How to Connect the Dots on a Monday

Mondays suck- it’s a universally agreed upon fact. It’s right up there with the sky is blue and the most jealousy-ridden news of 2014: Eva Mendes is in fact, having Ryan Gossling’s baby. She just took all living hope right out from under us. There is no chance any of us are having Ryan’s first born because hey, we had a chance, ok?! But back to Mondays sucking and connecting the dots. After copious amounts of coffee, we like to exercise our brain to fully wake up. It helps get our juices flowing for the week and we do this by looking for connections in unlikely places.

Frequently, things just go together like two peas in a pod {like Eva and Ryan….le sigh} and it’s fun to look for those connections. It makes you feel slightly accomplished, like you’ve discovered a crazy scientific pattern that no one has seen yet. It’s also a preferable substitute to playing games that were invented to make you feel stupid, like Sudoku or the NY Times crossword puzzle. And besides being pretty to look at, we’re almost 100% certain that shopping Net-A-Porter for color coded lacy bras and matching them to the imaginary girl who lives in the badass room below is similar to brushing our teeth with our left hand- it’s sure to keep our precious brains healthy!

Without further ado:

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We’re obsessed with this room and it’s funky flair. A leather jacket, designer skateboard {talk about a decor statement!} and nods of glamour mean a bad ass chick lives here, we’re sure of it.

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Get Your Shop On:

> West Elm Souk Wool Rug
> ABJ Glassworks Cosmos Geo Group
> Steven Alan x West Elm Abstract Crewel Pillow
> The Kate Moss Book
> Calypso St. Barth Carre Stool
> Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soy Wax Candle
> Specimen Editions Cement Wood Pendant
> Calypso St. Barth Moroccan Wedding Pouf

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Oh look! Maybe it’s Leandra? Or some other fashionista rockin’ the dress du jour: The Shirt Dress. We’re loving the classic look with a mix of some accessories that scream “my closet is cooler than yours.” And can we talk about reinventing the shirt dress over pants? Duly noted for Fall.

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Get Your Shop On: 

> Belted Leather Biker Jacket
> Ray Ban Gold Aviator 
> Calico Shirt Dress {great price for a piece you can wear year round!}
> Yasmine Eslami Lace Bra
> Lanvin “Me” Parfume
> J. Crew “Sophie” Crossbody Bag
> Vince “Nolan” Wedge Sandal
> J.Crew High Shine Wide Cuff

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And just in case you weren’t picking up what we were throwing down {we get it- it’s Monday and connecting the dots can be tough!}, this resort collection matches our color palette, so we think it belongs in this post too.

There you have it. We feel smarter already. We encourage you to take some time every Monday morning to connect the dots. You’ll be pretty proud of what you come up with! –Bianca

 

image 1 via Husligheter // 2 via A Love is Blind // 3 via The Polysh // 4 via Radar Magazine // 5 via Cédric Charlier

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…

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

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

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Matching a gold color block wall to your outfit…

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And wall weavings that are far from hippy!

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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!