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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

One Room Challenge :: Week 4

Holy cow, it’s week four of the One Room Challenge. It is amazing how when you lay a line in the side to get something done, the date seem to creep up faster and faster! Our master bathroom and walk-in closet project is well underway and I wanted to share with you some of the progress.

master bathroom // mosaic marble tile // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

As you may have seen on my Instagram feed where I’m sharing sneak peeks, the mosaic marble floor has been installed. Here is an image of the tile before grouting. You can see me standing on a white material that is an adhesive for the heated floor mats. Yep, during the colder months, our feet will stay warm.

master bathroom // marble hex tile // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

Here is an image of the hexagon marble tiles that went on the shower floor. I love how they coordinate with the large octagon patterned floor.

master bathroom // rohl faucet and kohler sink // @simplifiedbee

The calacatta marble counter top, faucet by Rohl and Ladena under-mount sink by Kohler were installed. I purchased the pair rectangular of Kohler sinks through a generous ORC sponsor, Lowes – many thanks! They are a generous size and have a transitional look which I love.

vanity hardware // master bathroom // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

Sourcing hardware for the master bathroom was like shopping for jewelry. It’s so much fun. For the most part I followed the lead of the original hardware finish throughout the bathroom – polished chrome. I did this mainly because the hinges on my closet were not being changed out and are in that finish. The towel hook shown above is from Rejuvenation and is from their Canfield collection. For the main vanity, I selected polished chrome square pulls for a modern touch. I wanted the make-up vanity however to feel different – more feminine and more romantic. I therefore choose the chic lucite and polished chrome drawer pulls from ORC sponsor, LuxHoldups. This image does not due the pull justice – it’s high-quality and gorgeous! Not pictured is a stunning lucite shower door pull that is at the glass shop. I’m crossing my fingers the shower doors are going to be installed in time – we have had some hiccups!

As for lighting selections, I had quite a few to make for the spaces. Over the vanity in the master bathroom, I was on the hunt for a single sconce that would be placed between a pair of mirrors. The finish of the fixture was in question and so I sourced a variety. Here are the ones that made the final cut:

lighting options // master bathroom vanity // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

 

product links:

1 cuff sconce // 2 bryant sconce // 3 brass sconce // 4 baxter sconce // 5 muses sconce

In the end, I selected the Baxter sconce (#4 above) through ORC sponsor Crystorama. I was drawn to the glass detail in the torch design. It’s really a good looking sconce and I’m so pleased.

For my husband’s walk-in closet, I definitely wanted a fixture that was flush or semi-mount and had a brass finish. It also needed to have a masculine quality. Here are a few of the fixtures I considered for the space:walk-in closet // lighting options // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallengeproduct links:

1 flush-mount sunburst // 2 goodman pendant // 3 semi-flush mount in aged brass // 4  globe pendant// 5 gardner pendant

I selected Crystorama’s Lawson semi-mount in aged brass (#3 above). It had a timeless and stately quality that my husband liked. It also has some crystal detail that I liked. A win-win!

flush mount sputnik light fixture // lucent light shop // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

Above the make-up vanity in the master bath I replaced a vintage crystal chandelier with a mid-century inspired flush-mount sputnik light fixture from Lucent Light Shop (another fab ORC sponsor) I wanted to incorporate hints of brass and modern touches in the space, so the fixture was a perfect choice. I also love the romantic feel that the custom glass accents deliver. Isn’t it the best? In the image above, you also get a glimpse of the Bumblebee wallpaper by Farrow & Ball that lines the back of my closets.

flush-mount bamboo light // master bathroom // @simplifiedbee@yahoo.com #oneroomchallenge

In the water closet with the Woods & Pear wallpaper and Farrow & Ball’s Worsted on the ceiling, I hung Crystorama’s Masefield light fixture in antique silver. It’s just the right scale and the faux bamboo finish is my fave!

ink stripe in black // caroline cecil textiles

For two windows in the master bathroom, I wanted them covered in Roman shades. Selecting a fabric with a pattern was quite tricky because of the strong octagonal floor tile and the vertical wallpaper in the water closet. Going with a solid would have been easy, but of course I like to play with patterns so decided against that. I fell in love with Caroline Cecil Textiles a few months ago and inquired to see if she would be willing to work with me. I was thrilled when she said yes. We scheduled a call to discuss my vision and after looking over several beautiful samples, I selected her ikat inspired Ink Stripe in black (above) for the shades.  I adore the pattern’s painterly twist on a classic stripe. So fun!

