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Design Blogger Series: What Would You Do? #9

It’s been awhile, but the What Would You Do? series is back!
I’m so excited to have four fabulous bloggers that share a passion for home organizing and design. Jen {I heart Organizing},  Arianna {Arianna Belle Organized Interiors}, Morgan {Pepper Design Blog} and  Leanne {Organize & Decorate Everything} all have amazing blogs and I’m thrilled that they are participating in the 9th series.
For these bloggers, I couldn’t help myself in selecting an item that has multiple functions including streamlining storage! So for this series, each was asked to design a space using the Campaign Storage Bench from Serena & Lily. The color and pattern of the upholstered cushion was up to them.
 “I envisioned the bench in a bright and playful entry. I went with the white bench/green diamond cushion combo. I love Amy Butler’s Lacework wallpaper in Ocean. I would do a simple board and batten wall treatment paired with some glass hooks to the lower level {for coats and totes}, and pop the whimsical wallpaper above. For all sorts of entryway goodies, like pet and children supplies, some simple baskets would keep all of those necessities concealed. A striped neutral indoor/outdoor rug will act as a nice balance to the vibrant wall treatment and pretty diamond patterned cushion, and also have durability to handle entryway traffic. The super fun white glossy mirror adds visual interest and will bounce light coming from lovely star shaped chandler hanging above.” – Jen {I Heart Organizing}
* Simplified Bee’s favorites thing about Jen’s design: I love the way Jen mixed pattern – diamonds, stripes and a geometric floral. It’s bold and it works. Beautiful!
“This bench would work perfectly in an entryway. I love that it has space below for storage bins. I’d use three Pandan Bins in Carrot -one in each cubby. Above the bench I’d hang a mirror – a necessity in any entry. The Golden Rays mirror from Neiman Marcus would add warmth and tie in beautifully with the color of the bins. To add lighting, I’d place a sconce on each side of the mirror. For impact, I’d use a wallpaper in a large pattern like the Dusa from Osborne and Little.” – Arianna {Arianna Belle Organized Interiors}
* Simplified Bee’s favorites thing about Arianna’s design: I love the serene, elegant feel of this entry. Adding a punch of color in the woven baskets is just the right touch.
“I love the design-friendly versatility of the Campaign storage bench by Serena & Lily. I can imagine easily incorporating it into a nursery space, a guest bedroom or as a storage solution to reign in spare blankets in the living room. When I saw this bench I was immediately inspired to create a hallway/mudroom where guests can comfortably pull off rain boots and hang coats. I built this inspiration board around this whimsical blue wallpaper, what an excellent way for your home to greet you when coming in every day! I would pair that with a jute runner, a warm and earthy pendant chandelier,  a few complimentary throw pillows in this fabric, a side chair for draping scarves and sweaters and above it all I’d hang a stunning mirror that compliments the white color of the bench.” – Morgan {Pepper Design Blog}
* Simplified Bee’s favorites thing about Morgan’s design: The mirror covered in beautiful natural white cowhide is my favorite design element, but I also love how she added in some stylish rain boots!
“My first thought was to use the storage bench in an entry or mud room, then I came across these adorable bird pillows and knew the bench would fit perfectly in a bright and cheery nursery. I wanted to draw all the colors of the room together so this striped rug was perfect for the space and gives baby a soft place to play. I added canvas bins to the bench for storage to hold toys and books. I imagine the bench sitting under a window so I chose solid white curtains to frame the area for a nice place to sit and read. I added a glider off to the side of the bench for a sweet spot to hold and snuggle baby and I couldn’t resist placing this fun tangerine pillow on the glider for added color and softness. The pendant light is simple and chic, but has just the perfect amount of detail. Of course, there still needs to be a crib and dresser, but I imagine those things have already been purchased for the nursery and these are some sweet updates.” – Leanne {Organize & Decorate Everything}
* Simplified Bee’s favorites thing about Leanne’s design: The playful, striped rug is fantastic. It anchors the space and adds so much wonderful color. Love!

A big thank you to Jen, Arianna, Morgan and Leanne for participating in this series!

