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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

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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 :: One Kings Lane Labor Day Sale

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light & airy entryway

Hello Labor Day! The long weekend is bitter sweet as we close out summer. Although the fabulous Labor Day sales help ease the transition into fall. One of my favorite sales going on right now is over at One Kings Lane where you can save an addition 20%. Take a look at some fabulous items that are on my list…

one kings land // friday finds // @simplifiedbee #sale #labordaysale #okl

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1 brass pendant // 2 hand knotted rug // 3 teak bowl // 4 rattan armchair // 5 hexagon wall mirror

*image via OKL


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Read full story By on September 3, 2016 in chairs, Features, foyers, friday find, Friday Finds, lighting, rugs, Uncategorized

Foyer Updates + Announcement

As you may recall, the carpet stair runner didn’t arrive in time for the big One Room Challenge reveal. I was so bummed not to have it complete, but was thrilled to have it installed just a few days before Christmas. I selected a wool carpet with an antelope pattern by Stark. It’s the perfect dose of pattern and neutral color for the space. I couldn’t be happier with the result!

foyer // antelope carpet stair runner // @simplifiedbeefoyer // antelope carpet stair runner // @simplifiedbee

Another item that was needed in the foyer (yet, that’s not as glamorous) was a rug pad for under the diamond pattern natural rug. Because rug pads can be full of glues, chemicals and off-gases, I jumped at the chance to test out an eco-friendly rug pad from Rug Pad Corner. Each rug pad is cut to order down to the inch, so it’s a perfect fit for your rug. They also provide a variety of rug pads based on type, use and floor material. For our foyer we needed a non-slip rug pad that wouldn’t damage the hardwood floors. We went with the Ultra Premium and are very pleased with it’s performance. Although it doesn’t apply in our case, the Ultra Premium rug pad can also be used over radiant heat floors – thought some of you may want to know!

eco-friendly rug pad // @simplifiedbeeformal foyer // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee

Now that I have the foyer complete, it’s time to move on to the next project in our new home. There are several rooms that need a complete redesign and I’m excited to be sharing one of them with you through the One Room Challenge Spring 2016 edition! I’ve been planning away and can’t wait to share with you the space which I will be introducing next Wednesday, April 6th. Stay tuned!!!

* disclosure: rug pad provided by Rug Pad Corner although opinions are all my own as always // this post may contain affiliate links

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Read full story By on March 29, 2016 in foyers, interior design, Interiors, rugs

2016 Decor Trends :: Tribal Rugs

Tribal rugs, famous for their elaborate color and artistic design, have been handcrafted and cherished for centuries. Over the past decade muted rugs in general were in big demand, however in the last year I’ve been spotting more and more rugs in bright, vivid colorways – many showcasing beautiful tribal patterns. Tribal rugs in jewel tones such as blue, red and bright pink are popping up in a variety of interiors and in every inch of the home. I’m loving the revival and was thrilled to hear that interior designer, Naomi Stein of Design Manifest is predicting these exotic textiles are continuing to trend in 2016.

tribal rugs // bathroom // amber interiors

Upon my return from a trip to Morocco, its become clear to me that tribal rugs are here to stay.  Typically woven by hand by nomads in Turkey and Morocco, these rugs are versatile pieces of art.  They work seamlessly in both traditional and modern spaces.  They can be used as a pop of color in a neutral space, or a compliment in saturated room.  Used in virtually every room in the house, from kitchens, to bedrooms, to living spaces, they can be a fun, cozy accent that is sure to bring some vitality to your home.  Worried about mixing other patterns with a tribal rug?  Stripes, buffalo check, mudcloth and animal print work great with these rugs! – Naomi Stein


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Read full story By on February 3, 2016 in Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, design trends, Features, foyers, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, Living Room, pattern, rugs, textiles