sneak peek of sunset.

sunset magazine shoot / via sfgirlbybay

A couple of months ago I attended a styled event at Sunset Magazine’s gorgeous Test Gardens located at Cornerstone Sonoma in Northern California’s wine region. It was an opportunity to see the behind-the-scenes of a photoshoot for a Fall 2018 issue. I was beyond amazed by the beautiful settings, the great number of staff and talent to pull off this shoot and by the sheer fact that many magazine features are prepared this far in advance. It was stunning and I’m excited to give you a sneak peek of what’s to come in print this Autumn.

sunset magazine shoot / via sfgirlbybay

sunset magazine shoot / via sfgirlbybay

The upcoming issue of Sunset will feature textiles by Los Angeles-based designer Heather Taylor. Her line includes all the napkins, runners and tablecloths shown in these pictures, as well as other home textiles and goods on her site.

sunset magazine shoot / via sfgirlbybay

sunset magazine shoot / via sfgirlbybay

Other notable talent that contributed to Sunset’s feature include Bianca Sotelo who styled the shoot, The Cheese School of San Francisco who provided all the cheese boards and other nibbles, and Duke’s of Healdsburg who crafted a few special cocktails for the occasion.

sunset magazine shoot / via sfgirlbybay

The event was attended by other fellow Bay Area blogger friends and we left with happy bellies and plenty of ideas for re-creating this magic in order to host our own gatherings at home. We’re excited for all of this to debut this Fall in Sunset.

sunset magazine shoot / via sfgirlbybay

sunset magazine shoot / via sfgirlbybay

Other contributors for this shoot included: Elsie Green, Homestead Design Collective, Artefact Design & Salvage, Ramekins Culinary Culinary School & Inn and Chateau Sonoma.

sunset magazine shoot / via sfgirlbybay

• all photography by leslie santarina.

a little bit baroque.

baroque wall decor. / sfgirlbybay

as i’ve mentioned, i’m in the midst of remodeling my bathroom and i’m going for a look i’m not exactly sure how to describe. i was inspired by a medley of styles and it turns out it’s just a little bit baroque. it’s also a lot of other things, though too — bohemian modern, moroccan-inspired, and just a little funky. it’s an eclectic mix to be sure — slate gray and white hex tiles, a brass & black vintage chandelier, and antique accessories. i’ve been keeping a pinboard to inspire me, and today i thought i’d share a peek inside my brain and where i’m finding my ideas. you’ll soon see what a mad mix it is!

ornate brass decor. / sfgirlbybaybaroque mirror and wall decor. / sfgirlbybayblack and white bathroom decor with brass fixtures. / sfgirlbybaygreen floral wallpaper. / sfgirlbybaybrass chain chandelier and black and white decor. / sfgirlbybayblack and white bathroom decor. / sfgirlbybaybaroque bathroom decor. / sfgirlbybaybrass details in black and white bathrooms. / sfgirlbybayblack and white bathrooms with brass chandeliers. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits, in order of appearance: leanne ford interiors; bricks studio; Royal Villa Sconce from anthropologie; leanne ford interiors; decor de provence; anthropologie barside bowl; the little french bulldog; home life; carillon wallpaper from wall&deco; bolig magasinet; chainmail wall sconce from anthropologie; Krista Keltanen Photography; tess comrie photography; johanna pilfalk interior stylist; skonahem; anna malmberg photography; bangalow new south wales; architectural digest espana; kbh; mark d. sikes; femina; home bunch.

diy websites with squarespace: part 2.

sew social website. / sfgirlbybay

In part 1 of this series, we introduced you to Squarespace and showed you a few of our favorite websites created using their do-it-yourself, customizable layouts. Today, my editorial assistant Kristen is sharing her experience customizing a Squarespace website for her company, Sew Social. i think you’ll find it most helpful when building your own websites!

templates from squarespace. / sfgirlbybay

Hey guys! I’m so excited to share everything I learned while putting together my site with you, so let’s get started. After browsing the Squarespace website templates for a bit, I decided to install about four different options by selecting “Start with this Design” on each template i liked. I did this so that I’d have instant options to choose from, in case I hit a snag with one later. Keene seemed like a good place to start, so I hit “Preview” then “Set as Live Template” and set to work. After removing all of the placeholder images and Pages I didn’t need, I uploading my logo and it became obvious the keene template’s layout wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. The logo placement and size wasn’t ideal and I realized the navigation wasn’t as streamlined as I needed for my website’s purposes.

designing websites with squarespace. / sfgirlbybay

I easily switched to Native and instantly liked how much bigger my logo looked and the template’s simple navigation. I noticed the option to add an “Announcement Bar” and since I’m currently accepting new clients, I thought this might be a great way to advertise that. I linked the bar to my contact page. After that, I changed my site font to Raleway, added a teal color for links, and connected my company’s social networks to the site.

sew social website designed with squarespace. / sfgirlbybay

Next, I decided on the following concise categories for my site’s navigation: Services, Clients, About, Contact, and created a Page for each. This was pretty easy. I simply clicked “Pages“, hit the plus sign in the upper right corner to create them, then dragged them into my preferred order. I did hit one snag here though. There was a Page labeled “Blog” listed and after attempting to delete it, I realized my template’s default homepage was a “Blog Page“. Since I didn’t want that capability for my website, I had to add a new Page to replace it.

