Shannon Berrey

Anthropologie: West Coast Style

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

While in California, I was thrilled to get to shop at several Anthropologie stores. I swear the creative

juices just start flowing when this store gets in my line of sight! If I lived close to one, I would be willing

to work for free as a merchandiser just to be surrounded with the staff that comes up with

their amazing displays.


The San Francisco store had a large display made out of, what else…Rice-a Roni!


{this is Robert's favorite part of the store}




I was super excited to get to see a few one-of-a-kind pieces from Leslie Oschmann’s

 collection for Swarm. Below is a little cabinet covered in vintage oil canvases. 




 These potted flowers were made out of fabric, a little stitching, and wire.

 The backdrop for these dress forms were long lengths of chicken wire that were threaded with shredded newspaper! 


 I think a collection of these paper mache animal heads would be fantastic in a child's room.

 Can't afford the headboard you want? How about painting one on a piece of canvas!

The store in Monterey was in the most beautiful outside shopping area.

 The entrance display looked like capiz shells, but, were actually circles of cut wax paper with melted

 crayon in between the layers to create the different colors. Remember doing this craft as a kid?

 I love the wallpaper behind the paper mache heads.

This wall was covered with river rocks hung and wrapped by string. So cool.


This display provides so much inspiration for a DIY’r! The wall of frames spells out

‘We’re better together’, a gathered multi-colored grouping of pendant lights creates

A fun ‘chandelier’, and another version of the painted canvas headboard. 

With so many beautiful displays, great art books and fantastic music, I couldn’t even concentrate

on the clothes! But, I was tempted to sit right here and pull out my sketch book!


This little nook is actually in a small open courtyard in the center of the store. What appears

to be a little retreat made out of branches and stumps is actually cast concrete. It’s for sale!     

All the Anthro's were great and I got to visit many other equally fantastic local California

 stores, art galleries, design studios, and restaurants. I can't wait to share them with you!

I'm watching you!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

One of the fun parts of blogging, is becoming familiar with other blogs that stop by your site for a visit!
This is the case with the blogger behind the Etsy store and blog, The Old Post Road.

Her paintings are so sweet and I love her folksy style. It really is art that inspires.


And good news--She is offering a 15% off Autumn Sale until Sunday night !

Stick a cork in it

Friday, September 16, 2011

We are having a fantastic time in Napa Valley and I may have finally discovered

a project for all of my collected corks.


And look at the great reuse of the wine labels....



One of my projects is being featured today over at Ms. Magpie Designs.  

This is a fabulous blog that I recently found. Sharon has great taste and style. Check her out!


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!

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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