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Kitchen Design Crush :: Lauren Liess

I’ve loved watching Lauren Liess’ career explode over the past few years. Having had the pleasure of meeting Lauren at a design conference in LA., I can say she is super down-to-earth, approachable and beautiful. Just like her interiors!

Lauren Liess Designs

In the last year Lauren opened Lauren Liess & Co., an interior design studio and home furnishings boutique in Virginia and launched the textile company, Lauren Liess Textiles. She did this all while raising her adorable three young boys (Christian, Justin and one-year-old Luke) and doing a huge renovation on her own home. Can we say super woman?! Her new home graced the pages of the latest Domino Magazine. It’s amazing. The open modern, yet rustic kitchen is a standout and gives you a great peek into the beautiful juxtapositions Lauren achieves so effortlessly in her designs.

open kitchen shelving  - Lauren Liess Design

The rusted iron opening shelving flanking the oven’s hood caught my attention first. They are so unexpected. Love, love, love! She also pairs modern white perimeter base cabinets topped with black soapstone with an island wrapped in reclaimed wood and topped with clean white marble. Although contrasting Lauren achieves a relaxed balance kitchen design that’s pleasing to the eye.

art wall in the kitchen - Lauren Liess Designs

To make the sink area a focal point in the kitchen, Lauren created a whimsical art wall. Daring? Of course! She’s breaking all the “rules” here, but I love the result. Speaking of silly rules, did you notice Lauren didn’t add a backsplash and mixed hardware finishes throughout?

reclaimed lumber and marble kitchen island - Lauren Liess Designs

I mixed  a variety of metals throughout the space for a relaxed collected feel- brass, iron, stainless steel, galvanized steel, bronze and more.  My husband, David, found the antique apothecary drawer pulls on ebay. – Lauren Liess via Pure Style Home Blog

eat-in kitchen by Lauren Liessopen-shelving kitchen by Lauren Liess Designs

To display barware, vases and serving ware, Lauren hung butcher block shelving from Ikea next to the refrigerator. The wood gives the space a little warmth that contrasts nicely with the dark, honed soapstone perimeter countertop

relaxed open kitchen living room - Lauren Liess

Here is a look at the kitchen from the living room that sits right off of it. As you can see, Lauren continues her relaxed, layered approach here to. It’s so friendly, just like Lauren.

happy decorating,

cristin

*Photos by Helen Norman via Pure Style Home

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Read full story By on March 28, 2014 in brass, curated look, family rooms, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, vintage

New Traditional Interior Design by Courtney Giles

This weekend I caught up on reading some of my favorite shelter magazines. There was one house tour featured in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle that caught my eye. Atlanta-based Interior Designer, Courtney Giles transformed the historic 1911 four bedroom house for a young couple. Sticking with a neutral palette for the most part, Giles’ design blends traditional elements with fresh , modern accents – it’s what I refer to as new traditional interior design. The result is inviting, elegant and current.

greek key window treatment - atlanta homesformal living room by Courtney Giles black paneled pocket door - atlanta homes

Love this black and white paneled pocket door, brass elements and chinoiserie wallpaper!

formal dining room with round table - Courtney Gilesnew traditional family room by Courtney Gilesgourmet kitchen with orange barstoolschinoiserie wallpaper in bathroom

The chinoiserie wallpaper in the powder room is dramatic and bold, but a fun choice for this small space.

serene bedroom design by Courtney Gilesmirrored fret door to closetboutique style closet design

The curved window-seat bench in the boutique style walk-in closet is my fave!

elegant bathroom by Courtney Giles

For more images and information about this home, visit Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle.

Happy decorating,

Cristin

*Photo credit: Emily Followill via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle

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Read full story By on January 27, 2014 in Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, chinoiserie, Closets, dining rooms, family rooms, Interiors, Kitchen, Living Room, living rooms, mantels, tables, traditional, Uncategorized, wallpaper, window treatments

Family Friendly Home Design by Abbe Fenimore

Recently Abbe Fenimore, the style savvy Dallas-based interior designer behind Studio Ten 25, shared a home she created for a busy family with three boys (and a dog)!  The family-friendly design combines vibrant colors, rich textures and multi-functional, durable furnishings. Here’s a peek at some of the rooms and a few questions I asked Abbe about the beautiful design. Thanks Abbe for sharing with Simplified Bee!

