Style At Home: Alaina Of Live Creating Yourself

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

What is the most sentimental piece in your home?
The most sentimental item in my home is a 1907 copy of Pride and Prejudice I bought when I visited Bath, England a few years ago. It hops from coffee table to bookshelf and back again. My mom and sister came to visit me during my study abroad, and naturally, we took a day to visit the home of our most beloved author. Seeing that book in my home reminds me not only of that special trip, but the wonderful relationship I have with my mom and sister, and the inspiration I get from talented female writers.

Alaina takes breaks from the computer by enjoying the company of her coworkers: Tucker and Fiona, her two cockapoos. Alaina’s own artwork – sketches of the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben – hangs above the couch, a daily reminder of the time she spent in her two favorite cities. Alaina wears a J.Crew sequined shirt and jeans with Sergio Rossi heels.

Have you ever found any gems in unlikely places (furniture, wall decor, etc)?
My favorite items were all found at junk stores. The vintage dresser and tin-framed mirror in my bedroom were both steals at a local Goodwill store here in Chicago called The Brown Elephant. I think I paid $45 and $25 for the two items, respectively. I also found a beautiful cityscape oil painting on the floor a thrift store in Richmond, Virginia. I think I paid $35 for it. I don’t think it’s of any particular city; there are elements of both old European architecture and modern American skyscrapers. But it hangs on the gallery wall above my desk and reminds me of why I love traveling and exploring new cities.

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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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