3 Instagrammers You Should be Following this Month

Yes, it’s easy to overrun your Instagram feed, but when you whittle down who you follow to the truly inspirational your feed is like your own refuge. These Instagram accounts are run by three ladies who not only have impeccable taste, but also have an eye and style so distinct their Instagrams are a mini-universe unto themselves. We couldn’t be more obsessed with their carefully curated squares – all displaying something utterly unique: from squishy {perfectly styled!} babies to stellar buildings, ingenious color palettes and interesting corners. We promise, you will become just as inspired as we are after clicking that Follow button!

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Muted tones are Kelli Murray’s sweet spot. From her spunky toddler to newborn bebe, you will quickly fall in love with every photo of her family. But not only does she give you baby fever, she also has a personal style that is bohemian and edgy – equal parts refreshing and innovative. The lack of bright colors in her perfectly filtered photos doesn’t mean this account is anything short of luminous. In fact Kelli’s ability to make life beautiful, sans saturation, just proves no one does neutral territory better!

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In contrast, if there isn’t a girl afraid of a little {or a lot!} of color, it’s Monling Lee. Never dressed in less than four different shades, Monling can be found pulling together a color-blocked outfit like it’s nobody’s business. Let’s face it, making sherbet orange look elegant ain’t easy, but this hue-obsessed D.C. fashionista does it with ease. Inspired by building paint jobs and crazy color combos, we can’t tell which came first, the outfit or the building. Either way, we’re obsessed.

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Rustic and charming. Sexy and street. Aiala Hernando knows how to capture every corner of the world – from styled props to a perfectly poured cup of jo in New York, everything this talented photographer captures is the definition of life’s perfect vignettes. There’s something for everyone to love here. Whether you enjoy travel, food, interiors or shadows, all with inspiring quotes and motivational thoughts attached to them, Aiala’s photos should be enjoyed by all!

What are you waiting for? Follow these incredible ladies now! Anyone you think we should add to our must-follow list??

Brooding Brunch: Eggplant Breakfast Hash

When somebody says brunch, bite size everything comes to mind, right? Brunch buffets are always filled with individually baked and wrapped pies, miniature muffins, cute quiches….the list goes on. While nibbling here and grazing there has its perks, the truth is by the time 1:00PM rolls around, we’re hungry again! So if you’re like us and want to skip the small bites and go right for the good stuff- especially after a night of costume parties and trick or treating- we suggest this hauntingly heartwarming Eggplant and Linguisa Hash!

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Eggplant and Linguisa Breakfast Hash

1 medium eggplant, cubed
1 orange bell pepper, big chunks
1 Linquisa link
1/2 large yellow onion, diced
1 egg per person
2 tbs. olive oil
handful of parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Dice eggplant and bell pepper into half inch cubes. Sprinkle eggplant generously with salt and set aside for at least 10-15 minutes. Drain excess water from eggplant on paper towels. Heat skillet on stove and then add olive oil. Once the olive oil is hot {you’ll see it glisten}, add in the linguisa, cook until browned and put to the side in a bowl. In the same skillet, drizzle other tablespoon of olive oil, heat and add diced onions. Saute until soft and translucent and then add eggplant. Cook for 3 minutes or until soft. Then add bell pepper, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until tender. Add linguisa back into the pan. Top with a fried {or poached if you’re brave!} egg and fresh parsley.

Something about a hash, especially in a cast iron skillet, screams small town, home cooked, good livin’. It’s the ideal dish to add to the spread when treating your guests to a hearty harvest-season brunch. Serving something filling also means you can cut the time baking the cutesy, time consuming finger foods and go right to the good stuff!

We encourage you not to be frightened- go on and add in whatever is in your fridge to the mix. Sweet potato or your favorite squash would be a delicious seasonal addition. We’d also definitely add a splash of our favorite hot sauce. Remember it’s a hash- anything goes!

To get the scoop on our complete All Hallows Eve Brunch click HERE. You’ll be all set for entertaining this Halloween weekend!!

original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick 

New House Update: Light of My Life

I realize it’s probably a bit odd to start a home renovation project with a singular focus on one design category, but zeroing in on one item certainly does help you set your design direction. And for me that direction looks like it’s going to be determined by lighting. Lighting really is like jewelry for the home and I never could resist a great accessory! If I had to whittle down my lighting love affair to a must-have it would be…anything by Serge Mouille!!

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From the mid-century Parisian designer’s floor lamps, to his brilliant chandeliers and wall mounted sconces – I’m obsessed. They’re artfully minimal, yet make a total style statement no matter what space you put them in.

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There’s so much variety to choose from with Mouille. Wall sconces can come with up to five arms and some of the ceiling lights feature seven. What’s so wonderful about these fixtures is how beautifully they combine art with functionality. You can swivel the arms and turn the heads to create ambient or direct light as needed. SO genius!

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It’s nearly impossible to pick a Mouille favorite, but I’ve been particularly loving the wall sconces of late. They’re dramatic yet refined and would so elevate a living room, bedroom or really any place you might decide to place one. I’m currently day dreaming of a the perfect reading nook…

And while yes, these lovelies are going to cost you a pretty penny {originals get up into the five digits real quick} I argue their timeless elegance is worth the splurge. Thankfully, reproductions are made today at a slightly friendlier price, but this is a piece of design genius that is definitely worth saving for! I know just right where I’m going to put my future dream light in our new house too…but just where that is, you’ll have to wait a little longer to find out!

images via here, the new york times & my pinterest