December 8, 2017

[Shop the Look] 2017 Holiday Gift Giving Guide for the Home Under $100

It’s that time of year again, have you started your holiday gift shopping yet? If you’re stumped and not sure what to get a family member, friend or client — why not get them something to utilize at home. In this guide, there is over 60-holiday gift ideas for the home. From something soft and furry to tech gadgets to kitchen finds this is a unique budget-friendly guide that will be sure to please even the most difficult person on your gift list.    Gifts Under $25 These inexpensive gifts are on trend to show off in the new year. The best part, the organic materials and mixed metals on these items makes each piece look priceless. Consider gifting this phone storage workout bottle for those in your life who love to hit the gym. Or surprise your work-alcoholic friend with this blinged out desk calendar. You’ll also find several […]
November 2, 2017

[VIDEO] 7 Ways to Embrace High Point Market Fall 2017 Trends

Every six months, more than 75,000 people embark on the small town of High Point, North Carolina where they come to tour High Point Market, one of the largest furnishing industry trade shows in the world. If you follow me on Instagram you know I was one of those there last week. Among the crowd designers, architects, buyers and vendors walking the 11.5 million square feet of showroom to discover what’s next in the furnishing industry. We were all there to scout out the latest products, seasonal trends and more. Here’s what I uncovered: Lucite Acrylic Touches Acrylic furniture is nothing new, it’s been a contemporary staple since it was introduced in the 1930’s. The see through material has been keeping furniture classy throughout the decades, especially after it was reinvented in 2002, when Philippe Starck’s introduced the Louis Ghost Chair. Today the acrylic, which is a manmade material is being paired with […]
August 21, 2017

A NEW Voice for the Staging and Decorating World

Creativity is key in our industries, whether in home staging, interior design or real estate, we have to think outside the box, repurpose and feature a lifestyle – that’s found in most people’s aspirations. If you’re looking for home ideas? We have the solution for you — AspiredHOME Magazine, an online magazine that will deliver staging, decorating and lifestyle inspiration. What’s Inside? As the Content Director/Editor for this online magazine, we have a team of experts who can see and sell spaces with our imaginations. Inside the pages of AspiredHOME Magazine, you’ll find different sections that reflect important aspects of what makes up a quality design. Decorating and staging are two different services that create a visually appealing home. We spotlight these contrasts in the varying sections of this magazine. The sections include: Let’s Talk Color, Décor Inspired, Rooms to Love + Sell, Destination Inspired Décor + Lifestyle Travel, Showcase Spotlight  and DIY Décor Inspiration. Getting […]
August 10, 2017

Last Minute Dorm Essentials Every Student Needs

Sending a kid off to college this year? An empty nest doesn’t have to require an empty wallet. We’ve gathered our back-to-college picks that will turn a dull, boring dorm room into a multi-functional space for your kid to study hard or kick back and relax between classes. It can be a daunting task, packing up your life to move into a tiny dorm room with a stranger. It’s important to pack accordingly so you don’t waste space or end up with duplicate items. So, what do you need to bring to show off your style, save space and get you through until Thanksgiving? Well, check out our dorm picks from colorful area rugs and lighting to on-trend decor and pretty bedding there is something for everyone at an affordable price. Decor That Rules  The decor items below involve marble, mixed metals, organic materials, tassels and geometric patterns to keep your […]
June 26, 2017

Happy Birthday to My Better Half | An Ode to My Husband

If you’ve been following our journey online, then chances are you’ve stumbled across my husband, Sal Arena. Today (well, actually June 27th) we get to celebrate you as you enter into your 45th year of life! You’ve never wanted to be thrown into the spotlight, but as you’ve supported my goals throughout life you’ve become the networking king, life of the party and outgoing co-host — which many have come to recognize. Dear Poop, We met nearly 20 years ago and it’s been a privilege to be around you as you nurture, problem-solve and spread joy to everyone in your world. I admire your innate ability to get along with ANYONE and your outgoing personality. You’ve encouraged me to believe in people and support them, regardless of the outcome.  Today I am thankful to be your wife. I’m thankful that you chose me, and that you continue to choose me […]