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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!

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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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Does anyone else feel like January was the longest month ever? I usually love the fresh start of a new year, but right now it feels like the holidays were ages and ages ago. This month was just so intense! I’m hoping February is going to offer the reprieve January usually brings. But I’m not counting on it!

While I try to gather my wits this weekend (I’m making a quick jaunt up to Seattle so be sure to follow the fun on Snapchat: apartment34), here are my Friday Five must-click links of the week. I promise they’re super good.

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As we all know, the East Coast got pounded by a major snowstorm this week and I was a tad jealous – especially after seeing my friend Will’s amazing photos of New York City. Someday I want our kiddo to experience snow like that – there’s nothing more magical! Click here to see more.

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I am chomping at the bit to host my first dinner party in our new house – especially after seeing this one. It’s proof positive that just a few simple place-settings and delicious food enjoyed with friends is going to officially turn the house into our home. Click here to check out this sweet tablescape.

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If you want to stop feeling lazy – read this. It’ll motivate you to get off your butt and do something!

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My appetite for stunning interiors is getting more voracious by the day. I think the husband is getting worried. This home tour is currently on the tippy top of my favorite things list. Click here to begin to drool.

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Now that my babe is 9 months old, I feel like I’m starting to get a hang of this motherhood thing. Not to get ahead of myself or anything, I’m now having visions of becoming a domestic goddess! I have the cooking thing down pretty well, but cleaning isn’t usually my jam. But these five things you didn’t know you could do with vinegar are pretty cool. They’ve got me wondering what other ingenious hacks are out there that I should know about!

Till Monday friends!

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I don’t know about you but my skin always changes in the winter. Predictably it’s a bit drier. It’s also more sensitive and irritable. As an added bonus, it also seems to be a bit more breakout prone post baby! As part of my attempt to take better care of myself this year I decided to add a few Skin Resolutions to my cook at home resolution. After all Carter is 9 months old now, so I think I’m overdue for more me time. Sure, it’d be nice to luxuriate and enjoy regular facials, but there’s no way I’m fitting that kind of indulgence into my schedule these days. And I suspect many of you aren’t either.

I have managed to add three skincare habits to my routine that are helping me feel good about my skin without a hefty price tag or major time investment.
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DRY BRUSHING

I’ve recently added dry brushing to my skincare regime. Have you heard of it yet? It’s gotten a lot of attention recently, but thats probably because of all the benefits. It not only helps slough off dead skin cells, but it helps improve circulation, release toxins and even reduce the appearance of cellulite! All you need is a natural bristle brush and a bit of time.

It’s best to do dry brushing right before a shower so you can wash everything away. To get the optimal benefits you want to brush in the direction of your major lymph nodes to promote drainage. So brush from your feet up to your knees, knees to thighs etc. You can use long strokes or circular motion. You don’t need to be overly rough. You’ll get a little red but you don’t want to irritate your skin. 

I love taking the time to do dry brushing on Sunday when I can take a luxurious shower (aka one lasting longer than 3 minutes) afterwards. My skin feels super soft and smooth and I always feel energized. The benefits are only supposed to increase the more often you do it, so I may try to start dry brushing daily!

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NATURAL EXFOLIATION 

I’ve been told by many an aesthetician that our skin does not renew as quickly the more we age, so we should help the process along. But so many of the exfoliating products I’ve looked at include ingredients like Retinol which is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. While I’m not typically a DIYer, I’ve been looking for at-home remedies that would help my complexion that were also natural and safe. I recently stumbled across one that includes something I always have on hand – champagne! Combining champagne with yogurt and a touch of clay helps remove toxins and slough off dead skin cells. And of course you can enjoy a glass of bubbly while you wait for your mask to dry.

Detox Champagne Mask

1/4 C Champagne
4 oz ground Bentonite Clay
2 T plain yogurt

Instructions: Put clay powder in a bowl. Slowly mix in your yogurt and once combined add in the champagne, stirring continuously. Once combined apply to your face and let dry – about 20 minutes. Once dry rinse with warm water and a wash cloth. 

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FRESH CLEANSING ROUTINE 

The final part of my Skin Resolution is sticking a consistent cleansing routine. I’ve been notorious for product hopping over the years. Be it testing out samples or simply jumping to something new when my current cleanser runs out, I’ve been told time and again that your skin likes routine.

