Top to bottom, left to right:
1. A DIY wall hanging that gets creative with eucalyptus branches
2. This wooden bathroom inside the home of Sydney-based architects
3. Black Barn, a fittingly vine-covered boutique vineyard in New Zealand
4. The garden door of our dreams, perfectly framed in purple
5. Fancy grilled cheese with goat cheese and blackberry jam
as i think about what stays in san francisco (i.e. goes to a new home here) and what i take to L.A. when i move, i’m trying really hard to eliminate what i don’t need, and just keep the pieces in my furniture collection that really mean something to me, and are functional. i’m also considering what i might need in my new home, and credenzas are high on the list of functioning, multi-tasking furniture. they’re wonderful in entryways and they work in pretty much any room in the house — as a bedroom dresser; as a dining room sideboard; and in living rooms for media and music storage. to put it simply, credenzas just look pretty doing their ‘job’ of keeping clutter at a minimum. whether it’s a brand new credenza (and there’s some great ones out there right now) to a vintage mid century modern score, i’m for anything that looks this good stashing my unsightly stuff and displaying my favorite finds, too.
i figure one of the most important architectural features of your dream house could very well be your front door. i mean, it is one of the first things visitors come in contact with, and yet, doors can sadly be completely overlooked. or, just plain ugly. i think a great front door can go a long way to giving a house a much needed facelift. i’ve looked at a few houses (well, probably hundreds online) and i can see much room for improvement when it comes to welcoming guests into your home. once again, the design of your front door hinges (no pun intended) primarily on the architecture of your home — so if you’ve got a mid-century modern home you’re going to probably want a more sleek and simple door. if you’ve got an older victorian a more traditional front door, complete with knocker might be more in order. a craftsman home might call for something more colorful. but i like an unexpected entrance too — so i think it can be interesting to add a more modern door to an older home. and of course if your home comes with an amazing front door, restoration is the way to go. my ultimate front door, though? these steel and glass beauties like the one just below. those make my heart go pitter pat.
steel and glass doors are stunning, via ryan street & asscociates.
this is one gorgeous, statement-making entrance, via living etc.
i adore jihan’s welcoming and fresh front porch & door.
you could go bold with spanish architecture and have a bright pink door, via dwell magazine.
there’s nothing quite as lovely as old double doors, via est magazine.
perfect mid-century modern front door, via domaine home.
a little bit more traditional, and quite a beautiful welcome, via sarah berry design.
smitten studio’s front door is perfect for a mid-century modern space.
love the look of this farm house given a modern update with a black front door, via houzz.
simple but great-looking gray front door, via maria killam.
hello friends! this is celeste, a photographer and bay area native sharing a bit of my hometown with you today. having grown up just 20 minutes south of san francisco, i’d come to know pacifica as a quiet, fairly removed coastal town despite it’s proximity to the city. however, with the influx of creatives and entrepreneurs moving to the bay, some of that modern artistry is beginning to pop up in my dear old hometown.
one of the most telling signs can be seen visiting yonder, a shop owned and curated by artist linda fahey (you might have seen her work at west coast craft or anthropologie). linda works with porcelain, black clay, sculpture clay body, and wood to create her hand built pieces. because the shop is also home to her studio, you can see her pieces in various states of production when visiting. while yonder’s goods are centered around linda’s collection, it also features work by other local artists from the area such as diana fayt and colleen mauer.
linda says, “i like to carry some trending items, but i like to expand on that to introduce new and emerging work from a range makers and styles – which if i’m doing well — all come together to create an interesting, fun, and inspiring home decor environment. i also will carry small runs of items to keep the shop dynamic and correspond that with seasons and special events, whether pop ups or workshop visiting artists.”
although the shop’s presence in pacifica are signs of an evolving town, her work plays tribute to pacifica’s crown jewel: the pacific. waves and water are common motifs, as if marrying pacifica’s surf town vibe to modern simplicity. for store info and updates, visit yonder. and keep an eye out for their upcoming spring/summer workshop series!
You can follow yonder on facebook; instagram and pinterest. Cheers!
•all photography by celeste noche for sfgirlbybay.
i’ve got a big crush on mid-century modern wicker. and while day dreaming about what my new home will look like, i spy quite a few vintage rattan chairs there in my imagination. vintage modern wicker just seems to fit the L.A. vibe so well. the sad thing here is that i already owned a few of these vintage chairs made from rattan, but sold them to friends quite a few years back. but, at least i know they are well-loved, and i always enjoy a new hunt for old stuff.