Shannon Berrey

Fieldstone Hill

Friday, January 28, 2011

I'm so honored to be making a little appearance today over at the lovely Fieldstone Hill.

 Darlene writes such insightful posts and just take a look at that fabulous house she gets to call home!  
Click here to visit Darlene.


Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Unfortunately, my family has to now learn how to
recover from losing the tiniest member of our family yesterday. We are a little heart-broken.


There's a new babe in town..

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Please join me in welcoming the fabulous new blog Lay Baby Lay. The genious behind this little
 gem is new mama, Joni Lay

 I was first introduced to Joni's talents when one of her custom wedding signs was featured at


And how beautiful is this one:

I wanted more so I jumped over to her website and discovered her line, Chocolate Butterbean, which
 features custom stationary, wedding invitations, and signs. This girlie has got it going on! Her designs
are fresh and elegant with a touch of whimsy. And, apparently her skills aren't just 1 dimensional~~
 Check out the before of her {really} new baby girl Livi's, nursery which started out as a guest room:

And the stunning AFTER: 

This color combo is just gorgeous!! And the black - well, that just sends it into ridiculous gorgeousness!!

I love every detail of this room! It's so personal and created with such love for her new Vivi
Joni shares all her sweet stories behind the accessories {many that she designed} and photos
 over at her blog. The numbers below correspond with her sources {which she is sweet enough to share!} 

Chocolate Butterbean has been featured in many publications and I predict that Joni, and Lay Baby Lay
 have big {huge} things in their future.      

pictures via laybabylay

Bunny Wiliams

Monday, January 17, 2011

I'm a long time fan of the iconic designer and author Bunny Williams. I'm pretty sure most
designers have at least one of her books in their bookshelves.


And so I was really excited to see Ms. Williams own bookshelves in her 'Design Library'
featured in this months Lonny:

 And she was gracious enough to share her insight for those looking to select a designer. 


The countdown is on!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Nope, not THAT countdown, the other {better} one...

{Canadian House and Home}

Ms. Divine herself, Candice Olsen, debuts her brand spanking new show on 1-1-11!
 Can I get a New Year's Amen?!!  And she's looking quite divine, I might add. 
 Candice Tells All {can you stand it? she's telling us ALL!} is the name of Ms. D's new show
 {I can call her that because we are like this}:


It shows Ms. D really getting her hands dirty--something that was missing from Divine Design's 8 year run.
 We will get to follow her around Toronto to all her favorite haunts. It will be somewhat like Divine Design in
 that she will redesign 1 room per show. But, the new show will show us all the people involved in the
 process--the contractors,  the movers, and the retailers. The new series breaks down the whys of design
 and teaches viewers how to apply them in their homes, while also offering some insight into when rules are
made to be broken. 

She will be offering her signature style to bachelor pads, family homes, and 10,000 sq ft abodes--all on
varying budgets. {homeowners cover the project costs} 

Gwen McAuley, of Canadian House and Home, was lucky enough to sit down with Ms. D for a little dish. 
She asked which tips and tricks does Candice suggest to people looking to update their spaces?

1. Try to light each room in three layers. Depending on your budget, add or update lights to completely revamp a space. Start with the ceiling: splurge on recessed lighting or angle track lighting to draw attention to the different areas of a room. Then, move on to wall or dining lights: sconces, floor lamps and pendant lights add a soft glow that ceiling lighting often can’t. Lastly, don’t forget about task lighting: table lamps and desk lights add character and warmth. Remember to position your lights accordingly, too: “When you light everything, you light nothing,” Candice warns.

2. Take risks. Candice wishes more people would brave contrasting colours. She loves the look of a neutral sofa set against a bold, dark wall, for example.

3. Mix old and new. Instead of tossing your grandmother’s armoire or your mother’s ’70s coffee table, curate them into a space with newer items. Candice insists that old and new can coexist if there’s something that ties them together, such as a common colour or wood stain.

Photo Blog 2011 Trends Candice Olson Dining Room
{ Candian House and Home} 

This is the completed room from the first episode. I love the combination of the weathered dining table,
 the industrial lights, the cork wallpaper, ikat fabrics, and the cool industrial, super attractive high chairs.
Will you be watching??!

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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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