Shannon Berrey

City Slickers come to the mountains

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

When famous ATL bloggers leave the big city to visit us mountain folk, you can't expect them
 to stay just anywhere. Just like musicians on tour who require special riders, these ladies
have certain expectations. Like...
 'we prefer to vacation in only really famous cottages'

Well lucky for them, Angela's cottage is, well....famous.
 It just so happens to be featured in October's 'hot-off-the-presses' Cottages and Bungalows Magazine !

Here is Angela giving us a little peak at her casa! {via TPHblog}

{FYI--I am totally kidding about the bloggers 'needs' !!}

Know who else has stayed here?

Kevin and Layla!! 

We posed the magazine in the same spot as the original shot and the above shot where Kevin and Layla 
were standing. {This is what happens when bloggers with cameras have some extra time on their hands ;) }  

{via LoriMayinteriors}

{via LoriMayInteriors}

Angela and Clayton did such a fantastic job of overhauling their outdated cottage. So many vintage
 pieces were given new slipcovers, a fresh coat of paint and a lot of TLC.

It was hard for us to get good pictures because the cottage is flooded with so much natural light--
 not a bad problem to have, right?

{pardon the unmade bed in the bunk room--I got the shot as we were leaving!}

This may have been our favorite spot.

{via TPHblog}

 If you would like to visit the cottage, check here to see if you are lucky enough to find a free weekend!
And grab yourself the current issue of Cottages and Bungalows!

Bloggers weekend!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

I had such a fabulous weekend!

{ Lori of Lori May Interiors, Angela of The Painted House , Me, Heidi Meister,
Rhoda of Southern Hospitality, and Renae of Renae Moore Designs }

 Some great bloggers from around the Atlanta area came to my neck of the woods for a weekend
of shopping, eating, cottage living, mountain gazing, and Cashiers Showhouse admiring!! Angela
was our gracious hostess and I have to say, these are some wonderfully talented, completely lovely
ladies. To get to spend time with ladies who share your same passions, strive towards the same goals,
 and struggle with the same 'mom issues' was such a treat. We bounced ideas, did lots of blog talking,
and enjoyed the beauty of our Western NC mountains. I'll share more of our fabulous excursions
 throughout the week! 

Cashiers Showhouse 2010: A look back

Friday, August 26, 2011

Now that the Cashiers 2011 Showhouse is up and running, I thought it would be
 fun to look at some before and after images from last years Showhouse. The
stunning estate was built by Mckee Properties and overlooks Whiteside Mountain
in Wade Hampton Golf Club.

The house was still under construction when we first visited to select our rooms.
. The front door enters into the great room.

This view is looking back at the front door and up top to the 2nd floor {fireplace is to the right}.  

Suzanne Kasler was responsible for the Great Room.  She used lots of pieces from her line at Ballards.
The room was bathed in light from the wall of floor to ceiling windows which seemed to illuminate the 
creamy linens of the furniture and accessories. The soft grays and blues created such a beautiful
complement to all of the wood and stone. 


The house was designed with built-ins that flanked the fireplace {you can see them in the 'before' picture},
 but Suzanne had a different vision--she had them removed and installed upholstered panels with
 a small blue ribbon detail and little gold knobs. The same blue was used to mat her collections
 of found framed gems.

Right off the great room is the dining area and kitchen. Here it is under construction.

Carole Weaks designed the comfortable, layered dining area. It took 6 strong men a
 long time and a lot of sweat to bring that table top {made of concrete} in the house. 

The screened porch is just off the dining area. It features a large rock dual fireplace with
soaring ceilings. Before:

My friend, Ann Sherrill always creates the most stunning rooms. She has impeccable taste
and owns one of the greatest furniture stores in Cashiers called Rusticks. Ann's attention to 
detail and her comfortable style truly captures Southern Rustic at its finest. She created a 
lovely porch that would be fantastic for entertaining.  

Off of the kitchen is the library.

My friends. Audrey Wood and Cheryl Benitez, owners of Mountain House furnishings, transformed
the small space with lovely trimmed curtains, beautifully styled bookcases, and comfortable seating. 

Upstairs, a small sitting area is not much to look at empty. But, a few {thousand} upholstery tacks later... 

And the area is dreamy. Lynn Monday {another Cashiers stand out}, created one of the most
talked about rooms in the house {I wrote about it here} The creamy whites, muted grays and touch
of blue, just beg you to sit back in that plush sofa and grab a book.


