the many moods of blue.

dining booth with blue velvet upholstery. / sfgirlbybay

when i was in portugal, i was yet again surrounded by european blues. beautiful blue tiles are everywhere in the city of lisbon — azulejos, a form of Spanish and Portuguese painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework is literally everywhere. in fact, Heather, of skinny laminx wrote an entire blog post about their beautiful blue tiles. so, i was inspired yet again to share the many moods of blues with you. some shades of blue feel a little bit more rustic to me, like the choppy waters of the deep blue sea. and some are more soothing, pale and washed out, like the sky on a hazy day. but i adore all of these blues and one of these days i’m going to find a spot to share them in my own home. maybe i need a beach house dedicated just to all the dreamy shades of blue. i mean — we all need a beach house for some reason or another, right?

blue walls with blue plates. / sfgirlbybay

bright blue painted floors. / sfgirlbybay

blue home decor. / sfgirlbybay

blue sundeck with white padded bench. / sfgirlbybay

modern blue sofa. / sfgirlbybay

blue walls. / sfgirlbybay

blue shiplap walls and denim quilt. / sfgirlbybay

blue wall and black wall tapestry. / sfgirlbybay

light blue rustic walls. / sfgirlbybay

dark blue walls with vintage decor. / sfgirlbybay

• image credits in order of appearance: luxelouu; the new york times t magazine; architecural digest; cote maison; skinny laminx; bo bedre; dwell magazine; heidi’s bridge; Japanese Poster: Mona Lisa’s Hundred Smiles, Shigeo Fukuda 1970 gura fika; apartment therapy; Joan Miró Sin título I, 1973; remodelista; dwell magazine; on the wild slopes; martha stewart; terrier design; toast magazine; farrow & ball.

saphyr pure linen: bedding giveaway.

saphyr pure linen: bedding giveaway. / sfgirlbybay

i love featuring mother/daughter businesses and saphyr pure linen is an inspiring one. founder Rory O’Mara knows fabric from the inside and out — from an early age, her love of textiles and fashion set her on a path of developing a passion into a career that would take her around the world as an industry innovator. As Director of International Fashion Marketing at Cotton Inc., Rory was responsible for scouring markets globally to present new ideas and trends to leading textile mills and manufacturers. in her travels, Rory observed that it was common in Europe to sleep in the luxury of pure linen, so she’s created her own collection for the American market and beyond. she now works with her daughters Genevieve and Rosemary to create saphyr pure linen — bedding from the finest French flax fibers and woven in soothing colors to enrich your sleeping experience while creating a beautiful, dreamy bedroom. and in case you were curious — The name saphyr is the common name of the flower that blooms on the flax plant, where linen fibers come from. to introduce you to the collection, we’re giving away a $500 giftcard to shop saphyr pure linen.

win $500 worth of saphyr pure linen bedding. / sfgirlbybaysaphyr pure linen bedding. / sfgirlbybay

to enter to win a $500 voucher to shop saphyr pure linen, simply:

• visit saphyr pure linen, pin your favorite bed linens to pinterest.

• be sure and tag your pin @saphyrpurelinen.

• comment below, letting us know you pinned your favorite saphyr product.

• please comment by thursday, june 28, 12pm PST.

• as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.

• sorry, this time around the giveaway is for U.S. residents only.

• we’ll announce a winner selected by random number generator on my twitter account later in the week of july 3rd, so be sure and follow along.

modern linen bedding by saphyr pure linen. / sfgirlbybay

since we spend a lot of our lifetimes in bed, we want them to be as comforting as possible. linen offers the therapeutic properties that can be “as warm in the cooler months as it is cool in the warmer months”. saphyr pure linen has a philosophy that there is “truth in linen” with its natural tendency to softly wrinkle, part of the fabric’s inherent charm and comfortable “lived in” appearance. The simplistic beauty and the properties of linen are completely natural, hypoallergenic, breathable, durable, and delightfully soft. There are no added resins and the sheets will continue to get softer with each wash. saphyr bedding is available in the most serene pastel colors, which you can mix and match within the full saphyr pure linen collection. dreamy, indeed!

saphyr pure linen: bedding giveaway. / sfgirlbybay

saphyr pure linen in a variety of colors. / sfgirlbybay

saphyr pure linen: bedding giveaway. / sfgirlbybay

pale neutral saphyr pure linen bedding. / sfgirlbybay

pretty pastel saphyr pure linen bedding giveaway. / sfgirlbybay

saphyr pure linen: bedding giveaway. / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of saphyr pure linen.

modern neutrals.

rattan chairs in loft space. / sfgirlbybay

lately, i’m really crushing on modern neutrals. not your boring beiges, mind you, but instead natural woods, rattan, off-white linens — a textural mix of layered pieces that look great together but aren’t necessarily matchy-matchy, if you know what i mean. i think when i visit european cities they tend to really rub off on me in different ways. in mariseille it was all about bold daring colors, and in lisbon it was a more toned down vintage modern vibe — eclectic and unexpected, but very zen for sure. here’s what i mean.

