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The Buzz :: SF Design Events

There are a couple exciting home & design events taking place in the San Francisco Bay Area – The Sunset Celebration Weekend and WestEdge San Francisco.

First off: After 17 years, the final Sunset Celebration Weekend will be held on Sunset Magazine’s iconic Menlo Park campus on June 6th & 7th (the magazine will be moving to new digs). Attracting thousands of readers, Sunsets beautiful seven-acre campus will be transformed into an interactive showcase for the region’s most exciting lifestyle inspiration and freshest flavors. Editors, celebrity chefs and lifestyle experts from across the West will bring the pages of Sunset to life and showcase the region’s hottest trends in food, wine, travel, garden and home. A terrific event for the entire family!

Sunset Celebration Weekend // June 6-7, 2015

photos via Sunset

The inaugural WestEdge SF, co-presented with San Francisco Design Week at Pier 27 kicks off this Thursday and will run through Friday. Thursday evening’s opening night reception for the official San Francisco Design Week is expected to draw 3,000 design lovers. The curated modern design fair will feature 40+ exhibitors who all speak to high-quality and thoughtfully made design products. Check out a few that caught my eye!

WestEdge San Francisco 2015Photos top to bottom: Robert Long Lighting, Amy Helfand, J Liston Design, Fringe Studio


Hosting a summer soiree? Entertain effortlessly with chic table settings from Loom Decor!

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Read full story By on June 3, 2015 in Features, flowers, food, furniture, the buzz, Uncategorized

Interview :: J.K. Kling Interior Design

I was instantly drawn to the fresh, elegant and traditional minimalism of the interiors showcased in the portfolio of J.K. Kling Associates. With over 25 years of experience, Judy Kling and daughter Wendy Wolcott are transforming interiors from Manhattan to Palm Beach. Rich in pattern, color and comfort, the design duo creates the kind of spaces that make you not want to leave your home. So I’m thrilled to be interviewing Wendy Wolcott of J.K. Kling Associates today!

blue & white wallpaper // entry // JK Kling Associates

Simplified Bee:  I love that you are a mother – daughter team! When did you realize that you wanted to design together?

Wendy Wolcott: Ever since my mother started J.K. Kling Associates when I was fourteen, I would intern for her during the summers and was always involved in the business in one way or another. It was not until working with David Easton in New York City that I realized what a great opportunity it would be working for my mother. Although working for an amazing firm like David’s was invaluable, nothing could compare to the hands on experience you get with having your mother as your boss. 
marble backsplash // designer kitchen // JK Kling
SB: What are your personal styles? How are they similar? Different?
WW: Our personal styles are very much alike. We gravitate towards a more neutral palette that is well edited yet comfortable. Wendy tends to designs with a more modern look and practical, kid friendly approach due to having two boys and a dog. Judy, on the other hand, has a more classic and sophisticate style in which she combines antiques and modern accents beautifully. 
Billy Baldwin // living room
SB: Who would you most like to collaborate with on a project?
WW: There are so many fabulous architects and designers that we would love to work with but if we could only pick one, Billy Baldwin would be an honor to work with. One of our favorite quotes from Billy was “I have always believed that architecture is more important than decoration. Scale and proportion give everlasting satisfaction that cannot be achieved by only icing the cake.”  Billy was very much ahead of his time. The image above could easily be from the 1960’s or today. 
diamond jute stair-runner rug
SB: Do you have “go to” paint colors? If so, which ones?
WW: We are very loyal to our Benjamin Moore colors. BM White Dove and Super White can be found in almost all of our homes; however right now we are coveting Farrow & Ball’s High Lacquer Hague Blue. 
yellow wallpaper // bedroom // JK Kling
SB: Which of today’s interior design trends are here to stay and which ones will we see fade away?
WW: While ikats and over-scaled patterns have been in and out of the spotlight for decades there may be a trend towards smaller more minimalistic patterns and design in the future. 
traditional living room // JK Kling
SB: Where do you recommend clients splurge versus save?
WW: We always clients to encourage invest in at least one good piece of art. You can fill your home with great looking pieces, in any price range, but great art that speaks to you is priceless. 
traditional garden gate // gardern
SB: What excites you most about interior design today?
WW: Since Judy entered the business, in 1984, her absolute passion is what the internet has brought to interior design. There was once a time where you had to research, travel and scout. Nowadays, so much is accessible right from your design studio.
green ikat chair // bedroom // JK Kling
SB: Fill in the blank. No room is complete without…
WW: No room is complete without great lighting and something personal. A room can change completely with the right light bulb and personal photographs of friends and family. We also feel no bedroom is complete with out the most luxurious bedding, nothing can make is better than the softest ironed sheets and a downy bed.
powder room with chic wallpaper // JK Kling
SB: Do you have a favorite design tip or words of wisdom when decorating?
WW: Every eight to ten years a room needs a face lift. No matter how well a room is kept fresh and modern touches always make a difference. 
powder blue bedroom // JK Kling
SB: What’s next for J.K. Kling Associates?
WW: Since the opening of our new Palm Beach office, our past year has been filled with travel, wonderful clients and exciting new projects. We can only hope to continue on this fantastic path. 


Thank you Wendy for your time. We look forward to seeing your next project!


*all photos provided by J.K. Kling Associates

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Read full story By on April 13, 2015 in Bathroom, Bedroom, Features, foyers, interior design, Interiors, interview, Interviews, Kitchen, Living Room, living rooms, pattern, wallpaper

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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Read full story By on June 20, 2014 in Features, friday find, Friday Finds, Garden, green design, Interiors

Spring Gardening Essentials

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With March’s arrival I’ve been thinking about the warmer months ahead. One thing I enjoy most about spring is the opportunity to garden again. Every year I like to add a new gardening tool, get a fresh pair of gloves and incorporate new plants. I’ve spotted several items on my wish list at  One King Lane’s “go green” sale and I wanted to share them with you too!

spring gardening must haves

Does this make you you excited to garden? Find all of these spring gardening essentials and more on sale at One Kings Lane this week!

happy gardening,


 *Although One Kings Lane is an affiliate of Simplified Bee, my opinions are my own.

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Read full story By on March 4, 2014 in container garden, discounts, flowers, healthy home