Dream Dressing Room with Arhaus

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As much as I love makeup and fashion, sometimes in the midst of studying law and trying to have a life, it’s hard to feel inspired when getting ready in the morning. Sometimes I think about what I want my future home to be like (it includes an in-home library complete with one of those rotating ladders). Recently, I’ve been thinking it’d be great to have a really nice space for organizing my clothes and accessories. I want a room that’s the perfect blend of comfort and glam that makes me excited about getting ready for work each morning or for evening functions. I mean, who can really resist a little glam room?

Even now, having roommates, whenever we get ready for a function (law prom, fall formal or a night out), my friends and I hangout in each other’s rooms, asking if our dresses look okay, whether the lipstick we want to want to wear is too much, or laughing over champagne about how complicated getting ready can be! Therefore, when I think of the perfect dressing room, I think of a space where my friends can hangout with me while I get ready, laughing and listening to a great playlist.

I recently discovered Arhaus, a company that offers amazing pieces for your home that are the perfect blend of trendy, classic, and comfortable. A major plus? They work hard to be sustainable, using recycled natural resources. One of the things I love about Arhaus is the mixture of unexpected elements. Recycled wooden tables blend perfectly with velvety tufted chairs that look like something from a Jane Austen novel.

Today I’m sharing my mood board of what I would include in my perfect, dream dressing room! This post features Arhaus pieces that I think would make a dressing room comfortable and practical. Now, I definitely have a fairly large dressing room in mind in planning my perfect room. I’m picturing this room as a full room closet. I mean, if you’re going to dream up the perfect room why not dream extra big? Arhaus Paint in Wind (4).png

1 – Arhaus Paint in Wind | 2 – Leyland 22 Light Chandelier | 3 – Acadia Tray | 4 – Small 2 Drawer Bombay Chest | 5 – Fiona Cushion 40″ Upholstered Tufted Chair | 6 – Malou Basket | 7 – Evelyn Mirror | 8 – Petrified Accent Table | 9 – Lena 40″ Upholstered Chair | 10 – Coastal Blue Paisley Square Pillow | 11 – Nori Rug | 12 – Fulton 26″ Upholstered Ottoman 

I love gray hues and bright spaces, so I would begin my dream dressing room with a light gray paint. Gray is a little softer than white and I think it grounds a space a bit without feeling heavy. If you’re going to be spending time in a space with the purpose of trying on clothes and getting all glammed up, I think a great light fixture is a must have! This Arhaus chandelier has an old-world feel and I love the gold finish. I personally believe gold makes most thinks look even more luxurious. Check out even more lighting options here.

I have a lot of jewelry and accessories, but sometimes its hard to keep track of it all. How do you display jewelry without it feeling like clutter? Well, on my favorite display methods if by having a tray on top of your dresser for your favorite small pieces. I would have a gold tray in my dressing room that has some fresh blooms (I adore fresh flowers in the house), and my favorite perfume and lipstick. I’m also obsessed with turning vintage teacup saucers into displays. So, I would get a cute saucer, and use it as a catch-all for my favorite pieces (earrings, necklaces, bracelets, watch).

No dressing room is complete without clothing, so of course I’d have a chest! I love the French country vibes that this Arhaus chest gives me. White furniture is my favorite, but I love the small scallop detailing of this chest. While traditional dressers and chests are great, I like slightly more creative storage methods. Therefore, I’d add the Arhaus basket to house hats or blankets or even scarves (if they’re folded and stacked).

A full length mirror is essential when getting ready. You never know how an outfit looks all together until you see it in a mirror. The Arhaus mirror has a great stand that makes it the perfect finish for the corner of my room.

As I discussed, I enjoy having friends hangout while we’re getting ready for events, so I wanted to incorporate a seating area in the room. While couches are great, I think chairs are better. When I saw the pink velvet chair, I squealed. This piece is exactly the kind of chair I would love to have in my house someday. When I saw the pattern of the Lena chair, I knew it would complement the pink chair perfectly. I like the feel of having statement chairs and then toning them down with rich, neutral accents. A neutral accent that drew my attention is the petrified wood table, which is small enough to sit between the chairs, but big enough for morning coffee or evening wine glasses. I also knew I wanted a foot stool in the room, in case my guests or I wanted to lounge a little more. The Fulton ottoman is perfect because it mixes clean whites with deep wood tones.

To bring in some blue from the Lena chair, I think the paisley accent pillow is perfect to sit on the Fiona chair. I also imagine my space to have hardwood floors, so the Nori Rug would add texture and pattern to the room! I adore that the rug has an already worn feel, which would go so great with the other pieces in the room. I prefer my spaces to felt lived in!

I think all of the pieces discussed above would create a beautiful dream dressing room! It’d be the glam rooms of glam rooms! I feel inspired just looking at this virtual mood board! While I was picking my items, my dad leaned over and asked what I was doing. I explained, and he asked if there is a store nearby. There is a room in my parent’s house we’ve been unhappy with for a little while, and I’m confident they can find some great pieces at Arhaus!

What are your dream dressing room must haves?

Truly,
Callie leigh

Apartment Decorating on a Budget

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I’m having so much fun piecing together the design plan for my first place that’s all mine (plus my roommates!). I’m so excited to decorate a room with my own furniture, and my own vibe, and have it be a sanctuary that I can escape to after a long day of law school. As I got quite a bit of money from various people following graduation, and I decided the adult thing to do is to put all the money toward purchasing stuff for my place, as well as my textbooks and other important things. This is adulting at its finest. *wink wink* Anyway, as I’ve been looking, I realized that finding great deals can be somewhat difficult if you don’t know where to start, but I’m here to round up my favorite places for high quality decor that don’t break the bank.

