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Kitchen Design Crush

A kitchen doesn’t have to be massive to be functional and beautiful. This all white kitchen designed by Jute Home is a perfect example. With the custom cabinetry well planned out, the space has room to accommodate gourmet appliances and touches. Although not enough room for an island, a peninsula does the job of housing the under-mount sink and barstools for three.

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Here you can get a better look at the chic marble chevron backsplash and all white countertops (most likely a quartz). Love the open shelving too. They help break up the space visually.

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 Drinking tea is a daily ritual for me, so I love this last image. :)

Isn’t’ this a lovely designed kitchen? And if Jute Home sounds familiar, it might be because  Simplified Bee featured their lovely family kitchen for the San Francisco Showcase.

happy decorating,


*all photo via Jute Home

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Read full story By on June 30, 2014 in color, contemporary decor, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, lighting, pattern, tile

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014 :: The Master Bedroom

Like fashion shows for clothing designers, showhouses offer a platform for interior designers to incorporate cutting edge products, set trends and push boundaries. One such space that exemplifies this in the 2014 San Francisco Showcase is the master bedroom by Antonio Martins. The San Francisco-based interior designer boldly mixes traditional Portuguese tile, contemporary art and a 18th century antique bed passed down through generations. The result is simply stunning as it captures history and celebrates Portuguese culture in a modern manner.

antique Portuguese Bilros bed - master bedroom

To honor his heritage, an antique Portuguese Bilros bed, carefully preserved by Antonio’s family since the 18th century, commands attention and is the primary inspiration for the space. Made of “Pau-Santo,” an exotic rosewood, the design of the bed adheres to the strict guidelines of the period. “I have always loved this bed, which incorporates our family crest, and the Showcase was the perfect excuse to bring it to San Francisco,” says Antonio Martins.

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In a bold move, Martins covered the wall in blue and white Portuguese tiles known as Azulejos. The 243 hand-painted tiles are a faithful copies of 18th century patterns and designs. To deliver a 21st century twist on traditional form and pattern, Antonio has expanded the tile size and shuffled the images to become a modern piece of art. Incredible.

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On the sleek fireplace mantel sits two lucite boxes filled with personal letters (see below). Who knows what they say, but the romantic in me assuming they are all love letters passed down in the family. What a fun way to display such special notes!

displaying love letters

Need some more does of the color blue? Here’s a tour of the little boy’s bedroom in this year’s showcase, in case you missed it. There is also plenty of time to still tour the estate and is open now through May 26th. Here’s more information on purchasing tickets.

5th Birthday Cake

Next week marks a BIG milestone for the Simplified Bee Blog. It’s turning 5! In celebration, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite companies, LampsPlus, Serena & Lily, Wayfair, Truffle and Driftwood Interiors, for some amazing giveaways. You’ll have to drop by and tell your friends!!!

Happy decorating,


* all showcase images provided by Antonia Martins and cake image via 100 Layer Cake-let 

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Read full story By on May 9, 2014 in antiques, Bedroom, bedrooms, beds, Features, Giveaways, interior design, Interiors, pattern, tile

Sneak Peek :: Walker Zanger 2014 Collections

From ancient times to the present, decorative patterns inspire, enrich and influence our lives. Kindled by our instinct for decoration, Walker Zanger has created new collections for 2014 and gave us an exciting preview at #BlogTourVegas. From hand painted tiles in Mediterranean blues to ornate mosaics in marble and limestone, the collections, Duquesa and Tangent are varied, worldly and spark the imagination. Pulling influences that span the globe including Egyptian wood inlay, Chinese decorative screens and famous beach-side walkways in Rio de Janeiro, here’s a sneak peek:

Walker Zanger Tile - Duquesa Fatima Pattern #BlogTourVegas

Duquesa “Fatima” pattern above

Walker Zanger Tile - Duquesa Fez Pattern #BlogTourVegas

Duquesa “Fez” pattern above

Walker Zanger Tile - Duquesa Raffaela Pattern

Duquesa “Raffaela” pattern above

Walker Zanger Tile - Granada Mosaic Pattern #blogtourvegas

“Granda” pattern above

Walker Zanger Tile - Ostia Pattern #blogtourvegas

“Ostia” pattern above

Walker Zanger Tile - San Marcos Pattern #mosaic #tile

“San Marcos” pattern above

Walker Zanger Tile - Tagent Ipanema Pattern #blogtourvegas

Tangent “Ipanema” pattern above

Walker Zanger Tile - Tangent Astral Night Pattern #tile

Tangent “Astral Night” pattern above

Walker Zanger Tile - Tangent Merge Pattern #tile

Tangent “Merge” pattern above

Walker Zanger’s beautiful new 2014 collections have captured my attention. Did they capture yours? Which pattern is your favorite?

happy decorating,


*images by Simplified Bee

*disclosure: this post was sponsored by Walker Zanger through BlogTour, although all opinions are my own.

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Read full story By on February 10, 2014 in Bathroom, bathrooms, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, pattern, tile

Design Crush :: Black and White Kitchen

kitchen with stainless steel countertop and black window

Black & white. It’s a classic color palette for kitchen design. This chic kitchen by Tommy Smythe features upper cabinets in white and lower cabinets in black. The timeless color combo is paired with industrial stainless steel countertops, appliances and hood. The movement in the white Carrara marble subway tiles backsplash pulls it all together beautifully. The most striking element in this kitchen vignette however, is the window pane painted black. Love!

For more black and white kitchens and so much more, visit my Designer Kitchens board on Pinterest!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


*image via DecorPad and Pinterest

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Read full story By on October 4, 2013 in contemporary decor, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, tile