the sfgirlbybay home office.

so, this is where is all happens. “what happens?” you might ask — i know i do, almost every darn day. i get up and take lucy to the dog park, ingest a whole bunch of coffee and then stare at the computer screen and debate with myself what to share with y’all.

sometimes, i have loads of inspiration i can’t wait to show you, and other days, to be honest, i’m like…”coffee kick in, coffee come on” — what the heck should i share today? so, without a thought in my head, here’s the sfgirlbybay home office. picture me, sitting here, stuffed with tonight’s sushi, trying to think of something better. tomorrow is another day…

oh, and here’s what it looked like before (above). i called it the circus room…and then, thankfully, after (below).

this is a west elm parsons desk, a few ikea expedit shelving units, as well as one of their alex flat files, which store my keep calm posters perfectly. the chair is a saarinen reproduction from modern selections, and the rug is a flokati from home decorators collection. my insane magazine collection is stored in vintage locker bins i found on lucky little dot. the chalk board and lamp (below) are secondhand vintage finds.

the sofa bed is ikea’s ps on wheels, the inspiration wire is actually a loft cable system curtain rod from west elm. the table is vintage, as are most of the pillows i found on etsy, the flea market, or made from vintage fabric. i picked up the bunny lamp (and carried him on board) from my last trip to liberty of london.

92 Responses to “the sfgirlbybay home office.”
  1. It looks so amazing! I love seeing other peoples’ creative spaces – and yours definitely doesn’t disappoint! Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Victoria, okay, I’m not the Jealous Curator, but I’m jealous! How a gal like you that works so hard and is multi-tasking a million things manages to have an office (& house) that looks like yours is astounding. Do you need to continue to torture me?

    Pa-lease come over sometime and help me do a “redo” on this tired old place!


  3. mrYen says:

    What an amazing space! I love the wire baskets and the vintage chalkboard. You have such great light in there too, I bet it’s a pleasure to work in there!

  4. honeydonthink says:

    I love the light in your work space! You appear to balance comfort and organization so well Victoria – by the way, where did you find your wonderful mannequin? I’ve been looking for one for a while now.

  5. Cindy says:

    It looks so neat and organized but oozes creativity. My home office needs some serious help. Hopefully this will get me going and not just drooling with envy.

  6. victoria says:

    thanks so much you guys.

    lynn – don’t be jealous. ;)

    honeydonthink – i found my mannequin on ebay – but i’ve see this one recently on etsy:

  7. Jody says:

    gorgeous. inspiring. many thanks.

  8. rachel says:

    lovely! makes me want to redo my studio: you’re is so orderly and clean and white!

  9. IAMSNWFLAKE says:

    Very nice working space and sooooo tidy! Congratulations.

  10. spiralgirl says:

    Thank you Victoria…Love it. So organized and pretty :)

  11. Stephanie says:

    Thanks so much for sharing. I’m about to start decorating/organizing a home office for myself and it’s interesting to see what others have done before I tackle it. Love your style!

  12. Kristen says:

    Hi Victoria, Thanks for sharing your space. It looks so bright and inviting. I would love to spend my day in such an inspiring space. Love when you share tidbits of your life with your readers!

  13. athena says:

    I adore your space and how you’ve infused it with your personality and style. The light you get in there is a photographer’s dream. Thank you for providing links — so helpful!

  14. ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR OFFICE! how inspiring…so airy and clean and organized!


  15. Iris says:

    It looks so elegant, practical, inspiring and personal. And quite a lot of space!

  16. I love it…what a wonderfully clean and inspiring space!

  17. oh em gee! Victoria, it’s gorgeous! seeing Rue issue 3 some minutes ago and now your office definitely makes for an inspiration OVERDOSE! :)

  18. I love it! I would love to work and spend my day in such an inspiring and relaxing space! Absolutely beautiful.

  19. I absolutely love it! …and quite honestly, sometimes these are the best types of posts! :) Great space!

  20. Love your office, looks so nice and relaxing. Thanks for sharing.

  21. becky says:

    Is that a Bestlight desk lamp? I think the circle was originally designed to house an ashtray :)

  22. victoria says:

    becky – gosh, i don’t know. that would make sense though. it’s a strange base, and i’ve had this lamp for years!

  23. Jen says:

    Gorgeous space! You’ve inspired me to rearrange my (currently messy) home office now.

