Style At Home: Alaina Of Live Creating Yourself

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

What has influenced the way that you decorate?
I would say the biggest influence has been my budget. I am only a few years out of school, so most of my purchases thus far have been thrift store makeovers with a mix of Ikea and West Elm favorites added to the mix. I’ve kept the decor pretty safe, not wanting to waste money on items I’d tire of in a few months. But who knows what wild pieces I’d add to the mix if the price were of no concern? I can say with certainty I’d definitely own a yellow Chesterfield couch and a neon pink Wegner wishbone chair by now, and that’s just off the top of my head!

Alaina keeps her baubles accessible, displaying them in vintage teacups and jewelry boxes on her dresser.
Left, J.Crew necklace and a vintage Juliana bracelet. Right, Ann Taylor sequin top and a Tory Burch sparkly purse.

Do you find that certain aspects of your décor reflect your personal style (or vice versa)?
I would say that when it comes to both my décor and style, I err on the side of caution. I would never spend a lot of money on something I wasn’t sure I’d love years down the road. I look for “investment pieces” as my mom always called them. “Your daughter can wear it someday!” she’s said. And she’s right… there are purses, dresses, and countless other items I’ve worn for years because they are classic and never go out of style. So just as I gravitate toward more conservative, non-trendy apparel, I’d say I stick to more traditional, neutral pieces when it comes to furnishings. But all restraint goes to the wayside when it comes to the details: the more feathered pillows and oversized baubles, the better!

Alaina appreciates both classic designs and fun, feminine styles when it comes to accessorizing.
From left: Tory Burch tortoise shell clutch, Banana Republic striped clutch with bow, Express glitter clutch, Tory Burch sparkle clutch, Jess LC canvas clutch.

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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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