Designer Files: {The Well Travelled Apartment}

You may be sensing a theme around here and it has something to do with the fact that we’re addicted to the idea of traveling this year! It’s the one thing that will make you richer and fulfilled far beyond what any trip may have cost. The memories and self discovery will stay with you a life time. And one of the best ways to keep the experience alive is by collecting keepsakes from your travels in your home- one of the many reasons we’re obsessed with Naja Munthe’s Copenhagen flat!


At first glance, the home is balanced and peaceful. The streamlined design and clean aesthetic capture you and the modern pieces make for beautiful statements throughout. But look a little deeper and you notice what really makes the space a home- objects and figurines, vases and baskets fill various corners and shelves, bringing life and history to an otherwise sparse space. Bet you won’t guess that the chandelier is actually a floor lamp that Naja decided to flip upside down and hang on the ceiling! No big deal.


While the dining room with those bookshelves {holding over 500 books!} is utterly gorgeous, we can’t get enough of the bedroom! It’s a perfect example that you don’t need much more than a bed to make a space super luxe and relaxing. Naja’s room begs the question: who needs a headboard??


And speaking of genius, we’re loving the little details in this bathroom. A lantern and tiny wooden stool in the shower do the trick. One or two thoughtlfully placed pieces can go such a long way- just take a look at that painted skull!

Now just because you haven’t taken a trip to North Africa or Eastern Europe doesn’t mean you can’t get a similar feel in your own home. Shopping vintage and antique stores allows you to get your hands on some one of a kind, well worn and well traveled pieces. But don’t forget that you need to mix in some modern pieces to keep your space from looking like a dusty old shop- think metallic accents, carved wooden pieces and dark, glamorous patterns!


get your shop on: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 

What piece do you have to have?!

images via Mad & Bolig

Designer Files: {A Stunning Swedish Sanctuary}

You know the feeling you get when you walk into a beautiful spa? That lovely, soothing sense of just…calm? The design of the space is bare and clean, there’s nothing to distract the eye, and all of the stresses of life just go away…

That is exactly the feeling that we got when we came across this stunning Swedish home. The idea of just having a few things in your home that you really, really love – fewer nicer thing s- couldn’t resonate more these days. The calming, sanctuary like quality of this home – where every little thing is treasured, is exactly why we love it!


You’ll notice there isn’t a whole lot of fuss going on. There are hides and ceramics to add interest and texture, but other than the warm wood tones of the table and chairs, most everything else is very neutral, simple and clean.

The grey, white and caramel color palette works great with the natural light and almost has that cozy cabin quality to it. We’re obsessed with all of the black and white photography and most of all, the wire grid on the office space! We might be onto something for our own office makeover…But for that you’ll have to stay tuned!

What’s your favorite element in the space?

styling by Pella Hedeby // photography by Kristofer Johnsson // pictures for JM 

Urban Glamping with HowAboutWe!

As we know, tomorrow is the most popular date night of the year.  But when you’ve been in a relationship for awhile, it’s a little sad to think that you need a holiday to make an evening feel special! Even though Chris and I really try to work in a date night every week, it seems they fall off the priority list more often than not. With our crazy busy schedules even just getting out of the house can feel like an epic chore {and we don’t even have kids yet!}.

That’s why I was excited to learn HowAboutWe {remember that date service I told you about here} offers all kinds of cool dates that don’t require leaving our living room!  We loved our first HowAboutWe date where we learned to pickle {you can check it out here}. Taking a foodie tour of San Francisco’s Ferry Building and a wine tasting cruise in the Bay {hello awesome!} are also still on my must-try list, but sometimes it’s just too hard to commit to a class, tour, or all-day adventure.


So when I spied HowAboutWe’s At-Home Camping Experience I was all over it. I’ve been wanting to tap into my previous life as a big camper {I’m embarrassed to admit we haven’t even made it to Yosemite yet}. Plus a super cute, romantic date idea that involves chocolate and cozying up in my wool socks?? YES! When I found out I could also order in a 4-course Lobster Dinner shipped straight from the coasts of Maine through HowAboutWe’s Couples Rewards section, it was the perfect doubly whammy. And we loved the whole experience! We whipped up a delicious dinner – all nicely pre-packaged with easy to follow instructions.


And I adored our camping kit – it paid attention to all the details you and I’d appreciate {though Chris was more excited about the filet mignon}. Good packaging always makes such a difference! The kit not only came with the fixin’s for gourment s’mores, but with sweet little “survival” games to play before we enjoyed our chocolatey treat. It was a perfectly relaxing, really fun evening and those s’mores, with all-natural marshmellows and stellar dark chocolate, were dang good!


And lucky for you, you’ve still got time to snag the perfect last second Valentine’s Day gift! HowAboutWe for Couples is free to join and browse dates. You can click here to get $50 off your first one … just remember to check off “Make it a surprise” when you book your date! I’m already planning to try the at-home Brunch Making Date and the at-home Oscars Watching kit looks super cute too.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to thank me!

P.S. The $50 off link also will work after Valentine’s Day — until 5/31/14. So, plenty of time to book and plan a “just because” date with your special guy or girl.

Original photography for Apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick // styling and art direction by erin hiemstra


This post is in parternship with HowAboutWe. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting posts that keep Apartment 34′s doors open!