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My Home Tour + Sources

As mentioned in a previous post, earlier this month, Style Me Pretty Living, one of my favorite lifestyle sites, featured a tour of my previous home. Since the feature went up, I’ve received inquires about the sources of some things, so I thought I’d post a complete list here for anyone else who may also be curious to know. Because the apartment was a rental that we planned to live in for only about 2 years or so and we had other priorities financially, when it came to decorating and furnishing it, we did so on a small budget, splurging only on a few select pieces.  BTW, this post from 2012 shows a few photos of what the place looked like when we first moved in!

Arianna Belle Home Tour - Living Room // photography by Esther Sun

Arianna Belle Home Tour - Living Room // photography by Esther Sun Arianna Belle Home Tour - Living Room // photography by Esther Sun Arianna Belle Home Tour - Living Room // photography by Esther Sun Arianna Belle Home Tour - Living Room // photography by Esther Sun

sofa – Crate and Barrel  (crazy comfortable!) , pillows – Arianna Belleblue abstract artwork – commissioned from Parima Studiogold square wall frames – Target (they were originally silver and I spray painted them), white tufted ottoman – Targetround gold mirrored tray – World Marketlarge white tray – West Elmcoasters – Anthropologiesmall gold bowl – Target, blue rug – Overstocksunburst mirror – Home Depot (a total steal!), turquoise vases – Target, double gourd lamps – Overstockblack side tables –  Ikeawhite media unit Ikea – customized it by painting the back blue, small light blue lacquer box Swing DesignsheepskinIkeapaint color – Horseradish C15-1 by Olympic 

Arianna Belle Home Tour - Dining Space // photography by Esther Sun Arianna Belle Home Tour - Dining Space // photography by Esther Sun

white pendant light – Lamps Plus, white round tulip table – Ikea, clear acrylic chairs – Ikea, gold flatware – West Elm, black and white placemats – Serena and Lily, paint color – Horseradish C15-1 by Olympic 

Arianna Belle Home Tour - Bar Tray // photography by Esther Sun
Arianna Belle Home Tour - Kitchen // photography by Esther Sun Arianna Belle Home Tour - Kitchen // photography by Esther Sun

gold trayWest Elm, glass decanter – Target, french opaline turquoise glasses – vintage (you can find similar ones on eBay, Etsy, and flea markets), white shelves – Ikea, pot rack – Ikea, stainless steel mixing bowlsJoss and Main, blue treat jar – Homegoods, cookbooksIt’s All Good, The Kind Diet, My Father’s Daughter, Eating the Alkaline Way, Crazy Sexy Kitchen, Superfood Kitchen, Barefoot Contessa at Home

Arianna Belle Home Tour - Bedroom // photography by Esther Sun Arianna Belle Home Tour - Bedroom // photography by Esther Sun
floor lamps – Ikea, white duvet cover – Bed Bath and Beyond, embroidered sheet set – BlissLiving Home, pillows – Arianna Belle, silver frames – Target, patterned fabric boxes – Blissliving Home, white shag rug – Rugs USA, benches – Rose Bowl Flea Market, paint colors – Olympic Pounding Surf and Freshwater

Arianna Belle Home Tour // Office // Photography by Esther Sun

Arianna Belle Home Tour - Office // photography by Esther Sun Arianna Belle Home Tour - Office // photography by Esther Sun

white desk –  Ikea, leopard pillow – Arianna Belle, shelving unit – Ikea, rug –  Overstock , doube gourd lamps –  Target, black quatrefoil mirror – Target, artwork – Parima Studioturquoise binders – Office Depot,  orange tray – West Elm,  file boxOffice Depot


Q: The base of my Docksta table gets dirty easily from people resting their feet on it, how do you keep yours clean?

A: Magic Erasers

Q: How did you hide the wires and cords of your wall mounted TV in your living room?

A: We used these cable management covers we found on Amazon.  I’ve also seen similar ones at home improvement stores.


All photography by Esther Sun

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Fabric Turned Artwork

A great way to showcase a special fabric and create custom artwork is to stretch the fabric in a gallery-style floating frame. One with a larger scale pattern and intricate details, like this nature inspired one, works beautifully:
Fabric pictured is $25/yd and can be found here.

interior design by Cameron MacNeil, photography by Donna Griffith via House and Home
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A Little Inspiration…

…or shall I say a lot of inspiration?….

Take a look at these beautiful accent walls….


…guess what?!? It’s not wallpaper! Read on…

The living room in the first set of photos is from the home of Jesse of Good Girl Gone Glad. Jesse used a stencil she downloaded from Jones Design Company and painted on the pattern using a small craft paint brush and a high gloss paint one shade lighter than the main wall color.

