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San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Laundry Room

It’s on many of our wish lists; a fabulous laundry room. Perhaps it’s why the Laundry Room in this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase has received so much buzz. Inspired by the colorful butterflies in Christian Lacroix’s Butterfly Parade wallpaper, Evars + Anderson Interior Design transformed a small space into a very chic and functional laundry room. The wallpaper (which has a cool 3D effect) covers the walls and ceiling and grabs your attention first. E+A pairs the whimsical pattern with timeless materials such as polish Nero marble for the countertops and black & white penny round tiles for the floor. They also redesigned the upper cabinets using a lattice pattern – for a vintage, yet fresh look.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 // Laundry Room // Evars + AndersonLaundry Room // Christain Lacroix Butterfly Wallpaper // San Francisco Decorator ShowcaseLaundry Room // Christian Lacroix Butterfly Wallpaper // San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015Laundry Room // Christain Lacroix Butterfly Wallpaper // San Francisco Decorator ShowcaseLaundry Room // Custom Drying Rack Drawer // Evars + Anderson Interior Design

But, perhaps my favorite detail are the custom drying rack drawers hidden above the washer and dryer. Love this!

happy decorating,


Just in case you’ve missed it:

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Sneak Peek

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Dining Room

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Kitchen and Family Room

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Powder Room

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Living Room

*photo credit Christopher Stark Photography and last photo Cristin Bisbee Priest

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#Pledge2Reset at BlogHer 2014: Making Your Living Room a Multi-Functional Space

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of sharing design and cleaning tips with BlogHer 2014 attendees for Pledge® in SC Johnson’s booth. The overall booth (so cute!) represented the general living areas in a home including the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, backyard and living room. My space with Pledge® was the living room. A place we entertain, relax, eat, play and sometimes even catch a nap. Because of it’s multi-function, maintenance is important to ensure it looks its best.

Regardless of your style or living room design, you’ll need a clean space to make it all work. Pledge® brand products can be used on nearly any surface to quickly refresh your furniture and floors. It resets your home and makes it more vibrant and inviting.

cristin // simplified bee // blogher 2014 // pledge booth

Try using the tips below to help reset your living room into a multi-functional space:

  • GET ORGANIZED! Trays are a secret weapon for bringing color to any surface. Clear or acrylic lets you see everything you’re storing. You can give a tray extra personality by adding a splash of color or wallpaper. Trays are also great to corral all the items in your living area.

home office organization with trays #organizing

  • USE WHAT YOU HAVE. Design can come from the most unexpected placed, even from the things you already have. Stack your favorite books to make a statement centerpiece or even a creative doorstopper.

 coffee table with books // living room // simplified bee design

  • MAKE IT PERSONAL. Make a space your own is the name of the game. It’s all the little things that can give a room some life. Frame your kid’s drawings or put up your favorite song lyrics. It’s something completely unique to you and your family and won’t cost a lot.

kitchen nook with kids artwork // simplified bee design

cristin - simplified bee - pledge booth - blogher 2014

Pledge® has got you covered to bring your floors back to life. Just a few quick steps, and your floors are reset. Here I am showing how easy it is to clean with Pledge® Squirt and Mop. It was that easy. Really. Best yet, as it cleans, it protects your hardwood and multi-surface flooring. A win-win in my book!

SC Johnson - Pledge booth - Blogher 2014

Here’s an image of the whole booth crew including authors and bloggers, Anthony DeBenedet, MD  (The Art of Roughhousing) for Shout®, Cheryl Sousan (TidyMom) for Scrubbing Bubbles®, Katie Nathey (Upcycled Treasures) for Glade® and  Joanna Hawley (jojotastic) for Ziploc®. We were a happy bunch and had a great time. A big thank you to SC Johnson for including Simplified Bee!

Share how you reset your living room using the tips above on Pledge’s Facebook or tagging @SimplifiedBee on Twitter and Instagram using hashtag #Pledge2Reset.

happy decorating,


*disclosure: this post was sponsored by Pledge, however all opinions are my own (as always).

**photo credit: 3rd & 4th photos by Jenn Jacobson // all others by Cristin Priest of Simplified Bee

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Read full story By on July 31, 2014 in blog, Design Tips, home accessories, kids' art wall, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, simplified bee portfolio, Tips/Tricks

Form and Function :: Poggenpohl Kitchen Cabinets

beautiful Poggenpohl kitchen

photo via houzz

As the world’s oldest cabinetry maker founded in 1892, Poggenpohl is revered globally for its high-end European kitchen design. Poggenpohl’s minimalist lines and modern sensibility set them apart from the many traditional cabinet makers in the United States. The contemporary and dare I say transitional design is being embraced more and more by a new generation of homeowners. By delivering premium quality and a wide selection of product finishes, Poggenpohl offers 70 finishes, ranging from exotic woods to high-gloss lacquers, affordable European laminates, glass, aluminum and classic raised panel doors, allowing complete customization for each homeowner’s individual needs and tastes.

modern kitchen with poggenpohl cabinetry #kitchens

photo via houzz

Poggenpohl’s beautiful form is equally matched by it’s high-function and innovation. I tested out these beautifully precise cabinets and drawers while at KBIS with #BlogTourVegas. They are indeed impressive on the inside and out. Poggenpohl’s new drawers and pull-outs are crafted from the finest materials and the pull-outs come with indirect LED lighting that is automatically activated when the pull-out is opened. Functional accessories, such as spice shakers and porcelain or aluminum jars allow for seamless organization and complement the light-maple or walnut wood inserts. Here are some of the impressive accessories Poggenpohl offers… get ready to swoon.

beautiful functional kitchen cabinetry by PoggenpohlPoggenpohl Accessories - Drawers and Pull-outs with accessory elementshigh-function bread drawer - Poggenpohl #kitchensLED kitchen shelf - Poggenpohlbaking drawer by Poggenpohl #kitchensspice and knife drawer - Poggenpohl kitchen cabinetshigh-end cabinetry by Poggenpohl #kitchensefficient cabinet design - Poggenpohlcabinetry with trash can - Poggenpohl

I know you love it all too!

happy decorating,


*disclosure: this post was sponsored by Poggenpohl through BlogTouralthough all opinions are my own.

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Read full story By on March 3, 2014 in contemporary decor, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, mid-century modern, Organization