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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!

kids' bedroom // nest design co // san francisco decorator showcase 2016 kids' bedroom // nest design co // san francisco decorator showcase 2016 kids' bedroom with climbing wall // nest design co // san francisco decorator showcase 2016 kids' bedroom desk // nest design co // san francisco decorator showcase 2016 kids' bedroom // nest design co // san francisco decorator showcase 2016

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

Friday Finds :: adorne by legrand

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Who says that light switches and electrical outlets can’t be stylish? I thought not until recently when I was introduced to adorne by legrand’s next-generation switches, dimmers and wall plates. It’s not surprise however, when I came to learn that the company has 100+ years of experience and innovation behind it. The residential adorne collection offers a variety of advanced control options – including ones you can tap, touch, wave at, push or toggle. They’ve also developed over 30 beautiful color/finish options for the adorne switches and wall plates, ranging from bright colors to cast metals to wood tones.

When asked if I would like to try out their products, I jumped at the chance to incorporate a few in our master bathroom and walk-in closet for the One Room Challenge. Here are a few of of my favorite adorne products selected and installed:

adorne light switch with wallpaper // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

For the bathroom’s water closet, I selected the sleek and subtle touch switch. With the slightest of touch in the center circle, the light turns on and off. When off, a tiny light in the center lights up – perfect for nighttime. In a wallpapered space, I like to have the wall plates covered in the paper as well. To achieve a seamless look, I selected adorne’s one-gang custom wall plate and personalized it with the Woods & Pears wallpaper by Cole & Sons. The wall plate could also be customized by adding paint, fabric and even with photo inserts.

adorne nightlight + flashlight // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

Okay, I think this is my very favorite of the adorne products. It’s a portable wall nightlight/flashlight all in one. Simply brilliant. We placed it on the side of our new vanity to light the bathroom at night. I love that and in case of a power outage, we have a spare flashlight. The wall plate used here was also the custom version where the plate template was painted the same color as the wall.

Adorne by Legrand // pop-out outlet // @simplifiedbee

The pop-out outlet is genius too! To access the outlet, simply push on the box and out pops 3 outlets. Push is back in and the outlet disappears into the wall. I placed a pair of these beauties along the back wall of my make-up vanity. Love!

adorne bronze wall plate // master closet // @simplifiedbee

In the master walk-in closet, I selected a masculine and very handsome cast metal bronze wall plate that houses both an outlet and  the sensa switch. The light switch senses movement and automatically turns lights on or off. It can also be turned on/off manually by touch.

If you are planning a remodel or simply want to update your light switches and outlets, I highly recommend the adorne by legrand collection. I’m hooked!

*Product was provided by adorne by legrand, however all of my opinions are my own as always.

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Read full story By on April 29, 2016 in Bathroom, bathrooms, Features, friday find, Friday Finds, Interiors, lighting, wallpaper

One Room Challenge :: Week 3

It’s week three of the One Room Challenge and our master bathroom + walk-in closet makeover is in full swing! Last week I unveiled the design direction for the project and demolition process. Today I’m excited to share with you selections made for the bathroom’s wallpaper, paint and stone.

As for the stone selection, I started with the floor tile. I fell in love with the mosaic octagonal tile Villa D’Oro by Walker Zanger. It features beautiful shades of gray and white. I paired the bold patterned floor with a simple white carrara in 2″ x 2″ hexagon and 12″ x 24″ field tile for the shower. I also found a gorgeous calacatta marble slab for the vanity countertop, shower bench and doorway threshold.

stone selections // master bath // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

First, I knew I wanted to use pops of wallpaper in both the bathroom and closets. As you know, I have already selected Great Wave in stone by Cole & Son available through ORC sponsor, DecoratorsBest. In the bathroom we have a small water closet that I wanted to incorporate a bold pattern using wallpaper. Below are a few that were options.

master bathroom // wallpaper option // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

product links:

1 zebras in silver // 2 woods & pears in black, white and bronze // 3 nuvole mural // 4 hicks grand in dove gray // 5 wildflowers on sisal

In the end, I selected Woods & Pears in black, white and bronze by Cole & Son (also available through ORC sponsor, DecoratorsBest). I have loved the Woods wallpaper for along time and was thrilled to see that it had been updated with whimsical pears in bronze. The mix of color was perfect because it would compliment all the mixed finishes in fixtures, hardware and accessories throughout the bathroom and closet. Here’s a peek at the water closet with the new wallpaper. Typically I would have the wallpaper hung last, but in this case the space was so small, the hanger wanted to go in before the tile floor, base boards and toilet were installed.

cole & son woods + pear wallpaper // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee

As you can see from the before images, our bathroom was pink and I loved the metallic pink wallpaper. My husband didn’t care for an all pink master bathroom however, so it all had to go. One area that I thought would be fun however to add a splash of the feminine color, was in my closets that line the master bathroom and cover the top of the make-up vanity. I’ve always adored their timeless Bumblebee wallpaper by Farrow & Ball (known for their signature paint and wallpapers and fabulous ORC sponsor). When I found out that the pattern was being released in Peignoir – a fabulous gray, pink – I had to incorporate it! I get my pink and my bees! Isn’t it perfect?

