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.
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.
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.
• photography by lily glass for 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!
a few sightings of some vintage vehicles was also fun, too.
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.
• all photography by leslie santarina.