a charming apartment in copenhagen.

vintage modern apartment in copenhagen. / sfgirlbybay

this lovely apartment in vesterbro, copenhagen is not big on space, but it’s huge on style. it’s the very charming apartment of Barbara Le Svarre, a partner in the webshop deuxieme featured recently on alt. i’m a big fan of paned glass windows used as room dividers — they let the light in instead of what a solid wall might do which is essentially the opposite of ‘light-filled’. whitewashed floors are another charming element i love, so paired together, make this apartment right up my alley and when you consider that vintage black leather sofa and the wonderful art collection i simply fell in love. it may be small, but it’s someplace i wouldn’t mind spending a lot of time in at all. for the full tour, visit alt.

inspiring copenhagen apartment tour via alt. / sfgirlbybay

charming apartment of Barbara Le Svarre in copenhagen. / sfgirlbybay

charming copenhagen bedroom in apartment of Barbara Le Svarre. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring art collection in copenhagen apartment of Barbara Le Svarre. / sfgirlbybay

eat-in kitchen in copenhagen apartment of Barbara Le Svarre. / sfgirlbybay

vintage kitchen tools and decor inside charming apartment of Barbara Le Svarre. / sfgirlbybay

home office inside charming apartment of Barbara Le Svarre in copenhagen. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Christina Kayser Onsgaard for alt.

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eclectic dining style.

vintage wood dining table with wood folding chairs. / sfgirlbybay

when it comes to dining rooms, the more mismatched and eclectic for me all the better. it’s almost as if your dinner party grew organically and guests started arriving unexpectedly so you had to grab more chairs to accommodate the party — the more the merrier! i love a great mix of dining chairs around a beautifully unique table. or, maybe it’s outdoor chairs and folding chairs placed around a traditional farm table, it’s just so much more interesting me than everything matching perfectly and a heck of a lot more fun. these dining rooms give me that whimsical, happy feeling i get from not overthinking your space and instead, collecting and pairing chairs you love with a great dining table that means something special to you for a truly personal, unique look.

eclectic dining room with wood table and chairs. / sfgirlbybay

rustic wood dining table with mismatched dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring dining room with mismatched vintage dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

mismatched dining chairs inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

industrial black dining chairs with wood farm table. / sfgirlbybay

modern wood dining table with mismatched dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

wire frame mid-century modern dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

dining room with wood and pipe table and mismatched chairs and stools. / sfgirlbybay

loft space with mid-century modern inspired dining set. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern dining table with folding chairs. / sfgirlbybay

wood dining table with rattan and metal dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

vintage dining chairs and table. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: nicole franzen photography; freunde von freunden; homes to love; fontanaarte; milk decoration; blueberry home; behomm; @longingforlennon; giaco mototti photography; Vintage Thonet Chair from elsie green; @saarmanche; architectural digest espana; shanna shryne; French School Chair from elsie green; heju; vintage stella chair from super marché; @countyroadliving; freunde von freunden; the maryn; milk magazine; @kawa_heart_studio; @_numeroventi_; the design files; @shadedeggesphotography; domino.

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color story: grass green.

emerald green velvet dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

as they very often say, the grass is always greener, and on this week’s color story it’s quite true — you can almost catch a whiff of the freshly mowed lawns. today i’m rounding up some rooms that may make you green with envy, but never fear, i’ve also included some ways to bring more green into your own lives — wallpaper, chairs, artwork and more. i’ve been seeing more and more beautiful shades of spring green all over the internet lately and in design magazines, too. so let’s get a little fresh, shall we?

large green landscape painting on art gallery wall. / sfgirlbybay

vintage green velvet dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring green home decor and accessories. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: anthropologie Malachite green Wallpaper; experimental chalet via @smithhotels; Phaidon Green Escapes book; ansley givhan abstract painting from sunday shop; Archive New York Grass Green Antigua Pillow; anthropologie apothecary jar; Dusen Dusen Flower Bath Towel; gotain bedroom; sunday shop vintage green velvet chairs; Rachel Comey Praia Mini Crochet Bag in Natural & Green; antique green kitchen cabinets via design addict mom; Boy Smells Scented Candle in Anjelica.

dark green wall paint. / sfgirlbybay

green wall color in bedroom with vintage dresser. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring green home furnishings and decor. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: Ed Ruscha: Los Angeles Apartments book; el fenn’s tile floor by @un_fold_ed; cos ALPACA-WOOL COLOUR-BLOCK sweater; pale green walls vintage decor via the nordroom; schoolhouse electric Velvet + Wool Circle Pillows in Green; Schoolhouse Electric Clock in Sergeant Green; vintage green lawn chair; artist leanne shapton’s wooden mrs. dalloway book; woman reclining by this isn’t happiness;
Alvares Residence by robert polidori via artnet; rejuvenation vintage neon cafe sign; west elm Mid-Century Upholstered Dining Chair.

dark green walls with vintage home decor. / sfgirlbybay

modern green sofa. / sfgirlbybay

dark green curtains paired with yellow daybed. / sfgirlbybay

green wall paint with checkered grid pattern. / sfgirlbybay

bright green paint on walls and ceiling. / sfgirlbybay

minty green wall paint with vintage artwork. / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: @thelocationist’s dining space by @sethsmoot; a href=”https://www.instagram.com/nomibis/p/BxXICftAlXC/?igshid=1oo8uxco6i5s9″>@nomibis; sunday shop; elona home; sibella court’s home; @heydavina; @_aurelielecuyer; dwell magazine; florence lopez; dwell magazine; the nordroom.

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devol kitchens hops across the pond.

deVOL kitchens nyc showroom. / sfgirlbybay

all devotees of U.K.-based devol kitchens are in for some good news! because this is their very first venture outside of the U.K. and i for one, couldn’t be more thrilled that the company has hopped across the pond and created a little piece of England in the heart of Manhattan. devol kitchens have opened an inspiring new kitchen showroom in a renovated mid-19th-century building on lovely Bond Street in NoHo, showcasing four beautifully appointed kitchen displays in the main showroom, as well as a whole basement and yard full of cool vintage furniture and antiques.

deVOL kitchens showroom in manhattan. / sfgirlbybay

this is just one of the kitchens showcased, and my personal favorite because it brings a bit of that colorful British kitsch along with it. an authentic English cupboard is a rare find, and Every deVOL Kitchen is still handmade in Leicestershire, England and now, we in the U.S. are able to have them in our kitchens, too. next time i’m in new york i’ll definitely be making a visit. welcome to the U.S. devol! we’re so glad you’re here!

pink and black kitchen island inside deVOL kitchens nyc showroom. / sfgirlbybay

aqua walls inside deVOL kitchens showroom in nyc. / sfgirlbybay

emerald green tile backsplash in deVOL Kitchens showroom nyc. / sfgirlbybay

blue built-in kitchen cabinetry and marble backsplash. / sfgirlbybay

pink painted kitchen shelving with dark green tile backsplash. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern kitchen inspiration inside deVOL kitchen nyc showroom. / sfgirlbybay

dark kitchen cabinetry inspiration inside deVOL kitchens nyc showroom. / sfgirlbybay

deVOL Kitchens showroom exterior in manhattan.  / sfgirlbybay

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instagram worthy: @jerseyicecreamco.

before photo via jersey ice cream co. renovation. / sfgirlbybay

we’ve shared their inspiring home renovation and design work here before, but this week’s instagram worthy feed brings me as much happiness seeing their ‘befores’ as much as their ‘afters’ —  i love a peek at crumbly decay! meet the dynamic duo that is the @jerseyicecreamco, aka Tara Mangini and Percy Bright, a brooklyn-based but on the move design team. together they create some beautiful spaces, both residential and commercial, including the lokal hotel. i can spot their signature look from a mile away — a solo vintage portrait painting standing out all on its own — and you know how i feel about those.

jersey ice cream co renovated spaces. / sfgirlbybay

jersey ice cream co was founded in the summer of 2010 by this creative couple who dreamed up a design empire and then set to work trying to create it. Today Tara and Percy spend their time moving house to house, job to job, leaving beautiful homes in their wake and always leaving things better than they found them. oh, and they do not make ice cream, but will happily have some if you’re offering.

vintage modern apartment renovated by jersey ice cream co. / sfgirlbybay

rustic modern white-washed kitchen designed by jersey ice cream co. / sfgirlbybay

vintage portrait painting over vintage wood bookshelf. / sfgirlbybay

vintage books photographed via @jerseyicecreamco on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

vintage art gallery wall photographed via @jerseyicecreamco on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

bedroom with wallpaper and vintage portrait painting on art shelf. / sfgirlbybay

pink and blue interior design inspiration via @jerseyicecreamco on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

blue kitchen with brass details inside lokal hotel designed by jersey ice cream co. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed vintage modern kitchen designed by jersey ice cream co. / sfgirlbybay

rustic living room designed by jersey ice cream co. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interiors designed by @jerseyicecreamco. / sfgirlbybay

rustic modern a-frame bedroom designed by @jerseyicecreamco. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed bedroom with vintage portrait painting and pops of blue via @jerseyicecreamco. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed bathroom with shiplap walls and vintage painting and clawfoot tub. / sfgirlbybay

vintage wood headboard and shiplap walls in rustic bedroom via @jerseyicecreamco. / sfgirlbybay

gray bed frame in vintage inspired bedroom designed by jersey ice cream co. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by @jerseyicecreamco.

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wear this there: don francisco’s coffee casa cubana.

black and white modern interior of Don Francisco's Coffee Casa Cubana. / sfgirlbybay

we’re sticking around the neighborhood on this week’s wear this there and headed to DTLA and checking out the new Don Francisco’s Coffee Casa Cubana. if you’ve ever been to cuba, then you’ll know how nice it is to have access to a CAFÉ CON LECHE in our own backyard. the coffee drink is a standard around havana — think a Sweet double shot of espresso with steamed whole milk — yum! but should you also be a bit hungry, there’s cuban pastries, a delicious PORK AND PLANTAIN HASH as well as the beloved cubano pork sandwich. so, even though i recommend a trip to cuba for everyone, there’s now don francisco’s to whet your appetite. we’re going casual, but chic in a puffy black sleeve blouse, comfy faded jeans and some sleek strappy sandals. toss a woven fringy bag over your shoulder and a wide brim hat and you’re ready to head downtown. while you sip your coffee, think about reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. it shares the story of Oscar, a family’s dreaded curse and the endless human capacity to persevere — and risk it all in the name of love.

cappuccino and pastries at Don Francisco's Coffee Casa Cubana. / sfgirlbybay

outfit inspired by Don Francisco's Coffee Casa Cubana DTLA. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: Farrow Maisy Puff Sleeve Top; MOTHER THE TOMCAT ANKLE JEANS; Miista Frida Slingback Heel in Black; Clyde Wide Brim Flat Top Hat with Shade; Olio E Osso lip BALM; Pared Puss + Boots Sunglasses; anthropologie Madrid Mix + Match Stretch Bracelet; read this there The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; Farrow Alia Drop Earrings; Comme des Garçons Wallet Classic Leather Line Wallet in Black; Jacquemus Baci Woven Bag in Beige; anthropologie lida belt.

inspiring black and white interior of Don Francisco's Coffee Casa Cubana. / sfgirlbybay

gallery wall inside Don Francisco's Coffee Casa Cubana DTLA. / sfgirlbybay

Don Francisco's Coffee Casa Cubana in DTLA. / sfgirlbybay

the bar at Don Francisco's Coffee Casa Cubana DTLA. / sfgirlbybay

Don Francisco's Coffee Casa Cubana. / sfgirlbybay

tiled arched doorway inside Don Francisco's Coffee Casa Cubana DTLA. / sfgirlbybay

exterior of DTLA Don Francisco's Coffee Casa Cubana. / sfgirlbybay

black and white interior of Don Francisco's Coffee Casa Cubana. / sfgirlbybay

modern inspiring interior of Don Francisco's Coffee Casa Cubana DTLA. / sfgirlbybay

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celebratory weekend!

cake art print by martha rich. / sfgirlbybay

hi y’all! i’m having a big birthday this sunday so i’m taking a long, celebratory weekend to spend some time with friends and do a little staycation at the new palihotel in westwood village. and, i’d like to wish a very happy mother’s day to all the mums out there! let’s all eat cake!! i love these art prints from one of my favorite artists, martha rich. enjoy the weekend and i’ll see you back here on Tuesday!

xo, victoria

cake artwork by artist martha rich. / sfgirlbybay

pink cake art print by martha rich. / sfgirlbybay

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summer bag style.

woven macrame women's bag. / sfgirlbybay

if you ask any of my friends they’re likely to agree that i’m a bit of a bag freak. i like to call it aficionado, but hey, semantics. i just love great looking bags of all shapes and sizes and happen to think that they are not only a fashion statement but also serious mood elevators. i love taking a ho-hum outfit and stepping it up with a great bag (shoes, too but that’s another post). so i thought it would be fun to round-up some super summery bags. i hear see-thru is in, and bamboo and straw never go out of style for summer. looking for the perfect farmer or flea market tote? we’ve got you covered there, too. i’m obsessing over this DEPT. canvas tote bag — even big enough for a last minute overnight stay!

clear plastic tote bag with leather handle. / sfgirlbybay

Dept. canvas tote bag. / sfgirlbybay

women's summer tote bags. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: shopbop Ulla Johnson Amaya Tote Bag; sezane straw bags; urban outfitters Woven Burlap Tote Bags; food52 Knit French Market Totes; shopbop Jacquemus Le Petit Baci Bag; sezane gaby suede tote bag; shopbop Cleobella Springs Basket Bag; Abacá Mini Eco Woven Tote bag; free people Eva Printed Jute Tote bag in black; Hereu Cabas Market Bag.

striped woven tote bag. / sfgirlbybay

clear plastic tote bag with white leather handle. / sfgrlbybay

women's summer bags. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: anthropologie Georgette Tote Bag; mango Wooden handle leather bag; mango black Net wood bag; urban outfitters Lilo Straw Circle Shoulder Bag; free people Vacation Mode Straw Tote; mango Bamboo shells bag; pixie market clear bag with wood handle; clare v. bari straw bag; free people Eva Printed Jute Tote bag in black

woven straw handbag. / sfgirlbybay

large printed straw tote bag. / sfgirlbybay

• all other credits in order of appearance: ulla johnson cecelia macrame tote bag; STAUD Mini Shirley Bag via damsel in dior; Gallery Dept. Farmers Market Tote; sezane jules bag; bergdorf goodman Shirley clear PVC and Leather Tote Bag; anthropologie Betsy Woven Duffel Clutch; free people Eva Printed Jute Tote bag in black.

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picture this: summer vibes.

