Shannon Berrey

The Versatility of the Cotton Rug

Friday, June 10, 2011

Cotton rugs are such a great accent to so many different design styles. Dash and Albert offers
such a great variety of cotton rugs at affordable prices. The company has only been around
 since 2003, but they took the market by storm. Take a look at them in action. 


And, cotton rugs are so thin that you can layer them on carpet as well.

{not a Dash and Albert--not sure the source}

{shannon berrey designs}

They also make these rugs into cute tote bags.

The totes got me thinking about other ways to use a cotton rug.


In this room, I started with some not very attractive x-benches from K-mart.

I painted the legs green, did a little distressing and then glazed them. Then I cut up this rug:


And made slipcovers.  


But, I didn't stop there. Nope, I was on some kind of rug roll. I needed a window treatment for
the adjoining bathroom. I had the remainder of the rug made into a roman shade.

It worked beautifully! 

This week I got on another 'cut a rug' kick. I found the Striped Cottage Rose at Urban Outfitters
and knew it would work great in front of the shower in my {almost} redone bathroom.
 The problem--it only comes in one size--4' x 6'. This was way too big. Ideally, I needed 48" x 30"
due to a vent on my floor. But, I knew it was cotton, so I knew I could customize it.

It also allowed me to have 2 rugs--one in front of the shower and one in front of the vanity. I played with
which parts of the rug I wanted to keep. And then I cut it, zig-zagged the edges {serged edges are ideal
 but, my serger is broken :( , ironed a hem and stitched it down. 

2 custom rugs for $58. Not too shabby.


Yes, this is the bird bathroom that is still not complete. I am looking for some art, the 
'returned for the correct ones' knobs from Anthro, and then I will be ready for the reveal. 


Have a wonderful weekend! Go cut up something. 

Beautiful blankets: In2Green

Thursday, June 09, 2011

I have been searching to add a pop of color to a room that just needs one more layer. Finding
great throws is not always the easiest accessory to source. But, it can make quite an impact when
you have a room that feels a little lack-luster.  I use them across the end of beds, folded on the
 back of the sofa, or draped over a wing chair.
One of the best companies out there for not only a beautiful variety of throws, but a wonderfully
 environmental responsible company, is In2Green. They are colorful, modern and made with
recycled yarn. And the above are only a few of the patterns available. I'm leaning towards the Ikat.

  1. Eco Morocco 2. Eco Chevron  3. Eco Ikat 4. Eco Zebra 5. Eco Chevron 6. Eco Batik

{not compensated, just like a lot} 

WinMock Barn

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

I had a wonderful childhood growing up in Clemmons, NC. The little town located 9 miles west of
 Winston-Salem and 9 miles east of Mocksville, has gone through some changes over the years. There
were, and still are, so many lovely rolling pastures and picturesque countrysides. I don't how many
 {hundreds of} times we drove past this old barn full of sheep in my childhood and then horses years later. 

{simply southern photography}

It was built in the 1920's by S. Clay Williams, former president of RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co,
 my dads employer for more than 30 years. It sat on a sprawling 850 acres.


In the 40's, when new owners took over the estate, it was considered to be one of the premier dairy
farms in the state. They boasted one of the biggest and best herds of Red Poll cattle in the country.


In 2008, Sterling Events became intrigued with the property and had grand visions of restoring the
 old barn and creating an extraordinary events center. Blueprints were developed and a master
plan was created.

Construction began to create a spacious ballroom, breakout meeting rooms, private dining rooms,
 an executive boardroom and outdoor terraces for rental. All of this was done with preservation as
 a top priority.

{images via Tom McCulloh Photography}

{via Andrea Littrell}

Before it was completed, a couple did a mock wedding shoot to give folks an idea of how incredible it could be.

{via Vesic Photography}

Kinda awesome...

 Last weekend this dream became reality as WinMock { Winston-Salem + Mocksville} had its grand debut.

{images via Autumn Song Photography}

I can't wait to see the weddings and parties that will happen in this beautiful barn. 

From my moms current house in Clemmons, you can almost throw a stone and have
 it land on this property. I am excited to take a tour in a few weeks when I go home for a visit.   

What's going on??!!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Last week you may have noticed a few changes to my blog. I thought I would {try to}
explain what's going on. 

First, up top, is the addition of an Advertise button. I have had some requests from folks on 
rates to advertise on my blog. I would love to help promote your business or blog.
Click on it for more info.    

If you do decide to become a sponsor, then your ad will show up in the right hand column
 below the Google Friend Connect: 


Speaking of  'Google Friend Connect, it's also new and I would love for you to join!
  Simply click on the blue 'join this site' tab.

And finally, at the bottom of each post is my new place to leave comments. I have changed
to Disqus as my comment system and I am super excited about it.  It is way easier for me
to manage and easier for you to leave your thoughts. I love hearing from you and I read all
 comments. I try to reply directly in the comments so check back to see my reply.   


Did you know that I have a Facebook site? Yep, I do. Click on the button at the top and consider
this a personal invite to become a fan. 
I haven't jumped into the tweet pool yet. This kind of sums up how I feel about it.

But who knows, never say never!


***FYI--none of these changes would have happened if it were not for my super fabulous blog developer
 extraordinaire, Hannah Grace Cole. She has been such a patient teacher with me. So, when I say things like
"I've changed this...' and 'I've added that...', what that really means is: Hannah has done it all. Let's keep it real.    

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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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