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Beautiful Spaces by The Elegant Abode

Hello and happy Friday! I hope that you have some fun weekend plans coming up (I’ll be packing and writing!) but first, it’s time to get inspired to decorate! Oh do I love nicely pulled together rooms! Take these below, for example, from designers Ali Vanderpool and Ariana Villalta from The Elegant Abode.W hat a perfect way to kick off a weekend with a little “real” interiors inspiration!

The Elegant Abode

(Above: Sink = perfection. I love farmhouse sinks and old wooden floors in the kitchen)

Ariana Villalta studied fashion and interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Her background includes furniture and hospitality design, along with high end residential project management. She currently resides in Long Island City.

Ali Vanderpool graduated from the New York School of Interior Design where she developed an enriched understanding and appreciation of all styles and periods of design. She previously worked in two different Manhattan based high-end, residential firms. She currently lives in the West Village (NYC).

The Elegant Abode

(Above: lovely desk area – such a nice idea to carve out a pretty corner in your home for work.)

The Elegant Abode

The Elegant Abode(Above: Fantastic mirror, basket of pretty shows, and subtle patterned throw rug.)

The Elegant Abode

The Elegant Abode

(Above: I’m a big fan of sisal throw rugs, they bring texture and warmth into any room – AND they are usually quite durable and affordable.)

The Elegant Abode

(Above: Gorgeous brick exposure!)

The Elegant Abode

(Above: Great coffee table and art arrangement on the wall.)

The Elegant Abode

(Above: Really cute bar display idea for the wall, perhaps in a living room or dining room space installed above a table or dresser.)

Together, these ladies run the The Elegant Abode where they design and decorate homes in the NY area and they write the Elegant Abode blog where they share their ideas and inspirations. In this post you can see a sampling of some of their work – so approachable and pretty!

Thank you ladies for contacting me to share your work, it’s always a pleasure to shine a spotlight on such talented designers!

(images: the elegant abode)

Posted by decor8 in Designers + Stylists on September 09, 2011

Your comments...

  1. ines commented
    September 9th, 2011 at 11:33am

    Hi there!

    What a wonderful post, lovely photos… Just want to go in there and have a look around and grab some of the wonderful items which are shown.

    Thanks so much for this wonderful blog.

    ines´s last blog post ..Lesezeichen

  2. Modern Country Style commented
    September 9th, 2011 at 12:04pm

    Ooh, that’s completely gorgeous! I LOVE the gentle grey on the walls. And all the delicious details.

    Thank you so much for sharing, Holly.

    Modern Country Style´s last blog post ..You’re In For A Tweet…..

  3. mimi commented
    September 9th, 2011 at 12:06pm

    Really love their style, it looks put together but not fussy.
    mimi´s last blog post ..Houte Bay

  4. Decorator's Notebook commented
    September 9th, 2011 at 1:00pm

    I am head over heals for exposed brick walls at the moment and this is making me even more in love! I wonder if I got the chisel out this weekend….
    Decorator’s Notebook´s last blog post ..A is for Aran

  5. Jane commented
    September 9th, 2011 at 1:17pm

    Oh Holly, thanks for the hot tip. I’m now following them. They have sublime taste. And that bar area idea has inspired me to do something similar. J x
    Jane´s last blog post ..Receiving an abundance of heart-warming blog love

  6. FancyFunction commented
    September 9th, 2011 at 2:58pm

    Wow – I really love everything about these spaces. Elegant, clean and simple.
    FancyFunction´s last blog post ..A Penny Saved…

  7. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    September 9th, 2011 at 3:24pm

    Gorgeous….these photos are making my heart sing on this dreary day! And that one with all of the pretty flats lined up in the basket?! eep. ack. swoon…..:)
    Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog post ..Closer to home

  8. cafenoHut commented
    September 9th, 2011 at 3:54pm

    Yes this bar is absolutely good idea…
    If we do not have so much space we can use like this bar…
    And also all style is unique..