1930's diving painting by Onchi Kôshirô. / sfgirlbybay

my gosh, it’s mighty chilly here in los angles today, and i’m hankering for summer to officially arrive and warm up around here already! so this week’s picture this is all about those summer vibes: surfboards and swimsuits, beach scenes and skaters. it’s interesting because while some of this artwork is from days long gone by — like the 1930’s diving painting above by Onchi Kôshirô, others are more contemporary like photo prints by artist max wanger and paintings by lisa golightly, and yet they all seemingly flow quite nicely together and have a sense of nostalgia no matter when they were  created. i guess we’ve been swimming and enjoying time by the seaside for as long as one can remember.

swimmers on blue canvas artwork. / sfgirlbybay

vintage black and white photo of woman in swimsuit. / sfgirlbybay

photograph of surfers in water. / sfgirlbybay

picture this: summer inspired artwork. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: The Surfboard Encyclopedic art Print from uncommon goods; wear it party by Berlin-based illustrator and designer, Cristóbal Schmal; deus slidetober by british illustrator Stevie Gee; Photographer Hugh Holland’s skate culture photos via i.d. vice; on faith art print by lisa golightly from kiki and polly; Prewar Surfing Photographs book by Don James; Margaret Killgallen’s surfer from half gallery; Swimming Poster print from encore print society; Isabelle Feliu art prints from society6; blue bather art print by lisa golightly from kiki and polly; sailboat oil and encaustic print by jhina alvarado; (below) Como art print by max wanger.

photograph of seaside swimming pool. / sfgirlbybay

sea maidens giclée print by kate pugsley. / sfgirlbybay

rodin drawing from the Musée Rodin in Paris. / sfgirlbybay

Sidney-based artist Sally West beach studies oil painting. / sfgirlbybay

Rheia Acrylic on framed canvas painting by Whitney Castro from serena & lily. / sfgirlbybay

Waikiki No. 4 art print by max wanger. / sfgirlbybay

swimmer in bathing caps print series from lucy snowe photography. / sfgirlbybay

• all other credits in order of appearance: diving by Onchi Kôshirô/a> 1932, woodblock print, ink and color on paper; swimmers art print by Elisabeth Dunker from fine little day; lounging on the beach oil and encaustic print by jhina alvarado; Waiting photo print by Ian Baguskas from 20×200; sea maidens giclée print by kate pugsley; rodin drawing from the Musée Rodin in Paris; Sidney-based artist Sally West beach studies oil painting; Rheia Acrylic on framed canvas painting by Whitney Castro from serena & lily; Waikiki No. 4 art print by max wanger; swimmer in bathing caps print series from lucy snowe photography

Edward McGowan Edinburgh based illustrator

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unexpected guests: vincent joliet.

home tour of vincent joliet in todos santos. / sfgirlbybay

i am so very excited to share this latest unexpected guest with you. you may recognize the last name of our guest vincent joliet — his daughter photographer laure joliet is a good friend of mine and has contributed to countless design magazines and here on the blog quite often, as well. so when i was headed to todos santos on the Baja California coast of Mexico last month she invited us to have a peek around her father vincent’s beautiful vacation home there. to say it was one of the highlights of our trip would be an understatement. we were immediately wowed by both the peaceful surroundings of the home he’s created and the stunning architecture of it. we could have stayed all day (or longer!) taking it all in, so excuse the many, many photographs. but vincent’s home is uniquely beautiful — modern and minimalist yes, but it seamlessly blends in with the rustic jungle vibe of his property. the contrast of the two just makes the home all the more interesting. there are loads of built-ins like the sectional sofa and each bedroom is unique from the other — one very monochromatic, another with sunny yellow ceiling and one hot pink! vincent has graciously agreed to tell us more about his home, which is on occasion available to rent for holidays and photo shoot locations — should you be interested comment below and I’ll put you in touch. let’s have a look around this incredible slice of paradise in todos santos.

built-in concrete sectional in todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

– when did you first take an interest in architecture and design?
I grew up in Paris surrounded by famous designers, artists and architects.

vincent joliet's todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern home of vincent joliet in todos santos. / sfgirlbybay

modern todos santos home of vincent joliet. / sfgirlbybay

– how did you discover Todos Santos and what made you want to build a home there?
A friend has a house there and I came for the first time in the late ’80s. Some years later, I was having dinner with two friends at Café Santa Fe and asked my friend Richard if he had a piece of land for sale as he’s in real estate, and after a few glasses of good wine, he showed me the land you saw! I bought it immediately — that’s the great thing about the effects of good wine! Lol. Two years later I started building!

modern interior of vincent joliet's todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

metal windows and doors in vincent joliet's todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

industrial dining chairs in vincent joliet's todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

– who is the architect you worked with?
An architect helped me design a structure. It took me years of work to make it what it is now. So it’s all my doing — with the help of Jocelyn a French friend that worked a full year with a small local crew — he was fantastic! Jocelyn used to be a successful fashion photographer in Paris and decided to give up that life and come to Todos with his wife Deedee and young daughter.

beachy modern todos santos home of vincent joliet. / sfgirlbybay

beachy modern todos santos home of vincent joliet. / sfgirlbybay

outdoor pool at vincent joliet's todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

vincent joliet's todos santos property. / sfgirlbybay

– do you have a favorite room in the house?
I love being in the big room! The light changes all the time, it’s almost like being outside. In my life, I’ve spent a lot of time on sailboats, and I feel almost the same when I’m in the house –kind of on a deck above the landscape. I could spend hours sitting on the suspended sofa reading books.

entrance to vincent joliet's todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed concrete minimalist kitchen. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring decor details inside vincent joliet's todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

industrial modern decor inside vincent joliet's todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

leather pulls on drawers and curtains. / sfgirlbybay

– it’s a perfect home for entertaining! when you spend time there do you enjoy the peaceful solitude, or do you like to entertain?
Last year I spend over five months straight over there, and I like when friends come and spend a few days there. I designed it so that bedrooms are far from each other, with total privacy.

vincent joliet's black metal framed french doors in his todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

outdoor pizza oven and dining area at vincent joliet's todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

outdoor dining area at vincent joliet's todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

tile tabletop at todos santos home of vincent joliet. / sfgirlbybay

– what have been some of the biggest challenges so far in having a home in a remote, small town?
A long time ago we were concerned about security, so quickly I build a casita and had a family living there. I don’t have any problems! Otherwise, I find the town very pleasant, especially now with so many great places for dinner and food in general. Also, the road to the airport used to be dangerous, and now it is perfect!

plant-covered exterior of vincent joliet's todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

vincent joliet's todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

plant-covered exterior of vincent joliet's home in todos santos. / sfgirlbybay

– any favorite shops or cafes in the TODOS SANTOS area you’d like to share with us?
Two shops: la Paloma, very good homemade ice-cream and sorbet, all made with local fruits. and Que Rico, a market with organic food, meat, sausages, yogurt, butter etc.

a tour of vincent joliet's minimalist home in todos santos. / sfgirlbybay

a tour of vincent joliet's minimalist home in todos santos. / sfgirlbybay

white walls inside vincent joliet's minimalist home in todos santos. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed bedroom in vincent joliet's todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

pink ceiling in vincent joliet's todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

painted pink ceiling in vincent joliet's todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

– what is a typical day in the life when you are at home? i noticed quite a few paintings – are those your works of art?
You are right — I put colors on wood boards as I listen to music or French cultural radio — lol. Breakfast with a friend franco, an Italian/Mexican at café Todos Santos, (he has been living here for 40 years). Then I stay home until fish time or if I have a friend over we go to the beach — las Palmas or Cerritos if it’s time for a few margaritas!

bamboo window coverings in vincent joliet's todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

inspring decor and architectural details inside vincent joliet's todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

vincent joliet's inspiring todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

– what are your favorite parts about Todos Santos and the area in which you live?
As I was saying the size is great, also the sense of freedom to build whatever you want with very little red tape! The beauty of the area, you take your car and drive on a dirt road, go to the beach where fishermen come around 5pm, look at what they have and buy great fresh fish out of their boats, and such a beautiful environment! Amazing. I now have many good friends living there all year around! In fact, more and more young families from the states are moving there, but mostly from Mexico City and Guadalajara. they start great new companies like cement tiles — so beautiful!

inspiring interior of vincent joliet's todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

interior and exterior of vincent joliet's inspiring todos santos home. / sfgirlbybay

– anything else you’d like to share with us?
Todos Santos has changed a lot in the last three years, in a good way. in fact, it has more sophistication but no large hotels, it stays discrete with no nightlife — Lol! It’s very tempting to live there all year around!

outdoor plants on todos santos property. / sfgirlbybay

vincent joliet's landscaping in todos santos. / sfgirlbybay

 

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instagram worthy: @evantetreault.

bookshelves in modern sitting room with leather sofa and tulip style coffee table. / sfgirlbybay

if you’d like a very authentic, refreshing glimpse at los angeles, i think you’re going to really love this week’s instagram worthy account. if you’re not following him already, please meet L.A.-based photographer @evantetreault who has a really unique eye toward our city of angels. evan’s got a dreamy, kind of noir vibe to his images of the city that almost take you back in time, and perhaps a bit selfishly, i got really excited about sharing his personal look at my very own echo park neighborhood (just look how hilly it is! there’s a reason i moved here directly from san francisco). but evan’s feed takes us elsewhere, as well — from atlanta to new york, rhode island and even death valley, capturing it all quite beautifully. for more about his inspiring work behind the camera, visit his portfolio at evan tetreault.

aerial view of hill in echo park, california. / sfgirlbybay

hillside home in echo park, california. / sfgirlbybay

california inspired photography. / sfgirlbybay

vintage home furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

woman in long coat photographed from behind at campsite. / sfgirlbybay

cacti photographed against red house. / sfgirlbybay

view of dtla from echo park hillside. / sfgirlbybay

photograph of modern eatery in california. / sfgirlbybay

urban cacti. / sfgirlbybay

downtown los angeles building exteriors and rooftops. / sfgirlbybay

artwork by @evantetreault on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

images of echo park photographed by @evantetreault on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

travel photography by @evantetreault on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

dtla cityscape through the smog photographed by @evantetreault. / sfgirlbybay

death valley photographed by @evantetreault on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

 

• photography by @evantetreault.

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a trip to menorca.

unique green front door and pastel interior of menorca rental home. / sfgirlbybay

i’ve only been to the island of menorca in spain for literally one day — a stop on a cruise through the Mediterranean, but that stop was most memorable and i vowed to make it back. and now i’ve got even more incentive because just look at this architectural jewel in the heart of Menorcan wilderness — meet Es Bec d’Aguila, a finca with over 11 rooms and loads of room for family and friends.

outdoor pool and kitchen with dining area at menorca rental estate. / sfgirlbybay

Es Bec d’Aguila was built in the 19th-century by a family of Minorcan merchants it’s been completely renovated by the new owners maintaining a very Menorcan atmosphere with vaulted ceilings and whitewashed walls — each room is a unique space adorned with richly colored authentic tiles and stunning panoramic views of the Menorcan countryside with sunrise or sunset visible from every window. built atop a hill surrounded by the beautiful rural landscape of the island, there’s plenty of space to spread out relax and enjoy meals both inside and outside the house with terraces on each of its different levels — the perfect place for an aperitif. and it’ only a short drive to the nearest beach and includes a gorgeous swimming pool should you just want to spend your days lounging around this beautiful finca with nowhere to be except right here. group trip, anyone?

whitewashed modern interior of menorca rental house with arched doorways. / sfgirlbybay

entryway of modern menorca rental house. / sfgirlbybay

black cabinet in dining room of modern rental home in menorca, spain. / sfgirlbybay

black cabinet in dining room of menorca, spain rental house. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen island with rattan and metal chairs in menorca rental house. / sfgirlbybay

modern sitting room in menorca rental home. / sfgirlbybay

black cabinet with ceramic dishware in dining room. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen with glossy black tile backsplash in menorca rental home. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior and exterior of rental home located on the island of menorca, spain. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed bathroom with painted green clawfoot tub. / sfgirlbybay

green bar with spanish tile floors inside menorca rental home. / sfgirlbybay

sunlit french doors to balcony with set of danish inspired chairs. / sfgirlbybay

modern black table in entryway with art objects. / sfgirlbybay

loft bedroom with french doors to balcony in menorca, spain. / sfgirlbybay

blue dining room with wood and brass details. / sfgirlbybay

poolside in menorca spain. / sfgirlbybay

outdoor cabana with bamboo furniture and built-in bench seating. / sfgirlbybay

platform bed with built-in headboard and tile backsplash. / sfgirlbybay

built-in headboard with task lamps and in-laid tile backsplash. / sfgirlbybay

bedroom with custom pink velvet tufted headboard in menorca, spain rental home. / sfgirlbybay

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good reads: abode.

white painted exposed beamed ceiling in . / sfgirlbybay

i first began my admiration for artist serena Mitnick-miller and her architect husband Mason St. Peter when in 2009 they opened their inspiring and very well-curated general store in san Francisco’s often foggy outer sunset district. i think their move to the neighborhood lured a lot of other amazing talented makers, cafes and shops to what once had been previously pretty sleepy area of the city — people just responded to their authenticity, creativity, and charm. since then, they’ve grown, moving to their beautiful topanga home and opening their second venice shop location in 2012. the creative couple currently splits their time between San Francisco and Los Angeles, running their two stores, designing & building homes and making art. and now they’ve gifted us with their beautiful new book, Abode: Thoughtful Living with Less.

arched doorway with fiddle leaf fig tree in home decor shop. / sfgirlbybay

the yearning for a life of pared-down purity has never been more sought-after, and Serena and Mason are very admirably at the forefront. in Abode, these tastemakers and slow life livers make a graceful case for living better no matter your budget or abilities, guiding you to create a space this is simple and true. their time-tested methods create interiors that maximize openness, strip a building back to its bones, and amplify natural light, evoking unpretentious tranquility. The blueprint for their signature aesthetic is all in the book — the embrace of elemental materials, curation of handcrafted objects, and collection of furnishings from eras when craftsmanship was king — and they walk the walk and talk the talk, all very authentically. Abode beautifully features their greatest collaborations and will share with you breathtaking interiors, masterpieces of warm minimalism and is also a practical glimpse into the couple’s process and a guide to manifesting your own beautiful interiors. it’s another new design favorite on my bookshelf that i think you’ll really want to include on yours.

minimalist modern home with white painted exposed beam ceilings. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring minimalist modern interiors from abode design book. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern home. / sfgirlbybay

plywood kitchen cabinetry in minimalist modern home. / sfgirlbybay

exposed white painted beamed ceilings in minimalist modern home. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed minimalist modern dining room with mismatched wood chairs. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern home with book storage. / sfgirlbybay

rustic and minimalist modern home in topanga canyon. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern home with plywood cabinetry and painted white exposed beamed ceilings. / sfgirlbybay

topanga canyon minimalist modern home. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed minimalist bedroom on topanga canyon home. / sfgirlbybay

woven baskets and wooden bench for sale at general store. / sfgirlbybay

tiny greenhouse in garden photographed for adobe. / sfgirlbybay

general store with arched hallway and book displays. / sfgirlbybay

home goods and decor displayed at general store. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Mariko Reed for Abode: Thoughtful Living with Less.

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restored by the fords: exclusive.

 the rineman house restored by the fords on HGTV. / sfgirlbybay

it’s no secret i’m completely in sync and a fan of interior designer leanne ford’s eclectic aesthetic. it’s everything i love about design — uniquely unexpected, a little bit quirky and a brilliant balance of vintage and modern. so i’m very excited that leanne invited me to share an exclusive on a recent episode of her HGTV show restored by the fords. in this episode, Leanne and her brother Steve Ford beautifully restore the rineman house — a newly purchased, 1930s farmhouse in the country. Leanne highlights the home’s existing beauty while bringing out more of its character with modern-bohemian touches including whitewashed beamed ceilings (i want these in my kitchen!), natural hardwood floors and a white-on-white color scheme that really opens up the space. to watch this inspiring episode tune into restored by the fords — i watch on hulu or wherever you watch HGTV — it’s definitely my favorite home restoration show and the most relatable one i’ve discovered thus far. you can also follow leanne on instagram and hop over here to see more inspiring design projects from leanne. you can also find leanne’s fabulous new lighting collection at target.

 the rineman house restored by the fords on HGTV. / sfgirlbybay

farmhouse restored by the fords on HGTV. / sfgirlbybay

wood built-in bench seating and white bead board wall treatment. / sfgirlbybay

 the rineman house designed by leanne ford. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern dining room inside the rineman house designed by leanne ford. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed interior of the rineman house designed by restored by the fords on HGTV. / sfgirlbybay

exposed beamed kitchen ceilings and rustic kitchen island inside the rineman house via HGTV's restored by the fords. / sfgirlbybay

modern white kitchen designed by leanne ford for the rineman house. / sfgirlbybay

white-washed rustic modern kitchen designed for the rineman house on HGTV's restored by the fords. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring kitchen design for the rineman house on HGTV's restored by the fords. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring whitewashed kitchen with natural wood cabinetry designed for the rineman house on HGTV's restored by the fords. / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of leanne ford interiors.

