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Beautiful Southern California Home Tour

It’s a new week and I’m thrilled to be sharing a beautiful project by Corona del Mar, California-based interior designer, Ohara Davies-Gaetano. The emerging designer (recently published in Veranda) helped a family remodel and settle into their new Newport Beach home (downsizing from their previous one in Virginia). Ohara created an inviting, comfortable, yet elegant space reflective of her clients’ casual lifestyle. She also wanted a very open feeling where all areas of the house seamlessly flow into the next. Because the home was much smaller than what the owners were used to, each room had to serve its purpose and be functional. European antiques found throughout the home add small but elegant touches, which epitomize Ohara’s passion for mixing a little old with the new. I also love how her design  embraces the gorgeous light, landscape and outdoor living Southern California is known for.

california home with stone fence #curbappealrelaxed + elegant california living room designelegant living room designwhite modern kitchen // marble coutertops and backsplash // Ohara Davies-Gaetano elegant kitchen // california homedining room // upholstered chair details #nailhead #slipcoveredelegant california bedroom #bedside #bedroomswhite marble bathroom // Ohara Davies-Gaetano #bathroomsserene white bedroom designmodern stainless steel tub #bathroomsgorgeous southern california patio #outdoorliving


 *images published with permission via Ohara Davies-Gaetano Interiors

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Read full story By on September 8, 2014 in antiques, Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, dining rooms, Garden, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, lighting, living rooms, patio furniture, tile

Pinterest :: 5 Favorites

Hello Monday! The start of a new week can be both refreshing and overwhelming. This week is loaded with back-to-school planning, client projects and wrapping up our remodel (which I’m hoping to share more pix of  soon!). So, I’m a bit more overwhelmed than I’d like.

To start the week off on an inspiring note, I’m sharing a few of my favorite pins on Pinterest as of late.

floor to ceiling cabinets #kitchencultivate kindnessPoolside // Napa Ranch Homebathroom design by Tobi Fairley #wallpapergirls bedroom // soft pink accentsimage sources top to bottom: Luigi Fragola Architects, Simply Divine CreationHouse Beautiful, Tobi Fairley, DecorPad

Any inspire you?

happy decorating,



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Read full story By on August 18, 2014 in 5 favorites, Bathroom, bathrooms, Features, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, patio furniture, quote

5 Favorites :: Outdoor Sofas

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With warmer months ahead and our house addition wrapping up in a few weeks, I’ve been on the hunt for backyard patio furniture. We want the outside living area to feel like an extension of our home, so are looking to add an outdoor sofa. It’s been hard to narrow down because I like such a variety of styles. Here are a few we are considering. Which would do you like best?

outdoor sofas - simplified bee

product links: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

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Read full story By on June 3, 2014 in 5 favorites, Features, furniture, Garden, patio furniture

Anniversary Giveaway :: Serena & Lily

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Serena and Lily Summer - Beach Dining

Awe, summer. With the season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to spruce up your home for long, sunny days ahead. When looking for stylish, seasonal home furnishings and accessories, a favorite source is Serena & Lily. Their new summer collection is fresh, fun and bound to inspire a backyard bbq, beach party or summer soiree. And although not an easy task, I’ve narrowed down a few of my favorites items.

 Serena and Lily Summer 2014 - Simplified Bee Fave Picks

product links: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5// 6


Another summer item that I’m loving from Serena & Lily is the cotton banded herringbone throw (above). Cozy and timeless, the throw comes in three classic color: tomato, denim and black. Don’t you love it? In celebration of Simplified Bee’s 5th Anniversary, Serena & Lily is offering you the opportunity to win one. The winner gets to select the color too (based on availability). Simply enter the Serena and Lily giveaway by using the Rafflecopter link below. The winning entrant will be announced on Simplified Bee’s Facebook Fan Page after the giveaway closes next week.

Simplified Bee Giveaway #win #giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

There’s even more good news! Until last year’s Hampton’s store opening, you could only purchase Serena & Lily online. I’ve longed to make the trip to see it for myself, but now won’t have to because Serena & Lily opened a new design store here in San Francisco earlier this month. Although, I was unable to attend the grand opening, fellow blogger, Caitlin wrote a beautiful article covering the event. I’m loving the image below that Caitlin took of the new store’s gallery walls.

Serena & Lily Design Store - San Francisco

Don’t forget to enter the other fabulous giveaways from Lamps Plus and Truffle that are also going on this week!

Best of luck!


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Read full story By on May 14, 2014 in Features, furniture, Giveaways, home accessories, lighting, patio furniture, wallpaper