Farrow & Ball Bumblebee Wallpaper // @simplifiedbee

As for selecting a color for the walls in both the master bathroom and walk-in closet, I wanted to keep the spaces crisp and contemporary. I desired a neutral white that pulled a hint of gray , yet was warming. Farrow & Ball’s Strong White no. 2001 delivers both elements and was my selection for all of the cabinets, vanity, trim and walls in both spaces. In the walk-in closet, I pulled another warm – yet darker neutral – Cornforth White no. 228 for the walk-in closet’s ceiling (goes amazing with Cole & Son’s Great Wave Wallpaper) and for the base of the make-up vanity in the bathroom. For a little drama, I selected Farrow & Ball’s Worsted no. 284 for ceiling in the water closet – pulls the right shade of gray from the Woods + Pair wallpaper and octagon mosaic floor tile. farrow & ball paint colors // bathroom // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallengeHere’s a look at the new shelving that was custom built for the walk-in closet and painted in Farrow & Ball’s Strong White. Awe… nothing like a clean closet!

walk-in closet shelving // farrow & ball strong white // @simplifiedbee

Next week I’ll be sharing the selection process for lighting, plumbing and bath fixtures! I’ve also been posting more images of my project on Instagram. And in case you missed the first two weeks, here are the links:

One Room Challenge :: Kick-off // One Room Challenge :: Week 2

I can’t wait to see what the other ORC participants are progressing! Check them out for loads of inspiration…

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Read full story By on April 20, 2016 in Bathroom, bathrooms, color, interior design, Interiors, wallpaper

One Room Challenge :: Week 2

contemporary bathroom vanity

It’s week two of the One Room Challenge and today I’m sharing what inspired the design for my master bathroom + walk-in closet and the demolition process. Let’s start with the master bath. The space (as you can see from the before images) is a long and narrow – approximately 7.5′ x 24′. The original 1940s bathroom was enlarged and remodeled in the 50s and featured beautiful metallic silver and pink wallpaper. Closets, a double vanity and makeup vanity were added in the process. At first I wanted to removed the closets and add a free standing tub at the far end of the bathroom, but after living in the space I grew to love functionality, storage and high-quality. In the end, I decided to keep the footprint as is and focus on new flooring (the wall-to-wall carpet had to go!), fixtures and finishes (I was a little sad to see that the pink wallpaper had to go).
master bath floorplan // @simplifiedbee

As for the look and feel of the master bathroom, I wanted the space to feel contemporary, yet timeless. As you know, I love the hexagon and really wanted to incorporate the a hex or octagonal pattern somewhere. This tile floor in a bathroom by Grant Gibson (below) served as inspiration. I love the chunky marble bench seat too!
mosaic tile floor // bathroom // grant gibson

This bathroom designed by Laura Tutun also has a look and feel I love. The clean lined vanity with large square pulls are the best!
white bathroom // laura tutun interiors

Once I had a vision in mind, I started sourcing for the bathroom. Here are a few items that caught my eye at first glance:

master bathroom inspiration // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee

product links:

1 wall sconce // 2 lamb bench by jonathan adler  // 3 liquid amber by kamala nahas

4 ketut natural linen from caroline cecil textiles // 5 marble octagon tile // 6 brass octagon mirror

The bones of my husband’s walk-in closet are pretty good. There are a couple tweaks including adding some upper shelving in lieu of a second clothing rack.

master walk-in closet before // ORC // simplified bee

As for the look and feel, I had a good idea what I wanted from the start. We used a neutral wave pattern wallpaper by Cole and Son (available through ORC sponsor, DecoratorsBest) in our last closet and loved it so much I’m using it again. It has a wonderful calming effect that my husband loves and it’s a great starting point for the overall design.

wave pattern wallpaper // closet // @siimplifiedbe

Now onto demolition. Because we have an older 1940s home, several materials (plaster walls, tile, etc) were tested for asbestos and lead before we started the demo process. It’s always best to know what you are dealing with ahead of time for the safety of you and your contract workers. The bathroom’s vintage pink tile was tested and it came back positive for low levels of lead. The lead is actually found in the glaze of the tile and isn’t harmful until it’s disturbed. Therefore, the demo had to be done with special precautions including wearing a toxic barrier respirator, using a HEPA filter vac and covering over vents and doorways to keep dust from contaminating other areas. If you are thinking of having an older home renovated, consult with environmental inspection & control company first. If you do have hazardous materials that need to be removed, they can recommend specialized abatement companies in your area to do the work.

master bath demo // @simplifiedbeemaster bath demo // @simplifiedbee

Once the carpet was removed in the master bathroom we discovered that there was an additional sub-floor that once had linoleum over it. Linoleum floors produced in the 1950s commonly used an adhesive on the back side that contains asbestos. Because we didn’t know what the gray paper material consisted of (see image below), so we had it tested. In a matter of a few hours, I received a call from the environmental inspection company that surprising the material came back negative for asbestos and we could move on safely. Whew! We dodged a bullet that would have set us back a few days.

master bath demo // @simplifiedbee

Tune in next week… I’ll be sharing paint colors, wallpaper and stone selections for the master bathroom.

I’m so excited to see what the other ORC participants are up to! From bedrooms to kitchens – this talented group is transforming some fabulous spaces.

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** first image via kapito muller
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Read full story By on April 13, 2016 in Bathroom, bathrooms, brass, Closets, interior design, Interiors, lighting, mirrors, Organization, wallpaper