2013 Calendar Giveaway!

Ahh a new year is just around the corner, full of promise and fresh with opportunity to make things happen!  When it comes to goals for the year, I find it helpful to plan and lay them out in a calendar that allows me to see at a glance what I should be doing when and when certain deadlines are approaching, so I can get my butt into gear and actually accomplish what I aim to. The Neu Year calendar is perfect for that.  I have one in my office, placed vertically on a door that my desk faces.  It’s nice to look up from my computer and be able to quickly see the whole year at once. Since it doesn’t have gaps between the months, it has a good flow, which is great for planning across months easily and clearly seeing the distance between any two dates in a year.

If you haven’t gotten yourself a 2013 wall calendar yet, you’re in luck because we’re giving away Neu Year calendars to a few lucky readers! To enter, just leave a comment at the end of this post.  For extra entries, pin, tweet, facebook, or instagram about the giveaway*, and leave another comment letting me know you’ve done so.   Winners will be chosen at random next Friday and announced shortly thereafter!

Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  All entries must be received by 11:59 PST January 3, 2012.
*Tweets, pins, and instagrams about the giveaway for extra entries must include a proper link to be valid.
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Organized Baking Cabinet

Hope you all had a very merry Christmas yesterday!

My hubby and I spent a few days before the holiday, baking goodies to give to family and friends. We don’t bake all that much and our kitchen storage is very limited so we keep all our baking specific ingredients and supplies separate from items we use more often, in harder to reach upper cabinet shelves, and pull them out as needed a few times a year.  Someday when we have a bigger house, and make the time to bake more often, I’d love to have a whole cabinet dedicated to baking items, beautifully organized like this:

Such a perfect little station! Everything has a spot within the cabinet to make time in the kitchen efficient and enjoyable. Like items are placed together: spices, extracts and flavorings on the bottom; baking powder, baking soda and salt in the middle; and pastry bags and tips up top. White hooks on the inside of the cabinet doors, holding mixer attachments and measuring spoons, take advantage of a frequently untapped storage area.  Risers placed in the back of the the cabinet give shelves multiple levels and make things easily visible. Clear glass jars, canisters and bottles, not only makes it easy to take stock, but also creates a neat and uniformed look, free of visual clutter. Love the labels too! The ones used here are from Paper Source.

Do you like to bake often? Do you have a spot in your kitchen where you keep all your baking items?

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Arianna Belle Shop Gift Certificates

If you’re looking for a last-minute gift idea, consider a gift certificate to my pillow shop, which would allow the recipient to choose the exact pillows (including something custom) they want for their home. Gift certificates can be purchased in any amount and can be sent as a printable PDF file via e-mail, just in time for Christmas!

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Gift Wrapping Simplified

The fabulous Mrs. Lilien notes in this post that she stocks butcher paper as her signature house wrap then adorns her packages with ribbons, printed tape and colorful tissue paper:

Such a great idea, don’t you think? Especially in smaller spaces, it’s much easier to store and keep stock of one solid plain paper instead of a lot of bulky rolls of patterned paper, and then add color, interest and cheer by creatively dressing it up (for any occasion!) using beautiful little extras like tags, ribbons, sequins, etc., all of which can fit in an organized drawer or box.  These beautiful packages below are convincing me it’d be a good idea to adopt this wrapping tactic:

What gift wrapping supplies do you like to keep stock of? Do you have a signature wrapping style?

By the way, you can find links to my favorite free printable Christmas gift tags here!

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December

Can you believe it’s December already? Every year, the time between Thanksgiving and New Years always seems to fly by in an instant. I hope to make the most of it by doing my best to stay present and appreciate all the special little things that are unique to this season.

I’ve loved finally breaking out the warm sweaters, coats, and scarves, going out to get our Christmas tree, decorating the tree, making the house feel cozy with candles and throws, listening to holiday music, and sipping hot chocolate.  What little things do you enjoy this time of year?

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Apartment Updates

I’ve been sharing peeks into my home on Instagram today, and thought I’d share them on here as well.  I realize it’s been awhile since I blogged about changes I’ve made!

First off, my office is coming together nicely, if I do say so myself. Remember what it looked like when we first moved in? Here’s a peek at the progress I’ve made and what it’s looking like now:

Still need to find some more art to fill some of the frames in the gallery wall and get a few more organizational items and accessories here and there. I’ll give a full tour once it’s all “done”!

I finally made myself some pillows for my living room sofa. It was looking quite bare without anything.  Here’s what they look like:

I’ll be adding similar ones to the pillow shop soon. You can also email me if you’re interested in getting some made for your home.

After months of not DIYing it myself, like I said I would, I finally decided to commission Patricia of Parima Studio to make a colorful piece of art for above my sofa.  She shared with me a close-up of the progress so far:

So excited to see the final product and put it up in the living room!

In my kitchen (which I wish I could gut and completely remodel but I can’t because it’s a rental), I added a few things to make it prettier:

The tea kettle is a Le Creuset, which was sent to me by the friendly folks at All Modern.   It’s in the most beautiful shade of blue and has a little bit of an ombre effect.  I absolutely love it – makes me smile every time I see it!  I also like that it whistles when the water is boiling, an absolute must for someone like me who tends to forget I have something on the stove (bad I know) !

The utensil holder glazed in turquoise inside, is from Etsy shop KarinLorenc. I love supporting fellow small businesses!

The little bowl that holds garlic and shallots is from Anthropologie (though I don’t think it’s available anymore).

Last but not least, in our bedroom we put up an inexpensive Ikea shelf to serve as a bedside table. We installed one on just one side of the bed to see if we liked it, which we do, so we still need to put up one on the other side.  Having a shelf instead of a regular bedside table allows us to open the drawers we have under the bed. A simple black frame holds of a photo of us on our wedding day (5 yr anniversary coming up pretty soon!) and I replaced our old ugly alarm clock with this pretty one from LL Bean:

Well that’s all the updates for today.  Be sure to follow along for more later on!

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Pillow Covers 10% off!

Hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving yesterday! I decorated the table and my husband made lots of delicious food (turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin cheesecake – yum!), and we enjoyed time with family.  Check out my Instagram for a few photos.

Today I’m prepping for the upcoming sale I’m having in my shop.  Small Business Saturday (Nov 24th) through Cyber Monday (Nov 26) I’m offering 10% off all pillow covers! Use coupon code SSCM12 at checkout to get the discount.

I’ve recently added new selections and several different size options for each. I hope you’ll click on over and take a look! BTW we also ship international!

A big thank you to those of you who have spread the word about the sale and the shop in general.  I’m so very grateful for your support -it means a lot!

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Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

We’re hosting a Thanksgiving dinner at our place this year so while my husband, the chef of the house, has been working on coming up with the menu, I’ve been gathering ideas for the table setting.  Here’s what’s inspiring me:

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A Beautifully Organized Linen Closet

 In this beautifully organized linen closet from the home of Shari of Turnstyle Vogue, larger items like bath towels and blankets are neatly folded and stacked, while smaller items like washcloths and hand towels, which can easily get mixed around and make things look cluttered and messy, are separated and contained in labeled baskets. Sheets are also housed in labeled baskets, which is a smart idea considering sheets (especially fitted sheets!) are a bit more time consuming to fold in a way that makes them look neat and tidy.

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Stylish Storage: Hand-labeled Kraft Boxes

Love how Jessie of Follow Studio has labeled the kraft storage boxes in her workspace:

Such beautiful simplicity.

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