We’ve Got A Crush On…

While writing this post we realized January is, in some ways, a very obvious transition month and in other ways a not-so-noticeable, stuck-in-between type of month. Yes, it’s exciting, it’s new, goals are set and the playfulness of spring, with it’s inherent energy of “new life,” is just around the corner. Yet, it’s still pretty dull outdoors, skies are gray, the air bitter and we still have this urge to hunker down and cuddle in. Weird, right?! But instead of trying to define it, we’re embracing this push and pull phase! Hints of color and metallics excite us for what’s ahead, while moody vibes and textural layers are keeping us grounded in the moment! Here’s what we’ve got a crush on lately…

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We’ve got a crush on exposed beams and painted stump seating in bold black and white…

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On the upcoming flurry of fashion during New York’s Fall 2015 fashion week…

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On Bethany Gosvener and her graphite drawings so tall that they practically reach the ceiling in her moody studio…

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On pops of color, whimsy, drama, metallics, and light fixtures that have more strings than a French quartet…

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This pretty food styling. Who knew grilling spices could look so dainty and beautiful…

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On this pivotal Joan Didion for Celine campaign that shakes up what style really means…

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And on wise words that remind to dabble in everything that excites us, to try new things, surprise ourselves and to never be so easily defined! Happy Monday, all!

For our previous crush-worthy inspiration CLICK HERE.

image 1 via Urban Couture // 2 via // 3 via Bethany Gosvener // 4 via Architectural Digest // 5 via Eva Kolenko // 6 via Celine // 7 via

Loft Life Refresh for 2015

After being settled in our loft for nearly two and half years now, it’s easy to feel like there isn’t really much more for me to do design-wise. Given the small space, we’re pretty set with what we’ve got. But as I finally finished getting all the holiday razzle dazzle put away, I was really getting the itch to make the space feel new again…without making any major changes. With the new house renovations about to get going {finally!!}, I’m looking to tread design water for a while. And that’s a tough pill for a constant rearranger like me to swallow! I’m quite confident many of you can relate.

To scratch my decorating itch I surveyed our main living space looking for one little change that would have a big impact – and I think found it! By making a simple switch up, our living room suddenly feels brand spanking new. Can you spot what’s different? {You can check out before shots here!}.

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I swapped our living room rug! Tucking my lovely shag Moroccan into storage for safe keeping, I wanted to bring in something with a bit more pop and this bold graphic option from Loloi Rug’s Alder Collection was just perfect! Loloi Rugs is a bit of a hidden gem since they’re a wholesaler, so be sure to ask your favorite design store or online retailer to add them to their rug line! Laid down right on top of our existing sisal, there was no need for a rug pad – the sisal adds the cushion needed to buffer the rug’s flat weave. I love that the new rug is nice and neutral, yet the geometric print adds life to the room without being overpowering. Coincidentally, it also played right into my current obsession with camel + black decor.

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After that, all I needed to do was remerchandise some of my existing accessories! After having all the holiday crap accoutrements around, I’m in a very minimalist mood. Instead of adding things, for this update I focused on taking things away. I swapped pillows from the office for a new look on our window seat, switched around some hides {decorating secret weapons!} and rotated in my favorite snake plant, a couple design books and only a choice selection of knick knacks. If I wasn’t loving looking at it right now, it was out {lucky for Goodwill!}.

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My proudest little DIY moment? Reurposing some empty frames for a fresh focal point over our fireplace! I’m hesitant to invest in any new art until I’ve finalized the design direction for the house, so this is the perfect placeholder. A few strips of 3M stickies and voila – a little abstract gallery wall should get me through the next few months quite nicely.

I don’t know about you, but I’m rather pleased with how this mini-makeover came together – and in a single afternoon mind you! {thank you football playoffs!}. The room feels clean, open, refreshed and revitalized and so do I!

Up next – making room for le bebe! Details on that to come soon since we’ve only got a couple months to go. How the heck did that happen??

More ways to update your space for 2015 HERE

A rug related DIY HERE


photography for apartment 34 by Bianca Sotelo // photobombs by Chloe & Bailey 

***This post is in partnership with Loloi Rugs. Thoughts, opinions and design 100% our own. Thanks for supporting posts that keep Apartment 34’s doors open.***

 

Three 20-Minute DIY’s to Help Organize Your Clutter

If you’re like us, you’re on a mission to clean, organize and purge everything in your house right now. There’s just something about starting a new year with a clean slate that invigorates you for the exciting 360 somethin’ days ahead. But it’s not always easy. In fact, it can be a lot of work. So if you don’t want to dedicate every waking hour or free weekend to dusting, sorting and arranging, here are three super easy DIY’s that’ll organize some of your most cluttered spaces and give you a little design-high in no time!

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They say if you can’t see what you have, you never wear it. That’s why we’re loving this idea – a DIY that’ll help us tame the hot mess on top of the dresser that is our jewelry. Piles of baubles and tangled necklaces, rings and bracelets are finally organized by something cute and NOT acrylic. Say whaaa?! This Brass and Wood Jewelry Block DIY is the perfect pep we needed to purge those old pieces we never wear anyway!

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No noise on a Saturday morning is worse than the clanking of pots and pans being rummaged through in a never ending pile of stainless steel. Cut the clammer with this DIY Wire Pot Rack. Not only does it help you organize your pots and pans, it also is an easy way to have your most used kitchen tools right at your finger tips! Now that pancake making can be smooth and silent sailing!

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Ok, it’s time to go through your makeup brushes, get ‘em cleaned up and neatly put away, but it’s not time to spend a fortune at the organization store! This may technically be repurposing, but for DIY-beginners like us, it totally counts. Don’t throw away those fancy candles you burned over the holidays, instead use them to hold your makeup brushes, cotton swabs, q-tips and hair accessories! Your bathroom just got a whole lot cooler!

For more decor ideas to inspire you to spruce up your home for 2015, click HERE. Also, if you’re looking for new things to try in 2015, we’re loving these inspirations!

image 1 via Emily Henderson // 2 via A Beautiful Mess // 3 via Gingerbreadhouse