Shannon Berrey

A beautiful first impression

Monday, December 15, 2014

You know what they say about first impressions?! Your foyer is the first thing your guest will see and there is nothing as welcoming as a big bright beautiful foyer!   

This is the beautiful foyer of the Coastal Living Showhouse in California designed by Betsy Burnham Design. It is huge and therefore offers a great spot to include a library. I would love to snuggle up in that comfy chair and read a book in the warmth of the  sun that comes streaming through the loads of windows. 

I never tire of a painted checkerboard floor. This one is done in Pratt and Lambert's Swiss Coffee and Steel Wool.

The grays play so well with the blues {which, fyi, is the color that is consistent throughout the rest of the home} And speaking of grays--the walls are painted in Dovefeather {P&L} which is one of my favorites.

You get a perfect sense that this is an approachable, beautiful family home just by stepping into this foyer.

It makes you excited to see where following these gorgeous stairs will land you, right??

{images via Coastal Living}

Next Issue

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Have you guys gotten all of your Christmas shopping finished??? Yeah, me either. 

I have been told that I am really, really hard to buy for. I'm not sure exactly what that says about me, but I guess I would probably agree. One thing that I have given up this year because, well, they are so expensive, is my addiction to buying decorating magazines. When I added up what I was spending each month on my favorites, it was a bit shocking. Plus, you can get so much visual inspiration loveliness online with Pinterest. But, I'm not going to lie, I love reading the stories about the people whose homes are featured in the pages of the magazines. And I like seeing the whole house, not just one pinned image. I actually will pick the longest line when checking out at the grocery store just so I can peruse the latest Traditional Home!! 

So, imagine my excitement when I just discovered the new app called Next Issue. For $9.99 a month {the cost of 2 magazines!!} you get online access to over 140 magazines!!!!  This is a joint effort by 6 of the best publishers -- Conde Nest, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp, Rogers Communications and Time Inc. Here are some titles included in 'my favorites'. 

Seriously good titles, you guys!!!!

You can read every issue of each of these magazines every month {including back issues}!!! They are offering a one month free trial {I am free trialing it currently} as well as gift options of 1, 3, 6 or 12 month options. If you have a hard to buy for creative on your list, this would be a great gift!!! Check out all of the magazines included here.

{This is not a sponsored post and I am not getting any kickback! Just sharing a great gift idea!}

The Rock at University of Tennessee

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Hello friends!! I have had major blog problems and have not been able to get into my blog or my primary email since the weekend! But, finally.... we are back in the saddle!

While ya'll were shopping and eating the last of your turkey and dressing leftovers, I set off to Tennessee to be a part of a super fun baby announcement.

I have known Krysta for well over a decade. I remember watching her cheer at both Smoky Mountain High School and at Western Carolina University. She started dating Zeke when she was a Sophomore in high school. They continued dating while she was at WCU and Zeke was at University of Tennessee. Then in 2008, they finally tied the knot! Zeke went back to UT for Graduate School - he was gone all week and back home here in the NC mountains on the weekends. After 14 years together, they are {finally!!} growing their family!!!!  

Krysta always knew that one day, when they were pregnant, she wanted to announce it on The Rock at UT. 

If you google The Rock, you can see that it has worn lots of different facades over the years and thousands of coats of paint. When we arrived, this is what it looked like.

 And after about 20 cans of black spray paint, some sore fingers, and a little fear that we might get arrested, it transformed to a blank canvas.

{photo bomb!!}

It was sooooooo windy on Sunday which made spray painting and curly hair, go a little cray-cray. And trying to get straight lines on a big bumpy rock is not the easiest, but it sure was fun!

And here it is all finished!!

And a collection of my favorites.

I was so honored to be a part of their special announcement and I can not wait to meet Baby Cooper!!

aaaannnnnnnndddddd......we made the Knoxville news!!!

Congratulations Krysta and Zeke!!!!!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thank you all for visiting me here this year - even if I show up sporadically, I appreciate you checking in!!

I came upon this prayer written by Bishop T.D. Banks. I read and reread it many times. I was going to try to compose some thoughts here today, but, this sums up my feelings so perfectly that I am just going to share it with you....

Dear Lord, I couldn't move into another year without apologizing for the things I should've said earlier and didn't, and acknowledge the times I could've done better but didn't.

Thanks for moving me while I grumbled about the changes you made. And thanks for the things you steered me past that could've tripped up my destiny. Thanks for the mountains you sent to give me a place to exercise my faith. I'm sorry I was so worried about who left me that I failed to thank you for who you let stay and I didn't even thank you that I am still here.

You exposed me beyond my limitations, forced me to grow beyond my stagnation, and moved me from procrastination to a firm dedication to what is ahead!

In spite of the blistering cold around me, I am warmed by your presence, kept by your grace, empowered by your faith in me, and strengthened by your patience. I want to thank you that I have known love, tasted laughter and have not had to live life without a touch.

As the year closes, leaves change, temperatures plummet, birds migrate south and the freeze matriculates north, I too am now prepared. I have packed what I needed, discarded what restricted me, recycled what I could, and at last in the true spirit of Thanksgiving, I thank you God, I too, am finally ready to move on.


Happy Thanksgiving, friends!!!!

via Huffington Post

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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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