If Valentine’s Day has snuck up on you this year, no worries! You can still whip up a beautiful brunch spread for your lov-ah or your bestie (did you know Galentine’s Day is a thing?? I’m just finding out myself). Anywho, we’ve put together a kick ass brunch spread that will make anyone feel loved. There’s even a quick Valentine’s Day DIY to make you look like that domestic goddess that, come on, we’ll probably never actually be! This DIY is so good, I dare you to spot it in the pics below.

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MARBLE COASTER DIY by Craft & Cockatils 

Materials
Black ceramic tile
white paint
gray paint
feather
paint brush
sandpaper
clear acrylic sealer spray
felt
hot glue

Directions
Step 1: Lightly sand ceramic tiles. Wipe with damp cloth.

Step 2: Dip a feather in white paint. Using the tip, paint random lines on the tile, pressing harder in some spots to vary lines. Marble lines go in the same general direction, but are random so keep this in mind when painting (we pulled up an image of marble to refer to.)

Step 3: Using a thin paint brush, go over some lines with white and light gray paint to define and differentiate lines. Let dry.

Step 4: Spray with clear acrylic sealer and allow to set.

Step 5: Finally, cut felt into squares to fit the size of the coaster and glue to the bottom of the tile.

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No matter your feelings about candy hearts and sappy sentiments, there’s no reason to pass up an excuse to get fancy. So grab a bottle of Chambord and tap into your creative side. Even if your better half doesn’t appreciate the gesture, you’ll have a ball sipping on your hot pink drink! Check out the recipes for our Valentine’s Day cocktails below – though they’re so good they don’t need to be reserved for a special occasion. I think any old Tuesday would be the perfect time to enjoy one.

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RECIPE: DIAMOND IN THE ROUGE 

Ingredients

1 3/4 oz bourbon
3/4 oz Chambord
3/4 oz blood orange juice
1/8 tsp Balsamic vinegar
Blood orange slice

Directions
Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass with one large ice cube. Garnish with blood orange slice.

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RECIPE: NOIR FRAMBOISE FIZZ

Ingredients

2 oz champagne
1 oz gin
1 oz Chambord
1/4 oz lime juice
1/4 oz simple syrup
a quarter of a vanilla bean

Directions
Cut the vanilla bean in half and scrap the seeds out and add to a shaker. Add all the other ingredients but the champagne into the shaker with ice. Double strain into a champagne flute. Top with the champagne and garnish with raspberry & blackberry.

 

art direction by erin hiemstra // photography, production & original cocktail recipes for apartment 34 by craft & cocktails 

This post is in partnership with Chambord and Refinery 29. All thoughts and opinions are 100% our own. Please drink responsibly. Thanks for supporting awesome partnerships that have kept apartment 34’s doors open all these years. Like seriously. I really appreciate it. 

It’s been a few weeks since our last remodel update. I’ve been steeped in the final design details – because we’re actually going to move in, like super soon! It’s still al little hard to believe. Rather than get overwhelmed by the upcoming moving process, I’m choosing to daydream about our soon-to-be finished spaces. I’m particularly excited to finally get to cook in our kitchen. Basically, it’s my dream come to life! I can’t wait to reveal the entire room for you, but I thought I’d share my initial design inspiration to tide you over for now.

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Even though our Victorian is 140+ years old, I wanted to juxtapose a modern kitchen against the backdrop of historic design details we’re painstakingly maintaining throughout the house. For the modern elements think flat-front lower cabinetry, minimalist lines and sleek fixtures in a muted color palette of warm grays. There will also be touches of white and hardwood to add some brightness and warmth to the space. This look and feel will counter the house’s antiqued hardwood floors, crowning molding, arched doorways and traditional ceiling medallions. I love the tension of the two styles intermingling. I’m also a sucker for the too cool for school open shelving trend (I truly think it will stand the test of time) so we’ve decided to go with lower cabinets only. Everything else will be open. I think this makes kitchens much warmer and more welcoming. Plus I get to display my ever-growing glassware collection. It’s a sickness.

Of course it wouldn’t be a dream kitchen without state of the art appliances. I didn’t know it was possible to get so excited about a refrigerator but I’m counting down the days until I open the door to my Thermador fridge for the first time.

While things are still not quite ready for the big reveal, there’s a little taste of where the kitchen is headed. I can confidently say the final product is going to be worth the year long wait!

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serge mouille chandelier // thermador range // silestone counters in zeus and lusso // kohler promaster faucet // thermador refrigerator // salad tongs // japanese cast iron frying pan

 

 

images via april & may and d pages

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We’ve all heard about it. The capsule wardrobe. It’s all the rage these days (and yes, I want to try it once we move into the house). But I’ve always wondered how difficult it would be to stick to the capsule. Whether you edit to the magic 37 pieces or simply attempt to streamline a bit for each season, I think the empty closet would kind of taunt you. That’s why I’m loving the idea of displaying your capsule wardrobe on a meant-to-be-scene clothing rack.

