Shannon Berrey

Are you flourishing?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I love redesigning my chalkboards, especially for the holidays. It makes for a great conversation piece as well as a fun {free} way to constantly redecorate a space. 











I have shared the fabulous work of Chalkboard artist, Dana Tanamachi, with you before. I am in no way on her level, but I just find it so inspiring to watch her work. Dana recently finished a project titled 'Flourish'. 



'Busyness is often the greatest enemy to human flourishing... {Amen!} ..creating things for the sake of creating has helped to reconnect with unfinished ideas and rediscover why I love what I do so much'. Dana's sentiments resonate with me so much, especially now. I have been cranking out artwork lately and I can say with certainty that my passion, and heart, have flourished as a result.

Enjoy this great video as Dana completes a gigantic floor to ceiling wall of beauty with simply a gold metallic paint pen. 



This holiday season, I thank you for visiting me here in my little spot of this crazy world, a spot that allows me to recharge, share, and flourish.  


{image via Dana Tanamachi, video via Andrew Ryan Sepherd}


The easiest DIY Bottle Candleholders

Thursday, November 14, 2013




Just like I hate throwing away jeans, t-shirts, cute shower curtains, or old bathing suits, I also hate throwing away bottles, jars or great food containers.



 Remember when I turned wine bottles into chalkboard vases?? Well, I have another large stash of collected bottles and a need for some candle holders for the upcoming holidays. 

This project is sooooo easy. You can't mess these up! Grab your bottles, clean them, soak them to remove any labels and, if necessary, use a little Goo Gone to get rid of any stickiness. Then, give it a good soap and water bath to get rid of the Goo Gone which can leave an oily residue.    




I used Gold Metallic spray paint, paint pens, metallic sharpie and Rub N Buff. 


 

   This first one is a Worcestershire bottle. You can use any type of tape. This is masking tape that I cut into different widths. Press the edges of the tape down tight.



With your finger, simply rub a tiny bit of Rub N Buff into the glass. It dries immediately. Pull your tape off and voila!.



Done!



This wine bottle was simply striped equal distance and sprayed with several light coats.

  

This Kahlua bottle was done in a chevron patter. I don't spend much time with math, I just eyeball it. Trust me, it looks better with some imperfections -- that's the beauty of handmade!  I also sprayed this one. 



And the last wine bottle was simply done with a gold paint pen and a silver metallic sharpie. I just drew little circles and filled them in.



What was going on when I grabbed my empty bottles from my Riddling Rack??

 






And proof that I don't have any candleholders... I only have 2 candles!! 

 



I have only just begun!!  





Moving eastward and upward!

Monday, August 19, 2013

I'm back!! We moved my girl to NC State over the weekend and I feel so at peace that she has a fun comfortable dorm room, a great roommate and a giddy excitement about her new town, her classes and the upcoming Rush festivities. Before moving in, Maris' dorm looked like this:

Then we got busy sketching out furniture arrangements.

 

And we collected ideas

 

And here it is now! 

The giant Wolfpack I painted got command stripped {as many as I used, I have now turned it into a verb} over their futon {which came from Big Lots..and which I completely and thoroughly objected to. I tried desperately to find a gently used sleeper sofa. Didn't happen. Not to mention, sleeper sofas are ridiculously heavy and don't always fit through never-before-seen dorm halls/doors/elevators. Maris has lots of friends that will be visiting and she really wanted a futon. Futons are cheap,so we (I) sucked it up and bought a futon. whatever. The citron yellow pillows and throw came from Homegoods, the blue chevrons I made, the citron mirror came from Wal-Mart, and the 8x12 gray rug from Lowes.} 

In texts, the girls found out that they both loved chevron and monograms {and her roommate is not even southern!! score!} So, they selected coordinating bedding from Urban Outfitters and I painted them monogram pillows.   

