5 Ways to Store Your Bike in an Apartment | ApartmentSearch

Modern apartment with bike hanging on wall.Your road bike is your life — but it takes up all the room in your apartment. It’s time to give your bike a home of its own! Here are some creative storage ideas to keep your bike out of your way, but in arms-reach when you need to go for a ride.

1. Hang your bike vertically

The easiest way to store your bicycle is simply by installing hooks in the ceiling to hang your bike when not in use. While not the most aesthetically pleasing option, it is extremely cost-effective and a real space saver. This is a great bike storage solution if you have an apartment balcony or covered parking (p.s. explore top ways to organize your outdoor storage space on a budget with these helpful tips!). If you don’t have an outdoor option and absolutely must hang your bike somewhere prominent in your apartment like the living room or bedroom, consider surrounding this ad-hoc storage space with a colorful curtain.

2. Use a gravity stand for no-drill storage

Another option for those who don’t want to deal with the hassle of drilling holes into apartment ceilings or walls is a gravity stand. A gravity stand simply leans up against the wall, without requiring any sort of stabilization. While a bit more costly than a simple hook, it is a great bike storage idea for a small apartment. And — as a bonus — some gravity stands can hold up to two bikes!

3. Make your bike a piece of art

Consider turning your cycling hobby into a 3-D piece of wall art. For an industrial, low-tech look, you could also opt for some hooks or brackets to hang your bike horizontally. Alternatively, if visual appeal is of utmost importance to you in your space, a bike shelf is a great idea when it comes to ensuring your bike storage is as beautiful — and practical — as possible. Bike shelves are half-bookshelf and half-bike rack, making them perfect for studio apartments or people who are tight on space in general.

4. Hide it behind furniture

This solution is the most hassle-free and budget-friendly of all. Why not slide your bike behind your already existing furniture? If you have a high-backed sofa or a large bookshelf, you can easily keep your bike out of sight, while still ensuring it’s within reach whenever you need to pedal off on your next adventure.

5. Take advantage of the staircase

If your apartment has a staircase, don’t let that space go to waste. You might not be able to use the underside of the stairs for much, but it’s a great way to maximize storage space in compact living areas. You could just slip your bike underneath the stairs, or install hooks from above to optimize your storage options — after all, your bike probably isn’t the only thing you need to make room for in a cramped apartment.

While there are plenty of creative ways to store your bike in a small apartment, if you can’t seem to find the right one, consider searching for a bigger apartment, or explore apartment communities with on-site bike storage. Start your search with ApartmentSearch today. You can explore by apartment size, amenities, or both!

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Introducing the Sunset Bungalow

Even though I’m continuing to put (never ending!) finishing touches on my house, I thought you might be tired of seeing my guest room for the tenth time so I have an exciting new project for you today! It’s also nice to switch up your design focus every once in awhile. And I love helping out a friend. So when the lovely Chloe Roth asked if I might help her pull together her newly purchased San Francisco bungalow, I gladly jumped in. And we thought we ought to take you along on our design journey!

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Chloe snagged the cutest little two-bedroom house in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset neighborhood. Just blocks from the Pacific Ocean, the Sunset is well known for its rows upon rows of candy-colored houses built in the 1930s (check out a fascinating article about San Francisco architecture here). If you’re lucky, you can snag one of these houses with their charming period features still intact. While I’m thrilled we have some fun details like arched doorways and huge picture windows to play with, there is also plenty of late-90’s lighting, a builder-grade kitchen and really bad beige paint everywhere. It is definitely is feeling a bit drab.

As a creative director, Chloe has a very discerning eye and a clear aesthetic (her previous apartment was even featured in an interior design book), but it can be hard to look at the blank slate of an entire house and figure out where to begin. Thankfully, I’ve now had some major practice with that! We’ve been working to apply Chloe’s modern, minimalist style to this new beach setting and I love where we’re headed. With any project it’s always super helpful to create a mood board. It helps keep you focused and keep everyone on the same page. Below is our mood board for Chloe’s main living spaces (ie her living room, dining room, bedroom and office).
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We’re going for a theme of soothing and serene. We’re playing with a color palette inspired by the beach: a combo of grays and natural wood tones that play homage to the color of sand and a few unexpected pops of deep saturated greens reminiscent of the cypress trees that dot the coastline. This will all sit against a bright white backdrop. There will be a mix of some yummy textures to offset minimal clean lines. Chloe is also a plant whisperer so we’re working on creative ways to incorporate living elements throughout the house. I cannot wait to share some of our best solutions!

