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5 Faves :: Pinterest Home Decor

Last week my computer died. It was frustrating at first, but I got a little break from blogging and work that I needed. In addition, I have a brand new computer!

Even though I wasn’t blogging, I still found time for one of my favorite sites: Pinterest. Here are a few of the most popular pins from the last week:
tree root console table // Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle MagContemporary Bathroom // Gray Vanity // Enviable Designsrug sizes // decorating tipsGame Table // Livining Room // Sara GilbaneKitchen // Kelly Wearstler Blue & White Roman Shade

image sources 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

happy decorating,


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Read full story By on February 18, 2015 in 5 favorites, Bathroom, bathrooms, Design Tips, Features, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, Living Room, pinterest, Tips/Tricks, window treatments

The Bloom Workshop California

The Bloom Workshop // Northern California 2015The Bloom Workshop discount code

Do you remember my Michaela who interned for me a few years ago? Her grandmother always told her to dream big and dream she did. Last year, Michaela and her friend Ashley launched The Bloom Workshop. And not surprisingly it’s been a huge success! The hands-on workshop was designed for creative women who are eager to learn about blogging, social media, photography, interior design and styling. Our goal is to share our knowledge on how each of these topics work together to help take blogs or businesses to the next level. Bloom’s mission is to help fuel women’s creative passions, establish authentic community, and help each attendee feel confident in their small business or blog. With special sessions on the specifics of blogging, social media best practices, design, styling and photography, a styled photo shoot to practice the skills guests just learned, and a Q&A session with a panel of experts this is a great opportunity for all eager to learn, network and hone creative skills.

The Bloom Workshop // Northern California 2015The Bloom Workshop // San Francisco Bay Area 2015
On April 10, 2015, The Bloom Workshop is coming to the San Francisco Bay Area! It will be held in the beautiful town of Los Gatos (super charming downtown). I’m thrilled to be on the guest panel of experts along with some other talented bloggers and artists in the area!
barn wedding dessert table // bloom workshop
Go here to register and get more information regarding the California workshop – register now to receive 15% off your ticket price by using the code BLOOM15 at checkout!
Not in the San Francisco area? To find a workshop in a city near you, check out the registration page.
Hope to see you there!
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Read full story By on January 28, 2015 in blog, craft, Design Tips, discounts, DIY, Entertaining, event planning, flowers, food, Holiday, interior design, Parties, tabletop, Tips/Tricks

Interview :: Interior Designer Michelle Workman

Interview with Interior Designer Michelle Workman - Simplified Bee

Michelle Workman is one of Hollywood’s most sought after interior designers and has transformed homes of  Jennifer Lopez, John Travolta and Kirstie Alley. Workman and her sophisticated interiors have been featured in such publications as Veranda, Traditional Home and InStyle, as well as on HGTV, Martha Stewart and Oprah. After years of designing for the Hollywood elite, she is packing up her family and heading south to Chattanooga, Tennessee. (sounds crazy right?) I’m super curious as to how this fast paced LA designer will transition to a slower paced southern city. I can’t imagine she will miss the massive traffic jams in SoCal!  We can find out too because Workman’s new web show, Glamour Goes South, documents the move and airs exclusively on The Design Network, serving as the cornerstone of the burgeoning network.

Jennifer Lopez's Kitchen // Veranda // designer Michelle Workman
Simplified Bee: When did you know you wanted to be an interior designer?
Michelle Workman: I really knew it much later in life than one would expect. I was in my late(ish) twenties. I had already done design in my early twenties, but had quit in frustration, and then one day I sort of realized it was my true talent. I enjoyed it so much that I began to wonder why I was trying to do anything else.
purple living room - Michelle Workman Interiors
SB: How would you describe your personal style and did it change once you had kids?
MW: I would describe my personal style as eclectic-quirky-elegance, and no, it has not changed since having kids. I really believe that if you bring kids up in a beautiful environment they will respect that environment. There are accidents on occasion, but nothing of meaning or great expense has ever been ruined.
stylish built-in bookshelf - Michelle Workmans Interiors
SB: Who would you most like to collaborate with on a project?
MW: That’s pretty easy – Anthony Barratta.

formal dining room - Michelle Workman Interiors

SB: Do you have “go to” paint colors? If so, which ones?
MW: No, I am open to whatever palette most defines the client’s outlook on life. I equate colors with emotion, and personality, so the colors in each of my designs are chosen in direct correlation with what I think most expresses the client.

