Thursday, 19 February 2015

New leif

We may struggle with directions and working out percentages (well, at least one of us does), but boy, can we shop online. Our sheer skill can take us to the cobbled streets of Paris' 7th arrondissement to downtown Manhattan, via Tokyo, in less time than it takes to polish off a bowl of Ben & Jerry's. And it frequently does.

One of our absolute favourite sites for picking up style-savvy souvenirs, no actual travelling necessary, is the Brooklyn-based Leif. From whimsical ribbon-print textiles to ombre table runners, pastel-hued plant pots to glittering agate objet d'art and fine jewellery encrusted with rough-hewn gems, it's truly a one-stop shop for one-of-a-kind treasures. We've picked some of our current must-haves below...

Happy shopping!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Thirsty work

Nine to five getting you down? It could be that your desk just isn't pretty enough (we suppose it could also be a nightmare workload or horrible boss - but it's probably best not to seek advice for those issues here). A festering collection of old takeaway coffee cups and lipstick-stained mount franklin water bottles does nothing for office feng shui, so as we wrap up the weekend and head back to work, we've compiled some of our top mugs and water jugs that you'll soon value as highly as your morning coffee fix. Ready to meet your new desk buddies?

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Glass carafe, $9.99, Ikea (also available in matching glasses, here).

Our other tips for prettying up a desk space? Try an indoor plant in a cute pot (miniature orchids, agave succulents or peace lilies do the trick nicely), an inspiring mood board and beautifully packaged hand cream on display. Oh, and a secret stash of chocolates to go with that 3pm cup of tea. We'll drink to that. 

Friday, 13 February 2015

Friday find: They All Hate Us candles

Call us crazy, but we think that Valentine's Day is an invitation to gift yourself something special (flowers and chocolates from a significant other or secret admirer also accepted). This year we're coveting these super stylish candles, which put a little love in the air without so much as a hint of sap. They're created by the candle connoisseurs at Palm Beach Collection, along with Tash Sefton and Elle Ferguson from wildly successful fashion blog They All Hate Us.


Choose between five chic monochrome designs featuring on-trend typography.
Light one by day to fill your home with a sweet daisy scent, or at night accompanied
by a glass of red and some sultry tunes. Burn baby burn. 

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

7 Ikea products your apartment needs now

Screaming kids. Fighting couples. An endless maze of flat-packed furniture. A weekend expedition to Ikea can be something of an undertaking, and if you're going to make the trek, you want it to be worth your while. As such, we've scoured the aisles of the superstore for its smartest and most stylish buys - so that you can be in and out of there faster than you can say "Swedish meatballs."

1. 'Hemnes' shoe cabinet, $179.

Why is it that no matter how much wardrobe space you have, there never seems to be enough room for your shoes? Supplement your robe with this specially designed shoe cabinet, available in a few sizes and configurations. It's super slimline, making it perfect for an entry or hallway.

Ikea's upping the style stakes with these mini hexagonal mirrors, which can be laid in any configuration you choose. Install them with removable 3M strips to glam up a rental property.

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Ok, they're not sexy, but what these clips lack in good looks, they make up for in practicality - we've heard more than one convert proclaim: "They changed my life!" They're super handy for sealing food bags when you're short on storage jars, and will probably soon have you wondering how you ever survived without them.

This seemingly simple rail has myriad uses, but really comes into its own in a small kitchen - use it to hang utensils and herb pots, therefore maximising your bench and drawer space. For an industrial look, try it as a magazine stand or shoe rack, as pictured below.

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At first glance, the 'Kallax' unit appears modest, until you see it insitu and and realise it's just what you need to create an uber-chic shelf display - the kind that's usually the sole domain of super-styled Pinterest pics.

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A mainstay of Scandinavian spaces, a sheepskin (choose between real and faux options in-store) does its best work draped nonchalantly over a chair. It may be hard to entertain the idea in this heat, but come winter, you'll be loving it more than bacon. 

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Didn't we say we'd make your trip worthwhile?

Saturday, 7 February 2015

AW15 runway report

Glimmering rose gold. Delicate white lace. Gold-plated pleats. It may have been dominated by man-style suiting and monochrome, but the David Jones AW15 fashion launch, which the Apartment was lucky enough to attend, was sprinkled with just the right amount of sparkle. The Zimmermann and Carla Zampatti collections won it for us: subdued neutrals meet show-stopping shine. 

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Matte white and tailored neutrals offset the high-beam glamour of gold for a sophisticated take on the all-out metallics of seasons past. Of-course, this blog is designed to make sure your homes are every bit as fashion-forward as your wardrobes, so while the completely covetable designs above aren't available in stores just yet, you can shop the style for your apartment now. Scroll for some of our favourite metallics-meet-muted-neutral pairings below...


Sunday, 1 February 2015

In bloom: hydrangeas

Every so often, we pen an ode to a flower that's in season and ripe for the picking (or more likely, buying) and filling your apartment with. If ever there was a bloom that perfectly captured the essence of summer, the hydrangea would be it. We love how Sydney is awash in pastels at this time of year - from the violet plumage of jacarandas to the sky blues, candy pinks, mauves, mints and even crimson colours of hydrangeas. 

With their cloud-like form and sculptural stems, hydrangeas are beautiful grouped en masse or styled as single stems in bud vases. If you change the water, they really last weeks - it may be hard to believe, but we still have only ever-so-slightly faded blooms left from early January. Feast your eyes on the petal perfection below...

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Our favourite Saturday markets find (along with a cronut and coffee, please). 

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Purple-toned hydrangeas divided amongst recycled glasses for a stunning windowsill display.

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Milk glass vessels are the ideal complement to lollipop pink blossoms.

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Diptyque candle? tick. Fashion tomes? tick. White hydrangeas? Tick, tick, tick.

It's hydrangeas aplenty at Estee Lauder heiress Aerin Lauder's sigh-inducing Hamptons home (above).

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Bask in the beauty of hydrangeas no matter what the season with these inspired homewares, from hydrangea-printed cushions as styled in the gloriously colourful boudoir above (also available in upholstered vintage mannequins) to limited edition art prints.