to please me or their dad. There is such a fine line between kids living their chilldhood to the fullest and living a childhood that is just too full.    

This week I have plans to slow down. I need to remember this life is about the process, not the destination.

Pump, pump, pumpkins up!

Friday, October 07, 2011


I showed you my naked funkins yesterday. Well, they got all dressed up and I high-tailed them out to the resort my husband runs, Balsam Mountain Preserve, for their Fall Festival debut.

They obligingly posed on the back stairs for me before being shoved in the back of the car.

You can find these faux pumpkins at many places. I have seen them at Target and Michaels {Use your coupon because they aren't cheap} They come in 2 sizes--expect to pay about $6 for the small and $10 for the large. I used what I had to give them some personality.

First up: Martha Stewarts glitter. I love this stuff. It's super fine and comes in great colors. I made this Santa with the Brownstone a few years back. The 3 on the right came in a little kit that was on clearance at W-M for $2! 

The funkins are a little bit slick, so I used a small amount of glue to first outline my leaves.  {You can't use a pencil on these guys, so if you want to sketch something out, I suggest using a washable marker}


.Then I squirted some glue inside of the outlined area.  I used a small paintbrush to fill it in with a really thin layer {the glue will drip if you use a lot--lesson learned}.

     Then shake on your favorite sparkles. I combined colors for a 'fallish' effect. After all the leaves were done,  I used a dry paintbrush to remove the excess glitter that likes to linger.  

These guys got some glittery polka-dots.

Because I love what a good Sharpie can do, I used it to recreate the resort's logo. You may recall seeing the logo before when I used it in this project.


His neighbor got a new Sharpie skin, as well.

I used the horizontal wrinkles... creases... indentions {what the heck are they called?} to guide my zig-zags. I wasn't looking for perfect. I also didn't color it completely black--I like seeing a little bit of the orange. 

Left over upholstery tacks helped to monogram a BMP on another. I sketched out a design on a piece of paper and taped it on. You have to make some creases in order to form the paper around the curve of the pumpkin.

  It's really easy to push the tacks in. Following my sketch, I spaced them as I went, trying to get each to touch. ideally I would have used smaller tacks, but, this is what I had.


I thought I would be able to rip the paper out from underneath the tacks, but it didn't work. 

So, I had to take all the tacks out to remove the paper. But, the holes were there, so it was easy to put the tacks back in. Look closely and you can see the pattern.


 I had just enough tacks to attach 2 rows of a striped ribbon around the middle of the last one {bottom of pic}

They look good in their new home. Unfortunately, I have no pics of their new digs--I forgot my camera.  

But, just in case you are worried about them, check out this video of Andie McDowell showing off their new neighborhood. She happens to call this home as well:


This is happening as we speak and it's only going to get better :

I hope your weekend is full of Fall's amazing beauty!

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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