I know, I know, we should be all things holiday all the time right now, but am I the only scrambling just to get my house in order – like my regular house – not one covered in Christmas decorations or even one ready to host Thanksgiving. In three days. What? I’m not scared. But back to today’s home tour. I’ve always been attracted to the European approach to design. Maybe it’s having lived in Germany at seventeen. Or maybe it’s just a reaction to the overstuff, oversized and overtly bad design most tend to grow up around in the US. While that’s certainly shifting – these days, we’re all quite familiar with the minimalist Scandinavian aesthetic (is there anything else on Pinterest) – but the gorgeous apartment below is a perfect example of that elegant, yet livable look I crave. And bonus: for once it is not in Copenhagen, or even in Paris. This stunning example of the best of European style is in Berlin.

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This look really does come down to a bit of a formula (one I’m working to implement in our house right now). Neutral tones dominate the apartment, with a nice dose of black accents for punch. The soft gray couch and rug soften the soaring white walls. And nothing is crammed. Every item in this apartment, be it a piece of furniture, object or art is given ample room to breathe. That makes you take note of every single thing you see. Nothing is there just because it takes up a space. It’s a lofty goal in the American must-have-something-new-all-the-time-world, but it is one I’m striving toward. Of course, the extra credit comes in the form of sky high ceilings, stunning plaster work, gorgeous floors and historic details that most US homes do not enjoy. Maybe that’s why I felt drawn to San Francisco – so many of the homes here do have these characteristics and I absolutely love them.

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This apartment is occupied by interior designer Selina Lauck, and she certainly puts her design knowledge to good use. She’s dotted the home with design classics – a vintage Bertoia chair  and a counterbalance light by the Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken in the living room take pride of place. An Eames low table sits at the bedside. Even the tea kettle is a beaut (Allessi). But regardless of the pedigree, this apartment doesn’t feel pretentious. It feels homey yet elevated at the same time. #Goals.

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While still minimal, the bones of the kitchen are very modern. Clean lines and smooth surfaces dominate. I love the pine cabinets sans hardware. Instead, black accents are continued through the kitchen to awesome effect. (Are we going to hit a wall with brass? I’m kinda thinking we might. Anyone else with me??)

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Germans do not sleep with top sheets – just a simple duvet folded on the bed. I remember being so shocked by that as a teenager. But I love it and sleep that way to this day. Makes making the bed a whole lot easier.

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What really makes the European aesthetic distinct is the seemingly inherent ability to pair the historic with the modern and have the two styles work perfectly. I don’t pretend my house has anywhere near the history European cities have, but I’m attempting to pull off that juxtaposition as best I can (you might have spied my new, but historic inspired fireplace on Instagram here). Jury is still out as to whether or not I’ll hit the mark, but if I keep this apartment as a main piece of inspiration, I think I’m well on my way.

You can see more of this vibe on my Pinterest board right HERE.

For more of my favorite home tours, CLICK HERE.

images via herz & blut 

There’s nothing like a house full of guests to make you want to get your sh** together! I’m frantically finishing off space after space in our house (guest room – check) before the holidays hit in full force. Even rooms that are “complete” can always use some seasonal upgrades. Case in point, our guest bath. It doubles as my son’s bath, which means it’s constantly a hot mess in there. But I decided I shouldn’t force my family to wade through a tub full of toys every day. Thankfully, just a few fixes helped transform my guest bathroom from babes in toyland…

To a gorgeous grownup retreat…

Step one is rather obvious – a serious bath toy purge. Thank goodness for large vanities and linen closets. After the clean up, creating a welcoming bathroom was simply in the details. I wanted to offer a soothing, calming space – the holidays are stressful enough as it is!

I started with the most important thing – brand new bath towels from my friends at Parachute (makers of my fave bed linens you might have seen here). Parachute reached out about showing off their new bath line at the perfect time. Because there’s nothing worse than staying somewhere with bad towels. You don’t want anything too thin or scratchy. Nothing that leaves you dripping wet no matter how many times you towel off. You have to have something super soft and super absorbent and the Parachute bath collection certainly fits the bill. I mixed and matched textures combing their classic towels in gray with the waffle weave in white and topped off the look with their classic white looped bathmat. It feels so nice and plush underfoot.

To achieve the desired soothing vibe, I stuck to a neutral palette with the rest of my accessories. This bathroom is a beautiful bright white, but natural materials and lots of texture; ceramics, bristle brushes, wood accents and brass hardware keep it from feeling stark. A few touches of darker details like a marble tray and vintage stool also add a graphic punch. It’s a good idea to have extra necessities at arms reach, so I added wooden baskets under the vanity for more towels and of course, toilet paper.

