i’m really seeing moroccan-flavored tile as a big trend lately — it’s everywhere. patterned tiles in courtyards, on walls, behind your backsplash, and on the ground beneath your feet — which is what interests me the most right now. as i mentioned a week ago or so, i’m seriously considering a cement tile floor in a subtle pattern for my kitchen. i was thinking hardwood, but they can be tough to maintain in a kitchen over a long period of time, and i’m not too sure the hardwood floors beneath the tile that’s in my kitchen now is in very great shape to begin with. so i’ve been considering this idea pretty seriously, and on the hunt for tiled floors that, well — floor me!
i’ve been pinning since 2010, when pinterest was just a baby — i think when i started there were less than 50 people on there, and co-founder ben silbermann invited me to try it out. it’s since blew up like nobody’s business and has millions of people pinning inspiring images every day. it’s one of my main sources for inspiration and at present i have over 142 different boards — sharing everything from bathing beauties, to a few of my personal favorite boards, aqualand, blushing beauty, and even mister sfgirlbybay — revealing all my secret celebrity guy crushes. hey, a girl can dream. i thought i’d share a few of my favorite and very current pins. i hope they inspire you, too.
clockwise, l to r: lovely food styling and a recipe for cantaloupe sorbet, via migalha doce; fun dishes from oui; an interesting photo of andy warhol; love the idea of painting your favorite phrase, via the interior archive; one of my favorite styling inspirations, carrie donovan; i couldn’t resist adding this little parrot to my green day board.
this drought tolerant garden from a growing obsession is the ultimate inspiration for my new front yard.
i like the idea of growing a heart vine on the side of my house; and an outdoor shower is something i’ve always wanted, via share design; this is a pretty rad muscle car, via mija; a very inspiring, but simple staircase, via camille styles; gorgeous tiles from exquisite surfaces; and beautiful ceramics from little upside down cake, via the style files.
Dinosaur Coffee opened its doors last December and quickly became one of the most Instagram-ed coffee shops in town. Owners Ben + Michelle worked with some mighty-fine designers and makers (Ryan Upton designed all the woodwork and the folks at Hello Glam created the floral installation), to create the sleek, modern Silver Lake environment that basically begs to be shared on social media. Since it’s genesis, Ben and Michelle were committed to cultivating a friendly, welcoming environment for coffee fanatics and the occasional drinker, alike, and so they embraced the dinosaur theme to keep things whimsical and inviting. Whether you swing by Dinosaur Coffee for your morning brew or settle in for an afternoon of work, remember : Things will be fine.
• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.
Drop your knitting needles and roll up your sleeves. the only thing you’ll be needing are your hands, some fluffy wool and the projects in Anne Weil’s beautiful and very crafty new book, Knitting Without Needles: A Stylish Introduction to Finger and Arm Knitting from Potter Craft. in the book Anne shares stylish patterns that are incredibly simple, but yield gorgeous DIY results and covers two new popular techniques: Finger knitting, a form of weaving loops of yarn through one another on your hand to create long chains of knit fabric; and arm knitting, which uses your forearms to loop strands of yarn into chunky knits. so it sounds like you can stay warm and cozy while you’re knitting!
Anne’s techniques are super easy and provide near-instant gratification. Imagine knitting a chunky scarf in just 45 minutes! beginners and experienced knitters alike can make the fabulous projects in Knitting Without Needles, from lavish home decor like this gorgeous pouf anne made for me from Cascade Magnum yarn donated by purl soho for her the great American pouf book tour. the book also includes techniques to create stylish fashion accessories like scarves, as well as fun projects to make with your kids. All you need is yarn and your own two hands (literally) to create a cozy cabled blanket, a pom-pom trimmed hat, a pouf for your living room, and plenty of other adorable items. you can find kits for the poufs and signed copies of Knitting Without Needles in anne’s shop.
You might know Anne from her beautiful blog flax and twine, but she’s also a designer of craft, DIY, knit, and crochet patterns, as well as a freelance contributor for Martha Stewart and her site is part of the “12 Months of Martha” team of bloggers selected by Martha Stewart’s craft department. Her projects have been published on countless blogs including Design*Sponge, Design Mom, and Apartment Therapy. Anne also teaches knitting classes at local yarn stores, at craft workshop spaces, and at art retreats nationwide, and online at Creativebug and at Craftsy. Visit flax and twine and follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest as @flaxandtwine.
i used to try and have an apartment that was nothing but streamline, very committed mid-century modern. but i just couldn’t hack the discipline involved to have everything ‘by the book’ mid-century. i like too many eras of furniture design to be tied down to just one, and while i utterly admire anyone who can keep a home with a clean, strictly modern manner, it’s just a tad too austere for me — the “collector of odds and ends”. that’s why i was drawn to these rooms — they’ve got that mid-century modern vibe, but with a playful, eclectic spin, achieved by adding pops of great color; plants, whimsical artwork, and unique textiles. just a bit of fun with mid-century modern.