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Design Crush :: Walker Zanger Sterling Row

Walker Zanger, world-renown for luxury stone and tile, launches its newest collection inspired by elegant menswear. Created from a beautiful mix of porcelain tile and black and white marble, the Sterling Row Collection offers the stunning look of exotic wood and marble inlay. The collection features masculine and timeless patterns evoked from the well dressed gentleman including some of my favorites, houndstooth, oxford, argyle and tuxedo.

elegant menswear // layered pattern

The designs of Sterling Row are inspired by the elegant feel of fine fabrics, the richness of burnished leather and the luxurious bespoke menswear created by the finest tailors in London, Manhattan and Paris. – Walker Zanger

The Sterling Row Collection // Porcelain & Marble tile // Walker Zanger

Need more inspiration? I’m teaming up with Walker Zanger over the next week to curate Simplified Bee’s Inspirations, a Pinterest board with tons swoon worthy images certain to inspire any design lover. See you there!

happy decorating,

cristin

 *first image source

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Read full story By on January 14, 2015 in Bathroom, bathrooms, contemporary decor, design trends, Features, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, pattern, tile, traditional

My Favorite Posts of 2014

As I look back over the past year, it always amazes me how fast it goes by. 2014 was a busy, yet rewarding year both personally and professionally. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some wonderful clients, build a beautiful addition on our own home and celebrate this blog’s five year anniversary (wahoo!). Here’s a look at some of my favorite posts of 2014:

blue and orange boys bedroom - cristin priest of simplified bee

Design Reveal: Blue and Orange Boy’s Bedroom

blue bathroom vanity - Jamie Drake

Bathroom Vanity Ideas

summer root beer floats table - simplified bee

Healthy Root Beer Float

Tent Bed - Boys Bedroom - Regan Baker Design #bedrooms

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014: Boy’s Bedroom

easter bunny placecard holders - diy #easter ideas

DIY Easter Craft Ideas

california style holiday table setting // simplified bee blog #TargetStyle

White & Gold Holiday Table Setting

fabulous entryways // Anisa Darnell

Fabulous Entryways

chinoiserie wallpaper // de gournay // simplified bee #chinoiserie #wallpaper

Interview: Claud Gurney of de Gourney

chevron backsplash - designer kitchen - Jute Home #kitchens

Kitchen Design Crush

white bathroom vanity with gray countertop // cristin priest // www.simplifiedbee.com #bathrooms

Design Reveal: Marble Bathroom

In case you missed it, here are my favorite posts from 2013 too :)

Thank you so much for reading the bee. See you in 2015!

Happy New Year,

Cristin

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Read full story By on December 30, 2014 in Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, Boy, boy's bedroom, chinoiserie, Christmas, foyers, Holiday, holiday decor, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, tabletop, tile, wallpaper

Design Crush :: Bradshaw Orrell Interiors

The clean, light and airy home designed by Bradshaw Orrell Interiors stopped me in my tracks. Featured in Traditional Home, the Greensboro, North Carolina house was recently transformed for a newlywed couple relocating to the south from Manhattan. Orrell describes how the couple’s exquisite artwork, heirloom antiques and natural light played a crucial role in the overall design. In addition, Orrell, a former furniture designer for Niermann Weeks and Baker, incorporated his own sleek custom-designed furniture. The result is fresh, elegant and has a new traditional flare. Simply stunning as you will see.

traditional foyer with round table // Bradshaw Orrell traditional living room // large-scale photography // Bradshaw Orrell traditional open kitchen design // Bradshaw Orrell elegant open dining space design // Bradshaw Orrell custom bathroom vanity design // Bradshaw Orrell beautiful + organized craft room design // Bradshaw Orrell girl's bedroom // chinoiserie wallpaper // Bradshaw Orrell

How cute is the bedroom from their baby girl, Elle. The soft lavender chinoiserie wallpaper is a personal fave!

get the look

happy decorating,

cristin

*all images by Emily Jenkins Followill via Traditional Home

**disclosure: “Get the Look” contains an affiliate links, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using these links.

