Custom Designer Pillows

As Seen in HGTV Magazine

Modern black white and green living room designed by Nicole Botsman with white solid pillow with black border from Arianna Belle as seen in HGTV magazine
While flipping through the latest issue of HGTV magazine, we were delighted to see that our Solid with Black Grosgrain Ribbon Border pillow made a little appearance. You can see it on page 92, in the story featuring designer Nicole Botsman's home tour. 

modern black white and green living room designed by Nicole Botsman featuring Solid White with Black Grosgrain Ribbon Border designer pillow from Arianna Belle

Nicole knows how to do black and white so masterfully. Check out her portfolio for more photos of her insanely chic home. You can spot our pillows in this home as well! 

chic black and white home designed by Nicole Botsman
by Arianna Vargas

30 Ways to Make Your Guest Room More Welcoming and Luxurious

 

bed with luxurious designer pillows

Marine Blue Velvet pillow

With the holidays approaching, it will soon be high season for houseguests. Here are 30 ways to step up your hostess game and make your guest room a welcoming oasis for your friends and family:

  • 1- Fresh flowers - who doesn't love fresh flowers? Keep it simple and elegant with one single variety of flowers in a small vase. 
  • 2 - WiFi info - print out your home's wifi password and network name and put it in a photo frame to make it easily accessible for guests
  • 3 - Water - leave out a few water bottles so your guest(s) can stay hydrated. Put them on top of the dresser or the bottom shelf of an open nightstand
  • 4 - Snacks - put them in a tray or basket and personalize them for each guest whenever possible. Adding a handwritten note is a nice touch and makes it feel like a little gift. 
  • 5 - Wastebasket - for the snack wrappers and any other trash. This is a simple addition that is easy to forget. Include a liner. 
  • 6 - Magazines - give them something leisurely to read while unwinding. Perhaps include one you know they like, and a local one so they can get to know your area. 
  • 7 - Lots of bedding layers - this is probably one of the most essential things on the list. We all have our different preferences when it comes to how many layers we like to have while sleeping. Keep an extra quilt, blanket, comforter, etc., easily accessible so guests can customize to their liking.
  • 8 - Lots of sleeping pillows - another essential - a mix of feather down and alternative down pillows can accommodate different preferences. Freshen them up right before your guests arrive by sticking them in the dryer for about 10 minutes. 
  • 9 - Big euro pillows (26x26) - they look luxurious and make the the bed more comfortable for those times when guest are just lounging with a book, device, etc. This is especially true if the bed doesn't have a padded headboard. 
  • 10 - Pillow protectors - this keeps sleeping pillows from getting stained and gross
  • 11 - A beautiful decorative pillow - it can instantly dress up a plain bed and elevate the look of the room overall. Try a luxe velvet pillow in a rich color as shown in the photo above or perhaps a single extra-long patterned lumbar in restful neutral colors
  • 12 - Blackout shades or sleep mask - in case guests want to turn in early or sleep in 

bedroom chair with designer pillows

Poppyfield Seamist pillow

  • 13 - A chair - if you have the space for it, a chair is a nice addition as a spot for guests to sit and put their shoes on, a spot for placing any extra pillows at night, etc. 
  • 14 - Full length mirror - we all like to give ourselves the once over before heading out the door
  • 15 - Plenty of towels - a must. Wash them right before your guests arrive so that they're fresh.
  • 16 - Toiletries - if you have sample size toiletries collect them all and put them in a clear glass jar for your guests to use or drop some of what you already have available from your full sized (or Costco sized) bottles into refillable uniform pump bottles
  • 17 - Tissue box - add a cover so it's not an eyesore 
  • 18 - Reed diffuser - good for adding a light scent in the room
  • 19 - Hair dryer - convenient
  • 20 - Robe - nice especially if guests need to walk through the hallways to get to and from the shower. Go with classic big plush white ones.
  • 21 - Slippers - guests probably didn't bring this along with them and it would help make them feel relaxed and at home
  • 22 - Alarm Clock - I have this one in my own bedroom and love it - it has a cool sunrise effect that gently wakes you up and you can turn off the display so that the room can stay dark at night 
  • 23 - USB outlet - give them a place to charge their devices
  • 24 - Empty hangers + closet space - give them as much space as possible to hang their clothes
  • 25 - Empty drawers - give them a place to unpack and feel at home. If you usually use your guest room for storage, temporarily move as much as possible to another room. 
  • 26 - Drawer/closet sachet - place a lavender sachet inside a drawer or closet for a pleasant scent - as a bonus it can help keep insects away
  • 27 - Laundry bag or hamper - depending on how long they're staying this could be really handy.   
  • 28 - Empty closet shelf or closet floor space - give them a spot to put their suitcase away
  • 29 - Iron or steamer - we all know how wrinkly clothes can get after being stuffed inside luggage
  • 30 - Hooks - so they can hang their bags, scarves, coats, etc.  