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instagram worthy: @brit_gill.

inspiring outdoor image via photographer britney gill. / sfgirlbybay

today’s instagram worthy feed is bound to move you. it’s the beguiling account belonging to vancouver-based but globetrotting shutterbug @brit_gill and gah, has this girl got an eye for the sublime. or perhaps it’s just that she has the enviable talent of making something quite simple simply look sublime with her keen eye for composition and some scrumptious use of natural light. she’s bound to give you the travel bug too, because britney gill gets around — from mexico to marrakech and back to canada, she’s gotta have a flourishing frequent flyer account! it also looks like she has prints and presets coming soon to an online shop, so be sure to check back for more.

inspiring interior via @brit_gill on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

street cart food vendor photographed via @brit_gill on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

beach lounge chairs and umbrellas photographed via @brit_gill on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

rattan lounge chair and ottoman photographed by canadian photographer, britney gill. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring images via photographer @brit_gill on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring minimalist modern interior photographed by @brit_gill on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring images captured by photographer britney gill. / sfgirlbybay

bathroom vignette captured by @brit_gill on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior photographed by @brit_gill on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring modern home photographed by @brit_gill via instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring nature photography by @brit_gill on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

beachy whitewashed bedroom photographed by @brit_gill on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring travel photography shared by @brit_gill on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring potted plants photographed by britney gill for instagram. / sfgirlbybay

 

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good reads: paris by design.

good reads: paris by design. / sfgirlbybay

by now you’re all pretty aware of my love for paris already — it’s no secret i’m a Francophile through and through. so you can imagine my excitement when i saw that author and designer Eva Jorgensen had a new book coming out all about the creative side of my favorite french city. i’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of Paris by Design: An Inspired Guide to the City’s Creative Side, a truly uniquely beautiful book that i’ll be dragging around paris for years to come. it’s such a stunningly designed book and one that really stands out from your typical city guide.

french accessories and beauty products flatlay. / sfgirlbybay

part guide book, part love story to the artistic side of this inspiring city, Eva Jorgensen, founder of creative studio Sycamore street press explores why Paris has such a magnetic pull for artists and design lovers everywhere. she’s gathered an eclectic and influential group of contributors and creatives based in Paris and abroad who offer invaluable insider travel tips and insight into Paris’s fashion, design, craft, and art scenes, recommending more than 450 places to visit, shop, stay, eat, and drink for the design-savvy traveler and creatively curious. Paris by Design is both an inspirational source for satiating design-centric wanderlust and a practical guide full of places creatively curious Francophiles will want to visit. oh la la!

ornate white molding in french apartment. / sfgirlbybay

vintage dress and sunglasses. / sfgirlbybay

fruit and cheese plate. / sfgirlbybay

vintage hanging lamp with fringe. / sfgirlbybay

vintage portrait wall in ornate gold frames. / sfgirlbybay

colorful design books. / sfgirlbybay

furniture store with hot pink cushions and blue interior. / sfgirlbybay

orange industrial table lamp in art-filled home office. / sfgirlbybay

yellow velvet sofa below vintage portrait painting. / sfgirlbybay

spiral staircase in art museum. / sfgirlbybay

• Photography by Chaunté Vaughn; Styling by Alison Reid and Meta Coleman; Prop styling by Astrid Chastka; Food styling by Pearl Jones; socks via bonne maison.

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nola’s garden district.

new orleans cemetery. / sfgirlbybay

i know we just took a brief visit to new orleans recently with guest writer bon traveler, but as you may have seen from my instagram overload (sorry, i couldn’t help myself — i was surrounded by too much beauty!) i was in new orleans for bri & justin’s beautiful wedding this weekend. i’d only been to NOLA once and it was for business so i didn’t have a chance to get to know it well. but this visit we had a few days to wander and get to know this truly unique city and i honestly don’t think there’s anywhere else like it. there’s bourbon street, of course, and we went there one night because, well, it was a party after all, but what really captured my heart was uptown and the garden district. each home in this neighborhood is more charming than the next and i was mesmerized by its unique beauty. from Classic Revival mansions to colorful creole row houses, it had me at hello.

bold pastel blue row house exterior in nola. / sfgirlbybay

beautiful, brightly colored homes mingle with pastel beauties with magnificent mossy oak trees and magnolias, and jasmine overtakes your senses. we ate breakfast in the neighborhood two days in a row at surrey’s cafe & juice bar because it’s just that good — think shrimp & grits and biscuits and gravy (yeah, I’m detoxing this week, but it was worth it!). we attempted to walk it off by wandering the streets in awe of all these homes and visiting magazine street’s local boutiques. a few i must recommend are sunday shop for swoon-worthy home goods, century girl vintage for the most beautifully curated vintage designer clothing i’ve ever seen, and saint claude social club for a fabulous mix of unique clothing, jewelry, and homewares. and don’t forget to visit the beautiful Lafayette cemetery no. 1 for a memorable and historic piece of new orleans. i can’t wait to go back to this incredible city!

pink and emerald green house in new oreleans. / sfgirlbybay

bright jewel tone shutters on nola homes in the garden district. / sfgirlbybay

vintage dress shop in nola. / sfgirlbybay

kimonos and magnolia flower in nola. / sfgirlbybay

nola cemetery. / sfgirlbybay

ornate vintage chandelier. / sfgirlbybay

cemetery and vintage store in nola. / sfgirlbybay

pale pink and gray home exterior in new orleans. / sfgirlbybay

vintage dress shop in new orleans with pink button tufted sette. / sfgirlbybay

pastel home exteriors in nola's garden district. / sfgirlbybay

pastel pink row house in nola's garden district. / sfgirlbybay

the garden district in new orleans. / sfgirlbybay

pastel row houses in nola garden district. / sfgirlbybay

colorful store exteriors in new orleans. / sfgirlbybay

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embrace the funky.

inspiring living room with funky mix of vintage and modern furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

i love a great, unexpected, very eclectic and funky kinda vibe — that truly effortless european look with pairings you might not think of. but when you bring pieces home that you truly love i think you figure out a way to make them work, and these rooms do that perfectly. fill a room with vintage furnishings, and uniquely weird (in a good way) accessories and lighting, paired with almost gaudy prints and patterns and what you get is a fabulously kitschy, bohemian modern kinda mood. uniquely creative rooms that pair quirky layered looks take quite a bit of bravado to pull off, but we can do it, right? designers like leanne ford (i know, i’m a big fan girl) and kelly wearstler nail this look — each quite differently than each other, but still so good. so go on, grab that tacky gold wall sconce and don’t be ashamed to give it lots of love!

vintage brass floral wall sconce and gold print wallpaper. / sfgirlbybay

marble mantel with mix of vintage art and decor. / sfgirlbybay

proper hotel SF designed by kelly wearstler. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring funky home furnishings and interiors. / sfgirlbybay

european apartment with chandelier and vintage home furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

ornate gold wall metal art. / sfgirlbybay

ornate gold framed mirror. / sfgirlbybay

sunny living room with vintage furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring mix of vintage home decor and funky interiors. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed dining area with silver pedestal table and vintage wood chairs. / sfgirlbybay

ornate vintage light fixture. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern mix of home furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

large vintage chandelier in bohemian modern living room. / sgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: indoek; homes to love; design*sponge; @properhotelsandresidences; homes to love; @berlinstagram; milk decoration ; the socialite family; house of hipsters; Benjamin Ewing’s Rivulet Painting via tappan; @coco.kelley; Gio Ponti chair from Conti Contini Bonaccossi; overstock Hand-tufted Masquerade rug; sabon home; nuevo estilo; mikel irastorza interior design; leanne ford’s home by nicole franzen photography; the apartment dk; colin king interiors; in / out design blog; scroll metal wall art from tjmaxx; @basiukuli; cross wall embellishment from @jaivasicek; mikel irastorza interior design; @_numeroventi_; @sparrowandco; vintage brassy chandelier from super marché; divisare; milk decoration; neu.boheme; @carlaypage; in / out design blog.

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honor that which is meaningful.

hardcover photobook from artifact uprising for mother's day. / sfgirlbybay

i didn’t share this personal news because at the time it was honestly just too painful to make public, but in june of 2018 my dear mum passed away after a long illness. grieving is a difficult process and different for everyone and you don’t really know how it will affect you until you go through it (or grow through it), but i am coming out the other side if there is such a thing, and now sadness is slowly being replaced by fond memories. so when one of my favorite sources for creating beautiful photo books, artifact uprising invited me to make a mother’s day book to share with family, and ultimately with you, i wasn’t sure i could do it. but then i thought what a lovely way to remember my mom this mother’s day and to share those memories with my brother, sister-in-law and nieces — the family i have left.

hardcover photobook printed by artifact uprising for mother's day. / sfgirlbybay

i became in charge of all my mother’s photographs and mementos when she passed away and i’d been hoping to do something special with them, so this hardcover book is just that — a way to honor that which is meaningful, and in a lovely permanent way. so i scanned and uploaded some of my favorite photos — of my mother at an early age, a photo when she was pregnant with me at her baby shower, she and my dad smooching, and oodles of snapshots from our many family trips. and then some as she got older. i think she’d really like this book — my mother was fond of attention, bless her heart, and would, i think, have been very flattered. i hope so. i will treasure it always and think my family will, too. if you’d like to make a memory book for mother’s day this year, Artifact Uprising is offering 10% off to my readers! simply use code SFMOTHERSDAY10 – for 10% off anything on the site through May 1st. please note that May 2 is the Mother’s Day cut-off for FedEx Economy shipping with Artifact Uprising. and thank you for allowing me to share these special memories of my mother with you. happy mother’s day to all the mums out there.

hardcover photobook from artifact uprising for mother's day gift. / sfgirlbybay

photobook created using artifact uprising for mother's day. / sfgirlbybay

black and white photos inside hardcover photobook from artifact uprising. / sfgirlbybay

family photos inside hardcover photobook from artifact uprising. / sfgirlbybay

vintage photographs inside hardcover photobook from artifact uprising for mother's day. / sfgirlbybay

vintage black and white photos inside hardcover photobook from artifact uprising for mother's day. / sfgirlbybay

hardcover photobook from artifact uprising for mother's day. / sfgirlbybay

hardcover photobook from artifact uprising for mother's day and loose vintage photos. / sfgirlbybay

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once upon a beach shack.

green surfboard in beachy house with bongos and vinyl collection. / sfgirlbybay

i miss living by the beach, so much so that i sometimes spend time creating my own little beach shack in my imagination and on pinterest — saving images of what a dream spot by the sea just might look like, and then i compile these images to share here with you. water is my safe space so one day i know i’ve just got to live closer to the ocean because even though i live in L.A. traffic to and from the eastside to the beach can sadly sometimes keep me away. so, today, here’s where we’re residing seaside — a rustic little oasis with white shiplap walls, cozy plant-filled corners everywhere and plenty of natural sunlight. who’s with me? oh, if you love this look, too i strongly recommend the book surf shack by Nina Freudenberger — it’s full of inspiring, laid back beach homes.

wood surfboard and daybed cot in beach shack. / sfgirlbybay

beachy inspiring decor with pops of green home furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring vintage decor vignette. / sfgirlbybay

rustic white dining room hutch in beachy home. / sfgirlbybay

shiplap walls with potted houseplants on wood peg shelf. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern home with greenery. / sfgirlbybay

black and white kitchen with industrial hanging lights. / sfgirlbybay

beachy home decor. / sfgirlbybay

natural surfboard in whitewashed room with houseplants. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed bedroom with framed bedside art print and industrial table lamp. / sfgirlbybay

tropical surf inspired beachy home decor round-up. / sfgirlbybay

rustic wood bench with potted houseplants. / sfgirlbybay

rustic porch mint green surfboard and bamboo sette. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: martha stewart; indoek; remodelista; Mason St. Peter & Serena Mitnik-Miller’s home via domino; surfboard; @haarkon; @ellagracedenton; rays of the sun; liz marie blog; @openhousemagazine; @mavencollectpdx; remodelista; homes to love; decordemon; @teddysantis; @loods5; homes to love; passerbuys; art.com; surf shack book; sea cliffs print by kara rosenlund; Mason St. Peter & Serena Mitnik-Miller’s home via the selby; rue scenic; design. / visual.; spaces volume 2; Bamboo Beaded Curtain from urban outfitters; crosley record player from urban outfitters; brunch with; blissful blog; brunch with; urban outfitters Margot Tufted Floral Sham Set; aromasn sabores; herz & blut; brunch with; @danielkanter; Lotte Lindeman’s tent lamp via scheublin & lindeman; ferm living; the poetry of material things; a merry mishap; brunch with; design*sponge.

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instagram worthy: @ingridweir.

bohemian outdoor space via Sydney, Australia based designer and photographer, @ingridweir. / sfgirlbybay

this week’s instagram worthy account is really dreamy, and while it belongs to a Sydney, Australia based designer and photographer, @ingridweir, it feels very ‘out of africa’ to me. ingrid’s pictures have a very cinematic, ethereal quality to them and provide a great escape from the daily grind. just envision kangaroos lazing about, beautiful florals and glimpses of australia’s outback as well as sydney’s city life, and lovely peeks into ingrid’s lovely home. you can see more of ingrid’s work on her online portfolio, and while it’s a good distance away, now we are able to visit down under any time we like by simply following her on instagram.

outdoor pool area photographed by Sydney, Australia based @ingridweir on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring floral decor photographed by Sydney, Australia based @ingridweir. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring art wall and desk area via photographer, @ingridweir, on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring home decor via Sydney, Australia based designer and photographer, @ingridweir on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

travel photography via Sydney, Australia based @ingridweir on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen with shiplap walls and art photographed via @ingridweir on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

tropical outdoor stone patio photographed by @ingridweir on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring photography via @ingridweir on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

black and white tropical poster suspended from stick. / sfgirlbybay

florals in large glass vase photographed by @ingridweir on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

living room photographed by @ingridweir. / sfgirlbybay

black and white desk area photographed by Sydney, Australia based @ingridweir via instagram. / sfgirlbybay

framed floral prints and vintage mirror gallery wall photographed by @ingridweir. / sfgirlbybay

photography by Sydney, Australia based designer and photographer, @ingridweir. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by @ingridweir.

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color story: rosy glow.

red faux fur throw. / sfgirlbybay

this week’s color story has got a truly rosy glow. it’s all about those many romantic shades of red — from funky painted floors and interesting wall treatments, to cozy fuzzy throws like this great looking one just above. you can’t really go wrong with any shade of red — from that perfect slash of red lipstick to rich velvets, red adds vibrancy and seems to scream “oh, hi — it’s me, and i’m bold and brave!” rosy red makes a statement to be sure, so whether you’re only prepared for a small dose of it (think throw pillow) or a reclining red chaise lounge that’s simply covered in it, here’s a rosy glow for you.

red lobby walls and floors. / sfgirlbybay

red velvet throw pillow in bamboo chair. / sfgirlbybay

color story: rosy glow. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: cy twombly PAN PART III painting; @ochre devine recline rosy red velvet chaise; Chimi Eyewear Joel Ighe Sunglasses in Red; Vince Aletti’s apartment via the new yorker; Rodin Red Hedy Lipstick; Rachel Comey Stance Tie Waist Jumpsuit; bedroom abstract artwork via est living; art of it ceramic berry basket; bedroom with half painted wall via @frenchbydesign; Caroline Popham Untitled 19-01 Acrylic on canvas painting; Rodin Red Hedy Lipstick; vintage mirror from the apartment dk; Zone Denmark Knit Kitchen Towel in Red.

red art and decor. / sfgirlbybay

book page with upside down red letter A. / sfgirlbybay

pink wall paint and red and white hand fan. / sfgirlbybay

red velvet sofa and red walls. / sfgirlbybay

pinkish red velvet sofa. / sfgirlbybay

rosy pink wall paint. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring shades of red home decor and accessories. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: urban outfitters Quilted Velvet Tassel Throw Pillow; rosy red kitchen walls via interiors by color; Moleskine Vintage Canvas Large Ruled Hardcover Notebook; dining room with red flooring via arch daily; Crosley Dansette Bermuda Vinyl Record Player; red vases via les persiennes; artwork by Koen Lybaert via saatchi art; aprile sophie photography soda pop; fredricks and mae incense; red floor via the moritz.

painted red floors. / sfgirlbybay

home decor and art with rosy pink glow. / sfgirlbybay

building exterior with red, pink and orange paint and graffiti. / sfgirlbybay

vintage red curtains in room with floor to ceiling windows. / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: kate sears photography; @yosigo_yosigo; @frenchbydesign; architectural digest espana; k. james; my unfinished home; khmer fan from toast; neptune sofa via domino; greige design; @frenchbydesign; my Scandinavian home; @juancamiloberlin; @anindoorlady; Superkilenz Park, copenhagen by KATE TITUS, via refinery29; ochre.

