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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

Design Blogger Series #7: What Would You Do?

For the seventh  Design Blogger Series: What Would You Do?,  I invited four very talented interior design bloggers. As you will see, they have very different personal styles which I think makes this series so fun.

Andrika King from Nursery Notations, Rashon Carraway of Mr. Goodwill Hunting, Danika Herrick from Gorgeous Shiny Things and Will Taylor of Bright.Bazaar were asked to design a space around Beeline Home’s Hourglass Table by Bunny Williams.bunny williams hourglass table beeline home

The stunning, timeless table features a marble octagonal top on a pedestal base of hand applied reeded wood in silver leaf. It’s a statement piece in any space.
nursery notations inspiration board design girl
{Andrika King from Nursery Notations}
“I’m a proponent of purchasing items for your children’s rooms which are quality items and will grow with you and the child through time. Although the Bunny Williams hourglass table is not practical for a toddler room it makes a wonderful side table with plenty of table space beside a nursing chair in a nursery.  I paired the table next to a quality timeless chair design by George Smith in a bold graphic pattern.  Since the chair and the opaque rug by Custom Cool have bold patterns and color I chose white furniture with clean straight lines.  The dresser from Bunglow 5 is the perfect height for a changing table and offers plenty of storage and can transfer to any room of the house. The decorative insert panels of the classic Savannah crib by the New Traditionalists would be painted fuchsia to play off the fuchsia in the chair.  Since there is such a collection of pattern and design in the furniture, lighting and accessories in the room, for bedding I would suggest simple white 100 cotton or linen sheets.  No decorative skirt or bumper needed. As for the walls, paint them a soft white, and if you need some color, the ceiling in a barely there turquoise would be gorgeous. Thank you for having me!” – Andrika

* Simplified Bee’s favorite thing about Andrika’s design: Thrilled she designed a nursery around the hourglass table and love the mix or bold pattern, oh and the Savannah crib with custom panels in fuchsia too!
mr goodwill hunting design seating room
{Rashon Carraway of Mr. Goodwill Hunting}
“Bunny Williams’s hourglass table is the perfect spot for a casual yet refined afternoon of chatting. I paired the table with cool blues {chairs, painting} and a hit of red {chevron pillows} to prevent the area from being one note. There is no need to sit at a table and not have yummy treats, so a nice soft batch of orange vanilla spice cookies from Sweet Ambs seals the deal. Care to join me?” – Rashon

* Simplified Bee’s favorite thing about Rashon’s design: The fun pop of color and pattern in the pillows and those gorgeous cookies! First designer to include food into their design… Rashon is always thinking out of the box – love it!
gorgeous shiny things blog design reading nook
{Danika Herrick from Gorgeous Shiny Things}
“Thanks so much for inviting me to participate! I had so many ideas for this table. To narrow it down I pretended it was going into my own house. I decided to create a reading nook… a place to unwind, catch up on my ever growing stack of shelter magazines and maybe a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. I choose the table in the gold base to add a bit more warmth and added Restoration’s Copenhagen Chair in Natural Linen. I would use the blue vintage wallpaper framed in large panels as artwork. I added a Boucherouite rug, orange lamp, and a patchwork pillow to amp up the color. And finally, I loved the round Kansai bookshelf from Anthropologie. It could store all my reads, neatly organized using chunky quarts bookends to add that extra glam factor, AND it acts as a room divider/ partition to create my nook.” – Danika

* Simplified Bee’s favorite thing about Danika’s design: Her use of bold color, pattern and texture – love the unexpected round bookshelf!

I saved prop stylist, Will Taylor of Bright.Bazaar, for last because he has amazing graphic design skills and put together a very stylish board. Typically, designers send me their product links and I create the boards so that they have a similar look and feel. In this case, I loved what Will put together and didn’t want to touch it…
bright bazaar design beeline home hourglass table
{Will Taylor’s product links: One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight}
Will has created a colorful and vibrant scheme to go with Bunny William’s Hourglass Table. Jonathan Adler’s Ravello mirror has been chosen to add interest to the wall, whilst a lamp from the same range links to tabletop to the wall space above it. Joining the lamp upon the table is this trio of vases from Habitat, which were chosen as they call upon the textures and colorways within the rug. Finally, the Claude Walnut Gossip bench sits alongside the table as it serves both style and function: keep the tabletop clear by filling the doors, and admire the accessories upon it from the color-matched turquoise seat!

* Simplified Bee’s favorite thing about Will’s design: I love turquoise and so my eye was drawn to the mirror and lamp immediately, but I love how the striped rug pulls the color scheme.

Don’t you just love what these designers have created? One common thread in these designs is the use of the hue of blue; They all selected a shade of blue as part of the color palette. They also all selected fabulous seating options. What similarities or differences do see?

Also, a big thank you to Andrika, Rashon, Danika and Will for participating in this series!

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Read full story By on June 29, 2011 in design blogger series, furniture, interior design

Design Blogger Series #6: What Would You Do?

