The iPhone Case That Everyone Wants for Christmas

First we started with the problem: there are just not enough cute iPhone case options in the world to go ‘round. It seems like every year, the new iPhone comes out and everyone is all excited- duh!- but then it takes AT LEAST six months until a case {that is remotely stylish!} trickles into production. We hate that! Don’t you?? So with our new iPhones in hand and nothing to protect them, we teamed up with the artist whose graphics are always. On. Point: Julia Kostreva.


Julia is an artist based right here, out of San Francisco and whose work we have long admired. We guarantee you’ve seen her pieces all over Pinterest. They’re all gorgeous. Simple yet impactful, Julia’s wall art, notebooks and calendars and phone cases are all teh definition of restrained, minimalist but beautifully impactul design. But what we really love most is that Julia has created super affordable pieces of art while collaborating with some of the finest in the biz, brands like Need Supply Co. and OfaKind.

Dying to find a way to work together, we knew this holiday season would be our opportunity. With one goal in mind; to come up with an iPhone case everyone would want on their phone, Julia took a picture of the sunset’s reflection on water and transformed it onto a slim hardcover. Here’s the original picture:


She simply flipped it upside down to create a chic ombre design. The movement from light to dark, sunlight to night, practically looks like it’s brushstroked by hand on each case. We couldn’t be more obsessed with it! Finally, a phone case that is neutral, simple and truly beautiful. This is the perfect gift for anybody on your Christmas list with an iPhone. It’s available in 6/6 plus/5 and 5s! So what are you waiting for??


Head on over to the shop and snag this exclusive design before they’re all gone. Your phone will be the talk of the Thanksgiving dinner table. I have mine on my iPhone 6 and people are stopping me asking where to get it!

image 1 + 4 original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick // image 2 c/o Julia Kostreva photography by Loren Crosier // image 3 via @juliakostreva 

Retail Therapy: {Moorea Seal, A Sweet Seattle Shop}

Even as online shopping gets easier and easier, there’s really nothing I love more than discovering small boutiques! Walking into a beautifully curated space, discovering hidden treasures and artisans you might not otherwise uncover – I think it could be my official hobby! That’s why on a recent trip back home to Seattle, I beelined straight to Moorea Seal, the new bricks and mortar version of the online shop {and Pinterest account!} I’ve long been obsessed with.


It completley lived up to my expectations! The sweet, jewelbox of a space offers the perfect mix of modern home accessories, jewelry, bags, shoes and paper goods – really every version of my kryptonite.


I was particularly smitten with this hand carved and cast bronze pendant necklace designed by a maker out of Portland, OR called Tiro Tiro. It was VERY hard for me to walk away from that little beauty!


Everywhere I turned there was something new to oohhh and ahh at. Even though they’re still hanging in the home I grew up in, I’m seriously this close to getting back on the wall weavings bandwagon! The totally neutral color palette of the one below had me immediately! It’d be a beautiful soft piece to hang in a bedroom. Note to self if it’s still there the next time I’m in town!


I’m only sad this lovely shop didn’t show up until after I bid Seattle adieu. It’s literally in walking distance of the orignal #34. Thankfully, I can stalk Moorea Seal online in between Seattle visits, but I’m excited to see what new wonders the shop has brought in on my trip!

original photography for apartment 34 by Belathee 

Retail Therapy: {Haus of Half Hitch Pop-Up Shop}

As we discussed earlier this week, I’m a sucker for a great object d’art, the more unique and personality filled the better! That’s why I’ve long been a fan of my friend Carrie Caillouette’s online shop Half Hitch Goods. Carrie’s curated the most spot-on collection of unique finds – not just for your house but also for you! Half Hitch unearths makers and artisans to collect unique pieces that you’ll want to keep forever. Their mantra is “thoughtful goods for thoughtful people.” How can you not feel that?! So when Half Hitch launched a Pop-Up Shop in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley I was SO excited to see what Carrie had in store.

I wasn’t disappointed!


The curated collection {housed in what’s usually the florist shop Birch} is a stunner. From one-of-a-kind vintage Moroccan rugs and throws {that Carrie brought back with her from her recent trip to Marrakech!} to classic blankets from Faribault Wool Mills in Minnesota, you’ll want to take a mix of luxurious textiles home with you! We had to restrain ourselves.

Speaking of home, there are bright and colorful woven baskets with grains of sand still in them from the deserts of Morocco and hand carved wooden spoons, spatulas and the most amazing pie server that are not to be missed. And don’t just think about yourself {preaching to the choir}. Any of these special items would make a gorgeous house warming gift for a dear friend!


If you’re in the mood for some fashion Carrie also partnered with Bay Area designers to bring in highly covetable wares. The Podolls have an assortment of women’s and baby garments to choose from. With a passion for green design, their line is sustainable and hand crafted right in our backyard. And as we showed you yesterday – is stunning.

And Metier SF, another local gem specializing in vintage jewelry, have carefully curated a collection of vintage necklaces, bracelets and rings specifically for the Haus of Half Hitch shop. They also brought in tassel necklaces and key chains/wall hangings from local designer Ariel Clute. They were so stunning we couldn’t walk away without one {as you might have seen here!}.

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This is much more than just a store of stuff. Carrie has redefined the idea of treating yourself or someone you love to a truly special, lifelong gift. Perhaps you’d like an original watercolor paintings from local artist Emily Proud, sweet chocolates from San Francisco chocolatier, Dandelion, handmade handbags, vintage wall mirrors or special collaboration pieces including limited edition mugs by ceramicist extraordinaire, Helen Levi, herself! The options are endless.

So what are you really waiting for? All Bay Area peeps, go visit this beautiful pop-up before it’s too late. Haus of Half Hitch is open this month only. Do yourself a favor and make a trip over to Hayes St. before July 30th! Then you get lunch here afterwards. You won’t regret it. — Erin & Bianca

Not based near San Francisco? No worries – you can shop Half Hitch Goods online right here.


original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick