Book Review :: David Hicks Scrapbooks

David Hicks // David Hicks Scrapbooks @simplifiedbee

David Hicks, the iconic English interior designer, is best known for his bold use of color and geometric pattern as well as his famous clientele including British royals. His inspiring career spanned nearly five decades – from the 1950s to the 1990s, Hicks carefully and thoughtfully chronicled his vast work and accomplishments in scrapbooks. Clips from shelter magazines featuring his designs, newspaper articles, ticket stubs and personal letters from clients were just some of the memorabilia collected in the twenty-five volumes he created.

David Hicks Scrapbooks // Book Review @simplifiedbee

The precious scrapbooks became his legacy and his son and interior designer, Ashley Hicks pared down over 3,000 pages to just over 300 of the best that are featured in a newly released book, David Hicks Scrapbooks by Vendome. First off, the book’s cover is a stunner – it’s coffee table worthy for sure. And as you flip through the collage style pages with drawing and handwritten notes, you get a personal glimpse into the fascinating world of David Hicks. This beautiful book is a must for any Hicks fan and a great addition to your design library.

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*all images used with permission // Vendome

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Read full story By on September 20, 2017 in book, book review, Features, interior design, pattern

Chic Modern Entry

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San Francisco entryway #entry
A home’s entry is one of the most important spaces to decorate and organize. It’s the place where you will meet & greet guests, take on and off shoes and hang up coats and scarves. And for this, it needs to be both beautiful and functional. This chic modern entry was designed by Lauren Nelson and recently featured in San Francisco Cottages & Gardens.

timeless modern entry // san franciscoI’m loving all the design details – the chevron front door, striking Pietra marble floors and rustic wooden bench topped with an organic sheepskin rug. The console table and baskets are perfect for helping organized keys, scarves and shoes.

juju hat // console table // entrychic modern entry // @simplifiedbee

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1 juju hat // 2 sheepskin rug // 3 rug // 4 basket // 5 marble console

 

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Read full story By on September 7, 2017 in console tables, Features, foyers, Get The Look, interior design, Interiors, Organization

Friday Finds :: One Kings Lane Sale

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california casual dining room

Labor Day weekend has arrived. It’s a bitter sweet time for some that don’t want summer to end – including me!  However, the fabulous Labor Day sales can definitely help ease the transition into fall and cooler weather. One of my favorite sales going on right now is over at One Kings Lane where you can save an addition 20% sitewide. Take a look at some beautiful decor items that caught my eye . . .

One Kings Lane Labor Day Sale Picks #sale #okl

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1 moroccan pom blanket :: 2 bar stool :: 3 slipcover chair :: 4 pendant light :: 5 blue & white rice jar

*first image via OKL

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Read full story By on September 1, 2017 in chinoiserie, contemporary decor, discounts, Features, friday find, Friday Finds, furniture, home accessories, interior design

Beautiful Staircases

beautiful staircases

How darling is this painted stairwell with chic lucite handrail? It’s in a gorgeous Cape Cod home designed by Raquel Garcia and featured in Elle Decor.  The space had me thinking beautiful staircases and how they can make such powerful architectural and design statements.

beautiful staircases // cement tiles // @simplifiedbee #staircases #tiles

In our own home which I shared on Instagram, I added decorative cement tiles and gray paint to give a small stairwell leading to our mudroom a fresh look. Dino our Sheepadoodle puppy loves it too!

To kick off the weekend, I’ve rounded-up a variety of staircases featuring runners with bold patterns, tiles with ethic touches and handrails with artistic style. You might notice one that looks familiar too – it’s another staircase in our home that I’ve talked about before. Can you pick it out?

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3 black & white stair runner // 4 blue tile staircase // 5 stair runner with nailhead// 6 antelope stair runner // 7 spanish tile staircase // 8 bookcase under stairs // 9 david hicks inspired banister

Fun News! This little old blog was also nominated for Amara’s interior design blog award… you can vote here. Thanks so much for your support!

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Read full story By on August 11, 2017 in foyers, interior design, Interiors, pattern, rugs