On the opposite wall, she flanked the windows in the most gorgeous gray-blue pussy willow fabric.

Right off of the sitting room, was my room. I decided to design a room for a little girl. Having a wall
 of windows on opposite walls, and doors on the other 2, created a bit of a conundrum with
 furniture placement--mainly the bed.

I decided to place the bed right in front of the window and designed a custom headboard.
 Because the windows are so large, the headboard needed to also be large to balance the space.
 On the walls, I painted horizontal stripes in 2 shades of pink for a really subtle backdrop.
The room was furnished with a mixture of high and low--the vintage bedside tables and dresser
 were found locally and repainted. the x-benches are from K-mart {!} I painted the base and made
little slipcovers
out of a Dash and Albert rug. This post shows how I made the monogram lampshades

This is the adjoining wall before.

I used a collection of vintage paperdolls. These are originals! {so many people thought I
 had enlarged them} I used a white mat behind each outfit and simple black frames.
Instead of flowers, I created an arrangement made out of christmas ornaments
 and beaded flowers and sheer pink ribbon.

I don't have the befores of the following spaces, but you can certainly appreciate
the afters!


This was the hallway at the top of the stairs. Eddie Alvarez and George Oliver used antique farming tools
as unexpected art up the stairs. Who would think it would work so beautifully with the opposite walls
 that are hung with vintage tapestries. Even though these spaces are small, they are huge on impact
as well as functionality. The views from these chairs overlook the downstairs Great Room and out over
Whiteside Mountain.

The 2011 Showhouse opened last weekend and continues until September 4th. I am 
not participating this year. Unfortunately, my schedule this summer has not allowed it. 
But, I am so excited to visit on Saturday with a few Atlanta Bloggers. Are any of you
lovers of great design also visiting on Saturday? I would love to meet you if you are there--
if you see me, please introduce yourself! 

**fun fact--the home sold for 3.1 million the night of the Opening Patron Party!**

{images 1, 5,7,9,11,13,19,20}

Baseball bracelet

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

While browsing through Pinterest recently, I found this picture of a bracelet made
from a baseball. Cute right?!

{I can find the time}

It's rare that I find a project to make for Jack, but he is totally into baseball jewelry. This one I
hadn't seen before, so I was excited to make this for him. I clicked on the site 'I can find the time',
the great blog that posted the picture. I grabbed a ball and got busy using Kathryn's great tutorial.
 {there is no telling what kind of search engine hits I will get on this post due to that last sentence--I'll keep you posted :) }   

{I tweaked the directions just a bit} First, draw a line close to the stitching.  

Using an exacto knife, cut along the pencil line. My blade was really dull so it took a lot of pressure
and several times around to cut through the leather.  

Once all the leather was cut, I removed the pieces. This takes some tugging cause 
MacGregor does not mess around with glueing their balls together. 

After the 'extra' {non-laced parts} are pulled off, I pulled off the laces which come off as one big circle.

Find the spot on the back side of the seam where the laces begins and ends and cut the leather in
 that spot. You have one long row of laces at this point. Fold the laces in half, and cut again. Be careful to
 leave the strings uncut. You now have 2 rows of laces about 8" long.  Each row of laces makes one bracelet.  

Start unthreading the laces. I used the lead of my mechanical pencil to help get me started.

Unravel each end about 1". {If it is a for a young child with a tiny wrist, you may want to unravel 
up to 2"}. Tie the strings in a knot and then cut off the extra leather making sure not to
 cut the strings. Braid the 3" tail on each end and knot the end.  

You can clean up the edges, if needed, with your exacto knife or a pair of scissors.
When you want to wear it, simply tie the strings in a knot around your wrist.

You may need to stretch it out a little because it wants to stay in a circular shape.
 I am sure that water {ie. showers} will also help it to relax a little.   

I think he is going to love it!

And if he doesn' worries, there's always Plan B.


I am over visiting my blogging buddy, Courtney, today. He is the great blogger behind Courtney Outloud.

I have loved getting to know him over the past year and living vicariously as a west-coaster through
his blog! He is having a great series this week on prepping for Back to School and I am sharing
my post on how our family survives this crazy time of year! Click here to check it out.


If you came over by way of Pinterest yesterday--Welcome!! I am not sure what happened
but over 3000 folks visited via the site. If someone came that route yesterday and would 
share with me in the comments how they were sent over, I would love to find out!         

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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