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I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Urban Outfitters is cornering the market on gorgeous clothing racks. Whether you want to hang a beautiful brass one from the ceiling or only have enough space to lean a small rack against a wall, they’ve got an option for every space. And if you style your stuff up right, you could have one of these racks in your living room!

What do you think? Are you giving the capsule wardrobe idea a try? How are you organizing it?

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Well, with one month of 2016 under my belt, one thing is apparent. It’s time to add to Team Apt 34! We cover all of the best parts of life around here; design, decor, fashion, food, travel – you name it. And I’m looking for people who are equally passionate about the best parts of life as I am. Are you a DIYer with a sophisticated edge? A photographer looking to flex your muscle? Someone who likes checking out the newest hotspot in town? Or the queen of drafting a killer tweet? Then this just might be the spot for your voice to be heard!

I’m on the hunt for content creators in all shapes and sizes. You might be lifestyle expert or simply love style. You might be a writer, a graphic designer, an editor or producer. You might still be in college or have a fledging blog that you want to share with the world. If you’ve got a keen understanding of blogs and the internet, love keeping up the latest trends and are able to create killer content – this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

Intrigued? Here are the details:

Hiring part-time freelance contributors and a part-time editorial assistant, either remote or here in San Francisco – I’m looking for the best wherever the best might be!

To submit an application:

Email info@apartment34.com with the subject “TEAM APARTMENT 34” and tell us why you think the Apartment 34 world is for you. Be sure to let us know what you want to contribute, tell us all about your experience with blogging and social media, as well as your passions and what you bring to the table. We’re looking for your A game here my dear. Be sure to include links to any of your relevant social media or work (blog, pinterest, instagram, etc) and give us an idea of your aesthetic.

I can’t wait to hear from you!

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I don’t know if it’s the few blossoming cherry trees I spied this week or the fact that it’s staying light until 6pm again, but I’m suddenly in the mood for Spring. That’s why this JCrew editorial caught my eye. Its bursts of saturated color feel so refreshing. I’m actually tempted to forgo my neutral-loving ways and pick up a bright piece or two from this lovely spring color palette.

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1 color block pillow //  2 sunnies //  3 candle holder // 4 indigo matrix print // 5 tassel zip pouch //  6 Pink Jane Austen Set // 7 metal trivets // 8 common projects sneakers // 9 bar stool // 10 decorative box 

I love how the hits of peachy-pinks are anchored with deep navy, cobalt blue and a hint of chartreuse. You could apply this color scheme to your wardrobe or to your home. A touch of a softer hue brings warmth, energy and vibrancy to its surroundings – so if you need to lift your spirits, be sure to pick up a piece or two from this collection. I guarantee you’ll start seeing life through rose-colored glasses!

 

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If you ain’t Dutch, you ain’t much. That’s what my Oma always used to say. And I think she was onto something because there’s certainly been a lot of exciting designs coming out of the Netherlands lately. And it’s not just my ancestral pride talking.

Take The Loft for instance.

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Created by a dynamic collective of designers in Amsterdam, The Loft is equal parts conceptual pop up store, artist and maker incubator, online magazine and interior design firm. In other words, genius. The Loft has now gone through three iterations of their pop-ups, taking over places as unique as an old theater, and warehouse spaces. I only hope they keep going long enough so I can get back to the Netherlands and visit one in person. In the mean time, I keep popping by their website to learn about a new artist or creator – or just to check out their latest project for major decorating inspiration.

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I’m a sucker for a beautiful blanket so Forestry Wool didn’t have a very hard sell. These stunning blankets are created by a textile designer who move from New Zealand to the Netherlands, bringing her knowledge of amazing wool production with her. Soaking in the design-infused Dutch zeitgeist, Forestry has created beautifully understated, modern designs using old world techniques. I’ll take one of each please.

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Studio Spitsberg is another Amsterdam-based firm that focuses on products that help bring simplicity and function to our lives, but in a way that couldn’t be more gorgeous. Case in point, the studio’s drying racks. Quite possibly the least sexy item in one’s home – who wants to look at drying laundry – but their pieces use simple forms, clean shapes and a wonderful juxtaposition of color and texture that turn function into beautiful form. All of their designs have an easy, airy quality. I’d gladly see this piece in our new house!

I know this is only the tip of the design iceberg in Amsterdam. While Scandinavian style might be having its heyday, Dutch design certainly cannot be ignored.

I’m ready to buy my ticket to the Netherlands. Who’s with me?

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