Shannon Berrey

Before and After: McCarthy Style

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

In the rare event that you guys missed the adorbs Bailey McCarthy's new digs on D*S yesterday, I want to revisit because now Bailey's showing us the Before's over on her blog, Peppermint Bliss. Which, let's face it, seeing a home before the magic design dust was sprinkled on it, just makes it way more magical.  

Here's her foyer BEFORE:



Dark and traditional Dining Room BEFORE:

Bright and Happy AFTER: 

Covered in Bookshelves

Goodbye Bookshelves, Hello glowing pink prettiness:

{Kudos Mr. McCarthy for being real secure!}

Another BEFORE looksie:


Living Room BEFORE: 

These chairs!!! Perfecto in this Texas home!


Baileys giving us all the breakdowns this week so check her out as she shows us her huge beautiful casa!

{all images via Peppermint Bliss photography Paige Newton

Glow stones

Monday, June 04, 2012

I love, love, love candlelight and strung patio lights against a dark summer sky. It's kind of amazing how such a little feature can transform a space into something so magical. Last week we strung lights in our backyard for Jack's birthday party {real patio lights are expensive, we just used our gads of christmas lights!} 

It was so fun to watch it transform slowly as the sun went down. 

I was kinda sad to see them taken down {Robert reminded me that loads of extension cords were a little difficult to mow around}. But, I just stumbled on a fantastic idea where no extension cords are necessary! Our little *neighborhood* is a single gravel road with 4 homes. How fun would it be to sprinkle these glowstones down our road without telling anyone....

How cool is this???? Wouldn't this be something wonderful to look forward to every night??!!

{image via A cup of Jo via AGT

Tips and Tricks

Friday, June 01, 2012

When giving advice to clients, I am not one to make a blanket statement and then never ever sway from that statement {ie 'always hang a curtain rod exactly 7" above the trim'} I think that for the most part, each home creates its own set of personal questions and then I propose a 'best' approach. There are always exceptions to a rule, but, I do feel strongly on certain scenarios and I enjoyed the collection of ideas that House Beautiful posted in their 35 Decorating Secrets from Top Interior Designers. These are my favorites from the list.


{all images via House Beautiful}

stuff i found

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I visited one of my favorite places last week, Screendoor. You never ever know what kind of fun stuff you will find as it is constantly updated. Thought I would share a look at some stand-outs.

Simple, and yet such a fun way to reinvent a vintage piece. This vendor covered a typewriter and cameras with a thick coat of strong color.

 Let's put that typewriter on some stacked books on the *pretend* bookshelf on the other side of this room: 


Or how about the desk on the opposite wall in this cute kids room? 


Speaking of strong color.. check out this beautiful traditional piece that was painted a lovely soft gray, but open that baby up and *BAM* a punch of lacquered aqua goodness. It's hard to tell, but the inside was papered in a coordinating blue wallpaper. Business in the front, party on the inside!

Let's let it live here, shall we...


or how about opposite the bed in this gorgeous room...

{isabella and max rooms via amie corley}

Another take on using traditional pieces--we have all seen the vintage tole painted trays. They are usually reasonably priced. Using a huge collection of these on a wall is a great idea. {Just the merchandizing here sparks so many ideas!}

How about this tray collection on a wall in this room:


I think they would be stunning with the Chiang Mai Dragon.


And lastly...

'things that make you go hmmmmm...' An enormous lighted dog profile made out of plastic lids. Your guess is as good as mine.

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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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