i’ll take the a-frame.

i'll take the a-frame / sfgirlbybay

house to home.

there’s just something about an a-frame that is so comfy cozy. do you know what i mean? a-frames are usually tucked into an attic somewhere, and when they’re remodeled right, they can often offer up the best room, not to mention the best view, in a house. i’ve always wished i had one — ever since i was little i imagined an a-frame to be the perfect slumber party pad. now, i think of them as an ideal guest bedroom, or quiet home office. paint the floors, ceilings and beams white and an a-frame takes on a very scandinavian cottage vibe. here’s a few a-frame, loft-like spaces i could definitely live in.

i'll take the a-frame / sfgirlbybay

i'll take the a-frame / sfgirlbybay

bolig liv.

i'll take the a-frame / sfgirlbybay

nuevo estilo.

i'll take the a-frame / sfgirlbybay

marie claire maison.

i'll take the a-frame / sfgirlbybay

residence magazine.

i'll take the a-frame / sfgirlbybay

voglia casa.

i'll take the a-frame / sfgirlbybay

design*sponge.

i'll take the a-frame / sfgirlbybay

nuevo estilo.

i'll take the a-frame / sfgirlbybay

romain ricard photography.

i'll take the a-frame / sfgirlbybay

bo-lero.

meet the makers market | a $500 giveaway.

meet the makers market | a $500 giveaway / sfgirlbybay

meet the makers market, a New online shop that is searching the country high and low to bring the best of American handmade goods – jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, etc. to their online shop. founded by suzy ekman, Makers Market is inspired by Suzy’s growing up in the deep South and time with her dad in her workshop. at makers market you get a glimpse into the lives of these makers, learn about their backgrounds, processes, and passions — each one with a story unique and inspiring.

meet the makers market | a $500 giveaway / sfgirlbybay

makers market founder suzy ekman and jewelry designer Julie Cristello.

All makers market products are available online — but you can also stop by the makers market pop-up shop November 15 thru December 31, in the westfield shopping center. a great shopping experience, offering American handmade goods for the home and personal use — with most of the products made in San Francisco. some of the Makers will be giving demonstrations in the pop-up space and you’ll have an opportunity to meet the makers.

and to celebrate the opening of makers market we’re giving away a $500 shopping spree on anything you choose from the marketplace.

meet the makers market | a $500 giveaway / sfgirlbybay

just a few of the maker’s goods: your nest inspired’s teepee coat rack; pigeon toe ceramics pleated string lights; iris point break skateboard; canoe goods leather tray; fritz muegenburg salt & pepper grinders; and your nest inspired’s teepee coat rack.

to enter to win the makers market $500 shopping spree and receive $10 off your first order, simply:

• join the makers market newsletter (button in upper left corner of the website) — As a bonus, you will receive $10 off your first order with no minimum purchase!

• comment below, and let us know you signed up for the newsletter — we’d love to hear about your makers market favorites, so tell us what you love!

• please comment by friday, november 7th, 12pm PST.

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

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

• we’ll announce a winner selected by random on my twitter account and the makers market website the week of november 10th, so be sure and follow along.

meet the makers market | a $500 giveaway / sfgirlbybay

more makers: pennyroyal market totes; Lisa Neimeth ceramics appetizer plates; billet and blade maple wood serving board; scout by two canvas & leather arrow clutch; joshu+vela boat tote bag; jessica wertz ceramics black striped mug; and etta + bille poppyseed soap.

• this post in partnership with makers market but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

spotted: beautiful dreamers.

spotted: beautiful dreamers / sfgirlbybay

there are so many magical places i’ve discovered in brooklyn, but there is one shop, in particular, that tends to evoke the wanderlust spirit in me. and i’m delighted to be adding it to the spotted series. i often stop in here for just a peek, but then end up staying awhile admiring every little item and wondering where each came from—perhaps from a local designer that has yet to be discovered or from an artisan afar. this enchanting space is like a gypsy caravan of sorts and it is fittingly called beautiful dreamers.

spotted: beautiful dreamers / sfgirlbybay

spotted: beautiful dreamers / sfgirlbybay

spotted: beautiful dreamers / sfgirlbybay

spotted: beautiful dreamers / sfgirlbybay

spotted: beautiful dreamers / sfgirlbybay

spotted: beautiful dreamers / sfgirlbybay

spotted: beautiful dreamers / sfgirlbybay

spotted: beautiful dreamers / sfgirlbybay

spotted: beautiful dreamers / sfgirlbybay

owners and stylists, april hughes and marina burini, have created a unique boutique like no other, filling it with treasures of all kinds, including an exquisite collection of flowing frocks, one-of-a-kind jewelry, textiles, art and handcrafted wares for the home, both vintage and new. the selections are constantly evolving as new pieces from their travels and discoveries are mixed in. an abundance of foliage, a rope swing, clothing racks and surfaces made of tree branches and trunks, the valanced dressing tent and other natural adornments further lend to the magic of the space.

