Before and After: My (New) Master Bathroom

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A minimal modern bathroom makeover / refresh for spring


I’ve been trying to get our new apartment decorated since we moved in a few weeks ago, but with being out of town for a week and some other stuff that’s been happening behind the scenes, it hasn’t been the quickest process. So, I decided to give myself a break and kick off the decorating in a place I wouldn’t normally start: the bathroom! Why? It’s small, which means I could get it done in a day or two and wouldn’t need to run out and buy a ton of stuff. Plus, my last bathroom makeover (at the old place) strangely ended up being one of my favorites, so I’m rolling with it.

I’ve teamed up with the folks at Boll & Branch, who make Fair Trade certified, 100% organic cotton luxury bedding, bath towels, and more, to share my new mini bathroom makeover. And since it’s spring, I’m throwing in my tips for refreshing your bathroom for the season too…think plants, flowers, and fluffy towels – oh my! Click through for the before and after.

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Playing Dress Up: The 9 Dresses I Have to Have in My Closet for Spring

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Mara Hoffman embroidered midi dress for spring

There was a time in my life where I only wore dresses. Like every single day: dress, after dress after dress. And while I’m more of a jeans kind of girl these days, I still like to throw on a dress every now and then. Especially because they’re so easy to toss on and look put together without even trying. Something I’m finding myself more and more in need of, as of late.

So, I put together my picks for cool spring dresses that will have you stylin’ in seconds. These are the dresses I desperately want in my closet right now (especially #1, 4, and 6).

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Plant One on Me: A $5 Hanging Planter Hack

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This $5 hanging planter DIY is actually a Target hack! Click through for tutorial.

Move over Ikea hacks, today a Target hack is coming through!

The other day, I was strolling through Target and stopped by the dollar spot area to see if they had anything interesting. And they totally did! I found a few hanging planters that were only $5 each and I loved the shape (just wasn’t crazy about the finish or the string they were hanging from).

I threw a few in my cart and gave them a quick makeover as soon as I got home. And now they feel like substantial pieces that I spent WAY more than five bucks on. But that’s really all it ended up costing because I had all the supplies I needed to make these guys over at the studio already.

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Chip On Your Shoulder: My Fave 3 Ingredient Bagel Chips (Recipe)

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The easiest recipe for (insanely delicious) bagel chips. You only need 3 ingredients!

I’ve been cooking at home a lot more since our move. Mainly because the kitchen is open to the living room, so I can cook without feeling like I’m missing out anything. And with all this kitchen activity, I’ve landed on a couple of homemade snacks that have quickly become my favorites. The first of which, and also the absolute easiest with only three ingredients, are these bagel chips!

Want to make your own? Here’s how…

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6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

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I’ve been working from home since I got back from my trip. But I’m hoping to get back to the studio soon, so I can work on some new projects to share. At least I’m making (a tiny bit of) headway on a few things for our new apartment.

But anyway, on the subject of projects, if you have some time for a DIY or two this weekend, I have you covered. Here are 6 DIYs I’m loving this week…

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Oh, Make Me Over: A Modern DIY Desk Accessory

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How to make a modern DIY desk accessory with concrete. Click through for the tutorial.

A while back, I bought a little desk trinket at Anthro, on sale for $9. Total impulse buy considering I wasn’t a big fan of the green malachite base. But I really liked the brass wire that formed the hand, so I brought it home and refinished the base to something more my style. Concrete anyone?! And now, I totally love it.

Here’s how I transformed a $9 sale piece into my new favorite DIY desk accessory. Before photos after the jump.

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Sugar Rush: A Pastel S’more Pizza Recipe for Spring / Easter (with Edible Flowers)

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S'more pizza with edible flowers and giant chocolate chip cookies

It’s been a while since my last s’more recipe and with spring (finally) here and Easter coming up, I’m full speed ahead on all things pastel and/or flowery.

So, I put together a quick (fool-proof) recipe that is part s’more and part dessert pizza – then threw in some Easter candy and edible flowers for good measure. AND a few blog buds are also chiming in today, for even more recipes for the occasion. Click through for my s’more recipe and all the others too.

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