At Home with Arielle VeyMirrors/Ikea, Cart/Vintage, Cocktail Shaker/Urban Outfitters.

Today, our friend Arielle Vey is sharing her lovely apartment with us! We met Arielle through Instagram a couple years ago, and it didn't take us long to figure out how amazing her photography skills were. Oh, did we mention that she recently developed a new filter pack for our app A Color Story? It's SO good. 

At Home with Arielle Vey        Lamp/Ikea, Whale Art/Jen Lobo, Geometric Painting/DIY, Wall planters and Mirror/Umbra, Round Shelf and Copper Side Table/Living Spaces, Rug/Rugs USA, White Chair/Overstock, Coffee Table/Target.

At Home with Arielle Vey          "In 2010, my boyfriend Bennett and I moved into a charming 1940s beach apartment in Oceanside, CA. After two years, I got an unexpected phone call saying that we had to be out in 30 days so the owners could renovate our building into vacation rentals. Completely shocked, about two minutes later, they offered us a vacant one bedroom directly across the street but needed an answer immediately. I told them we would take it, sight unseen. I knew this was a gamble at the time, but we loved our street and neighborhood so much. When we saw the new place, we completely fell in love with its open floor plan, ocean view, and bright natural light. Our apartment is 800 square feet and was built in 1970. We’re across the street from the beach and can see the water from the living room and bedroom windows. To find a place like this now and in this area is rare, so we feel extremely lucky to be in this spot. 

At Home with Arielle Vey                       Maracas/Vintage, Basket Tray/Local + Lejos.

At Home with Arielle Vey                    "The thing I love most about this apartment is the living room. The window takes up almost the entire wall where most of our plants are nestled. My favorite spot is the chaise section of the couch, which is right next to the window. This is where I take my laptop in the morning and start my day. It’s also a big enough space to have my office with an area for my desk off to the side, which is quiet and bright. 

At Home with Arielle Vey       Chair and Desk/IKEA (bases painted gold).

At Home with Arielle Vey                        Art and Camera/Vintage, Prism/Umbra, Wall Hanging/DIY.

At Home with Arielle Vey
Painting/Living Spaces, Table/Vintage, Chairs/Lex Mod, Coral Vase/CB2, Bowl/Local + Lejos.

At Home with Arielle Vey           At Home with Arielle Vey             "Something I don’t think I’ll ever be able to let go of is my octagonal table that I found on Craigslist and refinished. It’s so unique and the perfect size for our little dining nook next to the kitchen. The blue chairs that accompany the table are from Lex Mod and will forever have my heart.

At Home with Arielle Vey  Art/Framebridge (photo by Arielle), Sconces/Urban Outfitters, Nightstands and Bed/Living Spaces, Faux Fur Pillow/Target, Velvet Pillows/Ikea.

At Home with Arielle Vey   "The bedroom is our only tech-free zone, and ever since I moved my office to living area, it’s been the most tranquil room I’ve ever had.

At Home with Arielle Vey    Mirror/Urban Outfitters, Ladder/Umbra, Vase/Ikea, Dresser/Vintage, Lamp/Living Spaces.

At Home with Arielle Vey     "My favorite piece in the apartment has to be my dresser which I found at a flea market. I love the two-toned mid century look, and since most of the bedroom is white, I love how it pops. A fun newer piece is my brass metal lamp from Living Spaces on top of the dresser, which gives off a mellow glow at night.

At Home with Arielle Vey                          "We’ve been here for three years and together, we’ve never loved a place more. There are so many happy memories in this space that have evolved significantly over time. I’ve always kept it colorful but have slowly added neutral statement pieces over the years. I also feel like I’ve grown as an individual while living here, and I’m truly having the time of my life. Being able to live here makes it that much sweeter."

An apartment that overlooks the ocean?? #Goals. :)

You can find Arielle's blog here, and be sure to follow her on YouTube and Instagram too! xoxo.

Credits// Author and Photography: Arielle Vey.

Entryway + blush pink door ©AlyssaRosenheckIf there's one thing you need to know about me, it's that I'm really scatterbrained. So when people ask me on social media for the names of all my paint colors, I usually can't remember or even say the wrong one, (SORRY, Instagram!) For this reason, I thought it would be helpful for me to write one big post that I can link back to over and over with all my paint colors. 

Here we go!!! 

Jeremy + Elsie LarsonPink front door/ Noble Blush by BEHR. 

Marshmallow by Sherwin Williams ©AlyssaRosenheckWhite Walls (throughout our entire home)/ Marshmallow by Sherwin-Williams. 

I love this color because it's very slightly warm, but close to untinted white. 

ExteriorExteriorMy exterior is also painted Marshmallow by Sherwin-Williams (but it's an outdoor satin exterior paint). 

Elsie's bedroom ©AlyssaRosenheckThe ceiling in our bedroom is Baby Blush by Valspar (I stole this color from Laura's dining room). 

Black trim in sunroom ©AlyssaRosenheckThe black trim in our sunroom is Dark Kettle Black by Valspar. 

Jeremy's studio ©AlyssaRosenheckThe deep blueish-green in Jeremy's studio is Midnight in NY by BEHR. 

