the shutterbugs: salva lópez.

kitchen by photographer salva lópez / sfgirlbybay

i love the story-telling images of barcelona-based photographer salva lópez. he seems to just slip in and capture the mood of a space perfectly — like a fly on the wall, there’s no disrupting the elements — just a very personal documentary of what’s taking place. this story, for instance, commissioned by client Monocle Magazine of a husband-and-wife team in their live/work apartment in spain. the creative couple decided to transform their apartment behind Madrid’s Paseo de Prado into a space in which they could live and work, and salva has managed to make us feel as though we’re actually in their comfortable abode — i can practically smell their lovely leather goods. you can see the full story on monocle (which is an amazing magazine if you don’t already subscribe!) and more images on the online portfolio of salva lópez.

dog on sofa by photographer salva lópez / sfgirlbybay

plants by photographer salva lópez / sfgirlbybay

courtyard by photographer salva lópez / sfgirlbybay

plant life by photographer salva lópez / sfgirlbybay

indoor and outdoor plants via photographer salva lópez / sfgirlbybay

living space via photographer salva lópez / sfgirlbybay

mirrored bedrom cabinet via photographer salva lópez / sfgirlbybay wood beamed bedroom photo by salva lópez / sfgirlbybay

workspace by photographer salva lópez / sfgirlbybaybedoro

• photography by salva lópez for Monocle Magazine.

plant life.

potted plants and home furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

kimberley dhollander and philippe corthout, via de dujes.

commonly popular in the late 1970s or early 1980s, very bohemian fern bars were everywhere. we probably watched chrissy, jack and janet barhop through a few of these lush pubs. houseplants got huge in the late 70’s too, and much like fashion of that era (high waisted jeans, anyone?) they’re back in a big way. every house needs some good old oxygen-producing plant life, right? Some well-placed greenery not only brightens your space but also purify the air around you — and surrounding yourself with greenery also creates a more calming and restful ambiance. time to get your green thumb on.

indoor plants and home furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

@ameliemancini + vaux vintage.

plant life. / sfgirlbybay


potted plants and modern light. / sfgirlbybay


entryway with plants and home accessories / sfgirlbybay

angela tofoya’s home, via refinery29.

inspiring interiors with plants. / sfgirlbybay

abj glassworks; leslie williamson; the design files; fine little day; mustaovi.

framed art print and potted plant. / sfgirlbybay

per jansson.

white room with potted plants / sfgirlbybay


hanging indoor plants / sfgirlbybay

the shiny squirrel.

open shelving and potted plants. / sfgirlbybay


plants on open shelves and table / sfgirlbybay

Marij Hessel for my attic.

around l.a. matteo.

around la matteo. / sfgirlbybay

Each piece is proudly designed, created and inspected by hand here in Los Angeles. Classic, elegant and comfortable, I guarantee these MATTEO linens will quickly become your favorites. (I’m obsessed with the vintage linen line.) With sheets, duvets, table linens, baby bedding and even a small clothing line, if I could convert my entire house at once I would. You can visit their showroom in The Arts District or their newly opened MATTEO Factory Outlet (pictured below), just down the street. And be sure to browse their instagram for inspiration, but not if you have a huge to-do list as you’ll likely fall into your bed afterward.

matteo downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

bedding displays at matteo downtown la / sfgirlbybay

matteo factory outlet in la / sfgirlbybay

bed linens at matteo in la / sfgirlbybay

matteo bed linens / sfgirlbybay

gray and white bed linens by matteo / sfgirlbybay

matteo bed linens downtown la factory outlet / sfgirlbybay

downtown los angeles matteo factory outlet / sfgirlbybay

around la: matteo factory outlet store / sfgirlbybay

• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.

oh so deco.

welcome to miami. / sfgirlbybay

one of my favorite things to do in miami is to roam the streets of the art deco district. it is also known as the miami beach architectural district and is listed on the national register of historic places. built mostly between the 1920s to 1940s, you’ll find hundreds of these preserved buildings along famed ocean drive (between 5th and 15th) and further north around collins avenue. recently i was in nearby hollywood for work and decided to pop into south beach for an afternoon. i could’ve spent all day capturing all the pretty pastel hues + all the lines and angles on these landmarks. my favorite features were the letterings on all those signs. this area could have its own font book!

art deco architecture in miami, florida / sfgirlbybay

vintage teal convertible spotted in miami / sfgirlbybay

a few sightings of some vintage vehicles was also fun, too.

welcome to miami: art deco district tour / sfgirlbybay

architecture tour in miami's art deco district / sfgirlbybay

welcome to miami: art deco walking tour / sfgirlbybay

miami art deco architecture tour. / sfgirlbybay

vespa in miami's art deco district / sfgirlbybay

i also visited a few properties and the interiors are just as spectacular—especially the delano, nautilus and the new faena hotel. the art within the latter is otherwordly, and a must-see the next time you find yourself there is the gilded mammoth display by artist damien hirst.

miami's nautilus hotel. / sfgirlbybay

sagamore hotel in miami's art deco district / sfgirlbybay

shore club in miami. / sfgirlbybay

miami architecture tour. / sfgirlbybay

vintage car outside the avalon hotel in miami / sfgirlbybay

• all photography by leslie santarina.

good reads: home stories.

insiration board and creative workspace / sfgirlbybay

one of my favorite decor books is urban vintage, written by Swedish author and blogger ida magntorn. ida sent me along a PDF of her new book home stories, which is now available, and it’s just as lovely and inspiring as her last book. both books are published in swedish, but chronicle books later published urban vintage in english under the title home style by city, so i’m hoping if we all clamor for it enough they’ll follow suit with home stories. regardless, the book’s photos tell a very pretty story, so i don’t have to read it to enjoy it (but I’d like to — hint, hint). have a sneak peek and i think you’ll see what i mean.

home decor book by ida magntorn / sfgirlbybay

inspirational home decor / sfgirlbybay


framed art home gallery wall / sfgirlbybay

home decor using books / sfgirlbybay

ornate wooden mirror and piano / sfgirlbybay

inspirational white dining room with wood accents / sfgirlbybay

inspirational decor from 'Home Stories' / sfgirlbybay

inspirational kitchen decor from 'Home Stories' / sfgirlbybay

inspirational home decor via 'Home Stories' / sfgirlbybay

unique mobile and exosed wood beamed ceiling / sfgirlbybay

inspirational interior design via 'Home Stories' / sfgirlbybay

bell jar and plant home decor / sfgirlbybay

vintage collectibles as decor / sfgirlbybay

• all photography courtesy of home stories.