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...

Monogram love

Monday, October 11, 2010

I love monograms...

Custom Personalized Notecard Stationery - Modern Zig Zag Black and White and Green

{etsy- Anastella}

{ RSH }

Diamond Pique Bed Linens with Applied 3 Line Tape. Applique Monogram Shown.

{ Bella Lino }

{ Southern Living }

 {The Knot via Delovely Designs }




Monogrammed jean pockets

{OK--this idea I could do without}

{my room-pic courtesy of Angela at TPH


These are monogrammed lampshades I made for my room in the Cashiers Showhouse.
They are a fairly easy DIY. Check back tomorrow for the tutorial.


My Canadian soulmate

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

I love everything about this tiny room featured in Canadian House and Home! The fabulous juicy color combo works so well due to the equal amount of crisp white. All of the vintage furniture is painted. If I had my druthers, I would paint just about every piece of furniture that comes my way! It is amazing how it breathes new life into pieces that have been around forever.

And on a side note---I am feeling a serious connection with the designer of the above room (I don't know who you are, but we need to talk!) It feels very much like the room I did in the Cashiers Showhouse. Check out the similarities!

The color combos, the graphic patterns in the curtains and pillows, the ribbon detail on the bedding, the super similar rug...

And on the other side of the 'canadian' room is this fantastic mirror:

now check out the mirror in MY room:

{MY mirror actually started out the exact color of the canadian one, but I chose to paint it}

Good job, my mysterious Canadian Designer Soulmate!! I like your style ;) 

'Pushing' the Pretty

Thursday, September 23, 2010

For me, opening a new box of upholstery tacks is just about as exciting as being a child and opening a new box of crayons!  My wheels start spinning---my heart races a little---oohhh the possibilities!! Take this pumpkin, for example..

and how about this beauty from Serena and Lily:

I am currently working on a 'tack job' for a client. She has a massive custom made entertainment center that conceals a TV. But, when it is doing it's duty (concealing) it creates a large (large!) amount of creamy cabinetry. So, to jazz it up, we are adding vintage feedsack fabric to the inset panels held in place with tacks. 


The texture in the fabric is subtle but really does a great job of adding some interest.  
A few years ago, I was struggling with some ideas to jazz up my foyer. One side of the foyer leads to the dining room, the other side to the living room and straight ahead are some massive closet doors. I came across a house in Country Living (sorry--I can't find the issue)  that featured a house with a tiny foyer done in wallpaper and upholstery tacks.


I don't know how to wallpaper,but, I knew I could achieve the same look with painters tape and paint. The walls were already a mocha color, so that stayed. I then applied painters tape diagonally in both directions. Then I painted a lighter taupe over the whole thing. When the tape came off the dark lines were revealed.
(They look gray in the pictures but they are really more of of a coffee color) 

Then I followed the lines of the moldings-floor, door and ceiling with upholstery tacks.  I used a rubber mallet and tapped each one in. I used these:

(Please excuse the flashlight and frog tape!)

It took patience and a few hours for a couple of nights. But, I was super pleased with the results.
After accomplishing this, it's fun to see how others might approach it differently (better!). Recently, at the Cashiers Showhouse, Lynn Monday of Monday's House of Design, designed the sitting room just outside of my bedroom. I was excited to get a first-hand look at her 'tack wall' process. Her space was quite small but filled with tons of angles. She (was smart) hired a furniture maker/restorer to devise a template based on her sketch. He used lathing strips like those used to template a granite countertop. He meausured/marked the spots for each tack on the strip and then drilled a hole. After all the holes were drilled, he placed the strip on the wall and then took a long skinny nail and stuck it through each hole to make a mark in the sheetrock. When he was finished, the walls and ceiling were covered in a 'dotted' pattern. Then each tack was placed in each hole and tapped gently in place. 

This is Nancy--Nancy was in charge of the Showhouse and was simply 'helping out' one day and decided to work on the wall.... What a labor of love!!

The finished effect was simply stunning!

  It was funny to overhear some of the comments people made while touring the house:  'Oh look, she simply stuck the tacks in the easy......'


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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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