Friday Guest Blog Interview: Simplified Bee

The Friday Guest Blog Interview series is beginning to work its way back into the swing of things. It’s such a privilege and a pleasure to *meet* new bloggers through this once-every-month-ish series and then to introduce you to blogs that I think you’ll truly enjoy! If you’d like to check out past interviews (and there are a full year’s worth from some of my favorites, click here, or on the Guest Interview button in the right sidebar). It’s always inspiring to me to learn more about another blogger’s style, design aesthetic and how they ‘got to where they are today’.

This week, Cristin of Simplified Bee is sharing with us her design suggestions and tips, and introducing her beautiful blog! Cristin creates what she calls “functional” interior design with an expertise and love for home organization. As a professional organizer, she shares inspiring (and motivating!) solutions, tips and tricks to promote harmony and enable efficiency, all while adding style & beauty to the home.

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I love the concept and make regular trips out to Simplified Bee to read Cristin’s daily posts on beautiful decor and great finds.

Read on to learn more about how Cristin started her blog and company, what motivates her and what she includes in her favorite trends. I couldn’t agree more with her three top design tips and love of block prints, either!…

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Pantone Color of the Year + Valentine’s Day

Pantone has named Honeysuckle as their 2011 Color of the Year – and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner I’ve been inspired by the ‘not quite hot pink but warmer than coral’ color for the home, wardrobe and even a Valentine’s Day party.

Pantone Honeysuckle Color of the Year Pink

Honeysuckle (I thought of yellow when I initially heard the color) makes a great impact in small doses. I love the idea of a pink rug in a grey or navy room – or perhaps as a small side table, patterned pillow or a knitted throw for the couch.

For the wardrobe, how about a thin honeysuckle belt over a darker/neutral cardigan? Or even in a pair of daring heels!

Pantone Honeysuckle Color of the Year Pink

Clockwise: rug by Madeline Weinrib, sketches, Tini Table, room at DecorPad, pillow shared on Ecosalon,

For honeysuckle Valentine’s Day inspiration, head over to Sweetopia for delicious recipes and cupcake decorating ideas.

Pantone Honeysuckle Color of the Year Pink


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!

Project Nursery: Rocking Horse Love

Look what arrived in the mail!

Ever since I spotted the little wooden rocking horses in several of these nursery inspiration rooms, I decided I’d love to track one down for Liv’s room, too. There’s just something about an old-fashioned wooden rocking horse that is the iconic symbol of a kids room (besides the fact that it’s soo adorable).

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And a modern, plastic version won’t do. It needs to have that vintage, antique feel that stands the test of toy time (I’m not a huge fan of the box store plastic toys, anyhow.)

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I did a bit of Craigslist searching and even some antique shopping but only came across pricier, not-for-kids collector models. Wooden rocking horses are not easy to find!

Then a friend, knowing I was on the hunt, sent me a link to Zulily – a daily deals site for moms, babies and kids (just like Gilt and One Kings Lane, but for the babes!). KidKraft was one of the featured sellers for the day and they had the perfect wooden rocking horse for $32.99. Sold. (I found the same rocking horse on Amazon today as well – ironically it’s called the Modern Wooden Rocking Horse).

Liv doesn’t take much interest in it now, but I think she’ll love it here in a few years.

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She helps me out a lot in the nursery these days – and by helping out I mean she finds a comfy little nook and passes out while Mom compares fabric swatches and organizes bins of clothing & toys.

I’m considering painting the horse a complimentary color (but not matchy matchy) to the curtains, which are in the same palette as the wall animals. Perhaps a more saturated tone? Or maybe I’ll leave it white?

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Decisions, decisions. Until then, it’s back to creating those curtains!

If you’re catching up on Project Nursery, here’s a link to the fabric board, curtains part 1, new pendant light, vintage wall art addition, changing table makeover, nursery wall striping tutorial, painted animal project, the initial inspiration board and the before picture posts.

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