Since we’re lucky enough to have a nice large tub, I wanted to encourage our house guests to actually make use of it. A bath tray filled with accoutrements certainly make it hard to resist a good soak. The bathroom counter got cleared of its clutter, leaving space for a kickass circular vase that mimics the round mirror, a cute scrub brush and a vintage print. I’m a big fan of art in the bathroom (evidenced here). Parachute is also carrying robes and slippers which are a super luxe treat for guests. Because who ever travels with a robe!? All in all, I think I like my guest bath better than my master now! What do you think?

SHOP THE LOOK:  gray classic towels // white waffle towels // loop bathmat // slippers // robe / marble bath tray / swing lamp / fireclay floor and shower tile // storage baskets // bathtub tray// aesop soap

This bathroom turned out so purdy, we made a purdy little video about it. Give it a watch below!

original photography by andrea posadas 

This post is in partnership with Parachute. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting posts that have kept apartment 34’s doors open.

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Ok ok, I won’t say it yet! It is still only the middle of November and we do have to get through Thanksgiving, but in an attempt to avoid all the end of year mad dashes I’m trying to get a jump on holiday prep. I am determined to carve out time to sit back and actually enjoy my December. That means both making my gift lists and sprucing up my own space ahead of time.

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This will really be the first holiday season we get to enjoy with a finished house (no, I haven’t done the official final reveal yet, but something BIG is in the works). That means I have major nesting, decorating and entertaining on the brain. This holiday, it’s about more than just decorations for me — it’s about making my house a home for everyone that passes through it.

Thankfully, I’ve got Overstock.com to help me bring all of the dreams I’ve had dancing in my head to fruition. Overstock helps shoppers tackle the demands of the holiday season by providing a one-stop shop for all your holiday needs – ultimately making it is easier than ever to prepare your home for the season, entertain friends and family, give gifts (for yourself or others) and get organized after the holiday craziness without breaking the bank. Once we make it through turkey day (did you see my post on my hunt for the perfect vegetarian dish for Thanksgiving?!), I’ll be partnering with Overstock to share all my best tips for getting your house guest-ready, decking the halls and playing hostess without breaking (much!) of a sweat.

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To help you get a jumpstart on the season I’ve also curated a few of my favorite pieces on Overstock (along with five other of my fave blogger peeps).This holiday season, I’m all about the “special.” Rather than look for a thousand things, it’s about finding THE thing. I’ve taken the guesswork out of it for you, finding the perfect gifts that will add immediate style to virtually any space, because everyone deserves to enjoy the benefits of good design in their home! These pieces would make fab gifts, but would also add a nice touch to your own house. I think buying things for oneself is totally acceptable pre-black Friday right??

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SHOP THE POST: marble lamp // tulip side table // glass ice bucket // onyx tray //  antique brass bar cart // wood bowl // marble vases 

 

 

image 1 via varpuen  / image 2 photo by Andreas Mikkel Hansen for Bo Bedre) / image 3 

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Friends, I’ve got to admit that this whole Thanksgiving is next week thing has caught me off guard. I wish I could say I have my Thanksgiving table designed, my menu set or even my house remotely ready for the impending onslaught of guests. I’m a blogger, I’m supposed to have it all together. Instead, I’m crossing fingers my dining chairs show up in time, I’m frantically pinning center piece ideas and trying to figure out what to cook to satisfy a wide range of dietary restrictions. Specifically, I’ll be hosting a vegetarian this year and rather than make them simply survive on side dishes, I want to serve a stunning veggie main event. I’ve started banking ideas but would love your advice.

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You don’t typically think of cheese at Thanksgiving, but if you’re skipping the meat, it seems it would be nice to have something with some heft – like burrata! This Honey Butter Roast Acorn Squash with Burrata & Pomegranate definitely has a lot going on, but I think it all sounds pretty delicious.

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I’m a huge sucker for celery root. It has a wonderful hearty flavor and is wonderfully filling. Combined with bright, acidic balsamic roasted beets and a punch of pearl onion, this celery root puree could definitely hold up on its own.

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Sweet potatoes are certainly a Thanksgiving staple, but I think this roasted sweet potato dish would stand out when spiced up with maple and harissa. It’s rare to have something with a little heat on the Thanksgiving table.

vegetarian thanksgiving recipe ideas on apartment 34

Risotto is one of my all time favorite things. I certainly think it makes a delicious main dish. While time consuming to prepare, making a nice risotto would certainly offer a nice opportunity to sip some wine and do some stirring.

