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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.

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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

Floral Nursery by Emily Henderson

pink floral nursery // Emily Henderson #nursery

Have you had a chance to see the sweet floral nursery by Emily Henderson? The LA-based designer created the girly, girl room for Lulu & Georgia founder, Sara Sugarman and her new baby girl. The custom designed floral wallpaper on pink ground was designed just for this space (my favorite detail in the space!)  The large scale floral pattern with leafy ferns and blooming peonies has an old Hollywood Regency feel that’s undeniable. The color chartreuse was pulled from the wallpaper and repeated in solid velvet drapery and a bench cushion. Love, love, love!

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*images by Jess Isaac for EHD and Monica Wang Photography

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Read full story By on March 3, 2016 in baby and children, baby nursery room, Bedroom, color, contemporary decor, girl's bedroom, interior design, Interiors, pattern, vintage, wallpaper, window treatments

Friday Finds :: Vintage Safari Chairs

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vintage safari chairs // living room

Vintage safari chairs seem to be popping up in more and more interiors. I’m personally drawn to the clean and yet rustic style. The chair which sprung from campaign furniture in the 19th century was designed to easily break down for travel.  Mid-century Scandinavian designers such as Kaare Klint and Arne Norell created versions of the safari chair that are in high demand today. If you are considering purchasing a vintage safari chair or two for yourself and the price tag has you shying away, you may consider CB2’s expat lounge chair or Bed Bath and Beyond’s Safavieh Dilan Safari Chair.

On my search for the perfect safari chair, I’ve rounded up a few both vintage and contemporary that caught my eye…

leather safari chairs // via @simplifiedbee

product links:

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

Which one is your favorite?

*first image via

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Read full story By on January 8, 2016 in chairs, etsy, Features, friday find, Friday Finds, furniture, vintage

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