Over the coming weeks you’ll get to see more of our inspirations, our best DIY projects, the paint color selection process and of course, the final before and afters. Be sure to follow @thechloeroth’s #thesunsetbungalow on the Instagram for all the updates. We’re going to have some fun!

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Color Trend: Clay is the New Gray

Gray kitchens have been having a moment, well…for much longer than a moment now. It’s about time some new kids come to town. And this is coming from someone who painted her dream kitchen gray. While black kitchens have been gaining ground and bright white kitchens remain the super safe bet, there’s a softer option for the color-phobes among us: I give you the clay kitchen.

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Think of clay as gray’s softer, warmer cousin. It creates a beautiful, neutral backdrop that envelopes you like a hug of an old friend, but the hue still feels sophisticated and refined.

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One of the great things about this color is its versatility. It can feel right at home in more rustic, country kitchens but also feels right at home in modern spaces. I love the look of clay lower cabinets contrasted against a lovely carrara counter and bright white walls in the kitchen above. The classic shaker style lends to a traditional feel, while the no-uppers is incredibly current. Little hits of dark in the sconce and staub pot are like drops of paint on a creamy canvas. It’s a gorgeous example of a kitchen design that will stand the test of time.

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Clay looks just as gorgeous in an ultra modern setting. The tone on tone look of this kitchen is gorge. A concrete island and counters offer a cool contrast to the cabinets, warm wood floors and bar stools. A glossy white backsplash adds a little shine.

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Floor to ceiling clay cabinets help the large scale of the piece blend in rather than feel overbearing.

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This house carries the warm clay from the kitchen to its entry with beautiful effect. While this could look very Scandi if it were all bright white, this color offers a soothing alternative.

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While I’m never going to stop loving gray kitchens, I’m certainly developing a new kitchen crush. What say you? Are you feeling the clay? I’d love to know your thoughts.

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3 Essential Window Treatment Options for Renters in 2021 | Apartminty

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This year, there’s going to be a more significant number of apartments rented than ever before. That means more renters will be adding their own unique touch. There will be more rooms customized and more apartments fitted to unique styles.

However, it’s crucial to focus on window treatments with any apartment. Natural light, room privacy, and overall customization are vital for any renter. Whether you’re looking for shades or touching up a window with internal blinds, here are three essential window treatment options for renters in 2021.

Magnetic Curtain Rods

If you’re looking to hang a curtain but are worried about the impact it might have on your apartment walls, then magnetic curtain rods may be an ideal choice. These curtain rods can be easily installed as a temporary window treatment.

By magnetically pressing these curtain rods against steel doors or windows, you can hang any lightweight curtain. We particularly recommend sheer curtains for a balance of soft lighting and privacy.

An added tip: curtains on magnetic rods can also be controlled remotely using a smart option in 2021. The SwitchBot Curtain takes 30 seconds to install and motorizes any curtains. You can control this from SwitchBot’s Hub Mini app on your smartphone. 

Command Hooks

Do you have a small curtain or a sports pennant that you want to hang over your window? If so, you might want to try command hooks. These convenient, cost-effective options are among the most popular selections that renters use for apartment window treatment.

Command hooks are made out of different materials such as nickel or plastic. These hooks attach to your walls with adhesive strips and can hang surfaces ranging from metal to tile to wood. However, these hooks cannot hang on vinyl, and it’s recommended that you don’t hang items on command hooks over your bed.

Simply wipe the surface beforehand with rubbing alcohol and attach the command hooks to the wall. After that, you’ll be able to hang lightweight window treatments quickly and easily.

Temporary Shades

If you prefer the functionality of shades, then temporary shades can be a great selection. These lightweight options come in a wide array of styles.

Some temporary shades come in paper shade form. These range in color and can last up to six years. Other temporary shade options can be hung on a tension rod. These types of shades add privacy to your apartment and reduce the amount of heat let in through excess light. This may help save on energy bills as well this year.

No matter your choice, temporary shades can be a wise option for renters.

Renters may not think about window treatment when they first move into their apartment. However, these can be vital choices when it comes to privacy, energy efficiency, and customization. With these tips, renters can find essential window treatment options to enhance their apartments in 2021.

About the Author

Jennifer Bell is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast, and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey.

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How to Install String Lights on Your Patio | ApartmentSearch

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Make those warm summer evenings on the patio with friends even cozier with the right lighting. String lights can make your apartment balcony or patio dreamy, but do you know how to hang up outdoor string lights without damaging the walls? It can be challenging! Before you start, you’ll need to do a little research. These are the methods you need to know when hanging up string lighting on your apartment balcony or patio.

