at home in brooklyn.

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i often wonder if i’d like living in brooklyn — i never did the new york thing, and i think i would have liked it. never say never, but for now i’m just vicariously enjoying this fort greene apartment belonging to Boutique owner Lauren Snyder featured recently on a refinery29 home tour. lauren owns the primary essentials and much like her lovely shop, her apartment is minimalist but homey — i think the plants, and that exposed brick and the lovely built-in bookshelves really warm the space right up. it looks to me like she simply shares her most beloved belongings, and nothing overly fussy and that’s something i’m working hard at achieving. for the whole tour, hop on over to refinery29.

at home in brooklyn / sfgirlbybay

at home in brooklyn / sfgirlbybay

at home in brooklyn / sfgirlbybay

at home in brooklyn / sfgirlbybay

at home in brooklyn / sfgirlbybay

at home in brooklyn / sfgirlbybay

at home in brooklyn / sfgirlbybay

at home in brooklyn / sfgirlbybay

• all photos by julia robbs for refinery29.

an online french brocante.

an online french brocante / sfgirlbybay

i came across this wonderful online french brocante, Le Grenier de Ninon — the perfect sort of place if there’s not a flea market or thrift shop around. just hop on their site and you’ll find beautiful treasures, like this vintage barber’s mirror, or a beautiful slate gray crocheted blanket, lovingly washed and cared for. of course, all the objects are vintage and have some traces of the time, which only adds to their unique charm. so pretty, right? Le Grenier de Ninon ships worldwide and is full of found vintage and repurposed objects for your home.

an online french brocante / sfgirlbybay

an online french brocante / sfgirlbybay

an online french brocante / sfgirlbybay

an online french brocante / sfgirlbybay

an online french brocante / sfgirlbybay

an online french brocante / sfgirlbybay

’tis the season.

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i can’t believe it’s almost here, but christmas is right around the corner. the corner right after thanksgiving, which is next thursday — and also the day a lot of you put your tree up. so, i thought it would be fun to gather up some sweet ornament ideas for you. i like getting one or two new ornaments each year and these from anthropologie are perfect for my holiday color scheme — gold, white and silver. happy decorating!

from top to bottom, strung along these vintage edison globe lights from cb2: bronze pug; snowy pinecone; felted acorns; hand carved eiffel tower; golden antler ; polar bear; sparkled acorn; and the wiley racoon.

let’s go to: rozelle, australia.

the lovely and very talented photographer and author of my heart wanders, pia jane bijkerk is dropping in today to share a special story about her hometown of rozelle, australia with you today. i hope you’ll have a read and enjoy — thanks, pia!

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Four years ago my French love and I made the momentous decision to move to Sydney after four years together in Paris and Amsterdam. Although I spent most of my youth in the northern beaches of Sydney, I’ve always felt more whole in Europe, and I didn’t want to lose all I’d found be moving back to where I was born. As long as we could move to a new-to-me community of the Sydney area, I felt we would be okay as it would ignite the sense of exploration I so love and need to flourish in my creativity. So we came across Rozelle, part of the inner west, a village I’d only ever visited a handful of times in my stylist days a decade ago. In those days, I remember driving around visiting shops like Herbies and thinking “wow, I’d love to live in a town like this one day!”. It felt so vibrant and unique, I loved the atmosphere and friendliness. Now I live here, and it has surpassed all I dreamt up those many years go.

let's go to:  rozelle, australia / sfgirlbybay

let's go to:  rozelle, australia / sfgirlbybay

About seven weeks ago, there was an explosion in one of rozelle’s shops, three people’s lives were lost including a baby, and many others were greatly affected, including friends that lived above the shop, their home and contents completely destroyed. The incident shook the community to the core. Surrounding shops were shut for weeks, Darling Street (the main street) was closed off. Although I feel like I always appreciated the village, it wasn’t until this horrific incident that I realised how much I relied on all the shops on a daily basis and how special that is in today’s world. Now I have an even stronger appreciation and awareness of how valuable a village is and how connected we all are. And how lucky we are here as in our little inner suburb of Sydney we have four wholefood cafes, three fabulous French bakeries, a chocolatier, a sustainable fish restaurant, a wholefood supermarket, a weekly organic fruit and vegetable market and a weekly vintage market!! And not a fast food outlet in sight. There are also a number of wonderful practitioners and services including acupuncture, physiotherapy, nutritionists, and yoga. And I take my little girl Laly to a great French music class each week called Bonjour Babies, created by my friend Sara.

