I’ve long been a fan of the home furnishings shop Lulu & Georgia. I’ve been sourcing furniture and accessories from them for years. They carry a wide range of styles, their pieces are always great quality and they’ve collaborated with some of my favorites in the design blogging world including Ginny McDonald and Sarah Sherman Samuel.

If you happened to receive the latest Lulu & Georiga catalog you might have thought you were looking at something familiar. I’m so thrilled they were able to showcase their all-new Art Deco Collection in This Old Victorian!

This look is a mix of everything I really love – interesting, elevated pieces that offer a unique blend of styles all combined to create a sophisticated yet inviting vibe. There are clean lines, there are curves, there are nubby wools paired with smooth stone. And also something a little unexpected. A golden-hued sofa, a graphic print rug or a vintage piece of art.

This is juxtaposition at its finest and really showcases how the art of mix and match (rather than same-same) is the secret to creating a space that feels organic, collected and special.

In hindsight, it was probably an unwise move to have Lulu & Georgia at my house, as now I want to change everything around! Occupational hazard.

Also, the light in our house is the entire reason I wanted it. Just sayin’. Natural light is like gold people. Gold.

Thankfully, all this eye candy landed at the perfect time. Now that we’re all staying home so much more (and really should be for the foreseeable future), this is the time to really make your space feel good.

Your environment has a tremendous affect on your mental health, stress levels and overall sense of well being. I’m sure, like me, you’re feeling it directly right now. So if you’ve been sitting on a crummy old couch, are tired of looking at the same stain on the rug, or are sick of that room you always meant to finish but never did (it me!), I would say now is the time invest. Make your home work for you the very best it can. I’m most definitely doing that right now – spoiler alert – more to come on my next big project in an upcoming post.

If these images are not inspirational enough, Lulu & Georgia’s Memorial Day sale just launched. You can now save up to 25% off with the code MDW25 at checkout. I’ve down the searching for you and rounded up my very best picks from their current collection.

If you don’t know interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel – well you really should. She’s already had two projects grace the covers of major design magazines, her own homes are always amazing (she’s currently renovating a gorgeous fixer-upper in Michigan) and well, basically everything she touches turns to design gold (she actually designed a custom serving board for our holiday shop more than five years ago!). Hence why it’s no surprise her new rug and pillow collection for Lulu & Georgia launched just yesterday and is already nearly sold out!

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It makes total sense. The entire collection is so so good. Inspired by her love of the vintage Morrocan and kilim rugs she’s constantly sourcing for clients, Sarah decided to create a cohesive collection of go-to styles that work in nearly any space – all at crazy affordable price points. Both her rugs and pillows feature fun tactile designs making them as satisfying to touch as they are to look at. The collection’s earthy neutral color palette and a minimalist modern take on the ubiquitous beni ourain rugs feels fresh but also timeless. You really can’t go wrong with any option you choose.

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One of the things I appreciate most about Saraha’s designs is her knack for combing design styles. Her look isn’t strickly California casual or mid-century or bohemian. She strikes a balance by combining eras, styles and finishes to create elevated casual rooms that could work in nearly any kind of home. The living room above is a perfect example. While the rattan ottomans feel bohemian, the curved clean-lined sofas add an air of sophistication. The Serge Mouille inspired swing arm lamp is a classic, while the ceramics add a structural, mid-century vibe. The addition of Sarah’s (sold out!) Iconic Stripe Rug and a mix of her pillows soften the space a bit more.

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I also love the mix of the brutalist bedside table’s hard lines juxtaposed with the soft curves in this bedroom (hello channel tufted bed!). The Arches rug looks great small (see below), but I also really love it in this oversized scale.

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Look out – rust orange is making a comeback! But in all seriousness, a bold color is a great way to anchor an otherwise neutral monochromatic room.

This New Rug Collection is So Good it's Almost Sold Out! on apartment 34

I’ll take this entire bathroom, please and thank you.

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Very seriously considering the Stripe Break Rug for This Old Victorian. 

This New Rug Collection is So Good it's Almost Sold Out! on apartment 34

Sarah’s collection was more than two years in the making and the attention to detail, the meticulous construction and the pitch-perfect color palette shows all the hard work that went into these designs. While I’m struggling to pick a favorite option, I’ve included my top three picks below. Just shop fast because I have a strong feeling they’re not going to be available for long.

Congratulations Sarah and Lulu & Georgia!

 

While many an American holiday actually holds significant meaning, we tend to mark the occasion by offering some of the biggest sales of the respective season. And I for one think it’d be rather silly not to take a look at the amazing deals! The best part about all these Memorial Day sales? The discounts are on what we want right now. So, what are you waiting for? I’ve culled my top picks from all the best home stores and I’ve listed them out for you below.

First up we have Serena & Lily. They are offering 20% off almost everything (!) in stores and online with code SUMMERPREP good through May 22-28. I have no doubt your entire home with get the ultimate refresh with this deal.

Next is Target. If you’re looking for a deal on patio furniture, Target is where you need to go. You can snag up to 30% off, plus an extra 15% off outdoor furniture, rugs, cushions, etc. with code HOME at checkout. Online only, now through Monday.

