the fig house is born.

the fig house is born / sfgirlbybay

i’ve been following the opening of the fig house los angeles for a while now. i first heard about it when stylist and interior designer extraordinaire emily henderson announced she would be taking on this massive renovation and design project. and man-oh-man did she get it right! the fig house is a gorgeous bespoke event venue nestled between downtown Los Angeles, and Pasadena in the heart of burgeoning Highland Park. Open to private events, outdoor weddings and receptions, exhibitions, productions, corporate and private parties, the fig house is an indoor/outdoor event venue that transports you to a place where midcentury California meets lush landscaping and modern glamour. emily and her team are responsible for that. it’s stunning, as you will see as you scroll through these photos.

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i next heard about the fig house again when bri from designlovefest posted stunning images from the cocktail mixology workshop she held there. bri hosts a range of DLF workshops — from basket making, to calligraphy, to social media and she always does it up right. the ambience she creates seems to be key for a good time while learning, and bri puts on a smashing workshop. this time around her mixology workshop was held at the fig house, which is Steve Fortunato’s (from Room Forty, an L.A. catering company) venture into the restaurant and hospitality world. way to dive in, in smashing style!

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as i was saying, emily henderson and her team, Dean Fisher and Ginny Macdonald are responsible for this incredible space, and you can see emily’s detailed before and after photos here, and here to get a sense of her design process and the scope of this really huge undertaking. to say the results are an amazingly stunning transformation is a complete understatement. emily enlisted the help of our own Danielle Krysa (real art for a fictitious world) from The Jealous Curator to curate the art for the space and her selections are simply spot on.

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i just want to say a massive kudos to everyone involved. what a dream team! you can visit images from the fig house opening night party and emily’s before and afters to be utterly inspired about what can come from virtually an empty space. i think you’ll be wowed. follow the fig house on facebook to check for upcoming events, or get in touch with them on their website to host your own smashing event there.

the fig house is born / sfgirlbybay

the fig house is born / sfgirlbybay

the fig house is born / sfgirlbybay

the fig house is born / sfgirlbybay

the fig house is born / sfgirlbybay

the fig house is born / sfgirlbybay

the fig house is born / sfgirlbybay

the fig house is born / sfgirlbybay

the fig house is born / sfgirlbybay

the fig house is born / sfgirlbybay

the fig house is born / sfgirlbybay

the fig house is born / sfgirlbybay

Photo Credits: brittany wood for designlovefest; Mike Kelley and Ryan Phillips of Pure Photo for emily henderson; Our Labor of Love and Woodnote Photography for the fig house.

utopia goods.

utopia goods / sfgirlbybay

I can’t get enough of these bold, fresh prints from Utopia Goods. Known for their high quality, hand printed fabrics, Utopia Goods is an Australian brand founded by Sophie Tatlow and Bruce Slorach with a “highly personal style with a combination of Australian bush references, historical influences with a contemporary new feel.” Utopia Goods claims, “We hold the highest esteem for work that is crafted by hand and built on a strong personal ethos. Whether we are mixing the old and new, the whimsical and wild, we are committed to designing and manufacturing unique utopian hardware.” Check out their newest textiles online and peek at their fun lookbooks.

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utopia goods / sfgirlbybay

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utopia goods / sfgirlbybay

utopia goods / sfgirlbybay

utopia goods / sfgirlbybay

utopia goods / sfgirlbybay

utopia goods / sfgirlbybay

spotted: wallflower.

spotted: wallflower / sfgirlbay

greetings from leslie at spotted sf! there are so many amazing things that have recently opened up in san francisco and i’m delighted to be sharing photos of one of them in our blog series, spotted. today i’m bringing you the lovely victoria nicoll and she is the owner of the wonderful and whimsy new vintage shop called wallflower.

spotted: wallflower / sfgirlbay

spotted: wallflower / sfgirlbay

spotted: wallflower / sfgirlbay

spotted: wallflower / sfgirlbay

spotted: wallflower / sfgirlbay

spotted: wallflower / sfgirlbay

spotted: wallflower / sfgirlbay

spotted: wallflower / sfgirlbay

spotted: wallflower / sfgirlbay

spotted: wallflower / sfgirlbay

what initially started as a monthly pop up in her own home, wallflower is now a full-fledged boutique located in the back room of the treasure-filled carousel consignment shop in the city’s mission district. victoria’s love and flair for fashion, design and decor allows her to playfully combine vintage ’60s and ’70s frocks with jewelry and accessories, along with a collection of home and garden goods, both found and new. her boudoir-like space is the perfect little spot for playing dress-up, as there are racks and rows full of pretty pieces to try on. i especially love the yummy scents filling the air, as she stocks p.f. candles and my favorite soaps from etta + billie. in addition to running and curating her own space, this lady of many talents can also be found designing the window displays and merchandising all the gorgeous goods at nearby belljar.

• all photography by leslie santarina.

sweden’s sawmill.

sweden's sawmill / sfgirlbybay

i stumbled upon this great space, mostly because of these windows, and this beautiful loft-like space below. it lead me to fantastic frank’s — sweden’s renowned real estate site. now wouldn’t you like to rent a place like this? or, at the very least visit it? it’s called the sawmill, or sågverket — a kind of inn, cafe and conference space — Sweden’s most cozy hostel located in Härnösand, the High Coast, in Northern Sweden. i’d love to rent a space like this and host gatherings for creative entrepreneurs, bloggers and makers to meet and brainstorm. i think a serene spot like this would really invite great inspiration and clarity of mind — perfect for idea making. i can keep dreaming, but in the meantime, have a look around and for the full tour visit their website, and fantastic frank’s.

sweden's sawmill / sfgirlbybay

sweden's sawmill / sfgirlbybay

sweden's sawmill / sfgirlbybay

sweden's sawmill / sfgirlbybay

sweden's sawmill / sfgirlbybay

sweden's sawmill / sfgirlbybay

sweden's sawmill / sfgirlbybay

sweden's sawmill / sfgirlbybay

sweden's sawmill / sfgirlbybay

sweden's sawmill / sfgirlbybay

sweden's sawmill / sfgirlbybay

• photography via fantastic frank.

pinworthy: fatelondon.

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the hardest part of compiling this pinworthy post is choosing just one to highlight every other week.

fate, an online store carrying nothing but the most beautiful and timeless home accessories, is definitely one of my favorites. in my own life i have tried to cut back on filling space and concentrate on surrounding myself with things i simply love, things that are designed well — that i can see treasuring for years to come. fate. obviously embraces this concept as well.

it is no surprise that fatelondon’s pinterest boards are equally elegant. the store actually came from the boards. the founders of fate. began collecting items that inspire on pinterest and decided to take it to the next level — hence the shop. i can’t get enough of either.

a few of my favorite boards:

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covet

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nest

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adorn 

xo mrs. french