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Favorite Kitchen Design Trends 2018

With a new year, many of us have plans to renovate or fresh-up our homes. One living space I’d recommend starting with the heart of the home, the kitchen. We recently finished our kitchen renovation and I must say, it was worth the pain. If you are considering a kitchen renovation of your home, take a look at my favorite kitchen design trends for 2018.

ONE :: DARK KITCHENS

kitchen design trends 2018 // dark kitchens // @simplifiedbee

Move over all-white kitchens – dark kitchens are in! The dark kitchen however is not a new trend in 2018, but one that’s been building momentum over the last few years and can’t be ignored. From modern to traditional, dark gray, navy and black are hues are being used on cabinetry. I love it paired with white walls like in this kitchen designed by Studio McGee.

TWO :: STATEMENT RANGES

kitchen design trends 2018 // colorful kitchen accents // @simplifiedbee

Another trend in kitchen design are statement ranges. Elaborate hoods are being toned down, while ranges are ramping up in style. Even though there are several luxury ranges that would certainly make a statement in your kitchen, La Cornue is leading the pack. La Cornue gives you more flexibility in customizing the color and trim of their ranges with 8 colors and 3 trim options. This gourmet kitchen (spotted on Instagram) feature’s a gorgeous La Cornue range in tapestry.

THREE :: COZY KITCHENS

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Open floor plans have allowed for a easy access from kitchen to living spaces, however it’s been the textiles and furnishings which help deliver a seamless flow. In the process, kitchens are now getting more inviting, approachable and cozier. Adding upholstered banquettes, throw pillows and plush area rugs in the kitchen is a trend I don’t see slowing down in 2018. (image sources – first via Instagram – Kate Marker Interiors and second via Instagram – Amber Interiors)

FOUR :: BLACK FINISHES

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FOUR :: MATTE BLACK FINISHES

As I mentioned, darker colors are making a comeback in the kitchen, but it’s not just the cabinetry. I’m specifically noticing a shift from polished finishes (brass, chrome, etc.) to matte black. From lighting to faucets; appliances to hardware, matte black finishes are trending. Loving this breakfast nook with a woven pendant in black. (image sources – first via Instagram – Lilly Gianikas and second via Studio McGee

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Read full story By on January 8, 2018 in breakfast nooks, color, decorative hardware, design trends, Features, home accessories, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, throw pillows, Uncategorized

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 :: For Him

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vintage car // christmas tree

It’s that time of year again! (yippee!) Christmas shopping has begun and I’ve been busy checking off items on my list. If you are too, I’m here to help. This year the first holiday gift guide is aimed at the not so easy to shop for – guys. I’ve rounded up items perfect for the men (husband, father, grandpa, brother, boyfriend, etc.) in your life. From a handsome, quilted bomber jacket to a favorite NBA team ball cap – there’s a variety of great gift ideas for all the guys on your list.

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:: product picks ::

one sunglasses :: two favorite team ball cap :: three plaid shirt :: four quilted bomber jacket :: five cashmere scarf :: six bear graphic tee :: seven wireless speaker :: eight vans :: nine travel bag :: ten waffle crewneck :: eleven cocktail shaker :: twelve all trades multi-tool :: thirteen whisky stones

*first image via

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Read full story By on November 21, 2017 in Christmas, fashion, Features, gift guide, Holiday

Friday Finds :: Pieces for the Season

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mountain holiday home // studio mcgee #mountainhome #holidayhome

Winter is at our doorstep and it’s time to get cozy! Neutrals – black, white and shades of brown are personal favorites to wear or to adorn the home. Today I’ve rounded-up some of my fabulous pieces for the season – think you’ll like them too!neutral winter trends // friday finds // @simplifiedbee #winterfashion #wintertrends

:: product links ::

one arc earrings  ::  two combat winter boots  ::  three shearling micro fernweh bag  ::  four buffalo check scarf  ::  five spider rock accent pillow

*first image via studio mcgee

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Read full story By on November 17, 2017 in fashion, Features, friday find, Friday Finds, gift guide, throw pillows, Uncategorized

Remodelista: The Organized Home

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A stylish organized home is a cornerstone here at Simplified Bee. When I started my business and blog nearly a decade ago, I found a void between home organizers and interior designers. To bridge the gap and with the mission that homes could be orderly without sacrificing beauty, I set out to combine the disciplines of organization and design. The approach resonated with clients and readers.

organized desk // Remodelista: The Organized Home // @simplifiedbee

Recently I received a copy of a newly released book, Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick of Remodelista. Their organizational philosophy is completely in line with my own – love! This beautiful book delivers hundreds of simple and clever tips for creating an orderly, inviting and beautiful home. The Remodelista duo covers every inch of a house – including rooms that get cluttered the most often – the entryway, kitchen, bedroom closet and laundry room.  To help inspire and teach, lists and charts with organizational tricks are accompanied by hundred of gorgeous photos. One of my personal favorites is Remodelista’s simple list of daily rituals:

daily rituals for organized home // Remodelista: The Organized Home #organizedhome

I adore how this book advocates quality over quantity and stylish storage aids such as beautifully designed straw baskets, wall hooks and wooden peg rails. In addition, trays are a personal way I like to coral items and create visual order in kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms. Loving this kitchen example featured in the book:

organized kitchen // Remodelista: The Organized Home // @simplifiedbee #traysorganized pot lid drawer // Remodelista: The Organized Home // @simplifiedbeeorganized home #quote #organizedhome

This image of a beautiful organized fridge is so inspiring! Adding it to my own list of goals.
organized fridge // Remodelista: The Organized Home // @simplifiedbee #organizedhome

diy cocktail party kit // Remodelista: The Organized Home // @simplifiedbee #organizedhomemedicine cabinet // Remodelista: The Organized Home // @simplifiedbee #organizedhome

I love this book – Remodelista: The Organized Home – and know you will too. It would be a great housewarming or new year’s gift too!

*photography by Matthew Williams and published with permission by Artisan Books

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Read full story By on November 8, 2017 in book review, Closets, Features, home organization, medicine cabinet, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, pantry, storage, Tips/Tricks