Shannon Berrey

How to create Sharpie Wallpaper

Thursday, August 11, 2011

If you visited Rambling Renovators last Friday, you saw pictures of my newly redone
guest bathroom. A guest bath that I began working on several months ago. I haven't done
 a post on the details of how I drew/painted the 'wallpaper', so I thought we would talk
 about it today. 



First, we tiled the floor and  installed some 'faux' wainscoting Check out this post to see
 these steps.  

I painted the wall {and ceiling} a really pale blue. {If anyone is interested in the color, email
 me, and I'll go look!}

Then the fun part--creating my Sharpie art!

Instead of spending a fortune on my favorite Schumacher wallpaper, I decided to draw it
on my walls instead. I printed off a picture of the Schumacher wallpaper that I used as
my inspiration and taped it to the wall to refer to. 

If you really like a wallpaper, you can find out its repeat.  In this particular
paper, this is the distance {left to right} from one butterfly/bird to the next identical


I could have easily just free-formed it, but I really liked the look of the wallpaper, the size
 of the birds, and the amount of color. So, I stayed fairly consistent to it's repeat. Schumacher
 has a cool site where you can actually zoom in on the pattern.

To make the process a little quicker, I zoomed in on each bird and butterfly to the exact same
 'zoom level' I then printed each off onto a piece of cardstock to use as a pattern.

My vertical area was only 34" so nothing was repeated up and down. Once I traced around
 a bird, then an identical bird was traced 27" to the right and 27" to the left. After penciling
in about a 6 ft area, I started sketching in the branches.

Using Sharpies on a wall is a little daunting at first, but they work really well.

After all the branches and leaves were done, I used white paint to fill in all of the birds and
 butterflies. This is not a necessary step, it just helped me to make sure I liked the placement
 of it all.
{you have to look really hard to see the faint white} 

It took several coats of craft paint to fill in the birds and butterflies.

After the paint was dry, I went back and added black details with the Sharpie.

{Hint-- try to end your pattern in a corner that is the least conspicuous}

It took an incredible number of hours to finish, but I am really happy with the results
 and the $600 I pocketed from not buying the wallpaper.


A set of crosstitched vintage framed birds and a $8 Goodwill brass lamp finish
 off the other side of the bathroom.   

I'm still waiting to find the perfect little vintage chandy, and then I can check this
 room off my {long} list!  

The Hazardous Bathroom

Thursday, June 30, 2011

This is what renovators Carrie and Chris' bathroom looked like when they
 purchased their New England circa 1886 home on Hazard Street.

It wasn't exactly the bathroom of their dreams so Chris got busy on ripping everything out.
They didn't increase the footprint of this room--it looks tiny, right???

 Well brace yourself because you are not going to believe how much punch can come
 out of such a tiny space:

How beautiful is this powder room???!!!!

gorgeous lighting, crown molding, bianco carrara marble, schumacher wallpaper, glossy beadboard...
every single detail is perfect

To see more of their inspiring process visit their blog Hazardous Design.

8 Exciting Ways to Use Tile

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hi! My name is Lindsey and I'm a guest blogger for, an awesome social media
site promoting interior designers and great interior design ideas from around the world. I am so
 lucky that I get to write on interior design and home decor topics every day. It's my dream job. I have
 a special fondness for Chesterfield sofas, Eames chairs and the color yellow. 

 I love visiting Shannon Berrey's blog and I'm super excited to share this post with you guys
on "8 Exciting Ways to Use Tile." Enjoy!
There is something stately and elegant about tile. Whether it's the off-white hues of a subway tile or the
 brightly colored tones and patterns of Moroccan ceramics, tile is always beautiful and chic. So naturally,
 this makes the use of tile a wonderful decorating idea. Tile is also a wonderful material to use in the
home because it works in any space, and in any capacity. Shown here, you will see tiles being used
in eight different ways -- from the kitchen, to the porch, and all around the house. There's a reason why
 tile is a favorite among home decorators and designers.