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the vintage romantic bath.

blue painted clawfoot tub with brass fixtures. / sfgirlbybay

there’s something just so soothing about a romantic bathroom. vintage clawfoot tubs take bubble baths to a whole new level, and hardwood and rustic stone floors always look smashing. as you can see from this roundup of bathrooms, it doesn’t take a lot to create the look — if you’ve got the vintage tub you’re a step ahead of the game, but simply add some Moroccan bath towels, some vintage paintings, mirrors, and lighting and you’re well on your way to having a romantic bathroom of your own. it’s all in the details — i love the idea of sea fans, coral and a palm frond or two. brass fixtures add a nice touch too. okay, now that we know what we’re doing, let’s have a soak, shall we?

brass bath fixtures and moroccan bath towel. / sfgirlbybay

blue painted clawfoot bath tub with brass fixtures. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern bathroom decor. / sfgirlbybay

romantic vintage bathroom decor. / sfgirlbybay

bathroom with stone floors and claw foot tub. / sfgirlbybay

moroccan tile and clawfoot tub with lace shower curtain. / sfgirlbybay

shiplap walls in washroom with stone floors. / sfgirlbybay

bathroom with black walls and white clawfoot tub. / sfgirlbybay

brass floral chandelier and black and white claw foot tub in whitewashed bathroom. / sfgirlbybay

aqua painted clawfoot tub in bathroom with concrete walls. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring vintage moroccan bathroom decor details. / sfgirlbybay

vintage portrait paintings and brass details in bathroom. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: rock my style; leanne ford’s cabin bathroom; rock my style; m.k. sadler photography; remodelista; once wed; m.k. sadler photography; planete deco; cereal magazine; house & garden; pampa rug; restored by the fords tall vase as sink; rock my style; the future kept; faflodine; hotel henriette via my scandinavian home; m.k. sadler photography; palmetto textile design in jet via @claymclaurinstudio; leanne ford’s cabin bathroom; lovely market; leanne ford’s cabin bathroom; in bed store; design*sponge at home book; the perfect hideaway; rock my style; Rustic Bathtub Caddy from the rusty pelican; bendstens; design addict mom;
line drawing; skona hem; Leanne Ford’s Renovated Pennsylvania Schoolhouse via GQ magazine; m.k. sadler photography; sentimental obsessions; food52; aubrey rd; john derian’s bath via architectural digest.

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picture this: the female form.

black and white art print of female form. / sfgirlbybay

the beautiful female form — she comes in all colors, shapes and sizes. and since so many of us are trying to embrace ourselves wholly, what better way than to pay homage to the female form? artists have been depicting her beauty since the dawn of time and some are most inspiring — like the one and only Henri Matisse, and contemporary artists like caroline walls, Kenesha Sneed and emma cutrie. but it’s all so subjective — what forms you find beautiful, but all are to be celebrated. here’s a look at past and present and some goddess-like art you might like to inspire you at home.

colorful art print of woman on pink bed. / sfgirlbybay

contemporary painting of women. / sfgirlbybay

art print of female form. / sfgirlbybay

drawing and art poster featuring female form. / sfgirlbybay

black and white screenprint of female profile. / sfgirlbybay

artwork featuring nude female forms. / sfgirlbybay

nude drawing of female form. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring artwork featuring female form. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: sanyu; Nude II printby Thierry Porter from spacey studios; Arctic Queen by Henrietta Dubrey; leaning in print by Kenesha Sneed of Tactile Matter; Original charcoal line drawing Curved Woman 04 by caroline wells; Deliberation by Henrietta Dubrey; line drawing print of a sitting nude figure by siret; harley and j; Kenesha Sneed; SHE BEGAN II SCREEN PRINT by caroline wells.

art print featuring nude female form on a bed. / sfgirlbybay

black and white artwork featuring female form. / sfgirlbybay

colorful art print featuring nude female forms. / sfgirlbybay

nude female form. / sfgirlbybay

black and white female nude art print. / sfgirlbybay

colorful painting of woman. / sfgirlbybay

• all other credits in order of appearance: Untitled Limited Edition print by Christian Johnson from the saatchi art; warm afternoon by pegge hopper; Sleepwalking Painting by Arun Prem from saatchi art; sanyu; Seated nude by sanyu; Henri Matisse Le noir est une couleur; original woodblock print of abstract woman figure from the printable studio; Sisterhood I by emma cutrie from spacey studios; Gelson Radaelli; le drape rose oil on canvas by pierre boncompain from the franklin bowles gallery; Sensual Back painting by Carmen Tyrrell from saatchi gallery; Bob Baker’s Marionettes oil on canvas by Jessalyn Brooks from night palm; Œuvre by Barbara Kroll; this isn’t happiness; kenesha sneed.

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inside sebit min’s pastel world.

keyhole cut out in pastel pink walls. / sfgirlbybay

Sebit Min has such a keen eye for simple but interesting details, nuances of color and seeing beauty in the ordinary that she can even make someone like me appreciate lilac (I generally have an aversion to all things purple!). It’s a good reminder for me to stop and pay more attention to the inspiring tidbits all around me — even if it’s the flecks of glitter in a goopy blob of slime. To see more of the art director (the New Yorker) and freelance book designer’s “soft modernist” style, check out her pastel-loving Instagram account and very inspiring online portfolio.

cheers, ezz.

sebit min / sfgirlbybay

pink fabric walls photographed via sebit min on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

cityscape at sunset via sebit min on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

lilac purple fabric art installation via sebit min on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring colorful images via sebit min via instagram. / sfgirlbybay

pink table cloth and yellow chair covers. / sfgirlbybay

white bubble candle and palm fronds styled by sebit min. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Sebit Min.

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black windows to your world.

industrial black steel windows to outdoor patio. / sfgirlbybay

one of the reasons i painted the exterior of my house black is because i really love the way greenery takes a shine when contrasted with black. everything just pops and looks that much greener. it’s the same, i think, for black steel-framed windows and doors. i really, really want to put these kinds of floor to ceiling black industrial french doors in my kitchen and bedroom out to my garden and i think you can see why — they just frame a garden so beautifully. i think they’re on the more expensive side of the spectrum, so i may have to settle for a more traditional french door, but painted black i think i’ll almost get the look.

industrial black steel windows. / sfgirlbybay

black french doors. / sfgirlbybay

black steel framed windows. / sfgirlbybay

industrial black steel windows. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen with black steel french doors in modern kitchen. / sfgirlbybay

oversized black steel framed windows in modern kitchen. / sfgirlbybay

black steel doors to outdoor balcony. / sfgirlbybay

black steel framed door and windows. / sfgirlbybay

thick black steel floor to ceiling windows and door. / sfgirlbybay

rotating black steel framed floor-to-ceiling windows. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: vtwonen; aubreyrd; jacquelyn clark; goop x cb2 dining furniture; net-a-design; design*sponge; limaonagua; romain ricard photography; anthropologie dining furniture; hotel Henriette; templeton architects.

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instagram worthy: @riadjardinsecret.

pink walls and natural woven bedding via @riadjardinsecret on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

if you’re looking for a bit of wanderlust to brighten your day, then you’re going to want to follow this Instagram worthy feed. have a look at @riadjardinsecret, an incredibly authentic riad, popular with all design and food enthusiasts, where you can actually book a beautiful room and stay a while. Riad Jardin Secret in Marrakech is utterly charming and quite exotic looking as well. they call themselves “anti-modern with a bit of magic”, and i’m definitely down for that. i’ve had Marrakech high on my list of places to visit and their Instagram account only makes my heart grow fonder of that idea. ready? let’s go!

marrakech outdoor room via @riadjardinsecret on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

straw-roof outdoor patio via @riadjardinsecret on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

rooftop in morocco photographed by @riadjardinsecret on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

oversized straw hat on patio in marakech photographed by @riadjardinsecret on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

marrakech photography by @riadjardinsecret on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

pink and yellow bathroom with moroccan tile via @riadjardinsecret on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

moroccan blacony nook via @riadjardinsecret. / sfgirlbybay

yellow arched bed nook in morocco. / sfgirlbybay

tiled moroccan dining nook. / sfgirlbybay

morocco travel photo via @riadjardinsecret on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

Marrakech hotel bedroom via @riadjardinsecret on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

white-washed bohemian sitting room in marrakech. / sfgirlbybay

swing in pink outdoor courtyard via @riadjardinsecret on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

outdoor vignettes photographed by @riadjardinsecret on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

moroccan balcony nook via @riadjardinsecret on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

pink outdoor patio nook in marrakech via @riadjardinsecret. / sfgirlbybay

marrakech rooftop via @riadjardinsecret on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of @riadjardinsecret.

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color story: brass.

brass kitchen island. / sfgirlbybay

this week’s color story is all about shiny pretty things — brass specifically, but maybe a bit of copper and patina thrown in for good measure. brass has been on trend for a long while now and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. i especially love the mirrored walls and that next level brass faced cabinetry — such a lovely design detail that only gets better with age. here’s a look at some of my current favorites — brass home accessories, furnishings, and rooms filled with shiny details.

mirrored kitchen cabinetry. / sfgirlbybay

brass kitchen backsplash. / sfgirlbybay

brass home decor details. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: home of designer Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte; anthropologie Lightbearer Sconce; home of designer Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte; anthropologie brass dish rack; the citizenry LAS CONDES BRONZE CONTAINERS; Menu JWDA Metallic Table Lamp in Polished Brass; le lapa brass armoire; anthropologie Floral Medallion Doorbell Cover; Frama 90 Degree Wall Lamp in Brass; santa lucia brass mobile from the citizenry; decor object aged brass dark kitchen cabinets; Hay Design Scissors in Brass; anthropologie Marble-Top Brass Bar Cart; modern arches via yellowtrace.

modern color-blocked space with brass light fixtures. / sfgirlbybay

mirrored brass backsplash with painted clawfoot tub. / sfgirlbybay

brass accessories and decor. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: Kinto coffee Brewer Stand Set; diamond weave fireplace screen from hayneedle; architectural digest pink tiled bathroom with brass sink; copper-leaf grout filled in old cracked white tiles via condé nast traveller; brass bathtub via apartment therapy; Izola Brass Comb; jenna lyons’ home via t magazine; west elm Marble-Topped Pedestal Coffee Table in White Marble/Antique Brass; brass backsplash and countertops via behance; Lue large Cheese Knife; brass wall art via aestate; west elm Gilded Brass Side Table; in bed store brass egg.

brass cabinetry in minimalist kitchen. / sfgirlbybay

built-in brass and wood kitchen nook. / sfgirlbybay

brass wardrobe cabinet. / sfgirlbybay

brass cabinets in modern kitchen with black light fixtures. / sfgirlbybay

mirrored wall in minimalist bathroom. / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: square one design; home of designer Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte; jenna lyons’ home via t magazine; architectural digest france; architectural digest espana; wallpaper magazine; behance; le lapa; valentin loellmann ; architectural digest.

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making a rental feel like home.

bohemian modern entryway with vintage white pedestal table and chairs. / sfgirlbybay

what really makes a house a home? it’s not necessarily a mortgage, is it? we’ve all rented at one point in our lives, and until recently i’ve rented my entire life. so i’ve been there — and apartment hunting can be frustrating and competitive. Finding the right apartment in this tight market can be tough enough without dealing with nightmare rental agencies, agents, and outrageous fees. i was invited to check out Zumper — a rental platform born out of frustration with the old way of renting, creating a smooth, efficient, and transparent renting process for both tenants and landlords. Zumper is the first rental marketplace where tenants can search for and rent an apartment on their end-to-end platform, designed to help landlords and renters move through the decision process in as little as 15 minutes. and once you’ve found your dream apartment, that’s when it’s time to really make it uniquely your own.

vintage oil paintings. / sfgirlbybay

you know how when you’re just starting out in an apartment, maybe decorating for the first time and you’re feeling a little cautious or limited? maybe you’ve got boring budgets to contend with, or perhaps because you’re in a rental so you don’t want to do anything too permanent. i think that’s quite alright — it’s sometimes wise to take things slowly, adding elements to our homes over time, rather than all at once. this process ensures you make far fewer decorating faux pas, and get it just right, rather than wasting your budget with snap decisions. it can also be much more gratifying and fun to go slowly as you decorate, revising plans and tweaking your ideas as your awareness for your design aesthetic becomes more clear. you kind of grow into your space!

whitewashed entryway in victoria smith's bohemian modern home in l.a. / sfgirlbybay

i thought i’d share a few things i’ve learned over the years to add a bit more style to a rental with some easy and inexpensive projects that you can do to completely change the look of a room without spending a ton of cash. and, they’re decorating ideas that are easy fixes — ensuring that if you grow tired of them, or decide you want a change it’s no big deal. things like paint, for instance, are always an easy fix if your landlord approves (i’ve very often offered to pay for the paint just to get them onboard — even if that just means a fresh coat of white paint).

mixed and matched throw pillows. / sfgirlbybay

a few easy and inexpensive fixes:

• if your landlord says yes, paint! i think i once painted a bathroom three times, so while the room may have shrunk (ha!) the mood change was always a pretty easy and affordable transition.

• fresh flowers can make a huge difference (plants, too!). i try to hit the flower mart at least a couple of times a month for inexpensive branches and flowers. or go wild, and forage the hillsides for your own.

floral arrangement in glass vase. / sfgirlbybay

vintage oil painting collection leaned on the floor. / sfgirlbybay

• if you aren’t allowed to put nails in your walls, consider 3m command strips — they remove easily and don’t leave marks on your walls. however, if you want to look tres chic and effortlessly cool, just lean your artwork against the walls or cabinets and dressers. i swear, it looks great.

low white cabinet with artwork, books and records on top. / sfgirlbybay

• use furniture that doubles as storage — like this sweet and petit table (just below) that’s also a magazine rack. perfect space saver for smaller apartments. daybeds are a good solution, too — perfect for seating but also ideal for last-minute sleepovers. ikea has got great design and loads of super affordable options. look there first for statement pieces and easy storage solutions for sure.

• accessorize! pillows and rugs can make a dull room come to life. there are so many textile options online these days, so let your keyboard do the walking. or, if you’re handy, get out your sewing machine make your own pillows. vintage fabrics found at the flea market make for beautiful, one of a kind pillows.

large frame photograph over white sofa with mix n' match throw pillows. / sfgirlbybay

ornate gold leaves mirror and wall sconces. / sfgirlbybay

• speaking of vintage flea market finds: i found these wall sconces and mirror for next to nothing.  i’ve also found dressers and chairs super cheap on craigslist. even beat up old pieces given a coat of glossy black paint can look fabulous. a very small investment for a quart of paint and a little elbow grease.

• books!!! for me, what really makes a house a home are my books. they’re like best friends i just can’t part with. arrange them by spine color for a really cohesive and good looking bookshelf. or, seek out those little nooks and crannies (especially unique in older apartments) and stack your books for a great look.

vintage black mirror and ceramic bird in white nook. / sfgirlbybay

books on white built-in bookshelves. / sfgirlbybay

so it’s exciting to finally take some chances with your design plans as you get more comfortable with your taste — after all the hard work you put in to accomplish your goals around renting your home, it’s time to start to have a little fun with your decorating — and without spending a ton of money. and remember, it’s always a work in progress! now, go find your perfect rental.

open white shelves with ceramic mugs and pitchers and wood kitchen tools. / sfgirlbybay

Zumper is available on the web, iOS, and Android and offers key search tools such as the capability to search for specific amenities, create alerts to notify you of similar listings and find specific neighborhood information such as rent prices and demographics. home sweet home is just an app away!

• This is a sponsored post in partnership with Zumper and all words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep sfgirlbybay going with fresh content every day.

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weekend escape: along highway one.

northern California coastline. / sfgirlbybay

As a weekend warrior, some of the best trips have been a few nights exploring up and down the coast of Northern California. Being based in the Bay Area, it has been a goal to get outdoors as often as possible and see some of the smaller towns that hold so much character to them.

With Highway one connecting the coast, these three coastal destinations make for a perfect getaway. You could even create a mini road-trip itinerary, visiting each of these spots in a week or so. The wild landscape of Northern California with dark blue ocean waters, deep green foliage, and the often spotting of wildlife is the ultimate setting for a seaside escape.

