Around L.A. / The Surface Library Prop Collection.

selection of props at the surface library / sfgirlbybay

In an unassuming warehouse in Hollywood’s theater district sits The Surface Library, a carefully curated selection of props available to rent for food, product and lifestyle shoots. It’s everything I aspire for my own prop collection : a wide variety of all shapes, sizes, colors and meticulously organized. You can get a preview of their prop collection online but should schedule a time to drop in and search the options by hand for full inventory. The gals have accumulated a killer barware cabinet, bowls and dishes galore, linens, lifestyle props, and a wonderful sampling of handmade pottery from L.A. locals like Heath Ceramics, Funsize Ceramics and Mt. Washington Pottery. It took all of my self-control to resist stuffing my bag full of all the perfectly aged wooden cutting boards that would fit. Their beautiful props selection aside, it’s worth your time to peruse the surface options alone. And, if you’re in need of a shooting space, photographer Renee Kalmar of Historic Hudson Studios joins forces with The Surface Library to offer the adjoining photo studio and full-sized industrial kitchen to rent.  I asked about the option of just moving in, but unfortunately, that’s not available.

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• all photos by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.

see san francisco – a sweet anniversary giveaway.

See San Francisco one-year anniversary / sfgirlbybay

it’s the one year anniversary of launching my book, see san francisco and i thought it might be nice to celebrate with a giveaway! i’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of those of you who not only have bought my book, but took the time to share your own photos from the book on Instagram! every time i get tagged and see your pretty pics of my book it puts a big ol’ smile on my face — so thank you! if you’ve not seen see san francisco, here’s just a few of my favorite images — makes me nostalgic for my city by the bay now that i’m here living in L.A.! the book is a travel pictorial of san francisco and i tried to share the vibe of the ‘real city’ — as seen by someone who lived there (for 20 years!) — a kind of insider sneak peek of each neighborhood, what i loved best about them and a little history of how each of the city’s unique neighborhoods came to be. to celebrate the anniversary, i’d like to give away 5 copies of see san francisco!

photograph of pink velvet chair with sign from See San Francisco. / sfgirlbybay

selection of colorful images from Victoria Smith's book See San Francisco. / sfgirlbybay

enter to win one of 5 copies of see san francisco, simply:

• pin any one (or more!) of your favorite book images here in the post onto any one of your pinterest boards and tag it #seesanfrancisco and @sfgirlbybay.

• comment here on the blog letting us know you pinned, by tuesday, may 3rd at midnight pst.

• hurrah! this giveaway is worldwide!

• as always, please be sure to leave a way to contact you via twitter, facebook, your blog or email.

• we’ll announce the randomly selected winner later the week of may 3rd on my twitter, so be sure to follow along.

image of bright exterior paint inside Victoria Smith's book See San Francisco. / sfgirlbybay See San Francisco image of pink trim and column with black gate / sfgirlbybay photography of colorful exteriors from the pages of See San Francisco. / sfgirlbybaywin a copy of See San Francisco for the first anniversary / sfgirlbybay unique bar exterior from the pages of See San Francisco. / sfgirlbybay images from Victoria Smith's book See San Francisco. / sfgirlbybay colorful store exterior image from See San Francisco by Victoria Smith. / sfgirlbybay enter to win a copy of see san francisco / sfgirlbybay

• all photos by victoria smith.

black + white with style all over.

modern bedroom with black and white printed textiles / sfgirlbybay

schumacher pyne hollyhock chitnz print, via lonny magazine.

i was most inspired by this feature on lonny editor in chief michelle adam’s feminine but bold bedroom. i mean, you’re taking chances when you pair rose chintz and leopard and a polkadot print, am i right? but this works quite beautifully and screams style. she used schumacher’s pyne hollyhock chitnz print to create a gorgeous canopy over her bed, cleverly hung from her ceiling using west elm’s industrial pipe curtain rods (i did this to hide my unsightly washer & dryer in my guest bedroom – works like a charm!). i love this floral print, and noticed etsy shops have loads of it — from the fabric itself to pre-made pillows for those into DDIY (don’t do it yourself). i loved michelle’s bedroom before, too (just below) — prior to the curtains. she still had a lot of prints going on, and her bedroom gallery looked glam, too. i went on the hunt for other black & white inspiration, like anthropologie’s smoky rose wallpaper, the dot tanzania wallpaper from Thibaut design and rifle paper co.’s city toile, which i’d love to find a spot for somewhere in my house. anyway, i guess i’m reevaluating the power of the print these days — for more check out last week’s funky print post.

black and white textiles in lonny magazine editor in chief's bedroom / sfgirlbybay

elements of style book, via am dolce vita. / sfgirlbybay

elements of style book, via am dolce vita.

anthropologie's smoky rose wallpaper. / sfgirlbybay

anthropologie’s smoky rose wallpaper.

bedroom with black and white textiles and colorful framed art / sfgirlbybay

black and white bedroom decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

inspirational black and white decor with pops of pink / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: stylist Pippa Holt’s pink chair paired with a great print; orla kiely’s climbing daisy print; add a dash of pink via domino; gabi burger handpainted this polka dot wall, via the glitter guide; how about a bit of gay paris with anthroplogie’s C’est Magnifique Wallpaper?; you might want to go with blush walls and black accents, like this queen anne blush wallpaper by rifle paper co. from hygge & west; of course, now you’re looking good, via brookebrooke on vsco.

