Shannon Berrey

A beautiful first impression

Monday, December 15, 2014

You know what they say about first impressions?! Your foyer is the first thing your guest will see and there is nothing as welcoming as a big bright beautiful foyer!   

This is the beautiful foyer of the Coastal Living Showhouse in California designed by Betsy Burnham Design. It is huge and therefore offers a great spot to include a library. I would love to snuggle up in that comfy chair and read a book in the warmth of the  sun that comes streaming through the loads of windows. 

I never tire of a painted checkerboard floor. This one is done in Pratt and Lambert's Swiss Coffee and Steel Wool.

The grays play so well with the blues {which, fyi, is the color that is consistent throughout the rest of the home} And speaking of grays--the walls are painted in Dovefeather {P&L} which is one of my favorites.

You get a perfect sense that this is an approachable, beautiful family home just by stepping into this foyer.

It makes you excited to see where following these gorgeous stairs will land you, right??

{images via Coastal Living}


Tuesday, October 02, 2012


Progress at the GC house!!

Excited that the shelves are up and they are getting painted! I had them box out the area about 18" above the windows so we could mount the swing arm sconces at the same depth as the edge of the shelves. It's just wide enough to accommodate the base of the sconces.  


I will take more pics of the rest of the house soon when it's not so dark and rainy out. There is no power yet--only harsh work lights attached to ridiculously loud generators. 

Did I mention that this little beauty will also be outfitted with it's own rolling ladder and barn doors? It may be small but it's going to pack a {design} punch! 


Ombre shelving unit

Monday, September 17, 2012


Have a huge daunting bookcase, built-in or shelving unit to fill??

One of Emily's clients did.

She used abut 150 mason jars in different sizes.

And painted the inside of each blue.  

Using one blue paint swatch, she bought a quart of each color--7 in all. 

And this magically happened.



 Read all about it here.

{all images via Emily Henderson: photography by Bethany Nauert} 


Beach house take aways

Monday, September 10, 2012

 We enjoyed a beautiful sunny day yesterday. The morning was so cool and crisp that the dogs only wanted to stay outside for a minute because they wanted back under those warm blankets on the bed! Now that fall is in the air, it's a bit of a strange time to be sharing a beach house with you, but, stick with me, it's all relevant!

 I am working on a home where every square inch counts. When square footage is on the small side, a home can still live large. I never downsize the scale of furniture for a small room, as a matter of fact, doing so can really make a room appear even smaller. And every piece needs to have a purpose--maybe even 2! That's why I think this 2000 sq ft beach home is a great example of using every bit of what you have.     




The family approached the design as if they were designing a yacht, utilizing every nook and all vertical spaces. The walls of the master bedroom serve many purpose--storage for their entertainment center as well as a loft for sleeping.





 Keeping everything white keeps the eye moving seamlesly throughout and that glossy slanted ceiling makes the low ceilings feel much taller. 

To see more of the house, check out Shannon Malone's story here.
{images via Shannon Malone}

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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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