Hope this gave you some good ideas! Don't feel like you need to do everything - pick and choose what you think your guests would appreciate the most.  

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photo credits: 1- home of kristen shaeffer / 2 - home of krystin lee, design by jacquelyn clark, photography by heidi lau

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Tags: bedrooms

Designer Spotlight: Lucie Ayres

Continuing our series in which spotlight some of our very talented designer customers, this week we are featuring Lucie Ayres of 22 Interiors. Born in the Czech Republic and currently residing and working in Los Angeles, Lucie's work has both European and Californian influences. Read on for a Q&A with her and a look at some of the beautiful interiors she has created.

Designer Spotlight: Lucie Ayres 

Q: How would you describe your design sense?

A: Soulful European meets playful Californian​

Designer Spotlight: Lucie Ayres | Arianna Belle Blog | Living Room with Center Table

Q: How did you get into design?

A: I was born into design.​ I started as a 7 year old girl rearranging furniture in my room constantly. My father was a carpenter and made furniture. My mother has a residential development firm. It's in my blood clearly!

Designer Spotlight: Lucie Ayres | Arianna Belle Blog | Kitchen

Q: What’s your design philosophy?

A: Design to create an experience that feels good.

Designer Spotlight: Lucie Ayres | Arianna Belle Blog | Living Room with Channels Ebony & Ivory Pillow

Q: What’s your favorite part about being a designer?

A: Using both creative and analytic parts of my brain.​

Designer Spotlight: Lucie Ayres | Arianna Belle Blog | Living Room with Olive Green Velvet Pillow

Q: What helps you stay organized?

A: Systems.​ ​I love Asana (project and task management), Boomerang for Gmail (scheduled sending and email reminders), and IvyMark (software for interior designers) - could NOT survive without any of those.

Designer Spotlight: Lucie Ayres | Arianna Belle Blog | Books & Dining Room Table

Q: What keeps you sane?

A: Systems (see above)

Designer Spotlight: Lucie Ayres | Arianna Belle Blog | Living Room & Kitchen

Q: How do you come up with the color palette for a room?

A: ​The client's feedback on colors, the light of a room, the purpose of that room, and the mood I want to evoke.​

Designer Spotlight: Lucie Ayres | Arianna Belle Blog | Outdoor Living & Living Room

Q: What's your go-to pillow size?

A: 22 x 22

Designer Spotlight: Lucie Ayres | Arianna Belle Blog | Living Room with Fireplace

Q: What are the apps you can't live without?

A: Boomerang for Gmail, Instagram, and Pinterest

Designer Spotlight: Lucie Ayres | Arianna Belle Blog | Bathroom & Closet

Q: Are you a morning or night person?

A: Morning all the way

Designer Spotlight: Lucie Ayres | Arianna Belle Blog | Kitchen Table

Q: What's a color you never tire of?

A: Navy blue

Designer Spotlight: Lucie Ayres | Arianna Belle Blog | Living Room with Blue Couch

Q: What's on your nightstand?

A: The Happiness Hypothesis, a Kindle, and the Arne Jacobsen clock

Interior Designer Favorites - Lucie Ayres

1. Flower: Dahlia & Peony 

2. Favorite Arianna Belle pillows: Any of the Solid Velvet Pillows - they're my go to's - love them (shown above: Flame and Purple), Le Zebre Black and Leopard

3. No-regrets home splurge: High quality bedding - I love Coyuchi bedding - it's divine, and of course Sferra is classic and crisp and never disappoints.