Thankfully, bareMinerals has come to our rescue, debuting their new skincare Skinsorials line and I’m totally in love. They’ve got options for every skin type – dry, normal or acne prone. I’m actually testing out the acne prone 3-step care system as I try to tame the sudden return of my 16 year old skin. (Zits and gray hair at the same time. The universe is cruel sometimes). I love the way the Oil-Free Replenishing Gel Cream feels. It uses mineral rich alage for a light-weight, but amazingly effective moisture. My skin feels super hydrated even with a gel-based cream. It’s amazing. 

But what I’m most excited about is the Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion serum. As I tip into the later half of my mid-30’s, I need to balance my finicky skin with major anti-aging ingredients! Becoming a mama isn’t making me look any younger. The Skinlongevity serum literally includes an ingredient called the Long Life herb that is found on the Japanese island of Okinawa – famous for the health and longevity of its residents.  

While the jury is still out on whether or not Skinlongevity serum will take 10 years off my face, I do love the spa-like feel of the product. My skin immediately feels revitalized and nourished after an application.

So even if I’m not bundled up in a giant terrycloth rube, drinkng lemon water while I await a luxurious spa treatment, I can get a taste of a moment of zen at home. Now that I’m a lady with baby, it’s all about finding micro-moments of sanity in my otherwise crazy day. And if my skin comes out looking better for it, added bonus! As they say, if you don’t take good care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else. That’s my mantra, and this year I’m sticking to it! 

 

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original photography for apartment 34 by suzanna scott // face mask recipe from hello glow

This post is in partnership with bareMinerals. Thoughts and opinions are 100% our own. Thanks for supporting collaborations that have kept Apartment 34’s doors open.

Over the years, we’ve amassed a pretty good bank of recipes here. From full meals to beautiful salads there’s quite been quite a variety, but some have been particularly crowd pleasing. To kick off the new year, I went back through archives – in some cases way back – to find the our best of the best and these five recipes stood out as the ultimate crowd pleasers.

Btw, they all happen to be served in a bowl. Coincidence? I’ll let you be the judge!

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Five Ingredient Pasta Recipe

This Five-Ingredient Creamy Salmon Pasta is possibly our most popular (and easiest) recipe to date.

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Acai Berry Bowl Recipe

Acai bowls had a moment last summer, but they’re not going anywhere. And why should they? They’re absolutely delicious and super easy to make.

 

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Coconut Chocolate Pistachio Tart Recipe

Now, I know you can’t exactly count dessert as healthy, but these gluten-free Coconut Chocolate Pistachio Tarts are made with almond flour, coconut milk, dark chocolate and zero refined sugar. And they’re 100% worth the calorie indulgence.

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Insalata di Arance

It’s the heart of citrus season so it’s the perfect time to test out this Italian-inspired Orange & Fennel Salad. The salt of the olives is an interesting counter-point to the juicy oranges.

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Roasted Cauliflower + Sage + Hazelnut Risotto 

Tis the season for comfort food and this delicious risotto recipe created by our food contributor Zoe certainly does the trick.

I’ve managed to stick to my home-cooking resolution thus far. This past weekend I cooked salmon, pasta and we made a soup! What are you favorite go-to homemade recipes? I need to add more to my list so please send me more of your favorites! I’m banking them all on Pinterest right here.

There is decorating and then there’s design. There’s design and then there’s decor porn. The digs of the designers behind the NYC-cased studio Apparatus are definitely XXX-rated. Just take a look at their living room. You might need some alone time.

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High design is often thought of as austere and untouchable, but these spaces still draw you in. It’s the genius interplay of cozy textures and warm color that tame the modernist edge just enough to make each space feel approachable. Their use of black gives everything a sexy edginess. I had the pleasure of meeting Apparatus founders Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson at a trunk show in San Francisco a couple of years back. Humble and unassuming, it was a pleasure to get to talk to two artists who obviously had an amazing vision. The pair partners with artisans to handcraft the metal and timber pieces that they then assemble by hand to create their light fixtures and objet. The pieces are a beautiful melding of salvaged components with contemporary elements like marble and polished brass, perfect bridging the gap between modern and vintage.

While their light fixtures are the jewelry of their spaces, it’s clear to see that Hendifar and Anderson also have a keen eye for furnishings, art, scale and composition. Their perfect balance of these components has me breathing hot and heavy!

How about you?

photography by blaine davis via t magazine

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The east coast is about to be hit by a major snow storm this weekend – and I have to admit I’m a little jealous. I was in a remote area of Montana last week – completely cut off from most major conveniences and more importantly a cell phone signal – and it was glorious. We played in the snow, we cooked, drank good wine and talked (face to face, no emojis necessary) for hours. It felt civilized. It felt refreshing. It was a wonderful reminder of what matters most. So to all my friends on the east coast, hunker down and love every second of it. There are very few opportunities to take it slow these days.

