Shannon Berrey

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.


{bossycolor}



{phoebe howard}



{littlegreennotebook}



{grant gibson}



{michelle adams}



{palmer weiss}



{elements of style}



{palmer weiss}



{palmer weiss}

Have a wonderful Labor day weekend!!

Rustic Bedroom - Before and After

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Do you remember this post where I showed you a bed I painted? Well, I am almost
  finished with the master bedroom of a mountain vacation home where the bed lives. 
Here it is under construction.



And AFTER:



I found the vintage cabinet door today {it's simply propped on top of the headboard in the pic} and
 think it will work great hung over the bed. I plan to place a sweet little landscape painting, that
 was given to the couple as a wedding gift many decades ago, in the middle of the door.  



This fern fabric was our inspiration for the room. I added several plaids, houndstooth, buffalo check,
 a few solids and, of course, a monogram! My clients are southern traditionalists in the truest sense!   






This was Ms.Client's favorite wing chair. It has been part of her family for many years. The original
 upholstery had seen a lot of love so we slipcovered it and the ottoman. The print above the chair is
 a piece the couple already owned--a drawing of their primary residence. 



Across the room, I made a skirted console table and hung a collection of fern prints.






This special canvas was done by one of the clients daughter's as a gift for Mr. Client several years ago.
It is such a sweet painting of a local church. I LOVE using original artwork by a homeowners family! 


 
The little bench at the end of the bed was made by Mr. Client when the couple were
 newlyweds and funds didn't allow for new furniture. 



I made it a little houndstooth slipcover with a small flange detail.  

 





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Can you believe it's September already???
 I guess they are lighting the Christmas trees at Lowe's as I type....geez.

Family Room - Before and After: Tobi Fairley

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Remember the days when everyone painted their dining room or living room crimson???




Well, look what happened when Tobi Fairley stopped 'seeing red' in her Family Room.
 



And the other side:




Tobi has such a fresh and fun design style. Afraid of color??? Not this girl!!
Great unexpected color combo's are her signature. She doesn't let trends dictate her color
 selections or her decorating. Her designs are rooted in classic style and refined 
traditionalism. 
  
After:







I was so excited to hear her speak about her business and her thoughts on social media, 
blogging, and the lost art of 'handwritten thank-you's' a few months ago at the High Point
Furniture Market. She is extremely knowledgeable {she has several degrees!} and a few
 years ago, she was selected by Traditional Homes Magazine as one of the
Top 20 Young Designers.


{Margot Austin, Brian Patrick Flynn, and Tobi Fairley}

To see more of Tobi's portfolio, visit her site here.


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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