Shannon Berrey

Beautiful storage: Lucy and Company

Wednesday, January 02, 2013


It seems that there is a lot of cleaning up, reorganizing and revamping that happens in January, right? As you know, I love decorating kids rooms. One of the challenges that goes into designing a teenagers room is finding a place for all of their stuff. One of my favorites, designer Beth Keim of Lucy and Company, just shared a fantastic install of a teenagers room. 


There was so much stuff that needed to be stored in this small 12 x 12 room.



Beth's vision: "a bit Parisian, a bit Bergdof Goodman, a bit Audrey Hepburn and a dash of Vogue"



Her twin bed was traded for a queen bed which is nestled in a custom built wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling storage unit. perfect!!




Even the new vanity is flanked by it's own floor to ceiling storage. But my favorite part of the room, is the collection of photos above the desk/vanity. Originally, Beth was going to use a series of shoe sketches, but she wanted to go for something a bit more personal. Beth works with a fabulous photographer, Mekenzie France, and they decided to take shots of some of the teenagers 'pretties' as well as have her pose for a photo shoot. They were then displayed in simple black frames. The collaboration was perfect. What teenager doesn't want to have her own photo shoot?!?    



A few close-ups of the photos.



To see more of this project visit Lucy & Company here.  

 {images via Mekenzie France via Lucy & Company}


Tween room reveal

Monday, December 10, 2012

I only had my iphone, but I promised you some pictures of Fridays install so let's start with the before:



And now feast your eyes on some tween goodness:




I love stripes. I simply do not tire of them horizontally, vertically, chevronny...they are the perfect backdrop in a kids room. My 9 year old client only had one request--make it orange and pink, and I always gives whats my clients wants. Well, unless they want to use their favorite jumpsuit fabric to recover their sofa and to make new drapes.  


there are some boundaries

where were we? oh yeah



 If you remember, I wrote about the transformation of the side tables here. There are still a few more things that need to be added, but we are 90% complete. I'll have more photos and details soon.

Have a room you want prettied up--email me!   


big, better, best

Friday, November 16, 2012



Years ago, I saw this room designed by HGTV producer/designer Brian Patrick Flynn, and fell in love with the billboard size photo mural on the wall. It was an old picture of his very young parents. I think it's just the coolest thing.



He even took the idea into his kitchen with another photo that he used as his backsplash. love.



I knew right then that this was a project that I was going to attempt one day. Playing with the scale of a simple object can be such a fun an expected design element.

When you have a million pictures of your kids that you love, it makes it hard. But, as I have been going through boxes of old photos in preparation for Maris' upcoming senior parties and yearbook deadlines, I landed on a photo that I knew was 'the one'.




A picture of my sweet superheroes when they were 3 and 6. I scanned it on the printer using the highest quality setting and did a little editing. I debated with making it black and white, which was always my original thought. But I decided that the grays and the soft yellow were actually really nice in color and quite subtle.    


 Murals Your Way is the company that provided this great service. To begin, you simply upload your image and it lets you know if the quality is acceptable.


After you enter your desired size, you get to view it in different rooms to get a feel of the scale. This is a very cool feature and the entire site is extremely user-friendly.



There are several materials to choose from. I chose the 'Smartstick' which is repositionable, removeable with no damage AND reuseable. yea, no brainer. But you can choose a more permanent paper or canvas.  

This was the 9'x 9' wall I chose. It is up in the kids area outside of Maris' room. {I dare anyone to have more chalkboard walls in their house than I do} I removed the clock and the nails and gave the wall a light sanding. Then I washed it down with a damp rag.


This particular size gave me 3 vertical panels. They allow a couple of inches of overlap with each panel to match it up.


They suggest starting with the left and working right, but I am awful at rules and it made more sense to me to start on the right since I had a wall on a 45 degree angle here and a corner on the other end. I used this right wall as my guide. Now I am a huge DIY'er. I feel like I have tried every project imaginable--except wallpaper. I have no experience. Which may be why this was not easy. You need 5 2 people to hang this. You start by pulling a little of the paper backing off at the top, smooth any bubbles, and work your way down. Sheets this long were heavy and once you peel the back off and you aren't paying attention--it can and will stick to itself. Then you throw a tantrum and watch impatiently as your husband performs decal surgery by slowly pulling it apart while you scream 'it's ruined!!'. Unbelievably, it was ok.   



This was also the time when I discovered that you can see the wall through the paper....for most it would probably not be a big deal because walls are generally all one color. But mine had the painted green exterior stripe. After I stood back and stared at it for a little while, I decided that it kind of gave it a cool frame effect and it would be fine {aka-I did not have any desire to repaint this wall}

Because we only had 4 arms, I taped the seam {with the paper backing still on} with painters tape to help tweak it's exact location. This helped me to figure out where to place the top of the 2nd sheet.




The polyester wallpaper is thin and does have some give, but you don't want to stretch it too much and distort the image.



After all 3 panels were up, I pressed the extra paper tight into the cracks. The company prints your image a few inches larger than your desired size to allow for 'out of square walls' and/or 'out of square installers'.



Then I took this metal 'dry wall mud putter upper' to create a straight line and pressed against the trim. Using a utility knife, I cut off the excess. {I had to hold the camera with my other hand, so you have to imagine the knife cutting} I continued around all of the edges.



I love it! 

 Murals Your Way offers tons of examples of other peoples murals on their site and they are always having a sale, a discount code or a groupon offer.   


Lovely Lacquer

Friday, October 19, 2012


This is a before and after where you see the 'before' and you think 'wait, this is a great space!'. And for a client who plays it safe, might just want to place a rug, a sofa and some chairs and call it 'fine'.    

 But this NY city couple hired Phoebe Howard and they trusted. A trusting client is simply the best client to have!

Trust is both an emotional and logical act. Emotionally, it is where you expose your vulnerabilities to people, but believing they will not take advantage of your openness. Logically, it is where you have assessed the probabilities of gain and loss, calculating expected utility based on hard performance data, and concluded that the person in question will behave in a predictable manner. In practice, trust is a bit of both. I trust you because I have experienced your trustworthiness and because I have faith in human nature. We feel trust. Emotions associated with trust include companionship, friendship, love, agreement, relaxation, comfort.


 Clients that trust a designer, allow that designer to be the best that they can and end up with the most fantastic spaces and are the happiest with the whole process. Just take a look...




I just can't get over the difference the green lacquer paint made in this apartment! In order to have a succesful lacquer, you must have perfectly smooth walls because the sheen magnifies any imperfections. You must also sand between every coat--and count on at least 6 coats. A true labor of love! 


I love the rich copper lamps and the brass of the etagere against the green.  



 Notice that the roman shades are mounted just above the trim--something about the break in that horizontal line is so visually appealing. And the nuetral upholstery works beautifully against the green and allows the graphic shades to be the star. 

 And what a perfect spot for a dining nook in a velvet that matches the walls!


Congrats trusting client, you got a fantastic space!  

{all images via Mrs Howard Persoanl Shopper} 


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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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