As it’s the season to renew and refresh, it seemed like the perfect time for a giveaway to help you do just that!

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I’m so excited to partner with one of my favorite housewares lines, The Citizenry (you’ve seen them before here and here) to give away one of their all new bath sets.

Have you ever traveled abroad and discovered locally made furniture, accessories or art, but had no way to get it back home? The Citizenry founders Carly Nance and Rachel Bentley decided to combine their love of far away places and beautiful things with the goal of supporting small artisans. Each Citizenry collection focuses on a new part of the world. Carly and Rachel work with locals to produce handcrafted items that represent an area’s cultural history and highlights its traditional production techniques. Case in point, the latest collection from Morocco.

The Morocco collection includes gorgeous bath sets hand-loomed by a weaving cooperative just outside of Marrakech. Each towel takes over a day to complete! That’s a long way of saying they’re good people.

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I used the Amina Bath Set – towels and a bath rug that feature a light gray Egyptian cotton and cream stripes – to create a little oasis in my master bathroom (yes this is a MAJOR sneak peek). Hoping it will inspire you to carve out a little me-time this spring. Details on how to win your bath set are below!

Enter to win a Citizenry Bath Set on Apartment 34

TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY

Here’s how to win…
1) Click THIS LINK to enter your email
2) For an extra entry subscribe to Apartment34 – you can click here to sign up

One winner will receive a bath set of their choice (there are three color options!) valued at $250. The winner will be chosen on Monday, April 24th at 9AM CST. Open to international readers.

 

 

original photography for apartment 34 by delbarr moradi / florals via high camp supply gardenias 

This post is in partnership with The Citizenry. All thoughts and opinions are my own. thanks for supporting collaborations we’re excited about and that keep apartment 34’s doors open.

Making a house feel like home is often daunting. It can feel so complicated. There’s an urge to add and add and add in order to make a room feel finished. I’m certainly struggling with that in our house right now. But what if you did the exact opposite? What if you used restraint and instead maintained a continuous purging of the things, honing your aesthetic down to either the truly essential or truly beloved? (Yes, the idea very Life Changing Art of Tidying Up.) This home, a townhouse in NYC’s Greenwich Village owned by designer and editor Tom Delavan, is a prime example of this approach.

Lifestyle blogger and design enthusiast Erin Hiemstra showcases a beautifully simple home tour on apartment 34Lifestyle blogger and design enthusiast Erin Hiemstra showcases a beautifully simple home tour on apartment 34Lifestyle blogger and design enthusiast Erin Hiemstra showcases a beautifully simple home tour on apartment 34

In this space, a simple color palette of white, black and rich warm woods doesn’t feel plain or boring, but instead bright, easy and welcoming. Obviously, with details like floor-to-ceiling bookcases, an ornate fireplace, epic crown molding and gorgeous french doors, this room had the design upper hand built in. But by using restraint – the simple dark drapery for contrast and the timeless pieces like linen covered sofas, a marble coffee table, and an oversized Noguchi pendant – the room is able to breathe. Each piece can stand on its own. Nothing is overlooked. The Moroccan rug, velvet side chair, woven basket and a cream throw add just enough texture to make the space feel warm and inviting rather than museum-like.

Lifestyle blogger and design enthusiast Erin Hiemstra showcases a beautifully simple home tour on apartment 34

The bar peeking in the corner helps too.

Lifestyle blogger and design enthusiast Erin Hiemstra showcases a beautifully simple home tour on apartment 34

The muted color palette continues into the kitchen. Love.

Lifestyle blogger and design enthusiast Erin Hiemstra showcases a beautifully simple home tour on apartment 34

A beautiful antique chair can serve as functional art.

Lifestyle blogger and design enthusiast Erin Hiemstra showcases a beautifully simple home tour on apartment 34

Those wonderful massive bookshelves house a collection of design tomes and an archive of magazines (Delavan is the design editor at T Magazine and was once the Editor at Large at Domino). The books add a touch of color that brings additional life to the space. I’m still stuck on the fireplace though. But that’s a different post.

