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Design Reveal :: California Casual Chic Living Room

Open to the kitchen with a view of the backyard, my client envisioned a casual retreat that could stand up to all the kids’ play, yet still be chic. The result is an inviting, kid-friendly space that incorporates a fresh twist on traditional, mixes the old with new and features worldly accents. I’m thrilled to give you a tour of this California casual chic living room.

California casual-chic interior design - simplified bee

The color palette, of blues and gold was predetermined by the room’s wall color and roman shades. A pair of existing skirted sofas were reupholstered in woven golden fabric – although still a tailored look, they have a warm beachy feel. The seating area is anchored by a steel blue rug with a fresh pattern inspired by ancient Aztec tile.

California casual-chic interior design - simplified beerococo-style antique chair in schumacher fabric - simplified bee

A demilune table found at a local consignment store was placed behind the sofa and is flanked by a pair of elegant Rococo style chairs. The heirloom antique chairs were reupholstered in the beautiful Sinhala Linen (stone) by Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Schumacher. The traditional tree of life pattern really complements the chair’s ornate pierced splat back and curvy cabriole legs.

california chic living room // cristin priest of simplified bee

Between the sofas I placed a Moroccan inspired octagonal side table topped with a beautiful brass ring lamp, turquoise foo dog and a succulent that brings the outside in.  The sofas’ custom throw pillows in Sikar Embroidery (flax) also by Martyn Lawrence Bullard features an exotic ikat pattern that pulls together the color palette beautifully.

oval marble coffee table // california chic living room // simplified bee

Avoiding sharp corners, an oval coffee table with a gilded base and marble top was selected. The table was back-ordered forever, but worth the wait!

Stylish Built-in Bookcase - Simplified Bee

Remember this styled built-in bookcase? Here it is again with a few new accessories.

stylish bookshelves // cristin priest of simplified bee

I’m so happy with the way this space came together and so is my client. Love that!

Happy decorating,


*photo credit: Jennifer Jacobson

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Life isn’t lived in one day and either should your approach in decorating your home. I actually prefer rooms that evolve over time. They tend to be more personal, inviting and multi-layered. You never know what might spur a design change in your home. Inspiration is everywhere and there are always new and beautiful things to discover. One Kings Lane is an online shopping destination that provides me with daily inspiration. I’ve also found so many fabulous items there for my own home.  One Kings Lane changes the way you shop for home decor by helping you discover new styles and new products/brands.

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One Kings Lane $100 GiveawayHere’s how to enter to win the $100 gift card to One Kings Lane:

  • Simply leave a comment on this post with a link to your favorite product on One Kings Lane (provide your email if I don’t have a way to contact you).
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  • Extra Entry – mention this giveaway in a blog post, Facebook link, tweet or pin an image from this post, then leave a comment letting me know.
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Best of luck and happy decorating!


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