yellow chinoiserie entry - Michelle Workman Interiors

SB: Which of today’s interior design trends are here to stay and which ones will we see fade away?
MW: That’s tough, because any trend if done well, and in appropriate reserve, can last and last. It’s when a trend is over used, and done in a low quality or shoddy fashion, that it starts to become passé.  
yellow chinoiserie wallpaper - Entry by Michelle Workman Interiors
SB: Where do you recommend clients splurge versus save?
MW: Always splurge on bigger furniture items – sofas, case goods, etc. Occasional pieces, accessories, and lighting can be less expensive and therefore easier to change out, and create a whole new look easily. I do believe that you should re-upholster and update all soft goods every ten years.
banana leaf wallpaper bedroom - Michelle Workman Design
SB: You have embraced social media and write a blog in addition to being on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Do you prefer one over the other? What is your advice to other interior designers who are timid about trying social media marketing outlets?
MW: I most prefer Pinterest and Instagram (@InteriorIcon). Both are visual, and I am a visual person. I do a fair amount on twitter (@InteriorIcon), but that’s because I’ve been doing it for so long now, but I do really try to engage with the people I follow, and also always try to answer questions from anyone that @mentions me, whether I follow them or not. I just feel that is common courtesy. My advice to other designers is this: whatever you put out there, for everyone to see, make it real, make it from you, and make it heartfelt. I don’t always follow that rule, but I really try to for the most part. There are those days when I just can’t be bothered and those are the tweets or posts that get absolutely no response. 
green+white lacquer sectretary desk - Michelle Workman Interiors
SB: Fill in the blank. No room is complete without…
MW: personality!
Jennifer Lopez's bedroom // Veranda // Michelle Workman Interiors
SB: What’s next for Michelle Workman Interiors?
MW: Good golly! Lots going on right now. A series of eBooks (12 total) on color, the first of which is about Pink which will be released April 25th. A new web series – Glamour Goes South – the first and second episodes went live recently. I am moving my family to Tennessee this summer, along with much travel for publicity. And, oh yeah, a huge project in Oregon! It’s been a crazy (but good) start to the year.


And I’m excited to see Michelle’s next projects (sure to be amazing) and learn how her move to Tennessee goes!
Thank you Michelle for your time and support of Simplified Bee over the years!



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Read full story By on May 22, 2013 in dining rooms, Features, furniture, interior design, Interiors, interview, Interviews, living rooms

