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Design Crush :: Velvet Sofas

design crush // velvet sofas #interiors #blue

As the cooler weather roles in I find myself gravitating to certain textiles. One in particular is velvet. Love this soft, textured fabric on sofas in particular. I’ve pulled a few of my favorite interiors featuring velvet sofas and as you will see the textile look great in just about any color and style.

design crush // velvet sofas #interiors #blue

Known for mixing modern and vintage elements, Catherine Kwong selects a sofa in a deep marine blue velvet for urban living room. The tufting is beautifully executed and allows the velvet to shimmer. If you like this look, check out West Elm’s Chester Sofa (disclosure: affiliate link) in performance velvet.

green velvet sofa // lilly bunn #iinteriors #sofas

Interior designer, Lilly Bunn features a stunning emerald green velvet sofa in this chic living room. Love how she mixes period styles and pattern here. Gorgeous!

design crush // velvet sofas // michelle james apartment #interiors

Rich chocolate mohair velvet covers the sectional in lighting designer, Michelle James’ Brooklyn apartment (as seen in Remodelista). Cozy, luxury at its best!

happy decorating,

cristin

* first image source via J. Latter Design

 

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Read full story By on October 16, 2014 in Features, furniture, Get The Look, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, living rooms, textiles

Lulu & Georgia Giveaway and Bathroom Styling

bathroom styling // simplified bee

Our new bathroom still needed a little styling especially one wall above the toilet. I teamed up with Lulu & Georgia for some super chic decor items for the space. I instantly fell in love with a photograph of a beautiful cactus plant. The gray tones and organic pattern look amazing with the marble tile. Love it! I also spotted the Retrograd Vase and liked it’s mid-century modern vibe. I filled it with succulents from my garden for a pop of color. To finish out the look, I selected a three wick candle housed in a timeless tin with a metallic knob. The cedar with scent with hints of vanilla is amazing. Every bathroom needs a candle like this – and don’t forget to pair it with an adorable matchbox like this! And for a limited time, grab some for yourself at 20% OFF at LuLu & Georgia using discount code: BEE20 (expires 10/22/14).

bathroom styling // succulents and candle // simplified beethree wick candle gray marble bathroom // simplified beeHave a spot in your home that needs some styling too? Good news! Lulu & Georgia is 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 Tuesday, October 22 from Rafflecopter and announced on Simplified Bee’s Facebook page the following day.

happy decorating & good luck,

cristin

* this post was sponsored by Lulu & Georgia, but all opinions are my own (as always).

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Read full story By on October 14, 2014 in Bathroom, bathrooms, discounts, Features, flowers, Giveaways, home accessories, Interiors, original artwork

Book Review :: Decorating The Way I See It by Markham Roberts

Book Review // Decorating The Way I See It // Markham Roberts #design #book #interiors

New York-based interior designer, Markham Roberts is bringing a fresh and modern approach to traditional and contemporary styles alike. Known for his ability to work in any design vernacular, Roberts trained with legendary decorator Mark Hampton for six years before launching his own design firm in 1997. Since then his career has skyrocketed. His work has been described as “the very definition of chic” and published in Architectural Digest, Domino, House Beautiful, and House & Garden – just to name a few. Roberts was also named to the elite AD100 earlier this year. For these reasons you can imagine how eager I was to get me hands on his newly released book, Decorating: The Way I See It. Simply put, it’s extraordinary.

First, I love how the book is organized. Rather than dishing out decorating advice, Roberts takes us step-by-step as he would a design project – from the floor plan to the color and pattern scheme to the furnishings and accessories. The 250+ pages showcases his work ranging from New York City apartments to sprawling country homes. The diversity, sophistication and exceptional personable touch he delivers project after project is truly outstanding. With over 300 stunning images, selecting ones to share with you was the hardest part of of this review, however here are a few of my favorites:

velvet turquoise walls // formal living room // markham robertsdecorating advice // Markham Roberts #designblue bedroom // designed by markham roberts #designblue formal living room // designed by markham roberts #blueformal dining room // markham roberts #interiors #dining

Markham, with his unflinching ease, his assured eye, his natural understanding of how a house should function, and his total lack of pretense, creates rooms that age well and are timeless. – Senga Mortimer – Editor at Large at House Beautiful

family room in earth tones // beams and wood plank wallsgreen velvet sofa // library // markham robertsgreen velvet settee // great room // markham roberts #design #greendaybed reading nook // home office // design by markham roberts

 

This last image with cozy daybed in a rich velvet is perhaps my favorite. Roberts designed the colorful office for a mom with four children, three dogs and a husband that works from home. The inviting niche sits is directly across from her desk and provides a quiet place of her own. I long for such a space!

I know you will adore this book and fall in love with Roberts’ work like I have. It’s an absolute must have for any design library. Don’t pass on this one!

happy decorating,

cristin

*photo credit: Nelson Hancock and courtesy of Vendome Press

 

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Read full story By on September 30, 2014 in Bedroom, bedrooms, book, book review, bookshelves, color, dining rooms, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, living rooms, patio furniture, upholstery, wallpaper, window treatments

Small Walk-in Closet Design Reveal

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One bonus of the new addition in our home, was a walk-in closet. It’s on the smaller size, so I turned to EasyClosets to help maximize every inch. As you may recall, the design was done virtually with EasyClosets and we installed it ourselves. Here are some images of the closet design and install in case you missed it.

gray walk-in closet design // simplifiedbee.com

The closet’s neutral color palette flows from the bedroom and bathroom. My starting point for the design was Cole & Son’s Great Wave wallpaper which was selected for an accent wall. The beautiful crashing wave design was inspired a 19th century Japanese woodprint.  To complement the coastal feel and grays in the wallpaper, I choose the driftwood finish for the cabinets and layered natural elements such as the jute rug and seagrass baskets.

wave wallpaper // walk-in closet design // simplifiedbee.comshoe rack // walk-in closet // simplifiedbee.com

Love the shoe rack! I can now display and find all of my favorites quickly!

walk-in closet organization // simplifiedbee.com

The hutch drawer unit provides both me and my husband plenty of drawer and opening shelving. I love have counter space for jewelry and other trinkets.

small walk-in closet design // simplifiedbee.com #closets

We love our small walk-in closet design and are so pleased with the result! Thank you EasyClosets for making the process so easy!

design sources:

drift-wood walk-in closet – EasyCloset

great wave wallpaper – Cole & Son

diamond jute rug – Pottery Barn

silver tin box – Serena & Lily

turquoise shagreen box - Martha Stewart

seagrass dipped baskets – Container Store

mid-century stamp bowl – West Elm

happy organizing,

Cristin

*disclosure: This post was sponsored by EasyClosets, however all opinions are my own (as always!)

 ** photo credit: Cristin Priest of Simplified Bee

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Read full story By on September 29, 2014 in Closets, Interiors, Organization, product review, simplified bee portfolio, storage, wallpaper