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Oh (faux) Christmas Tree

Yes I did. Call me crazy. I’ve decorated the Christmas tree already. With Thanksgiving running so late this year, I decided “what the heck!” Don’t worry though, it won’t be a pine-needle-less, fire hazard by the holiday. It’s an artificial tree sent to me by Tree Classics. I’m super impressed with the quality – it’s hard to tell it’s not real even when you are in the same room. The only thing I miss about having a live tree is the lovely pine scent that fills the house.

Christmas tree with white feathers - Simplified Bee

I selected the  7 1/2′ classic Fraser tree with clear lights because of it’s narrow profile – great for small rooms. Love that the lights were already on the tree and that they are LED! Assembly took me about 30 minutes from start to finish. I did have to pull in my hubby to put on the top layers though.

christmas decorating with feathers // Simplified Beeholiday floral arrangement with white peonies // Simplified Beewhite peonies in a mint julep vase // Simplified Beereusable chalkboard gift labels - Simplified Bee #labels

This year I went with a crisp white and rich gold color palette for the tree decorations. Tons of white feathers were placed throughout the tree and along the top of the Chinese cabinet. I also added a new new items this year such as the fab faux fur tree skirt (above), owl snowglobe (next to the white peonies above) and felt snowflake ornaments (below) I picked up at West Elm!

faux christmas tree detail - Simplified Beetwinkle light Christmas tree - Simplified Bee

Have you started decorating your house for the holiday?

Happy Holidays,


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Read full story By on November 21, 2013 in Christmas, Entertaining, flowers, Holiday, holiday decor, owls, product review, simplified bee portfolio

Summer Entertaining :: Tablescape with Villeroy & Boch

There is still plenty of summer left for entertaining family and friends and so today I’m sharing a recent tablescape inspired by the warmth, color and bounty the season brings.

orange dinnerware tablescape - Simplified Bee

The beautiful plate with tangerine band by Villeroy & Boch, the creator of extraordinary dinnerware treasured worldwide, was the launching point for the vibrant color palette.

green and orange tablescape - simplifiedbee.comgreen and orange table setting

For a layered look,  the classic plate was placed atop a glazed stoneware in grey. It’s an eclectic look, but it works because the fine platinum trim of the plate is picked up in the grey stoneware and green tablecloth.

summer entertaining tablescape - Simplified Beepink and orange floral arrangement with succulentstangerines and flowers - simplifiedbee.com

The tabletop blooms are simply seasonal garden flowers and succulents that pull together the color scheme. They were arranged in a vintage milk glass vessel well below eye level so they wouldn’t impede conversation flow. I paired the floral arrangement with a bowl of tangerines also in a vintage milk glass bowl.

Hope this little tablescape inspires your next summer dinner party!


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Read full story By on August 6, 2013 in color, dining rooms, Entertaining, flowers, product review, tabletop, vintage

Weekend Reading :: Shelter Magazine Recommendations

Ah, the weekend. Perhaps you have something fun planned with family and friends, but hopefully you get some downtime to simply relax and recharge. For me, I enjoy reading shelter magazines (big surprise I’m sure!).  Here’s what I’ll be reading this weekend…

Matchbook Magazine - June Issue

Matchbook Magazine’s June issue (digital format) features a not to be missed house tour of design greats (and personal faves), John Robshaw and iomoi’s husband & wife team, Matthew Grenby and Irene Chen.

blue and white chinoiserie dining roomwhimsical art - Matchbook Magblue and white chinoiserie living roomJohn Robshaw Living Room - Matchbook MagJohn Robshaw Bedroom - Matchbook Mag(above photography by Cooper Carras and Carol Dronsfield)

Can you tell which home is which? They are so different, but I love both styles!

Another online shelter magazine I’ll be reading is this month’s Rue. The issue is focusing on wedding and entertaining, so lots of inspiration for brides. It also features the charming apartment of recent interior design college graduate and my former intern, Michaela Noelle. It’s look into the urban LA studio she shares with a fellow design student. I love how they pulled off so much in such a tiny space. It’s a  fun, eclectic mix of styles.  So proud of Michaela!!!

Pablo Neruda Quote via Ruepink+orange floral table arrangement - Rue Magazineeclectic apartment - michaela noelle designsLOVE graphic art and pictures - michaela noelle apartmentLA studio loft - michaela noelle designs(above photography by Caroline Tran and Monica Wang)

And in case you missed it, you may want to check out the home tour of designer, Kelly Wearstler in last month’s Lonny Magazine. It’s so Kelly. The space is all glamour, but the images with her boys make it feel like a real home.

Kelly Wearstler's Beverly Hills HomeKelly Wearstler's Boys - Home TourTour of Kelly Wearstler's Beverly Hills MansionMarble Bathroom by Kelly Wearstler(above photography by Coral vo Zumwalt)

What will you be reading this weekend?



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Read full story By on June 7, 2013 in bar carts, Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, chinoiserie, cocktail carts, dining rooms, flowers, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, living rooms

Shades of Green Bridal Shower Ideas

Recently I hosted a casual bridal shower luncheon for my future sister-in-law who’s a real sweetie with the kindest heart. She loves the color green and that was enough to get my creative juices flowing!  Here are a few images from the event…


The invitation sets the mood for a party. I always recommend doing it the old fashion way too… sending a printed invite in the mail. In this digital day and age, receiving an invite in the mail is just more special.  The sweet invitations with the brides’s monogram framed in a leafy wreath were from Minted.


Because the event was casual, we served lunch buffet style. The table was covered in a crisp white table cloth and shades of green ribbon in varying widths ran down the middle to create the table-runner  .

Ranunculus and green Hypericum berry flowersFresh flowers are always a must for an bridal shower event. Providing contrast and a burst of vivid color, I selected fuchsia ranunculus for the centerpieces. The ranunuculus were paired with green hypericum berry flowers and place in a trio of grass green ceramic vases.

boxwood+urn table centerpiece

For more visual interest,  a pair of forest green boxwood balls on top of mini silver urns were placed between the floral arrangements.

green+white bridal shower ideasorchid floral arrangement for bridal showerglittered initials and streamer garlandglitter+letter+initial+garlandFor a personal touch, the engaged couples’ initials hung in the window. I actually made these myself. I downloaded the italic monograms here, cut them out on heavy card stock and added glitter. Well, so much glitter I ran out on the third letter and my hubby was nice enough to run to Michael’s the morning of the party for more glitter. Isn’t that sweet? I have the best hubby.

dessert+table+bridal+showerxoxo dessert

I was too busy being a hostess to snap a shot of the yummy salads we shared, but did manage to capture an image of the beautiful desserts. I think having a variety of mini cakes like this is so fun! We all loved the XOXO detail on the side of the mini cheesecake pictured above.


No guest should go away without a little gift.  To celebrate my sister-in-law joining the Bisbee family soon, we selected these beautifully packaged organic worker bee balms to remember the afternoon.  It’s a good think my further sister-in-law like bees… it would be hard to become a Bisbee if not!

Happy day!


* photo credit: Cristin Priest, Simplified Bee

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Read full story By on March 18, 2013 in DIY, Entertaining, flowers, food, invite, monograms, Parties, Tips/Tricks, Uncategorized