Wayfair is always a great place to find a good discount, but they’re kicking it up a notch for Memorial Weekend. They’re having various markdowns in several categories ranging from dining furniture up to 70% off to area rugs starting at $50.

West Elm is back this year with its Buy More, Save More concept, which always reads like a pretty great situation if you ask me. The sale starts at 15% off $100 and increases all the way to 30% off $3,000 or more. Deals are good in store and online and offered through May 27.

CB2 has an up to 30% off sale going for select outdoor furniture, up to 35% off summer decor and entertaining pieces and up to 25% off select planters. This one is drawing me in, not gonna lie. Ends May 27.

Ah yes, we can’t forget Crate and Barrel. Their sale includes up to 40% off outdoor furniture, 40% off outdoor rugs and 40% off outdoor entertaining and 15% off pretty much everything else..

If you love a more bohemian style for your home, then you have to check out the sale happening over at World Market in stores and online. World Market Rewards Members get 20% off purchases while everyone else receives a 15% discount. Not to mention you get free shipping for any purchases over $99. Sounds straightforward enough for me! The sale runs Thursday May 23 – Monday May 27.

Lulu & Georgia, one of my favorite go-to’s for all things super chic – furniture, lighting, rugs, you name it – is offering up to 25% off purchases of $900! It’s time to grab something really really good looking for you house.

I’ve gone through all of these sales with a fine toothed comb for you and plucked what I think are the most stylish steals – my cart certainly runneth over! Hope you might find something you love too.

If you need last minute Memorial Day Weekend ideas, this is a great cocktail, this is an epic breakfast and this is my favorite outdoor dining look!

 

It can be hard to remember to call your mom sometimes but it can be even harder to remember Mother’s Day, especially when you are one! But the big day is this coming Sunday, so I thought I’d help you out by sharing some last second gift ideas that I’m 100% confident any mom in your life would actually want. You can consider this a not so subtle reminder that all the moms out there have enough mugs and candles already. If you’re a mom, feel free to forward this post to anyone in your life who might need a little hint!

Cane furniture has been having a resurgence for a little while now, but the best options have either been vintage or high street attempts to recreate cane pieces. Until now. I’ve continued to go down the Scandinavian furniture rabbit hole since my trip to Sweden last month and this is one of my favorite discoveries. Meet the furniture collection Cane.

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This collection takes the ages old tradition of caning – one of the oldest forms of furniture making – and puts a distinctly modern spin on the ancient furniture making technique, creating pieces with chic shapes and a variety of modern colors. The designers, Ada Chirakranont and Worapong Manupipatpong, are Thai-born and now work in Bangkok but you can see the influence of their Scandinavian-based design training.

This collection feel light and airy, playful and vibrant but also distinctly modern. The pieces’ caned surface allows light and air to flow through the furniture while casting fine patterned shade across the furnished space.

If you’re looking to invest in a lovely piece of caned furniture – or maybe an entire collection for your house this summer, look no further. I’m sure these pieces will become classics coveted 50 years from now.

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I often dream of traveling to France, immersing myself in Paris’ antique markets, strolling through booth after both, leisurely treasure hunting and unearthing that perfect home decor gem that has long alluded me. Then I remember I have a pre-schooler, a puppy, this site, parent-teacher conferences, 4,000 unanswered emails, a mile long to-do list and oh yeah, I don’t speak French.

Thankfully, I can turn to experts instead. Enter Elsie Green and Victoria from SFGIRLBYBAY. The two have a similar dream and many resources with which to actualize it. Elsie Green is an amazing Bay Area-based purveyor of all things vintage French country which you may have seen here. And Victoria has created Super Marché, her own highly curated collection of French vintage finds. Last weekend San Francisco was lucky to play host to Le Petit Appartement – a pop-up combining both Elsie Green & Super Marché as well as additional friends. The pop-up was like stepping into a perfectly curated other world and I really didn’t want to leave. Scroll and you’ll understand why.


The blank canvas of a studio space was brilliantly transformed into a boudoir, dining room, kitchen and living area, replete with collections of ceramics, brass candle holders, vintage portraits. Louis Philippe mirrors and one of a kind curiosities. You could browse dressers and rompers from Encourage Vintage and accessorize with a perfect pair of Freda Salvador shoes. I truly appreciate the feeling of being transported to the middle of the French country side.

Vintage books as placemats – genius.

Yes indeed, the dramatic oversized Prix Ribbons are everything.


Le Petit Appartement was a rather magical moment. It’s only downside is that existed for just one day. But fear not. I’ve already heard rumors that Le Petit Appartement might pop up again sometime. Maybe near you!

 

photography by ashley keleman

As if Leanne Ford wasn’t already my design spirit animal, her new lighting collection for Target, which launches today, speaks directly to my heart! It’s timeless, it’s modern, it’s funky, it’s perfect.

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Leanne is becoming the grande dame of repurposing found materials to DIY her own light fixtures. Thankfully, she’s made it easier for the rest of us, creating Rope Net Pendants that look vintage or found. No one has to know your light is from Target.

