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Organizing Tips for Kids

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ikea bookcase // kids' playroom // via @simplifiedbee

With the fresh new year, it’s a great time to establish fresh new organizing habits. Getting your kiddos organized is high on most parents’ list too. Getting kids to be organized can be a challenge and an ever changing process as they grow up. Recently I shared some of my favorite tips on organizing for kids with Pottery Barn Kids. One of my favorite is having storage options available throughout the house – including the entry, hallway/staircase and  kitchen. I’ve pulled some really super adorable and stylish options (some that can be personalized) available through Pottery Barn Kids. Most of these items are currently on sale too! Gotta love that!

organizing the kids // bins and baskets // via @simplifiedbee

product links: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

* first image :: design & styling by Cristin Priest and photography by Jenn Jacobson

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Read full story By on January 27, 2016 in baby and children, family rooms, Features, home accessories, household cleaning, Interiors, Interviews, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, playrooms, storage, Tips/Tricks

Holiday Gift Guide 2015 :: For Home

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holiday decor prep // via @simplifiedbee

Decking the halls this week like me? We don’t have our tree yet, but I’m still starting to decorate our home for the holidays. Felt snowflakes, vintage-style ornaments and delicious scent candles are all part of the mix to make our home merry and bright this season.
holiday gift guide 2015 // for home // via @simplifiedbee

Gifts for the home are always a welcome sight for all of the discerning chefs, stylish entertainers and decor lovers on your holiday list. With these folks in mind, I’ve hand-picked some fabulous items that I’ve been loving this season perfect for adding a chic touch to just about any room. From a stunning gray rope chair (splurge) to darling gold pineapple shot glasses (super affordable), there’s a variety of gift ideas ranging in price. I’m crossing my fingers Santa brings me one or two of these lovely items for my home!

links to holiday gift guide 2015 – for home:

brass pendant light // gilded bamboo mirror // leopard linen throw pillow // hex serving board // staub mini cast-iron cocette // pinecone wreath // moroccan rug // cashmere throw blanket // pineapple shot glass // smeg tea kettle // gray rope armchair // bengal bazaar gray throw pillow //

and even more fave home decor finds!

It’s also Cyber Monday!!! (I’ve already hit One King’s Lane holiday decor sale!) Here’s an updated Black Friday & Cyber Monday list of some fabulous deals for you to take advantage of. Happy shopping!

Shutterfly - Cyber Monday

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Read full story By on November 30, 2015 in brass, Christmas, Entertaining, gift guide, Holiday, home accessories

One Room Challenge :: Week 5

Say what?! It’s week five of the One Room Challenge and I’m starting to sweat bullets! In case you are here for the first time, I’ve been designing my Foyer in our new house. Here’s a look at week one, twothree and four.

There is good news and there bad news this week. Let’s just get the bad news out of the way first (sigh).

painted staircase before runner // @simplifiedbee

Until late last week, I completely thought I had this challenge all under control. I’m a stickler for timelines and was realistic about what I could do with the Foyer within the amount of time allotted. But, sometimes even with all the careful planning and detailed timelines, things get out of your control. This is the reality of interior design. My carpet for the stair-runner (which is a showstopper!) is somewhere in customs and will not arrive in time for the photo-shoot (super sad face).  I’m still not giving up hope that it does arrive and is installed before the final reveal, so at least I can take an image myself for you to see. Fingers and toes crossed.

top of the staircase before // @simplifiedbeeetsy artwork // birds // @simplifiedbee

Now onto the good news! I’ve selected some fabulous artwork for the top of the staircase and landing. First, I’ll start with the top of the staircase on the second floor. I knew from the start that I wanted a gallery wall at the top of the landing. I’ve adored Michelle Morin’s illustrations for some time and finally had the opportunity to create a gallery of her work. I selected 5 birds and one bee (had to!) for the collection and had them framed locally in a faux bamboo. Here’s a look at the arrangement before installed. Love, love, love them!

staircase before // @simplifiedbee

The landing needed art desperately, yet was a very tricky spot because of the placement of the doorbell chimes. I could have done a couple things here; 1. Relocate the chimes to have more freedom for artwork or 2. Work with the chimes and place art one either side. I decided for option #2 because it was more cost effective and it didn’t change the original architecture of the home. Because the series of bird illustrations was already committed for the opposite wall, I wanted a pair of larger images to go on either side of the chimes. Here were some of the ones I narrowed down from another fab ORC sponsor, Minted (yes, they offer so much more than just beautiful holiday cards!).

art selections // one room challenge foyer // @simplifiedbee

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

Selecting the two pieces for the space proved to be challenging. Minted has such an amazing collection, it was super difficult to narrow down. I knew I wanted color and an abstract. But finding two pieces of art that were complimentary, the same orientation (running vertical) and would work with the door chimes was indeed a challenge. In the end, I selected #5 a beautiful dyptich, High Cascades by Amelia Gluba. The abstract image works beautifully with the chimes, pulls blue from the wallpaper in the Foyer and gives a nod to the scenic Sierra Nevada Mountains surrounding our home.

dyptich artwork at Minted // @simplifiedbee

The entry needed a few accessories too. A fresh doormat is always a great way to spruce up the space and welcome guests in style. Here are a few fun doormats I considered:

doormat options // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

I quickly narrowed down the options to doormats that could be personalized. I’m a sucker for monograms so I ended up selecting the Antlers Graphic Doormat from Mark and Graham (a go to destination for fabulous personalized home decor). It’s was personalized with our family initial. Here’s the image I shared earlier this week on Instagram. Isn’t it perfect for a mountain house?

monogrammed antler doormat // @simplifiedbee

I have a few other accessories to add to the Foyer before the photo-shoot this week. One is a floral arrangement for the console table. I’ve been going back-and-forth on what to do – traditional orchids? cut seasonal flowers? cacti & succulents? I’m still deciding.

cacti + succulents // @simplifiedbee

Again, I’m keeping hope that the stair-runner will be installed soon and would love for you to drop by next week to see the final reveal!

Check out what the other ORC participants are up to – holy cow, there’s so much talent here!

* Big thank you to Minted and Mark and Graham for their support and sponsorship of this challenge!

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Read full story By on November 4, 2015 in color, curated look, etsy, foyers, gallery wall, home accessories, interior design, Interiors, monograms, pattern, simplified bee portfolio

Friday Finds :: Neutrals for Fall

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decoupaged pumpkins

Hello Friday! Isn’t it the best day of the week?! To celebrate this beautiful Friday fall day, I’ve pulled some finds that feature some fabulous warm neutrals. I totally have the cozy Joie cardigan on my wish list!fall neutrals // friday finds // www.simplifiedbee.com

product links:

 copper leather stool // moscow mule mug

cashmere cardigan // woodland wallpaper // african basket

* first image via County Living

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Read full story By on October 9, 2015 in Features, friday find, Friday Finds, home accessories