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Client Design Reveal :: Kitchen Design Transformation

Today I’m excited to be sharing a client’s eat-in kitchen that was recently updated. I’ve provided before and after pictures so you can see the kitchen design transformation. It’s quite dramatic.

Kitchen Design Update with Carrara Marble Countertops

In the kitchen the counters and backsplash were replace with gorgeous carrara marble. The gray veining is really beautiful. The island originally didn’t allow for seating, so we extended the marble and provided space for three barstools. The base of the island was painted a stoney gray to provide contrast with the white marble.

Other updates in the kitchen included new cabinetry hardware, a pair of pendant lights and an under-mount sink in stainless steel.  The cabinetry, flooring and appliances all remained the same.

cararra marble kitchen islandcarrara marble kitchen counters

To maximize the space in the dining area, I had a custom L shaped bench created (with storage drawers of course!). It is topped with a kid-friendly vinyl cushion in a metallic silver.  A rectangular trestle table and bright yellow ladder back chairs were also added so that the whole family can enjoy the space.

yellow and gray great room kitchen nook

The family was thinking of moving to a new home, but after the kitchen was updated they decided to stay. It makes me so happy to think I helped a client love their home.

I have more pictures of this clients home that I’ll be sharing soon!

A big thank you to Michaela and Summer for helping me with the photoshoot!

– Cristin

*Photo Credit: PlumLily


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Read full story By on October 29, 2012 in breakfast nooks, Interiors, Kitchen, lighting, storage, tile

My Kitchen Nook Reveal

Kitchen Nook with Manuel Canovas Wallpaper

Just off our kitchen, sits a nook where kids study, draw and eat snacks.  I’ve been drooling over the fresh green and white Trellis wallpaper by Manuel Canovas for some time and it was my starting point.

Simplified Bee Kitchen Nook with trellis wallpaper

To stand-up to my kids, I had the bench cushions made in solid Kelly green patent leather – it’s topped with a crisp Bali pillow by Thomas Paul.  The light pendant by Arteriors has a sunny yellow interior that pulls from the sunflower oil painting by my Grandmother, which hangs in the space.  A grouping of framed art that my kids created is also proudly hung in the space and can easily be swapped out to feature their latest masterpiece.

Kitchen Message Blackboard Kids

To add texture, but no compete with the heavy patterned wallpaper, I selected a simple tortoise bamboo roman shade.  To maximize the space, I also hung a chalkboard that displays my kid’s art, party invitations and school papers.

Simplified Bee Kitchen NookBench Seating Pull-out Drawer Storage

The bench and butcher-block table were custom built.  I love the pullout drawers because they provide so much storage.

DIY Art Tray with Wallpaper Detail

To corral the kids’ art supplies they use frequently, I painted a wooden tray and lined it with the Trellis wallpaper. Here’s how I did it and ideas for updating your own tray.

I love how this tiny space turned out. It’s now my favorite space in our home and one of the most used!

*Photo credit: Jen Jacobson

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Read full story By on October 3, 2012 in breakfast nooks, DIY, Kitchen, kitchens, Organization, simplified bee portfolio, storage, Uncategorized, wallpaper, window treatments

Client Reveal: Family Kitchen Nook & Photo Gallery Wall

A few days ago, I shared images of a virtual client’s kids’ playroom. Today I’m excited to show you the kitchen nook area. The sunny corner nook features a seamless mix of styles, pattern and texture. For example, we blended contemporary patterns [Roman shades and throw pillows], a traditional Belgian oak trestle table and chic acrylic modern chairs [easy to clean & kid-friendly]. To anchor the space and add some texture, a woven drum pendant was selected. Crisp, white barstools were added to the kitchen island giving the family extra seating. They are also a breeze to clean, thus great for kids. I love how this space turned out!


In a nearby hallway, we added a personal touch to the space and designed a simple gallery wall of the family’s darling photos. As you can see below, the top row of frames are hung in a straight line. This allows for a fun mix of frame sizes and colors.


*all photos by Savannah Franklin Photography

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Read full story By on September 14, 2012 in breakfast nooks, gallery wall, Interiors, Kitchen, simplified bee portfolio, throw pillows, window treatments

Happy 2nd Birthday Lonny! {new issue too}

One of my favorite online shelter mags, Lonny is celebrating it’s two year anniversary! Their  latest issue was also release today and is inspiring as ever. It features wildly talented designers including Celerie Kemble, Eddie Ross and David Flint Wood. I had a really hard time narrowing down my favorite images, but here goes…

lonny september 2011 issue

lonny eddie ross pink orange table scape indianlonny bath tub attic

lonny entry yellow french doorlonny home officelonny celerie kemble living room

lonny breakfast nook celery kemble butterfly

lonny library dining room designerlonny stylish closet organization

I also loved Melanie Fascitell’s feature, How To: Win Back Your Wardrobe. “The key to an expertly organized wardrobe is a unified design” Melanie states in the article. She has spot on advice about hangers, adding color & texture and displaying shoes and accessories. 
organizing your wardrobe tips lonny

You will have to check out Lonny’s anniversary issue and let me know what you think!

*images via Lonny
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Read full story By on September 10, 2011 in bathrooms, breakfast nooks, Closets, interior design, living rooms, office/study