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2016 Decor Trends :: Mad for Plaid

Happy 2016! I hope you had a joyful, relaxing holiday. Although sick for a good week, I was able to enjoy a white Christmas in our new home. There is something so magical about quiet snow falling, a crackling fire and spending quality time with family. It was a wonderful way to end 2015.

With a look at the year ahead, I thought it would be fun to ask several interiors designers what decor trends they think will dominate in 2016. To kick off the series today is Northern California designer, Julie Rootes  who is predicting we will continue to be mad for plaid. I agree and am loving the revival in the classic pattern.

2016 Decor Trends // Mad for Plaid // via @simplifiedbee

Even though plaid is trending big time in the fashion world from shirts to shoes to everything in between, plaid is holding its own in the world of interiors.  I find it can give the perfect kick to any space while still maintaining its traditional roots.  From a small accessory like a pillow to decorating an entire room – a la Scot Meacham Wood (image above via Traditional Home) – it packs the perfect punch. – Julie Rootes

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Read full story By on January 4, 2016 in baby and children, baby nursery room, Bedroom, design trends, Features, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, pattern, textiles, throw pillows, wallpaper

My Favorite Posts 2015

2015. It’s almost history and boy was it a year of change (at least for me). The biggest of course was my family moving from the bustle of the San Francisco Peninsula to the slower paced Sierra Nevada high dessert. I’ll be honest, it took me a few months to adjust (missing our California friends the most), but I love our new lifestyle. I’m also enjoying renovating our 1940s home (no small task – so lets see how I feel about it next year!). I’ve already tackled the foyer, thanks to a nudge from the One Room Challenge and will be sure to share other projects we are undertaking in the upcoming months.

Wishing you a very happy, healthy 2016!

Here’s a look at some of my favorite posts of 2015:

navy blue chain wallpaper // bathroom

Wallpapered Powder Rooms

entry console table // by @simplifiedbee

One Room Challenge :: Foyer Reveal

San Francisco Decorator Showcase // Bathroom

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Sneak Peek

Master Bathroom // San Francisco Decorator Showcase // Tineke Triggs

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Master Bathroom

follow your dreams // Ian Ruhter quote

Interview :: Ian Ruhter

green ikat chair // bedroom // JK Kling

Interview :: JK Kling Interior Design

easy + purifying indoor plants // www.simplifiedbee.com

Easy Indoor Plants

pink flamingo wallpaper // girls bedroom // @simplifiedbee

Design Reveal :: My Home

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Read full story By on December 28, 2015 in Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, foyers, Garden, Girl, interior design, Interiors, Uncategorized, wallpaper

One Room Challenge 2015 :: Decor Trends

Guess what? Last week my stair runner was installed! I’m so bummed it didn’t make the final One Room Challenge reveal, but it was totally worth the wait! I’m hoping to take a few shoots of it this week to share with you.

The install had me thinking of all the lovely designs produced for the One Room Challenge.  As I reflect back, a few decor trends were featured in a number of rooms. Here are the ones that caught my eye:

BUFFALO CHECK PLAID

buffalo check drapery

Kimberly dressed the windows in her living room with a timeless and trendy buffalo check plaid. It’s a pattern that’s been a fashion favorite too!

STATEMENT WALLPAPER

statement wallpaper // dressing room // coco + kelley

Wallpaper has been trending for several years now, but it was hotter than ever in this season’s ORC. Cassandra used the most amazing statement wallpaper in her attic dressing room. Loving the chic pattern and colorway too!

LUCITE + BRASS
lucite & brass curtain rods

Lucite and brass have been trending for some time, but I love the combo. It popped up a couple times in the ORC. It’s perfect here as a curtain rod in Mackenzie’s guest bedroom too!

CHINOISERIE PATTERNS

chinoiserie kitchen

Chinoiserie patterns were featured in several ORC rooms including my own Foyer! I swooned over the textiles and wallcoverings used throughout Paige’s kitchen.

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Read full story By on December 14, 2015 in brass, chinoiserie, design trends, Features, wallpaper, window treatments

One Room Challenge Fall 2015 :: Favorites

Whew! I’m quite relieved that the One Room Challenge (although a blast!) is behind us. The process and experience was really amazing, but exhausting. I’m so thankful to have worked with Linda from Calling it Home who created it all and with the generous event sponsors including, Bassett Mirror, BellacorDecoratorsBest, Farrow & BallLowes, Mark & Graham, Minted, and oomph. Thanks so much!

A huge thank you to you, my readers. I’ve been overwhelmed by the supportive and loving comments, emails, and thumbs up you’ve sent my way. Many thanks!!!

chinoiserie foyer // design by @simplifiedbee

Oh, did you have a chance to take a look at the other 19 designers and bloggers that participated in the challenge? If so, were you blown away by the talent and gorgeous designs too? Here are a few of my favorite ORC transformations…
traditional + rustic boy's bedroom // design by a thoughtful place // via @simplifiedbee

I fell head-over-heals for Courtney’s design of her little boy’s bedroom. The traditional and rustic mix is fabulous. The reclaimed wood wall, handmade desk and pops of navy are just right. This room has lots of sentimental touches too which make the space all the more special.

small entryway // design manifest // via @simplifiedbee

Interior Designer, Naomi of Design Manifest pulled of a not so small feat for her One Room Challenge. It was really a One Condo Challenge! There are so many fabulous design details throughout, but my favorite is her small entryway which she covered in grasscloth, had a custom table made and hung a stunning mirror.

palm tree wallpaper // bathroom by the zhush // via @simplifiedbee

I’ve had my eye on the gorgeous silver palm tree pattern wallpaper for sometime, so I was thrilled to see Sue of The Zhush use it in her bathroom design. Her use of brass in the fixtures and hex mirror are spot on too. Love it!

walk-in closet design // vanessa francis design // via @simplifiedbee

Vanessa Francis of Decor Happy designed a wonderful master bedroom retreat. I am especially smitten with her walk-in closet design and how she backed the open shelving in a floral wallpaper. Stylish organization – you know I love it!

baby girl's lavender nursery // hi sugarplum! // via @simplifiedbee

Nursery designs are personal favorites of mine and so naturally I adored the sweet lavender room for Megan’s baby-girl-to-be. Working with designer Sita Montgomery, Megan created a space layered in color, texture and pattern. The room actually started out a neutral nursery, but once baby girl was announced the room took on a more feminine feel.

serene bedroom design // style your senses // via @simplifiedbee

Isn’t this bedroom design by Mallory of Style Your Senses so serene? It’s just about the same color palette I’ve used in my own bedroom! I’m loving the campaign dressers and chinoiserie mirrors flanking the cozy upholstered bed. Fabulous!

colorful living room // hi sugarplum // via @simplifiedbee

Cassie of Hi Sugarplum! transformed her living room into an inviting, colorful and sophisticated space. She collaborated with Kristin of the Hunted Interior for the overall design. I love the layers in this room the most. Checks, animal and abstract patterns work brilliantly together. And that built-in in navy high gloss is brilliant.

chic countryside living room // kimberly schlegal Whitman // via @simplifiedbee

Another fabulous living room design for the One Room Challenge was by TV host, author and lifestyle expert, Kimberly Schlegal Whitman. Her English Countryside inspired living room for her family’s ranch is quite a treat! I’m particularly loving this corner with leather green chair, brass & glass bar and buffalo check drapery.

Be sure to check out all the other One Room Challenge Fall 2015 participants here:

 

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Read full story By on November 16, 2015 in baby nursery room, Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, Boy, boy's bedroom, brass, Closets, foyers, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, Organization, wallpaper