• all photography by leslie santarina.

camille styles entertaining: living with flowers.

camille styles entertaining: living with flowers / sfgirlbybay

fellow blogger and one of the most gracious hostesses around, camille styles has a new book releasing this week — Camille Styles Entertaining. camille’s book is all about inspiring you through the seasons with ideas for life’s big celebrations, as well as demonstrating how to infuse beauty into your daily lives through the food you make, the rooms you design and the outfits you put on each day. Camille Styles Entertaining is packed with simple details and creative shortcuts that make everyday moments feel special. you can watch the trailer video, and take a peek inside the pages, but today camille is dropping in to share some of the book’s tips on living with flowers.

camille styles entertaining: living with flowers / sfgirlbybay

living with flowers. Flowers are one of the most visible ways to witness the changing of the seasons and connect to the natural world in our living spaces. Today, we’re looking at how to bring autumnal flowers and foliage into our homes as we transition into cozier months. If you fall into the camp that believes cut flowers are just for parties or Valentine’s Day, my hope is that by the time you finish reading, you’ll be excited to experience the joy that’s induced by surrounding yourself with flowers — for no other reason than taking pleasure in their innate beauty. People always say to “stop and smell the roses” as a way of adopting an attitude of being fully present, embracing life’s beautiful moments and living a “good life,” and making flowers part of my everyday experience is a way to remind myself that I don’t have to wait for special occasions — today is worthy enough.

camille styles entertaining: living with flowers / sfgirlbybay

“Breath of Fresh Air” Arrangement. While pumpkin and persimmon most certainly have their place as iconic fall shades, autumn arrangements don’t necessarily have to recall autumn leaves. Fall is also a time of fresh starts, and a light, bright palette perfectly conveys this clean-slate feeling. This tall, slender “breath of fresh air” arrangement uses iceberg roses, white ranunculus and trailing jasmine vines that reach outwards and upwards, gently taking up space and making a beautifully simple statement.

camille styles entertaining: living with flowers / sfgirlbybay

Choose the vessel. A tall, narrow vase maximizes the graceful shape of these flowers, allowing them to reach up and then cascade into a gentle horizontal shape. This patinaed brass container adds richness that helps bring light-colored blooms into a more autumnal frame of mind.

camille styles entertaining: living with flowers / sfgirlbybay

Choose the flowers. We stuck with the color palette that I use most frequently when arranging flowers for my home: classic green and white. It’s a combo that’s at home in any setting for any season, but it’s far from boring when it contains exquisitely-shaped roses and curling, twisting vines that add a playful touch to the composition. Since the ingredients for this arrangement are all on the thin and delicate side, you’ll want to use more stems than you think you’ll need in order to add fullness and create an overall look of abundance.

camille styles entertaining: living with flowers / sfgirlbybay

Put it together.When filling a tall narrow vase, use flowers with height, but that are delicate enough to not topple the entire thing over! Jasmine vines provides height and gracefulness without adding heaviness. Start by creating a shape with a few of the vines, add in the accent flowers, and then finish with a few more vines for added movement.

camille styles entertaining: living with flowers / sfgirlbybay

pin-worthy: Lena Ďurišová

pin-worthy: Lena Ďurišová / sfgirlbybay

as a pinner, i have to say i feel a bit unworthy after viewing this week’s pin-worthy pick. Lena Ďurišová has the most beautifully curated boards i have seen. the way lena pieces together a picture with pins is truly unlike anything i have seen. the titles of her boards are equally compelling.

i do encourage you take as much time as possible perusing…i can barely handle all the inspiration.

picking a few favorites seems impossible…

pin-worthy: Lena Ďurišová / sfgirlbybay

4 me…

pin-worthy: Lena Ďurišová / sfgirlbybay

architecture

pin-worthy: Lena Ďurišová / sfgirlbybay

art

pin-worthy: Lena Ďurišová / sfgirlbybay

casa

pin-worthy: Lena Ďurišová / sfgirlbybay

plume

and on and on…

thank you for taking the time to visit, i look forward to our time together in a couple of weeks.

xo mrs. french