Shannon Berrey

Emerald City

Thursday, July 18, 2013


The 'big event' at my kids elementary school was always the 3rd grade performance of The Wizard of Oz. It was a BIG deal. It was a wonderfully anticipated event and the kids would excitedly talk in 1st and 2nd grades about their chance to get to perform. It was fun listening to their chatter of which character they hoped to be. 


Because they had done the musical for years, the 3rd grade teachers had collected beautiful sets, professional costumes and had the make-up down to perfection. It was truly a fantastic performance.


{Maris as the tin man}

 Every child had a part and they got the wonderful opportunity to be on stage, under the lights, in front of a packed house. It was the beginning of a love of stage and drama for many of these kids and it made it 'cool' to be in drama. {This was well before the days of 'Glee' :)


My kids are 3 years apart and they each ended up, in their own years, with the part of the tin man. They loved their part and all the kids did such a fabulous job. 




{Jack as the tin man}

 I was big into theatre and dance when I was a child and I know how wonderful that feeling of adrenaline is when you walk into a stage and the curtain rises. I'm so thankful that my kids had mentors like Penny Graham and Kathy Roberson who exposed them to the wonderful world of drama at such a young age. I truly loved watching them perform.

   I hope that all kids have the opportunity to experience being in stage production. Whether it be behind the scenes, or on stage, the experience is just fantastic. When I saw that Chicago based, Land Of Nod and artist Julia Rothman, had teamed up with their neighbors at Emerald City Theatre to design their brand new Emerald City Little Theatre for infants and toddlers in a Wizard of Oz theme, I couldn't wait to see it!    


Emerald City Theatre is located in Chicago and caters to children ages 3 1/2-13. Their directors 'imagine a day when participating in the Arts will be considered as critical to a child's development as Reading, Writing or Math'. Amen!  Their new space is the first of its kind in the nation.  


Land of Nod creatives wanted to encompass both the original 'black and white' beginning scenes and the vibrant colors that evolve upon entering the Wonderful World. 58 green 'popsicle' LOD pendants illuminate the yellow brick road. 



The rainbow hall leads to the performance areas.




The Lollipop Guild fills the front windows. They are translucent plexi-glass circles attached to striped black and white straws.   




This mirrored wall is actually magnetic so the poppies can move all around.



I can't tell you how much I love this simple bathroom. The ceiling-to-floor big graphic stripes and that sweet little silver wood may be my favorite part of the whole studio!



And take a look at the next door dotty potty. In this room, the green shows up on the ceiling.



Great collaboration Emerald City Theatre and Land of Nod!! You are helping inspire creative, imaginative  kiddo's!

To see more, visit here   


{images 1-6 via Shannon Berrey Design, images 7-16 via Honest to Nod}




Stepping up their game: The Land of Nod

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


It's so refreshing to see a company that sells great products {ie great buyers} up their game by pulling out innovative new marketing. I feel like Land of Nod has done a little 'reinvention' this year. I have always been a big fan of the company. Jack still has LON furniture in his bedroom {I promise Jack that we are redoing your room this year} that is 10 years old...but, it's so well made that it's been hard to part with.




Last months catalog came and I knew it looked different...but then I opened it and I was like 'this is goooood!!!' It felt more like a magazine than a catalog. They have started a new monthly feature called Real Families/ Real Kids where they visit bloggers {!!} homes and shoot their catalog photos from here. Great. Great. Great. idea.




We get to watch as Rachel Myers of the sweet blog, Finding My Feet, transform her daughters room with the help of  accessories and textiles {and stylists!} from the Land of Nod.





February's catalog arrived over the weekend and I got just as excited. This month they visit the home of Trina McNeilly of LaLaLovely. 





It hasn't made it to their website yet, so you will need to get on your bifocals and check out my photos :)



And they even got the talented chalkboard artist, Dana Tanamachi {remember this post} to personalize the space.



Trina also helped to redecorate the home of her friends, the Lyons family, with some LON love.





Not only is the catalog full of LON products but, they are combined with the homeowners lovely existing items which make it so much more personal and believable. There are also links to learn tips and how-to's to create the accessories made by the bloggers. Did you know LON had their own blog???

    Very, very impressive Land of Nod. I hope this will be a series that they plan on continuing with each catalog this year.  


{I am in no way connected to or endorsed by LON--just giving kudos to a well deserved creative company. BUT, if they want to work with me...}



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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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