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Book Review :: Decorating The Way I See It by Markham Roberts

Book Review // Decorating The Way I See It // Markham Roberts #design #book #interiors

New York-based interior designer, Markham Roberts is bringing a fresh and modern approach to traditional and contemporary styles alike. Known for his ability to work in any design vernacular, Roberts trained with legendary decorator Mark Hampton for six years before launching his own design firm in 1997. Since then his career has skyrocketed. His work has been described as “the very definition of chic” and published in Architectural Digest, Domino, House Beautiful, and House & Garden – just to name a few. Roberts was also named to the elite AD100 earlier this year. For these reasons you can imagine how eager I was to get me hands on his newly released book, Decorating: The Way I See It. Simply put, it’s extraordinary.

First, I love how the book is organized. Rather than dishing out decorating advice, Roberts takes us step-by-step as he would a design project – from the floor plan to the color and pattern scheme to the furnishings and accessories. The 250+ pages showcases his work ranging from New York City apartments to sprawling country homes. The diversity, sophistication and exceptional personable touch he delivers project after project is truly outstanding. With over 300 stunning images, selecting ones to share with you was the hardest part of of this review, however here are a few of my favorites:

velvet turquoise walls // formal living room // markham robertsdecorating advice // Markham Roberts #designblue bedroom // designed by markham roberts #designblue formal living room // designed by markham roberts #blueformal dining room // markham roberts #interiors #dining

Markham, with his unflinching ease, his assured eye, his natural understanding of how a house should function, and his total lack of pretense, creates rooms that age well and are timeless. – Senga Mortimer – Editor at Large at House Beautiful

family room in earth tones // beams and wood plank wallsgreen velvet sofa // library // markham robertsgreen velvet settee // great room // markham roberts #design #greendaybed reading nook // home office // design by markham roberts

 

This last image with cozy daybed in a rich velvet is perhaps my favorite. Roberts designed the colorful office for a mom with four children, three dogs and a husband that works from home. The inviting niche sits is directly across from her desk and provides a quiet place of her own. I long for such a space!

I know you will adore this book and fall in love with Roberts’ work like I have. It’s an absolute must have for any design library. Don’t pass on this one!

happy decorating,

cristin

*photo credit: Nelson Hancock and courtesy of Vendome Press

 

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Read full story By on September 30, 2014 in Bedroom, bedrooms, book, book review, bookshelves, color, dining rooms, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, living rooms, patio furniture, upholstery, wallpaper, window treatments

Small Walk-in Closet Design Reveal

disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using these links.

One bonus of the new addition in our home, was a walk-in closet. It’s on the smaller size, so I turned to EasyClosets to help maximize every inch. As you may recall, the design was done virtually with EasyClosets and we installed it ourselves. Here are some images of the closet design and install in case you missed it.

gray walk-in closet design // simplifiedbee.com

The closet’s neutral color palette flows from the bedroom and bathroom. My starting point for the design was Cole & Son’s Great Wave wallpaper which was selected for an accent wall. The beautiful crashing wave design was inspired a 19th century Japanese woodprint.  To complement the coastal feel and grays in the wallpaper, I choose the driftwood finish for the cabinets and layered natural elements such as the jute rug and seagrass baskets.

wave wallpaper // walk-in closet design // simplifiedbee.comshoe rack // walk-in closet // simplifiedbee.com

Love the shoe rack! I can now display and find all of my favorites quickly!

walk-in closet organization // simplifiedbee.com

The hutch drawer unit provides both me and my husband plenty of drawer and opening shelving. I love have counter space for jewelry and other trinkets.

small walk-in closet design // simplifiedbee.com #closets

We love our small walk-in closet design and are so pleased with the result! Thank you EasyClosets for making the process so easy!

design sources:

drift-wood walk-in closet – EasyCloset

great wave wallpaper – Cole & Son

diamond jute rug – Pottery Barn

silver tin box – Serena & Lily

turquoise shagreen box - Martha Stewart

seagrass dipped baskets – Container Store

mid-century stamp bowl – West Elm

happy organizing,

Cristin

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

 ** photo credit: Cristin Priest of Simplified Bee

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Read full story By on September 29, 2014 in Closets, Interiors, Organization, product review, simplified bee portfolio, storage, wallpaper

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