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Decorating for Valentine’s Day

Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day? It’s okay, I do too. However, decorating for Valentine’s Day unlike Christmas or even Halloween, is more subtle. I keep it simple and don’t overdo it.

Today I’ve teamed up with the super creative folks at Minted to create a festive, yet fresh tablescape for cupid’s favorite holiday. As you’ll see – it’s not all about hearts & arrows – I’ve mixed in some none traditional prints such as the partridge table runner and modern stitch napkins to the mix – these patterns could be used year around which is a win-win. I also included red roses for a traditional touch and a double fudge chocolate cake for something sweet – a Valentine must! The bay window was the perfect place for garland & bunting to deliver a special “love you” message to family and friends.

Valentine's Day tablescape // @simplifiedbee

Valentine's Day tablescape // @simplifiedbee @mintedmodern table setting // Valentine's Day // @simplifiedbeeValentine's Day // Love Bunting BannerValentine's Day tablescape // @simplifiedbee #valentinesValentine's Day tablescape // @minted linens

Minted product links:

modern white cake stand // partridge table runner // modern stitch napkins // jute ribbon (for napkin rings & floral arrangement) // ombre love bunting banner (custom)// felt garland // love sticker (for napkin rings)

Now… can we just talk about how darn cute the Minted classroom Valentines for kids are?

cute kids' Valentine's Day cards // @simplifiedbee

My kids selected “You’re a llama fun!” and “I like the way you roll” Valentines for their friends. So cute and I love that they are personalized. Here are a few more Valentine favorites for the kiddos from Minted:

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*disclaimer: this post was sponsored by Minted, however my opinions are mine own as always

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Read full story By on January 23, 2017 in baby and children, contemporary decor, Entertaining, flowers, food, Holiday, holiday decor, home accessories, simplified bee portfolio, stationary, tabletop, textiles, Valentine's Day

Thanksgiving Decor Inspiration

kitchen range + tile backsplash // design by Cristin Priest @simplifiedbee

Our kitchen – great room renovation has taken five long months, but we are thrilled with the overall result. There are so many aspects I love, but am particularly smitten with the Sub-zero Wolf range, Fireclay tile backsplash and Neolith countertops (sneak peek above). As you can image, we are very excited to be hosting Thanksgiving in our new kitchen! So recently I’ve been combing blogs and Pinterest for Thanksgiving decor inspiration and recipes. Here are some of my favorites…

white pumpkins & antlers // thanksgiving tablescape

image via Tone on Tone

maple apple pie // thanksgiving recipes

 

image via Kitchen Heals Soul

modern thanksgiving table // thanksgiving decor inspiration

image via Greige Design

black + white gingham // thanksgiving table

image via Dimples & Tangles

black & white thanksgiving table

image via Sarah Sherman Samuel

white pumpkins // thanksgiving decor inspiration @simplifiedbee

image via Ella Claire

smores pie // thanksgiving recipes

image via Gimme Some Oven

Inspired? If not, be sure to check out more Thanksgiving inspiration here.

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Read full story By on November 7, 2016 in contemporary decor, dining rooms, Entertaining, flowers, Holiday, holiday decor, kitchens, pinterest, simplified bee portfolio, tabletop, Thanksgiving, tile

Book Review :: A House in the Country

Book Review // A House in the Country // via @simplifiedbee

What happens when a renowned architect and an A-list interior designer collaborate to build their dream home? The magical result is chronicled in a must have new decor book, A House in the Country which invites us in the one-of-a-kind Greek Revival-inspired house of Peter Pennoyer (architect) and Katie Ridder (designer). The creative power couple spent years searching for just the right property and in 2009 found a ranch house on six-and-a-half acres in Millbrook, New York. With more than 300 photos and illustrations, Peter and Katie invite us into their home and share the story behind the transformation. The book is simply organized into three sections – Exterior, Interior and Garden. It’s evident from just the first few page turns, that the home’s architecture and interior design are totally in sync. Don’t let the exterior traditional architecture fool you either – the home’s interior is colorful and full of modern touches. Katie’s bold use of color including pink and purple – beautifully connects and defines the spaces in Peter’s open-floor plan. In addition, the home’s garden is sensational and I love how the book dives into the smallest details including plant selection.

This home is extraordinary and the book captures it amazingly. Here is just a sampling of the stunning images.

A+House+in+the+Country+Book+Reviewfoyer // purple tile // katie ridderentry // katie ridder

The entire house is a feat of texture, color and personality. – A House in the Country

living room // katie ridderpink library // katie ridderfloral arrangement // A House in the Country // Book Review @simplifiedbeebreakfast table // kitchen // katie riddergirl's bedroom // katie riddergeo tile floor // bathroom // katie ridder
* photography by Eric Piasecki

**this post contains affiliate links

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Read full story By on October 25, 2016 in Bathroom, Bedroom, book, book review, color, Features, flowers, foyers, Girl, girl's bedroom, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, Living Room, living rooms, wallpaper

Friday Finds :: Holiday Wreaths

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

holiday wreath // black front door

Happy Friday! How was your first week of December? Mine was productive. I’ve stored away all of the Thanksgiving and fall decor and have started pulling out the Christmas lights, trim and ornaments. One area that I’d like to refresh with a festive wreath is our newly painted front door. It’s black with brass hardware like the one featured above. So I’ve been on the hunt for holiday wreaths and although didn’t find the beautiful one that hangs on this door, I did find a variety of styles that may work.

holiday wreaths // via @simplifiedbee #holidaydecor #wreaths

links to holiday wreaths:

1 snowy sugar pine // 2 pinecone & berries // 3 gold & green  // 4 jingle bells // 5 succulents

 * first image via

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Read full story By on December 4, 2015 in Christmas, Features, flowers, friday find, Friday Finds, Holiday