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San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014 :: The Library

Although the San Francisco Decorator Showcase has closed it’s doors, I still wanted to share The Library by Geoffrey De Sousa. The San Francisco-based interior designer created a serene retreat bathed in rich neutral tones that doesn’t detract from the breathtaking views of the bay. The soothing monotone palette was inspired by the room’s Classical Revival mantelpiece. As a backdrop, hundreds of books painted in a creamy white line the dark traditional bookshelves. The faceless books add a wonderful texture to the room and are indeed thought provoking. They made me reflect on the future of printed books and how the digital age is transforming how we read books, magazines and news. Will a home’s library be a place of the past? I hope not. We all need a cozy place for quietude, intimate conversation and of course reading. Something similar to what De Sousa so beautifully created here. 

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*photo credits: first image via Geoffrey De Sousa and second and third via Houzz

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Read full story By on June 5, 2014 in bookshelves, contemporary decor, interior design, Interiors, lighting, office/study

Fresh + Chic Work Spaces

As my own home renovation goes into full swing, I’m finding it harder and harder to keep everything organized. I have to admit it drives me a little crazy to not have spot for everything, but I know it’s for a short period of time. I also think it’s healthy for me to have to let go a little. One small area I’m trying to keep organized is my work space. Although that’s been a struggle to keep neat too! So in the spirit of organized desks, I’m sharing a few fresh and chic work spaces captured by photographer, Hannah Blackmore.

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How cute is this work space vignette with red lacquered desk, fluffy sheep skin rug and pink cane chair with gold dipped legs!?

fresh teen room with deskLove the chair paired with the desk too!

happy organizing,

cristin

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Read full story By on April 7, 2014 in Bedroom, decorating small spaces, Girl, home organization, Interiors, office/study, storage, teen rooms, Uncategorized

My Office + Organized Home Office Products

Once you get on an organizing roll, it’s hard to stop (at least for me!)  After organizing my desk, it motivated me to tackle my bookcases in my home office. They really weren’t bad, but needed to be streamlined and I wanted them to have a refreshed look.  To help me reach my goal, the folks at See Jane Work at Office Depot asked me to select items from their new collection. Combining fresh style and organization, the See Jane Work collection offers super stylish office accessories in a variety of fun patterns (chevron, herringbone, stripes florals, and more) and color palettes (aqua blue, shades of pink, black, white, and more). They are perfect for mixing and matching. Best yet, they are really affordable!

stylish home office bookshelves // simplified beekids art boxes - simplified bee and see jane work

To coordinate with items I already owned, I selected items from the See Jane Work Collection in hues of aqua and white. To corral my kids artwork and over-sized school papers, I picked at a pair of decorative art boxes. I love them. They have an overlapping magnetic lid closure which is really slick! I also added a few white magazine files to conceal mismatched file folders, shelter magazines and home decor catalogs. Adding pops of white can help a space look fresh, airy and modern.

stylish home office storage // simplified bee

To keep my active product samples easy to get to, I selected a fabric bin with fun grommet handles and herringbone detail inside.

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My client projects are organized using binders. When I spotted the herringbone in blue, I knew they’d work with my shelf and company’s image. Next to the binders, I placed a series of white decorative storage boxes. They are now used to organize my fabric samples by color.

succulents and hexagons // simplified bee

I can’t tell you how many readers say, “I saw a hexagon or honeycomb pattern and thought of Simplified Bee.” As a nod to the shape, I added a new art print and placed it next to a current fave – succulents.

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I also picked up this darling “Be Brave” print as a reminder that God is with me at all times.

I love my “new” bookcase! What’s your favorite element?

Happy organizing,

Cristin

*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Office Depot, although all opinions are my own.

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Read full story By on January 21, 2014 in bookshelves, Decluttering, decorating small spaces, etsy, home accessories, home organization, interior design, Interiors, office supplies, office/study, organization tips, Organizational tips, Paperwork, simplified bee portfolio, storage, Tips/Tricks

Preppy Home Office

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Have you been thinking about giving your home office an update? These images may just motivate you to do that. You may recall my wonderful intern from the past two summers, Michaela. Last year she graduated from design school and has launched her own firm, Michaela Noelle Designs. I’m thrilled to share with you a project she recently debuted. It’s a preppy home office design for a mutual friend of ours that has two boys. Looking to have a girly space of her own, she hired Michaela to transform her catch-all office space into a room that’s fresh, feminine and beautifully organized.

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office before

We created four zones for the office: the bookshelf /scrapbooking supply area, the desk, window seat and bar cart we are calling our “craft cart”. Bar carts really are versatile! – Michaela

preppy home office // pinboard detail

The thing I love about my new office space is the way I feel when I go in there: peace and happiness! My old office made me crazy with all the clutter and disorganization. I love the Expedite unit with all the baskets and storage and finally somewhere to put all my scrapbooking albums! I also love the prints in my office, such a great idea, especially the LOVE one above my desk. – happy client

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I love that the vintage trunk was kept under the window. It’s softened with floor length West Elm drapery in a soft lattice pattern and a trio of throw pillows in navy velvet and a chinoiserie floral by Caitlin Wilson Textiles. If interested in knowing more product sources featured in this beautiful office, please visit Michaela’s blog!

Bravo Michaela! Love, love, love  it!

Happy decorating,

Cristin

*images courtesy of Michaela Noelle Designs

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Read full story By on January 8, 2014 in home accessories, Interiors, office supplies, office/study, Organization, textiles, window treatments