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One Room Challenge :: Master Bathroom and Closet Reveal

master bathroom // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge

Today’s the day – the One Room Challenge reveal. I can’t believe how quickly the last six weeks have flown by. There have been ups and downs along the way, but I’m so excited to share my new Master Bathroom and Walk-in Closet with you. It was a definitely a bigger challenge than the Foyer I designed last fall, but in the end I’m so glad that I selected this space. It’s my now my new favorite place in our home. Serene. Chic. Functional. Love, love, love it.

In case you are just joining and seeing this all for the first time, here are links to the first five weeks of my One Room Challenge this spring:

Week One (before) // Week 2 (inspiration & demo)

Week 3 (paint & wallpaper) // Week 4 (lighting, hardware & textiles)

Week 5 (accessories)

Also to refresh your memory and to appreciate the dramatic transformation, I’ve included a few before images in combination with the new images.


master bathroom before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge master bathroom before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge master bathroom before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallengemaster bathroom before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge


master bathroom // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge

I’m over-the-moon with the result. The mosaic marble tile floor was a starting point of the whole design. I went with my gut to do a larger pattern on the floor and I’m so pleased. To counter the heavy pattern the walls, the main vanity and trim were all painted in Farrow & Ball’s Strong White. It’s perfect neutral white for all the gray tones throughout the space.

master bathroom // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee master bathroom // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge

I was instantly drawn to Kamala Nahas’ Liquid Amber artwork from minted.com. The black and white photograph of a single leaf was simple, yet striking. I hung it over a double towel rack with personalized towels.

master bathroom // vanity // @simplifiedbee

I designed the double sink vanity to have modern, clean lines. The polished chrome square ring pulls are a mid-century modern touch that I love. A pair of rectangle under-mount sinks by Kohler (Lowes) are paired with polished chrome faucets and a beautiful Calcutta marble top.

waterworks bathroom accessories // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

A handsome trio of bath accessories from Waterworks are placed on a black and white boudoir tray. I love the mix of material here!

master bathroom // glass sconce detail // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

I’m not a fan of matchy matchy finishes. In the bathroom, I mixed a variety of metals including brass and polished chrome.  Here is a detail of Crytorama’s glass torch wall sconce flanking the brass vanity mirrors. Loving it!

master bathroom // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallengemarble steam shower // bathroom // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallengelucite shower door pull // luxholdups // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

The marble shower features two shower heads, a marble seat and a steam unit by Mr. Steam. The lucite door handle by LuxHoldUps is my favorite detail. It’s generous in size and adds that chic touch that I was looking for.

bathroom // woods wallpaper // caroline cecil textiles // @simplifiedbeebathroom // wallpaper, roman shade & mirror // @simplifiedbee

The water closet is super whimsical. The Woods & Pears wallpaper by Cole & Son (DecoratorsBest) sets a dramatic tone. The Roman Shade in Caroline Cecil Textiles‘ Ink Stripe is a fun play on pattern. The round mirror with leather strap (Joss & Main) adds another play on pattern and more natural light to the space. The flush mount ceiling fixture (Crystorama) and painted ceiling in Farrow & Ball’s Worsted is another little element of surprise.

master bathroom // shoe closet detail - bumblebee wallpaper // @simplifiedbee master bathroom // closet wallpaper detail // @simplifiedbee @oneroomchallenge

My closets in the bathroom were lined in Farrow & Ball’s Bumblebee Wallpaper 586 – it’s a grayish pink and a nod to the pink in the original bathroom. I had to incorporate a bee motif somewhere! I’m also thrilled with the rolling laundry basket (Joss & Main) and the chic stool (AllModern).

brass + glass sputnik light fixture // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

For an additional modern touch, I selected a glass & brass sputnik flush mount fixture (Lucent Light Shop) to hang above the make-up vanity. Love it!

make-up vanity // bathroom // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallengeroman shade // caroline cecil textiles // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

The make-up vanity is my special little space in the bathroom. Isn’t it pretty? In addition to the stool, I incorporated lots of girly touches like the lucite and polished chrome pulls, round marble tray by waterworks for my perfume and a bronze standing mirror by Arteriors (Bellacor). The top of the vanity is also papered in the same Bumblebee wallpaper as the closets and covered with clear glass. The window is also treated with a Roman shade in Caroline Cecil Textiles.

round marble tray for perfume // bathroom // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallengebathroom vanity // round table mirror // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge


master closet before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge master closet before // @simplifiedbee // #oneroomchallenge


walk-in closet for him // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

My husband’s walk-in closet was quite a transformation too! The new space features a playful Great Wave wallpaper by Cole & Son (DecoratorsBest), a handsome rope mirror (Bassett Mirror Co) and a stately brass semi-mount light fixture (Crystorama).