    HAppy weekend..
    cafenoHut´s last blog post ..Deli Alacası…

  9. pixie commented
    September 9th, 2011 at 6:09pm

    Oh WOW! I love everything about that home. The grey wall color is perfect.
    pixie´s last blog post ..52 Weeks, 52 Books: Week 35

  10. Lizet Pottery Studio commented
    September 9th, 2011 at 6:58pm

    Love the nice airy colors!
    Lizet Pottery Studio´s last blog post ..Sunburst Yellow Candle Holder

  11. Rebecca commented
    September 9th, 2011 at 7:04pm

    These rooms all look so serene and relaxing, all thats needed is a book and mug of tea!x
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  12. Sabina commented
    September 9th, 2011 at 7:15pm

    gorgeous!! happy friday!!
    Sabina´s last blog post ..Friday’s Photos – Dress Giveaway via Shabby Apple!!

  13. Eneia commented
    September 9th, 2011 at 8:24pm

    Organization is a gift. A gift I was not born with. Organizing and managing to make your shoes look that chic is pure style. Love the working area. Her clutter is refined to a quaint little corner, her own little world!
    Eneia´s last blog post ..Mix Made in Heaven

  14. Alexandra commented
    September 9th, 2011 at 8:45pm

    Beautiful! This is pure feminim elegance! I especially love the basket full with pretty shoes!
    Alexandra´s last blog post ..aesthetic for every day – fog linen work

  15. sécia commented
    September 9th, 2011 at 10:08pm

    WOW. What a lovely, inviting space!

    sécia´s last blog post ..~ my heart melting ~ no. 1

  16. able mabel commented
    September 10th, 2011 at 12:21am

    I adore the basket of shoes! Send some my way!!

  17. anh commented
    September 10th, 2011 at 5:17am

    omg im in love with those ‘nightstands’ used in the bdrm with the brick wall. where o where can i get those? and all the other rooms! j’adore! so much inspiration!
    anh´s last blog post ..Photo Diary 1: Antigua, West Indies

  18. Cristina commented
    September 10th, 2011 at 11:36am

    Gorgeous! I love every space, oh they have taste!
    Elegant, serene and light..

  19. Lisa's Creative Home commented
    September 10th, 2011 at 3:04pm

    Gorgeous Home! I love the farmhouse sink in the kitchen. I’ve always wanted one but have yet to fulfill that dream. I love the blue walls in the livingroom. I just bought a chocolate brown sofa and loveseat and seeing it with the blue is getting my wheels turning. Love it together! I wasn’t planning on painting again but I may just have to!
    Lisa’s Creative Home´s last blog post ..A Living Room Update Part 1- Installing A Laminate Floor

  20. Alisha Wilson commented
    September 10th, 2011 at 8:55pm

    I love these design Ideas! My Favorites: The wall bar display with the chalk board, the white baby room, and the brick wall in the bedroom (reminds me of Boston). I have total house envy, some day.
    Alisha Wilson´s last blog post ..Casey Caplowe of GOOD

  21. Susan Hazel commented
    September 10th, 2011 at 9:39pm

    Love the bar idea, especially the chalkboard that says “cheers!”
    Susan Hazel´s last blog post ..Family Tree

  22. Paula Jo @ Home and Garden Decor commented
    September 10th, 2011 at 10:26pm

    I love all of the photo’s, but my favorite is the country sink in the first photo. I’m a country buff, so I decorate in a lot of western and country style, but all the other rooms are gorgeous.

  23. Stars in The Eyes Actress Blog commented
    September 10th, 2011 at 11:58pm

    Fantastic combination of modern & romantic. Didn’t think it was possible and neither did my BF, haha. This gives hope!

  24. cathie commented
    September 11th, 2011 at 6:30pm

    Each of their groupings are gorgeously simple and elegant. Stunning decor!
    cathie´s last blog post ..Morning Surf Original Paintings

  25. Lynne commented
    September 11th, 2011 at 9:30pm

    These photos are lovely. I absolutely love the gray paint on the walls and it looks so warm and inviting. I keep thinking that I should try gray but I’m afraid I will find it too cool but these photos are changing my mind. I wonder if the ladies would share the paint color?

  26. KachinaDesigns commented
    September 12th, 2011 at 3:53am

    I REALLY love the exposed brick. I am looking into doing this look on my own bedroom – SO cozy looking!

