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Book Review :: A House in the Country

Book Review // A House in the Country // via @simplifiedbee

What happens when a renowned architect and an A-list interior designer collaborate to build their dream home? The magical result is chronicled in a must have new decor book, A House in the Country which invites us in the one-of-a-kind Greek Revival-inspired house of Peter Pennoyer (architect) and Katie Ridder (designer). The creative power couple spent years searching for just the right property and in 2009 found a ranch house on six-and-a-half acres in Millbrook, New York. With more than 300 photos and illustrations, Peter and Katie invite us into their home and share the story behind the transformation. The book is simply organized into three sections – Exterior, Interior and Garden. It’s evident from just the first few page turns, that the home’s architecture and interior design are totally in sync. Don’t let the exterior traditional architecture fool you either – the home’s interior is colorful and full of modern touches. Katie’s bold use of color including pink and purple – beautifully connects and defines the spaces in Peter’s open-floor plan. In addition, the home’s garden is sensational and I love how the book dives into the smallest details including plant selection.

This home is extraordinary and the book captures it amazingly. Here is just a sampling of the stunning images.

A+House+in+the+Country+Book+Reviewfoyer // purple tile // katie ridderentry // katie ridder

The entire house is a feat of texture, color and personality. – A House in the Country

living room // katie ridderpink library // katie ridderfloral arrangement // A House in the Country // Book Review @simplifiedbeebreakfast table // kitchen // katie riddergirl's bedroom // katie riddergeo tile floor // bathroom // katie ridder
* photography by Eric Piasecki

**this post contains affiliate links

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Read full story By on October 25, 2016 in Bathroom, Bedroom, book, book review, color, Features, flowers, foyers, Girl, girl's bedroom, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, Living Room, living rooms, wallpaper

Reveal :: Modern Bathroom with Rove Concepts

This modern bathroom reveal is long overdue folks, but with the One Room Challenge for our foyer and master bathroom it got pushed aside. One of the first projects we tackled in our new fixer-upper home last year was the guest bathroom – mainly because of an active leak that needed to be addressed. Over the years, the bathroom had been updated here and there, but not in a good way. The blinds, contemporary vanity, plastic yellow tiles and glass mosaic tile work needed to go. In fact, the entire space needed to be gutted and it all had to go except the original tub. Take a look at the before images and you will understand.

:: BEFORE ::
guest bathroom beforeguest bathroom beforeguest bathroom demo

We wanted the new bathroom to feel fresh, yet timeless; traditional, yet with a modern twist. The black hexagon cement tile flooring was selected first and the white subway tile contrasted with dark grout was a natural pairing. The window was painted a glossy black and dressed with a custom roman shade in a sharp black and white buffalo check fabric. A new smaller pedestal sink, chrome mirror and vanity lighting was also added for a clean look.

As you know, I love to mix styles and love modern touches. To complete the space I teamed up with Rove Concepts, a leader in mid-century modern reproduction furnishings and accessories. I appreciate their focus on quality, detail and use of the highest quality materials to deliver reflect the essence of minimalist design.

:: AFTER ::
new traditional bathroom // @simplifiedbee #neotrad #bathrooms

I love adding a stool or chair to a bathroom when space allows. Once the radiator under the window was removed, it seemed a lovely spot for seating. Rove Concepts’ Flag Halyard Ottoman was the perfect choice. This statement piece was inspired by Hans J. Wegner and features suspended flag line supported by a durable stainless steel frame. It also comes with a chic Australian long-haired sheepskin to drape over the top. Isn’t it divine?

modern bench // black & white bathroom // @simplifiedbeemodern accessories // black & white bathroom // @simplifiedbee

You know how I like to incorporate live plants in every room and bathrooms are no exception. Rove Concepts’ Strapped Marble Vase caught my eye instantly as I knew it would look great in the space. It now houses a beautiful orchid. I adore the strap detail – it brings a little warmth to the space and coordinates with the ottoman nicely.

buffalo check roman shade // bathroom // @simplifiedbee

Keeping it simple and functional, I selected a black ceramic coffee cup to corral the toothbrushes. The cup’s finish is a combination of matte and glossy. A subtle, yet lovely detail.

modern bathroom accessories // @simplifiedbee

I’m completely in love with this new bathroom. And a big thank you to Rove Concepts for helping me get it beautifully styled.


ottoman // marble vase // hexagon cement tile // pedestal sink // chrome faucet // triple sconce lighting // pivoting mirror // roman shade // iron hook rack // toothbrush holder