Adhesive-Backed Hooks

Best for: vinyl siding, brick

Trying to figure out how to hang patio lights without nails so you can transform your apartment balcony into its own little haven? Adhesive-backed hooks make attaching lights to vinyl siding or brick as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Make a mark where you want to secure your lights.
  2. Stick the adhesive side to the wall.
  3. Drape the lights over the hooks.

Hot Glue

Best for: vinyl siding, brick

Wondering how to hang string lights on an apartment balcony without ruining the exterior siding and incurring a damage fee? Hot glue may be a surprising option. There are two ways to attach string lights using hot glue, depending on the type of bulb.

For larger bulbs:

  1. Apply a small drop of glue to the side of each bulb socket, on the side opposite from the socket’s clip. Gluing the base of the socket can cause the socket to detach from its cord.
  2. Press the socket firmly into the wall and hold it in place until the glue dries.

For twinkle-style lights:

  1. Hold the light cord in place against the wall.
  2. Squeeze a drop of glue onto the cord and wall.
  3. Hold in place until the glue dries.

Gutter Hooks

Best for: stucco

Gutter hooks are S-shaped hooks that hang on the gutter. There is no permanent installment so you can adjust as you go. These hooks are easy to install so you can light up your night in no time!

  1. Thread the light string through one end of the hook.
  2. Slide the other end of the hook over the lip of your gutter.

Staples

Best for: wood

We’re talking a heavy-duty staple gun—think Clark Griswold, minus the mishap. When securing string lights to a wood wall or post, staples are a simple, easy option.

  1. Mark the spots where you want to attach the lights.
  2. Carefully hold the light strand in place (watch your fingers!).
  3. Press the staple gun firmly over the strand and staple into the wood, making certain to not puncture the wire when you fire the staple gun.

Metal Cup Hooks

Best for: wood

Cups hooks screw into the wall and have a cup shape, making it easy to hang and adjust the light strands so you can keep your patio fresh.

  1. Mark where you want to secure the cup hooks to the walls.
  2. Pre-drill small, shallow holes with a wood-bearing drill bit (should be slightly smaller than the hooks) at each mark.
  3. Twist the hook into each hole.
  4. Drape the lights over the cup hook and tweak the slack how you prefer.

Screw Eye Hooks

Best for: wood

Screw eye hooks screw into the wall similar to cup hooks. The difference is that while cup hooks are only a semi-circle, screw eye hooks have no opening. This means you will need tiny metal carabiners or simple zip ties to attach the strand of lights, which is more secure.

  1. Mark where you want to secure the screw eye hooks to the walls.
  2. Pre-drill holes with a wood-bearing drill bit at each mark.
  3. Twist a screw into each hole.
  4. Attach the strand of lights with the preferred method.

Extra Tips:

Decide on design. Will you hang the lights around the perimeter of the patio or start at one point and fan out multiple strands? Do you want the lights taut against the wall or drooping in between? The closer the anchors are to each other, the tauter the lights will be; securing them farther apart will allow for slack in between.

Measure first. Take measurements for both the string(s) of lights and the dimensions of the patio where you are going to hang the lights.

Plot points. As you measure, plan out where you will secure the lights and make sure the spot can handle the hanging method you choose. Mark the placement as you go.

Plan the power source. Make sure the plug is nearest to a power outlet and can either reach the outlet itself or with an extension cord.

Remove the bulbs before hanging. This will help prevent them from breaking or getting glue on them if using it.

Save energy. If you plan to use your lights frequently, also have a plan to conserve energy. LED bulbs are recommended because they help save energy, stay cool, and last longer. An outlet timer that turns the lights on and off automatically is also a good idea to ensure the lights aren’t on unnecessarily.

Choose the best bulb. Twinkle vs. café style, soft white vs. yellow … there are all kinds of combos to choose from and you can’t go wrong whatever you decide. Do look for shatterproof bulbs instead of glass if possible and opt for LED.

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Everything You Need for Your Kitchen & Nothing More

Kitchens. They’re amazing spaces. They can be visually stunning. They must be total workhorses. They’re quite often the heart of the home. But they can also accumulate a lot of CRAP.

As I work to not only design but also fully outfit the kitchen for the Hood Canal Cottage, I’m starting completely from scratch. No hand-me-down casserole dishes, no knives I’ve carted around since college, no random herb scissors that I’ve never ever used. For once, I get to hand-select every tool and every object that comes into the space.

