nobody puts baby in a corner.

bubble chair / sfgirlbybay

soledad alzaga.

nobody puts baby in a corner. well, except these babies. i love a good reading nook, one with a really great accent chair like these. a signature chair, if you will, that draws your interest into a boring old corner and makes it a cozy and comfy spot to hang out with a favorite book. a fantastic vintage chair is my favorite way to get a good-looking corner — score one at a flea market, second hand store, or a yard sale, and if it’s more shabby than chic, have it reupholstered to give it brand new life. add some pretty throws or pillows, hang a portrait or print and you’ve transformed that blah corner into a thing of beauty.

kate arends' home via the everygirl / sfgirlbybay

kate arends’ home, via the everygirl.

butterfly chair the citizenry / sfgirlbybay

elise joseph for the citizenry.

eames lounge chair / sfgirlbybay


pink rocking chair / sfgirlbybay

tom blachford interiors.

wood chair / sfgirlbybay

nalata nalata.

woven rattan & wood chair / sfgirlbybay


lounge chair / sfgirlbybay

planete deco.

vintage leather chair / sfgirlbybay

rachel bilson’s home, via lonny.

ampersand sf.

ampersand floral boutique / sfgirlbybay

i was out hunting for fresh flowers this morning, and it seems my echo park neighborhood may be lacking for a small, local florist. a floral boutique is much needed, and if it’s here and i missed it, please do let me know where to find it. i know silver lake has the bosky dell and clementine floralworks but i couldn’t find a sweet corner shop carrying great flowers. it made me miss ampersand, a local flower shop and design studio based in san francisco’s Mission District. ampersand is tucked away in an alleyway — a tiny space in a former garage with a bright turquoise door. shop owners benjamin & emerson are just as charming as their shop and so many photographers have captured their floral design and shop so beautifully, i wanted to share. i think this might inspire anyone out there with an inkling of an idea to open a floral boutique near echo park and I sure hope so — we need you!

ampersand floral boutique san francisco / sfgirlbybay

ampersand floral design / sfgirlbybay

san francisco's ampersand floral boutique / sfgirlbybay

ampersand sf / sfgirlbybay

pendant by woodland hill home.

SF's ampersand floral boutique / sfgirlbybay

ampersand floral designers / sfgirlbybay

ampersand floral shop / sfgirlbybay

ampersand floral / sfgirlbybay

• photography by ashley batz; Larry Nguyen; matdivid photography; to wander & seek; maraluce; and sarah deragon.

creative coupling in copenhagen.

built-in white shelving / sfgirlbybay

this is the bright and airy copenhagen-based home of a creative couple living and their young daughter, featured recently on bolig liv. a wonderful mix of bright and bold color paired with some lovely danish-modern touches — like that great mid-century sideboard, eames chairs and the pair of Kaare Klint Safari Chairs – a gift from their family. naturally, i’m a big fan of their custom space-saving built-in bookcase, since i just had one built for myself (more on that soon!). built-ins are the best, but if you’re renting, or haven’t go the budget for custom-made, there’s loads of great alternatives, like the much-blogged about Ikea billy bookcase hack. for the full tour, visit bolig liv.

danish modern dining room / sfgirlbybay

danish modern sideboard / sfgirlbybay

danish modern kitchen / sfgirlbybay

danish modern kitchen style / sfgirlbybay

danish modern apartment / sfgirlbybay

danish modern bedroom / sfgirlbybay

danish modern child's room / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Frederikke Heiberg for bolig liv.

my hats off to you.

hats on display / sfgirlbybay

kara rosenlund.

hats!! i love wearing hats, but i’m always hesitant to buy them. i ponder endlessly, “will i really wear it?”, “does it draw too much attention to me?”, “is it practical?”. i don’t know why i just don’t embrace it, because i really do feel like a much more fun person with a hat on — a little more mysterious, perhaps. but what to do with all those hats if you do opt in on being a hat-wearing-person? i like these ideas for displaying hats outside the closet. kind of charming, no? just like hats!

hat rack, via the design files / sfgirlbybay

the design files.

hats on display / sfgirlbybay

casa sanchia photographed by robert anton.

hats on display in hallway / sfgirlbybay

tom blachford.

hang your hats / sfgirlbybay

manual yllera for elle espana.

straw hats on display / sfgirlbybay

danielle de lange.

felt hats on display / sfgirlbybay

apartment therapy.

hang your hats on display / sfgirlbybay

danielle de lange; remodelista; apartment therapy; and house beautiful.

hats on display club monaco / sfgirlbybay

club monaco via style beat.

straw hats  / sfgirlbybay

light locations.

hats on display / sfgirlbybay

Jessica Comingore’s Los Angeles Apartment, via the everygirl.

hats on display in office / sfgirlbybay

salvo lópez.

straw hats as art / sfgirlbybay


around l.a. / l & e oyster bar.

Silver Lake's L&E Oyster Bar / sfgirlbybay

A Silver Lake staple, L & E Oyster Bar offers one of the best happy hours around. The restaurant opened in 2012 by a diverse and well-equipped team with a passion for good food and drinks. Executive chef Spencer Bezaire is in daily communication with several oyster farmers up and down the North American coast lines. Once he places his order, it’s a mere 12-18 hours before the oysters arrive at L & E Oyster Bar, available for your order. (It’s not unusual for the restaurant to go through 2,500 oyster in any given weekend.) L & E Oyster Bar restaurant downstairs offers the perfect setting for a special evening dining outside and the breezy upstairs bar is the ideal spot to enjoy happy hour with your friends. Find yourself a little sheepish about the raw seafood? The selective seasonal menu somehow still offers something for everyone with items divided into raw, smoked, grilled, steamed, and fried categories.

L&E Oyster Bar, Silver Lake / sfgirlbybay

Silver Lake's L & E Oyster Bar & Cafe / sfgirlbybay

L & E Oyster Bar Outdoor Cafe / sfgirlbybay

L & E Oyster Bar / sfgirlbybay

Silver Lake's L & E Oyster Bar / sfgirlbybay

Silver Lake's L & E Oyster Bar / sfgirlbybay

Silver Lake's L & E Oyster Bar & Cafe / sfgirlbybay

Silver Lake's L & E Oyster Bar & Cafe / sfgirlbybay

Silver Lake's L & E Oyster Bar Menu / sfgirlbybay

• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.