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San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014 :: The Library

Although the San Francisco Decorator Showcase has closed it’s doors, I still wanted to share The Library by Geoffrey De Sousa. The San Francisco-based interior designer created a serene retreat bathed in rich neutral tones that doesn’t detract from the breathtaking views of the bay. The soothing monotone palette was inspired by the room’s Classical Revival mantelpiece. As a backdrop, hundreds of books painted in a creamy white line the dark traditional bookshelves. The faceless books add a wonderful texture to the room and are indeed thought provoking. They made me reflect on the future of printed books and how the digital age is transforming how we read books, magazines and news. Will a home’s library be a place of the past? I hope not. We all need a cozy place for quietude, intimate conversation and of course reading. Something similar to what De Sousa so beautifully created here. 

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*photo credits: first image via Geoffrey De Sousa and second and third via Houzz

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Read full story By on June 5, 2014 in bookshelves, contemporary decor, interior design, Interiors, lighting, office/study

My Office + Organized Home Office Products

Once you get on an organizing roll, it’s hard to stop (at least for me!)  After organizing my desk, it motivated me to tackle my bookcases in my home office. They really weren’t bad, but needed to be streamlined and I wanted them to have a refreshed look.  To help me reach my goal, the folks at See Jane Work at Office Depot asked me to select items from their new collection. Combining fresh style and organization, the See Jane Work collection offers super stylish office accessories in a variety of fun patterns (chevron, herringbone, stripes florals, and more) and color palettes (aqua blue, shades of pink, black, white, and more). They are perfect for mixing and matching. Best yet, they are really affordable!

stylish home office bookshelves // simplified beekids art boxes - simplified bee and see jane work

To coordinate with items I already owned, I selected items from the See Jane Work Collection in hues of aqua and white. To corral my kids artwork and over-sized school papers, I picked at a pair of decorative art boxes. I love them. They have an overlapping magnetic lid closure which is really slick! I also added a few white magazine files to conceal mismatched file folders, shelter magazines and home decor catalogs. Adding pops of white can help a space look fresh, airy and modern.

stylish home office storage // simplified bee

To keep my active product samples easy to get to, I selected a fabric bin with fun grommet handles and herringbone detail inside.

home office storage ideas // www.simplifiedbee.com

My client projects are organized using binders. When I spotted the herringbone in blue, I knew they’d work with my shelf and company’s image. Next to the binders, I placed a series of white decorative storage boxes. They are now used to organize my fabric samples by color.

succulents and hexagons // simplified bee

I can’t tell you how many readers say, “I saw a hexagon or honeycomb pattern and thought of Simplified Bee.” As a nod to the shape, I added a new art print and placed it next to a current fave – succulents.

be brave art // simplified bee

I also picked up this darling “Be Brave” print as a reminder that God is with me at all times.

I love my “new” bookcase! What’s your favorite element?

Happy organizing,


*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Office Depot, although all opinions are my own.

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Read full story By on January 21, 2014 in bookshelves, Decluttering, decorating small spaces, etsy, home accessories, home organization, interior design, Interiors, office supplies, office/study, organization tips, Organizational tips, Paperwork, simplified bee portfolio, storage, Tips/Tricks

Book Review: Beyond Chic

Recently I was sent a copy of another fantastic decor book that was recently released. Vendome Press’  Beyond Chic: Fashion Designers at Home by Ivan Terestchenko (author & photographer) takes us on private home tours of some of the most iconic people in fashion including Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Manolo Blahnik, Azzedine Alaïa, and yes, Coco Chanel.

Beyond Chic Book Review - Simplified Bee

What struck me most about these residences was the drastic range of styles – from minimal to wildly exotic, monochromatic to fearlessly vibrant, organized to utterly chaotic. In all cases and what I love the most about the book is how each interior reflects the personal style, muses and treasures of these legendary designers. Personally I gravitated to lovely homes of Kevin Carrigan (of Calvin Klein), Reed Krakoff (of Coach) and Coco Chanel (no need to clarify!).

Here’s a peek into some of the gorgeous images…

Beyond Chic - Great Fashion Designers at Home - Book Review // Simplified BeeManolo-Blahnik-home-living-roomFranca-Sozzani-Marrakesh-homeGiorgio Armani home with stuffed polar bearStefano Pilati Paris Home

This beautiful book would make a great gift and a must for those collecting  interior design books!


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Read full story By on October 29, 2013 in book, book review, bookshelves, fashion, Features, interior design, Interiors, Living Room

Design Crush :: Cynthia Brooks Design

While getting my daily dose of Pinterest, I came across a kitchen designed by Cynthia Brooks. I loved the simple, fresh and timeless feel of the white painted cabinets, carrara marble countertops and hicks light pendant. The dark stained wooden floors are a lovely contrast to all the white.

white designer kitchen with hicks pendant

The image lead me to Cynthia’s portfolio, which is also full of beautiful interiors she has designed. Here are a few of my faves…

lime green doorelegant pink sofa - living roomgirl's bedroom with orange+pink roman shadesweet boy's bedroom with orange accentsbookshelf - styled by colorkitchen with brass and neon yellow lantern

The brass and yellow neon lanterns by Urban Electric in the all-white kitchen (above) are the best. Love, love, love.

And don’t forget, there’s still time to enter to win a copy of Country Living’s book, The Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas!



*images via Cynthia Brooks Design and Urban Electric

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Read full story By on June 24, 2013 in baby and children, Bedroom, bedrooms, bookshelves, Boy, contemporary decor, Girl, girl's bedroom, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, lighting, Living Room, living rooms, neon, pinterest, window treatments