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One Room Challenge Fall 2015 :: The Reveal

It’s here and all I can think of is how quickly the past six weeks have flown by! Today’s the big reveal of my Foyer for the One Room Challenge and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. It’s such a happy space and am thrilled with the result!

formal foyer // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee

As you may know, for the past several weeks I’ve been sharing the whole design process (including all the ups and downs!). In case you’ve miss any and need to catch up, here are the links:

Week One – Foyer Before // Week Two – Wallpaper & Paint // Week Three – Furnishings // Week Four – Lighting // Week Five – Art & Accessories

To refresh your memory and to appreciate the transformation, I’ve included a few before images in combination with the reveal images.


traditional front door // ORC before //


fall front door // one room challenge // @simplifiedbeefall front door // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee

I love the new black door painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pitch Black. It makes such stately entrance to our home. The handsome hanging lantern via Lowes was also a terrific addition. And isn’t the antler doormat by Mark & Graham just perfect?


Foyer Before // ORC // www.simplifiedbee.comFoyer Before // ORC //


chinoiserie chic foyer // design by @simplifiedbee

This is really a happy space. I’m in love with it all. The large-scale feather bloom wallpaper by Celerie Kemble for Schumacher sets the tone immediately. The gorgeous navy lacquer console by oomph is the perfect compliment. I’m also so pleased with the chinoserie chic touches in the fabulous x benches in Clarence Houses Tibet Print, gilded faux bamboo mirror, pair of elegant table lamps and vintage blue & white porcelain bowl housing the cacti & succulents.

entry console table // by @simplifiedbeeformal foyer // one room challenge // @simplifiedbeecacti & succulent arrangement // @simplifiedbeefoyer staircase // @simplifiedbee

As I mentioned in this post, the stair-runner got held up in customs. Unfortunately, it still hasn’t arrived. I’m so bummed not to be able to show you a finished project, but the reality is that sometimes we have no control over these things. It’s a great lesson in patience in this need to have it now society. When it is installed, I will be sure to share it with you! I still love this image because it showcases the lovely scalloped pendant from Bellacor and high-gloss painted ceiling in Farrow & Ball’s Borrowed Light so beautifully!

minted artwork // staircase landing // @simplifiedbee

I also love how the staircase landing turned out. The dyptich artwork through Minted compliments the original door chimes which we modernized by adding a clean-lined teak cover. For texture and to balance the space, I added a small bench covered in a cozy sheepskin rug.

vintage chandelier + window valance // staircase landing // @simplifiedbeegallery wall // one room challenge // @simplifiedbeemichelle morin artwork // design by @simplifiedbee

At the top of the stairs, I left the original vintage chandelier – it is so timeless that it didn’t need to be changed out. However, I updated the window valance and have it covered in a beautiful hand-blocked textile from Galbraith & Paul. It’s layered it with a matchstick woven roman shade in white. The adjacent gallery wall filled with Michelle Morin’s whimsical birds and bees is another spot that makes me smile.


farrow and ball paint // oomph console table // decoratorsbest fabric for x benches // bellacor pendant light // bassett mirror table lamps & wall mirror // minted dyptich artwork // lowes outdoor lantern // mark & graham doormat


celerie kemble wallpaper for schumacher // vintage blue & white bowl via chairish // artwork by michelle morin // natural diamond pattern rug // sheepskin rug for bench // corn-husk wreath // seagrass basket for the fiddle fig // x benches by livenupdesign

PHOTOGRAPHY :: candace & kurt williams of photo-tecture

Thank you so much for following my One Room Challenge journey! I’ve been so touched by all the lovely comments and encouragement.

Now to all the other final reveals of the other 19 ORC participants – I’m so excited to see all the gorgeous interiors from this talented group!

A huge thank you to Linda at Calling it Home for organizing everything, securing such fabulous sponsors and including me in The One Room Challenge Fall 2015! It was such an incredible experience and one I’d be honored to do again! 

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Read full story By on November 11, 2015 in chinoiserie, console tables, etsy, foyers, furniture, gallery wall, interior design, Interiors, lighting, mirrors, monograms, simplified bee portfolio, textiles, traditional, wallpaper, window treatments

One Room Challenge Fall 2015 :: My Foyer

For the past few months I’ve been keeping a few secrets. The first is we’ve moved! You may have seen glimpses of our beloved ranch style home on the San Francisco Peninsula featured in Rue Magazine. We have so many fond memories of the house, neighborhood and community. It was a very difficult decision to move outside the San Francisco Bay Area and away for dear friends, but we were longing for a slower pace and to be closer to Lake Tahoe where I grew up. We were blessed to find a wonderful 1940s traditional style house in the Reno / Tahoe area that we fell in love with. The only catch is it needs a gut job ton of work. It’s the money pit an adventure! So when Linda of Calling it Home offered me a spot in her One Room Challenge (aka ORC) this fall, I jumped at the chance (that’s the 2nd big secret I’ve been keeping!). For those that don’t know, the ORC is a collection of 20 bloggers that take on the challenge of making over one room in six weeks.

One Room Challenge Fall 2015The first challenge for me in the process was determining which room would get the face-lift. The 1970s kitchen? The dis-functional laundry room? Our pink master bath? Every inch of this home and property is vintage and needs some TLC! I ended up deciding that the Foyer was a great place to start for several reasons. One, it welcomes our guests and is a great space to set the tone of the home. It is also a room that will not have any walls, windows or doors changed out or moved at a later date.

Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be sharing my design, the process and many of the sources used throughout. Each Wednesday, there will be a new blog post as well as Instagrams, Tweets and Facebook posts. I hope you will follow along!

Here’s a look at the space before – starting from the front door and leading up to the upstairs landing.

traditional front door // ORC before // www.simplifiedbee.comFoyer Before // ORC // www.simplifiedbee.comFoyer Before // ORC // www.simplifiedbee.comFoyer Before // ORC // www.simplifiedbee.comFoyer Before // ORC // www.simplifiedbee.comFoyer and Landing Before // ORC //

I’m thrilled and honored to be among the following bloggers chosen for the One Room Challenge Fall 2015 edition!


ORC would like you to join in the fun too! Tomorrow, Thursday, October 8th, it’s the return of the One Room Challenge™ Linking Event. For six consecutive Thursday’s you show off your transformed room as well.

*all photos by Cristin Priest of Simplified Bee

**The One Room Challenge is Trademarked by Calling it Home

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Read full story By on October 7, 2015 in foyers, interior design, Interiors, simplified bee portfolio, traditional, wallpaper

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