coverpage options from sqaurespace. / sfgirlbybay

I decided a “Cover Page” (labeled “Home”) would be best for my homepage, since I wanted a background image to appear there but not on the rest of my site (Cover Pages are styled independently of a site’s template). Apparently, you can also upload multiple images, and they will display one image at time as a slideshow. I didn’t want to do that but I thought it was a cool Squarespace option! I went with “Vangaurd” for my Cover Page and set it as my homepage by clicking “Settings” and “Set as Homepage”. I was then able to delete that pesky default “Blog” Page from my template and I was all good! This is one of the coolest aspects of Squarespace, in my opinion. Even if a template was originally created for one purpose, like blogging, you can make any template into a store or website by changing out the blocks and/or page layout. You can learn more about this here.

diy websites with squarespace. / sfgirlbybay

Next, I went in search of the perfect background image for my homepage. First, I used Squarespace’s Getty Images tool to search for relevant images. There were lots of great photos there but I wasn’t finding what I had in mind. So, I checked Pexels and found two free images to use on my Services and Contact Pages, as well as a promo code (PEXELS10) for Shutterstock. That’s where I found a pretty floral, flat-lay image that was perfect for my homepage (see all of the options i was considering here).

sew social website homepage. / sfgirlbybay

Once that was in place, I decided to test one more template to make sure I was definitely in love with Native. I switched to Aubrey, even though it’s meant to be a wedding website, and after a few tweaks I liked it, too! My logo was bigger and the navigation was just as streamlined as Native. However, after comparing the two templates on my mobile phone, I quickly realized Native was the perfect template for my site and switched back (side-by-side comparison below).

sew social inc. website designed with squarespace. / sfgirlbybay

With my website’s aesthetic locked-in place, I went back through each Page and refined the text to include only the most-important, easy to digest information. Last but not least, I went live and sent the url to a few friends to see how it looked on different sized monitors and different mobile phones. Overall, I felt the Squarespace platform was very user-friendly, and besides selecting a blog template that involved a little bit of extra work, I felt like the process was pretty smooth! I will admit that it took me longer than I thought it would to complete my website, but I think this had more to do with my own indecisiveness than figuring out the platform. I’d estimate I spent somewhere around 6-8 hours building my site over the span of a couple days, and a few more hours browsing for imagery and drafting all of the content for my site. For this reason, I really recommend having all of that done before you start building your website. Having this content ready to go gives you a much better picture of what you’re building and will make the whole process much more streamlined.

I hope this leaves you feeling ready to build your own Squarespace website. Be sure to use coupon ‘SFGIRL’ for 10% off your first purchase!

squarespace websites. / sfgirlbybay

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pitter pattern.

patterned area rug on patio. / sfgirlbybay

whether it’s a fluffy carpet under foot, or the pitter pattern of a pretty tiled floor, it’s a grand start to giving your room a bold personality. if the ground beneath your feet has color and texture everything else takes on a bohemian vibe that’s easy to build on. naturally, you’ll want to consider your color palette but you can either keep the rest of your decor super simple and sparse for a more modern look — or add more complimentary textures and patterns to build upon what you’ve already got going on — from the bottom up, so to speak. i’m super excited to soon share with you my new clé hex tiles in the bathroom, and in the meantime, i’m having fun shopping for bathroom accessories to compliment the moroccan look i’m going for.

patterned moroccan tile floors. / sfgirlbybay

unique patterned tile work. / sfgirlbybay

wood framed bed with patterned tile floor. / sfgirlbybay

patterned floor tiles. / sfgirlbybay

patterned floor tiles in modern living space. / sfgirlbybay

tiled hallway. / sfgirlbybay

floor rug with black and white print. / sfgirlbybay

patterned black and white tiles. / sfgirlbybay

patterned colorful tile floors. / sfgirlbybay

bold patterned tile flooring. / sfgirlbybay

patterned floor tiles. / sfgirlbybay

patterned tile floors. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits in order of appearance: the fresh light; the socialite family; camille styles; odessa floors; atelier rue verte; mosaico hidraulico; alvhem; decorology; style me pretty; anthropologie; architectural digest espana; Freunde von Freunden; atelier rue verte.

still life.

string-hung beach photograph with hanging succulent. / sfgirlbybay

let’s keep things simple today, shall we? i love these still life vignettes.  i tend to think a clean, clear space opens the mind and allows us to soak up fresh, new ideas and keep our creativity sharp. have you ever read that book the artist’s way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity?  it’s got some wonderful ideas including the practice of ‘morning pages’ — essentially you sit down each morning and empty your thoughts onto a blank page in a running stream of consciousness. the idea being to clear your mind of clutter, enabling it to fill with more creative thoughts. i feel like these rooms can do something similar. free your mind and everything will follow.

white rooms with minimal decor. / sfgirlbybay

calming white bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

white walls with pale pink decor. / sfgirlbybay

white room with woven tray and orange floral arrangement. / sfgirlbybay

handmade pottery on white backdrop. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist white living room with wood cabinet and circle mirror. / sfgirlbybay

white washed rooms and decor. / sfgirlbybay

white walls with vintage white cabinet and modern rolling bar cart. / sfgirlbybay

modern white bedroom and decor. / sfgirlbybay

white walls and beamed ceilings with modern minimalist decor. / sfgirlbybay

white walls and minimalist decor. / sfgirlbybay

white entryway with white table and minimalist mirror. / sfgirlbybay

white vintage cabinets and white ceramics. / sfgirlbybay

white dining space with wood table and minimalist decor. / sfgirlbybay

calming white walls and decor. / sfgirlbybay

white kitchen with vintage cabinet and potted plants. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits in order of appearance: refinery29; the kinfolk table; le sojorner; @aylagurganus; karwei; alexandre kurek photography; the glitter guide; couverture and the garbstore; charlotte minty herz & blut; clouds9000; remodelista; markham stagers; my unfinished home; the design files; atelier solarshop; little upside down cake; design inside; atelier solarshop; @verdenius; vintage white.