Get the Look: A Living Room by Laurie McFarland

For this month’s Get the Look post I’m featuring a gorgeous living room by Arkansas interior designer Laurie McFarland.


While the flooring, wall color, and main furnishings are all neutral, the room is anything but boring. Vibrant decorative pillows deliver a burst of color and enliven the space.  Large mirrors flanking either side of the sofa make a symmetrical statement while giving the illusion of spatial depth.  Silk draperies and touches of gold add a sense luxury and glamour.

Get the look with these pieces:


1. double gourd lamp, 2. mosaic mirror, 3. pink patterned pillow, 4. magenta velvet pillow, 5. gold greek key lumbar, 6. gold-leaf side table, 7. linen chair

photograph of living room by Nancy Nolan via At Home in Arkansas
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Living Room Update: Media Storage

Remember the media unit I shared a photo of in this post? Well when we first purchased it, our initial idea was to add two lower drawers for closed storage.  After trying out the drawers though, we didn’t like how they looked and opted instead to keep the unit open. That meant though that we had to find alternative options for out of sight storage.

I kept an eye out for stylish boxes and bins and found some at Office Depot that were the perfect size and a lovely creamy neutral color. I went with three box bins for the upper right shelf and two document boxes for the lower left shelf. The bins now hold my husband’s Xbox games, controllers, etc. out of sight while keeping them easily accessible.  The boxes hold various card and board games.   Here’s how it looks:

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More home updates to come!

p.s. In case you’re wondering, we don’t really keep any DVDs in the media unit because most of the movies we watch nowadays are via Netflix, Zune or Blockbuster.

The folks at Office Depot sponsored this post.  All ideas/opinions/thoughts are my own.

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Arianna Belle Pillows in Society Social Magalog

I’m thrilled to be part of Roxy’s latest Society Social Manifesto Magalog. It’s filled with so much fabulous inspiration. I love the shots of the colorful and summery space below featuring our Trellis Watermelon pillow:

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photography by Lawrence Te
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Stylish Workspace: Tara Guerard Soiree

It’s no surprise that a stylish event planning company like Tara Guerard Soiree, who regularly puts together magazine worthy weddings, has equally magazine worthy offices. Check out the photos below of their clean, tailored and bright workspace:


Sets of matching boxes and binders on custom floor to ceiling shelving provide plenty of storage and help maintain a clean uncluttered look.


An bulletin board above Tara’s desk serves as a catchall for photos that inspire ideas.

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Large windows flood the conference space with natural sunlight


The tall spacious white table in the central workspace provides a perfect morning meeting spot for the team.

Definitely saving this as inspiration for when my I (hopefully!) have a larger company office space!

photography by Julia Lynn for Lonny
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Dream Kitchen Inspiration

This gorgeous kitchen has so many of the elements I’d want in my dream kitchen someday. A bright open layout, beautiful white cabinetry, marble countertops, a large island, white subway tiles, hardwood floors, a built-in bay window breakfast nook with views of the backyard greenery…

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Dreamy right?? To make it my own I’d probably add in some french bistro stools, and of course some of my pillows.

For a look at the cool built-in organizational features of the kitchen as well as before photos, check out the homeowner’s blog here.

See more of my dream home inspiration here and here.

Photography by Katarina Mojzesz, Interior Design by Papyrus Home Design, Homeowner  – Sue Walter 
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Home Office Decor Update: Greek Key Tray

The newest decor update in my office is a big beautiful tray that Paloma of La Dolce Vita recently sent over from her Joy & Revelry shop for a White Box Challenge. I decided to put the tray on the surface of my Expedit shelving, which I have right behind my desk, along the back wall.  It has been great for containing things that I like to have within arms reach but off my desk.  Here’s a look:


Things tend to look neater and more stylish when corralled within a tray, wouldn’t you agree?

tray-closeup-office-ariannabelle-blogIf you haven’t already, be sure to check out Paloma’s shop, and to get 10% off, use code LDV_WHITEBOX_10.

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Hunting for a New Lighting Fixture

The dining room is one of the spaces I’ve neglected in our home and is in need of a little attention.  It’s a small little space that is open to the living room.  Since moving in, all we’ve done is bring in the clear chairs we had from our previous home, a white tulip table, and white curtains. The owners of the home (we’re renters) left their chandelier and we’ve left it up because, well, it’s functional. It’s not really our style though and I’ve been itching to change it out.

I’ve been keeping an eye out for light fixtures that I like (and aren’t ridiculously expensive). Below is a round-up of what I’ve found so far.  Some of them aren’t right for the space but thought they were worth sharing here, for any of you out there who may also be on the hunt for the right light fixture.


