Shannon Berrey

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
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 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!


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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. 

Paint-By-Numbers room

Monday, May 16, 2011

Today I am sharing a guest bedroom that I just completed. This is my client's mountain home. She
flew in this weekend to see it for the first time.  

This was a really fun room to complete. This family loves color and trusts in the 'design process' so
working with them is such a treat.

I have been bidding on these vintage paint-by-numbers on ebay for months. They arrived in all kinds of
painted and stained frames. Originally, I thought I would white wash them all, but when I experimented
with one, I didn't like it. So, instead I painted them with a watered down brown paint and/or used Tudor
 Brown Briwax to create a cohesive 'brown tone' .   

These paint-by-number pillows were my jumping off point. These, along with the vintage inspired
 crocheted throws {I love these so much!} were the inspiration for the room.

The beds were custom made locally. I had them painted in Robins Egg Blue, glazed and waxed.

This is the dresser that I showed you in this post. It is the perfect fit between the beds.

The homeowners have a bull dog, so imagine my excitement when I scored a pair of bull dog
paint-by-numbers!  I love to incorporate personal accessories into a family's design. 

We did a stained concrete floor using browns and rusts in the downstairs level. Here it is
layered with a Chocolate Tartan plaid Dash & Albert rug.

As you walk in the room, there is a little nook that is now the background for an old shutter that I
attached the other 'portrait' of Bubba which is held in place with upholstery tacks.

A collection of vintage anagrams that I scored on ebay years ago were used to personalize the shutter.

I'll share more details of the room throughout the week.

White bedding

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Flip through any decorating catalog and you will find tons of patterned bedding and bold duvets.
 While this may appeal to many, when designing bedrooms, I often source very simple white duvets
or comforters. It can sometimes be a hard sell for my clients as they immediately think 'white= boring'. 
 If you are someone who loves color and pattern then it may seem very 'outside of your comfort zone'
and simplistic to be approached with the idea of white bedding. Clients are used to perusing their
catalogs and observing floral comforters with matching shams or oversized patterns with
coordinating curtains.

This can be A LOT of floral to look at.....and it doesn't leave much flexibility when it comes to
using additional patterns in the room.

White goes with everything and provides a neutral foundation to build the rest of the room.
By using white on your bed, then you are free to use great color on your walls. Strong color
looks great in contrast to white!

{10 Rooms}




Keeping the bedding white, it allows you to use graphic wallpaper and rugs. 




When white covers your bed, then your upholstery, headboard, curtain, bedskirt and 
accessory options are endless!



{Shannon Berrey Designs}

{Canadian Home and Home}

If you need more color, then fold a pretty colorful blanket or duvet at the end of the bed.

{cottageliving via myhomeideas}

{10 Rooms}

{traditional home}

White bedding is classic and timeless. It truly is a beautiful foundation. And really, what's better than
slipping into crisp white sheets...  

Do you agree--white bedding does not equal boring??!!  

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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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