well, kids, today’s the day. i’m moving to los angeles this weekend, and saying farewell to san francisco. i’m not saying goodbye, though — i’ll be back here all the time. for events, to see friends, to just say hello to the city i love. i’m excited for new adventures in L.A. and about finally owning a home and making it my own. and i can’t wait to share that process with you — it’s going to be fun! i’ve been dreaming and scheming about how it’s going to look, so i’m looking forward to slowly revealing it here on the blog.
i’ve been so busy with the book launch, packing up to move, and dealing with everything else that happens around here on a day-to-day basis that i honestly haven’t had a lot of time to reflect on how i feel about leaving san francisco. it feels bittersweet for certain, but i’m not sure my actual feelings have had a moment to really sink in. so i’m not going to get very nostalgic today — i think i need some processing time and i’ll get back to you about those thoughts. in the meantime, i hope you’ll stick around for SF Girl in LA! See you down south! xo, Victoria
i always like the staging from fantastic frank, an international real estate brokerage which began in stockholm and has opened in berlin, as well. their staging is simple for certain, but i think it allows you to see the possibilities for their properties, without over styling it. i also love that they give you the floor plan of the homes for sale — i do wish more real estate sites in the states did that! without a floor plan, sometimes it feels like you’re flying blind. i measured out my new house and then created a floor plan in photoshop, but more on that soon — eep i move in this weekend!
hello from leslie at spotted sf! in honor of victoria’s upcoming move to sunny l.a., i wanted to share this gorgeous gem that i recently visited during my trip south. you’ve most likely seen plenty of pics of commissary all over instagram and i was thrilled to finally see it myself. i’m absolutely green with envy and delighted that victoria will have this beautiful and delicious place so close to her new home!
located at the line in l.a.’s koreatown district, commissary is a restaurant and cocktail bar inside a lush greenhouse on the hotel’s rooftop. an abundance of hanging and potted plants fill the space, and there are plenty of communal tables to enjoy your meal inside and out by the pool. serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the concept is vegetable-focused, but it is not a vegetarian restaurant. a number of carnivorous options are on the menu, but commissary is mainly about providing the freshest seasonal greens and produce in honor of all the folks and families in southern california working on the farms to bring food to our tables. i enjoyed a most delicious breakfast here before starting the rest of my day and look forward to many repeat visits. when you receive your bill, you’ll also be gifted a small pack of vegetable seeds to take home with you. if you haven’t already, be sure to add this spot to your itinerary when you head to l.a. next.
• all photography by leslie santarina.
these rooms!!! i cannot get over the exquisitely ornate look of each and every one. they don’t make homes like this anymore — these high ceilings and stunning crown moldings just make me swoon. and photographer heidi lerkenfeldt has captured them so beautifully. the lighting and pastel palette suits the rooms perfectly. based in cophenhagen heidi lerkenfeldt photographs are so cinematic — couldn’t you just see a wes anderson film coming to life in these dramatic spaces? i think these two should meet and collaborate!
• all photography courtesy of heidi lerkenfeldt.
there’s nothing i like more than a sneak peek into the spaces of creatives. Maker Spaces is a new book out by Emily Quinton, in which she examines how makers and innovators around the world live and work, exploring their inspirational and beautiful homes, studios and workshops. Emily’s Maker Spaces takes an in-depth look inside 13 beautiful homes, studios and workspaces of the pioneering creative minds of some of the best-known makers, from a color-filled, uplifting studio space in super-trendy East London to the retro reverie of a stunning San Francisco apartment. Their clever styling ideas and imaginative, ingenious creative spaces will inspire you endlessly. Maker Spaces also includes examples of the incredible things that their owners create, as well as advice on how to turn your ideas into beautiful products.