Shannon Berrey

Bits and Pieces

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

I certainly didn't plan to stay away from the blog this long, but when Spring arrives, life always seems to get busier than I remember. Which is silly really, because it happens every single year. 

We have been enjoying warm days and the pretties that Spring is just starting to offer. The grass got it's first haircut and the tulips are just exiting their prime.  

I have had great visits with dear friends {love you, Jill and Angela!}. I love the ladies in my life and am so thankful for them! {Even if they are trying to add to my waistline with their gifts of cheesecake, macaroons, and enormous slices of cake!}. 

I have been doing some painting projects. Here is a pillow that I painted of a client's alma mater that just made it's way to Tennessee. 

And I was excited when this showed up yesterday. No matter what the age we are, we always love to get care packages from our moms, right??


And guess who is headed to Disney tomorrow to compete in the High School Show Choir competition???? 

One hundred of our very best!!! They sing, they dance and they perform like rockstars! Here they are {Jacks on the left} killing it to Justin Timberlake's 'Suit and Tie' !!

Hope you are having a great week!


Friday, April 04, 2014

I have featured the delights of the eclectic 92 year old fashion icon and decorator, Iris Apfel here before. 

Well, hold onto to your feather boas, lovelies, cause she is letting go of 800 items from her personal collection on One Kings Lane tomorrow! There will be furniture, art, jewelry, lighting, rugs and accessories.

Mrs Apfel was involved in design restoration projects for 9 different presidents at the White House including Kennedy and Clinton. She has also designed a line of jewelry for HSN and a make up line for MAC. She's kind of awesome and I can only imagine that she will have all kinds of fabulous to offer. 

On fearless decorating:
"I hope that, now, people are getting less and less frightened about picking up some oddball item and putting it in their apartment. You have to buy something you relate to, not just because it’s a “thing." I never bought anything I didn’t relate to. I love every single piece—that’s what holds them together." Iris

Have a great weekend!

Wendy Updegraff's colorful home

Monday, March 31, 2014

With a snowy, rainy weekend behind us, it's so wonderful to have a beautiful sunshiny Monday! The grass needs cutting, the tulips are in full bloom, and the Bradford Pear trees are at their prime. Everything outside is on the verge of so much color. Another place that is bursting with color is the home of my friend, Wendy Updegraff.  

Wendy and I met in church. Well, that's not exactly true....I emailed Wendy to tell her how much I loved her photography and the wonderful kids parties that she creates and she was in church when it popped up on her phone  :) That was several years ago. Since then, we have stayed in touch and I continue to admire the talents of this busy, sought after Florida photographer. I have featured her on the blog before here. When I think of Wendy, I think color -- bright, lovely, citrusy color. She shares her home with her husband Mike and their kids, Bella and Preston.     

Wendy's family moved into the home 10 years ago. Her newly reupholstered bright pink chairs are new additions to her easy, relaxed living room. When she began her decorating process, she was debating what direction to go with colors. Her sister asked her 'Well, what colors make you happy?' Wendy thought 'Well, of course pink, green, and aqua make me happy but those aren't house colors!' Her sister came back with 'Why not?' 'And now', Wendy states, 'I can honestly say that just being in my house makes me happy!' 

I love the subtle tone on tone wide stripes on her living room walls. Pops of blue can be found in almost every room which really creates a sense of unity between all of the main living spaces.  Personal photographs are the best kind of artwork and Wendy's beautiful family photography is hung in every room of her home. 

In the mudroom, each family member has their own initial hook under a photo of their feet to store their goods. Below this, is Wendy's dad's childhood bed which she inherited. They didn't have an extra guest room, so Mike cut it down and created a bench.  

The Master Bedroom showcases a gallery wall of family vacation photos and loads of pinks and greens.


Thanks for sharing your happy home with us Wendy!! To check out her talents, visit her website. If you are in the Jacksonville, Florida area, you need to book her!! 

Thank you kindly!

Friday, March 28, 2014

It's a rainy, gray kinda day's Friday!!! And there is no way that you can have the blues when you listen to the talented Emi Sunshine belting it out. This 9-year old from Tennessee is going to be a superstar, I just know it. She writes her own music, plays several instruments and sings the blues like a seasoned veteran.  She's kinda awesome. 

Enjoy her original song, Little Black Bird.


 Sisters got style, soul AND a tail-wagging pig!

Have a great weekend!!!

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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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