walk-in closet // marble box // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

I also incorporated some super stylish storage pieces including a beautiful marble box (Bellacor), rattan laundry basket (Waterworks) and beach house bins that line the shelves.
walk-in closet // beach vibe decor // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallengewalk-in closet // waterworks laundry hamper // @simplifiedbee #oneroomchallenge

I can’t tell you how relieved I am to have this project completed. The process certainly had its ups and downs. It would have never happened without the support of Linda (the founder of the One Room Challenge), the generosity of my sponsors and all of sub-contractors that maneuvered schedules to make it happen. A huge thank you!!!


allmodern lucite stool // bassett mirror rope mirror // bellacor vanity table mirror & marble box // caroline cecil textiles fabric for shades // crystorama lighting // decoratorsbest  cole & son wallpaper // farrow & ball paint & bumblebee wallpaper // joss & main chrome hamper & round hanging mirror // lowes bathroom sinks & legrand adorne outlets // lucent light shop glass sputnik light // luxholdups vanity hardware & shower door pull // minted.com artwork by kamala nahas // waiting on martha boudoir tray //  waterworks (and special thanks to waterworks showroom san francisco – 415.431.7160) bathroom accessories & woven hamper


the container store beach house bins in closet // forge hardware studio brass pulls in closet // mr. steam steam shower unit // nordstrom black candle //overstock tribal rug // rejuvenation vanity pulls & towel bar // restoration hardware brass vanity mirrors// rohl faucet & shower fixtures // the shade store roman shades // walker zanger mosaic tile floor // west elm shade box


candace & kurt williams of photo-tecture (images 1, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 20, 26 )

heather gallagher smith (images 7, 11, 14-19, 21,-23, 27-29)

cristin bisbee priest (before images)

I can’t wait to see the final reveals of the other 19 ORC participants! I know they will be amazing…

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Read full story By on May 11, 2016 in Bathroom, bathrooms, brass, Closets, contemporary decor, decorative hardware, etsy, interior design, Interiors, lighting, mirrors, Organization, storage, tile, vintage, wallpaper, waterworks, window treatments

Artist Spotlight :: Ian Ruhter Interview

A photographer, inventor and alchemist, Ian Ruhter is doing what no other fine artist is doing and taking the art scene by storm. Ian, a Lake Tahoe native, became a successful professional photographer in the 90s after a stint as a pro snow boarder. His subjects were mostly boarders like himself. As film evolved to digital, Ian became disenchanted with the process and that lead on a life changing journey. A journey that eventually set him apart from all other photographers and artists. In a realm of fine art so unique it’s hard to categorize. Today I’m thrilled to be interviewing Ian about this journey and the incredible fine art he creates.

Ian Ruhter Interview via @simplifiedbeeConvivt Lake // Ian Ruhter // fine artist

Simplified Bee: When did you fall in love with photography?

Ian Ruhter: I fell in love with photography when I realized it was more than just the act of documenting things. I learned that I could communicate through photographs. This change the way I saw the world.

Ian Ruhter // fine artistIan Ruhter Artist // Interview via @simplifiedbee Ian Ruhter // fine artist

(images above – Ian, his truck and at work)

SB: You have stated that over the years you became disillusioned by the advances in photography and it lead you on a journey to the amazing images you create today. Please elaborate.

IR: To me the advancements in photography symbolize the society we are living in today. We are encouraged to purchase these mass-produced items that only last for a few years and then end up in a landfill. These items allow us to communicate through the Internet in place of real human interaction. This revelation left me feeling disconnected from the people and things I love. Once I found the wet plate collodion process I realized I could make handmade one-of-a-kind images that would last for hundreds of years. This process is incredibly time-consuming you can take an entire day just to make one image, but  because it is so slow it allows you to really get to know the person or landscape you’re photographing. With digital photography I feel like you take the photo instantly and then you move on. I wasn’t interested in just taking things anymore.

Oak Tree // Ian Ruhter // fine artist

(above image: Ian holding one of his works of art)

SB: Tell us about your process of creating these unique works of art?

