Shannon Berrey

Well, hello Dolly! A tween room redo

Monday, January 19, 2015

I finally have pics to share with you of the recently finished fun bedroom that was completed for a sweet 10 year old. It's a great old farmhouse with beadboard walls and ceilings and dark wood floors. When we started, it was aaaaallllllllllllll pink.


 I didn't realize it, but even the walls were a soft pink {I thought it was simply all of the pink reflecting on white walls!} Everything was moved out and the walls got coated in white.

When discussing with Miss Client what her dream room would look like, her reply was 'everything aqua chevron and no pink'..... hhhmmmm.....I know that we have all seen a whole lot of chevron over the last few years, but she was very persistent in what she wanted. Her dream was to have them painted on all the walls, but with old beadboard walls, that was not an option that would turn out well. So, we comprised and created a large headboard that was mounted to the wall and painted with oversized chevrons.    


The fun bedding is the Novogravtz line at Wal-Mart {!} I love all of the bold patterns and colors and they are super affordable.  

I added a painted chartreuse yellow band to the lampshade. And the little canvas is covered in a piece of scrapbook paper and vinyl stick on letters. super easy. 

The vanity was found in another bedroom. I painted it aqua. I made the chalkboard out of a piece of masonite and added some trim that was painted orange. Little LED wired lights were wrapped around the edge. 

I made the string art from a piece of scrap wood that I stained.

She is BIG into nail art, so a little lucite polish holder was attached to the side of the vanity.

She is also a huge owl lover. I love these little owl knobs that look hand carved that I found on etsy. 

The gold chair is also from the 9 by Novogratz collection and is a steal for only $149!!. I made the pillow by painting the black stripes on white fabric, fusing the aqua fabric and adding the words with a paint pen.  

I made some pom-pons out of purple yarn and added them to the corners.

The ball garland was made using 2 different sized styrofoam balls. I bought lots of complimentary colors of embroidery floss and wrapped each ball until it was completely covered. Using a ginormous needle, I threaded them onto twine.  

I made tissue paper tassels and clipped them onto a strand of lighted clips along with favorite photos. This looks so pretty lit up at night! 

The curtains were made from Premier Prints jojo fabric. I kept them super casual by attaching them to a wooden rod using rings and clips. 

And my favorite part of the room -- the painting of Ms. Parton!! Miss Client loooooves Dolly, so I painted a large canvas using the same aqua, orange and chartreuse paints used in other parts of the room. 

We reused 2 of the original pink bookshelves and painted them orange. They were then hung behind the door. This provides plenty of great storage. 

The striped rug is an 8x11 indoor/outdoor Capel rug. I bought the pleated white bedskirt and added a little aqua band to the bottom.  The chest, at the end of the bed, was the homeowners. It was given a coat of orange paint and offers more storage.  

A happy, fun, Dolly inspired room that suits Miss Client perfectly!!

A traditional remodel: J and J Design Group

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

So many folks complain about the lack of architectural details in their cookie cutter homes.
 A huge common problem in those cookie cutter houses seems to be the 'built-ins beside the fireplace situation'. In a builders basic home, I just don't think a lot of thought gets put into this enormous detail. Which is really too bad because it is, usually, the focal point of a room or even a house, and yet, a lot of times, when you look at one you are left scratching your head.   


I love what the designers of J and J Design Group achieved with this makeover. They covered all of that built-in silliness up! Doors outfitted with beautiful moldings, trims and hardware make such a huge impact in the look of this room. It is now timeless and beautifully fresh. 

And in the same clients house, they were blessed with another fireplace in a different room. Unfortunately, it was covered in the same tile as the floors and a rather dated mantle which really left it lacking warmth.

What a difference adding painted wood, trim, a rustic mantle and simple stacked stone can do! Of course the gorgeous lighting, furniture, drapery and rug takes the look over the top! 


To the right of the fireplace, you get a glimpse into the master. But, you want to see more than just a glimpse, right?

