10 things to try before summer is gone on apartment 34

Even though thoughts of fall are creeping ever closer to the top of my mind (see yesterday’s post), I’m still not quite ready to give up on summer fun. There’s still so much I want to do. Below are 10 things I’d highly recommend trying before the season changes. Think you can cram all of this in before Labor Day?! I’m certainly going to try.

Hit the beach (obvi)

Try something totally new – you just might find the secret to happiness.

Have you yet to try frosé? What are you waiting for?!

Serve your frosé with the ultimate cheese board.

Travel somewhere near.

Travel somewhere far.

Throw a party outside.

Then throw another party.

Add a cool shirt to your wardrobe.

Hit the road, killer playlist in hand, no destination in mind.


I could probably still add more to my summer wishlist. What must-dos do you have left??


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This weekend I could feel it. A slight shift in the season. The air turned crisp as a warm afternoon waned. I looked up and it was dark before 8:30pm. The smell of freshly sharpened pencils is filling the air. Well not quite, but you get where I’m going. While I’ve been craving nothing but light and bright interiors all summer long, fall is the perfect time to embrace some rich color palettes. If you’re looking for some fall inspiration, here are five fall color palettes catching my eye right now.

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Teal is having a moment and this kitchen perfectly exemplifies why. It’s rich, it’s warm and very grounding. Pairing teal with those beautiful light floors and walls, brass accents and leather pulls is simply delicious.

fall color palette inspiration on apartment 34

Gold. Mustard. Marigold. Golden yellow hues in all forms are also catching my eye for fall. It’s the perfect accent in an otherwise timeless color palette of black, white and warm browns.

fall color palette inspiration on apartment 34

Pink is officially a neutral, but it doesn’t have to be reserved for the sunny seasons. When grounded in a sea of creamy neutrals, the girlie edge is taken off. I’m loving the addition of mauve and dusty purple to the mix for a lighter approach to the fall season.

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A cool mix of deep navy, grays, and just hints of warm brown feel like a cozy fall hug. I think I would crawl into that bed and not get out until next spring!

fall color palette inspiration on apartment 34

While warm brown can overwhelm a room (bad catalog furniture sets come to mind), when you add touches of warm brown to white, bright spaces and balance it with creams, taupes and a touch of ice blue it feels inviting, welcoming and very relaxed.

What do you think? Is a color palette calling your name?

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Apartment 34 on Instagram

If you’ve thought a chic, modern home requires a ton of space, think again. The amazing Swedish apartment I have for your home tour today is a case study in what to do with minimal square footage. This studio apartment is less than 500 sq feet, but as you’ll see as you scroll, you’d never know it.

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When I first spied an image of this space, I thought I was looking at a grand European house. But in fact, it’s just a single room. But it employs all the design tricks you want to use to make a small space both fully functional and totally gorgeous.

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Obviously, the apartment has the advantages old-world architecture affords – oversized windows, tall ceilings, beautiful moldings, deep sills and gorgeous floors. Good bones are tough to beat. But a number of ingenious design tricks have also been applied to make this apartment feel super spacious.

To start, you might notice that the lovely light gray wall color isn’t taken up all the way to the ceiling. A border of white is left, drawing your eye up and accentuating the ceiling height. Then, the small area rug that spans the width of the living room connects the space between the chaise and the bed while leaving an expanse of hardwoods exposed, helping the room feel bigger. Finally, the deep built-in niche shelves add a modern edge to this space while offering ample storage and eliminating the need for additional furniture.

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As you move through the apartment, the uniform color palette also helps it feel bigger than it actually is. The cool gray walls and cabinetry are juxtaposed with the warm, golden browns of the wide-plank oak floors, classic blonde Scandinavian furnishings and golden-hued art.

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The uniform color palette continues into both the kitchen and bath. Brass accents like the cabinet pulls and pendant light give that hint of modern glam, while the creamy Smeg fridge adds a touch of vintage quirk.

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Small spaces require smart storage solutions. I’m loving this little coat nook.

