I talk a lot about design trends around here, but I’m switching things up for our first Idea to Steal of 2018. It’s catching been catching my eye for awhile, but I think it’s official. Pampas grass is now a thing.

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I mean, just look at this pampas grass cloud! What was once a dusty old grandma plant that often sat for decades in an urn the corner, suddenly has a totally new, really modern life. This stunning installation created Mary Lennox for Our Food Stories certainly takes tablescapes next level. Might not be the most practical idea for an at-home application, but I now want to throw the most epic dinner of all time just so I can attempt a version of my own.

pampas grass trend on apartment 34

I’ve also seen pampas grass popping up in a lot of wedding related scenarios, including lining aisles, in bouquets, surrounding alters and such. But this fun floor based installation would be dramatic in an entry you were feeling particularly daring.

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Because I cannot quit this pampas cloud, especially in this moodier iteration.

pampas grass trend on apartment 34

Pampas grass looks purdy just laid down as a table’s centerpiece. It pairs beautifully with other branches and greens.

While I spot the classic pale pampas grass on the side of the road all over the Bay Area, you can actually buy dried pampas online and in a variety of colors!

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But if you want to keep things a simple and attempt an easy, realistic pampas grass application, consider adding a handful to a dried flower arrangement. It looks stunning on the mantel above, juxtaposed with branches and simple white berries. In the right environment it totally ditches its dated past and instead feels boho and modern and cool. I for one am totally on the pampas grass bandwagon.

You?

For our entire Idea to Steal archive, CLICK HERE

images via mary lennox envelopes by olympia  / colored pampas / wedding table / our food stories / glitter guide

Even though probably half the country is already sick of the bitter cold, we’re headed to Montana later this week and I could not be more excited to spend a few days in the snow. Since we (never!) see that in San Francisco, I have to remind myself what cold weather dressing looks like. But I don’t want to just go head to toe puffer jacket. It would be nice to maintain a touch of style. The following looks are giving me some major inspiration.

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You can’t go wrong with a jumbo scarf. They’re a statement maker. They dress up any basic. And they’re easy to peel off in warm spaces. You can go monochromatic – everyone should have both a black and camel scarf in their repertoire – but I love a good eye-catching print.

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Turtlenecks my friends. They are no longer reserved for college professors. Yes, it’s a bit of 90’s throwback, but I’m so into it. Layered under button-downs, sweaters, and ankle skimming coats – you’re going to look elegant and stay cozy all at the same time. I, for one, am stocking up.

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And while it can be a little hard to look particularly stylish while actually on the slopes (wind burn anyone), I’m excited to get my aprés ski on after some good runs. A super cute fitted ski sweater, a good hat and some kickin’ snow boots are a great place to start. Ok, I think I have my list in hand. The packing bonanza begins now.

For more of our favorite winter fashion ideas, CLICK HERE.

 

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Back in the day, what I like to call my PK period (pk= pre-kid), I was huge on the new year’s cleanse craze. Be it the Goop cleanse, the Food & Wine cleanse, Whole 30, paleo, juicing – if there’s a clean eating trend, I’ve tried pretty much all them. Fast forward to today, and I’m happy if I just get a chance to eat during the day. That being said, I have been making a concerted effort to get back in the kitchen and away from my food delivery apps. Which brings me to my first recipe post of 2018.

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Cooking for me these days requires three things: ease, speed and family friendliness. Thankfully, this amazing soup meets all three criteria. There is no time for massive meal planning, hours prepping all these “clean” recipes with crazy ingredients and certainly no dry January. I need some wine to look forward to in the evenings! But this soup contains only five ingredients (plus spices) – all of them I already had in my pantry or fridge – and took less than 30 minutes to make. This soup is creamy and filling without a spot of dairy or a lick of gluten. It has a touch of heat courtesy of cayenne. Seriously, you’re going to love it.

detox soup recipe on apartment 34

DETOX CARROT LENTIL SOUP
(adapted from tone it up)