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This dish combines so many of my favorite ingredients – kombucha squash, sautéed collard greens, quinoa. I’ve never tried a black radish, but I certainly love the look. This recipe just might have to be on my holiday table, regardless of who it is for.

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Gnocchi is a classic on any Italian table. Mushrooms, arugula and a walnut pesto makes this version particularly flavorful, rich and hearty. I wouldn’t miss turkey if I had this recipe in front of me.

So, I’d love your help. If you are or know a vegetarian, what would you enjoy for Thanksgiving? Do you have any go-to recipes in your back pocket? I would love to find the perfect dish!

 

For more Thanksgiving inspiration, CLICK HERE.

recipe 1 via half baked harvest / 2 via downshiftology / 3 via tending the table / 4 via camille styles / 5 via a daily something / 6 via pinch of yum

This New York townhouse is the perfect mix of high design and approachability. Home to Barney’s fashion director and her family, iconic pieces like Serge Mouille chandeliers and art by Andy Warhol are juxtaposed with touches of playful color, simple sisal rugs and cozy sofas. While I’m still a color-phobe most days, I can’t help but be drawn in by this house.

Obsessed with the Gio Ponti mirror. Thinking one might have to come to my house! And I spy velvet pillows – my fall must have.

Love the collection of herbs in terra cotta pots and natural wood elements that soften the industrial style kitchen.

Still a sucker for that little touch of pink.

But of course this monochromatic sitting area is really my jam. There’s a mix of tones and textures that keep it from feeling one note. And I can never resist an adorable side chair.

While every piece in this house certainly feels unique – that adorable smile chair was custom designed by Giancarlo Valle – nothing feels overly precious. Just absolutely gorgeous. Adding it to my inspiration files!

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design by giancarlo valle, photography by brooke holm for architectural digest & via 1st dibs

While I live in San Francisco and love it so, my hometown will always be Seattle. But most of my Seattle visits are dominated by the dash between all our family and friends, rather than exploring the swiftly changing city itself. But last week I was able to carve out time to wander through some of my favorite Seattle neighborhoods, making some killer discoveries along the way. I’ve picked a quick highlight reel to share with you. You will definitely want to mark these down if you’re headed to my beloved Emerald City any time soon.

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Sea Wolf Bakers may be tucked into an unassuming building in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood and it may have a pared back industrial vibe (which I’m totally into), but when you step through the door and catch a whiff of the freshly baked bread, or break into a perfectly flakey croissant, you’re going to want to spend a lot of time here. I certainly left rather reluctantly. Sea Wolf offers a variety of rustic loaves, classic baguettes and the best seeded rye bread I’ve had since I was an exchange student living in Germany. I’d gladly while away a Sunday morning with a newspaper, apple tart and bottomless cup of coffee here. You can watch the bakers make everything right in front of you as you chill.

Sea Wolf Bakers – 3621 Stone Way N, Seattle 

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Thankfully, when it came to grabbing a good meal, I didn’t have to look far from our hotel. I just had to go down to the lobby. The Palladian houses both the Penny Royal bar and Shaker + Spear restaurant. The restaurant’s brunch was recently named the best in Washington. I can attest, the lemon ricotta blueberry pancake is incredible. Plus I can only love on a restaurant that features copper bar stools and cement tile work. Yummy food and yummy design should always go hand in hand.

Penny Royal & Shaker + Spear 2000 2nd Ave, Seattle

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Of course, I couldn’t just eat my way through Seattle – though I would gladly take that challenge anytime – I had to get in a little retail therapy too. Especially when I heard that one of my favorite Seattle boutiques, Moorea Seal, had recently expanded to a new downtown space. Well, I certainly wasn’t disappointed when I made the trek down First Ave. The new store is just gorge. Soaring windows open onto a wide open spot that features crazy high ceilings, a sweet sitting area, kickass dressing rooms and plenty of space for an expanded collection of apparel, shoes, jewelry, bags and home goods. Virtually every single detail in the store is shoppable – even the light fixtures or the seats in the dressing room which you can score at The Mine. It’s a wonderfully dangerous spot to shop!

Moorea Seal  1012 1st Ave, Suite 150 Seattle 

Now of course there are a myriad of spots on my Seattle must-visit list that I didn’t get to. Mainstays like Totokaelo or Oddfellows. Favorite coffee spots like Fuel, Cafe Victorla or Cafe Ladro. Of course it seems new restaurants are popping up every two seconds. Guess that’s why you’ve just always gotta make time for home. It just might surprise you.

Do you have any Seattle favorites that I need to know about?? I’d love to hear about them.

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photography for apartment 34 by belathée

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