The master bedroom in the second set of photos was designed by Rethink Design Studio. They created an accent wall in lieu of a headboard by designing a graphic template, repeating the design, printing it on a large scale printer, and tracing the outline with a gold metallic Sharpie marker.

The living room in the third set of photos is from the home of Maria of Layers of Meaning. Maria and her husband created the chevron wall using painter’s tape and three coats of paint (main color was Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray and accent color was Glidden Smooth Stone).

I think these all turned out SO great! The look of wallpaper without the cost or commitment of wallpaper? Yes please!

Have you tried (or would you try) doing something like this in your own home?

p.s. for more inspiration click here, here, here, here, and here!

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Genius Idea

When Jen of Made by Girl, shared a few shots of her new home office, I was instantly drawn to her luxe mousepad…


Can you believe it was actually a little DIY project?? She made it using a piece of an old handbag pasted onto an existing mousepad! What a creative way to upcycle!

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Source for Affordable Art

Have you heard of yet? It’s a great source for original and affordable artwork. Here’s a few of my favorites from their Under $250 section:

(1) Yipes Stripes painting, oil on canvas $70; (2) Wise Math Print, digital on paper $35; (3) Sunrise Over the Peninsula painting, oil on wood panel $150; (4) You Should Think On painting, acrylic on canvas $250; (5) Scattered Light painting, oil $250; (6) Quiet on the Lake painting, acrylic on canvas $125 (7) Viola painting, acrylic on canvas $125; (8) Summer Roses painting, oil on wood panel $175

P.S. If you’re an artist, you can sell your art on their site.
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Pillow Love: Get the Look for Less

I’ve admired the beautiful Sheesha pillows ever since I first saw ’em in the living room below. Unfortunately though the price tag on these babies is a bit more than I am able and willing to shell out for a pillow. John Robshaw sells a 20×20 version (pictured below right) for $200 (each!) and Jayson Home and Garden sells ’em for $250 for the 20×20 version and $345 for the 26×26 version (yikes!).

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L: Karin Kohlberg via Page Six Magazine; R: John Robshaw Sheesha pillow $200
home of Karen of the blog The Art of Doing Stuff

Recently I was excited to find a few pillows that have a similar look for much much less. West Elm sells the Bijoux Dots Pillow (below left) for $34.00, and Etsy seller The Home Centric sells the White Mirrors Throw Pillow (below right) for $33.20 as well as the Light Beige Reflections Throw Pillow for $33.20 to $39.90 (price depending on size).
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L: Bijoux-Dots Pillow Cover $34.00; R: White Mirrors Throw Pillow $33.20

P.S. I’m loving the large selection at The Home Centric! Check out her shop for more fabulous pillows!
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Peek Inside Coco Rocha’s Home

Woohoo! Aren’t you glad it’s Friday? I sure am! I’ll leave you with photographs from a Vogue shoot featuring a peek inside the apartment of model Coco Rocha and artist James Conran. The home has a great mix of pieces: estate sale finds, like candle holders that once belonged to Andy Warhol; funky handmade art, like the dress form covered in pennies and decorated with peacock feathers; antique books and furniture; as well as affordable buys like the eight mirrors in the living room from Crate & Barrel.

photography by Claiborne Swanson Frank for vogue found via the decorista

Have a beautiful weekend!

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Alternative Placement of Full Length Mirrors

Came across these photos of an executive suite at the Hotel de Rome in Berlin and was immediately drawn. I absolutely love how designer Olga Polzzi used multiple rectangular mirrors placed in perfect alignment to the desk, to create a bold statement in the space. It’s such a great alternative to using one large mirror.


photos via hotel de rome

This can easily be re-created on a budget using inexpensive full-length mirrors you can find at a store like Target. Sure they’re designed to be hung vertically on the back of your door, but who says you can’t hang them horizontally? Buy three of the same kind and try them over a desk, dresser, or entry table. Just make sure you pay attention to scale and proportion. Ideally the mirrors should line up to (be the same width as) the piece you’re placing them over.
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Source for Budget Friendly Decor

Did you know there’s an Elle Decor collection at Kohls? I haven’t seen it in person yet but from what I can tell online it may be worth taking a look at. Here are my picks:

L: storage ottoman $91; R: faux fur pillow $35

L: box $28; R: glass frame $15

L: pillar candleholder $42;R: marble accent table $104
To see the entire collection, click here.
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DIY Artwork: Tonal Concentric Squares

Given my love for the pillows mentioned in this post its no surprise I’m drawn to this artwork:

photo of Kevin Sharkey’s apartment via Martha Stewart
It’s a similar idea; tonal concentric squares. What I love is that the color combos are endless and it’s an easy DIY paint or Photoshop project. Great way to inject color into a space!

BTW you can find pillows similar to the ones in the above mentioned post over at Jonathan Adler:

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The cool thing? The colors are customizable!
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