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Joss & Main: I heard about this store from a few people, and after browsing around Pinterest, it seemed to come up frequently as popular pick. So, I looked through the website, and while large items were still a bit out of my price range, I did appreciate the other decor, especially their throw pillows. I plan to purchase their pillows for my bed, and a lot of their knickknack items will likely find their way onto my nightstand. I think if you’re on a budget, but can afford to spend a bit more, this is a great home decor option!

Wayfair: I sister store to Joss & Main, Wayfair is a hugely popular brand for getting great style for less. I first heard about Wayfair when I fell in love with the looks on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, and found out that Joanna Gaines often uses Wayfair for her home decor. I plan to get a lot of my furniture from Wayfair, and I also love their pillows, wall decor. If you want great looking pieces, AND free shipping, Wayfair is a great option.

Overstock: I don’t typically go to Overstock, but they carry so much stuff, and I actually found an awesome bed from here that I’m getting for my room. I think Overstock is the place to check if you get inspired by something, but it’s pretty steep in price. The bed I found was actually cheaper than any beds I liked on Joss & Main and Wayfair (that were in my price range). Therefore, I think Overstock is a great plac to check if you’re having trouble finding a piece you like for a reasonable price. I usually find a piece I’m inspired by, and try to find a similar piece for less.

PB Teen: Though advertised as a teen store, I think PB Teen has some really awesome items, especially when it comes to bulletin boards and other wall hangings. I also think if you like Pottery Barn furniture, but it’s too much money, you can often find similar items on the Teen store’s website for less, and they tend to have some pretty good back to school sales!

World Market: Cost Plus World Market is one of my favorite home decorating stores. They have such great stuff, and the vibe often ranges from tailored and coastal to bohemian. I love World Market for all kitchen ware, and I also think their furniture is amazing. Their velvet couches are to die for. I also love their dining chairs, but I usually use them as desk chairs. I’d highly recommend scouting World Market or sales, and would definitely recommend getting dishes and mugs from there!

So those are my go to stores for stylish living on a budget! Are there any you’ve found that I didn’t list? I’d love to hear from you, as trying to furnish a place is quite a feat!

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Home Inspiration

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After living in the residence halls for three and a half years, I’m feeling a little antsy. I’m loving my job, but I am also really looking forward to feeling slightly more adult and independent by having an apartment of some kind. Depending on what I end up doing for law school, I will likely either live on campus or live off campus. Regardless, I will have some sort of apartment style housing (with separate rooms for my kitchen, bedroom, and living area…that is insane!) I was recently scrolling through Pinterest, and couldn’t help but totally obsess about how cute some people’s apartments are! Seriously, some people really have a great sense of style that translates super well into their homes! So, without further ado, I wanted to share with you my favorite rooms/greatest inspiration I came across on Pinterest.1b4ebabf13328ba7bcc440ea22a1894c813e2f9e9326c3d88c653c0b2f718946a0709d4c9ed697b3586c209206cd5f85b755e15740d5eaad5e04b47eb1aa09ceb1e4b3a30e381e587adb9ffeb813246fe954341b55816c345c5e912ad7fcc181

all photos via Pinterest

There is something about a gallery wall that I just love, especially in a living room above a beautiful couch! I love the look of layering textures and colors with phrases and other things to create an amazing gallery! I think gallery walls are also a really great way to show your personality in your apartment or home without being totally overpowering.

Something I think is super important in a home is comfort. I love lush fabrics and rooms that just look totally comfortable while also being really pretty. I love super puffy duvet covers and throw pillows and comfortable blankets! The room with a huge black and white print of JFK is perfect. I want to get my favorite print of Audrey Hepburn blown up and framed to put over my bed! I also love a good headboard. The shape of the headboard in the last photo is perfect. I love it! I’m also partial to fabric based headboards rather than wood headboards.

What decor do you think makes a home?

Truly,
Callie leigh

Feeling Right at Home… Away from Home

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I’ve lived on campus for roughly two and a half weeks now, but since WOW was go, go, go, I’ve only just started feeling really at home again, even though I’m not actually “at home.” Since I did a “Dorm Decor” wish list a few weeks back, I thought it would be fun to share my new home with you all. I’ve recently spent a lot of time reorganizing things, making sure all my belongings have a nice, convenient spot in my room.

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ImageThe above photos are a basic overview of the layout of my room, and give you a general idea of how I’ve organize everything! My room this year feels like a hotel in comparison to the closet I lived in last year. I absolutely love my new room, and the layout is so much more open and functional.

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Next is my desk. I have quite a few of my most important belongings on my desk this year. I don’t have a bookshelf actually on my desk this time, which I found gives me much more actual desk space for photos, my iHome, and other little nick knacks. I also have things that my close friends from home gave to me, which keeps them close even when I don’t see them.

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My best is a beautiful thing for a few reasons. First, I love sleep, especially after days of endless reading, conversing, and testing. Second, under my bed is my “hideaway” zone. This means that under my bed is storage. Here I store all of my laundry stuff, food, DVDs, winter clothing, first-aid kit, etc. I also put my drawers under my bed so I have more room to move around!

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The wall next to the built-in vanity is my favorite wall. It holds my SMC pennant, my calendar (without which I would be a lost, blubbering mess), and one of my favorite photos of all time. On this wall you will also find my tea, which is also known as my life’s blood. My [dorm] neighbor, Sasha, gifted me the gorgeous green tea pot, and tea cup for my birthday, so for loose leaf tea I will be utilizing this little gem throughout the year!

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My closet is home to my clothing, mug collection, microwave, and scrapbook. A closet’s use is pretty self-explainatory, but in case you were unsure, my clothing can be found here.

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