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Book Review :: Home Decor Cheat Sheets

How high should you hang a chandelier hang above the dining table? What paint finish should you use a kid’s room? What size rug should go under your bed? When it comes to decorating the questions can be endless, but there are definitely some design dos and don’ts I adhere to. Some of these “rules” are easy to remember, but it’s always nice to have a cheat sheet or illustration to reference. Over time I have pinned, cut-out and dogeared pages in decor books, but have never had one single source. So I was thrilled to receive a copy of a newly released book, Home Decor Cheat Sheets by Jessica Probus that contains 300+ colorful, easy-to-understand images aimed at teaching you everything from furniture placement to bathroom lighting tricks, window styles to  how to make a floor plan. I’m loving the practical nature of this book and is a resource I’m looking forward to using for years to come. Decor lovers, you are going to want a copy of this helpful book. It would also make a perfect housewarming gift!

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Just like the completion of any home, the cheat sheets in this book are meant to be used as a process not to be tackled in one day or even one year, but consulted as needed over time to make the kind of slow, purposeful improvements that turn a few walls and some well-hung curtains into an actual home. – Jessica Probus, Author of Home Decor Cheat Sheets

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Read full story By on July 13, 2016 in book, book review, decorating small spaces, Design Tips, furniture, gallery wall, interior design, lighting, pattern, Tips/Tricks

5 Favorites :: Kitchen Counter Stools

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kitchen counter stools // round-up // @simplifiedbee

Sorry for the radio silence, but our kitchen remodel has been consuming much of my time these days. I’ve made tons of decisions regarding cabinetry design, fixtures and finishes, but still have a few up in the air. For example, I still have yet to select the counter stools for an island. I’m torn on material and design. Should I pick up brass accents to echo the pendant lighting? Add a chinoiserie touch? or go with something classic? Here are a few that have made the short list. eeny, meeny, miny, mo…

kitchen counter stools // round-up // @simplifiedbee

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Read full story By on July 11, 2016 in 5 favorites, brass, chairs, chinoiserie, Features, furniture, Kitchen, kitchens

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: The Garden Room

Happy Friday! It’s been quite the hectic week with the One Room Challenge Reveal. I’m so relieved that’s it is complete (sigh) and touched by all the positive feedback. Thank you so much!

San Francisco Decorator Showcase // The Garden Room // Heather Hilliard

To wind down the week on a relaxing note, I’d like to share another fabulous room from this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase. The Garden Room by interior designers Heather Hilliard and Fleur Keyes of Heather Hilliard Design is an airy and informal space perfect for entertaining. With a casual, chic California vibe, the room’s organic design blurs the boundary between indoor and outdoor living. Love this! The walls are covered in a whitewash lime wall finish set a perfect neutral backdrop. A gorgeous open flame wood-burning fireplace is flanked by antique mirrors and logs ready for cozy fire. I’m also loving the long natural-edge wood Chris Lehrecke dining table and John Himmel handwoven rope armchairs – elegant, yet casual. Bravo ladies!

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For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit San Francisco Decorator Showcase – tours are available now through May 30, 2016.

*photo credit: michele lee willson

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Read full story By on May 13, 2016 in contemporary decor, furniture, home accessories, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, window treatments

Friday Finds :: New from McGuire Furniture

For over sixty years, McGuire Furniture has been synonymous with classic style, natural materials and quality craftsmanship. Their timeless furnishings hold their value and are cherished for generations.

Recently, McGuire released a new collection featuring two statement pieces by renowned designer Steven Volpe and 18 new designs from McGuire’s in-house designers. These introductions thoughtfully balance classic McGuire style with contemporary design sensibilities. My favorite aspect of the collection is the various materials incorporated including rattan, rawhide, weaving and blackened steel. The mix creates a soft yet contemporary feel that is as inviting as it is functional. I’ve selected a sampling from the collection to share with you today, but to see the whole collection visit McGuire.

McGuire Furniture // Latest Collection 2016

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Read full story By on January 15, 2016 in bookshelves, chairs, contemporary decor, Features, friday find, Friday Finds, furniture