sprucing up spring decor with vintage rugs.


Spring is the perfect time to spruce things up with fresh furnishings (especially if you’re one of the lucky people who got an unexpectedly hefty tax refund). It’s so fun to make small changes that can have a big impact. and right now, SFRugs have some seriously gorgeous vintage rugs on their site, perfect for doing just that!

i love simple and spare design paired with bright, eclectic accessories and one of the easiest ways to create this kind of balance is by pairing vintage rugs with modern furniture. SFRugs makes putting this type of look together a breeze—they even put together this super helpful guide for buying vintage rugs online to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.


if you’re buying a rug to add definition and shape or delineate a space, don’t forget to play around with scale—sometimes two rugs are better than one big one. if you’re not sure what size rug you need, SFRugs has a great sizing guide to help you make the best choice for your space.

head to their site now to browse their huge selection of prints, patterns and color palettes to fit just about any lifestyle and decor. and get 10% off your purchase by using this reader discount code at checkout (psst, it never expires!): sfgirlbybay.


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things go better with pink.

pink boutique decor. / sfgirlbybay

i guess it’s no surprise i have a fondness for pink — shades of pale pink most especially. it’s a color that just compliments every other color. it’s very generous that way — from black to navy to nude, pink just makes every other color look better. whether they’ve decorated completely over the top and gone ornate baroque with pink, or it’s just subtle little touches, pink makes me feel perked up, and feminine. pink never does me wrong.

black framed circle window with pink and gold chair. / sfgirlbybay

pink curtains in mid-century modern kitchen dining area. / sfgirlbybay

pink walls and tall ceilings with intricate moldings. / sfgirlbybay

pink color inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

pink upholstered banquette. / sfgirlbybay

subtle pink marble and walls. / sfgirlbybay

pink decor and furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

pink banquettes in restaurant dining room. / sfgirlbybay

subtle pink details. / sfgirlbybay

pale pink bedroom walls. / sfgirlbybay

pale pink wall tiles. / sfgirlbybay

pink walls and white cafe tables. / sfgirlbybay

wood dining table and black beamed ceiling. / sfgirlbybay

painted pink brick fireplace. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits in order of appearance: Ulla Johnson’s boutique via vogue; frederik vercruysse photography; frederik vercruysse photography; my favorite and my best; bauhaus art by laszlo moholy nagy; van het kastje naar de muur; charissa fay photography; ban.do; fixadona; hotel magique; @scottcsoke; @michaelbargo; remodelista; martha stewart; @theboskydell; cedar & moss wall candy sconce; cracked marble wallpaper; Frederik Kurzweg light fixture via miluccia; Modedamour; decorative pink CIRE TRUDON Marie-Antoinette candle; no 197 chiswick fire station; @pino3bravo; rue magazine; vtwonen; vogue; dwell; Frank Lloyd Wright Ablin House.

at home with chessa osburn.

at home with the co-founder of Twenty One Tonnes, / sfgirlbybay

today we’re dropping in on the chic, minimalist and very cozy home of Chessa Osburn, the co-founder of online shop Twenty One Tonnes, where she lives with her husband Steve and their two young children. their pretty, light-filled home is a post-war bungalow in the Hastings-Sunrise neighborhood of East Vancouver, British Columbia, built in 1945. the couple bought the home in 2014 which features those lovely original oak and fir floors throughout, but the previous owners had installed a gas insert — and since Chessa and Steve were determined to have a wood burning fireplace they had a local master restore the internal brickwork and cast a new concrete surround, creating that beautiful mantel as the showpiece in the living room (I love those framed moroccan slippers!). Chessa’s filled her home with all kinds of handmade items from her shop twenty one tonnes, treasured finds from her travels abroad, as well as the work of several Vancouver-based artists and designers including Omer ArbelJanaki LarsenGailan Ngan, and Lisa Ochowycz. enjoy the petite tour (sources are listed just below), and be sure and visit chessa’s shop and follow along on instagram.