family-friendly living room design

Simplified Bee: What inspired the color palette? 
Abbe Fenimore: Before the redesign, this home featured what we call the “Texas Tango” color palette. Lots of dark rust, sage green, over the top floral arrangements, and bulky tapestries. The homeowners wanted a fresh, updated look that reflected their transitional style. We chose a mix of turquoise, chartreuse and white accents to brighten the space throughout. For the master bedroom, there was an added focus on glamour, which we achieved with a deep teal on the walls, mix of velvet and linen fabrics, bold graphic patterns, and black and marigold accents.

contemporary living room with turquoise accentskid-friendly living room design

SB: Which items were selected with kids in mind? 
AF: Most of the furniture was custom made, so we were able to select pieces with kids in mind. We opted for heavy duty stain treated or outdoor fabrics, both durable enough to withstand three young boys and a dog. Another critical component to the furniture selection was versatility and storage. The homeowners wanted their space to transition easily from an open play space for the kids during the day, to a pulled together adult space in the evening. Extra seating in the form of x-benches and ottomans with storage for toys were easy pieces to help in achieving both of these objectives.

turquoise tufted ottoman

SB: What is your favorite design element? 
AF: The custom tufted ottoman in the living room! It has hidden casters and a removable top with a wood tray that’s perfect for toy storage and entertaining.

stylish storage for kids toysturquoise and gold bedroom designkid-friendly dining room

And by chance something caught your eye, Abbe has a few of the decor items featured in her project for sale now at Shop Ten 25!
 
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Read full story By on October 22, 2013 in baby and children, bookshelves, contemporary decor, family rooms, interior design, Interiors, interview, Living Room, living rooms, upholstery

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2013 :: The Family Kitchen

Today kitchens are the heart of every home. It’s where guests mingle, family meetings are held, and meals are prepared and enjoyed. For this reason, designers are getting back to the basics of functional kitchen design. And although the kitchen was placed in the back corner of the 19th century built home that’s this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase, designer Alison Davin of  Jute created an inviting space the whole family would love.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase // Kitchen by Jute Interior Design(photo via Houzz)

A long farm table anchors the space and serves multiple functions. It’ a place for meal prep, family dinner or homework. It’s also a wonderful mix of traditional with the contemporary cabinetry.

kitchen art gallery // kitchen design // San Francisco Decorator Showcase

The lovely gallery wall was a pleasant surprise in the kitchen. It made the space more personal. Although not the kids’ art, this would be a great place to showcase your children’s masterpieces.

designer grey kitchen by Jute Interior Design // San Francisco Decorator Showcase

The cabinetry is painted in a dark navy. It has lots of gray to it though. The dark color is a beautiful contrast to the beech countertops. The geometric ivory and silver terra-cotta tile adds a modern element on the backsplash.

sweet green floral arrangementSan Francisco Showcase - Designer Kitchen - Jute Interior Designcorner kitchen cabinet solution // Kitchen by Jute // San Francisco Decorator Showcase

Corner cabinetry can be tricky. This design for an espresso maker, coffee mugs and cook books is brilliant!

kitchen sitting area with fireplace // San Francisco Decorator Showcase Kitchen

In a small alcove off the kitchen, Alison cleverly created a cozy fireplace seating area with kid-friendly leather club chairs. It’s a perfect place for kid’s to play or parents to have a glass of wine.

farn house kitchen sink + herringbone wood floors + kitchen door

The herringbone flooring is outstanding.

live plant wall with Japanese maples // San Francisco Decorator Showcaseoriginal Japanese painting - Garden Courtyard - San Francisco Decorator Showcase

Just outside the kitchen sits a charming garden courtyard. Designed by Davis Dalbok of Living Green Design, the garden features seven original Japanese paintings and a stunning living vertical wall of cascading maples, conifers and mosses. It’s a beautiful view from the kitchen’s window.

Stay tuned! I have lots of more San Francisco Decorator Showcase and Peninsula Volunteers Decorator Show House rooms to show you!

And in case you missed it, here’s the showcase Living RoomDressing Room and Maker’s Mark Retreat.

Cristin

*all images unless stated are property of Simplified Bee

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Read full story By on May 5, 2013 in family rooms, gallery wall, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, tables, tile, Uncategorized