2 Year Anniversary

Tomorrow it will be 2 years since I opened my little pillow shop.  The day I opened it, I was a bit nervous yet excited and hopeful.  I was jumping into new unfamiliar territory and I wasn’t sure what to expect exactly, but my intuition told me I was headed in the right direction and I felt optimistic of what lied ahead.

Having gone through, and working our way out of, a very rough economic period, my husband and I had very little money at the time. Somehow though, I found a way to come up with some money (less than $1,000) to invest in starting up the business.  Upon opening the shop I offered only 6 pillows, all in one size.  The idea was to start small with what I could, and re-invest any profits to grow the business over time. I figured if it didn’t work out, it wouldn’t be too huge of a financial loss, so I felt okay about taking the risk.  I think that had I waited to come up with enough money to open the shop with as many pillows as I have available now, I possibly would have never done it.

With a little luck and a lot of hard work I’m so grateful that the business has steadily grown over the past two years. I was able to quit the part-time job I had when I opened the shop, and I’ve been a full time shop owner for over a year now.  It’s been a dream come true to be my own boss, work in an industry I am passionate about, and have the freedom and control to mold, create, and grow my business however I want to.

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While there’s no way of foreseeing what the future holds, I do have some things planned for my third year in business that I’m very excited about and hope will lead to other positive things.  I’ll be taking a business training program led by a woman I greatly admire and respect, I’ll be launching a re-vamped version of the shop website (currently in the works!), adding several new pillows, and I’ll most likely be hiring an assistant.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who have been so supportive and spread the word about the shop via your blogs, social media, and word of mouth, and of course those of you who have been customers and chosen to make Arianna Belle pillows a part of your beautiful homes.  My shop would not be a success without you all!

In celebration of my 2 year anniversary and the start of my 3rd year in business, I will be offering 15% off everything in my shop starting midnight tonight, September 22nd, through end of Monday September 23rd. To get the discount, just enter this code at checkout: AB2YEAR

Thank you again for all your support!! xx

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My Pillows on the TODAY Show!

My leopard velvet pillows appeared on the TODAY show yesterday morning during their Fall Fashion & Home Decor Trends segment! Here’s the video clip (they show up towards the end):

Although they didn’t include an on-screen credit, it was still very exciting to see my pillows make their debut on national television! Hopefully this will be the first of more to come!

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76 Main Nantucket Luxury Boutique Hotel

The talented team over at Rachel Reider Interiors recently helped revamp a newly reopened boutique luxury hotel in Nantucket and they included several pillows from my shop in their design of the lounge! Here are a few photos:

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I love that they took their own unique approach to Nantucket design and created a space that’s unlike what you’d expect to see in a hotel.  They did such a great job of mixing patterns and making the lounge feel so inviting.  The rest of the hotel is beautiful as well -see more of it here.   Hopefully I’ll get a chance to visit someday – maybe next summer? Seems like it’d be a perfect place for a nice little getaway.

p.s. If you’re unfamiliar with Rachel Reider Interiors, be sure to take a peek at their portfolio – you’ll love it!

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Bedroom Decorating Progress: Artwork + Dresser Lamp

With all there is to do, oftentimes decorating our place gets put on the back burner. I’ve made it a goal though to squeeze in at least one decorating task per week, no matter how small, to make progress. In a way I think the fact that it has been a bit of a slow process has allowed me to appreciate and enjoy each individual little update more so than if I had done everything at once for a quick turnaround.

One of my most recent updates was hanging artwork in the bedroom. I got these beautiful photography prints I ordered from various Etsy sellers and put them in matching white frames from Ikea.  I love how they look together:

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Another recent addition is this table lamp which I put on our dresser:dresser-top-arianna-belle-blog

As you can see, the dresser doesn’t have a lot of surface space, so I needed a lamp that was fairly small. I also wanted it to be all white and a simple elegant shape.  The Continuum Lamp from Lamps.com fit the bill. It’s just the right size, color and shape, and works nicely with the rest of the room’s decor.

In an upcoming post, I’ll share a photo of my bed which I’ve outfitted with beautiful embroidered sheets, and of course some great decorative pillows. I’ll also show you what I added under my little bedside shelves to make space for some books and magazines. Stay tuned!

p.s. Follow me on Instagram for mini updates! 

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Chic Leather Storage Tote Baskets

Two recent finds for stylish organization:

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Perfect for holding current reading material like books and magazines and stylish enough to integrate into the decor of a space. Can’t decide which one I like best!

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Loving Lately…

The color story of this photo…

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The relaxed vibe of this fresh outdoor patio area…

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The ornate detail on this pink gate door…loving-8-10-ariannabelleblog_3

The idea of a dinner party on the beach…

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My Stylishly Organized Drawer

I recently gave one of my drawers a little makeover with a clear organizer and a roll of duct tape. I used the organizer, which I picked up from Ikea, to separate all my items. It has lots of little compartments that make it easy to designate a spot for each thing. When everything is in it’s place, I can quickly find what I need.

As for the duct tape, I used it to create a stylish drawer liner.  3M has a great snake print tape from their new Expressions line that can be used in a lot of creative ways.  Kelly of Fabulous K recently used it to cover a photo frame and Megan of Honey We’re Home used it to cover a mousepad and a tray.  To make my drawer liner, I simply measured the bottom of my drawer, cut a piece of poster board to size, covered it with strips of the duct tape and then fit it inside the drawer. Super easy. Looks great and as a bonus, it helps protect my drawer.  If anything spills, I can easily wipe it off. This is what I see when I open my drawer now:

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What do you think? Not too shabby huh?

