The Loft Life 2.0: Revealed!

It’s finally here: the Loft Life 2.0 is making its official debut! You may have spied this sneak preview of my home office, but just before the holidays San Francisco Magazine dropped by to get the full tour and I’m so excited to get to share it with you today!

Now, if you’ve been following the Loft Life, you know the husband and I first settled into an uber-urban loft in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco. And while we adored the modern living and luxe accommodations {I do miss that kitchen!!}, the 40,000 screaming San Francisco Giants fans that spilled into our “front yard” six nights a week took its toll. And I love baseball!

So, when yet another loft crossed our path that was located in the more residential {and much quieter!} area newly minted Mission Creek, we jumped at the chance to relocate. For the third time in under 12 months. I do not recommend that.

However, now six-months settled into our new neighborhood we couldn’t be happier. The new loft is not too small, it’s not too big. It’s just right. Having an Apartment 34 office has been a lifesaver. As the San Francisco Magazine headline reads, that room is my ultimate chick cave. And as Chris is quick to point out, the rest of the house is intentionally gender neutral!

Of course, decorating is a constant work in progress and things have already changed some since these photos were taken, but that only means more updates are to come! Now that the cat is out of the bag, I can’t wait to bring you regular Loft Life updates ranging from my current dilemma: I’m desperately searching for a new living room rug {I’m torn between serious shag and a more vintage feel}, to more detailed recaps of our most major DIYs.

But for now, let me give you a little tour around the place. I’ve included as many sources as I can, but don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions! I do hope you like.

We’ll start with the living room…welcome!

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Thankfully, we were able to repurpose nearly everything from loft number one, simultaneously purging and adding a few key pieces along the way. The biggest perks of the new space: our luxurious window seat that you might have seen here {& that Chloe has already claimed} and our fireplace {more on a major DIY to come!}.

sources: the leather couch and wool chair are both room&board; stool by cb2; the travertine coffee table is my infamous Alameda Flea score; the floor lamp is from lampsplus; pillows are by designer fluff and west elm, faux fur throw by west elm.

If you spin 90 degrees from the window seat, you face the stairs that head to the lofted bedroom.

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With 20 feet of wall space to play with, I placed my prized oversized mirror at the base of our stairs, perfect for quick outfit checks before running out the door. We then installed floating shelves to hold favorite photos, stair-stepping up the wall as you ascend. The woven basket hides our dog food {quite cleverly if I do say so myself!}.

The “chandelier” is our first major foray into DIY. While I desperately wanted this fixture, budgets did not quite allow it, so the husband brainstormed that we attempt a recreation. Thankfully, half a dozen $80 pendants later and we had a lovely little replica on our hands!

sources: individual pendant lights from lampsplus: tall cherry credenza and reclaimed wood mirror are from my San Francisco go-to for pretty much every decor need I have, HD Buttercup; vintage chair scored at la boutique; lamp by crate&barrel; personal photographs mixed with prints from minted.com

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sources: tall shelf from HD Buttercup; butlers tray from west elm; framed Feist post by Vahalla Studios; oversized print in the entry from minted.com; bowl by heath ceramics; painted antler via etsy; design books from anthropologie ; bowl of sea shells from our mexico wedding courtesy of my mom; dining table and navy chairs from room&board; white oak “pantry” from HD Buttercup; pendant light from OneFortyThree

Thankfully, our storage bed just fit into the new bedroom space. Now it almost looks like a built in! I simply refreshed the bedding to update the look.

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sources: bed by west elm, bedding by San Francisco-based crane & canopy, side lamps by jonathan adler via lampsplus, mutto wall pegs from dwr, bedside accessories from anthropologie, striped throw by dwellstudio, pumps by emerson fry, & of course, chloe. I hope you spied Baileys debut in print too!

PS: you can see the Apartment 34 Studio Tour right here and the rest of the San Francisco Magazine story here!

images by kelly ishikawa for san francisco magazine, floral design by natalie bowen, interior design consultation by courtney lake, styling by apartment 34

Fashion Fantasy: Paradise Found

It’s back! An escape into the fantastical world of fashion. For the second installment of Fashion Fantasy {you can see the first experiment here} Emily and I joined forces again, this time to take a tropical getaway…that may have only been a block or two from the loft!

We took our inspiration from these deliciously saturated international Vogue covers. I love that there’s nearly 50 years between them.

It was the perfect muse for the assignment from Polyvore: to play with new spring collection from Meredith Wendell, a member of Polyvore’s new Designer Collective! This season Meredith Wendell put an ultra-modern spin on the American classic: the backpack.

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If you haven’t met Meredith Wendell yet, the NYC-based husband and wife design team have been spinning out statement-making jewelry and accessories for the past few seasons.

For spring they took inspiration straight from neon saturated streetstyle {you can see it coming full circle, captured by Garance Dore right here and Tommy Ton right here!}.

I had the distinct pleasure of recently meeting the designers during NYFW and found out Wendell is from my home state. You really never know where life will take you!

I do know that if your spring wardrobe needs a pick-me-up, the Meredith Wendell Collection is the perfect addition!

Designer to Know: Meredith Wendell

Huge thanks to Polyvore and Meredith Wendell for letting me live out another Fashion Fantasy.

Here’s to a bright and bold week,

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Happy {One Foot in Front of the Other} Weekend

If the one constant in life is change, why is it so hard to get used to it? Being on a roller coaster ride of forward motion is certainly thrilling, but some days it’s hard to fight the urge to simply jump off the speeding train.

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Uncharted territory awaits us friends, and while I’m nervous, more than anything I’m really excited. This little Apartment 34 world is about to get bigger! It’s a little hard to imagine having a more than a team of 1 around here! Oh what fun we’re going to have.

There have been some other fun, some serious and some just plain silly things going on around the interwebs this week. Here are a few of my favorites:

~ This is about the cutest thing ever. And yes, as a proud Frenchie owner, I am very biased.

~ I’ve been heavily resisting the nail art trend, but Camille rounded up a mix I actually want to try

~ I shared my requirements for The Good Life with my girl, Vanessa

~ This article, questioning the validity of blogging {as it relates specifically to fashion bloggers, mind you}, sparked this debate, which is also being discussed here. I’m totally fascinated {and opinionated of course}. Are you?

Oh and next week some major, huge, very exciting news is going to go on up in here! I do hope you make it a point to drop by to see!!

Till Monday,

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image via here, quote here