Shannon Berrey

Deals and steals

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Checking out all of your FB and Instagram posts, it's hard to believe so many of the kids are back in school already! We are shopping for new room accessories for Maris as she is moving back to college this weekend. She will be living in the sorority house this year and, apparently, this room will be even smaller than last years dorm room. This rug may end up being wall-to-wall carpet. sigh...


{FYI--while shopping, this is how you decide if a rug will work in a college room}


While shopping for her new pretties, I have come across some great sales that I wanted to share with you. First up, Golly Bard's is offering 25% off everything in her etsy shop today. She has long been a favorite of mine and creates beautiful watercolor nature paintings. 
 


Serena and Lily are having a private sale today before it hits the website tomorrow. There are some awesome discounts -- wallpapers are 50% off, paint is 65% off, as well as some great furniture and bedding sales. I have been watching and considering these kids chairs for a project for a while. Now on sale!

 


Lindsay Letters has extended her 'Christmas in July' sale and has some fun holiday prints and cute t-shirts at great prices. 





And while on the computer finding these great deals, I have had a bit of a peeping Tom {cat}.....


I title this one "Kitty Purry does curtains'

And now that this view has been discovered, the curtain rod has a new best friend. They hang out together.
 a lot. 

Have you discovered any great sales? Let me know!!




Erin Glennon

Monday, July 28, 2014

Happy Monday! Unbeknownst to me, my domain expired over the weekend {s#*t!!!} which meant this here blog was flying up in the virtual clouds inaccessible by no one. At least I hoped it was still out there....It also meant I had no email since they are both hosted in the same place. If you are a blogger and have ever lost your ability to access your blog, you know what a sickening feeling of dread you suffer. 
Thank you to all the kind folks who contacted me and said 'What the heck's going on?? You have disappeared!' It took a bit, but I'm now back. Grateful!

I have lots of clients that are very traditional in their design taste. They own lots of antiques, family heirlooms and sentimental artwork that have been in their families for decades. And they want to use as many as these pieces as possible when redecorating. It be quite a challenge to use these pieces and create a fresh, new updated look.  
 



Designer Erin Glennon takes on this approach beautifully. This South Carolina gal uses traditional pieces but incorporates contemporary accessories and pops of colo to create beautiful, livable spaces. She has a great portfolio, but her bedrooms are my favorite. 


























Beautiful, right? Just goes to show that traditional pieces can be quite timeless when partnered with updated linens, and fresh color. 


{all images via Erin Glennon




Decorating with dough bowls

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sorry for the silence! I have been in and out of Dr.'s offices and in and out of the hospital....some mysterious infection/virus has found my intestine a lovely special happy place and has wreaked havoc on me this past week. I have been S.I.C.K, ya'll. I still don't feel 'good' but, perhaps a bit better. And as I type this, I am fever-free for the first time in 6 days. So, thankful for small miracles.  

Before I got sick, I was adding some accessories to a remodel I have been working on. It is a big open concept kitchen/living/dining room with loads of windows. I am a big believer in decorating with plants in a home. I love bringing nature indoors and if a client is agreeable, I add plants as a last detail in almost all of my projects. 

As in all successful accessory styling, scale and proportion are everything. My client has an enormous trunk from RH that she uses as her coffee table.


This image is from their website. I'm not sure you can appreciate how big this thing actually is. But trust me, it is BIG. Instead of styling it with lots of little items, {what's up with your styling, RH????} I decided to use a huge vintage 4' dough bowl planted with ferns and other green lovelies. 



They can be used in tons of different ways. Simply place a potted plant inside.



Fill it with found objects like these old fishing floats.



Or some dried lavender.



And seasonally, it can be filled it with pumpkins, pinecones, or christmas ornaments.



Or make it functional - how cool is this dough bowl turned rustic sink?


I own several of my own dough bowls and they are also great to use as serving pieces {line them and serve a huge salad, fill with ice and fill with beer/water}. You can find them in all sizes and this particular one was the perfect size to sit on top of the massive trunk. 



Using 2 trash bags, I folded them, and placed them on the bottom of the bowl. I actually took the dough bowl with me to White Rabbit Botanicals and filled it with lots of different plants, playing around with color and size. All of the plants were in 2 different plant containers so I used 2 different sized ziploc bags and slipped each plant into a bag.  



I could have filled the whole thing with dirt and removed the plants from the pots and planted them. But, I thought this bag technique was perhaps a safer alternative. This way, when you water, there is no way the water can escape through the wood. 



I arranged all of the pots until I found a pleasing look -- taller in the middle, shorter on the ends. I love the way it turned out. All of the great greens and textures look so great against the old wood. 



You really can't see the black pots, but I did tuck some moss into any holes I saw. 

 

I don't have any pictures of it in its new home, but, I hope to soon. Do you own a dough bowl? What do you use yours for? 




Red, White and Better Homes and Gardens

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Excited that another BHG magazine has included my sharpie bathroom in their summer publication! {Thank you to the wonderful Lisa Mowry!} And the fact that Sherry {aka Sherika, Shaboomchakalaka, Shalayingdownthelaw, Shayfabralicious, Shabooyah} Hart {if you don't already -- follow her, 'cause she's hilarious and uber talented AND her sister was a playboy bunny!} also shares the pages of the magazine, well, if that's not keeping up with the Jones', don't know what is.






A few weeks ago I was invited do a little 4th of July photo shoot for the boutique, Humanite. Getting to hang out with Maris and all of the youngsters is always a treat. {I think the point was -- even old people can wear cute clothes}

'Hey there, tall curly girl in the red maxi dress! You sure are cute!' 

 

I love this DIY paper garland flag. So pretty simply taped to a wall.

I am thinking it's time to invest in a bigger front porch flag.   



This might just be perfect.





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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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