musical decor.

small piano with vintage chair and large plant on top / sfgirlbybay


there’s something so instantly charming about a room with a vintage piano in it–especially when said piano is thoughtfully adorned with a playful collection of treasures, art or plants. yes, these gorgeous musical instruments make captivating decor, what with all of the different shapes, sizes, and colors to choose from. but i think what i find most attractive about their presence in a home, is knowing there’s music being enjoyed within those walls. did many of you grow up with a piano at home? or do you have a piano in your home now? these rooms each have their own distinctive look and feel thanks to their lovely pianos, which makes me think… if these walls could talk, they’d probably sing!

small vintage piano with vintage decor on top / sfgirlbybay


vintage piano and mid-century modern planter / sfgirlbybay

apartment therapy.

vintage home furnishings and dark wood piano / sfgirlbybay


chic music room with various musical instruments / sfgirlbybay

eve wilson for the design files.

mid-century modern piano in dining room / sfgirlbybay


minimalist home decor with piano / sfgirlbybay

the new bohemians.

dark brown piano with faux fur bench / sfgirlbybay

namaste with love.

friday finds.

pink printed curtains / sfgirlbybay

this week’s friday finds are brought to you by my codeine-laced cough syrup. i’m sorry — i’m a little silly, but i’ve got a bad bout of bronchitis and have been blogging from bed for over a week now, and i finally got into the doctor and got a prescription to rid myself of coughing my brains out. anyway, i’m loopy and sleepy and today you get deliriously pink. a bit over the top, perhaps — but pretty, right? i hope to be back in better form by next week. have a restful weekend everyone. xo, victoria

  1. love this very deliriously pink bedroom featured recently in vtwonen, especially that killer mirror (above + just below).
  2. that’s some very crazy carpeting right there, but i love/hate it.
  3. a sweet deer indeed. just because the world needs a little more sweetness right now.
  4. lonny featured a fun post on some amazing neon for grownups.
  5. i did a little round-up on lonny for great decor ideas under $100, including fine little day’s lovely vera poster.
  6. this is a smashing window seat redeux from blogger skunk boy.
  7. and finally, i love sasha bikoff’s very disco home featured coco & kelley.

bedroom with pink decor / sfgirlbybaypatterned carpeting and pink decor / sfgirlbybayframed photograph with a pop of pink / sfgirlbybaypink nook with colorful throw pillows / sfgirlbybaypink lighting and large framed art print / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: tartine bakery.

tartine bakery exterior in san francisco. / sfgirlbybay

as a former san franciscan, i take it a little personally that tartine bakery waited for my departure before opening its huge haven of freshly baked carbs, but it’s reason enough to return. tartine bakery is possibly the worlds greatest dough, and now they have an entire location in collaboration san francisco-based heath ceramics, dedicated to the craft — of minimalistic mugs, and bites that is. beautifully designed by commune, the interiors are, like any good loaf, crisp on the outside, yet warm and inviting on the inside. nestle in with a copy of ann patchett’s new page-turner commonwealth and ditch the diet for a sec.

~ michaela d’artois, vérité published.

tartine bakery exterior. / sfgirlbybaywear this there: tartine bakery. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: kamperett linden dress in juniper; zara elastic high heel ankle boot; zara oversized suede effect jacket; wanderlust & co’s crescent gold & marble earrings and constellation stack rings; read this there commonwealth by ann patchett; anese so over it gentle exfoliating mask; and georgette crimson little tan bag.

lantern lighting at tartine bakery. / sfgirlbybaybaked goods at tartine in san francisco / sfgirlbybaysan francisco's tartine bakery. / sfgirlbybaytartine bakery. / sfgirlbybayblue and tan decor at tartine bakery in san francisco. / sfgirlbybaythe bar at tartine bakery in san francisco. / sfgirlbybaycolorful stacked bowls on white shelves at tartine bakery. / sfgirlbybaycustom wood and leather benches at tartine bakery. / sfgirlbybayglassware and table decor at tartine bakery. / sfgirlbybaytartine bakery in san francisco. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Mariko Reed.

an artist’s peaceful retreat.