Exciting Ways to Use Tile

Lou Lou Pear via Domino Magazine (via)

The entryway, mudroom or foyer is a great way to use tile. It's a great alternative to a
welcome mat, and is itself welcoming, in this lovely blue, orange and cream pattern.

Exciting Ways to Use Tile

Alicia B Designs via Robin Bell Designs (via)

This exotic sunroom is beautiful and comfy-looking with its warm hues of cinnamon, plum, and browns.
But take a look at the ceiling, it's covered in a beautiful Moroccan tile and is absolutely gorgeous.

Exciting Ways to Use Tile

SVK Kitchen & Bath via Elle DÈcor (via)

Tile is popular in the bathroom because it's easy to clean and moisture-repellent, but who knew you
 could create a wall-sized mural with it? This tile looks almost like a perfectly-aged fresco painting.

 Exciting Ways to Use Tile

Freshome (via)

Tile is also hugely popular in kitchen designs as a backsplash; it's the space behind the sink or
stove that protects the walls from splashes, but sometimes gets forgotten about in the design
 of a space. White subway tile fits in beautifully in this serene, white kitchen. Fun fact: subway tile,
which debuted in 1904, is named for New York City's underground transit stations.

Exciting Ways to Use Tile

Attic Mag (via)

This vignette offers a peek at a space similar to a backsplash. However, in this space,
 the entire wall is covered in traditional Dutch Delft tile, and open shelving is mounted onto it.

 Exciting Ways to Use Tile

Elle DÈcor (via)

At this elegant villa in Florida, the pool is paved with pebbles, while the surrounding terrace is
paved in Terra-cotta tile. The result is classic and chic.
Exciting Ways to Use Tile

Apartment Therapy (via)

Use tile in or around the fireplace. It's a great material here because it's easy to clean and because
it is fire-resistant. It's also an understated and interesting alternative to brick.

Exciting Ways to Use Tile

DÈcor Pad (via)

If you've got a little nook in your bedroom and want to place a vanity, reading chair or desk, tile
 is a wonderful way to decorate the space. You could even go a step further in your bedroom
 and create an entire tile accent wall. The result is sure to be lovely either way.

So, there you have it. While tile is typically used in the bathroom or the kitchen, it has so many
 uses and comes in such a great variety of colors, materials and patterns. It's easy to be
excited about tile!


Thanks Lindsey!! Check out Design Shuffle--it is like Facebook for the design community!

The Versatility of the Cotton Rug

Friday, June 10, 2011

Cotton rugs are such a great accent to so many different design styles. Dash and Albert offers
such a great variety of cotton rugs at affordable prices. The company has only been around
 since 2003, but they took the market by storm. Take a look at them in action. 


And, cotton rugs are so thin that you can layer them on carpet as well.

{not a Dash and Albert--not sure the source}

{shannon berrey designs}

They also make these rugs into cute tote bags.

The totes got me thinking about other ways to use a cotton rug.


In this room, I started with some not very attractive x-benches from K-mart.

I painted the legs green, did a little distressing and then glazed them. Then I cut up this rug:


And made slipcovers.  


But, I didn't stop there. Nope, I was on some kind of rug roll. I needed a window treatment for
the adjoining bathroom. I had the remainder of the rug made into a roman shade.

It worked beautifully! 

This week I got on another 'cut a rug' kick. I found the Striped Cottage Rose at Urban Outfitters
and knew it would work great in front of the shower in my {almost} redone bathroom.
 The problem--it only comes in one size--4' x 6'. This was way too big. Ideally, I needed 48" x 30"
due to a vent on my floor. But, I knew it was cotton, so I knew I could customize it.

It also allowed me to have 2 rugs--one in front of the shower and one in front of the vanity. I played with
which parts of the rug I wanted to keep. And then I cut it, zig-zagged the edges {serged edges are ideal
 but, my serger is broken :( , ironed a hem and stitched it down. 

2 custom rugs for $58. Not too shabby.


Yes, this is the bird bathroom that is still not complete. I am looking for some art, the 
'returned for the correct ones' knobs from Anthro, and then I will be ready for the reveal. 


Have a wonderful weekend! Go cut up something. 

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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