With that total blank slate, I find myself often thinking (ok, obsessing) about what I want this kitchen to have. As an avid cook, as we probably all are coming through Covid, I want kitchen tools that are really pretty, but also highly functional. And nothing else.

This kitchen, designed by Our Food Stories out of a refurbished old schoolhouse in the middle of the German countryside, is a total mood. Featuring deVol kitchen cupboards, tiles, shelves, light fixtures, hardware and more. This kitchen is certainly a showcase for the many of the pieces on my list of must-have kitchen tools – and of course, it does so beautifully.

This space immediately transports you to an idyllic rural retreat. I imagine walking through overgrown gardens, picking fresh roses and making multi-course Sunday lunches here.

I love how this kitchen keeps so many key kitchen tools close at hand. While I might not be doing quite as many open shelves at Hood Canal, there is a lot to be said for having key tools within arms reach.

There’s nothing that drives me crazier than a poorly outfitted kitchen. But an overcrowded kitchen can be equally crazy-making. You have to strike that balance.

For me, the key kitchen tools I turn to time and again include one good set of pots and pans, a cast iron skillet, a good set of wooden spoons and spatulas, a top notch cutting board (or several) and then all those little tools that you need when you’re in the middle of pulling together a recipe – measuring cups, knives, peelers, strainers, graters, zesters – all the speciality things that let you add the finer components of a dish.

Those speciality tools are the kinds of things that far too many kitchens lack. Or they’re the big bulky OXOX ones you get at a grocery store that feel chunky in my hand and will just clog up my limited drawer space in the new kitchen. She gonna be cute, but she’s not going to be big.

As the weeks have progressed, I’ve been slowly but surely amassing my ultimate kitchen wish-list. Each kitchen tool, appliance, or serving piece needs to have a very critical purpose and look damn good while doing it.

I thought I’d share my wishlist with you. It’s certainly not comprehensive. As I cook every evening some other thing in my San Francisco kitchen makes me think oh yes, I have to find the beautiful version of this for Hood Canal. But all the extraneous stuff I have in my SF kitchen also makes me want to pull my hair out. I’m constantly digging for my one favorite knife or pan or bowl.

I hope you find something below you’ve been searching for. If you spot a key kitchen tool that I’m still missing, please tell me in comments! I consider my ultimate quest to outfit the ideal kitchen.

I’m also regularly adding favorites for the kitchen in the Apartment 34 SHOP so be sure to check it out too!

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How to Make Your Apartment More Eco-Friendly | Apartminty

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There are a lot of perks to apartment living. They’re generally easier to maintain, can be more affordable than a house, and are great short-term commitments for those always on the go. However, one of the drawbacks to apartment-dwelling, particularly if you’re an environmentalist, is often the limited green actions available. Whether you rent or own your apartment, it can be difficult knowing how to get involved in sustainability efforts. However, eco-friendly changes can be applied everywhere, including apartments.

It’s important for the sake of our future here on Earth to begin taking green actions to help minimize the negative impacts on the environment. For those living in apartments, getting started on making your living space more eco-friendly is easier than you think:  

Construct with Mother Nature in Mind

The best place to start is at the beginning, right? If you’re an apartment owner or landlord, it’s important to prioritize constructing any new apartments with the right materials. Some of the best sustainable building materials to use include:

  • Reclaimed Wood: Reusing materials like reclaimed wood is a perfect way to cut down on waste and reduce production costs. Reclaimed wood also typically has a lot of character which only helps make each of your apartments more unique while also being sustainable.
  • Bamboo: The thing that makes bamboo a great sustainable material choice is its rapid growth rate. Bamboo is ready to be used in just six years and when it’s of high quality and sold by reputable dealers, it’s extremely durable and long-lasting. It’s also one of the more affordable options to pick from. 
  • Green Insulation: Unlike traditional insulation that’s made from synthetic materials, which can be damaging to the environment, green insulation is made from recycled materials. From old denim to sheep’s wool, green insulation is a great substitute for fiberglass insulation and more.

Making the initial decision to build with sustainable materials benefits the environment long-term by reducing the overall negative impacts. It also can help save future tenants money on utilities thanks to sustainable building materials like green insulation helping to reduce energy use. It may be more expensive at times to pick the sustainable option over the non-sustainable counterpart, but it’s worth the cost.  

