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. 

Why Pinterest and barn wood walls are awesome

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

OK, so stick with me here.... I started reading Ree's {aka 'The Pioneer Woman'} blog long before I ever saw her TV show on The Food Network. {remember this post??} She has a great writing style, a charming wit, a rambling ranch, great photography tips, and an impressive ongoing remodel of a town landmark. 

I have also been a long time follower of blogger Kara Paslay. I first discovered her when she was blogging about her job as one of Anthropologie's creative merchandising and display team members. She has since teamed up with the talents of her creative carpenter husband and they have reno'd an industrial loft as well as designed several TV sets. You may remember them as guests on the old Nate Berkus show. Oh, and Tim started a side biz of super cool wooden bowties {Two Guys Bowties} that I blogged about here. They are currently working towards their own TV design show

Now, Ree's bestie, Hyacinth, wanted a barn wood wall in her guest room. She did exactly what you are supposed to do, and took to Pinterest. Here, she discovered a barn wood that wall she loved, clicked through, saw it was done by Kara and started reading her blog. Excitement set in as she discovered that Kara and Tim were in a nearby midwestern city. She called Kara and soon, Kara and Tim found themselves redoing Hyacinths room. 
Ree wanted to showcase the beautiful transformation and shared posts about the redo on her blog.

I love how this rustic wall turned out. 

They started with a sketch which they digitized.

Then they set up their computerized router to translate the design into the barn wood.

I love the contrast of the 'clean wood' next to the aged grayed wood.

They added a Z Gallerie steer head and created a frame and a plaque with the year the house was built. 


Ree also loved how it turned out and wanted to meet Kara. She asked Kara to give her set/lodge a little more 'oomph'. So, Kara got busy.


In the back of the set, color was added to the backsplash by using blue egg crates. And a hanging rope shelf was added above the stove.  

Temporary redo's that can easily be changed for future seasons.

So here's the moral{s} of the story:

1} post your awesome stuff to Pinterest
2} you never know who is friends with who
3} the internet makes the world a much smaller place
4} you might end up on the set of a TV show
5} Ree is a FANTASTIC cook. watch her show

{images via Kara Paslay}


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

At 12:05 am this 11-12-13, my phone heart stopped. I answered and received my 1st birthday wish of the day. My incredibly competitive college girl has always wanted to be the first to grant her birthday wishes, so I should have been expecting it!   

I had no idea that my birthday this year was a consecutively numbered date and that it would be talked about on all of the news reports. Supposedly, getting married on this date is lucky and therefore there will be lots of ceremonies today. In this 'pool of luckiness', could we also throw in all of us that were born on this day??? Please!!!!???? 

In honor of my birthday, I decided it would be fun to do a little my favorite things, Oprah style.   

{I should probably include photoshop as one of my 'things' cause it's real needed, as shown above}  


I love the retro pattern on this Boden jersey dress. If you aren't familiar with this company, you should check them out. They have great stuff.

There are so many things I love about these lace up heels-- the perfect caramel colored leather, a little back zipper, a great shaped heel, and the cutest tassels. I see these being worn with everything.  

This knit dress looks so comfy! I love the contrasting sleeve detail and the hem length is perfect.

This artist paints such pretty, simple compositions. I am really drawn to paintings of water, specifically, light interacting with the water. 

I visit this gorgeous dress online at least once a week! I'm not sure this pic really does it justice as the details are just stunning. And, from the comments, it sounds like the fit of this dress has the same mystique as the jeans from 'the sisterhood of the traveling pants'. 

I recently ran out of my DevaCurl Shampoo and tried a knock off brand {it's expensive}. Big mistake. I am going back immediately because it really has made a world of difference in my hair. 

Oh, sequin maxi, I love you so. These are really pricey in retailland, but etsy has a few sellers that custom make them just for your measurements and they are extremely reasonable.   

Matea creates whimsical portraits that are comprised of fun patterns and doodles. They are so happy.  

The fact that Banana makes dresses for tall girls is just awesome. They only sell them online, but take it from me, the fit is spot on. Wrap dresses are so good for those of us lacking in the curves department. And this particular one, worn with a great red necklace, would be perfect to wear to cheer on the Wolfpacks.  

Lordy, I love this statement necklace so!!! The heaviness of the chains combined with the delicate crystals, the brassiness of the colors, the it!!!

There you have it. My 10 favorite things.  

I know, minds are blown. 

Fabulous faux fall foliage

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I love that the weather finally allows for open windows and an extra blanket at night.. that the trees are turning deep hues and getting a little bare which allows just a little more sunlight to stream in. I also love how happy the ferns by the creek are in the cooler temps and the mushrooms that pop up in the shady cool patches under the stretch of the fern fronds.    

Know who else loves mushrooms and the beauty of the forest forage?


Anthropologie's September windows!!

They have created lovely capped mushrooms, fabric trunks, and larger than life ferns.

It's all so mossy and earthy and fabulous.

{all images via anthro blog}

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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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