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House Tour

Recipe By Tessa Arias
May 28th, 2016

Come on inside and let me give you a house tour! See all our decorating and DIY projects we’ve done since moving in (including a few Pinterest-inspired ones like plank walls and pipe shelves).

I am SO excited for this post!! I finally get to bring you into our home!

After my love of food, baking, and recipes comes my love of home decor (and also makeup!). I could watch HGTV for hours and pin dream homes for days. It all makes sense if you consider that two of my best friends and my business mastermind partner are all designers by trade.

For me, the look and feel of a space is truly important. I work from home so having a place that makes me feel happy and inspired is seriously a game changer. I fully believe the world and aesthetic around us has a huge impact on our well being.

We moved into this house a little over a year ago, and it took about that long to get it looking the way it does in the video below. We pieced things together slowly to make sure we were developing a style we both enjoyed and to avoid breaking the bank.

As you’ll see, most of our furniture and decor is super affordable or was done DIY-style. And I tend to have awesome luck with sales and clearance items. We’re definitely not completely ‘done’ with the house (is that even possible?) but I didn’t want that to stop me from sharing what everything looks like currently.

I hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think in the comments below, and any suggestions you might have for some of the things I mentioned in the video.

House Tour Sources

I went through and included as many links to where we purchased specific products, including the furniture and some decorative items. If you don’t see something listed, just comment below and I’ll let you know!

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Black Quatrefoil Mirror

Entry Table

*Bar Cart

*Bar Area Floor Lamp

*Gray Tufted Armchairs


Coffee Table

Entertainment Center

*Living Room Jute Rug

*Living Room Floor Lamp

*Living Room Mercury Glass Table Lamp

*Neutral Metallic Diamond Throw Pillows


*Dining Table from World Market no longer available, similar

*Gray Tufted Dining Chairs

*Dining Chandelier from World Market no longer available, similar

Gray & White Striped Curtain Panels


*White Pinch Pleat Duvet Cover

*Tufted Suede Headboard in “Oatmeal”


Acrylic Makeup storage


All furniture from Ikea!

Gold Damask Canvas Art

*Gold Kate Spade stapler

*Gold Kate Spade tape dispenser

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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    Margarita Lucena-Choy — May 28, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Thanks for the tour of your beautiful home! It looked like a model home. I loved your decorating, and the house was spotless! I also loved the dogs. I have a yorkie myself.

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      Tessa — May 28, 2016 at 10:06 am

      Thank you!! Our yorkie says hello to yours 😉

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    Liz — May 28, 2016 at 8:39 am

    So nice. Have a great weekend

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      Tessa — May 28, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Thanks, Liz!

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    Delores — May 28, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Thank you for the home tour. Your home is so pretty and it’s so encouraging to see a young wife enjoying homemaking. I plan on forwarding your video to my daughters who also enjoy this. God Bless. Oh, a I I loved seeing your sweet dogs.

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      Tessa — May 28, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Thanks Delores! The dogs make a sneak appearance in many of my videos 😉

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    mary — May 28, 2016 at 9:47 am

    thanks for opening for home and sharing your plans on the tour. an even bigger thank you for taking the time to run down and post all of the links!


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      Tessa — May 28, 2016 at 10:05 am

      You are so welcome, Mary!

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    Laura — May 28, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Tessa, that was simply a delightful tour and we appreciate you letting us into ‘your world’. You have a wonderful eclectic sense of style, which I love. It is casual and comfortable and not at all stuffy. I wish I had your organizational skills! Love the industrial pipe shelves, and the drapery was well worth the splurge. Everything comes together beautifully!

    I’m impressed you do so much from a smaller kitchen. Mine is also a galley type so I have no excuses! 😉 It will be fun now to see your posts and know just where they are coming from!

    Thanks for giving so much to your appreciative audience! You’re the best!

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      Tessa — May 29, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Thank you, Laura!! That’s such a good point, now you can imagine exactly the kitchen my recipes came from. Love that!

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    Aurora Piña — May 28, 2016 at 10:36 am

    You have such a beautiful house and awesone sence of fashion. Thanks for opening it to us!

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      Tessa — May 29, 2016 at 10:44 am

      Thanks so much Aurora!

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    Debbie Domingues — May 28, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Your house shows that it is possible to have an elegant home on a budget. Thanks for all the great tips. I agree with you that the lamp in the bar area should be outside of the chairs but think it should go on the right. Then it can do double duty by providing task lighting for someone sitting in that corner of the couch. I love being in the “elbow” of my couch to read or knit so lighting is important.

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      Tessa — May 29, 2016 at 10:44 am

      Thanks, Debbie! That’s originally where I wanted it too but it kind of blocks the window and the dogs like to look out there… it keeps them occupied lol 😉

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    sandy — May 28, 2016 at 11:59 am

    OMG – lovely house and decorations! Really love the flooring also. Thanks so much for sharing such a personal piece of yourself. 🙂

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      Tessa — May 29, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Thanks, Sandy!!

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    Jill Jones — May 28, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Hi Tessa. Great home tour! You have done some really neat things with your new home. Love your decorative touches. Your husband’s casita is a pretty neat hangout, too. Keep up the great work you’re doing with your blog. Enjoy the long weekend, Jill (Sacramento, CA)

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      Tessa — May 29, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Thanks so much Jill! Hope you enjoy the weekend too.

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    Mary K — May 28, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Thank you for sharing the tour with everyone! So lovely! We seem to shop at the same places haha….Target, Hobby Lobby, Wayfair, Michaels etc! Please share any new home projects with us 🙂

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      Tessa — May 29, 2016 at 10:42 am

      Thanks Mary! Yes we do 🙂 I’ll be sure to share any new projects with you!