  24. allison says:

    victoria –
    where on earth did you get the ed ruscha print? i’m dying to get my hands on a copy. i love it! your office looks amazing, well done.
    – a.

  25. Lupen says:

    OMG this is inspiring..I love the couch in your studio, I’ve always wanted to get a big comfy chair in mine….first clean up and organize.

  26. Jenn Stark says:

    Your office is absolute perfection!

  27. María says:

    Beautiful room, very inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

  28. Erin says:

    your personality (from all the wonderful things I’ve been told about you) sings through this space! And the light is TDF! Wonderful job – banking inspiration for my own remodel.

  29. Cire' says:

    I love all the natural light you get in there, its a wonderful space! I am IN LOVE with the Rabbit lamp!

  30. Krissy says:

    Your glowing rabbit lamp makes me so incredibly happy, it’s probably ridiculous. Haha. I remember you posting a picture of it before and being in awe of its adorableness.

  31. Absolutely stunning! I dream about having just one room like this to myself one day. What a great space!

  32. Amber says:

    love the clarity and light of your space. Love that we both have a green Cartlon-ware flower dish, and that you acquired the bunny lamp from Liberty’s I have been coveting via their delicious website here in Brisbane, Australia. Love the wonder you share. Cheers.

  33. victoria says:

    thanks again so much, you guys!

    allison – the ed ruscha print is from art river:

  34. Alicia says:

    Such a light a refreshing room to work in! I really love it and find it so inspiring!

    Does anyone know if the sofabed is actually comfortable to sleep on?

  35. judith b. says:

    And this was an uninspired day?! So, so nice!

  36. mlleparadis says:

    love the clipboards on the inspiration cable. i had to do a double take. and the rabbit light is perfect! did you get it rewired or are you using an adaptor?

  37. victoria says:

    judith – :) thanks!

    alicia – it’s pretty comfy. i’ve slept on i a few times, and is good for guests. not sure how it would be every night, but maybe okay with a pillow top or something.

  38. Too much fun, Victoria! You office is fantastic.

  39. C Lo says:

    After reading your site so much, I was JUST THINKING on Friday “Gee, I wish she’d post some of her OWN rooms” and BOOM! Nor Cal girls think alike! :)

    I love this. I am so incredibly inspired!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. Your office is so bright, cheerful, colorful, and inviting! I love it! Thank you for sharing with us! I’d love to take a seat on that comfy couch!

  41. ModFruGal says:

    Great space…and this Nashville gal loves your Hatch Show print!

  42. You are SO organized! I think I actually took a deep breath just looking at your space.

  43. nanne says:

    it’s all so great, and looks effortless, but well thought out (if that makes sense…).

    the ferris bueller in me is dying to put a motor on that sofa…

    you’re great, love your site,

  44. Oh my, what a stunning place! Makes me want to throw out all my stuff and redo my room!

  45. Tyler says:

    The magazines in the baskets look great! Adds lots of pops of color! What is the magazine called in the far right basket with the foreign characters on top and under it it says “HOME” in blue print? THANKS!

  46. shanti says:

    How often do you throw away your magazines? I too have an insane collection that would not fit in those bins. Do you recycle them whenever you get the next issue?

  47. I am so glad I found your blog! I spent some time as a wantabe interior designer and absolutely love your style.

  48. Anna @ D16 says:

    Oh, yay!! I’m so excited to see more of your place. This looks like such a nice environment to work in every day.

  49. victoria says:

    tyler – it’s a japanese decor magazine, that i think just translates to ‘home’ but i’m not certain. i get them at kinokuniya bookstore:

    shanti – i cut and paste my favorite images into journals. i’ll share them sometime. i don’t recycle – i hold on forever!! it’s a problem. :)

  50. Love your office! your inspiring me to finish mine up! I need to get those book shelves.

  51. This is such an inspiring space! Loved this post, there is always tomorrow =)

  52. leaca says:

    Love it. I like that it has a mix of decor styles.

    I have been out of the loop with a move and a new job but I was wondering if you do Sunday in the City anymore?

  53. victoria says:

    leaca – i just started back with sunday in the city after a little hiatus. :)

  54. Brooke says:

    such amazing awesomeness. love it. very inspirational – as always. thanks for sharing more of a sneak peek into your stellar home. xo

  55. Mimi says:

    I love it! I never get tired of looking at your place so thanks for the photos. I just want to curl up on your rug and take a nap in the sun. Thanks too for more info. on the inspiration wire. I’ve been wondering exactly what it is made of since I’ve been wanting one for years. Where did you find those little clips that hold the cards, etc.? I also think it is impressive and worth noting how sucessful you are at incorporating affordable pieces from IKEA into your space yet it doesn’t scream IKEA. I love the little sofa with pillows too. Are you open to suggestons for post ideas from your readers. I have lots of ideas. Feel free to use the V. Maier idea btw.

