Shannon Berrey

Classic bathroom redo: Before and After

Thursday, February 20, 2014

I love it when readers share their Before and After's with me!! A friend that I grew up with sent me some pictures of his bathroom as it appeared a few months ago.

Bless his heart. 
let's talk about this.... 2-toned wall tile in flesh and pinky brown. lots of it. ugh. very commercial white tile with ginormous grout lines. fairly contemporary vanity and mirror.
 A strange hodgepodge that equals a not so lovely combo.

He ripped pretty much everything out. He added wainscoting to the walls and painted them a crisp white. Classic subway tile was added to the shower and it continued all the way to the ceiling. 

Beautiful volcanic ash rectangluar tile was installed on the floor. I really love the fact that he went with this shape AND that he laid it lengthwise. It's a much more interesting shape than the generic 'square' and it helps to make the room appear bigger when laid in this direction. Because the room is relatively small, the addition of the frameless glass shower doors allows the room to also feel bigger verses a shower curtain, which, would hide a good 15 feet of space. 

The walls were painted with BM Patriotic White which has really soft blue/gray undertones. A pedestal sink, new mirror, toilet and a stainless light fixture complete this classic, lovely bathroom renovation.

Great job, Scott!

How to recreate this Valentine Party

Thursday, February 06, 2014

I love browsing the styled shoots that so many wedding and photography websites are now producing for their blogs. They provide fantastic inspiration for ideas, but, can also include many elements that are not achievable without the help of a florist, artist, stylist, or a prop house. I was really impressed when I discovered this beautifully styled Bridesmaid Luncheon shoot that I think provides fantastic, easy to copy, inspiration for a DIY Valentines Party. 

I thought it would be fun to break it down so you could easily recreate it for a Valentine Party.

I love the idea of requesting that the guests show up in black, white, gold or pink! It makes for great pictures!

This table would be so easy to replicate. Target used to carry these candlestick holders in brass and just about any antique store/Goodwill I visit always has them on their shelves. You could even buy mismatched or glass candleholders from the dollar store. Spray painting them all white unifies them. Hot pink taper candles can be purchased at Wal-Mart or the dollar store or any party store. And the pink paper straws can be found at Target or on Etsy.  

These Marimekko plates are fabulous, but if you don't want to spend $30/plate, these would be so easy to make yourself! White dinner plates and coffee mugs can be bought at the dollar store. I would use my Sharpie and starting in the middle of the plate, make little circles, continuing until I reached the edge. These plates would act as a charger and I would place a clear plate on top. {food safety}. Or, you could use a Porcelaine pen and bake it to make it permanent, as well as food safe.
You don't have gold silverware?? You could invest in this pretty set shown from West Elm. Or, if you don't want to invest $30 per setting, you could buy plastic {yes, I said plastic!} gold silverware here and here. I have used them and they are really quite nice!

There are several Grocery stores and Wholesale Clubs that sell flowers at great prices -- no florist needed for these arrangements! 

How cute are these gold {$15} fortune cookie boxes?? Want to duplicate these for a few cents?? Here's a tutorial on how to make edible fortune cookies out of a fruit roll-up.  Or visit here to learn how to make them out of felt. 

For a table runner, you could use wrapping paper. I have bought black and white polka dot wrapping paper at HomeGoods as well as the WEBstaurant Store. Or you could use white butcher paper and again, using that fabulous Sharpie {!}, free hand polka-dots and loose flower shapes.

Now this gorgeous cake you might want to order, but, if you have baking skills, it's really a fairly simple decorated fondant cake. 

These fun Confetti poppers can be made by following these directions.  

If you can't find pink iced donuts at your grocery store, buy plain and some pink icing in the baking section and do it yourself! I love these!

Have your guys leave with a thoughtfully filled gift bag. Inexpensive plain canvas bags are available all over the internet. You could use a heart stencil and black paint to decorate the bag. Or, you could print it off on photo paper and iron it onto the bag. Then it can be filed with your favorite nail polish, cute sunglasses, thank you notes, and a bottle of wine, champagne or special drink.   

Very doable, right???? 

I'm getting my ideas together as I prepare to decorate for the high school Valentines Dance next weekend. I'm not sure the guys would appreciate the details of this particular party, but our dance will be full of DIY's! Any great teen Valentine Parties you've seen pictures of?? Please share!

{Party designed and photographed by HANALULU CO. and Charlie Juliet via 100 Layer Cake}

loving lately

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I've been a bad blogger this week, but luckily there are lots of others who are cranking out good stuff! Here is a collection of projects and pretties that are pinterest worthy, for sure.

The creative Dana shows a great way to showcase a special scarf or favorite fabric piece using supplies from the hardware store.  

To see her detailed directions visit here. So chic and definitely cheaper than having it framed.


I love these prints that are available in Lindsay's new online shop, Feathered. Each print features a painting of a different collection of books. Their are 4 different prints and the Fashion collection and Food Collection are my faves.