 

 

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Read full story By on November 20, 2014 in bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, breakfast nooks, chairs, chinoiserie, Girl, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, Living Room, Organization, storage

Interview :: Claud Gurney of de Gournay

I’ve always admired the work of de Gournay. Renowned for exquisite hand-painted wallpapers, furnishings and porcelain, each de Gournay creation is simply a work of art. So I was thrilled to meet Rachel Cecil-Gurney, daughter of founder Claude Cecil Gurney recently in San Francisco. Rachel showed me first hand samples from their gorgeous collections. Not only are the designs inspiring, but the attention to detail and quality is outstanding.

Taken from my iphone, this St. Laurent wallpaper (below) was inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s apartment and is one of my personal favorites.

St. Laurent wallpaper detail // de Gournay // simplified bee #wallpaper

I asked Rachel about de Gournay’s history and was surprised at the answer. Claud Gurney founded the London-based high-end luxury brand nearly 30 years ago, but didn’t start in design, but had an amazing mentor. I had to find out more and am thrilled to be interviewing him today.

chinoiserie wallpaper // de gournay // simplified bee(source)

Simplified Bee: Tell us a little about your career and what led you to designing hand-painted wallcoverings and founding de Gournay?

Claud Gurney:  My career spans farming, accounting, consulting, economics, banking, property development and design ..  as you can imagine the joy of doing something creative won out over the drudge of finance and banking and I have never looked back.  I am a great believer that if you do what you love you have a good chance of being successful at it eventually and if you do what you don’t love you may as well be 6 feet under ..  There are lots of other narratives as to why I specifically ended up founding de Gournay around needing some wallpaper for my home and being quoted an outrageously high sum for the supply of that paper and quickly working out that it would be cheaper to set up my own firm than to buy from a company in New York ..  the rest is history ..

weeping willow wallpaper // de gournay // simplified bee(source)

SB:  Who has been a mentor to you?

CG: My mother – taking me round to auction sales when I was very young – from 8 years onwards .. understanding how to buy and sell and how to appreciate value and to create value where others saw none.

chinoiserie wallpaper // de gournay // simplified bee #chinoiserie #wallpaper (source)

SB: How would you describe your personal style and how has it evolved over the years?

CG: I hope that I don’t have a style – at least I don’t try to project a style ..  so I shall leave that for others to judge.  I have a belief that one should only buy the best and thereby one is rarely disappointed – whether it is food or clothes or houses or racehorses.

green chinoiserie wallpaper // de gournay // simplified bee(source)

SB: What type of architecture are you drawn to?

CG: It is hard not to be drawn to the maximum amount of light and simple lines with a combination of mainly rectangles and some curves.  I think that combining straight lines and curves well and creating light and space is key to goo architecture.  That means classical, some 18th century and some contemporary architecture.  Of course it all has to be adapted to the climate one is inhabiting ..

 hand-painted wallpaper // de gournay // simplified bee(source)

SB: Which other designers, artists or creative people are you loving at the moment?

CG: I have always loved Manuel Canovas and Alezandra Gioia (who coloured Colony’s fabrics for many years) and John Stefanides for their ability with colour. There are not that many designers capable of mixing different colours and patterns well – but many who can work in black & white!

 workspace // silver fish wallpaper // de gournay // simplified bee(source)

SB: Who would you most like to collaborate with on a project?

CG: Alain Garcia seems to be the man of the moment and although I hate trends and fashions I love the way he can make so much from so little – he has a real decorator’s touch and it all seems so effortless for him.  I ma hoping he will design some wallpaper for us one day.

dining room with de Gournay wallpaper // simplified bee (source)

SB: What is the process behind a de Gournay work?

CG: Art, art & art.

boy's room with deco monkeys wallpaper // de gournay // simplified bee(source)

SB: I’ve loved seeing de Gournay in social media circles. What is your advice to other décor companies or interior designers or who are timid about trying social media marketing outlets?

CG: Like mathematics it is a dark art until one knows how to do it ..  once one has started to do it one finds it easy and it starts to become addictive ..  but like all addictions it should be tightly controlled.

bathroom with koi fish wallpaper // de gournay // simplified bee(source)

SB: What are you looking forward to?

CG: Complete freedom for a little while followed soon thereafter by more projects and plans and new houses to build and decorate for myself ..  stopping, savoring,enjoying and moving on .. and starting all over again …

 

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Read full story By on October 28, 2014 in baby and children, baby nursery room, bathrooms, bedrooms, boy's bedroom, chinoiserie, dining rooms, Features, interior design, Interiors, interview, Interviews, wallpaper