  56. Mimi says:

    PS: To Shanti – I too have a massive magazine collection. I recently moved and took about 50 mags to a nearby hospital for their patients. It made it easier to part with them knowing they were going to good use and it helped me clear my clutter.

  57. Tyler says:

    Hi again!
    I was just wondering what your favorite interior design magazines were.

  58. such a happy spot. I really love the white and brights. total inspiration.

  59. Katie says:

    Be honest… does it always look so tidy and effortlessly put-together?

  60. victoria says:

    mimi – the clips came on the west elm wire, and it came with all the hardware, too.

    tyler – i love some of the european magazines – living etc., cote sud, elle decor UK, and i also love anthology – which is brand new.

    katie – it is pretty neat – i kinda get OCD about it. but the drawers can get messy, and the stacks of magazines get unruly sometimes. or there’s laundry baskets waiting full to be folded. oh, and lucy makes a mess in here with her toys. :)

  61. Charming. I have that same little clock. Got it at the Alameda Flea Market. You can tell it’s just the kind of office that sparks creativity!

  62. Cassandra says:

    brilliant! your blog is MY inspiration board. it got me hooked on blogging, i must admit. your home office will now become my “zen place” while i’m daydreaming of quitting my day job.

  63. girlontheave says:

    what a bright, beautiful and inspiring space. i love how it’s brimming with color, so organized and quirky:)

  64. Bethany says:

    I adore your office! I love almost everything, so very, very cool! xxxxxxx

  65. Clunk says:

    That japanese magazine you got at the front of the right row… can you get that in the States?
    I once bought one in Japan, and it is the most inspirational magazine I ever saw…

  66. emma lamb says:

    You’re office is gorgeous Victoria… bright, sunny and colourful without being too much and I especially love you’re vintage pillows… :)
    Have a great weekend,
    Emma, x

  67. patti backer says:

    beautiful bright work space…..but all i can think about is how bad i need a bunny lamp…..NEED a bunny lamp!

  68. victoria says:

    clunk – i buy mine at this japanese bookstore:

    emma – thanks, luv!

    patti – everyone needs a bunny lamp!

  69. jodi says:

    absolutely fabulous!!

  70. gorgeous! i love studio tours! it inspires me to clean mine and take some photos to share. what a great peek into a creative mind :)

  71. liza says:

    I seriously think this is the coolest home office I’ve ever seen. Seriously.

  72. amanda says:

    ugh…i love it! your office looks so neat and clean but yet so colourful! i immedieatly spotted your ikea expedit shelves for i bought one last tuesday for my room. i think they are kind of handy and everything looks very organised. the baskets for your home magazines are great. i’d love to have one (or two) too, but i can’t find them here in germany and i don’t have the room for them yet. but thanks for sharing this is a very cool home office!

  73. Margarita says:

    You are very lucky to have this great and light space where to work, very inspiring. I love as well the rabbit lamp the cutest thing!!

  74. Clunk says:

    Yes!! THANKS!!

  75. shalini says:

    What a gorgeous room to “work” in! I love it. It’s the perfect mix of creativity and casual elegance.

  76. Malayka says:

    Oh I love it! So light and bright, I live in WAY too much clutter!

  77. Looks great, very inspiring! I really love white spaces that get their pop of colour from the bits and pieces that fill them – I’d love a kitchen in the same scheme one day :)

  78. Love it! Such a light and pretty looking office. I adore the pillows :)

  79. Jihee says:

    I am completely in LOVE with your office. It’s absolutely beautiful!!!! I love that it’s white and all the colors pop out ♥

  80. Stephanie Larsen says:

    love this room!! but a question- where did you get that little shelf that your printer sits on??

  81. Sharnetta says:

    Thanks for sharing your space. I love your detail and style!
    question…where did you get the galvanized square buckets on the expedit shelf?

  82. Alexandra says:

    Love this space!!! So inspiring. But where did you get your little sham rug that’s draped over your chair?!?

  83. Terry says:

    I live the wire baskets, whre are they from???? :)

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