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Client Reveal :: Playroom and Guest Room Design

I’m so excited to reveal a recent design project for a family with two young boys. Originally the bedroom was designed for guests and had a queen size bed (bummed, because I didn’t get an image of the before!). Needing a place for the boys to play and guests to rest, my client asked me to create a space that serves as both a playroom and guest room.

playroom and guest room design // cristin priest // simplified bee

A white daybed with a pull-out trundle was paired with a custom headboard in a Duralee geometric fabric in cool shades of blue and green. It’s topped with a variety of pillows including Serena & Lily’s quilted Euro shams in navy/clover and Kuba pillow in navy.  The turquoise bed-cover with white contrasting welt was custom made durable sunbrella fabrics. The fabrics definitely set the room’s nautical color palette and we pulled out the lightest blue for the wall color (Benjamin Moore’s Arctic Blue).

daybed headboard in blue and green // simplified beeplayroom and guest room design // cristin priest of simplified bee

For the boys’ games, toys and Lego creations (remember this boy’s bedroom with Lego display?), I selected a pair of Billy shelving units from Ikea, had them painted in Benjamin Moore’s Galapagos Turquoise and backed in a green and white trellis pattern wallpaper (used in my own kitchen nook). Green felt bins were added to help coral toy cars, smaller games and Legos of course! Land of Nod’s tree floor lamp with movable lights serves as a bedside reading lamp.

ikea billy bookcase hack with wallpaper // simplified bee

ikea billy bookcase in playroom // cristin priest // simplified bee

For extra kid-friendly seating, a pair of turquoise poufs and crisp white garden stool were selected. Perfect for a game of Go Fish!

My client was thrilled with the result and that’s the best part.

Happy decorating,


*photography credit: Jenn Jacobson


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Read full story By on December 4, 2013 in baby and children, Bedroom, bedrooms, bookshelves, Boy, contemporary decor, DIY, ikea, interior design, Interiors, Playroom, playrooms, simplified bee portfolio, Tips/Tricks, wallpaper

Playroom Ideas & Essentials

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kids playroom with Ikea shelving - Simplified Bee

You may know if you’ve been following Simplified Bee on Instagram that I’ve been working on several kids’ playrooms recently. All needed to be functional and organized, yet fun, creative and imaginative.

organized craft supplies on a tray - Simplified Bee

Designing a playroom isn’t that much different than other spaces, however there are a few key items that make up a great room for kids to play…
playroom ideas & essentials - Simplified Bee

storage bins // play table // rug // play kitchen // tee pee

For more playroom ideas, be sure to follow Simplified Bee’s Kids’ Corner board on Pinterest!

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Read full story By on September 19, 2013 in baby and children, Interiors, Playroom, playrooms, simplified bee portfolio, storage


kids' playroom with art wallyouth quote - jk rowling

Although it’s said we get wiser with age, we have a lot to learn from the little ones in this world. Their innocence, creativity and imagination is priceless.


Have a great weekend and don’t forget to entry to win a $50 gift card for some fabulous wall decals at Cherry Walls!


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Read full story By on September 13, 2013 in baby and children, interior design, Interiors, kids' art wall, Playroom, quote

Sneak Peek :: San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2013

In the last few months, twenty-seven leading West Coast interior design firms have transformed 2800 Pacific Avenue  into the 2013 San Francisco Decorator Showcase. Known as “Herbst Manor,” the iconic 8,000+ square foot Georgian mansion is located atop San Francisco’s coveted Pacific Heights at the corner of Divisadero and Pacific. The elegant home features sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. Truly spectacular in and of itself.

Herbst Manor Showcase House 2013

Herbst Manor was built in 1899 by Ernest Coxhead, the architect for San Francisco’s Holy Innocents Episcopal Church as well as several other homes in Pacific Heights.  The estate has had four owners over the past 114 years, but was originally built in for Sarah Spooner, an avid art collector from Philadelphia. Spooner filled the home with her art collections which in most part was bequeathed to the San Francisco’s deYoung Museum following her death in 1914.  The home was purchased in 1906 – just before the great earthquake – by Herman Shainwald, a co-founder of Buckbee Thorne & Co., one of the primary real estate companies in the Bay Area.  In 1914, John MacGregor, president of Union Iron Works, purchased the home.  MacGregor was active citizen, serving on the Board of Supervisors and the Parks Commision and supporting the San Francisco Symphony and Boy Scouts. Abraham Gruhn and his wife Lee Herbst Gruhn, avid art collectors and supports of the deYoung, purchased the house in 1967.  Today, the home is owned by the Gruhn’s nephew and his wife, Mark and Karen Montoya.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase Entrance

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the 24 spaces which have been decorated for the 2013 Showcase …
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Foyer(Grand Entry & Staircase designed by Alex Ray – above)
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Living Room
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Dining Room
(Dining Room designed by Heather Hilliard- above )
San Francisco Decorator Showcase The Salon
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Kitchen
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Patio Garden
(Garden Courtyard designed by Davis Dalbok- above )
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Master Bedroom
(Master Bedroom designed by Phillip Silver – above)
SF Decorator Showcase Bath with live plant wall
(Master Bath designed by Kevin Hackett and Jessica Weigley- above )
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Sitting Room
(Master Sitting Room designed by Zoe Hsu – above)
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Teen Bedroom
(map ceiling detail in Teen Bedroom designed by Vernon Applegate and Gioi Tran – above)
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Teen Closet
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Office
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Playroom
(“Danger Zone” Playroom designed by Martha Angus and Eche Martinez – above)
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Her Office
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Man's Room
(The Atelier designed by Antonio Martins – above)
Water Closet with Kelly Wearstler Fabric
(Water Closet designed by Kelley Flynn- above )
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Bubble Bath
(Soaking Bath designed by Emilie Munroe and Willem Racke – above)
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Terrace Sculpture
(Bespoke Sculpture Scape designed by Katharine Webster MLA – above)
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Penthouse Retreat
(Penthouse Retreat designed by Karen Villanueva – above)
Stunning designs, don’t you think? Be sure to drop back by these next few weeks, as I will be focusing more on these spaces.
This year’s Showcase runs from April 27 – May 27 on Tuesdays through Sundays and will also be open on Monday, Memorial Day.  Tickets are $30 for general admission; $25 for seniors and are available at the door or online at
*photo credit: Cristin Priest, Simplified Bee
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Read full story By on April 24, 2013 in Bathroom, Bedroom, bedrooms, Garden, Girl, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, Living Room, living rooms, mantels, maps, office/study, Playroom, teen rooms, Uncategorized, wallpaper