 

 

 

There are no closets, just 2 large armoires. The girls hung a full length mirror on one door and I attached chalkboard contact paper on the other one. {This stuff actually works great!}   

Every room has their own bathroom! And, these girls some how lucked out and got a 'handicapped room' which gives them a really tall, super long 6' countertop as well as an enormous shower and bathroom.

They were also provided with a refrigerator and a microwave. Not my college days!

 

 {The chevron lamp is from Homegoods, the fabric is from Premier Prints, the corkboard is from Michaels and the frame around it is vintage} 

 

They can not put any nails in any walls so this was a huge challenge! I bet we went through more than 50 command strips! Did you know you can hang curtains with command hooks?? Yup, it works {she says as she looks for wood to knock on!}

 

 I made a skirt to cover up all of the additional shoes, toiletries, etc. with leftover curtain fabric. It is attached with stick-on Velcro. And yes, my sewing machine travels to all of my installs--you never know when you will need to do a little hemming :)

 12" cork tiles inserted into wooden frames creates the perfect necklace storage. The cabinet knobs came from Lowes {unfinished that we painted} and World Market.

 

Tomorrow I will show you how we made the cute freestanding vanity.  

 

The wedding at Lonesome Valley: Dinner and Dancing

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

On Monday, I shared Zach and Rebecca's wedding ceremony. 




I had the pleasure of creating and personalizing their special day and today I want to show you the details of the dinner and dancing, 
     



The restaurant and tent were just a short walk through the garden.













One of my very favorite details of the wedding was this tall pen and ink guest tree. The couple ditched the traditional guest book and had each guest sign a branch of the bare pine tree. I had to actually add branches as the night went on because I was unsure how big people would sign. I just got it back from the framers and now it is complete with glass. Now the couple can hang it on their wall and daily recall every person that was part of their special day. 









There were a lot of kids at the Kennedy's wedding, so I created a custom activity book accompanied with branch crayons to keep them occupied.   






I'll share the whole book in a later post. 









Believe it or night, it was a chilly June evening when the sun set. A combination of throws and pashminas were perfect to wrap up in as the guests sat in front of the fire.  
 
 



The Adirondacks were outfitted with a custom hand painted chevron pillow.










Even one of my fantastic assistants was outfitted in chevron! {Please Lord, let her fall in love with interior design, change majors. and come work with her mama!!}










I painted a little watercolor of Canyon Kitchen at the beginning of our planning process that became a unifying element that we were able to use on the invites, napkins, and pillows.








A standing chalkboard listed the delicious appetizer offerings.  









The cutest mother of the bride and big sister of the bride! 










Tea towels were customized with the logo and used as oversized napkins. And did you know that you can buy vintage silverware for the same price {or even cheaper!} than renting? Ours were found at Scotts Market in Atlanta. The eclectic collected look is perfect for an outside rustic event.   

  




Mason jars were filled with lots of draft and sweet tea.




When you find old bad framed artwork at a flea market or garage sale, buy it! Take out the artwork, and use it as your template. Cut out a piece of Masonite and paint it with chalkboard paint. Then throw away the artwork! If needed, give the frame a little spray paint. I used a very light coat of Krylon Fusion Brown Metallic Hammered spray paint here and I loved the results.    

  


See the twig chandeliers in the tent? I don't have good close-ups of them, but I created 3 of these 6' rustic chandies using branches, irrigation hose, thick rope, black electrical tape, and Christmas lights. I also tucked some leafy branches in them the day of. They were so pretty when the sun went down and they were all lit up.
 



I just love the combination of the zinc and wood topped farm tables.




















A riddling rack became a fun way to create a 'K' using the bridesmaids bouquets.  





The 4' moss 'k' started with a sketch on a piece of plywood and then, thanks to a wonderful wet creek in my back yard, it was covered in plush green mosses in lots of different varieties.   










Zach dancing with his wonderfully sweet mom, Becky. {Dad's in back with that great smile} I so enjoyed getting to know his family!




The evening ended with a beautiful sparkler send-off.




Congratulations Rebecca and Zach!!


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Photos via Terri Clark Photography as well as moi.

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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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