the shutterbugs: charles de vaivre.

the shutterbugs: charles de vaivre / sfgirlbybay

i am most smitten with the work of French born architectural photographer Charles de Vaivre. Charles came to photography when his grandfather, a filmmaker and movie producer aroused his curiosity for art and gave him his very first camera when he was only 8 years old. with an education and background in design, in 2006 he decided to cross the bridge from design permanently to photography. Charles likes to compose his pictures as painters does, with detailed attention to the framing and the light — each photograph must have a good balance of ‘plain and empty’ to be graphic and dynamic, and are patiently and rigorously elaborated upon until he finds the perfection he is looking for. Every picture aims to transcend the banal, to encourage us to see the extraordinary in the ordinary — and that’s exactly what i love about his photographs. for more of his work, you can view charles de vaivre’s portfolio online.

the shutterbugs: charles de vaivre / sfgirlbybay

the shutterbugs: charles de vaivre / sfgirlbybay

the shutterbugs: charles de vaivre / sfgirlbybay

the shutterbugs: charles de vaivre / sfgirlbybay

the shutterbugs: charles de vaivre / sfgirlbybay

the shutterbugs: charles de vaivre / sfgirlbybay

the shutterbugs: charles de vaivre / sfgirlbybay

the shutterbugs: charles de vaivre / sfgirlbybay

the shutterbugs: charles de vaivre / sfgirlbybay

the shutterbugs: charles de vaivre / sfgirlbybay

the shutterbugs: charles de vaivre / sfgirlbybay• all photography by charles de vaivre.

wink, wink.

wink, wink / sfgirlbybay

martina thornhill is a self taught ceramic artist based in Portland, Oregon. she creates slab built, functional ceramic vessels from her home studio, using inspiration from nature, flea market treasures, primitive folk crafts, abstract art and cross country travels. her latest work caught my eye (pun intended here) — these sweet winking eye mugs, and sleepy eye pour overs, definitely have a primitive vibe. i can see these patterns carved into caves as love notes from long ago — wink, wink, i love you!

wink, wink / sfgirlbybay

Drawing on her background in fiber arts, martina approaches her ceramics from a different perspective, Treating her clay like fabric she develop patterns, fuse seams, and uses her hands to create drape and flow. Clay bodies are chosen for the texture they bring to the piece and for their raw color contrast against glossy glaze patterns. These methods allow martina to create production pieces that still maintain a sense of individuality and personality — it’s important to martina that each piece is unique in the way it sits on the table, or fits in the hand regardless of how many she’s made. For martina, her craft is about more than my methods and the objects she creates. It is about curating a vision that takes into account her experiences and inspirations, and finds a connection in the homes and hearts of others. It is about slowing down and making every day objects special instead of disposable. visit her online shop to check out the rest of her beautiful ceramics.

wink, wink / sfgirlbybay

wink, wink / sfgirlbybay

wink, wink / sfgirlbybay

wink, wink / sfgirlbybay

i spy: california nights.

i spy: california nights / sfgirlbybay

twelve of four.

i used to do these posts all the time, and i really enjoyed them because they got my creative juices flowing — so i have no idea why i stopped (insert brain fade here). i spy with my little eye — did you ever play this game on family road trips? something your parents dreamed up to keep you occupied while they concentrated on the highway? i loved it as a kid, and i still do. i like finding images that create a theme around something i love, and a kind of ‘tumblr-esque’ visual mood board here on the blog. so i’m going to start i spy up again if that’s okay with you. sometimes, quite unintentionally, i seem to pin images with a similar or complimentary color palette and i seem to have done that lately — with shades of deep navy blue, honey-colored wood and pops of bright orange or copper, some colors i really love paired together. for whatever reason, they evoke the feeling for me of warm evenings in southern california — long, lazy nights outside in the backyard with the smell of orange blossoms in the air. ready? let’s spy some California nights.

i spy: california nights / sfgirlbybay

maura McEvoy photography; freunde von freunden; and lily.

i spy: california nights / sfgirlbybay

elle sweden (above); behomm, via the new york times (below).

i spy: california nights / sfgirlbybay

i spy: california nights / sfgirlbybay

herriott grace; maree homer; and dwell magazine.

i spy: california nights / sfgirlbybay

pennyweight; freunde von freunden; and association of surfing professionals.

i spy: california nights / sfgirlbybay

sfgirlbybay; california home & design; and house & leisure magazine.

i spy: california nights / sfgirlbybay

vartnyahem.

i spy: california nights / sfgirlbybay

little greene.

i spy: california nights / sfgirlbybay

anthropologie; and Pablo Picasso: Livres d’Artistes (above); and modern thrifter (below).

i spy: california nights / sfgirlbybay

the house of maman.

the house of maman / sfgirlbybay san francisco design & lifestyle blog

these lovely spaces both belong to Benjamin Sormonte and Elisa Marshall, the creative couple behind maman, one of manhattan’s newest and most stylish eateries. recently featured on lonny as photographed by one of my favorite photographers, by Nicole Franzen — this is mixed collection of images of their bakery and café, and the couple’s sixth-floor loft in Tribeca. both spaces share a collection of diy’d furniture and vintage french country finds gathered upon their arrival in new york where they started their home from scratch, after their many travels abroad — from their ‘chance meeting’ in montreal, to toronto, london and ibiza, and finally landing in new york where they’ve settled in — at least for the time being. it’s a great story — from how they met, to their creation of maman, and you can read the whole story here, on lonny.

the house of maman / sfgirlbybay

the house of maman / sfgirlbybay

the house of maman / sfgirlbybay

the house of maman / sfgirlbybay

the house of maman / sfgirlbybay

the house of maman / sfgirlbybay

the house of maman / sfgirlbybay

the house of maman / sfgirlbybay

the house of maman / sfgirlbybay

the house of maman / sfgirlbybay

the house of maman / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Nicole Franzen for lonny.

Friday Finds

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Top to bottom, left to right:

  1. A wonderfully woodsy spot for all your r&r needs
  2. Black and nude, a timeless pairing you can count on
  3. Salivating over the colors in this snapshot
  4. This peaceful indoor/outdoor seating area mix
  5. Soft pink makes for a serene sleeping space

Happy Friday,
Annie