There is more to come next week! I’ll be sharing the more progress and all the fabulous accessories! Also, be sure to follow along on Instagram where I’m sharing more images! If you are just joining us, here are links to the first three weeks of the One Room Challenge:

One Room Challenge :: Kick-off  //  One Room Challenge :: Week 2  //  One Room Challenge :: Week 3

The other 19 ORC participants have been busy creating some fabulous rooms! Be sure to check out their progress…

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Read full story By on April 27, 2016 in Bathroom, bathrooms, brass, interior design, Interiors, lighting, Uncategorized

One Room Challenge :: Week 2

contemporary bathroom vanity

It’s week two of the One Room Challenge and today I’m sharing what inspired the design for my master bathroom + walk-in closet and the demolition process. Let’s start with the master bath. The space (as you can see from the before images) is a long and narrow – approximately 7.5′ x 24′. The original 1940s bathroom was enlarged and remodeled in the 50s and featured beautiful metallic silver and pink wallpaper. Closets, a double vanity and makeup vanity were added in the process. At first I wanted to removed the closets and add a free standing tub at the far end of the bathroom, but after living in the space I grew to love functionality, storage and high-quality. In the end, I decided to keep the footprint as is and focus on new flooring (the wall-to-wall carpet had to go!), fixtures and finishes (I was a little sad to see that the pink wallpaper had to go).
master bath floorplan // @simplifiedbee

As for the look and feel of the master bathroom, I wanted the space to feel contemporary, yet timeless. As you know, I love the hexagon and really wanted to incorporate the a hex or octagonal pattern somewhere. This tile floor in a bathroom by Grant Gibson (below) served as inspiration. I love the chunky marble bench seat too!
mosaic tile floor // bathroom // grant gibson

This bathroom designed by Laura Tutun also has a look and feel I love. The clean lined vanity with large square pulls are the best!
white bathroom // laura tutun interiors

Once I had a vision in mind, I started sourcing for the bathroom. Here are a few items that caught my eye at first glance:

master bathroom inspiration // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee

product links:

1 wall sconce // 2 lamb bench by jonathan adler  // 3 liquid amber by kamala nahas

4 ketut natural linen from caroline cecil textiles // 5 marble octagon tile // 6 brass octagon mirror

The bones of my husband’s walk-in closet are pretty good. There are a couple tweaks including adding some upper shelving in lieu of a second clothing rack.

master walk-in closet before // ORC // simplified bee

As for the look and feel, I had a good idea what I wanted from the start. We used a neutral wave pattern wallpaper by Cole and Son (available through ORC sponsor, DecoratorsBest) in our last closet and loved it so much I’m using it again. It has a wonderful calming effect that my husband loves and it’s a great starting point for the overall design.

wave pattern wallpaper // closet // @siimplifiedbe

Now onto demolition. Because we have an older 1940s home, several materials (plaster walls, tile, etc) were tested for asbestos and lead before we started the demo process. It’s always best to know what you are dealing with ahead of time for the safety of you and your contract workers. The bathroom’s vintage pink tile was tested and it came back positive for low levels of lead. The lead is actually found in the glaze of the tile and isn’t harmful until it’s disturbed. Therefore, the demo had to be done with special precautions including wearing a toxic barrier respirator, using a HEPA filter vac and covering over vents and doorways to keep dust from contaminating other areas. If you are thinking of having an older home renovated, consult with environmental inspection & control company first. If you do have hazardous materials that need to be removed, they can recommend specialized abatement companies in your area to do the work.

master bath demo // @simplifiedbeemaster bath demo // @simplifiedbee

Once the carpet was removed in the master bathroom we discovered that there was an additional sub-floor that once had linoleum over it. Linoleum floors produced in the 1950s commonly used an adhesive on the back side that contains asbestos. Because we didn’t know what the gray paper material consisted of (see image below), so we had it tested. In a matter of a few hours, I received a call from the environmental inspection company that surprising the material came back negative for asbestos and we could move on safely. Whew! We dodged a bullet that would have set us back a few days.

master bath demo // @simplifiedbee

Tune in next week… I’ll be sharing paint colors, wallpaper and stone selections for the master bathroom.

I’m so excited to see what the other ORC participants are up to! From bedrooms to kitchens – this talented group is transforming some fabulous spaces.

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** first image via kapito muller
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Read full story By on April 13, 2016 in Bathroom, bathrooms, brass, Closets, interior design, Interiors, lighting, mirrors, Organization, wallpaper

Clever Ideas for Wallpaper

Many homeowners shy away from incorporating wallpaper in their home because it can be a commitment and pricey. If you’ve been hesitate about using wallpaper for these reasons, I’ve rounded up a few clever ideas for wallpaper that don’t require quite the commitment and won’t break the bank.

wallpapered closet doors #wallpaperCovering your closet doors in wallpaper can add a pop of color, texture and pattern to your bedroom. I’m loving the grasscloth featured on these closet doors in a bedroom by Lauren Ranes.
wallpapered desk drawer #wallpaper

Lining drawers with wallpaper is a fun way to add some whimsy to a desk, vanity or dresser. This is a great way to use up remnants like Jess Lively did with this project.

wallpaper the ceiling // girls bedroom

Wallpapering an angled ceiling is a great was to enhance your home’s architecture, while adding some fun color and pattern in a space. This darling girl’s bedroom above by Hosue of Jade is a terrific example.
wallpapered kids closet

Wallpapering the back wall of a closet is also a great way to incorporate wallpaper without a huge commitment. How sweet is this girl’s closet by The Sweetest Home Digs using Graham & Brown’s Isabelle Blue?

wallpapered lampshade #wallpaper

Another clever way to incorporate wallpaper is smaller doses is to wrap a lampshade or drum pendant. These DIY versions by Minted.com were created for a party. So sweet!

get the look

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Read full story By on February 22, 2016 in Bedroom, Closets, DIY, Girl, interior design, Interiors, lighting, pattern, Tips/Tricks, wallpaper