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Book Review :: Home Decor Cheat Sheets

How high should you hang a chandelier hang above the dining table? What paint finish should you use a kid’s room? What size rug should go under your bed? When it comes to decorating the questions can be endless, but there are definitely some design dos and don’ts I adhere to. Some of these “rules” are easy to remember, but it’s always nice to have a cheat sheet or illustration to reference. Over time I have pinned, cut-out and dogeared pages in decor books, but have never had one single source. So I was thrilled to receive a copy of a newly released book, Home Decor Cheat Sheets by Jessica Probus that contains 300+ colorful, easy-to-understand images aimed at teaching you everything from furniture placement to bathroom lighting tricks, window styles to  how to make a floor plan. I’m loving the practical nature of this book and is a resource I’m looking forward to using for years to come. Decor lovers, you are going to want a copy of this helpful book. It would also make a perfect housewarming gift!

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Just like the completion of any home, the cheat sheets in this book are meant to be used as a process not to be tackled in one day or even one year, but consulted as needed over time to make the kind of slow, purposeful improvements that turn a few walls and some well-hung curtains into an actual home. – Jessica Probus, Author of Home Decor Cheat Sheets

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Read full story By on July 13, 2016 in book, book review, decorating small spaces, Design Tips, furniture, gallery wall, interior design, lighting, pattern, Tips/Tricks

New Kitchen Inspiration

As many of you know, we purchased a 1940s colonial style fixer upper. We’ve tackled several rooms already including the foyer and master bath. Our next big project is renovating a retro kitchen and opening up several smaller rooms to create an open great room. Over the last several months we’ve been to finalizing the plan and obtaining the building permit. Now we are demoing the space, so there is no going back!

I’d like the kitchen to feel light, modern with natural elements. Here are a few kitchens that I’m drawn to and have helped me hone in on what we want.

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image sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

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Read full story By on June 7, 2016 in interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, lighting, mid-century modern

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 ::

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:: MASTER BATHROOM AFTER ::

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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.

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I was instantly drawn to Kamala Nahas’ Liquid Amber artwork from minted.com. 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.

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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.

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:: WALK-IN CLOSET BEFORE ::

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:: WALK-IN CLOSET AFTER ::

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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).

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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.
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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!!!

:: SPONSORED SOURCES ::

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 // minted.com 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

:: ADDITIONAL SOURCES ::

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

:: PHOTOGRAPHY ::

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

Friday Finds :: adorne by legrand

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Who says that light switches and electrical outlets can’t be stylish? I thought not until recently when I was introduced to adorne by legrand’s next-generation switches, dimmers and wall plates. It’s not surprise however, when I came to learn that the company has 100+ years of experience and innovation behind it. The residential adorne collection offers a variety of advanced control options – including ones you can tap, touch, wave at, push or toggle. They’ve also developed over 30 beautiful color/finish options for the adorne switches and wall plates, ranging from bright colors to cast metals to wood tones.

When asked if I would like to try out their products, I jumped at the chance to incorporate a few in our master bathroom and walk-in closet for the One Room Challenge. Here are a few of of my favorite adorne products selected and installed:

adorne light switch with wallpaper // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

For the bathroom’s water closet, I selected the sleek and subtle touch switch. With the slightest of touch in the center circle, the light turns on and off. When off, a tiny light in the center lights up – perfect for nighttime. In a wallpapered space, I like to have the wall plates covered in the paper as well. To achieve a seamless look, I selected adorne’s one-gang custom wall plate and personalized it with the Woods & Pears wallpaper by Cole & Sons. The wall plate could also be customized by adding paint, fabric and even with photo inserts.

adorne nightlight + flashlight // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

Okay, I think this is my very favorite of the adorne products. It’s a portable wall nightlight/flashlight all in one. Simply brilliant. We placed it on the side of our new vanity to light the bathroom at night. I love that and in case of a power outage, we have a spare flashlight. The wall plate used here was also the custom version where the plate template was painted the same color as the wall.

Adorne by Legrand // pop-out outlet // @simplifiedbee

The pop-out outlet is genius too! To access the outlet, simply push on the box and out pops 3 outlets. Push is back in and the outlet disappears into the wall. I placed a pair of these beauties along the back wall of my make-up vanity. Love!

adorne bronze wall plate // master closet // @simplifiedbee

In the master walk-in closet, I selected a masculine and very handsome cast metal bronze wall plate that houses both an outlet and  the sensa switch. The light switch senses movement and automatically turns lights on or off. It can also be turned on/off manually by touch.

If you are planning a remodel or simply want to update your light switches and outlets, I highly recommend the adorne by legrand collection. I’m hooked!

*Product was provided by adorne by legrand, however all of my opinions are my own as always.

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Read full story By on April 29, 2016 in Bathroom, bathrooms, Features, friday find, Friday Finds, Interiors, lighting, wallpaper