Lifestyle blogger and design enthusiast Erin Hiemstra showcases a beautifully simple home tour on apartment 34

Every detail in this home feels considered and intentional. Sure, that can be incredibly hard to achieve with a toddler and a massive lego collection underfoot. But if I can carve out even one room in our house that I can maintain as a mama-oasis like this, I’ll consider that a win.

Here’s how you can recreate this simple timeless vibe in your home.

Lifestyle blogger and design enthusiast Erin Hiemstra showcases a beautifully simple home tour on apartment 34

SHOP: noguchi lantern / seagrass basket / vintage chair / marble coffee table / bronze candle sticks / moroccan rugchunky throw / vintage senufo stool / floor lamp

 

For a maximalist take on this style, CLICK HERE

For our entire home tour archive, CLICK HERE

images via tom delavan

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Today I’d like to have a conversation with you about cooking. We’ve talked about food on Apartment 34 for, well, years now. We all know there’s a big difference between feeding yourself – cuz lesbihonest – there’s Chipotle and Thai takeout for that – and then there is cooking. Getting in there. Making something from nothing. One requires no thought and often less than five minutes. The other can take copious amounts of preparation, time and often some skill. But one only feeds your hunger while the other feeds your soul. Yes, it may sound overly romantic but I firmly believe it’s true.

But am I whipping up 3-course meals every night? Of course not. Most evenings I’m wrestling a toddler into the tub, trying to dash off unfinished emails, tripping over legos all while writing blog posts in my head. I’m totally into those meal-in-a-box kits because, life. But of course I’d like to be of those people who can step into the kitchen and simply whip up something stunning. I look at people who come from a tradition of cooking, with family recipes and cooking skills passed down through generations I feel a little envious. So rather than lament, I decided I want to learn. That’s where my friend Selina Lee comes in.

Selina is an extremely talented home cook and food blogger. Her passion as she explains, “is combining traditional Korean recipes with modern flavors.” The effect is both delicious and beautiful. I’m lucky enough that Selina has offered to touch me – and all of us – some of her ways! If you’re looking to try something new, inject new flavors and new cooking styles into your repertoire, then you’re going to love this series. To kick things off, Selina introduced me to the cult food of the moment. Move over cronut – make way for Kimchi.

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KIMCHI TOAST WITH QUAIL EGG (김치토스트) – 4 servings, yields about 8 toasts

INGREDIENTS
2 cups kimchi (seoul kimchi original)
8 sliced baguette
8 quail eggs
1 cup shredded asiago cheese
¼ cup chopped scallion
¼ cup lightly dried chopped parsley
SEASONINGS
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp soy sauce
½ tsp sugar
sesame oil
toasted sesame seeds
extra virgin olive oil

PREPARATION
Chop kimchi into small bite size pieces and finely chop 1 scallion. On a sheet pan, place sliced baguette (I love using sourdough or kalamata olive baguette), drizzle olive oil over the bread and sprinkle cheese. NOTE: soft white cheese like asiago or swiss will work best. Prepare sunny-side fried quail egg with crispy edges.

COOKING INSTRUCTION
1. Add olive oil on a skillet over med/high heat. Add chopped kimchi and cook it for about 3 min. I like using more leafy part of the kimchi. Add sugar and soy sauce and cook it for 2 min. TIP: Adding more sugar will balance out the sourness if the kimchi is overly ripened. Add butter and stir fry it until butter is melted then turn the heat off. Drizzle sesame oil (about two spins), sprinkle toasted ground sesame seeds. NOTE: I buy toasted sesame seeds and grind them on a mortar. It really brings out the flavor if you grind them by hand.

2. Bake sliced baguette with cheese in the oven at 325 F for just 15 min. Just enough to melt the cheese and the bread is lighted toasted.

3. Assemble the toast by adding cooked kimchi, fried quail egg and sprinkle some scallions and parsley over the toast. Serve warm.

This dish would be a perfect little appetizer before a beautiful fish dish. Or a stellar addition to a savory brunch menu. It combines familiar comfort foods – bread and cheese – with awesome spice and unique ingredients, but it’s really easy to make. But you don’t have to tell your guests that. This is the type of dish you can pull off quickly and you’ll look like a culinary genius. I can’t wait to see what Selina is going to teach me next.