*all photography by Simplified Bee

**products named were supplied by Rove Concepts, however all opinions are my own as always.

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Read full story By on August 16, 2016 in Bathroom, bathrooms, furniture, home accessories, interior design, Interiors, mid-century modern, simplified bee portfolio, tile, window treatments

One Room Challenge Spring 2016 :: Favorites

The last few weeks have been a bit of a blur. My kids are wrapping up their school year, we have started demoing the kitchen/great room and I’ve starting taking training classes for our puppy (see image below). I’m also quite relieved that the One Room Challenge Spring 2016 edition is complete. The experience was so much fun, yet exhausting. I’m so thankful to have worked with Linda from Calling it Home who created it all and with the generous event sponsors including, allmodernbassett mirrorbellacorcaroline cecil textilescrystoramadecoratorsbestfarrow & balljoss & mainloweslucent light shopluxholdupsminted.comwaiting on martha, and  waterworks.

A huge thank you to you. I’m overwhelmed by the supportive and loving comments, emails, and thumbs up you’ve sent my way. Many thanks!!!

sheepadoodle puppymaster bathroom // vanity // @simplifiedbee

Did you have an opportunity to check out the other 19 bloggers that participated in the challenge? Again, I was blown away by the talent and gorgeous designs. Here are a few of my favorite ORC transformations…

laundry room // the zhush

Who wouldn’t enjoy doing laundry in this space designed by Sue De Chiara of the The Zhush? My favorite design detail is the fabulous Nuvolette wallpaper by Cole and Sons. Perfection.

living room // clare brody designs // one room challenge

Claire Brody transformed her living room using layers of neutrals. Isn’t it inviting? Love.

office // waiting on martha // one room challenge

Modern, organized and chic – the new office space for the Waiting On Martha team is a fave.

guest bedroom // pencil + paper // one room challenge

The guest suite by pencil and paper blog is one I’d love in my own home. I adore the blush pink walls and chinoiserie touches.

pink girl's bedroom // sketch 42

How sweet is this pink bedroom the Nicole from Sketch 42 designed for her sister? Loving the skirted table in Miles Redd fabric.

colorful den // the pink clutch // one room challenge

Paige Minear of The Pink Clutch transformed her already beautiful den into a colorful oasis. There is so much eye candy in this space from the wallpapered bookcases to the gorgeous upholstery. Love all of the layers.

Here are all the links to the other amazing transformations…

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Read full story By on May 31, 2016 in Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, contemporary decor, Girl, interior design, Interiors, Living Room

One Room Challenge :: Master Bathroom and Closet Reveal

master bathroom // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge

Today’s the day – the One Room Challenge reveal. I can’t believe how quickly the last six weeks have flown by. There have been ups and downs along the way, but I’m so excited to share my new Master Bathroom and Walk-in Closet with you. It was a definitely a bigger challenge than the Foyer I designed last fall, but in the end I’m so glad that I selected this space. It’s my now my new favorite place in our home. Serene. Chic. Functional. Love, love, love it.

In case you are just joining and seeing this all for the first time, here are links to the first five weeks of my One Room Challenge this spring:

Week One (before) // Week 2 (inspiration & demo)

Week 3 (paint & wallpaper) // Week 4 (lighting, hardware & textiles)

Week 5 (accessories)

Also to refresh your memory and to appreciate the dramatic transformation, I’ve included a few before images in combination with the new images.


master bathroom before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge master bathroom before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge master bathroom before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallengemaster bathroom before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge


master bathroom // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge

I’m over-the-moon with the result. The mosaic marble tile floor was a starting point of the whole design. I went with my gut to do a larger pattern on the floor and I’m so pleased. To counter the heavy pattern the walls, the main vanity and trim were all painted in Farrow & Ball’s Strong White. It’s perfect neutral white for all the gray tones throughout the space.

master bathroom // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee master bathroom // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge

I was instantly drawn to Kamala Nahas’ Liquid Amber artwork from The black and white photograph of a single leaf was simple, yet striking. I hung it over a double towel rack with personalized towels.

master bathroom // vanity // @simplifiedbee

I designed the double sink vanity to have modern, clean lines. The polished chrome square ring pulls are a mid-century modern touch that I love. A pair of rectangle under-mount sinks by Kohler (Lowes) are paired with polished chrome faucets and a beautiful Calcutta marble top.

waterworks bathroom accessories // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

A handsome trio of bath accessories from Waterworks are placed on a black and white boudoir tray. I love the mix of material here!

master bathroom // glass sconce detail // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

I’m not a fan of matchy matchy finishes. In the bathroom, I mixed a variety of metals including brass and polished chrome.  Here is a detail of Crytorama’s glass torch wall sconce flanking the brass vanity mirrors. Loving it!

