scandinavian holiday.

sfgirlbybay entertains with holiday dinnerware

the holidays are coming upon us quickly. and although i love decorating for the season, i’m not one to be completely enamored with the more traditional christmas decorations, or lots of shiny colorful bulbs, but give me a red & white scandinavian-inspired holiday and i’m in. crate & barrel very kindly invited me to pick out a few items from this season’s holiday collection and create a pretty holiday themed party to help inspire you this season, so we created a chocolate fondue and coffee & dessert party. most delicious! it’s been a long time since i’ve made fondue, and i forgot what a fun party atmosphere it creates. everyone loves cooking with a stick! and chocolate helps, of course.

sfgirlbybay entertains with holiday decor

we made chocolate dipped strawberries, and served cookies and sweets along with fresh coffee in the pretty chemex and espressos for the adults, and whipped cream topped hot chocolate in big white mugs for the kids. you can find more holiday inspiration from me over at crate and barrel. happy holidays!

sfgirlbybay entertains with holiday decor

sfgirlbybay entertains with holiday decor

sfgirlbybay entertains with holiday dinnerware

sfgirlbybay entertains with holiday coffee theme

sfgirlbybay entertains with holiday dinnerware

sfgirlbybay entertains with holiday dinnerware

sfgirlbybay entertains with holiday decor

sfgirlbybay entertains with holiday dinnerware

• photography by cindy loughridge for sfgirlbybay.

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happy thanksgiving.

thanksgiving-from-sfgirlbybay

we’re off today, but we’ll be back tomorrow with a very Scandinavian christmas — so stay tuned for that. but in the meantime, i just want to say thank you to all of you who pop in here daily with your comments and thoughts, or just to have a look around. i’m most thankful to you — you let me do what i love, and there’s nothing i feel more grateful for every day. i hope you all have a good afternoon of rest (if that’s possible), or at least some good eats and some time well-spent away from the computer and with those you love. xo, victoria

image credits: souvlaki for the soul; style me pretty; yokotakahashi; pantages theater; cyvel mag; ryan tatar; abby powell; and cannelle vanille.

at home with jonah hill.

at home with jonah hill / sfgirlbybay

i had a bit of difficulty watching johan hill in The Wolf of Wall Street, mostly because i just don’t want to know people like that exist. however, i could very much linger looking at his new york apartment, which is decorated with exquisite taste. i love everything about this stunning space with exposed brick and epic 13′ tall ceilings. and hey — if i just had $3.8 million hanging around i could buy this lovely soho loft. alas, i will just have to admire it from afar and envy the lucky person who makes it theirs.

at home with jonah hill / sfgirlbybay

at home with jonah hill / sfgirlbybay

at home with jonah hill / sfgirlbybay

at home with jonah hill / sfgirlbybay

at home with jonah hill / sfgirlbybay

at home with jonah hill / sfgirlbybay

• all photos courtesy of city realty.

pin-worthy: merrilee liddiard

pin-worthy: merrilee liddiard / sfgirlbybay

hello sfgirlbybayers, i hope you are all having a nice start to your week. i have been a fan of merrilee liddiard and her beautiful blog mer mag for quite some time…it really is no surprise that i find her pinterest boards equally beautiful. of course this blogger momma has, perhaps, the best children’s boards i have seen, but it is the home interior and inspiration boards that completely draw me in. there is something so perfectly french about them — a lovely catalyst for a mini daydream.

more than few boards to follow for sure.

pin-worthy: merrilee liddiard / sfgirlbybay

playful french industrial

pin-worthy: merrilee liddiard / sfgirlbybay

to abide: kitchen and dining

pin-worthy: merrilee liddiard / sfgirlbybay

to abide: bedrooms

pin-worthy: merrilee liddiard / sfgirlbybay

to wear

pin-worthy: merrilee liddiard / sfgirlbybay

pretty little things

see you in a few…

mrs. french

introducing sprout.

introducing sprout / sfgirlbybay

have you heard about sprout yet? there’s been a lot of buzz about HP’s new and really innovative immersive computer platform — which is a fancy way of saying that sprout is a new creativity station blending the physical and digital world we live in. HP very kindly invited me to try out sprout and see how it could improve my way of blogging.

introducing sprout / sfgirlbybay

what i immediately could see was what a time saver it would be for me when it comes to blogging, or for anyone designing — interior and graphic — because sprout’s built-in hi-res camera replaces the need for a scanner — you simple lay your image on the touchpad, touch the camera on the monitor and boom! it scans your images right there on your desktop, and then with a swipe the images appear on the touchpad’s blank canvas, allowing you to resize, move, and manipulate images with the touch of your finger. everything you see below i scanned and resized and moved around and made three revisions within 15 minutes! and for me time is everything when my goal is to share new content with you every single day.

introducing sprout / sfgirlbybay

introducing sprout / sfgirlbybay

introducing sprout / sfgirlbybay

let’s say you’re an interior designer — you can comp up a room for a client using sprout like the one above i created in minutes, email it to them, review and make revisions instantly. all those scraps of ideas can be instantly photographed by sprout’s built-in camera, played around with until your happy — moving the images around and resizing them on the touchpad, deleting what you don’t like and adding what you do. when you’re happy add text, press the camera button one more time and voilá – your comp is ready to send to the client within minutes. sprout may just be your new BFF.

introducing sprout / sfgirlbybay

introducing sprout / sfgirlbybay

bloggers, artists and illustrators like todd selby are using sprout to create amazing 3-d artwork (i scanned that dish of washi tape in 3-d and it took less than a minute), drawing and painting right on the touchpad — taking things a step up from their usual work and challenging their narratives. for me, i can create inspiration boards and collages to demonstrate my design ideas with you in a way that is new and creative. HP has reimagined the PC and jammed everything you need into a sprout — it’s a traditional computer and monitor, hi-res camera, 3-d scanner and creative workspace all in one. sprout gives us the tools to express ourselves and get our work done more quickly and efficiently. i think seeing sprout in action via videos of designers like todd selby and jacob brown of blackbook magazine using it will give you a really good idea of its capabilities — so visit the sprout site to check them out.

introducing sprout / sfgirlbybay

introducing sprout / sfgirlbybay

introducing sprout / sfgirlbybay

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