Shannon Berrey

The colorful Barrie Benson

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Do you remember the fantastic home of Charlotte Interior designer, Barrie Benson and her architect husband, Matt? i love it today as much as when I first saw it in Domino years ago. Barrie loves color and she uses it everywhere--on the walls, upholstery and large oversized artwork. It feels like my yard right now--just bursting with color! Not only is her house fantastic, but take a look at some of my favorites from her portfolio.       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Barrie has also designed some beautiful commercial projects which are just as incredible and youthful and full of saturated happiness. Poole Boutique in Charlotte is gorgeous is one of Barrie's projects and it is one of those boutiques where upon entering, I would gasp a little and wouldn't be able to look at the goods until I did complete 360's many, many times.          

 

 

 

 

To see more of Barrie's portfolio, click here.  

{all images via Barrie Benson}

Juliet's lampshade

Sunday, April 15, 2012

I love when you guys see something on my blog and it inspires you to get your craft on. And I am even more excited when you send me the pictures of your finished projects! Niki Ginel saw my post on the felt monogram lampshade and she created one for her daughter, Juliet's, nursery.

Love the lampshade, the lamp and the ribbon wreath! Great job, Niki!

Send me your pics, I'd love to see your projects!   

The power of the tweet

Friday, April 13, 2012

Apparently there was a party going on in our yard the last few nights. We awoke to little tents pitched everywhere.  

The only thing we can figure is that Barbie's friends heard about our new patio and put out a tweet that we were THE party pad and then all flash mob style, we looked like Woodstock.  

 

  

 

And really, Ken, I'm not your mother. I'm still cleaning up from all of your shenanigans.

{flicker via micheleddunlap}

On a serious note...I hope all of your little blossoms survived our crazy nights of frost. Ours didn't, even covered up. sad face. I guess we will be cutting off all the yuck this weekend. I hope it is warm where you are--have a great weekend!

 

  

Happy Birthday Gigi!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Today is my mom's birthday. She is the most amazing woman I have ever known. I don't think that I am the only one who feels that way...she loves so many and so many love her.

{ I look incredibly bratty in this picture, but I am actually happy to be getting some mom-loving}   

The women who find out that they have cancer and then contact mom immediately. She stays on the phone with them for hours, into the wee hours of the night, she prays with them, she prays for them, and sits with them while the toxic chemo enters their body... I know they love her.

The broken-hearted women who reach out to her who have just discovered their husbands are leaving them and she gives them hope and strength and wisdom. She shows them grace by example. I know they love her.

Her friends, who she laughs with and cries with and is incredibly loyal to. She loves them passionately and they love her.  

My kids, her grandkids, her prides. her joys. They have the most precious relationship with their Gigi. I know they love her. 

My brother, who she adores. He is a man of few words, with a huge heart that is sentimental and soft. I know he loves her.    

I know that raising a child who was nothing like you, looked nothing like you, and was interested in things that were foreign to you {ie art and acting and dancing} ...it had to have been so hard, and yet she did nothing but provide me with complete self confidence and the most amazing nuturing home. 

She has lived through her fair share of crap. I have provided her with a lot of crap to live through. And yet, she encourages. always. Even at my age, mom still tells me how proud she is of me.     

Just recently this was in my inbox {she calls me 'Shaz'}

I get emails like these from her often.

My mom didn't study art, or theater, or interior design. But, one of her {many} talents is making me feel like I am the most important, wonderful person ever born. I so hope that you have someone in your life who inspires you to be the best that you can and is always, always your soft place to fall.

Thank you, mom for your constant, never ending encouragement.  

 

 


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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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