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Even the marble-clad bathroom was styled with warm toned-products to connect it wth the rest of the apartment.

big style in a tiny space on apartment 34

I want these french doors in my world right now. I trust I’m not the only one.

But the cherry on top of this gorgeous place, are all the impeccable pieces: Flos lighting, the iconic knot pillow, cane chairs. When you take the time to search out the best, rather than the most expedient options for your house, you’re going to reap the reward. While my life will not longer fit into 500 sq feet, this apartment is certainly tempting.

big style in a tiny space on apartment 34

shop the post: flos chandelier / knot pillow / cane chair / chaise / mantis sconce / art / flos table lamp /alchemist body exfoliantsea sponge / linen throw / basket 


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As we get close to saying so long to summer, it’s not too late to have a little end of the season party. So when my friend and amazing cook Selina Lee (have you checked out her kimchi recipe yet?!) offered to help me create some amuse bouche recipes with her signature Korean touch, I jumped at the chance. I’m always looking to add new skills to my cooking repertoire and making these little bites will definitely leave you feeling like a pro. And since Selina and I whipped them up together, in my own kitchen, I can attest that these recipes are in fact easy to make and can all be completed in a couple of hours. Oh and they taste ah-mazing.

So invite some friends over and be ready to impress!

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2 english cucumbers, ½ lb fresh crab meat, 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion, 2 tbsp mayo, 1/2 lemon, salt & pepper.

Cut cucumbers into 2-3 inch trunks first to peel the skin in round-about way. NOTE: try not to peel too deep into the cucumber so you can show that nice green ombre! Cut peeled cucumbers in 1-inch height then using a small t-spoon to scoop out the seeded part into one-bite size cucumber cups. Sprinkle salt evenly then set it aside. Make crab salad with mayo, chopped red onion, lemon juice and salt & pepper. Adjust the seasoning to taste. Fill cucumber cups with crab salad in one-bite portions. Serve with finely chopped red onion on top.


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2 (850g) canned or bagged chickpea in water, 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp paprika, 2 tsp gochugaru (Korean chili pepper powder), 1 tsp garlic powder

Wash and soak chickpeas in cold water for at least 15 min to remove skin then drained. NOTE: You can just remove the loose skins not having to go through each one. In a mixing bowl, combine the spice mix by adding salt, paprika, gochugaru and garlic powder, add 1 tbsp of olive oil with chickpeas then toss it to coat evenly. Spread it out on a baking sheet, drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil. Roast in 475 F oven for 20-25 min. For crunchier texture, leave it in the oven with heat off for few more minutes.


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2 pkg (300g) enoki mushrooms, 300g thin-cut brisket beef, 2 jalapeño peppers, 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, Sauce: ¼ cup yuzu sauce, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tsp sugar, 1 tsp sesame oil, ½ tsp grounded sesame seeds.

Wash enoki mushrooms in running water to remove dirt then dry with kitchen towel. Cut about 1-inch off on the bottom. Cut jalapeño peppers in thin slices then remove the seeds to make tiny rings. Soak them in water for at least 10 min. TIP: soaking the peppers in water will remove some of the heat. Cut about 1-inch wide, 4-inch long strips of beef and lay it out on a cutting board. Wrap the enoki mushrooms with the beef in the middle, slide the jalapeño pepper ring to hold them together. NOTE: beef and mushroom will still cook well without the pepper rings so it’s an option to use. Over medium-high heat skillet, add extra virgin olive oil then cook beef wrapped mushrooms for 2 mins on each side. Add the sauce around the edges of the pan as well as on top of the beef by adding the sauce using a spoon. You may need to cook them in 2-3 batches. Serve with grounded sesame seeds on top.


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Summer Amuse Bouche & Watermelon Soju Cocktail (여름철 아뮤즈 부셰 & 수박 소주 칵테일) – 4 servings

4 cups watermelon chunks (about half mini watermelon), 2 cups pineapple chunks (about half pineapple), 1 cup of soju, 1/3 cup sweetened lime juice (or sweet & sour cocktail mix), ice, mint, lime

Cut both watermelon and pineapple in small cube chunks ready to make juice. In a blender, add watermelon and pineapple to blend it until it’s thinner than smoothie consistency. Add more watermelon if it’s too thick. Using the metal sifter or hemp cloth to filter the juice. If you have a juice-maker, even better! In a large carafe, add juice, soju, lime juice (or cocktail mix), ice then stir. Pour onto individual cocktail glasses or flutes, garnish with sliced lime and mint.

