Shoe Ladders

Came across these images of ladders used to organize and display high-heeled shoes and thought it was such a clever idea.  I love seeing how people reimagine things and use them for something other than their intended purpose.


Makes a fun alternative to traditional shelving. If you use a salvaged or vintage ladder, it’s eco-friendly too!

Another creative shoe organization idea here.

image sources: 1-unknown, 2-the nest, 3-design sponge
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Pillows Gift Certificate Deal!


Deal alert! Tonight through end of Friday May 10th, use code MOTHERSDAY for 10% off e-gift certificates from my shop!

*Offer valid only on gift certificates.  Ends 11:59 pm PST May 10, 2013.
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My Home Office Pin Board

Though I have a lovely gallery wall in my office, what I face when I’m sitting at my desk are two doors – one which leads to the hallway and I almost always keep open, and the other which leads to our laundry room and I always keep closed since there’s another door we use to access that space.

For awhile I kept both doors blank, which made for an uninspiring view from my desk.   I finally realized the door I always keep closed would be a great spot for a cork board. While I love Pinterest and use it almost daily, it’s nice to be able to pin on an traditional physical board.  It’s a great spot not just for inspiring images, but also for notes, reminders, keepsakes, artwork, and fabric swatches.  Plus a cork board gives me a certain tactile experience I don’t get when I’m pinning virtually, and by having it in front of my desk it can serve as something beautiful to glance at throughout the workday to give my eyes a rest from the computer screen.

Before heading to the store, I measured my door so I could easily decide what size cork board would make best use of the space. The 24×36 size was just the right width and height.  Not too big, not too small.

To make it fit seamlessly with the decor of my office, I covered the board in a simple white cotton fabric and gave it the look of nailhead trim by adding super inexpensive thumb tacks along the line of the board’s frame. Since my place is a rental, I didn’t want to make any holes on the door, so I used command strips to mount the board.

Overall the process was easy and I’m thrilled with the results. Here’s how it looks:


I pinned: a few inspiring images (from my virtual boards) that I had printed on card stock, a magazine pull-out, a lovely art piece my sister made for me with the word ‘Love’ painted in gold, a few fabrics I’m considering for pillows for the shop, as well as a little printed reminder to myself to drink more water, take my vitamins, and make green juice.


For those of you interested in making a similar board for yourself, here’s a list of what I used and a few tips:


-Iron your fabric before stapling it to the board

-After you staple the fabric on one side of the board, pull the fabric really tight before stapling the other side.

-When placing the thumb tacks, use your thumb as a spacing guide

-Place the command strips on the frame of the board to help them best adhere to the wall

-The strips come in two different colors – black and white.  Since you may possibly be able to see a little bit of the strips from a side view, get the ones that are closest in color to either your wall color or the color of your fabric.

-Most importantly, have fun pinning to your board!

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

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How Monika Organizes Her Jewels & Perfumes

Today I’m delighted to bring to you a new How I Organize post! Shop owner and lifestyle blogger Monika Hibbs (who just became a mom to a sweet baby boy!), gives us a look at how she beautifully organizes her jewelry and collection of perfumes:


I like to have most of my everyday jewelry in place, ready for me to quickly pick up and go! Having all those jewels organized on my side table along side my perfume is perfect!  The silver tray is from The Cross Design, one of my favorite home décor stores in Yale Town, Vancouver. The Stag Head jewelry holder, which holds my bracelets is from Front & Company in Vancouver. 

For pieces that I only take out for special occasions I like to have them all wrapped up in the boxes they came in. I laugh, because my husband thinks I’m a horder- whereas I like the organization of each piece in it’s place! Takes up a little bit more room, but those boxes are just too nice to throw away!

headshot photo by Melissa Skoda, all others by Ellen Ho of Hong Photography 
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Get the Look: A Modern Breakfast Nook

Today I have for you a modern black and white breakfast nook played up with colorful accessories that bring it to life:purple-breakfastnook

Create a similar look with these pieces:

1-white pendant light, 2-white frame, 3-abstract artwork, 4-pitcher, 5-solid pillow with ribbon border, 6-patterned pillow, 7-red glass goblets, 8-geometric vase, 9-modern white chair with black seat

photograph at top via BHG
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Raiana’s Sophisticated Glam Living Room

One of my favorite parts of my job is seeing my pillows in their new homes. I know I have some seriously talented customers.  Canadian interior designer Raiana Schwenker is no exception. She just shared photos of her living room (which she decorated on a budget!) and it’s absolutely fabulous.  Take a look:

Raiana's Living Room with Arianna Belle leopard pillowsClick on over to Sadie and Stella to see more photos and read about all the details!

