Shannon Berrey

Floral party

Monday, July 07, 2014

Hope you enjoyed your nice long holiday weekend! Friday holidays are simply the best, right? Since we are all in full-time summer mode now, there are probably a few parties and dinner with friends in your future. Speaking of, have you seen the sweet floral party collection at Target that was done in collaboration with one of my favorite blogs, Poppytalk?? 

These have a great vintage vibe and the price points are insane!!! 

I’m talking bright shabby-chic floral patterns, portable patterned cake stands, pink vintage-look plastic flatware, fun glamping equipment, adorable ice cream cups, and even floral marshmallow roasting forks! 

And if you are going to be a guest at a party and are need of an awesome hostess gift, I have one for you!!!

I discovered these little blown glass vases at White Rabbit Botanical and fell in love. This makes giving a bottle of wine soooo much more special. 

I tried it on several pretty bottles {and if you aren't a wine person, how about hanging it on a liquor bottle...a homemade bottle of creative! }

There is a small hole near the top that you fill with water and place your flowers in. 

And did I mention that they are $8.99 {!!!} Stock up!! 

*****Not sponsored, I just like to share my goodies with you guys!*****

Duct Tape Workshop

Monday, April 28, 2014

We can all probably relate to dropping our cellphones and having to repair a cracked screen, an iPad that no longer holds a charge or a camera that is no longer focusing. Digital fixes are scary {at least for me} because I know I can't fix them myself and they are generally pricey problems to repair.    

Electrical Engineer, Guang Han, had a dream -- he wanted a cool industrial retail spot where customers could bring in their broken digital items and see it fixed right there, behind the glass. A few months ago, he opened the The Duct Tape Workshop in the trendy Ponsonby Central area of New Zealand. A customer can have their broken item fixed within a few hours and they can see the work being carried out, step-by-step, with the idea of keeping the servicing transparent. Cool, right?? They also offer a great curated selection of phone and tablet accessories.

While I think this is a fantastic business model and there needs to be many more like this, my favorite part of this store is their imaginative store design and the fun branding they have incorporated. 

Hannah Design is the creative team behind this excellent branding. It was created to represent Care, Express and Quality. It was also intended to represent the 'workshop' nature of the business and to add personality through illustrations to which can be an impersonal industry. 

Check out this custom designed wallpaper by Materials Creative Ltd. that features sketches of their tools, things they fix and their favorite things. swoon.

And I am in love with this chandelier made from 16 swing arm lamps!!

Just goes to prove that great design and branding can make ANYTHING awesome!!

{images 1, 3-9image 2 via Michael McClintock}

The Oxford Exchange

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I'm not sure if I should start this post by explaining the history behind the fantastic Oxford Exchange or by scolding my Tampa friends and clients for not bothering to tell me this place is down the street from them! {You know who you are and ya'll have some 'splainin to do} 

A brother/sister team are responsible for the refurbish of this 25,000 square foot social experiment. They discovered the building back in 2010. It was originally built in 1891 as a stable for the Plant Hotel and has seen a varied group of tenants and businesses in the past 100+ years. The purpose was to create a place where people could gather face to face and exchange ideas. There is no Wi-Fi downstairs, an attempt to force people to close their laptops and talk with each other or read or ponder.

It feels a little like Anthropologie meets Restoration Hardware. It is a finely curated collection of items that were inspired by visiting private membership clubs in London and Highclere Castle. It boasts a restaurant, shop, library, bookstore, Buddy Brew Coffee and TeBella Tea Co.

It is full of inspiration - black and white marble floors, rich stained wood, black coffered ceilings, tufted sofas, exposed brick, and gas lamps. Responsible for the design of this old-world marketplace is interior designer Mary Beth Courier and Atlanta architecture team of Smith Dalia.

One of my favorite design elements is found on the walls of the Conservatory. The brick pattern looks like a chunky cable knit sweater. And it doesn't hurt that is completely bathed in the Florida sunshine.

In a short time, The Oxford Exchange has hosted many Galas, events and weddings. I can't imagine a more beautiful spot to say your 'I do's'.

Get a load of this wooden staircase and brass railings covered in framed oil paintings. 

Take my money: Paint by Number mount

Monday, January 20, 2014

I'm not sure what's re-lit my current antler love. I mean, I have loved using faux deer heads in clients spaces for years. They have been made out of paper mache, some out of twigs, moss, and for kids rooms I have used soft mounts that look like stuffed animals. We do live in the mountains and for the most part, my clients want their rustic cabins to really look like, well, a rustic cabin. {sigh}
I have several twig deer heads that I bring out and light up for Christmas and some smaller cardboard heads that I use year round in the 'man cave'. But, lately I am feeling the desire to get my hands on a {naturally shed} real antler mount. There are loads to choose from when you peruse Etsy and Ebay. But, I want something a little unique. Over the weekend, I visited one of my favorite Etsy stores, Upscale Downhome, and landed on the brand new additions to her shop.     

And I gasped a little.

I have loved the way Sarah has jazzed up her mounts with paint, trim and plaid fabrics. But, now she is embellishing the plaques with vintage paint-by-number canvases {and you know how I feel about these!} I just love these!

Get on my walls!!!

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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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