Shannon Berrey

Taking in October

Friday, October 24, 2014

Our leaves have been at peak this week. Driving has become wonderful and dangerous all at once! I strain to absorb all of the shades of golds and reds and oranges that sweep over the distant mountain ranges while at the same time trying to keep the car on the road. It's not easy, ya'll!  With rain and winds, we only have a very few days where the trees are covered in their beautiful rich leaves, so I have been visiting favorite spots this week that offer incredible inspiration.

Whiteside Mountain, Cashiers

Whiteside Mountain, Cashiers

Bear Lake, Tuckaseegee

Bear Lake Reserve - Tucked off the road at the tip top of the mountain, a great little covered campfire spot 

Lonesome Valley, Cashiers


The coolest floor made out of cut wood 4x4's.

and because it's Friday....

Oskar Blues Brewery, Brevard, NC

No, this isn't a backdrop for one of my mountain designed weddings

I'm guessing the conversation was like---'we have all of these empty cans, and a ton of mardi gras beads...we love to recycle...let's make a prom arch over the stairs that leads from the Brewery up to the Tap Room!!!' boom. done. awesome.  

Oskar Blues Brewery is a huge Brewery in Brevard. They host tours, music events and craft some great beers. Check them out!

Have a great weekend!

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.


The wedding at Lonesome Valley: Dinner and Dancing

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

On Monday, I shared Zach and Rebecca's wedding ceremony. 

I had the pleasure of creating and personalizing their special day and today I want to show you the details of the dinner and dancing, 

The restaurant and tent were just a short walk through the garden.

One of my very favorite details of the wedding was this tall pen and ink guest tree that I drew. The couple ditched the traditional guest book and had each guest sign a branch of the bare pine tree. I had to actually add branches as the night went on because I was unsure how big people would sign. I just got it back from the framers and now it is complete with glass. Now the couple can hang it on their wall and daily recall every person that was part of their special day. 

***This wedding tree drawing has been very popular! If you would like one for your wedding or special party,  simply contact me through the blog and I can explain how I can customize one for you!

There were a lot of kids at the Kennedy's wedding, so I created a custom activity book accompanied with branch crayons to keep them occupied.   

I'll share the whole book in a later post. 

Believe it or night, it was a chilly June evening when the sun set. A combination of throws and pashminas were perfect to wrap up in as the guests sat in front of the fire.  

The Adirondacks were outfitted with a custom hand painted chevron pillow.

Even one of my fantastic assistants was outfitted in chevron! {Please Lord, let her fall in love with interior design, change majors. and come work with her mama!!}

I painted a little watercolor of Canyon Kitchen at the beginning of our planning process that became a unifying element that we were able to use on the invites, napkins, and pillows.

A standing chalkboard listed the delicious appetizer offerings.  

The cutest mother of the bride and big sister of the bride! 

Tea towels were customized with the logo and used as oversized napkins. And did you know that you can buy vintage silverware for the same price {or even cheaper!} than renting? Ours were found at Scotts Market in Atlanta. The eclectic collected look is perfect for an outside rustic event.   


Mason jars were filled with lots of draft and sweet tea.

When you find old bad framed artwork at a flea market or garage sale, buy it! Take out the artwork, and use it as your template. Cut out a piece of Masonite and paint it with chalkboard paint. Then throw away the artwork! If needed, give the frame a little spray paint. I used a very light coat of Krylon Fusion Brown Metallic Hammered spray paint here and I loved the results.    


See the twig chandeliers in the tent? I don't have good close-ups of them, but I created 3 of these 6' rustic chandies using branches, irrigation hose, thick rope, black electrical tape, and Christmas lights. I also tucked some leafy branches in them the day of. They were so pretty when the sun went down and they were all lit up.

I just love the combination of the zinc and wood topped farm tables.

A riddling rack became a fun way to create a 'K' using the bridesmaids bouquets.  

The 4' moss 'k' started with a sketch on a piece of plywood and then, thanks to a wonderful wet creek in my back yard, it was covered in plush green mosses in lots of different varieties.   

Zach dancing with his wonderfully sweet mom, Becky. {Dad's in back with that great smile} I so enjoyed getting to know his family!

The evening ended with a beautiful sparkler send-off.

Congratulations Rebecca and Zach!!


Photos via Terri Clark Photography as well as moi.


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Ellen's house

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Just when I thought that the dancing funny lady, Ellen, couldn't be any cooler, we get a peek into her Santa Monica Ranch and find out she has a passion for decorating!



When Ellen and Portia first became the new owners of the 26 acre property in 2009, it had served as a private residence, a monastery, a rehab center and then a horse facility.  It was not in the best condition and had 8 cabins throughout. It served as just the major decorating challenge Ellen needed.




Each cabin has it's own identity but all share a combination of impressive antiques and flea market finds. The couple have lived in almost every cabin. How much fun would it be to to be to have that opportunity??





I would say these are the luckiest horses around. Pretty nice digs.







To see more and to read about each cabin, visit Elle. The May magazine hits the stores next week.


{all images by photographer William Abranowicz via Elle Decor Magazine}


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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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