Shannon Berrey

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.   


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. 

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.

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! 


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 

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! 

Favorite recent before and afters

Friday, October 25, 2013

Before and afters are always so inspiring. Here's a little round-up of some of my recent favorites.  





It's very very rare to showcase a makeover where the 'Before' could be considered much better than the  'After', but here you go....

{1-6 via Country Living, 7-8 and 9-10 via Emily Henderson, 11-12 via Duck Dynasty } 

Inspired by art

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Remember this house I featured last month? One of my favorite things in the redo was this pegboard artwork.

I already have a piece of pegboard in the garage that I am waiting to do a similar project. But, look who beat me to it!!!

I guess I wasn't the only one inspired by the fun art! Mandi made her own version for an office makeover for her friend, Cara. I love it! And something else I love -- Cara's blog, MaskCara. I have never been a follower of fashion/make-up blogs or magazines, until I stumbled upon Maskara. I was amazed at her weekly makeover posts and contouring tutorials. She has huge talents and I find myself scrolling back and forth between the before and afters thinking 'this can not be the same person!!' 


She's good. And that new office, that's real good, too. Check it out over on Mandi's blog, Vintage Revivals. And if you want to see more makeover magic, check out MaskCara.      

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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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