  27. fenny setiawan commented
    September 12th, 2011 at 5:25am

    very lovely and inspiring spaces. I love the way she arrange the wine and liquor bottle and set the bar on the wall. very creative and unique :)

  28. Sarah commented
    September 12th, 2011 at 1:45pm

    The perfect mix of careful styling and carefree comfort – absolutely sublime! Beautiful images from a lovely, lovely site and a gorgeous blog. I love the natural accessories such as the water hyacinth baskets and woven rug, just perfect! x

  29. Mar commented
    September 12th, 2011 at 4:49pm

    I love the brick wall!
    Mar´s last blog post ..Regal de boda

  30. Joy Hall commented
    September 12th, 2011 at 4:54pm

    Such lovely photos! My favorite is the charming corner desk. So very personal.

  31. Lauren @ Polka Dots & Sprinkles commented
    September 12th, 2011 at 11:04pm

    What an absolutely stunning home! I love every single image :) And that exposed brick in the bedroom…gorgeous!
    Lauren @ Polka Dots & Sprinkles´s last blog post ..Sprinkling in Some Glam: Football Season

  32. Meriem commented
    September 12th, 2011 at 11:28pm

    Love the brick wall behind the bed, reminds me of a place where i used to live. All the walls were painted white and one wall was left bare with exposed brick. It looks great!

  33. Lisete Reis commented
    September 13th, 2011 at 11:43am

    I just LOVE: the desk area, the sn mirror, the brick wall, the letters on the baby room… fabulous!
    Lisete Reis

    Lisete Reis´s last blog post ..Sparkling!

  34. Ann commented
    September 13th, 2011 at 7:43pm

    The basket of shoes is such a pretty idea, now I want some beautiful new shoes!
    Ann´s last blog post ..NYC Spring 2012

  35. Ege Denne commented
    September 14th, 2011 at 2:42pm

    Always inspiring :) I love that fingerpainted tree :)
    Ege Denne´s last blog post ..Det blir mørkere ute..

  36. Ericafpc (Erica Cottrill) commented
    September 15th, 2011 at 5:40pm


    Not a surprise that she is an expert in fashion and design. Everything blends so well and is absolutely lovely. Especially adore the kitchen.

  37. Mimi commented
    September 15th, 2011 at 9:49pm

    Love the placement of the couch. I think that’s what I’ll do with the couch I’m getting. Love the monochromatic lettering in the nursery too!
    Mimi´s last blog post ..Fly Me to The Moon Florists Featured on Botannical Brouhaha

  38. Ms. Hall commented
    September 17th, 2011 at 4:12am

    I really love this “mini bar” idea – definitely a cute little addition. Something to keep in mind for the perfect little nook in my basement!

  39. Ashley Nicole commented
    September 17th, 2011 at 9:30pm

    This is a beautiful post! I love the pictures. I love that brick wall behind the bed… I have always wanted that look.
    Ashley Nicole´s last blog post ..Digging up Inspiration from the Sea: Coral Decor

  40. Nancy with Life...Dzined commented
    September 17th, 2011 at 10:10pm

    Love the white on white wall lettering…don’t see typography used as art nearly enough.

  41. Nathalie commented
    September 21st, 2011 at 3:37pm

    These interior snap shots are so light and airy – just what we need with winter coming. I wish you could unearth some similar shots from UK designers.

  42. CC commented
    September 22nd, 2011 at 4:08pm

    Does anyone know where the tree picture and frame our from above the desk?

  43. Ally commented
    September 23rd, 2011 at 7:02pm

    I especially love that last photo. Such a great idea!

  44. Kate (Embarrassment of Riches) commented
    September 26th, 2011 at 5:22pm

    The photographer who shot these pictures is the very talented Ilenia Martini. The home is lovely, but the artist who shot it also deserves some credit :)

  45. Brooke commented
    September 26th, 2011 at 8:57pm

    Love your style, using natural elements to accent soft frilly accents. Stunning. Love the exposed brick wall with the soft white headboard of the bed.

  46. Emily {The Best of this Life} commented
    September 27th, 2011 at 5:22pm

    Wow! Holly – these are gorgeous and so inspirational….
    I really love the color scheme and that nursery and just beautiful :)

    Thanks for sharing,

  47. Brittany Herlean commented
    October 9th, 2011 at 11:16am

    I am in love with the bar set up! Where can I find the shelves?!

  48. Ma Frangine commented
    October 16th, 2011 at 5:12am

    This has to be the most beautiful bar I’ve ever seen. Very clean,classy and modern.

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