If you’re thinking of using snake print tape for a little project of your own, use this coupon for $1 off.

This post was brought to you by Office Depot.  All thoughts, ideas, and opinions expressed here are my own. Thank you for supporting Arianna Belle sponsors!  

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Zebra Pillow in Adore Magazine

Delighted to see my Zebra pillow in the August/September issue of Adore Home Magazine! It’s featured on page 117 as part of the spread that features the home of designer Maria Barros who is known for her fun and colorful interiors:

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adore_aug2013-pgs116-117-ariannabelle-zebra-pillowView the full spread and issue of Adore here.

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Get the Look: A Beach Chic Living Room

For this month’s Get the Look post I’m featuring this beautiful living room from the Long Island home of Catherine Marron (previously Senior Features Editor at Vogue) designed by Carrier and Company.

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This space exudes a sense of casual elegance that is very inviting and reminds me a bit of the set of one of my favorite movies, Something’s Gotta Give. Achieve a similar fresh Hamptons beach house look with these pieces:

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1- rattan dining chair, 2- mani indigo blue pillow, 3- bangalore paisley navy pillow, 4- handwoven jute rug, 5- white bookcase, 6- slipper chair, 7- tala bluemarine pillow, 8- porcelain chinoiserie lamp, 9- reclaimed wood round table

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How I Organize My Magazine Clippings

Even though there’s undoubtedly an abundance of inspiration and information available via digital magazines, blogs, and Pinterest, which I all love, I still very much enjoy receiving printed magazines in the mail that I can physically flip through and rip pages out of, while settled in a comfy seat with a big cup of coffee in hand.  It’s a relaxing treat at the end of the day.

As much as I love printed magazines though, I don’t like the physical clutter they can create. If you’re like me and have several subscriptions, you know how easily and quickly magazine piles can grow and get out of hand if you don’t periodically toss them or do something to tame and organize them.

Today I thought I’d share with you my system for keeping my magazine collection in check. While I do keep some magazines in their entirety and treat them as books because they’re filled with a lot of visually rich and inspiring content all throughout, what I try to do with most magazines is selectively rip out the pages I want to keep, and organize those pages into binders.

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A few of my magazine clippings binders made pretty with simple matching covers 

As I’m reading through a new issue, as soon as I identify content I’d like to save, I rip out the page.  It may be an article that I found informational and want to reference in the future, or a city guide for a place that I’d like to visit, or an image with a beautiful color story that I find inspiring. I set aside the pages I’ve ripped out and (temporarily) put them in what I’ve designated as a magazine clippings box, because lets be honest, most of the time after reading a magazine, I’m in relax mode, not in organizing mode.

When I’m in the mood, usually on a different day, maybe while watching TV or something, I’ll take my magazine clippings and separate them out into the following categories:

Action – things to buy, recipes to try this week, sites to bookmark, etc.

Business – advice, resources and inspiration for my biz 

Cleaning & Home Improvement – how to’s, tips, guides, reviews for appliances and other home products I don’t need or can’t afford right now but possibly will later, etc.

Decor – inspiration, products, guides

Dream Home Inspiration – home ideas that I absolutely positively love and dream of  incorporating into my future home

Entertaining – tablescapes, ideas for the holidays, etc.

Fashion – outfit ideas, guides

Food – recipes, cooking tips

Hair & Beauty – ideas and guides

Health & Fitness – informational articles, guides, how to’s

Organization – inspiration, ideas, products

Travel – interesting places I’d like to check out, city guides, travel tips

Someday Maybe – projects I might want to try sometime, book lists, movies I’d like to watch, etc.

Wisdom – articles regarding balance, happiness, spirituality, perspective etc. (helpful for getting out of a funk or getting through a depressing time)

With the exception of the Action category, which I have a tray for near my desk (more on my office trays later), I created a binder for all my categories. Each binder is filled with clear sheet protectors and tabbed dividers (for sub-categorizing).  To organize the magazine clippings, I simply put each into a sheet protector in the appropriate binder and under the corresponding sub-category.

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My Travel binder with clear tab dividers labeled with sub-categories: Local, Weekend Getaways, National, International, Travel Tips

Here are my tips for anyone who may be interested in doing something similar:

-Go through one or two issues of each magazine you subscribe to, and take a look at the pages you’ve torn out to help you come up with your binder categories

-Assess your needs before going out to buy supplies.  I personally go through a lot of magazines and tend to tear out a fair amount of pages, so I determined that I needed a separate binder for each category to neatly fit everything in and leave space to add more.  If you’re someone who doesn’t subscribe to a lot of magazines and/or doesn’t tend to tear out that many pages, you may decide you can organize everything into one large binder or maybe combine two or three categories into each binder.  If you need to, you can always expand later.

-Keep in mind also that not all your binders need to be the same size.  Most of mine are 1″ but for some categories, like Fashion and Decor, I have 3″ binders.

-Make sure you use either extra-wide dividers, or dividers that are specially made for use with sheet protectors (like these). If you get regular dividers, since sheet protectors are wider than regular letter sized paper, you won’t be able to see the tabs.

-Label the divider tabs with a label maker for a neater look (if you don’t have one yet, I highly recommend getting one, it’s so handy!)

-If you want to downsize and organize a collection of back issues you’ve accumulated over time, do it in batches.  Trying to organize them all at once can be overwhelming.  Plus the process is more fun if you let yourself do it as a leisurely project :-)

*This post was brought to you by the folks at Office Depot.  All thoughts, ideas, and opinions expressed here are my own.  Thank you for supporting Arianna Belle sponsors! 

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