Category Archives: small spaces

Genius Idea for a Windowless Kitchen

large framed photograph giving the illusion of a window // photograph by melissa kasemanWhen I first saw this photo at a quick glance, I thought, what a pretty kitchen with such a lovely view.  Upon looking at it more closely though, I realized that what was above the stove was actually a large framed photograph giving the illusion of a window.  Such a smart and creative idea for making a small space feel brighter, more spacious and serene.

image credit: Melissa Kaseman
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Inspiring Spaces

Most of the big stuff is in place in our living room (mostly carried over from our last home) but I’m still deciding on the details – that is, what new accessories I want to bring in and how I want to style them.  So I’ve been collecting inspiration and in the process have found these beautiful spaces:

beautiful ikat headboard // soothing fresh color palette // bedroom

 Love the color palette…and how insane is that headboard?

small yet stylish living spaceSmall yet stylish space

cozy blue and white living room

Cozy – blue and white

mini fig leaf on side table

Mini fig leaf!

chevron blue and white pillows in living room

Diggin’ the pop of blue pattern

deborah needleman's living room

Deborah Needleman’s living room has always been one of my favorites

blue ikat chair // blue and green accents

love that blue ikat chair

Image sources: 1- designed by tom scheerer, 2- found via bhg, 3- original source unknown, 4- elle decor, 5- photography by melanie acevedo, 6- designed by jill litner kaplan, 7- jauregui architect
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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

sofaCrate and Barrel  (crazy comfortable!) , pillowsArianna Belleblue abstract artwork - commissioned from Parima Studiogold square wall frames – Target (they were originally silver and I spray painted them), white tufted ottomanTargetround gold mirrored trayWorld Marketlarge white trayWest ElmcoastersAnthropologiesmall gold bowl – Target, blue rugOverstocksunburst mirrorHome Depot (a total steal!), turquoise vases – Target, double gourd lampsOverstockblack 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 lightLamps Plus, white round tulip tableIkea, clear acrylic chairsIkea, gold flatwareWest Elm, black and white placematsSerena 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 lampsIkea, white duvet coverBed Bath and Beyond, embroidered sheet setBlissLiving Home, pillowsArianna Belle, silver framesTarget, patterned fabric boxesBlissliving Home, white shag rugRugs USA, benchesRose Bowl Flea Market, paint colorsOlympic 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 pillowArianna Belle, shelving unitIkea, rug –  Overstock , doube gourd lamps –  Target, black quatrefoil mirrorTarget, artworkParima Studioturquoise binders - Office Depot,  orange trayWest 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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Inexpensive Design Trick: Three Vertical Mirrors

I saw this and immediately thought, genius!

three vertical mirrors in dining space via Arianna Belle Blog

Three full length mirrors placed side-by-side to add height, impact and spaciousness. The vertical lines of the mirrors draw the eye up and make the space feel taller. The reflections of the mirrors duplicate distance, depth and light, visually expanding the space to make it feel larger and brighter.  Such a smart design trick. Love also that this can easily be recreated on a budget!

image: Hilary Swank’s New York apartment, photography by Bruce Katz 2002
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Double Duty Piece

Pieces that do double duty are so great for small spaces. This piece below, a bookcase turned on its side with a cushion on top, doubles both as a place to store favorite books as well as extra seating.  So clever!

image credit: sous style by pippa
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Short on Space?

Do like Kelly and use a hanging organizer like this one:

The pockets are a good size for jewelry and other small accessories and they’re clear so you can quickly see what you have. Overall it takes up little room – perfect for small spaces!

image credit: the glamouri
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Walk-in closet in a mini bedroom

An old fave from domino.  This is such a great idea for a small room with no storage.   A loft bed leaves leftover room underneath for a closet system to organize clothes and accessories.  Fabric on the loft’s undercarriage and custom curtains dresses things up. Every inch is maximized and the space feels serene and clutter free.

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Secretary Desks

Secretary desks are so great for adding some function to a little corner.  They provide plenty of concealed storage and the hinged desktop surface can be folded up when not in use.


image credits: 1- domino, 2- domino, 3- eddie ross, 4- via habitually chic,, 5- via french by design, 6- lonny mag, 7-via gunkelman flesher, 8- hickory chair, 9-domino, 10- domino
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Bathroom Shelving

Adding shelves in the bathroom can be a great small space solution. They allow you to maximize storage by utilizing vertical wall space, and they provide a great spot for extra towels, soaps, toilet paper, other bath products, and decorative objects:

image credits: 1- photography by douglas friedman , 2- design by heather garrett, 3- design by laura cattano 

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Concealed Bedroom Storage

The newest issue of House Beautiful, particularly the above bedroom by designer Barry Dixon, reminded of a great space solution: built-ins surrounding the bed and hidden behind beautiful curtains.

The above bedroom is by designer Adrienne Neff.  She used California Closets custom units to create one side with hanging rods and drawers below, plus a tie rack; and the other side with shelves and vertical hanging space for dresses.  Shelves above the bed provide a space for off-season clothing.  The side storage is concealed with felt cutains suspened from a track, while the shelves above the bed are concealed with a linen-blend roman shade.  The custom headboard, the rich chocolate brown paint that matches the shelving, and the swing arm sconces, keep it from having a “living in a closet” feel.

This bedroom is by Sherry and John of Young House Love. They used  two Ikea wardrobes on either side of the bed.  One for her, one for him, each customized with drawers and rods and hidden behind white curtains hung high. A valance gives it a finished effect and makes it feel like the bed is tucked into a built-in nook.

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