making a grand entrance.

light and bright modern entry way with painted floors / sfgirlbybay

the gifts of life.

it’s always nice to make a grand entrance. that’s one thing my new house lacks — there’s no foyer, no entry hall of any kind — you simply step right into what i suppose you’d call a grand room, or a combination dining room / living room space. i love my house, but i do like a nice entryway welcoming you and your guests home. it’s great to decorate them with a good looking bench or credenza stacked with books and mementos, or perhaps a wall of personal photographs. i like an entrance that’s simple, but warm and inviting. something as smashing as a great tile floor can set the right mood for welcoming guests, too. alas, all i’ve got is a mean case of FOMO, so here are a few looks i’d love to have.

bohemian modern entrance hallways with coat hooks and bench / sfgirlbybay

emmas deisgnblogg.

tiled foyer with tall ceilings and stairwell / sfgirlbybay


minimalist entry way hallway / sfgirlbybay

my home.

modern entry way decor / sfgirlbybay

apartment therapy.

dog in hallway looking out main entry way glass doors / sfgirlbybay

my domaine.

entrance with herringbone wood floors and bench with books / sfgirlbybay

vogue australia.

entry way with mint details and black and white patterned floor tiles / sfgirlbybay

style and create.

bohemian modern entry way with slatted bench / sfgirlbybay


modern black and white entrance with double black doors and dark wood floors / sfgirlbybay


black circle mirror with leather straps above wood bench and shoes in rustic entry way / sfgirlbybay


large circular mirror above black bench in modern entry way / sfgirlbybay


at home in the hamptons: the line.

the line hamptons / sfgirlbybay

i’ve never been to the hamptons before. have you? i’ve heard about the beachy getaway forever and a day (hello, carrie bradshaw!) so perhaps i’ll get there eventually. Nestled near the easternmost tip of New York’s Long Island, Amagansett was established by farmers and fishermen before being developed as a summer resort in the late nineteenth century. The coastal plain village retains its clusters of Shingle-style getaways and clapboard cottages, and The Line has recently taken up residence in one of those seaside cottages to create a seasonal store like no other. Located just blocks from the ocean in a white clapboard structure that dates to 1720, The Line – