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Friday Finds :: Home Decor

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Happy Friday! I’ve been sourcing a few accent furnishings, artwork and decor items to finish off a couple rooms in our home. I hit up a few of my favorite on-line stores and am sharing items with you today that caught my eye.

Friday Finds // Home Decorating // @simplifiedbee

:: home decor product links ::

one pendant light :: two abstract art :: three outdoor lounge chair :: four monogram marble & wood cutting board :: five ceramic pot

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Read full story By on February 23, 2018 in brass, chairs, Features, friday find, Friday Finds, home accessories

Favorites :: Holiday with Minted

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holiday table setting // minted.com

The creatives over at Minted have been super busy dreaming up the best for this 2016 holiday season. From beautiful party invitations to personalized place cards, reversible tree skirts to custom gift tags – there are tons of festive creations to help you throw that perfect holiday party. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites and let me tell you this was not an easy task!Holiday Faves // minted.com

product links:

1 gift tags // 2 tree skirts // 3 place cards // 4 party invitations // 5 personalized stickers // 6 custom map art

*disclaimer – this post was sponsored by minted – however, all opinions are my own as always!

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Read full story By on December 1, 2016 in 5 favorites, Christmas, Entertaining, event planning, Features, Holiday, Parties

One Room Challenge :: Week 5

Say what?! It’s week five of the One Room Challenge and I’m starting to sweat bullets! In case you are here for the first time, I’ve been designing my Foyer in our new house. Here’s a look at week one, twothree and four.

There is good news and there bad news this week. Let’s just get the bad news out of the way first (sigh).

painted staircase before runner // @simplifiedbee

Until late last week, I completely thought I had this challenge all under control. I’m a stickler for timelines and was realistic about what I could do with the Foyer within the amount of time allotted. But, sometimes even with all the careful planning and detailed timelines, things get out of your control. This is the reality of interior design. My carpet for the stair-runner (which is a showstopper!) is somewhere in customs and will not arrive in time for the photo-shoot (super sad face).  I’m still not giving up hope that it does arrive and is installed before the final reveal, so at least I can take an image myself for you to see. Fingers and toes crossed.

top of the staircase before // @simplifiedbeeetsy artwork // birds // @simplifiedbee

Now onto the good news! I’ve selected some fabulous artwork for the top of the staircase and landing. First, I’ll start with the top of the staircase on the second floor. I knew from the start that I wanted a gallery wall at the top of the landing. I’ve adored Michelle Morin’s illustrations for some time and finally had the opportunity to create a gallery of her work. I selected 5 birds and one bee (had to!) for the collection and had them framed locally in a faux bamboo. Here’s a look at the arrangement before installed. Love, love, love them!

staircase before // @simplifiedbee

The landing needed art desperately, yet was a very tricky spot because of the placement of the doorbell chimes. I could have done a couple things here; 1. Relocate the chimes to have more freedom for artwork or 2. Work with the chimes and place art one either side. I decided for option #2 because it was more cost effective and it didn’t change the original architecture of the home. Because the series of bird illustrations was already committed for the opposite wall, I wanted a pair of larger images to go on either side of the chimes. Here were some of the ones I narrowed down from another fab ORC sponsor, Minted (yes, they offer so much more than just beautiful holiday cards!).

art selections // one room challenge foyer // @simplifiedbee

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

Selecting the two pieces for the space proved to be challenging. Minted has such an amazing collection, it was super difficult to narrow down. I knew I wanted color and an abstract. But finding two pieces of art that were complimentary, the same orientation (running vertical) and would work with the door chimes was indeed a challenge. In the end, I selected #5 a beautiful dyptich, High Cascades by Amelia Gluba. The abstract image works beautifully with the chimes, pulls blue from the wallpaper in the Foyer and gives a nod to the scenic Sierra Nevada Mountains surrounding our home.

dyptich artwork at Minted // @simplifiedbee

The entry needed a few accessories too. A fresh doormat is always a great way to spruce up the space and welcome guests in style. Here are a few fun doormats I considered:

doormat options // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

I quickly narrowed down the options to doormats that could be personalized. I’m a sucker for monograms so I ended up selecting the Antlers Graphic Doormat from Mark and Graham (a go to destination for fabulous personalized home decor). It’s was personalized with our family initial. Here’s the image I shared earlier this week on Instagram. Isn’t it perfect for a mountain house?

monogrammed antler doormat // @simplifiedbee

I have a few other accessories to add to the Foyer before the photo-shoot this week. One is a floral arrangement for the console table. I’ve been going back-and-forth on what to do – traditional orchids? cut seasonal flowers? cacti & succulents? I’m still deciding.

cacti + succulents // @simplifiedbee

Again, I’m keeping hope that the stair-runner will be installed soon and would love for you to drop by next week to see the final reveal!

Check out what the other ORC participants are up to – holy cow, there’s so much talent here!

