good reads: sight unseen.

sight unseen loft decor. / sfgirlbybay

one of my personal favorites when it comes to design blogs is sight unseen — no pun intended, but have you seen it?  it’s a stunner. this month they shared the enviable tribeca loft of Parsons graduate and designer daniela jacobs of arc objects and i just had to share it with you. sight unseen is an online magazine that uncovers what’s new and next in design and the visual arts brought to us by co-founders and former editors of I.D. Magazine, Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer — freelance writers, curators, and design consultants. if you’ve not visited sight unseen yet, you simply must have a gander at their inspiring home tours, and make it a long leisurely one, and be sure to stop by for the full tour of daniela jacob’s dreamy ny loft, and their beautifully curated online shop.

tribeca loft of Parsons graduate and designer daniela jacobs via sight unseen. / sfgirlbybay

designer daniela jacobs' tribeca loft decor. / sfgirlbybay

designer daniela jacobs' kitchen via sight unseen. / sfgirlbybay

designer daniela jacobs' loft in tribeca. / sfgirlbybay

sight unseen feature of designer daniela jacobs' tribeca loft. / sfgirlbybay

designer daniela jacobs' home in tribeca featured by sight unseen. / sfgirlbybay

inspiration board featured by sight unseen. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist bedroom decor featured by sight unseen. / sfgirlbybay

• PHOTOgraphy BY PIPPA DRUMMOND for sight unseen.

elsie green: a holiday giveaway.

vintage linens via elsie green. / sfgirlbybay

if you adore vintage decor and one-of-a-kind beautiful things for your home that happen to be sustainable, a visit to the bay area’s elsie green is a must.  this charming, family-run business offers the most unique collection of vintage finds from france and morocco that i fear it may make your head spin — in the good way, of course. elsie green imports the prettiest vintage home accessories and furnishings, and also offers services such as interior design, staging, and consultations. elsie green is the ideal place to begin thinking about your holiday gifting, unique stocking stuffers, setting your dinner table and decorating your home this season, so we’re giving away a $250 gift code to start the holidays right.

elsie green vintage home furnishings giveaway. / sfgirlbybay

elsie green home decor giveaway. / sfgirlbybay

to enter to win a $250 elsie green gift certificate, simply:

• follow elsie green on Instagram.

• be sure to comment below letting us know you’ve followed elsie green on instagram by tueseday, december 6th.

• as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.

• we’re sorry, but this giveaway is for U.S. and Canada only.

• we’ll announce a winner on my twitter account later the week of december 5th, so be sure and follow along.

elsie green vintage dishes in vintage drying rack. / sfgirlbybay

elsie green home goods. / sfgirlbybay

black and white throw blanket from elsie green. / sfgirlbybay

elsie green vintage decor. / sfgirlbybay

vintage art easels from elsie green. / sfgirlbybay

home from cuba!

cuban architecture / sfgirlbybay

greetings one and all!! i returned from cuba last night and am still gathering my wits about me this morning, so no posts today but i wanted to check in and say hello! after being relatively offline for a week my to-do list is long and my brain quite foggy, but i can’t wait to share what an amazing, and as it turns out, historical time to be in cuba. i’ll be back with more tomorrow!! cheers, xo victoria

Knotwork LA / Studio Tour.

Knotwork L.A. studio tour / sfgirlbybay

I first met ceramicist Linda Hsiao of Knotwork LA when I wandered into a shop that she and a few friends were co-running in Highland Park. We got to chatting and once she realized I was new to L.A. she was quick to give me names of people I should meet, places to visit and things to eat. Linda is a connector. She’s got that special gift of getting to know you and pairing you with other like-minded lovely people. And since that day I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing several collaborations and friendships that Linda has initiated. Her craftsmanship is wonderful, her work full of personality and her desire for the creative community to thrive is a breath of fresh air in a sometimes-too-competitive city. In what feels like a setting too good to be true for Los Angeles, Linda and her husband, Kagan, have transformed two garden sheds behind their house into the most ideal artist studios.

