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Chinoiserie Chic :: Pagoda Decor

Chinoiserie, simply stated is a style of decoration reflecting Chinese motifs. The French term dates back to the late 18th century when it became popular to incorporate Asian motifs in traditional European decor such as housewares, furnishings and textiles. The pagoda and its ancient tiered architecture is one such iconic Chinese silhouette that’s still inspires chinoiserie chic home decor today.  This arched silhouette is being featured on everything from wallpaper to lighting, and in a variety of styles from sleek and modern to ornate and traditional. Here are a few of my favorite items inspired by pagodas.

Chinoiserie Chic :: Pagoda Decor :: Simplified Bee

product links: one // two // three // four // five // six

Visit Houzz to see all of my other chinoiserie chic pagoda decor finds!

happy decorating,

cristin

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Read full story By on July 14, 2014 in chinoiserie, design trends, Features, home accessories, houzz, mirrors, throw pillows

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,

cristin

*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

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014 :: The Master Bedroom

Like fashion shows for clothing designers, showhouses offer a platform for interior designers to incorporate cutting edge products, set trends and push boundaries. One such space that exemplifies this in the 2014 San Francisco Showcase is the master bedroom by Antonio Martins. The San Francisco-based interior designer boldly mixes traditional Portuguese tile, contemporary art and a 18th century antique bed passed down through generations. The result is simply stunning as it captures history and celebrates Portuguese culture in a modern manner.

antique Portuguese Bilros bed - master bedroom

To honor his heritage, an antique Portuguese Bilros bed, carefully preserved by Antonio’s family since the 18th century, commands attention and is the primary inspiration for the space. Made of “Pau-Santo,” an exotic rosewood, the design of the bed adheres to the strict guidelines of the period. “I have always loved this bed, which incorporates our family crest, and the Showcase was the perfect excuse to bring it to San Francisco,” says Antonio Martins.

blue and white master bedroom - Antonio Martinsantique Portuguese Bilros bed - San Francisco Showcase 2014blue and white tiles - Portuguese Azulejos

In a bold move, Martins covered the wall in blue and white Portuguese tiles known as Azulejos. The 243 hand-painted tiles are a faithful copies of 18th century patterns and designs. To deliver a 21st century twist on traditional form and pattern, Antonio has expanded the tile size and shuffled the images to become a modern piece of art. Incredible.

blue and white Portuguese tiles - master bedroomBlue and White Portuguese Azulejos Tiles - Master BedroomSan Franscisco Decorator Showcase 2014 - Master Bedroom

On the sleek fireplace mantel sits two lucite boxes filled with personal letters (see below). Who knows what they say, but the romantic in me assuming they are all love letters passed down in the family. What a fun way to display such special notes!

displaying love letters

Need some more does of the color blue? Here’s a tour of the little boy’s bedroom in this year’s showcase, in case you missed it. There is also plenty of time to still tour the estate and is open now through May 26th. Here’s more information on purchasing tickets.

5th Birthday Cake

Next week marks a BIG milestone for the Simplified Bee Blog. It’s turning 5! In celebration, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite companies, LampsPlus, Serena & Lily, Wayfair, Truffle and Driftwood Interiors, for some amazing giveaways. You’ll have to drop by and tell your friends!!!

Happy decorating,

Cristin

* all showcase images provided by Antonia Martins and cake image via 100 Layer Cake-let 

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Read full story By on May 9, 2014 in antiques, Bedroom, bedrooms, beds, Features, Giveaways, interior design, Interiors, pattern, tile

Color Palette :: Blue and White Interiors

blue and white contemporary wallpaper

Summer is almost officially here! (wahoo!) The warm weather has me thinking of the quintessential interior palette for the season: blue and white. This timeless color combo can be incorporated throughout the entire home: in living rooms, bedrooms and outdoor living spaces. It can also be featured in every style, from modern to traditional and everywhere in between.

classic blue and white table settingblue and white living roomblue living room by Mary McDonald

In celebration of this classic color combo, I’ve rounded up some eye-catching blue and white home decor items. Check them out in an  ideabook I created for Houzz!

Happy Friday!

Cristin

Image Sources :: 1, 2, 3, 4

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Read full story By on June 14, 2013 in Bedroom, color, contemporary decor, Features, Friday Finds, houzz, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, Uncategorized, wallpaper