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Book Review :: Windsor Smith HOMEFRONT

Her interiors are glamorous, yet practical; sophisticated, yet relaxed. She strikes the perfect balance. I’m talking about A-list interior designer, Windsor Smith. She is simply one of the best in the business and so it’s no surprise that her first book, HOMEFRONT (Rizzoli) is absolutely fantastic. Filled with over 200 inspiring images, Smith walks through her process for creating beautiful, functional spaces from design intuition to the home in balance. In the book’s introduction, she explains her goal is to “design beautiful rooms for the way people today actually use them, regardless of their intended purpose, breaking the rules as to how a room ‘should’ function.” Her approach of creating livable spaces in every corner of the home resonates with me. Take a look at just some of the gorgeous images that grace the pages of this book and I think you’ll agree too.

Book Review :: Windsor Smith HOMEFRONT #decor #book #homeentry staircase // windsor smith HOMEFRONTmarble farmhouse sink // kitchen // windsor smith HOMEFRONTbrass chairs // windsor smith HOMEFRONT

A home in balance is masculine and feminine, antique and modern, light and dark, austere and glam, rustic and sophisticated – all these things in perfect harmony. – Windsor Smith

home office // windsor smith HOMEFRONTliving room // windsor smith HOMEFRONTdining space // windsor smith HOMEFRONT

I’m like an unruly child when it comes to design. There’s always a point where I say: “What if this weren’t the dining room?” – Windsor Smith

ottoman // living room // windsor smith

*photo credit: Windsor Smith HOMEFRONT

 

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Read full story By on June 9, 2015 in book, book review, Features, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, Living Room, living rooms

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Kitchen & Family Room

The first thing to catch my eye in the kitchen of this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase by Navarra Design was the traditional La Cornue range and hood in glossy chocolate with brass detailing. (swoon) It was coupled with a contemporary verre églomisé backsplash (gilded glass) featuring dandelions. It’s a magical combo. Navarra keeps the inset cabinetry clean in a crisp white, yet adds a contrasting cerused oak island. The kitchen space is unified with striking calacatta marble countertops. The metal and wood bar counter is an unexpected element placed perpendicular to the island and is the perfect spot for the homeowner’s kids. The high lacquer ceiling in teal blue was a wonderful way to incorporate a burst of color and bring the kitchen and family room together. The family room’s breakfast nook is set in the window and delivers breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay. (it’s lovely)

San Francisco Decorator Showcase // Kitchen  // Navarra DesignLa Cornue Range in Brown // Kitchen // SF Decorator ShowcaseSan Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 // Kitchen // Navarra Designkitchen detail // san francisco decorator showcase 2015Kitchen Nook // Bay Window // San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015San Francisco Decorator Showcase // Kitchen DeskSan Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 // Kitchen and Family RoomDog House under the Stairs // San Francisco Decorator Showcase

And how cute is the dog bed nestled under the staircase? Brilliant use of space!

happy decorating,

cristin

In case you’ve missed it:

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Sneak Peek

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Dining Room

*photo credits David Duncan Livingston Photography & Cristin Bisbee Priest

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Read full story By on May 1, 2015 in breakfast nooks, decorative hardware, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, lighting, office/study

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 :: Sneak Peek

This year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase is a beautiful Elizabethan-style home designed by iconic architect Julia Morgan (notable works include the legendary Hearst Castle and became the first woman to be awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal). The residence located on Jackson street in the prestigious Presidio Heights neighborhood, was completed in 1917 for $20,000 for Abraham Rosenberg, the “Dried Fruit King” and his wife, Alice.

In the last few months, thirty-eight Bay Area interior designers have transformed the six bedroom, eight bath home for the San Francisco University High School’s 38th annual Decorator Showcase. Gorgeous light fixtures, exquisite furnishings and extraordinary wallcoverings had me visiting spaces more than once on my tour. Here’s a sneak peek of the showcase:

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 // Grand Entry // Candace Barnes

Grand Entry // Candace Barnes Design Studio // Christopher Stark Photography

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 // Living Room // Phillip Silver

Living Room // Phillip Silver // Photo by Cristin Bisbee Priest of Simplified Bee

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 // kitchen // Navarra Design

Kitchen // Navarra Design // David Duncan Livingston Photography

San Francisco Decorator Showcase // Dining Room // Cecilie Starin

 Dining Room// Cecilie Starin // Margot Hartford

San Francisco Decorator Showcase // Powder Room // Julie Rootes Interiors

Powder Room // Julie Rootes Interiors // Christopher Stark Photography

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 // His Office // Brittany Haines

His Office // Brittany Haines of Authenticity B. Designs // Photo by Cristin Bisbee Priest of Simplified Bee

San Francisco Decorator Showcase // Bathroom

Gentleman’s Bathroom// Evars + Anderson // Christopher Stark Photography

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 // Laundry Room // Evars + Anderson

Laundry Room // Evars + Anderson Interiors // Christopher Stark Photography

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 // Boy's Bedroom // Willem Racke and Susan Lind Chastain

Boy’s Bedroom // Willem Racke and Susan Lind Chastain // Photo by Cristin Bisbee Priest of Simplified Bee

