This is Very Pinteresting…

If you’ve had your eyes open around Pinterest lately, you have come across the popular Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree. The tree has been in rooms featured in Lonny, Elle Decor, and Rue Magazine, and in homes of the likes of Jonathan Adler and Emily Henderson. It’s officially hit au courant status and is the first subject of the newest Apartment 34 Feature, This is Very Pinteresting! 

The fycus lyrata, or Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree {named after its large, leathery leaves resembling the shape of a fiddle} is native to West Africa where it can grow up to 40 feet tall. Loved for its height and the sculptural element it brings to a room, it makes for a perfect indoor plant, especially if you have an empty corner to fill! Let’s take a closer look into the tree that’s stealing everyone’s little design hearts.

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- There are two varieties of the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree. The column variety is the tree looking plant, with a bare trunk and leaves starting at about half way up the trunk. The bush variety is smaller {perfect on side tables and night stands} and the leaves start at the base of the trunk.

- You can find a plant measuring about 15” at your local gardening store for around $15. I recently bought a five foot Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree at a flower mart closed to designers, but open to the public during certain hours, for only $35! Anything over 5 feet, expect to pay at least $100.

Some things you should know to keep your tree green and healthy:

- The number one mistake people make is overwatering a plant. Water your Fiddle Fig Tree about every 10 days. A good tip is to measure how many cups of water it takes until the water seeps through the bottom of the pot. That way, you know exactly how much water is enough to soak the bottom of the roots because another mistake people make is not watering the plant enough. {My tree, in a 9 inch pot, drinks 7 cups of water every 10 days}

- The plant needs an abundant amount of sun. So, keep it in the sunniest spot of your room. {It will eventually lean towards the sun, so remember to turn the plant every couple of months}

- Since it’s an indoor plant, dust will collect on the leaves, attracting bugs and creating a barrier between the leaves and the sun. “Wash” the leaves with water and a soft towel every two months to ensure the best sun absorption.

What do you guys think? I’ve certainly fallen for the obsession, and I have to say, the Fiddle Fig Tree brings a life and a height to my kitchen that I love.

Will you be testing your green thumb and introducing this beauty into your home?

This is Very Pinteresting was brought to you by the new addition to Team Apartment 34, our intern Bianca of A Fabulous Challenge! I so hope you give her the warmest of welcomes! 

 images via here, here, elle decor, here, kirra jamison on sfgirlbybay, kim fisher designs on sfgirbybay

In Bed with HD Buttercup

I have a weird obsession with bedding. If I could change out our bed monthly, I probably would. I’m the first to admit my throws collection is getting a little out of control {do you have that problem too??}

So when HD Buttercup, my favorite San Francisco furniture mecca, told me they were opening a shop dedicated to bedding, in my favorite shopping neighborhood Hayes Valley no less, I was ecstatic!

Recently, the aptly named In Bed asked if I’d like to make a dream bed as their storefront window display, so obviously I jumped at the chance! Especially when I found out I’d be “in bed” with on of my besties, Courtney Lake of CourtneyOutLoud fame. We are quite the dynamic duo and immediately began scheming on a concept. The obvious solution for the dueling windows was dueling his and hers beds! The only question was who would design for “his” vs. “hers!”. I ended up tackling the her bed.

I hope you like the result!

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Obviously, I have a penchant for neutral color palettes and an obsession with white beds. They just feel so fresh, clean and luxurious {albeit impractical as a dog owner!} Playing with the lush pieces from the likes of John Robshaw, Coyuchi and lush french and belgian cottons, I was like a kid in a bedding candy store! Layering a white quilt on charcoal sheets, I added depth and more texture with a grey duvet cotton layered with even more cotton and cashmere throws. Subtle printed sheets made for a sweet, inviting place to rest your head.

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However, since this is a dream bed I had to up the glam factor a bit, and what better way to do that than with touches of shimmer and shine.

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I’m not sure the husband would enjoy sequined pillows, but the dipped dyed ombre cashmere throw so needs to be mine!

A huge thank you to In Bed for inviting me to come play. If you live in San Francisco I do hope you make a point to stop by. Our beds will be made in the front window for the next month! Oh and you can check out Courtney’s Man-antasy {aka man-fantasy} bed right here!

original photography by apartment 34 {eek!}

Loft Life Sale with Copious!

I recently read this very wise thought: “The objects we own tell stories about us. They are never mute.” Have you ever thought about what your home and what it’s filled with says about you?

Moving frequently really forces you to answer that question. And even though we upsized a tad with the Loft 2.0, we seriously downsized our stuff. And it feels great. I’ve actually committed myself to a monthly loft purge. On the last Sunday, I cruise through each room and remove anything I’m not currently in love with. And by committed, I mean it’s in my Google Calendar people. That’s like etching it in stone!

However, city living does not lend itself to the tried and true way of passing your treasures onto new homes: the good ole’ fashioned yard sale. That’s why I’m very excited to have teamed up with Copious for my first {ongoing!} online version. Yes, an online yard sale!

Finally, you don’t have to be in the same city to shop the homes and closets of some of your favorite bloggers. Copious makes the search for new treasures pretty dang easy. I’m already stalking Oh Joy!Brad GoreskiCould I Have That, and Le Fashion!

Below are just a few of the things you’ll find at the sale.

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Head on over to Copious to see the full sale {which I’ll be continually restocking} right here! I gotta tell ya, this takes all the sorrow out of parting. Just remember the new rule: in with the new, out with at least two!