* Big thank you to Minted and Mark and Graham for their support and sponsorship of this challenge!

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Read full story By on November 4, 2015 in color, curated look, etsy, foyers, gallery wall, home accessories, interior design, Interiors, monograms, pattern, simplified bee portfolio

Artist Spotlight :: Ian Ruhter Interview

A photographer, inventor and alchemist, Ian Ruhter is doing what no other fine artist is doing and taking the art scene by storm. Ian, a Lake Tahoe native, became a successful professional photographer in the 90s after a stint as a pro snow boarder. His subjects were mostly boarders like himself. As film evolved to digital, Ian became disenchanted with the process and that lead on a life changing journey. A journey that eventually set him apart from all other photographers and artists. In a realm of fine art so unique it’s hard to categorize. Today I’m thrilled to be interviewing Ian about this journey and the incredible fine art he creates.

Ian Ruhter Interview via @simplifiedbeeConvivt Lake // Ian Ruhter // fine artist

Simplified Bee: When did you fall in love with photography?

Ian Ruhter: I fell in love with photography when I realized it was more than just the act of documenting things. I learned that I could communicate through photographs. This change the way I saw the world.

Ian Ruhter // fine artistIan Ruhter Artist // Interview via @simplifiedbee Ian Ruhter // fine artist

(images above – Ian, his truck and at work)

SB: You have stated that over the years you became disillusioned by the advances in photography and it lead you on a journey to the amazing images you create today. Please elaborate.

IR: To me the advancements in photography symbolize the society we are living in today. We are encouraged to purchase these mass-produced items that only last for a few years and then end up in a landfill. These items allow us to communicate through the Internet in place of real human interaction. This revelation left me feeling disconnected from the people and things I love. Once I found the wet plate collodion process I realized I could make handmade one-of-a-kind images that would last for hundreds of years. This process is incredibly time-consuming you can take an entire day just to make one image, but  because it is so slow it allows you to really get to know the person or landscape you’re photographing. With digital photography I feel like you take the photo instantly and then you move on. I wasn’t interested in just taking things anymore.

Oak Tree // Ian Ruhter // fine artist

(above image: Ian holding one of his works of art)

SB: Tell us about your process of creating these unique works of art?

IR: The process I use to create these images is quite complex and yet simple at the same time. In order to make these images I created the world’s largest wet plate collodion camera out of a delivery truck, but the idea did not happen overnight. During the designing and building of the giant camera I reached a point where I thought it wouldn’t be possible.  A year of failures and disappointments had passed and one day it came to me. My thought was that the camera was so large that I could actually work inside of it.  I realized that I would become the mechanics that operated this device and my brain would act as the computer that would allow it to operate in unison. After this all the pieces started coming together and it eventually worked out. Looking back on it the answer was so simple and my biggest hurdle was not being able to see the potential in myself. Today, the camera truck enables us to make images of this kind in a size that was deemed impossible for the past 150 years and with it I have successfully created a 48 x 60” image.

Mammoth Lake // Artist Ian Ruhter

SB: Do you have a favorite you’ve created?

IR: I don’t  have a favorite image.

The plates are physical reminders of the people and places I’ve encountered in the process of making them. The thought of finding the next image is my favorite.

snow covered trees // Artist Ian Ruhter

SB: What’s the most indispensable item in your studio?

IR: I can’t think of one item that is indispensable. Everything that’s in my studio is used or has been a part of this incredible journey.

LA // Artist Ian Ruhter

SB: If you could work alongside with any artist (living or passed), who would it be and why?

IR: I would love to work alongside Leonardo da Vinci. He was a scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. The combination of all these things allowed him to create works of art that were far beyond the physical objects. They were many years ahead of its time maybe and our time.

monument valley // artist ian ruhter

SB: What’s next for Ian Ruhter?

IR: I would like to continue working with this process and traveling throughout the United States. I want to tell the stories of the people and places that I call home.

Ian Ruhter // Lake Tahoe Fine Artist

(above image: Ian and team holding a wet plate collodion of old growth pine trees on Lake Tahoe’s Nevada Beach)

Keep in mind that these images of Ian’s work don’t even start to translate the incredible beauty, emotion and uniqueness that each one processes. Recently I had the pleasure of visiting Ian’s studio in Tahoe. I was thrilled, memorized and simply in awe to see first hand some of the incredible masterpieces he has created. The scale of the original wet plate collodions are mind blowing. The depth and intricacy of each work is truly amazing. His landscapes instantly reminded me of some of Ansel Adams work. And I believe Ian’s work will one day hang in fine art museums around the world. They are that special.

follow your dreams // Ian Ruhter quote

Ian, I’m so glad you took a leap off the cliff to this new world of photography. You’re an inspiration!

Follow Ian and his dream on Instagram, Facebook and Vimeo. He’s one to watch!

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Read full story By on October 29, 2015 in Features, Interviews, lake tahoe, original artwork