Shannon Berrey

Moving eastward and upward!

Monday, August 19, 2013

I'm back!! We moved my girl to NC State over the weekend and I feel so at peace that she has a fun comfortable dorm room, a great roommate and a giddy excitement about her new town, her classes and the upcoming Rush festivities. Before moving in, Maris' dorm looked like this:

Then we got busy sketching out furniture arrangements.


And we collected ideas


And here it is now! 

The giant Wolfpack I painted got command stripped {as many as I used, I have now turned it into a verb} over their futon {which came from Big Lots..and which I completely and thoroughly objected to. I tried desperately to find a gently used sleeper sofa. Didn't happen. Not to mention, sleeper sofas are ridiculously heavy and don't always fit through never-before-seen dorm halls/doors/elevators. Maris has lots of friends that will be visiting and she really wanted a futon. Futons are cheap,so we (I) sucked it up and bought a futon. whatever. The citron yellow pillows and throw came from Homegoods, the blue chevrons I made, the citron mirror came from Wal-Mart, and the 8x12 gray rug from Lowes.} 

In texts, the girls found out that they both loved chevron and monograms {and her roommate is not even southern!! score!} So, they selected coordinating bedding from Urban Outfitters and I painted them monogram pillows.   




There are no closets, just 2 large armoires. The girls hung a full length mirror on one door and I attached chalkboard contact paper on the other one. {This stuff actually works great!}   

Every room has their own bathroom! And, these girls some how lucked out and got a 'handicapped room' which gives them a really tall, super long 6' countertop as well as an enormous shower and bathroom.

They were also provided with a refrigerator and a microwave. Not my college days!


 {The chevron lamp is from Homegoods, the fabric is from Premier Prints, the corkboard is from Michaels and the frame around it is vintage} 


They can not put any nails in any walls so this was a huge challenge! I bet we went through more than 50 command strips! Did you know you can hang curtains with command hooks?? Yup, it works {she says as she looks for wood to knock on!}


 I made a skirt to cover up all of the additional shoes, toiletries, etc. with leftover curtain fabric. It is attached with stick-on Velcro. And yes, my sewing machine travels to all of my installs--you never know when you will need to do a little hemming :)

 12" cork tiles inserted into wooden frames creates the perfect necklace storage. The cabinet knobs came from Lowes {unfinished that we painted} and World Market.


Tomorrow I will show you how we made the cute freestanding vanity.  


Colorful trim

Thursday, August 08, 2013


I love the idea of painting the trim and windows in a house a color other than white. I am trying to convince a client that this is the way to go in her new builder basic home. It adds instant character and a lot of linear interest, which I am a huge fan of. Take a look at some of my persuasive tools:    





 Tim Cuppett Architects


Coastal Living via Lily Kanter

 Peppermint Bliss


 Jay Jeffers via Apartment Therapy

 Shannon Malone via Houzz

Shannon Malone via Houzz

House and Home 

And how great is the bubblegum pink trim used in this girls room designed by Natalie Clayman?!  It's too cute to show you only one image.   




Natalie Clayman 


 It really is such a great way to create continuity in a room. Would you ever try it?  


The writing on the walls

Monday, July 29, 2013




I am so in love with this guest room in designer, Sheila Bridges, harlem home. I thought it was custom wallpaper, as she has designed a small line of hand screened papers in the past, but the info says it's painted {!} with phrases from her favorite authors, from Dr. Seuss to Zora Neale Hurston to Langston Hughes. She had so many books, she said, she ran out of space to store them. “I realized it wasn’t so much about the books, but the words that mattered.” 

Wouldn't this be fun in a nursery using phrases from cherished childhood books... or in a laundry room with washing directions.... or in a kids bathroom with a series of fun 'manner instructions' ... 


{all images via Trevor Tondo for the NY Times}


Sleeping in the Garage

Thursday, July 25, 2013


I saw this image on Pinterest and thought it was the exterior of a beautiful little French boutique. I was so intrigued and I wanted to see the inside! 

Believe it or not, it used to look like this:



It started out as a modest 550 sq ft storage shed in the back yard when the Evans bought the property in Birmingham, Alabama. They knew instantly they wanted to turn it into a guest house/office. They made a few changes--a new roof, new windows and added an additional 250 sq ft. to the front of the space, just to name a few.  



Working with a yellow, gray and white color scheme throughout, it feels much bigger than it's actual square footage. As soon as you walk through the oversized sliding doors, you enter the office area.  Architect/homeowner Anna has the perfect spot for rolling out blueprints on this large table and an inspiration corkboard big enough for multiple projects. A wall of filing cabinets tucked under windows offers storage as well as a great drafting spot.   



The back of the building houses the guest suite which offers a kitchenette with a wall of shelves installed right on top of the windows. 

I love the way the sunlight lights up the glasses and dishware. The floors in the kitchen are painted with yellow and white stripes while the bedroom offers wall-to-wall sisal.  



A workspace, a bedroom, a seating area, a kitchen and a bathroom -- a beautiful, yet smart use of 800 sq feet wouldn't you say?


{all images via Southern Living}


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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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