Turquoise floor ©AlyssaRosenheckOur living room floor is Stained Glass by Valspar. Read here for the exact technique used. It's not just a painted floor! 

Dark grayThe dark charcoal color in our living room is Hematite by BEHR.

(I will say, it reads more navy blue in person.) 

Painted white fireplace ©AlyssaRosenheckOur fireplace is plain white, untinted satin finish paint with a stain blocking primer beneath it. Learn more about painting brick and stone here

Let me know if you have any questions!!! xoxo. Elsie 

Credits/Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Alyssa Rosenheck (and a couple of my own from our blog archives).

0I0B4944Hey, friends! Today we have something a little different for you. We are working with DOVE Chocolate to collaborate on a fun project that we are super excited to share! DOVE's new Choose Pleasure campaign is all about taking those little moments to reflect and push yourself to live life fully. We took one of their current PROMISES messages (found inside each individually wrapped chocolate) and created this sweet print around the message, "Why not?"

See what I did there? It's a really sweet print. :)

0I0B4916One thing I love about the message, "Why not?" is it can mean a lot of different things depending on your situation or what you are going through in life right now. To me, it conjures up a lot of ideas around giving myself permission to try things, maybe even new things. I know sometimes I get into a place, at work or in my creative life, where I want to play it safe. But then something comes my way, a new challenge, or something that I just haven't done before, and although I might be interested, I also think that maybe I should just stick to what I know. 

But then I try to think, "Why not?" Why not try that new thing? Why not accept the challenge of a new opportunity? Sometimes the only thing standing in my way is myself. Have you ever felt that? For example, one thing I've been thinking on lately is that I really enjoy speaking. Like getting up in front of a group of people and sharing some aspect of my life or journey. I've only done it less than a handful of times, but it's something that interests me that I haven't pursued much because it was just kind of "outside of the box." But then I realized, why not try it? Why not see if I can get better at this thing? Why not learn more about it and pursue it a bit more? And so, I'm giving myself permission to try something new, and challenging myself to grow in this area. I have no idea where it's going to go, and I don't really have any big expectations. I'm simply saying, why not? :)

DesktopBackgroundMobileBackgroundI'm curious what you all think. What does the phrase "Why not?" make you think of? 

And if you need a little sweet inspiration in your life, you can download this art print and print it to hang in your home or office, use on your desktop, or even add as your phone background. It can just be pretty decor, or it can serve as a gentle little reminder to go ahead and ask yourself why not?  xo. Emma

8x10 Wall Print

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Desktop Background

Credits // Author and print photography: Emma Chapman. Other photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)Pillows are one of my great home décor loves. They are fun to make, and just changing the pillows on a bed or couch can give you a whole new vibe without having to buy a whole new couch too. I’ve seen these round pillows with large balls/poms attached all the way around the edges on Pinterest and been like, “yeeessssss, need to make!” for a while now, so there’s no time like the present, right? Turns out, they were pretty easy to replicate, and I'll show you how I did it!

Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)    Supplies:
-fabric of your choice (If you choose velvet like I did, get a thicker upholstery velvet. It’s way easier to work with than a thin stretchy velvet.)
-wool felt balls (I used 28 4cm balls for one pillow in the light coral color.)
-brown craft paper
-sewing machine
-straight pins
-round pillow form or pillow stuffing

Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)     Measure the width of your round pillow form and add ½” to your measurement so you can have a ¼” seam allowance all the way around the edge. Make a paper template circle for your pillow from your craft paper. Trace your paper circle onto the backside of your fabric and cut it out. This is the front of your pillow. 

Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)      For the two back halves, fold the paper circle in half and trace half the circle, and then extend the flat end side by 3” so it looks like the back side of a hockey rink. Trace another of the same shape and cut out your two shapes. 

Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)       Fold up the long straight edges of each shape ½” and sew the fold in place.

Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)       Place your circle fabric right side up and then line up your two back halves on top so they overlap in the middle. 

Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)Sew all the way around the edge with a ¼” seam allowance. Turn the fabric right side out and add your pillow insert through the opening in the back. I chose to make my pillow “envelope style”, but you can also just cut two circles, face them together, sew it almost all the way around, turn right side out, stuff, and hand sew your opening shut. I like to make envelope style because you can remove the cover easily if needed and use a pillow form instead of stuffing by hand (I think you end up with a better shape that way).

Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)
Once your pillow cover is done, use straight pins to pin felt balls all the way around your pillow until the circle is complete. Use a complementary color thread to tack each ball in place and knot the thread before moving on to the next ball (that way if one happens to come loose, they won’t all come loose). I would attach a ball, knot it, and then pass the thread through to the next one inside of the pillowcase so I didn’t have to cut and re-knot the needle each time. Once all your balls are attached, your pillow is ready to display!

Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)Agh, it’s SO cute! I love the combination of the pink balls with the pink fabric, and just having a slightly different color tint between the two gives it that cool monochromatic look. You could also do this on any other shape pillow really, but there’s something extra fun about the round shape that makes it feel a bit more unique to me. Super fun to look at and also fun to make—let’s just say I had a ball! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.


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