currently pinning.

inspiring interior design / sfgirlbybay

fiona lynch design.

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.

inspiring pinterest pins / sfgirlbybay

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.

drought tolerant landscape design / sfgirlbybay

this drought tolerant garden from a growing obsession is the ultimate inspiration for my new front yard.

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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.

pale green kitchen walls / sfgirlbybay

i’m not sure i could live with pale green walls, but this kitchen in elle decoration could certainly convince me, via coco & kelley.

around l.a. / dinosaur coffee.

floral and fluorescent wall art / sfgirlbybay

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.

modern wood shelving / sfgirlbybay

sleek barstools / sfgirlbybay

dinosaur decor / sfgirlbybay

wood and glass bakery display / sfgirlbybay

dinosaur coffee shop silverlake / sfgirlbybay

dinosaur coffee in silverlake / sfgirlbybay

merchandise display at dinosaur coffee / sfgirlbybay

modern wood interior design / sfgirlbybay

red espresso machine / sfgirlbybay

modern coffee packaging / sfgirlbybay

stamped dinosaur coffee cup / sfgirlbybay

whimsical wall art at dinosaur coffee / sfgirlbybay

• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.

the great american pouf tour.

pink knit pouf / 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!

hand knit pouf / sfgirlbybay

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.

finger and arm knitting / sfgirlbybay

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.

white knit pouf / sfgirlbybay

diy knit baskets / sfgirlbybay

knitted throw blanket / sfgirlbybay

knit tassel blanket / sfgirlbybay

knitted wall art / sfgirlbybay

fun with mid-century modern.

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a black mid-century modern leather sofa looks less austere with playful accessories, via the october issue of inside out magazine.

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.

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great artwork and a mix of dining chairs updates this dining room, via inside closet.

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fun with mid-century modern, via de dujes (above + below).

fun mid-centruy modern furnishings / sfgirlbybay

colorful mid-century modern / sfgirlbybay

a vintage map and whimsical art make this case study sofa a lot more fun, via dwell.

mid-century modern style / sfgirlbybay

pop & scott’s fun reproduction case study sofa and lamp.

modern bedroom styling / sfgirlbybay

a green crocheted throw lightens up the mood of a bertoia side chair, via lily.

modern entryway / sfgirlbybay

a mid-century cabinet gets repurposed as a fun spot to store shoes, via vtwonen.

mid-century modern dining room / sfgirlbybay

green upholstery livens up this look at poland’s autor rooms hotel, via coco + kelley.

Friday Finds.

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Top to bottom, left to right:

  1. A crisp, light-flooded residence, photographed by Casey Dunn
  2. Cheering for Kebei Li’s ingenious student project to become a reality!
  3. Impeccable styling by Riikka Kantinkoski for Cooee Design
  4. Pure and graceful garment construction from Kaarem
  5. Exquisitely clean-cut drawing pads from ITO Bindery of Japan

Happy Friday,