Shannon Berrey

Rustic bathroom

Monday, November 08, 2010

If given my choice, nature is my first go-to in design. I love taken inspiration from our mountains and tweaking it in an unexpected way. One of my favorite 'nature' projects I've done was a bathroom for the Cashiers Showhouse last year. The theme was 'Green - Leaving a Legacy'. While some designers interpretation was modest, mine was 'full out'!

The big piece in the room was my sliced wood sculpture. In the bathroom,
 I designed it to be a towel/robe hook  {I left a few pieces longer than the rest}.
But, it could be used in lots of other ways:
  headboard, tabletop {with a piece of glass on top}, a room divider. 

These prints were a big hit from Spicher & Company. Koleen Spicher has a great folk-art style that includes lots of bugs, trees, and butterflies. Her work has been seen in sets of TV shows like 'The Sopranos' and 'Even Stevens' as well as the movie 'Deep End of the Ocean'. I use her art in lots of projects.  

I love that rustic can be interpreted so many ways. It can be extremely sleek and contemporary or warm and cozy. In keeping with the tradition of the Cashiers area and the rich history with the heritage of this particular home, traditional rustic was my choice. This was accomplished by using traditional toile fabric, handmade pottery and antique accessories.  

I scored this great lamp for $20 {!!!} at Sweeten Creek Antiques in Asheville. I added the bird shade
and planted it like a terrarium. A little turtle lives happily amongst the mushrooms, river rocks, and ferns.  

I know my take on the 'green theme' was a little more literal than some some of the other designers. Obviously one wouldn't use a real moss bathmat or grow ferns in ones tub :) but, it was a showhouse so I felt at liberty to go a little over the top. The roller shade is made from an old map, jute webbing and some covered buttons.  

I got the great sign at an auction from an old Country Club.
No one else even wanted to bid on it so I got it for free--score!
  The pencil drawing of the 3 judgemental ladies is one I did in high school. 
 I guess you could say that this is my idea of bathroom humor...

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Cindy Yarborough commented on 08-Nov-2010 02:48 PM
You are very talented!! I love the rustic bathroom along with your bathroom humor! Your pencil drawing of the 3 ladies is beautiful!
Shannon Berrey commented on 08-Nov-2010 03:54 PM
Thanks Cindy!
sherry hart commented on 03-Feb-2011 04:59 PM
SO FUNNY!!! I saw that showhouse and that room!!! Thought it was great!
shannon berrey commented on 03-Feb-2011 09:13 PM
Thanks, Sherry! Are you a local gal??!
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