Holiday Gift Guide 2015 :: For the Hostess

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chic thanksgiving table setting

image via sarah sherman samuel

My head has been down as I’ve been focusing on the One Room Challenge, so I’m a little behind the eight ball in terms of holiday planning! I can’t believe that in just a few days the holiday season will be in full swing and so will the family dinners and holiday parties. When attending one of these holiday soirees it’s always a good thing to bring a little something for the hostess. When considering hostess gifts, it’s best to give a gift that you would like to receive yourself. If you love it, they will too! Here’s a few of my favorite hostess gift ideas for the 2015 holidays – and I know you’ll find one your hostess will love!

holiday gift guide 2015 // hostess gift ideas // via @simplifiedbee

1 black & white vase // 2 mini carmel apples // 3 backgammon set // 4 hand-painted water bottle// 5 marble & wood serving board // 6 pendleton blanket // 7 wire ornaments // 8 peony & blush suede candle// 9 copper ice bucket // 10 faux fur wine bag


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Read full story By on November 18, 2015 in Entertaining, Features, gift guide, Holiday, Parties, Uncategorized

One Room Challenge Fall 2015 :: Favorites

Whew! I’m quite relieved that the One Room Challenge (although a blast!) is behind us. The process and experience was really amazing, but exhausting. I’m so thankful to have worked with Linda from Calling it Home who created it all and with the generous event sponsors including, Bassett Mirror, BellacorDecoratorsBest, Farrow & BallLowes, Mark & Graham, Minted, and oomph. Thanks so much!

A huge thank you to you, my readers. I’ve been overwhelmed by the supportive and loving comments, emails, and thumbs up you’ve sent my way. Many thanks!!!

chinoiserie foyer // design by @simplifiedbee

Oh, did you have a chance to take a look at the other 19 designers and bloggers that participated in the challenge? If so, were you blown away by the talent and gorgeous designs too? Here are a few of my favorite ORC transformations…
traditional + rustic boy's bedroom // design by a thoughtful place // via @simplifiedbee

I fell head-over-heals for Courtney’s design of her little boy’s bedroom. The traditional and rustic mix is fabulous. The reclaimed wood wall, handmade desk and pops of navy are just right. This room has lots of sentimental touches too which make the space all the more special.

small entryway // design manifest // via @simplifiedbee

Interior Designer, Naomi of Design Manifest pulled of a not so small feat for her One Room Challenge. It was really a One Condo Challenge! There are so many fabulous design details throughout, but my favorite is her small entryway which she covered in grasscloth, had a custom table made and hung a stunning mirror.

palm tree wallpaper // bathroom by the zhush // via @simplifiedbee

I’ve had my eye on the gorgeous silver palm tree pattern wallpaper for sometime, so I was thrilled to see Sue of The Zhush use it in her bathroom design. Her use of brass in the fixtures and hex mirror are spot on too. Love it!

walk-in closet design // vanessa francis design // via @simplifiedbee

Vanessa Francis of Decor Happy designed a wonderful master bedroom retreat. I am especially smitten with her walk-in closet design and how she backed the open shelving in a floral wallpaper. Stylish organization – you know I love it!

baby girl's lavender nursery // hi sugarplum! // via @simplifiedbee

Nursery designs are personal favorites of mine and so naturally I adored the sweet lavender room for Megan’s baby-girl-to-be. Working with designer Sita Montgomery, Megan created a space layered in color, texture and pattern. The room actually started out a neutral nursery, but once baby girl was announced the room took on a more feminine feel.

serene bedroom design // style your senses // via @simplifiedbee

Isn’t this bedroom design by Mallory of Style Your Senses so serene? It’s just about the same color palette I’ve used in my own bedroom! I’m loving the campaign dressers and chinoiserie mirrors flanking the cozy upholstered bed. Fabulous!

colorful living room // hi sugarplum // via @simplifiedbee

Cassie of Hi Sugarplum! transformed her living room into an inviting, colorful and sophisticated space. She collaborated with Kristin of the Hunted Interior for the overall design. I love the layers in this room the most. Checks, animal and abstract patterns work brilliantly together. And that built-in in navy high gloss is brilliant.

chic countryside living room // kimberly schlegal Whitman // via @simplifiedbee

Another fabulous living room design for the One Room Challenge was by TV host, author and lifestyle expert, Kimberly Schlegal Whitman. Her English Countryside inspired living room for her family’s ranch is quite a treat! I’m particularly loving this corner with leather green chair, brass & glass bar and buffalo check drapery.

Be sure to check out all the other One Room Challenge Fall 2015 participants here:


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Read full story By on November 16, 2015 in baby nursery room, Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, Boy, boy's bedroom, brass, Closets, foyers, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, Organization, wallpaper

Friday Finds :: Emergency Prep

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Wow what a week! The One Room Challenge big reveal was definitely a highlight and I am touched by all the nice comments and support. Thank you so much!

