Shannon Berrey

A good egg

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter is sneaking up on us. Have you decorated your eggs yet? Just in case you haven't, and you are looking for some fun ideas, you are in luck! Today I am filling your easter basket with a round-up of some really great Easter egg ideas. 















































How about baking cupcakes inside your eggs??




And just in case you need a sign for your Easter Egg Hunt, you can download this free pretty printable over at Studio DIY: 




Enjoy!!



The Inn at Hastings Park

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Do you have 'one day I will..' dreams like I do?? There are several dreams that I would certainly love to entertain when I grow up {i.e. when both of my kids are in college}. One of those dreams would be to get my hands on a historic old building and renovate it into a beautiful B&B. It would boast beautifully appointed rooms decorated with the goods of local artists, gorgeous gardens, delicious {local} food, and amazing hospitality.   




Someone else had this same dream and just 2 months ago, the Kennealy family opened The Inn at Hastings Park in Lexington, Massachusetts. Under the design direction of Robin Gannon Interiors, it features 22 modern, individually designed rooms in three historic buildings. Built in 1888, the Main House was home to a descendent of one of Lexington's first families, who settled the town in the 1600s. The other house is the Isaac Mulliken House, named in honor of the spirited politician who lived there in the mid-nineteenth century. The third building at The Inn is the Barn, which is rumored to have been a casket factory at some point along the way.





So much of the sourcing hails from local New England craftsmen. The woven American flag rug can be seen in 3 of the rooms, which is appropriate, being that this is 'the birthplace of American liberty'.   














Each room offers a modern interpretation of the traditional New England Americana style. Guests will discover Sister Parish Designs and Peter Fasano wallpapers, as well as Dunes and Duchess candelabras and sconces, and O&G Studio wood furniture.
























Beautiful, right?? So tell me, what are some of your career dreams??


{images via Michael J Lee}




Wendy Updegraff's colorful home

Monday, March 31, 2014

With a snowy, rainy weekend behind us, it's so wonderful to have a beautiful sunshiny Monday! The grass needs cutting, the tulips are in full bloom, and the Bradford Pear trees are at their prime. Everything outside is on the verge of so much color. Another place that is bursting with color is the home of my friend, Wendy Updegraff.  




Wendy and I met in church. Well, that's not exactly true....I emailed Wendy to tell her how much I loved her photography and the wonderful kids parties that she creates and she was in church when it popped up on her phone  :) That was several years ago. Since then, we have stayed in touch and I continue to admire the talents of this busy, sought after Florida photographer. I have featured her on the blog before here. When I think of Wendy, I think color -- bright, lovely, citrusy color. She shares her home with her husband Mike and their kids, Bella and Preston.     





Wendy's family moved into the home 10 years ago. Her newly reupholstered bright pink chairs are new additions to her easy, relaxed living room. When she began her decorating process, she was debating what direction to go with colors. Her sister asked her 'Well, what colors make you happy?' Wendy thought 'Well, of course pink, green, and aqua make me happy but those aren't house colors!' Her sister came back with 'Why not?' 'And now', Wendy states, 'I can honestly say that just being in my house makes me happy!' 
 



I love the subtle tone on tone wide stripes on her living room walls. Pops of blue can be found in almost every room which really creates a sense of unity between all of the main living spaces.  Personal photographs are the best kind of artwork and Wendy's beautiful family photography is hung in every room of her home. 









In the mudroom, each family member has their own initial hook under a photo of their feet to store their goods. Below this, is Wendy's dad's childhood bed which she inherited. They didn't have an extra guest room, so Mike cut it down and created a bench.  



The Master Bedroom showcases a gallery wall of family vacation photos and loads of pinks and greens.

 





Thanks for sharing your happy home with us Wendy!! To check out her talents, visit her website. If you are in the Jacksonville, Florida area, you need to book her!! 




Sexy Barn: Rafael Novoa

Tuesday, March 25, 2014





Hold on to your cowboy hat and {monogrammed} boots, my friends. You are about to enter into the sexiest barn reno eva. The team of designers at Rafael Navoa took on the challenge of renovating this 300 year old Pennsylvania barn and turning into a gorgeous, expansive residence. Keeping as much as they could, they juxtaposed old world European elements of design with a contemporary to minimalist direction of style.





As you arrive to the property, you immediately notice that this is a barn with some serious contemporary flair. The designers ability to mix and isolate both extreme styles bring an exciting aesthetic.








Maybe my favorite feature are these sliding glass and steel front doors.





Just what makes an interior 'sexy' ?? Smooth, reflective surfaces, gorgeous low lighting, metals, rich wood, smoky sophisticated grays, crystal chandies, streamlined furnishings....

Welcome to sexy, ya'll ...... 









I don't play the piano, (not well anyway} but, I can't imagine a more inviting spot to sit and play than in this elevated music area. Look at all of that light. 
  




And a little closer look at the metal stair risers that get you to all that sunshine... 





I love how the track lighting runs along most of the beams, but the heads are very small and completely non-intrusive. 













The living room is really the only place that color shows up. For the most part, the home is filled with whites, cream, and grays. The upholstery here boasts cool teal blues. Imagine sailing along the warm waters...there's a certain sexiness you feel on your skin when the sun washes over you when you are lying on a boat, in the sun and breeze, loose and carefree. When this teal blue is used in interiors, I am instantly transported to the water.... {Mama needs a vacay!!}    











































Downstairs leads to stone walls, concrete floors and low ceilings. It's dimly lit and very intimate -- a very inviting spot to host a party. 

listen..



can you hear it?? 




John Legend is crooning 'All of Me' from the speakers under that lit bar. Oh yes he is. 







If you want to see more images from this barn, or other projects from Rafael Novoa, visit here.






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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