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A Beautifully Organized Pantry

In my previous home, I organized my pantry using matching food storage containers from Ikea which I labeled using my P-touch labeler. I loved it because it was practical, streamlined and looked great. When we moved to our current apartment last year, since the containers unfortunately didn’t really fit in our new awkward sized narrow cabinets, I decided to give them to my mom who was reorganizing her kitchen at the time.  The plan was to get new containers that better fit our new cabinets and in the interim keep items in their original bags and boxes and/or use whatever (mismatched) containers we had on hand. A year has passed though and I still haven’t gotten the new containers.

These photos below from the kitchen of Jen of the Social Home are giving me the inspiration and push I need to get my pantry looking beautiful again.   Jen used matching containers from the dollar store and created her own lovely labels, which she generously offers as downloadable freebies here and here.  She also offers custom labels in her shop The Paper Society.

Beautiful Labels from the Paper Society via Arianna Belle BlogSo pretty, wouldn’t you agree?

p.s. Check out her post on how to smudge-proof your labels

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A Beautifully Organized Creative Workspace

In love with this creative workspace from the home of Darcy Miller, illustrator and editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings. It’s the chicest craft room I ever did see! It’s not only fully stocked with all the supplies you could ever need for any creative project, but it’s also beautifully organized.  Everything has a home designated based on frequency of use, so things are accessible and easy to find. With the exception of the art supplies which bring a cheerful rainbow array of color to the space, most everything (the walls, floor, ceiling, furniture, and storage containers) is black, white, and gray. This creates a uniform look and keeps the room from feeling chaotic or overwhelming.

Darcy Miller's Creative Workspace via Arianna Belle Blog

See more here.

Photography by Christopher Sturman 
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Living Room Progress

I’m back from my Santa Barbara mini getaway with my husband (see photos of the trip here). We’ve both been working a lot so it was definitely a fun, relaxing, much needed break.

As promised, I wanted to share with you all my living room progress.  Since the last update here’s what I’ve done:

+Separated the two tables we were using as a coffee table and designated them as side tables

+Moved the chair ottoman to the middle of the room and added a tray so we could use it as a coffee table

+Added pillows to the sofa. I went with two blue velvet, two aga reverse black*, and a petite zig zag french blue lumbar*.

+ Hung the beautiful paintings I had commissioned from Parima Studio

+Purchased a media console. We went with this one from Ikea which was inexpensive (a necessity since this is a short term home) and just the right size. We’ve customized it by painting the back in a similar color blue as the velvet pillows. We bought doors for it, however not sure if we’ll use them or not.  Still deciding… Might just add two bottom drawers to hide the X-Box controls and gadgets and keep the rest as open storage.

+Added an accent table with a scalloped top next to the chair.  It’s black and I like how it looks but I’m kinda tempted to paint it another color.  Undecided still.

+Bought three square frames to hang on the wall in a vertical column to the left of the paintings. They’re silver but I plan on spray painting them gold to match the mirror above the fireplace.

Overall, here’s what the room is currently looking like:

What’s up next:

+paint the three frames and hang them

+ add drawers to the media console and style the shelves

+ get another side table lamp

+buy and install cover for tv cords & wires

+find a stylish storage basket or bin for Little Foot‘s toys

Hopefully these last few things don’t take me too long! Stay tuned for more updates!

*I don’t have these pillows available in the shop website yet. If you’re interested, email for a quote.
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Checking in on 2013 Intentions

With the first month of the year behind us, I feel like it’s a good time to check in and re-visit lists of new year intentions and goals in an effort to stay on track and re-focus if needed. Below is my list and how it’s going so far. Hopefully by sharing them publicly it might even help me stick to them a little more.

