Gifts for Guys Under $50

It’s time to give the guys some attention! I rounded up twelve great gifts to give this holiday season for the special men in your life, all under $50!


He can sip his favorite whiskey and remember his favorite city with a set of etched map glasses.

The Leatherman multi-tool will come in handy around the house or out and about.

He can rock out while he cranks out his work with this USB/travel speaker.

Etip gloves keep his hands warm while he texts you back with that sweet message.

The reclaimed wood iPhone dock is the perfect perch for his phone while it charges.

Every guy needs this wardrobe staple: a cashmere V neck sweater (multiple colors).


Anytime he travels he’ll need this leather toiletry bag, it can be personalized too.

Help him care for his facial hair with beard balm.

Has he always wanted to collect vinyl? Inspire him to get started with this turntable.

Men need good skincare just like we do! This starter kit may be just the thing he needs.

Your baseball fan man definitely needs a set of these cufflinks for your next special night out.

A leather iPhone case gives him a place to stash his cash and credit cards too.

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Gifts for Her Under $50

Mid week greetings! I thought this week I’d share a few gift ideas, ‘tis the season! I rounded up a few favorites for the gals all under $50 !


She’ll make a colorful statement with a unique clay initial necklace.

She can cozy up with her man and drink a great vino with these his and hers glasses.

Jazz up her everyday set of keys with this ribboned monogram keychain.

Every girl needs a place to put her favorite earrings, this gold tree will do!

Relieve tension with this lovely printed relaxation pillow.

Another unique gift for the wine lover is a sauvignon blanc soy candle.

She can set out for adventure with a striped weekender tote.



Remind her everyday of her beauty with the hello gorgeous makeup bag.

So many flavored waters can be made with this fruit infusion pitcher.

Morning’s most important beverage is made known with a cozy heather shirt.

Does she love to entertain? Then she’ll love this brass inlay cheese board.

Hi tech and so chic! This charging stand is available in four metals (love the rose gold!)

When it’s time to get things done, every gal needs a (nicely packaged) hair tie set.

I’ll be back tomorrow with some gift ideas for the guys!

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Cement Look Tile for Less

We began the install on the bathroom floor last week at the flip house in Vegas. I had been searching for a geometric pattern tile and found a great one at Home Depot. During my search I stumbled across a bunch of great porcelain and ceramic tiles that look like authentic encaustic cement tiles but for less money than you’d pay for the real thing.

We’ve seen cement tiles everywhere in recent renovations throughout the design world and I love the look of them all. These bold patterns look fab in a bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, sunrooms, you name it. Like a rug, there’s something really fun about bold pattern underfoot, it makes a statement but is less in your face then when used on the walls (although I love that look too.) I wish I had a dozen bathroom remodels on my plate because I’d be sure to use several of these cement look ceramic tiles on the floor!




pictured above: roll hex and twenties classic (black)

These ten patterns can be found at Home Depot:



1. Twenties Crest  2. Twenties Diamond 3. Twenties Petal  4. Twenties Circle  5. Braga Classic  6.  Berkeley Blue   7. Lotto Cobalto 8. Botanic Black  9. Atelier Antracita  10. Atelier Azul

These six patterns are available at Overstock:


1. Cavado Black  2. Thirties Classic  3. Somertile Art Black  4. Thirties Vertex  5. Thirties Corner  6. Thirties Vintage



cavado black and merola hydraulico

Note several of these are marketed as Merolo Tile at Home Depot and as Somertile at Overstock so you’ll see some repeats if you do a search on those sites. Many of these are less than $2 a tile, which is such a deal to get the look of encaustic cement tile for less!

Weekend Reading

It’s good to be home! I spent yesterday in my pajamas with the rain falling down, it was so relaxing. I hate the idea of braving the crowds at big box stores, but I will be doing some shopping downtown to support some local businesses today.

There’s the most charming Christmas shop we visit and it’s tradition for the family to pick out a new ornament every year. Other than that it’s more quiet time and more holiday decorating around my house, cue the Christmas Pandora playlist! Favorite links from the week below (tree image: target holiday collection).


Inspiration for considering a non-neutral sofa.

Beautiful roundup of glass front kitchen cabinets.

14 things you (didn’t know you) can dye.

Creative ways to decorate with twinkle lights.

Fabric wrapped paperwhites = perfect holiday gift!

So fun! This DIY disco ball Christmas tree.

All of Tom Hanks’ movies in one sketchbook. Aw.

I just discovered this hilarious dad on Twitter.

Year round gratitude.


Enjoy your weekend!