Shannon Berrey

Favorite Things

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Apartment Therapy recently did a post about designers favorite things---which objects or trends they choose to display in their own homes. It's fun to see what personal items make it into their casas. I was thinking about my favorites..... I realized that several of my favorites actually share the same space. So, I'm posting one of my favorite spaces filled with several of my favorite things. 

I love decorating with nature ...looooove....there is nothing more beautiful. And, I especially love decorating with birds. So, when I spotted this guy many years ago, I was head over heels. He's made of metal. He's super heavy and super sturdy. Even so, he probably was not intended to hold 75 pounds of baubles and beads, but (thankfully) the birds haven't given me any lip (er...chirps). 


One of my other faves is the mirror behind my flock. I got this guy as a 'bundle package' when many years ago,  I was searching for a sofa for my kids playroom. I answered an ad from a lady in Asheville who was selling not only a sofa, but pretty much everything she owned. I ended up with several side tables, a coffee table, and a FABULOUS sofa--we are still using that beauty!

The kind lady actually gave me the mirror. She thought it was not repairable (my favorite finds!) It was unpainted and had a few cracks that needed some filling. I primed, used a gray-blue paint and a glaze to give it a rich patina.

The little silver tray came from Pottery Barn Outlet ($5) It holds some little glass boxes filled with odd buttons and pictures of my kiddos. The frame holds a school picture of my hubs (I know it doesn't fit perfectly in the frame). The conch shell held our wedding rings when we got married on the beach. And under the tiny cloche--a beautiful little feather (I really like that its 'spotty' just like the lampshade!!)  


And, speaking of the lampshade, here is my silly oriental lamp (don't judge.....)

He was a gift from my mom about a decade ago. I do love him so.  He started out life with a much more serious silk shade, but it just didn't match his smitten personality. I'm pretty sure he's holding his little bundle of greenery a little less tightly, as a result.

And my most recent addition to this area--my petite vintage chandelier that I scored from The Whistle Stop Antique Mall. It took 2 trips to convince myself that it was beyond perfect.


So, that's of my favorite areas......the spot which is my last stop before heading out for the day. I grab my jewels, check the curls and I'm off..

Do you have a favorite spot in your house? Where is it?

(on a side note: I bought my bird sculpture from Midnight Farms in Cashiers (a looong time ago). It just so happens that I spotted it in Charleston Gardens most recent catalog:

I promise I didn't pay that for mine!! 

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Darlene Weir commented on 01-Oct-2010 02:44 PM
I love your favorite spot! It would inspire me too....
hmmm. right now my favorite spot is my upstairs bathroom. One of the few fully painted rooms in our fixer upper, it also gives me some much craved momma quiet.
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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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