at home with chessa osburn of Twenty One Tonnes. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist home in vancouver. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist kitchenwares on white shelves. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen table style with linen and glassware and ceramics. / sfgirlbybay

details inside the home of Twenty One Tonnes co-founder chessa osburn. / sfgirlbybay

yellow and white art print over matching stools. / sfgirlbybay

moroccan pom pom blankets. / sfgirlbybay

tall woven basket and nude slip-on shoes. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist bedroom decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist details at Twenty One Tonnes co-founder's home. / sfgirlbybay

bedroom of chessa osburn, co-founder of Twenty One Tonnes. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Gillian Stevens.


KITCHEN: Glasses on table and shelf from Glasses on table and shelf from twenty one tonnes; Ceramics on table by Janaki Larsen of atelier st. george; Thonet chairs are local antique shop find; Ceramic bowls on shelf by Gailan Ngan: Ceramic planter on shelf by Rami Kim; Wood bowls on kitchen shelf are market finds from Zanzibar and Marrakech.

LIVING room: Lighting fixture by Bocci; Painting by Vancouver artist Lisa Ochowycz; Danish chairs were handed down from Grandpa Osburn; Side table by Hay; Wire basket by Ferm Living; Dress on Chessa by Sunja Link

BEDROOM: Pom Pom blanket on bed from twenty one tonnes; Woven cushion on bed found in Istanbul; Doum stool at bedside from twenty one tonnes; Leather babouches at bedside from twenty one tonnes; Charcoal sketch by artist Zoe Pawlak; Baskets, also from twenty one tonnes.

warm and woodsy.

vintage-inspired wood cabinet. / sfgirlbybay

i quite like the warm vibes these rooms give off. they ‘ve achieved that feeling mostly from the vintage inspired wood furniture featured quite prominently in them, but sometimes just from those warm brown hues. i also like that though they feature woodsy pieces they’ve got a vintage modern edge to them so one could never call them ‘country’ — they look much more bohemian than that. it’s also definitely the styling which is eclectic and unexpected — always my favorite look.

vintage-inspired wood cabinet. / sfgirlbybaywoodsy space with shiplap walls and vintage banquette. / sfgirlbybaywood floors and modern furnishings mixed with vintage. / sfgirlbybayvintage wood vanity with tall mirror. / sfgirlbybayrooms with wood furnishings. / sfgirlbybaycorner with vintage decor. / sfgirlbybayart print on wood hanger with eclectic wood decor below. / sfgirlbybayunique wood shelving unit. / sfgirlbybaywoodsy home decor. / sfgirlbybaylow wood desk with drawers. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits in order of appearance: new darlings; freunde von freunden; jojotastic; new darlings; urban vintage; @counter.space; astan konate; my favorite and my best; lantiv; Interiør Magasinet; cosy home; new darlings; fine little day; the design files; curio magazine; brown dress with white dots; cate st hill.

studio tour / carly kuhn.

inside illustrator carly kuhn's art studio. / sfgirlbybay

you may know illustrator/artist carly kuhn for her playful penmanship on @thecartorialist but did you know that she also has a keen eye for design beyond the notebook? we got very at home with carly in her DTLA studio to see what her daily work uniform might look like (messy beach waves and a chic canadian tuxedo), and how she creates her beautiful works of art (barefoot, and on the floor). read on to get to know this energetic L.A. artist and her stunning work space a little bit better! you can also purchase carly’s prints for your own space here! ~ michaela d’artois, vérité published

studio tour with illustrator carly kuhn. / sfgirlbybay

artist carly kuhn in her DTLA studio. / sfgirlbybay

what lead you to your career as an artist?
i originally came out to la for the television business. i was a television, radio & film major at the newhouse school of communications, syracuse university. after college, i moved to L.A., worked at CAA — a talent agency — then went on to work as a producer on chelsea lately. while technically for five years i worked for only two places, i always joked that i had multiple careers over that time. i had a food blog at one point “winner winner kitchen dinner”, studied at the improv school groundlings. and i think this was because i was constantly searching — wasn’t exactly sure what it was i was searching for at the time. but, i knew i wanted to be a creative — creating something tangible. after a series of random events, i unintentionally fell into the path of an artist. so, i guess the short answer is i was searching for that creatively fulfilling life.

