Shannon Berrey

Pledges painted pillows

Monday, October 20, 2014

Maris was home recently for her NC State Fall Break. Nothing is better than having multiple days of her back home where I get to bake for her, hug on her, practice new make-up tricks, and of course.....craft together. 

We were looking for inexpensive decor items that we could personalize for her new little sisters in her sorority. Believe it or not, my little town still has a Roses. If you are not familiar, it is sort of a glorified Dollar Store. If you can look beyond the horrible lighting, stuffed shelves and the original 1979 everything {as in, I'm pretty sure a renovation has never happened}, then you can find some seriously inexpensive gifts. 

I found these leather {ok, pleather...whatever} pillows here for 6$ -- Six Dollars!! They are the perfect canvas for acrylic paints. You can use paint pens or acrylic craft paint {I used acrylic mixed with textile medium} and it worked beautifully. I sketched the state of NC, filled it with red paint and added the Chi O.

Cute, right??

All sorority gals have drawers full of their sorority t-shirts. Too many. So we took some of her shirts, and we decided to cut out the front and back--the same size {any size you want}

Then we sewed up the edges {inside out} leaving a small opening, and stuffed them. To see another one of my t-shirt pillows, visit this post. 

sooooo easy.

We painted mirrors, jewelry boxes, frames, and canvases. It looked like Santa's workshop up in here and I'm still sweeping up the glitter...

She put together 4 baskets of goodies for each girl to receive {one a day}. And coerced some cute fraternity pledges to deliver the goods to her little sisters. 

The pledges had to use clues to try to figure out who their Big Sister was.

And at the end of the week, there was the big reveal....


And they were not happy at all. 

An here is Maris with her Big, her Grand Big and her littles. A very sweet family!

Mudroom, you complete me...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Maybe the best mudroom ever....vertical wood walls, beadboard ceilings, sunlight streaming through french doors, slate floors, an antique work bench turned sink/potting area, a reclaimed beam turned shelf, oh, and a huge dog bowl.....perfection.  


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I'm currently working on 2 different vacation homes that have very differing styles and design aesthetics {another reason interior design is so much fun!} But, a trend that seems to appeal to just about everyone, is the idea of using a pair of twin beds in the guest room. They don't have to be used only for kids rooms. In fact, they can be super sophisticated. I am on the hunt. 

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Client Purple Top

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Remember this beautiful shot that I shared on Tuesday?

It happens to be the front yard of Client Purple Top. Kind of amazing, right? 

It is a lovely mountain vacation home that the clients want to use asap to enjoy the changing leaves. So, we are furnishing it fast. Fingers crossed, the CO (certificate of occupancy) will happen tomorrow and then deliveries will happen next week.  

See that loft above the kitchen? It will act as an office/guest room. Know how you access it??? A rolling library ladder! The rail system will be added to the beam after the CO. Getting furniture up there is going to be fun. 

The kitchen ceiling is porch flooring that also acts as the lofts floor. 

The color palette is HGTV's Livable Luxe by Sherwin Williams which is a lovely refined, soothing backdrop that combines so nicely with the medium tones of all of the rustic wood. 

I'll keep you updated as we start loading in the pretties.

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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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