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An oversized pendant is universally chic and timeless. This one comes in white, black and brass. I love the look of the pendant hung really close to the ceiling.

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While there’s a distinct boho vibe to many of these lights, Leanne proves that you mix and match styles to create truly modern spaces that will feel current long after the current boho craze fades.

While this collection just launched today, with prices all under $100, I have strong feeling it’s going to sell out rurl quick. So get to shopping right now friends. I know I am!

Who says everything spring related has to be pastel and frilly? I’m loving the rich tones, sumptuous texture and muted colors in the new Ferm Living Spring / Summer 2019 collection. It has me ready to clear out my house to make space for….well just about every single new piece, like right.now.

 

I’m trying to decide between a gorgeous bowl in brown Bidasar marble or a stunning asymmetrical side table. Since it’s going to be raining all weekend, I’m going to give myself plenty of time to shop.

There were a few other rurl good launches in the design world this week. Be sure to check them out below!

Have you seen Leanne Ford’s new lighting collection for Target? Also seriously good – and seriously affordable.

My girl Victoria of SFGIRLBYBAY fame has designed her own collection for The Inside. The twelve prints, which you can use to upholster beds, benches and side chairs have fun, poppy patterns inspired by her love of vintage and inspiration trips to France.

And if light and bright is more your thing, then you’re going to love the new line of wallpaper Taylor Sterling of Glitter Guide created for Lulu & Georgia. It’s seriously stunning.

images via ferm living

It’s official. For once, the internet is of no use to me. Every year I say I’m going to get all my shopping done in the first two weeks of the holiday season and here we are, with 72 hours to go and I haven’t checked everyone off my Christmas list. Whomp. And we’re officially out of time for online purhcases to arrive before Christmas. But thankfully there are a bevy of amazing brick & mortar stores in the Bay Area, filled with treasures that my peeps will love.

Yes, I actually have to get dressed and leave my house – gasp. But seeing the smiles on my family member’s faces will make it all worth it. Here are some of my favorite gems with all you fellow last minute shoppers out there. And if you’re not in San Francisco you should bookmark these for your next visit to this fair city!

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My first stop actually requires a jaunt over the Bay Bridge. Temescal Alley, literally tucked behind the main drag of Temescal Ave, has a treasure trove of more than half a dozen shops, guaranteed to have something for virtually everyone on your list. Take Crimson for example. A plant lover’s dream, obviously, but they also carry gorgeous ceramics, books, and cool bits and bobs. I got many a stocking stuffer here.

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Then there’s Esqueleto, a must stop for all things McQuan, a great collection of jewelry, art and table top accessories. Serious cool girl vibes abound.

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Ali Golden has a collection of sweaters, coats, and super cool tops. I had to leave quickly lest I start buying myself gifts.

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Marisa Mason Jewelry is made before your very eyes at the back of this cutie shop. Cuffs, necklaces, rings – someone on your gift list will come out beautifully adorned.

Temescal Alley
486 49th Street, Oakland (between Telegraph Avenue and Clarke Street)
Open: Generally 10am – 6pm check specific shop hours

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Standard and Strange is a killer spot for the guys in your life. Amazing American-made shirts, denim, custom leather, shoes. If your guy appreciates a little craftsmanship then they’ll really love something from here.

Standard and Strange
5010 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
Open 11am – 5pm

Then back in San Francisco, here are a few of my favorites:

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March is your mecca for stunning kitchen accessories, tabletop, servingware and simply all things stunning. Just shopping in their gorgeous shop is a gift.

March
3075 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Open 10am – 6pm

Where I'm Shopping for Last Minute Gifts on apartment 34

For the homebodies you must pop into the new Parachute store in Hayes Valley. Grab a cozy throw, maybe a new set of sheets or lovely towels for the bathroom.

Parachute San Francisco
445 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Open 11am – 7pm

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If you have a jewelry lover on your list Metier is another must-stop. This little jewel box of shop specializes in vintage jewelry with truly unique pieces from around the world. They also offer super cool contemporary designs like the bejeweled daggers by Louison Fine or Annie Costello earrings.

Metier
546 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Open: 12pm – 6pm

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Finally for the health conscious beauty lover, get thyself to the new True Botanicals boutique. A long time fan of this skincare line, their nontoxic cleansers, face oils and masks are truly remarkable. And now they’ve dipped into aromatherapy with a custom scent bar. But the best part? Their new shop, designed be the uber-chic Jeremiah Brent doubles as a spa – so if you don’t know what product to get, simply give a gift certificate for a custom facial instead! Trust me, your recipient will be very very thankful.

Here are a few more San Francisco favorites.

The Human Condition
A stellar home goods store in the heart of the Mission.
3148 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Open: 11am – 6pm

General Store Home
Ceramics, weavings and textiles, oh my!
3928 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122
Open: 11am – 7pm

Yonder Shop
A lovely gift store with in-house made pottery, home accessories, books, cards, candles and more
701 11th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118
Open: 10am – 6pm

And be sure to check out our Retail Therapy archives RIGHT HERE.

images via apartment 34 / metier / true botanicals 

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