Shannon Berrey

Rebecca and Josh got married!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The nuptials took place early in the warm evening of the last weekend of Spring. Summer Chapel is nestled deep in the woods of Whiteside mountain in Cashiers, NC. This wedding day had been years in the making for Rebecca and Josh, and with a large wedding party and a ton of friends and family that traveled hundreds of miles, we set up overflow seating under a tent right outside the tall, open windows of the original 1917 school house. 

I came to know the bride through her aunt {one of my favorite clients and people!} and loved that she selected  beautiful Cashiers, NC, the village where her family vacationed, as her destination wedding spot. This gorgeous area needs little assistance in preparation for a celebration, but I loved creating lots of personal touches in the way of painted signage and menus, custom painted pillows, twig monograms and moss covered flower girl baskets. 
After the ceremony, a reception followed at Canyon Kitchen in Lonesome Valley. This picturesque southern Appalachian farmstead, with it's sweeping green meadows, thriving gardens and the sounds of cackling hens throughout the granite walled canyons, is simply the perfect rustic spot for a celebration party. It truly is one of my favorite venues for a wedding celebration.

Rebecca and Josh, it was such an honor to help you plan your special weekend. Your love is a true testament to perseverance, dedication, and devotion. 

If you have a wedding or special event coming up, and need a planner who would love to help create your perfect day, Shannon Berrey Design offers event design, creative direction, prop rentals, interior styling, logistical management, vendor curation, photo shoot direction, destination scouting, floral creations, custom painted anything (!) and much, much more! I would love to talk to you!
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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!.


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.  


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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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