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Designer Spotlight: Shophouse Design

Continuing our series in which we spotlight some of our favorite interior designers, today we are featuring Betsy Helm and Kiley Baun. The talented ladies, with backgrounds in interior architecture and fashion, run the Philadelphia based boutique interior design firm Shophouse Design. Read on for a Q&A with them and inspiring photos of their work.  

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

A: Classic Modern is a term we frequently use to describe our aesthetic. We loosely define that as traditional with modern elements and a little quirk thrown in for good measure.

Q: How did you get into design?

A: We went to high school together...and then design school together - it was always the plan to start this business, we just needed to make it happen.

Q: What’s your design philosophy?

A: We strive to respect the architecture of the spaces we are designing. Most times we are working with very classic old Philadelphia homes, so we love creating the juxtaposition of the formality and grandeur of the spaces, with the way modern way families actually live today. It creates a beautiful balance.

Q: What’s a typical day like for you?

A:  We wear a lot of hats.... no day is the same. Some days we are in the office on the floor surrounded with fabrics and carpets, some spent with headphones and Autocad, drawing for projects. Others we are doing site visits, client meetings and climbing around construction sites.

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

A:  Coming up with the perfect design schematic. When it comes together, and 'clicks' it is such a rewarding feeling. That and final install, of course.

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

A:  Move on, there is always another task that may not require as much brain power

Q: What keeps you sane?

A: Each other. The beauty of this partnership is that one of us brings a different mindset towards projects, and running the business in general. It's a wonderful balance and keeps us relatively sane.

Q: What helps you stay organized?

A: We use spreadsheets and Ivy, but nothing beats our paper list of our clients and our checklist. We keep it in front of us at all times, and reference it all day long to keep projects moving.

Q: No home is complete without...

A:  A roll arm sofa 

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

A: This may or may not be considered a color, but we always need a little black and white in our designs, it always seems to add that extra layer we are looking for.

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

A: 20 x 20

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

A:  The perfect flow for entertaining, high ceilings and all of the light!

Q: Are you a morning or night person?

A: Morning 100%

Q: What's on your nightstand?

A: We both use a gratitude journal every morning and evening before we start and end our days

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 1. Restaurant: Trattoria Carina, which we just so happened to design!

2. Luxury candle: Diptyque Fig

3. No-regrets home splurge: Custom window treatments

4. Flower: peony

5. Favorite Arianna Belle pillows: from one of our favorite design projects - La Fiorentina Light Grey & Ivory, Solid White with Grosgrain Ribbon Border, Orangerie Rose

6. Go-to paint color: Benjamin Moore Paperwhite

7. Gratitude Journal: The Five Minute Journal

8. Travel destination: Nantucket and Tulum, MX

9. ArtistJean-Michel Basquiat   

10. Style Icon: Giovanna Battaglia

11. Everyday outfit: Jeans or joggers, a cozy sweatshirt and flats - heels are impossible with how unexpected our days are.

12. Guilty pleasure:  post lunch dark chocolate

13. App Can't Live Without: Pinterest

14. Design tip: Stay away from trends!


To learn more about Shophouse Design, visit their website and social media profiles: 


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In case you missed it, the 1st and 2nd installment of the Designer Spotlight series

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Designer Spotlight: Meredith McBrearty

Today we continue our new series in which we spotlight some of our favorite interior designers (click here for the first installment). Our second featured designer is Meredith McBrearty who is based out of Atlanta and offers full-service residential interior design around the country.  She currently has projects in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Birmingham, San Diego, and Nashville. Read on for a Q&A with her and inspiring photos of the gorgeous interiors she has created.  

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

A: My home is much like my personal style - it is casual, a great mix of old (antiques) with new (contemporary).  My goal as a designer is for the end result to reflect my clients' personalities, not mine!

Q: How did you get into design?

A: I always took art lessons as a young girl and loved it. My parents gave me a "new room" for a Christmas gift one year and the designer did a color rendering of my new space and I loved it so much I put it by my bedside for years.

Q: What’s your design philosophy?

A: Buy things you love and stay true to a design that feels like home to you.  If you are comfortable in your home and feel that it reflects you, you will be happy!

Q: What’s a typical day like for you?

A:  I've already lived a full day by the time I get my three kiddos out the door for school - then, I begin the work day which is, of course different every single day.  I always have an agenda and then my phone rings and a client or builder needs this or that, and voila - my to-do list is de-railed just like that. 

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

A:  The best part of this job, other than the great fun of experiencing the creative process from start to finish and watching your vision come to life, is by far the great honor of helping families create a lasting home environment for years to come.  It's very personal, and a true honor when you're chosen to enter someone's life in this way.

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

A:  Go back to the drawing board of simple inspiration - I read a LOT of design books and magazines.

Q: What keeps you sane?

A: I'm not exactly sure I'm sane. :)

Q: No home is complete without...

A: Things that are meaningful to you

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

A:  celadon blue or purple

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

A:  I would love a larger closet, a wonderful library that I have already designed in my head, and a butler's pantry!

Q: Are you a morning or night person?

A: Night

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 1. No-regrets home splurge: Probably the Urban Electric Co "Cosy Lantern" that I had custom done in eggplant purple - it's so fun and makes me happy.

