When we shared before and after photos of the Project Melrose Master Bath on Instagram, we got more than a few comments from followers who couldn’t believe that it was the same room in both shots. We take that as the ultimate compliment, since the “before” master bath looked and felt outdated and disorganized. It screamed 1990’s – complete with a corner tub, block glass windows, and shiny gold hardware.

After what has felt like a year-long winter, the non-stop rain in the forecast is a welcomed change and a clear indication that it’s finally spring. Spring’s arrival has a way of making us want to hit the reset button and refresh our homes – whether it’s buying new plants, swapping out winter linens, or Marie Kondo-ing our closets (guess they call it “spring cleaning” for a reason).

Ikea tends to be a polarizing brand – maybe it’s because their pieces are instantly recognizable (every screw and wooden dowel) or perhaps because you can buy a full meal along with your furniture (a plus in our books!). Some people love it, some people hate it – but no matter your opinion on Ikea, you almost certainly have something (or many things) from the furniture giant in your home.

If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know that in addition to running Collective Studio, both of us are moms of two young kids (we each have a boy and a girl!). With four kids between the two of us and countless friends and family members who are new moms, we have plenty of experience giving and receiving kid and baby related gifts. It can be a tough process – so many of the gifts we received as new moms felt short lived or didn’t align with our style, yet it’s extremely challenging to find items that feel both unique and functional when you’re the one doing the gifting. Plus, who has the time to visit multiple stores in search of the ‘perfect’ gift!? We knew so many people must feel the same way as we do and realized that this issue extends to other gift-giving occasions like housewarming presents, hostess gifts and of course birthdays.