as you may have seen from my instagram feed, i’ve been down in los angeles for the past week, and will be here for the remainder of my holiday sabbatical — through january 4th. for the next two weeks i’ll be running some of my “best of” posts — the ones that you’ve really seemed to like over the years. and while i’m away, i’ll be visiting my family and good friends and just taking a much needed break from the blog, as i do each year at this time — to refresh and renew my creativity. my hope is that y’all are doing something similar — perhaps staying off the internets and the smart phones and instead devoting some serious eye contact to those you love (a few instagrams here and there to share your festivities are always most welcome!).
but what i haven’t said yet is that i may be moving back to my native los angeles, so i am also down here house hunting. there are a number of reasons for this potential and somewhat bittersweet move, not the least of which is that my mum has not been feeling well and she and i would like to be in closer proximity to each other. my mum has also generously offered to help me purchase my first home — a lifelong dream for me — and for someone who is as passionate about home and design as much as i am, it’s been one of life’s great disappointments thus far, not to own a home of my own. and although i have been saving my pennies like a mad woman, sadly, i cannot afford my beloved san francisco’s real estate market even with my mum’s help, so los angeles — particularly in the silver lake / echo park area — seems like the best idea for a multitude of good reasons. to be near my family, to be near dear friends and to finally own my very own home in a part of this city i’ve grown to love again.
so, it may be time to leave my heart in san francisco and move on to hear it beat in a whole new way. my book is coming out — See San Francisco, which is turning out to be my swan song and love letter to the city by the bay that i love so much. but my hope is that you won’t find it odd for “sfgirlbybay” to find herself in another city, and your readership will not waiver. so many of you have been so devoted for so many years, and i simply hope you’ll come along with me — let’s just consider it “sfgirlinla”. that works, right? one can’t live by their url alone. there will be so much new subject matter for me to share with you, and that really excites me and stirs my imagination. i grew up in los angeles, but haven’t lived here for 20 years, and never on the east side, so it’s an all new adventure for me, and in turn for you too, as i rediscover the city and take you to places we’ve never traveled together before. and, when i do find my dream home there will all that fixing up and decorating to share and that’s something i can’t wait for! so that’s what’s on my holiday wish this year — i’m hoping santa helps me find a house to call home, and that you’ll all join me for the ride. here’s to a very happy holiday to each and every one of you, and much love for the new year.
— xo victoria
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With the holidays in full swing, I thought I’d share a handful of simple ways to present presents…
1. You can’t go wrong with butcher paper and twine.
2. When in doubt, put a twig on it.
3. Swathe it in tissue paper and tie the ends.
4. Cookies in a cardboard tube make a cute party favor.
5. Use a furoshiki or tea towel. Bonus: they’re reusable!
…And that’s a wrap! Wishing you a beautiful holiday season.
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i’m staying in a lovely airbnb, in a very eclectic and colorful neighborhood for the holidays — way up in the hills of silver lake, which is just stunning. and, i think it’s rubbing off on me a bit. is it possible to have an almost schizophrenic decorating disorder? i go from wanting a very clean, almost japanese-inspired, modern home to something more colorful and a little bit exotic. the homes up here can go from being very mid-century modern, to 1920’s-built spanish bungalow style and it’s those i’m feeling today. envision colorful tapestries and boucherouite rugs, bold tiles and a very bohemian vibe and that’s what’s rambling through my imagination today. here’s what i mean.
i stumbled upon this beautiful tour of a bohemian modern, and very cosy home featured on the beetle shack today, and discovered it was part of a whole series — the family home project. blogger and photographer Emily features family homes with unique personality and a whole lot of warmth. this one, belonging to Claudia, Levi and Eve is a bright star — everything about it is just lovely. i highly recommend you hop over to the beetle shack and peruse the rest of this home tour, as well as the many other family homes emily has beautifully photographed for her blog.
• all photos courtesy of the beetle shack.