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California Traditional Home Tour

A few weeks ago, a traditional style home designed by Chloe Warner of Redmond Aldrich Design caught my eye. Domaine featured the transformation of the beautiful Hillsborough, California home. Warner’s client, a Williams Sonoma Executive knew what she wanted – a happy, colorful and youthful space. As you will see, the result is just that. Using playful fabrics, chic wallpaper and elegant furnishings, Warner created a fresh and inviting home – just what her client dreamed of.

entry with stairway  // console & round mirrortraditional living room // chloe warner traditional living room // chloe warnernavy dining room chairs // chloe warnerchrome bar cart // dining roomwallpapered hallway // chloe warnerbedroom // faux bamboo chestbathroom // brown & white wallpaper // chloe warner


happy decorating,


*photos via Domaine


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Read full story By on April 20, 2015 in bar carts, Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, chairs, dining rooms, furniture, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, pattern, traditional, wallpaper, window treatments

Design Crush :: Walker Zanger Sterling Row

Walker Zanger, world-renown for luxury stone and tile, launches its newest collection inspired by elegant menswear. Created from a beautiful mix of porcelain tile and black and white marble, the Sterling Row Collection offers the stunning look of exotic wood and marble inlay. The collection features masculine and timeless patterns evoked from the well dressed gentleman including some of my favorites, houndstooth, oxford, argyle and tuxedo.

elegant menswear // layered pattern

The designs of Sterling Row are inspired by the elegant feel of fine fabrics, the richness of burnished leather and the luxurious bespoke menswear created by the finest tailors in London, Manhattan and Paris. – Walker Zanger

The Sterling Row Collection // Porcelain & Marble tile // Walker Zanger

Need more inspiration? I’m teaming up with Walker Zanger over the next week to curate Simplified Bee’s Inspirations, a Pinterest board with tons swoon worthy images certain to inspire any design lover. See you there!

happy decorating,


 *first image source

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Read full story By on January 14, 2015 in Bathroom, bathrooms, contemporary decor, design trends, Features, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, pattern, tile, traditional

Endless Options :: Wood-Mode Cabinetry

traditional kitchen with Wood-Mode cabinetsblack kitchen cabinets by Wood-Modemodern kitchen with Wood-mode cabinetsdesigner kitchen with Wood-Mode cabinetry

What do these beautiful kitchens have in common? All of the cabinets are made by Wood-Mode. Based here in the United States, family-owned Wood-Mode has been creating quality custom cabinetry for kitchens, baths, closets and offices for over seventy years. While at KBIS with BlogTour, I had the pleasure of touring the Wood-Mode booth and seeing their craftsmanship first hand. Although known for it’s traditional designs, Wood-Mode also offers contemporary and European styles that are gaining popularity with today’s homeowners. Take a look at just a handful of the many door styles offered:

kitchen cabinet door fronts by Wood-ModeExpanding homeowners options even more, Wood-Mode recently launched 17 designer opaque colors with 14 vintage companion colors to its offering of cabinet finishes. Personally, I love the gray and blue tones – they are a nice departure from all white kitchen and bath trend!

Wood-Mode cabinet color palette

Traditionally, our customers choose the classic colors – wood tones, black, white and off-white, considering a cabinetry purchase should last years, if not decades. Our new designer opaque and vintage colors are subtle yet striking which allows customers to gain a touch of color without committing to a color that may be short-lived trendwise. – John Troxell, Director of Design, Wood-Mode

Wood-Mode drawer organizers - #kitchens and #baths

Wood-Mode is also dedicated to making cabinetry that is not only beautiful on the outside, but highly functional on the inside. The wide-variety of built-in storage and convenience features were having me longing for new kitchen cabinets!

By offering endless options, Wood-Mode’s high functioning, stylish and customized cabinets compliment any architecture and personal style. You’ll have to keep Wood-Mode cabinetry in mind for your next kitchen, bath or closet project!

happy decorating,


*disclosure: this post was sponsored by Wood-Mode through #BlogTourVegasalthough all opinions are my own.

*first image via Houzz

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Read full story By on March 10, 2014 in Bathroom, contemporary decor, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, traditional

Design Reveal :: Blue and Orange Boys Bedroom

I’m thrilled to be sharing a peek into a boy’s bedroom I designed for a client’s son. Even though my client, Suzanne (also a friend and fabulous lifestyle photographer) lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, she choose my virtual design services. This gave her the design direction she was looking for, but the ability to purchase items herself and at her own pace.

Suzanne envisioned a “big boy” room that her son would enjoy now and through his teenage years. One way we achieved this was to select a neutral wall color – Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter. It’s a warm gray that gives the room a fresh, modern feel. While the rug, window treatments, furnishings and bedding pull traditional hues of blue and orange perfect for a boy any age.

blue and orange boys bedroom - cristin priest of simplified bee

To get a full appreciation for the transformation, I’ve included a look at the room before (below). There are actually two images – one of when it was a yellow nursery and the other more recent for the toddler years (although the paint color had already been changed for the new design).

boys bedroom before - simplified bee

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My client’s son loves his new “big boy room.” The desk with locker-style drawers is his favorite – it’s just plain cool. On the other hand, I love the dark brown dresser with contrasting white pulls and the custom photo canvas above. The photograph taken by Suzanne of her son adds a pop of color and a personal touch to the space. Love!

If you are interested in the products used in this design, some of them are listed below… get the look

How does Simplified Bee’s Virtual Design work? Step one is to answer a detailed questionnaire that narrows down the client’s vision, style and budget. Next after a scheduled phone call and consultation with the homeowner, I will create a design delivered digitally that includes mood board(s), floor-plan(s), paint colors, budget/shopping tool, detailed product info and any additional instructions the client will need to finish the room. The client then has the opportunity make the design come to life by purchasing items directly from the shopping list and at their own pace. For more information and pricing, please contact me!

Happy decorating!


*photo credit Suzanne O’Brien Studio


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Read full story By on January 30, 2014 in baby and children, Bedroom, bedrooms, beds, bookshelves, Boy, boy's bedroom, color, interior design, Interiors, lighting, simplified bee portfolio, teen rooms, traditional, window treatments