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Girls Flamingo Bedroom & Caitlin Wilson Textiles

girls' bedroom with flamingo wallpaper and caitlin wilson textiles // simplified bee design

It’s been months in the making, but our new home addition is in its final stages. The master suite was all new construction, but some rooms were reconfigured. One such room was the bedroom of one of my kiddos. She’s an animal lover and can be found most of the time in the backyard talking to our hens. She has even knit them scarves. So it was totally in her wheel house to select a pink flamingo wallpaper for her new room (yes, there are tons of flamingos and yes, it’s adorable).  Pinks, corals and gray. Loved this color palette and looked to Caitlin Wilson Textiles first when sourcing throw pillows for her bed. I was in the process of narrowing down sizes and patterns when I received an email from Caitlin’s assistant asking if I like to review some throw pillows. (what?! I almost fell out of my chair.) It reminded me of the times when I would pick up the phone to call my mom, but she was already on the line because she was calling me.

So, of course I said yes and selected the Coral Fretwork and Greige Deco pillow. They are even more beautiful in person. The Coral Fretwork pillow has tiny gold metallic threads that create just the right sparkle. Love!

If you haven’t been introduced to Caitlin’s gorgeous pillow collection, I’ve selected a few of my current faves.

Caitlin Wilson Pillows

All my patterns can be juxtaposed for a bold, edgy look- I want you to have fun with the process! – Cailtin Wilson
rugs // caitlin wilson textilesRecently Caitlin launched a new colorful, fresh rug line. There are custom options too. Speaking of custom, many of Caitlin’s textiles are sold by the yard and are perfect for designing your own drapery, linens and cushions.

Thank you Caitlin for helping make my daughter’s room so special!

happy decorating,

cristin

 

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Read full story By on August 11, 2014 in baby and children, Bedroom, bedrooms, chinoiserie, Features, friday find, Friday Finds, Girl, Interiors, rugs, simplified bee portfolio, textiles, throw pillows, wallpaper

#Pledge2Reset at BlogHer 2014: Making Your Living Room a Multi-Functional Space

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of sharing design and cleaning tips with BlogHer 2014 attendees for Pledge® in SC Johnson’s booth. The overall booth (so cute!) represented the general living areas in a home including the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, backyard and living room. My space with Pledge® was the living room. A place we entertain, relax, eat, play and sometimes even catch a nap. Because of it’s multi-function, maintenance is important to ensure it looks its best.

Regardless of your style or living room design, you’ll need a clean space to make it all work. Pledge® brand products can be used on nearly any surface to quickly refresh your furniture and floors. It resets your home and makes it more vibrant and inviting.

cristin // simplified bee // blogher 2014 // pledge booth

Try using the tips below to help reset your living room into a multi-functional space:

  • GET ORGANIZED! Trays are a secret weapon for bringing color to any surface. Clear or acrylic lets you see everything you’re storing. You can give a tray extra personality by adding a splash of color or wallpaper. Trays are also great to corral all the items in your living area.

home office organization with trays #organizing

  • USE WHAT YOU HAVE. Design can come from the most unexpected placed, even from the things you already have. Stack your favorite books to make a statement centerpiece or even a creative doorstopper.

 coffee table with books // living room // simplified bee design

  • MAKE IT PERSONAL. Make a space your own is the name of the game. It’s all the little things that can give a room some life. Frame your kid’s drawings or put up your favorite song lyrics. It’s something completely unique to you and your family and won’t cost a lot.

kitchen nook with kids artwork // simplified bee design

cristin - simplified bee - pledge booth - blogher 2014

Pledge® has got you covered to bring your floors back to life. Just a few quick steps, and your floors are reset. Here I am showing how easy it is to clean with Pledge® Squirt and Mop. It was that easy. Really. Best yet, as it cleans, it protects your hardwood and multi-surface flooring. A win-win in my book!

SC Johnson - Pledge booth - Blogher 2014

Here’s an image of the whole booth crew including authors and bloggers, Anthony DeBenedet, MD  (The Art of Roughhousing) for Shout®, Cheryl Sousan (TidyMom) for Scrubbing Bubbles®, Katie Nathey (Upcycled Treasures) for Glade® and  Joanna Hawley (jojotastic) for Ziploc®. We were a happy bunch and had a great time. A big thank you to SC Johnson for including Simplified Bee!