eclectic madrid artist's apartment / sfgirlbybay

the peaceful, creamy color palette of this stunning light-filled apartment in madrid is what grabbed my eye first. it’s a carefully curated and eclectic mismatched mix of pastel and pattern, including some very unique geometric pattern tiled floors in each and every room. featured on nuevo estilo, it’s the 1940’s home of spanish abstract photographer itziar guzman, her husband and four children. in many ways it’s got a traditionally classic vibe, but itziar’s own artwork and the interesting mix of furniture and pattern makes it feel a bit more playful and light. and the bedroom — well, please just never wake me up from all this dreaminess. for the full tour, visit nuevo estilo.

light-filled madrid apartment with inspiring decor / sfgirlbybay

madrid apartment with pastel kitchen decor / sfgirlbybay

patterned floor tile in madrid apartment / sfgirlbybay

pastel paint and neutral bedding in madrid bedroom / sfgirlbybay

pastel paint and patterned tile in madrid bedroom / sfgirlbybay

white bathroom decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

madrid apartment with narrow outdoor space / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of nuevo estilo.

QuickBooks Connect 2016 – a reader discount.

sfgirlbybay home office / sfgirlbybay

i started writing sfgirlbybay over a decade ago. i know. i can hardly believe it myself! what started as an attempt to get my San Francisco abode featured by Apartment Therapy, blossomed into a creative outlet for all of my passions and interests, and eventually, thanks to each and every one of you, became my full-time job.

and while writing this blog truly is my dream job, it often involves a lot more “adulting” than one might imagine (think: endless emails, lots of invoicing and following up with clients for payment, tracking receipts for work-related expenses, etc.) and it’s this not-so-fun stuff that actually keeps the proverbial lights on here at sfgirlbybay. don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing else i’d rather be doing, but at times i really struggle to keep everything organized. so in an attempt to make my life a little easier, i recently signed up with Quickbooks. there’s also the upcoming Quickbooks Connect 2016 conference in San Jose, and if I were still in san francisco i’d go in a heartbeat. more about that (and a reader discount) in a sec.

sfgirlbybay quickbooks reader discount / sfgirlbybay

victoria smith of sfqirlbybay's home office / sfgirlbybay

i’m currently teaching myself how to use the Quickbooks platform to track all of my receipts, invoicing and payments in a more efficient and accurate way on a daily basis — you can download a free 30-day trial here. because let’s face it, being self-employed is hard enough. it can be pretty isolating since hanging out with colleagues isn’t built into your day-to-day routine like it is at an office, and you have to put extra effort into finding people to run ideas by, learn from (and sometimes just commiserate with!) through networking, meetups, etc. luckily, i am surrounded by a community of bloggers, entrepreneurs and talented friends who support and inspire me and when i’m in need of assistance, i’m not afraid to look to them or seek out tools like Quickbooks for help.

sfgirlbybay home office accessories and homewares / sfgirlbybay

after signing up, Quickbooks asked me to partner with them to share their upcoming event, QuickBooks Connect 2016. if you’re a blogger like me or creative freelancer of any kind, you may be interested in checking it out. the event was created to help people like us learn, be inspired, and connect with one another. it’s being held at the San Jose Convention Center on Oct. 25th and 26th and this year’s lineup of speakers includes entrepreneur and actress Eva Longoria, and Alli Webb (of Dry Bar fame), along with breakout sessions and workshops specially tailored for small businesses and the self-employed.

so if you’re looking to share your craft, get inspired, discover new products that will make your life easier, and know that you’re not in this alone, register for this year’s QuickBooks Connect. if for nothing else, sometimes it’s just nice to take a break from your work and be reminded of why you decided to branch out on your own and do what you do! Be sure to use this reader discount code: QBCBLOG to receive 50% off of registration for a 2-day pass, if you decide to attend!

quickbooks connect 2016 / sfgirlbybayvictoria smith's home office decor / sfgirlbybayart on walls in sfgirlbybay home office / sfgirlbybayvictoria smith working in her home office / sfgirlbybayhome office of victoria smith of sfgirlbybay / sfgirlbybay

• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.

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