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never in my life have i ever had a walk-in closet. but now i can at long last say i finally do. i think most of us would like the luxury and the practicality of actually being able to see the clothes you’d like to put on your back, and previous to this, i was working with a closet that was added on to the house and not in a good way — at all. it was dark and tiny, and i could never find anything and it made getting dressed kind of painful with the sea of black i wear (also, where the hell is that other shoe!?!). but with my remodel i partnered with california closets for a designer discount and it has made my world a much better place.
i worked with their in-house designer cara carrasco who came out to the house, measured, assessed my wardrobe and then sat down with me and her laptop to create the perfect closet for me. she was so quick, efficient and smart about the design that i felt instantly at ease and excited about the california closet we were creating. there are all kinds of details you can choose from like finishes, hardware, and drawers and she offered some great solutions for me. it took about 3-4 weeks for the installation date and then that was a real pleasure, too. rarely have i had such a positive experience when it came to delivery (i live up two very steep sets of outside staircases and hear a lot of grumbling) but the installation process was perfection, and the gentlemen so professional and nice.
we added details like the two drawers (one for my scarf collection, and one for socks and undergarments), loads of shoe slots, and based on the kind of clothes i have, one section for long dresses and pants, and 4 sections for shorter pieces like tops, sweaters, and jackets. and then a ton of shelves for all my t-shirts and accessories. they even added this sweet little pull-put hanger which is quite handy for steaming my clothes before heading out.
i added a few personal touches like the vintage bamboo hangers, accordion mirror in the window and all my jewelry boxes. and i added the milk glass pendant lamp from shades of light, a fun mixed media bikini print from artist dorothy shain, and for more accessories like purses, scarves and necklaces i added west elm’s Industrial Pipe Adjustable Rod. i couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out, and essentially just want to play dress up all day in here. thank you, california closets — it’s been a pleasure!
• all photos by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.
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usually when i see this much color i might shy away — it can often be too much for me (lover of all things sedate in decor). but this paris apartment just works and doesn’t feel over the top to me — instead it’s very cheerful and full of that french joie de vivre. featured recently on inside out magazine, i admire the owner’s adventurous endeavor with the color blue — and not just one shade but many, and paired with those classic high ceilings and ornate crown moldings the combination makes for a dramatic yet playful juxtaposition.
• photography via inside out magazine.
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as you may have seen on my instagram stories last week, i’m transforming my former home office into a guestroom. i mean, who really needs an office when you’ve got a trusty laptop? so, anyway — i’m going for a kind of funky beach shack meets vintage vibes. it’s hard to explain the method to my madness, but suffice it to say that if coqui coqui imploded with cape cod you end up somewhere in the direction i’m headed.
i’ve got a few of the main pieces nailed down — a land of nod jenny lind bed in black and a bunch of mismatched bed linens from serena & lily. i’ve got an old vintage tallboy dresser in there i’ve painted black and a few vintage portrait paintings i found on everything but the house. so i’m on the hunt for some fun lighting — i wanted something bamboo like this lamp i found on etsy and i think i’ll go with a simple sisal rug. i wanted to have some fun with the window treatment so i am battling between making draperies from schumacher’s Pyne Hollyhock in charcoal and this much more colorful vintage fabric panel bringing in some pinks and greens. anyway, this is where i’m currently at and i’ll share the complete makeover soon!
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i thought it might be fun to share some of my favorite reads on a regular basis, thus ‘this week’s must reads’. i am a literary junkie, especially when it comes to design and decor books, blogs, zines and magazines, and these reads pop nicely into the book category. first up is spaces, published by the folks at the always charming australia-based frankie magazine — this is their fourth edition and i’ll be ordering this one stat! frankie’s project SPACES is a collection of eclectic interiors from around the world and it never disappoints and most definitely always inspires.
next up, columbia road by photographer by Johanna Neurath. after just visiting columbia road i had to order this book. it’s such a fun day trip — every sunday in east london’s shoreditch neighborhood is the Columbia road flower market filled with vendors vying for your dollar (or should I say pound?). it’s lively, beautiful and full of fantastic flowers. not to mention the array of cute vintage and new shops that line the road, so this book was calling my name. can’t wait to peek inside!
also via the UK, the makers of east london by Katie Treggiden shares what it takes to be a maker in a world of increasing mass production. With over 300 pages of color photography and interviews, it features ceramicists, bike builders, sign painters, globe makers, weavers, furniture designers, spoon carvers, and many more — a great read for all the craft folk out there looking for some hands-on advice.
and one last book from across the pond, a portrait of hackney by Zed Nelson. we spent an inspiring afternoon in hackney wick, which is a creatively charged london neighborhood filled with artists and their studio spaces. we attended a wallpaper screening class with designer daniel heath which we discovered through airbnb’s new ‘experiences’, and it was wonderful to see such an interesting part of east london, especially one i’d never visited before. so this book is a must for me.
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this week’s friday finds i appear to be immersed in nature, or at the very least greenery and florals of all kinds — call it spring fever if you will. everything is in bloom and reminding me how much i love bringing nature inside, as well as a good time frolicking outside! it’s gonna be a warm one here in L.A. this weekend — hope you can get out and enjoy some good weather, too. xo, victoria
- this is a thing of true beauty — hotel magique’s artwork is velvet with handpainted pink type. hello there gorgeous, indeed.
- the berlin-based freunde von freunden apartment is so ready for spring. lookee lookee how fresh and easy it looks.
- i love this interactive floating flower garden featured on the cool hunter. created by TeamLab, a Japanese collective of architects, designers, artists, programmers and engineers, they installed a large-scale retrospective of their work at the Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo.
- this is one of my all time favorite kitchens. all that light pouring in, all that nature — just so bright and uplifting.
- got spring fever, too? then paint your front door a killer shade of orange. plant a camellia shrub to complement it perfectly.
- if your on the west coast, especially california, the bougainvillea is out of control, a super bloom of it’s very own. don’t believe me — just look at instagram.
- everything about this splendid dining space is bringing the outdoors inside — just look at that great grassy art print. cool.