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Favorite Kitchen Design Trends 2018

With a new year, many of us have plans to renovate or fresh-up our homes. One living space I’d recommend starting with the heart of the home, the kitchen. We recently finished our kitchen renovation and I must say, it was worth the pain. If you are considering a kitchen renovation of your home, take a look at my favorite kitchen design trends for 2018.

ONE :: DARK KITCHENS

kitchen design trends 2018 // dark kitchens // @simplifiedbee

Move over all-white kitchens – dark kitchens are in! The dark kitchen however is not a new trend in 2018, but one that’s been building momentum over the last few years and can’t be ignored. From modern to traditional, dark gray, navy and black are hues are being used on cabinetry. I love it paired with white walls like in this kitchen designed by Studio McGee.

TWO :: STATEMENT RANGES

kitchen design trends 2018 // colorful kitchen accents // @simplifiedbee

Another trend in kitchen design are statement ranges. Elaborate hoods are being toned down, while ranges are ramping up in style. Even though there are several luxury ranges that would certainly make a statement in your kitchen, La Cornue is leading the pack. La Cornue gives you more flexibility in customizing the color and trim of their ranges with 8 colors and 3 trim options. This gourmet kitchen (spotted on Instagram) feature’s a gorgeous La Cornue range in tapestry.

THREE :: COZY KITCHENS

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Open floor plans have allowed for a easy access from kitchen to living spaces, however it’s been the textiles and furnishings which help deliver a seamless flow. In the process, kitchens are now getting more inviting, approachable and cozier. Adding upholstered banquettes, throw pillows and plush area rugs in the kitchen is a trend I don’t see slowing down in 2018. (image sources – first via Instagram – Kate Marker Interiors and second via Instagram – Amber Interiors)

FOUR :: BLACK FINISHES

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FOUR :: MATTE BLACK FINISHES

As I mentioned, darker colors are making a comeback in the kitchen, but it’s not just the cabinetry. I’m specifically noticing a shift from polished finishes (brass, chrome, etc.) to matte black. From lighting to faucets; appliances to hardware, matte black finishes are trending. Loving this breakfast nook with a woven pendant in black. (image sources – first via Instagram – Lilly Gianikas and second via Studio McGee

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Read full story By on January 8, 2018 in breakfast nooks, color, decorative hardware, design trends, Features, home accessories, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, throw pillows, Uncategorized

Elements of Modern Farmhouse Style

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modern farm house // H2 Design + Build

The simple, clean-lined, practical design of the modern farmhouse is appealing and trending. A wraparound porch, standing metal seam roof and industrial lighting is one quick way to spot one from the street. But, the rustic, yet refine style goes beyond the exterior. Inside plank wooden flooring and exposed reclaimed beams are often offsite by crisp white walls. In fact, the modern farmhouse color palette is typically very simple: black, white, and gray. Classic stripe and check patterns are also featured throughout the home including throw pillows, wallpaper and tile work. Other farmhouse elements often found are sliding barn doors, apron sinks and ship-lap siding. I’ve rounded up a few images of different rooms through a house that are great examples of modern farmhouse style.

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image sources top to bottom 1 :: 2 :: 3 :: 4 :: 5 :: 6 :: 7 :: 8

get the look

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Read full story By on May 3, 2017 in Bathroom, bathrooms, breakfast nooks, contemporary decor, design trends, dining rooms, Features, foyers, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, lighting, mudrooms, throw pillows, Uncategorized

Design Reveal :: Black and White Powder Room

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black & white juju hat // bird wallpaper

One of the spaces that was renovated during our last construction project was the powder room. It sits toward the from of the house and is in parallel with the staircase – making the room long and narrow. It has been decorated several times since 1940 and the last being in the late 60s. The blue toilet and sink coordinated with the wallpaper which featured cherubs. Gold wall sconces with crystals flanked a mirror that was removed before we bought the home. Shear drapery that was full of dust covered a large window. All of it needed to go.

