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#Pledge2Reset at BlogHer 2014: Making Your Living Room a Multi-Functional Space

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of sharing design and cleaning tips with BlogHer 2014 attendees for Pledge® in SC Johnson’s booth. The overall booth (so cute!) represented the general living areas in a home including the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, backyard and living room. My space with Pledge® was the living room. A place we entertain, relax, eat, play and sometimes even catch a nap. Because of it’s multi-function, maintenance is important to ensure it looks its best.

Regardless of your style or living room design, you’ll need a clean space to make it all work. Pledge® brand products can be used on nearly any surface to quickly refresh your furniture and floors. It resets your home and makes it more vibrant and inviting.

cristin // simplified bee // blogher 2014 // pledge booth

Try using the tips below to help reset your living room into a multi-functional space:

  • GET ORGANIZED! Trays are a secret weapon for bringing color to any surface. Clear or acrylic lets you see everything you’re storing. You can give a tray extra personality by adding a splash of color or wallpaper. Trays are also great to corral all the items in your living area.

home office organization with trays #organizing

  • USE WHAT YOU HAVE. Design can come from the most unexpected placed, even from the things you already have. Stack your favorite books to make a statement centerpiece or even a creative doorstopper.

 coffee table with books // living room // simplified bee design

  • MAKE IT PERSONAL. Make a space your own is the name of the game. It’s all the little things that can give a room some life. Frame your kid’s drawings or put up your favorite song lyrics. It’s something completely unique to you and your family and won’t cost a lot.

kitchen nook with kids artwork // simplified bee design

cristin - simplified bee - pledge booth - blogher 2014

Pledge® has got you covered to bring your floors back to life. Just a few quick steps, and your floors are reset. Here I am showing how easy it is to clean with Pledge® Squirt and Mop. It was that easy. Really. Best yet, as it cleans, it protects your hardwood and multi-surface flooring. A win-win in my book!

SC Johnson - Pledge booth - Blogher 2014

Here’s an image of the whole booth crew including authors and bloggers, Anthony DeBenedet, MD  (The Art of Roughhousing) for Shout®, Cheryl Sousan (TidyMom) for Scrubbing Bubbles®, Katie Nathey (Upcycled Treasures) for Glade® and  Joanna Hawley (jojotastic) for Ziploc®. We were a happy bunch and had a great time. A big thank you to SC Johnson for including Simplified Bee!

Share how you reset your living room using the tips above on Pledge’s Facebook or tagging @SimplifiedBee on Twitter and Instagram using hashtag #Pledge2Reset.

happy decorating,


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

**photo credit: 3rd & 4th photos by Jenn Jacobson // all others by Cristin Priest of Simplified Bee

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Read full story By on July 31, 2014 in blog, Design Tips, home accessories, kids' art wall, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, simplified bee portfolio, Tips/Tricks


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

Darling Boy’s Nursery Room

disclosure: This post contains an affiliate links to One Kings Lane, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using this link.


I adored this  darling boy’s nursery room by Joni Lay so much, I had to share it with you. She designed it for her nephew and has some really sweet elements. The neutral palette (walls in Sherwin Williams’ Mindful Gray) is  perfect for a calming nursery. The giraffe artwork above the crib offers a great pop of color. The print is actually from a page of an antique  book purchased on etsy. It was scanned and then re-printed at a much larger scale. So cute, right?

safari nursery room for baby boyboy's nursery room - buffet as changing table

I also love that the changing table is a vintage dresser. Hanging above the changing table is a collections of family photos, graphic artwork, arrows and a darling triangle mobile made of leather. Love!

darling boy's nursery room

For all list of products featured in the nursery, be sure to visit Joni’s blog, Lay Baby Lay.

Shopping alert! There’s a Melissa & Doug Sale at One Kings Lane (simplified bee affiliate)- perfect gifts for your next baby shower. child’s birthday or stocking stuffer!

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Read full story By on August 22, 2013 in baby and children, baby nursery room, Bedroom, interior design, Interiors, kids' art wall, Uncategorized

Design Reveal :: Traditional Boys Bedroom

Do you remember this client’s traditional boy’s bedroom with the vintage airplane art? Today I’m excited to share images of his brother’s bedroom. It too is traditional in style and super cute.

traditional boys bedroom in blue and orange // Simplified Bee

The bedding, all from Serena & Lily set the blue, orange and green color palette for the room.  Benjamin Moore’s Paradise View was selected for the walls. It’s bright, beachy and energetic.

boys bedroom art cityscapes // Simplified Bee

A trio of cityscape graphics printed on natural wood by Petit Collage were hung above the bed. Skylines of the families’ favorite cities – Paris, New York and San Francisco were selected. I love how the artwork adds a personal touch, while pulling the color scheme together too!

kids bedside book holder rack

A simple, yet functional book rack was hung beside the bed. A great way to organize books and magazines if you have a tight space like this!

boys bedroom toy storage and pin board // Simplified Bee

As parents know, toys can take over a child’s bedroom. Here, a shelving unit keeps the toys stored neatly in bins and orange baskets. A large cork board hangs above and is great for displaying kid’s art, awards and party invitations.

boys bedroom toy storage // Simplified Beestar wall hooks - simplified bee

A pair of star hook for hats, backpacks and coats flank the toy storage unit. Hooks are a great way to keep these items off the floor!

traditional boys bedroom in blue // Simplified Bee

I hoped you enjoyed this peek into my client’s home!

Have a great day!



*photo credit Plumlily Photography

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Read full story By on April 15, 2013 in baby and children, Bedroom, bedrooms, beds, bookshelves, Boy, boy's bedroom, gallery wall, interior design, Interiors, kids' art wall, Organization, simplified bee portfolio