4. Go-to paint: Anything by Drikolor

5. Luxury Candle: Armatura by Fornasetti

6. Artist: Shana Frase

7. Coffee Table books: James Turrell: A Retrospective by Michael Govan and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton

8. Style Icon: Kelly Wearstler and Cleopatra

9. Everyday Outfit: White T-shirt & Jeans 

10. Place to Shop for Vintage Pieces: Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena

11. Guilty pleasure: High quality bedding (see #3 above)

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To learn more about Lucie Ayres, visit her website and social media profiles: 

Website: www.22interiors.com

Facebook: 22 INTERIORS

Instagram: @22interiors

photography by: Amy Barlam

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Using an Anchor Fabric as a Design Springboard

In her recently released book, Dream Design Live, award-winning interior decorator Paloma Contreras gives us an insight into her design process. 

black and white chic living room with animal print pillows by Paloma Contreras

She reveals that when working on a new project, early on, she'll select an anchor fabric to be the impetus for the overall vision of the room.

textile scheme paloma

The anchor fabric is typically a fabric that she is very inspired by and whose colors and pattern serve as a springboard for subsequently selecting complementary fabrics, trims, rugs, window treatments, and other pieces.

living room with Bukhara Ikat Fuchsia pink pillows | interior design by Paloma Contreras


Since she typically uses solid fabrics on larger pieces of furniture, the anchor fabric is usually reserved for smaller pieces such as pillows.  Small doses of a fabulous fabric goes a long way towards adding personality and making a statement in the room.

blue sofas with designer pillows


We were so honored that Paloma chose to feature our pillows in her book (pg 77!) and list us in the recommended Resources section. 
Below are her picks for which of our pillows she'd use as anchors and which other pillows she'd combine them with:

Pillow Combinations That Start With an Anchor Fabric

designer pillow chic combinations - how to mix and match
Row 2 - Modern TraditionalHummingbirds CreamOlive Green VelvetBetwixt Grass


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For more on Paloma's design process, inspiration and tips, be sure to pick up her book!

Designer Spotlight: Shannon Claire Smith

Continuing our series in which we spotlight some of our favorite interior designer customers, today we are featuring Shannon Claire Smith. This DC based designer creates interiors that are feminine with a bit of edginess and a dash of modernity and oddity. Read on for a Q&A with her - she tells us about her daily rituals, what helps her stay organized, what design mistakes she sees people commonly make, her favorite place to shop for vintage pieces and more.

interior designer Shannon Claire Smith | Designer Spotlight series Arianna Belle Blog

 

interior designer Shannon Claire Smith | dining room details

Q: How did you get into design?

A: I capitalized on a life-long passion of decorating and re-arranging things by starting a blog in 2010. I blogged about decorating my first home, and it grew and grew, and then I realized I could turn it into a career.

interior designer Shannon Claire Smith | living room with black and white bordered pillows pink linen with greek key border and pyne hollyhock charcoal

Q: What’s your design philosophy?

A: I love creating beautiful spaces - I believe that surrounding yourself with beautiful things makes you feel more beautiful, and more like yourself.

I always suggest that clients include one odd or weird thing in their room, which I include in my design. It's fun to have a conversation starter piece, or something that keeps a space from feeling too precious.

interior designer Shannon Claire Smith | dining room with pink chairs and chinoiserie wallpaper

Q: Do you have any daily rituals or routines that you feel have really served you?

A: As a business owner, it's really easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day craziness of trying to be everywhere and everyone at once. One of the most valuable things that I've done to ensure that I don't lose my mind is to set Mondays and Fridays aside for a specific purpose.

Mondays are my administrative days - I work on my editorial calendar, invoicing, and administrative tasks, basically everything that needs to be done on the back end. It ensures that I start the week off really prepared to tackle the actual in-person work, and it makes the Sunday Scaries a little easier because it's a much softer entrance into the work week.

I leave Fridays free of meetings and installs so that I have a day to accomplish all of the things that I inevitably didn't finish during the week. It makes it much easier to disconnect for the weekend, which is so important!

Shannon Claire Smith interior designer | entryway with lucite table and gold mirror

Q: What do you do when you have a creative block?

A: Go to a museum or a walk outside. Living in DC, I'm really lucky to have beautiful architecture and art just outside my doorstep!

interior designer Shannon Claire Smith | black and white living room with sectional and pillows

Q: What helps you stay organized?

A: I could not live without Google Drive and Trello! Both help me stay on task and organized, and I can access either when I'm on site or out of office.

interior designer Shannon Claire Smith | dining space with french bistro chairs floral wallpaper settee with pillows | Designer Spotlight series Arianna Belle Blog

Q: What keeps you sane?

A: Wine and Netflix

interior designer Shannon Claire Smith | small open concept space living room bedroom

Q: What are your go-to pillow sizes?

A: I am a sucker for Euro pillows and shams - a bed doesn't look complete without them.

interior designer Shannon Claire Smith | black and white bedroom | Arianna Belle Blog

Q: What's your favorite type of room to design and why?