Here’s a look at three unique coastal locations in Northern California.

happy travels! bon traveler.

nor cal tomales bay. / sfgirlbybay

Tomales Bay

Just a bit north of San Francisco is Tomales Bay. Most famed for its oysters (and for good reason), this inlet cuts into Marin County creating a tranquil bay. When I visit here, a stop at Nick’s Cove in Marshall is a must for lunch. Grilled oysters and bloody marys are my go-to and if the sun is shining, then the patio it is. Nick’s Cove also has these restored seaside cottages, with views over the inlet so you can stay overnight if you’d like to.

norther California boat shack. / sfgirlbybay

oysters at Nick's Cove in tomales bay. / sfgirlbybay

You can work your way around Tomales Bay, stopping into one town after the next like Point Reyes Station. Some of my favorite spots there include Cowgirl Creamery for artisanal organic cheese and Station House Café, a Point Reyes classic with local farm to table food and a lush garden patio. When it comes to getting outdoors, I would head straight out to Point Reyes National Seashore. The Cypress Tree Tunnel is always worth a stop to see the towering trees and then you can continue ingrained the coast.

tomales bay in northern california. / sfgirlbybay

big sur california bixby bridge. / sfgirlbybay

Big Sur

If there is one image ingrained in my mind of California’s coast, it’s the color of the water of Big Sur. Pastel blues and turquoise mix together to create a dreamy view. This slice of the coast has great stops along the way like Bixby Bridge, McWay Falls, and hiking in beautiful Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

big sur coastline in northern california. / sfgirlbybay

Glen Oaks cabins in big sur, ca. / sfgirlbybay

glen oaks cabins in big sur, california. / sfgirlbybay

There’s an array of accommodations from high-end hotels to local getaways in Big Sur. One of my favorites and often overlooked is Glen Oaks’ cabins in the redwood grove. These modern and luxe cabins sit hidden off of the highway in the heart of the forest, just footsteps away from everything.

When it comes to dining in Big Sur, the Big Sur Roadhouse at Glen Oaks is a favorite for lunch or dinner. Breakfast is always at Big Sur Bakery as their freshly baked goods are delicious and you’ll want to pick up a snack for your day’s adventure. Be sure to catch the sunset at Nepenthe and if you’re looking for an unforgettable dinner, then reserve a table at Post Ranch Inn’s Sierra Mar.

hiking trails in Mendocino. / sfgirlbybay

Mendocino

Further north of San Francisco, about three hours or so, is Mendocino. This coastal community has a rich history of artists and travelers retreating here to unwind and disconnect. Today, Mendocino is an outdoor haven with so much to do. To get the best of a hotel and the outdoors, stay at Mendocino Grove in their glamping tents. I spent a few nights here in these luxury tents (with a beautiful communal bathroom) which made for a fun experience on the coast. You’re a few minutes outside of town and can easily access everything in the area.

Mendocino Grove glamping tent. / sfgirlbybay

Mendocino Grove glamping tent accommodations. / sfgirlbybay

For spending time outdoors, head to Catch-a-Canoe and rent a traditional outrigger to use for the day. You’ll make your way up the river, getting to see the local wildlife like sea otters and seals. Nearby is Russian Gulch State Park, where if the weather is warm enough, you could lay out on the beach or hike around its coastal trails. Further north of town, head to Point Cabrillo Lighthouse for a picturesque view at sunset.

northern california coastline. / sfgirlbybay

canoeing in norther california. / sfgirlbybay

One of my favorite places to go sit and stay a while is the bar at Little River Inn. You can dine in the back in the restaurant for dinner or eat in the bar while soaking in ocean views. It’s my favorite stop each time I’m in Mendocino. In town, restaurants like Trillium Café or the more casual Patterson’s Pub is always a win. For the afternoons while out exploring, I’ll pick up some local cheeses, bread, and charcuterie at Harvest Market in town to take out for a picnic.

harvest market camping supplies. / sfgirlbybay

the bar at little river inn. / sfgirlbybay

• all photography by bon traveler.

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a cozy getaway in tasmania.

vintage portrait painting gallery on shiplap walls. / sfgirlbybay

i guess today’s theme is all about getting away because we’ve got another destination for you wanderers. homes to love recently featured this charming Waterfront Heritage Cabin in tasmania, an isolated island state off Australia’s south coast. quite nautical in its motif and run by sarah andrews, a seafaring sailor herself, it’s no wonder it’s called Captain’s Rest. she restored the cozy cabin herself, and excellent news for those of us traveling down under, it’s available to rent via airbnb. if you know me, i’m a sucker for a vintage painted portrait, so sarah’s collection had me at ahoy! i love all the white shiplap, too and that location just can’t be beat — rain or shine, doesn’t it look like a dreamy spot to get away from it all? for more details on this adorable abode, visit homes to love and see rental details on airbnb — and should you need a rental discount, use my airbnb link.

shiplap walls with vintage portrait painting collection. / sfgirlbybay

black wood burning fire place. / sfgirlbybay

cozy reading corner styled with pendant bulb light and vintage portrait painting on shiplap walls. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of Waterfront Heritage Cabin in tasmania. / sfgirlbybay

large glass cloches with vintage decor. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of Waterfront Heritage Cabin in tasmania. / sfgirlbybay

rustic kitchen dining nook inside Waterfront Heritage Cabin. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen decor details inside Waterfront Heritage Cabin in tasmania. / sfgirlbybay

rustic modern kitchen inside Waterfront Heritage Cabin in tasmania. / sfgirlbybay

vintage black bed headboard and linen bedding in Waterfront Heritage Cabin. / sfgirlbybay

black vintage cabinet and vanity with sink. / sfgirlbybay

clawfoot tub with black painted base in shiplap bathroom. / sfgirlbybay

Waterfront Heritage Cabin in tasmania. / sfgirlbybay

guest room in Waterfront Heritage Cabin in tasmania. / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of homes to love.

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a less-styled life.

effortlessly styled kitchen tools in ceramic vases. / sfgirlbybay

when it comes to styling or rather the ‘unstyled, but styled look’ (stay with me here) i’m gonna give big props to interior designer leanne ford. leanne just makes it look effortless (see above and just below) — which is really the desired effect. the organized but cohesive chaos, but not too over-thought look is always my idea of great style. the french do it impeccably too, and as i try to dissect what it is about these looks that i love the most i think it’s just the idea that these stylists have gathered belongings and collections that actually mean something or have a real sentimental value to their owners. it’s hard to define because sometimes less is more, and other times cluttered overkill looks amazing — like in many of leanne’s looks. balance is key, but keeping true to your heart is always the best start. if you decorate with collections you love you can’t help but make it perfectly styled and uniquely you.

vintage decor and ceramic dishes styled by designer leanne ford. / sfgirlbybay

yellow and green ceramics styled on white shelves. / sfgirlbybay

effortlessly styled ceramics and home decor. / sfgirlbybay

ceramic bust and houseplants styled on top of white bookshelves. / sfgirlbybay

effortlessly styled collections. / sfgirlbybay

white kitchen backsplash with simple styled decor on open shelf. / sfgirlbybay

simply styled ceramics on wood shelf. / sfgirlbybay

effortlessly styled ceramics collection in custom wood shelving unit. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring ceramic collection and simple styled kitchenwares and goods. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed kitchen with open shelving. / sfgirlbybay

simple styled bathroom vignette. / sfgirlbybay

rustic wood shelves styled with ceramics and dried florals. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: leanne ford interiors; @lieblingsblicke; @brit_gill; house of c; freunde von freunden; grupo arca; @ohsiesta; liberty infinity; @herz.und.blut; toast uk; remodelista; @brit_gill; my scandinavian home; lotta agaton; my paradissi; @lenacorwin; @tintaluhrman; in bed store ; from moon to moon; frenchy fancy; @un_fold_ed; @aliciamlund; lean timms photography.

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a blush-hued office makeover.

three birds renovations office makeover. / sfgirlbybay

In 2014, three best friends in Australia decided to quit their jobs and start a home renovation business together, hoping to have more fulfilling lives and time with their families. Their company three birds renovations purchased, renovated and sold their first home shortly after. After several years in the house flipping business, they’ve “poured all their hard-earned knowledge into their online renovation school”, The Reno School. And they’ve since transitioned from flipping homes to educating and empowering women to take on their own renovation dreams.

blush pink and gold decor in three birds renovations headquarters. / sfgirlbybay

Their most recent reno is their own Three Birds headquarters, which is filled with so many of my favorite things that I just had to share, like: dusty blush hues, cane furniture, pampas grass, tropical touches, earth-toned velvet, lots of texture, you name it. If you want to read more about their communal working space, be sure to check out their post with plenty of details!

cheers, ezz.

dusty pink sofa in three birds renovations headquarters. / sfgirlbybay

blush pink offices of three birds renovations. / sfgirlbybay

pink and gold offices of three birds renovations. / sfgirlbybay

headwuarters of three birds renovations in australia. / sfgirlbybay

gold palmtree light and velvet chair in three birds renovations offices. / sfgirlbybay

pink walls in three birds renovations offices. / sfgirlbybay

blush pink walls in three birds renovations headquarters. / sfgirlbybay

office design by three birds renovations. / sfgirlbybay

gold palm tree lamp in three birds renovations offices. / sfgirlbybay

three birds renovations office kitchen. / sfgirlbybay

three birds renovations modern pink headquarters. / sfgirlbybay

modern cane sliding door sideboard. / sfgirlbybay

blush and white printed wallpaper in three birds renovations offices. / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of three birds renovations.

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at home in queens park.

fringe mirror in interior designer Sheena Murphy's london rental. / sfgirlbybay

est living nails it again with a spot-on home tour with interior designer Sheena Murphy, the founder of nune — a small design studio with locations in both new york and london. this visit to Sheena Murphy’s new london rental is pretty fabulous — now this is the kind of rental i could definitely live in — feels so homey, right? located in queens park sheena has given their new home her signature paired down but of so fabulous eclectic style with a mix of beautiful home furnishings (and an enviable chair collection). if you like what you see here, you might like a gander at her very inspiring design portfolio.

interior designer Sheena Murphy's london rental via est living. / sfgirlbybay

interior designer Sheena Murphy's london rental featured in est living. / sfgirlbybay

interior designer Sheena Murphy's london rental. / sfgirlbybay

fringe mirror and mantel in interior designer Sheena Murphy's london rental via est living. / sfgirlbybay

designer chair and footstool in interior designer Sheena Murphy's london rental via est living. / sfgirlbybay

vignettes in interior designer Sheena Murphy's london rental. / sfgirlbybay

interior designer Sheena Murphy's modern london rental via est living. / sfgirlbybay

books styled on coffee table in interior designer Sheena Murphy's london rental via est living. / sfgirlbybay

black leather sofa in interior designer Sheena Murphy's london rental via est living. / sfgirlbybay

modern decor in interior designer Sheena Murphy's london rental via est living. / sfgirlbybay

marble dining table with cane back chairs in interior designer Sheena Murphy's london rental via est living. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed bedroom in interior designer Sheena Murphy's london rental via est living. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Michael Sinclair for est living.

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color story: rootbeer.

vintage modern kitchen with pops of brown, copper and wood. / sfgirlbybay

this week’s color story is brought to you by good old fashioned rootbeer — the kind that you mix with vanilla ice cream and end up with a delicious summertime treat — the drink of childhood memories everywhere, the much-beloved rootbeer float. rich, creamy with a lovely brown fizz, that’s what we’ve got going on for you today. brown sometimes gets a bad rap (it is not broing) and it’s really just a natural — found in nature, in beautiful wood tones, velvets and leather. whether on your body or in your home, you can’t lose with rootbeer brown.

wood rolling cart. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed walls and shelves with pops of black and brown decor. / sfgirlbybay

white wire mid-century modern dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring brown home decor and fashion accessories. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: sarah ingram florals in brown glass; cb2 almanzo amber canister; C.O. Bigelow Natural Bristle Toothbrush in Tortoise; vintage bedroom via delta breezes; Gray Matters Mildred Heeled Mule in Chestnut Brown; Sonix Tortoise iPhone Case; lamp via @mavencollectpdx; Abacá Soledad Wood Purse; Sun Buddies Greta Sunglass in Brown Tortoise; cos mix-material ring set; Cold Picnic Torso Bathmat in Brown; Connected Goods Hand Carved Olive Wood Serving Bowls; super marché vintage stoneware bottle; Mirage Woven Flats. below: Food52 Knit French Market Tote.

natural woven tote bag with brown trim. / sfgirlbybay

pale pink velvet headboard with white bedding, copper pillows and brown quilt. / sfgirlbybay

brown ceramic pot with a top. / sfgirlbybay

brown leather rug with neutral decor. / sfgirlbybay

brown caning on vintage headboard with white linen bedding. / sfgirlbybay

brown clothing, accessories and home decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: the socialite family bamboo daybed; terrain Colored Glass Tea Light Holder; Hay Design Small Glass Container in Brown; west elm Textured Border Pillow Cover; bar via vtwonen; Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Leather Mules; Tótem Wall Art; Carolina Burgin in plaid dress by Maria Stanley via blueberry modern; anthropologie Daphne Flower Hoop Earrings; school electric Andy Stool in Tobacco + Ash; free people Lex Velvet Jumpsuit. below: shelf styling via @aliciamlund; Maria La Rosa Don’t Forget Tote Bag.

woven tote bag and shelfie with pops of brown. / sfgirlbybay

living room with neutral decor and furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern mix of home furnishings in dining room. / sfgirlbybay

vintage wood file cabinets with rattan side chair. / sfgirlbybay

glass front wood sideboard in vintage modern room. / sfgirlbybay

shelf styling in vintage modern room. / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: vtwonen; my scandinavian home; @eyeswoon; @caitlinflemming; the maryn; petra tungarden; @mavencollectpdx; vtwonen; this is glamorous; bear originals; @tintaluhrman; herz and blut; kirill bergart interiors; @pierre_lacroix_ .

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instagram worthy: @mortilmernee.

rustic modern denmark home of Mor til mernee blogger. / sfgirlbybay

if this week’s instagram worthy feed doesn’t get you feeling spring vibes, then i don’t know what will! meet @mortilmernee, aka Louise — a denmark-based blogger at Mor til mernee. louise shares much of her beautiful home on her blog and on instagram, and loves to see the world with her family, too. the ancient walls of their villa are undergoing constant change, with their walls rotating colors depending on the season, and right now they just feel so fresh with a pastel-hued palette. have a peek at @mortilmernee!

art gallery on pale pink wall of denmark Mor til mernee blogger's home. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern dining area in denmark home of Mor til mernee blogger. / sfgirlbybay

framed art collection leaning against cabinet with woven doors and vintage green snoopy lamp on top. / sfgirlbybay

white washed living room with colorful vintage furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

florals and vintage decor inside denmark home of Mor til mernee blogger. / sfgirlbybay

copper velvet sectional sofa in denmark home of Mor til mernee blogger. / sfgirlbybay

plants and florals in corner of denmark home of Mor til mernee blogger. / sfgirlbybay

branch blooms in glass vase in denmark home of Mor til mernee blogger. / sfgirlbybay

colorful decor in denmark home of Mor til mernee blogger. / sfgirlbybay

green vintage snoopy lamp in denmark home of Mor til mernee blogger. / sfgirlbybay

blossoms in denmark home of Mor til mernee blogger. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern living room in denmark home of Mor til mernee blogger. / sfgirlbybay

lemon tree in denmark home of Mor til mernee blogger. / sfgirlbybay

sunny dining room and home office area in denmark home of Mor til mernee blogger. / sfgirlbybay

art gallery wall in denmark home of Mor til mernee blogger. / sfgirlbybay

dining room area in denmark home of Mor til mernee blogger. / sfgirlbybay

colorful vintage furnishings inside denmark home of Mor til mernee blogger. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by @mortilmernee.