:: BEFORE ::

vintage bathroom // before renovation // @simplifiedbeepowder room demo

The space was completely gutted and re-plumbed. From head to toe the room was transformed into a light and airy space. Check it out now…

:: AFTER ::

black & white bird wallpaper w juju hat // bathroom // @simplifiedbee

The wallpaper – Pajarita (black) by Laundry Studio for Hygge & West features whimsical birds and was my first design selection for the bathroom. The delicate, yet energetic pattern was inspired by the various murals of birds seen throughout Mexico City. I also love that birds symbolize freedom. Black concrete hexagon tiles and a steel mirror were paired with the wallpaper. To flank the mirror, I selected understated, yet classic wall sconces. A top-down Roman shade in white match-stick was selected to bring in the light and provide privacy. The black and white ju ju hat hanging above the toilet is just plain fun and a nod to the birds. The blue sink was the perfect scale for the room, so I had it re-painted in white to match the new toilet by Toto. The faucet hardware needed to be replaced, but was able to reuse the original toilet paper and towel rack hardware.

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Dino – our one year old Sheepadoodle – helped me with the photo shoot and is seen here on the cement tile floor by Cement Tile Shop.

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Read full story By on January 12, 2017 in Bathroom, bathrooms, interior design, Interiors, lighting, mirrors, simplified bee portfolio, wallpaper

Reveal :: Modern Bathroom with Rove Concepts

This modern bathroom reveal is long overdue folks, but with the One Room Challenge for our foyer and master bathroom it got pushed aside. One of the first projects we tackled in our new fixer-upper home last year was the guest bathroom – mainly because of an active leak that needed to be addressed. Over the years, the bathroom had been updated here and there, but not in a good way. The blinds, contemporary vanity, plastic yellow tiles and glass mosaic tile work needed to go. In fact, the entire space needed to be gutted and it all had to go except the original tub. Take a look at the before images and you will understand.

:: BEFORE ::
guest bathroom beforeguest bathroom beforeguest bathroom demo

We wanted the new bathroom to feel fresh, yet timeless; traditional, yet with a modern twist. The black hexagon cement tile flooring was selected first and the white subway tile contrasted with dark grout was a natural pairing. The window was painted a glossy black and dressed with a custom roman shade in a sharp black and white buffalo check fabric. A new smaller pedestal sink, chrome mirror and vanity lighting was also added for a clean look.

As you know, I love to mix styles and love modern touches. To complete the space I teamed up with Rove Concepts, a leader in mid-century modern reproduction furnishings and accessories. I appreciate their focus on quality, detail and use of the highest quality materials to deliver reflect the essence of minimalist design.

:: AFTER ::
new traditional bathroom // @simplifiedbee #neotrad #bathrooms

I love adding a stool or chair to a bathroom when space allows. Once the radiator under the window was removed, it seemed a lovely spot for seating. Rove Concepts’ Flag Halyard Ottoman was the perfect choice. This statement piece was inspired by Hans J. Wegner and features suspended flag line supported by a durable stainless steel frame. It also comes with a chic Australian long-haired sheepskin to drape over the top. Isn’t it divine?

modern bench // black & white bathroom // @simplifiedbeemodern accessories // black & white bathroom // @simplifiedbee

You know how I like to incorporate live plants in every room and bathrooms are no exception. Rove Concepts’ Strapped Marble Vase caught my eye instantly as I knew it would look great in the space. It now houses a beautiful orchid. I adore the strap detail – it brings a little warmth to the space and coordinates with the ottoman nicely.

buffalo check roman shade // bathroom // @simplifiedbee

Keeping it simple and functional, I selected a black ceramic coffee cup to corral the toothbrushes. The cup’s finish is a combination of matte and glossy. A subtle, yet lovely detail.

modern bathroom accessories // @simplifiedbee

I’m completely in love with this new bathroom. And a big thank you to Rove Concepts for helping me get it beautifully styled.

:: SOURCES ::

ottoman // marble vase // hexagon cement tile // pedestal sink // chrome faucet // triple sconce lighting // pivoting mirror // roman shade // iron hook rack // toothbrush holder

*all photography by Simplified Bee

**products named were supplied by Rove Concepts, however all opinions are my own as always.

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Read full story By on August 16, 2016 in Bathroom, bathrooms, furniture, home accessories, interior design, Interiors, mid-century modern, simplified bee portfolio, tile, window treatments