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Book Review :: Windsor Smith HOMEFRONT

Her interiors are glamorous, yet practical; sophisticated, yet relaxed. She strikes the perfect balance. I’m talking about A-list interior designer, Windsor Smith. She is simply one of the best in the business and so it’s no surprise that her first book, HOMEFRONT (Rizzoli) is absolutely fantastic. Filled with over 200 inspiring images, Smith walks through her process for creating beautiful, functional spaces from design intuition to the home in balance. In the book’s introduction, she explains her goal is to “design beautiful rooms for the way people today actually use them, regardless of their intended purpose, breaking the rules as to how a room ‘should’ function.” Her approach of creating livable spaces in every corner of the home resonates with me. Take a look at just some of the gorgeous images that grace the pages of this book and I think you’ll agree too.

Book Review :: Windsor Smith HOMEFRONT #decor #book #homeentry staircase // windsor smith HOMEFRONTmarble farmhouse sink // kitchen // windsor smith HOMEFRONTbrass chairs // windsor smith HOMEFRONT

A home in balance is masculine and feminine, antique and modern, light and dark, austere and glam, rustic and sophisticated – all these things in perfect harmony. – Windsor Smith

home office // windsor smith HOMEFRONTliving room // windsor smith HOMEFRONTdining space // windsor smith HOMEFRONT

I’m like an unruly child when it comes to design. There’s always a point where I say: “What if this weren’t the dining room?” – Windsor Smith

ottoman // living room // windsor smith

*photo credit: Windsor Smith HOMEFRONT


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Read full story By on June 9, 2015 in book, book review, Features, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, Living Room, living rooms

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

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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.

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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