feast for the eyes.

countertop filled with lemons in white ceramic bowls. / sfgirlbybay

there is essentially no other reason for this post, other than i was inspired by these images and found myself collecting them on pinterest like some kind of maniacal fruit hoarder. so, there you have it. i’m giving you fruit today but hopefully, you’ll see it as something a little more — some colorful (even healthy!) inspiration. it’s almost summer and my favorite fruits are popping up all over the farmer’s markets and when it’s hot, fruit is all i i ever really crave (with the exception, of course, of margaritas, chips & salsa). i often find food photography just so darn pretty, but we rarely get to share it here, so today, i’ve indulged my inner foodie and gone loopy for fruit. in addition to these images (links just at bottom), you find yourself in need of more eye candy, some of my longtime personal favorite food styling & photography can be found at cannelle et vanille, herriott grace, luisa brimble and sweet paul — you’ll discover some real feasts for the eyes (and bellies) over there.

colorful food styling with assorted fruits, bread and spreads. / sfgirlbybayunique fruits in ceramic bowl. / sfgirlbybayinspiring food styling with assorted fruits. / sfgirlbybayrope tote bag with tiny fruit and peaches on a plate. / sfgirlbybaysimple picnic arranged on white blanket on the beach. / sfgirlbybaycolorful painting on fruit still life. / sfgirlbybaywhite ceramic bowl of freshly cut fruits. / sfgirlbybayorange flowers in white vase, apples in ceramic bowl and tan woven tote. / sfgirlbybaygorgeous fruit styling for overhead photoshoot. / sfgirlbybayfruit in woven basket with handles. / sfgirlbybayinspiring food styling. / sfgirlbybayorange cantaloupe photographed on baby blue background. / sfgirlbybaycolorful fruit painting. / sfgirlbybaycolorful vegetables in robe tote bag. / sfgirlbybaycitrus tree and oranges on white tablecloth. / sfgirlbybayleftover fruit from shoot. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits in order of appearance: remain simple; tea cup tea; herriott grace; luisa brimble; yummy supper; a detacher at anaise; @samantha.de.la.o; artist Léa Maupetit; cannelle et vanille; the socialite family; Handmade Oaxacan Net Bag at the general store; the vamoose; chymo & more; DarioM_72; christelle tanielian; artist Léa Maupetit; french market bag at the general store; butter and brioche; remain simple.

literally, everything but the house.

guest room makeover with everything but the house. / sfgirlbybay

everything but the house. good name for an online boutique selling — well, everything but the house. EBTH is the premiere estate sale marketplace where you can shop collections from homes all over the country — from vintage and previously loved homewares, clothing, collectibles and more EBTH is a collector’s / decorator’s / bargain shopper’s dream come true. EBTH invited me to do some shopping of my own and try the site out and i went down their rabbit hole quickly. it’s online auction where you can bid on anything from estate sale treasures that include rare art and furniture to jewelry and even cars. i went on the hunt for furniture, accessories, and artwork for my new guest room (more about that very shortly) and found just what i had in mind.

vintage accessories via everything but the house. / sfgirlbybay

i was on the hunt for some vintage painted portraits and drawings and scored big time. from the nude portrait over the bed, to this charming if not slightly stern looking woman above and the quirky sketch of the impish man these were the kinds of unique art i was seeking. next up, i really wanted to step up my pottery collection and i had all white in mind to accessorize the guest room. i found the alabaster urn, the two cream colored jars and the small ceramic bowl — all for a very sweet bargain hunter’s EBTH price. i also found these wonderful antique wicker end table which really finished off the vintage california vibe i was going for.

my guest room furnished with vintage items from EBTH. / sfgirlbybay

and if you’re looking to and if you’re looking to sell a collection –whether it’s rare books or a lifetime of household objects, EBTH can help you very professionally with that too — consultations are entirely free, helping sellers maximize the value of their collections by handling every aspect of the sale from photography and cataloguing to payment and delivery. With a $1 starting bid for every item and thousands of pieces added every day i highly recommend checking out em>everything but the house. EBTH. and if you’d like to view a few of my ideas on how to blend bohemian and modern style, check out my tips of the trade!

black and white vintage decor via EBTH. / sfgirlbybay vintage nude portrait above bed via EBTH. / sfgirlbybayceramics and art prints via EBTH. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.

