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One Room Challenge :: Master Bathroom and Closet Reveal

master bathroom // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge

Today’s the day – the One Room Challenge reveal. I can’t believe how quickly the last six weeks have flown by. There have been ups and downs along the way, but I’m so excited to share my new Master Bathroom and Walk-in Closet with you. It was a definitely a bigger challenge than the Foyer I designed last fall, but in the end I’m so glad that I selected this space. It’s my now my new favorite place in our home. Serene. Chic. Functional. Love, love, love it.

In case you are just joining and seeing this all for the first time, here are links to the first five weeks of my One Room Challenge this spring:

Week One (before) // Week 2 (inspiration & demo)

Week 3 (paint & wallpaper) // Week 4 (lighting, hardware & textiles)

Week 5 (accessories)

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


master bathroom before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge master bathroom before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge master bathroom before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallengemaster bathroom before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge


master bathroom // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge

I’m over-the-moon with the result. The mosaic marble tile floor was a starting point of the whole design. I went with my gut to do a larger pattern on the floor and I’m so pleased. To counter the heavy pattern the walls, the main vanity and trim were all painted in Farrow & Ball’s Strong White. It’s perfect neutral white for all the gray tones throughout the space.

master bathroom // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee master bathroom // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge

I was instantly drawn to Kamala Nahas’ Liquid Amber artwork from minted.com. The black and white photograph of a single leaf was simple, yet striking. I hung it over a double towel rack with personalized towels.

master bathroom // vanity // @simplifiedbee

I designed the double sink vanity to have modern, clean lines. The polished chrome square ring pulls are a mid-century modern touch that I love. A pair of rectangle under-mount sinks by Kohler (Lowes) are paired with polished chrome faucets and a beautiful Calcutta marble top.

waterworks bathroom accessories // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

A handsome trio of bath accessories from Waterworks are placed on a black and white boudoir tray. I love the mix of material here!

master bathroom // glass sconce detail // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

I’m not a fan of matchy matchy finishes. In the bathroom, I mixed a variety of metals including brass and polished chrome.  Here is a detail of Crytorama’s glass torch wall sconce flanking the brass vanity mirrors. Loving it!

master bathroom // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallengemarble steam shower // bathroom // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallengelucite shower door pull // luxholdups // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

The marble shower features two shower heads, a marble seat and a steam unit by Mr. Steam. The lucite door handle by LuxHoldUps is my favorite detail. It’s generous in size and adds that chic touch that I was looking for.

bathroom // woods wallpaper // caroline cecil textiles // @simplifiedbeebathroom // wallpaper, roman shade & mirror // @simplifiedbee

The water closet is super whimsical. The Woods & Pears wallpaper by Cole & Son (DecoratorsBest) sets a dramatic tone. The Roman Shade in Caroline Cecil Textiles‘ Ink Stripe is a fun play on pattern. The round mirror with leather strap (Joss & Main) adds another play on pattern and more natural light to the space. The flush mount ceiling fixture (Crystorama) and painted ceiling in Farrow & Ball’s Worsted is another little element of surprise.

master bathroom // shoe closet detail - bumblebee wallpaper // @simplifiedbee master bathroom // closet wallpaper detail // @simplifiedbee @oneroomchallenge

My closets in the bathroom were lined in Farrow & Ball’s Bumblebee Wallpaper 586 – it’s a grayish pink and a nod to the pink in the original bathroom. I had to incorporate a bee motif somewhere! I’m also thrilled with the rolling laundry basket (Joss & Main) and the chic stool (AllModern).

brass + glass sputnik light fixture // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

For an additional modern touch, I selected a glass & brass sputnik flush mount fixture (Lucent Light Shop) to hang above the make-up vanity. Love it!

make-up vanity // bathroom // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallengeroman shade // caroline cecil textiles // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

