Shannon Berrey

Being true to you

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I have long been a fan of the extraordinary fashion muse and decorator, Iris Apfel. So it was a
 real treat to receive a double dose of her greatness this month--first in an article in June's
 Architectural Digest and then on an episode of Martha's 'vintage fashion' show.  

This lady lives as fearlessly as she dresses. Her apartment in NYC is full of her
 collected artwork, antiques and outfits.

Amen, sister!!

Years of buying trips to Europe has added to her collections. First, as head of her own interior-design
 business and later as cofounder, with her husband Carl, of Old World Weavers, a manufacturer
 of handcrafted archival fabrics for the carriage trade.

Showcasing her vintage clothing on Martha. 

Well into her 80's, she is not slowing down. Her new line of costume jewelry is getting
ready to launch, she is a visiting professor at The University of Texas at Austin, and
she has a traveling clothing exhibition.

I would love to spend an hour with this lady and listen to just a few of her colorful stories!

{pics via Architectural Digest


Thanks so much to Denise of The Painted Home for featuring me today over at her blog!!
You can check it out

The painted dragon

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I love fabrics. Textiles get me incredibly excited. And although it has shown its bright floral
loveliness all over blogland, Schumachers Chiang Mai Dragon, is one I never ever tire of.


It looks beautiful on everything it covers...on chairs


on headboards


on seats


and even on envelopes


But, my very favorite application was introduced to me last week on Janell's blog....get ready...


That is NOT wallpaper. That, my friends, is painted by hand!! I know..a-maze-ing!!! This is
the creative work of Danika Herrick 


I felt an instant kinship. After all, I too just painted my own Schumacher wall: 

So cheers to you, Danika, my Schumacher sista! I can't wait to see it all finished! Check out her
 wonderful blog here.

Hanging the paint by numbers

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

In yesterday's post, I showed you a bedroom I just finished.

There were quite a few steps that led up to the wall full of artwork. Almost all of the PBN's {paint by
numbers} were purchased on ebay and etsy. Surprisingly, I only found 1 or 2 in an antique store
{and I go to a lot of antique stores}. I had a few 'rules' which I tried to adhere to: only buy framed
pieces, don't spend more than $25/pc, and the theme of each painting needed to relate to the
 mountains. All in all, these were fairly easy rules to follow.    

At first, I was going to white-wash all the frames. But after experimenting with one, I didn't like it 
with the wall paint. Because the frames arrived in everything from deep cherry to white, I wanted 
them to all have a more medium wood tone. I wanted the variety of different tones, but as they
 were--it was a bit too distracting with all the colors in the canvas.

So, on the lightest ones, I rubbed on several layers of Tudor Brown Briwax. While the 'orangey oak'
frames got  painted with watered down brown paint.      

This was a series of 4. They arrived like this.

After a little paint, they ended up like this.

Then came the task of planning where to hang what. I made a paper template of every picture. I used
what I had: kraft paper, black sign paper, and newspaper. I made sure to write a brief description of 
the artwork on each template {otherwise there was no doubt that I would get something mixed up!} 

With painters tape, I began placing them on the wall. Fingers were crossed that I had enough to fill
 the space tightly. After I had a configuration on the wall that I liked, I wanted to lay the real prints
 out on the floor, in this pattern, just to make sure that they looked good. 

The floor in another room had the space to do this. I liked how it looked and then began taking one
print at a time to hang. I literally felt like I was in the 'puzzle round' of Survivor--finding the description
and shape on the template, going back into the other room to find the correct one and then
 bringing it back to match it to it's correct location.     

Most of the hardware on the back of these needed to be reinforced. After all, they are all 50-60
 years old! And many needed some extra nails or painters tape to hold the edges of the canvases down. 

I had a couple of round frames I wanted to use on the window trim. I opted to leave them 'as is' in their 
chippy mellowed gold frames. I like the way the color tied into the dull brass on the wall sconces.  

Because I didn't have any extra small PBN's, I cheated...I went on ebay and found some
images of PBN's that I liked. I printed them off and cut them out to fit my frames.

Sshhh...don't tell anyone ;)

I love all the history that this wall now possesses. Think of all the many, many people that had
a hand--literally--in bringing this wall to fruition! Some are signed, some are dated, while
 others share the the city where the artist lived. They really are beautiful little pieces of
americana and in my opinion, priced far below the time that took to create them.

Paint-By-Numbers room

Monday, May 16, 2011

Today I am sharing a guest bedroom that I just completed. This is my client's mountain home. She
flew in this weekend to see it for the first time.  

This was a really fun room to complete. This family loves color and trusts in the 'design process' so
working with them is such a treat.

I have been bidding on these vintage paint-by-numbers on ebay for months. They arrived in all kinds of
painted and stained frames. Originally, I thought I would white wash them all, but when I experimented
with one, I didn't like it. So, instead I painted them with a watered down brown paint and/or used Tudor
 Brown Briwax to create a cohesive 'brown tone' .   

These paint-by-number pillows were my jumping off point. These, along with the vintage inspired
 crocheted throws {I love these so much!} were the inspiration for the room.

The beds were custom made locally. I had them painted in Robins Egg Blue, glazed and waxed.

This is the dresser that I showed you in this post. It is the perfect fit between the beds.

The homeowners have a bull dog, so imagine my excitement when I scored a pair of bull dog
paint-by-numbers!  I love to incorporate personal accessories into a family's design. 

We did a stained concrete floor using browns and rusts in the downstairs level. Here it is
layered with a Chocolate Tartan plaid Dash & Albert rug.

As you walk in the room, there is a little nook that is now the background for an old shutter that I
attached the other 'portrait' of Bubba which is held in place with upholstery tacks.

A collection of vintage anagrams that I scored on ebay years ago were used to personalize the shutter.

I'll share more details of the room throughout the week.

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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