 I am loving this new makeup line created by the beauty blogger, Cara, at Maskara. It is called the HAC {Highlight and Contour} Pac which contains a creme contouring foundation and a highlighting concealer. Also included, is a cream blush and an illuminator.   

On her blog, she has tons of videos and how-to's on how to use this for your specific face shape. This is the only beauty blogger I follow -- she's awesome. 
When a bunch of Maris' friends were home from college at Christmas, they all stayed the night at our house and got ready here to go out to a party. They asked me to to do their make-up with my new HAC stash! I wish I had taken a before and after photo -- they looked fabulous. {FYI - in college, I was a make-up artist at Glamour Shots :)   


 The Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Holiday Showhouse is on the market {just shy of 3 million}. I love seeing the images of the real estate listing and the same rooms as they was transformed for the Showhouse.

Master Bath Before:



Guest Bedroom Before:


To see the rest of the home visit, Things That Inspire


I think I'm going to try and watch American Idol this season. Did you see the premiere? I love Harry Connick Jr as much as I love not having to watch Simon or Nicki! 

Shrinky dink that tree!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Ya'll didn't think I would let a holiday go by without breaking out the sharpie's, now would you?? I haven't used Shrinky Dinks since Maris' 5th birthday. It was a 'dog' themed party {the year she was given our beautiful white lab, Buddy} and we made 'dog tags' in the shape of bones for the kids to wear around their necks. This year, I wanted to try my hand at making ornaments out of them.

This project is so much fun and so easy. Since you have the kids at home for a looooonnnng time the next few weeks, these would be great to do with them. They look super professional once they shrink!

I bought my pack of 10 at Michaels. My store had packs of clear, frosted, or ink jet packs {meaning you simply print an image onto the paper, cut it out and shrink -- super easy} I chose the frosted set which are  rough on one side and smooth and shiny on the other. You can color on either side and I wanted to try both.  

I printed out Maris' sorority logo as a 5x7 using a 'mirror image'. I put the SD rough side down and began tracing using my sharpies. 

When you color on the frosted, rougher side, your ink will bleed a little. Don't let it scare you. When it shrinks, you don't see it at all. 

After I finished, I cut it out and used a hole punch to put 2 holes on the sides. I'm thinking about turning this one into a necklace. 

I use my toaster oven {which is also a convection oven} for almost everything! It heats up super fast and is cheaper to heat than my big oven. You simply preheat to 325 and put a piece of parchment paper or kraft paper under it. Pop your dink in the oven and watch it shrink! It can take anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute or 2 to start to curl up. Be patient and wait for it to completely flatten back out. Wait an additional 20-30 seconds and then take it out. I picked up the paper and placed it on the cool counter and placed a smooth bottomed flat bowl on it for about 10 seconds. This makes sure that it cools completely flat, otherwise it can curl up a bit.   

It shrinks a lot. The directions {which are very thorough} gives you a little scale that shows approximate measurements. A 10" shrinks to approximately 4 1/4".   

I found an image of an old santa sign for another one.

I love the way the light shines through them. To hang them, simply use an ornament hook or a thin piece of wire. 

This is our high school mascot -- The Smoky Mountain Mustangs. I used a silver metallic sharpie for the SM. Because it's such an awkward shape, I cut it out as a square.

And of course I had to have a Wolfpack! I can always turn them into earrings after Christmas if she wants me to {I made 2!}


I love our beautiful old Jackson County Courthouse that sits at one end of Main Street in our downtown. 

It sat empty for many years until it was restored and reopened as our new library last year. When Maris was a few weeks old, we moved to a little house a few hundred feet from the Courthouse. It was such a treat to live so close. Our next house was a bit farther away, but still had a beautiful view of the majestic building.

Over the years, we have taken our Christmas card photos at the top of the steps, played in the fountain at the bottom, performed community theater productions in the old Courtroom, and posed for prom pictures, as well as graduation pictures here. It's pretty special to our family, as well as our whole community, and I love seeing it now on the tree. 

I used a combination of acrylic paint and sharpies to create the Courthouse/Library. I sharpied all of the details on the smooth side and then turned it over and painted the back white. 

Western Carolina University is a few miles from my house. This Catamount ornament is going to my neighbor who works at the university. 

I got a little ambitious with this last one! I thought I would try a portrait of my kiddos. I didn't have a good flesh color sharpie, so I had to mix a few. And let's face it, Sharpies are great, but not ideal for portraits. The sharpies really intensify in their saturation when they shrink. I learned it's best to use a really light hand when working with details and not to use a lot of dark colors because they just turn black. {I learned this after making this one} It probably would have turned out better if I had used colored pencils. 

And a tip -- I forgot to punch the hole in this one before it went in the oven.  After it had shrunk and had cooled, I took a fairly large needle and stuck it in a flame. Then I pressed the hot needle into the plastic. It took a few reheats and presses to get it all the way through. But it worked! 

These could be made into lots of things depending on the size you make them -- ornaments, a necklace,  cute gift tags, or earrings. Have fun!

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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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