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Healing Steam Showers by Mr. Steam

As you may have seen from my Instagram photos this past week, I had the honor of being one of fifteen designers to represent BlogTour in Las Vegas (#blogtourVegas) at the the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). The week was filled with uncovering new design trends and seeing the latest and greatest products in kitchen and bath design. It was both exhilarating and exhausting. By the end of the week I needed downtime and a recharge. And to my rescue – the lovely folks at Mr. Steam who treated the BlogTour crew to experience first hand the healing properties of steam at the beautiful Aria Spa. Yep, it was fabulous.

You may know steambathing improves breathing and acts as a natural expectorant. But, did you know that it also hydrates dry skin, removes toxins from the body, boosts metabolism, promotes restful sleep, and increases circulation? These are just a few of the many benefits of steam therapy. So it’s no wonder that more and more homeowners are requesting steam showers.

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Although most of us envision large steam rooms, steam showers can be as small as 3′ x 3′ x 7′. Mr. Steam isn’t just about steam either. By blending scent, light and sound, Mr. Steam offers a multi-sensory, high-end spa experience in your own home through chromatherapy (colored lights), aromatherapy (scented oils), and your choice of music (integrated music system). I know, you want one too. Check Mr. Steam’s requirements to see if it’s possible in your bathroom!

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I’m loving all of Mr. Steam’s products, but iSteam is my hands down fave. It’s a next-generation control system and is stunningly simple. Providing the ease-of-use of an iPhone, the nearly flush-mounted control system allows users to adjust temperature, lighting, music, aromatherapy and duration with the swipe of a finger.  Available in timeless black or white, the iSteam turns an everyday shower into a sensory spa. I’ve included a short video for you to see this amazing product in action:

Have you fallen in love with the idea of a steam shower and turning your bathroom into a spa? I have.

Stay tuned, in the upcoming weeks I’ll be sharing exciting products from the other #BlogTourVegas sponsors – BlancoPoggenpohlSub-ZeroDektonTop KnobsWood-ModeFormica GroupWalker Zanger and TOTO USA!

Happy decorating,


images via pinterest, pinterest and houzz

*disclosure: this post was sponsored by Mr. Steam through BlogTour, although all opinions are my own.

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Read full story By on February 7, 2014 in Bathroom, bathrooms, blog, healthy home, interior design, Interiors, video

Goodbye Google Reader & Hello Bloglovin’

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In case you haven’t heard, Google Reader’s is shutting down tomorrow, July 1st. So, what does this mean? If you use Google Reader to follow your favorite blogs (and assuming want to continue following) you will want to import those  feeds into another reader asap.If you are still in need of a new feed reader, there are two I would recommend — Bloglovin’ and Feedly. Both provide a one-click migration from Google Reader. It’s really that easy. As for which one I like best, I’m going to be using Bloglovin’. It’s super easy to use and I prefer the user interface.And if you are not already following Simplified Bee and would like to, here are links to both recommended readers:

Thanks for following the bee!


* image via Lonny

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Read full story By on June 30, 2013 in blog, chinoiserie, office/study

Peninsula Volunteers Decorator Show House :: Teen Girl’s Bedroom

For this year’s Peninsula Volunteers Decorator Show House interior Designer, Teri Pollard of Designworks Morgan Hill creates an equestrian chic bedroom room retreat for a tech-savvy teenage girl. With a view of the barn and meadow below, the knotty pine covered  bedroom gives a nod to the tack rooms and reflects the equestrian lifestyle of many teens living in Woodside, California. A laptop, large flat screen TV and “I love blogging” pillow tell us this Silicon Valley young lady equally enjoys writing a blog, posting on Facebook and pinning her favorite images.

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Placed above the built-in bed and trundle, the framed horse show ribbons are a clever and elegant way to display a ribbon collection and protect it for years to come.

colorful patterned drapery detail

Colorful and feminine floor length drapes and other upholstery throughout the room help soften the room’s dominate knotty wood pine raised paneling.

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Next to the desk, a black and white photograph of an girl with her horse is placed on an easel, while riding equipment sits below. It’s a lovely detail as well.

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to tour this lovely Woodside estate. It’s only open until this Friday, May 24th.

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

Happy Monday,


*all images by Cristin Bisbee Priest of Simplfied Bee

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Read full story By on May 20, 2013 in Bedroom, bedrooms, beds, blog, Girl, girl's bedroom, interior design, Interiors, teen rooms, window treatments

Rising After You Fall

rising after the fall // life quoteThis quote kinda sums it up for me this week. Like you, Boston’s (our nation’s) tragedy weighs heavy on my heart. I can’t imagine the pain, heartache and sorrow those families are going through. How far can a person fall? I don’t know. But, I do know that with God’s grace we can all rise( albeit sometimes slowly) again.

On a different note, yesterday my blog moved from one server to another. Unfortunately, some images didn’t make the move. So if you missed seeing the images in post about fern patterns in interior design, it’s up and running again!

I also what to extend a giant hug to all you fabulous readers who have supported this blog for so long. I’m thrilled to announce that Simplified Bee made it into the top ten at Circle of Moms top mom design bloggers for 2013. Many thanks for all your votes and support!



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Read full story By on April 18, 2013 in blog, quote, Uncategorized