Shannon Berrey


Monday, August 20, 2012

Inspiration in design can come from anywhere and anything -- a great textile, a walk in a park, a stunning necklace...You just have to be open and aware! I shared my new painted stairs with you last week.


A few weeks ago I found these great Ralph Lauren pillows at TJ Maxx.

These are where I loosley drew my color and design inspiration for the painted design on the stairs. And speaking of Ralph Lauren, they have a new line called Willowwood Road and there are quite a few pieces that I really like.




 'Inspired by the charm of Eufaula, Alabama, the Willowwood Road collection hosts American Empire, colonial, Victorian and Arts & Crafts designs which mingle for a look of stately seclusion.'


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pretty, right?! 


Painting a stair runner

Friday, August 17, 2012

I have 2 separate sets of stairs in my house. One set is in the foyer and goes up to the kids rooms and one set is behind a door and goes down to the 'man cave' and my studio. When we moved in, the bottom floor was unfinished so the builder hadn't bothered to do nice stairs. They are pine with just a clear finish.

We finished the bottom floor and so the stairs have seen all kinds of use. The picture isn't showing how scuffed and gross they are. The builder didn't bother to caulk, fill in holes or even paint the trim. I did paint the risers and the trim several years ago. Which was a little like lipstick on a pig...  

I decided to finally tackle these monsters and to paint a runner on the steps. I started by sanding all the treads to open the grain for the primer. I then caulked every seam and used wood putty to fill 12 holes per tread and 12 holes per riser x 16!! Thats 384 holes, folks.

 I then primed it all and then painted the outside 12" with 3 coats of Dove white semi-gloss {the same color as the trim}. I sanded and vacuumed after each coat.  

My assistant alerted me when it was dry enough to add another coat. Nothing like watching paint dry..

Then I taped off the edge of the runner. I decided to make it 2'6" wide. Making sure to try to tuck the tape into the corners as tightly as possible to avoid paint leaks.

Then I used  2" and 1" tape to create the 'stripes' that would stay white.  

I failed to get a picture of the final step--painting 3 coats of Fernwood Green {BenMoore 2145-40} within the green taped area.

I removed the tape and voila! Fresh new stairs--so much better! {extra points if you noticed I also painted the door at the top--SW Black Fox 7020}. There were a few places that needed a little touch up which is easy to do with a little white paint and a small brush. I am now going to paint the walls a soft white and hang a new light {it's quite dark} and this little area will be complete!  


Lovely Lowes lighting

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


I was trekking through Lowes to get some paint yesterday and saw some new light fixtures that were fun.  

The price points on these metal pendants are great and I think they could easily be spray painted to coordinate with other schemes. Think fun stripes, polka dots or even glam them up by adding gold leaf to the inside. Lots of possibilities!    

Very Ikea-esque, don't ya think?! And for those of us who live many hours away from an Ikea, we appreciate your knock-offs, Lowes.

These little ice cube sconces would be fun flanking a girls vanity. Thirty smackers, ya'll.  

For that price, you can throw in a couple of ice cube pendants or the tiny disco ball pendant {it's actually prettier than my cell pic} Good job, Lowe's, keep it coming! 

Tiny house: Jessica Helgerson

Monday, August 13, 2012

I am working with a few clients right now that are downsizing. I really appreciate the idea of simplifying ones life, getting rid of extras, and surrounding yourself with only truly meaningful loved pieces. I have actually contemplated this idea myself we really need this much space?  

Designer Jessica Helgerson strongly believes in leaving a tiny footprint.

'The house is an interesting experiment in reduction and reuse not only because it is only 540 square feet or because it was remodeled using nearly exclusively reclaimed materials, but because the building itself is now being recycled for the fourth time. It was first built in the early 1940s as part of Vanport Village; a quickly erected development built to house shipyard workers. When Vanport Village flooded in 1948 this particular little house was floated down the river to Sauvie Island, where it became the goose-check station. Years later it was remodeled to become a rental house.' **


In 2008, Jessica and her architect husband, Yianni, bought the tiny house as a weekend getaway for their young family. Every square inch of the home was considered,utilized and redesigned. It didn't take long before the family decided to make this their permanent home.

Can you believe that a sectional of this size is in a home with 540 sq feet?? They were designed to be deep so that they also function as beds for guests and another added bonus--all of the toys are hidden in drawers under the sectional. genius.  




Jessica claims that all roofs in Oregon want to be mossy, so they embraced the idea and took it one step further, actually planting the roof with moss and ferns that grow along the Oregon River Gorge. It adds a beautiful fun layer of extra insulation.

The house sits on a five-acre farm, deep in lush grass and surrounded by garden patches, beehives, chicken coops, and an outdoor wood oven. They have big dreams for Wild Goose Farm {affectionately named by their son, Max} and once a month they entertain large groups with outside farm tables and curated evenings filled with food from great chefs that reflect their love of food, drink, and design.


I think I could really buy into this tiny house living idea...what about you?


{images via bliss, ** jessica hegerson}

Shannon Berrey Bio
I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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