My Favorite Gift Ideas for the Hostess

I find that right after Thanksgiving the holiday party invites start rolling in, so I decided to tackle the host/hostess gift guide first this year. If you’ve ever hosted a dinner or party of any kind, you know how much work it takes. Here are a few good gift ideas to let the host know that you appreciate their efforts!

Favorite Gifts for the Hostess

salt and pepper grinder setboxes gold ornamentcaptain wood server | paz treesjoya composition no. 1 white soap | measuring spoons | golden triangle pillowchick candleholderbud vases

All of these items are available from CB2 along with tons of other amazing gift ideas! Is there anything you’d like to receive as a party host/hostess? See all of my gift guides here!

Upcycled + Restyled Home Office Bookshelf


Who has a to-do list a mile long of home projects and updates? I know I do! My dad is a bit of a dumpster diver so there’s never a shortage of furniture in our family, while abundant, it’s not always pretty. A while back he gave me a bookshelf that’s been really useful, but an eyesore in my office, see below. I just shoved a bunch of stuff on it and that was that. I’ve been meaning to give it an upgrade but just couldn’t get around to it.


Well, BLACK+DECKER contacted me with a challenge to finish a project that I had been putting off as part of their Your Big Finish campaign. Through this campaign, BLACK+DECKER is encouraging homeowners and renters to finish neglected projects around their homes for a chance to win $10,000 and other prize packages. I knew immediately I wanted to tackle this bookshelf!


Lucky for me it was easy to deconstruct. I cleared off the junk, took it apart, taped up the ends of the legs and got out my white spray paint! I needed to do a few coats since the original color was so dark. Once the paint was dry I reassembled the shelf. When I was putting items back on the shelf I kept it to a minimum instead of just cramming everything back on. I moved some of the extra books and boxes to a shelf that wasn’t so front and center in my office and focused on making this shelf both pretty and functional. It was so easy, I can’t believe I procrastinated for so long! It’s amazing that a little white spray paint can make such a huge difference.

A little white spray paint can make a huge difference!

Now it’s your turn to finish a project! BLACK+DECKER has launched this movement to get all the unfinished home projects moving again. Join them for the opportunity to win $10,000 cash and products. Plus, they might put you and your finished project on a billboard right in the middle of Times Square. So while your family may never notice that you finished hanging the crown molding, millions of others will!


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There are weekly BLACK+DECKER prize packages (valued at approximately $440), and one Grand Prize of $10,000. Check out the finished project gallery to browse other entries and get inspiration for your own project then submit your own entry for a chance to win!

finish those incomplete projects

Many thanks to BLACK+DECKER for sponsoring today’s story and inspiring me to FINALLY finish this project!

Dreaming of a Bathroom Renovation

A bathroom renovation has been in the back of my mind for a while now. It’s the room in my house that needs it the most, unfortunately it will have to wait a while longer but a girl can dream can’t she?

White and Gold Subway Tile Bathroom

My bathroom tiles were originally blue but a previous owner decided to paint them rather than replace them, yikes! Years later, the paint is starting to chip and it is not pretty. Not to mention, the floor tiles still contain blue, so it’s hard to choose a new color scheme with those still intact. I’m really digging white subway tiles with a darker grout and gold faucets and accessories.

Dream Bathroom Roundup: Decor, Faucets & Skin Care

brass prism | luxury spa towels | skin essentials | candle | edison pendant light | gold classic razor | soap dispenser | mirror | vanity | faucet | photo via Domino

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The Made In Mind Social February Meet-up and Art Market

For our February meet up, we wanted to network with creatives AND feature them so that’s exactly what we did at L’Entrepôt on Saturday night during the Julia Street Art Walk! Guests got to view work from amazing local talent while sipping on delicious Passionfruit Sangrias from Carmo CafeThanks to all of the artists and to everyone who came out to support them! Here are a few of my favorite photos from the event and you can see the full recap over on The Made In Mind Social blog!

