Shannon Berrey

And we're off!!

Friday, September 09, 2011


We are trading coasts for some much needed R and R.

I will share our adventures with you…


Have a wonderful weekend!


{pic via etellstales}

Fall ing

Thursday, September 08, 2011


It has been in the 60’s here this week. With a little nip in the air, it finally feels like Fall

is really close. Some of my flowers are still hanging on—but just barely. But, I don’t

 mind because I know that soon the turning leaves will paint my mountainsides.

Until then, let’s enjoy these beauties.







I don’t know anything about this installation other than it completely intrigues me.



I can't wait to kick around in the leaves. And when I do, I would love to win a big fat

 Sundance lottery and sport these winners.


 Oh Fall, I can't wait to hang out with you again....


{pics 1,2,3 via Colour My Life}

Label blanket

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

I saw this fabulous blanket at the Showhouse that was made entirely out of clothing labels!  

Of course my mind starts spinning...did all the labels belong to the same couple? {I saw
suit labels and dress labels} Were they collected for years...decades? What was the procedure--buy 
a new garment and immediately remove the tag, or, wear it, and then remove the tag when
the garment had been outgrown or outdated? 

I have saved my special t-shirts and sweatshirts since high school. I had always planned to create
a quilt out them. Instead, maybe I will make my kids a quilt made out of all their sports
shirts, camp shirts and school shirts. 

Wouldn't that make a fun graduation gift!     

Have you ever made a blanket out of something really personal or collected? Share it with me!


Update***I got some emails from folks wanting more info on the label blanket. I contacted Monday’s House

 of Design and found out that the blanket was created by local artist, Shari Erickson. It is 5’x7’ and was hand

 stitched with her personal collection of  labels {dating back to the 1970’s}. Shari has a tremendous

 portfolio and many impressive clients. Take a look at her website. Oh, and it is for sale…



Cashiers Showhouse: Reflections

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The Cashiers Showhouse is always full of eye candy, but when you get to attend with
 a bunch of design bloggers, well, every detail is more appreciated and more enjoyed! 
Here's another picture of all of us design appreciators who were in attendance.  
{By the way...these girls all laughed at me for my (correct) pronunciation of Cashiers--
Caa-shurs--is the correct 'local' pronunciation, NOT Cash-eers}

LoriAngela , Me, Heidi, Rhoda, and Renae

Enjoying elevations of up to 4160 ft, with rolling pastures and grassy lawns, 
is a natures lover paradise. 

The entrance was deceiving. It felt as if you were entering a small cottage, but this estate was
 actually a sprawler. The 42-acre sanctuary adjoins 600 additional acres of conservation land.

The house is a true Southern masterpiece, created from logs reclaimed from 1930's
Tennessee Valley Authority construction sites.

The Stone Terrace was decorated by James Farmer in lovely chocolates and marigolds.
 It was accented with loads of blooming hydrangeas.


Charles Faudree designed The Entry. The main building was built in 1967.

This is the Before:

Charles does such a great job at creating a casualness while mixing
 European antiques from multiple cultures.

The Living Room Before: 

Carole Weaks, of Carole Weaks Interiors designed the room with custom upholstery
pieces designed by Ainsworth-Noah for their new line. 

The Master Bedroom Before:

Ann Sherrill of Rusticks designed this soothing retreat draped in gauzy linen:

The Kitchen Before:
Melamine cabinets, fluorescent lighting, green formica countertops...
'nuff said.

 Audrey Woods and Cheryl Benitez of Mountain House transformed the space by
painting the cabinets, removing the lighting, and they painted right over the countertop!  


The Sitting Room Before:

Debra Green of English-Green Interiors, did such a beautiful job on the upstairs Sitting Room . 


We all loved this industrial tiered side table


And the little pleated detail on the roman shades.

And check out the silhouette of the legs on the half round table in the corner.

The Music Room on the End wing was added in 1971. It was a log cabin that was dismantled
and rebuilt with each beam numbered.

 Tammy Connor of Birmingham, transformed this room into one of my favorite spaces.

I just love the idea of the hanging lanterns instead of table lamps! 

And the painted floors....L.O.V.E.

{we had to go barefoot inside the house, please don't think that we also had toothpicks in 
between our teeth and moonshine in our bags. These were the rules, peeps....just saying} 

Outside of the music room was the most delightful Gallery of Dogs Room designed by
my buddy, Sally Johannessen of Dovetail Antiques. There were so many people admiring
this space that I don't have many pictures of it! There were personalized collars and sweet
canine paintings. Trust me, it beautifully displayed Sally's deep love
 of man's best friend {she happens to have 7 best friends!} 

The Library is the other original room in the cabin.

Lynn Monday of Monday's House of Design enveloped the space with cashmere
plaid curtains, as well as silk, cashmere, and velvet upholstery.    

The Upstairs Getaway Before:

Skip Ryan of The Ryan Companies created such a sweet bedroom with canopied
 twin beds draped in toile and a tiny sage check.  


The Lounging Porch Before:

Outside of the Master Bedroom was the Lounging Porch designed by Francie Hargrove Interiors.
When the house was originally built it was open-air and was referred to as the 'dog run'.
This space was a huge crowd favorite.

The furniture was slipcovered with the most lovely outdoor fabrics designed to withstand nature's elements.

This dough bowl full of live moss makes a beautiful centerpiece for this outdoor dining area .
 {Francie's Design Rule regarding artificial flowers: 'If it doesn't grow, it's gotta go!'   AMEN!!}  

The height of the fireplace was even more appreciated flanked with the soaring plaid panels.

These enormous sconces bordered the french doors.   

This fantastic branch detail ran the whole perimeter of the porch's ceiling.  

The Dining Room Before:

The Dining Room was decorated by Tobi West. It was very classic with it's floral
 window treatments, brass chandelier and antiques.   
{This is actually shot from the opposite angle than the before}

Dianne Estes of D. Estes Antiques was responsible for the stunning Front Porch.  

There was a lot of lingering done at this custom porch swing. It was upholstered
 in a nubby linen and accented with nailheads. So pretty.

Looking off the porch, these are your views.


The estate's outbuildings include a two-car carport, an upper barn, a lower barn, and a pond pavilion. 
The pavilion is terraced with perennial gardens, a lake, dock, three ponds, and numerous walking trails.  

Here is the front of the house looking up at the Front Porch.

The weather was perfect to sit out overlooking the pond for lunch. We left the Showhouse
and proceeded to shop all the wonderful stores Cashiers has to offer!   

{Thanks Rhoda for letting me use some of your great photos!}

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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