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Design Reveal :: Black and White Powder Room

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black & white juju hat // bird wallpaper

One of the spaces that was renovated during our last construction project was the powder room. It sits toward the from of the house and is in parallel with the staircase – making the room long and narrow. It has been decorated several times since 1940 and the last being in the late 60s. The blue toilet and sink coordinated with the wallpaper which featured cherubs. Gold wall sconces with crystals flanked a mirror that was removed before we bought the home. Shear drapery that was full of dust covered a large window. All of it needed to go.

:: BEFORE ::

vintage bathroom // before renovation // @simplifiedbeepowder room demo

The space was completely gutted and re-plumbed. From head to toe the room was transformed into a light and airy space. Check it out now…

:: AFTER ::

black & white bird wallpaper w juju hat // bathroom // @simplifiedbee

The wallpaper – Pajarita (black) by Laundry Studio for Hygge & West features whimsical birds and was my first design selection for the bathroom. The delicate, yet energetic pattern was inspired by the various murals of birds seen throughout Mexico City. I also love that birds symbolize freedom. Black concrete hexagon tiles and a steel mirror were paired with the wallpaper. To flank the mirror, I selected understated, yet classic wall sconces. A top-down Roman shade in white match-stick was selected to bring in the light and provide privacy. The black and white ju ju hat hanging above the toilet is just plain fun and a nod to the birds. The blue sink was the perfect scale for the room, so I had it re-painted in white to match the new toilet by Toto. The faucet hardware needed to be replaced, but was able to reuse the original toilet paper and towel rack hardware.

vintage sink // bathroom // @simplifiedbeebathroom sconce // top down shade // black steel mirrorsheepadoodle // bathroom // @simplifiedbee

Dino – our one year old Sheepadoodle – helped me with the photo shoot and is seen here on the cement tile floor by Cement Tile Shop.

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Read full story By on January 12, 2017 in Bathroom, bathrooms, interior design, Interiors, lighting, mirrors, simplified bee portfolio, wallpaper

5 Favorites :: Organizing Your Home

organized mudroom #getorganized

(image via remodelista)

Hello 2017! With the new year brings new resolutions. One goal that may top your list is organizing your home. However, this can be easier said than done! Cleaning closets, organizing the entry, and clearing the clutter takes planning, time and motivation. In the spirit of getting organized in 2017, I’m sharing 5 simple ways to get organized.
ONE :: HOOKSsimple entry with hooks and bench

Entryways are a dumping ground for coats, shoes and bags. Make the space more orderly with wall hooks to hang items. I love this example by Coco.Kelley.

TWO :: BASKETSorganized linen closet with baskets

Linen closets can get messy quickly if they are not planned out. I recommend baskets with tags to keep the space well organized. Here Ballard Designs uses chic woven baskets house toilet paper and bedding.

THREE :: PIN BOARDScork wall // home office

I’m a huge fan of pin boards to keep important papers organized and top of mind. This cork wall is not only a great way to keep announcements, invites and important documents organized, it’s a decor statement. Love!

FOUR :: CLEAR STORAGE

acrylic front drawers // closet organization

Acrylic storage is a favorite of mine for obvious reasons – you can see everything inside saving so much time. I love this example of acrylic drawer front for a closet I spotted on My Domaine.

FIVE :: TRAYS

waterworks bathroom accessories // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallengetrays // organized kitchen // @simplifiedbee

I love trays for organizing. I use them throughout the house to corral items. Above are two examples of how I use trays in my own home. The first is a ceramic tray to house bathroom essentials and the second is a simple wooden tray to keep oils, spices and other kitchen items organized beautifully.

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Read full story By on January 4, 2017 in 5 favorites, Closets, Decluttering, decorative hardware, Features, goal setting, healthy home, home accessories, interior design, Interiors, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, Tips/Tricks

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

Friday Finds :: Blue Home Decor

disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using these links.blue bedroom // mark d sikes interior designblue bathroom tile // mark d sikes interior designtiffany blue // mark d. sikes interior design

True blue. It’s a favorite color of many including interior designer Mark D. Sikes who created these beautiful spaces in a sea of blue. The calming color is a fabulous choice throughout the house including for nurseries (boys and girls!), bathrooms and kitchens. For today’s Friday Finds, I’ve rounded-up a few of my current favorite home decor items in the shade of blue.

blue home decor finds // @simplifiedbee #blue #homedecor

blue home decor product links:

1 indigo throw pillow // 2 “the blue sea” by theresa losa // 3 navy dining chair // 4 prisha rug // 5 geo plate

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Read full story By on November 4, 2016 in Bedroom, bedrooms, color, Features, friday find, Friday Finds, interior design, Interiors