Did you catch the killer Elevate Design Collective’s kitchen that I featured last week?  Well, today you get to see the rest!

To remind, the entire space was inspired by a custom Pantone color. Color has such an impact on design. For this space, the Pantone Color Institute created a deep hued neutral that evokes the warmth of a a rich cognac or whiskey, hence the name Single Malt. Each brand involved in the Elevate Design Collective, which includes Schlage, Jeld Wen Windows & Door, Formica Corporation, KitchenAid, Hunter and Delta, created bespoke products incorporating Single Malt in some way. The hue was incorporated beautifully throughout this loft’s super chic kitchen, but I love the additional subtle pops throughout the rest of the space.

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The loft has great natural light and all the bright white combined with black accents offer a striking contrast. But the space is really touched off and warmed up by natural elements and those great pops of Single Malt throughout. Did you catch those amazing Single Malt cages over the Hunter Fan Company fans? Or the custom door hardware on the bedroom door created by Schlage? Those hits of that slightly copper hue balance all that black and white.

Sadly, the custom Single Malt products aren’t available for sale to the rest of us, but they inspired me to create a living room moodboard to achieve a similar look. apt34-elevate-living-room-2

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schlage door hardware / hunter douglas ceiling fan / campaign chair/ pendant light /  moroccan wedding blanket /  tile vases / woven pillow / cubes / marble coffee table / sidetable / floor lamp / ben ourain rug / sofa 

 

By the way, you can enter to win a $500 gift card for your own project courtesy of the ELEVATE Design Collective. They’ll be choosing three winners, so be sure to enter here between now and September 16th!

And if you missed the tour of this loft’s stunning kitchen you don’t want to miss it. CLICK HERE to check it out.

This post is sponsored by the Elevate Design Collective. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting posts that keep apartment 34’s doors open.

One of my favorite parts about being a lady with a baby is hunting down the fabulous baby stuff out there. Even though it can be a little hard to find, if you dig past the crayola-colored everything you can find super cool clothes and toys that make you just as happy as your little. More importantly, you can also make sure everything your kid puts on or plays with isn’t going to harm them.

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Case in point: everything you can get at Noble Carriage. The online children’s boutique is a beautifully curated collection of responsibly made cloths and toys. Founder Jen Hartford has very strict sustainability and safety standards for what she carries and I for one appreciate that immensely. While I hate to come across as one of “those moms,” I definitely pay very close attention to lotions, soaps, food, fabrics, toys – kinda all of it. Yeah, I am that mom. Their little bodies are just so tiny – if I can do my part to keep the nasty away – I’m going to do it.

So when Jen asked me to be part of her Wellness Wednesday interview series – where you get a peek into the routines of parents who are raising kids with healthy living in mind – I gladly said yes.

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Jen’s questions were so thought provoking. And it’s always fascinating to see how other families get through the crazy that is raising tiny people. For me it’s about finding some sort of balance – whatever that actually means.

CLICK HERE to check out the entire interview and HERE to shop my curated picks at Noble Carriage.

Curious about how I’ve struggled with  embraced motherhood? CLICK HERE

photography by emily scott

 

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Today we have extra tasty treat for you. My dear friend Maia is stopping by to take Tasty Tuesday to the next level. Maia is a bit of a renaissance woman. That’s a fancy way of saying she’s really good a lot of stuff. She’s a graphic designer, photographer, art director (of Rue Magazine no less), mother, founder of the fab online children’s shop Bitte, and also a great cook. Now that she bought her first house with an enviable yard, Maia has also become something of a amateur gardener this year. Color me impressed. I’m just thankful Maia is willing to share some of the fruits of her labor  – literally – in the form of amazing recipes inspired by what’s coming out of her garden right now. Even if you have to get your produce from the farmer’s market (like I do), for the next few weeks Maia is going to help us make the most of this end of summer bounty. First up: the prettiest Zucchini Muffins that you ever did see.

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If you have a garden, this time of year can be a little overwhelming. Trying to harvest and use everything up before it gets stolen by critters or rots can sometimes feel like a full time job. But I always hate to waste any of the goodies too. So I thought I would share a few recipes that will help you make the most of your late summer harvest. Or if you’re not the gardening type, you can still do a lot of fun things with a big haul from the weekend farmer’s market.

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First up is a recipe for Savory Zucchini Muffins. It’s a twist on the usual sweet zucchini bread, that as anyone who grows zucchini knows, you get sick of pretty quick. The best part is that these can easily be frozen in a ziplock freezer bag and brought out months from now when you’ve recovered from your zucchini overdose. You could also easily sub out half the flour with whole wheat flour to make them a little healthier for easy breakfasts on the go, or packed into school lunches.

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RECIPE: SAVORY ZUCCHINI MUFFINS

Ingredients
Makes 12 Muffins
• 2 cups flour
• 2 tbsp sugar
• 2 tsp baking powder
• ½ tsp baking soda
• ½ tsp salt
• ½ tsp dried oregano
• ½ cup greek yogurt
• ½ cup milk
• 1 egg
• 1/4 cup melted butter
• ½ + 2 tbsp cup shredded cheddar cheese
• 1 tsp chopped fresh basil
• 2-3 minced garlic cloves
• 1 cup shredded zucchini (drained of excess liquid)

Instructions
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt and oregano.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, yogurt and egg.
4. Stir the garlic into the melted butter.
5. Whisk the melted butter mixture into the other wet ingredients.
6. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mix, and gently combine. Don’t over mix the batter.
7. Stir in the shredded cheese (leaving out 2 tbsp for topping) shredded zucchini and chopped basil.
8. Spoon even amounts of mixture into a greased muffin tin and bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the bread comes out clean.