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behind the scenes: le petit appartement.

vintage portrait painting from super marché. / sfgirlbybay

if you follow us on instagram you probably saw a glimpse of the super marché + elsie green pop-up shop a couple of weekends ago in san francisco. we took over lux studios in san francisco for the day and created our very own le petit appartement — one you might even want to move right into. we created a real live living space so you might be able to better envision our vintage collections in your own homes, and also so we could meet some of you who follow us in person! it was such fun (and a little bit of heavy lifting!) to create this space and to get to know so many of you who came out to shop and say bon jour! we had some lovely friends join us, too — like floral arrangements from marigold san francisco, beautiful bespoke ribbons from prix ribbon, encourage vintage fun & funky clothing, gorgeous Moroccan rugs from the gardener’s house, freda salvador shoes and chronicle books. we sold quite a bit, but some of our favorites are still in our online shops, so visit super marché and elsie green or just ask if you see something that strikes your fancy! i hope we host another le petit appartement pop-up shop very soon!

vintage bentwood room dividers from super marché. / sfgirlbybay

white linen slipcover sofa and vintage paintings from super marché. / sfgirlbybay

vintage rattan mirrors from super marché. / sfgirlbybay

vintage flea market finds at super marché pop-up shopping event. / sfgirlbybay

vintage decor and shoes by freda salvador at super marché pop-up shopping event. / sfgirlbybay

super marché le petit appartement pop-up shopping event. / sfgirlbybay

behind the scenes: le petit appartement super marche shopping event. / sfgirlbybay

behind the scenes: le petit appartement pop-up super marché shopping event in SF. / sfgirlbybay

behind the scenes: le petit appartement. super marche pop-up shopping event in SF. / sfgirlbybay

behind the scenes: le petit appartement SF pop-up shopping event. / sfgirlbybay

vintage paintings via super marché. / sfgirlbybay

behind the scenes: le petit appartement pop- up shopping event in SF. / sfgirlbybay

super marché vintage wares at le petit appartement pop-up shopping event in SF. / sfgirlbybay

• photos by victoria smith for sfgirlbybay.

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weekend escape: new orleans.

architecture in new orleans via bon traveler. / sfgirlbybay

Somewhere between a Sazerac-fueled evening and an early morning of rich, powdery beignets, New Orleans won me over. I had put off visiting this city for far too long, and arriving late to the party, my eyes were set on doing it all. New Orleans has a way of dazzling you. The azalea-lined streets sing out with a constant tune of jazz, and with no surprise, the invitation from locals to join in the fun is distinctly contagious. Historic buildings provide stories from the past, and while some have newer occupants sharing fresh energy, it’s a perfect marriage of the two. The old and the new, blending in a way that makes no better time to visit New Orleans than now. Here’s a look at what I got up to for a long weekend in the Crescent City.

happy travels! bon traveler.

brick buildings in new orleans via bon traveler. / sfgirlbybay

Eat + Drink
Dining in New Orleans is wild. It’s the kind of food scene you’ll be talking about for weeks to come, like the beloved pita bread from Shaya. Who knew you’d find incredible modern, Israeli food in New Orleans?

 

architecture in new orleans via bon traveler. / sfgirlbybay

food at shaya in new orleans via bon traveler. / sfgirlbybay

outdoor dining patio in new orleans via bon traveler. / sfgirlbybay

When it comes to the classics, places like Commander’s Palace, a formal restaurant where they serve .25 cent martinis is a must. Café du Monde still reigns as a highlight and my best tip is to show up late or early for those warm, cloud-like beignets. Then there is Cavan, a restaurant housed in a former mansion built in 1883 that showcases coastal American cuisine with cocktails to match. It’s hard to go wrong with lunch or dinner here.

cafe du monde in new orleans via bon traveler. / sfgirlbybay

architecture in new orleans via bon traveler. / sfgirlbybay

Southern cuisine is at its finest here. The line at Willie Mae’s Scotch House is worth the wait for the best friend chicken in America named by the James Beard Foundation. And if you’re feeling a quick snack, a po-boy always does the trick at Johnny’s Po-Boys in the heart of the French Quarter.

restaurant in new orleans via bon traveler. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring dining room of restaurant in new orleans via bon traveler. / sfgirlbybay

New Orleans’ bar scene is equally as impressive as the dining. Institutions like Cane and Table, Cure, or Rendezvous are ones to check out. And don’t forget the local Tiki Bar, Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 — this place is a classic.

inspiring interior in new orleans via bon traveler. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring home in new orleans via bon traveler. / sfgirlbybay
black and white wallpaper in sonder hotel, new orleans, photographed by bon traveler. / sfgirlbybay

Stay
On our trip to New Orleans, we stayed in an apartment from Sonder. This beautifully designed apartment ran more like a hotel. Sonder curates these short-term rentals in the city and outfits them with amenities like fresh linens, coffee, and 24-hour concierge service. Choosing the neighborhood of Marigny, we loved being centrally located in the city and footsteps away from Frenchman Street.

balcony in new orleans via bon traveler. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring home in new orleans via bon traveler. / sfgirlbybay

Do
There is plenty of things to do in New Orleans. Whether you spend time strolling through the mansions of Garden District or hop onto a cemetery tour at St. Louis or Lafayette (yes, this a thing here), you’ll get a sense of the city’s past. If you’re there to hear live music, head straight to the Marigny District and just stroll Frenchman street. Every night of the week there is always a live jazz band playing at most bars.

bayou in new orleans via bon traveler. / sfgirlbybay

One highlight was heading out of the city on a few hours tour of the bayou with Beyond the Bayou. One of the only companies who does not bait the alligators, we spent some time on the boat learning about the local swamp area.

• all photography by bon traveler.

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my bedroom gets an update.

sfgirlbybay bedroom makeover

y’all know me — i get bored of the same old look so i like to change things up now and then. i took spring cleaning to a whole other level and gave my bedroom a new look when i completely rearranged the layout a few weekends ago. i don’t know what my deal is, but it makes me unreasonably happy to give a room a whole new rearrange — it offers me a fresh perspective and i almost feel like i’m sleeping in an entirely different room. i moved the bed to face out through the sliding glass doors to the garden, and also to make room for a vintage bruer chaise lounge refurbished in beautiful black leather by Jason koharik.

sfgirlbybay bedroom makeover

i also added new bedding gifted to me by bella Notte linens — the softest and lightest linen i’ve ever found. bella Notte is a small family shop with gorgeous bedding. i’ve often found linen duvet covers and bedding to be too heavy for me, but their collections are so light and lovely and come in several really pretty designs. and, as you may have seen on instagram, designer melissa fleis and i collaborated on a collection of bespoke vintage crochet bed throws that we hand-dyed black. i just added a bunch of different designs to super marché so if you like mine, you might just like some of the crochet throws we currently have in the shop — here’s a few in the photos just below.

vintage black hand-dyed crochet throws from super marché

mid-century bench from sfgirlbybay and the inside

i also moved all my artwork around which i always find gives a room a whole new look. i moved the mid-century modern bench i designed with the inside under my over-sized laure joliet todos print and created a new collection above my vintage mid-century modern dresser — i clustered my 34c print from permanent press editions,  a Vincent Arcilesi Model at Ox-bow lithograph i got at art basel, and rikkianne van kirk’s hold print. i need to move my vintage church lighting pendant a little closer to the bedside table, but other than that, i’m really happy with the new look (until the next urge to change it up overtakes me). just let me know if i can source anything else for you, and happy rearranging if the mood strikes you, too!

sfgirlbybay bedroom makeover

sfgirlbybay bedroom makeover

vintage black hand-dyed crochet throws from super marché

sfgirlbybay bedroom makeover

mid-century bench from sfgirlbybay and the inside

vintage black hand-dyed crochet throws from super marché

vintage black hand-dyed crochet throws from super marché

vintage black hand-dyed crochet throws from super marché / sfgirlbybay

sfgirlbybay bedroom makeover

• all photography by victoria smith for sfgirlbybay.

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the stylists: anne parker.

vintage modern space styled by anne parker. / sfgirlbybay

Prop stylist Anne Parker might be one of the first Instagram accounts I started following long ago, and she’s been inspiring me all these years through her travel photos of places like Lebanon and Mexico, as well as the cozy interior spaces she features. Several of the photos featured are of her home in Portland, Oregon, where’s she’s created a grounding, warm-toned oasis full of vintage wares, hand-thrown pottery, and casual, artistic charm. It seems like the perfect hideout from the rain and reminds me of a tiny studio home I visited, about 300-350 square feet and tucked away in the attic of an old barn, that belonged to my friend, who was a farmer, cheesemonger and fisherman. Although both homes differ in aesthetics, my friend’s simple little nook is one of the most nurturing, personal and restorative spaces I’ve ever visited. And while I haven’t been to Anne’s home, these photos give me a familiar vibe and an urge to surround myself with lots of tea, stacks of well-loved books in wonky baskets, and a few collected reminders of my travels.

cheers, ezz.

banana leaf in glass vase. / sfgirlbybay

interior styled by anne parker. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist bathroom styled by anne parker. / sfgirlbybay

moroccan tiled arch in bathroom with clawfoot tub. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern kitchen styled by anne parker. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern kitchen with open shelving. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen styled by anne parker. / sfgirlbybay

modern dining area styled by anne parker. / sfgirlbybay

spanish wall sign via stylist anne parker on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

travel photography via stylist anne parker on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed corner styled by anne parker. / sfgirlbybay

modern apartment styled by anne parker. / sfgirlbybay

a-frame bedroom styled by anne parker. / sfgirlbybay

houseplant via anne parker on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

vintage LACMA art poster. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Anne Parker.

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best of: lounge-worthy.

red leather padded chaise lounge. / sfgirlbybay

some days, you just wanna lay down. not necessarily go back to bed, per se, but just lounge a bit. on those lazy days a chair just doesn’t cut it — one needs a proper chaise or daybed. the danish seem to have this design concept down pat, with their beautiful scandinavian daybeds and i for one am following suit. i work from my daybed on a daily basis and while it’s probably not ideal for my posture, it sure is cozy and relaxing. daybeds come in all styles and shapes — from modern classics like the eames, to vintage barcelona beauties, to cots and cozy cushioned diy built-ins. take your pick, and then take a nice long nap.

padded floor bed. / sfgirlbybay

french daybed via super marche shop. / sfgirlbybay

leather padded daybed. / sfgirlbybay

cots and daybeds. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist cot bed. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist padded daybed. / sfgirlbybay

modern daybed with beige pad. / sfgirlbybay

modern chaise lounge chair. / sfgirlbybay

wood platform daybed. / sfgirlbybay

black padded wood daybed. / sfgirlbybay

• photography in order of appearance: morgane sezalory’s home via cup of jo; Birgitta Drejer via bo bedre; scandinavian daybed via super marché; sodapop design; remodelista; woo design; lacasa clothing; charlott pettersen; @dos_ombre; bolig; schöner wohnen; galerie half via sacramento street; the pink rug co.; barefoot styling; Line Klein via nordic design; herz and blut; kvarteret makleri; Peter Kragballe via bolig; bo bedre; remodelista.

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best of: peaceful easy feeling.

easy bedroom decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

as you may have seen on instagram and a few pics here, i’m always changing up my bedroom and it feels much more peaceful to me. i’m aware my bedroom design now is much looser so to speak — sprinklings of vintage treasures i really love, like the funky lighting pendant from an old church, my mid-century modern dresser, and a crochet bed throw, but i just need to realize this is me. this is how i really like it — a mismatched collection of vintage belongings that makes me happy — that actually mean something special to me. i get those vibes from these spaces and i thought you might, too. they’re peaceful, easy and a little bit un-designed.

my bedroom makeover with white walls and vintage treasures. / sfgirlbybay

corner bedside table with vintage mirror and light. / sfgirlbybay

scandinavian-inspired bedroom decor with wood wardrobe cabinet. / sfgirlbybay

white walls and french doors in minimalist bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

curated vignette with seashells and small framed prints. / sfgirlbybay

relaxed bedroom decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

framed vintage prints hung with wooden beads on white wall. / sfgirlbybay

white-washed bedroom decor with modern lighting. / sfgirlbybay

relaxed bedroom decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

plywood platform bed with simple white bedding. / sfgirlbybay

relaxed bedroom decor with simple wood bed frame with white bedding. / sfgirlbybay

white bedroom with unique art and small fireplace. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern bedroom with yellow and wood details. / sfgirlbybay

peaceful easy feeling bedroom furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credit in order of appearance: hazel & scout; sfgirlbybay; architectural digest espana; the fine store; fantastic frank; remodelista; 1st dibs; hazel and scout; merci paris; absinthe minded magazine; one kings lane; april & may; zulu & zephyr; apartment therapy; rue; sabon home; domino; bolig; truck furniture; trend spotting; apartment therapy; laure joliet photography for domino.

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best of: built for style.

built-in sofa with live edge wood coffee table in white-washed space. / sfgirlbybay

there are so many great things about built-in furniture. first of all, you can customize it to your own very specific needs so a piece fits your space just perfectly. and, they are the perfect space saver. if you’ve got an awkward nook or a wide window just aching for a place to read and recline or create a wee dining space, built-in benches and window seats are both charming and useful — add a lid on hinges for secret storage space or built-in bookcases under your bench and you’re good to go. i’ve even seen some really inspired palette furniture, too — an easy DIY ‘almost built-in’ and an inexpensive and stylish option. quite literally, a fake ’til you make it!

tall archway with built-in sofa. / sfgirlbybay

built-in dining bench with leather pads. / sfgirlbybay

built-in daybed with white pad and colorful throw pillows. / sfgirlbybay

built-in reading nook with moody throw pillows and faux fur throws. / sfgirlbybay

built-in benches with white cushions. / sfgirlbybay

sleek built-in sofa with white cushions. / sfgirlbybay

built-in sofa with end tables. / sfgirlbybay

built-in dining banquette with tan cushions. / sfgirlbybay

built-in shelving nooks. / sfgirlbybay

built-in sofa with white cushions in white-washed space with natural wood beams and moroccan decor. / sfgirlbybay

built-in bench with storage. / sfgirlbybay

built-in bench with storage and hanging shelves overhead. / sfgirlbybay

diy palette sofa with white cushions. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist built-in dining benches. / sfgirlbybay

built-in concrete benches painted white with white cushions. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: m.k. sadler (top and just below copy); amber road design via yellow trace; my scandinavian home; srts pepis; @hoteljoaquin; planete deco; vanessa alexander’s home via my domaine; est magazine; 79 ideas; @paigejonesphoto; sincerely kinsey; tasmin johnson; el carligto.

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best of: the little desk that could.

wood desk with modern pink chair. / sfgirlbybay

sometimes, just a little desk will do ya. a sweet spot to store your bills (i.e. hide!), a favorite journal, laptop and a drawer or two for art supplies. i love desks that live in unexpected spots — not just a home office, per se, but tucked into a cozy corner of a bedroom, a kitchen or even a living room. if they’re kept orderly and neat what’s to stop you from a little desk here and there? here are a few looks i love. le petite desk wins my heart!

desk areas in white washed home. / sfgirlbybay

tiny writing desk. / sfgirlbybay

white washed floors in desk area. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring desk area in home offices. / sfgirlbybay

unique art in modern home office. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist desk area in bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

vintage green desk lamp. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern desk area. / sfgirlbybay

rustic bohemian modern desk area. / sfgirlbybay

black accent wall in home office. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist desk in bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

black desk in white-washed home. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: fantastic frank; bolig; kevin oreck via remodelista; christina greve; in bed store; nicole franzen photography; hazel + scout; @loismoreno_; @justinchung; apartment therapy; domino; my scandinavian home; architectural digest espana; @treecropslane; @bekleidet; @leantimms; avenue lifestyle; new york times; odalisque magazine.

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best of: raise the roof beams.

exposed white beamed ceilings / sfgirlbybay

last week we shared a peek at domino’s feature on restored by the fords, interior designer leanne ford’s HGTV show with her brother steve. well, you all shared with me where i could find it streaming online and i downloaded it on amazon. after watching the first two episodes of the show, i’m completely smitten with the show, and even more inspired to eventually rip out the soffit ceiling in my kitchen to expose the beams you can see in my dining/living room area, just above. turns out leanne and her brother are just as sledgehammer-happy as i am and she inspired me to look further into that demolition process and expose the beams, and paint them white – just like you see in these examples here. so pretty, right? and so much more open and airy feeling. i can’t wait to start demo’ing one day soon!

plywood kitchen cabinets and exposed white beamed ceilings. / sfgirlbybay

painted white beamed ceilings. / sfgirlbybay

exposed beamed ceilings painted white in modern kitchen. / sfgirlbybay

painted white ceilings in modern a-frame kitchen. / sfgirlbybay

exposed beamed ceiling painted white in white kitchen. / sfgirlbybay

white exposed beamed ceiling. / sfgirlbybay

painted white beamed ceiling in dining room with pendant globe light. / sfgirlbybay

modern exposed beamed ceiling painted white. / sfgirlbybay

painted white beamed ceiling in minimalist modern kitchen. / sfgirlbybay

white beamed ceiling in modern white kitchen. / sfgirlbybay

white subway tiles and painted white beamed ceiling. / sfgirlbybay

white beamed ceiling in modern dining area. / sfgirlbybay

a-frame painted white beamed ceilings. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: my dining room via one hazy morning; mason st. peter; the dailys; remodelista; @thelittleinterior; remodelista; remodelista; @colton_marr_; @theranchuncommon; design library; my Scandinavian home; gravity home.

