Cozy up

A simple little throw blanket can really help make a space feel cozy, which is especially appealing during these colder months.  Of course a burning fireplace doesn’t hurt either.

Do you have a throw that’s specific for your living/family room or do you tend to bring out regular bedroom blankets whenever you want to cozy up on the sofa to watch a movie or read a book?  Is there one that you love and would recommend (like a super soft or warm one)?

image credits: 1-loft & cottage, 2-elle decor, 3-williams sonoma, 4-via pinterest, 5- via tumblr, 6-via desire to inspire, 7-domino
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Beautifully Organized Recipes

How was your Thanksgiving weekend? Did you eat a lot of turkey?  I was fortunate to spend the holiday with my family.  My husband, the chef of the day, made the most delicious meal: turkey, mushroom and thyme mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, onion rolls, and to top it off pumpkin pie. Yum!

Speaking of food, how do you all organize your family recipes?  I currently organize digitally, most of the recipes that I find in magazines, blogs, etc. (Evernote is great for that),  but  there are  special family recipes I’ve been meaning to write down (like  the recipe for mom’s menudo, grandma’s tortillas, etc.) and keep in something beautiful and tactile.  I was delighted to find several lovely options:

Love that this on is monogrammed and is clear so you can show off pretty recipe cards:Speaking of pretty recipe cards…Image sources: Binders and Books 1-kikki k, 2-liba style, 3-martha stewart, 4-bethbee etsy shop, 5-kikki k, 6-russell + hazel; Recipe Boxes 1-1canoe2 etsy shop, 2-container store, 3-macy’s, 4-sincerely yours paper; Recipe Cards 1-claybrook print design etsy shop, 2-earmark etsy shop, 3-ladybugpress etsy shop

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Cyber Monday

Today I’m offering free U.S. shipping on all pillow covers!  Click here to shop and use the coupon code at checkout.

*Free shipping is also available for custom orders!  Just email shop@ariannabelle.com by end of today with the fabric, colorway, and size you want.  

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Happy Thanksgiving

Today I am thankful for several things, among them you. Thank you for stopping by my little blog, thank you for your readership, for your support and your encouragement.  I wish you and your loved ones a very warm and happy thanksgiving that fills your heart as much as your belly!

image credit: sunday suppers
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Entryway Solution: Basket for Shoes & Slippers

Sometimes inevitably shoes end up in the entryway.  If you don’t have a closet to hide them behind, a solution for keeping it from looking too messy, is to have a beautiful basket for them:

If you have a no shoes in the house rule, you can also fill the basket with slippers to encourage guests to remove their shoes upon entering.

image credits: 1- the marion house book, 2- the elegant abode via decor8
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Ideas for Shoe Storage

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite ideas for organizing shoes over on La Dolce Vita. Click on over to check it out :)

image credit: LCY
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Hanging Pot Rack in a Small Kitchen

Last week I did a post on hanging pot racks, which featured mostly large kitchens.  This kitchen below shows how a hanging pot rack can be integrated into smaller quarters:

It works here because there’s free wall space, as in the pots aren’t blocking any cabinet doors.  They do look quite high up there though, so I’m guessing the homeowner keeps a step stool handy :)

image credit: photography by patrick cline for lonny mag
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Stylish Picks: Wristlets

In keeping with the topic of yesterday’s post, a stylish selection of wristlets for carrying essentials on-the-go:

1- chloe high tech leather wristlet clutch, 2- tory burch leather wristlet, 3- charlotte russe snakeskin clutch with wristlet, 4- dooney & bourke cork large slim wristlet, 5- lauren by ralph lauren newbury leather small wristlet, 6- michael kors medium wristlet
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Organizing a Large Handbag

A great way to organize the contents in a large handbag is to separate things out into smaller bags and pouches. Heres what I like to use in my own bag:

In lieu of a wallet, I use a wristlet (love this one from dooney and bourke) and a card organizer (card cubby has some great options).  In the wristlet I keep my credit & debit card, cash, license, insurance card, cell phone, and lip balm -basically all the essentials I need to have close at hand.  All the non-essentials, like store rewards cards, gift cards, back-up credit cards, and coupons, go into the card organizer and are filed alphabetically into the little labeled compartments.

Items like lipgloss, blotting sheets, a mirror, hand cream, and hand sanitizer go into a cosmetic bag (love this one from tory burch).

Separating things out like this allows me to quickly and easily pull out what I need when I need it (nothing is more annoying than having to rummage through your bag to find items), and also lightens my load when I’m on the go. If I need to make a quick errand, I can just pull out the wristlet and take that with me instead of lugging the big handbag and its entire contents.

How do you like to organize your handbag? Have any of you ever tried one of those inserts used for switching from purse to purse?

handbag – dooney & bourke, card organizer – card cubby, wristlet - dooney & bourke, cosmetic bag – tory burch
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Toast Rack as Mail Organizer

Love the idea of using a vintage toast rack as a way to beautifully organize mail or neatly hold stationary:

Look for vintage racks on Etsy, eBay and your local flea market.

image credits: 1- via this is glamorous, 2- via design sponge, 3-photography by Patrick Cline via lonny mag
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