Don’t Shy Away from Pre-Owned Appliances

Appliances breaking down or not working properly is a common issue for tenants and owners alike. Moreover, many apartments still have the same appliances they were built with decades ago. While certain types of appliances were definitely built to last regardless of age, for the most part, many are now inefficient and that can be costly. As pointed out by General Contractors License Guide, “Not only do inefficient appliances waste energy, but they can also cost you extra money. A 21-cubic foot refrigerator using 750 watts of power costs an average of $27 each month to run, which can add up fast when you factor in additional energy use each month.” With that being said though, don’t be temped quite yet to toss out your old appliances. 

While it may depend on where you live, there is likely a used appliance business you can and should utilize. Organizations such as Habitat for Humanity have numerous stores you can contact. They will not only replace broken appliances with functioning ones but will also take your old ones away and repurpose them. The appliances these types of businesses have are typically lightly used and worked on to be good as new. This reduces the overall impact on the environment by increasing better energy usage functions, minimizing waste, and providing more materials to be re-used.

Small Changes Have Big Impacts

Wanting to make some green changes to your apartment is understandable as we begin learning more and more about serious environmental threats and problems. However, it’s worth keeping in mind that it’s easy to overload yourself when taking on major eco-friendly projects and renovations. Furthermore, it’s not always possible to make those apartment-altering changes. While big green actions are certainly important, small, everyday green actions are just as essential in regards to the planet’s health. Try incorporating some of the simple green actions found in things like eco-friendly apartment guides if you’re unsure where to start. It may feel perhaps ineffectual, but changing your habits to be more conscious of the environment is a great way to make a difference, regardless of where you live. 

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How to Make Your Home Look Picture Perfect | Apartminty

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Combining Different Fabric Textures and Patterns

It’s amazing how upholstering or even simply covering your furniture with different kinds of fabrics can completely change a room. By playing around with the various textures and fabrics you can put on the sofas, pillows, and rugs, you can breathe new life into your space. With that in mind, we wanted to take a second to talk about how you can combine different fabric textures and patterns when you are designing your home.

How to Combine Different Types of Fabrics and Patterns in Your Home

Most of the rules of interior design aren’t set in stone. However, if you want to give your home some kind of cohesive appearance, here are some tips you can follow.

Pick an Accent Color Early On

Having a single color that appears in several of the patterns and fabrics you’re using in a space is a great way to bring it all together. That’s why it’s important to pick an accent color or even a whole palette early in the design process.

Some people decide to incorporate their accent color into their space by putting it on a wall. But if you want to keep your walls neutral, you can plan the whole room around an accent piece of furniture instead. Even a painting can be the focal point in a room if you make sure the fabrics and patterns you introduce reflect some of the same colors the artist used.

Match Your Patterns to Basic Pieces

If you love to play around with different patterns, you should ideally have a strong anchor piece to tie them to. So if you have a red sofa, you can top it off with a patterned pillow that references that shade. Alternatively, you can layer a complementary color on top by placing a leafy green pillow over a red sofa.

Either way, you’ll want to have some solid basic pieces before you start incorporating crazy patterns. Best of all, this tip can work with all kinds of patterns!

For one, geometric patterns can stand out even in monochromatic spaces. On the other hand, animal print fabrics can spice up even the most boring pieces. Your crisp white bedding can completely transform with a cheetah print throw blanket.

You can also match your patterns and fabrics to the textures of your furniture pieces. Like, if you have a large mahogany dining table in the middle of the room, you wouldn’t want the color of your curtains to clash with the rich brown of the table.

Stick to a Theme

As we have established, the goal of interior design is to make a space seem cohesive. With that in mind, it’s good to have a theme that encompasses the whole room, at least.

Accent colors can help us achieve that, but so can different patterns and fabrics. For example, you can balance out the pattern on your area rug by inserting another element with a similar design. So if your tan carpet features red flowers, you can put some red flowers in a tan vase.

Remember, those patterns don’t have to match, but they should ideally have a similar theme. If you have ticking stripe fabrics on your armchairs, you don’t have to get striped curtains too. Instead, feel free to mix and match with other patterns.

Layer Your Patterns

When it comes to patterns, most people seem to think that less is more. But if you needed a sign that it’s okay to mix several patterns or even put them on top of each other, this is it.

There are ways to mix patterns tastefully. For example, you can get the same pattern in different colors so you’d have green and orange gingham pillows next to each other. Alternatively, you can get pieces with different patterns that feature a similar range of colors. If you have a nature-inspired wallpaper, you can still use polka dot-printed pillows, as long as they’re in a similar shade.

