09/4/13

Back to School Essentials

Whether you are going back to school or not, I kinda am obsessed with this time of year. People get back into their focus phase. I love it. I love that I live in a town with a big university and I sense the energy completely shift as school goes back into session. Young kiddos excited to start a new year, the coffee shops fill up and there is more going on. Am I weird or what?

Anyways, although I am not starting school, I still love the whole idea or getting organized for the new “school year.” Yes I am, said the dork. So here’s a little Back to School Essentials guide:

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Ok, here’s the breakdown:

1. A chalkboard/ hook/ shelf combo?! I’m sold! (source)

2. I have these sort of bookend geodes. They are pretty dope. (source)

3. I love this rattan waste bin. The natural feel combined with this “dipped” look gots me all hooked. (source)

4. Got a Mac? Yea, who doesn’t. Let’s spice it up. Keyboard decals are fun. I loved this gradient look. (source)

5. So you should all know this. I’m a journal addict. Whether it’s jotting down a few things or a to-do list or even a yoga class sequence, journals are my jam and so is this beaut! (source)

6. A geometric mousey pad. Love it! (source)

7. This laptop cover looks like the texture I pretty much put in all my paintings. (source)

8. Throw in a little rustic tray set with a splash of yellow? No big (source)

9. I guess this lamp base also reminds me of my paintings. I love combining this tealish/turquoise with brown. Great blending! (source)

10. Let’s hoot and holler for this cute owl pen holder (source) HOOTY HOOT!

11. And I couldn’t leave you without this adorable welded letter holder. (source)

 

Alright my kiddos. Love ya to pieces. Let’s get our back to school vibe on!

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09/11/12

Affordable Pillows

So back to my love shack corner. I wanted to share some of the pillows I bought that were quite affordable and make my love corner super inviting.

I ended up buying 5 new pillows. Here’s the breakdown:

This is the Ikea Lappljung pillow cover for $5.00 and I bought the pillow for $2.99. So we’ve got $8.00 there.

This is the Urban Outfitters Round Velvet Pintuck Pillow which is originally $34.00 but at the store they had a sale and I got it for $25.00.

The rest were Ross scores. I got this India pillow for $8.00 and the 2 brown velvet pillows for $12.00 (they cam in a pack). The Ross stop cost me $20.00 for pillows.

The two white canvas pillows are ones that I made myself years ago and the bench was the update I made last week.

So we’ve got a total of $53.00 for 5 pillows! Not bad. Seeing as I still had leftover from the dresser I sold a few weeks ago, these were easy purchases for me.

I’ve also got a fun project in the works for a big hunky desk.

Remember when I made this desk for a client/friend?

Well, I was inspired to do this exact thing for myself. I have this beautiful desk that I refurbished years ago but I need a lot more desk space to work and craft.

Keep posted for that new desk. I should have it up in the next few days.

It’s all coming together and it feels so goooood.

08/21/12

World Market Cost Plus Favorites

So I have some big love for World Market lately. I’m especially loving their industrial style pieces and some bold colors. Check out a few of my faves at World Market.

INDUSTRIAL INSPIRATION:

  1. Emerson Shelf with step: $399.99
  2. 12 Slot Wall Cubby:  $103.99
  3. Metal & Wood Wall Unit: $79.99
  4. Jayden Wall Unit: $24.99
  5. Metal Tub Chair: $109.99
  6. 4 Shelf Tower: $219.99
  7. Kitchen Cart: $449.99
  8. Nesting Desk: $299.99
  9. Metal Shelf Units: $79.99

COLOR INSPIRATION:

  1. Knitted Pouf: $79.99
  2. Desk: $169.99
  3. Crosby Sofa Frame and Nutmeg Slipcover: $400 + $299.99
  4. Damask Rug: $299.99
  5. Chunky Jute Rug: $199.99
  6. Ceramic Stool: $79.99
  7. Owl Lamp Base: $24.99
  8. Smocked Curtain: $26.99
  9. Studio Day Lounger and Slipcover:  $319.99 + $109.99
  10. Peacock Soap Dish: $6.99

 

There are a lot of goodies. These were just a few of my favorite things. Enjoy!

-Ariela

08/10/12

Home Invasion… the Aftermath

Hey all… Hope you’re liking the new site so far. There is still more to be done but we are getting there!

Today I wanted to share with you another set of “after” photos from a client and dear friend. I posted the progress of making tables here and painting the mural for the baby’s room here. Finally today I got some nice looking for reals “after shots.”

They already had a dining table in the dining room so I felt that behind the sofa was the perfect place to set up a work station.

This is where the bulk of the budget went to and the main changes happened. You can see how I made the desk here. The curtains prior were a satin beige and I changed them up with a linen fabric which lent a hand in continuing the beach cottage traditional yet casual look.

I really love the way the desk came out. It’s crazy that altogether that desk cost $70 with all the materials.

Rustic.

The project was mainly a diy scramble to fit the budget and it was fun.

Here is the art piece that I made. I LOVE old windows. I found this one at the local thrift store. The original idea was that I would have a mirror behind it and place it over the fireplace to let light bounce around the room. Soooo… the mirror thing… it didn’t work out. Cutting mirrors= not fun and a little scary.

Finally my little bambino’s room. Her little owl who watches over her at night.

Happy Thursday!