Shannon Berrey

Sexy Barn: Rafael Novoa

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hold on to your cowboy hat and {monogrammed} boots, my friends. You are about to enter into the sexiest barn reno eva. The team of designers at Rafael Navoa took on the challenge of renovating this 300 year old Pennsylvania barn and turning into a gorgeous, expansive residence. Keeping as much as they could, they juxtaposed old world European elements of design with a contemporary to minimalist direction of style.

As you arrive to the property, you immediately notice that this is a barn with some serious contemporary flair. The designers ability to mix and isolate both extreme styles bring an exciting aesthetic.

Maybe my favorite feature are these sliding glass and steel front doors.

Just what makes an interior 'sexy' ?? Smooth, reflective surfaces, gorgeous low lighting, metals, rich wood, smoky sophisticated grays, crystal chandies, streamlined furnishings....

Welcome to sexy, ya'll ...... 

I don't play the piano, (not well anyway} but, I can't imagine a more inviting spot to sit and play than in this elevated music area. Look at all of that light. 

And a little closer look at the metal stair risers that get you to all that sunshine... 

I love how the track lighting runs along most of the beams, but the heads are very small and completely non-intrusive. 

The living room is really the only place that color shows up. For the most part, the home is filled with whites, cream, and grays. The upholstery here boasts cool teal blues. Imagine sailing along the warm waters...there's a certain sexiness you feel on your skin when the sun washes over you when you are lying on a boat, in the sun and breeze, loose and carefree. When this teal blue is used in interiors, I am instantly transported to the water.... {Mama needs a vacay!!}    

Downstairs leads to stone walls, concrete floors and low ceilings. It's dimly lit and very intimate -- a very inviting spot to host a party. 


can you hear it?? 

John Legend is crooning 'All of Me' from the speakers under that lit bar. Oh yes he is. 

If you want to see more images from this barn, or other projects from Rafael Novoa, visit here.

100 Days of Happy

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Have you guys heard about the 100 Happy Days Challenge?  

It's a simple project that invites you to share a photo of something that makes you happy, every day for 100 days. You post it on your social media of choice {or you can email it privately if you don't want to share} with the hashtag 100HappyDays.   

I certainly want to slow down and appreciate how much happiness I have, so, today is Day 1 for me. If you want to follow along I am posting on instagram at shannonberreydesign or, better yet, join me and sign up here.

My first picture is of Beau and me enjoying Jack's baseball game. I can only wonder how many hours I have spent cheering on my favorite catcher over the past 10 years. Happy moments!!!

A study in texture

Thursday, March 20, 2014

When discussing decorating plans with clients, most get very timid when the conversation of color combinations and committing to color selections comes up. Color can be very scary. I get excited about pulling fabric swatches and combining colors and patterns of differing scale. But, I can get just as excited  about proposing a beautiful limited monochromatic color scheme which requires a ton of texture.  Explaining how to successfully use texture to achieve an exciting monochromatic plan can be very daunting and confusing.   

So what is texture as it relates to interior design? Texture is the surface quality of an object, resulting from its 3-dimensional structure, and it is often used to describe the relative smoothness of a surface. Although texture is usually touched, it certainly can be interpreted through sight. Because touch and sight are so closely related, we can successfully interpret this sense through our design decisions. 

In order for a limited color scheme to not be boring and lifeless, it needs to be stacked with texture. Let's dissect this mysterious word texture by breaking down this beautiful monochromatic room created by the designers of the firm Wolfe-Rizor

** the rug is nubby and soft and warms up the hardwood floor
** the coffee table is mirrored and shiny and reflects light
** the polished wood patina of the antique furniture verses the flat rough hewn cut edges of the stacked wood 
** the solid linen upholstery fabric has a slight texture and soaks in the light
** the sharp antler base table topped with a glass top changes the tactile texture whilst retaining the visual texture 
** the iron lamp base offers a dull rich patina 
**  the woven throw adds interest to the sofa
** the detailed paneled wall molding, although painted the same color, creates peaks and valleys that cast shadows and depth
** painting the mounts the same color as the walls {genius!} allows them to become more sculptural and a touch more feminine

 All of these opposites: rough verses smooth, shiny verse matte, painted verses raw, create a beautiful contrast and thus an interesting inviting space that is for the most part, devoid of color and pattern. 

Need help in adding a bit more texture to your interiors? Email me for design service options!



Monday, March 17, 2014

I hope you all have a day full of lucky!!!

Imagine how lucky I felt when I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Design Mom, {who just happens to have one of the most popular blogs on the planet} and saw a shout out in one of her posts!!


 And, so excited and lucky to see my beauty featured on Sevenly's Instagram feed today!!

Go throw on your green pumps, grab your disco ball and chase your rainbows -- a field of clover may be  closer than you think!!

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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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