 

I cannot thank Maia enough for sharing this beautiful recipe with us. Be sure to check back weekly through September for all her delicious ideas.

For the rest of our Tasty Tuesday archive CLICK HERE.

original photography for apartment 34 by maia m. smith

Obviously, I have a thing for kitchens. I’ve blogged about them here endlessly. I’ve obsessed about the design of our own for nearly two years now – yes we bought our house TWO years ago. Remodel hell is a subject for another post. Or novel. But I digress. Back to the subject at hand –  I appreciate gorgeous kitchen design, regardless of the style. Which is why I had to share this stunning example from the Sunset Magazine Idea House (now open to the public in Oakland!).

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Created by Bay Area design aficionado, Lauren Geremia this space is an obvious showstopper. The kitchen is anchored by that stunning wallpaper. I love it’s black ground. It certainly is unusual to do wallpaper in a kitchen, but covered in glass it functions like any other backsplash. Combined with the custom oxidized iron hood and grounded with the white marble counters – it’s simultaneously dramatic and timeless. And of course I love the open shelving – I have very similar plans for the final touches in our space.

And the similarities continue. Like I did for our kitchen, Geremia Design selected Thermador appliances for the space. Thermador is the prefect combination of beautiful form and professional-grade function. For example, the Thermador Pro Grand Range thinks about all the details necessary for perfectly cooked meal so we don’t have to. Thermador’s 3-in-1 Star® Burners five-point design allows for more ports and more flame distribution than a round burner, leading to faster time to boil. Score. The burners also have an exclusive ExtraLow® feature that provides the widest variety of temperature control of any simmer system. It cycles on and off to maintain temperatures as low as 100° for simmering delicate sauces or keeping food warm without scorching. That’s already come in handy for me more than once!

Thermador is actually celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year (they actually introduced the first built in wall oven and matching cooktop in 1947) and their incredibly history is another reason that I love having Thermador in our own 100 year+ old house. To celebrate this major milestone, Thermador is holding an amazing Diamonds Are Forever giveaway right now. Through the end of the month you can enter to win daily prizes like a pair of Waterford Crystal champagne flutes or a Thermador Dishwasher!

To enter for a chance to win CLICK HERE.

photography by myself and thomas j. story courtesy of sunset magazine

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It’s amazing how quickly summer goes. At the first of June the season seems to stretch out like a vast horizon far, seaming unreachable far off in the distance. But the next thing you know, there’s only two weekends left in August! It gets me every year. So I’m rushing off to soak in as much sun, fun and unplugged time as I can fit in before September’s mad dash returns (and I depart for Italy – yelp!).

But I have made sure to take a break from watching the Olympics (I’m obsessed – is it just me? I just love watching it all – volleyball, synchronized swimming, weight lifting, track…I’m going to be so sad when it’s over. But anywhoo.) I have discovered a fun fab things online to check out this week.

> A bunch of the mamas from our Real Mom Series discussed comparison – a very relevant topic regardless if you have kids or not.

> How many cocktails can you cram in before season’s end? Coco-kelley is making it easy

> I’d also like to eat this, and this and this

> And indulge in this

> I’m having a love affair with all things ceramic, but this gal is particularly talented

> One of my favorite online children’s boutiques, Bitte, is celebrating its first anniversary and offering 15% off to celebrate! Just enter the code HAPPYBIRTHDAY15 at checkout

> Mini dream come true – Domino Magazine included Apt34 in their round up of must-follow design focused Instagrams!

And I actually hadn’t mentioned here some of the most exciting news of the month: Apt34 has been named one of six finalists for a SAVEUR Magazine 2016 blog award!

The winner of Best Style & Design Blog will be selected by the public – and I would so appreciate your vote. You can cast your vote RIGHT HERE (and you can vote daily!).

Now I’m off to break out the rosé before the summer season is gone!

xo

Entryways can often present a design conundrum. Tight spaces mixed with the need for organization can lead to spaces filled with a bevy of stuff – console tables, baskets and coat racks or cheesy oversized entry organizations systems. But sometimes less is more.

I’m loving the look of a simple, classic entry bench. A bench can serve as an intentional piece of decor rather than a catchall, but still offer the function you need. I’m definitely stealing this idea.

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A bench offers the functionality an entry needs. You can sit and put on shoes, set down a bag – even drop keys or mail in a small tray. If needed, hang a hook or two to capture a hat or coat. Sure you can’t hide away clutter, but that’s kind of the point. An open bench helps you avoid the traps of closets or other closed storage – cramming them too full, holding onto too many things you no longer need or forgetting what you actually have.

You can also use a bench as a place to display a few prized accents; maybe a favorite coffee table book or a fresh bouquet. It gives you something lovely to look at the moment you walk through the door.

And the bench itself can also be beautiful. There’s a long history of craftsmanship and design into this seemingly simple piece of furniture. After doing a little hunting, I found the perfect bench for my entry. Custom made in San Francisco by Moroccan Tazi Designs, I found a piece with classic construction features a black metal base and a thick mahogany slab in a natural finish. The look is understated and timeless. But it’s the brass feet that give it a little something special. I”m so excited to have this piece in our house!

Here’s a little inspiration for how I’m planning to finish off my entryway look. PS be sure to stop by Instagram today for a little sneak peek of my set up.

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round mirror / santal 26 candle / ceramic objet / simplicity coffee table book / chasing slow coffee table book / candle sticks / tazi designs custom bench / glass beads 1, 2 / icelandic sheepskin / tray

 

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