Shannon Berrey

Cashiers Showhouse 2010: A look back

Friday, August 26, 2011

Now that the Cashiers 2011 Showhouse is up and running, I thought it would be
 fun to look at some before and after images from last years Showhouse. The
stunning estate was built by Mckee Properties and overlooks Whiteside Mountain
in Wade Hampton Golf Club.

The house was still under construction when we first visited to select our rooms.
. The front door enters into the great room.

This view is looking back at the front door and up top to the 2nd floor {fireplace is to the right}.  

Suzanne Kasler was responsible for the Great Room.  She used lots of pieces from her line at Ballards.
The room was bathed in light from the wall of floor to ceiling windows which seemed to illuminate the 
creamy linens of the furniture and accessories. The soft grays and blues created such a beautiful
complement to all of the wood and stone. 


The house was designed with built-ins that flanked the fireplace {you can see them in the 'before' picture},
 but Suzanne had a different vision--she had them removed and installed upholstered panels with
 a small blue ribbon detail and little gold knobs. The same blue was used to mat her collections
 of found framed gems.

Right off the great room is the dining area and kitchen. Here it is under construction.

Carole Weaks designed the comfortable, layered dining area. It took 6 strong men a
 long time and a lot of sweat to bring that table top {made of concrete} in the house. 

The screened porch is just off the dining area. It features a large rock dual fireplace with
soaring ceilings. Before:

My friend, Ann Sherrill always creates the most stunning rooms. She has impeccable taste
and owns one of the greatest furniture stores in Cashiers called Rusticks. Ann's attention to 
detail and her comfortable style truly captures Southern Rustic at its finest. She created a 
lovely porch that would be fantastic for entertaining.  

Off of the kitchen is the library.

My friends. Audrey Wood and Cheryl Benitez, owners of Mountain House furnishings, transformed
the small space with lovely trimmed curtains, beautifully styled bookcases, and comfortable seating. 

Upstairs, a small sitting area is not much to look at empty. But, a few {thousand} upholstery tacks later... 

And the area is dreamy. Lynn Monday {another Cashiers stand out}, created one of the most
talked about rooms in the house {I wrote about it here} The creamy whites, muted grays and touch
of blue, just beg you to sit back in that plush sofa and grab a book.


On the opposite wall, she flanked the windows in the most gorgeous gray-blue pussy willow fabric.

Right off of the sitting room, was my room. I decided to design a room for a little girl. Having a wall
 of windows on opposite walls, and doors on the other 2, created a bit of a conundrum with
 furniture placement--mainly the bed.

I decided to place the bed right in front of the window and designed a custom headboard.
 Because the windows are so large, the headboard needed to also be large to balance the space.
 On the walls, I painted horizontal stripes in 2 shades of pink for a really subtle backdrop.
The room was furnished with a mixture of high and low--the vintage bedside tables and dresser
 were found locally and repainted. the x-benches are from K-mart {!} I painted the base and made
little slipcovers
out of a Dash and Albert rug. This post shows how I made the monogram lampshades

This is the adjoining wall before.

I used a collection of vintage paperdolls. These are originals! {so many people thought I
 had enlarged them} I used a white mat behind each outfit and simple black frames.
Instead of flowers, I created an arrangement made out of christmas ornaments
 and beaded flowers and sheer pink ribbon.

I don't have the befores of the following spaces, but you can certainly appreciate
the afters!


This was the hallway at the top of the stairs. Eddie Alvarez and George Oliver used antique farming tools
as unexpected art up the stairs. Who would think it would work so beautifully with the opposite walls
 that are hung with vintage tapestries. Even though these spaces are small, they are huge on impact
as well as functionality. The views from these chairs overlook the downstairs Great Room and out over
Whiteside Mountain.

The 2011 Showhouse opened last weekend and continues until September 4th. I am 
not participating this year. Unfortunately, my schedule this summer has not allowed it. 
But, I am so excited to visit on Saturday with a few Atlanta Bloggers. Are any of you
lovers of great design also visiting on Saturday? I would love to meet you if you are there--
if you see me, please introduce yourself! 