Btw, if you’re in the Bay Area you should definitely sign up for one of Selina’s cooking workshops. You’ll get hands on experience with Korean cooking in a stunning environment. I can’t recommend it highly enough. The next one is all things Kimchi. You can get more details here.

 

For our entire recipe archive, CLICK HERE

food photography & recipe by selina lee /photographs of pottery by Erin Scott Studio for Sarah Kersten

Like many of you, I’ve had daydreams of the ultimate closet dancing around in my head for a long time. I lived for years with clothes strewn on the floor, stuffed into every available corner, slowly creeping into one-quarter, then one-third, then a half of my husband’s closet (he was not pleased). So when we bought the Victorian, I was determined to create the closet of which dreams are made. And I’m so excited to hear what you think of the final result! Today you get to see my complete closet before and after.

Lifestyle blogger and design expert Erin Hiemstra reveals her dream closet

Above is the closet mid-construction. Drywall is in. The floors are down. While it looks like a relatively simple job, this space was once actually a bathroom! The only upstairs bathroom to be exact. The room is a decent size, but not huge by any means. This was an 1850’s bathroom after all. But the space does feature a lovely window and those glorious 11″ ceilings. Thankfully, we could relocate the bathroom so I got to snag this space for my own little oasis that now looks like this…

dream closet on apartment 34

Ta-da! I call this my closet miracle – a space where everything has a place, where I can actually see my clothes and I know what I have to wear. It truly is a game changer (check out how I rediscovered my own wardrobe in this post).

When it came to creating my dream closet, only one place came to mind: California Closets. They work with you from point A all the way to point Z to create a fully custom solution to meet your exact needs. The process started with my kickass designer Paige (it’s always fun when someone you work with becomes a friend) making a house call to our loft to do a personal closet assessment to determine my storage requirements. It wasn’t too challenging to identify the top priority – as I have probably 3x as many shoes as I do clothing! After years of cramming shoes onto little racks and having stacks and stacks of shoeboxes piled along the wall, I was really excited about the idea of finally having all of my little shiny ponies on display.

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So Paige helped me devise this genius design above. The columns of shelves offer tons of shoe storage. We optimized the spacing and design based on the number of heels vs flats in my collection – though post-baby that number has shifted heavily in the flats direction! I love that I can now see exactly what I have without digging through mounds of boxes. I created a few more open sections to house bags, my denim and a few folded items like sweaters and tees. The center console houses my unmentionables, clutches & small bags as well as a velvet lined jewelry drawer. Swoon. The large bottom section hides laundry! Have I mentioned genius?

dream closet on apartment 34

One the opposite wall we installed a double-stacked hanging section for shirts, jackets, and blazers as well as a section for long items. I’m not a big dress person so that’s pretty small. And of course, there’s also more shoe storage on this side. The addiction is real people. Those 11′ ceilings came in very handy here (yes I need a step stool to reach the tippy top).

dream closet on apartment 34

Of course, I had to add a few original touches to make the closet truly feel like me. I selected a light gray finish for the built-ins and while we didn’t grab a good shot you might spy my black ceiling in the pics above. Obsessed. The dark ceiling makes everything pop. To further customize the look, I found amazing brass and lucite hardware on Etsy (you can check out the shop right here). I had them made in a smoke color – so good. I also added a floor-length drape from The Shade Store for some additional texture. Draperies really take a space to a whole new level.The room also features a pocket door on the (rare!) occasion I want to hide the space. Et voila – dream closet achieved.

Having a functional, organized closet is amazing for all kinds of reasons but three things really stand out. Number 1; general sanity and adulting. It’s refreshing to walk into my bedroom and not have it remind me of my sixteen-year-old self (or 27 or 35-year-old self for that matter!).  Now I only feel overrun by children’s toys rather than clothes. Number 2; I want fewer things. I don’t want a cramped closet so I find myself purging a lot more often. When the space starts feeling too full, I know it’s time for a closet clean out. And number 3; I shop way less and with a lot more intention. Shopping used to be a way to pass the time or I’d buy something “cute” on a whim. Now I know exactly what I have and can easily identify what I need. A pair of white denim to round out my jeans collection. A little camel bomber jacket for cool San Francisco evenings. A new flat sandal. But I keep the edit tight and the pieces timeless and classic. I actually just did another purge as part of my spring cleaning regime (have you checked out my tips here??). It’s the perfect way to make space for one or two pieces that will make my wardrobe feel fresh and new for Spring. I’ve included my current wishlist below.

