Shannon Berrey

NapaStyle: Yountville

Saturday, October 01, 2011

I have been receiving and enjoying the NapaStyle catalog for many years. After incredible

success with his many California restaurants, Chef Michael Chiarello opened his first

NapaStyle retail store in 2000. Michael describes the store as ‘a multi-channel lifestyle

 retailer inspired by my Southern Italian heritage, the Napa Valley style of life, and a

passion for seasonal and sustainable living.'     

I was excited to see how the catalog would translate into a store. I was expecting {or

maybe hoping} to see more furniture, but for the most part it was showcasing his spices

 and food items, much like a Williams Sonoma store. My foodie husband wasn’t at all


This was a table made out of salt squares--very cool. That back wall is full of a kazillion different salts-who knew there were more than 2 or 3?!

He had a small café set up in the rear of the store. The chandeliers {on the left} were

created with wine glasses, serving spoons and other cooking utensils.


Loved these copper tables. I used a hand hammered copper dining table in a clients

 home here in the mountains and it is a showstopper.


Of course, there were oodles of wines to choose from.

Right outside of the entrance to the store is one of Michaels restaurants, Bottega.

There is a huge outside Terrazzo filled with lounge areas and dining seats.



Inside, there are 2 dining rooms with a private dining/wine room and bar and 5

communal tables. It was dimly lit and beautifully decorated with old timbers,

salvaged bricks, leather, Calcutta d’Oro marble and recycled concrete.




It just so happens that Napastyle has just announced that Napa Interior Designer,

Lisa Holt Has joined their team and she will be writing a blog for the company. You

can check out NapaStyle Flavor here 



Michael is also the author of many cookbooks, the proprietor of a family winery,

and has his own shows on Food Network, Fine Living, and PBS.

{Bottega was so incredibly packed at 6pm on this Friday night—go figure, that I felt Incredibly rude snapping

 pics of people enjoying their dinner, so I borrowed the photos of Bottega from their website}  

Amazing Grace is coming to Asheville!

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Grace Bonney is a superstar blogger. Her blog, Design Sponge is one of THE most popular

 and one of the blogs that I have been following the longest. I preordered her {long awaited} just

released book a while ago and I waited impatiently for it to show up for weeks. When I got back

 from vacation, guess what was waiting for me on my doorstep...




All of the hype is totally justified. This is a fantastic thick book full of the beautiful interiors of folks

 we have come to know through Grace’s blog. But it’s not just featured homes, it also includes the resources of where to buy what is featured, super easy to understand how-to’s which include

 the levels of difficulty and moneys involved in the completion of the how-to’s, flower

arrangements inspired by the featured rooms, before and afters… 


I have poured over this book.


If you haven’t bought your own copy, then I highly recommend it. And, if you are more

patient than me, then you can meet me here {in Asheville!} next month, buy it and have

 it signed by Grace herself.



I have my RSVP confirmation! I can’t wait! You can get more info here.

Are any of you guys planning on going??? Let me know!

Missoni Bologna

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Are you guys familiar with the 3/50 project? If not, let me ‘splain it to you real fast like:


Awesome, right? Our downtown adopted this campaign right after it started about

2 ½ years ago. It’s a pretty simple idea with huge impact. How did it get started?

With a blog post, of course.

Said blog is Always Upwards. Smarty pants behind the blog, as well as the

3/50 project--Cinda Baxter. Let's enjoy Cinda's post from yesterday, shall we:



Soooo…anybody rethinking the Missoni wares the few of you scored

while tackling your neighbor at the launch a week ago? What the...?


Monterey California

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Our Monterey hotel room couldn't have been closer to the blue California waters.  


Monterey is a long way from my home in the NC mountains. But, just a hop,

skip and a jump outside of our hotel, I was excited to find my people. How I

lurve to find local artists.


Loved this mural on the waters edge.

We spent a good part of the afternoon enjoying the beauty that the Monterey Aquarium provided. 

And I'll be darned if my people weren't at the aquarium, too!

How beautiful is this plastic bottle art display?

Outside offered us just as much beauty as we strolled by the storeowners stunning flowers.

After our shopping, we took in the scenic '17 Mile Drive'. This is the stretch between Pacific

Grove and Caramel that is full of golf courses and enormous homes.

I had to stop and grab this photo for my {golfer} dad. Notice that the picture above of the Lone Cypress is the logo {in the circle below} for the prestigious Pebble Beach.  

I'm not sure I can explain how many deer were on this course and the surrounding golf courses. It was unreal.

We finished our day off at a fabulous dinner at the Chart House. If you are in the area, I highly recommend.

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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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