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:

image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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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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Julia’s Living Room

I love seeing photographs of my customers’ decorated spaces.  Julia of Pawleys Island Posh recently added two of our leopard linen pillows while updating her beautiful living room and I think they, along with her other additions, have made such a fun impact. Here’s the space before the updates:

and here it is after:

Photos by Julia Ryan. See more on her lifestyle blog!

Looks great, don’t you think? I love the playful mix of patterns!

If you’re interested in the leopard linen pillows, you can order here!

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Wardrobe Essentials Part II

As promised, here’s the continuation of yesterday’s post. These items aren’t Fall/Winter specific, just also on my current ‘To Buy’ list:

Leopard heels

Gold belt
Something sapphire blue

A white blouse

Statement cluster necklace

A circle/full skirt

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Fall/Winter Wardrobe Shopping List

We’ve been officially in Fall for a few weeks now and as is typical for sunny SoCal it’s still quite warm over here.  As I await the cooler weather I’ve been shopping for a few items to add to my wardrobe with the help of my Pinterest boards. When I pin images, I do it quickly and don’t really think too much about it, just whatever I’m instinctively drawn to, and so it’s interesting to go back and take a closer look at what I’ve pinned and take notice of similarities among my pins. I’ve used those similarities as cues to zone in on my style and come up with a list of what pieces I want to add to my wardrobe. I’ve found that by focusing my shopping  with a list, I’m less likely to get overwhelmed and frustrated and less likely to be tempted to buy things I’ll hardly wear and I’ll eventually have to get rid of because they’ve become clutter in my closet.

I haven’t really shopped for myself in awhile so my list includes classics that I’ve been needing to either add or update.  Here’s part of my ‘To Buy’ list (I’ll share the other part tomorrow!):

A classic trench coat Black skinnies (any recommendations for a flattering pair?)Grey skinniesA colorful printed scarf or two

Thin solid sweaters in neutral colorsA leopard scarf

Lots of cozy and chunky sweatersFlat riding boots -any recommendations? I’m looking for a pair that is high quality, comfortable, and fits my thin calves (I hate when there’s a huge gap). Currently considering these, these, and these.

So far I’ve crossed off classic trench and colorful scarf off my list with this and this.

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What pieces have you recently added or plan to your wardrobe? Do you make a list of what you want you want to look for before you go shopping?

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Our Bedroom Before + Decorating Progress & Plans

Our bedroom is finally starting to take shape! For the longest time it looked like this (even though it had been a good while since we moved in):

Yea, not so pretty.  The wall color actually doesn’t look too horrible in the photo (probably because it was a sunny day when I took it and the light was streaming in through the sliding doors) but my husband and I both didn’t like it, to say the least. We usually keep the curtains in that room closed most of the time and so the wall color made the room look dark and depressing. Definitely not us.  We used extra dining chairs as nightstands. The headboard you see to the right we brought in from my mom’s house to re-upholster it in a different fabric.

I wasn’t expecting it to take so long to get it looking decent, but other unexpected things kept taking precedence of our time and financial resources.  We have finally made some progress though. So far we’ve changed out the duvet cover, painted the walls, brought in “nightstands”, recovered the headboard and installed it, and selected fabrics for the pillows.

We went with this duvet cover from Ikea:

My husband is (sadly) not a fan of white duvet covers and we wanted something inexpensive since we eventually plan on upgrading our Full size mattress to a Queen or King, so it’s not worth investing in something nicer just yet.

This dining space from an old issue of domino inspired the wall colors: We didn’t go with as much contrast but still chose two different blues (Olympic Zero VOC Paint):

Our current bed frame is from Ikea and is the same one we’ve had for a while.  It served us well when we were very tight on space.

Though we’re not as short on space anymore and we’d love to change it, we’re waiting to do so until we can also afford the larger mattress mentioned above.  Since it’s staying and it has drawers, we went with shelves as nightstands so they won’t get in the way of being able to open the drawers.

We recovered the headboard in a greige linen (below right) and finalized fabrics for the pillows: The chintz fabric I’ve loved since seeing it in Michelle’s Lonny office:

It works perfectly with the colors of the duvet and the headboard. (Update: I found out the fabric is on backorder til late December :-( I guess I’ll have to wait – booo)  The blue velvet will add richness, and the Kelly Wearstler fabric with the diagonal lines is a nice contrast to the floral in terms of style and pattern.

Up next to do:

  • make the pillows
  • get a new alarm clock -I’m thinking maybe this one
  • on the nightstands add black frames with black and white photos of us
  • buy and install grouping of white square frames on opposite wall

What do you think? Can you start to picture it? Can’t wait to share more progress!

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*For those who are interested in pillows out of the fabrics mentioned above, please email shop@ariannabelle.com for a quote

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How Kelsey Organizes Her Armoire

This week, participating in the How I Organize series, is interior designer and room stylist, Kelsey of Kelsey Design. She gives us a peek at how she organizes her beautiful bedroom armoire:


I have been in love with French armoires for as long as I can remember. When I saw one on Craigslist, I knew my time had come. It still needs a little TLC and I haven’t decided if I’ll keep the wood or paint it white. I love when I open the doors to my armoire, I can see everything at a glance- no more opening and closing drawers to find that one piece!

I’ll be honest, it is not always easy neatly folding all my pieces, rather than shoving them in a drawer. But, everything is at my fingertips! I can actually remember what all I have. Socks, t-shirts, undies, and flats are piled in baskets. My belts are in an apothecary jar and my scarves are in a clear basket- even your armoire needs a pop of color! I display my statement necklaces on a mirrored tray to stay inspired when picking out my outfits. The rest of my accessories are housed in a chest of mini drawers and my favorites are in a vintage blue candy jar. Vintage candy jars are one of my favorite ways to store favorite accessories- where practical meets pretty! I stack my jeans, pants, and sweaters. They are easy to remove from the stack without the whole pile tumbling down. Like colors are paired together…can you tell I’m in love with pink and red pants?

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