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SHOP:  tote / earrings / ring / jacket / shirt / jeans / clutch / sunnies / bucket bag / booties 

 

SHOP THE POST

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the final design and if you have any closet organization secrets up your sleeve. I’m always looking to add to my arsenal.

 

Check out all the updates on our renovation HERE

For more spring style ideas, CLICK HERE

 

original photography for apartment 34 by michelle drewes

 

We have exciting news today. I’m looking for powerhouse interns to join Team Apartment 34 this summer. If you love interior design, style, food and travel and have an interest in social marketing, blogging, writing, styling and content production, then you just might make the perfect Apartment 34 Social Media Summer Intern.

Apartment 34 is hiring summer interns. Check out this post to apply

Here’s what you’ll get to do:

> See what it’s like to run a lifestyle site.

> Learn about brand building.

> Get first-hand experience creating daily content.

> Get behind the scenes of photo shoot production and styling.

> Understand the world of influencer marketing.

Here’s what we’re looking for {in a nutshell}:

> Someone who totally vibes with the Apartment 34 aesthetic, has great taste & a keen eye for style

> Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail

> Highly motivated, energetic self starters with a passion for lifestyle topics

> Strong grasp and major interest in social media, with strong writing skills

> Experience with WordPress and Photoshop is a major bonus

Here’s what we’ll need from you:

> Flexibility, willingness to try new things and the ability to work in a nontraditional environment

> Willingness to try the less glamorous parts of business – monitoring emails, running errands, administrative tasks

> High level of creativity & strong capacity to manage multiple projects simultaneously

> Part-time commitment, 10-15 hours a week

> You can work remotely, but living in the Bay Area with access to a car preferred

Apartment 34 is hiring summer interns. Check out this post to apply

So come on, tell us why you’re amazing and how you’d rock Team Apartment 34’s world this summer! Any skills from social media marketing to graphic design, photography to writing, we’re open to any reasons why you are THE perfect person to enter the Apartment 34 world.

We are accepting resumes sent to info [at] apartment34 [dot] com until FRIDAY, APRIL 21. Please be sure to include Summer Intern 2017 in the subject line.

If we can offer some advice, remember one thing: we stare at emails all day. So get creative with the process, catch our attention, basically be so badass that we can’t ignore you! Please also link us to anything you think represents you and your work: personal blog, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter. We want to see it all.

 

Good luck!

Blue has long been a dominant color in interior design. That’s certainly nothing new. Indigo has seemed to reign supreme in recent years, but I think there’s a bit of a sea change coming. A set of softer, more subtle, more sensuous blues are cropping up and I’m quite into them.

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These gray-blues hues are much more nuanced than your straight forward indigo. Dusty gray versions with a green undertone make a perfect wall color. They feel soft and approachable. You can ground these blues with darker grays, rich browns and sultry blacks. I love the way a touch of blush just pops against them. If you’re looking for a blue that works like a neutral, Benjamin Moore’s Sea Star and Knoxville Gray are gorgeous options.

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If you’re still a bit hesitant about committing to a wall color, blue furniture evokes a soft, subtle vibe. Less stark that white pieces, more playful than a stained wood, a dusty blue sofa or a gray-blue credenza creates a relaxed, easy feel.

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If you’re ready to be a bit more bold, a blue with a red undertone packs a bit more of a punch, but still feels approachable. This bedroom is painted in Farrow & Ball Stone Blue. The shade’s warm base pairs well with the golden woods and touches of red in this space. But again the color still isn’t in your face.

While I will likely stick to my color-phobic ways in our house, I do find myself drawn to a lot more color recently (as my Pinterest feed attests). If I were to pull the trigger on a saturated hue somewhere in the Victorian, I think a smokey blue just might do the trick.

What do you think? Are you feeling these moody blues?

 

For more color inspiration, CLICK HERE.

 

house 1 via entrance / house 2 styling by elin odnegard, photography by joans berg for plaza interior / house 3 andrea papini for elle decoration 

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