Shannon Berrey

Beautiful Boston Bath

Friday, September 19, 2014

Just because a designer is given an architecturally void space and a tight budget doesn't mean that an amazing transformation can't happen! Stephanie Sabbe of Sabbe Interior Design, was given a bathroom in a Boston Loft with the direction that no walls could be moved, and the basic layout needed to stay the same. 


Before



After

The 'vanity' was a Craigslist dresser score that was outfitted with a porcelain vessel sink {I'm really into a square sink right now!} The faucets and sconces were mounted on top of the mirror {love} and the simple gold frame was mimicked as molding on the rest of the bathroom walls. 



BM Woodlawn Blue paint looks beautiful paired with the gold and the white. 



The floor is covered in a herringbone Carrara Marble and the shower in a simple white subway tile. So sleek.



And that's a Pottery Barn chandy {!} above the reclaimed gorgeous tub. 



What a beautiful bathroom!! 


Before pics via Stephanie Sabbe
After pics via Michael J. Lee




Inside Laurel Nest

Monday, September 08, 2014

After seeing the beautiful exterior of Laurel Nest, it definitely sets the scene that inside will be just as special. Entering Laurel Nest, you are welcomed into a vaulted ceiling foyer bathed in light. The staircases newel post is actually a rustic Goldilocks and the 3 Bears inspired carved walnut coat rack. 'Once upon a time they lived happily ever after' is stenciled up the risers of the stairs. 


In the Living room, architect Michael Faust designed this large fireplace to mimic a riverbed. Look closely and you will see driftwood woven throughout, including sculptural roots in the corners. I would have loved to watch this being installed! 






There is something so inviting when numerous finishes are used in a kitchen. All of the earthy textural components of this kitchen - the plastered walls, the reclaimed beams, the stacked stones, the slick farmhouse sink, and the limestone floors, combine so beautifully. And I love the unexpected accordion steel light pendants. 






The Master is Bill's favorite room. It truly reflects his Scottish heritage as well as the culture of the Highlands area. 






The see-through fireplace in the master, can also be enjoyed here, in the master bath. The sunken silver travertine covered soaking tub is at the base of the fireplace - so wonderfully inviting. It also features heated floors and a wine fridge 



More beautiful stonework is featured in the shower as well as a river rock floor which is simply open, no shower door needed! It feels just like a rustic spa.



When designing the guest room, Bill kept his mom, as well as Little Red Riding Hoods grandmother in mind. It's loaded with English antiques, floral wallpaper and tons of embellishments. 



Layers of vintage rugs, needlepoint pillows, stacks of oil paintings, handmade tiles inset into the fireplace, and multiple ornate mirrors -- It's all soooooo good!



And what may be my favorite room, this guest room features lots of whimsy - from the old advertising signs to the suspended bicycle. I also love the sketches of their dogs and that great duvet. 



The mix of luxury and comfort, the incredible attention to detail -- all tucked into the woods. It really does feel like a fairy tale!






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




Courtney

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Several years ago while visiting California, I made it a point to make a date with my west coast friend, Courtney Lake. Courtney was just getting his feet wet in the Interior Design world after a short stint in culinary school. After a fabulous lunch, he took us a on a little tour of some of his favorite San Fran. spots. Courtney is full of energy, incredibly intelligent, a fabulous dresser, walks at a slow run, and is passionate about life. It has been so exciting to watch his passion for design turn into a successful career. 




I was more than a little excited to open the new Rue magazine and see a big ole feature on Courtney! He got the opportunity to work on a model home for Blu Homes. Getting to design a model home is one of my very favorite projects. You learn who the developers target market is and then you get to create the fictitious family who will be living in your home. Then you visually construct their life through the selections. And in the end, your 'client' loves every single choice you make, never gives you any lip, and wants to nominate you for 'Designer of the Year'.  








Courtney managed to complete this project in a few short weeks {!} He shopped locally and managed to create a beautiful organic, natural, slightly masculine home.  


 

My very favorite vignette is this art station full of my favorite things -- an antler mount, a huge roll of paper, concrete, crayons, and vintage stools from an ice cream shop. LOVE!!! 














Great job, Courtney!!!!

To see lots more of this home, visit Rue Magazine 


{all photos via Rue Magazine}






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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