Put A Prop On It: {Office Styling Revealed!}

They say your home is the museum of your life. I’m first to admit I can take that to a bit of an extreme. I’ve just always loved decorative objects. I find them on trips, the flea market, random boutiques. They always remind of the time and place where I found them.

Thankfully, with all the styling we do around here these days, my accessories collection now comes in very handy! We decided to kill two birds with one stone with the Apartment 34 office redesign: store all our props and use them for our own decor!


When it comes to styling shelves – especially when you’re working with a lot of accessories, the key is to keep things from getting totally overwhelming. In our case, there was editing involved {although you might not be able to tell!}. In order to avoid a hot mess, we styled the bookcases with a cohesive neutral color palette in mind: white, gray, creams and tans. A few pops of green, blue and bronze keep it from feeling too monotonous. Anything that didn’t work in our color scheme got stored out of sight.


Another shelf styling rule of thumb is to create vignettes in threes. Each shelf got its own mini-threesome {or two!}. We grouped bowls, candles, vases and the like. Be sure to always vary the heights of your accessories to create balance!

Stacks of books {and my never ending collection of Vogues!} also helped break up horizontal lines and offer additional texture. There’s something about books that immediately warms up a space.

We also incorporated a variety of our glass objects {vases, carafes & even a selection of my favorite wine bottles} to keep the shelves from feeling visually heavy. Adding in plants {we picked a rubber leaf and snake plant} injected the entire space with life {duh} but I also love their different shapes and textures.


We broke up the all the business we’ve got going on at our coworking desk by creating a distinct seating area on the opposite side of the room. It’s a lovely spot for group brainstorming sessions, magazine browsing and general decompression from screen time! I mixed a traditional sofa with more modern chairs and sweet white enamel side table. I used the art to inject the area with color.


Finally, you may remember our office supply closet DIY from last year. Well, now we get to fully enjoy it because we removed the supply closet doors! I was pleasantly surprised how much it opened up the room. Now all we see is all that great bright white space, styled desk supplies {yes you can be picky about your office supplies and it DOES make a difference.}

Even with all our details proudly on display the office feels more open, more spacious and really inviting. By keeping our edit tight and the floor plan spread out we keep the room feeling overtaken by stuff. Now when we’re working on our next shoot everything we need is right at our fingertips!


original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick 

Tasty Tuesday: {Our Signature Summer Cocktail!}

Whether you like cocktails, mocktails, cotton-tails or Peter Rabbit {Beatrix Potter reference, anyone? clearly summer nostalgia has hit the office…hard!}, you’re going to love this Tasty Tuesday! After all, it’s our official Apartment 34 signature drink- made exclusivley for us! That’s right, we now have a namesake cocktail, created by Seattle-based mixologist, Erik Carlson – Seattle Magazine’s “Superstar Bartender” of the year {let’s hear it for Erin’s hometown!}.


We were so tired of going into bars and not knowing what to order- drink ingredients can get so fancy these days. It’s easy to order something you THINK sounds delish and ends up being totally not your thing. There goes $12….plus tip…for a dud. So we jumped at the chance to have a no-fail drink up our sleeves, a drink that our team loves and ties us together like the illumanti. Since we’re all for sharing, you must try this recipe {and/or gush over this image- we’re calling it our homage to summer and it’s now our computer wallpaper}!

Apartment 34 Fizz!


1 ounce Plymouth gin
.5 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
.5 ounce Small Hand Food’s raspberry gum syrup
.25 ounce Suze
1 ounce sparkling wine


Measures all ingredients except the sparkling wine into a mixing tin, add ice, and shake. Double strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass {or stemless champagne flute as we did here!} and top with sparkling wine. Add a twist a of lemon rind for a little pop of color & consider yourself refreshed!



While Erik may have been named Superstar Bartender of the year, we sure feel like the superstars here. Having a drink named after you is basically like getting a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and we’re clearly on our way!

If you’re in Seattle, you can visit Erik at Stoneburner and Bastille Cafe & Bar…and ask for the Apartment 34 Fizz {eeep, how cool is that?!!}. It should cool you off in the 85+ degree weathr you’re enjoying. PS – could also please send some of that heat our way!!

Cheers! —Bianca


original photography for Apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick // art direction by Erin Hiemstra & Bianca Sotelo // styling by Apartment 34 // original recipe created by Erik Carlson 

MWW: {Elevated Summer Style}

If you’re like me, you don’t tend to put a lot of thought into our work wear during the summer. It’s the season to just race out the door in the most casual of basics. Or simply stay in a cut-offs and tee! No one really thinks twice. I’ve been sitting comfortably in that nice & easy summer wardrobe camp, until I saw this!


The Mayiet 2015 Resort Collection is inspiring me to step up my summer looks ASAP. Maiyet has become one of our “lines to look out for” since we discovered them, literally a year ago today! I love that this collection is equal parts fabulous and wearable. That was exactly Mayiet’s Creative Director, Kristy Caylor’s goal. She set out to discover what a woman would actually wear on a holiday, but I don’t need any exotic locales to take inspiration from Kristy’s designs.


My three favorite components in this collection are the proportions, the texture and the super chic color palette. I’m definitely digging my wide-leg trousers out from the back of the closet! {Is anyone else wanting to give their distressed denim a rest?? Over it!} And I might hit up the summer sales to grab a pair of culottes before that trend fades!

Finally, the collection’s dreamy color palette: shades of mint, pops of coral and bleached ivory all anchored with navy looks so sophisticated. Suddenly pairing navy and pastels feels so fresh!

While I may not be hitting the skies for a vacation anytime soon, that doesn’t mean I won’t be incorporating this “Resort” attire into my repertoire. No Riviera required. Be sure to watch Instagram to hold me to this pledge!


We were swooning over this lookbook so much that the team created a July moodboard based on the collection!



Did any Resort collections stand out to you? Don’t hold back, fill us in! And if you need vacation ideas, Palm Springs and Mykonos are two great places to start!

images via Maiyet 

Mood board {from left to right}: image 1 via Heritage Auctions // image 2 via W Magazine // image 3 via Kinfolk // image 4 via Retail the Show // image 5 via W Magazine // image 6 via Simon Watson // image 7 via Style.com