Shannon Berrey

Tree down

Thursday, November 29, 2012

 I cherish all of my handmade gifts from my kids. I get so excited each Christmas to open the boxes of ornaments and unwrap the ones that we painted together, the ones they put their tiny paint dipped handprints on, the ones they signed with a barely legible precious signature, and the ones made in their school classes that they proudly and sweetly wrapped and placed under the tree. Oh the sweet memories...

We set out the day after Thanksgiving and picked the perfect tree. With the Christmas music playing, I had all of those precious ornaments hung and the tree lit by 5 o'clock. I sat on the sofa so glad to finally be done and at 5:30 it all came crashing down. I stood over the tree laying in in a pool of water and broken ornaments and not knowing what else to do...cried.  

We stood it up and rebolted it down in the tree base that was advertised as the 'biggest and the best' with no understanding of why, after using it for years, it let us down. It was such a mess. The rug had to dry overnight and the next day the lights were restrung and all of the non-broken ornaments were back in place.

Until last night at 9:30. I kid you not, the tree fell over again. All of the ornaments that survived the first fall weren't so lucky the 2nd time around. After another massive vacuuming, the rug is redrying, and the tree has been stripped of every single ornament and is propped against the back door {I kinda want to chuck it over the back porch}. And the ornaments, well, they are going back in their boxes. I'm simply not willing to do a Round 3. Just call me Scrooge. So I am thinking, this just might be my answer.


A giant adorable fabric tree.

IKEA sells this really sweet tree fabric and it's been quite popular as it has been making the blog circuit. At $6.99 a yard with a 59" pattern repeat, this one won't do any damage if it slides off it's dowel....


 Any other suggestions??

1-Oh Happy Day 2- Cuckoo 4 Design


Fresh Christmas decorating: Cottages & Bungalows

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


There was quite the line while checking out Jo-Ann's recently {60% off coupons tends to bring out the crafters in ridiculous numbers} and they offer a great magazine section while you are waiting for one of only  2 cashiers...I was able to catch up on a ton of holiday issues. I was so excited to spot a home decorated by two of my favorite designers, Katie Rosenfeld and Rachel Reider, in Cottages and Bungalows.  



This home to a mom of 2 kids, was decorated with a bright and fresh color scheme and the holiday decor followed suit. There is very little traditional red and green in these decorations, instead corals, turquoise, plums and apple green fill the Massachusetts home. Mix these colors with a ton of geometric fabrics and patterned rugs and you get one heck of a whimsical cheerful home.





Story by Monin Dombrowski, photos by Michael J. Lee, styled by Katie Rosenfeld and Rachel Reider 

To see more, visit Katie's blog here or Rachel's blog here.


Christmas giffs

Monday, November 19, 2012


It's time..

to start your holiday baking,

to leave your gas lights on for party guests,

throw on your favorite Christmas records,

pull out your glitzy bag,

and don your glittery heels,

create your Christmas {wish} list,

and light your tree!! Cause it's the most wonderful time of the year!

 Aren't these images fun?! While over at Marcus Design, I discovered the creative team of Jamie and Kevin from the blog From Me to You. They have created these awesome images that they have termed cinemagraphs {us plain folk call em giffs} -- still images with a touch of animation. Love these!

I'm so looking forward to a Thanksgiving with my family. And then putting up the tree over the weekend. It's going to be a great week!

{all images via From Me to You}


House portrait

Monday, January 30, 2012

My neighbors have 4 young kids--kids who are super active in all kinds of after school sports and activities. He's a busy doctor and she is always playing chauffeur, so we rarely get an opportunity to see them. But, during the spring and summer, we do get to visit when we are out in the yards working in our flowerbeds. 

Isn't their house pretty?

They moved here 2 years ago from out of state. Even with their incredibly busy schedules, they find the time to work on their yard and their landscaping and have created a wonderful play area for the kids.       


For Christmas, I decided to paint a little watercolor of their pretty exterior using my favorite canvas--a thin slice of wood.  


A little brown velvet ribbon had it ready for the tree.

Aren't good neighbors the best?

Shannon Berrey Bio
I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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