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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

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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

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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

One Room Challenge :: Week 2

blue & white wallpaper // entry // JK Kling Associates

The vignette by JK Kling Associates above is fresh and inviting – just the way I want our Foyer to feel.  The existing 1970s textured wallpaper not only covered the walls in the Foyer, but extended down the hall, up the stairs and then down a very long hallway. It was way too much pattern and 70s flair for me, so it had to go.

wallpaper removal // one room challenge // www.simplifiedbee.comwallpaper removal // one room challenge //

There is always a big unknown when you start removing wallpaper in an older house. How easily will it come off? Will the walls be in good shape? In our case, there were three layers of wallpaper. The first (hard to see in the above image) was a true paper wallpaper and had a subtle toile pattern from the 1940s. The second (my favorite) had a beautiful teal and steely blue leaf pattern. Really stunning. The third of course was the textured 1970s damask pattern in an faded olive green.

wallpaper removal // one room challenge //

Once the layers of wallpaper was removed from the foyer and hallways, we were blessed with gorgeous plaster walls. Yes, the original plaster walls were in perfect condition and smooth as silk. After a coat of primer, they were ready for the next phase. Paint or wallpaper? From the start I knew I wanted to hang new wallpaper in the foyer, so that’s the first material I sourced. Here are a few that made my short list:
orange_blue_chinoiserie_wallpaper_thumb25255B125255Dfoyer design process // one room challenge //

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In the end, I selected Celerie Kemble’s Feather Bloom for Schumacher. It’s an embellished grasscloth that features a hand printed over-scaled floral motif in shades of China blue. The choice is a bold one and I’m definitely taking a risk on this!

Celerie Kemble Feather Bloom wallpaper // one room challenge //

The blue color scheme was a great one as well because it coordinates with the palettes in the adjacent living room, library and dining room. It’s my opinion that color palettes in side-by-side rooms should coordinate to create flow and bridge a story from one room to the next.

paint color sampling // ORC //

For this reason, it was important to select paint for the hallway walls in a color that would compliment the cool wallpaper tones, yet still be neutral and contemporary. With the help of Farrow & Ball (a fabulous ORC sponsor), I narrowed down the wall color to Blackened No. 2011. It is the coolest of their whites and changes in intensity depending on the light. A perfect color to let the beautiful architecture of the is home take center stage.

Farrow & Ball Borrowed Light //

In the Foyer, I decided to add a little drama and glam by having the ceiling painted in a shade of blue. After going back and forth on Parma Gray No. 27 or Borrowed Light No. 235, I selected the lighter shade of Borrowed Light. The light blue picks up hints of gray and in a high gloss reflects light beautifully.

front door before // ORC // www.simplifiedbee.comfront door // farrow & ball pitch black //

The Front Door was all white like the rest of the outside of the house, so to add contrast and to create a more stately entrance, I had the front door, screen and transom window painted black – an accent already used on the shutters throughout the house. I selected Farrow & Ball’s Pitch Black No. 256 in a high gloss. Classic. Timeless. Love it!

Here’s a breakdown of the Farrow & Ball paint colors used for my One Room Challenge. Also, be sure to check out their amazing new wallpaper collection that launched this fall!


Please check back next Wednesday – I’ll be breaking down furniture selection!

Don’t forget to check out the progress of the other One Room Challenge participates… there’s lots of magic happening!

The One Room Challenge is Trademarked by Calling it Home. Huge thank you to Farrow & Ball for providing paint for the Foyer! 

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Read full story By on October 14, 2015 in color, foyers, interior design, Interiors, simplified bee portfolio, vintage, wallpaper

Designer Crush :: Megan Tagliaferri

Known for her glitzy hotel and casino interiors in Vegas, Megan Tagliaferri of FLO Design Studio describes her own personal aesthetic as “California mod spiritual.” In her Belmont Shores of Long Beach home, she blends a mix of earthy, yet glamorous boho style. Tagliaferri brilliantly layers rich patterns throughout using designer wallcoverings, Moroccan textiles and vintage furnishings. Although high glam, the rooms are cozy, inviting and laid-back. It’s the perfect interior for the relaxed SoCal waterfront lifestyle Tagliaferri and her family were seeking. Take a peek!

Entry // Japanese-style Wabi wallpaper by Calico // Megan TagliaferriDining Room // California Boho-Glam // Megan TagliaferriBathroom // Kelly Wearstler Wallpaper // Megan TagliaferriBedroom // Moroccan Wedding Blanket // Megan TagliaferriBathroom // Soaking Tub // Megan TagliaferriRosewood Desk // Megan TagliaferriTee Pee // Playroom // Megan Tagliaferri

*images via C Home // photo credit Laure Joilet

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Read full story By on July 7, 2015 in Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, curated look, dining rooms, Features, foyers, interior design, Interiors, mid-century modern, Playroom, playrooms, rugs, textiles, vintage, wallpaper

Vintage Chic Home Office Design

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vintage brass table lamp

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As a designer I’m always seeking out chic vintage furnishings and home decor. My go to destinations include flea markets, estate sales and craigslist. However, the process of scouring through items can be time consuming, hit or miss and downright frustrating (is it the real deal? is the seller trustworthy?).  And of course this is simply the buying side, not the selling side of vintage furnishings! But fortunately there is now Chairish, an online marketplace where design lovers can exchange gently used, pre-owned furniture and decor directly with one another. They make the whole buying, selling and shipping process a breeze. In addition, the experts at Chairish hand-select and curate the collections of items on the site, so you know you’re getting quality vintage and designer decor that is accurately represented. Love!

The folks at Chairish asked me to select a favorite rug from various styles that were provided and then create a styleboard designed around that pattern and color scheme using furnishings from their site. I selected a beautiful grass green Turkish rug as the starting point for a vintage chic home office design. The process of sourcing and searching for items on Chairish was fast and easy. I could even keep track of my favorites along the way! The result is fresh, airy and of course chic.

vintage chic home office design //

 product links:

1. brass pendant // 2. custom made campaign desk // 3. gold faux bamboo & cane chair

4. vera scarf pillow // 5. brass pineapple // 6. pair of bamboo étagères

7. “flying man” by michelle armas // 8. bamboo-style cachepot

9. mid-century lamb’s wool ottoman // 10. grass green turkish rug

happy decorating,


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Read full story By on January 7, 2015 in bookshelves, furniture, home accessories, interior design, Interiors, office/study, rugs, simplified bee portfolio, Uncategorized, vintage