Ingredients
1 T olive oil
1 yellow large yellow onion (or two small)
3 cups carrots, chopped
1 cup red lentils
1-inch ginger, peeled and diced
1 tsp. cumin
½ tsp. coriander
⅛ tsp. cayenne
5 cups vegetable broth
Salt & pepper to taste
Dukkah spice blend for garnish

Directions
Warm olive oil in a large pot over medium heat and add onions. Sauté for 3-5 minutes being careful to stir regularly so they turn translucent but don’t brown. Add carrots, lentils, spices, and salt. Saute for 1 minute until fragrant. Add broth and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover. Let cook for 20 minutes. Carefully pour into a blender (or use an immersion blender – my fave) and blend on low until smooth. Spoon into bowls and top with Dukkah – a traditional middle eastern nut, seed & spice blend that adds a deliciously warm savory flavor.

 

If you are looking to add some more “clean” recipes to your repertoire, you might like the following:

My favorite pseudo-pasta recipe 

Homemade udon 

Homemade pho

A crazy satisfying salad 

And another one

Three (healthy!) sauces that make anything taste better

An (almost) guilt-free dessert 

 

Any go-to recipes that you and your body love??

It’s time to kick off the first home tour of 2018! I intentionally dipped back into my archive a bit to share the home in which I hosted one of my events last year (shared here). This home epitomizes everything I want to accomplish with my own in 2018 – but I also think it offers more than just great design. This home also embodies some good life lessons that I think will serve us well in 2018. Read on to see what I mean.

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The front room of this San Francisco flat is a story of contrasts. A bold black fireplace takes pride of place in this bright white room (seem familiar to anyone??). But rather than be overly formal or dominearing, the room is softened by the mid-centry chair in blush and playful chandelier, making the space feel approachable and quite livable. The life lesson I derive from these design choices? Don’t be afraid to let your inner child out. It can be easy to get swept up in the seriousness of design, but there’s always room for a little bit of play. We do have to live in these spaces. They should certainly be a bit fun.

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This dining room is delicious. Those warm wood floors are echoed in the dining table. The gray upholstered chairs offer a softeness. I’m all for adding a good plotted plant for a touch of life. But I really love the addition of the unframed portrait tucked in the corner. He’s unexpected. He’s worn when everything else in this room feels modern and new. He’s just that little touch of unexpected that makes a room feel personal. And he reminds that you should always have someone older and wiser in your life to turn to.

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This sitting area is a prime example of editing. There isn’t too much. There isn’t too little. The gallery wall in the corner and the touch of warm brass against the white and gray feel just right. I’m also obsessed with the faded rug and midcenture nesting side tables. Yet again, all that vintage is balanced with the CB2 xx coffee table. Life lesson: seek balance. You may not always achieve it, but its pursuit is worthy.

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Virtually every piece in this shot is vintage. Life lesson: good things take time to find.

life lessons in design on apartment 34

A perfectly edited collection takes pride of place on the mantel. Life lesson: only let in what fills you with joy.

life lessons in design on apartment 34

This kitchen breaks from Pinterest stream of kitchen trends. There are no open shelves. No soaring slabs of marble. No brass! The bones of this kitchen are, in fact, quite simple. A clean white waterfall countertop. Warm wood. Flat-front white cabinetry. And yet, every detail makes the space come to life. From the punches of green and shocks of black to those tiny hints of pink (did you spot them?) and that wonderfully unexpected crystal chandelier – I just want to live in this kitchen. Life lesson: if you’re feeling a little simple, put on a little something unexpected.