However, the week was not without other challenges. You may know from my Instagram feed that we had a big snow storm here in the Sierra Nevada mountains. In addition to losing some trees (even some blocking the driveway, yikes!), we lost power for almost two days. It had me pulling out the emergency kit, flashlights and other essentials. It made me think more about emergency preparedness and what items I found most helpful during the outage. I’m sharing a few here today:

emergency preparedness // friday finds // @simplifiedbee

emergency prep links:

1 radio & smartphone charging // 2 matches // 3 flashlight // 4 wool throws // 5 crank lantern & radio

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Read full story By on November 13, 2015 in emergency preparedness, Features, friday find, Friday Finds

One Room Challenge Fall 2015 :: The Reveal

It’s here and all I can think of is how quickly the past six weeks have flown by! Today’s the big reveal of my Foyer for the One Room Challenge and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. It’s such a happy space and am thrilled with the result!

formal foyer // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee

As you may know, for the past several weeks I’ve been sharing the whole design process (including all the ups and downs!). In case you’ve miss any and need to catch up, here are the links:

Week One – Foyer Before // Week Two – Wallpaper & Paint // Week Three – Furnishings // Week Four – Lighting // Week Five – Art & Accessories

To refresh your memory and to appreciate the transformation, I’ve included a few before images in combination with the reveal images.


traditional front door // ORC before //


fall front door // one room challenge // @simplifiedbeefall front door // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee

I love the new black door painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pitch Black. It makes such stately entrance to our home. The handsome hanging lantern via Lowes was also a terrific addition. And isn’t the antler doormat by Mark & Graham just perfect?


Foyer Before // ORC // www.simplifiedbee.comFoyer Before // ORC //


chinoiserie chic foyer // design by @simplifiedbee

This is really a happy space. I’m in love with it all. The large-scale feather bloom wallpaper by Celerie Kemble for Schumacher sets the tone immediately. The gorgeous navy lacquer console by oomph is the perfect compliment. I’m also so pleased with the chinoserie chic touches in the fabulous x benches in Clarence Houses Tibet Print, gilded faux bamboo mirror, pair of elegant table lamps and vintage blue & white porcelain bowl housing the cacti & succulents.

entry console table // by @simplifiedbeeformal foyer // one room challenge // @simplifiedbeecacti & succulent arrangement // @simplifiedbeefoyer staircase // @simplifiedbee

As I mentioned in this post, the stair-runner got held up in customs. Unfortunately, it still hasn’t arrived. I’m so bummed not to be able to show you a finished project, but the reality is that sometimes we have no control over these things. It’s a great lesson in patience in this need to have it now society. When it is installed, I will be sure to share it with you! I still love this image because it showcases the lovely scalloped pendant from Bellacor and high-gloss painted ceiling in Farrow & Ball’s Borrowed Light so beautifully!

minted artwork // staircase landing // @simplifiedbee

I also love how the staircase landing turned out. The dyptich artwork through Minted compliments the original door chimes which we modernized by adding a clean-lined teak cover. For texture and to balance the space, I added a small bench covered in a cozy sheepskin rug.

vintage chandelier + window valance // staircase landing // @simplifiedbeegallery wall // one room challenge // @simplifiedbeemichelle morin artwork // design by @simplifiedbee

At the top of the stairs, I left the original vintage chandelier – it is so timeless that it didn’t need to be changed out. However, I updated the window valance and have it covered in a beautiful hand-blocked textile from Galbraith & Paul. It’s layered it with a matchstick woven roman shade in white. The adjacent gallery wall filled with Michelle Morin’s whimsical birds and bees is another spot that makes me smile.


farrow and ball paint // oomph console table // decoratorsbest fabric for x benches // bellacor pendant light // bassett mirror table lamps & wall mirror // minted dyptich artwork // lowes outdoor lantern // mark & graham doormat


celerie kemble wallpaper for schumacher // vintage blue & white bowl via chairish // artwork by michelle morin // natural diamond pattern rug // sheepskin rug for bench // corn-husk wreath // seagrass basket for the fiddle fig // x benches by livenupdesign

PHOTOGRAPHY :: candace & kurt williams of photo-tecture

Thank you so much for following my One Room Challenge journey! I’ve been so touched by all the lovely comments and encouragement.

Now to all the other final reveals of the other 19 ORC participants – I’m so excited to see all the gorgeous interiors from this talented group!

A huge thank you to Linda at Calling it Home for organizing everything, securing such fabulous sponsors and including me in The One Room Challenge Fall 2015! It was such an incredible experience and one I’d be honored to do again! 

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Read full story By on November 11, 2015 in chinoiserie, console tables, etsy, foyers, furniture, gallery wall, interior design, Interiors, lighting, mirrors, monograms, simplified bee portfolio, textiles, traditional, wallpaper, window treatments