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Remodelista: The Organized Home

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A stylish organized home is a cornerstone here at Simplified Bee. When I started my business and blog nearly a decade ago, I found a void between home organizers and interior designers. To bridge the gap and with the mission that homes could be orderly without sacrificing beauty, I set out to combine the disciplines of organization and design. The approach resonated with clients and readers.

organized desk // Remodelista: The Organized Home // @simplifiedbee

Recently I received a copy of a newly released book, Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick of Remodelista. Their organizational philosophy is completely in line with my own – love! This beautiful book delivers hundreds of simple and clever tips for creating an orderly, inviting and beautiful home. The Remodelista duo covers every inch of a house – including rooms that get cluttered the most often – the entryway, kitchen, bedroom closet and laundry room.  To help inspire and teach, lists and charts with organizational tricks are accompanied by hundred of gorgeous photos. One of my personal favorites is Remodelista’s simple list of daily rituals:

daily rituals for organized home // Remodelista: The Organized Home #organizedhome

I adore how this book advocates quality over quantity and stylish storage aids such as beautifully designed straw baskets, wall hooks and wooden peg rails. In addition, trays are a personal way I like to coral items and create visual order in kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms. Loving this kitchen example featured in the book:

organized kitchen // Remodelista: The Organized Home // @simplifiedbee #traysorganized pot lid drawer // Remodelista: The Organized Home // @simplifiedbeeorganized home #quote #organizedhome

This image of a beautiful organized fridge is so inspiring! Adding it to my own list of goals.
organized fridge // Remodelista: The Organized Home // @simplifiedbee #organizedhome

diy cocktail party kit // Remodelista: The Organized Home // @simplifiedbee #organizedhomemedicine cabinet // Remodelista: The Organized Home // @simplifiedbee #organizedhome

I love this book – Remodelista: The Organized Home – and know you will too. It would be a great housewarming or new year’s gift too!

*photography by Matthew Williams and published with permission by Artisan Books

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Read full story By on November 8, 2017 in book review, Closets, Features, home organization, medicine cabinet, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, pantry, storage, Tips/Tricks

Kitchen Pantry Ideas

gray butler's pantry #kitchens

A beautiful, functional butler’s pantry. It’s a space most of us only dream of having. While not all homes have the space or layout for a large butler’s pantry, most kitchens can incorporate a pantry. They can be designed in a variety of ways and sizes. Some are located in a side closet and separated by a door, while others are in a hallway just off the kitchen. One of my favorite pantry style is built-in and a central part of the kitchen itself.

Here are just a few kitchen pantry ideas …

kitchen pantry ideas

This built-in pantry by Brayer Design has the look and feel of a refrigerator. Love the racks on the cabinet door for spices and smaller items.

kitchen pantry cabinetry ideas

Here is a similar pantry by Leslie Ann Abbott that is flush with the refrigeration units.

kitchen pantry under the stairs

The space underneath a stairwell sometimes goes unused. In this kitchen by Mark Williams Design Associates a clever and very stylish pantry is created giving a little more storage.

archway kitchen pantry

Spotted on Pinterest, I love this pantry with arched cabinetry doors. Makes a lovely architectural statement.

colorful kitchen pantry

A hallway can also be a great place for a pantry. Love this one by Karen Swanson. The colorful cabinetry and patterned wallpaper is so playful next to the all white kitchen.

Inspired? Me too.

happy decorating,


*first image via DecorPad

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Read full story By on April 28, 2014 in interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, Organization, pantry, Uncategorized

Traditional & Colorful Interior Design by Miles Redd

New York based Interior Designer, Miles Redd (aka “king of color”) continues to live up to the colorful reputation. Elle Decor recently featured a Hudson Valley house designed by architect Gil Schafer and decorated by Redd. The homeowners wanted a home that was rich in tradition and had a functional floor-plan. The result is a gorgeous, color rich 7,500 square foot countryside home.

green and turquoise living room by Miles Redd

“It was important to consider Gil’s marvelous architecture,” says Redd. “The proportions, the moldings, and the amazing staircase set the tone.” He found a Sultanabad rug in rich hues of peacock-blue with greens and reds. “That was the springboard for us,” he explains, and its palette ultimately provided the subtle cohesion of color that holds true throughout the rooms. – Elle Decor

Formal Living Room by Miles Reddgourmet eat-in kitchen by Miles ReddFarrow and Ball Hague Blue cabinetsOscar de la Renta iron bedgreen floral de Gournay wallpaperGuest Room by Miles Redd

 Simplified Bee’s favorite design elements: the butler’s pantry in Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball, wrought-iron bed by Oscar de la Renta fitted with a canopy of silk in the master bedroom and layers of color & texture in the living room. 

For more information and images, visit Elle Decor!

*Styled by: Carlos Mota; Photo: William Waldron

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Read full story By on January 31, 2013 in Bedroom, bedrooms, chinoiserie, curated look, Interiors, Kitchen, Living Room, living rooms, pantry, wallpaper

San Francisco Decorator Showcase: Modern Kitchen Pantry

Although this year’s Decorator Showcase in San Francisco has come to a close, I wanted to show you some details in the “Modern Kitchen Pantry” designed by Tinsley Hutson-Wiley and Allison Bloom. The design duo was tasked with designing a new kitchen while leaving the old one in tact. The is result is simply beautiful.
Just off the formal dining room, this secondary kitchen was envisioned to be a space to prep for dinner, grab afternoon snack or enjoy a cup of tea. The lone window overlooks the San Francisco Bay and route ships would take importing tea and spices. Paneling covers a wall that had to stay and a large tone on tone Union Jack was painted as a nod to teatime. Open shelving allows this galley kitchen feel larger and airy.
galley kitchen white zinc counters
The designers hung two beautiful geometric pendants in ebony by Ralph Lauren and painted the floors white.
White ceramic tile with dark contrasting grout covers the opposite wall. The existing countertops needed to be preserved and were covered with zinc.

The leather pulls on the cabinets are the absolute best!

wooden cutting boards hung kitchen
The design team created a spot for tea by the window and hung wooden bread and cutting boards on the wall. Love this!
burlap curtain pantry
A pantry for tea, spices and snacks is built at the far end of the kitchen. A single floor-length burlap drape is the perfect touch and complements the burlap Roman shade on the opposite window.
kitchen herbs vase white

It’s a small detail, but I loved how the designers placed fresh cooking herbs in simple white vases by the stove-top.

Teatime anyone?
*photos by Cristin Priest and John Merkl
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Read full story By on June 13, 2012 in interior design, kitchens, pantry, tile