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Inspired By: Blue Print

While reading the Domaine feature on Cynthia Collins, I learned that aside from being an interior designer, she is also co-owner of Blue Print – a store in Uptown Dallas.  I clicked on over to the store website and immediately fell in love.  They sell handpicked antiques, original artwork, accessories, and high-end furniture, all inside a really charming and architecturally beautiful old home:

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They do such a beautiful job with styling:

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All photos via Blue Print Store
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Cynthia Collins Home Tour

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So delighted that our Raja Embroidery pillow was featured in Domaine Home as part of the ‘Get the Look’ portion of their post on interior designer Cynthia Collins’ home tour. Cynthia’s home is absolutely beautiful and her design aesthetic definitely resonates with me.  Each space is bright and airy, yet cozy, with just the right dose of color.

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Photographs: Courtesy of Collins Interiors
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Beauty at Home

I’m a huge fan of Aerin Lauder, so I was so excited to hear about her new book Beauty at Home, which just launched.  Aerin is one of my favorite style icons and never fails to inspire me. Her book looks beautiful from the previews I’ve seen…can’t wait to receive it in the mail!

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p.s. If you’re also a fan of Aerin’s you’ll be excited to hear that we’re using fabrics from her line for some of the new pillows that we’ll be adding to the shop. Stay tuned!

all images via Beauty at Home  
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A New Week

working-in-style-arianna-belle-blogGood morning! Hope you had a wonderful weekend and are having a great start to the new week.  As usual, lots of things to tackle on the to-do list.  A priority item for me this week is migrating my website over to a different (better!) hosting company. Hopefully the move will go smoothly however some downtime will be inevitable, so if you see that the blog or shop is down later this week, that’s the reason.  I’ll try to post a heads up and progress updates on Facebook and Twitter. Excited to make the move as it’s the first step towards making the planned improvements to the site a reality.  Also working hard behind the scenes to make, photograph, and do all the data entry work to add lots of new pillows to the shop.  Follow me on Instagram for peeks!

image sources: 1-emerson fry, 2-original source unknown, 3-olive manna
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Cozy (Faux) Fur in the Home

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Today I’m over on La Dolce Vita talking about faux fur throws and blankets. Head on over for lots of inspiration and a round up of sources for getting the look!

image credits: 1-interior design by ryan korban , 2- original source unknown, 3- photography by Emily Anderson, interior design by Anthony George
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A Glamorous Dressing Room

Absolutely loving this beautifully organized dressing room from the home of Rita Hazan:

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 Shoes are neatly arranged on white open shelves (from Ikea!) and beauty essentials are on a glamorous mirrored vanity

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A stylish modern black platter helps keep things organized.

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 Such much goodness here – the big window with floor to ceiling drapes, the tufted daybead, the unique gold wall studs, the brass glass pendant…

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patterned tray corrals jewelry and pretty objects.

See more of Rita’s home here

photography by Brittany Ambridge and design by Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent
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Erika’s Fabulous Home Tour

Have you flipped through the latest issue of Adore Magazine yet? I was so honored to be featured alongside friends Irene and Erika in the Blog Loving section and also excited to see the spread featuring Erika’s gorgeous home.  It perfectly reflects her style and was beautifully captured by talented photographer Sabra Lattos.  Below are a few of my favorite shots:

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Gold accents incorporated all throughout the home

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Love how the crystal chandelier and gold knobs glam up the kitchen.

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Erika included our Jungalow Jet pillows in her dining room!

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Chic little corner

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Fabulous inspiration board

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See more in the magazine as well as on Erika’s blog!

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Arianna Belle Pillows in Rue Magazine

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If you check out the latest issue of Rue Magazine you’ll find my Leopard Velvet and La Fiorentina Black pillows in the spread featuring Ashlina’s New York apartment.

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Fall

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Although we’re bound to continue to have days of summer-like weather over here in California, I’m happy that it’s officially fall and soon enough the air will get crisper and the leaves will turn. Looking forward to cozying up with warm drinks, indulging in everything pumpkin and apple, and pulling out the scarves, sweaters and boots. What do you love best about fall?

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2 Year Anniversary

Tomorrow it will be 2 years since I opened my little pillow shop.  The day I opened it, I was a bit nervous yet excited and hopeful.  I was jumping into new unfamiliar territory and I wasn’t sure what to expect exactly, but my intuition told me I was headed in the right direction and I felt optimistic of what lied ahead.

Having gone through, and working our way out of, a very rough economic period, my husband and I had very little money at the time. Somehow though, I found a way to come up with some money (less than $1,000) to invest in starting up the business.  Upon opening the shop I offered only 6 pillows, all in one size.  The idea was to start small with what I could, and re-invest any profits to grow the business over time. I figured if it didn’t work out, it wouldn’t be too huge of a financial loss, so I felt okay about taking the risk.  I think that had I waited to come up with enough money to open the shop with as many pillows as I have available now, I possibly would have never done it.

With a little luck and a lot of hard work I’m so grateful that the business has steadily grown over the past two years. I was able to quit the part-time job I had when I opened the shop, and I’ve been a full time shop owner for over a year now.  It’s been a dream come true to be my own boss, work in an industry I am passionate about, and have the freedom and control to mold, create, and grow my business however I want to.

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While there’s no way of foreseeing what the future holds, I do have some things planned for my third year in business that I’m very excited about and hope will lead to other positive things.  I’ll be taking a business training program led by a woman I greatly admire and respect, I’ll be launching a re-vamped version of the shop website (currently in the works!), adding several new pillows, and I’ll most likely be hiring an assistant.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who have been so supportive and spread the word about the shop via your blogs, social media, and word of mouth, and of course those of you who have been customers and chosen to make Arianna Belle pillows a part of your beautiful homes.  My shop would not be a success without you all!

In celebration of my 2 year anniversary and the start of my 3rd year in business, I will be offering 15% off everything in my shop starting midnight tonight, September 22nd, through end of Monday September 23rd. To get the discount, just enter this code at checkout: AB2YEAR

Thank you again for all your support!! xx

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