**fun fact--the home sold for 3.1 million the night of the Opening Patron Party!**

{images 1, 5,7,9,11,13,19,20}

Making it your own...

Friday, April 08, 2011

I only have a minute at the computer today, but I wanted to share with you a fabulous project one
of my readers sent me on Facebook. She was inspired by this room I did for a Showhouse:

{Shannon Berrey Designs}

With that inspiration, Margy went and designed this room for her sweet girl:

{Margy Tettleton}

Isn't this great!!???

She didn't have the wall space I did, so her paperdoll set got divided on 2 walls--great idea.
She even has some little sconces! And you know I love the bird wallpaper!! 
She plans on painting the chest--can't wait to see that transformation!

Super job, Margy!!

If you have a project you have done that I may have provided a little inspiration for,
I would love for you to share it with me!

The Spicher's House

Monday, March 07, 2011

Country Living has done it again. They are featuring the home of an artist that I strongly admire. After
 discovering the artwork of Kolene Spicher of Spicher and Company at market several years ago, I stop
 in at every Market to see Mark {her husband} and view the newest of Kolene's collections.

I first used her 'bugs and insects' collection in this Showhouse bathroom.
They were fabulously well-received.

And, you may remember seeing the same artwork that I featured in this post. They live happily in this
 home that I recently completed.


I was thrilled to get an invite {if only through CL magazine!} to see the Spichers Pennsylvania home.
 In the living room, Kolenes paintings perch beautifully above the fireplace.

I love the Spicher's bedoom! The scale of Kolenes flower paintings are perfectly proportioned
 with the large scale of the antique 4 poster bed.

This is where all the goodness happens! Kolene painted the design on the rug while Mark
built the bookcases and tables for the studio.

Another of Kolene's paintings looks stunning against the deep navy walls in the bathroom.
You can really see her Nantucket influence in the mermaid collection.

I have placed tons of orders for Kolenes great folksy artwork over the years. She has since gotten
 some bigger clients. You may have heard of them--Pottery Barn and Ballard ;)    


To see more of their home, check out the Country Living article here.  

{pics 1 & 2 Shannon Berrey Designs, pics 3,4,5,6 Max Kim-Bee via Country Living, 7,8,9 Spicher and Co. website}  

Pillows and Par-tay's

Friday, February 25, 2011
Remember this room that I did last year:

Well, you guys are in luck, because I'm going to share you with you the source
 behind one of the most asked about items in that room:


These great silk-screened pillows are made by Stacey and sold in her etsy shop, Vintagejane.
The girls are backed with vintage matelasse and the boys have sweet blue ticking.

Go get you some..  


I received  this question from Michelle:

Shannon, I have been asked to organize a few fun games for some graduating seniors and I was thinking about a GIANT game of twister. I was thinking of using a large (very large tarp) and painting on the colors. Since you are so crafty what do you think and do you or your blogging friends have any other ideas to suggest regarding this project?

- I love the idea of twister painted on the tarp-- great idea!
- Most classrooms have whiteboards. If you could borrow a couple, you could have a game of pictionary.
- If you could get your hands on a couple of the foam mat puzzles that I wrote about in this post, then you could
 paint a huge picture of your school mascot on them, take them apart and then see which team can put the puzzle
 together the fastest. {Survivor style;) }
-This idea I saw on
Martha and then did some 'research' to figure out where I could duplicate it. It is basically
 an enormous Connect-the-dots!

Its hard to tell, but, that poster is about 4' x 2' ! Hers had 1200 numbers, but obviously you don't need that many.
I found this cool site:  where you upload your own photo and then
 you turn it into a connect-the-dots!! {Before you start connecting, and with no coloring--it looks like nothing
 but a huge blob of numbers.} You could go to your local printers to have it printed really large. Think about
 using a picture of the school principal, mascot or Homecoming King... each student could connect 20-30
numbers and then pass the pen to the next student on their team, seeing who could complete it the fastest.
- I found this site,
Project Graduation, which has GREAT ideas that you might also really like.

Ok peeps,  do you have some suggestions for Michelle? Let's help a sista out. Send me your ideas--
shannon {at} shannonberrey {dot} {com} and I'll share them !!
Have a super wonderful weekend!

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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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