Colored Grout: Yay or Nay


Many of my clients are requesting colored grout these days. It's a departure from the standard white and adds an additional design element to a standard tile job. This is a little guest bath project I'm working on. The countertops will be Cambria Quartz in the Torquay pattern and we're using an offset subway tile for the walls and backsplash. The last decision is grout. Which one do you think my client picked?

Bath and Kitchen Remodel

It's always fun to see a project coming together! This house was almost completely gutted and restored within 8 weeks. It's awesome to work with a contractor who moves so quickly and who catches your vision. My homeowners were intricately involved in this project as well, making it a joy to work on. I'm loving the gray/neutral palette we chose. It's clean and soothing at the same time. It feels modern yet not too cold. 



Loving this gorgeous black flooring and the cut pebble shower pan. Subway tile and Caesar Stone are two of my favorite materials right now!


These squared off fixtures really add a beautiful modern design element to this Master Bath. Love the Caesar Stone combined with the subway tile in an extra large size!










I'm crazy about this flat-bottom rectangular sink. Such a cool design element! And it's hard to believe that the over-sized shower pictured below was once a closet!



Kitchen cabinets are in and we are waiting for countertops and floors. We are using an amazing new product called Neolith on this island. Stain and heat resistant with the look of Carrera Marble. This is going to be one gorgeous space!
This collaborative effort is almost complete. Some gorgeous French oak flooring is being completed and some reclaimed wood accents are being installed this week. I can't wait to share the finished product. Be sure to check back for the wrap up!

White Chair Love

I'm obsessed with this modern take on the swivel chair. 
The Lady Swivel Chair from Hickory Chair is sophisticated and sleek. With a dark walnut base and a spring down cushion, you get comfort and style. A chair that swivels is such a great addition to any room. Turn it for conversation or television viewing, or tuck it into a tight corner where the rounded back is a perfect fit. Chair LOVE!

Black and White Tile



It seems like these days I can't get enough of this black and white tile combo. This is a selection that I'm putting together for a client. I love the mix of materials. We've got everything from a $1.99 porcelain tile to a tumbled marble subway tile that falls into a totally different category price wise. The cement tile in the lower left corner with the bold black and grey pattern is one of my new favorites! I think the art of great design must incorporate the use of high/low materials in a manner that is so seamless that you can't really tell the difference between the two. Which one is your favorite?

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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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