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Monday
Apr142014

Thanks, HGTV Magazine

Thanks, HGTV Magazine, for including me in your May 2014 issue!  As a designer, it's always nice to be approached by magazines that ask your opinion on a topic.  For this issue, they asked several designers to tell them about some of their favorite fabrics under $35 per yard.  Glad they liked one of my picks!

Tuesday
Mar112014

Inspired By: Spring

I don't know about you, but I can hardly wait for warmer weather!  So happy daylight savings time has kicked in. I think we all can pretty much agree with that one!  I purchased these gorgeous hyacinths at the flower market and they have me inspired and longing for spring. Thank goodness spring is right around the corner!

Tuesday
Feb112014

Gray Magazine

I am honored to have one of my projects published in the most recent issue of Gray, a regional magazine that covers the Pacific Northwest.  I completed this project a few years ago and am so happy they wanted to feature it.  I think the ottoman I had reupholstered for this project has been pinned on Pinterest so many times I cannot even keep track!  You can read the full article online here, pages 40-41. Thank you, Gray, for recognizing my work!

 

Wednesday
Feb052014

Studio Tour

Has it really been almost 4 months since my last post?  Crazy how time flies.  Thank you for the countless emails and texts wondering where I've been.  As I mentioned in my last post, I have moved my studio out of my home to an amazing new location.  I am so grateful to have 1,000 square feet of studio space in one of the best parts of town.  While I loved working from home, I had a really hard time keeping a work/life balance.  I often found myself working late into the evenings and not being able to shut things off.  I guess when you love what you do, it doesn't seem like work, but I knew I needed to make some changes.  So, today I'm giving you a tour of my new design studio!  Sorry in advance that all of these photos are taken with my iphone.  The photo quality isn't that great, but you get the idea.

This 18th century convent table and mirror, both from France, grace the entry.  Two of my favorite pieces here!

 My desk area.  A tad messy, but you get the idea.

 

A larger overview of the main space.  My team sits along the wall and we have a nice big conference table to spread out projects and meet with clients and vendors.

 Another view of the conference table.  We have a large bulletin board to pin projects up, which I love. 

 A separate room for my fabric library.  What a dream!

Outside the fabric library, I have an antique English dumbwaiter that holds design books.

 So, there you have it.  Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Wednesday
Oct162013

Cultivate

There have been a lot of exciting changes here at Marianne Simon Design and I honestly couldn't be happier!  I'm very excited to announce that we have moved into a new studio!  We are now located in an area of Bellevue called Old Main.  It has been a dream of mine to have a studio on this street.  The street is lined with the most amazing shops and restaurants and could not ask to be in a better location.  It's such a treat to walk out our door and be part of this community. If you follow me on instagram @msimondesign you will have already seen a few sneak peeks of the new space.  I am so grateful to have 1,000 square feet of studio space which also includes a separate room for our fabric library. Truly a dream come true!  I will try to get some images up of the new studio soon and give you a tour, but right now we're still waiting on some backordered furniture to arrive.  Story of my life!

In the meantime, I was so honored when Cultivate, part of Williams-Sonoma, contacted me to feature my kitchen on their website! They interviewed me for the article which you can read in it's entirety here.  As a designer, it's always nice to have your work recognized!  Thank you, Cultivate!