Shannon Berrey

NapaStyle: Yountville

Saturday, October 01, 2011

I have been receiving and enjoying the NapaStyle catalog for many years. After incredible

success with his many California restaurants, Chef Michael Chiarello opened his first

NapaStyle retail store in 2000. Michael describes the store as ‘a multi-channel lifestyle

 retailer inspired by my Southern Italian heritage, the Napa Valley style of life, and a

passion for seasonal and sustainable living.'     

I was excited to see how the catalog would translate into a store. I was expecting {or

maybe hoping} to see more furniture, but for the most part it was showcasing his spices

 and food items, much like a Williams Sonoma store. My foodie husband wasn’t at all


This was a table made out of salt squares--very cool. That back wall is full of a kazillion different salts-who knew there were more than 2 or 3?!

He had a small café set up in the rear of the store. The chandeliers {on the left} were

created with wine glasses, serving spoons and other cooking utensils.


Loved these copper tables. I used a hand hammered copper dining table in a clients

 home here in the mountains and it is a showstopper.


Of course, there were oodles of wines to choose from.

Right outside of the entrance to the store is one of Michaels restaurants, Bottega.

There is a huge outside Terrazzo filled with lounge areas and dining seats.



Inside, there are 2 dining rooms with a private dining/wine room and bar and 5

communal tables. It was dimly lit and beautifully decorated with old timbers,

salvaged bricks, leather, Calcutta d’Oro marble and recycled concrete.




It just so happens that Napastyle has just announced that Napa Interior Designer,

Lisa Holt Has joined their team and she will be writing a blog for the company. You

can check out NapaStyle Flavor here 



Michael is also the author of many cookbooks, the proprietor of a family winery,

and has his own shows on Food Network, Fine Living, and PBS.

{Bottega was so incredibly packed at 6pm on this Friday night—go figure, that I felt Incredibly rude snapping

 pics of people enjoying their dinner, so I borrowed the photos of Bottega from their website}  

Monterey California

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Our Monterey hotel room couldn't have been closer to the blue California waters.  


Monterey is a long way from my home in the NC mountains. But, just a hop,

skip and a jump outside of our hotel, I was excited to find my people. How I

lurve to find local artists.


Loved this mural on the waters edge.

We spent a good part of the afternoon enjoying the beauty that the Monterey Aquarium provided. 

And I'll be darned if my people weren't at the aquarium, too!

How beautiful is this plastic bottle art display?

Outside offered us just as much beauty as we strolled by the storeowners stunning flowers.

After our shopping, we took in the scenic '17 Mile Drive'. This is the stretch between Pacific

Grove and Caramel that is full of golf courses and enormous homes.

I had to stop and grab this photo for my {golfer} dad. Notice that the picture above of the Lone Cypress is the logo {in the circle below} for the prestigious Pebble Beach.  

I'm not sure I can explain how many deer were on this course and the surrounding golf courses. It was unreal.

We finished our day off at a fabulous dinner at the Chart House. If you are in the area, I highly recommend.

CornerStone Sonoma: Zipper

Thursday, September 22, 2011

While visiting Sonoma, we spent an afternoon at CornerStone Gardens. Our first stop was in

the eclectic shop of Zipper. This store is such a visual treat. Upon entering, you'll find an

 outstanding collection of goods curated by former NY fashion designer Steven Saden

and arts executive and writer Elizabeth Cashour. Zipper was voted one of the 10 best

 retailers in the world by Retailer Magazine and Assouline Publishing in Paris.













They have it all—fine art, jewelry, design and architecture books, and personal accessories all artfully merchandised amongst a collection of home furnishings and décor items.

The back of the store features a whimsical section of children’s books and toys. My favorite was

this little mid-century dollhouse. Complete with a brick fireplace and hardwood floors!


I found a little goodie in the jewelry section. With this bracelet collection, you got to

choose your choice of leather, your quote, and your charm.



Elizabeth then put it all together for me and I got to leave with this special momento.


The Zipper credo: Objects are imbued with art and history. Make that connection,

 and the objects you choose will enrich your life.


Anthropologie: West Coast Style

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

While in California, I was thrilled to get to shop at several Anthropologie stores. I swear the creative

juices just start flowing when this store gets in my line of sight! If I lived close to one, I would be willing

to work for free as a merchandiser just to be surrounded with the staff that comes up with

their amazing displays.


The San Francisco store had a large display made out of, what else…Rice-a Roni!


{this is Robert's favorite part of the store}




I was super excited to get to see a few one-of-a-kind pieces from Leslie Oschmann’s

 collection for Swarm. Below is a little cabinet covered in vintage oil canvases. 




 These potted flowers were made out of fabric, a little stitching, and wire.

 The backdrop for these dress forms were long lengths of chicken wire that were threaded with shredded newspaper! 


 I think a collection of these paper mache animal heads would be fantastic in a child's room.

 Can't afford the headboard you want? How about painting one on a piece of canvas!

The store in Monterey was in the most beautiful outside shopping area.

 The entrance display looked like capiz shells, but, were actually circles of cut wax paper with melted

 crayon in between the layers to create the different colors. Remember doing this craft as a kid?

 I love the wallpaper behind the paper mache heads.

This wall was covered with river rocks hung and wrapped by string. So cool.


This display provides so much inspiration for a DIY’r! The wall of frames spells out

‘We’re better together’, a gathered multi-colored grouping of pendant lights creates

A fun ‘chandelier’, and another version of the painted canvas headboard. 

With so many beautiful displays, great art books and fantastic music, I couldn’t even concentrate

on the clothes! But, I was tempted to sit right here and pull out my sketch book!


This little nook is actually in a small open courtyard in the center of the store. What appears

to be a little retreat made out of branches and stumps is actually cast concrete. It’s for sale!     

All the Anthro's were great and I got to visit many other equally fantastic local California

 stores, art galleries, design studios, and restaurants. I can't wait to share them with you!

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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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