On November 30 the council will hold a village street fair to raise funds for those in need. In the lead up I thought it’d be fun to showcase some of the boutiques and cafes that I love and visit regularly around the village, to help connect and inspire all of us who live here, and inspire those who don’t to come and visit! if you’d like to find out more about that fund raiser, visit #rozellerocks.

let's go to:  rozelle, australia / sfgirlbybay

A little background:

• Rozelle is over 200 years old.

• The name derives from the stunning parrots that were in abundance in the area, called Rosellas. Now I see mostly rainbow lorikeets which are also a type of parrot with beautiful plumage.

• It’s part of the Balmain peninsula so it’s surrounded by bays, with parks and bushland.

• It’s home to Sydney Collecge of the Arts which is the visual arts college of the University of Sydney and occupies historic sandstone buildings set in beautiful and spacious grounds on the edge of the harbour at Rozelle.

let's go to:  rozelle, australia / sfgirlbybay

some of the must-stop places of Rozelle:

Food:
Orange Grove Farmers Market
Herbies Spices
The Essential Ingredient
About Life
Belle Fleur

let's go to:  rozelle, australia / sfgirlbybay

Eat out:
Bellingen Gelato – artisan gelato
Labancz – french bakery
C’est Bon – French patisserie
Love Fish – ethical & sustainable fish (best fish and chips!)
Egg of The Universe – wholefood cafe
Ungaro Raw – health conscious cafe

let's go to:  rozelle, australia / sfgirlbybay
Fashion, home + culture:
Tali Gallery – Indigenous art and crafts
Mama Green, Sounds Like Home – warehouse space of furniture
Shady Designs – home furnishings, wallpapers, lamp shade makers
Rozelle Markets
The Local Store
Bonjour Babies

There’s only one thing missing – a bookstore!! Hmm, maybe I’ll have to do something about that :)

let's go to:  rozelle, australia / sfgirlbybay

let's go to:  rozelle, australia / sfgirlbybay

let's go to:  rozelle, australia / sfgirlbybay

let's go to:  rozelle, australia / sfgirlbybay

let's go to:  rozelle, australia / sfgirlbybay

let's go to:  rozelle, australia / sfgirlbybay

let's go to:  rozelle, australia / sfgirlbybay

let's go to:  rozelle, australia / sfgirlbybay

let's go to:  rozelle, australia / sfgirlbybay

let's go to:  rozelle, australia / sfgirlbybay

let's go to:  rozelle, australia / sfgirlbybay

let's go to:  rozelle, australia / sfgirlbybay

let's go to:  rozelle, australia / sfgirlbybay

let's go to:  rozelle, australia / sfgirlbybay

• all photography by pia jane bijkerk.

chronicle books #givebooks giveaway.

chronicle books #givebooks giveaway / sfgirlbybay

giving books for the holidays is one thing i’ve always felt really good about. i mean, we all have so much stuff — but books, well they’re just timeless. i love giving books, just as much as receiving them, and this year i’m getting my wish, thanks to chronicle books.

we’re giving away to one very lucky winner all ten of these books i’ve selected from my favorites at chronicle. the idea behind this giveaway is a lovely one — we’d love for you to share the love of reading, support your local bookseller, and help promote literacy! For every person who pledges to #GiveBooks this holiday season, by sharing this intention through social media, Chronicle Books will donate a book to a child in need through First Book. so, please Help us donate 10,000 books by TAKING THE PLEDGE HERE.

chronicle books #givebooks giveaway / sfgirlbybay

i chose these ten books from my favorites — so if you love cooking, interior design and fashion, this giveaway’s got your name all over it. the books in this giveaway are: Tartine Book No. 3; Plenty; The Country Cooking of France; Modern Tea; 100 Years of Fashion; Home Style By City; Decorate; Decorate Workshop; decorate with flowers; and Make Map Art.

chronicle books #givebooks giveaway / sfgirlbybay

to win these 10 books from chronicle books, simply:

• share with us below in the comments “What’s the best book you’ve ever received as a gift?”

• please comment by thursday, november 27th, 12pm PST.

• as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.

• sorry, but this time the giveaway is for U.S. residents only.

• we’ll announce a winner selected by random number generator on my twitter account later in the week of december 1st, so be sure and follow along.

*in addition chronicle books is generously offering my readers 30% + free ground shipping (excluding personalized products) at chronicle books now through the end of the year with offer code GIVEBOOKS.

chronicle books #givebooks giveaway / sfgirlbybay

chronicle books #givebooks giveaway / sfgirlbybay