Interview :: Interior Designer Traci Zeller

Listed as one of Charlotte’s 25 Most Stylish People in 2010 by Charlotte Style Magazine, Traci Zeller of Traci Zeller Designs is known for her clean,  sophisticated, and approachable interiors. Through travels over the years,  Traci’s  exposure to the fine art, architecture and interiors around the world has helped refine her aesthetic. In addition, motherhood has also allowed her to approach design from a more practical viewpoint. As a busy wife and mother to  twin boys, I can relate to Traci’s appreciation for the need for spaces to be beautiful and functional. I’m thrilled to be interviewing her today!
living room by Traci Zeller Designs
Simplified Bee:  When did you know you wanted to be an interior designer?
Traci Zeller:  I’ve often said that interior design found me (rather than the reverse), but I know I wouldn’t be a designer today if my husband and I wouldn’t have built a custom home.  It was my first time living (as an adult) anywhere other than an apartment or dorm room!
black and white designer kitchen
SB:  How would you describe your personal style and did it change once you had the twins?
TZ:   My personal style is clean and classic.  I love simple yet sophisticated interiors that combine traditional and modern elements.  Before my twin boys were born, I wasn’t overly concerned with the amount of maintenance something took or how fragile anything was.  Gosh, especially when I was single, I probably could have been happy living in a museum!   Of course, that philosophy doesn’t exactly work with children, and especially not twin boys.  When I would be shopping with my boys as toddlers and get the inevitable question “Are they twins,” I’d always respond “yes” and then jokingly ask the boys “are your twin tornadoes or double trouble?”  To the delight of the other shoppers, they would emphatically respond, “BOTH.”  Obviously my environment is important to me, however, and I wasn’t willing to let our house become the twins’ romper room.  Instead, I created a new approach to interior design that incorporated my practical perspective as a parent of twins.  
bedroom by Traci Zeller Designs
SB: Who would you most like to collaborate with on a project?
TZ:  Oh my, that is a hard one.  If you mean another interior designer, I’d have to pick Mary McDonald, Barbara Barry or Suzanne Kasler.    They are all amazing, and I would love the opportunity to watch them work.  
colorful living space by Traci Zeller Designs
SB:  Do you have “go to” paint colors? If so, which ones?
TZ:  Of course, the right paint choice depends on the fixed elements in a room, but I do have certain colors that I use time and time again.  A few of my favorites are Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray, Bleeker Beige and Kendall Charcoal and Sherwin-Williams’ Wool Skein and Urbane Bronze.  My favorite gender-neutral children’s color is Benjamin Moore’s Dill Pickle.  
spindle chairs
SB:  Which of today’s interior design trends are here to stay and which ones will we see fade away?
TZ:   The one “trend” that I really see sticking around is the increased ability for consumers to customize products, even if they are not working with a designer. Years ago, it used to be that you bought a product one way and that was it.  Custom products were either not available or cost-prohibitive for most people.  Today, major manufacturers and retailers are offering dozens of different finishes and fabrics, not to mention mix-and-match styles, at a variety of price points.  Over time, I expect more and more options to be available — and expected — and far fewer things to be strictly “off the rack.
Trends I see fading away?   I love bold colors (usually in moderation), but I dearly hope that neon’s days are numbered.  
red white blue boys bedroom
SB:  Where do you recommend clients splurge versus save?
TZ:  With nurseries, I always recommend that my clients splurge on pieces the children can grow with — like a quality dresser — and save on pieces that will be quickly outgrown — like the crib or a glider.  In other rooms, it
 really depends on our priorities and how I can get the most “bang for the buck.”  But, I’ll never recommend cheap upholstery!   
laundry room with red appliances
SB:  You have embraced social media and write a blog in addition to being on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Do you prefer one over the other? What is your advice to other interior designers who are timid about trying social media marketing outlets?
TZ:  I love writing a blog.  Not only does it give me the opportunity to share my thoughts and my work with thousands of people, but it really helps to focus my thinking and hone my own opinions.  I heard Bobby McAlpine once say that much of what he does is intuitive for him, but when he taught as a professor of architecture, he had to learn how to verbalize that intuition.  Writing a blog works the same way.  The true test of whether you understand something is whether you can teach it to someone else.   I would tell other designers to just “go for it.”  Social media is fun; that’s why they call it social!   Remember, too, that you don’t have to do everything.  Pick what you like to do, what is fun for you, and do that.  
boys bedroom green dresser vignette
SB:  Fill in the blank. No room is complete without…
TZ:  No room is complete without art.  I love, love, love art, and most spaces don’t come alive without it.
Bubbly // Traci Zeller fabric collection
SB:  Tell us about your exciting new fabric line!
TZ:   I am so excited about my new fabrics!  I teamed up with Trellis Studio, a custom design studio in South Carolina, to develop Traci Zeller Textiles, and I have three patterns in four colorways debuting in April.  Paintings created by my twin boys with my mom were the inspiration for the Bubbly pattern (shown above), which consists of four pieces of artwork pieced together and turned into a repeat.  Sparkler was inspired by (no surprise here) fireworks (which my boys love) and truly captures the joy and exuberance with which children approach life.  Prep is a simple ticking stripe updated with modern colors.  It is striking on its own, but a perfect “calm” coordinate for either Bubbly or Sparkler.   I am especially proud that Traci Zeller Textiles are entirely created in the Carolinas, from inspiration to design to printing.
mudroom design by Traci Zeller
SB:  What’s next for Traci Zeller Designs?
TZ:  Trellis Studio and I are already hard at work on new several fabric introductions, hopefully to debut in 3Q 2013.  The new patterns are more sophisticated and probably more reflective of my overall aesthetic.   We actually started with these patterns, but — likely because I am constantly inspired by my children — Bubbly, Sparkler and Prep took on a life of their own.  Even before that, however, I’ll be debuting a new candle with a Traci Zeller Home signature scent.  Of course, all of that is sandwiched in between working with my fabulous clients, for whom I am incredibly thankful, and running after my little buddies!   
Thank you so much Traci for you time and sharing some of your beautiful portfolio with us!
*all image via Traci Zeller Designs
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Read full story By on April 22, 2013 in Features, interior design, Interiors, Interviews