i’m so happy to welcome rare device to my very own neighborhood in noe valley. i love it here, but we were in desperate need of a unique gift shop like Giselle Gyalzen’s rare device. This small, but sweet storefront is filled with lovely, approachably designed items for your home, yourself, and your family. Every object in the store has its own story, and has been chosen by giselle because it’s either handmade, well-designed, useful, beautiful or all of the above. The aesthetic is modern and whimsical while remaining warm and inviting. Influences range from the natural world to the interaction between humans and things, be it your clothes or what you choose to use in your homes. Many of the wares are locally produced, handmade creations and there’s also a wide variety of internationally created items, from such far flung places as Japan, Sweden, Canada, and the Philippines. Rare Device is all about bringing people together around beauty and inspiring ideas. rare device’s other shop on divisdero in NOPA has been open for a while now, and noe valley welcomes rare device to the neighborhood with open arms. and never fear, if you’re not visiting san francisco soon you can shop online, too.
• all photography by cindy loughridge for sfgirlbybay.
if you’re following along with mister bright bazaar himself, will taylor, then i think you’ll join me in feeling quite envious every single time will sets off on a new colorful adventure. will captures his adventures in a way that gives me serious wanderlust, and he’s now collaborating with sonic editions, offering up limited editions of the bright bazaar collection — wonderfully bright and beautiful photographic art prints from will’s travels near and far.
Will is a self-confessed ‘gentleman hooked on hue’ and has been photographing his vibrant discoveries from many color hunting adventures across Europe and America since 2009. so check out Will’s first series of evocative, exotic and effervescent prints! gorgeous alone, and even more stunning in a group gallery. congratulations, will!
as you probably know, i’m a huge fan of incorporating vintage pieces into modern decor — thus my motto ‘bohemian modern style from a san francisco girl’. adding vintage collections makes everything just so more interesting, and helps your home tell stories — about you, and what you love. for me, i’m a bit of a nut when it comes to collecting classic, mid-century modern chairs, and i have a distinct fondness for unusual portrait paintings.
ebay invited me to create some guides and collections to share with you, and thus far i’ve created a few — Ideas for Decorating with Vintage Portrait Paintings; Decorating with Mid Century Modern Eames Chairs; and Adding Color to Decor with Vintage Moroccan Rugs. i’ve got lots more guides coming up, so if you’re looking for a little guidance to shopping vintage, pop on over and follow my guides and collections.
i love a good neutral sofa, especially in shades of gray. gray’s just so versatile, and flatters just about any color palette — from pale pinks, to yellow and even good old black & white. gray is such a sophisticated and accommodating color, friendly with all kinds of decor — from fancy french, to paired with loads of natural wood, gray just gets along so well with everybody. i love these looks, and there’s some really lovely gray sofas available i’ve been seeing around town. here’s a round up of a few i rooms, and a couple of sofas, i love.
first off, that sofa? can we discuss how comfy cozy that looks to curl up on? and those serge mouille light fixtures have long been on my wish list. in fact, this barcelone apartment decorated by Miquel Alzueta and featured in architectural digest espana is full of rare, designer collections (all those fabulous chairs!) — and that bookcase by Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé. It’s all quite stunning, included the pops of pink and those ornate black doors with a peek into the bedroom. for the entire tour, visit architectural digest espana.
• photography PABLO ZAMORA for architectural digest espana.