A: In DC, I'm really lucky to be able to work on lots of different kinds of projects - offices, townhouses, single family homes, condos, and studio apartments. I have a soft spot for small space design - it's like a fun puzzle :) 

interior designer Shannon Claire Smith | living room with blue velvet chairs and pink pillows | Designer Spotlight Series: Arianna Belle Blog

Q: Color I never tire of...

A: Pink, it's not just for millennials or girls!

interior designer Shannon Claire Smith | decor details pink white | Designer Spotlight series Arianna Belle Blog

Q: What's a design mistake you see people commonly make?

A: Scale! People don't pay enough attention to scale. You may have a pretty photo or a mirror or a chair but none of these things are going to look good in your space unless they are the right size.

interior designer Shannon Claire Smith | black fireplace leather chair round coffee table | Designer Spotlight series Arianna Belle Blog

Q: What's your ideal Sunday (or day-off)?

A: Catching up on the piles and piles of shelter and fashion magazines that I am addicted to purchasing but never seem to have enough time to read.

interior designer Shannon Claire Smith | bench with pink pillows | Designer Spotlight series Arianna Belle Blog

Q: Are you a morning or night person?

A: 1000% a night person, but I would be interested in changing that in the future.

interior designer Shannon Claire Smith | black and white dining space with gold accents | Designer Spotlight series Arianna Belle Blog

Q: On my nightstand...

A: My iPhone (unfortunately), the latest book I don't make enough time to read (currently The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri), a glass of water, and a fan pointed directly at my face.

interior designer Shannon Claire Smith | black and white bedroom with bordered pillows | Designer Spotlight series Arianna Belle Blog

Q: My dream home must have...

A: Lots and lots of natural light

interior designer favorites - Shannon Claire Smith | Designer Spotlight series Arianna Belle Blog

1. No-regrets home splurge: My apartment itself - zero regrets for purchasing a small space in an expensive city!

2. Favorite Arianna Belle pillows: Solid White with Grosgrain Ribbon Border and Pale Pink Linen with Greek Key Border

3. Place to shop for vintage pieces: Slate Interiors in Charlotte, NC, and Chairish (online)

4. Go-to paint color: "Baby Seal Black" by Benjamin Moore

5. Coffee Table books: Places to Go, People to See by Kate Spade

6. Travel destination: Paris, always and forever

7. Style Icon: Brigitte Bardot and Lauren Hutton

8. Artist: Matisse

9. Guilty pleasure: Peanut Butter M&M's 

10. Sofa Style: I have a soft spot for a traditional skirted or fringed English roll arm or worn out dark leather Chesterfield

11. Luxury Candle: At the moment, "Nudesse" by Overose Paris, and "Kush" by Boy Smells

12. Set Design: Any Wes Anderson film

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To learn more about Shannon Claire Smith, visit her website and Instagram profile: 

Website: shannonclaireinteriors.com

Instagram: @shannonclaire

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Fall Mood Board

It will officially be fall this week and we're getting in the mood. Looking forward to cooler weather, plaid, cozy sweaters, boots, crunchy fallen leaves, hot apple cider, pumpkin spice, burning candles and fireplaces...

fall inspiration board arianna belle blog


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autumn fall designer pillowrust velvet designer pillowmamet pewter schumacher designer pillowchampagne velvet designer pillow

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A White Bedroom That Isn't Plain

This bedroom in the home of blogger Monika Hibbs, is a great example of how to add interest while still keeping things calm and neutral. 

Pyne Hollyhock designer pillows from Arianna  Belle on white bed | bedroom of Monika Hibbs
Two key things to note
  • There's a variety of textures, not everything is flat and smooth - notice the texture of the duvet vs. the rattan headboard vs. the linen lampshades.
  • There's one standout pattern (the floral pillows in front) and a couple of subtler non-competing patterns (the wallpaper and the polka dotted sheet set)


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Pyne Hollyhock Charcoal

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photos courtesy of Monika Hibbs

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Designer Spotlight - Kate + Amanda

Continuing our series in which we spotlight some of our favorite interior designer customers, today we are featuring Kate and Amanda, a Toronto-based duo. The women are long time friends with a shared passion for design, who decided to become business partners. Read on for a Q&A with them and a look at some of the stylish interiors that have resulted from their collaborative efforts.

Designer Spotlight Kate + Amanda - Arianna Belle Blog

Q: How would you describe your design sense/style/aesthetic?

A: Warm, clean, neutral and family oriented.

Designer Spotlight Kate + Amanda | Arianna Belle Blog | light-filled dining room with white slipcovered chairs, long wooden table and fiddle leaf tree

Q: How did you get into design?