For the sixth  Design Blogger Series: What Would You Do?,  I invited four talented design bloggers – all of whom have up incoming careers in the design field. Michaela of Michaela Noelle Designs, Kerry of First Time Fancy, Marissa of Roost, and Mackenzie of Design Darling were asked to design a space around the sleek,  white lacquer console by Jonathan Adler by incorporating four or so home décor items of their choosing.
white lacquer console table jonathan adler
Made in Vietnam using traditional, artisanal techniques, the “minimalist sparkle” Jonathan Adler console is coated in twelve layers of lacquer. It is quite a process; Every coat is allowed to dry for 48 hours and water-sanded before the next coat is applied.
gray turquoise entryway design
{Foyer by Michaela of Michaela Noelle Designs}
“My style is a mix of modern and vintage, so I knew I wanted to add a touch of vintage with the juxtaposition of a few whimsical items.  I can see this console table in a foyer. I imagine the walls painted this cool shade of gray {Benjamin Moore’s Cobblestone Path} to add just the right amount of contrast between the white items and the walls. A classic zebra patterned rug in gray and ivory will cover the floors.  The curtains are consistent with the geometric shape of the console, but also point to a more vintage feel with the addition of the turquoise organic swirls. An echo of the turquoise is found in the lamp to be placed on the console. The modern white chair will sit to one side of the credenza, providing a chic place to slip on your shoes before you head out.  To brighten up the space, above the console I would layer an oil painting from Jen Ramos with an eclectic, mismatched mirrors …and let’s be honest, we all want to check our lip gloss one more time before running out the door!”

* Simplified Bee’s favorite thing about Michaela’s design: the oil painting by Jen Ramos.

{Nursery by Kerry of First Time Fancy}
“Most of the time, if you give someone a console table, they will automatically think entryway or living room. Maybe it’s because I have some serious baby brain recently, but I put together a sweet little nursery using the lacquer console. I picked the Jennifer Delonge Glam Glider because I love the simple lines of it, and think it looks like the perfect spot to curl up with a babe in the wee hours of the night. The Aerial Crib mimics the same clean lines, while the Tiger Boo rug brings some fun and colour to the space. Then, to give the console purpose in the space, I picked the Jonathan Adler Giraffe Lamp to go on top, and some Pottery Barn canvas buckets for storing baby toys underneath. If we had, had a bigger budget for our own nursery, I am sure at least a few of these pieces would have made their way in.”

* Simplified Bee’s favorite thing about Kerry’s design: thinking out of the box and placing the console in a nursery!

{Foyer by Marissa of Roost}
“I am usually drawn to pretty traditional design, so it was fun for me to step out of the box to use this cool modern console in my imaginary entryway design! I started with Navy Bean Grasscloth from Phillip Jeffries. Grasscloth is so classic and works well with a lot of styles.  In my imaginary entry, there is a nice big set of windows, which I would frame with Lyrical Branches Curtains from World Market. A lot of the other elements I chose for this room are very symmetrical and/or geometric, so I like the flowing, organic lines of the branch pattern. Under foot, I chose the grey Riviera Rug from Calypso St. Barth, and overhead, Troy Lighting’s amazing Sausalito Pendant. I love gold accents–so glamorous and refined. Under the console, more gold with a pair of Circe Benches with Greek key detail, which I’d reupholster in Tapdance by Stout Fabrics, available at Decorator’s Best. I love mirrors in entry ways (or anywhere, really), and I chose Horchow’s Bone Inlay Mirror as the statement piece for this entry. I can’t get over how beautiful and intricate it is! This is a pretty pricey little design, but a girl can dream. Or surf Craigslist to DIY some of it myself!”

* Simplified Bee’s favorite thing about Marissa’s design: it’s a toss up between the bone inlay mirror and the Greek key bench.

preppy orange pink foyer design darling
{Foyer by Mackenzie of Design Darling}
“I love Jonathan Adler having interned for him last summer so this challenge was a real treat! I envision his divine lacquer console in a playfully chic foyer. My first move is to soften its straight lines with a curvy framed mirror and to-die-for vintage chairs. His traditional-with-a-twist zebra rug is a must and I love that the Quadrille Kazak pillow ties in both the orange and the hot pink. Topped with a sparkly chandelier, it’s everything a preppy foyer should be!”

* Simplified Bee’s favorite thing about Mackenzie’s design: the pillow in Quadrille Kazak {swoon} – it pulls it all together beautifully.

Don’t you love what these gals have created? Each of these spaces has a distinct feeling, but I couldn’t help but notice the similarities: 1. Three out of the four used the lacquer console in a foyer, 2. Three out of the four coupled it with an animal print rug, 3. All paired it with a upholstered chair or bench, 4. All incorporated lighting that makes a strong statement. What similarities or differences do see?

Also, a big thank you to Michaela, Kerry, Marissa and Mackenzie for participating in this series!

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Read full story By on May 18, 2011 in design blogger series, foyers, furniture, interior design