Mindy Laven Interiors

Vacay Take Me Away

Vacation is always such a wonderful thing and Cabo definitely did not disappoint! The crystal clear water, wonderful friends, and perfect 80 degree weather made for a truly epic trip. But then there's always re-entry....! So this week I've hit the ground running and my routine looks a lot more like what's pictured below!!

Demolition is messy business but it's always the prelude to something so much better.

This fireplace is going to get one of my favorite treatments, a full Caesarstone surround in the new Calcutta Nuvo pattern. I can't wait to see it come to completion.

In the meantime I'm still dreaming of Cabo San Lucas, margaritas, and palm trees swaying in the wind. I think this gorgeous piece of art might be just the thing to keep me in a vacation state of mind:

This giclee print reminds of the wallpaper at the Beverly Hills Hotel (also not a bad place to be). It's a happy piece that would add some life and adventure to a neutral room. I'm thinking of it with a particular client in mind. Art has the possibility of creating a feeling or mood in a room. It can brighten a space and evoke emotion. Consider adding art to one of your rooms. Set the tone.

Black Fireplace

I'm still crushing on this black fireplace that I did for a client. Love the rich matte black finish. I first saw this idea in article featuring Aerin Lauder. Aerin had a black fireplace in one of her vacation homes. It seemed like such a bold move. I had to do it! But first I had to wait for the right "client fabulous," who would be willing to take the leap. I have to be honest...her first response was, "No thank you." A little time passed and the no turned into a maybe, and then eventually into one of her favorite things about her home. I believe ideas have to percolate sometimes and some of the best design ideas are the ones that are the most risky. Don't be afraid to push the envelope. The great thing about paint is that it's inexpensive and you can always change it. Think about painting something black in your home. Take a chance. Take a risk. Create something beautiful and out of the box!

The Perfect Entry Table

 The Leona Console Table is a new favorite of mine. This classic entry table from Pottery Barn has all of the details that I've been searching for. I love the brass and glass combo. This translucent look makes a statement without taking up too much visual space. At only 12 inches deep this piece is the perfect depth for narrow entryways. The clean simple lines add style, but don't distract. I'd layer this with a bowl for keys, a great lamp (on sale) and some vintage books. Some pottery, shells and a candle and you're good to go!

The Mid Century Table Lamp from West Elm is personal favorite!

Goodwill Lamp Love

At the moment I'm obsessed with all things brass. So, when I saw these solid brass lamps at my local Goodwill for only $12.99 each, it was a no brainer! I brought them home, polished them up, and plopped on some gorgeous shades and voila! I think I'm in love! 

I'm always up for digging around at GW and some of my favorite things have come from there! One man's trash is another man's treasure! I wanted some new lamps for my mantle and these couldn't be more perfect. 

How gorgeous do these lamps look paired with the brass orchid pot I bought at an estate sale in Montecito? 

I carried these amazing Foo Dogs back from a visit to Portland and they look beautiful next to all this brass.

Don't forget Goodwill when when your looking for that special something to add authenticity to your decor!


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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