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Friday Finds :: Simple Valentine Crafts

The other day I was in the drug store and was quickly reminded by the sea of red and pink candy that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Doing my best to avoid sweets, I typically turn to simple Valentine crafts for the holiday like this XOXO banner I created a couple years ago.

To get you in the mood for cupid’s holiday, I’ve rounded-up a few inspiring diy, budget-friendly and simple Valentine’s Day crafts – perfect for decorating your home or give to loved ones as gifts!

DIY glitter vase // pink roses // Valentine's Day craft

Add a little sparkle to a simple glass vase by adding gold glitter around the rim. Pop your favorite pink and red flowers and voila, a stunning Valentine’s Day bouquet!  Photo by Michelle Lange via Style Me Pretty.

potted succulents with pink rocks // Valentine's Day gift idea

Love these potted succulents with pink rocks via the Glitter Guide. The perfect Valentine’s gift for teachers, friends and co-workers!

pink ombre floral centerpiece // tablescape

Not exactly a craft, but love this simple, yet stunning centerpiece found Pinterest. Carnations in shades of pink are individually set in mirrored vases and placed in ombre pattern down the center of the table.

origami hearts // Valentine's Day craft #simple #hearts

Love these colorful origami hearts by you are my fave. Fun craft for the kiddos!

DIY fringed heart // Valentine's Day craftHow cute is this fringed heart? Get the how to at Minted.

happy day,

cristin

 

 

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Read full story By on January 16, 2015 in Entertaining, Features, flowers, friday find, Friday Finds, Holiday, Parties, tabletop, Valentine's Day

My Favorite Posts of 2014

As I look back over the past year, it always amazes me how fast it goes by. 2014 was a busy, yet rewarding year both personally and professionally. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some wonderful clients, build a beautiful addition on our own home and celebrate this blog’s five year anniversary (wahoo!). Here’s a look at some of my favorite posts of 2014:

blue and orange boys bedroom - cristin priest of simplified bee

Design Reveal: Blue and Orange Boy’s Bedroom

blue bathroom vanity - Jamie Drake

Bathroom Vanity Ideas

summer root beer floats table - simplified bee

Healthy Root Beer Float

Tent Bed - Boys Bedroom - Regan Baker Design #bedrooms

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014: Boy’s Bedroom

easter bunny placecard holders - diy #easter ideas

DIY Easter Craft Ideas

california style holiday table setting // simplified bee blog #TargetStyle

White & Gold Holiday Table Setting

fabulous entryways // Anisa Darnell

Fabulous Entryways

chinoiserie wallpaper // de gournay // simplified bee #chinoiserie #wallpaper

Interview: Claud Gurney of de Gourney

chevron backsplash - designer kitchen - Jute Home #kitchens

Kitchen Design Crush

white bathroom vanity with gray countertop // cristin priest // www.simplifiedbee.com #bathrooms

Design Reveal: Marble Bathroom

In case you missed it, here are my favorite posts from 2013 too :)

Thank you so much for reading the bee. See you in 2015!

Happy New Year,

Cristin

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Read full story By on December 30, 2014 in Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, Boy, boy's bedroom, chinoiserie, Christmas, foyers, Holiday, holiday decor, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, tabletop, tile, wallpaper

Merry Christmas

DIY alternative Christmas tree

One trend I’ve been noticing this year is the alternative Christmas tree like the one above. Perfect for urban dwellers and folks that won’t be at home over the holidays. I’m not sure if I’ll be trading in my traditional (even if artificial) tree anytime soon, but I’ve come to love the creativity of these alternative holiday trees.

Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas!

Cristin

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Read full story By on December 23, 2014 in Christmas, Entertaining, Holiday

5 Faves :: Holiday Ideas Pinterest

With Christmas just a few days away, you may still be looking for a festive cookie recipe, clever craft for the kids or ideas for trimming the tree. As you may know, Pinterest is one of my favorite go to spots to get inspired and my HOLIDAY DECORATING IDEAS board is one of my most active these days. From clever ways to wrap gifts to adorable holiday crafts, I’ve been pinning some fabulous holiday ideas that are guaranteed to inspire all. Take a look at my five of my most recent faves:
pink holiday tabletop decor // coco + kelley #holiday #pinknon-traditional Christmas treeDIY gingerbread pinata // holiday crafthot chocolate toppings // holiday party ideasmouse box // Christmas gift wrapping idea

image sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

Also, there is one more day to enter to win a $100 gift card to Target! Who couldn’t use an extra $100 for Christmas gifts?!

happy holidays,

cristin

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Read full story By on December 15, 2014 in 5 favorites, Christmas, craft, DIY, Entertaining, Features, Holiday, holiday decor, Parties, pinterest, tabletop