designer's guide | Jul 14, 2020 |
Arianne Bellizaire creates a bold, brilliant gathering space

A season of missed industry shows spurred our editors to reimagine Business of Home’s guide to High Point Market, focusing on the inspiration journey that design professionals need now. In addition to revealing the latest product introductions, trade shows are often an essential source of inspiration. We asked eight designers to dream up a room featuring pieces they would have discovered at High Point this spring. Here is the next in the series.


Bold turquoise walls accentuate the geometric wainscoting in this spacious dining room by Baton Rouge, Louisiana, designer Arianne Bellizaire. Modern pieces like a flower petal pendant and sculptural black dining chairs are balanced by more traditional elements like herringbone wood floors and classic moldings. The result: an artful and inviting space where family time can easily transition to a dinner party.

Arianne Bellizaire creates a bold, brilliant gathering space
Arianne BellizaireCourtesy of Arianne Bellizaire Interiors

What is the story behind the room?
I think we are all craving time with family and friends these days, so a dining room seemed like the perfect setting! I wanted to display how simple shapes could be used to create a space that felt fresh and chic without being pretentious. I combined strong lines, curves and angles, but balanced the overall look with the room’s traditional elements.

Did you have a client in mind?
I imagined a client that loves to entertain, is well-traveled, and wants their space to feel finished while still leaving room to collect and display meaningful items.

Where are you looking for inspiration these days?
I am devouring travel videos and photography, and have been making an epic bucket list of all the places I want to go. Travel is by far one of the most influential sources of inspiration for my design projects.

For more from Arianne Bellizaire, check out her interview in our 50 States Project, where she tells BOH how design can save marriages, how she stays firm on her process and why she still considers small projects an honor.

Arianne Bellizaire creates a bold, brilliant gathering space
How she did it: Bellizaire started with a watercolor drawing of the room before taking the concept digital. Using Chief Architect, she translated the design into a virtual rendering in the software’s watercolor setting.
Courtesy of Arianne Bellizaire Interiors

1. The Bosphorous area rug by Creative Touch is a subtle backdrop for a statement-making room.

2. Custom capabilities make for limitless possibilities in modern iron doors from Clark Hall Doors.

3. The bold, inky strokes of the Zen Mother print by Robert Robinson for RFA Decor create a calligraphy effect.

4. Ebony veneer forms a starburst on the Rochelle dining table by Alfonso Marina.

5. The Poppy lamp from Kenneth Cobonpue is a glowing orb of coated-paper petals.

6. Wood and leather make for a sophisticated play of angles in the Chicago stick chairs in blackened ash by Beech Boy Furniture.

7. The sleek two-toned Béton console design by Jamie Drake for Theodore Alexander, inspired by Brutalist architecture of the 1960s and ’70s, adds heft and structure while providing ample space for a buffet.

8. Patterned ottomans by Pulp Design Studios for S. Harris add a pop of color wherever they’re placed.

9. Whether arranged neatly in rows or mixed into a gallery wall, the Ball on the Wall accents from Phillips Collection—matte black spheres rendered in resin—create a mod mood.

This article originally appeared in Summer 2020 issue of Business of Home, Issue 16. Subscribe for more.

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