Shannon Berrey

Party with your pants!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I love a good pair of blue jeans. I could happily wear them everyday. I know it's not appropriate for every occasion, but there is something so comforting about a perfectly worn in pair of denim. And you know who is super helpful in breaking in a perfectly good pair.....


These 2 littles. 

DON"T let these faces fool you. If I make the dreaded mistake of leaving my jeans on the bed or on the floor, well.....



Forget about it. Because nothing makes them happier than a good ole belt loop to chew the s**t out of. Every single pair has at least one belt loop severed.
Dang this makes me so mad. 

I love denim so much that I hardly ever throw out a pair. I cut them up and turn them into bags, pillows, clutches, you name it. But I have never thought to throw a party with them. 




But the talented ladies of Jessi Haack Design and JL Designs sure did! Check out this fantastic baby shower decorated with all shades and pieces of denim.














images 3-8 via Inspired By This



Pledges painted pillows

Monday, October 20, 2014

Maris was home recently for her NC State Fall Break. Nothing is better than having multiple days of her back home where I get to bake for her, hug on her, practice new make-up tricks, and of course.....craft together. 



We were looking for inexpensive decor items that we could personalize for her new little sisters in her sorority. Believe it or not, my little town still has a Roses. If you are not familiar, it is sort of a glorified Dollar Store. If you can look beyond the horrible lighting, stuffed shelves and the original 1979 everything {as in, I'm pretty sure a renovation has never happened}, then you can find some seriously inexpensive gifts. 



I found these leather {ok, pleather...whatever} pillows here for 6$ -- Six Dollars!! They are the perfect canvas for acrylic paints. You can use paint pens or acrylic craft paint {I used acrylic mixed with textile medium} and it worked beautifully. I sketched the state of NC, filled it with red paint and added the Chi O.




Cute, right??



All sorority gals have drawers full of their sorority t-shirts. Too many. So we took some of her shirts, and we decided to cut out the front and back--the same size {any size you want}



Then we sewed up the edges {inside out} leaving a small opening, and stuffed them. To see another one of my t-shirt pillows, visit this post. 



sooooo easy.

We painted mirrors, jewelry boxes, frames, and canvases. It looked like Santa's workshop up in here and I'm still sweeping up the glitter...

She put together 4 baskets of goodies for each girl to receive {one a day}. And coerced some cute fraternity pledges to deliver the goods to her little sisters. 



The pledges had to use clues to try to figure out who their Big Sister was.

And at the end of the week, there was the big reveal....

...

And they were not happy at all. 



An here is Maris with her Big, her Grand Big and her littles. A very sweet family!



Decorating with dough bowls

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sorry for the silence! I have been in and out of Dr.'s offices and in and out of the hospital....some mysterious infection/virus has found my intestine a lovely special happy place and has wreaked havoc on me this past week. I have been S.I.C.K, ya'll. I still don't feel 'good' but, perhaps a bit better. And as I type this, I am fever-free for the first time in 6 days. So, thankful for small miracles.  

Before I got sick, I was adding some accessories to a remodel I have been working on. It is a big open concept kitchen/living/dining room with loads of windows. I am a big believer in decorating with plants in a home. I love bringing nature indoors and if a client is agreeable, I add plants as a last detail in almost all of my projects. 

As in all successful accessory styling, scale and proportion are everything. My client has an enormous trunk from RH that she uses as her coffee table.


This image is from their website. I'm not sure you can appreciate how big this thing actually is. But trust me, it is BIG. Instead of styling it with lots of little items, {what's up with your styling, RH????} I decided to use a huge vintage 4' dough bowl planted with ferns and other green lovelies. 



They can be used in tons of different ways. Simply place a potted plant inside.



Fill it with found objects like these old fishing floats.



Or some dried lavender.



And seasonally, it can be filled it with pumpkins, pinecones, or christmas ornaments.



Or make it functional - how cool is this dough bowl turned rustic sink?


I own several of my own dough bowls and they are also great to use as serving pieces {line them and serve a huge salad, fill with ice and fill with beer/water}. You can find them in all sizes and this particular one was the perfect size to sit on top of the massive trunk. 



Using 2 trash bags, I folded them, and placed them on the bottom of the bowl. I actually took the dough bowl with me to White Rabbit Botanicals and filled it with lots of different plants, playing around with color and size. All of the plants were in 2 different plant containers so I used 2 different sized ziploc bags and slipped each plant into a bag.  



I could have filled the whole thing with dirt and removed the plants from the pots and planted them. But, I thought this bag technique was perhaps a safer alternative. This way, when you water, there is no way the water can escape through the wood. 



I arranged all of the pots until I found a pleasing look -- taller in the middle, shorter on the ends. I love the way it turned out. All of the great greens and textures look so great against the old wood. 



You really can't see the black pots, but I did tuck some moss into any holes I saw. 

 

I don't have any pictures of it in its new home, but, I hope to soon. Do you own a dough bowl? What do you use yours for? 




A good egg

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter is sneaking up on us. Have you decorated your eggs yet? Just in case you haven't, and you are looking for some fun ideas, you are in luck! Today I am filling your easter basket with a round-up of some really great Easter egg ideas. 















































How about baking cupcakes inside your eggs??




And just in case you need a sign for your Easter Egg Hunt, you can download this free pretty printable over at Studio DIY: 




Enjoy!!




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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