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Five Favorites :: Fabulous Entryways

Entryways offer us first glimpses into a home. It’s where we welcome guests and in some cases store such things as coats, purses, keys  and mail.  Entryway design takes planning if you want to it to be both beautiful and functional, so I’ve rounded up a few fabulous entryways that do both.  

fabulous entryways // Erin Gates Design

Loving this elegant entryway by Erin Gates Design of Elements of Style. The linen wrapped dresser with nailhead detailing is a head turner!

fabulous entryway ideas // smitten studio

Sarah Sherman Samuel of Smitten Studio (say that 5 times!) nails it here with modern and contemporary elements – console table, geometric mirror, stool and basket storage. Love!

fabulous entryways // Anisa DarnellSimple, yet sophisticated entry. Love the use of white. Design by Anisa Darnell via HGTV.

fabulous entryways // round table with chinoiserie touches

Perhaps one of my favorite entryways of the bunch. This one I spotted on Pinterest – I was drawn it’s elegance and chinoiserie touches.

fabulous entryways // Chloe Warner #chinoiserie #entryways

Speaking of chinoiserie touches, here’s another fabulous entryway by Chloe Warner via Lonny. It’s on the small side, but so chic and functional! Love the mix of masculine and feminine, pattern and color too.

Need more entryway design ideas?

happy decorating,

cristin

 

 

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Read full story By on September 10, 2014 in chinoiserie, contemporary decor, foyers, interior design, Interiors, mirrors, pinterest, wallpaper

Girls Flamingo Bedroom & Caitlin Wilson Textiles

girls' bedroom with flamingo wallpaper and caitlin wilson textiles // simplified bee design

It’s been months in the making, but our new home addition is in its final stages. The master suite was all new construction, but some rooms were reconfigured. One such room was the bedroom of one of my kiddos. She’s an animal lover and can be found most of the time in the backyard talking to our hens. She has even knit them scarves. So it was totally in her wheel house to select a pink flamingo wallpaper for her new room (yes, there are tons of flamingos and yes, it’s adorable).  Pinks, corals and gray. Loved this color palette and looked to Caitlin Wilson Textiles first when sourcing throw pillows for her bed. I was in the process of narrowing down sizes and patterns when I received an email from Caitlin’s assistant asking if I like to review some throw pillows. (what?! I almost fell out of my chair.) It reminded me of the times when I would pick up the phone to call my mom, but she was already on the line because she was calling me.

So, of course I said yes and selected the Coral Fretwork and Greige Deco pillow. They are even more beautiful in person. The Coral Fretwork pillow has tiny gold metallic threads that create just the right sparkle. Love!

If you haven’t been introduced to Caitlin’s gorgeous pillow collection, I’ve selected a few of my current faves.

Caitlin Wilson Pillows

All my patterns can be juxtaposed for a bold, edgy look- I want you to have fun with the process! – Cailtin Wilson
rugs // caitlin wilson textilesRecently Caitlin launched a new colorful, fresh rug line. There are custom options too. Speaking of custom, many of Caitlin’s textiles are sold by the yard and are perfect for designing your own drapery, linens and cushions.

Thank you Caitlin for helping make my daughter’s room so special!

happy decorating,

cristin

 

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Read full story By on August 11, 2014 in baby and children, Bedroom, bedrooms, chinoiserie, Features, friday find, Friday Finds, Girl, Interiors, rugs, simplified bee portfolio, textiles, throw pillows, wallpaper

Our Small Walk-in Closet Design

rough walk-in closet - simplified bee

One criteria for the new addition in our home was a walk-in closet for the master bedroom. The closet space is on the small side (roughly 6′ x 7′) and because it needed to be designed for me and my husband’s clothing, it had to be highly functional. I turned to and partnered with the nice folks at EasyClosets for help designing the perfect system for our closet. Over the phone and online, I worked with an EasyClosets designer to create a custom closet that maximizes storage from floor to ceiling and delivers a super stylish look. Functional and beautiful. Love!

small walk-in closet design // EasyClosets // Simplified Bee

 

Here’s a look at the overall design. As you can see we utilized several functional storage features including full-extension drawers, double hanging rods and a fabulous slanted shoe shelf. Once I placed the order it only took a few days for the boxes to arrive. Yes, there were quite a few boxes too!

EasyClosets install // Simplified Bee #closets

 

The install was done by my husband. He knocked the whole project out in a weekend. Don’t have the time or not a weekend warrior? No worries, EasyClosets can help find a professional to install it for you.

small walk-in closet design // simplified bee

For a clean look, I selected flat drawer fronts, driftwood finish and modern chrome pulls. I love how it came together and was so excited to start filling it with our shoes clothing and accessories. Next week, I’m going to be sharing more images of our small walk-in closet design. Stay tuned!

happy organizing,

cristin

*disclosure: This post was sponsored by EasyClosets, however all opinions are my own (as always!)

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Read full story By on August 6, 2014 in Closets, home organization, Interiors, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, Tips/Tricks, wallpaper

Global Chic + Kid Friendly Home Decor

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Global chic and kid friendly home decor. That’s the result when you have mom of two little ones and Tea Collection‘s co-founder and chief creative officer, Emily Meyer decorate her own home recently featured in Lonny. I was fortunate to meet Emily back in 2002 while pregnant with my first child and Tea was just a few months old. I vividly recall swooning over her gorgeous Asian style pima cotton baby sweaters and her brilliant vision for creating a globally inspired children’s clothing. I know how hard she has worked over the years and am thrilled with her success.

It’s clear to see Emily’s clothing designer roots and deep passion for print, pattern and color in her use of wallpaper, textiles and accessories incorporated throughout her craftsman style home in Palo Alto. She’s not shy to mix period and ethnic styles either. It’s a super approachable, multi-layered and kid-friendly space – love every inch. Here’s a look at my favorite rooms.

global chic orange living roomglobal chic dining room // lonnyglobal chic living room // lonnykid-friendly kitchen design #kitchenschinoiserie bedroom design #bedrooms #chinoiseriegirls-bedroom-nina-campbell-perroquet-wallpaperglobal chic boy's bedroom

Also, be sure check out Tea Collections New Germany-Inspired Arrivals! You’ll love it all too!

*photography credit & source: Melissa Kaseman / Lonny

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Read full story By on July 29, 2014 in baby and children, Bedroom, bedrooms, beds, Boy, boy's bedroom, chinoiserie, dining rooms, fashion, Girl, girl's bedroom, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, Living Room, living rooms, wallpaper