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 // Girl's Bathroom // Nest

Girl’s Bathroom // Nest Design // Christopher Stark Photography

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 // Play Room // Allison Caccoma

Kids’ Playroom // Allison Caccoma // Photo by Cristin Bisbee Priest of Simplified Bee

San Francisco Showcase 2015 // Dressing Room // Heather Hilliard

Dressing Room // Heather Hilliard

Billards Room // San Francisco Decorator Showcase // Geen Couch Interior Design

Billiard Room // Green Couch Interior Design // David Duncan Livingston Photography

Do you love what you see? The home will be open to tour April 25 – May 25. Please visit www.decoratorsshowcase.org for tickets and more information.

happy decorating,

cristin

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San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Girls Bathroom

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Dining Room

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Kitchen and Family Room

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Powder Room

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Living Room

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Laundry Room

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Read full story By on April 22, 2015 in baby and children, Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, Boy, boy's bedroom, dining rooms, foyers, Girl, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, laundry room, laundry rooms, Living Room, office/study, Uncategorized, wallpaper

Interview :: J.K. Kling Interior Design

I was instantly drawn to the fresh, elegant and traditional minimalism of the interiors showcased in the portfolio of J.K. Kling Associates. With over 25 years of experience, Judy Kling and daughter Wendy Wolcott are transforming interiors from Manhattan to Palm Beach. Rich in pattern, color and comfort, the design duo creates the kind of spaces that make you not want to leave your home. So I’m thrilled to be interviewing Wendy Wolcott of J.K. Kling Associates today!

blue & white wallpaper // entry // JK Kling Associates

Simplified Bee:  I love that you are a mother – daughter team! When did you realize that you wanted to design together?

Wendy Wolcott: Ever since my mother started J.K. Kling Associates when I was fourteen, I would intern for her during the summers and was always involved in the business in one way or another. It was not until working with David Easton in New York City that I realized what a great opportunity it would be working for my mother. Although working for an amazing firm like David’s was invaluable, nothing could compare to the hands on experience you get with having your mother as your boss. 
marble backsplash // designer kitchen // JK Kling
SB: What are your personal styles? How are they similar? Different?
WW: Our personal styles are very much alike. We gravitate towards a more neutral palette that is well edited yet comfortable. Wendy tends to designs with a more modern look and practical, kid friendly approach due to having two boys and a dog. Judy, on the other hand, has a more classic and sophisticate style in which she combines antiques and modern accents beautifully. 
Billy Baldwin // living room
SB: Who would you most like to collaborate with on a project?
WW: There are so many fabulous architects and designers that we would love to work with but if we could only pick one, Billy Baldwin would be an honor to work with. One of our favorite quotes from Billy was “I have always believed that architecture is more important than decoration. Scale and proportion give everlasting satisfaction that cannot be achieved by only icing the cake.”  Billy was very much ahead of his time. The image above could easily be from the 1960’s or today. 
diamond jute stair-runner rug
SB: Do you have “go to” paint colors? If so, which ones?
WW: We are very loyal to our Benjamin Moore colors. BM White Dove and Super White can be found in almost all of our homes; however right now we are coveting Farrow & Ball’s High Lacquer Hague Blue. 
yellow wallpaper // bedroom // JK Kling
SB: Which of today’s interior design trends are here to stay and which ones will we see fade away?
WW: While ikats and over-scaled patterns have been in and out of the spotlight for decades there may be a trend towards smaller more minimalistic patterns and design in the future. 
traditional living room // JK Kling
SB: Where do you recommend clients splurge versus save?
WW: We always clients to encourage invest in at least one good piece of art. You can fill your home with great looking pieces, in any price range, but great art that speaks to you is priceless. 
traditional garden gate // gardern
SB: What excites you most about interior design today?
WW: Since Judy entered the business, in 1984, her absolute passion is what the internet has brought to interior design. There was once a time where you had to research, travel and scout. Nowadays, so much is accessible right from your design studio.
green ikat chair // bedroom // JK Kling
SB: Fill in the blank. No room is complete without…
WW: No room is complete without great lighting and something personal. A room can change completely with the right light bulb and personal photographs of friends and family. We also feel no bedroom is complete with out the most luxurious bedding, nothing can make is better than the softest ironed sheets and a downy bed.
powder room with chic wallpaper // JK Kling
SB: Do you have a favorite design tip or words of wisdom when decorating?
WW: Every eight to ten years a room needs a face lift. No matter how well a room is kept fresh and modern touches always make a difference. 
powder blue bedroom // JK Kling
SB: What’s next for J.K. Kling Associates?
WW: Since the opening of our new Palm Beach office, our past year has been filled with travel, wonderful clients and exciting new projects. We can only hope to continue on this fantastic path. 

 

Thank you Wendy for your time. We look forward to seeing your next project!

 

*all photos provided by J.K. Kling Associates

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Read full story By on April 13, 2015 in Bathroom, Bedroom, Features, foyers, interior design, Interiors, interview, Interviews, Kitchen, Living Room, living rooms, pattern, wallpaper