IR: The process I use to create these images is quite complex and yet simple at the same time. In order to make these images I created the world’s largest wet plate collodion camera out of a delivery truck, but the idea did not happen overnight. During the designing and building of the giant camera I reached a point where I thought it wouldn’t be possible.  A year of failures and disappointments had passed and one day it came to me. My thought was that the camera was so large that I could actually work inside of it.  I realized that I would become the mechanics that operated this device and my brain would act as the computer that would allow it to operate in unison. After this all the pieces started coming together and it eventually worked out. Looking back on it the answer was so simple and my biggest hurdle was not being able to see the potential in myself. Today, the camera truck enables us to make images of this kind in a size that was deemed impossible for the past 150 years and with it I have successfully created a 48 x 60” image.

Mammoth Lake // Artist Ian Ruhter

SB: Do you have a favorite you’ve created?

IR: I don’t  have a favorite image.

The plates are physical reminders of the people and places I’ve encountered in the process of making them. The thought of finding the next image is my favorite.

snow covered trees // Artist Ian Ruhter

SB: What’s the most indispensable item in your studio?

IR: I can’t think of one item that is indispensable. Everything that’s in my studio is used or has been a part of this incredible journey.

LA // Artist Ian Ruhter

SB: If you could work alongside with any artist (living or passed), who would it be and why?

IR: I would love to work alongside Leonardo da Vinci. He was a scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. The combination of all these things allowed him to create works of art that were far beyond the physical objects. They were many years ahead of its time maybe and our time.

monument valley // artist ian ruhter

SB: What’s next for Ian Ruhter?

IR: I would like to continue working with this process and traveling throughout the United States. I want to tell the stories of the people and places that I call home.

Ian Ruhter // Lake Tahoe Fine Artist

(above image: Ian and team holding a wet plate collodion of old growth pine trees on Lake Tahoe’s Nevada Beach)

Keep in mind that these images of Ian’s work don’t even start to translate the incredible beauty, emotion and uniqueness that each one processes. Recently I had the pleasure of visiting Ian’s studio in Tahoe. I was thrilled, memorized and simply in awe to see first hand some of the incredible masterpieces he has created. The scale of the original wet plate collodions are mind blowing. The depth and intricacy of each work is truly amazing. His landscapes instantly reminded me of some of Ansel Adams work. And I believe Ian’s work will one day hang in fine art museums around the world. They are that special.

follow your dreams // Ian Ruhter quote

Ian, I’m so glad you took a leap off the cliff to this new world of photography. You’re an inspiration!

Follow Ian and his dream on Instagram, Facebook and Vimeo. He’s one to watch!

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Read full story By on October 29, 2015 in Features, Interviews, lake tahoe, original artwork

Over the Moon

disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using these links.

moon photographs // bedroom

“I love you to the moon and back”. It’s a saying that’s used a lot in my house and so when I spot moons in home decor, it always makes me smile. I particularly have been drawn to the moon phase photographs at Restoration Hardware. They would look amazing in just about any space!

To celebrate my love for the moon in all it’s phases (and recent lunar eclipse), I’ve rounded up a few favorites!
over the moon // home decor // www.simplifiedbee.com

product picks:

1 drinking glass // 2 photograph  // 3 baby blanket

4 note card // 5 crib bedding

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Read full story By on September 29, 2015 in 5 favorites, baby and children, baby nursery room, bedrooms, contemporary decor, Features, stationary

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Master Bathroom

Today I’m sharing another fabulous interior design from the 2015 San Francisco Decorator Showcase (open now through May 25th). Located just of the main staircase on the second floor, you’ll find the “En Vogue Salon” designed by Tineke Triggs and her team at Artistic Designs for Living. Inspired by the July 1966 Vogue Magazine cover, the master bathroom and make-up salon are nothing by glamorous.

Front and center, Triggs hangs a commissioned photograph by Danielle Mourning (courtesy of Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts). Just below is an oval freestanding tub that sits on a custom stone floor (designed by Triggs) and is beautifully framed by dip-dyed linen ombre curtains. The hand formed brass and steel Palermo chandelier which hand just above the tub is an absolute head turner! Adjacent to the tub is a custom double vanity featuring period details such as the geometric hand-painted gold applique coupled with brass and lucite hardware. A luxurious chaise covered in an emerald velvet is a nod to the striking eye color found in the ’66 Vogue cover. A super groovy black and white piece hangs just above the sitting area. The shower with feathered herringbone marble tile bridges the master bathroom and dressing room space. The make-up salon walls are strikingly wrapped in Vogue Magazine covers (actually a fabric by James Malone Fabrics). Its the perfect space to prepare for an evening out!
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happy decorating,


And 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

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Laundry Room

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Girls Bathroom

*photo credit Eric Rorer


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Read full story By on May 20, 2015 in Bathroom, bathrooms, brass, home accessories, interior design, Interiors, lighting, mirrors, textiles, tile, wallpaper, window treatments