Shannon Berrey

Here's to Hollywood!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Our Gala went off beautifully!! We decorated Friday and Saturday and the red carpet
was rolled out to welcome our guests at 6:30pm Saturday night!




































































Stop by tomorrow and I'll show you how we made the feather arrangements.

Dreaming of a vacation...

Friday, August 12, 2011

I would pay a lot of green to be able to spend today in this beautiful treehouse.


{The Lettered cottage}

Yes, I said treehouse


{The Lettered Cottage}



{The Lettered Cottage}

heck, I would spend money to be able to escape here today.





But, instead, this is where you will find me.








I wish I was going for this.





But, we will be there to decorate for our annual hospital fundraiser that is happening tomorrow. 





No worries, I've got lots of help.





I'll take pictures for you and we will take a look at them next week. deal?
 
oh, and check out The Lettered Cottage to see more images of not only the
 treehouse but, the whole camp and the amazing story behind it all.

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Have a great weekend! 

How to create Sharpie Wallpaper

Thursday, August 11, 2011

If you visited Rambling Renovators last Friday, you saw pictures of my newly redone
guest bathroom. A guest bath that I began working on several months ago. I haven't done
 a post on the details of how I drew/painted the 'wallpaper', so I thought we would talk
 about it today. 

Before:


 
Ugh!

First, we tiled the floor and  installed some 'faux' wainscoting Check out this post to see
 these steps.  

I painted the wall {and ceiling} a really pale blue. {If anyone is interested in the color, email
 me, and I'll go look!}

Then the fun part--creating my Sharpie art!

Instead of spending a fortune on my favorite Schumacher wallpaper, I decided to draw it
on my walls instead. I printed off a picture of the Schumacher wallpaper that I used as
my inspiration and taped it to the wall to refer to. 




If you really like a wallpaper, you can find out its repeat.  In this particular
paper, this is the distance {left to right} from one butterfly/bird to the next identical
butterfly/bird.


 

I could have easily just free-formed it, but I really liked the look of the wallpaper, the size
 of the birds, and the amount of color. So, I stayed fairly consistent to it's repeat. Schumacher
 has a cool site where you can actually zoom in on the pattern.



To make the process a little quicker, I zoomed in on each bird and butterfly to the exact same
 'zoom level' I then printed each off onto a piece of cardstock to use as a pattern.




My vertical area was only 34" so nothing was repeated up and down. Once I traced around
 a bird, then an identical bird was traced 27" to the right and 27" to the left. After penciling
in about a 6 ft area, I started sketching in the branches.




Using Sharpies on a wall is a little daunting at first, but they work really well.



After all the branches and leaves were done, I used white paint to fill in all of the birds and
 butterflies. This is not a necessary step, it just helped me to make sure I liked the placement
 of it all.
{you have to look really hard to see the faint white} 



It took several coats of craft paint to fill in the birds and butterflies.



After the paint was dry, I went back and added black details with the Sharpie.



{Hint-- try to end your pattern in a corner that is the least conspicuous}


It took an incredible number of hours to finish, but I am really happy with the results
 and the $600 I pocketed from not buying the wallpaper.




  




A set of crosstitched vintage framed birds and a $8 Goodwill brass lamp finish
 off the other side of the bathroom.   



I'm still waiting to find the perfect little vintage chandy, and then I can check this
 room off my {long} list!  

Veneer grid wall

Wednesday, August 10, 2011



This is a great wall treatment that Katie from DIY magazine finished in just a weekend.
She used inexpensive rolls of veneer to create a stunning wall that looks way more
expensive than the $200 she spent.    



To see Katie's step-by-step instructions and to download her pattern click here

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Thanks again for all your kind words--they are so very appreciated. 


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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