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This is one of my favorite parts of old homes in San Francisco – the amazing historic details that often dominate a space. But it can be a little hard to figure out how to deal with elements like walnut picture rails and victorian fireplaces and not feel like you’re living in an episode of Downton Abbey. But this dining room proves that all you have to do is mix and match. Modern elements like a clean marble topped table and wishbone chairs feel right at home against the historic elements. Life lesson: make the old new again.

life lessons in design on apartment 34

This bedroom features my color palette obsession, so its no wonder I’m in love. But it’s also a stunning take on minimalism. It’s proof positive that you don’t have to rely solely on DWR to get the minimalist look. Sure there are recognizable designer pieces in this room, but it is the ornate bed, painted black and made simply with a white coverlet that make you say wow. Minimalism never looked so good. Life lesson: be different.

I hope you’re finding as much inspiration for the new year from this home as I am. Between this and Oprah’s speech at the Golden Globes last night I definitely feel like we can head in a beautiful direction this year. I know I’m excited. Are you?

For even more design inspiration, CLICK HERE.

 

design by the locationist, photography suzanna scott 

If you’ve been an Apartment 34 reader for the past few – or coming on 10! – years (bless you), then you likely know that we purchased a 150-year-old San Francisco Victorian a few years back. Yes, it has been a few years. And no, there has not been a full before and after reveal of the house on Apt34 because a) it’s proven to be the most overwhelming and never-ending project I’ve ever undertaken b) I’m being crazy picky – dream home and all – and only want to share spaces that are truly done and c) I am still designing and decorating. The master bedroom holds…wait for it….a bed. And that’s it. My son’s room remains a partially finished nursery and he’s about to turn three. And I could go on. But as I looked back at 2017, it turns out I have actually shared A TON of bits and pieces of our house with you. So many in fact, that all these sneak peeks basically warrant a full home tour. So I thought I’d compile all those posts into a This Old Victorian 2017 in review.

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The first spaces we tackled upon move-in were function focused. But just because a room is built for utility, doesn’t mean it can’t look good too. Our little jewel box of a laundry room is the perfect example. From a lovely piece of art to amazing wall paper, I made sure to cram in as many things that make me smile as I could. All the details are right here.

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There is nothing that made me feel like a fully functioning adult than getting a pantry. I’d never really had kitchen storage before. I worked with California Closets to create a storage-lovers heaven (it turned out so well you can see it in an ad for California Closets in Architectural Digest right now!). My favorite feature has to be my cookbook wall. The sad thing I have even more cookbooks then fit on there! Maybe I should switch to food blogging. For all the deets on the pantry click here.

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I’ve probably been most coy with our kitchen. But you can gather a lot from these sneaks. Like our oversized counter tops, sky high backsplash, flat front cabinetry and open shelving. I’m working on the final details for this space in the coming weeks in the hopes that a full tour can happen. But you can get details here and here.

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Our dining room might be my favorite. From the original french doors that frame the room to our gorgeous dining table, I could just live in this room. Deets are here.

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While you may have noticed a lot of white and bright going on in my house, I made an exception for our media room. The walls, the ceiling, the trim, the couch, even the buffet is dark dark dark. And I loooove it. When it’s not taken over by toys. If you’re looking for sources click here.

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When it comes to the master bedroom,  things remain in a bit of flux. We do have a great master bed. If I had my druthers I might never get out of it. There’s still a long way to go with this room but it’s still a respite (when I keep it clean).

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And when I need to escape from daily stress my master closet is a pretty great place to hide. It’s pretty much my happy place. Click here to see why.

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When I want to escape from stress with wine in my hand then I can retreat to my bathtub!

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Our guest room has already gone through a few iterations but it might be the hardest working room in the house right now. When you live in San Francisco you get a lot of visitors! Deets on this room are here.

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If you’re ever looking for me, it’s likely I’ll be in that little home office corner right back there.

home renovation updates on apartment 34

I gotta say I love our guest bathroom. From my hombre hex tile floors, my floating vanity and round mirror (from ikea!) this room is always bright and happy.

home renovation updates on apartment 34

My kiddo’s room is on the top of my update list. I’m about to have a three year old on my hand and it’s time he had a room that reflects his fully fledged small human status. I’m excited to create a room that will carry him through the next few years!

