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Friday Finds :: adorne by legrand

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Who says that light switches and electrical outlets can’t be stylish? I thought not until recently when I was introduced to adorne by legrand’s next-generation switches, dimmers and wall plates. It’s not surprise however, when I came to learn that the company has 100+ years of experience and innovation behind it. The residential adorne collection offers a variety of advanced control options – including ones you can tap, touch, wave at, push or toggle. They’ve also developed over 30 beautiful color/finish options for the adorne switches and wall plates, ranging from bright colors to cast metals to wood tones.

When asked if I would like to try out their products, I jumped at the chance to incorporate a few in our master bathroom and walk-in closet for the One Room Challenge. Here are a few of of my favorite adorne products selected and installed:

adorne light switch with wallpaper // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

For the bathroom’s water closet, I selected the sleek and subtle touch switch. With the slightest of touch in the center circle, the light turns on and off. When off, a tiny light in the center lights up – perfect for nighttime. In a wallpapered space, I like to have the wall plates covered in the paper as well. To achieve a seamless look, I selected adorne’s one-gang custom wall plate and personalized it with the Woods & Pears wallpaper by Cole & Sons. The wall plate could also be customized by adding paint, fabric and even with photo inserts.

adorne nightlight + flashlight // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

Okay, I think this is my very favorite of the adorne products. It’s a portable wall nightlight/flashlight all in one. Simply brilliant. We placed it on the side of our new vanity to light the bathroom at night. I love that and in case of a power outage, we have a spare flashlight. The wall plate used here was also the custom version where the plate template was painted the same color as the wall.

Adorne by Legrand // pop-out outlet // @simplifiedbee

The pop-out outlet is genius too! To access the outlet, simply push on the box and out pops 3 outlets. Push is back in and the outlet disappears into the wall. I placed a pair of these beauties along the back wall of my make-up vanity. Love!

adorne bronze wall plate // master closet // @simplifiedbee

In the master walk-in closet, I selected a masculine and very handsome cast metal bronze wall plate that houses both an outlet and  the sensa switch. The light switch senses movement and automatically turns lights on or off. It can also be turned on/off manually by touch.

If you are planning a remodel or simply want to update your light switches and outlets, I highly recommend the adorne by legrand collection. I’m hooked!

*Product was provided by adorne by legrand, however all of my opinions are my own as always.

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Read full story By on April 29, 2016 in Bathroom, bathrooms, Features, friday find, Friday Finds, Interiors, lighting, wallpaper

Friday Finds :: Threshold Summer Collection at Target

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summer collection // threshold at target

Spring has just sprung, but retails have us already preparing for summer. Typically I don’t like to jump ahead too much, but the new Threshold summer collection at Target is one that I had to share. It’s that good! I’m loving all the graphic patterns, shades of blue and use of rattan – this lounge chair, bart cart and basket are all on my list! Here’s a round-up of other faves from the collection.

summer collection // threshold at target

product links:

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

 

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Read full story By on April 15, 2016 in chairs, color, Features, friday find, Friday Finds, pattern, throw pillows

Design Trend :: Black Kitchens

After the master bathroom renovation is complete, we will be tackling a larger project: our kitchen and great room. I’m leaning toward a white/neutral kitchen, but have been drawn to black kitchens. It’s a design trend that’s certainly picked up over the last couple years. I’ve spotted sleek black cabinetry in all types of kitchens from traditional to modern. Here are a few of my favorites.

black kitchen cabinetsblack kitchen cabinetsblack cabinet // amber interiorsblack modern kitchen // lonnyblack + white kitchen // Marianne Brandiblack kitchen // lisa mende design

image sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

black paint colors for kitchens

one pitch black by farrow & ball // two pitch by serena & lily

three universal black by benjamin moore // four night by serena & lily

five tricorn black by sherwin-williams

* disclosure: some of the links in this article are affilaite

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Read full story By on April 11, 2016 in color, design trends, Features, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen

Interview :: H2 Design + Build

Seeking a one stop shop for architectural drafting and planning, engineering, permitting, construction, landscape design and interior design? Paul and Katie Hackworth the husband and wife team behind H2 Design + Build can deliver! The boutique style design and build company tackles projects ranging from designing interior spaces, to remodels, additions, and new homes. H2’s projects have caught the attention of numerous publications including House Beautiful, Luxe Magazine and Rue Magazine. I’m thrilled to be interviewing them today!

