Shannon Berrey

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!!!

Beauty: Sevenly

Monday, January 06, 2014

Sevenly was started in 2011 by 2 guys who wanted to lead a generation towards generosity. They do this by supporting a new cause every week and selling awesome products from their site and donating $7 of every sale to that weeks cause.

They have super talented in-house artists that create artwork to support the specific cause and they are limited editions, only available during the week of that particular sale. So, if you love a shirt, buy it! Here are some of my faves from past campaigns.

I discovered this site back when their weekly campaign was 'teens battling depression'. And I fell in love with the Beauty baseball shirt.

 Guess who else fell in love with it over winter break???

It's like the trifecta of great style -- 1) your money goes toward a wonderful cause  2) you are advertising the cause when you wear it therefore creating awareness, and possibly conversation that can lead others to participate and 3) you get to wear a beautiful shirt created by an artist! It's lovely enough to even grace your walls. 

They sell prints, jewelry, accessories, mens and women's clothing, kids apparel and dog accessories. 

I sure find the beauty in spending time with this girl! {and her new wolfpack red lipstick}

I'm super excited about this company and look forward to many more purchases in the future.

Not sponsored or compensated. Just love sharing great companies with you!

An Open Sketchbook

Monday, December 09, 2013

When oohing and aahhing my way through the incredible vendors at The Big Crafty a few weeks back, I got to browse the lovely artwork from the dynamic duo of An Open Sketchbook.

I have been following this talented North Carolina couple since they started just a year ago. As a UNC design student, Suzanne started her blog as a way to document sketches and stories of people and places she loved. Her husband joined her on the blog in 2011, and together, they decided to follow their passion and dive into a full-time partnership in design and illustration.  



'Drawing inspiration from our family, childhood and a love of visual storytelling, we strive to create work that celebrates the best and, often times, overlooked parts of life.'  

 I love watching the progressions of their paintings and the retro vibe of their collaborations.
I also love all of their stories and the sketches documenting the adventures of being new parents to twins. And speaking of the twins....

This is hands down the BEST BABY ANNOUNCEMENT EVER!!!! You have got to click here to see the whole illustrated announcement that they shared around their Thanksgiving table a few years ago. 
It. is. awesome. 

And they just released a new book in collaboration with Our State Magazine filled with their illustrations and stories of growing up in the south {it's on my Christmas list!!}
Check out their blog and their store filled with cards, prints, recipe cards, and gift cards. 

{all images except numero uno via An Open Sketchbook}

{not affiliated or sponsored--just a fan}


Shannon Berrey Bio
I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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