Shannon Berrey

Family Room - Before and After: Tobi Fairley

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Remember the days when everyone painted their dining room or living room crimson???

Well, look what happened when Tobi Fairley stopped 'seeing red' in her Family Room.

And the other side:

Tobi has such a fresh and fun design style. Afraid of color??? Not this girl!!
Great unexpected color combo's are her signature. She doesn't let trends dictate her color
 selections or her decorating. Her designs are rooted in classic style and refined 

I was so excited to hear her speak about her business and her thoughts on social media, 
blogging, and the lost art of 'handwritten thank-you's' a few months ago at the High Point
Furniture Market. She is extremely knowledgeable {she has several degrees!} and a few
 years ago, she was selected by Traditional Homes Magazine as one of the
Top 20 Young Designers.

{Margot Austin, Brian Patrick Flynn, and Tobi Fairley}

To see more of Tobi's portfolio, visit her site here.

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Angela and Clayton did such a fantastic job of overhauling their outdated cottage.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}

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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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