It’s safe to say, we love our clients. Each site brings new ideas, inspirations, and challenges. In the past few weeks we had the pleasure of launching two new sites, each with a new spin for us! We really enjoyed working with both of these talented ladies to build two unique sites!

We worked with Bree on her beautiful food blog, Baked Bree, so when she came back to us for her one-on-one sessions, we were so excited! Our goal was to create a warm and welcoming site while keeping a few elements similar across both her brands. We couldn’t be happier with how her site looks and we’re excited to see her grow her business!
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Be sure to pop over,  take a look , and follow her blog- so many good insights!

Up next: City Cookin‘. When Stephanie approached us about her idea for starting a blog that focused on short, one-minute videos and favorite restaurant dishes all with a New York flare- we couldn’t wait to get started! You might have already seen her work on The Kitchn and now you can follow along on City Cookin’.

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Head over, say “hi”, and bookmark some awesome recipes she has already posted (we’re personally excited about the Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Banana Bread!)

Even though the months are set, January always comes quickly after the holidays. This month has flown by and we have four gorgeous launches to show for it! We loved working with each and everyone of these clients and have had such a wonderful start to the year! Be sure to pop over to each and everyone of the sites and say “hi!”

Tracey's Culinary Adventures
Half Baked Harvest
Mountain Magnolia
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Wondering what else we have coming? Be sure to follow along on facebook and/or twitter- we’ve got a new crop of beautiful sites coming soon! Want a new site for yourself? Send us an inquiry!

When working from home (or, even working a lot from home- even if it’s not your day job), I think it’s important to create a space that spurs creativity and feels warm/inviting. I’m always on a mission to improve my workspace and I recently decided to do a sweeping overhaul (all thanks to see this image of IKEA’s new line.) While the products are lovely, I actually fell in love with the dowel rack showcasing the items. Without fail, I always end up with props shoved into closets and cupboards in some horrible mess. I decided to turn my office into a new space that I could not only work in, but have storage that added to the room. Below are the before and after photos of what I did (and I have to say, this pinterest board has me wanting studio space one day!)

Do you have a favorite part to your home office? Any good studio/office inspiration pins/boards- I’d love to hear!

The Before:

Office/Studio Spaces
Office/Studio Spaces
While the office was starting to feel more like home, there were a couple things I knew I wanted to change. I wanted more storage and eventually a stand-up desk (but the ones I had my eye on were anywhere from $2000 upwards of $4000- whew!) And so, a couple trips to target and one trip to IKEA resulted in a brand new look (for under $400!)

The After:

Office/Studio Spaces
Office/Studio Spaces
Office/Studio Spaces
Office/Studio Spaces

Office/Studio Spaces

• The standing desk was put together with three key ingredients: This IKEA Kitchen Cart ($100), a 47″ long white table top ($15), and 1 4×4 piece of lumber to bring the desk up to a good height ($8) all joined together with 6 5″ long screws. I was also eyeing this IKEA island (nearly went with this one) and this one as well (I’d love this one for a communal workspace with a large table top.) However, I wanted to do this fairly cheap (just incase I didn’t end up liking it.) However, so far, I’m really loving it!

• The bookshelf is also IKEA (for $60).  The one I have isn’t sold online, but this is the smaller version!

• The chair (for those times I don’t feel like standing) is a tall bar stool from Target (and so comfortable!)

• The rack was built from 3, 1×2′s and a mix of 6′ and 3′ long 1/2″ dowels. This projects was super simple (measure holes and drill with bit that is slightly larger than the dowel size). For now I left it unpainted and not secured together. I also snagged a few hooks and caddies from IKEA that are meant for hanging items in your kitchen!

By now, you’ve probably had a chance to see “rich pins” all over pinterest. For recipe sites, these pins are often accompanied with ingredient list and a small icon from the site. It allows the pinner to get more information about the recipe with ease (and hopefully help promote it!) Today, however, Pinterest took one more step to help people discover recipes: a search based on diets like vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, etc. A few searches with key ingredients and a dietary label gave me quite a few awesome results and I noticed that because I have rich pins enabled- I saw quite a few of my recipes in searches (which is awesome.)

Pinterest Rich Pins

Don’t have rich pins for your site yet? It’s a simple process:

1. make sure you the right mark-up for your site (if you use self-hosted wordpress, as long as you are using a plug-in like ziplist or easy recipe, you are good to go!)

2. Validate a post with a url to one of your recipes (http://developers.pinterest.com/rich_pins/validator/)

3. If the validation is successful- apply for rich pins.

See- easy! Once your site is accepted for rich pins, you will notice that your recipes will come up in these custom searches!