If all these pics don’t convince – we even made a little video for you. Watch closely for some good knife skills tricks!

All of these dishes are unique, creative and seriously so good. I strongly encourage you to give them a try. If you’re in the Bay Area, be sure to sign up for Selina’s latest Korean cooking workshop (they’re stunning!) RIGHT HERE.

photography by sarah mirapark, recipes by selina lee

must-click weekend links on apartment 34

Does anyone else feel like we’re all riding a roller coaster these days? My weeks are often filled with the highest highs and the lowest lows, depending on what news I’ve read, what Instagram feed I’ve looked at or who’s story I’ve stalked. It’s a constant reminder that the strive for perfection and the constant need to project success actually leads to inertia – depression – anger. It’s a destructive cycle.

But rather than succumb, you have to get things out there – to the best of your ability – knowing that you can always improve the next time. And forget the haters. I firmly believe their negative, destructive energy is why we have the president we do.

As difficult as it might be, if we can work to inject even the smallest amount of positivity into the world each day, we might slowly beat back the morass currently attempting to swallow us whole. So with that in mind, I’ve rounded up whatever made me smile this week to share with you. I hope it brings some positivity to your day!

I rounded up healthy ice cream recipes, while my bestie made an ice cream recipe of her own & it involves bubbly – of course!

My healthy toast obsession holds no bounds. Move over avocado. These recipes are much more interesting.

I leave for Hawaii in one month (thank gawd!), but Athena’s recap of her trip to Franciacorta in Italy still has me wanderlusting big time.

Fogust – aka the month where the sun never shines in San Francisco is upon us, but it definitely makes you crave fall everything. That’s why I love Jen’s fall fashion round up.

This Pinterest feed always makes me smile.

As does this Instagram feed.

And this one.

And this one.

My friend Katie launched a kick-ass conference for entrepreneurial mothers that’s coming to San Francisco September 29. You should get yourself a ticket while you can!

I’m actually taking an impromptu trip to my hometown this weekend (follow on Instagram for all the deets) for a very special occasion and this round-up of new, cool things to do will come in handy.

Happy weekend friends. #youdoyou

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Even though I’m still far from finishing the design of our own house, it’s impossible to resist dreaming of the next project. I always have “that new design idea” percolating in the back of my mind – especially when renovations drag on for years! My current day dream (be it pipe or not) is a house in wine country.

Now that we’ve been a stone’s throw from Napa and Sonoma for six years, the laid back, old world style has burned itself on my brain and I just can’t shake the vibe.

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My primary inspiration is the lovely Scribe Hacienda I’ve talked about previously in this post here. The over 100 year old Hacienda has been completely restored, pairing a perfect mix of modern timelessness with rustic charm – aka a recipe for an idyllic wine country house kitchen. I couldn’t help but start working on a moodboard of how my dream wine country kitchen might someday take shape. My primary inspiration is this stunning kitchen designed by Kohler.

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Shop the Post: Karbon Articulating Faucet // Whitehaven Apron Sink 

Old world materials like plaster and terra cotta are currently making a comeback and it’s easy to see why. Even though these materials can take longer to create or install, they’re made to last for generations. And they are stunning. Perfect for the kitchen of my dreams.

My wine country kitchen would also consist of nothing but soft tones – think creams, walnut, mauves and bronze – mixed materials and lots of texture, creating a warm, layered feel. I would want this kitchen to feel like it’d been there for years. Touches of vintage-like materials such as handmade tile and beautiful bronze hardware would pair perfectly with modern classics like the articulating faucet and elegant apron sink.

Ah, a girl can dream. For now, I’ll just have keep making return trips to Scribe.


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