In Organizing Mode

Moving and it’s chaotic aftermath reminds me how much stuff we truly have and how much of an effect clutter has on me. Not having things in their place where I can conveniently and easily find them frustrates and annoys me, and the sight of visual clutter drains me.  With the busyness of the holidays and gearing up the biz for a new year (including dealing with things like no-fun sales tax returns due by end of the month), I’ve had less time than I had hoped, to unpack and organize everything. I thought I could knock it out in a couple of days, but I underestimated how long it truly takes, especially when you want to designate a specific home for each item and make it look good too. I am doing my best to practice patience and acceptance, reminding myself it will come together slowly but surely.

With decluttering and organization on the brain, I will probably start posting a lot more on the topic on here again (I’ve missed blogging about it!) as I work through projects throughout my home during my spare time. I have a big backlog of things I want to share. Below a few images that are inspiring me lately:

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image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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MLK

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase - MLK

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Our New Home!

Early last month my husband, pup and I moved into a new home.  We sold our condo in LA and moved about an hour north to Ventura County, closer to our families.  With the area we moved to being less expensive than LA, we were able to get a significantly larger townhome for about the same amount we were paying per month for our one bedroom condo. We gained about an extra 500 sqft of living space, a garage and a fenced front porch/yard. I’m absolutely loving it and feeling so grateful. It’s the newest and largest home I’ve ever lived in. Below is a little mini tour:

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Not pictured: front porch/patio, downstairs guest bath, garage, upstairs bathroom, offices, and balcony. 

Since moving in, we’ve done some unpacking and painting, but still have a while to go before everything is in it’s place and we’re fully settled in. The garage especially is looking like a mess right now as it’s become a dumping ground for empty boxes and stuff we’re not ready to tackle yet. Over the next several weeks I will be spending my free time organizing and decorating, and I will post updates on Instagram and on here as everything starts coming together.  I hope you’ll follow along!

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Chic Combination: Chocolate Brown and Golden Yellow

Today I’m over at La Dolce Vita with my newest installment of Chic Combinations.  I’m featuring the warm and inviting color combination of chocolate brown and golden yellow.

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Click on over to the full post for inspiring spaces and a round up of pieces for getting the look.

image source:  apartment of Mario and Anne Grauso via Elle Decor
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Happy First Day of Autumn!

Looking forward to cooler temperatures, crisp air, crunchy leaves, wearing cozy sweaters and coats, watching TV show season premiers, drinking apple cider, eating pie, and everything pumpkin…

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What’s your favorite thing about fall?

image sources: 1-ivory lane, 2- varpunen, 3-fit sugar
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The Pillow Shop Turns 3 Today!

facebook-3yranniversary-ariannabelleThree years ago today I opened the virtual doors to the Arianna Belle pillow shop. At the time, we were in the economic recession, I was broke, and I didn’t really know what to expect. Despite the strong uncertainty however, I had an optimistic feeling that it was the start of something good.  To test the waters I started very small, with just 6 pillow styles. Since then, the business has slowly but surely grown significantly with the help and support of my family, friends, entrepreneurial peers, and of course our wonderful customers who have have chosen to bring Arianna Belle pillows into their homes and/or incorporate them into a design project.

To celebrate the anniversary, we’re offering a 10% discount on everything, with code:  ABT3YR (or if you’re a newsletter subscriber, check your email for a discount code to get an additional 5% off!)

Thank you so much for all your support! We are working hard to continue to improve the shop and can’t wait to share with you the results of what we have planned for our 4th year!

*Offer ends 11:59 pm PST, September 23, 2014. Not valid on Etsy purchases, previous purchases and cannot be combined with any other discount. 
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Aerin Lauder’s Chic Desk Space

Aerin LauderLove this shot of one of my favorite style icons, Aerin Lauder, at her desk in her New York home. Hope you’re having a beautiful and productive start to the week!

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Happy Weekend

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For me, this weekend will include a break from work to enjoy a lazy morning, magazine catch-up reading, a trip to the Sunday farmer’s market, and some time spent giving our small condo balcony a mini makeover.

Hope you have a lovely one!

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Chic Combination: Leaf Green & Sky Blue

Today I’m over at La Dolce Vita with a post featuring spaces with shades of green and blue reminiscent of fresh leaves and clear skies.

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Check it out here!

image credits: 1- mark d. sikes, 2- aerin, beauty at home
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Parima Studio Rose Collection

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My talented sister Patty of Parima Studio, just launched her Rose Collection of fine art prints, inspired by a trip we took to a rose farm back in May. I have loved being able to witness the development of it over the past few months and am so proud of her. She’s so talented and passionate about what she does, which I think shows in the end product.

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The photo from a shoot we did at my house, showcasing 3 of the 6 prints in the collection

View the entire of collection here.

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