1- Five Arm Chandelier, 2- Marmont Pendant, 3- Brass Pendant, 4- Modern Pendant Light, 5- Brass and Glass Globe Pendant

#1 is beautiful but it’s probably a bit too fancy for our home. #2 has a fun vibe to it, though I’m not sure if it would emit sufficient light. #3 is a strong contender – I love it’s simple elegance. #4 is clean, simple and my husband’s favorite. There’s also this one, which is similar and I like.  #5 is really cool and I love that it’s handmade by a fellow small business owner.  It’s also the most budget friendly. Given the current chairs we have though, bringing this in would probably be too many clear elements in the space. Perhaps if I got new chairs… (haha I wish! …not in the budget right now)

If you happen to come across a light fixture you think I’d like and is reasonably priced, feel free to send it my way. I’m open to options.

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It’s Starting to Feel Like Summer

Hope you all had a great weekend! Saturday I went hiking with the fam, and yesterday, Memorial Day, though I did a bit of work during the day, I took a break from the never ending to-do list, and generally took it easy.


My husband had the day off from work so we both headed up to my parent’s house. My mom had set up the gazebo and outdoor furniture, my dad had the day off of work (which is a rare occasion since he usually works 7 days a week), and the weather was near perfect. We grilled, ate way too much and enjoyed a nice laid-back evening outside.  


I know summer technically doesn’t start until June 21st, but days like this make it feel like summer.  Looking forward to more days of dining alfresco, and very soon days spent at the beach and at the pool.

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How I Organize My Handbag

I oftentimes carry a lot of things in my handbag – keys, cell phone, driver’s license, credit cards, debit cards, rewards cards, cash, coupons, lists, hair ties, lip balm, lotion, tissues, pens, sunglasses, the list goes on….can you relate?


Because most of these items are relatively small, they can easily get lost in a large bag and it’s so annoying to have to rummage through to try to find what you’re looking for.  What I like to do is group and separate everything into smaller bags, cases and pouches.

For the essentials like money, driver’s license, keys, tinted lip balm, and my cell phone, I use a wristlet that easily fits in my bag and I can pull out when I’m making a quick trip and don’t really need much else (the one I have is an old style but you can find a similar one here). I use a magic wallet, which is compact enough to fit inside the wristlet, to keep my credit cards, debit cards, and my license, organized. I keep cash and coins in the little interior pockets of the wristlet. I try not to put anything else in there so that there’s enough room to also fit my keys if needed.


For all the non-essential cards that I use less frequently but still like to have on hand, like loyalty cards, rewards cards, gift cards, etc., I use a card cubby and sort them all into the little alphabetized dividers.


My business cards go into a nice business card case so they don’t get dirty or bent.


Coupons go into a small expanding file case. There was a time not too long ago when my husband and I were really penny pinching and to make the most of the money we had, I got into the habit of putting coupons for items we frequently bought or stores we normally shopped at, into an coupon file that I took with me whenever I went shopping. This worked really well and I’ve continued with this habit.  I no longer find myself at the store saying, “aww I had a coupon for that!” and feeling regretful that I could have saved some money.  I labeled this expanding file with general categories like beauty, craft, grocery, office, etc., which makes it easy to find the relevant coupons when I’m at the checkout counter. I use the space in the front for my shopping list and a pen.


In an accessory pouch that has interior pockets, I keep beauty and personal care items that are nice to have handy like hand cream, hand sanitizer, hair ties & clips, lip color, a mirror, oil blotting sheets, floss, a mini lint roller, tissues, bandages and a multi-use ointment.


My miscellaneous items, like a measuring tape, notebook for jotting down notes and ideas on the go, an extra pen, and a backup battery for my phone, all go into a zippered pouch:


Organizing everything this way makes the contents of my bag much less chaotic and allows me to easily find what I’m looking for when I need it. It also makes it much easier to switch handbags. 


So there you have it, that’s how I organize my bag.   The general idea is to group like items together and put them into smaller bags, pouches or cases that will keep the contents organized.  I know everyone has different needs and carries around different things, but I hope this inspired some ideas on how to organize your own bag, if it’s not organized already.

*The folks at Office Depot sponsored this post.  All ideas/opinions/thoughts are my own.

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Get the Look: Bright Modern Office

My latest ‘Get the Look’ post for La Dolce Vita is up!  Click on over for more on this beautiful bright office and how to create a similar look. erin-hiemstra-office2

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