the perfect london flat.

airbnb in london. / sfgirlbybay

i thought i’d share a longer look at the airbnb flat we stayed at in london, since when i posted it on instagram so many of you were curious about where it was and how to stay there, too! located in the beautiful garden district of holland park, we loved everything about this cozy spot — just a hop skip and a jump from notting hill, portobello market and the tube station to greater downtown london. our hosts were impeccable and the place was spotless and well-equipped, and did i mention the cute pub just across the street? the crown & sceptre was our home way from home and they treated us like locals. the atrium dining room was the pièce de résistance for eating in and breakfast here with the sun streaming in was a great way to wake up. i highly recommend staying in this holland park gem next time you’re popping over to london!

airbnb accommodation in london. / sfgirlbybay

holland park airbnb. / sfgirlbybay

airbnb in holland park. / sfgirlbybay

notting hill airbnb in london. / sfgirlbybay

our london airbnb rental. / sfgirlbybay

airbnb london flat. / sfgirlbybay

our airbnb rental in london. / sfgirlbybay

modern airbnb flat in holland park. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of our holland park airbnb. / sfgirlbybay

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eclectic is in.

milk decoration home tour. / sfgirlbybay

one thing i can tell you having just returned from london and paris — eclectic is in! not that it ever went out of style, especially in european corners of the world, but i found myself uber-inspired by what’s going on over there especially in terms of their madcap mix of genres, color and pattern. one of my favorite resources for that kind of home inspiration is milk decoration magazine (and my suitcase was heavily evidenced by the few i lugged home). take for example this glorious home of french actress, singer-songwriter and stylist, Izia Higelinand her apartment in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris. think unique lighting, colorful prints and very personal and vintage home accessories. shop ebay, etsy, craigslist, elsie green, chairish and flea markets and yard sales near you everywhere to get the look!

red lamp and decor in french apartment. / sfgirlbybaymilk decoration home tour with Izia Higelinand. / sfgirlbybaymilk decoration tour of Izia Higelinand's apartment in paris. / sfgirlbybay Izia Higelinand's milk decoration home tour. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Natalie Weiss for milk decoration magazine.

spring has sprung, and i’m back!

flowers in front of a pink wall / sfgirlbybay

it seems as though i’ve been gone forever, but i have at long last returned from my european travels and cannot wait to share all i’ve seen and been inspired by! there’s just so much to tell you about: a new business endeavor i hope you are going to go a little bit bananas for (i am over the moon excited to share what’s up and will do so very soon!); my travels and must-sees in france — from lyon, avignon and Marseilles and onto paris, i’ve got quite a few gems to tell you about; and then finally my lovely week in london — what shops to bop, and what bites to eat — there are loads to see and do and i’ll be sharing a few city guides soon (so many photos to edit!).

european flower market / sfgirlbybay

one of the glorious parts of my visit across the pond was that spring had sprung, and all over France the cherry blossoms were bursting forth and in London daffodils perked up every park. from columbia road market to many paris merchants’ flower stands — kiosks everywhere overflowed with fresh picks and streets gleamed just a little brighter. here’s just a sneak peek. it’s good to be home, and just like spring, i’m rejuvenated and ready to go!

bucket of pink roses on sidewalk. / sfgirlbybayspring in europe. / sfgirlbybayvines growing over european flower shop. / sfgirlbybayHarry Brand flower market. / sfgirlbybayvibrant colorful flowers in europe. / sfgirlbybaylondon flower shop. / sfgirlbybaywhite flowers on tree in europe. / sfgirlbybayflowers in europe. / sfgirlbybayflowers in france. / sfgirlbybay

• photos by sfgirlbybay.

best of: at home in new york city.

apartment decor from urban outfitters / sfgirlbybay

blogger tezza barton has the prettiest post up — it’s a peek at her brand new apartment in new york city with its lovely light and views of the freedom tower. it’s very eclectic, very boho and all decorated on a budget with affordable furnishings from urban outfitters home and those beautiful rugs she’s beautifully layered from eliko rugs. her window garden and cacti go a long way to brightening the space, too. for the full tour, visit tessa’s blog.

blogger tessa barton's new york city apartment / sfgirlbybay

cacti in gold pots in nys window / sfgirlbybay

urban outfitters marshall mini amp with potted plants in nyc apartment / sfgirlbybay

modern desk chair with faux fur and small wooden desk with tall potted cacti / sfgirlbybay

nyc blogger tessa barton's nyc apartment with urban outfitters decor / sfgirlbybay

urban outfitter's decor inside blogger tessa baton's nyc apartment / sfgirlbybay

• photography by tessa barton.

best of: thoroughly modern victorian.

artist studio and home in camberwell, england. / sfgirlbybay

this may well be one of the prettiest homes i’ve seen in a long time. and i look at a lot of houses! this one is actually an artist’s studio and home, and a location home, which means it’s available for film and photo shoots from jj locations, located in camberwell, england. i think i’m just going to rent it, and then refuse to leave. seems like a worthy if not entirely plausible plan, right? it’s something called a double fronted Victorian, with a large, lush garden — not to mention beautifully styled throughout with lovely plants and splashes of pale colors like yellow and green. with all that pretty sunlight streaming through, it feels a bit like a large, liveable greenhouse. yep, i could move right in.

art gallery wall above modern chairs and table. / sfgirlbybay

green and black chairs and indoor plants in modern victorian home. / sfgirlbybay

modern art and green decor and plants / sfgirlbybay

sleek living room decor with pops of green. / sfgirlbybay

modern white bathroom with pops of green plants and art / sfgirlbybay

art hung above chartreuse sofa near stairwell / sfgirlbybay

modern victorian home with pops of green and blue decor. / sfgirlbybay

white kitchen with marble island and chandelier / sfgirlbybay

green open shelving with dishware and plants / sfgirlbybay

modern hanging art and vintage perfume bottles on mirrored tray / sfgirlbybay

modern yellow ombre comforter in white bedroom / sfgirlbybay

modern white home with wood floors and area rugs / sfgirlbybay

yellow shower in modern white bathroom / sfgirlbybay

vintage mirror and modern chair in bedroom / sfgirlbybay

artist studio in bedroom / sfgirlbybay

artist studio in attic of modern victorian home / sfgirlbybay

lush green plants in modern living room / sfgirlbybay

plants on folding table with crates below / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of jj locations.