Shannon Berrey

Enveloping Color: Jimmy Stanton

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

I’m always excited to see new projects by designer Jimmy Stanton of Stanton Home

 Furnishings. His rooms have such an ease and comfort to them. So, it was a treat to

 see a showhouse that he recently completed in this months Atlanta Home Magazine.


Jimmy Stanton does such a great job at producing a cohesive home. One of his companies

signature concepts is their use of color: ‘we take one paint color and envelope the whole

 room in it—the walls, the doors, the ceiling, everything. It’s so comfortable; it pleases the

eye and changes the entire feel of the room. And we’ve done the whole house that way.'




















Photos via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Magazine via Erica George Hines 

Blackberry Farm

Monday, October 03, 2011

Even though I just returned from vacation, every fall I have a reoccurring desire—to visit the beautiful

luxury hotel called Blackberry Farm. Selfish, I know. But, I am so captivated with the beauty of this

 4,200 acre pastoral estate nestled in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. I know it won’t happen

 this fall, so let’s just enjoy the photos.



There are plenty of options in accommodations: cottages, larger homes, suites or estate

rooms. And no 2 rooms are decorated the same. Speaking of decorating, property

owner Kreis Beall with the help of Suzanne Kasler {yes, THAT Suzanne Kasler} has

done an amazing job with the interiors.

















The beauty is also appreciated in what the rich soil of the farm cultivates--fresh eggs, fruit

 and nut trees, cheese from their sheep, wild flower honey, grapes, black truffles, and of

course, blueberries. It can all be appreciated in the property’s restaurant {which Zagat

 honored as the #2 spot for hotel dining in America} known as The Barn.













Maybe next year I’ll have a picture to share of moi sitting right here…first bench seat on the

right, sipping some tea sweetened with wild flower honey out of Ball glasses…


{are you reading this, luver?!}

pics 1-4,6-13,15,16,18,19,23,26 via Blackberry Farm. 14,17,20,21,24,25 via Suzanne Kasler5,22 via Traditional Home 

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!

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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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