Apartment Envy in the Big Apple

As a millennial, this next statement could be considered blasphemous, but I'll say it anyways: I've never been one of those people with a strong desire to live in New York. Now don't get me wrongI fully appreciate the city, love visiting and I GET why people are obsessed, it's just not for me, ya know? The Pacific Ocean is my security blanket. What can I say?  I'm a big, giant Californian baby. 

That being said, I will admit that I do often get mega apartment jealousy over those quintessential New York apartments that are just oozing with charm (thanks, Carrie Bradshaw). Take this stunning Greenwich Village apartment designed by the talented Katie Martinez, for instance. If I hypothetically lived in New York, this is hypothetically how I'd do it.

Apartments are an interesting concept when it comes to design. Because they primarily serve renters, they're often viewed as transient spaces where the decor tends to give off a strong "temporary" vibe (not to mention, renovating a rental is typically frowned upon by landlords). So it's fun to see what people do with such a space when they actually own their apartment. Built-in shelving... a mounted TV... painted hardwood floors?! Oh the possibilities... 

Not too shabby, New York! Dare I say... Well done!?! Now, if only we could figure out a way to scoop this place up and airlift it to San Francisco... 

Design by Katie Martinez // Images via Katie Martinez & Lonny

Cue the Slow Clap

I can't even with this one. I've mentioned my love (obsession is really a better word if I'm being honest) for the work of Amber Interiors before and so it should come as no surprise that the second she posted photos of her latest project I made a mad dash over to her site to gawk. And this one, my friends, DOES NOT disappoint.

Amidst a furious Pinning spree, I came to the realization that I should just capture my love for this project in a blog post. So here are a few of my favorite shots of the place (taken by the ever-talented Tessa Neustadt). To see even more, as well as the before/after shots, click here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Design by Amber Interiors // Photos by Tessa Neustadt

A South African Stunner

Anyone who lives in San Francisco and tells you they've never considered trading city life for the lush green hills and sun-kissed golden valleys of Wine Country is straight up lying to your face. We've ALL contemplated the idea of moving to Napa/Sonoma at least onceabandoning the grind of fast-paced city life in exchange for one of living in a modest yet comfortable ranch house on a large plot of land, making a light-bodied Pinot Noir for a living (because that's just what you do out there). 

That's why when I came across this stunning home nestled among vineyards in a valley outside of Cape Town, I was reminded of what my life could look like if I simply packed the car and headed up the 101...

Ah yes, there I am standing in the doorway of my sprawling Dutch-inspired home, donning signature pieces from my capsule wardrobe (which consists only of light denim jeans, white linen tunics and brown leather riding boots), flanked by my two loyal and obedient mixed-breed rescuesHamish and Augustine. 

All jokes aside though... That kitchen! Those beamed ceilings! The leather Chesterfield sofa!! It's all too good!

And if you thought for a second that this place didn't include an indoor/outdoor-hybrid living room situation, you're out of your goddamn mind. Of course it does. 

Well, with that I'm off to brainstorm the name of my Pinot...TTYL.

(via Dust Jacket Attic

A Modern-Rustic Remix

I'm back! I took a bit of a blogging break last week because I was over in the UK visiting friends in London and Scotland. The trip was a blast and I'm hoping to share some photos of it on here soon. In the meantime, I figured I'd start the week with some interior eye candy. 

 
 

I saw this modern-rustic beaut making the rounds on Pinterest and fell in love instantly. What makes it even more impressive are the before and after pictures. The 180 this place took is pretty impressive. Aside from that killer safari sofa, my favorite touch has to be the oil paintings in the kitchen. Talk about bringing unexpected character into a primarily functional space, amiright??

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

See the full tour on Domino // Photography by Brittany Ambridge

A Home with all the Fixin's

Homepolish is one of my go-to sources for interior inspo. Case in point: This San Francisco apartment tour. This place is filled to the brim with some of my favorite design elements: Safari Chairs... Check! Trendy greenery... Check! Pattie and George in the Rose Garden print... Check! The list goes on... Here are some of my favorite looks (you can peruse the full tour here).

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