Shannon Berrey

Beautiful Boston Bath

Friday, September 19, 2014

Just because a designer is given an architecturally void space and a tight budget doesn't mean that an amazing transformation can't happen! Stephanie Sabbe of Sabbe Interior Design, was given a bathroom in a Boston Loft with the direction that no walls could be moved, and the basic layout needed to stay the same. 


Before



After

The 'vanity' was a Craigslist dresser score that was outfitted with a porcelain vessel sink {I'm really into a square sink right now!} The faucets and sconces were mounted on top of the mirror {love} and the simple gold frame was mimicked as molding on the rest of the bathroom walls. 



BM Woodlawn Blue paint looks beautiful paired with the gold and the white. 



The floor is covered in a herringbone Carrara Marble and the shower in a simple white subway tile. So sleek.



And that's a Pottery Barn chandy {!} above the reclaimed gorgeous tub. 



What a beautiful bathroom!! 


Before pics via Stephanie Sabbe
After pics via Michael J. Lee




Sexy Barn: Rafael Novoa

Tuesday, March 25, 2014





Hold on to your cowboy hat and {monogrammed} boots, my friends. You are about to enter into the sexiest barn reno eva. The team of designers at Rafael Navoa took on the challenge of renovating this 300 year old Pennsylvania barn and turning into a gorgeous, expansive residence. Keeping as much as they could, they juxtaposed old world European elements of design with a contemporary to minimalist direction of style.





As you arrive to the property, you immediately notice that this is a barn with some serious contemporary flair. The designers ability to mix and isolate both extreme styles bring an exciting aesthetic.








Maybe my favorite feature are these sliding glass and steel front doors.





Just what makes an interior 'sexy' ?? Smooth, reflective surfaces, gorgeous low lighting, metals, rich wood, smoky sophisticated grays, crystal chandies, streamlined furnishings....

Welcome to sexy, ya'll ...... 









I don't play the piano, (not well anyway} but, I can't imagine a more inviting spot to sit and play than in this elevated music area. Look at all of that light. 
  




And a little closer look at the metal stair risers that get you to all that sunshine... 





I love how the track lighting runs along most of the beams, but the heads are very small and completely non-intrusive. 













The living room is really the only place that color shows up. For the most part, the home is filled with whites, cream, and grays. The upholstery here boasts cool teal blues. Imagine sailing along the warm waters...there's a certain sexiness you feel on your skin when the sun washes over you when you are lying on a boat, in the sun and breeze, loose and carefree. When this teal blue is used in interiors, I am instantly transported to the water.... {Mama needs a vacay!!}    











































Downstairs leads to stone walls, concrete floors and low ceilings. It's dimly lit and very intimate -- a very inviting spot to host a party. 

listen..



can you hear it?? 




John Legend is crooning 'All of Me' from the speakers under that lit bar. Oh yes he is. 







If you want to see more images from this barn, or other projects from Rafael Novoa, visit here.





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!





A traditional remodel: J and J Design Group

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

So many folks complain about the lack of architectural details in their cookie cutter homes.
 A huge common problem in those cookie cutter houses seems to be the 'built-ins beside the fireplace situation'. In a builders basic home, I just don't think a lot of thought gets put into this enormous detail. Which is really too bad because it is, usually, the focal point of a room or even a house, and yet, a lot of times, when you look at one you are left scratching your head.   

Before:


I love what the designers of J and J Design Group achieved with this makeover. They covered all of that built-in silliness up! Doors outfitted with beautiful moldings, trims and hardware make such a huge impact in the look of this room. It is now timeless and beautifully fresh. 
 
After:


And in the same clients house, they were blessed with another fireplace in a different room. Unfortunately, it was covered in the same tile as the floors and a rather dated mantle which really left it lacking warmth.
 
Before:


What a difference adding painted wood, trim, a rustic mantle and simple stacked stone can do! Of course the gorgeous lighting, furniture, drapery and rug takes the look over the top! 

After:


To the right of the fireplace, you get a glimpse into the master. But, you want to see more than just a glimpse, right?



So pretty. But let's look at the challenges in this room. There are a number of different ways to tackle these windows, but I love what they did. The windows that flank the bed aren't so tall, and they are low. The rods were hung high to draw your eye up. The bed side tables were pulled away from the wall a bit to accommodate panels that fall to the floor behind them. The right window is also so close to the corner that the drapery rods were connected in the corner. This allows the drapery to function seamlessly with the 'door wall' windows.  



What they ended up with is a room that is very traditional and updated even though there is a lack of any windows moldings. Not easy to do!

  And the other side of the room.



I am still a lover of neutral homes and this just proves that neutral doesn't have to be boring. I love it all!


 all images via John Woodcock Photography 




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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