Life Lately

I’ve had a lot go on these first few months of 2014. Life has been non-stop, with limited down time, but thankfully all because of good things. I started a business training program, two of my pillows were featured in Style at Home magazine, I did a photo shoot for a feature and interview on Style Me Pretty, and most recently, we moved out of our apartment, 20 miles south into a condo in Los Angeles.

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I’m currently a few days into the unpacking, and the condo is finally starting to feel like home. Moving reminds me how much I’m affected by my environment.  Boxes everywhere without things easily accessible can be overwhelming and draining. I’m anxious to get all the boxes emptied and all our belongings put away and organized in their new home. Once that’s done I can do a bit of decorating :) Follow along for updates!

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Chic Combo: Grey & Yellow

Today I’m over on La Dolce Vita with a post on the chic color combination of grey and yellow.

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Head on over for a look at inspirational spaces and a round-up of pieces for getting the look!


photo credit: steven gambrel
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How Sue Organizes Her Accessories

I have a new How I Organize series post for you guys today!  The spotlight is on blogger and shop owner Sue of The Zush, who shares with us how she beautifully organizes her accessories:

How Sue Organizes Her Accessories // How I Organize guest series on Arianna Belle BlogThese photos are from my closet and the little dressing/vanity area right outside my closet.  I try to keep all my accessories (and I have a lot…I LOVE accessories) out where I can see them, but I like for them to look neat.  Right now I’ve got most of my clutches lined up on a shelf using pot lid holders that I picked up at The Container Store.  As for my perfumes and jewelry, I love to display them out on trays. We sell a lot of trays at The Zhush and this python one is my favorite.  I also love this little ceramic tray as a catchall for keeping smaller items like cell phones and earrings looking neat and pretty.  Finally, when I’m not sure if I’m ready to get rid of something, I usually move it into one of these fabric square storage boxes (also from the Container Store). If I go looking for it, then I know I need to keep it, if not, then after about a year, I’ll usually give it away or donate the item.  If it’s something really sentimental, I’ll save it for my children.

-Sue

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Julia’s Living Room

I love seeing our pillows in their new homes. Julia of Gal Meets Glam decorated her living room with our Leopard Velvet and Channels Ebony & Ivory pillows. Love that she started with an inspiration board and made it come to life!
Julia's Living Room // Arianna Belle pillows

 

Have photos of a space you’ve decorated with Arianna Belle pillows? Send them over or tag us on Instagram (@Arianna_Belle #ariannabellepillows) for possible feature here! 

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Chic Combo: Lavender & Cream

I have a new post up on La Dolce Vita featuring the beautiful combination of lavender and cream.

Chic Combination: Lavender and Cream // #livingroom #interiordesign #interiors #decor #purple #classicChic Combination: Lavender and Cream // dining space designed by Meredith Heron

Click on over for a little color inspiration and a round-up of items for getting the look.

image sources: 1- unknown, 2-design by meredith heron | photography by Stacey Brandford via style at home
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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hope your day is filled with lots of love!

Domaine Home Valentine's Day Vignette with Arianna Belle Blush Velvet Pillow

Photo of styled vignette by Domaine Home, featuring our Blush Velvet pillow.

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How Christina Organizes Her Jewelry

For this week’s ‘How I Organize’ series post,  I’m excited to feature lifestyle blogger and vintage shop owner Christina Han Johnston. She gives us a peek inside her jewelry drawer and shares with us how she keeps it beautifully organized:

How Christina Organizes Her Jewelry // 'How I Organize' Series on Arianna Belle Blog #organization

I’ve always been a magpie, even when I was a little girl, so it’s no surprise that now as an adult, I own an online vintage home and jewelry shop (soon to be reopened). Since I collect jewelry for the shop all the time, I sometimes keep pieces for myself (a perk of being the owner!) and so my own personal jewelry collection can get out of control. I discovered one day on Pinterest that you could not only organize, but also display your jewelry in small plates and bowls. 

Well, luckily for me, I also collect small vintage plates so that’s how I like to store my jewelry in my vanity table. It’s an aesthetically pleasing way for me to see what’s in heavy rotation and it makes it easy for me to grab and go when I’m in a rush. A lot of these plates I found at my local thrift store, so organization doesn’t have to mean spending lots of money. And I love to use the gift boxes that my jewelry comes in (as long as they’re pretty!). It’s a practical way to protect really special pieces, and a great way to add a pop of color to your display area. 

