wear this there: gwen.

art deco decor at gwen in hollywood / sfgirlbybay
moody interiors make for moody outfit choices. good food makes for happy bellies. you get the point. gwen is the new sweetheart of hollywood where one can sip a cocktail among art deco surroundings — only without any of the snobbery. it’s a butcher shop after all. its ambiance can be attributed to oliver and evan haslegrave, an interior design duo from Brooklyn, and its fine meats to top chef master curtis stone. swivel into one of the chinchilla topped bar stools, coat tossed over bare shoulders, and await patiently, yet stylishly, your duck confit!

~ michaela d’Artois, vérité published.

the bar at gwen in hollywood / sfgirlbybaywear this there: gwen / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: modern citizen milla strapless dress; india love goa Vintage Embroidered & Tribal Coin Leather Clutch; zara lapel collar coat;nars velvet red lip pencil from nordstrom; janessa leone calla hat from prism; nastygal break the ice earcuff; and jojo khaki velvet perspex heel ankle boots from ego.

inspiring interiors at gwen / sfgirlbybayart deco lighting at gwen in hollywood / sfgirlbybaydrinks and decor details at gwen / sfgirlbybayart decor interior decor at gwen in hollywood / sfgirlbybay

• photography via the cool hunter and gwen on instagram.

spotted sf: barzotto.

inspiring interior design at barzotto / sfgirlbybay

Hello – Leslie from Spotted SF here. Allow me to introduce you to the newest dining spot in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood: Barzotto. Brought to you by Marko Sotto, veteran restaurant operator, and Michelle Minori, former executive sous chef of Thomas McNaughton’s Ne Timeas restaurant group (Flour + Water, Salumeria, Aatxe), Barzotto introduces fresh and affordable housemade pasta dishes, California and Italian wines and seasonal soft-serve gelatos.

pasta and wine available at barzotto / sfgirlbybay

spotted sf: barzotto / sfgirlbybay

dining room at barzotto / sfgirlbybay

The daily menu at Barzotto will feature five hearty bowls of pasta all made within view of guests. Expect two classics and three other varieties incorporating fresh and local ingredients available each season. A good ol’ classic to try is the Cacio e Pepe with pecorino, parmesan and black pepper — then add a farm egg. Wines are $10 by the glass and $40 by the bottle. And soft serve gelato will have seasonal toppings, like strawberries & biscotti, salted caramel & dark chocolate, as well as a nitro coffee affogato with mint.

pasta and rosé at barzotto / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interiors at barzotto / sfgirlbybay

interior decor at barzotto / sfgirlbybay

Be sure to scope out the beautiful interior and tiling when you’re there. The bathroom even. Also dried and fresh pasta, sauces and gelato are available for purchase at the front counter. Barzotto is currently open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM and will soon be open seven days a week. Walk-ins only so get there quick!

dessert at barzotto / sfgirlbybay

• all photography by leslie santarina.

Studio Tour: Artist Emily Snyder.

studio tour emily snyder / sfgirlbybay

today we’re dropping in on talented L.A.-based multi-media artist emily Snyder. i was introduced to emily a few weeks ago at our neighborhood coffee spot, fix, by jihan (who essentially knows everyone) and was excited to get home and check out emily’s website. and to be quite honest, it blew me away — this artist is so prolific it’s hard to know what to be more in awe of. emily’s diverse body of work includes everything from portrait paintings to illustration, calligraphy, and some incredible beadwork the likes of which i’ve never seen before. so i knew instantly i’d like to share her artwork with you and asked lily to have a visit and get up close and personal at emily’s studio and share a little bit more about emily, her tips for independent artists and her beautiful work.

Artist Emily Snyder in her studio / sfgirlbybay

red decor inside artist Emily Snyder's studio / sfgirlbybay

were you working elsewhere before leaving to start your business?
Yes, I was working as the Studio Manager at Mr. Boddington’s Studio in New York City. Mr. Boddington’s is a custom stationery house and at that time was specializing in wedding invitations. The owner of the studio, Rebecca Schmidt-Ruebensaal sponsored my first calligraphy class which I took through the School of Visual Arts in conjunction with The Society of Scribes. With Rebecca’s support and encouragement, my business began.

calligraphy by artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybay

calligraphy by artist Emily Snyder / sfgirlbybay

sketches by artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybay

was your new path motivated by a particular creative need or personal goal?
My new path was motivated by my obsession with the calligraphy done by the calligraphers that we worked with at Mr. Boddington’s Studio. I would trace their letter forms with my finger and finally realized that with my background in drawing and painting and love for letterforms I could easily learn calligraphy.

Artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybaycrayons inside Artist Emily Snyder's studio / sfgirlbybay

did you receive any particular advice that stood out when starting your own business?
I don’t remember any particular advice, but I do remember the unusual timing of my business’s beginning. I started my business in the days before the financial crisis peaked in September 2008 and I remember thinking that the timing was advantageous because I didn’t have anything to lose, only to grow. I was still working full time at Mr. Boddington’s so the slow build of my client roster gave me time to learn what to do without being overwhelmed in the beginning.

portrait by Artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybay

Studio Tour: Artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybay

black fringe dress displayed at Artist Emily Snyder's studio / sfgirlbybay

colorful beaded bracelet / sfgirlbybay

where do you gain fuel that inspires your creative endeavors?
I gain creative fuel from the interactions and relationships I have with the inspiring people around me. I also gain creative fuel from nature. Because Los Angeles is full of creative people and surrounded by profusely differing gorgeous landscapes, I find it a great place to be creatively inspired.

beaded necklace / sfgirlbybaycalligraphy invitations designed by Artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybayStudio Tour: Artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybaypaint inside Artist Emily Snyder's studio / sfgirlbybayartwork by artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybay

what was the most unexpected aspect of putting together your business?
At one point, I found it surprising that having a business felt like what I imagine having a child feels like. It needs constant attention, and the more you tend to it the more it will flourish. I also still find it surprising how planting a seed eight years ago has blossomed into a garden of interesting projects and clients.

Studio Tour with Artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybay

artwork displayed inside Artist Emily Snyder's studio / sfgirlbybay

what’s your favorite thing about your studio space?
My favorite thing about my studio is that it’s allowed me to return to making larger scale paintings and drawing with oil mediums. I also love that i’m surrounded by other creative people that rent studios in the same building. I wanted to have a community around me because my work is solitary, and my studio provides me with social relief and great feedback from others.

Artist Emily Snyder in her studio / sfgirlbybay

portraits done by Artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybay

artwork displayed inside Artist Emily Snyder's studio. / sfgirlbybay

what are some of your work tools that you can’t live without?
my calligraphy quill with a fresh supply of hunt 101 nibs at the ready. also,
Neocolor Aquarelle Crayons.

artwork created by Artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybay

what are the top three things someone should consider before changing careers or starting their own business?
1. the amount of time that it can take to become established; 2. the incredible amount of freedom it can give you; and 3. all the decision making that you will make during your career — it’s all up to you! a blessing and a curse.

colorful portraits by Artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybay

Artist Emily Snyder working in her studio. / sfgirlbybay

what are three books that changed your life?
harold and the purple crayon. i really don’t have three, so, instead i’m writing down three artists that i love: alice neel, friedensreich hundertwasser, and ralph steadman.

striped linen apron hung in Artist Emily Snyder's studio / sfgirlbybay

what do you currently have playing on the studio’s turntable?
future islands, scout niblett and planningtorock.

colorful paintings inside artist Emily Snyder's studio / sfgirlbybay

• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.

statement making art.

oversized colorblocked art print / sfgirlbybay

BRIAN W. FERRY photography for a piece apart.

i really love ‘big impact’ artwork. i used to be more of a ‘gallery kinda girl’ but lately, i just love the simplicity of one great big piece of art that makes a bold statement. i have a large print over my sofa from kiki & polly, and another large photograph by laure joliet in my dining area. there are so many wonderful sources for art these days — we’re really fortunate to have places like etsy and chairish for vintage art, and emerging artists’ work from online galleries like tappan collective, deb carlos, 20×200, mammoth & co. and minted art where art is affordable and very accessible. there’s also parabo press and artifact uprising where you can easily upload and print your very own instagram and smart phone photos. the art world is your oyster these days — and if you’d like still more helpful sources for art, check out my gallery pinboard.

oversized framed art print / sfgirlbybay

marc jacobs home via architectural digest.

oversized black and white art / sfgirlbybay

derek swalwell photography.

oversized black and white art prints / sfgirlbybay

style at home.

large photograph of pink buildings over bench with fur throw / sfgirlbybay

Kimberley Dhollander Dreamy Houses Art Print, at urban outfitters.

framed colorful art prints / sfgirlbybay

laure joliet print shop.

colorful abstract art leaning on mantel / sfgirlbybay

the posters, via old brand new.

oversized black and white drawing / sfgirlbybay

Heidi Lerkenfeldt photography.

black and white oversized painting over desk / sfgirlbybay

dave wheeler photography for homes to love.

framed photograph of home exteriors / sfgirlbybay

the paris print shop.

large black and white line painting / sfgirlbybay


large painting over gray tufted sectional sofa / sfgirlbybay

ashe + leandro.

at home in copenhagen.

modern loft featured in harper's bazaar / sfgirlbybay

this is the lovely home of pernille teisbaek, writer, stylist, and editor of Look de Pernille featured in harper’s bazaar. she’s recently purchased this gorgeous loft space in copenhagen and decorated it minimally, but with a warm, welcoming vibe. when she moved from her former home, she brought with her just the things that really meant something to her — sentimental vintage treasures and cozy textiles to create a space that felt light, calm and reenergizing. to see the full fabulous home tour, visit harper’s bazaar — also click here to see some of pernille’s styling projects and follow along on instagram.

vintage home furnishings in in modern loft / sfgirlbybay

copenhagen loft featured in harper's bazaar. / sfgirlbybay

copenhagen home featured in harper's bazaar / sfgirlbybay

gold shelves with vintage barware. / sfgirlbybay

leather daybed with linen throw pillows / sfgirlbybay

modern dining space in copenhagen loft / sfgirlbybay

black kitchen cabinets in modern copenhagen loft / sfgirlbybay

vintage mirrored vanity with pink chair / sfgirlbybay

blue bed linens with gray knit throw blanket / sfgirlbybay

copenhagen bathroom with white subway tile / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Ditte Isager for harper’s bazaar.