Custom Tile



I'm in love with this custom terra-cotta tile from Tabarka that I'm using for a client. This hand painted  Italian terra-cotta has a completely different hue than the Mexican terra-cotta that we usually see. With a pinker undertone as opposed to a true orange, this is gorgeous stuff. Tabarka truly allows for a custom experience in that you choose your tile and pic your glazing and colors. I'll be doing all of these tiles in shades of cream, pale gray, and charcoal. 

The Moroccan shaped tiles will fit together to form a gorgeous wall of field tile, capped by a custom chair rail to match. This will be the perfect choice for a glorious Master Bath in this custom

The four-piece pattern will be a fireplace surround, topped with a reclaimed wood mantle. 

The arabesque/lantern shape will cover an entire wall in the guest bath with a handmade copper sink top hung on top. It should be spectacular!

 I'm super excited for all of this to come together. I know the result is going to be amazing, and the best part is that it will be a one-of-a-kind installation. I can't wait to show you all the finished project!

Salle de Bains de la Petite Fille : The Little Gilrl's Bath



This little bath is going to be the perfect haven for two darling little princess'. I can already see a bathtub filled with bubbles and a little black stool pushed up to the cabinet for the brushing of teeth. Ten years from now, I know this style will hold just as true when these same young ladies are curling hair and putting on makeup and perfume! Time passes quickly and I always want my interiors to be absolutely timeless, transitioning with  the different seasons of life while retaining a look that still seems fresh years later. 


Enduring and classic were my thoughts as I created this little hand-set border. We used white hex tiles as the field tiles and then handmade these large daisy-rosettes that I used to form the boarder. The smaller daisies  were sprinkled throughout the center in a haphazard way that says..."Oops, I dropped my bouquet!" 

These custom pieces will be inlayed over the weekend and I'm looking forward to seeing the completed floor next week. I love that this tile has a custom pattern and is a one-of-a kind! 

Mid-Century Modern Sectional


I'm loving and recommending this gorgeous mid-century modern sectional from West Elm. The Peggy Terminal Chaise Sectional can be customized in terms of shape and fabric and is offered at a very reasonable in price. A custom sectional without the designer price! 

Palm Springs Moments

Last week we had the pleasure of tripping around Palm Springs for a little mini vacay. It's only about an hour and half from home but it feels like a million miles away once you're there. I love the dessert.  There are so many great restaurants and so many wonderful things to see and do. On my wish list was checking out some of the revamped hotel classics out there. Hotels offer such great design inspiration and Palm Springs hotels definitely don't disappoint! Our first stop was the beautiful Le Meridien Parker. This is the opitome of midcentury modern desert chic. Updated by Jonathan Adler, this hotel is a must see. 

The pool is enclosed by tall hedges giving the poolside area a very cool Shangri-La kind of feeling. The striped umbrellas with pointed tops add to the uber-hip, super-laid back vibe.

The tangerine orange front door at the Parker is iconic. Love the hardware. Love the color. Pretty much love everything about it!

Walking out to the valet, I ran into Catt Sadler from E-News. She was out in the dessert officiating a wedding and we had a chance to chat while we waited for our cars. She's a favorite television personality of mine and a celebrity that's genuinely just as gorgeous on the inside as she is on the outside! Be sure to check her out over on her blog: 

The Riviera is so Old School. It's a fun place to check out some vintage-Vegas style decor and grab a drink by the pool. This feels like a place the Rat Pack might have stayed. 


Finally, The Ace is like something out of a book by 
Jack Kerouac. It's completely funky and fun and a little rough around the edges.  You can sip a mojito in the bar, grab a pool towel from the bus parked poolside, or take a pic in front of the vintage letters that spell out its name. It's eclectic and a little off beat and totally bohemian. This is the kind of place to have a wild weekend adventure that you keep to yourself. What happens at the Ace, stays at the Ace.

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Mindy Laven


Just a simple mid-western girl with a love for making things lovely. I create inspired, personalized, interiors on a budget. It's a beautiful life! Let me help you decorate it.

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