ceramic cups by Knotwork L.A. / sfgirlbybay

cat on a ladder inside Knotwork LA studio / sfgirlbybay

tour of Knotwork LA studio / sfgirlbybay

when did you start Knotwork LA and was there a particular catalyst that made you take the leap?
Knotwork LA began more as a side project for Kagan and I to create things in our spare time. The first time we made a rattle for a friend of ours really helped push us forward. It was so beautiful that we wanted other babies to have it and to play with it just as Emma did.  When we coined the phrase made in our spare time as it instantly enveloped all the things that I was tinkering with at the time — clay, our wooden rattles, and the wooden utensils.

ceramic plant wall decor / sfgirlbybay

ceramic cups by Knotwork LA / sfgirlbybay

studio tour of Knotwork LA / sfgirlbybay

Knotwork LA ceramic plate / sfgirlbybay

what was the most unexpected aspect of putting your business together?
Maybe not so unexpected but definitely can be more time consuming than one might imagine. As much time as I get to spend making things I find myself spending an equal amount of time working on getting things physically out in the world that feel like it has nothing to do with the process but is just as important. More than just being and artist you become an accountant, a sales person, a website editor, an office manager, a package designer, a shipper. . . best thing will be to grow sometime soon so I can finally have a team to help me. Getting the work and making the work is only but a fraction of the challenge.

inside Knotwork LA's highland park studio / sfgirlbybay

colorful painted ceramic cups / sfgirlbybay

ceramics from Knotwork LA / sfgirlbybay

studio visit with Knotwork LA in highland park / sfgirlbybay

KnotworkLA ceramics / sfgirlbybay

you have such a lovely setup in your backyard. what’s your favorite part about your workspace?
Windows from my studio that let me look out into my garden. Watching things grow and thrive, critters that run up the tree to most recently little baby doves in the giant cactus tree. Seeing things evolve both in my process and the life surrounding my studio give me fuel and helps me stay connected to what I’m creating.

ceramicist Linda Hsiao working in her highland park studio / sfgirlbybay

small ceramic cups from Knotwork LA / sfgirlbybay

studio visit with Linda Hsiao of Knotwork LA / sfgirlbybay

what are the top three things someone should consider before changing careers or starting their own business?
Love what you’re doing. Believe in what you’re doing. Things always get hard, overwhelming, exhausting and you will be overloaded time and time again as you grow but if you can stop think about what it is your doing and smile every time you know it’s worth it.  Sometimes I take a minute when my list of tasks seem to get so long and just remember I get to make things for a living and it’s worth every minute I spend doing it.  Third thing but equally as important is to take breaks to escape, refresh and recharge.  Whatever that is for you to restart the batteries, get inspired and keep going. For me it’s jumping into a cold swimming hole or a high sierra lake and float.

Linda Hsiao of Knotwork LA / sfgirlbybay

Linda Hsiao's cermic work for Knotwork LA / sfgirlbybay

what’s one book that changed your life?
Wabi Sabi: for artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren.

Linda Hsiao's Knotwork LA highland park studio / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Lily Glass for sfgirlbybay.

green and peaceful.

houseplants on the floor near a window / sfgirlbybay

heart home magazine.

feeling stressed out? you might want to get some houseplants. studies have shown that having plants around can actually help lower stress levels. plus, there are several types of plants that improve the quality of the air in your home by removing toxins and increasing oxygen, which is also helpful in times of stress! besides all that good stuff, well-placed plants can brighten up your home and create a more relaxed, peaceful ambiance. if you’re still on the fence about adding more greenery to your life, here are some pretty, plant-filled spaces to inspire you.

modern living room with lots of green plants / sfgirlbybay

boligliv.

desk area with lots of potted plants / sfgirlbybay

@thefuturekept on instagram.

green plants in modern dining room / sfgirlbybay

varpunen.

green plants in modern living spaces / sfgirlbybay

girl habit.; inside closet.

decorative potted plants / sfgirlbybay

daniella witte.

modern indoor greenhouse / sfgirlbybay

the design files.

lush greenhouse / sfgirlbybay

@thejungalow on instagram.

desk area in front of a window with potted plants / sfgirlbybay

design milk.

modern, plant-filled dining area. / sfgirlbybay

heart home magazine.

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