Shannon Berrey

this ain't no disco..

Friday, August 03, 2012

well, yeah it is actually...


It's Gala time again! it's just a few weeks away and this years decor is gonna be groovy, baby...

stay tuned!

Mirrored doors

Thursday, August 02, 2012

We are lucky to have a nice big covered front porch on our casa. But, the downside is, that big covered porch makes for a dark foyer. Our home faces north so the sun never gets a chance to filter into the front of the house. As soon as you walk in, you are greeted with a set of entry closet doors. The lack of light has always bugged me, but just recently I have played around with the idea of adding mirrors to the coat closet doors to bounce back the light from the front door sidelights. 

Check out my inspiration photos that are doing a darn good job of convincing me.

House Beautiful

Southern Living

little green notebook




{christina murphy via tradhome}

madeline stuart interiors

What do you think? Are you a fan?



If you are interested in a great series on the trendy color 'greige', please check out Kristy's blog where bloggers and designers are sharing their favorite go-to paint colors. Thanks for including me, Kristy!   

House Building tips: kitchen inventory

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Part 2 of my House building tips series, to check out the first post, click here...

When designing or remodeling a kitchen, I start with giving the homeowner some homework. Take every thing out of your current kitchen--drawers and cabinets.


First, go through it all and decide what will actually live in the new kitchen and throw away what is not. Pots and pans, utensils, plates, platters, coffee maker, tupperware, plates, bowls, cups, oven mitts--all of it!! 

Then, when it is all out, sort it into groups: plates, cups, pots, pans, etc..Then I ask them to take a picture of every single 'group'. Then they send the pictures to me.


Because I have learned that when I ask questions like: Do you have lots of plates? Everyday plates, party plates, Thanksgiving plates, Christmas plates? Do you have a collection of glassware--everyday and fancy? Do you bake a lot and therefore have a lot of baking pans? I would get answers like: I'm not sure....

Which is understandable because the term 'a lot' is relative. Perhaps it doesn't feel like you own a lot of dishes, or casserole plates, or mixing bowls, but, when it's all out AND you can show your stuff to your designer, then it all becomes very clear.

When designing a kitchen, you have the unique ability to customize it according to how you use it. When an inventory is done, then creating the system to house it all becomes very very clear. 

i always suggest deep drawers as opposed to lower cabinets. They are more accessible and they allow for much more usable storage.


An inventory is simply the first step of planning a new kitchen, but it certainly is such an important one!  


 Need help in creating your dream kitchen? Email me: shannon at shannon berrey dot com    

The Belk Farm

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

If you grew up in North Carolina or our neighboring southern states, then chances are, you have made more than one shopping trip to Belk Department Stores. It was certainly a huge part of my growing up and I still love to visit the store in Hanes Mall when I go back for visits. The store was opened by William Belk back in 1888 and is now in the 3rd generation of the Belk family. Tim Belk, the current chairman and CEO, resides in Charlotte with his wife Sarah. They commissioned architect Ken Pursley to rebuild their weekend home on their property, outside the small town of Chester, SC.

  Ken knew that the original red brick ranch house needed to be torn down. He was completely taken with a turn-of-the-century Icehouse he spotted in Georgia and knew that was the inspiration model for the new structure he would design on Belk Farm.


It has a quirky double-decker pitched roofline that houses a row of ventilation louvers plus, tons of floor to ceiling windows. As a matter of fact, the sitting room has oversize glass doors embedded in floor-to-ceiling mullioned glass walls. What amazing light and views!



 A catfish trap was found on the property and upcycled to become the chandelier now hanging over the dining table.


The finishes, like the architecture, are simple, rustic and humble. The couple wanted to embrace the area and its farmland, but definitely did not want a log home feel. They got just what they wanted with the bright open floorplan,  and walls, floors and ceiling all done in wood. 

The most talked about feature of the home is the creative handrail made out of rope.


When you follow the stairs all the way to the top of the 3000 sq ft home, you discover the bunkroom which houses 6 bunks, 3 on each side. With 5 kids in the family, everyone has their own space! {Notice the use of 4 small rugs whipstiched together to create 1 large rug!}  

Each bunk offers its own reading light and curtain for privacy.

I am totally in love with this bathroom full of sinks, custom towel bars and the green animal art.

I've certainly seen and even used barn doors on a track, but this is a first seeing it used as a shower door! And that's wood on the shower walls...I'm trying to wrap my head around this! 



{images via Garden and Gun/ photographer Stacey Van Berkel}

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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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