Put A Prop On It: {Office Styling Revealed!}

They say your home is the museum of your life. I’m first to admit I can take that to a bit of an extreme. I’ve just always loved decorative objects. I find them on trips, the flea market, random boutiques. They always remind of the time and place where I found them.

Thankfully, with all the styling we do around here these days, my accessories collection now comes in very handy! We decided to kill two birds with one stone with the Apartment 34 office redesign: store all our props and use them for our own decor!


When it comes to styling shelves – especially when you’re working with a lot of accessories, the key is to keep things from getting totally overwhelming. In our case, there was editing involved {although you might not be able to tell!}. In order to avoid a hot mess, we styled the bookcases with a cohesive neutral color palette in mind: white, gray, creams and tans. A few pops of green, blue and bronze keep it from feeling too monotonous. Anything that didn’t work in our color scheme got stored out of sight.


Another shelf styling rule of thumb is to create vignettes in threes. Each shelf got its own mini-threesome {or two!}. We grouped bowls, candles, vases and the like. Be sure to always vary the heights of your accessories to create balance!

Stacks of books {and my never ending collection of Vogues!} also helped break up horizontal lines and offer additional texture. There’s something about books that immediately warms up a space.

We also incorporated a variety of our glass objects {vases, carafes & even a selection of my favorite wine bottles} to keep the shelves from feeling visually heavy. Adding in plants {we picked a rubber leaf and snake plant} injected the entire space with life {duh} but I also love their different shapes and textures.


We broke up the all the business we’ve got going on at our coworking desk by creating a distinct seating area on the opposite side of the room. It’s a lovely spot for group brainstorming sessions, magazine browsing and general decompression from screen time! I mixed a traditional sofa with more modern chairs and sweet white enamel side table. I used the art to inject the area with color.


Finally, you may remember our office supply closet DIY from last year. Well, now we get to fully enjoy it because we removed the supply closet doors! I was pleasantly surprised how much it opened up the room. Now all we see is all that great bright white space, styled desk supplies {yes you can be picky about your office supplies and it DOES make a difference.}

Even with all our details proudly on display the office feels more open, more spacious and really inviting. By keeping our edit tight and the floor plan spread out we keep the room feeling overtaken by stuff. Now when we’re working on our next shoot everything we need is right at our fingertips!


original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick 

We’ve Got A Crush

Things are slowing down for the summer. Can you feel it? Our inbox is overflowing with away messages, wanderlust is taking on a new meaning as we watch friends frolic in exotic locations via Instagram and the sun outside is calling us away from our desk more often than not. Luckily, there is still good inspiration to be had all over the web that keeps us from completely blowing things off! Lately, we’ve got a crush on…

Minimal yet bold graphic design…


The green and golden tones of figs and honey atop homemade yogurt…


Floating book shelves, black floors and backward-styled books to show off their wonderfully monochromatic worn pages…


Matching a gold color block wall to your outfit…


And wall weavings that are far from hippy!


What’s keeping you on your working toes this week? If you need more inspiration to get you through hump day, CLICK HERE.

image 1 via Inbaloza for Le Salon // 2 via April and May photography by Phu Tang // 3 via Svenska Maklarhuset // 4 via Ordinary People  // 5 via All Roads

Dwelling on Design with Cadillac

Two weeks ago I took a little jaunt to Los Angeles for some serious design education. The annual Dwell on Design Conference was going down and I was thrilled to take part. Hosted by Dwell Magazine {one of the first decor magazines I ever subscribed to!}, the conference brings together leaders in modern design from around the world for a fantastic trade show and discussions about design trends.

But my favorite part of Dwell on Design is getting to tour real modern homes! Last year we toured ah-mazing homes in Silicon Valley, so I was really excited to get to peek into the lives lived in places as iconic as the Hollywood Hills this go round. I was not disappointed. The L.A. show also had the added bonus of featuring the latest and greatest in electric cars {which I’ve actually been considering for awhile now – they are the hot thing in SF after all}. I got to start my day off by test-driving the brand spankin’ new Cadillac ELR, which was pretty dang fabulous. It’s a rough job, I know.


The car was seriously cool. Of course I was impressed by things such as the ability to drive up to 340 miles on one charge, the fact that you can plug in almost anywhere, that there are cool bonuses like in-dash navigation, back-up cameras, OnStar and the like. I was also really impressed by the amazing tax credits you can get with an electric car right now – I had no clue! But of course what caught my attention most were the aesthetics {duh}. Sitting in the car felt like sitting in a luxury jetliner. I was floored to learn that the dash was made with real wood inlay and the seats feature hand-sewn leather. The interior also comes in customizable colors. You know, the important stuff!

After the test drive we hit the streets of Los Angeles to do one of my ultimate favorite things – see how other people live! We zipped from downtown to the hills above Sunset Blvd and then all the way out to Silverlake and Los Feliz. Thankfully photographer extraordinaire Bonnie Tsang was my guide!!


Every home was the epitome of modern chic. Obvious modern design tenets were used across each one. Clean, minimalist lines. A lot of white. A lot of Herman Miller and Eames. But I was also pleased to see some really cool unexpected details like brightly colored geometric tile used in bathrooms, really smart, sleek hidden storage in kitchens and lots of mixed materials with raw woods, ceramics and even mixed metals {brass is the new stainless steel!}. You can see even more sneak peeks into the homes on my Instagram feed!

We ended the day with a particularly special treat – a dinner hosted in the beautiful Gary Johns House, high up in the hills overlooking pretty much everything in L.A.. We were there to celebrate the ingenuity of great design. We were certainly standing in it {swoon!}. While there, I had the privilege of meeting Dwell Magazine founder Lara Deam and the entire Dwell Magazine team. I also got to meet Jeff Nield, Cadillac Strategic Design Manager and a leader on the Cadillac ELR! It was fascinating to hear him talk about the process of designing the car {they still start with hand-drawn sketches!}. No attention to detail is spared. I was super interested to learn how the car’s designers try to incorporate specific lines and shapes to infuse the car with human-like characteristics.


Though a whirlwind, I was certainly infused with tons of inspiration from my 24 hours in modern Lala-land. I gathered a boatload of new design ideas to dig through and the timing couldn’t be better…because I have a new GIANT project on my hands. Sadly, I can’t spill the beans about all that just yet, but trust me, you’re going to want to stick around for this one!


photography for apartment 34 by bonnie tsang // additional images courtesy of dwell on design. This post is presented by Cadillac. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting posts that keep Apartment 34′s doors open!