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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

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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

FAQ

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.

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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:
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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….

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…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…

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

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(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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DIY Artwork: Tonal Concentric Squares

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

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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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Sofa Transformation

This morning I thought I’d share with you a few snapshots of a client living room transformation I currently have in progress. So far we’ve had new flooring put in, had the walls painted a lovely tint of blue, and most recently, made-over the outdated sofas using slipcovers and and new pillows. Below is the before and after of one of the sofas:
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I love that slipcovers and accessories allow you to update a space without spending money on completely new furniture. The pillows were surprising finds at Ross (you can’t really tell from the picture but the middle pillow shown above has such a cool texture and the two blue ones are incredibly soft!) and the client made the slipcovers herself using dark brown fabric she scored for less than $10 a yard. There’s still lots to do in this room, (like update or replace the entertainment center, have curtains made, bring in a rug, artwork, etc.), but I’ll be sure to share the final result once it’s all done!
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Chic Coffee Table Book / Artwork

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A beautifully colorful book for your coffee table or perhaps…for doing something like this 😉
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