Shannon Berrey

Needlework paintings

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Did you get a chance to take a look at the impressive portraits created by artist, Cayce Zavaglia in this month's Elle Decor? Holy Love!! These are not paintings, dear readers, but thousands of stitches that Cayce refers to as 'renegade embroidery' that she layers to create these stunning realistic works of art.   

 The back of the above portrait:

'Zavaglia begins each piece by taking photographs of her subject against a plain gray background. After selecting an image, she transfers it to fabric, draws over it in sharp detail--every line, hair, wrinkle--then starts to sew. The hair comes first, followed by the forehead, as she works her way down the face.'  

She does paint the background but then puts the paints away. After becoming pregnant with her first child, she wanted to work less with oils and turpentine and turned to a different medium--needlework.  A large work can consist of 80-100 colors of crewel wool and take up to 7 months to complete.    





To see more of her amazing work, check out her website here.

{images via Cayce Zavaglia}

Before and After: Phoebe Howard

Monday, May 21, 2012

I can't think of a better way to start a new week then with an amazing Before and After by the phenomenal Phoebe Howard.


The room looks large, formal and a little intimidating with it's intricate moldings, wall to wall tile and dark heavy chandelier.


But take a look at how inviting and comfortable it is now! The walls were coated in creamy white and the floors were covered in a custom rug The clients wanted orange to be used throughout the home and it was paired here with many different patterns in periwinkle.  I love that the shape of the windows were left as a feature and not covered with curtains.  



{images via Phoebe Howard

Another milestone...

Saturday, May 19, 2012


Lots of pomp and circumstance going on at our house! We said 'goodbye' to elementary school during last night's 8th grade graduation and 'hello' to new experiences, new friends and all of the memories that high school has to offer Jack. I am not sure if I am ready to be the mother of a freshman and a senior…

Our summer begins!!

Terri Clark Photography: Prom 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

{OK, if you are not in my family, then you may want to skip today's post. I completely understand}

 A few weeks ago, I shared with you photos I had taken from Maris' prom. Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite professional shots taken by the very talented photographer, Terri Clark



We only had to step out the back door because we are so lucky to live on the most beautiful creek. 






We were lucky to have Gigi {my mom} in town for the big weekend.



That's the front of our house in the background.

Just Kidding. We met Josh, Maris' friend, at the historic Jackson County Courthouse {now Library} in downtown Sylva.


And then a bunch of her friends trekked up the 100+ stairs to pose at the top of the courthouse. 

Maris and Tate--one of her besties.

The heels did not last long up those steep stairs.


And they were off...

Did you make it through them all?? Bless your hearts!! That was only 20 out of more than 130! Terri does beautiful work and is so easy and wonderful to work with. To take a look at more of her work visit her website.     

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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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