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best of: ceramics, a love story.

ceramic plates and bowls on suspended shelf. / sfgirlbybay

even though ceramics and pottery have been around since like, what, the caveman days, i feel like it’s been having this real renaissance of late. perhaps it’s all the open shelving popping up in kitchens everywhere — people feel the need to share their ceramic collections much more, well, openly. they’re taking pride in their new and vintage stoneware and pottery and collecting new pieces to add to their already existing pieces. i know i’ve been doing it for a while now, too. i went through a phase where all i wanted was white pottery, then it was black pieces from places like Oaxaca. now it’s a combination of both with some neutral earthware thrown in for good measure.

ceramics with leather string on marble countertop. / sfgirlbybay

it also seems like a lot more artisans are making pottery and ceramics and amateurs are taking on the hobby, too. it seems so therapeutic, so i can see why. i know quite a few people who have started creating their own beautiful collections — take professional photographers lily glass and sharon montrose, for instance. both have begun their own pottery practice, and lily is currently selling her pieces at oh joy!. my friend natalie shriver, a well-known prop stylist also makes incredible ceramics (if you’re in L.A. — she sells them at Now Serving in chinatown and has a pop-up at twig & twine on march 17). i’m carrying a lot of vintage pieces we’ve found in france, too. other favorite sources are elsie green (for vintage stoneware), sara paloma, bailey doesn’t bark, pigeon toe ceramics, song tea & ceramics — honestly my favorites go on and on. they’re all so uniquely beautiful — i hope you’ll hunt down some favorites and start a collection of your own.

pink and tan tall ceramic vases. / sfgirlbybay

modern white kitchen with open shelving and ceramic mugs and glassware. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring ceramic goods. / sfgirlbybay

unique ceramic hand painted vase. / sfgirlbybay

collection of small ceramic vases and stash pots. / sfgirlbybay

black ceramic vase on rustic wood table. / sfgirlbybay

collection of neutral ceramic jugs and vases. / sfgirlbybay

neutral collection of brown and cream ceramic dishware. / sfgirlbybay

cacti inside ceramic and terra cotta bowls with small white ceramic jug. / sfgirlbybay

modern kitchen with curated collection of ceramics on open shelves. / sfgirlbybay

black and neutral ceramic bowls. / sfgirlbybay

modern kitchen with open shelves and marble backsplash with ceramic dishware. / sfgirlbybay

speckled ceramic plates. / sfgirlbybay

curated ceramics collection on open white shelving. / sfgirlbybay

rustic wood china cabinet displaying ceramic dishes. / sfgirlbybay

neutral ceramic dishware in modern kitchen with rustic wood open shelves and white subway tile backsplash. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: behind the scenes at the freaky raku via betty slui; fine little day ceramic platters; lisa says gah; leanne citrone’s ktichen shelves via rip & tan; katoqu; @dot.and.co and their shop dot & co.; Ceramic Artist and Sculptor Andrei Davidoff via the 189; super marché vintage stoneware bowls; lrnce ceramics via milk decoration; super marché vintage stoneware vessels; @generallyworn; super marché stoneware urn pitcher; lrnce ceramics via milk decoration; eefje de coninck; leanne ford interiors by nicole franzen photography; bodie & fou; @maraserene; ck design co.; maison hand; ana degenaar; remodelista; super marché vintage stoneware plates; hazel & scout; lantiv; the winter shop via eat bread & butter.

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picture this: interiors.

colorful painting of pink interior. / sfgirlbybay

this week’s picture this is a tad whimsical and features a few of my personal favorite artists and feature ‘interiors’. from the colorful world of french painter henri matisse to author and illustrator maira kalman these illustrations and paintings really spark joy for me. they’re colorful, quite primitive and one might even say some are a little juvenile, but that’s just due to their colorful, rule-breaking style — the dimensions and scale may be off on these interiors, but that’s their charm. if you like this particular style, i think you’d like some of maira kalman’s books including My Favorite Things, The Principles of Uncertainty, and the elements of style, and the works of contemporary artists like mamma andersson, bella foster, and genieve figgis. these kinds of works of art make me want to get my sketchbook and paints out and try my hand at painting again! enjoy.

whimsical painting of colorful interior. / sfgirlbybay

colorful paintings of interiors and decor. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring painting of colorful interior. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring painting of colorful living room. / sfgirlbybay

charming painting of a building exterior. / sfgirlbybay

whimsical illustration of bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

disheveled home office illustration. / sfgirlbybay

illustration of a dinner table. / sfgirlbybay

colorful hallway painting. / sfgirlbybay

washed out painting of interior. / sfgirlbybay

colorful sketch looking out of a window. / sfgirlbybay

colorful painting of a tablescape. / sfgirlbybay

bold painting of colorful interior. / sfgirlbybay

artist credits in order of appearance: Karen Kilimnik The Pink Room via christies; bella foster; guy yanai; waldeinsamkeiten; oscar gronner; fumi koike; léa maupetit art prints; sunshine by fiona dunphy; amy routman; Henri Matisse Safrano Roses at the Window; gone by Illustrator Madame Lolina; genieve figgis knock knock; genieve figgis; maira kalman the bronx via julie saul gallery; janice Biala Façade Paris; fumi koike; mamma andersson; maira kalman Corridor with Yellow Chair julie saul gallery; luc tuymans; henri matisse La fenêtre ouverte via christies; maira kalman Cream Teas, Sherborne Castle; bella foster.

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weekend escape: amsterdam.

editor’s note: i’m so pleased and excited to introduce you to our brand new contributor, jessica from bon traveler. jessica really gets around (the world!) so i think you’re going to enjoy these mini-holidays!

amsterdam city scape reflection in water. / sfgirlbybay

There are some cities in Europe that have a way of drawing you back, time and time again. Amsterdam is no exception — its flower-lined canals provide a whimsical playground for those willing to get blissfully lost along the way. The draw to Amsterdam, for me, has always been the “human-sized” feeling to it. Brick homes line the streets, where seamlessly you can walk or bike from one neighborhood to the next. Cozy spaces are sprinkled throughout, with endless boutiques to browse and cafes to corner up in for the afternoon. Between meals, there is art and a whole lot of it. At an estimated seventy-five museums ranging from modern art to film, there is something for everyone. Certainly, a weekend is never quite long enough to soak all that Amsterdam has to offer. Here’s a look at how to spend a weekend escape in this city.

happy travels! bon traveler.

building exterior during fall in amsterdam. / sfgirlbybay

vine-covered building in amsterdam. / sfgirlbybay

Eat + Drink
As a melting pot of cultures, I find myself leaning towards more international cuisine when in Amsterdam. With a large Indonesian community, eating Indonesian food is a must at Tujuh Maret. The classic experience is “rijsttafel” or the rice table, where you can try an arrangement of multiple small dishes here. Another great find in the Jordaan on my last visit was Raïnaraï — a North African and Moroccan influenced restaurant, with savory dishes changed out daily.

cocktails on wood table in amsterdam cafe. / sfgirlbybay

alley in amsterdam. / sfgirlbybay

Throughout the city, other favorite cafes include Café George, Brasserie Van Dam, and Bar Fisk.

For coffee, it’s never a visit without a stop at Bocca Coffee and Toki café with its pretty terrazzo tables.

latte on terrazzo cafe table. / sfgirlbybay

Toki café in amsterdam. / sfgirlbybay

pair of orange leather chairs in amsterdam lobby. / sfgirlbybay

Stay
If you’ve come for good design, the hotels in Amsterdam are plenty. The Conservatorium Hotel is an icon and has a perfect address amidst the Museum Quarter. A former bank and music conservatory have been transformed by Milan-based designer and architect, Piero Lissoni. His clean lines and signature pops of color take the best of the historic building and combine it with an intimate feeling.

The Conservatorium Hotel in amsterdam. / sfgirlbybay

amersterdam's iconic Conservatorium Hotel./ sfgirlbybay

Do
Some of the most wonderful moments in Amsterdam are found in exploring the neighborhoods. Start in the Jordaan and work your way along the canals as it’s here you’ll find local shops to pop into. A boat ride on the canals is another highlight and often can be touristy, but there is a way around the packed boats. Pure Boats offers a small group tour on their boat, taking you back into the canals often not visited by the bigger companies. Accompanied by local cheeses and beer, it’s a great way to take in the city.

boat canal in amsterdam. / sfgirlbybay

boat canals in amsterdam. / sfgirlbybay

Rijksmuseum in amsterdam. / sfgirlbybay

When it comes to museums, I would start with the Van Gogh and the Rijksmuseum for the classics. Most of these museums are open later into the night, so I always find it a great way to spend the evening after dinner.

charming building exterior in amsterdam. / sfgirlbybay

• all photography by bon traveler.

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it’s only a paper moon.

mid-century modern paper lantern lighting fixture. / sfgirlbybay

should you be looking for some affordable lighting options that make a huge impact you might just consider the paper lantern, and in my opinion the bigger the better! the japanese-inspired paper lantern has been around forever and can really light up a room in more ways than just their lovely, luminous glow. if you take a look at many of these rooms, you’ll see how dramatic their look is, and at a relatively low investment. these origami-inspired lanterns, for instance, are under twenty bucks! add this Gold Electrical Cord Swag Kit (also under $20) and you’ve got a pretty dynamic look for very little money. after all, it’s only a paper moon.

paper lantern lighting in bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

paper lantern pendant light over dining table. / sfgirlbybay

white-washed rooms with paper lantern lighting. / sfgirlbybay

white paper lantern light. / sfgirlbybay

white paper lantern light fixture over dining table. / sfgirlbybay

white paper lantern lighting inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

unique shaped paper lantern lighting fixture. / sfgirlbybay

oversized white paper lantern light. / sfgirlbybay

white paper lantern light hanging from black chain. / sfgirlbybay

white paper lanterns in white-washed homes. / sfgirlbybay

white paper lantern in bohemian modern bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

hanging paper lantern lights. / sfgirlbybay

large white paper lantern light fixture. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: mister design; vartnya hem; light locations; l-e-a-b-o; @kawa_heart_studio; elle decoration ; restored by the fords via alexandra ribar; alt dk; mister design; accordion paper lanterns from the paper mart; light locations; light locations; rum; light locations; remodelista; the society inc. banks 120 lantern; Akari Light Sculpture from forage modern workshop; pop and scott; Washi Paper Lantern from nalata nalata; design*sponge; @kawa_heart_studio; the society inc. dampier paper lantern; light locations; anne black’s home via bobedre; vt wonen; elle decor south africa; sharyn cairns.

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everybody puts baby in a corner.

white-washed room with tall ceilings and white sheer curtains. / sfgirlbybay

it’s true, right? everybody puts baby in a corner — chairs, i mean. it goes without saying that if you’ve got an empty corner something in us tells us we should fill it, and why not with a beautifully made, classic chair. there are so many gorgeous chairs out there, from vintage, to brand new plush velvet and i for one have a deep-seated (get it? pun intended) love for all kinds of vintage chairs. each one is so unique and as much an art piece unto themselves, that i just can’t help but collect them. and the more mismatched the better. so, if you’ve got a lonesome corner, go ahead and put baby in the corner. i’ll never tell.

rattan side chair with throw blanket and pillow. / sfgirlbybay

european chic living room with designer chairs. / sfgirlbybay

decorating with vintage chairs. / sfgirlbybay

black and white chair. / sfgirlbybay

bedroom corner with chair. / sfgirlbybay

woven wicker chair. / sfgirlbybay

chaise lounge chair in corner. / sfgirlbybay

decorating with vintage chairs. / sfgirlbybay

cozy wire chair with faux fur throws. / sfgirlbybay

vintage chair collection. / sfgirlbybay

vintage black wire chair. / sfgirlbybay

vintage black tall back chair. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring vintage chairs. / sfgirlbybay

white vintage armchair. / sfgirlbybay

vintage black chair with leather seat. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: the line nyc by justin chung photography; kate davison’s home via dwell; @sacha.strebe; the socialite family; klipklap furniture via a merry mishap; truck furniture; dwell; @galerie_half; the socialite family; michael felix madda chairs; truck furniture; the poetry of material things; lulu & georgia ceylon chair; @galerie_half; @saasha_burns; solar shop via GQ magazine; humbert poyet; design*sponge; anthropologie miley chairs; the socialite family; the portland studio; tom bonauro’s home via sfgirlbybay; Saul Leiter’ by François Halard via the new york times; alt.dk; breuer cantilever style dining chair via emily in alaska; the maryn; @sfgirlbybay; apartment therapy; lucca modern armchair from bo concept; herman miller chair; Dennis Abalos Snug Chair from lost & found; domino; yellows dk; door sixteen; essential home.

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disco fever.

disco ball hung from ornate ceiling medallion in modern living room. / sfgirlbybay

i once designed a bedroom makeover for a friend who had recently divorced and wanted a fresh start. and the one thing she wanted more than anything was a vintage disco ball. she wanted that ‘celebratory decay’ as she called it that an older disco ball would add to her bedroom — that luminous light that only a disco ball can achieve. disco balls are pretty beautiful when done right, and i kind of find myself wanting one now, too. you can find them all over — on etsy, at flea markets, you can even find a Glitterati Small Disco Ball at urban outfitters. they can virtually live anywhere — from decoratively placed in an empty fireplace to hanging from a ceiling (or a vintage chandelier) or simply just placed as a ‘still life’ sculpture in a random corner where they’ll catch some natural light, or add a small spotlight nearby for a real disco feel. no matter where, they add a magical touch that also adds a bit of fun.

vintage disco balls in modern living room. / sfgirlbybay

disco ball inspired decor. / sfgirlbybay

large disco ball hung by chain in modern living room. / sfgirlbybay

disco ball placed inside white fireplace as decor. / sfgirlbybay

disco ball decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

disco ball hung in center of modern living room. / sfgirlbybay

vintage disco ball hung in front of window. / sfgirlbybay

disco ball as home decor. / sfgirlbybay

stairwell with disco mirrored tile. / sfgirlbybay

disco ball in sunny window seat. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: solebich; kitchen backsplash; disco walls; alica and olivia; la cool & chic; old time freind; kendra smoot styling for a cup of jo; the bubble joy; skinny dip london; super cozy; volcom womens; interior decor designs; the interiors addict; lolita magazine; sonryo; moon to moon; the crafted life; digs digs; live simply by annie; design inspiration; @shopbando; maggie mason’s bedroom makeover by sfgirlbybay; blank diary; Glitterati Small Disco Ball from urban outfitters; pink wall; bord de scene; moon to moon; style me pretty; a cup of jo; inside out magazine; rock n roll bride; etc. mirrored staircase; hunted interiors.

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good reads: 91 magazine.

colorful home office featured in 91 magazine. / sfgirlbybay

i’m not sure how i could have been oblivious to this UK-based design blog and magazine for so long, but it’s one to take a long first look at for sure, and keep visiting over and over. 91 magazine is chock full of some gorgeous design inspiration, DIY ideas, recipes, reading recs and shopping tips from all over the world, and even workshops, too. 91 Magazine was launched in 2011 by founder and editor Caroline Rowland. The idea came about when Caroline felt that none of the mainstream magazines were capturing her interest anymore, and she longed for a magazine that covered all aspects of creative living. She wanted beautiful homes that were still attainable and oozed creativity while mixing contemporary, vintage and handmade looks effortlessly — my personal favorite kind of style.

91 magazine cover with a mint colored ceramic mug of coffee. / sfgirlbybay

Caroline wanted to read about creative lives and businesses that would continue to inspire her on her own journey while getting handy tips and advice and she wanted all of these things to be visually beautiful and well written. So instead of waiting for this to happen, she quite brilliantly created 91 Magazine. The magazine is currently available to order online both in print and digital form, so sign up here for either. Here’s a peek at what you have to look forward to from our friends across the pond — and be sure to check them out on Instagram, too.

inspiring black and white mantle styling featured in 91 magazine. / sfgirlbybay

open kitchen shelving featured in 91 magazine. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring mid-century modern home decor featured in 91 magazine. / sfgirlbybay

mid-century modern sideboard styled for 91 magazine. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interiors featured in 91 magazine. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern market display featured in 91 magazine. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring store shelfie featured in 91 magazine. / sfgirlbybay

colorful bedding featured in 91 magazine. / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of 91 Magazine.

