Shannon Berrey

The Grounds

Friday, March 14, 2014

I may be one of the few people that go to visit a new restaurant and get much more excited about the ambiance than the food. Don't get me wrong, I can certainly appreciate the delicious dishes of a great chef, but I think that the total experience of a night out has so much to do with the atmosphere in which you get to sit and linger.

Although it looks very much like a popular NY spot, The Grounds is Australia's claim to fame. The building was originally a pie factory until interior designer, Caroline Choker, and her family, renovated the deserted space into a combined restaurant, artisan bakery, cafe, and coffee roasting facility. She kept as much as the original industrial feeling intact -- the wooden trusses and rough beams are exposed, the floors are polished concrete and the metal framed doors open completely to invite you out onto the urban kitchen garden. It is here where they grow their vegetables, herbs, and potted plants.    

It's not just a sit down meal offered at The Grounds. They play host to yoga classes, school trips, weekend markets, and gorgeous weddings and parties. You can also attend one of their popular barista classes or speak to their own horticulturist who works closely with the chef. The interiors and floral displays are always changing as they have their own in-house stylists and floral designers.

Of course these folks have an on-site farm area! You can mingle with the chickens, rub on the lambs, or vow never to eat bacon again as you sit with Kevin Bacon {apparently this is now Australia's most famous pig}.

I mean, have you ever spotted a lovelier loo????

I can't imagine a more lovely spot to enjoy a meal. 

I now have dreams of opening up my own version of something just as beautiful......

Wishing you a dreamy weekend!


This is our State

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

When we attend the NC State ballgames, we are overwhelmed with the student school spirit. Those Wolfpacks have some pretty loud and proud fans in their stands. One of their slogans is 'This is our State'. I thought this would be fun to incorporate into a pillow for Maris' dorm room. 

On the back side of a piece of black and white ticking, I sketched the silhouette of North Carolina. I placed another piece of fabric, right sides together and cut out both pieces. 

I printed out the words on the computer and enlarged them to a size that was appropriate. Using a window as a lightbox, I taped the text to the window and then taped the pillow front on top of it. 

I traced the text with a pencil.

I used white acrylic craft paint mixed with textile medium and painted in the text.

When that was dry, I went over it with a red metallic paint. With the right sides together, I stitched about 1/4" from the edge, leaving about a 4" opening at the bottom. This allowed me to turn it inside out. I stuffed it, making sure to fill all of the little jut-outs of the state. I then hand stitched the opening closed. 

Wouldn't you think that there are no more places for pillows {here and here} in her dorm room now??


This cracked me up, so I'm sharing -- this is what spellcheck wanted to change 'ballgame' to:


Fundamentally Beautiful

Saturday, March 08, 2014

When I was a young girl, I was taller than everybody, skinny as a stick and had crazy curly hair that no one knew what to do with.... just listen to this wonderful letter that Lupita received....
I wish I understood this then. 

Wow..... just wow.

Peppermint Bliss: Project Holly

Friday, March 07, 2014

I have loved watching Bailey MCCarthy skyrocket to design stardom over the last several years. She has shared her own home remodels, launched her own bedding line, grown her family, and opened a boutique, all while maintaining a cheeky blog, Peppermint Bliss. Her colorful, eclectic style is happy and whimsical and she is sharing a new project that was just featured over at Style Me Pretty. This home clearly has the Bailey touch and it exudes the whimsy and youth of the young family that lives here.   

Of course I have a soft spot for Schumacher's Birds and Butterflies wallpaper that was used in the foyer. I love the way it plays off of the rich black painted wood. It sets the tone, as well as the color palette that was used throughout the rest of the home.

To see more images of this happy home, check out Style Me Pretty.

all images via Kimberly Chau

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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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