Halloween Decoration Ideas

Holy cow, Halloween is almost here and I’m behind the eight ball! My kids have been pointing out some of the homes in the neighborhood that have already decorated for the spooky holiday and asking when we will decorate our own home. This weekend I tell them knowing that I’ll have to keep my promise.

So to get me and many of you inspired and motivated for Halloween decorating, I’ve pulled several of my most popular images from my Halloween Pinterest board to share.

spooky fireplace mantel // halloween decorating ideas #halloween

Love this spooky fireplace mantel created by The Design Daredevil. She keeps to a black and white color palette which is also a fave for Halloween decorating.

no carve pumpkin decorating idea // halloween decor

No carve pumpkin decorating ideas are always up my alley. Love this spotted in Midwest Living with fluttering butterflies and harlequinlike masks.

DIY hanging spiders // halloween decorating ideas

 

Love this simple idea of hanging black paper spiders from helium balloons via DIY Studio. Super fun and easy Halloween project!

black cat pumpkins // halloween decorating ideas #cats

How clever at these black cat jack-o-lanterns? Such a fun way to greet trick-or-treaters!

We've Been Boo'd // Halloween Fun Ideas

Getting Boo’d is always fun for the kids. Love this door-tag idea – printable found here.

DIY mini carmel apples // halloween ideas #apples

Not decor, but really love these mini caramel apple idea via the Inspired Dreamer! Love that they are bit size! Totally going to try this.

Frozen Bananas & Yogurt Ghosts // Healthy Halloween Treats

These frozen bananas and yogurt ghosts are also a great Halloween treat idea for the kiddos. Healthy too! Here’s the recipe.

Don’t all of these creative Halloween decorating ideas and yummy treats get you in the mood to start decorating for Halloween?

happy decorating,

cristin

OTHER HALLOWEEN ARTICLES:

Halloween Decorating Ideas :: Witch Theme

Halloween Decorating Ideas :: Spiders

You’ve Been Boo’d

 

 

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Read full story By on October 9, 2014 in baby and children, DIY, Entertaining, Halloween, Holiday, Tips/Tricks

$500 Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway by Extra Space Storage

extra storage space // giveaway on simplifiedbee.com #giveaway #storage

Downsizing yet, not wanting to part with family keepsakes and furniture? Overflowing with must keep documents or books? Simply in transition and need temporary storage? Whatever the reason, extra storage space is often times a necessity in getting organized. However, handing over your precious collections, heirloom furniture and cherished books to just any storage company can be a costly mistake. That’s why I was thrilled to learn about Extra Space Storage and how they pride themselves at being the best in four different areas – customer service, cleanliness, convenience and security. With 1,000+ facilities and 25+ years in the business, their mission is clear – to make the self storage experience as convenient and hassle-free as possible. The folks at Extra Space take the business of storing people’s belongings, keepsakes and memories very seriously. Which is why their facilities implement the highest security technology, perimeter fencing and the majority have a manager that lives on site. They even have climate controlled units available for those family photos, antiques and artwork you want to preserve.

Extra Storage Space // Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway // Simplified Bee$500 Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway // Extra Storage Space and Simplified Bee Blog #giveaway

To get you in the organizing mood, Extra Space Storage is sponsoring a fabulous giveaway! They will be will be giving away a $500 Home Depot gift card to be used to help the lucky winner become more organized in their lives. To enter submit a photo of your organized space using #ESSandsimplifiedbee, then like Extra Space on Facebook and follow Extra Space on Twitter. Let us know using the Rafflecopter using widget/link below:

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GIVEAWAY ELIGIBILITY:

  • No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.
  • One entry per person. To be eligible, entrants must submit a photo of their well-organized space with the hashtag #ESSandsimplifiedbee, like Extra Space on Facebook and follow Extra Space on Twitter. Entrants must be a legal resident of the United States and at least 18 years old.
  • Contest begins October 7, 2014 and ends October 14, 2014 at 8pm PST. After the deadline, Extra Space Storage will select one winner out of all eligible entries in its sole and exclusive discretion.
  • The winner will be notified by email and announced on Simplified Bee’s Fan Facebook Page. The prize will be mailed to the winner within thirty (30) days of being selected.
  • Any taxes on any prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. Prize is offered “as is.”
  • Extra Space Storage is not responsible for late, lost, or incomplete entries. Extra Space Storage reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, modify or prematurely conclude the contest for any reason.

good luck and happy organizing!

cristin

*disclosure: this post was sponsored by Extra Space Storage, but all opinions are my own (as always).

 

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Read full story By on October 7, 2014 in Features, garage organization, Giveaways, Organization, organization tips, storage

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

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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