Shannon Berrey

Painted Rugs: part 2

Thursday, September 15, 2011


A while back, I did a post on painted custom rugs that were created by some great bloggers. Some

of the images were pinned on Pinterest, and well...they took on a pinterest life of their own! They 

have been hyper-pinned! Since this idea is obviously such a popular one, I wanted to share a few 

more beautiful custom made rugs.

 Lydia at Pudel Design loved the pattern on this rug and used it as her inspiration:



She bought a plain Ikea rug and created a stencil.



She filled in her design with gray-blue latex paint. 



After the paint dried, she outlined the pattern with white paint.

Pretty great, right?


 Sarah at Diddle Dumpling also used an Ikea rug and a very similar pattern:



Cristi at CharmHome used guessed it.. Ikea rug and her stencil was made out of contact paper:

I love how this rug looks in this nursery!   

And Carissa from The Fabulous Design Files sent me pics of her great rug that she made using a foam play mat: 

After priming, she stenciled her pattern with latex paint.

She finished it off with 2 coats of Varathane and voila:

All of these rugs are fantastic! And, although they took a ton of patience, these ladies all saved a bunch of money. 

 What about you--have you painted your own rug? I'd love for you to share it with me!

Taking it on the road

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Last week we had an away volleyball game that was about an hour from home. It just

so happens that one of the few fabric stores I visit was fairly close to the school. 


As you may recall, feathers in the hair were banned in our players hair this season,

BUT, apparently sequined headbands are not….go figure…So, after playing other teams

who wore sequinned headbands,     We decided ‘If you can’t beat 'em, join ‘em'.

So, I ran in to the fabric store and bought 6 yds of blue sequinned elastic.



When you live close to nothing in a tiny town you become

crafty at multi-tasking. With my new car, I discovered--a plug!! A plug means

that my sewing machine can GO MOBILE!! hootie-hoo!! 



I set up shop right there in the Foam and Fabric parking lot -- radio going and air conditioning blowing.   


Within no time, I had whipped up 12 headbands, all without leaving the drivers seat!


A sweet older gentleman had been standing nearby waiting for his wife to wrap up

her fabric buying. I could tell he thought my shenanigans {ie sewing in the front seat

of my car} were quite humorous. When his wife had finished and came back outside,

 he came over to my car and signaled for me to roll down my window. He then proceeded

to point to the hem of his khakis and suggested that they could probably use a little hem…


This could be a side business, peeps. If any of you are looking for a little extra $, and have a

car, a sewing machine and a plug in your car, then you, too, could set up a mobile seamstress



{they are being silly--they actually wear them like a headband- not an Olivia Newton John video}


And when you are done, and covered in sequins, then you simply get out your

vacuum and you plug her in!!



Money making business, I tell you. Think about it.



Eye Candy

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

While shopping at the Hickory Furniture Mart recently I stumbled on this sweet treat:

Eye Candy: {ahy – kan—dee}


Someone or something visually

 attractive or pleasing to look at




And speaking of eye candy...the new Lonny is live -- and it is good!

Hotel Monaco

Monday, September 12, 2011


We have arrived in California during it’s Indian Summer and it couldn't be nicer!

We are staying at the most charming boutique hotel—Hotel Monaco, located

in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Check out the lobby and common areas.




I love the rich velvet upholstery and the unexpected color combinations.

Even though the hotel is grand in its size, hand painted finishes, marble

fireplaces, and beautiful oversized artwork, it has a wonderful comfortable

vibe to it. During ‘happy hour’, this room accommodates an enormous

amount of people very comfortably.  








 And this is our cute room.

Stripes on the walls, the bedskirt, the lampshades, the canopy, and the curtains!!

Would you ever think to use so much pattern? I am shocked at how much I love it!


Leather belts are used to hold the canopy in place. 

They are also used to decorate the cornice boards. 


How about the scale on that mirror?! 


 On the end of the bed are our bath robes--seriously could they have chosen anything better?!


And the details are not overlooked on the bathroom shower curtain.

We have seen and experienced so much of what this beautiful city has to offer.

This east coast girl is loving the west coast! And I also love that I got to spend yesterday

with my wonderful blogging buddy, Courtney. {more on that later!}


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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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