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California Traditional Home Tour

A few weeks ago, a traditional style home designed by Chloe Warner of Redmond Aldrich Design caught my eye. Domaine featured the transformation of the beautiful Hillsborough, California home. Warner’s client, a Williams Sonoma Executive knew what she wanted – a happy, colorful and youthful space. As you will see, the result is just that. Using playful fabrics, chic wallpaper and elegant furnishings, Warner created a fresh and inviting home – just what her client dreamed of.

entry with stairway  // console & round mirrortraditional living room // chloe warner traditional living room // chloe warnernavy dining room chairs // chloe warnerchrome bar cart // dining roomwallpapered hallway // chloe warnerbedroom // faux bamboo chestbathroom // brown & white wallpaper // chloe warner

 

happy decorating,

cristin

*photos via Domaine

 

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Read full story By on April 20, 2015 in bar carts, Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, chairs, dining rooms, furniture, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, pattern, traditional, wallpaper, window treatments

5 Faves :: Pinterest Home Decor

Last week my computer died. It was frustrating at first, but I got a little break from blogging and work that I needed. In addition, I have a brand new computer!

Even though I wasn’t blogging, I still found time for one of my favorite sites: Pinterest. Here are a few of the most popular pins from the last week:
tree root console table // Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle MagContemporary Bathroom // Gray Vanity // Enviable Designsrug sizes // decorating tipsGame Table // Livining Room // Sara GilbaneKitchen // Kelly Wearstler Blue & White Roman Shade

image sources 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

happy decorating,

cristin

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Read full story By on February 18, 2015 in 5 favorites, Bathroom, bathrooms, Design Tips, Features, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, Living Room, pinterest, Tips/Tricks, window treatments

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

Design Reveal :: Marble Bathroom

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After months of planning, designing and building, our home addition is complete. :) Although I’m enjoying all of the new space, my favorite is the new master bathroom. At 6′ x 7′ its certainly isn’t big, but it has what we need. Come take a peek.

white bathroom vanity with gray countertop // cristin priest // www.simplifiedbee.com #bathrooms

The white and gray carrera tile was my starting point for the crisp, clean color scheme. The honeycomb pattern floor tiles are paired with 6″ x 18″ honed white carrera field tiles in a subway pattern for the shower and walls. Both were ordered through my friends at the Tile Bar. For maximum storage I designed the custom white vanity with a tower and a single sink (we needed the storage more than a second sink).  For contrast and durability it was topped with a charcoal quartz. The hardware gives it a little mix of chinoiserie and mid-century modern style. I love the result.

designer marble bathroom // custom vanity // cristin priest of simplified bee #bathroomsdesigner marble bathroom with chrome faucet // cristin priest of simplified bee #bathrooms #chrome

It was hard to resist the brass trend and instead selected polished chrome finishes for all of the fixtures and hardware. I wanted the new addition to feel like it was always part of the home, so didn’t change up the finishes. I selected a beautiful traditional faucet by California Faucets that is perfect for my 1940s ranch style home. This particular style of widespread faucet (shown above) is available through Belmont Hardware. Ask for Ron in the Belmont store and he can hook you up! I also love that California Faucets allows you to design your own faucet in over 30 decorative finishes!

designer marble bathroom with steam shower // cristin priest of simplified bee #bathrooms

The shower also features California Faucets’ hand-shower, thermostatic system and drain. Not only do I love the look and feel, but all of these products comply with strict water conservation building codes. According to the California law, all shower heads must flow no more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute, interior faucets must emit no more than 2.2 gallons of water per minute and all toilets must use no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush.

shower thermostatic system by California Faucets // www.simplifiedbee.com #showers

Here’s a closer look at California Faucets’ StyleTherm Thermostatic System. We selected a round chrome plate with a single volume control. Even though we have two shower heads, the control will only allow us to run one at a time to comply with the new water conservation rules. Anything to help the drought and save water is okay by me!

marble hexagon tiled floor // bathroom design // cristin priest of simplified bee #tile #marbledesigner marble bathroom with square shower drain // cristin priest of simplified bee #bathrooms

The Neo Style drain is so chic too! Love it. You have to check out all of the other luxe drains at California Faucets!

designer marble bathroom // steam shower // cristin priest of simplified bee #bathrooms

Do you remember my Mr. Steam article? Well, I fell in love with the product so much I had to get one for the new shower. In addition to the Mr. Steam unit we selected a fold-down teak bench and a sleek iTempo control system. The control system is housed inside the shower which is the best. We are loving our new steam bath!

marble bathroom // mirror with scones // simplified bee design #bathrooms

There are also some smaller design details in the bathroom that make the space functional and beautiful including the light sconestowel rack, acrylic tray, tassel hand towels, cement succulentenamel bath accessories and simple banded Roman shade. The scone shades have a silver trim which I was drawn to.

designer marble bathroom // cristin priest of simplified bee #bathroomsdesigner marble bathroom // acrylic tray // cristin priest of simplified bee #bathroomsdesigner marble bathroom // chrome towel rack // cristin priest of simplified bee #bathrooms

A big thank you to California Faucets, Mr. Steam and TileBar for helping me create the perfect bathroom. Loved working with you on the design and thrilled with the result.

happy decorating,

cristin

 *all photography by Cristin Priest and property of Simplified Bee

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Read full story By on September 17, 2014 in Bathroom, bathrooms, chinoiserie, decorative hardware, interior design, Interiors, lighting, mirrors, pattern, simplified bee portfolio, storage, tile, window treatments