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Beautiful Southern California Home Tour

It’s a new week and I’m thrilled to be sharing a beautiful project by Corona del Mar, California-based interior designer, Ohara Davies-Gaetano. The emerging designer (recently published in Veranda) helped a family remodel and settle into their new Newport Beach home (downsizing from their previous one in Virginia). Ohara created an inviting, comfortable, yet elegant space reflective of her clients’ casual lifestyle. She also wanted a very open feeling where all areas of the house seamlessly flow into the next. Because the home was much smaller than what the owners were used to, each room had to serve its purpose and be functional. European antiques found throughout the home add small but elegant touches, which epitomize Ohara’s passion for mixing a little old with the new. I also love how her design  embraces the gorgeous light, landscape and outdoor living Southern California is known for.

california home with stone fence #curbappealrelaxed + elegant california living room designelegant living room designwhite modern kitchen // marble coutertops and backsplash // Ohara Davies-Gaetano elegant kitchen // california homedining room // upholstered chair details #nailhead #slipcoveredelegant california bedroom #bedside #bedroomswhite marble bathroom // Ohara Davies-Gaetano #bathroomsserene white bedroom designmodern stainless steel tub #bathroomsgorgeous southern california patio #outdoorliving

 

 *images published with permission via Ohara Davies-Gaetano Interiors

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Read full story By on September 8, 2014 in antiques, Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, dining rooms, Garden, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, lighting, living rooms, patio furniture, tile

Pinterest :: 5 Favorites

Hello Monday! The start of a new week can be both refreshing and overwhelming. This week is loaded with back-to-school planning, client projects and wrapping up our remodel (which I’m hoping to share more pix of  soon!). So, I’m a bit more overwhelmed than I’d like.

To start the week off on an inspiring note, I’m sharing a few of my favorite pins on Pinterest as of late.

floor to ceiling cabinets #kitchencultivate kindnessPoolside // Napa Ranch Homebathroom design by Tobi Fairley #wallpapergirls bedroom // soft pink accentsimage sources top to bottom: Luigi Fragola Architects, Simply Divine CreationHouse Beautiful, Tobi Fairley, DecorPad

Any inspire you?

happy decorating,

Cristin

 

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Read full story By on August 18, 2014 in 5 favorites, Bathroom, bathrooms, Features, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, patio furniture, quote

My New Addition Sneak Peek & Cleaning with Pledge®

Doesn’t it feel good to wrap up a project? That’s the way I’m feeling this week as the finishing touches are completed on the new addition in our home. It’s been four months of hammering, debris and dust but, the result was worth all these minor inconveniences. I’m not quite prepared to show you the project in its entirety, but would like to share some sneak peeks of some of the finishes that were selected and on Instagram.

carrara marble hexagon tile floor // simplified bee

You must have guessed I would select a hexagon pattern for the bathroom floor :) This one is in carrara marble.

carrara marble tile shower // Mr. Steam // Simplified Bee

The shower will feature a steam shower (Mr. Steam of course) and will soon be my favorite spot in the whole house.

chrome bathroom faucet // simplified bee

I went round and round with what surface to select for the bathroom vanity, but in the end I selected a charcoal gray quartz. Super durable. Love the contrast it has with the all white vanity too.

driftwood gray walk-in closet // simplified bee

The new walk-in closet is another favorite space. It’s in a driftwood gray laminate. It’s really stunning. I’ll go into more detail about this later :)

hardwood floors + hide rug // www.simplifiedbee.com

For the bedroom and to coordinate with the rest of the house, we selected white oak floors in a natural stain. New hardwood floors are the best. I’ve layered them with a super soft silvery hide rug.

As I mentioned, all of the dust from the construction has added up. And before we can move all of our furnishings, clothing and personal items into the new space, it needed to be cleaned. You may remember the traditional Pledge in the yellow can? Did you know Pledge® also makes cleaners for floors and other surfaces in your home? The nice folks at Pledge sent me some of their newer products out in my own home to test for myself. Pledge’s Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner was a favorite because it easily removes dust, fingerprints and smudges from a variety of surfaces including wood, marble, chrome, granite, glass and stainless steel. It was the perfect all in one cleaner from counters to windows to shelves.

Attending BlogHer 2014 in San Jose this weekend? If so, please drop by the SC Johnson booth and say hi! I’ll be helping share design and organizing tips in the “living room” where Pledge® is being showcased. Product demos will be going on all day as well and we’d love to send you home with a sample to try in out yourself. In addition there will be some fabulous prizes including five chances to win Pledge® products and a $50 Visa gift. There will also be two chances to win a grand prize; all the must-haves for family game night including a collection of board games OR an XBOX One. The booth will also showcase other SC Johnson products including Ziploc, Shout, Glade and Scrubbing Bubbles. If you can’t make BlogHer, join the conversation on Twitter or Instagram using #Pledge2Reset!

happy decorating,

cristin

*disclosure: this post was sponsored by Pledge, however all opinions are my own (as always).

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Read full story By on July 23, 2014 in Bathroom, bathrooms, blog, interior design, Interiors, simplified bee portfolio

Holiday House Hamptons 2014 :: My Faves

Earlier this summer, Holiday House Hamptons at Watchcase in Sag Harbor opened its doors to the public. Showcasing eighteen talented interior designers, the prestigious design showhouse combines two of founder, Iris Dankner’s passions: interior design and fundraising for breast cancer research. This year Holiday House partnered with Hamptons Cottages and Gardens (HC&G) to deliver an inspiring design house which is actually a 19th century brick factory that’s now being converted into luxury condos. The grand industrial space set the stage for each designer to create a space themed around a holiday or special moment in their life. Here’s a look at some of my favorite spaces.

Holiday House Hamptons 2014 // Living Room

living room by Elizabeth Dow Home

Holiday House Hamptons // Kitchen

kitchen by West Chin Architects and Interior Designers

The event is as much about celebrating life as it is about fighting breast cancer. – Holiday House Hamptons

Holiday House Hamptons // White Room

bungalow living room by ID Creations

Holiday House Hamptons 2014 // Floral Bedroom

master bedroom by Campion Platt

Holiday House Hamptons 2014 // Bathroom

bathroom by Campion Platt

Holiday House Hamptons // Dressing Room

dressing room by Studio MRS

Holiday House Hamptons // Blue Room

media room by Bjornen Design

Holiday House Hamptons 2014 will be open daily until Monday, September 1 at 15 Church Street, Sag Harbor, New York. General admission is $35. For more information and and tickets, please visit: holidayhousehamptons.com.

happy decorating,

cristin

* photo credit: Rikki Snyder via Houzz

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Read full story By on July 21, 2014 in Bathroom, Bedroom, home accessories, houzz, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, Living Room, wallpaper