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San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014 :: The Master Bedroom

Like fashion shows for clothing designers, showhouses offer a platform for interior designers to incorporate cutting edge products, set trends and push boundaries. One such space that exemplifies this in the 2014 San Francisco Showcase is the master bedroom by Antonio Martins. The San Francisco-based interior designer boldly mixes traditional Portuguese tile, contemporary art and a 18th century antique bed passed down through generations. The result is simply stunning as it captures history and celebrates Portuguese culture in a modern manner.

antique Portuguese Bilros bed - master bedroom

To honor his heritage, an antique Portuguese Bilros bed, carefully preserved by Antonio’s family since the 18th century, commands attention and is the primary inspiration for the space. Made of “Pau-Santo,” an exotic rosewood, the design of the bed adheres to the strict guidelines of the period. “I have always loved this bed, which incorporates our family crest, and the Showcase was the perfect excuse to bring it to San Francisco,” says Antonio Martins.

blue and white master bedroom - Antonio Martinsantique Portuguese Bilros bed - San Francisco Showcase 2014blue and white tiles - Portuguese Azulejos

In a bold move, Martins covered the wall in blue and white Portuguese tiles known as Azulejos. The 243 hand-painted tiles are a faithful copies of 18th century patterns and designs. To deliver a 21st century twist on traditional form and pattern, Antonio has expanded the tile size and shuffled the images to become a modern piece of art. Incredible.

blue and white Portuguese tiles - master bedroomBlue and White Portuguese Azulejos Tiles - Master BedroomSan Franscisco Decorator Showcase 2014 - Master Bedroom

On the sleek fireplace mantel sits two lucite boxes filled with personal letters (see below). Who knows what they say, but the romantic in me assuming they are all love letters passed down in the family. What a fun way to display such special notes!

displaying love letters

Need some more does of the color blue? Here’s a tour of the little boy’s bedroom in this year’s showcase, in case you missed it. There is also plenty of time to still tour the estate and is open now through May 26th. Here’s more information on purchasing tickets.

5th Birthday Cake

Next week marks a BIG milestone for the Simplified Bee Blog. It’s turning 5! In celebration, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite companies, LampsPlus, Serena & Lily, Wayfair, Truffle and Driftwood Interiors, for some amazing giveaways. You’ll have to drop by and tell your friends!!!

Happy decorating,

Cristin

* all showcase images provided by Antonia Martins and cake image via 100 Layer Cake-let 

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Read full story By on May 9, 2014 in antiques, Bedroom, bedrooms, beds, Features, Giveaways, interior design, Interiors, pattern, tile

Design Reveal :: California Casual Chic Living Room

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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,

Cristin

*photo credit: Jennifer Jacobson

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Read full story By on January 6, 2014 in antiques, bookshelves, chairs, chinoiserie, console tables, contemporary decor, curated look, home accessories, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, living rooms, simplified bee portfolio, throw pillows

One Kings Lane $100 Giveaway

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.

I’d love for you to try out too and I’m thrilled to be offering Simplified Bee readers the opportunity to win a $100 gift card to One Kings Lane.

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).
  • Extra Entry – become a new follower of Simplified Bee’s BlogTwitterPinterest or Facebook Page.
  • 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.
  • Please post a separate comment for each extra entry.

Entry period closes at midnight PST on Thursday, October 3, 2013. The winner will be chosen by Random.org and will be announced on the Simplified Bee Facebook page on Friday, October 4, 2013.

In addition, if you are new to One Kings Lane you can sign up today for a $15 credit for purchases of $30 or more!

Best of luck and happy decorating!

Cristin

*One Kings Lane is a proud affiliate of Simplified Bee

 

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Read full story By on September 27, 2013 in antiques, curated look, discounts, Features, furniture, Giveaways, home accessories, lighting, vintage

Peninsula Volunteers Decorator Show House :: Chinoiserie Foyer

Interior Designer, Mary Linn Coldiron of Coldiron Interiors creates a stunning entry for the Peninsula Volunteers Decorator Show House in Woodside, California. The two-story foyer features beautiful quarter-saw wood paneling, a wall of French doors and a grand staircase. Under layers of paint and paper the original French wallpaper with Chinoiserie bamboo motif was discovered and restored. The wallpaper’s blue hue was repeated in the rug, accessories and wall leading to the second floor. Bamboo furnishings and blue and white Chinese pottery add to the room’s chic Chinoiserie style. In the room’s center, an elegant settee in tangerine velvet is paired with a resting dog statue and charming hoofed side tables.

Foyer - Woodside Decorator Show House 2013blue and white Asian ceramicsElegant Foyer - Woodside Decorator Show Housebamboo display cabinet - foyervintage trophy collection displaychinoiserie chic foyer with bamboo wallpapervintage French palm wallpaper - foyerChic Chinoiserie FoyerNot only do I love the Chinoiserie elements in this space, it has a wonderful curated feel. Perhaps it’s because the design is closely aligned with my own aesthetic.

Hopefully you get the opportunity (if in the San Francisco Bay Area) to tour this gorgeous Woodside estate. It’s only open one more week until May 24th, so don’t delay!

And in case you missed it, here’s a tour of the Show House’s Guest Bedroom , Mother-in-Law Suite and Card Room.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Cristin

*all images by Cristin Bisbee Priest of Simplfied Bee

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Read full story By on May 17, 2013 in antiques, chinoiserie, curated look, foyers, home accessories, interior design, Interiors, Uncategorized, vintage, wallpaper, window treatments