A Neutral Space with a Bold Look

Since I’ve had nothing but inspirational interiors on my mind lately, I thought we’d close out the week with a stunning home tour. The crazy good European home features my favorite color palette, some swoon-worthy light fixtures and the perfect mix of old world detail and modern design. If this whole historic home remodel thing doesn’t work out, I’d gladly hop across the pond to move in here. Our design contributor Ali is going to help you get the look btw, so be sure to scroll all the way to the end of this post!

I’m always a fan of a good neutral color palate so when I stumbled upon this Berlin stunner, I was instantly intrigued. Despite an overall absence if color, this space is anything but dull (not to mention the fact that it only further validates my love of bright white walls).


I especially appreciate that the space’s minimal approach to decor is balanced out by its charming bones. You get some added warmth via traditional details like crown-moulding, french doors and hardwood floors. Plus, with this “less is more approach”, it lends more prominence to the beautiful pieces that are incorporated into the design (ie. has a Workstead Bent Chandelier ever looked more fitting?! #goals).


If you’re pickin’ up what this space is throwin’ down too, here are a few high and low pieces I’ve rounded up to achieve a similar look:HomeTour_BerlinHome


> 1. Couch
> 2. Floor Lamp
> 3. Art
> 4. Coffee Table
> 5. Accent Chair
> 6. Decorative Plates
> 7. Floor Mirror
> 8. Credenza 

Images via Loft Kolasinski // Photography by Karolina Bąk

Written by Ali Hartwell, Design Contributor 

Designer’s Take on Our Living Room: {Casey Keasler}

As the clock continues to tick on the renovation of our San Francisco Victorian {we picked paint colors over the weekend!}, it’s all beginning to feel real. Really really real. That’s why I’m loving our Designer’s Take series even more. Now that the progress has come this far, I can really envision what some of our rooms could look like in the end. This week we’ve got another gorgeous concept for our living room. Here’s an update on what it’s looking like right now!

This picture is looking from our kitchen-to-be into the living room {and the dining room beyond}. We took out a wall to create an open concept living space. The room is connected to the entry hall, the dining room, a TV room and kitchen. The final living room will feature a seating area around a fireplace as our focal point. But I’m also loving the original arches and the 145 year old pocket doors!

The latest updates include the dry wall going up and the walls being primed. We also chose oak hardwood for the floors – they’ve been going in over the last few weeks. The smell in there is SO good right now. I wish that picture was scratch and sniff! The floors’ natural color is so pretty I’m going to be hard pressed to stain them in the end. Needless to say, I’m VERY excited to begin to see actual rooms take shape. The living room concept from Casework below has me envisioning quiet evenings in our living room cuddled up with a glass of wine and a good book home decor magazine!

Over here at Casework we’re super excited to see Erin’s new Victorian fixer upper in San Francisco transition to Apartment 34 standards. We know how daunting an entire home remodel can be, especially living through the process but know the Apartment 34 team and Erin will create a unique and thoughtful space and track the progress all the way!


When we were asked, “how would Casework redo a room?”, we jumped at the chance. Victorian bones with modern sensibilities are right up our alley. We love a mix of traditional details like crown molding and wood floors with more modern pieces like bright white walls, brass light fixtures and mid century tables. That blend of old and new is the perfect balance. And to make it all work, it’s really all about keeping things neutral and focusing on textures, materials and playing with scale. We also like to layer tones of gray with the classic black and white to soften the starkness and create warmth without needing warm colors.


  1. Sofa
  2. Chandelier 
  3. > Planet Light Fixture
  4. Marble Coffee Table
  5. > Kartel Gold Componibili
  6. > “Brazil Cliffs” Art
  7. > Mid-Century Planter
  8. Chairs
  9. > Brass Mirror
  10. Tabriz Rug

I’m definitely crushing on this chic, sophisticated take on the living room. Catching up on our epic remodel project? You can check out kitchen ideas HERE, living room ideas HERE and bedroom ideas HERE. More updates on our progress will be coming to the blog again soon but I’m also sharing more improptu tours on Snapchat and on Periscope! You can find me @apartment34!!


Room by Casey Keasler for Casework

Image 1 via Daniellla Witte // 2 via Space Copenhagen // 3 via Lark & Linen // 4 via Citizen Atelier // 5 via Nordic Design

How to Add Style to Your Space with Books 

Gone are the days that books are doomed to gather dust on lonely library shelves. These days books are to be both celebrated and sprinkled all over the house – from the kitchen to the coffee table!  Everywhere you look a lovely book is enticing people to open the pretty pages. We aren’t afraid to admit we’ve certainly buy books for their covers. So when you find a title that is just as inspiring and beautiful on the inside as it is out, it’s a total win win!


So we’re rather jazzed to be over on the Anthropologie blog today sharing tips on how to style books in your home. After all, they are such a fun way to add personality to any surface. Think coffee table, nightstand, kitchen counter – even your beach bag! We’re also dishing on books we’re reading now and other fun book moments – like books on a bar cart {this vignette can’t be missed!}. So if you’re looking for more book recs to tide you over until fall, as well as some interesting ways to style them once you’re done reading, you’ll want to click here!


But first, here’s a few novels, magazines, and even cookbooks on our never ending list of books to read this summer {or let’s be more realistic, fall!}:

> How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are
> The Girl On The Train
> Beautiful You
> The Gentlewoman
> Eat Drink Nap

Have you read any good books as of late? We’re always looking to add titles to our library!


original photography for apartment 34 by emily scott / styling by bianca sotelo

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