2. Favorite Arianna Belle pillows: Glimmer Peacock, Golden Yellow Velvet, and  Heat Wave Palm

3. Restaurant: Le Bilboquet 

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

5. Design books: Haute Bohemians by Miguel Flores Vianna, Atelier AM, Piet Boon

6. Travel destination: I recently went to the Hamptons for the first time and fell in love...

7. Style Icon: Lauren Santo Domingo, Gwenyth Paltrow

8. Flower: peonies

9. Guilty pleasure:  Chips and queso!!  I lived in Texas for seven years!! :)

10. Design tip: A clean, uncluttered house and fresh flowers go a LONG way - so if you don't have the budget, get-to-cleanin'!!!


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


Social Media: Instagram 

by Arianna Vargas

Designer Spotlight: Alex Kaehler

Today we are kicking-off a fun new series in which we spotlight some of our favorite interior designers. Our first featured designer is Alex Kaehler of Alexandra Kaehler Design. Alex is based out of Chicago and offers full-service residential interior design as well as e-design.  Read on for a Q&A with her and inspiring photos of the beautiful interiors she has created.  

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

A: Eclectic, how boring is that? There's nothing I love more than combining things that don't naturally match.

Q: How did you get into design?

A: I worked in marketing out of college hoping it would be a great fit of creative and business, but it turns out it didn't fill that need at all. So while I was there I started a blog and ended up writing about design 99% of the time (this was back in 2010 before Pinterest popularity). So I left my job and went back to design school! 

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

A: Scroll through Pinterest and Instagram, there is so much to see! 

Q: What keeps you sane?

A: Attempting to have some sort of balance - time at work, time at home with my daughter and husband, time alone. It all recharges me. 

Q: What helps you stay organized?

A: Lists, lists and more lists. Also I love electronic sticky notes, they store my entire life. 

Q: Are you a morning or night person?

A: I joke that I'm a mid-day person. I'm happy first thing in the morning, but not if it's before 7am.

Q: What's on your nightstand? 

A: One book I'm currently reading and a pile of books that are up next!

Q: No home is complete without...

A: A dog

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

A: Green

Q: What is your go-to pillow size? 

A: 24" square


1. No-regrets home splurge: Art, if you buy things you love, it will always tell a story in your home. Also, a super comfortable sofa!

2. Favorite Arianna Belle pillows:

  • Olive Green Velvet - these are such a beautiful backdrop for just about any pattern - a floral, an animal print, a geometric.
  • Betwixt Water - I love the texture of this one, there's something so cozy about it.
  • Anshun Paprika and Blue - I'm such a sucker for a floral, especially this one. It gives you so many beautiful colors to work with - would be so good paired with an animal print too.

3. Luxury candle: Baies from Diptyque

4. Flower: Peonies, so basic but they're so good

5. Travel destination: Nantucket

6. Go-to paint color: White Dove, it's the perfect blank canvas for amazing art and textiles.

7. Guilty pleasure: least once a week

8. Everyday outfit: Jeans, boots and a great sweater. It's my Chicago uniform.

9. Design tip: Buy things you truly love.


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


Social Media: Instagram I Facebook I Pinterest


by Arianna Vargas

Before & After: As Seen in Good Housekeeping Magazine

Our pillows made an appearance in this month's issue of Good Housekeeping magazine in the story Make Over Your Haven (pg. 58). The story features a reader home that was transformed from dark and dated to bright and inviting by the interior design team at Havenly.  Such a dramatic difference right?
Arianna Belle Pillows as Seen In Good Housekeeping Magazine
The Les Touches Aqua and Bengal Bazaar Teal pillows add a dose of color and pattern. 

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Les Touches Aqua designer pillow from Arianna BelleBengal Bazaar Teal designer pillow from Arianna Belle
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How to Easily Jump-Start Your Room's Color Palette

When designing a room, one of my favorite ways to easily decide on a color scheme is to start out with a multi-color pillow that I love.  I look for ones that preferably have 5 or more colors, although those with as few as 3 colors can work also.

Once I decide on that one pillow, I look closely to identify all the colors within the fabric. Then I start looking for other pieces (throws, lamps, art, books, trays, decorative boxes, rugs, furniture, etc) that have those same colors.

Doing this makes it so much simpler to sort through all the options and easily decide what will and won't work. Of course, it doesn't have to be an exact color match and you can bring in as many neutral pieces as you'd like, but by using the pillow palette as an overall guide, you'll ensure you are creating a cohesive look.  

You can also do this with a piece of art or a rug, however what I love about pillows is that they're small enough to take along with you when you go out shopping for other pieces (tip: remove the insert and take only the cover).

Below is a visual example of how a pillow, in this case the Sinhala Linen Jewel, can be used as a starting point for a room's palette:
How to Jump Start Your Room Color Palette with a Multi-Color Pillow

Interior design by Shay Geyer of IBB Design

Product sources: pillow - Arianna Belle Sinhala Linen Jewel, rug - Nourison, sofa - Article Sven in Grass Green, art- Wendover Art, fabric on wall- Genesis Shay Blue by Shay Geyer

To recap:

(1) find a multi-color pillow you love
(2) identify all the colors within the pillow to establish a color palette
(3) stick to that color palette when sourcing other pieces for the room

Once you bring everything together, you'll have a beautiful cohesive look! 

Here are other multi-color pillows you can use to kick-start the color palette of your next decorating project: 


by Arianna Vargas

Christmas Home Tour: Monika Hibbs

Holiday decor incorporating blush pink, creamy whites and soft metallics. Tour the home of blogger Monika Hibbs as seen in Style at Home Magazine.

photos by Tracey Ayton

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Pyne Hollyhock Charcoal // Blush Pink Velvet Light Gold Piping  


Serpent Ivory  // Champagne Velvet


by Arianna Vargas