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Friday Finds :: One Kings Lane Labor Day Sale

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Hello Labor Day! The long weekend is bitter sweet as we close out summer. Although the fabulous Labor Day sales help ease the transition into fall. One of my favorite sales going on right now is over at One Kings Lane where you can save an addition 20%. Take a look at some fabulous items that are on my list…

one kings land // friday finds // @simplifiedbee #sale #labordaysale #okl

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1 brass pendant // 2 hand knotted rug // 3 teak bowl // 4 rattan armchair // 5 hexagon wall mirror

*image via OKL


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Read full story By on September 3, 2016 in chairs, Features, foyers, friday find, Friday Finds, lighting, rugs, Uncategorized

One Room Challenge :: Week 4

Holy cow, it’s week four of the One Room Challenge. It is amazing how when you lay a line in the side to get something done, the date seem to creep up faster and faster! Our master bathroom and walk-in closet project is well underway and I wanted to share with you some of the progress.

master bathroom // mosaic marble tile // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

As you may have seen on my Instagram feed where I’m sharing sneak peeks, the mosaic marble floor has been installed. Here is an image of the tile before grouting. You can see me standing on a white material that is an adhesive for the heated floor mats. Yep, during the colder months, our feet will stay warm.

master bathroom // marble hex tile // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

Here is an image of the hexagon marble tiles that went on the shower floor. I love how they coordinate with the large octagon patterned floor.

master bathroom // rohl faucet and kohler sink // @simplifiedbee

The calacatta marble counter top, faucet by Rohl and Ladena under-mount sink by Kohler were installed. I purchased the pair rectangular of Kohler sinks through a generous ORC sponsor, Lowes – many thanks! They are a generous size and have a transitional look which I love.

vanity hardware // master bathroom // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

Sourcing hardware for the master bathroom was like shopping for jewelry. It’s so much fun. For the most part I followed the lead of the original hardware finish throughout the bathroom – polished chrome. I did this mainly because the hinges on my closet were not being changed out and are in that finish. The towel hook shown above is from Rejuvenation and is from their Canfield collection. For the main vanity, I selected polished chrome square pulls for a modern touch. I wanted the make-up vanity however to feel different – more feminine and more romantic. I therefore choose the chic lucite and polished chrome drawer pulls from ORC sponsor, LuxHoldups. This image does not due the pull justice – it’s high-quality and gorgeous! Not pictured is a stunning lucite shower door pull that is at the glass shop. I’m crossing my fingers the shower doors are going to be installed in time – we have had some hiccups!

As for lighting selections, I had quite a few to make for the spaces. Over the vanity in the master bathroom, I was on the hunt for a single sconce that would be placed between a pair of mirrors. The finish of the fixture was in question and so I sourced a variety. Here are the ones that made the final cut:

lighting options // master bathroom vanity // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge


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1 cuff sconce // 2 bryant sconce // 3 brass sconce // 4 baxter sconce // 5 muses sconce

In the end, I selected the Baxter sconce (#4 above) through ORC sponsor Crystorama. I was drawn to the glass detail in the torch design. It’s really a good looking sconce and I’m so pleased.

For my husband’s walk-in closet, I definitely wanted a fixture that was flush or semi-mount and had a brass finish. It also needed to have a masculine quality. Here are a few of the fixtures I considered for the space:walk-in closet // lighting options // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallengeproduct links:

1 flush-mount sunburst // 2 goodman pendant // 3 semi-flush mount in aged brass // 4  globe pendant// 5 gardner pendant

I selected Crystorama’s Lawson semi-mount in aged brass (#3 above). It had a timeless and stately quality that my husband liked. It also has some crystal detail that I liked. A win-win!

flush mount sputnik light fixture // lucent light shop // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

Above the make-up vanity in the master bath I replaced a vintage crystal chandelier with a mid-century inspired flush-mount sputnik light fixture from Lucent Light Shop (another fab ORC sponsor) I wanted to incorporate hints of brass and modern touches in the space, so the fixture was a perfect choice. I also love the romantic feel that the custom glass accents deliver. Isn’t it the best? In the image above, you also get a glimpse of the Bumblebee wallpaper by Farrow & Ball that lines the back of my closets.

flush-mount bamboo light // master bathroom // #oneroomchallenge

In the water closet with the Woods & Pear wallpaper and Farrow & Ball’s Worsted on the ceiling, I hung Crystorama’s Masefield light fixture in antique silver. It’s just the right scale and the faux bamboo finish is my fave!

ink stripe in black // caroline cecil textiles

For two windows in the master bathroom, I wanted them covered in Roman shades. Selecting a fabric with a pattern was quite tricky because of the strong octagonal floor tile and the vertical wallpaper in the water closet. Going with a solid would have been easy, but of course I like to play with patterns so decided against that. I fell in love with Caroline Cecil Textiles a few months ago and inquired to see if she would be willing to work with me. I was thrilled when she said yes. We scheduled a call to discuss my vision and after looking over several beautiful samples, I selected her ikat inspired Ink Stripe in black (above) for the shades.  I adore the pattern’s painterly twist on a classic stripe. So fun!

