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Outside In: The Gardens and Houses of Tichenor & Thorp

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Southern California architects and husband/wife team, M. Brian Tichenor and Raun Thorp are known for their thoughtful attention to the relationship between architecture and landscape. Their goal is to seamlessly knit together exterior and interior spaces. In their newly released book, Outside In: The Gardens and Houses of Tichenor & Thorp (Vendome), the design duo invites us into their own beautiful, luxurious homes. From Mediterranean to Colonial, California desert to the foot of the Tetons in Wyoming, the book delivers over 475 stunning photographs and illustrations. Starting with the land and views, it also dives into Tichenor & Thorp’s core design elements of each project. I found myself enjoying going between projects I was personally drawn to instead of reading from cover to cover. It a great book for any architectural and landscape lover.

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When outside and inside are designed together and as a whole, there is a cohesiveness that is extraordinary: Interiors feel expansive and light, and the garden feels connected and accessible—an integral part of the living environment. – M. Brian Tichenor, AD

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*all images used with permission by Vendome 

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Read full story By on October 28, 2017 in book, book review, Features, home exterior / curb appeal, interior design, Interiors

Friday Finds :: Classic Christmas with Garnet Hill

I have to admit that I’m lacking the motivation to decorate our house for Christmas this year. Because the last year has been full of exhausting house renovations, I’ve hesitated to pull out all the holiday decorations, just to put them right back a few weeks later. Do you know the feeling?

However, my mood quickly changed when I recently received the sweetest felt stockings in the mail from Garnet Hill. Part of the Hable Christmas Stocking Collection (now on sale!), the stockings come in a variety of timeless themes and can also be monogrammed for a personalized touch. I love that they are generous in size too – lots of room for Santa’s goodies!

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For today’s Friday Finds, I’ve rounded-up a few other holiday items from Garnet Hill – all with a classic Christmas style. Loving it and think you’ll too!

classic christmas decor // garnet hill

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*discloser – Garnet Hill provided product in lieu of this post, however all opinions are my own as always.

 

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Read full story By on December 9, 2016 in Christmas, Entertaining, Features, friday find, Friday Finds, Holiday, home exterior / curb appeal, Uncategorized

Interview :: H2 Design + Build

Seeking a one stop shop for architectural drafting and planning, engineering, permitting, construction, landscape design and interior design? Paul and Katie Hackworth the husband and wife team behind H2 Design + Build can deliver! The boutique style design and build company tackles projects ranging from designing interior spaces, to remodels, additions, and new homes. H2’s projects have caught the attention of numerous publications including House Beautiful, Luxe Magazine and Rue Magazine. I’m thrilled to be interviewing them today!

Simplified Bee: I love that you are a husband + wife team! When did you realize that you wanted to work together?

H2 Design + Build: H2 Design + Build wasn’t something we had set out to do. It was basically happening in front of us during our “off” time and we finally made it official in 2010. I had a background in graphic design, and to this day utilize the programs affiliated with the industry. Simply speaking, mastering the architectural ruler was the beginning of it all for me. Paul had many years of project management under his belt, and had learned all the tricks of the construction trade during his time managing a handful of blue collar commercial buildings in need of vaiouus tenant improvements and upgrades. Our first project as a team was in 2006 when we renovated a charming cottage style home for our own family.

modern farm house // H2 Design + Build

SB: Your firm seems to do it all – including architecture, interior design, and landscape design – which aspects do you enjoy the most?
What are your personal styles? How are they similar? Different?

H2: Lucky for me, Paul stays out of the architecture and design realm. He has almost mastered the art of listening to me (no one is perfect, right?) and he definitely knows what I expect quality wise. There really is a solid line between each of our skill sets and job descriptions. I create and/or oversee all the architecture, design, and promo of our company and it’s projects. Paul oversees the scheduling, budgets, and timelines of each. This is probably one of the reasons why we have made the husband and wife thing work. Most importantly, we both admire and respect what the other brings to the table. 

I can’t say I like one area of my job description more than the other. It’s nice to get to move back an forth between them and so rewarding to see it all come together in the end.

timeless kitchen // H2 Design + Build

SB: Who would you most like to collaborate with on a project?

H2: There really is no “one” person. The best collaborations are the ones where both sides respect the others talent and vision. When it works, it works. And it’s usually apparent right of the start.

gray kitchen cabinets // H2 Design + Build

SB: Do you have “go to” paint colors? If so, which ones?

