Shannon Berrey

Fall and love in the air

Monday, September 16, 2013

 I had a fun weekend full of beautiful fall weather and quite a bit of love in the air!
While leaving a clients home in Cashiers, the sun was just setting and I couldn't resist grabbing some phone pics of the September blooms in front of many of my favorite shops.  


Sally, the owner of Dovetails has fantastic style. I love everything she does and the entrance to her antique store is no exception. Check out those beautiful lanterns.


 It is so lovely to see how all of the shop owners in Cashiers take just as much pride in their stores exterior as the interior. I love just driving thru at different seasons and enjoying landscaping ideas. And, because of their elevation, the blooms linger much longer than those of us down the mountain. 


Keven Hawkins new place is lined with rich red doors and tons of windows. I haven't had a chance to visit it yet, but soon!! Everyone was closed as I was stalking their beautiful storefronts.


Right before we moved Maris to Raleigh, the tiniest kitten showed up on our back porch. 

  She would sleep, head down, in my tennis shoe on the porch. Maris and I are so allergic to cats so keeping her wasn't an option and I tried so hard to find her a home. But, Maris has moved.... 

 guess who is still here...


She is rarely ever still, so this is one of the only shots I was able to grab of her. I don't know if it's because I have slowly been spending time with her each day that my body is somehow tolerating her???? But, she really isn't bothering my eyes or nose too much anymore. I do still get hives on my arms sometimes after loving on her, but not nearly as frequently. I so hope that I am building a tolerance -- have any of you guys ever heard of that happening?? We haven't named her yet. It's probably time, right?! She kind of melts my heart. 

Remember this adorable book inspired invitation I shared here? Well yesterday was the big day! Emma was my intern at my store when she was getting her interior design degree at WCU. She was fabulous and helped me with Showhouse installs, running the store and merchandising vignettes. She has moved twice and is now in another state, but is still close enough to help me when I beg her {yay me!} Remember this wedding a couple of months ago? Emma was with me through the whole set-up.

The wedding was at the beautiful property of Hidden River right outside of Asheville.

The weather could not have been more perfect and the turning leaves were lightly falling over the ceremony. The bridal party entered on a carriage.

The bridesmaids and flower girl {could she be any more adorable?} wore convertible dresses each tied differently. They were gorgeous.

And I love this shot of Michael when he first laid eyes on his bride!

Emma made all of the bouquets with fabric knotted roses. She worked on them for months. Love!!

Congrats Emma and Michael!!!

The wedding at Lonesome Valley: Dinner and Dancing

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

On Monday, I shared Zach and Rebecca's wedding ceremony. 

I had the pleasure of creating and personalizing their special day and today I want to show you the details of the dinner and dancing, 

The restaurant and tent were just a short walk through the garden.

One of my very favorite details of the wedding was this tall pen and ink guest tree. The couple ditched the traditional guest book and had each guest sign a branch of the bare pine tree. I had to actually add branches as the night went on because I was unsure how big people would sign. I just got it back from the framers and now it is complete with glass. Now the couple can hang it on their wall and daily recall every person that was part of their special day. 

There were a lot of kids at the Kennedy's wedding, so I created a custom activity book accompanied with branch crayons to keep them occupied.   

I'll share the whole book in a later post. 

Believe it or night, it was a chilly June evening when the sun set. A combination of throws and pashminas were perfect to wrap up in as the guests sat in front of the fire.  

The Adirondacks were outfitted with a custom hand painted chevron pillow.

Even one of my fantastic assistants was outfitted in chevron! {Please Lord, let her fall in love with interior design, change majors. and come work with her mama!!}

I painted a little watercolor of Canyon Kitchen at the beginning of our planning process that became a unifying element that we were able to use on the invites, napkins, and pillows.

A standing chalkboard listed the delicious appetizer offerings.  

The cutest mother of the bride and big sister of the bride! 

Tea towels were customized with the logo and used as oversized napkins. And did you know that you can buy vintage silverware for the same price {or even cheaper!} than renting? Ours were found at Scotts Market in Atlanta. The eclectic collected look is perfect for an outside rustic event.   


Mason jars were filled with lots of draft and sweet tea.

When you find old bad framed artwork at a flea market or garage sale, buy it! Take out the artwork, and use it as your template. Cut out a piece of Masonite and paint it with chalkboard paint. Then throw away the artwork! If needed, give the frame a little spray paint. I used a very light coat of Krylon Fusion Brown Metallic Hammered spray paint here and I loved the results.    


See the twig chandeliers in the tent? I don't have good close-ups of them, but I created 3 of these 6' rustic chandies using branches, irrigation hose, thick rope, black electrical tape, and Christmas lights. I also tucked some leafy branches in them the day of. They were so pretty when the sun went down and they were all lit up.

