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Holiday Gift Guide 2015 :: For the Hostess

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chic thanksgiving table setting

image via sarah sherman samuel

My head has been down as I’ve been focusing on the One Room Challenge, so I’m a little behind the eight ball in terms of holiday planning! I can’t believe that in just a few days the holiday season will be in full swing and so will the family dinners and holiday parties. When attending one of these holiday soirees it’s always a good thing to bring a little something for the hostess. When considering hostess gifts, it’s best to give a gift that you would like to receive yourself. If you love it, they will too! Here’s a few of my favorite hostess gift ideas for the 2015 holidays – and I know you’ll find one your hostess will love!

holiday gift guide 2015 // hostess gift ideas // via @simplifiedbee

1 black & white vase // 2 mini carmel apples // 3 backgammon set // 4 hand-painted water bottle// 5 marble & wood serving board // 6 pendleton blanket // 7 wire ornaments // 8 peony & blush suede candle// 9 copper ice bucket // 10 faux fur wine bag


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Read full story By on November 18, 2015 in Entertaining, Features, gift guide, Holiday, Parties, Uncategorized

One Room Challenge :: Week 4

It’s week four of the One Room Challenge and here’s week one, two and three in case you are catching up.

Last week I had light fixtures installed and today I’ll be sharing the process selection with you. Several fixtures needed to be replaced and sourced – one hanging fixture for the outside entry, one hanging fixture for the inside foyer and a pair of table lamps for the console.

black front door // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee

The entry’s old outside light fixture had a nice traditional feel, but got lost because it was flush mount. And although you can’t see from this image above, the fixture was damaged, was housing yellow-jackets and had to go. To keep with the traditional architecture of the house, I sourced dark pendant fixtures and that had three or more lights. Here’s are a few that made the final list:

outside lighting for entry // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

1 // 2 // 3 // 4

In the end, I selected #3 – the stately Galician English Bronze Outdoor Pendant available at Lowes (another fab ORC sponsor!).

outdoor hanging lantern // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee

Doesn’t it look amazing!? I just love the result.

foyer lighting // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee

The Foyer had a vintage brass and crystal chandelier (above) that was beautiful and just the right scale, but was too busy for the new wallpaper (It’s also now for sale on Chairish!). I must have reviewed hundreds of chandeliers and pendants before narrowing it down to the following:

light fixtures for the foyer // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

These fixtures are all incredibly beautiful, aren’t they? I eliminated the lantern style fixtures first because I thought they might compete with the outside lantern. I almost pulled the trigger on buying #5 when I found the Sweeney Aged Brass Pendant via Bellacor  another fabulous ORC sponsor and online retailer featuring 500,000+ designer lighting and furnishings for home! It’s simplicity, yet over-sized modern flair won me over. I also loved how the scalloped canopy and shade mirror the floral wallpaper pattern. When unpacking it, I got a little nervous at it’s large scale and thought it was going to be a miss. I had it hung anyway and can say I’m thrilled with the result! Check out how the light radiates on the glossy ceiling!

foyer lighting // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

The gorgeous console from oomph was begging for a pair of table lamps. I went round and round on what to do here. Brass? Stone? Lucite? Color? There were endless options and here are a few that made the final list:

table lamps // foyer // @simplifiedbee

1 // 2 // 3 // 4

If you read last week’s ORC, you will know which lamp I selected :) I choose number one – the Asian style Brohman Table Lamp in classic navy and white available though ORC sponsor, Bassett Mirrror. I really liked the chinoiserie feel and small floral pattern (not competing with the large floral on the wall). The lucite base and finial gave it a little modern twist which I loved too. It looks amazing with the oomph console table!

chinoiserie table lamp // foyer // @simplifiedbee

Isn’t she a beauty?

I hope you’ll drop by next week to see the process for selecting art and accessories! And don’t forget to check out what the other ORC participants are up to – they are killer!

* Big thank you to Lowes, Bassett Mirror and Bellacor for their support and sponsorship of this challenge!

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Read full story By on October 28, 2015 in brass, contemporary decor, foyers, interior design, Interiors, lighting, mid-century modern, Uncategorized, vintage

Top 10 :: Stylish Daily Planners 2016

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It’s that time of year! School will be starting soon (I know, too soon!) and with that moms and students everywhere will be challenged to keep their new schedules, events and activities organized. Keeping a calendar is an essential part in helping manage your daily activities and prioritize your time. It’s also a great way to kick off a new school year and even start 2016 off on the right foot. Did you know that you can reduce stress by simply logging appointments, events and assignments in a daily planner? When kept up-to-date, a planner allows you to find information quickly, prioritize effectively and schedule appointments on the spot.

As you may know from year’s past, I’m a bit old school and prefer writing down appointments, events and day-to-day tasks in a traditional daily planner. With so many stylish designs in a variety of price points, it was tough to narrow down my favorites! If I’ve missed any you love, please comment and let me know.

best stylish planner 2016 // #2016 #planners

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1 academic planner // 2 lilly pulitzer bazaar large agenda // 3 stitch-bound with mint & gold confetti

4 paint stripe planner // 5 simplified planner with gold pineapples // 6 gold metallic pocket datebook // 7 kate spade agenda

leopard momAgenda desktop // 9 erin condren lifeplanner // 10 triangle pattern planner

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Read full story By on July 15, 2015 in daily planners, Features, Organization, Paperwork, the buzz, time management, Uncategorized

The Buzz :: SF Design Events

There are a couple exciting home & design events taking place in the San Francisco Bay Area – The Sunset Celebration Weekend and WestEdge San Francisco.

First off: After 17 years, the final Sunset Celebration Weekend will be held on Sunset Magazine’s iconic Menlo Park campus on June 6th & 7th (the magazine will be moving to new digs). Attracting thousands of readers, Sunsets beautiful seven-acre campus will be transformed into an interactive showcase for the region’s most exciting lifestyle inspiration and freshest flavors. Editors, celebrity chefs and lifestyle experts from across the West will bring the pages of Sunset to life and showcase the region’s hottest trends in food, wine, travel, garden and home. A terrific event for the entire family!

Sunset Celebration Weekend // June 6-7, 2015

photos via Sunset

The inaugural WestEdge SF, co-presented with San Francisco Design Week at Pier 27 kicks off this Thursday and will run through Friday. Thursday evening’s opening night reception for the official San Francisco Design Week is expected to draw 3,000 design lovers. The curated modern design fair will feature 40+ exhibitors who all speak to high-quality and thoughtfully made design products. Check out a few that caught my eye!

WestEdge San Francisco 2015Photos top to bottom: Robert Long Lighting, Amy Helfand, J Liston Design, Fringe Studio


Hosting a summer soiree? Entertain effortlessly with chic table settings from Loom Decor!

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Read full story By on June 3, 2015 in Features, flowers, food, furniture, the buzz, Uncategorized