Share how you reset your living room using the tips above on Pledge’s Facebook or tagging @SimplifiedBee on Twitter and Instagram using hashtag #Pledge2Reset.

happy decorating,

cristin

*disclosure: this post was sponsored by Pledge, however all opinions are my own (as always).

**photo credit: 3rd & 4th photos by Jenn Jacobson // all others by Cristin Priest of Simplified Bee

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Read full story By on July 31, 2014 in blog, Design Tips, home accessories, kids' art wall, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, simplified bee portfolio, Tips/Tricks

My New Addition Sneak Peek & Cleaning with Pledge®

Doesn’t it feel good to wrap up a project? That’s the way I’m feeling this week as the finishing touches are completed on the new addition in our home. It’s been four months of hammering, debris and dust but, the result was worth all these minor inconveniences. I’m not quite prepared to show you the project in its entirety, but would like to share some sneak peeks of some of the finishes that were selected and on Instagram.

carrara marble hexagon tile floor // simplified bee

You must have guessed I would select a hexagon pattern for the bathroom floor :) This one is in carrara marble.

carrara marble tile shower // Mr. Steam // Simplified Bee

The shower will feature a steam shower (Mr. Steam of course) and will soon be my favorite spot in the whole house.

chrome bathroom faucet // simplified bee

I went round and round with what surface to select for the bathroom vanity, but in the end I selected a charcoal gray quartz. Super durable. Love the contrast it has with the all white vanity too.

driftwood gray walk-in closet // simplified bee

The new walk-in closet is another favorite space. It’s in a driftwood gray laminate. It’s really stunning. I’ll go into more detail about this later :)

hardwood floors + hide rug // www.simplifiedbee.com

For the bedroom and to coordinate with the rest of the house, we selected white oak floors in a natural stain. New hardwood floors are the best. I’ve layered them with a super soft silvery hide rug.

As I mentioned, all of the dust from the construction has added up. And before we can move all of our furnishings, clothing and personal items into the new space, it needed to be cleaned. You may remember the traditional Pledge in the yellow can? Did you know Pledge® also makes cleaners for floors and other surfaces in your home? The nice folks at Pledge sent me some of their newer products out in my own home to test for myself. Pledge’s Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner was a favorite because it easily removes dust, fingerprints and smudges from a variety of surfaces including wood, marble, chrome, granite, glass and stainless steel. It was the perfect all in one cleaner from counters to windows to shelves.

Attending BlogHer 2014 in San Jose this weekend? If so, please drop by the SC Johnson booth and say hi! I’ll be helping share design and organizing tips in the “living room” where Pledge® is being showcased. Product demos will be going on all day as well and we’d love to send you home with a sample to try in out yourself. In addition there will be some fabulous prizes including five chances to win Pledge® products and a $50 Visa gift. There will also be two chances to win a grand prize; all the must-haves for family game night including a collection of board games OR an XBOX One. The booth will also showcase other SC Johnson products including Ziploc, Shout, Glade and Scrubbing Bubbles. If you can’t make BlogHer, join the conversation on Twitter or Instagram using #Pledge2Reset!

happy decorating,

cristin

*disclosure: this post was sponsored by Pledge, however all opinions are my own (as always).

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Read full story By on July 23, 2014 in Bathroom, bathrooms, blog, interior design, Interiors, simplified bee portfolio

Dome Pendant Light Trend + Houzz Feature

disclosure: This post contains an affiliate links, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using this link.

white dome light over table

Large dome pendant lights. They are being used more and more throughout the home including in dining rooms, kitchens and even bedrooms. The sleek, clean design had definitely increased in popularity and was the topic of an article recently written by Mary Jo Bowling on Houzz. I was thrilled to have my little breakfast nook (below) featured and talk about the design trend too! Here’s one quote taken from the article.

Simplified Bee Kitchen Nook with trellis wallpaper

Dome pendant lights more understated than some over-the-top or frilly fixtures and they are kind of like the little black dresses of design, in that they can be dressed up or down to go with anything. – Cristin Bisbee Priest via Houzz

chrome dome pendant light

I often get asked who made the dome pendant in our nook. It was by Arteriors, but has been discontinued. If you are searching for something similar though, this chrome dome pendant light is a good alternative.

happy decorating,

cristin

*first image via Noe 

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Read full story By on March 31, 2014 in breakfast nooks, design trends, Features, houzz, Interiors, interview, Kitchen, lighting, simplified bee portfolio