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Beautiful Laundry Room by Kriste Michelini Interiors

Based here in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kriste Michelini Interiors is know for creating timeless, classic, yet freshly modern spaces. You may recall her chic Writer’s Retreat designed for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase this year.  If you loved it as much as I did, you will absolutely swoon when seeing her latest project. It’s a fresh and airy multipurpose laundry room designed for a family with two young boys. I know, I know. It’s our dream room isn’t it?! I love every inch.

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I loved creating this multipurpose laundry room that could serve many functions – a mudroom, gift wrapping center and of course laundry central. My favorite items include a rugged outdoor tile that can stand up to tons of traffic, the vibrant wallpaper at the desk for a pop of color and lastly the gorgeous hanging pendant. It actually makes me want to do laundry! – Kriste Michelini

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This beautiful space makes me want to do laundry too. 🙂

And even more inspiration, be sure to check out Simplified Bee’s Laundry Rooms board on Pinterest!

Happy decorating,


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Read full story By on December 11, 2013 in cleaning, home organization, household cleaning, interior design, Interiors, laundry rooms, mudrooms

Spring Cleaning Checklist & Essentials

It’s here! Spring has sprung and warmer weather is on its way. This also means that it’s time to start deep cleaning our homes. I know, it’s a drag for many, but schedule the time and complete the project task by task. If you don’t know where to start, Martha Stewart has created a comprehensive spring cleaning checklist for you to download. The task list can be easily tailored to your home.

Before you start cleaning, you’ll need the essentials. I love that so many cleaning products are eco-friendly, help reduce clutter and are made in cheery colors and patterns… just makes the task more fun, don’t you think?

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I’m totally getting that iPhone cablekeeper!
Happy spring & happy cleaning!




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Read full story By on March 20, 2013 in cleaning, home improvement, home organization, laundry room, Organization, organization tips, Tips/Tricks, Uncategorized

Tag Sale Finds, Cleaning Tips & Bon Ami Giveaway

Summer months bring with it some of the best yard, estate and tag sales of the year. I’ve found some of my favorite home décor items combing local sales. If you’re a tag sale treasure-seeker like me, you know that some items need a little cleaning to get back into shape.
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{images via Real Simple and Simplified Bee}
Bon Ami (a brand I use and trust) uses only natural, non-toxic ingredients in their cleaning products and has provided us with some helpful cleaning tips:
Return Shine to a Foggy Glass Object: Add a few drops of Bon Ami Liquid Cleanser to the glass surface and wipe in concentric circles. Rinse with a little water and dry with a soft cloth.

Restore a Painted Wood Object: Wash off any grease or grime with some diluted Bon Ami Dish Soap and warm water with a cloth. Sometimes all you need to do is a quick spot treatment of a few areas. Make sure to dry thoroughly.

Polish Tarnished Silver: Add a few drops of water to a teaspoon of Bon Ami Powder Cleanser to make a paste. Scrub the paste on the tarnished silver with a small brush {i.e. recycled tooth brush}. Towel off the paste with a wet rag and dry.

*** Keep in mind, some tag sale items may be on their last legs and have delicate finishes. Before using any product (including Bon Ami), make sure to test it on an inconspicuous area.

Bon Ami Green Cleaning Kit
To celebrate the season Bon Ami is giving away a “Thrill of the Hunt” kit full of non-toxic cleaning supplies to make the most of your efforts and clean up your tag sale finds. The kit contains a full size powder cleanser, full size liquid cleanser, canvas tote bag to carry your treasures, smaller pouch  for smaller items you may buy, two sunscreen samples, two dish soap samples and a little magnifying glass to inspect your finds!

Here’s how to enter to win:

  • Simply leave a comment on this post {provide your email if I don’t have a way to contact you}.
  • Extra Entry – become a new follower of Simplified Bee’s Blog, Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook Page.
  • Extra Entry – become a new follower on Bon Ami’s Facebook page.
  • Extra Entry – mention this giveaway in a blog post, FB link, tweet or pin the image on Pinterest, then leave a comment letting me know.
  • Please post a separate comment for each extra entry.
Entry period closes at midnight PST on Thursday, July 5, 2012. The winner will be chosen by and will be announced on the Simplified Bee Facebook page on Friday, July 6, 2012.

Best of luck!
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Read full story By on June 27, 2012 in cleaning, garage sales, Giveaways, green design

Beautiful Efficient Laundry Rooms

Laundry. There is no getting around the task, but it can be tackled many ways. Popular approaches include one load per day, one day for all or separate loads for each person in your household. My family likes to have “folding parties” where the kids fold their own clothing. In any case, test out the different approaches and see what works best for your family. For more ideas Circle of Moms just published tips for an efficient laundry routine that you may find helpful.
Photo via Décor Pad
Laundry rooms of course need to be functional first and foremost, but there is no reason why they can’t be beautiful too. Personally I gravitate toward all white laundry rooms with a hint of color, pattern and texture that can be played out in tile backsplash, flooring or window treatment. Here are some beautiful laundry rooms that would make the task more fun!
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How do you tackle laundry in your home?
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Read full story By on June 20, 2012 in cleaning, home organization, interior design, laundry room, organization tips