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Favorite Posts of 2016

As I welcome 2017 with open arms, I also reflect back on this past year. As you may know, we moved into a 1940s home that desperately needed a face-lift, so for the last year and a half we have been in the process of various renovation projects. In fact much of the last year we were in the mist of several projects which included the kitchen & great room, three bathrooms, and a laundry room. Each project brought challenges and joy along the way – some which I have already shared like the process of designing our master bathroom & closet and guest bathroom. Once I catch my breathe and get some photo taken, I’m planning on revealing some of the other projects we undertook in the upcoming months.

Wishing you a very happy, healthy 2017!

Here’s a look back at some of my favorite posts of 2016:

new traditional bathroom // @simplifiedbee #neotrad #bathrooms

Reveal  :: Modern Guest Bathroom

master bathroom // vanity // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallengebathroom // woods wallpaper // caroline cecil textiles // @simplifiedbeewalk-in closet for him // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

Reveal :: Master Bathroom & Closet

laundry room // the zhush

One Room Challenge Favorites

modern farm house // H2 Design + Build

Interview: H2 Design & Build

kids' bedroom // nest design co // san francisco decorator showcase 2016

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Shared Girl & Boy Bedroom

farm sink kitchen // steve and brooke giannetti // patina farms

Book Review :: Patina Farm

tribal rug in kitchen // Jamie Keskin Design

2016 Design Trends :: Tribal Rugs

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Read full story By on January 1, 2017 in baby and children, baby nursery room, Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, book review, Features, Girl, girl's bedroom, interior design, Interiors, interview, Kitchen, laundry room, laundry rooms, rugs, wallpaper

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

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Cheerful Girls Bedroom

girls bedroom // ann lowengart interiors // san francisco decorator showcase

Another room that caught my eye in this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase is the cheerful girl’s bedroom by Annie Lowengart of Ann Lowengart Interiors. “Smoll’s Room Redux” is a modern twist on the designer’s sister’s childhood bedroom. Lowengart takes a classic pink and orange color combination and adds a contemporary, chic twist using playful patterns and unexpected accent colors. However, the modern brass chandelier and colorful, geometric ceiling wallpaper (from the Flavor Paper) steals the show. I’m completely smitten with this bedroom as any little girl would be too!

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With its cheerful palette and bespoke details, this inviting bedroom is perfect for the little girl who will one day live out her dreams as a strong, sophisticated woman. – Annie Lowengart, Interior Designer

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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.

*photography credit: david duncan livingston

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Read full story By on May 19, 2016 in baby and children, Bedroom, bedrooms, brass, color, Girl, girl's bedroom, interior design, Interiors, teen rooms, textiles, upholstery, wallpaper, window treatments

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Shared Girl and Boy Bedroom

kids' bedroom // nest design co // san francisco decorator showcase 2016

The San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2016 is in full swing and for the first time featuring a home in Telegraph Hill near Coit Tower. I’m super bummed that I had to miss the press tour last week, but I’ve received lots of beautiful images to share with you! Today, we are touring a shared girl and boy bedroom by interior designers Heather Brock and Jennifer Wundrow of Nest Design Co. The shared children’s bedroom they call, Two Bedheads Are Better Than One is set in a bright room with white walls and is infused with an eclectic mix of pattern and color.  To create a unique space, Heather and Jennifer designed custom furnishings, soft goods and accessories – including upholstered built-in beds joined at the headboard. A brilliant solution to a shared bedroom. I’m loving all of the storage drawers for children’s books, toys and cherished collections. However, a corner embellished with mountain climbing footholds is perhaps my favorite element in the space. It gives the space a wonderful sense of adventure. This room is adorable and I think you’ll agree!

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get the look

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

*photography credit: suzanna scott

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Read full story By on May 2, 2016 in baby and children, Bedroom, bedrooms, Boy, Girl, girl's bedroom, interior design, Interiors, kids' art wall, storage, textiles, wallpaper