That leads straight into the theme of my top five must-click links of the week: the continued search for simplicity!

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Since I’m all about simplifying this year, the next place I want to tackle is my closet. I’m tempted to try the capsule wardrobe trend, but in the meantime I’m just going to try these expert closet organization tips.

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No matter how many things I have going on at home (like this, this and this), I always dream of where I can go next. This 72 hour trip has me craving a return to one of my favorite cities in the world.

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If you love minimalist but warm and personal design, then you’re going to bank major decorating inspiration from this home tour.

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I’m sticking to my cook at home resolution by making simple comfort food (I never resolved to detoxing!).

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Efficiency and simplicity often go hand in hand. Here are 12 universal skills that will help you succeed at anything. I’m taking notes.

Happy Friday friends!

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As we head into the heart of winter, there’s nothing more romantic than curling up in front of a beautiful fireplace, am I right? I certainly have fireplaces on the brain right now. We’re lucky enough to have four – count them – four fireplaces in our new/old house. Yes, that sounds excessive to me too, but it was the only way the house was heated for I don’t even know how many years (though we do have central heating now, thank goodness). I’ve never designed a fireplace before, let alone four so I’m trying to figure out what the heck to do! I’ve gathered my top seven inspiration images to give you a sense of where I’m currently headed.

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Our dining room, living room, master and guest bedrooms will each feature a fireplace. Very cool? Yes. A touch overwhelming? Absolutely! Two of the fireplaces will be entirely decorative – our dining and guest bedroom. The other two will feature gas inserts. Regardless of their function or lack thereof, I still want to pay homage to the heritage of the house and create some stellar focal points. But there are so many variables to consider. There’s scale, size, the types of materials you use, any decorative elements, what the hearths should look like…the options are rather endless I’m afraid.

After scanning reams of Pinterest pages and doing some Google image searches I have begun to zero in on the general look I think we need to go for. I’m particularly drawn to 19th century Louis XV style mantels. Their curvature is so sexy! The designs often featured ornate carvings and some sort of crest at the center. But then again, stately English styles that featured a cleaner square design are also rather fetching. They certainly lend themselves to my more minimalist aesthetic. So then I’m torn. I do know that our original fireplaces also featured arched openings so I think at least one or two will need to have that design element.

With the clock ticking down on our remodel, it’s time to go into decision mode. I’d love to hear which fireplace you love the best. And if you happened to dealt with putting new fireplaces into old houses please share any tips or tricks you might have! I’ll be sure to compile all the knowledge and share it back out.

If you missed any of our remodel updates CLICK HERE

If you’re curious about the before pictures CLICK HERE

If you want to see more of my design inspirations CLICK HERE

What I’ve learned about renovating an old house CLICK HERE

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I have always been a sucker for work wear. I’ve long obsessed over the wardrobes of powerful ladies in the movies. Some of my favorites include Sandra Bullock in The Proposal, Rena Russo in Thomas Crowne Affair and Helen Hunt in What Women Want (throwback I know, but rent it, I promise you’ll want every look). In each one of these cases, the clothes definitely made the woman. So when I recently discovered Modern Citizen I stopped dead in my fashion-deprived tracks. I trust you’ll do the same.

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This collection is the perfect amalgamation of my favorite muses. Crisp, clean, and built on the foundation of luscious neutral tones and beautiful cuts. Chic is probably the most overused adjective in blog land these days, but it really is the only way to describe these looks. They’re proof positive that the basics do not have to boring. If you pick the right silhouettes, the perfect crop or the ideal chunky knit you’re guaranteed to look pulled together (no matter what kind of turmoil is happening on the inside – read this if you don’t know what I’m talking about). This is the type of power dressing I’ve missed since going “mama.” And I think it’s time I get back in the sartorial game. There’s just something so empowering about wearing clothes that make you feel like the best version of yourself. I strongly suspect you’ll be feeling very Olivia Pope in any one of Modern Citizen’s looks and that would definitely be my best self!

For all my Bay Area babes, I have a very special treat to share with you. Modern Citizen will open its doors to the general public for its Biannual Showroom Sale this Saturday, January 23rd – a day before the sale goes online.

You’ll be able to save up to 50% off bestsellers & editor favorites along with jewelry, scarves and accessories. I think I might try to line up early for this one.

Modern Citizen Showroom Sale
Saturday, January 23rd
11 – 5 PM
2762 Octavia Street
(btwn Union and Green St)

 

PS – I’ve thought about bringing Monday Work Wear back. Would you be into it??

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