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Happy Halloween & Congrats SF Giants

colorful pumpkins for fall // simplified bee

Hello Friday! Not only is it my favorite day of the week, but it’s an extra special one at that. Today here in the San Francisco Bay Area we are celebrating the rain (at long last!), Halloween (kids are geared up!) and of course our 2014 World Series Champions SF Giants (for the 3rd time in five years might I add)! Love this image below… captures the thrill of the win. They never give up. So proud of our team!

San Francisco Giants // World Series 2014 // MadBum and Posey #orangeoctober #sfgiants #championstogether

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While we soak in the big win and the ground the rain, we will be carving our pumpkins this afternoon for Halloween. I’ve spotted some fun ideas at on Pinterest via BHG.

flame jack-o-lantern for halloween // simplified bee

Love this bonfire pumpkin idea!

black jack-o-lanterns for halloween // simplified bee

Also digging these painted black pumpkins. The lite orange inside is really striking.

SF Giants jack-o-lantern template // simplified bee #sfgiants #pumpkinsBut, think we may have to download one of these stencils for our World Series champs!

Happy Halloween,

cristin

 

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Read full story By on October 31, 2014 in color, Entertaining, Halloween, Holiday

Get the Look :: Olive Green Decor

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olive green decor // dining room

Olive green decor. Are you loving it? As Megan talked about in her article earlier this week, olive green is predicted to be one of the trending colors for 2015. Alone, the warm green can be a bit ho-hum. But, when the handsome green is used in combination with another color – like above with gold accents – it can be quite sophisticated and even fresh. If you are looking to interject olive green in your decor – whether it’s painting an entire room or adding an accent pillow, here are some options to consider:

decorating with olive greenproduct links: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 //

Love it or leave it? I’m curious to hear your thoughts on olive green decor and this trending color for 2015!

happy decorating,

cristin

* first image via Atlanta Homes Magazine

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Read full story By on October 23, 2014 in color, design trends, dining rooms, Features, furniture, Get The Look, throw pillows, wallpaper

Color Trends :: Olive Green

I’ve been thinking adding a contributor for along time, but it wasn’t until I met Megan Bachmann that I decided to do it. Megan is a mother and has a great sense of style and aesthetic. She has a background in fashion, passion for interior design and writes her own blog, Otomi Home. I’m thrilled to welcome Megan to Simplified Bee!

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Thank you Cristin for the sweet introduction. I am so excited about olive green as an upcoming color trend for 2015. Elle Decor recently did a feature on up & coming colors and I’m particularly excited about this one. Olive green is so lovely in interiors because it borders between being a neutral and a color, depending on how you use it. It can be bold or subtle, modern or traditional. It looks amazing paired with a multitude of colors include white, black, navy, orange, and turquoise. And of course it looks incredible paired with brass accents. Olive green just feels new again. Here are some inspiring rooms using olive green…

The olive green walls and velvet sofa feel luxurious and moody in this room in Barnaba Fornasetti’s residence in Milan.
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The deep olive green tub anchors this bathroom created by Melbourne based Architects, Hearth.desire to inspire green tub(source)

The olive green walls and upholstered ottoman are totally on point in this room from domino.domino olive green ottoman(source)

An old standby room, also from domino, the olive green curtains act as a neutral and help to keep the turquoise painted room sophisticated.domino olive green(source)

Olive and green and deep navy = perfection.green velvet sofa(source)

Loving this olive green kitchen paired with white marble by Sydney based Architect Greg Natale.Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 9.49.08 AM(source)

And last but not least, Jenny Komenda from the Little Green Notebook, recently designed a bathroom in olive green which looks amazing paired with those brass and black accents.jenny komenda olive green bathroom(source)

jenny komenda olive green kitchen domino(source)

As you can see, there is good reason to have olive green on your radar for design trends in the next year. You can read about another color design trend at Otomi Home today, Glossy Blue!

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Read full story By on October 21, 2014 in color, design trends, Features, interior design, Interiors

Book Review :: Decorating The Way I See It by Markham Roberts

Book Review // Decorating The Way I See It // Markham Roberts #design #book #interiors

New York-based interior designer, Markham Roberts is bringing a fresh and modern approach to traditional and contemporary styles alike. Known for his ability to work in any design vernacular, Roberts trained with legendary decorator Mark Hampton for six years before launching his own design firm in 1997. Since then his career has skyrocketed. His work has been described as “the very definition of chic” and published in Architectural Digest, Domino, House Beautiful, and House & Garden – just to name a few. Roberts was also named to the elite AD100 earlier this year. For these reasons you can imagine how eager I was to get me hands on his newly released book, Decorating: The Way I See It. Simply put, it’s extraordinary.

First, I love how the book is organized. Rather than dishing out decorating advice, Roberts takes us step-by-step as he would a design project – from the floor plan to the color and pattern scheme to the furnishings and accessories. The 250+ pages showcases his work ranging from New York City apartments to sprawling country homes. The diversity, sophistication and exceptional personable touch he delivers project after project is truly outstanding. With over 300 stunning images, selecting ones to share with you was the hardest part of of this review, however here are a few of my favorites:

velvet turquoise walls // formal living room // markham robertsdecorating advice // Markham Roberts #designblue bedroom // designed by markham roberts #designblue formal living room // designed by markham roberts #blueformal dining room // markham roberts #interiors #dining

Markham, with his unflinching ease, his assured eye, his natural understanding of how a house should function, and his total lack of pretense, creates rooms that age well and are timeless. – Senga Mortimer – Editor at Large at House Beautiful

family room in earth tones // beams and wood plank wallsgreen velvet sofa // library // markham robertsgreen velvet settee // great room // markham roberts #design #greendaybed reading nook // home office // design by markham roberts

 

This last image with cozy daybed in a rich velvet is perhaps my favorite. Roberts designed the colorful office for a mom with four children, three dogs and a husband that works from home. The inviting niche sits is directly across from her desk and provides a quiet place of her own. I long for such a space!

I know you will adore this book and fall in love with Roberts’ work like I have. It’s an absolute must have for any design library. Don’t pass on this one!

happy decorating,

cristin

*photo credit: Nelson Hancock and courtesy of Vendome Press

 

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Read full story By on September 30, 2014 in Bedroom, bedrooms, book, book review, bookshelves, color, dining rooms, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, living rooms, patio furniture, upholstery, wallpaper, window treatments