Make Health a Priority
Late last year I had some symptoms that prompted a trip to the doctor, which then turned into more trips to the doctor, and now a pending possible Crohn’s Disease diagnosis.  Regardless of whether they find that I do or don’t have the disease (getting a colonoscopy next month UPDATE: I don’t have it! whew!), I want to develop healthy habits I know are good for me and will help me live my best life.  After all, without good health, it’s difficult to accomplish much else, right? So far I’ve been pretty good about:
+ remembering to take my vitamins (multi, B-complex, vitamin D, omega-3) – by keeping them together and visible in a frequently opened kitchen cabinet
+ eating sugar in moderation -as those of you who follow me on Instagram know, I have a sweet tooth. The trick to keeping it in check has been not keeping a stash of tempting foods in the house.
+ finding ways to incorporate not so appetizing healthy foods into my regular diet. For example I have a hard time drinking aloe vera on it’s own but by mixing it with orange juice it’s not bad at all.

I need to work on:
+ Making more green juice – As those of you who make green juice know, it’s time a consuming endeavor washing, cutting and peeling the fruits and veggies, cleaning the juicer, etc.  So far I’ve been pretty good about making juice about 3 times a week but my goal is to make juice every day.  Often times I’m in a hurry or I just feel plain lazy about it.  Prepping the veggies in bulk (for 2-3 days worth of juice at a time) seems to be helping make it more doable.
+ Moving more-  As an entrepreneur that works from home I can oftentimes be a bit of a workaholic and sit in front of the computer for hours at a time and push working out off the side. I need to work out first thing  in the morning before heading to my office (a workout video or a quick run) or else I probably won’t work out at all.

+ Drinking more water- This has been a constant challenge but I’ve been making some progress.  What seems to work for me is having a really large glass water bottle on my desk (or wherever I am) during the day.  If it’s there in front of me I’ll drink it.  If I have just a small glass, I’ll drink it and then neglect to get up to refill it sufficiently.  I just need to make it a habit to fill the large bottle in the morning before getting started with work.
+ Regular relaxation- ‘stress is related to 99% of all illness” – this is something I remember reading in the Lululemon manifesto and I think is probably true.  Regularly doing activities that relieve stress like taking a bath, reading books with a spiritual focus (like Eckhart Tolle), keeping a gratitude journal, are important for not letting stress accumulate and harm our bodies. I love doing all these things but don’t give myself time to do them enough.

Continue Growing My Business
When I opened my pillow shop a little over a year ago it was very small. I didn’t really know how much it would grow and all of what that growth would entail. As I manage all the aspects of my business, I’ve been growing along with it figuring out things as I go along and always thinking about how I can improve it. This year I’ve started utilizing the time I spend driving, to listen to various business audiobooks. So far they’ve given me great ideas on things I can do to further develop my business and push it forward, which I’m definitely excited about implementing. My current read is The Martha Rules.

Blog More
Admittedly, the growth of my shop has resulted in putting this blog on the back burner.  I do miss blogging regularly and so, as I learn to delegate, and develop systems for working more efficiently and being more productive with my business (smarter not harder), I hope to get back to having time to blog at least two or three times a week.

“Finish” decorating the apartment
I put it in quotation marks because the apartment we’re in right now is a short term rental (we’ll be here maybe another year or two?) and we’re on a budget so there are limitations as to what “finished” realistically can look like.  Working within our limitations though, I have the bulk of it somewhat done, I just need to shop for, DIY, and install a few more things. I’ll give you all an update soon on how the living room is looking.

+ Take weekend trips- The past two years we’ve been on a very tight budget as result of the sucky economy, my husband begin unemployed for several months and other setbacks. Though we’re not yet where we want to be financially, thankfully we’re no longer penny pinching as much and can afford to take at least a few budget friendly quick getaways.  We’re starting off with Santa Barbara on Valentine’s Day, which I’m looking forward to.
+ Visit museums – I love going to museums and they’re inexpensive yet it’s been a few years since I’ve been to one.  Must visit at least the LACMA and Griffith Observatory this year.
+ Go salsa dancing with my husband -been wanting to for a while now and would make fun date nights
+ Go hiking and biking more – this goes hand in hand with moving more. As the weather gets a little warmer I’ll be making it a point to head outside to do these things on the weekend.

Please tell me I’m not the only one with a list a mile long.  I always find it inspirational to hear about other people’s goals and so if you’re up for sharing, I’d love to hear what you’re aiming for. What are some of your intentions for the year? How are they materializing so far? Maybe we can all help each other stick to at least a few of our intentions.

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