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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

*image source

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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

Holiday Front Door & Target Gift Card Giveaway

disclosure: This post contains an affiliate links, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using these links.

holiday front door decor // simplified bee #TargetStyle

Last week I prepped our dinner table for the holidays, but this week I’m focusing on decorating the outside of our home. The first step is to create a festive holiday front door. Dressing up the your entry for the season is a great way to greet guests dropping by for celebrations, Christmas parties and holiday visits. With help from Target, I created a traditional Christmas look for our front door. I started by flanking the black front door with red poinsettias, pinecone & berry trees and birch lantern candle holders. Every door needs a holiday decor and I selected a classic boxwood wreath. I added a traditional black and white striped ribbon and sprigs of live red berries to complete the look. As a finishing touch I selected a fresh diamond door mat. Loving the result!

black front door with holiday boxwood wreath // simplified bee #holidayfront door mat // simplified bee #TargetStylered poinsettia & holiday decor // simplified bee

 

From beautiful wreaths to cheerful door mats, shimmering lights to festive lanterns, Target has what you’ll need to decorate your home inside and out this holiday season. And best yet, at prices that are so affordable it won’t break the bank!

get the look

 

Target wants you to get in the holiday spirit too. They are giving one lucky Simplified Bee reader a $100 gift card. To enter please use the Rafflecopter widget below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner will be chosen at random Thursday, December 18 from Rafflecopter and announced on Simplified Bee’s Facebook.

happy holidays,

cristin  

 

 

*all photos and styling by Cristin Priest of Simplified Bee

** Target provided merchandise from their store for this post, but my opinions are all my own – as always!

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Read full story By on December 10, 2014 in Christmas, decorating small spaces, Entertaining, Features, Get The Look, Giveaways, Holiday, holiday decor, home accessories, home exterior / curb appeal, simplified bee portfolio