Shannon Berrey

I'm on CNN!! What??!!!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013



CNN's website has a brand new 'Living' Section



and I am so excited to be featured in a story on Bedrooms this week. {way to represent my fellow North Carolina designers!}. Do you remember this guest bedroom I did for a clients mountain home? It's still one of my faves!    

I also contribute to the story and discuss what I like and don't like in the bedroom .. hmmm...

Check it out here. I'll bet you'll recognize some of the other bloggers that are included.


{Is it weird that I now feel smarter?} 



Nashville's Idea House sneak peek

Monday, June 24, 2013


I shared a beautiful Nashville home with you last week and now I find out that Nashville has yet another beauty to share with us.



This one is courtesy of Southern Living and designer Phoebe Howard {one of my all time favorites!}. `The entire 2013 Idea House is decorated by Phoebe, which, judging from the sneak peek pictures, is insanely beautiful. The house opens for touring this Saturday, June 29th, and will be featured in the August issue of SL.  


Nashville house: Jeannette Whitson

Friday, June 21, 2013



It's hard to believe this gorgeous home with it's crusty light fixtures, detailed moldings and encaustic tile floors is actually a new home. Homeowner, Jeannette Whitson, had a vision and working with many talented craftsman, was able to create a home that feels like it could have been the original farmhouse on the property.   



The entrance mimics that of beautiful Charleston homes, where you walk in from the street through the louvered door, but you are still basically outside. Then you walk into the actual front doors. I love this.

Look at that enormous mushroom on the entry table!! Jeannette brings nature and the garden related elements into everything she does. She owns Garden Variety Design and you can see her collected antique items that she sells throughout her home. She made sure that every entry door is through a garden. In front is her secret garden — that's another Charleston inspiration — enclosed by a wall of pear trees. It creates a perfect backdrop for a photo shoot for her store.  




Above her fieldstone fireplace is a painting that is hung on a paneled trifold door that opens to reveal her flatscreen TV. Great idea.

And let's just take in the combination of warm worn leather on the chesterfield sofa, the cowhide covered side chairs and the linen on the sofa. And if that wasn't perfect enough--a fig tree and a vase of blue hydrangeas. good gravy...



 The house is so full of light and white paint to bounce it around. All the window panes are restoration glass so they break up the light into little prisms. As a result, there are very few window treatments.

 Asked what the style of her home was she said, 'Think: an Englishman who's come to America, married a Pennsylvania Dutch woman, and has a French mistress on the side in Charleston.'       right on.


You enter the mudroom through a dutch door {love}. Hidden behind the floor to ceiling built-ins on the right, is a small doggie door. The soapstone tub is big enough to give the dogs a bath. All of the hardware and faucets in the home are unlacquered brass, my very favorite finish ever.


 Indoor rooms flow seamlessly to outdoor rooms


The kitchen cabinetry and trim is painted in Farrow and Ball Cornforth White. And it's a little hard to see, but one of my favorite details is that she eliminated the bottom window sills and ran the marble tops all the way into the frame. It flows so beautifully into one another.    

As you look straight back, you can see into the butlers pantry. 






I love the Brunschwig and Fils Bird and Thistle taupey curtains against the gray walls. And speaking of walls-- there are 3 walls of windows in her bedroom which overlooks her gardens. Oh the light...



And the room that has us blown away--the small library that is a completely covered in Farrow Ball Hague blue paint. This is where the family closes the shutters and watches TV. The silk velvet sofa was matched to the wall color. And the ceiling is actually an Indian block fabric by Michael S Smith.

 Blue + brass + velvet = perfection.  






This is one of my favorite homes I have ever featured!  To see more of Jeannette Whitson's home, check out the HB article here.   



Connecting with color

Thursday, April 25, 2013


With the idea of open concept still a very hot trend in our homes, it is important to have the open spaces relate to each other to create a connectivity. Normally, standing in one room allows you to see into all, or part of, another room or rooms. One of the ways to unite all of the spaces is through color. Obviously, you could paint all your walls in an open concept home the same color and call it 'connected', but let's look instead at the technique of subtly weaving color throughout. 

Bonesteel Trout Hall is a California design firm that consistently excels in their restrained interiors and the relationship of colors throughout the space. They are so good that sometimes you have to walk through the spaces several times to figure out why the house is so wonderfully appealing.



In this living room, the pillows and the striped rug have accents of blue. There is also a beautiful smoky chocolate that is used on the leather of the sofa and velvet sofa pillows.   



When you move into the adjoining kitchen, the cabinets are stained in almost the exact shade of the living rooms chocolaty brown accents and the blue gray is repeated on this oversized custom island. The heavy doses of white used on the walls, trim, wainscotting, and kitchen countertops is a unifying color that allows these deep rich colors to remain fresh and unmuddled.



Moving through to the dining room, the dark wood tones of the table, chairs and countertop are again repeated and the blue shows itself as gorgeous grasscloth wallpaper. And remember the stripe detail on the pillows in the living room?? Check out the detail on the curtains about 2/3 of the way down, peeking through the chairs. I know!!




I wonder where their beautiful color palette came from???


{all images via Bonesteel Trout Hall}



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