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in bed with artist caroline walls.

inspiring art collection at caroline walls' home. / sfgirlbybay

i just discovered this beautiful australian shop, in bed and they carry some sublime collections you’ll definitely want to check out. but what i also noticed is that their online journal features some inspiring homes from all sorts of creative and interesting souls. recently, the in bed store featured artist caroline walls from Melbourne, australia and oh my, does she have an enviable art collection, even if some of it may be her own — swoon-worthy, indeed. her artwork is inspired by the female form — and in fact, she did her first nude painting at the young age of 14. caroline is one of those names that keeps popping up for me of late — i’d shared a peek at her artwork here, and linked to her interview on the design files if you’d like to see more. and you can shop for her work on her website.

curated collection in home of artist caroline walls. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of artist carline walls' home. / sfgirlbybay

curated art collection of artist caroline walls. / sfgirlbybay

caroline walls home tour. / sfgirlbybay

black and white art collection. / sfgirlbybay

at home with artist caroline walls. / sfgirlbybay

art and inspiration via artist caroline walls' melbourne home. / sfgirlbybay

at home with melbourne artist caroline walls. / sfgirlbybay

art prints and sketches in the home of artist caroline walls. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen decor in melbourne home of artist caroline walls. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by by Bobby Clark for in bed store.

vintage portraits for a modern world.

portrait painting in ornate frame in home of helen gory via the design files. / sfgirlbybay

like a lot of things that interest me, one of the most interesting things for me about interior design is quite a bit about juxtaposition. i like contradictions — vintage paired with brand spanking new, mismatched versus cookie cutter. i guess i just like to be surprised. it’s just the kind of effortless, witty style i find fascinating — and one of the things i love about vintage portrait paintings — there’s a wry sense of humor to them. so let’s say you have a pretty simple room and then all of a sudden there’s this quirky face staring back at you — it just tends to make us smile. it’s a room that doesn’t take itself too seriously and the sly portraits offer up a unique personality you might have missed had they not been added — almost as if the room is winking at you. insert emoji here. ;)

british national portrait gallery. / sfgirlbybayoversized painting over mantle via lonny. / sfgirlbybayportrait paintings in bronte restaurant. / sfgirlbybaycolorful portrait painting and fiddle leaf fig. / sfgirlbybaypastel pink wall with vintage portrait painting. / sfgirlbybaywhite walls with vintage portrait painting via architectural digest espana. / sfgirlbybayblack leather furntiure with vintage portrait painting and chandelier. / sfgirlbybaypink walls and sofa and vintage portrait paintings via yellowtrace. / sfgirlbybayportrait paintings on the wall of the dean hotel. / sfgirlbybayportrait paintings in artist holly farrell's home. / sfgirlbybayportrait painting via wilde and watson locations. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits in order of appearance: home of helen gory via the design files; british national portrait gallery via sfgirlbybay; lonny; bronte restaurant via sfgirlbybay; design*sponge; architectural digest france; architectural digest espana; @jengotch; yellowtrace; the dean hotel; artist holly farrell’s home; wilde and watson locations.



that little black accent.

black wall with black table. / sfgirlbybay
as you’ll see in a few more posts this week (guest room makeover reveal, coming right up!) i’m still seduced by that little black magic. i’ve had jet black walls before and loved them, and as you may know, i painted the exterior of my house jet black (and all the interior doors black, too). so i guess my crush on black never really fades. it just has such persuasive power to give a room a dramatic edge and to take dreary to dynamic. i’ve hunted down many an example for you. enjoy, and embrace the black!

black walls with ornate moldings. / sfgirlbybay black and white decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay black kitchen accents. / sfgirlbybay black smeg fridge. / sfgirlbybayblack decor accents. / sfgirlbybayblack and white home decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybayblack painted wardrobe. / sfgirlbybay matte black wall paint and ornate moldings. / sfgirlbybay black shower stall doors. / sfgirlbybay black wall paint. / sfgirlbybay black kitchen walls. / sfgirlbybayblack kitchen decor. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits in order of appearance: making it lovely; Tatiana Shishkina; the nice stuff collector; remain simple; life on sundays; the socialite family; Lina Ramekin from anthropologie; le petite bird told me; est living; digs digs; melba 13; treebystream by Arnulf Rainer ; hotel covell via @designlovefest; grace spain; elle decoration uk; bolig magasinet; farrow and ball; XXX; moon and trees; lonny; lonny; ballingslov; atelier doré; black books; kinfolk; Tatiana Shishkina; domino; this is glamorous; no glitter no glory; artilleriet studio.