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How To Make Your Apartment Look Like A Lana Del Rey Video

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"High by the Beach," Lana Del Rey

“I paint my house black”

The sensual power of Lana Del Rey's music transcends the auditory and goes straight into the visual. Del Rey's purring vocals reveal a world bursting with colors, with the brightest of lights and deep, velvety darkness; for Del Rey, even hell is a color. A Del Rey universe is filled with cherry reds, flamingo pinks, and eyes of blue; in "Black Beauty," she sings "I paint my house black." It's only natural for anyone obsessed with Del Rey (that's... all of us, right?) to want to make our own world's interiors a little more like the ones in her songs.

But while it isn't exactly practical to paint our whole house black or drape every single available surface with black leather or blue denim, we can draw inspiration from Del Rey's music videos, each of which exhibits an aesthetic that might shift a bit from video to video, but all of which possess a vibe that could only come from Lana. To be sure, "High by the Beach" features an all but empty Malibu home, one whose spare touches—a floor mirror here, a bronze and glass coffee urn there, those billowing curtains—is in stark contrast to the baroque interiors in Del Rey's "Born to Die," in which it's almost possible to breathe in the fecundity courtesy of all those overly lush flowers and in which actual tigers lounge at the foot of the ornately carved throne upon which Del Rey perches upon. What can we say? Lana Del Rey contains multitudes.

Of course, there are some things that every apartment which draws inspiration from Del Rey should contain. There absolutely must be American Flag iconography (whether employed ironically or not, it's an essential part of Del Rey's aesthetic), and neon is always a welcome addition; there should be references to her favorite things, black leather and blue velvet and cherry red; and some sort of nod to those bee-stung lips. And, of course, a huge bouquet of blue hydrangeas has to fit in somewhere.

Click through the slideshow below to see all the different items you can buy to make you feel like you're living in a Lana Del Rey video. If only we could all be so lucky. 

"HIGH BY THE BEACH"
You don't need to live on a Malibu cliff to get the feel of this Lana video, off of her Honeymoon album. Simply pick up some extra-long, silvery curtains, plenty of watery blue accents, and a surfboard printed with a machine gun to round out the theme.

1. Glinting Pintuck Curtains in Silver, $109.95-119.95, available at Anthropologie

2. Happy Kiss Steel Pendant, $600, available at ABC Carpet & Home

3. Hanging Metal Planter, $16, available at Urban Outfitters

4. Mirrortique Color-Washed Mirror in Blue, $98-$2,098, available at Anthropologie

5. Annex Cabinet, $1,695, available at A & G Merchandise

6. Bessell Guns for Money Art Surfboard, $38,000, available at Ahalife

7. Eskayel Bungalow Celadon Pillow, $139-$305, available at Eskayel

8. Glass French Press in Amber, $85, available at Food 52

9. Flat Vernacular Extraterrestrial Settee, $4,800, available at Flat Vernacular

10. Astier de Villatte Color Wheel Platter, $170, available at John Derian

11. Tina Crespo Salt Water Cure Art Print, $29-$299, available at Urban Outfitters

"Born to Die"
Sure, you could get actual tigers to hang out in your apartment with you, but that wouldn't be the safest thing in the world. Instead, paper your walls with a tiger-printed pattern and swap that ornate wooden throne for one of the softest pink velvet. And a black leather bed with a neon sign advertising how "You Touch My Soul" is just about the most Lana Del Rey-esque bedroom decor imaginable.

1. Rachel Levit Snake, $400, available at Objectify 139

2. Rosen Textile Wall Art in Blue, $2,218, available at Anthropologie

3. Midnight I Stood by Hugo Guinness, $4,200, available at John Derian

4. Flavor Paper Elysian Fields Black on Scarlet Ultrasuede Pillow, $160, available at Flavor Paper

5. Sedition “You Touch My Soul” by Tracey Emin, $80, available at Ahalife

6. Slub Velvet English Fireside Chair in Rosewood$2,798, available at Anthropologie

7. Premium Leather Edlyn Bed in Midnight, $3,098-$3,598, available at Anthropologie

8. Flat Vernacular Burma Vetiver, $50-$250, available at Flat Vernacular

9. Land and Sky Armoire, $3,998, available at Anthropologie

"Freak"
This song's trippy, hippie SoCal vibe can be recreated with a swinging macrame chair and a glow-in-the-dark cactus. Nods to Lana's obsession with American flags are evident in the U.S.A scratch map and red-white-and-blue rug. And while it's hard to recreate with furniture that scene in the "Freak" video where Lana literally drinks the Kool-Aid (cherry red, of course), Flat Vernacular's gorgeous pink-red-and-white fabric can be used as a decorative homage.

 

1. Flat Vernacular Fields Roseate Fabric for Curtains$40-$120 , available at Flat Vernacular

2. Esaila Cherry Pendant Lamp, $117.50, available at Ahalife

3. USA Scratch Map, $34, available at Urban Outfitters

4. Knotted Melati Hanging Chair, $598, available at Anthropologie

5. Ryan Patrick Martin Glow in the Dark Cactus, $15, available at Objectify 139

6. Gur Rug, $156, available at Ahalife

7. Kaye Blegvad Female Support System Brass Hook “Twins,” $40, available at Kaye Blegvad

8. Mini Cement Bowl, $9, available at A & G Merchandise

9. Monoculo Design Studio Bee Apis Wooden Wall Tiles, $480, available at Ahalife

10. Crosley x UO Cruiser Velvet Bluetooth Record Player in Emerald, $99, available at Urban Outfitters

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Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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