Bold & Bright :: Miami Beach Apartment Tour

Recently House Beautiful toured the colorful Miami Beach apartment of interior designer, Robert Passal (loved his master bedroom for the Hampton Designer Showhouse in 2012). The mix of modern and traditional used throughout is a personal fave as well as the classic blue and white color palette that flows in both indoors and out. Passal is a master at combining pattern, texture and color. Take a look and I think you’ll agree!

bright blue linen sofa // Robert Passal Interiors

To get just the right watery effect, he even paints the door in a bright blue car paint. What? yep.

blue chair with  henrique oliveira painting #art #blue #interiordesign

Love the combo of pattern and color in this image. The Louis XVI–style chair upholstered in an African batik fabric looks amazing paired with the stunning swirl painting by Henrique Oliveira.

kitchen with marble top lostrine prep table // Robert Passal

Love the clean, modern lines in the kitchen and the pops of bright color.

Lepere table with Tom Dixon chair // Miami Beach apartment // Robert Passal Interiors

Passal mixes artwork and accessories beautifully here in the apartment’s entry and creates a fun, unexpected work area. The modern Tom Dixon chair is a personal fave!

toile grasscloth wallcovering in blue // Robert Passal

In this bedroom, Passal covers the walls in a traditional blue and white toile, features an elegant blue velvet bed and adds a fun green accent with bed linens.

marble square tile in bathroom // Robert Passal

In the bathroom, square marble tiles cover both the walls and floor. Love the painting hung above the tub. So daring!

Quadrille Nomad drapery // Miami Beach Apartment // Robert Passal

In the master bedroom, matchstick blinds are layered with ceiling to floor panel drapery in Quadrille’s Nomad pattern. They frame the sliding door beautifully.

bathroom with Elitis Paradisio Cristal fabric walls // Robert Passal

Covered in gorgeous shimmery blue fabric, this powder room is a head turner.

outdoor patio with saarinen table and blue sofa // Robert Passal

And last, but not least, the outdoor patio which features traditional teak seating with blue and white cushions. It’s paired with a modern white Saarinen table by Knoll. Love!

I’m also thrilled to be over at Erin’s House of Turquoise today talking about my playroom + guest bedroom design project. More beautiful bright color!

happy decorating,


*photo credit: Jonny Valiant via House Beautiful

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Read full story By on July 7, 2014 in Bathroom, Bedroom, chairs, color, decorating small spaces, gallery wall, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, Living Room, living rooms, original artwork, tables, wallpaper

Kitchen Design Crush

A kitchen doesn’t have to be massive to be functional and beautiful. This all white kitchen designed by Jute Home is a perfect example. With the custom cabinetry well planned out, the space has room to accommodate gourmet appliances and touches. Although not enough room for an island, a peninsula does the job of housing the under-mount sink and barstools for three.

all white kitchen design // Jute Homechevron backsplash - designer kitchen - Jute Home #kitchens

Here you can get a better look at the chic marble chevron backsplash and all white countertops (most likely a quartz). Love the open shelving too. They help break up the space visually.

all white kitchen design - jute hometea time - kitchen - Jute Home

 Drinking tea is a daily ritual for me, so I love this last image. :)

Isn’t’ this a lovely designed kitchen? And if Jute Home sounds familiar, it might be because  Simplified Bee featured their lovely family kitchen for the San Francisco Showcase.

happy decorating,


*all photo via Jute Home

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Read full story By on June 30, 2014 in color, contemporary decor, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, lighting, pattern, tile

Summer Style 2014 :: Poolside

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Summer’s here and July 4th is just around the corner. For many this means more time lounging by a refreshing pool with family, friends or a new book. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? So in the spirit of summer, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite things for a relaxing afternoon poolside.

poolside attire - simplified bee blog #summer #fashion #poolside

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Read full story By on June 26, 2014 in fashion, Features, Get The Look

Flamingo Decor Frenzy

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flamingo art and tufted bench

As part of my home’s expansion project, I’ve been designing a few rooms for my own family. One is a bedroom for my little one that will feature flamingos. This process has been a lot of fun and has me scouting flamingo decor. There is a lot of cheesy flamingo stuff  and it’s easy to go overboard with the theme, so I’ve narrowed down a few of my favorite here.

flamingo photography - the animal print shop

One way to incorporate flamingos in your decor is through artwork. This photo taken by Sharon Montrose captures a solo flamingo with wings outstretched. It’s a little a typical of the iconic one legged stance that flamingos are known for. Perhaps that’s why I like it so much.

living room with flamingo artwork // smitten studio

In this living room by Sarah or Smitten Studio, another flamingo photo by Sharon is featured above mid-century modern inspired console. Love!

Flamingo Mingle Art - Cozamia

However, I still adore this Flamingo Mingle print by Cozamia.

flamingo wallpaper bedroom

Furbish Studio features one of my favorite flamingo wallpapers in a bedroom vignette.

flamingo wallpaper

The flamingo wallpaper by Cole & Sons is available in a lovely toned-down color palette at Anthropologie. It would be so much fun in a powder room.

pink flamingo sugar cookies

Not home decor, but I’ve noticed that flamingo party themes are trending too. Loved this sweet flamingo 1st birthday party for Penny. How cute are these sugar cookies?

happy decorating,


*first image via Lonny


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Read full story By on June 23, 2014 in Bedroom, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, original artwork, wallpaper