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!

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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.

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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??

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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!

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

What piece do you have to have?!

images via Mad & Bolig

Business of Blogging: Uncovering Inspiring Spaces

One of the most common questions I get about blogging is where do you get fresh ideas? As the blogging world has become SO saturated it’s certainly hard to find things that haven’t been talked about 100 times before.

A favorite way I discover new things is to take a break from my regular routine, and most importantly, break away from the online world entirely! As I talked about in our first Business of Blogging post, I find that my surroundings really influence my thinking, so lately I’ve been trying to take fieldtrips to a new spot at least once a month.

The new Blue Bottle Coffee location, W.C. Morse in Oakland, is a perfect example!

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The light bright space is the perfect spot for brainstorming!

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I also prefer to go totally analog for these ideation sessions. I come armed with heaps of magazines {still my favorite source for relevant but unique happenings, designers, art, books and all things pop culture}, and so with coffee and snacks at the ready, I start my list making.

A good list is a beautiful thing. I was one of those uber-nerdy kids who loved taking notes in school. It was so satisfying to make headers, sub-headers and long trails of bullets all neatly categorized and organized {can we say Type A??}.

Taking a quiet hour or two to thumb through my favorite glossies and discover not only fresh content, but new graphic design, layout and editorial ideas is both energizing and therapeutic.

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If I had to make a list of my favorite resources for new discoveries they would include:

> C Magazine. Super chic recaps of all things fabulous coming out of California.

> Australain Shelter Magazines. My two favorites are Inside Out and Belle.

> Vogue Living. It’s Australia-based too but uncovers great design from all over the world.

> The GentlewomanIn-depth profiles of fascinating women. I’m in.

> UK versions of fashion magazines. The articles are actually interesting and usually don’t insult our intelligence {unlike most US fashion magazines!}.

> Kinfolk, Anthology, Hearth, Cereal. These “underground” pubs all chronicle lovely personal stories and amazing spaces with fantastic photography and moving essays.

 

But even with all this goodness at my fingertips, I’m curious – do you have other sources for fabulous finds and fresh ideas? I’d love to add some new ones to my list!

original photography for Apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick

Sunny Spring Inspiration!

The infectious smile on Garance’s face below says it all: Springtime is here and the promise of sunnier days are upon us. After falling in love with Garance’s light lemon coat there is no denying that we’re warming up to the idea of adding pops of color to your home or wardrobe in celebration of the new season. And no color has us more electrified than striking yellow!

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Now, you only need a small dose of yellow to make a major statement. A buttery yellow is just the right amount of color to cheer up a neutral outfit and a jolt of the hue on a pillow {or on a ceiling, hello!} brings a burst of energy to your space like no other color can. It’s just the color that we think of when Spring springs to mind. Each of the yellow picks below are most certainly makin’ us smile!

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get your shop on: pillow // pants // makeup // sunglasses // book //  candle // pumps // chair 

 

Those silk floral jogger pants are purrrr-fect for Spring, especially paired with those amazing sherbet yellow pumps! Yes, please, I could work with that. What do you think of yellow? Is it a go? Or are you pumpin’ your brakes screaming red light?!

 

image 1 via Muuto // 2 via Yvonne Kone // photography by Line Klein // 3 via Elle Decor Italia // 4 via A Love is Blind // 5 via Hanne Fuglbjerg