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Book Review :: A House in the Country

Book Review // A House in the Country // via @simplifiedbee

What happens when a renowned architect and an A-list interior designer collaborate to build their dream home? The magical result is chronicled in a must have new decor book, A House in the Country which invites us in the one-of-a-kind Greek Revival-inspired house of Peter Pennoyer (architect) and Katie Ridder (designer). The creative power couple spent years searching for just the right property and in 2009 found a ranch house on six-and-a-half acres in Millbrook, New York. With more than 300 photos and illustrations, Peter and Katie invite us into their home and share the story behind the transformation. The book is simply organized into three sections – Exterior, Interior and Garden. It’s evident from just the first few page turns, that the home’s architecture and interior design are totally in sync. Don’t let the exterior traditional architecture fool you either – the home’s interior is colorful and full of modern touches. Katie’s bold use of color including pink and purple – beautifully connects and defines the spaces in Peter’s open-floor plan. In addition, the home’s garden is sensational and I love how the book dives into the smallest details including plant selection.

This home is extraordinary and the book captures it amazingly. Here is just a sampling of the stunning images.

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The entire house is a feat of texture, color and personality. – A House in the Country

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* photography by Eric Piasecki

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Read full story By on October 25, 2016 in Bathroom, Bedroom, book, book review, color, Features, flowers, foyers, Girl, girl's bedroom, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, Living Room, living rooms, wallpaper

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Cheerful Girls Bedroom

girls bedroom // ann lowengart interiors // san francisco decorator showcase

Another room that caught my eye in this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase is the cheerful girl’s bedroom by Annie Lowengart of Ann Lowengart Interiors. “Smoll’s Room Redux” is a modern twist on the designer’s sister’s childhood bedroom. Lowengart takes a classic pink and orange color combination and adds a contemporary, chic twist using playful patterns and unexpected accent colors. However, the modern brass chandelier and colorful, geometric ceiling wallpaper (from the Flavor Paper) steals the show. I’m completely smitten with this bedroom as any little girl would be too!

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With its cheerful palette and bespoke details, this inviting bedroom is perfect for the little girl who will one day live out her dreams as a strong, sophisticated woman. – Annie Lowengart, Interior Designer

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For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit San Francisco Decorator Showcase – tours are available now through May 30, 2016.

*photography credit: david duncan livingston

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Read full story By on May 19, 2016 in baby and children, Bedroom, bedrooms, brass, color, Girl, girl's bedroom, interior design, Interiors, teen rooms, textiles, upholstery, wallpaper, window treatments

One Room Challenge :: Master Bathroom and Closet Reveal

master bathroom // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge

Today’s the day – the One Room Challenge reveal. I can’t believe how quickly the last six weeks have flown by. There have been ups and downs along the way, but I’m so excited to share my new Master Bathroom and Walk-in Closet with you. It was a definitely a bigger challenge than the Foyer I designed last fall, but in the end I’m so glad that I selected this space. It’s my now my new favorite place in our home. Serene. Chic. Functional. Love, love, love it.

In case you are just joining and seeing this all for the first time, here are links to the first five weeks of my One Room Challenge this spring:

Week One (before) // Week 2 (inspiration & demo)

Week 3 (paint & wallpaper) // Week 4 (lighting, hardware & textiles)

Week 5 (accessories)

Also to refresh your memory and to appreciate the dramatic transformation, I’ve included a few before images in combination with the new images.

:: MASTER BATHROOM BEFORE ::

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:: MASTER BATHROOM AFTER ::

master bathroom // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge

I’m over-the-moon with the result. The mosaic marble tile floor was a starting point of the whole design. I went with my gut to do a larger pattern on the floor and I’m so pleased. To counter the heavy pattern the walls, the main vanity and trim were all painted in Farrow & Ball’s Strong White. It’s perfect neutral white for all the gray tones throughout the space.

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I was instantly drawn to Kamala Nahas’ Liquid Amber artwork from minted.com. The black and white photograph of a single leaf was simple, yet striking. I hung it over a double towel rack with personalized towels.

master bathroom // vanity // @simplifiedbee

I designed the double sink vanity to have modern, clean lines. The polished chrome square ring pulls are a mid-century modern touch that I love. A pair of rectangle under-mount sinks by Kohler (Lowes) are paired with polished chrome faucets and a beautiful Calcutta marble top.

waterworks bathroom accessories // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

A handsome trio of bath accessories from Waterworks are placed on a black and white boudoir tray. I love the mix of material here!

master bathroom // glass sconce detail // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

I’m not a fan of matchy matchy finishes. In the bathroom, I mixed a variety of metals including brass and polished chrome.  Here is a detail of Crytorama’s glass torch wall sconce flanking the brass vanity mirrors. Loving it!