The Made In Mind Social Art Market and Meetup 2014

The Made In Mind Social Art Market and Meetup

Emily Lovejoy at The Made In Mind Social Art Market

The Made In Mind Social Art Market and Meetup 2014

Little Eli at The Made In Mind Social Art Market

Little Eli at The Made In Mind Social Art Market

The Made In Mind Social Art Market and Meetup 2014

Laurel Buras at The Made In Mind Social Art Market

Girl Looking at Art The Made In Mind Social

Girls Looking at Art - The Made In Mind Social

The Elizabeth Chronicles at The Made In Mind Social Art Market

The Elizabeth Chronicles at The Made In Mind Social Art Market

The Made In Mind Social Art Market and Meetup 2014

Erik Barthels at The Made In Mind Social Art Market


Markette at The Made In Mind Social Art Market

Markette at The Made In Mind Social Art Market

Markette at The Made In Mind Social Art Market

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Event photos by Trevor Mark.

A Splash of Pink in My Dream Office

A few months ago I started a Pinterest board to collect inspiration for my dream office. I always try to create a workspace that inspires me. Since I am at my desk and on my computer a lot, I need the space around me to be stimulating. So I was pinning away and realized that almost every image had a little pop of pink in it! I have never been that into pink but I guess now I am?!

My office is also my front entry room so I’m always looking for furniture and storage with dual purposes and flexibility. In my pins, I was also drawn to white walls which could really open up my space! You can check out all of my dream office inspiration here and in the descriptions I tell you why I like each idea for my office.

A Splash of Pink in My Dream Office

This board was created for a BHG Insiders Pinterest contest and it just so happens that I won! As the winner, I was not required to write a blog post, I just wanted to share my inspiration! I had so much fun making the board. All images are pinned from and are linked through my Pinterest board.

Summer Office Renovation Inspiration

I’m so excited to introduce Corina as today’s guest blogger! Corina is a graphic designer, and blogs at Cocorrina about her work, inspiration, travels and fashion. She also loves to design jewelry, which I am kind of obsessed with!

Summer Office Renovation Inspiration

Both my husband and I, are freelance designers and we get to work from the comfort of our home. Even though we feel privileged, working from your home might have some downs. One of the most important things, is to have your own office. A space where you can be inspired and create. A few months ago we moved to our new house and never actually got the time to arrange it as we wanted. My dear hubby gave me his office and he worked from the dinning table. How sweet is he?

Finally, after all those months, we decided it was time we both had offices, exactly as we imagined them. So, you can imagine how excited I was to start planning my new office from scratch! In the summer I tend to adore lots of color but always with a touch of simplicity. I broke down into 5 categories that describe the perfect office for me. White, color, plants, brass and patterns. I want every inch of my office to be cheerful and inspiring, but balanced with minimalism and not overloaded. Like a blank canvas. A few pops of color here and there, happy patterns, touch of brass and gold for light and a few plants for freshness.

Summer Office Renovation Inspiration Categories

I don’t know if there is a specific name for this style, but i have seen it a lot lately in interior design and in graphic design as well, and obviously I’m really into it! As a last touch, a couple of vintage items to give my office some character and because i just love everything vintage!

Summer Office Renovation Inspiration - Corina's Picks

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In my furniture, random items hunt, i complete fell in love with white desks. I’m not sure how easy it is to keep them clean, but I have this idea for them that dust doesn’t show! Hehe that would really suit anyone! The Ikea wooden chair, was love at first sight, and since I have already used it, it might not look like it is, but it’s very comfortable, for me! My best friend who owns it, doesn’t agree!

One of my office obsessions, and probably yours too, are the Hay trays! I mean is there anything to say about them? They are so handy, good-looking and overall super cute! I will probably get too crazy with gold / brass because i just love how royal and clean it looks when combined with white, not to mention it makes your office glow!

The fun part is, that when redecorating an office, you can get a bit crafty too! Many of the things i loved, where.. well just a bit out of budget! But you can always find a perfect DIY, or put a few creative touches here and there. I found a few good DIYs, that I will definitely put in use for my new office!

Summer Office Renovation Inspiration DIYS

1. Besides all the office essential, it’s relaxing to have some fun decorations! I feel for this simple paper wreath, that would look just perfectly on any wall, or desk!

2. Who need post its when you can have your own mini chalkboard! And how sweet and rustic it looks on wood?

3. Putting washi tape in a good use! Cords don’t always need to be messy and white!

4. Watercolor, with bright colors paper tags, as color swatches to add some pop into your desk.

5. One of my favorite coasters probably. And so easy to make. Leather silver and leather gold.

6. Probably the most easy and fun DIY for an office. All you need to use is nail polish to give a new “breath” to your office tacks.

7. I would say yes to color dipped everything, especially a plant pot!