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Beautiful Spaces by The Elegant Abode

September 9, 2011

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!

Beautiful Spaces by 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).

Beautiful Spaces by The Elegant Abode

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

Beautiful Spaces by The Elegant Abode

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

Beautiful Spaces by The Elegant Abode

Beautiful Spaces by 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.)

Beautiful Spaces by The Elegant Abode

(Above: Gorgeous brick exposure!)

Beautiful Spaces by The Elegant Abode

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

Beautiful Spaces by 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)


  • Reply ines September 9, 2011 at 11:33 am

    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.


  • Reply Modern Country Style September 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    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.


  • Reply mimi September 9, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Really love their style, it looks put together but not fussy.

  • Reply Decorator's Notebook September 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    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….

  • Reply Jane September 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    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

  • Reply FancyFunction September 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Wow – I really love everything about these spaces. Elegant, clean and simple.

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente September 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    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…..:)

  • Reply cafenoHut September 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    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..

  • Reply pixie September 9, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Oh WOW! I love everything about that home. The grey wall color is perfect.

  • Reply Lizet Pottery Studio September 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Love the nice airy colors!

  • Reply Rebecca September 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    These rooms all look so serene and relaxing, all thats needed is a book and mug of tea!x

  • Reply Sabina September 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    gorgeous!! happy friday!!

  • Reply Eneia September 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    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!

  • Reply Alexandra September 9, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Beautiful! This is pure feminim elegance! I especially love the basket full with pretty shoes!

  • Reply sécia September 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    WOW. What a lovely, inviting space!


  • Reply able mabel September 10, 2011 at 12:21 am

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

  • Reply anh September 10, 2011 at 5:17 am

    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!

  • Reply Cristina September 10, 2011 at 11:36 am

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

  • Reply Lisa's Creative Home September 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    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!

  • Reply Alisha Wilson September 10, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    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.

  • Reply Susan Hazel September 10, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Love the bar idea, especially the chalkboard that says “cheers!”

  • Reply Paula Jo @ Home and Garden Decor September 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    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.

  • Reply Stars in The Eyes Actress Blog September 10, 2011 at 11:58 pm

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

  • Reply cathie September 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Each of their groupings are gorgeously simple and elegant. Stunning decor!

  • Reply Lynne September 11, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    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?

  • Reply KachinaDesigns September 12, 2011 at 3:53 am

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

  • Reply fenny setiawan September 12, 2011 at 5:25 am

    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 :)

  • Reply Sarah September 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    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

  • Reply Mar September 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I love the brick wall!

  • Reply Joy Hall September 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm

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

  • Reply Lauren @ Polka Dots & Sprinkles September 12, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    What an absolutely stunning home! I love every single image :) And that exposed brick in the bedroom…gorgeous!

  • Reply Meriem September 12, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    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!

  • Reply Lisete Reis September 13, 2011 at 11:43 am

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

  • Reply Ann September 13, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    The basket of shoes is such a pretty idea, now I want some beautiful new shoes!

  • Reply Ege Denne September 14, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Always inspiring :) I love that fingerpainted tree :)

  • Reply Ericafpc (Erica Cottrill) September 15, 2011 at 5:40 pm


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

  • Reply Mimi September 15, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    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!

  • Reply Ms. Hall September 17, 2011 at 4:12 am

    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!

  • Reply Ashley Nicole September 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    This is a beautiful post! I love the pictures. I love that brick wall behind the bed… I have always wanted that look.

  • Reply Nancy with Life...Dzined September 17, 2011 at 10:10 pm

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

  • Reply Nathalie September 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    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.

  • Reply CC September 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm

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

  • Reply Ally September 23, 2011 at 7:02 pm

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

  • Reply Kate (Embarrassment of Riches) September 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    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 :)

  • Reply Brooke September 26, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    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.

  • Reply Emily {The Best of this Life} September 27, 2011 at 5:22 pm

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

    Thanks for sharing,

  • Reply Brittany Herlean October 9, 2011 at 11:16 am

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

  • Reply Ma Frangine October 16, 2011 at 5:12 am

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

  • Reply felicity December 9, 2015 at 12:29 am

    please tell me where to get the shabby white console table

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