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Book Review :: Home Decor Cheat Sheets

How high should you hang a chandelier hang above the dining table? What paint finish should you use a kid’s room? What size rug should go under your bed? When it comes to decorating the questions can be endless, but there are definitely some design dos and don’ts I adhere to. Some of these “rules” are easy to remember, but it’s always nice to have a cheat sheet or illustration to reference. Over time I have pinned, cut-out and dogeared pages in decor books, but have never had one single source. So I was thrilled to receive a copy of a newly released book, Home Decor Cheat Sheets by Jessica Probus that contains 300+ colorful, easy-to-understand images aimed at teaching you everything from furniture placement to bathroom lighting tricks, window styles to  how to make a floor plan. I’m loving the practical nature of this book and is a resource I’m looking forward to using for years to come. Decor lovers, you are going to want a copy of this helpful book. It would also make a perfect housewarming gift!

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Just like the completion of any home, the cheat sheets in this book are meant to be used as a process not to be tackled in one day or even one year, but consulted as needed over time to make the kind of slow, purposeful improvements that turn a few walls and some well-hung curtains into an actual home. – Jessica Probus, Author of Home Decor Cheat Sheets

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Read full story By on July 13, 2016 in book, book review, decorating small spaces, Design Tips, furniture, gallery wall, interior design, lighting, pattern, Tips/Tricks

5 Faves :: Pinterest Home Decor

Last week my computer died. It was frustrating at first, but I got a little break from blogging and work that I needed. In addition, I have a brand new computer!

Even though I wasn’t blogging, I still found time for one of my favorite sites: Pinterest. Here are a few of the most popular pins from the last week:
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happy decorating,


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Read full story By on February 18, 2015 in 5 favorites, Bathroom, bathrooms, Design Tips, Features, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, Living Room, pinterest, Tips/Tricks, window treatments

The Bloom Workshop California

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Do you remember my Michaela who interned for me a few years ago? Her grandmother always told her to dream big and dream she did. Last year, Michaela and her friend Ashley launched The Bloom Workshop. And not surprisingly it’s been a huge success! The hands-on workshop was designed for creative women who are eager to learn about blogging, social media, photography, interior design and styling. Our goal is to share our knowledge on how each of these topics work together to help take blogs or businesses to the next level. Bloom’s mission is to help fuel women’s creative passions, establish authentic community, and help each attendee feel confident in their small business or blog. With special sessions on the specifics of blogging, social media best practices, design, styling and photography, a styled photo shoot to practice the skills guests just learned, and a Q&A session with a panel of experts this is a great opportunity for all eager to learn, network and hone creative skills.

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On April 10, 2015, The Bloom Workshop is coming to the San Francisco Bay Area! It will be held in the beautiful town of Los Gatos (super charming downtown). I’m thrilled to be on the guest panel of experts along with some other talented bloggers and artists in the area!
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Go here to register and get more information regarding the California workshop – register now to receive 15% off your ticket price by using the code BLOOM15 at checkout!
Not in the San Francisco area? To find a workshop in a city near you, check out the registration page.
Hope to see you there!
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Read full story By on January 28, 2015 in blog, craft, Design Tips, discounts, DIY, Entertaining, event planning, flowers, food, Holiday, interior design, Parties, tabletop, Tips/Tricks

#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.

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  • 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.

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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!

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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,


*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