master bathroom // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallengemarble steam shower // bathroom // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallengelucite shower door pull // luxholdups // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

The marble shower features two shower heads, a marble seat and a steam unit by Mr. Steam. The lucite door handle by LuxHoldUps is my favorite detail. It’s generous in size and adds that chic touch that I was looking for.

bathroom // woods wallpaper // caroline cecil textiles // @simplifiedbeebathroom // wallpaper, roman shade & mirror // @simplifiedbee

The water closet is super whimsical. The Woods & Pears wallpaper by Cole & Son (DecoratorsBest) sets a dramatic tone. The Roman Shade in Caroline Cecil Textiles‘ Ink Stripe is a fun play on pattern. The round mirror with leather strap (Joss & Main) adds another play on pattern and more natural light to the space. The flush mount ceiling fixture (Crystorama) and painted ceiling in Farrow & Ball’s Worsted is another little element of surprise.

master bathroom // shoe closet detail - bumblebee wallpaper // @simplifiedbee master bathroom // closet wallpaper detail // @simplifiedbee @oneroomchallenge

My closets in the bathroom were lined in Farrow & Ball’s Bumblebee Wallpaper 586 – it’s a grayish pink and a nod to the pink in the original bathroom. I had to incorporate a bee motif somewhere! I’m also thrilled with the rolling laundry basket (Joss & Main) and the chic stool (AllModern).

brass + glass sputnik light fixture // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

For an additional modern touch, I selected a glass & brass sputnik flush mount fixture (Lucent Light Shop) to hang above the make-up vanity. Love it!

make-up vanity // bathroom // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallengeroman shade // caroline cecil textiles // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

The make-up vanity is my special little space in the bathroom. Isn’t it pretty? In addition to the stool, I incorporated lots of girly touches like the lucite and polished chrome pulls, round marble tray by waterworks for my perfume and a bronze standing mirror by Arteriors (Bellacor). The top of the vanity is also papered in the same Bumblebee wallpaper as the closets and covered with clear glass. The window is also treated with a Roman shade in Caroline Cecil Textiles.

round marble tray for perfume // bathroom // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallengebathroom vanity // round table mirror // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge


master closet before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge master closet before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge


walk-in closet for him // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

My husband’s walk-in closet was quite a transformation too! The new space features a playful Great Wave wallpaper by Cole & Son (DecoratorsBest), a handsome rope mirror (Bassett Mirror Co) and a stately brass semi-mount light fixture (Crystorama).

walk-in closet // marble box // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

I also incorporated some super stylish storage pieces including a beautiful marble box (Bellacor), rattan laundry basket (Waterworks) and beach house bins that line the shelves.
walk-in closet // beach vibe decor // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallengewalk-in closet // waterworks laundry hamper // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

I can’t tell you how relieved I am to have this project completed. The process certainly had its ups and downs. It would have never happened without the support of Linda (the founder of the One Room Challenge), the generosity of my sponsors and all of sub-contractors that maneuvered schedules to make it happen. A huge thank you!!!


allmodern lucite stool // bassett mirror rope mirror // bellacor vanity table mirror & marble box // caroline cecil textiles fabric for shades // crystorama lighting // decoratorsbest  cole & son wallpaper // farrow & ball paint & bumblebee wallpaper // joss & main chrome hamper & round hanging mirror // lowes bathroom sinks & legrand adorne outlets // lucent light shop glass sputnik light // luxholdups vanity hardware & shower door pull // artwork by kamala nahas // waiting on martha boudoir tray //  waterworks (and special thanks to waterworks showroom san francisco – 415.431.7160) bathroom accessories & woven hamper


the container store beach house bins in closet // forge hardware studio brass pulls in closet // mr. steam steam shower unit // nordstrom black candle //overstock tribal rug // rejuvenation vanity pulls & towel bar // restoration hardware brass vanity mirrors// rohl faucet & shower fixtures // the shade store roman shades // walker zanger mosaic tile floor // west elm shade box


candace & kurt williams of photo-tecture (images 1, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 20, 26 )

heather gallagher smith (images 7, 11, 14-19, 21,-23, 27-29)

cristin bisbee priest (before images)

I can’t wait to see the final reveals of the other 19 ORC participants! I know they will be amazing…

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Read full story By on May 11, 2016 in Bathroom, bathrooms, brass, Closets, contemporary decor, decorative hardware, etsy, interior design, Interiors, lighting, mirrors, Organization, storage, tile, vintage, wallpaper, waterworks, window treatments