Shannon Berrey

It's been a Bear of a week...

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Not a lot of posts this week.
I don't know about you, but, the month of May is always, without fail, the craziest, busiest, time
of the year for our family. It's this: kids 'end of school' sports banquets, academic banquets, 
little league games, the reopening of all the amenities at my husbands resort, Prom, the High
School Musical, and son's birthday, combined with this: an overwhelming amount of new clients 
{Spring Fever = new home remodels}.    


I thought this was an incredibly fitting husband snapped this yesterday while leaving his
Balsam Mountain Preserve.This is just one of many bears {their are also lots of cubs!}
that my husband gets to enjoy everyday while driving the property. 

So, bear with me, please! One week down and counting!!

Wait for it...

Thursday, May 05, 2011


'HECK YEAH!!!!!' 

So what about you...have you heard the news??!!

Here's a hint...

surely you don't need more help..but just in case:

Oh no she {finally} di-unt

Oh. yes. she. did! 

Sarah Richardson/HGTV is fiiiinaly given us {patient} non-Canadians some new wonderfulness.

Oh, and if that wasn't enough...this is happening on Facebook at 7:30 right before:

Shut. your. face{book} 


**Thanks Jennifer, aka Rambling Renovator, for the email info! Thankfully, Jen knows EVERYTHING.  

Cottage Dining Details

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

This 1920's dining room rescue first appeared in Cottage Living Magazine several
 years ago. But, I love it so much that I thought we would revisit it.

Here is the beautiful After:


And here is the Before:

Katherine Cobbs, with the help of Decorating Editor Anne Turner Carroll, tackled this
Birmingham dining room that was full of an array of traditional antiques. 

The original buffet is framed within the addition of the dramatic hefty built-in bookcases.
The eyebrow arched entrance into the room from the foyer on the opposite wall was replicated
 within the bookcases. This is such a great feature! 

The walls and bookshelves were covered in Pigeon (25) in Estate Emulsion finish by Farrow & Ball
and the back of the niche {behind the buffet} was done in Crown Point Sand {Eggshell} by Ben Moore:




The ceiling and trims were done in Monterey White {BM}:

Coincidentally, I just installed the almost identical curtains in a creamy cotton that I added the
same blue ribbon detail to! They look just like these! They are living in a clients master bedroom.
{hollar Jane!}

The newly recovered rich mohair stools are tucked in front of slices of tall mirrors which
flank the entrance, but can be pulled up for extra seating when needed.

The {fantastic} art adds a refreshing contemporary touch. I love the way that the subtle
touch of golden yellow in the canvas speaks to the gold leaf base of the glass console
and the ornate mirror over the buffet.

The entrance into the kitchen features a curtained portiere instead of a door--loooove.

The original chairs were kept and recovered in 2 coordinating fabrics, but they now sit
around a round table. The gigantic lantern is stunning -- I love the way the blue hue of
the zinc in the lantern plays with the blues in the walls and fabrics.

And speaking of fabrics, you can get a better glimpse of one of the chair fabrics peeking
under the table in this image. Look how the table setting seems to be pulled right out of
 that beautiful floral print!! Amazing.

Let's soak in all the details one more time....

{pics via cottageliving via myhomeideas, photograppher Erica George Dines}


**To those of you who have tried to contact me recently through the 'contact' button at the top of the 
blog, I apologize! A few ended up 'going thru hoops' to finally talk to me! Thank you for making me
aware that the link was broken. It's fixed now! So, if you sent me a comment through 'Contact' and
you never heard back from me, please try again!    

A sketchy Monday

Monday, May 02, 2011

{via whatkatiedid}

Elli Popp , most notably recognized for their funky nostalgic wallpapers, has just released
 a new ceramic collection called 'Some British Birds'. You may recall seeing these delicate
birds on wallpapers originally. But, their release on china will make it a little more
attainable {affordable} if you love the birds but don't have a wall to paper. And you know
darned well that nothing ruffles my feathers more than beautiful bird art!   

In wanting to learn more about the artist, I did a little research. Edwyn Collins, most commonly known 
as an Indie musician, has quite an inspirational story. In 2005, he suffered a stroke which left him
 unable to walk, read or write.

Edwyn used to be right-handed. But, among other things, the stroke changed that--he had to
relearn to write and draw with his left hand. Being intrigued with birds as a young child, he began
to recreate those birds with his pencil. It was a long process, but it was within the creation of
these ethereal birds that his healing truly began.  

I love this {from an article with Edwyn}:


{via whatkatiedid}

I am totally inspired! So much so, that I visited Michaels and bought myself a Porcelaine Pen.

Watch out Dollar Store dishes, you're about to get sketchy. 

{images via Elli Popp}

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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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