Interior Designer: Amanda Nisbet’s NYC Home

Colorful, layered and inviting. Amanda Nisbet’s designs are some of my favorites. Recently New York Social Diary interviewed Amanda and toured her lovely New York City home. Let’s take a closer look…

new york entryway bark skin wall covering nisbet

In the front entry {above} colorful tulips greet guests and bark skin handmade paper from Caba Company covers the walls.

amanad nisbet formal living room yellow orange

In the living room, Amanda divides the space into two seating areas. A console table separates the sofas and houses a pair of Aurora double gourd lamps by Christopher Spitzmiller. A macassar ebony coffee table from Pollack is placed in front of a sofa topped with raspberry and tangerine pillows {fabric from Manuel Canovas}.

living room orange drapes amanda nisbet

Original artwork in various styles is hung throughout the living room. Between the widows draped in tangerine fabric by Pierre Frey, an abstract painting by artist Maureen Russell is hung.  For a coffee table, Amanda selects a playful ottoman upholstered in a zebra print.

orange yellow formal living room amanda nisbet

Adding wonderful texture, an oval, handmade ceramic mirror by artist Eve Kaplan is hung above the fireplace mantel. Amanda is a master of mixing styles, colors and pattern. Here she pairs modern, purple velvet covered Lucite stools with gilt French console from Gerald Bland. The console is layered with colorful books, family photographs and modern art.

amanda nisbet living room yellow drapes
I love to see how a room evolves overtime. Here’s a photo of Amanda’s living room a couple of years ago. As you can see some changes have been made. The drapes {now tangerine}, stools {replaced the pillow tucked under the console} and sofa {darker upholstery fabric} are all new.

amanda nisbet dining room formal

The formal dining room features beautiful parquet wooden floors, crystal scones from Niermann Weeks and stunning crystal girandoles atop the dining table {a family heirloom}. Between the windows artwork, ‘White Wave’ by James Nares coordinates with the lilac covered dining chairs and really pops against the Venetian plaster walls.

ikat tufted chairs brown white

Love these tufted chairs covered in a brown silk ikat fabric with black lacquer legs flanking the traditional fireplace mantel in the dining room.

master bedroom pink white amanda nisbet

Amanda’s master bedroom is serene. A muted palette of pink and yellow are quiet feminine. Farrow & Ball ‘Tarlow’ covers the walls. A built-in, white bookcase provides additional storage and adds visual interest to the room.

christopher farr springtime rose canopy bed

A sweet canopy in ‘Springtime Rose’ fabric by Christopher Farr frames the bed beautifully.

pink wallpaper bathroom amanda nisbet

The color pink is carried into the master bath with the ‘Pali’ wallpaper by Manuel Canovas. It is a bold statement and apparently one that surprised her husband. 

girls bedroom lavender amanda nisbet

Amanda’s daughter’s bedroom features shades of lavender in the Roman shade, throw pillows {love the ikat!} and throw at the foot of the bed. And more outstanding artwork!

boys room wallpaper ceiling amanda nisbet

Here is a look at Amanda’s boy’s bedroom. The persimmon banded headboard with nail head, vintage tree art and wallpaper ceiling are my design  favorite elements.

Jalapeno Pepper Benjamin Moore walls study

Benjamin Moore’s Jalapeño Pepper covers the walls in the study. Gorgeous ikat pillows by Madeline Weinrib are layered on the sofa and slipper chair.  A pair of 1940’s brass bar stools are place in front of the sofa and used as drink tables.

amanda nisbet breakfast nook green leather banquette

The eat-in kitchen breakfast nook has also been updated {see the old version below}. The cozy banquette is now covered in an avocado leather or vinyl fabric and a banded Roman shade replaces blinds.  The chairs, table and photo art remain the same.



amanda nisbet kitchen nook floral

Which room is your favorite?
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Read full story By on May 16, 2011 in breakfast nooks, interior design, living rooms

Interior Designer: 1940s Home by Angie Hranowsky

angie hranowsky living room daybed
Inviting interiors with layered patterns, pops of modern and a pinch of vintage. This is what comes to mind when I think of  interior designs by Angie Hranowsky of South Carolina. The graphic designer, turned decorator overnight when images of her home graced the pages of Metropolitan Home.  Most recently, a 1940s home decorated by Angie was featured in the May/June issue of Lonny. I live in ranch home built in 1940, so I really enjoyed seeing what she created. Here are just some of the images of the stylishly eclectic, relaxed, yet sophisticated design.

1940s living room eclectic design

{above: the living room with multiple seating areas – it’s inviting and I love that!}

built-in bookcase living room sofa hranowsky

{above: a cozy olive sofa by Lee Industries is tucked between built-in bookcases while wall-mounted scones frame the artwork above}

yellow trellis wallpaper kitchen

{above: yellow trellis wallpaper by Manuel Canovas for Cowtan & Tout covers the walls in the white kitchen}

gray white bathroom 1940s

{above: soft gray accents are added to the all-white bath}

hranowsky coral dining room

{above: in the dining room Angie continues to layer bold colors and patterns}

eva mirrored oly side table bedroom

{above: in the master bedroom Angie places the chic mirrored, Eva side table by Oly by the bed covered in Indian block-print bedding – John Robshaw perhaps?} 

pink orange toile wallpaper girls bedroom

{above & below: these images of the little girl’s bedroom is one of my favorite. Perhaps it’s how the pink and tangerine toile wallcovering brilliantly hides the angles in the ceiling, the pops of black accent in the playful zebra rug and drum shades on the vintage bedside lamps or the repurposed love-seat surrounded by vintage lighting.}

pink orange wallpapered girls bedroom

Angie does an amazing job of making the spaces she designs approachable and comfortable. I loved her advice in Lonny on making every room livable:

designer advice on making a room livable


Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to drop by Lonny to see their latest issue. It’s a treat.
* Photography by Patrick Cline via Lonny Magazine May/June 2011
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Read full story By on May 14, 2011 in bathrooms, girl's bedroom, interior design, living rooms, wallpaper

Happy 2nd Anniversary! {again}

cupcake one candle zigzag cake plate

Today is the 2nd anniversary of the Simplified Bee Blog! {actually posted this yesterday, but Blogger was down, so re-posting!} It’s hard to believe two years has gone by and writing this blog has been an incredible experience. This will mark my 387th post. I have enjoyed the learning process, following other blogs and developing friendships with so many readers and fellow bloggers. 

dream big poster colorful

I have to admit, writing on a regular basis can be a chore at times, but amazingly I have never had writer’s block. What keeps me going? You do. With your thoughtful comments, notes and messages.  Many, many thanks to you!
* links to mini chevron cake stand and dream big poster both on etsy!

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Read full story By on May 13, 2011 in blog, original artwork

Happy 2nd Anniversary!

cupcake one candle zigzag cake plate

Tomorrow will be the 2nd anniversary of the Simplified Bee Blog! It’s hard to believe two years has gone by. Writing this blog has been an incredible experience and this will mark my 387th post. I have enjoyed most the learning process, following other blogs and developing friendships with so many readers and fellow bloggers. 

dream big poster colorful

I have to admit, writing on a regular basis can be a chore at times, but amazingly I have never had writer’s block. What keeps me going? You do. With your thoughtful comments, notes and messages.  

Many, many thanks to you!

xo,


* links to mini chevron cake stand and dream big poster – both on etsy!

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Read full story By on May 12, 2011 in blog, etsy, original artwork