Design Crush :: Velvet Sofas

design crush // velvet sofas #interiors #blue

As the cooler weather roles in I find myself gravitating to certain textiles. One in particular is velvet. Love this soft, textured fabric on sofas in particular. I’ve pulled a few of my favorite interiors featuring velvet sofas and as you will see the textile look great in just about any color and style.

design crush // velvet sofas #interiors #blue

Known for mixing modern and vintage elements, Catherine Kwong selects a sofa in a deep marine blue velvet for urban living room. The tufting is beautifully executed and allows the velvet to shimmer. If you like this look, check out West Elm’s Chester Sofa (disclosure: affiliate link) in performance velvet.

green velvet sofa // lilly bunn #iinteriors #sofas

Interior designer, Lilly Bunn features a stunning emerald green velvet sofa in this chic living room. Love how she mixes period styles and pattern here. Gorgeous!

design crush // velvet sofas // michelle james apartment #interiors

Rich chocolate mohair velvet covers the sectional in lighting designer, Michelle James’ Brooklyn apartment (as seen in Remodelista). Cozy, luxury at its best!

happy decorating,

cristin

* first image source via J. Latter Design

 

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Read full story By on October 16, 2014 in Features, furniture, Get The Look, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, living rooms, textiles

Lulu & Georgia Giveaway and Bathroom Styling

bathroom styling // simplified bee

Our new bathroom still needed a little styling especially one wall above the toilet. I teamed up with Lulu & Georgia for some super chic decor items for the space. I instantly fell in love with a photograph of a beautiful cactus plant. The gray tones and organic pattern look amazing with the marble tile. Love it! I also spotted the Retrograd Vase and liked it’s mid-century modern vibe. I filled it with succulents from my garden for a pop of color. To finish out the look, I selected a three wick candle housed in a timeless tin with a metallic knob. The cedar with scent with hints of vanilla is amazing. Every bathroom needs a candle like this – and don’t forget to pair it with an adorable matchbox like this! And for a limited time, grab some for yourself at 20% OFF at LuLu & Georgia using discount code: BEE20 (expires 10/22/14).

bathroom styling // succulents and candle // simplified beethree wick candle gray marble bathroom // simplified beeHave a spot in your home that needs some styling too? Good news! Lulu & Georgia is giving one lucky Simplified Bee reader a $100 gift card. To enter please use the Rafflecopter widget below:

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The winner will be chosen at random Tuesday, October 22 from Rafflecopter and announced on Simplified Bee’s Facebook page the following day.

happy decorating & good luck,

cristin

* this post was sponsored by Lulu & Georgia, but all opinions are my own (as always).

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Read full story By on October 14, 2014 in Bathroom, bathrooms, discounts, Features, flowers, Giveaways, home accessories, Interiors, original artwork

Friday Find :: Schumacher 125th Anniversary

Schumacher turns 125! In celebration, the legendary American textile company is pulling from its archives some of its most iconic patterns and reinterpreting them for today. Schumacher’s 125th Anniversary collection consists of a wide variety of patterns that span different influences, periods, and styles. It’s fabulous and I can’t pick a favorite, but have narrowed a few to share for this week’s Friday Find:

citrus garden // schumacher fabric #citrus #fabric

Citrus Garden – Based on an archival botanical pattern that acclaimed midcentury architect Josef Frank designed for the house in 1947

Flame Stitch // Schumacher Fabrics #blue

Valkyrie Flame Stitch – First introduced in 1972, this classic motif traces its roots to 15th century central Europe

Shengyou Toile in indigo // Schumacher 125 Anniversary Fabrics #chinoiserie

Shengyou Toile – Hand drawn toile based on an 18th-century Oberkampf document by Jean-Baptiste Pillement, a court painter to Marie Antoinette

Indian Arbre Fabric // Schumacher 125th Anniversary Collection #textiles #blue

Indian Arbre – Featuring the timeless tree of life pattern, this hand-painted fabric is inspired by traditional Indian palampore that was first introduced to Europe in the 17th century

Congratulations Schumacher and here’s to 125 more fabulous years!

happy decorating,

cristin

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Read full story By on October 10, 2014 in antiques, chinoiserie, Features, Friday Finds, mid-century modern, textiles, upholstery

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