The make-up vanity is my special little space in the bathroom. Isn’t it pretty? In addition to the stool, I incorporated lots of girly touches like the lucite and polished chrome pulls, round marble tray by waterworks for my perfume and a bronze standing mirror by Arteriors (Bellacor). The top of the vanity is also papered in the same Bumblebee wallpaper as the closets and covered with clear glass. The window is also treated with a Roman shade in Caroline Cecil Textiles.

round marble tray for perfume // bathroom // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallengebathroom vanity // round table mirror // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge


master closet before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge master closet before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge


walk-in closet for him // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

My husband’s walk-in closet was quite a transformation too! The new space features a playful Great Wave wallpaper by Cole & Son (DecoratorsBest), a handsome rope mirror (Bassett Mirror Co) and a stately brass semi-mount light fixture (Crystorama).

walk-in closet // marble box // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

I also incorporated some super stylish storage pieces including a beautiful marble box (Bellacor), rattan laundry basket (Waterworks) and beach house bins that line the shelves.
walk-in closet // beach vibe decor // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallengewalk-in closet // waterworks laundry hamper // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

I can’t tell you how relieved I am to have this project completed. The process certainly had its ups and downs. It would have never happened without the support of Linda (the founder of the One Room Challenge), the generosity of my sponsors and all of sub-contractors that maneuvered schedules to make it happen. A huge thank you!!!


allmodern lucite stool // bassett mirror rope mirror // bellacor vanity table mirror & marble box // caroline cecil textiles fabric for shades // crystorama lighting // decoratorsbest  cole & son wallpaper // farrow & ball paint & bumblebee wallpaper // joss & main chrome hamper & round hanging mirror // lowes bathroom sinks & legrand adorne outlets // lucent light shop glass sputnik light // luxholdups vanity hardware & shower door pull // minted.com artwork by kamala nahas // waiting on martha boudoir tray //  waterworks (and special thanks to waterworks showroom san francisco – 415.431.7160) bathroom accessories & woven hamper


the container store beach house bins in closet // forge hardware studio brass pulls in closet // mr. steam steam shower unit // nordstrom black candle //overstock tribal rug // rejuvenation vanity pulls & towel bar // restoration hardware brass vanity mirrors// rohl faucet & shower fixtures // the shade store roman shades // walker zanger mosaic tile floor // west elm shade box


candace & kurt williams of photo-tecture (images 1, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 20, 26 )

heather gallagher smith (images 7, 11, 14-19, 21,-23, 27-29)

cristin bisbee priest (before images)

I can’t wait to see the final reveals of the other 19 ORC participants! I know they will be amazing…

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Read full story By on May 11, 2016 in Bathroom, bathrooms, brass, Closets, contemporary decor, decorative hardware, etsy, interior design, Interiors, lighting, mirrors, Organization, storage, tile, vintage, wallpaper, waterworks, window treatments

One Room Challenge :: Week 4

Holy cow, it’s week four of the One Room Challenge. It is amazing how when you lay a line in the side to get something done, the date seem to creep up faster and faster! Our master bathroom and walk-in closet project is well underway and I wanted to share with you some of the progress.

master bathroom // mosaic marble tile // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

As you may have seen on my Instagram feed where I’m sharing sneak peeks, the mosaic marble floor has been installed. Here is an image of the tile before grouting. You can see me standing on a white material that is an adhesive for the heated floor mats. Yep, during the colder months, our feet will stay warm.

master bathroom // marble hex tile // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

Here is an image of the hexagon marble tiles that went on the shower floor. I love how they coordinate with the large octagon patterned floor.

master bathroom // rohl faucet and kohler sink // @simplifiedbee

The calacatta marble counter top, faucet by Rohl and Ladena under-mount sink by Kohler were installed. I purchased the pair rectangular of Kohler sinks through a generous ORC sponsor, Lowes – many thanks! They are a generous size and have a transitional look which I love.

vanity hardware // master bathroom // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

Sourcing hardware for the master bathroom was like shopping for jewelry. It’s so much fun. For the most part I followed the lead of the original hardware finish throughout the bathroom – polished chrome. I did this mainly because the hinges on my closet were not being changed out and are in that finish. The towel hook shown above is from Rejuvenation and is from their Canfield collection. For the main vanity, I selected polished chrome square pulls for a modern touch. I wanted the make-up vanity however to feel different – more feminine and more romantic. I therefore choose the chic lucite and polished chrome drawer pulls from ORC sponsor, LuxHoldups. This image does not due the pull justice – it’s high-quality and gorgeous! Not pictured is a stunning lucite shower door pull that is at the glass shop. I’m crossing my fingers the shower doors are going to be installed in time – we have had some hiccups!