When I see all the spaces together like this, I actually feel much better about myself! While I constantly feel like this house will never be done (and constantly feel guilty about not giving you guys the full, full tour) I realize I’m actually made so much progress. The bones of my design for every room are in place – now it’s about finishing things off with all the details that really make a space homey. So 2018 is all about collecting treasures, art and those last little gems that really inject the personal style.

I will finish this house in 2018 if it’s the last thing I do. Although I know it won’t be the last thing because we still have the yard to contend with! Send help.

You can see the early stages of our renovation HERE.

Peeks at before pictures are HERE.

What I’ve learned about renovations to date is HERE and HERE.

And don’t be afraid to hit me up with questions. Happy to share anything I’ve learned from this gnarly experience. Thanks for sticking with me through it all. I can see a light at the end of the tunnel!

I have loved Pinterest from the moment it was invented. It remains one of my primary sources of inspiration (and the perfect thing to do on long car trips or while waiting in line). Pinterest is good Diane Keaton designed her entire dream house using the platform and wrote a book about. Even when Pinterest changes this or that to our chagrin, I just cannot quit it. So I decided to take a closer look at what caught your fancy on Pinterest in 2017. It was actually kind of fun to scroll back through all my 2017 pins and see what popped (though you do actually have to manually scroll, hunting for the most popular pins by sight. Ugh. Anyone have the Pinterest analytics silver bullet? I’d love you forever if you cared to share). It was fun to look back at all my 2017 pins, but the following ten pins had over 1.5 million views alone. There’s an interesting mix of spaces and styles. I’m intrigued to hear which one of these is your fave today.

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There’s nothing like a good display. I love how this image dresses up an Ikea cabinet (yes that’s ikea) with a mix of art, empty frames, canvases, books and ceramics. It’s a perfect example of how you can create a stunning set up with ordinary objects.

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It’s impossible to resist a good shelfie. This space was featured in a showhouse I toured in Seattle. Like the image above it plays on a beautifully consistent color palette – this time with hints of blue, gray and black to create an eye-catching entry.

top 10 pins of 2017 on apartment 34

I was a little surprised this bedroom proved so popular as it’s a bit more rustic than my typical taste, but it’s clean, classic and approachable style certainly makes you want to dive right in.

top 10 pins of 2017 on apartment 34

The hundreds of thousands of repins of this bathroom prove that square tile is going to stick around for awhile. Black accents too.

top 10 pins of 2017 on apartment 34

I adore this kitchen and not just because I almost got that chandelier for our dining room or because my kitchen cabinets are virtually the same color.

top 10 pins of 2017 on apartment 34

Proof that a minimalist shelfie can just as, if not more striking than a maximalist version.

top 10 pins of 2017 on apartment 34

Love this departure from the light and bright trend. Those warm wood cabinets are so super yummy and those hex floor tiles are just stunning. I definitely see the no uppers trend taking hold in the US this year. What say you?

top 10 pins of 2017 on apartment 34

I was thrilled to see a kids’ space make the top 10 pins, particularly because I’m determined to redo my son’s nursery in the first part of this year. It’s time for a proper toddler room!

top 10 pins of 2017 on apartment 34

This space is what wanderlust-filled dreams are made of. This is actually a hotel in Mykonos Greece that I was lucky enough to visit a few years back. Maybe I need to return in 2018!

top 10 pins of 2017 on apartment 34

There are a few consistent themes in this collection. There’s obviously a love for neutral color palettes, bright natural light and an open and airy feel. Certainly, all very easy things to love. And I was intrigued to see a moodboard make the top 10. It’s sentiments  – Carpe Diem, All for Love, Note: the least impressive thing I can be in pretty – are spot on. But I also love its rosy vibe. The ochre hues and hits of black help ground the playfulness, but it still feels fresh, bright and optimistic. After a dark feeling year, I think we could all stand to let more light in.

What are your favorite pins of the year? Share a link to your favorite pin in the comments. I’m always looking for more great pins!

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