danish modern meets desert calm.

danish modern meets desert calm / sfgirlbybay

i must say, this is a fabulous apartment. but what kind of sends this danish modern dream spot over the top are those cacti, right? that pop of green without trying very hard at all (after all, succulents and cacti are so self-sufficient!) just makes this room come to life. it helps that there’s all those great mid-century modern finds of course — i spy wegner and eames chairs galore. and then that lovely natural light, too — all the more perfect for our cacti friends to thrive in denmark.

danish modern meets desert calm / sfgirlbybay

danish modern meets desert calm / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Birgitta wolfgang Drejer for bobedre.

see design | a reader giveaway.

see design | a reader giveaway / sfgirlbybay

i’m very happy that the first giveaway of the year is from one of my lovely, longtime sponsors, see design — i couldn’t be more proud to have see design represented here on sfgirlbybay and excited to be giving away a $150 gift code to a very lucky winner for anything you select from see design’s many collections — from home wares to fashion, you’re going to have a hard time choosing! See Design began in 2008 as Donna Gormanʼs vision combining her love of pattern, her passion for travel, and her pursuit of beauty in accessible, everyday objects.

see design | a reader giveaway / sfgirlbybay

donna custom prints her colorful, hand painted patterns in India and has them sewn into see design’s lovely lifestyle products. Simple cotton voile shirts, dresses and sarongs are decorated with her original designs. The collection also features heavyweight cotton canvas accessories, table linens, quilts and pillow covers. the beauty of see design’s Patterns is that they can easily be mixed and matched to create interesting combinations and color stories. i’ve shown a lot of black and pink here (my personal favorites!), but donna’s designs come in an array of bold colors — from chartreuse green to tomato red.

see design | a reader giveaway / sfgirlbybay

to enter to $150 gift code from see design, simply.

• visit see design and have a look around.

• comment below sharing what you love from the collections.

• please comment by friday, january 23rd, 12pm PST.

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

• sorry, this time the giveaway is for U.S. residents only.

• we’ll announce a winner selected by random on my twitter account the week january 26th, so be sure and follow along.

see design | a reader giveaway / sfgirlbybay

see design | a reader giveaway / sfgirlbybay

see design | a reader giveaway / sfgirlbybay

song tea & ceramics.

song tea & ceramics / sfgirlbybay

recently, resident sfgirlbybay photographer cindy loughridge stopped into the beautiful san francisco tea room, song tea & ceramics for a visit with peter luong, tea merchant, taster and buyer. with over a decade of field experience with traditional Chinese tea and tea ware, in March 2013, peter embarked for Taiwan and China to compile a collection of tea and ceramics of exceptional quality and character. Two months later, he returned stateside and began building a space to house that collection, and in October 2013, song tea & ceramics opened its tasting room san francisco’s lower pacific heights.

song tea & ceramics / sfgirlbybay

It’s a beautiful, considered space to taste and learn about tea. peter’s intention is to capture the depth and substance of tea culture, from discussions about taste, character and brewing to the myriad experiences that make his work so interesting: from travel notes to the occasional rare tea or ceramic discovery. if you’re in san francisco, do stop in for some tea, and peruse their lovely ceramic collections, including works from local designers like nathiya prathnadi. you can also follow along on instagram at @hellosongtea, as well as keep up to date on facebook.

song tea & ceramics / sfgirlbybay

song tea & ceramics
2120 Sutter St. San Francisco, CA
415.885.2118 / hello@songtea.com
song tea & ceramics also accepts telephone orders: 415.885.2118

Tuesday – Saturday
11am to 6pm
Sunday – Monday
Closed. Drinking tea.

song tea & ceramics / sfgirlbybay

song tea & ceramics / sfgirlbybay

song tea & ceramics / sfgirlbybay

song tea & ceramics / sfgirlbybay

song tea & ceramics / sfgirlbybay

song tea & ceramics / sfgirlbybay

song tea & ceramics / sfgirlbybay

song tea & ceramics / sfgirlbybay

• photography by cindy loughridge for sfgirlbybay.

furniture finds.

furniture finds / sfgirlbybay

1. factory rolling bookcase, from urban outfitters.

i’ve recently started a new pinboard on pinterest entitled furniture finds, and it seemed like a no brainer that i should share it with you. if you’ve followed along on the blog for a while now, you know i love a combination of high and low, old and new, and super modern versus very vintage. a mix always makes for a much more interesting collection, don’t you think? with that in mind, here’s a few of my latest furniture finds.

furniture finds / sfgirlbybay

2. Peg And Awl Lewis and Clark Expedition Stool from urban outfitters; 3. scrolled rattan chair from anthropologie; 4. eric trine octahedron black side table from west elm.

furniture finds / sfgirlbybay

5. west elm’s hairpin dining chair.

furniture finds / sfgirlbybay

6. jonathan adler arden tufted sofa.

furniture finds / sfgirlbybay

7. via doorsixteen, ikea’s new DALSHULT/SLÄHULT table coming soon.

furniture finds / sfgirlbybay

8. moroccan zelli black tile side table from mui ma*; 9.mercury bar cart from anthropologie; 10. crate and barrel cavett leather chair.

staged.

staged / sfgirlbybay

one of the things i’m noticing as i hunt for my dream house, is how freakin’ badly some of them are staged for resale. i mean, there is just no forethought or taste happening here — or rather lots and lots of the lack thereof. i’m not sure why the Swedish have this down, but they do and from what i can see, we are hopelessly failing at staging homes for sale here in the states. yes, the odd house here and there is really great — like this one, but i’d say a good 85% have absolutely no staging at all, looks like a hoarder lives there, or somebody’s done a really poor job of creating an atmosphere that might remotely help you imagine buying their house. a lot of people have trouble looking past the debris and visualizing how they could possible make an utter wreck a home, so staging can go a long way when marketing your home. here’s some homes that went on the market on bo laget, and you can see, with an attention to detail and some cozy touches, how they’ve made it relatively simple to envision home sweet home.

staged / sfgirlbybay

staged / sfgirlbybay

staged / sfgirlbybay

staged / sfgirlbybay

staged / sfgirlbybay

staged / sfgirlbybay

staged / sfgirlbybay

staged / sfgirlbybay

staged / sfgirlbybay

staged / sfgirlbybay

staged / sfgirlbybay

staged / sfgirlbybay

staged / sfgirlbybay

• all photos courtesy of bolaget.