Style At Home: Alaina Of Live Creating Yourself

Written by on August 9, 2011 in Lifestyle, Style At Home - 33 Comments

Photography: Danielle Moss (Breakfast At Toast)

While carving a career path that is uniquely her own, Alaina of Live Creating Yourself has discovered a deep sense of fulfillment. Inspired by a true sense of aesthetics, she has thoughtfully furnished a chic and functional living space. Though humbly realistic about what she can currently afford, Alaina certainly doesn’t sacrifice style for savings (she has quite the eye for thrift-store treasures)! An artful fusion of colorful splashes and eclectic wall décor, Alaina’s apartment is a charming haven of both classic and contemporary touches.

Why did you begin blogging, and what have you gained and/or learned throughout the process?
I was 23, a year and a half out of college, and spent almost every day stressing over the direction in which my life and career should go. I had too many interests and wanted to go in too many directions. One weekend, I happened to be staying at the W Hotel and a neon sign in my room read, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” I’d heard this quote before, but for some reason, it resonated with me at that moment. I realized there isn’t one path I needed to figure out. I could create the life I wanted by immersing myself in my passions. My blog, Live Creating Yourself, has allowed me to do just that. I write about the things I love: design, style, music, travel, art, graphics, writing, and the list goes on. It’s opened doors for me that never would have opened otherwise. In the past two years, I’ve traveled and met designers around the country, helped launch a successful online magazine, been offered a contributing editor position with Chicago Home and Garden Magazine, and began my own freelance graphic design business. It’s been a wonderful experience, and I am grateful every day for being a part of this inspiring online community.

Always ready to entertain, Alaina keeps a stylishly stocked bar and champagne glasses in her dining room. In a ASOS dress, Nine West heels, and Kate Spade bangles.

Alaina’s dining room includes Ikea’s Expedit bookshelves, a flea market birdcage, her own artwork, a family heirloom marble-top side table, made-over dining chairs bought off Craigslist, her grandmother’s crystal stemware, West Elm dinnerware, and William Yeoward linens. Mixing is key!

Tell us about your home! How is it an expression of yourself?
I live in a vintage apartment on the north side of Chicago. It’s full of charm and flooded with natural light — two things my past couple apartments lacked. Because I work from home and spend countless hours in my apartment, investing in and planning the home decor was extremely important to me, even though I don’t own the property. I wanted to surround myself with beautiful things while keeping the space casual and bright. I would say that like me, my home is laid-back and welcoming. I always want guests to feel comfortable and at home when they walk through my door.

Do you gravitate toward a certain design aesthetic, color scheme, etc?
There’s definitely not one apparent look I go for when it comes to interior design. I love a fresh, all-white palette as much as I love the use of bright colors. I’m inspired by rustic, eclectic interiors and vintage decor as much as I appreciate clean lines and contemporary pieces. And I love blending different styles! But I’d say because of my own disparate tastes, I try and find pieces I won’t tire of. A lot of the larger items in my home are white and can easily mix with different styles should the mood strike me. I would definitely choose light and bright over dark and moody any day.

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  • Sarah

    Another great feature!! Love Alaina’s style – her personal and home styles play off of each perfectly. And of course Danielle’s photography is AMAZING! I bet this shoot was so fun! :)


    • Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself

      It was a ton of fun! Lots of laughter! Thank you so much for your kind words.

  • Stevie

    This girl is a total hottie and uber talented. What a catch. Wonder if she’s single?

  • Emily

    I love her living room and bedroom. So pretty and feminine.

    • Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself

      Since it’s a girls-only apartment, I am indulging in the feminine! Thank you!

  • Yvonne

    Love the way Alain has blended beautiful antique crystal, designer linens and west elm dishes. Lots of style – it shows in everything. Great photography.

  • danielle

    I had so much fun photographing Alaina in her beautiful apartment. Loved working with Glitter Guide! Hope to do it again in the future!



    • Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself

      Ditto, Miss Moss! Thank you so much for being a part of this project.

  • claudia

    Love the fresh flowers and the birdcage, pictures are so natural

  • Liz (@RestonStyle)

    Love this! All the photos are so wonderful! I can’t wait to check out Alaina’s blog!

    • Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself

      Thank you! Cannot wait to have you visit!

  • nicole

    What a gem she is!

  • Lesley

    What a lovely feature! She has a great sense of style and positivity. It is wonderfully refreshing to see a young woman who lives with loads of style but staying within her budget. The bar area in her dining room is especially charming. Will be visiting her blog later today, thanks for the introduction!

  • Kristyn

    I think she’s got a great eye…her place is awesome!

  • Bailey

    What a babe.

  • Christina

    What a lovely home! Where can I get the black and white rug in the living room!?

  • bestofbklyn

    I love her office! It’s so unique and creative, and I’m crazy about her wall color choice!

    • Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself

      Thank you so much! The color is Black Jack by Benjamin Moore!

  • Lauren

    her home is amazing. she is gorgeous. I especially love her office.


    • Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself

      *Blushing* — > Thank you!

  • Megan

    What a wonderful article! So cute and inspiratoinal! Keep up the great work!!

  • Anna

    So far this is my favorite feature on The Glitter Guide!

  • Andi

    Beautiful photographs and what an incredible home! I love how resourceful alaina has been right out of college and on a budget. I’m in my 30’s and my house doesn’t look anywhere near that put together.

  • Colette

    Thanks for profiling Alaina! I’ve been following her blog for years and it was so great to hear about her sense of style. She truly defines a “Glitter Girl”

    • Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself

      Thank you, Colette! Your support means the world.

  • Lonely Wife Project

    Everything about this is so gorgeous! Alaina, her home, Danielle’s photography…stunning!

  • Regina

    Absolutely love Alaina’s apartment, it’s so tasteful and stylish.
    Great post, keep up the wonderful job Glitter Guide!!!


  • Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself

    So floored by all the nice feedback! Thank you, everyone! And thanks, again, Taylor and team for featuring my home and me! It was such a fun couple of days working with the talented Danielle Moss.

  • Kim

    I have so many qualms about spending the time and money decorating my rental but this helps on the path to changin my mind! So gorgeous! It’s just hard when I know we are only staying at our place till the Boy is done with law school.

  • britt

    i adore the beautiful & inspirational story and photos! kudos to you! quick question… i’m dying to know where your graphic living room rug came from… would you mind sharing? thanks! xo

    • Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself

      It’s from West Elm! They no longer offer it, but they have similar graphic styles. Thanks for all your kind words!

  • S.

    I really connect with what Alaina said about wanting to go in different directions and creating her life… I find what she has done so inspiring for those of us who feel the same way.

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