checkered floor tiles in small white bathroom. / sfgirlbybay natural decor elements. / sfgirlbybay simple rustic modern corner. / sfgirlbybay modern vintage, minimalist living space. / sfgirlbybay modern neutral home decor. / sfgirlbybay eclectic yet minimalist home decor. / sfgirlbybay white wall and shelf with neutral knick-knacks. / sfgirlbybay eclectic modern vintage decor. / sfgirlbybay inspiring neutral living space. / sfgirlbybay vintage modern neutral home decor. / sfgirlbybay simple neutral home decor. / sfgirlbybay bare bulb light, vintage mirrors and ceramic jugs. / sfgirlbybay living areas decorated with modern neutrals. / sfgirlbybay modern neutrals. / sfgirlbybay modern neutrals in dining area. / sfgirlbybay oversized black and white photograph paired with modern neutral decor and furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

• image credits in order of appearance: petite passport; architectural digest espana; lacasa; vintagency; @annabode; don’t catch a falling knife; the apartment dk;; Giorgio Baroni for ELLE Decoration; vogue; simply grove; the line via the dsahing rider; raw ideas; sight unseen; rue magazine; my domaine; The Apartment By The Line New York via lisa place; french by design; aestate stdio; @soficreart; australian interior design awards; lunchbox architect; birdasaurus; @jhoman23; remodelista; @homestoriesnyc; nuevo estilo; trendland; milk decoration; arne jacobson chair; rip and tan; lisa says gah.

dwellstudio + calico fabrics.

calico fabrics upholstered ottoman. / sfgirlbybay

Founded in 2000, DwellStudio is a design house with a decidedly modern vibe and always a favorite furniture and home accessories source for me. and now they’ve announced a creative partnership with Calico, a leader in the fabrication of beautiful custom home furnishings and window treatments, making it easier for you to choose a look that best suits your taste and color palette. The high-quality fabric patterns are designed by DwellStudio’s in-house design team, then placed on woven fabrics and prints in partnership with Robert Allen @ Home, and finally put on Calico’s wide selection of upholstery for sofas, chairs, window treatments & more. DwellStudio invited me to pair one of their furniture pieces with a fabric from Calico luxury collection and i went on the hunt! it wasn’t easy to just select one fabric but i finally narrowed it down. i’ve been needing bench for the foot of my bed, so i chose one of DwellStudio’s ottomans and Calico’s Cloudburst in graphite to pair well in my black and white bedroom. it turned out beautifully! it was super easy to try out and actually view the fabrics on the furniture using their online 360 software from every angle, and very simple to order as well.

DwellStudio ottoman with a fabric from Calico luxury collection. / sfgirlbybay

Calico’s woven fabrics and prints made from high-quality velvet, cotton and linen blends, and each pattern – from Auretta to Cloudburst and Lynx Geo are available nationwide — DwellStudio’s upholstery line with Robert Allen @ Home is available at 70 stores and online, so go create something personally unique to you!

DwellStudio ottoman and Calico fabric. / sfgirlbybay DwellStudio ottoman covered in Calico fabric. / sfgirlbybay custom DwellStudio ottoman with a fabric from Calico luxury collection. / sfgirlbybay DwellStudio and Calico fabrics collab. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.

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

online shop showcase: cold picnic.

online shop showcase: cold picnic. / sfgirlbybay

okay, it’s been a while but with travel and all, i’m a little behind — but we’re back with the second edition of our new series, online shop showcase, where i give a little love to independent makers and online shopkeepers. this time around it’s cold picnic. i’m not sure which came first — the boob or the chicken, but cold picnic may have most certainly taken off with its beloved boob bathmat design. formed in 2010 by creative couple Phoebe Sung and Peter Buer, cold picnic pieces are now available in their own online shop as well as retailers worldwide. i love a good business story that has a little romance thrown in for good measure, and partners phoebe and peter have that in spades — the couple met in Boston in 2006 while in school and have been living and working together ever since.

cold picnic bathmats. / sfgirlbybaycold picnic bathmat. / sfgirlbybay

phoebe and peter are both influenced by indigenous crafts, national parks, film, and art, and began working on various side projects together in an effort to view traditional crafts filtered through modern sensibilities — thus cold picnic was born. their line includes textiles (like those infamous bathmats), macrame home goods, leather accessories and bags, and handmade jewelry. cold picnic’s creations explore “imagined and misremembered landscapes, and the effects of time and the elements upon their surfaces”. In these landscapes, rugs function as maps, brass jewelry as treasures unearthed on long walks, and leather bags fit everything found or needed along the way. the design due creates all cold picnic pieces from their Brooklyn studio, working with two small family-run factories in Manhattan to cast their jewelry and sew selected bag styles, and another family-owned business in India to produce their line of handmade rugs. long live thoughtful creative partnerships the likes of cold picnic!

tangerine backpack from cold picnic. / sfgirlbybay

black and white cold picnic rugs. / sfgirlbybay

cold picnic bathmat. / sfgirlbybay

women's bags by cold picnic. / sfgirlbybay

fashion and decor by cold picnic. / sfgirlbybay

home goods from cold picnic. / sfgirlbybay

home decor and accessories from cold picnic. / sfgirlbybay

macrame hanging planters from cold picnic. / sfgirlbybay

jewelry by cold picnic. / sfgirlbybay

• all photography courtesy of cold picnic.