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Book Review :: David Hicks Scrapbooks

David Hicks // David Hicks Scrapbooks @simplifiedbee

David Hicks, the iconic English interior designer, is best known for his bold use of color and geometric pattern as well as his famous clientele including British royals. His inspiring career spanned nearly five decades – from the 1950s to the 1990s, Hicks carefully and thoughtfully chronicled his vast work and accomplishments in scrapbooks. Clips from shelter magazines featuring his designs, newspaper articles, ticket stubs and personal letters from clients were just some of the memorabilia collected in the twenty-five volumes he created.

David Hicks Scrapbooks // Book Review @simplifiedbee

The precious scrapbooks became his legacy and his son and interior designer, Ashley Hicks pared down over 3,000 pages to just over 300 of the best that are featured in a newly released book, David Hicks Scrapbooks by Vendome. First off, the book’s cover is a stunner – it’s coffee table worthy for sure. And as you flip through the collage style pages with drawing and handwritten notes, you get a personal glimpse into the fascinating world of David Hicks. This beautiful book is a must for any Hicks fan and a great addition to your design library.

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*all images used with permission // Vendome

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Read full story By on September 20, 2017 in book, book review, Features, interior design, pattern

Beautiful Staircases

beautiful staircases

How darling is this painted stairwell with chic lucite handrail? It’s in a gorgeous Cape Cod home designed by Raquel Garcia and featured in Elle Decor.  The space had me thinking beautiful staircases and how they can make such powerful architectural and design statements.

beautiful staircases // cement tiles // @simplifiedbee #staircases #tiles

In our own home which I shared on Instagram, I added decorative cement tiles and gray paint to give a small stairwell leading to our mudroom a fresh look. Dino our Sheepadoodle puppy loves it too!

To kick off the weekend, I’ve rounded-up a variety of staircases featuring runners with bold patterns, tiles with ethic touches and handrails with artistic style. You might notice one that looks familiar too – it’s another staircase in our home that I’ve talked about before. Can you pick it out?

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3 black & white stair runner // 4 blue tile staircase // 5 stair runner with nailhead// 6 antelope stair runner // 7 spanish tile staircase // 8 bookcase under stairs // 9 david hicks inspired banister

Fun News! This little old blog was also nominated for Amara’s interior design blog award… you can vote here. Thanks so much for your support!

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Read full story By on August 11, 2017 in foyers, interior design, Interiors, pattern, rugs

Design Trend :: Classic Stripe Patterns

disclosure: This post, classic stripe patterns contains some affiliate links, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using these links.

striped indigo pillow // bedroom

Summer and stripes go hand-in-hand. From awnings to chairs, pillows to rugs you can find classic stripe patterns popping up in homes in all styles. The bedroom above designed by Alexis Manfer (as seen in Rue Magazine), features an indigo striped throw pillow tops the bed adding a pop of color and pattern to the space. Such a chic touch!

Today, I’ve rounded-up a few home decor favorites featuring stripe patterns – some traditional, some modern and all super stylish.

design trends // classic stripe patterns #stripes

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1 wooden bowl :: 2 tassel rug :: 3 counter stool :: 4 throw blanket :: 5 storage baskets

:: even more classic stripe patterns ::

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Read full story By on July 27, 2017 in Bedroom, beds, design trends, Features, home accessories, interior design, Interiors, pattern, textiles, throw pillows, traditional, wallpaper, window treatments

Design News :: Nate Berkus for The Shade Store

roman shade // caroline cecil textiles // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

For sometime The Shade Store has been a go to destination for me to source window treatments for clients as well as my own home. Do you remember the beautiful Roman Shade in our master bathroom for the One Room Challenge?

Nate Berkus // roller shade patterns // The Shade Store

To ensure quality custom window treatments, The Shade Store manages all inventory as well as every aspect of the production process. In addition, I love that all of their products are made in the USA.

nate berkus roller shade fabrics // the shade store

1 henri tile in nickel // 2 astre in moonstone // 3 palmetto in blue ink // 4 raffi in rose sand // 5 avenue stripe in pearl gray

The Shade Store collaborates with leading designers such as Kate Spade New York, Jonathan Adler and Jeffery Alan Marks to create fresh and relevant collections. I was thrilled to hear that recently they launched a collaboration with A-list designer, Nate Berkus. The Nate Berkus for The Shade Store Collection features five patterns for Roller Shades in neutral prints inspired by Berkus’ worldwide travels including textiles from Mexico, embroidery from Southeast Asia and printed fabrics from Europe. Some of my personal favorites are listed above. I’m loving this collection – how about you?

 

 

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Read full story By on June 21, 2017 in design trends, Features, interior design, pattern, textiles, window treatments