bp3  designer carolina herrera pairs pink with zebra, via architectural digest. / sfgirlbybay

designer carolina herrera pairs pink with zebra, via architectural digest.

a great combination of florals, dots and prints, via bloggai bagis. / sfgirlbybay

a great combination of florals, dots and prints, via bloggai bagis.

rifle paper co.'s black & white city toile. / sfgirlbybay
rifle paper co.’s black & white city toile.

office with tanzania wallpaper from Thibaut design. / sfgirlbybay

waiting on martha is using the tanzania wallpaper from Thibaut design in her office (above & below).

waiting on martha is using the tanzania wallpaper from Thibaut design. / sfgirlbybay

waking up to sunshine.


home design ideas.

do you have a hard time getting out of bed on monday mornings? they can be a bit of a struggle for me. but with Lucy and the sunlight creeping in like clockwork, i’m up and at ’em pretty early most days. if you’re an aspiring early-riser who doesn’t have an impatient pup licking your face awake, you might consider making some changes in your boudoir to allow for more natural light. think sheer curtains, and fresh air always helps me sleep better too — so if you can, leave those windows open.

pretty bedroom windows that let in lots of beautiful light are like nature’s alarm clock. just take a look at these bright bedrooms. with all that gorgeous light flooding in, it would be hard not to rise and shine!




elle decor.


clockwise, from l to r: ruda penny.; the paris apartment.; piazzan.; fiona lynch.srta-pepis.; the design chaser.mademoiselle fiona.


my domaine.


morten holtum for bo bedre.




French By Design via ArkPad.


French By Design via Loof.


inside out magazine.


French By Design via Elle Decoration UK.


My Scandinavian Home via Holly Marder.

at home with ginger founder lisa fontaine.

at home with ginger founder lisa fontaine. / sfgirlbybay

lisa fontaine makes up one half of ginger’s (a very covetable caftan company) business duo. it’s no doubt her style is dynamic, and bright — just take a peek at her designs. that’s why we were thrilled to see a peek into her home photographed by michelle drewes, and ask her a few burning questions about life as a designer and lady of style.

ginger founder lisa fontaine at home. / sfgirlbybay

sfgirl: describe your design style in 3 words:
lisa fontaine: clean, collected, and creative.

sfgirl: what made you jump at the opportunity to start your own line of caftans?
lisa: a caftan perfectly captures the essence of my style, comfortable and stylish with a strong west coast vibe. nan and i wanted to create a dress that was both flattering and comfortable and would work on women of all shapes and sizes. our customers span across all age demographics and we feel super proud to have created something that appeals to so many.

sewing space inside ginger founder lisa fontaine's home. / sfgirlbybay

rocking chair with indigo dyed pillow / sfgirlbybay


sfgirl: where do you source inspiration from? for your home, for your designs?
lisa: my friend’s all have amazing homes that deeply inspire me.  i also search pinterest and home design blogs almost daily. i don’t have just one style i am committed to so i like to keep ideas for living in a desert ranch house, a spanish style hacienda, a parisian apartment, a victorian, etc.  for ginger, nan and i find inspiration in vintage fashion. we both share a love of thrifting and flea markets and want to reinvent some of those old classics, like the caftan, to work for today’s busy woman.

vaulted cathedral ceilings with mid-century modern lights / sfgirlbybay

sfgirl:your most beloved room in your house?
lisa: my living room has always been my fave ever since i laid eyes on it. the cathedral ceilings and floor to ceiling glass is something i never grow tired of.

sfgirl: what do you feel is the most freeing part of pursuing your creative passions?
lisa: it’s very important to me to love my work. i feel that life is way too short to work in a job i am not passionate about. it’s also wonderful to work for myself where i can create my own schedule. my 3 kids are always #1 so i don’t schedule work commitments during the time of day my kids need me. my business partner nan is also a mother so we are understanding that our commitments to our kids come before work.

moroccan area rug in modern living room / sfgirlbybay

red and white artwork above wood topped mantle and fireplace / sfgirlbybay

sfgirl: what do you do to decompress from work, and life in general?
lisa: i love a busy life and hectic schedule, which is a good thing because that’s what i have. however, i do need an hour or two of downtime at the end of everyday which usually involves a movie and a craft project (embroidery, weaving, knitting). i almost always two-time my screen time with a project or reading on another screen. so, even my downtime can be busy. i need to work on that.

sfgirl: if you could be anywhere in the world right now where would you be?
lisa: in a hammam in morocco. i have never been to morocco but i rarely travel back to the same spots i have already been. in my opinion, the world is too big to visit the same place twice. i know i would love it. the landscape, the architecture, the souks and rituals.

wall weaving and modern bench in hallway / sfgirlbybay ginger founder lisa fontaine home tour. / sfgirlbybay

modern kitchen with glass backsplash / sfgirlbybay green glass tile kitchen backsplash / sfgirlbybay

modern bedroom with black and white bedding / sfgirlbybay

hats displayed on wood dresser / sfgirlbybay

photos taped to white wall in kids room / sfgirlbybay

kids room decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

black and white day bed with storage in kids room / sfgirlbybay

• photography by michelle drewes.