Shannon Berrey

Once upon a Laurel Nest

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

While designing a room in a Showhouse, designers shell out big bucks for custom drapery, furniture, rugs, etc. While it's a fabulous way to spread our design wings, push the envelope, and create an over-the-top room that really represents our design aesthetic, it is also a huge expense. Luckily, everything in our rooms is for sale and the goal is to sell it all before the Showhouse closes! {Nothing leaves until after it closes} Well, our Cashiers Showhouse closed over the weekend and I agreed to deliver several items that sold to folks in the area. 

Bill Cook bought several of my more funky pieces, so I knew immediately he had good taste :) . We talked and I learned that he was a designer  {Vermilion Designs Interiors} in Atlanta, with a vacation home in Highlands. He was going to be out-of-town, so I wasn't, unfortunately, going to get to meet him. When I pulled into his street and came upon his driveway, I knew I was in for a treat. 

I felt like I just stumbled on the doorstep of Hansel and Gretel! It was just about the most charming storybook cottage I had ever seen. 

The attention to detail made me imagine how fabulous the interior of the cottage must be. And I had to repeatedly remind myself that there were severe consequences to breaking and entering. So, instead, I immediately texted Bill and said 'please tell me I can take pictures! please tell me about this property! please tell me about your inspiration! please tell me I can share this on my blog!!!!!???' And Bill was kind enough to send me write-ups and pictures on the evolution of his home.... {and perhaps an article on the penalties of stalking}  

Originally, Bill owned a post-war weekend home. He wanted more room to entertain his friends so the home came down and his imagination took off. He worked with his partner, architect Michael Faust, and the storybook inspiration included pitched roofs and ornate details, all completed by Christmas, 2011. The fairy tale images were blended with the local architectural influences of our Appalachian region. “Dutch and Scottish details were added as a nod to Bill’s family heritage,” says Faust. The result is Laurel Nest, a home tucked into the hillside with exhaustive attention to detail inside and out.

I just love the balcony railing made out of native laurel branches. I was convinced that if I stood there long enough, Goldilocks was going to wander out and peer over, Peter Rabbit and Mopsy were going to scamper through and I could have sworn I heard Little Red Riding Hood in the back, doing laundry.  

Tucked in the stairs are hand carved wooden mushroom stools, concrete greyhounds, stone covered planters, and concrete faux bois.

I mean, could you not live happily ever after here???

Come back at the end of the week for interior shots!!! {And yes, I acquired the interior shots completely legally thankyouverymuch}

The Cashiers Showhouse is open!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Well, it's been a minute since we've chatted! It has been a whirlwind of a last couple of weeks and I look forward to sharing it with you.....soon. But, for now, I am struggling to find the time to sit at my computer. So, I will share the cell pics and encourage you, if you haven't already, to visit the Cashiers Designer Showhouse before Sunday. You can have lunch at the cafe, browse the pop-up shops, and take in the majestic views of our mountains. Our weather is simply perfect this week!

Who cares that my name and my home state are misspelled??? I'm included, and that's what matters, right!!!

And for all of my Atlanta peeps, ADAC is providing a shuttle from Atlanta to the Showhouse on Friday {with lots of included goodies}. Check out the details here.

Have you visited? What were your favorite parts??


From this to that

Friday, August 15, 2014

I love repurposing furniture into something new and unexpected and using it in a different room of the home. Here is my antique empire sideboard that we got for a steal at least 15 years ago at an auction. I have it in the foyer and it houses keys, stamps, and warranties. 

{I added those enormous glass knobs}

And here is the same dresser used in an industrial loft as a bathroom vanity. I love the masculine vibe this old dresser gives this space. All of the old apothecary bottles and decanters look so great in here -- not to mention the backdrop of that 1/2 black wall and the cool leather strapped round mirror. 

The same piece of furniture used 2 different ways.

 I am getting ready to simplify my space and I'm planning on selling a ton of furniture, but now I am reconsidering holding on to this piece because I love it as a vanity AND it's really tall which makes this tall girl quite happy. 

{image 2 via Dust Jacket}

Deals and steals

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Checking out all of your FB and Instagram posts, it's hard to believe so many of the kids are back in school already! We are shopping for new room accessories for Maris as she is moving back to college this weekend. She will be living in the sorority house this year and, apparently, this room will be even smaller than last years dorm room. This rug may end up being wall-to-wall carpet. sigh...

{FYI--while shopping, this is how you decide if a rug will work in a college room}

While shopping for her new pretties, I have come across some great sales that I wanted to share with you. First up, Golly Bard's is offering 25% off everything in her etsy shop today. She has long been a favorite of mine and creates beautiful watercolor nature paintings. 

Serena and Lily are having a private sale today before it hits the website tomorrow. There are some awesome discounts -- wallpapers are 50% off, paint is 65% off, as well as some great furniture and bedding sales. I have been watching and considering these kids chairs for a project for a while. Now on sale!


Lindsay Letters has extended her 'Christmas in July' sale and has some fun holiday prints and cute t-shirts at great prices. 

And while on the computer finding these great deals, I have had a bit of a peeping Tom {cat}.....

I title this one "Kitty Purry does curtains'

And now that this view has been discovered, the curtain rod has a new best friend. They hang out together.
 a lot. 

Have you discovered any great sales? Let me know!!

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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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