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color story: sunset.

rust orange floor chair in bohemian modern living room. / sfgirlbybay

it’s a pretty glorious day out in los angeles (at long last) and the sunsets lately have been utterly epic. so, this week’s color story is, you guessed it, all about the glory of sunsets. no two sunsets are alike, and neither are the shades that make them up — they can range from pale lavender to cotton candy pink to umber, to goldenrod and many of these colors combined. so, much like, sunsets you can imagine then that these inspirational images come in a wide variety! enjoy!

vintage book cover with yellow font. / sfgirlbybay

leather mid-century modern inspired sette sofa. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed room with corduroy button tufted sofa. / sfgirlbybay

sunset inspired accessories and homewares. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: @ana_morais wall hangings; pampa woven tote bags; @ozma_of_california butterfly chair; pampa MONTE POM POM CUSHION; ochre linen pillow slips from deiji studios; MSGM Knit Circle Dress; Simon Miller Bonsai 20cm Bag in Golden Orange; poppy lane via pampa; pampa posie paz candle; @ilovelinen striped, pink and golden bedding; urban outfitters Alina Rattan Table Lamp; Eden Tufted Throw Pillow from urban outfitters.

inspiring modern neutral living room with exposed beams. / sfgirlbybay

white open shelving with sunset photo and pops of black decor. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern dining area with natural colors. / sfgirlbybay

orange and pink color palette inspired by the sunset. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: surfboard by salvo lópez photography; Parfait + Henna Circle Pillow from schoolhouse electric; baby it’s you via top knot goods; Panalito Placemat Gold from minna goods; The Heidies Foehn2 art print from tappan collective; tiles via architectural digest espana; you are magical via macadamia; fruit by @milesdealmas; leather sofa by tia borgsmidt photography; amour art print by Morgan Kendall from minted; pampas leather square, ombre throw and la duna pillows from the citizenry; Limited Edition Robe with Caroline Walls for Women’s Community Shelters from in bed.

yellow and pink wall tile. / sfgirlbybay

yellow and pink bedding in white-washed bedroom.

yellow and rust wall paint. / sfgirlbybay

dried coral wall decor on white shiplap walls. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist bohemian bedroom with neutral color palette. / sfgirlbybay

rustic dried floral wall installation. / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: poppy lane via pampa; the novel by joyce lee photography; Anne-Laure Mais’s home via the socialite family; @houseinhabit’s home by @kawa_heart_studio; atelier vime bamboo coffee table; @saltdesignbuild shelving; sarah sherman samuel; yatzer; ochre linen pillow slips from deiji studios; corners by @natalie_santafe@femte.til.venstre; architectural digest espana; venue report.

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a mini holiday at hotel joaquin.

bohemian modern decor inside hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

as some of you may have noticed, i played hooky this weekend because i snuck away for a long weekend in laguna beach for bri’s epic bachelorette weekend. we checked in at the new hotel joaquin, and honestly, i didn’t want to check out. a petite boutique resort with just 22 rooms nestled above beautiful Shaw’s Cove (a short walk that is a must-visit), not only are the grounds and view gorgeous, but the renovation to this old hotel is simply sublime. from adorable snorkel fins hung outside each guest room, to hi-fi’s and vinyl they’ve really thought of everything to make you feel welcome. the drinks and the food is out of this world, too — our special dinner to honor bri’s impending love nuptials included oysters on the half shell, a drool-worthy seabass in coconut broth and black ‘forbidden’ rice, and crab gnocchi. repeat, please. oh, and amazing breakfast options including coconut yogurt & fruit (served in a fresh coconut, of course!) are included with your stay. the staff was so kind and the amenities amazing. i’ll definitely be making a trip back to hotel joaquin.

view from hotel joaquin in laguna beach, california. / sfgirlbybay

guest accommodations at hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

outdoor dining area at hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

design and decor details at hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

pool at hotel joaquin in laguna beach, ca. / sfgirlbybay

poolside at hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

patio area at hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring white-washed interior of hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

gift shop inside hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

colorful wall hanging inside hotel joaquin guest room. / sfgirlbybay

guest room decor inside hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

exterior and patio of hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

outdoor dining area at hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

the hotel joaquin pool at sunset. / sfgirlbybay

the laguna beach shore. / sfgirlbybay

 

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instagram worthy: @kawa_heart_studio.

inspiring bedroom inside @kawa_heart_studio in australia. / sfgirlbybay

i guess i’m still in a seaside surf mode after my long weekend in laguna, because this week’s Instagram worthy feed is very, very beachy! it’s also beautiful and super inspiring. today we’re checking in with @kawa_heart_studio a gorgeous aussie cottage from dee kawai tang, also known as the kawa he·art studio & the lady california bungalow which just happens to be available for photoshoots should you find yourself down under. i honestly miss living by the beach so much, and this cozy spot is definitely making me want to move closer. laguna could work! in the meantime, though let’s all get inspired by these architectural details, amazing windows and creative corners from @kawa_heart_studio.

arched doorway to bohemian living room via @kawa_heart_studio on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

hat rack and surfboard photographed via @kawa_heart_studio on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian home office area via @kawa_heart_studio on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring bohemian interior of via @kawa_heart_studio on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring australian cottage via @kawa_heart_studio on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiration wall via via @kawa_heart_studio on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern entryway via @kawa_heart_studio on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inside the bohemian @kawa_heart_studio on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

beachy bedroom decor inside @kawa_heart_studio via instagram. / sfgirlbybay

beachy surf vibes in @kawa_heart_studio bedroom via instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring windows inside @kawa_heart_studio via instagram. / sfgirlbybay

beachy whitewashed bedroom inside the inspiring @kawa_heart_studio. / sfgirlbybay

tropical wall mural via @kawa_heart_studio on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

beachy home office via @kawa_heart_studio on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by @kawa_heart_studio.

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the timeless beauty of bentwood.

mismatched dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

i never tire of a beautiful bentwood chair, or thonet as some are called. you can recognize the real thonets by signature steam bent legs, backs and braces on the legs, and a mix of birdseye cane and wood seats, and some even still have their original paper labels, which are so ornate and quite wonderful. michael thonet created the first thonet chair with its curved, graceful shapes by forming the wood in hot steam. the first thonet, or “coffee shop chair no. 14” was made in 1859! i’ve got a few vintage beauties around my dining table and i like them best when mixed and matched. they also look great all by their lonesome, say next to a bed as a kind of night (or book) stand, or in any empty spot just longing for a gorgeous statement chair. here are a few looks i find most inspiring. i sometimes find these vintage chairs for super marché at the french flea markets but if you’re on the hunt, check elsie green — they’ve got a few of these rare beauties in stock right now.

bentwood chairs with faux fur throws. / sfgirlbybay

mismatched vintage thonet chairs. / sfgirlbybay

decorating with thonet chairs. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring dining table styled with mismatched vintage chairs. / sfgirlbybay

vintage thonet chairs. / sfgirlbybay

bathroom with vintage bentwood chair. / sfgirlbybay

vintage thonet chair as bedside reading table. / sfgirlbybay

matching bentwood dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

vintage bentwood dining chair. / sfgirlbybay

mismatched vintage dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

dining room with mismatched vintage chairs and gallery wall. / sfgirlbybay

bentwood desk chair in whitewashed home office. / sfgirlbybay

vintage bentwood desk chair. / sfgirlbybay

modern loft kitchen with bentwood chairs. / sfgirlbybay

bentwood desk chair with cane seat. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: mason st. peter; @samiyla; alexander white; hannah trickett; glitter guide; @wholesomelyliving; @femte.til.venstre; remodelista; rock n deco; @white__sage; thonet; nordic design; elle decoration; design studio nu; tine k home; rue; @samiyla; @un_fold_ed; @tintaluhrman; mason st. peter; afound; stadshem; our food stories; alexander white; claire delmar interiors.

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picture this: bauhaus.

colorful bauhaus style art print. / sfgirlbybay

i’m a big fan of all things Bauhaus– in fact, awhile back i did a blog post about Bauhaus design influences in today’s world — stylistic inspiration from the Bauhaus modern art movement of the early 20th century. so this week’s picture this is all about Bauhaus — from artists like my favorite László Moholy-Nagy and Wassily Kandinsky, and contemporary artists perhaps influenced by the Bauhaus movement like block shop and bobby clark — its theme is abstract elements in abstract space and the credo of the Bauhaus: “Art and Technology: A New Unity”. as before, where indicated as ‘art print’ or ‘poster’ many of these pieces are shoppable, too, so check the links below if you’re a fan of the Bauhaus movement, too.

bauhaus exhibit poster. / sfgirlbybay

bauhaus style art print. / sfgirlbybay

bauhaus inspired artwork. / sfgirlbybay

color blocked bauhaus style art print. / sfgirlbybay

bauhaus style art print. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist bauhaus style art print. / sfgirlbybay

bauhaus style art print. / sfgirlbybay

pale pink bauhaus style art print. / sfgirlbybay

bauhaus exhibit poster. / sfgirlbybay

block shop textiles bauhaus style art print. / sfgirlbybay

bauhaus style exhibit poster. / sfgirlbybay

bauhaus style exhibit poster. / sfgirlbybay

sources: LÁSZLÓ MOHOLY-NAGY, Z II, 1925 via MOMA; american posters Bauhaus Poster print; Unit Drawing 58 art print by Dai Roberts from rise art; LÁSZLÓ MOHOLY-NAGY via MOMA; Art Exhibition: Willy Baumeister art print by Oskar Schlemmer, 1918 from art.com; Solar System art Print by Vahalla Studios from schoolhouse electric; Wassily Kandinsky Portrait from behance; Weimar Bauhaus Museum art print from art.com; watching eye art print by jennifer ament; Bauhaus inspired Art Print n.10 by Marcela Homrichut ; Sanctum art print by Olivia Peake from rise art; Modern Wall Art print from Mottos Print; Oskar Schlemmer. Figure from the Side: Figure H2 Seated via MOMA; bobby clark art prints; american posters Retro Advertising Poster print; Man and Woman & Piece of Life No.09 by Slavomir Zombek; LÁSZLÓ MOHOLY-NAGY via MOMA; Pink Composition by Oskar Schlemmer, 1930 via MOMA; american posters Bauhaus Poster print; arches woodblock print from block shop; Art Exhibition: Willy Baumeister art print by Oskar Schlemmer, 1918 from art.com; Non-Conformists modern poster print from american posters.

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color story: noir.

black and white interior of erica tanov store. / sfgirlbybay

if you’ve ever met me, you’ll probably know that black is my favorite color. and yes, it’s a color! therefore, this week’s color story is all about everything darkly noir. from black armoires to beautiful prints and even toasters, black makes everything look sharp! it’s contrasty and chic and just ultimately a classic that never goes out of style — just like the little black dress. here’s to black!

rustic black armoir. / sfgirlbybay

matte black wall paint. / sfgirlbybay

black and white home decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: vintage stella chair from super marché; urban outfitters Geo Textured Throw Pillow; Penguin Random House Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life by jane sherron de hart; Clare V. Sandy Rope Tote Bag in Black; black bedroom via coco lapine design; Eames Wool Blanket; Plant Study II by @claymclaurinstudio; Vitra Eames House Bird; urban outfitters Sarina Lantern Table Lamp; vessels via @demodeparis; (below) too french to be polit print from polit.

black and white polit print. / sfgirlbybay

black vintage twin headboards. / sfgirlbybay

black bedroom wall paint. / sfgirlbybay

black and white decor and fashion. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: tout art total via moma; Veja Esplar Logo Leather Sneaker in Black Pierre; jordan Grace Owens ink drawing print; Arik Levy Toolbox in Basic Dark; black backsplash via apartment therapy; Ali Beletic’s Yours Truly art hanging; Peggy Guggenheim; with calder mobile; hotel magique When life gives you lemons art print; urban outfitters Jamison Desk Lamp; Helmut Newton photograph, 1965.

black dining table and chairs. / sfgirlbybay

black painted walls and doors. / sfgirlbybay

black and white accessories and home furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: @saarmanche’s home; deja-vu via cult of tomorrow; Areaware Small Totem Candle in Black; tile via urban archeology; Faded Memories print by Deborah Stevenson; west elm Misewell Henry Stool; SMEG Toaster; black credenza via my steel creek; Tamanohada Black Fish Welcome Soap; black armoire from demode furniture; Dauville bowls from Canvas Home via the new york times.

chalk black wall paint behind black piano. / sfgirlbybay

black smeg refrigerator. / sfgirlbybay

black and white books with black candle inside cloche. / sfgirlbybay

black textured wall with rustic wood stool. / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: erica tanov’s DTLA studio; @dlarssoninterior; apartment therapy@demodeparis; @coquicoquiofficial; Laure Joliet photography via remodelista; @heydavina; mylove4design; nordic design; hannah lemholt photography; lotta agaton styling.

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instagram worthy: @ericatanov.

stack of colorful blankets and pillows photographed by @ericatanov on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

i’m such a big, no make that huge, fan of designer erica tanov, that it’s only logical i would also love her very lovely  instagram feed. for @ericatanov, design is the process of discovering, or rediscovering, the essential nature of things and where she gains much of the inspiration fo her clothing and homewares collections. her book design by nature details this beautifully, and her instagram worthy feed is full of understated elegance and a truly eclectic, bohemian vibe, which is why i’m drawn to her beautiful imagery. erica also has three brick and mortar stores in berkeley, marin and newly opened in DTLA at the row. so for more inspiration be sure and pop in for a visit and until then, enjoy a few of my favorite pics!

patterned wallpaper paired with pink blossoms in blue ceramic vase photographed by @ericatanov on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern room with ornate chandelier and vintage chairs photographed by @ericatanov on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

mismatched wallpaper and textiles via @ericatanov on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring imagery via @ericatanov on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

blossoms on tree in retail store photographed by @ericatanov via instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring bohemian modern decor inside @ericatanov store. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring imagery via @ericatanov on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

homewares for sale inside @ericatanov store. / sfgirlbybay

tabletop home goods for sale via @ericatanov store. / sfgirlbybay

inspiration wall photographed via @ericatanov on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

mismatched bedding photographed by @ericatanov on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

portrait print in shabby chic frame via @ericatanov on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

home goods curated by @ericatanov via instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring vintage modern living room photographed by @ericatanov on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring bohemian work space photographed via @ericatanov on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring home decor photographed by @ericatanov on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring bedroom sideboard photographed via @ericatanov on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring floral arrangement in white ceramic vase. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by @ericatanov.

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getting toasty in here.

the kitchy cabin in big bear with mid-century modern fireplace. / sfgirlbybay

no built-in fireplace? no problem! at least not with these freestanding mid-century modern fireplaces. i’ve often thought about installing one of these charming fireplaces in my living room. it’s one of the things i miss most about some of my previous homes. i know it’s warm most of the time in los angeles, but it’s been a might chilly recently (raining yet again this weekend) and so my imagination gets me wandering back to the idea of adding one of these wonderful Wood Burning Fireplaces to my home. so cozy, right?

black wall-mounted fireplace with nude wall paint. / sfgirlbybay

black mid-century modern fireplace in bohemian modern living room. / sfgirlbybay

mid-century modern cabin decor and furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

rattan armchair with faux fur throw and black fireplace. / sfgirlbybay

black wood-burning fireplace in rustic modern living room. / sfgirlbybay

black and white fireplaces. / sfgirlbybay

rustic black fireplace with shiplap walls. / sfgirlbybay

black fireplace in rustic modern living rooms. / sfgirlbybay

modern black wood burning fireplace. / sfgirlbybay

white mid-century modern fireplace. / sfgirlbybay

rustic modern black fireplace with white walls. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: laure joliet photography via domino; architectural digest espana; house and leisurelaure joliet photography via domino; my scandinavian home; they designnordic design; my attic; bolig magasinet; my scandinavian home; Jan Olphert Vaillantlaantrende house; @cletileand north.

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