As for lighting selections, I had quite a few to make for the spaces. Over the vanity in the master bathroom, I was on the hunt for a single sconce that would be placed between a pair of mirrors. The finish of the fixture was in question and so I sourced a variety. Here are the ones that made the final cut:

lighting options // master bathroom vanity // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge


product links:

1 cuff sconce // 2 bryant sconce // 3 brass sconce // 4 baxter sconce // 5 muses sconce

In the end, I selected the Baxter sconce (#4 above) through ORC sponsor Crystorama. I was drawn to the glass detail in the torch design. It’s really a good looking sconce and I’m so pleased.

For my husband’s walk-in closet, I definitely wanted a fixture that was flush or semi-mount and had a brass finish. It also needed to have a masculine quality. Here are a few of the fixtures I considered for the space:walk-in closet // lighting options // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallengeproduct links:

1 flush-mount sunburst // 2 goodman pendant // 3 semi-flush mount in aged brass // 4  globe pendant// 5 gardner pendant

I selected Crystorama’s Lawson semi-mount in aged brass (#3 above). It had a timeless and stately quality that my husband liked. It also has some crystal detail that I liked. A win-win!

flush mount sputnik light fixture // lucent light shop // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

Above the make-up vanity in the master bath I replaced a vintage crystal chandelier with a mid-century inspired flush-mount sputnik light fixture from Lucent Light Shop (another fab ORC sponsor) I wanted to incorporate hints of brass and modern touches in the space, so the fixture was a perfect choice. I also love the romantic feel that the custom glass accents deliver. Isn’t it the best? In the image above, you also get a glimpse of the Bumblebee wallpaper by Farrow & Ball that lines the back of my closets.

flush-mount bamboo light // master bathroom // @simplifiedbee@yahoo.com #oneroomchallenge

In the water closet with the Woods & Pear wallpaper and Farrow & Ball’s Worsted on the ceiling, I hung Crystorama’s Masefield light fixture in antique silver. It’s just the right scale and the faux bamboo finish is my fave!

ink stripe in black // caroline cecil textiles

For two windows in the master bathroom, I wanted them covered in Roman shades. Selecting a fabric with a pattern was quite tricky because of the strong octagonal floor tile and the vertical wallpaper in the water closet. Going with a solid would have been easy, but of course I like to play with patterns so decided against that. I fell in love with Caroline Cecil Textiles a few months ago and inquired to see if she would be willing to work with me. I was thrilled when she said yes. We scheduled a call to discuss my vision and after looking over several beautiful samples, I selected her ikat inspired Ink Stripe in black (above) for the shades.  I adore the pattern’s painterly twist on a classic stripe. So fun!

There is more to come next week! I’ll be sharing the more progress and all the fabulous accessories! Also, be sure to follow along on Instagram where I’m sharing more images! If you are just joining us, here are links to the first three weeks of the One Room Challenge:

One Room Challenge :: Kick-off  //  One Room Challenge :: Week 2  //  One Room Challenge :: Week 3

The other 19 ORC participants have been busy creating some fabulous rooms! Be sure to check out their progress…

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One Room Challenge :: Week 3

It’s already week three of the One Room Challenge! If you are dropping by for the first time, here’s the first and second weeks to get you caught up on all the action.