H2: The Full Spectrum Color Collection by Benjamin Moore is my go-to collection these days. The colors feel very European to me and seem to fall into my work seamlessly. Colors like Crisp Linen, Chimichurri, Plantation, Sea Glass, Pinky Swear, Porch Swing, and City Shadow are all, literally, on my desk right now.

simple mudroom entry // H2 Design + Build

SB: Which of today’s interior design trends are here to stay and which ones will we see fade away?

H2: In all honesty, I don’t pay attention to trends because they are just that. I find myself drawn to timeless materials and designs and pair them with modern lines and amenities. Longevity is so important. No one wants to put money into something that will be out of style next year!

breakfast nook // H2 Design + Build

SB: Where do you recommend clients splurge versus save?

H2: Where someone decides to splurge is so personal. Items that you can see handing down to the next generation are a good rule of thumb. Artwork, lighting, an iconic piece like my favorite Saarinen table, for example, all could get put into the splurge category.

Architecturally speaking, you need to splurge on the bones of the house first. You don’t want to put money into something that you aren’t in love with initially.

outdoor living area // H2 Design + Build

SB: What excites you most about landscape design today?

H2: What excites me most about landscaping is how it can set apart a home from it’s neighboring houses. The same principles apply: keep it clean and simple, and don’t overwhelm the landscape with numerous species and focal points. I would guess that all of our favorite homes have a yard to pair with it that is just as lovely. 

One other small piece of advice; natural evergreen hedges are by far more welcoming that a fence.

artwork above bed // bedroom // H2 Design + Build

SB: Fill in the blank. No room is complete without…

H2:  … a personal touch. I love adding quirky, out of place items that reflect my clients’ personality.

marble bathroom // H2 Design + Build

SB: Do you have words of wisdom for those thinking about building or renovating a home?

H2: Start with the bones of the house. Perfect it, and then add on… whether that be spatially speaking or interior furnishing wise.

modern elements dining area // nuvolette wallpaper by cole & sons

SB: What’s next for H2 Design + Build?

H2: We are just going to keep going! We have a small restaurant remodel opening very soon, which is a first for our company. Additionally, we are working on a handful of new homes, plus various remodels and renovations. And of course, interior furnishings for all of the above.

Far too much of the  architecture and design of today has lost the attention to detail that existed in the past. I hope and aspire to bring some of this back, but from a modern perspective.
*all images provided by H2 Design + Build
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Read full story By on March 22, 2016 in Bathroom, Features, gallery wall, Garden, home exterior / curb appeal, interior design, Interiors, interview, Interviews, Kitchen, kitchens, Living Room, mid-century modern, mudrooms

Holiday Front Door & Target Gift Card Giveaway

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Last week I prepped our dinner table for the holidays, but this week I’m focusing on decorating the outside of our home. The first step is to create a festive holiday front door. Dressing up the your entry for the season is a great way to greet guests dropping by for celebrations, Christmas parties and holiday visits. With help from Target, I created a traditional Christmas look for our front door. I started by flanking the black front door with red poinsettias, pinecone & berry trees and birch lantern candle holders. Every door needs a holiday decor and I selected a classic boxwood wreath. I added a traditional black and white striped ribbon and sprigs of live red berries to complete the look. As a finishing touch I selected a fresh diamond door mat. Loving the result!

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From beautiful wreaths to cheerful door mats, shimmering lights to festive lanterns, Target has what you’ll need to decorate your home inside and out this holiday season. And best yet, at prices that are so affordable it won’t break the bank!

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Target wants you to get in the holiday spirit too. They are giving one lucky Simplified Bee reader a $100 gift card. To enter please use the Rafflecopter widget below:

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The winner will be chosen at random Thursday, December 18 from Rafflecopter and announced on Simplified Bee’s Facebook.

happy holidays,

cristin  

 

 

*all photos and styling by Cristin Priest of Simplified Bee

** Target provided merchandise from their store for this post, but my opinions are all my own – as always!

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Read full story By on December 10, 2014 in Christmas, decorating small spaces, Entertaining, Features, Get The Look, Giveaways, Holiday, holiday decor, home accessories, home exterior / curb appeal, simplified bee portfolio