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The marble shower features two shower heads, a marble seat and a steam unit by Mr. Steam. The lucite door handle by LuxHoldUps is my favorite detail. It’s generous in size and adds that chic touch that I was looking for.

bathroom // woods wallpaper // caroline cecil textiles // @simplifiedbeebathroom // wallpaper, roman shade & mirror // @simplifiedbee

The water closet is super whimsical. The Woods & Pears wallpaper by Cole & Son (DecoratorsBest) sets a dramatic tone. The Roman Shade in Caroline Cecil Textiles‘ Ink Stripe is a fun play on pattern. The round mirror with leather strap (Joss & Main) adds another play on pattern and more natural light to the space. The flush mount ceiling fixture (Crystorama) and painted ceiling in Farrow & Ball’s Worsted is another little element of surprise.

master bathroom // shoe closet detail - bumblebee wallpaper // @simplifiedbee master bathroom // closet wallpaper detail // @simplifiedbee @oneroomchallenge

My closets in the bathroom were lined in Farrow & Ball’s Bumblebee Wallpaper 586 – it’s a grayish pink and a nod to the pink in the original bathroom. I had to incorporate a bee motif somewhere! I’m also thrilled with the rolling laundry basket (Joss & Main) and the chic stool (AllModern).

brass + glass sputnik light fixture // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

For an additional modern touch, I selected a glass & brass sputnik flush mount fixture (Lucent Light Shop) to hang above the make-up vanity. Love it!

make-up vanity // bathroom // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallengeroman shade // caroline cecil textiles // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

The make-up vanity is my special little space in the bathroom. Isn’t it pretty? In addition to the stool, I incorporated lots of girly touches like the lucite and polished chrome pulls, round marble tray by waterworks for my perfume and a bronze standing mirror by Arteriors (Bellacor). The top of the vanity is also papered in the same Bumblebee wallpaper as the closets and covered with clear glass. The window is also treated with a Roman shade in Caroline Cecil Textiles.

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:: WALK-IN CLOSET BEFORE ::

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:: WALK-IN CLOSET AFTER ::

walk-in closet for him // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

My husband’s walk-in closet was quite a transformation too! The new space features a playful Great Wave wallpaper by Cole & Son (DecoratorsBest), a handsome rope mirror (Bassett Mirror Co) and a stately brass semi-mount light fixture (Crystorama).

walk-in closet // marble box // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

I also incorporated some super stylish storage pieces including a beautiful marble box (Bellacor), rattan laundry basket (Waterworks) and beach house bins that line the shelves.
walk-in closet // beach vibe decor // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallengewalk-in closet // waterworks laundry hamper // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

I can’t tell you how relieved I am to have this project completed. The process certainly had its ups and downs. It would have never happened without the support of Linda (the founder of the One Room Challenge), the generosity of my sponsors and all of sub-contractors that maneuvered schedules to make it happen. A huge thank you!!!

:: SPONSORED SOURCES ::

allmodern lucite stool // bassett mirror rope mirror // bellacor vanity table mirror & marble box // caroline cecil textiles fabric for shades // crystorama lighting // decoratorsbest  cole & son wallpaper // farrow & ball paint & bumblebee wallpaper // joss & main chrome hamper & round hanging mirror // lowes bathroom sinks & legrand adorne outlets // lucent light shop glass sputnik light // luxholdups vanity hardware & shower door pull // minted.com artwork by kamala nahas // waiting on martha boudoir tray //  waterworks (and special thanks to waterworks showroom san francisco – 415.431.7160) bathroom accessories & woven hamper

:: ADDITIONAL SOURCES ::

the container store beach house bins in closet // forge hardware studio brass pulls in closet // mr. steam steam shower unit // nordstrom black candle //overstock tribal rug // rejuvenation vanity pulls & towel bar // restoration hardware brass vanity mirrors// rohl faucet & shower fixtures // the shade store roman shades // walker zanger mosaic tile floor // west elm shade box

:: PHOTOGRAPHY ::

candace & kurt williams of photo-tecture (images 1, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 20, 26 )

heather gallagher smith (images 7, 11, 14-19, 21,-23, 27-29)

cristin bisbee priest (before images)

I can’t wait to see the final reveals of the other 19 ORC participants! I know they will be amazing…

* disclosure: some links in this post may be affiliate links
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Read full story By on May 11, 2016 in Bathroom, bathrooms, brass, Closets, contemporary decor, decorative hardware, etsy, interior design, Interiors, lighting, mirrors, Organization, storage, tile, vintage, wallpaper, waterworks, window treatments

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Shared Girl and Boy Bedroom

kids' bedroom // nest design co // san francisco decorator showcase 2016

The San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2016 is in full swing and for the first time featuring a home in Telegraph Hill near Coit Tower. I’m super bummed that I had to miss the press tour last week, but I’ve received lots of beautiful images to share with you! Today, we are touring a shared girl and boy bedroom by interior designers Heather Brock and Jennifer Wundrow of Nest Design Co. The shared children’s bedroom they call, Two Bedheads Are Better Than One is set in a bright room with white walls and is infused with an eclectic mix of pattern and color.  To create a unique space, Heather and Jennifer designed custom furnishings, soft goods and accessories – including upholstered built-in beds joined at the headboard. A brilliant solution to a shared bedroom. I’m loving all of the storage drawers for children’s books, toys and cherished collections. However, a corner embellished with mountain climbing footholds is perhaps my favorite element in the space. It gives the space a wonderful sense of adventure. This room is adorable and I think you’ll agree!

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get the look

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit San Francisco Decorator Showcase – tours are available now through May 30, 2016.

*photography credit: suzanna scott

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Read full story By on May 2, 2016 in baby and children, Bedroom, bedrooms, Boy, Girl, girl's bedroom, interior design, Interiors, kids' art wall, storage, textiles, wallpaper