I just love the combination of the zinc and wood topped farm tables.

A riddling rack became a fun way to create a 'K' using the bridesmaids bouquets.  

The 4' moss 'k' started with a sketch on a piece of plywood and then, thanks to a wonderful wet creek in my back yard, it was covered in plush green mosses in lots of different varieties.   

Zach dancing with his wonderfully sweet mom, Becky. {Dad's in back with that great smile} I so enjoyed getting to know his family!

The evening ended with a beautiful sparkler send-off.

Congratulations Rebecca and Zach!!


Photos via Terri Clark Photography as well as moi.


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The wedding at Lonesome Valley

Monday, June 10, 2013


It's hard to believe that a week has already passed since I got to share in the festivities of Rebecca and Zach's big day. I first met Rebecca's parents, Sally and John, several years ago when they visited my store. They then became clients and we have worked renovating and redecorating many rooms in their summer mountain house. As is the bonus in my business, when you work so closely on something as personal and intimate as ones home, then many times, clients also become good friends. I was so honored when last fall, they asked me to coordinate and design a special wedding for their middle daughter.


You may recall this image of the Jennings Barn that I shared last year of the wedding location, Lonesome Valley. It is a beautiful property in the mountains of Cashiers, NC. It's the only picture that I have posted because I didn't want to share any of the details before the big day. But, now I have tons to show you! So much, in fact, that I am going to divide all of the pics into several posts so I don't overload you!


The ceremony was outside among the majestic tall trees on the left. They wanted the décor to embrace the simple, unfussy and relaxed feeling of the property. Now is this not an unbelievable reminder of our artistic Creator?  



The couple are both foodies and are big fans of Lonesome Valley's Chef, John Fleer. Selecting John's restaurant, Canyon Kitchen, {inside the barn} to prepare the wedding dinner, as well as host the dance party, was a simple choice. 



The brides younger sister, Mary, gifted the bride her calligraphy skills. She scripted the invites, and all correspondence, as well as the program. I am so impressed with her recently acquired skills and I am thrilled that she has just opened her own etsy store, love, Louise, offering her talents to other brides.  



The Rehearsal Dinner was on the back veranda at the Clubhouse of Sapphire Valley, overlooking the golf course .  



A little trick I used was to use a piece of black artists paper and cut it to fit the size of the chalkboard easel that Robert made. I used white paint to create my words which appeared to look just like chalk on a chalkboard. This way, I was able to write the directions to the dinner, in chalk, on the actual chalkboard underneath that we then reused at the ceremony the next day. I simply removed the black paper and my easel was ready to go! This saved a lot of prep work.



Using cut pieces of beech plywood, I stained and then painted chair signs for the couple. Zach is a NC State alumni as well as an avid golfer. So, I glued Wolfpack golf balls onto tall tees and tucked them into the centerpieces. 





 I love this delicate vintage wicker frame that previously housed a mirror. I found it locally at one of my favorite antiques stores, Finders Keepers. It works perfectly now as a kitchy chalkboard.





The brides dad crafted the ceremony cross from mountain laurel out of their back yard. Isn't it wonderful?!   I added a few cut branches and some ranunculus. It has now been returned to the backyard where it will provide wonderful memories. With all of the discussion that I overheard from the guests, I wouldn't be surprised if it makes a recurrence in another wedding down the road.





 I adore Rebecca's bouquet made of white peonies, hydrangea, velvety lambs ear, succulents and hypericum berries. It felt like she simply reached over the fence and collected this handful of blooms.










A sliced wood disc {if you can't cut your own, Michael's sells them} replaced the traditional ring bearers pillow. After I painted the couples names, I drilled 2 tiny holes and threaded on a piece of twine. The rings were then secured and tied in place.





The bride, escorted by both mom and dad, walked in to the music of the bagpipe. The bagpipe has great tradition in these mountains and it was so awesome listening to the penetrating pipes echo through the enormous box canyon.    








 Up next--the dinner and dancing....




My friend and photographer, Terri Clark, collaborated with me on this event. She wasn't the event photographer, but rather, the details photographer. The images here are a combination of her shots as well as some of mine.   


Do you a special event on the horizon? From concept to execution, I can create it! Contact me and we can discuss your one-of-a-kind designed event.     


Weekend at the Market

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I made my first walk-through of a new clients home in Cashiers yesterday and I stopped at the farmers market for lunch. Oh, how I love visiting the market in the fall. The leaves are just turning golden yellow. There was a wonderful breeze and a perfect 72 degrees. I pulled off and ate my lunch on the edge of beautiful Lake Glenville. I love the places my job takes me!  

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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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