Today I’ll be sharing my process of selecting furniture for the Foyer. The 12′ x 12′ space only has one wall (opposite the front door and approximately 7′ long) that’s suitable for furniture. The question then becomes which pieces and in what configuration? Here are some of the options I considered:

fabulous entryways // Erin Gates Design

This entry by Erin Gates is beautiful and a chest flanked by upholstered chairs is a great, functional furniture arrangement for an entry. This English Colonial style dresser would have worked however, I didn’t want a visually heavy chest of drawers in the space.

small entry with baskets // via www.simplifiedbee.com

This charming small entry (via Chatelaine) features a clean-lined console table and large baskets to corral shoes. I love the simplicity and functional aspects of the space, however I was seeking more color and upholstered seating.

formal entry with bench // via www.simplifiedbee.com

Benches are also great furniture options for Foyers. I love this tufted bench with polished brass base. Such an elegant look, however I longed for a console table. So I decided on another great furniture arrangement for our entry.

entry with console and x benches // tami ramsey

This entry designed by Tami Ramsey has a similar furniture arrangement I was looking for. A chic console and a pair of upholstered benches that could be tucked under. I love the chinoiserie touches here too!

oomph console tables // one room challenge // www.simplifiedbee.com

With the furniture arrangement set, I immediately thought of one company that creates the most amazing custom furniture, unique lighting and in particular gorgeous console tables: oomph. Their signature traditional, with a twist style was just what I was envisioning for the foyer. With several beautiful styles, 16+ colors and intriguing surfaces to choose from, I selected the stately Fenwick console in club navy with a linen surface. And I LOVE it. And a huge thank you to oomph for their support and sponsorship!

X bench // clarence house tibet print // by @simplifiedbee

From there I selected a fabric for the pair of X benches. I’ve had my eye on Clarence Houses’ Tibet Print for some time. It’s exotic, playful and in pale blue picked up on all the right shades for the Foyer. The textile was purchased through ORC sponsor, DecoratorsBest – a go to destination for over 200,000 designer fabrics, wallpaper, trim, pillows and rugs at fantastic prices. LivenUPdesign (via Etsy) created the X benches in just the right dimensions to fit under the console table.  They centered the tiger perfectly on the tops of each bench and were so lovely to work with.

faux-bamboo mirror // sloan mirror // @simplifiedbee

I love mirrors in entryways (they are practical and can add light to the space) and knew that I wanted to place a large one over the console table. Because I’d selected so many pieces in shades of blue, I wanted the mirror to be different. After considering tons of options through ORC sponsor Bassett Mirror (fabulous selection of lamps, mirrors and furnishings at great price points!), I selected the Sloan mirror (above). It’s rectangle shape wouldn’t compete with the wallpaper pattern like a round mirror would. I also loved the gilded faux-bamboo finish – a chic chinoiserie touch.

Here’s a look these and some other selections for the Foyer all together:

foyer selections // one room challenge // www.simplifiedbee.com

Selections for the Foyer and why:

gilded faux-bamboo mirror – because I love an entry with a mirror and love for bamboo

chinoiserie table lamp – because of their chinoiserie style and deep navy color (I’ll go into more detail regarding lighting next week!)

fenwick console table – because of it’s scale, neo-traditional style, durable lacquer finish and custom options

clarence house tibet print in pale blue  – because it’s a chic, yet playful chinoiserie print in all the right shades of blue perfect to liven up the  X benches

diamond natural fiber rug – because the space needed a neutral, warm element without a busy pattern

celerie kemble bloom wallpaper – for all the reasons mentioned in this post 🙂

I hope you’ll check back next week to see more progress! In the meantime, don’t forget to drop by to see what the other ORC participants are up to. There are so many incredible projects in this group!

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Friday Find :: Adorable Vertical Succulent Gardens

Happy Friday! Succulents are popping up all over the home, patio and garden these days. I especially love vertical succulent gardens. So when I spotted these adorable vertical succulent gardens in whimsical shapes, I knew I had to share with you. All are available at Lolivia Gifts on Etsy.

moon and star vertical succulent gardenowl vertical succulent gardenwhale - vertical succulent garden

So cute, right?

Happy Friday,


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