-Christina

How I Organize‘ is a guest series that gives a peek at how others beautifully organize their spaces. Find more of the series posts here
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Design Spotlight: Nest Design Co.

One of the many things I enjoy about my job, is discovering talented new-to-me interior designers. I thought it’d be fun to spotlight them here on the blog as I’m sure many of you will also enjoy seeing their beautiful work and gain inspiration from it.

This week’s spotlight is on Jennifer Wundrow and Heather Brock, founders of their own firm -Nest Design Co. based in Sausalito, California. A selection of lovely spaces they’ve designed:

Heather & Jennifer // Design Spotlight: Nest Design Co. // Arianna Belle Blog

fresh living room // Design Spotlight: Nest Design Co. // Arianna Belle Blog

reading nook // Design Spotlight: Nest Design Co. // Arianna Belle Blog

bedside details + living room side side table // Design Spotlight: Nest Design Co. // Arianna Belle Blog

bedroom // Design Spotlight: Nest Design Co. // Arianna Belle Blog

vignette // Design Spotlight: Nest Design Co. // Arianna Belle Blog

living room // Design Spotlight: Nest Design Co. // Arianna Belle Blog

chair & bookcase styling // Design Spotlight: Nest Design Co. // Arianna Belle Blog

kitchen // Design Spotlight: Nest Design Co. // Arianna Belle Blog

living room detail // Design Spotlight: Nest Design Co. // Arianna Belle Blog

Did you drool over that reading nook and that kitchen? Yeah, me too.  See more of their work here!

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Budget Friendly Source for French Bistro Chairs

If you’ve followed me for some time, you may know about my obsession with French bistro chairs (just the other day instagrammed this photo).  I always seem to be drawn to spaces incorporating this type of chair and have as a result collected a number of inspirational images:
French Bistro Chairs via www.ariannabelle.com/blog

Spaces with French bistro chairs via www.ariannabelle.com/blog

French bistro chairs tend to be expensive and hard to find (they’re often sold just to those in the restaurant industry) so I was delighted to discover a budget-friendly source…Overstock! I don’t have any space in my current home for these, but when we get a larger place – perhaps with a breakfast nook or nice outdoor area, I’ll be getting some for sure.  A little round-up below:

Budget Friendly Bistro Chairs via www.ariannabelle.com/blog

1- salcha grey & white chair, 2- hooper blue & white chair, 3- barrow off-white chair, 4- ‘paris’ black and white bar chair, 5- paris chair, 6- salcha red & white chair

image sources: 1-yazy jo , 2- sara tuttle, 3- elle decor, 4- via from me to you, 5- elizabeth bauer design, 6 & 7- scavullo design, 8- sdg, 9- original source unknown, 10- cococozy
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How Kristin Organizes Her Small Kitchen

The How I Organize series is back and I’m excited to feature my first participant of 2014 – the lovely Kristin of The Hunted Interior!  She gives us a look at how she organizes her small but very functional and stylish kitchen:Kristin's Kitchen // How I Organize Series // www.ariannabelle.com/blogLiving in a smaller home makes you learn to organize and store things creatively. Utilizing the vertical space is one of those tricks we have learned to use to it’s fullest.  We do store large pots & colanders above our cabinets, but we do try to keep them grouped together to minimize the cluttered look.  We also have a large basket that houses all of the less frequently used items such as muffin tins & baking utensils.  Hanging all of our pots & pans on a pot rack also allows them to be easily accessible, while still being up & out of the way.

Another vertical tip that has saved us, and our lack of counter space, is the use of a magnetic knife rack.  We have zero room for a knife block, so this simple addition to our backsplash again makes everything accessible while still feeling modern and stylish.

Being that a lot of our storage solutions are out in the open, I try to make them as visually appealing as possible.  In our open shelving this is accomplished by using all white dishes, storing dry goods in classic ball jars and grouping items such as our wooden utensils and storing them in an unexpected way.  I also like to keep items we use frequently out and at the ready.  The gold brioche molds are used most frequently as snack cups for my daughter. While we do not have a large kitchen, we have found that this space works really well for us. 

-Kristin

photography by Amanda Coker  
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