How does one develop their sense of style? Are you born with it? Do you try a new style on like a spring coat, shrugging it off again when it no longer suits? Do you cultivate your style over years? There are, in fact, thousands of influences that impact how our style evolves and crystallizes, but you cannot discount your childhood’s impact on how you approach the world today.

With Mother’s Day around the corner, and now a mom myself (is it normal that it still feels weird to say that), it’s fun to reflect on my childhood home, and how my mom’s style influences are showing up in our house. I’ve partnered with some of my favorite power mamas, Taylor Sterling of Glitter Guide and Jen Pinkston of the Effortless Chic to share how our moms influence us today.

A lovely collection with Anthropologie on Apartment 34

At first pass, the connection to my mom’s style influence didn’t seem obvious. Our aesthetics are vastly different – I prefer a monochromatic, modern look while my mom has a more eclectic mix and match style. I love mid century classic pieces while my mom’s home is made up of a mix of antiques, family heirlooms and a few holdovers from the 80’s (sorry mom). I’m rather color phobic, while my mom embraces it. But as I looked around the Victorian and examined the direction the design is taking, it dawned on me.

A lovely collection with Anthropologie on Apartment 34A lovely collection with Anthropologie on Apartment 34

No matter how hard I try to maintain a minimalist hand in my designs, I cannot help but accumulate little collections (or big ones as the case may be). When it comes to beautiful objects, I’m like like a moth to a flame – just like my mom. Now her’s tend toward the natural, like houseplants and beach stones, while I have a weakness for home goods; glassware, vintage bottles, bowls of all shapes and sizes. Every time I purge, it seems a new collection springs up in the newly emptied spot. In particular, my mom instilled in me an endless love of both wooden bowls and ceramics. I am a child of the 70’s after all. When I see a piece that calls to me, I just cannot help myself. Occasionally vintage Tibetan bells in a little beachside tourist shop also catch my eye, but you’re always allowed outliers.

A lovely collection with Anthropologie on Apartment 34A lovely collection with Anthropologie on Apartment 34

But there’s a reason! Just look at how pretty they are. Natural pieces are the easiest way to add gorgeous texture and warmth to any room.

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shop the story woodland nesting bowl in mango wood / woodland nesting bowl in gray / marble stacking pinch pots / farmhouse potter silo bowl / ceres serving bowl / garden route platter / emerson vase

And while some might find a collection superfluous, if an object brings you joy, that’s all the reason you need to have it in your life. When I close my eyes and picture my mom’s house, I can see all her little collections – on a bookself there, on the kitchen counter there, in my mind’s eye. I like the idea that my kid might be able to do the same one day.

Have you thought about how your mom has influenced you? Have you ever thanked her for it? Well, we have a fun a little surprise to go along with this story. To help you both treat your mom and perhaps yourself, Anthropologie is giving away $1,000 gift card to one very lucky winner!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Follow Apartment 34, Glitter Guide, the Effortless Chic and Anthropologie on Instagram

2. Wait for details – all will be explained on Instagram on Monday, May 1!

The contest will end Thursday, May 11th at 6pm PST and the winner will be announced on our Instagram accounts on Friday, May 12.

And be sure to check out Taylor’s story on Glitter Guide and Jen’s on The Effortless Chic.

 

original photography for apartment 34 by andrea posadas

‘Tis the season for sunnier days and therefore my favorite accessory – sunglasses! Since I’m pretty dedicated to my mom uniform right now (you might have spied it here), one of the easiest ways to make a look feel fresh is with a new pair of sunnies! I really don’t think you can have too many options in your collection, but I’ve whittled my wish list my top five spring sunglasses.

Spring sunglasses trend on Apartment 34

The brow bar is having a major moment right now. I found a pair that I love (seen here) and would like to add one or two more to my arsenal.

Spring sunglasses trend on Apartment 34

A classic Ray-Ban Wayfarer is a requirement. It just is.

Spring sunglasses trend on Apartment 34

I’m digging the look of a super light sunglasses frame right now. They really pop.

Spring sunglasses trend on Apartment 34

It takes a little bravery to pull off a pair of oversized round shades, but it most definitely can be done in style.

Spring sunglasses trend on Apartment 34

Mirrored sunnies are the hot pick to have your collection this season. I promise, they’re easier to wear than you might think.

 

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After a fully unplugged weekend (have you tried it recently? No blogs, no social media, no online news – aka bliss) I’m finding it a little tougher than usual to log back on today. And I’m also now obsessing about I can cultivate offline activities in our home. I’m quite confident that the following ten book collections will inspire you to turn on airplane mode and lose yourself in the analog world. Or at least style a really good shelfie.

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For more decorating inspiration, CLICK HERE (or better yet go grab a good book!).

 

sources: image 1 / image 2 by hervé goluza for glamour magazine / image 3 by greg cox / image 4 via my domaine / image 5 / image 6 apartment therapy / image 7 by manolo ilera for AD Russia / image 8 by petra bindel for elle decoration / image 9 by rachel whiting/ image 10 

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

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

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