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Round-up :: Advent Calendars

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advent calendar 2015 // via @simplifiedbeeHappy December! The first day of the month is always exciting for me, but I’m especially loving this first day of December. It marks the beginning of advent. A count down to Christmas Day. Advent calendars have been a family tradition that I’ve passed down to my own family. This year we even have two advent calendars – one that hangs on the wall that doesn’t have any treats and another my girls talked me into getting at Starbucks  seen above (I’m such a sucker!). Here are some other fun advent calendars to buy or make!

knit stocking garland // advent calendar ideas // via @simplifiedbee

How cute is this knit stocking garland idea from Pottery Barn? Such a fun way to decorate the mantel while counting down the days?

paper village // advent calendar // via @simplifiedbee

Create a tiny holiday village for the tabletop or mantel with this whimsical kit that includes folding houses, festive jokes & facts inside, and embellishments. A simply adorable way to celebrate advent! It’s also on sale here.

colorful advent calendar // via @simplifiedbee

This colorful advent calendar gives a modern twist on the traditional tradition. I also love that it allows you to tuck away love notes, tasty treats and small trinkets. So fun!

DIY present advent calendar // via @simplifiedbee

Making your own advent calendar doesn’t have to be overly complicated either. I love this version by Oh Happy Day using non-traditional bright neon ribbons!

modern christmas advent calendar // via @simplifiedbee

Crafty and have the time? Here’s an advent calendar pattern features stunning wool felt you hand stitch to complete. Loving all of the vintage ornaments on this modern Christmas countdown.

DIY advent calendar // christmas tree // via @simplifiedbee

This DIY advent calendar also looks like some work to achieve, but boy is it cute!

DIY plastic animal advent calendar

And how adorable is this DIY plastic animal advent calendar by A Bubbly Life? I’m sure Rudolph is honored.

truffle advent calendar // via @simplifiedbee

If you just about the treats, you’ll have to consider this decadent box of truffles for every day of the Christmas countdown. Yum!
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Read full story By on December 1, 2015 in Christmas, craft, DIY, Holiday, holiday decor, Tips/Tricks

Fall Front Door Ideas Perfect for Halloween Too

Football, foliage starting to turn and a switch in the weather these last few days that has me thinking about the fall months ahead. One way I welcome the cooler season is to decorate the front door in a festive way. Some like to decorate their entry for Halloween and then switch it out again for fall. To save time and energy this year however, I’m aiming at just decorating the door only once. I’m thinking of keeping it simple and have I’ve rounded up a few great examples of fall front door ideas perfect for Halloween too!

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Read full story By on September 16, 2015 in flowers, foyers, Halloween, Holiday, holiday decor

July 4th :: Outdoor Entertaining

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July 4th // Outdoor Entertaining

Festive, without being cheesy. That’s what I love about this July 4th tablescape pictured above. Your Independence Day backyard picnic can also patriotic without overloading on stars and stripes by simply keeping to a red, white and blue color scheme. Here are a few items perfect for stylish July 4th outdoor entertaining:

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1 picnic blanket // 2 hammock // 3 enamalware // 4 bar cart // 5 beach towel // 6 pillow

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Read full story By on June 23, 2015 in color, Entertaining, Fourth of July, Holiday, holiday decor

My Favorite Posts of 2014

As I look back over the past year, it always amazes me how fast it goes by. 2014 was a busy, yet rewarding year both personally and professionally. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some wonderful clients, build a beautiful addition on our own home and celebrate this blog’s five year anniversary (wahoo!). Here’s a look at some of my favorite posts of 2014:

blue and orange boys bedroom - cristin priest of simplified bee

Design Reveal: Blue and Orange Boy’s Bedroom

blue bathroom vanity - Jamie Drake

Bathroom Vanity Ideas

summer root beer floats table - simplified bee

Healthy Root Beer Float

Tent Bed - Boys Bedroom - Regan Baker Design #bedrooms

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014: Boy’s Bedroom

easter bunny placecard holders - diy #easter ideas

DIY Easter Craft Ideas

california style holiday table setting // simplified bee blog #TargetStyle

White & Gold Holiday Table Setting

fabulous entryways // Anisa Darnell

Fabulous Entryways

chinoiserie wallpaper // de gournay // simplified bee #chinoiserie #wallpaper

Interview: Claud Gurney of de Gourney

chevron backsplash - designer kitchen - Jute Home #kitchens

Kitchen Design Crush

white bathroom vanity with gray countertop // cristin priest // #bathrooms

Design Reveal: Marble Bathroom

In case you missed it, here are my favorite posts from 2013 too :)

Thank you so much for reading the bee. See you in 2015!

Happy New Year,


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Read full story By on December 30, 2014 in Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, Boy, boy's bedroom, chinoiserie, Christmas, foyers, Holiday, holiday decor, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, tabletop, tile, wallpaper