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Read full story By on February 22, 2012 in design blogger series, foyers, home organization, interior design

Design Blogger Series: What Would You Do? #8

This is the eighth Design Blogger Series: What Would You Do? and I am thrilled to have four incredibly talented interior designers and bloggers participating in this series today.   

Tobi Fairley {Tobi’s Blog}, Ashlina Kaposta {The Decorista}, Camilla Pavone {Effortless Style} and Lisa {Hamptontoes} were asked to design a space around the chic & worldly Aleppo Inlay Side Table from Serena & Lily. You are going to love what they came up with!

Tobi Fairley inspiration board bedroom

“I love the inlay of this piece by Serena and Lily, it creates such a Marrakech vibe that I wanted to embrace in my design.  Pairing it with the shaped headboard, the great patterned rug, and the framed textile all pay homage to this same essence but without being overly matched or coordinated. To round out the design and really play off the popular pink and navy palette, I threw in the great Mottega gourd lamp and some graphic pillows for a chic look.” – Tobi Fairley, Tobi Fairley Interior Designs
* Simplified Bee’s favorite thing about Tobi’s design: Hands down, I love the framed  vintage “Feathers” textile  by the French engraver, painter and textile artist Paule Marrot.
the decorista entry design inspiration
“So, I love love love fabulous entryways and this perfect little ivory table is a great starting point. Throw in a pair of oversized blue and white urns from Taigan on either side. Top the sweet little table off with fashion books and a beautifully shaped double gourded lamp in a bright pop of color! I also love the geometric feel of this mirror from Zgallerie. So incredibly stylish and chic….Voila, a fabulous entryway!” – Ashlina Kaposta, The Decorista

* Simplified Bee’s favorite thing about Ashlina’s design: The pair of oversized blue & white urns are gorgeous and add great color to this chic entry.
effortless style bedroom design inspiration board

“So happy to be participating in this series. I always love seeing everyone’s take on the featured item. I’ve been obsessed with decorating a dream beach house that I am no where near having, but it’s free to dream!” – Camilla Pavone, Effortless Style

1. Since it’s a beach house we’ll need a little touch of coral and this chandelier has always been a favorite. 2. I would cover all of the walls in this orange grasscloth wallpaper.I love all of the different shades of orange featured in it. 3. Yummy marigold lamp with lucite base to place on top of nightstand. 4.Our bed needs a little toss pillow pattern play. I picked out some colors from the rug and went with a diamond patterned pillow and blue ikat pillow. 5. Had to go with my go-to chic & cheap bed vendor and I picked out a arc notched bed. 6. Inlay table that I am using as a nightstand. 7. The dreamy rug that made everything come together!

* Simplified Bee’s favorites thing about Camilla’s design: The ikat rug is fantastic. I love how it pulls the color palette together. Love!


“I’m thrilled to be participating in your What Would You Do? series, and especially alongside a savvy group of bloggers. Per your suggestion to use retail items, I created a space for a little girl whose parents desired a traditional room with a modern day feel for their young daughter.

The Alepoo side table will serve as her bedside table for where she can rest her books, including Just Being Audrey. The Dwell wallcovering will give her small room a jewel box feel, creating a wonderful “wow” statement when entering the space. Her Serena and Lilly headboard paired with her Pottery Barn Kids bedding are clean and classic, two elements that give the space a timeless essence. The Madame Alexander Fancy Nancy doll sitting on her bed caters this little girls love of dolls, playing and using her imagination. Posh Tots is always a sure bet to find something special, including this rug. And because every jewelry box needs a special gem, this Worlds Away chic yellow lighting fixture adds a punch of unexpected yet complimentary color, which can be purchased through Maddie Designs.” – Lisa, Hamptontoes
* Simplified Bee’s favorite thing about Lisa’s design: Loving the unexpected  pop of yellow color in the flowering light pendant Lisa adds to this sweet little girl’s bedroom!

Don’t you just love what these designers have created? I found a couple common threads: Three of the four designed bedrooms using the side table and all used light fixtures to deliver accent colors. What similarities or differences do see?

Also, a big thank you to Tobi, Ashlina, Camilla and Lisa for participating in this series!

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Read full story By on September 19, 2011 in bedrooms, design blogger series, foyers, interior design, lighting