Shannon Berrey


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}

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. 


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.

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!


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

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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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