Shannon Berrey

A Furbish Makeover

Monday, August 05, 2013


Well we shopped til we dropped, literally right into the seats of some pedicure chairs. It was a great way to end a day of dorm room shopping. We accomplished a ton on Friday, and it helped that my 'power shopper' mom was in town.

When we move Maris to Raleigh next week, it will be the first time in many years that I have spent time there. I am usually just driving through on our way to the beach or to visit relatives in another state. I can't remember a time when it was the destination. I am so excited to explore the big city and one of the places I am dying to visit -- Furbish!!       

       I knew immediately when I saw this home in HGTV magazine that Jamie Meares must have had a hand in its loveliness. Jamie, owner of Furbish, also documents her fabulous style in her eclectic blog, i suwanee. I have followed her blog since its beginning and I think she is pretty fantastic.  






{jamie's lucky friends}  


I can't wait to visit her store in person!! 


{images via i suwanee via hgtv}


The writing on the walls

Monday, July 29, 2013




I am so in love with this guest room in designer, Sheila Bridges, harlem home. I thought it was custom wallpaper, as she has designed a small line of hand screened papers in the past, but the info says it's painted {!} with phrases from her favorite authors, from Dr. Seuss to Zora Neale Hurston to Langston Hughes. She had so many books, she said, she ran out of space to store them. “I realized it wasn’t so much about the books, but the words that mattered.” 

Wouldn't this be fun in a nursery using phrases from cherished childhood books... or in a laundry room with washing directions.... or in a kids bathroom with a series of fun 'manner instructions' ... 


{all images via Trevor Tondo for the NY Times}


Trays, cowgirls and Stars

Monday, July 22, 2013






Cute little glass trays at Michael's. They aren't crazy shiny like they look, they are in a box with a plastic cover that doesn't make nice with my camera phone. The square ones and $3 and the rectangular ones are $5. Yesterday was 20% off everything so $2.40 and 4$. They are in the aisle with nothing but bins that are filled with small gift/party items. 

They are going to make cute soap holders and tchotchke keepers when the dorm room gets decorated next month! 



 I am loving this pink Cowgirl fabric for sale over at One Kings Lane. It would be super fun paired with this Pink Ticking. Both are currently available in their 'Fabric Shop'.



 Did you watch this seasons HGTV Star? I will have to say that I liked it much better when it was 'Design Star'. I like to watch the actual process of arranging the furniture in the room, their reasoning behind why they think something works and why it doesn't... watching 3 designers do entire hotel suites in a 1 hour finale just didn't touch on the process at all. I still don't feel like I saw everything in the rooms!



Tiffany was the winner. These pics are shots of the hotel suite she designed that she called “midcentury modern design meets contemporary current.” It was fine ... she seems nice...

But the designer I watched the show to see was Professor Brooks.


 I loved his wackiness and he consistently came up with some great ideas throughout the season. I would love to take his industrial design class--you can tell he is so passionate about what he does. When asked about his selection of chairs in the 'Bus Challenge' he replied, " I sat in every chair and had imaginary conversations with myself to make sure it functioned as a lounge." Love him! 

Just in case you missed this season, here are a few behind-the-scenes of Brooks being Brooks:


Wacky in the most wonderful of ways! I think most folks thought he should have won. Considering how unsuccessful almost all of the past winners have been with their own HGTV shows, why don't they let the audience select the winner??    

Anybody else watch it? Who was your favorite? 


Celebrate Life with Viva Vida

Monday, July 08, 2013


Well, I have to say that a worst 4th of July weekend doesn't come to mind ... the rains were simply insistent and flooding was everywhere. We were with electricity as much as we were without it. And, to top it off, a tree fell in the backyard yesterday. The good news is that it only knicked the back porch on the fall down and didn't come through the windows, which it easily could have. Jack and I took an axe and some hand saws to the hard as hades fallen walnut tree and we got most of it pulled to the drive way. It looked like it rained walnuts in my backyard. And not little brown walnuts like you see in the grocery story. When they grow on the trees they are almost the size of a tennis ball and the same bright citrus green. They are everywhere!!        

Today is the first morning I have seen the sun in...I can't even remember!! I am praying that it lasts. If not, I will gaze at the sunlight that streams in this renovated farmhouse.  



This is one of the most fun farmhouses I have run across! When the homeowners, Larissa and Peter, acquired this turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the Netherlands a few years ago, it looked nothing like this. In fact, the cows had barely left the barn when they took ownership. But, with Peters experience in renovations, he saw the potential in the huge space.    




They loved the soul of the building and wanted to keep as much intact as possible. From the old structure, the new project split into three units: what was the stable turned into a living room, dining room, playroom and office. Where the milk was stored went on to serve as storage. The front of the house is now the kitchen and bathrooms.




The couple joined forces with the design group Viva Vida. "Viva Vida!" is an exclamation in Portuguese that means "celebrate life!". They did an incredible job of reusing as much of the original material found on the farm as possible. And in the firms signature eclectic style, there is a mixture of concrete, salvaged wood, OSB, metal, and exposed brick. I just love the innovative custom lighting, the photo wall mural, and the collection of colorful artwork. Not to mention the light -- the wonderful windows and skylights flood the space with the European sunshine.






Such a welcoming, interesting, fun home, right? To see more of Viva Vida's portfolio, check them out {with a translator!} here.


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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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