So pretty. But let's look at the challenges in this room. There are a number of different ways to tackle these windows, but I love what they did. The windows that flank the bed aren't so tall, and they are low. The rods were hung high to draw your eye up. The bed side tables were pulled away from the wall a bit to accommodate panels that fall to the floor behind them. The right window is also so close to the corner that the drapery rods were connected in the corner. This allows the drapery to function seamlessly with the 'door wall' windows.  

What they ended up with is a room that is very traditional and updated even though there is a lack of any windows moldings. Not easy to do!

  And the other side of the room.

I am still a lover of neutral homes and this just proves that neutral doesn't have to be boring. I love it all!

 all images via John Woodcock Photography 

Breathing room

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Have you seen this gorgeous living room that Lauren Liess just completed? I kind of feel like she's my designer doppleganger.




 The natural elements -- linen, seagrass, raw woods, and the gorgeous geeens are my happy place, but I also think there is another great technique Lauren utilizes and that's the feeling of 'breathing room'. The curtains are taken all the way up to the ceiling to not create any divisions in an already fairly busy comination of window styles. 



When you walk into this space, you face the fireplace. Instead of blocking that view with a sofa, she used a pair of open woven chairs that offer additional seating, but, allows an unobstructed view of the whole room. Sometimes, it isn't possible to apply this 'open concept' if your room functions differently {say, TV watching, the size of the room, or the location of a feature wall }. And sometimes, in design, we actually place a sofa, with a console behind it, to create a division in the space.      



But, in this instance, it is just the icing on the cake, the moss between my sidewalk, the creamer in my get the picture...I love it!

To see more of Lauren's project visit her at Pure Style Home 

{all images by Helen Norman via Pure Style Home}





Laundry re-do: Part 1

Monday, January 07, 2013


So this is how my laundry room looked last year. Exactly the way it appeared when we bought the house minus the washer and dryer.


It's a very small room but it has great natural light! It's hard to tell, but those tiles on the floor are a glue on linoleum type with pretend grout lines on the edges. These same tiles were in my entrance and in my guest bath and they were replaced years ago. This room is right off of the kitchen and in between the guest room and guest bath so it's got a prominent spot in the house. And the door is almost always open.



I knew it wouldn't take a lot to make it pretty, but what I really needed was to make it functional. If you have been reading this little blog for a while, you know that I am the mom of 2 athletes. Our games can be hours away so each mom fixes dinner for an away game. Each time it's my turn, I am forever looking for my stash of cups, napkins, plastic silverware, etc. Some items would be in the hall pantry, some would be in the drawers in the dining room, some in the kitchen cabinet...frustrating. Not to mention that my baking items, my tablecloths, my Christmas dishes, were also stored here there and everywhere.



These cabinets were only inches deep and I couldn't reach the back. They just were not practical to hold all of the big things that I needed to store in here. These are actually the same cabinets that are in my kitchen. if you want to see them all painted up, visit this post. I wanted to take these off and use them in the garage to store tools. Then I could use the entire height and depth above the washer and dryer to create a 'pantry' so everything would be in one spot.










I painted the walls with one of my very favorite whites - Natural Choice. It has a touch of gray and is just warm enough.  



At this point, I searched for baskets to line the shelves. I needed specific sizes and cheap they were not. I was not willing to drop $100+ on baskets. So, I searched through old plastic storage bins that I had once used in my store. 












There were lots of these plus others. They were the right depth, there were plenty of them, and they were free! Because they aren't the prettiest things to look at, I decided to hang a curtain that could be pulled to cover them up. This way I could leave the door open to enjoy the great sunlight and not be embarrassed!



The curtains are a cute coordinating little green check number.  Tomorrow I'll show you how I hung the curtains and a break down of the ton of everything that is now being stored here. Oh, and did I mention that there's a new floor up in here AND that I did a little big painting for the opposing wall?? 


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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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