Marble: So Cool It’s White Hot!

Most home owners can probably attest to falling victim to this dark hole: dreaming of all the things you can’t afford in your new house- like, universally-coveted marble countertops! Oh, what to give to be able to just trot down to the marble yard, point to the vein-iest Carrara slab they have and say, “that one!”…*wakes up from dream.* While highly impractical dream kitchen will have to wait, luckily there are some marvelous marble accessories to keep one satiated…at least, until you scroll through Pinterest and find yourself staring at inspiration that looks like THIS. Oy.


While marble far as the eye can see might be out of the budget, this marble-esque Clare V. Oversize Metallic Clutch certainly isn’t! Let’s talk about how amazing this super fab marble-topped side table is and let’s talk about the fact that it is ON SALE. Also, if you can’t buy the real thing, we say, faux it with these gorgeously crafted ceramic serving boards. And who else is ob-sessed with this cute gold-plated bar set, atop it’s own adorable marble slab?! Yes, please.


Even if you can’t cover your house in wall-to-wall Carrara, at least you can marvel at a little mable in your life!

Get Your Shop On:

> Waldorf Side Table {on sale for $299!!}
> Pierre Hardy Marbled Slip-Ons
> Grey Ebru Marble Ceramic Serving Board 
> Gold and Marble Barware Set 
> Menu Marble and Copper Candle Holder 
> Eduardo Garza Marble Ring Holder 
> Marble Cotton Fabric Bench
> Marble iPhone Case
> Clare V. Oversize Metallic Clutch 
> Marble Light Pendant


image 1 via In/Out as seen in Belle Magazine // 2 via here // 3 via Menu // 4 via Arkpad

New House Update: Fixating on Bathroom Fixtures

Now that we’ve shared the big news that we are officially San Francisco home owners {eek!} I’m starting the exciting, anxiety and pressure ridden renovation process! We just got the plans back from our architect {we’ll be sharing them soon!} and they are so much more than I could have ever dreamed up on my own. While the removal of walls and genius layouts make me want to move in yesterday, the real fun is going to be the design process. Even though demo hasn’t started yet, the fear of time flying by and the excitement of finally decorating a place of all our own isn’t letting me sit still. Thankfully, San Francisco is full of great design stores and show rooms to keep me busy!


The big question keeping me up at night right now is bathroom design. There are so many choices to make in such a small space! Do we do tile or marble, stone or something else {??} on the floors? And what about walls?? What about fixtures? Colors? Textures? Oh my. To center myself and start to focus, I decided to simply start somewhere! You often need that initial nugget of inspiration to give you a direction. So this weekend I ventured into the Ferguson Kitchen and Bath showroom on Valencia Street to begin the daunting task of narrowing things down. Even though my secret Pinterest boards are full of great general inspiration, there really is nothing like going in and seeing a product in person. After all, I’m by no means a professional interior designer so seeing scale and actually feeling things out really helps my frantic brain focus!


I went in looking for something modern to juxtapose the classic architecture of the house; that I knew. I was immediately super impressed with the DXV by American Standard line. They definitely were the most modern of the showroom. I loved how streamlined and beautiful each piece looked – two key elements to my aesthetic! And I fell in love with their Free Standing Tub! Its sleek shape and clean lines had my name written all over it. Complete with a crazy luxurious floor-mounted faucet, I see many bubble baths in my future!


Here’s what I’m loving right now for the bathroom:


 Get Your Shop On:

> Vintage Pendant 3-Arm Chandelier
> Slim Round Shower Head 
> Percy Wall Mounted Vessel Faucet
> Lyndon Free Standing Soaking Tub 
> Aesop Hand Soap
> Dot & Bo Woven Ottoman 

While I might have set my bathroom design direction, count on me to ask for your much-needed opinion in the next couple of months of renovation. I’m going to need everyone to weigh in as much as possible! For now, I’m slowly starting to pull moodboards together for the rest of our rooms. More on those coming soon!

image 1 via Brittany Ambridge Photography // 2 via Atlanta Homes Magazine

This post is in partnership with DXV by American Standard. Discover the DXV collections. Thoughts and opinions are 100% our own. Thanks for supporting collaborations and projects we’re excited about and that help keep Apartment 34’s doors open!

Designer Files: {Faye Toogood}

Faye Toogood, a furniture and interiors designer and stylist out of London, has a laundry list of accomplished projects under her belt. Her resume includes design work for crazy-big names like Comme des Garcons and Alexander McQueen. Yet as impressive as that sounds, we can’t help but believe that Toogood’s home has to be her most spectacular achievement of all!

Recently featured in T Magazine, her London flat bridges modern and antique in perfect juxtaposition, making for an incredibly ethereal, airy and collected work of artful design. We’re excited to kick off the 2014 version of our Designer Files series with a space that is just too good to handle! Ha- get it?!


Inside Toogood’s home light dances around the moody blue walls and shadows play against the washed out floors creating the perfect backdrop for her collection of antiques. I love how they never once seem overpowering or cluttered, right? In fact, these old pieces feel incredibly modern in her space and have found their place through what Toogood describes as much “trial and error.”

Toogod readily admits that her styling work is really a matter of arranging and rearranging. When she buys a new piece, what does she do? Rearranges again of course- a girl after our own heart, I’d say! {You can watch a fun time lapsed video of her figuring out a “final” styled look for her mantle here!}


One of our favorite elements in the home is the fluid use of blue. The color blends into the rest of the neutral palette, practically becoming a neutral itself! Despite its calming effect, Toogood has come up with an intriguing recipe of making the hue exciting by varying the shades of the color in each room. The teal painted wardrobe in the bedroom instantly brings an icy lake to mind and the deep blue in the bathroom shocks the senses, leaving no room for lack-of-color lethargy!


Despite our love for the blue, we’re dying {in a good way!} over the simplicity and modernity of the neutral kitchen. Oversized Mutto knobs, normally used to hang clothing and accessories, are reinvented as statement making hardware on Toogood’s Ikea cabinets and with an Ikea hack that good, the kitchen easily takes the cake as our favorite room in the home!

There’s no way we were going to leave looking over these images without feeling inspired by their beauty! The calming grays, creams, whites and blues, the mix of natural and hard edges, the modern and the new all had us dreaming up ways to achieve a similar look:


get the look: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 

First, you must start with those amazing Mutto knobs. Whether you choose to use them as cabinet pulls or not isn’t the point. They’re so impactful on their own and can just as easily make an artsy statement in an entry way or closet, housing your purse or necklaces. Second, the shapes, color and texture of Toogood’s ceramics play a big part in achieving that flea market meets fine china style so we say, stock up on pottery. And last but not least, have fun with different shades of blue from navy-black all the way to a muted grey. You’ll never tire of layering in more blue for that perfectly collected English vibe!

What do you think? A pretty unbelievable house tour, right? You can see Toogood’s entire interview, home, designs and video here.

images via T Magazine // photography by Henry Bourne