Mix Modern and Vintage Pieces

There’s nothing better than the feeling you get from managing to work your grandma’s old curtains into the design of your home. Those kinds of vintage pieces can bring just the right amount of nostalgia into an otherwise new space.

But remember: using too many vintage items can easily make a space feel outdated. To prevent that, you’ll want to bring some modern elements into the mix.

For example, one way to make an old armchair new is to reupholster it with modern materials. On the other hand, if the original fabric is in good condition, you can make the piece appear more contemporary by adding a flashy throw pillow on top.

Don’t Be Afraid to Break the Rules

As we have previously mentioned, the rules of interior design are by no means set in stone. If anything, the tips we’ve been discussing are more like vague guidelines. Needless to say, you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment and see what works and what doesn’t. After all, there’s more than one way to achieve cohesion.

To prove that point, you just need to look at some examples of eclectic interior design. Whether you opt for a colorful bohemian look or another deceptively chaotic style, mixing different patterns and fabrics can breathe new life into a room. So make your home match your bold personality!

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Learn to Mix the Perfect Cocktail with Dona Tomas

Today’s edition of Delicious Spaces might look a little familiar to a long-time Apt34 reader. I’ve been a major fangirl of brunch at Dona Tomas since my days of pregnancy cravings.

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I’m also a fan of the simply chic decor in Dona Tomas’ dining room. Tucked next to Oakland’s Temescal Alley, Dona Tomas keeps things clean and classic. Creamy white walls are dotted with authentic Mexican tapestries and candelabra sconces. Gorgeous ironwork separates the dining room from the exterior patio. Vintage Mexican posters, jumbo grass pendants and floral tablecloths on outside tables are colorful touches. But this pared-back setting is the perfect way to let Dona Tomas’ food and cocktails shine.

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And if you’re in the Bay Area, I have an extra special treat for you. Dona Tomas is offering their first cocktail class at the restaurant this weekend! The class will focus on three unique cocktails off their brunch menu: the Celorita, Bloody Maria, and Coco Mocha, described below. You’ll learn how to make each of three cocktails, from the mixes and syrups, where to find the ingredients and tools, how to measure, shake and stir, and get answers to any questions about tequila and mezcal.

Celorita —
habañero infused Vida mezcal, agave & lime, pineapple, cilantro, cucumber & celery

Bloody Maria —
Cimarron Blanco tequila, tomato juice, lime, horseradish, Worcestershire, hot sauce, salt and pepper

Coco Mocha —
Flor de Caña dark rum, chocolate liqueur, coconut milk, iced coffee, piloncillo-canela syrup

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If you’re in the mood to spice up your cocktail skills, or a simply in the mood for a fun afternoon of great food and amazing drinks you should seriously consider taking this class. I’ve included all the details below.

What: Dona Tomas Mexican Brunch Cocktail Class
Where: Dona Tomas, 5004 Telegraph Ave, Oakland CA PHONE: 510-540-0522
When: Sunday, Feb 25th, 2pm
Cost: $30 per person
Details: Call to purchase your tickets! 510-450-0522

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Designer Files: Lighting Eye Candy

Over the years, our Designer Files series has profiled everyone from renowned Faye Toogood to a rurl good Ikea collection. A Parisian apartment we featured as part of the series is one of the most popular posts in the entire Apt34 10 year history. But yesterday’s house tour has me in an all-things-european mood and thankfully, I’ve found the lighting to match. If you’ve been wondering who was going to be the next Workstead, well remember you heard it here first folks. All my lighting-loving-friends, meet the latest addition to our Designer Files: Wo & Wé.

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This stunning collection of wall and ceiling mount pendants, sconces and swing-arm lamps makes my Serge Mouille-obsessed heart skip a beat. While this lighting feels as if it might be vintage, it is in fact being designed and made right now in a beautiful studio in the Lyon region of France. But the designs are timeless.

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While many describe the collection as “industrial,” I see these fixtures as anything but. I think they work beautifully in even the most refined of settings.

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The Anvers two-arm lamp is definitely one of my favorites.

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The fixtures all come in customizable formations with a mix of shade options and can be either plug-in or hardwired. And ranging in price from from $480 – $1,000 you’re getting an insane amount of style for the investment.

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There are still one or two lighting holes left in our house and I’m definitely trying to figure out how to fill one with Wo & Wé. For seemingly endless inspiration be sure to give Wo & Wé a follow on Instagram too.

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