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Beach House Tour

Our spring has been cooler than usual and is taking its own sweet time to arrive. It has me longing for the long warm days of summer and I think that’s why I’m so drawn to the beautiful South Carolina beach house designed by Cortney Bishop. The interior’s simple white backdrop is paired with pops of contrasting blacks and grays. Warmer wood accents are featured in furnishings, cabinetry and ceiling details. And of course, I’m a huge fan of the large windows and all that natural light. The views of the Atlantic Ocean must me amazing. Take a a little beach house tour . . .

beach house entryway // cortney bishop designbeach house living room // cortney bishop designbeach house // black and white kitchen // cortney bishop design

beach house family room // cortney bishop design

The kiddo’s spaces shown below are perhaps my favorite. The bunk room is so chic and functional. I love how it leads to a game room. The black triple faucet sink is the best too.

beach house kids bedroom // cortney bishop design beach house kids bunk bedroom // cortney bishop designbeach house game room // cortney bishop designbeach house bathroom // black and white // cortney bishop designbeach house marble bathroom // cortney bishop design* all images via cortney bishop design

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Read full story By on April 13, 2018 in baby and children, Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, Boy, contemporary decor, family rooms, foyers, furniture, Girl, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, Living Room, living rooms, mid-century modern, Playroom, playrooms

Stylish Organized Kitchen

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stylish organized kitchen // studio mcgee

Whether your kitchen has a lot of work-space or just a little, keeping the counters neat and organized is essential. And as I’ve stressed before, organization doesn’t have to be ho-hum. There are so many beautiful storage items perfect to keep a stylish organized kitchen. Here are a few of my favorites. . .

stylish organized kitchen // @simplifiedbee #kitchen #organizedkitchen

:: product links ::

1. marble fruit bowl :: 2. ceramic rope canisters :: 3. copper tray :: 4. enamel on steel utensil holder :: 5. kitchen island :: 6. wire bin :: 7. marble soap dispenser :: 8. woven rattan tray :: 9. salt cellar :: 10. tin storage buckets

:: more beautiful kitchen products ::

*first image via studio mcgee

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Read full story By on January 30, 2018 in Decluttering, home accessories, home organization, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, storage, Tips/Tricks, Uncategorized

Favorite Kitchen Design Trends 2018

With a new year, many of us have plans to renovate or fresh-up our homes. One living space I’d recommend starting with the heart of the home, the kitchen. We recently finished our kitchen renovation and I must say, it was worth the pain. If you are considering a kitchen renovation of your home, take a look at my favorite kitchen design trends for 2018.

ONE :: DARK KITCHENS

kitchen design trends 2018 // dark kitchens // @simplifiedbee

Move over all-white kitchens – dark kitchens are in! The dark kitchen however is not a new trend in 2018, but one that’s been building momentum over the last few years and can’t be ignored. From modern to traditional, dark gray, navy and black are hues are being used on cabinetry. I love it paired with white walls like in this kitchen designed by Studio McGee.

TWO :: STATEMENT RANGES

kitchen design trends 2018 // colorful kitchen accents // @simplifiedbee

Another trend in kitchen design are statement ranges. Elaborate hoods are being toned down, while ranges are ramping up in style. Even though there are several luxury ranges that would certainly make a statement in your kitchen, La Cornue is leading the pack. La Cornue gives you more flexibility in customizing the color and trim of their ranges with 8 colors and 3 trim options. This gourmet kitchen (spotted on Instagram) feature’s a gorgeous La Cornue range in tapestry.

THREE :: COZY KITCHENS

kitchen design trends 2018 // cozy kitchens // @simplifiedbeekitchen design trends 2018 // cozy kitchens // @simplifiedbee

Open floor plans have allowed for a easy access from kitchen to living spaces, however it’s been the textiles and furnishings which help deliver a seamless flow. In the process, kitchens are now getting more inviting, approachable and cozier. Adding upholstered banquettes, throw pillows and plush area rugs in the kitchen is a trend I don’t see slowing down in 2018. (image sources – first via Instagram – Kate Marker Interiors and second via Instagram – Amber Interiors)

FOUR :: BLACK FINISHES

kitchen design trends 2018 // black finishes in kitchens // @simplifiedbee kitchen design trends 2018 // black finishes in kitchens // @simplifiedbee

FOUR :: MATTE BLACK FINISHES

As I mentioned, darker colors are making a comeback in the kitchen, but it’s not just the cabinetry. I’m specifically noticing a shift from polished finishes (brass, chrome, etc.) to matte black. From lighting to faucets; appliances to hardware, matte black finishes are trending. Loving this breakfast nook with a woven pendant in black. (image sources – first via Instagram – Lilly Gianikas and second via Studio McGee

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Read full story By on January 8, 2018 in breakfast nooks, color, decorative hardware, design trends, Features, home accessories, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, throw pillows, Uncategorized

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.

book review // outdoor in - the gardens and house of Tichenor & Thorpgrand foyer // outdoor in - the gardens and house of Tichenor & Thorp // book review

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

book review // outdoor in - the gardens and house of Tichenor & Thorpgarden demilune bench // book review // outdoor in - the gardens and house of Tichenor & Thorp

*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