Shannon Berrey

Eddie Ross's yard sale bedroom

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Some of you may recall that last summer Eddie Ross put out a facebook message that announced he was looking for a room that he could makeover using items from the up and coming 127 Corridor Sale {aka the World's Longest Yard Sale}.

Elizabeth Harris was the lucky High Point gal that Eddie selected. She had lived with her very traditional bedroom since getting married. But, with the years that passed, she craved a room that was lighter and brighter. Eddie saw huge potential.


Saving money, Eddie kept the bed and bedside table and lacquered it with fresh white paint. He added canopy rails on which he tied blue buffalo check fabric panels.



Dark bedding was traded in for a white duvet and pillows in coral, floral and blues.


Elizabeth got rid of the TV, and now the space is used as a beautiful work space.  

The fireplace wasn't given a lot of love or attention before.  

Now it's the focal point of the room with the addition of coral matted art, a patterned rug, painted and reupholstered vintage chairs, and colorful accessories. The awkward little space to the right of the fireplace became the new home for an antique screen that Eddie painted and added the same coral color with little painted inserts.  


The original dresser was lacquered white and got a new menagerie of accessories thanks to more yard sale deals. A bamboo mirror, wall pediments, and figurines--also received a new color. The lamps were garden canisters when Eddie found them. After he had them wired, they became lovely lamps that he topped with ribbon trimmed shades.  

And one last before shot:

Such a beautiful transformation. He continues to inspire me.

You can read more about Eddie's process and his shopping deals on his blog. And you can also check out Southern Living's story.  

{all images via Eddie Ross}

How to pimp out your store bought curtains

Monday, January 09, 2012

I have been talking about redoing my dining room for a while. {Ok, let's be honest, 5 years probably doesn't qualify as 'a while', more like half a freaking decade} If you are a returning reader, you might recall that I bought a dining table and chairs a few months ago. {They are waxed and painted, just not reupholstered--I will show them to you soon}.

The dining room also needed new curtains. I purchased the Concorde Medallion panels from Ballard's, in blue, for a client last year and I really liked them.

For my dining room, I wanted them in green. I looked for similar fabrics, but honestly I kept coming back to this one. What I didn't love about them, however, was the fact that they were rod-pockets {the curtain rod slides in a channel and is shirred on} and I prefer pinch-pleated {the top is pleated and attached with hooks onto rings}. But, I also knew that this was something I could do myself. I also like a much fuller panel than the typical 50-54" width that ready-mades usually provides. So, I ordered 4 panels--2 for each side.      

First, you must sew the 2 panels together. This involves removing the interior side seams and about 6" of the interior top seam.



Once the side seams are removed, iron the side seams flat.


With right sides together, sew a 5/8' seam from top to bottom.

If you have a serger, serge the edges, if not, then zig-zag the raw edges. Re-fold the middle top tab seam--the 6" of seam that you removed to open up the side seams, and re-sew. Iron the seam flat.


{FYI-the new middle seam gets hidden when it is pleated and hung}

On the wrong side, start at the top left edge and measure 4" across and mark with chalk, then measure 5" across and mark, repeat all the way across. The 4" areas are the spaces that will be between the pleats. The 5" areas will make the pleats.

Starting with one edge, Bring the 2 chalk lines together {these are the 'edges' of the 5" space} and pin them together. Sew a seam, on the right side, from the top edge down 5".

When all of the seams are sewn, it will look like this {on the back side} 

And the front side:

From the right side, starting with the first pleat, push it down and crease it so that is equal on both sides.

Fold the outer edges up

While holding the pleat in place, use a strong needle and thread, sew through all layers with several stitches at the base of the seam. Knot and cut off the thread.

Move to the base of the pleat {4" down}, and tack through the bottom of each pleat several times. Knot and cut off threads. 

Repeat on all pleats.

Stop and congratulate yourself because you just made pinch-pleats!!

Now you have to add the hooks. I bought mine at Lowe's for less than a few dollars a bag. You will need 1 bag for each {double} panel. The pins will slip into the rings.  

On the back side, measure down 1 5/8" from the top on each pleat seam and make a small mark. 

With the sharp, straight side of the pin, insert the pin into the seam at your mark. Only catch a small amount of fabric. 

It can be hard to push the pin all the way through, so I use my ruler to give it some leverage and force it through. It stops about 1/4" from the top.

This is the back view when all of the pins have been inserted. 

You will need 26 wood rings. I also got these at Lowe's--they come in several colors. I bought 4 bags at $8/per bag {it left me with 2 extra}.

Unfortunately, they come with clips which you don't need for this application.

They are simple to remove--force the larger thin ring open and take off the clip.

Place the rings onto the rod. Place each pin into a corresponding eyehook on each ring. 



Consider yourself pimped.  

Maris' room

Thursday, January 05, 2012

I received several questions about Maris' room yesterday. So I thought I would try to answer them today.

The room was inspired by the Roxy duvet that she selected.

On the walls, I picked out a few colors in the duvet -- a chocolate brown, off-white, 2 shades of pink, and an apple green. The wall behind the bed was painted in chocolate brown. I used 2 different flowers from the duvet to feature on either side of the window. I sketched it with a pencil and then filled in with the paint. 

The other 3 walls were painted a soft pink with an 8 1/2" watermelon stripe and a 1" cream stripe on top.

We searched for a bed with storage underneath but, the prices were too steep. We decided to make one instead. It's a Queen size mattress and is basically just a big box with a platform on top. The whole thing is made out of MDF. The box measures 81"x 60"x 12" . And the platform is 84 1/2" x 66 1/2" x 1". The platform was screwed down on top of the box. A mitered 1" trim piece caps off the platform and then I painted it the same off-white that I used on the walls. The mattress sits on the platform--no boxspring. It was less than 50$. I wasn't worried about a headboard since it is front of the window. {Tip: you need to build this in the room that it will be living in because it won't fit through most doors}   

The bookcases on the right wall were purchased at Lowes. They are from Closetmaid. They are 41 1/2" tall. You can mix them up however you like--with shelves, wire drawers or faced drawers.

 It's all adjustable, custom and very affordable. The whole run is about 13'. I wish I could remember how much they cost us, but I don't. Lowes also had these great pink and chocolate brown baskets which hold lots of yarn, belts, name it.

You might recognize the rug roman shade from this bathroom in the showhouse. Yes, it is actually a Dash and Albert rug that I had made into a roman shade. It works great and you don't need any lining! It wasn't made for this window, but, it ended up being so darn close to being wide enough that I went ahead and used it. I keep thinking I will add a 3" ribbon of some sort to the edges to make it wider...someday.

The chandelier was bought at Urban Outfitters. I think it was around $35, but is no longer available. You might remember that I made my own smaller version last year to top my Christmas tree.

The cute dress illustration plates were found at HomeGoods. They came in a sweet little box set from Rosanna. 

The vintage dark-haired lovely lady hanger was found at an antiques store and she kindly boasts the boas.



The pair of stools at the end of the bed came from HomeGoods--$25/pc!! But, they didn't look like that when I bought them. Come back tomorrow and I will show you how how I gave them a little makeover.   

Do you see what I see? Hyphen Interiors

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Do you get as excited as I do at all the possibilities when walking down the aisles of Lowe's? There are so many items that inspire me to use them in a completely unexpected way. 

So what do you see when you walk down the PVC aisle??


Want to know what I see?

Then visit Kristy today at Hyphen Interiors where I am honored to be guest posting and sharing a DIY project that will save you lots of $$.



She's the awesome chick who started the whole 'paint your upholstered furniture' craze!


It snowed at our house last night so we are out of school. Love it!

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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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