Make a Mini Cake Like a Pastry Chef

Here's a simple and impressive way to create an adorably delicious dessert using a store bought cake mix and canned frosting. This would be perfect for a small dinner party or to surprise a friend for a birthday or special occasion. It's easy to make and looks fabulous! You don't have to be a pastry chef or make everything from scratch to create a dessert that tastes great and looks fantastic!

Wardrobe Basics

If you have a closet full of clothes and still have nothing to wear, then this is the video for you! Watch as I walk you through my favorite wardrobe basics. These are the bones of all of my outfits. With foundational pieces like these, you can put together a fabulous outfit on the daily! 

Bridal Shower Flower Vase DIY

If you're looking for the perfect centerpiece for a bridal shower table, then look no further. If you'd like to make a party favor that is gorgeous and on a budget, then this is the video for you! With a little Frog Tape, some clear glass vases, some gold metallic paint and a few brushes, I'll show you how to quickly and easily create a vase a gorgeous chevron vase. Check it out!

Legends 2015: Where Muses Dwell

Yesterday, I attended The La Cienega Design Quarter event, Where Muses Dwell. This is a 3 day extravaganza of keynotes, cocktail parties, open houses, and exhibitions featuring top design editors, writers and bloggers from throughout the country. I had such a fabulous time seeing all of the windows decorated by designers and connecting with some of my colleagues. A highlight of the day was definitely spending some time in the shop of one of my favorite designers, Nathan Turner.

I've admired Nate and his work for years. I've also read his book from cover to cover: Nathan Turner's American Style. He promotes the authentic, collected, curated aesthetic that I absolutely love. 

This beautiful sitting area is actually the back patio of one of my favorite shops, Hollywood at Home. I love the small gravel as a groundcover and have used this same treatment on some of my own projects.

This pic is also from Hollywood at Home. The pop of pink feels so fresh for spring and the Kelly Green tent in the background is the creation of designer Amy Meier. I'd love to recreate this look in my own backyard!

These cowgirls were entertaining us at the after party!

I fell in love with this wallpaper at Harbinger. This is a must see retail showroom. 

My day began at Jonas, makers of fine furniture and draperies where Windsor Smith talked about Publishing her book: Windsor Smith Homefront.

Over at George Smith the Editor of Traditional Home, Jenny Bradley led a panel of designers discussing the trend toward a modern-traditional look in design. Madeline Stuart, Elizabeth Dinkel and Thomas Callaway shared their thoughts on: Not Your Mother's Tradtional.

This was such a fun and informative event and I'll use lots of my "take-ways," as inspiration for my current projects. I love to staying on top of what's join on in design. Events like this motivate me to strive to offer something new and different to my clients. 


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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