Shannon Berrey

A study in texture

Thursday, March 20, 2014

When discussing decorating plans with clients, most get very timid when the conversation of color combinations and committing to color selections comes up. Color can be very scary. I get excited about pulling fabric swatches and combining colors and patterns of differing scale. But, I can get just as excited  about proposing a beautiful limited monochromatic color scheme which requires a ton of texture.  Explaining how to successfully use texture to achieve an exciting monochromatic plan can be very daunting and confusing.   

So what is texture as it relates to interior design? Texture is the surface quality of an object, resulting from its 3-dimensional structure, and it is often used to describe the relative smoothness of a surface. Although texture is usually touched, it certainly can be interpreted through sight. Because touch and sight are so closely related, we can successfully interpret this sense through our design decisions. 

In order for a limited color scheme to not be boring and lifeless, it needs to be stacked with texture. Let's dissect this mysterious word texture by breaking down this beautiful monochromatic room created by the designers of the firm Wolfe-Rizor

** the rug is nubby and soft and warms up the hardwood floor
** the coffee table is mirrored and shiny and reflects light
** the polished wood patina of the antique furniture verses the flat rough hewn cut edges of the stacked wood 
** the solid linen upholstery fabric has a slight texture and soaks in the light
** the sharp antler base table topped with a glass top changes the tactile texture whilst retaining the visual texture 
** the iron lamp base offers a dull rich patina 
**  the woven throw adds interest to the sofa
** the detailed paneled wall molding, although painted the same color, creates peaks and valleys that cast shadows and depth
** painting the mounts the same color as the walls {genius!} allows them to become more sculptural and a touch more feminine

 All of these opposites: rough verses smooth, shiny verse matte, painted verses raw, create a beautiful contrast and thus an interesting inviting space that is for the most part, devoid of color and pattern. 

Need help in adding a bit more texture to your interiors? Email me for design service options!


The Grounds

Friday, March 14, 2014

I may be one of the few people that go to visit a new restaurant and get much more excited about the ambiance than the food. Don't get me wrong, I can certainly appreciate the delicious dishes of a great chef, but I think that the total experience of a night out has so much to do with the atmosphere in which you get to sit and linger.

Although it looks very much like a popular NY spot, The Grounds is Australia's claim to fame. The building was originally a pie factory until interior designer, Caroline Choker, and her family, renovated the deserted space into a combined restaurant, artisan bakery, cafe, and coffee roasting facility. She kept as much as the original industrial feeling intact -- the wooden trusses and rough beams are exposed, the floors are polished concrete and the metal framed doors open completely to invite you out onto the urban kitchen garden. It is here where they grow their vegetables, herbs, and potted plants.    

It's not just a sit down meal offered at The Grounds. They play host to yoga classes, school trips, weekend markets, and gorgeous weddings and parties. You can also attend one of their popular barista classes or speak to their own horticulturist who works closely with the chef. The interiors and floral displays are always changing as they have their own in-house stylists and floral designers.

Of course these folks have an on-site farm area! You can mingle with the chickens, rub on the lambs, or vow never to eat bacon again as you sit with Kevin Bacon {apparently this is now Australia's most famous pig}.

I mean, have you ever spotted a lovelier loo????

I can't imagine a more lovely spot to enjoy a meal. 

I now have dreams of opening up my own version of something just as beautiful......

Wishing you a dreamy weekend!


Peppermint Bliss: Project Holly

Friday, March 07, 2014

I have loved watching Bailey MCCarthy skyrocket to design stardom over the last several years. She has shared her own home remodels, launched her own bedding line, grown her family, and opened a boutique, all while maintaining a cheeky blog, Peppermint Bliss. Her colorful, eclectic style is happy and whimsical and she is sharing a new project that was just featured over at Style Me Pretty. This home clearly has the Bailey touch and it exudes the whimsy and youth of the young family that lives here.   

Of course I have a soft spot for Schumacher's Birds and Butterflies wallpaper that was used in the foyer. I love the way it plays off of the rich black painted wood. It sets the tone, as well as the color palette that was used throughout the rest of the home.

To see more images of this happy home, check out Style Me Pretty.

all images via Kimberly Chau

The Oxford Exchange

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I'm not sure if I should start this post by explaining the history behind the fantastic Oxford Exchange or by scolding my Tampa friends and clients for not bothering to tell me this place is down the street from them! {You know who you are and ya'll have some 'splainin to do} 

A brother/sister team are responsible for the refurbish of this 25,000 square foot social experiment. They discovered the building back in 2010. It was originally built in 1891 as a stable for the Plant Hotel and has seen a varied group of tenants and businesses in the past 100+ years. The purpose was to create a place where people could gather face to face and exchange ideas. There is no Wi-Fi downstairs, an attempt to force people to close their laptops and talk with each other or read or ponder.

It feels a little like Anthropologie meets Restoration Hardware. It is a finely curated collection of items that were inspired by visiting private membership clubs in London and Highclere Castle. It boasts a restaurant, shop, library, bookstore, Buddy Brew Coffee and TeBella Tea Co.

It is full of inspiration - black and white marble floors, rich stained wood, black coffered ceilings, tufted sofas, exposed brick, and gas lamps. Responsible for the design of this old-world marketplace is interior designer Mary Beth Courier and Atlanta architecture team of Smith Dalia.

One of my favorite design elements is found on the walls of the Conservatory. The brick pattern looks like a chunky cable knit sweater. And it doesn't hurt that is completely bathed in the Florida sunshine.

In a short time, The Oxford Exchange has hosted many Galas, events and weddings. I can't imagine a more beautiful spot to say your 'I do's'.

Get a load of this wooden staircase and brass railings covered in framed oil paintings. 

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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