artist studio tour with carly kuhn. / sfgirlbybay

artist carly kuhn working in her DTLA studio. / sfgirlbybay

what fulfills you most about being a full-time artist?
similar to why i fell into this world, what i love about being a full-time artist is that i get to create every day. additionally, it is extremely fulfilling to know that i am creating art that people connect to and also want to own in their homes! it’s still surreal to me every time someone purchases a piece of my art. one’s home is such a personal space, and i feel honored that people want my work to be a part of that.

art print by illustrator carly kuhn. / sfgirlbybay

artist carly kuhn in her DTLA studio space. / sfgirlbybay

What are your rules for decorating an inspirational studio space?
i wouldn’t say there are rules for decorating a studio space, but rather finding a feeling. you want your creative space to feel good, inviting, inspiring. and your feelings in the space may change, and that’s ok. when i first moved into the space last october, i set it up one way – with a wall installation dividing out the room.  when i came back from the new year i felt the space needed a change. i moved the installation wall to the back of the studio which opened up the space, giving me a new breath of fresh air and inspiration.

studio tour DTLA with artist carly kuhn. / sfgirlbybay

creative workspace of artist carly kuhn. / sfgirlbybay

do you have any design elements you live by?
my design style may slightly change depending on where i’m living or working. for example, if i were to live in a beach bungalow (dream) on the west side, my style may have more beachy, bohemian accents, as opposed to if i lived in a loft style apartment in downtown L.A., i may have a more minimal style. that being said, what i do think is a good rule of thumb (for me anyways) is to start out decorating your apartment with your large items in neutral colors — your couch, coffee table, large accent chair — that way you can add character or color slowly as you settle into your home. additionally, it helps if you do move to a differently styled place, your big staple pieces will likely work wherever you may move.

drawings by artist carly kuhn. / sfgirlbybay

artist carly kuhn in her dtla art studio. / sfgirlbybay

do you have any advice for artists that are starting out?
try everything. experiment. know that it’s ok to mess up. and work on something every day at least once a day. that doesn’t mean completing a piece every day, but rather creating something, whether it’s a scribble or an experimental abstract painting. this will help — not in getting “better” because i believe there is no such thing as “better” in the art world — as art is subjective — but it’s rather about becoming confident in what you do. gaining that confidence will allow you to continue on pursuing your career.

studio tour with illustrator and designer carly kuhn. / sfgirlbybay

where do you get your inspiration from?
if i’m creating a more literal depiction of someone or something, i get inspiration from images that can be from instagram, pinterest, a magazine. if i’m doing something a bit more abstract, or one of my one fine line series, inspiration may come from a song, a poem, a feeling, anxiety.

carly kuhn photographed in her dtla art studio. / sfgirlbybay

creative work space of artist carly kuhn. / sfgirlbybay

i see your work mostly on the internet or social media, but you work mainly with your hands — what are some of your necessities for creating your illustrations?
i must always have a pen on me — for inspiration may strike at any moment! i feel naked if i go out into the world and forget one of my favorite pens at home. also, good music. i must be listening to good music.

artist carly kuhn in her dtla studio. / sfgirlbybay

we’ve been bingeing podcasts, do you have any career or motivating pods you listen to while creating?
i love garance dore’s podcast “pardon my french.” her interview style is raw, fresh, and authentic. that is rare and i love it. i also recently starting listening to the “scriptnotes podcast”.  on the surface, it’s about screenwriters, writers in general, their processes, challenges — but overall there are a lot of universal themes like the imposter syndrome, procrastination, anxiety — that all of us creatives can relate to oh so well.

l.a. artist carly kuhn in her dtla studio. sfgirlbybay

• photography by michaela d’artois, vérité published.