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    Patty K-P — May 28, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    What a great tour, Tessa! Loved all of your touches and DIY projects 🙂 So jealous of your closet!!! Thank you for sharing 😀

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      Tessa — May 29, 2016 at 10:40 am

      Thank you! I swear, having a separate closet and bathroom sink makes for a much happier relationship 😉

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    Rose D — May 28, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Hi Tessa-

    Thank you for the tour. Your home is so neat. I’d be curious to know why you like quartz over marble. I’ve had neither but will be building a house in the next few years and could use some tips. I envy your office space. Thanks again.

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      Tessa — May 29, 2016 at 10:40 am

      Great question, Rose! The house actually came with quartz and I’ve never had marble, but I know it can be quite high maintenance. Marble requires a lot of special care and can stain and damage much more easily than quartz. In fact, quartz is super durable and easy to maintain. I think if I had to pick, I’d choose a quartz that looks like marble to get the best of both worlds 🙂

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    Catherine — May 28, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks for letting us into your lovely home! I only have one comment: that vanity mirror is too small for ur lovely face! Haha! Just kidding! I am one of the many who appreciate ur work..keep it up!

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      Tessa — May 29, 2016 at 10:38 am

      Haha!! It is quite small, I have to prop it up on a stack of makeup palettes so I can see myself without hunching over. Maybe it’s time for a new one 😉

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    Judy — May 28, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Tessa, you are such a delightful person. I love receiving your recipes and I enjoyed the home tour and especially that little Aussie animal on your shelf in the office. We have met before at the home of Steve, the Aussie Pie guy. It is wonderful to see your passion for baking and willingness to share with others. Thank you.

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      Tessa — May 29, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Oh, hi Judy!! Thanks for commenting! Hope you are well 🙂

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    June — May 28, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Hi Tessa, you do have a lovely home and a great eye for decor. You have said many, many times just how hot it gets in Arizona during the summer months, I wonder if you also get the levels of humidity we get here on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia? The floor is amazing!

    I love the casita your man is very fortunate to have his own space!

    Thank you for inviting us into tour world.

    June x

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      Tessa — May 29, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Thank you! No, Phoenix has a bone dry heat. It often feels like you’re inside an oven during the summer. The dryness makes it easier to power through but it’s really bad for allergies, skin, and hair. I visited family in Melbourne this past March (my mom is an Aussie!) and heard about just how humid and tropical it feels where you live. I’m not sure which is worse!

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    Pam M. — May 28, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Thanks, Tessa!

    It was really fun to see your beautiful home. If I did a tour of mine, I’d have to spend the rest of my life organizing … and then where would we be? I loved how light and airy your home is, as well as the calm and peaceful atmosphere.

    Pam M. from upstate NY

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      Tessa — May 29, 2016 at 10:35 am

      Haha! Luckily I’m slightly obsessed with organizing 😉 Thanks Pam!

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    marlene — May 28, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you for your lovely and informative house tour.
    Your home is simply beautiful l!!!!
    Jared gets kudos for all of the things he built for your home.
    Thanks also for letting us know where you purchased the many items
    for your home.
    I am such a fan of yours……I LOVE your blog !!!

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      Tessa — May 29, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Thank you so much Marlene! He is quite handy, I’m lucky 🙂

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    Cathy — May 29, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Really nice home and great job Tess. Maybe just too many sticks, so, in the bathroom remove the sticks and replace with hydrangea colored the same as the tile in the shower, which are so great in color. Get a closed in bar and place it beside the chairs and make that little bar you have into a coffee table and get a large picture of you Jarred and the dogs and place it above the bar at the entrance of your lovely home. Love the kitchen would not remove the entire wall but just cut out the middle section, put a hand crafted counter with stools and opaque shutters to close when the kitchen is a mess and you are entertaining. This way you don’t lose all your lovely galley kitchen space.

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    Cathy — May 29, 2016 at 4:09 am

    And, you do such a great Job Tess. Love your site and your personality.

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    Belinda — May 29, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Thank you for sharing. Very nicely done, you accomplished a lot in one year.

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    Anand — May 29, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    the hone trip was wonderful

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    Lin — May 30, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Hi Tessa, great tour. You have a lovely home. I have a suggestion for the living room standing lamp. A lamp works best if the light is coming from the right. Take care Tessa and may you and your husband only have happiness in your new home.
    Be well,
    Lin 🙂

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    Catherine She — May 30, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Tessa, WOW !!! what a lovely warm n imaculate home you have there. Thank you for inviting us in. Enjoyed reading your blog n most/all of your DIY postings too. Am from Sydney Australia, atm am on no pay leave for a period of time as my youngest adult son has a medical condition and have been almost a full time carer for him for the last 4 months. Keep up your good work and definitely will be reading/watching out for your post. God Bless.

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      Tessa — June 1, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Thanks so much, Catherine! I’m so sorry to hear about your son and I’m sending both of you well wishes.

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    Stephanie — June 1, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Thanks for sharing your house! Love your style. So awesome you even have a guest house. Your backyard has a lot of potential; I’m sure you will make it awesome 🙂

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      Tessa — June 1, 2016 at 11:08 am

      Thanks, Stephanie!

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    Cristina — June 4, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Hi Tessa, your home with Jared & pets is lovely! I am curious about your flooring – in the tour I thought you said it wasn’t composed of wood or tile. What is it made of? Is it super durable for people & furry friends? Please keep posting, I’ve “favorited” all of your You Tube vids!

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      Tessa — June 5, 2016 at 7:56 am

      Thanks so much! It is tile 🙂

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    Kathy Blando — June 11, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Thank you for the tour, I love DIY projects and finding unique stuff at antique shops and the stores you frequent. I too think the lamp should be to the left. Sorry Jared!

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      Tessa — June 12, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      Haha, team left side! Thanks, Kathy!

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