A: We loved design and both had done several renovations of our own. We fell into it after that.

Designer Spotlight Kate + Amanda | Arianna Belle Blog | black and brass kitchen with white subway tile

Q: What’s a typical day like for you?

A: I pick Kate up and we debrief on all things personal and business related while we drink our protein shake. We tackle emails, source online or in store, we generally have a client meeting at some point in the day.  Followed by a salad somewhere close by. We are fueled by coffee and sour candy (we know this isn't good but can't seem to give it up) until we have to pick up our kids from school. We generally talk or text about work thereafter.

Designer Spotlight Kate + Amanda | Arianna Belle Blog | white and black modern glamorous bedroom white tufted headboard and unique ceiling fixture

Q: What's on your nightstand?

A: Kate - books and a diffuser.

Amanda - Aesop hand cream and a remote.

Designer Spotlight: Kate + Amanda | Arianna Belle Blog | grey living room with round coffee table

Q: What helps you stay organized?

A: Tomiko our Project Manager. She is the best thing that ever happened to us and we would be a mess without her!

Designer Spotlight Kate + Amanda | Arianna Belle Blog | floral wallpapered powder bathroom - grey, cream and black

Q: What's a color you never tire of?

A: Is white a color?

Designer Spotlight Kate + Amanda | Arianna Belle Blog | white dining and living room open concept

Q: No home is complete without...

A: A great sofa. 

Designer Spotlight: Kate + Amanda | Arianna Belle Blog | living room with high ceilings fireplace and cozy grey sofas

Q: What are your go-to pillow sizes?

A: 20 x 20 and a lumbar.

Designer Spotlight Kate + Amanda | Arianna Belle Blog | white light-filled kitchen with french bistro blue stools

Q: What keeps you sane?

A: Each other. A huge part of our success is our partnership and how much we rely on one another to make the best decisions possible for our clients.

Designer Spotlight Kate + Amanda | Arianna Belle Blog | interior designers hanging abstract art

Q: What are some of your dream home must-haves?

A: Lots of windows, natural light and a view of the water.

Designer Spotlight Kate + Amanda | Arianna Belle Blog | cozy living room with fireplace

Designer Spotlight: Kate + Amanda | Arianna Belle blog | favorites

1. Flower: peony, tulip, hydrangea, & ranunculus

2. No-regrets home splurge: an amazing kitchen or the Restoration Hardware Cloud Sofa

3. Artist: Amy Judd 

4. Go-to paint color: Oxford White Benjamin Moore

5. Favorite Arianna Belle pillows: Beatrice Bouquet Indigo, Channels Ebony and Ivory, Solid White with Grosgrain Ribbon Border

6. Luxury CandleCoqui Coqui Coco

7. Guilty pleasure: Sour Jujubes & wine

8. Artist: Cy Twombly

9. Everyday outfit: boots, sweater, & jeans

10. Favorite Design tip: less is more

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To learn more about Kate + Amanda, visit their website and Instagram profile: 

Website: kateandamandadesign.com

Social Media: @kateandamandadesign

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Behind the Scenes: A Peek Inside Our Studio

Here's where the magic happens!
Arianna Belle Pillows Studio

Our studio is located in the sunny Greater Los Angeles area.
Arianna Belle Pillows Studio
We have a small team that is dedicated to creating pillows that are custom tailored for each of our customers. 
 
Arianna Belle Pillows Studio
All of our pillows are hand cut and sewn in the studio with care by seamstresses who have several years of experience and excel in their craft. 
Arianna Belle Pillows Studio
Since everything is individually made, we put a lot of attention to detail and the result is a much higher quality product than something that is mass produced.
  
Arianna Belle Pillows Studio
Most of our Regular Collection pillows are size customizable which means we can make your pillow in a small lumbar size, large euro square, and everything in between.
Arianna Belle Pillows Studio
We have an extensive selection of fabric options in various colors, patterns and types including a large collection of velvet solids in all colors of the rainbow that we are continuously adding to.  If you're looking for a specific color, don't hesitate to reach out.
 
Arianna Belle Designer Pillows
We take care of our customers by providing custom recommendations, creating digital mock-ups, sending out fabric swatches, answering questions, and helping in any way we can. 
Arianna Belle Pillows Office
Arianna Belle Pillows Behind the Scenes
Hope you enjoyed this little peek!Arianna Belle Pillows Office
Looking forward to being of service and making some beautiful pillows for you!

xx
Arianna

p.s. For more behind the scenes, watch this video


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Tags: pillows