Simplified Bee: I love that you are a husband + wife team! When did you realize that you wanted to work together?

H2 Design + Build: H2 Design + Build wasn’t something we had set out to do. It was basically happening in front of us during our “off” time and we finally made it official in 2010. I had a background in graphic design, and to this day utilize the programs affiliated with the industry. Simply speaking, mastering the architectural ruler was the beginning of it all for me. Paul had many years of project management under his belt, and had learned all the tricks of the construction trade during his time managing a handful of blue collar commercial buildings in need of vaiouus tenant improvements and upgrades. Our first project as a team was in 2006 when we renovated a charming cottage style home for our own family.

modern farm house // H2 Design + Build

SB: Your firm seems to do it all – including architecture, interior design, and landscape design – which aspects do you enjoy the most?
What are your personal styles? How are they similar? Different?

H2: Lucky for me, Paul stays out of the architecture and design realm. He has almost mastered the art of listening to me (no one is perfect, right?) and he definitely knows what I expect quality wise. There really is a solid line between each of our skill sets and job descriptions. I create and/or oversee all the architecture, design, and promo of our company and it’s projects. Paul oversees the scheduling, budgets, and timelines of each. This is probably one of the reasons why we have made the husband and wife thing work. Most importantly, we both admire and respect what the other brings to the table. 

I can’t say I like one area of my job description more than the other. It’s nice to get to move back an forth between them and so rewarding to see it all come together in the end.

timeless kitchen // H2 Design + Build

SB: Who would you most like to collaborate with on a project?

H2: There really is no “one” person. The best collaborations are the ones where both sides respect the others talent and vision. When it works, it works. And it’s usually apparent right of the start.

gray kitchen cabinets // H2 Design + Build

SB: Do you have “go to” paint colors? If so, which ones?

H2: The Full Spectrum Color Collection by Benjamin Moore is my go-to collection these days. The colors feel very European to me and seem to fall into my work seamlessly. Colors like Crisp Linen, Chimichurri, Plantation, Sea Glass, Pinky Swear, Porch Swing, and City Shadow are all, literally, on my desk right now.

simple mudroom entry // H2 Design + Build

SB: Which of today’s interior design trends are here to stay and which ones will we see fade away?

H2: In all honesty, I don’t pay attention to trends because they are just that. I find myself drawn to timeless materials and designs and pair them with modern lines and amenities. Longevity is so important. No one wants to put money into something that will be out of style next year!

breakfast nook // H2 Design + Build

SB: Where do you recommend clients splurge versus save?

H2: Where someone decides to splurge is so personal. Items that you can see handing down to the next generation are a good rule of thumb. Artwork, lighting, an iconic piece like my favorite Saarinen table, for example, all could get put into the splurge category.

Architecturally speaking, you need to splurge on the bones of the house first. You don’t want to put money into something that you aren’t in love with initially.

outdoor living area // H2 Design + Build

SB: What excites you most about landscape design today?

H2: What excites me most about landscaping is how it can set apart a home from it’s neighboring houses. The same principles apply: keep it clean and simple, and don’t overwhelm the landscape with numerous species and focal points. I would guess that all of our favorite homes have a yard to pair with it that is just as lovely. 

One other small piece of advice; natural evergreen hedges are by far more welcoming that a fence.

artwork above bed // bedroom // H2 Design + Build

SB: Fill in the blank. No room is complete without…

H2:  … a personal touch. I love adding quirky, out of place items that reflect my clients’ personality.

marble bathroom // H2 Design + Build

SB: Do you have words of wisdom for those thinking about building or renovating a home?

H2: Start with the bones of the house. Perfect it, and then add on… whether that be spatially speaking or interior furnishing wise.

modern elements dining area // nuvolette wallpaper by cole & sons

SB: What’s next for H2 Design + Build?

H2: We are just going to keep going! We have a small restaurant remodel opening very soon, which is a first for our company. Additionally, we are working on a handful of new homes, plus various remodels and renovations. And of course, interior furnishings for all of the above.

Far too much of the  architecture and design of today has lost the attention to detail that existed in the past. I hope and aspire to bring some of this back, but from a modern perspective.
*all images provided by H2 Design + Build
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Read full story By on March 22, 2016 in Bathroom, Features, gallery wall, Garden, home exterior / curb appeal, interior design, Interiors, interview, Interviews, Kitchen, kitchens, Living Room, mid-century modern, mudrooms