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Today’s Thought :: Positive Thinking

positive thinking #quote

I know the power of positive thinking, but sometimes I still let the negative things in life drag me down. So today’s thought is all about staying positive.

As I mentioned last week, I’m honored to have Simplified Bee has been nominated for Lamps Plus 2013 Best Home Blog Awards in the category of Interior Design. and wanted to thank you all for voting! You still have time to vote (daily if you wish) until November 15, just head to the Lamps Plus Facebook page to cast your vote. Keep in mind, each vote enters you to win a $500 shopping spree at Lamps Plus. Thank you so much for your continued support!

Also a shout out to Melissa and Chive Charities for inspiring me this week!

Keep up the amazing work!



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Read full story By on October 25, 2013 in charity, quote

Holiday House NYC 2012 :: My Faves

In it’s fifth year, Holiday House  is a holiday-themed designer showhouse benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Twenty-seven top-tier interior designers were asked to decorate a room around any holiday theme (many non-traditional such as “everyday’s a holiday”). Over the course of several months, the designers transformed the masionary-like mansion at Two East 63rd Street on the Upper East Side of  New York City. From modern to traditional, each room has a look and feel of it’s own, yet all are so chic. I’ve pulled a few of my favorite images:

Holiday House Ally Coulter Bar Vignette

Designed by Ally Coulter

Holiday House Dineen Architecture + DesignDesigned by Dineen Architecture + Design

Holiday House Donald Schermerhorn DesignDesigned by Donald Schermerhorn

 Holiday House Suzanne Eason DesignDesigned by Suzanne Eason

Holiday House Charlotte Moss DeskDesigned by Charlotte Moss

Holiday House Robyn Karp DesignDesigned by  Robyn Karp

Tobi Fairley Design Black, White & Pink Sitting RoomDesigned by Tobi Fairley

Holiday House Vincente Wolf DesignDesigned by Vincente Wolf

For those of you in the New York area, the Holiday House is open for touring now through Sunday, November 25th.

*photo credits: Rikki Snyder via Houzz

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Read full story By on November 14, 2012 in Bedroom, charity, furniture, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, living rooms, mantels, office/study, textiles, wallpaper

Helping Fund a Cure :: The Pink Jalk Project

Although it’s November 1st and marks the end of Breast Cancer Awareness month, however the fight for thousands of woman with breast cancer goes on. In addition just over 18,000 women and men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this month.  Doctors and researchers are getting closer to finding a cure and making strides on providing more individualized treatment plans to patients which help save lives.

I believe in pink

(Elissa Hudson’s Etsy Shop)

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and all it’s sorrow, it’s hard to post about a fundraiser for breast cancer, but as a young breast cancer survivor (4+ years!), it’s a cause near and dear to my heart.

For the first time, The Pink Project spotlights a chair designed by a woman – the GJ Chair designed by Grete Jalk. Twenty leading interior designers, architects and design icons have been asked to customize the iconic GJ Chair in personal homage to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and their worldwide initiatives. There is only one more day to bid on these fabulous chairs… so don’t delay! Here are my faves…

CJ Chair by Harry Allen

By Harry Allen

GJ Chair by Hairi and Hairi

By Gisu & Mojgan Hairi // Hairi and Hairi

CJ Chair by Aerin

By Aerin Lauder / Aerin

CJ Chair by Kelly Wearstler

By Kelly Wearstler for Swarovski

CJ Chair by Goto

By Stephanie Goto





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Read full story By on November 1, 2012 in chairs, charity, furniture, interior design

Hope & The Pink Swan Project for Breast Cancer

i believe in pink poster
{Elissa Hudson’s Etsy Shop}

It’s October and that means it’s breast cancer awareness month. Did you know the two most important risk factors of breast cancer are being female and getting older? Did you know there will be over 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer this year? Did you also know nearly 40,000 people will die of breast cancer in 2011? Shocked?

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It’s true, early detection saves lives. Here are breast cancer early detection guidelines by the American Cancer Society:
  • Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health
  • Clinical breast exam (CBE) about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over
  • Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care provider. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Here are the five steps of a breast self-exam. Do not skip step #4.

And although there is no cure, here are recommendations for helping prevent the disease:

guidelines for breast cancer prevention{image from’s Breast Cancer Fact & Figures 2011-2012}

Is there hope for a cure? You bet. Research is advancing everyday. In September, we heard the news that a nondisease-causing virus killed human breast cancer cells in the laboratory which creates the potential for new therapies.
breast cancer swan chair madeline weinrib{swan chair by Madeline Weinrib}

This is why supporting breast cancer research projects is so important. There are a ton of “pink” promotions out there this month, but The Pink Swan Project is one of my favorites. Donated by Fritz Hansen, the  a series of swan chairs have been designed by 18 internationally-recognized designers including Madeline Weinrib, Jonathan Adler, Vincente Wolfe, Nate Berkus and Windsor Smith. Each chair will be auctioned off to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Throughout the month, a weekly rotation of chairs will be on display in the Gagosian Shop on Madison Avenue in New York City.
swan chair by designer vincent wolf{swan chair by Vincente Wolf}
swan chair by jonathan adler
{swan chair by Jonathan Adler}

swan chair by david mann
{swan chair by David Mann}

swan chair by windsor smith
{swan chair by Windsor Smith}

swan chair by nate berkus
{swan chair by Nate Berkus}
swan chair by jamie drake
{swan chair by Jamie Drake}

Which is chair is your favorite?

And please do me a favor and feel your boobies this month.
Be well,
* references from Susan B. Komen and

*this post is in loving memory of my grandmother {passed at age 46} & friend D {passed at age 41}
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Read full story By on October 7, 2011 in blog, chairs, charity, furniture