There is more to come next week! I’ll be sharing the more progress and all the fabulous accessories! Also, be sure to follow along on Instagram where I’m sharing more images! If you are just joining us, here are links to the first three weeks of the One Room Challenge:

One Room Challenge :: Kick-off  //  One Room Challenge :: Week 2  //  One Room Challenge :: Week 3

The other 19 ORC participants have been busy creating some fabulous rooms! Be sure to check out their progress…

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Read full story By on April 27, 2016 in Bathroom, bathrooms, brass, interior design, Interiors, lighting, Uncategorized

One Room Challenge Spring 2016 :: Kick-Off

As some of you know, I moved last year to a house that needs a ton of work. It’s a 1940s traditional colonial style home and last fall I redesigned the foyer and staircase for the One Room Challenge (ORC). As an interior designer, I enjoyed the process from inspiration to completion – but of course I’m my toughest client, so it wasn’t always easy, breezy!

Recently, Linda of Calling it Home invited me back to participate in her One Room Challenge this spring. For those who may not know, the ORC is a collection of 20 bloggers that document the transformation of a room over the course of six weeks. Although the tight timeline adds a lot of pressure, I jumped at the chance to be part of this fabulous series again.

Even though our house has seemingly endless makeover needs including the kitchen, bathrooms and backyard patio, the room choice for the ORC was quite obvious – our master bathroom & walk-in closet. We selected the space mainly because we were battling several leaky faucets that couldn’t be repaired (too old) and our closets needed some serious organizational help. It’s a big undertaking for such a short amount of time, but I was up for the challenge!

Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be sharing my design process from inspiration to finishing touches. Each Wednesday, there will be a new blog post revealing the progress and you can also get sneak peeks via InstagramTwitter and Facebook. I hope you will follow my journey!

Here’s a look at the space before – starting with the master bath (which includes my closets) and leading to the walk-in closet for my hubby.

master bathroom before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallengemaster bathroom before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallengemaster bathroom before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallengemaster bathroom before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallengemaster closet before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallengemaster closet before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge

I’m thrilled and honored to be among the following bloggers chosen for the One Room Challenge this spring. Be sure to check the other blogger in the series to see what rooms they have selected for their challenge!

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Read full story By on April 6, 2016 in Bathroom, bathrooms, Closets, interior design, Interiors, Organization, simplified bee portfolio, tile, Uncategorized, vintage, wallpaper

Book Review :: Patina Farm

When I started blogging back in 2009, there were a few hundred decor bloggers out there. Now there are thousands and it’s been really hard to keep up with all my favorites because the list just gets longer and longer. One blog that I’ve followed from the very beginning is Velvet & Linen by interior decorator, Brooke Giannetti.  We quickly bonded on interior design, being moms and raising backyard chickens. At the time, Brooke and her world-renown architect husband, Steve were living in a lovely home in suburban Santa Monica, California. I’ll never forget her decision (which she shared on her blog) to leave the bustling, star-studded Los Angeles community for the quite, serene oasis of Ojai Valley – situated just south of Santa Barbara. I was inspired by her bravery to move her school aged children, build her dream home and follow her heart to spend her free time in nature.

Patina Farm // Book Review // via @simplifiedbee

Over the course of the last few years, I’ve watched Brooke and Steve’s dream unfold and was thrilled to hear that they were going to give us a tour in their just released book, Patina Farm . Through 150 stunning images and beautiful sketches by Steve, the book delivers a detailed account of inspirations, architectural elements, and various influences the designing couple encountered throughout the process. I found it interesting that the number one influence in their home’s footprint was sunlight. To achieve their goal of maximizing sunlight in and outside the home, they situated the house so that the back faces south. They also balanced the light in rooms by adding windows to two or three sides allowing for natural light for greater lengths of time. The connection of the indoor and outdoor spaces just flows in this house – allowing the family to reach their goal of of being surrounded by nature.

front gate // Patina Farm

The mix of materials used throughout Patina Farm was heavily influenced by French, Spanish and Belgium design and included galvanized steel, terra-cotta roof tiles, limestone, glass steel doors, and reclaimed barn doors to name a few. The Giannettis wanted their home to feel as it was built over time this mix helps them achieve that look. The result is a home that’s stunning from every angle. It’s superbly elegant, yet inviting and unpretentious. Brooke and Steve make it look effortless.

farm sink kitchen // steve and brooke giannetti // patina farmkitchen // steve and brooke giannetti // patina farm

One of the main reasons we built Patina Farm was to show our children the power of a dream. – Steve & Brooke Giannetti, Patina Farm

breakfast area // steve and brooke giannetti // patina farmliving room // steve and brooke giannetti // patina farmmaster bedroom // Patina Farm // Book Reviewmaster bedroom chaise // steve and brooke giannetti // patina farm

This one of the loveliest decor books I’ve read and I’m amazed at how intimate it is. From the first page, Brooke and Steve welcome you into their home in the most down-to-earth, personal way. I highly recommend taking a tour of Patina Farm for yourself!

*photographs by Lisa Romerein from Patina Farm by Brooke Giannetti and Steve Giannetti, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith

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Read full story By on March 8, 2016 in Bathroom, Bedroom, book, book review, Features, Garden, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, Living Room, outdoor living, Uncategorized