all about blue.

blue kitchen cabinets and backsplash with vintage portrait. / sfgirlbybay

all over france last week it was blue for as far as the eye could see. not the skies necessarily, but when it came to decor, blue was the spot on hot trend. especially bold cobalt blues, navy and those Mediterranean deep aqua blues. the salon in our marseille pensione was painted the most divine rich teal blue and had us swooning at bonjour. if you’re not brave enough to take a stab at solid blue walls, perhaps a touch here and there will do you right. i searched chairish for an eclectic mix of home accents with french flair and found many a true blue favorite.

blue vintage home furnishings and decor from chairish. / sfgirlbybay

my chairish favorites: 1. Original 1939 French Lottery Poster of Marseillaise; 2. Antique French Match Striker; 3. Ib Kofod-Larsen Danish Penguin Iron & Molded Birch Lounge Chair; 4. Set of 8 Classic Novels bound in Blue; 5. Blue Taittinger Ashtray; 6. Vintage Heywood Wakefield ‘Heywoodite’ Class Chair; 7. Moroccan Silver on Blue Pom Pom Blanket; 8. Silk Velvet Lavender Sachet With Applique; 9. Blue & Green Glass Chandelier; 10. French John Cassavetes & Gena Rowlands Faces movie Poster; 11. Vintage French Cinzano Ashtray; 12. Vintage Lawrence Peabody Modern Sofa; 13. a pair of Azure Blue Sea Glass Beads; 14. Vintage Blue Banana Leaf Serving Tray.

blue living room wall and sofa. / sfgirlbybayblue living room walls with vintage paintings. / sfgirlbybayblue letters spelling home on small shelf. / sfgirlbybayblue home accents. / sfgirlbybaydark blue kitchen cabinets. / sfgirlbybayblue wall paint. / sfgirlbybayblue kitchen cabinets and backsplash. / sfgirlbybayblue bedroom wall with white and gray bedding. / sfgirlbybaydark blue wall paint. / sfgirlbybayblue lower kitchen cabinets and mint upper cabinets. / sfgirlbybay

•photo credits in order of appearance: gravity home; domino; sfgirlbybay; behomm; sfgirlbybay; design*sponge; farrow & ball via paint and brush; interior guru; farrow & ball hague blue paint; remodelista; gravity home; farrow & ball vardo; lonny; domino; arflex milano; journelles; apartment therapy.

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good reads: the latest issue of est.

est magazine home tour. / sfgirlbybay

do you read australian design est magazine? if not, it’s time to tune in, because issue #24 of est is a good one — exploring global home styles from cape town to mallorca and on to sydney. one of my favorite features, and there were many, is this modern rustic cape town gem. it has all the elements i love — an earthy Scandinavian vibe, and a farmhouse mix of vintage modern furnishings and accessories, not to mention all those dreamy, dramatic black accents. i’m loving those unexpected frayed edges on the dining room chair slipcovers, too. the garden is something sublime as well, so for the full tour view the latest issue of est online.

cape town home in est magazine. / sfgirlbybay

black and white formal dining room in est magazine. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen in est magazine. / sfgirlbybay

home tour in est magazine. / sfgirlbybay

cape town home tour in est magazine. / sfgirlbybay

book smart.

large coffee table filled with books and decor. / sfgirlbybay

i am nothing if not a book worm. you may have noticed the first thing i did when i moved into my new house was to build floor to ceiling built-in bookcases as fast as we possibly could. when i move, i lug my book collection along the way, causing movers everywhere serious back pain (sorry guys, they are not dead bodies but beloved hardbound treasures). but not only do i love my reading my books, i really love the way they look in a home, too. what is it they say, “A Bookshelf is the Window to the Soul”? great books abound and although reading on an ipad can save your eyes at night, there’s nothing ever like the real thing. here are some books getting their just due in decor.

books piled below bookcase in white room. / sfgirlbybay

book collection. / sfgirlbybay

living room with large coffee table filled with books. / sfgirlbybay

'read instead' art print. / sfgirlbybay

white shallow bookcase with colorful books and magazines. / sfgirlbybay

white living room with color blocked bookcase. / sfgirlbybay

white dining table and lamps with colorful books. / sfgirlbybay

small shelf with books and decor. / sfgirlbybay

tall white book shelves. / sfgirlbybay

white home library with desk and chair and floor lamp. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits in order of appearance: domino magazine; just be splendid; annixen; The New York Times: 36 Hours, New York & Beyond By Barbara Ireland; read instead print from book shop; Invisible Double Book Shelf from urban outfitters; remodelista; Le Guide Déco by The Socialite Family; Art Is the Highest Form of Hope & Other Quotes by Artists By Phaidon Editors; cloak; domino magazine; read instead print from book shop; domino magazine; design*sponge; manola yllera; Harper Leather Strap Shelf from urban outfitters; alvhem makleri; remodelista.

the perfect london flat.

airbnb in london. / sfgirlbybay

i thought i’d share a longer look at the airbnb flat we stayed at in london, since when i posted it on instagram so many of you were curious about where it was and how to stay there, too! located in the beautiful garden district of holland park, we loved everything about this cozy spot — just a hop skip and a jump from notting hill, portobello market and the tube station to greater downtown london. our hosts were impeccable and the place was spotless and well-equipped, and did i mention the cute pub just across the street? the crown & sceptre was our home way from home and they treated us like locals. the atrium dining room was the pièce de résistance for eating in and breakfast here with the sun streaming in was a great way to wake up. i highly recommend staying in this holland park gem next time you’re popping over to london!

airbnb accommodation in london. / sfgirlbybay

holland park airbnb. / sfgirlbybay

airbnb in holland park. / sfgirlbybay

notting hill airbnb in london. / sfgirlbybay

our london airbnb rental. / sfgirlbybay

airbnb london flat. / sfgirlbybay

our airbnb rental in london. / sfgirlbybay

modern airbnb flat in holland park. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of our holland park airbnb. / sfgirlbybay

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eclectic is in.

milk decoration home tour. / sfgirlbybay

one thing i can tell you having just returned from london and paris — eclectic is in! not that it ever went out of style, especially in european corners of the world, but i found myself uber-inspired by what’s going on over there especially in terms of their madcap mix of genres, color and pattern. one of my favorite resources for that kind of home inspiration is milk decoration magazine (and my suitcase was heavily evidenced by the few i lugged home). take for example this glorious home of french actress, singer-songwriter and stylist, Izia Higelinand her apartment in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris. think unique lighting, colorful prints and very personal and vintage home accessories. shop ebay, etsy, craigslist, elsie green, chairish and flea markets and yard sales near you everywhere to get the look!

red lamp and decor in french apartment. / sfgirlbybaymilk decoration home tour with Izia Higelinand. / sfgirlbybaymilk decoration tour of Izia Higelinand's apartment in paris. / sfgirlbybay Izia Higelinand's milk decoration home tour. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Natalie Weiss for milk decoration magazine.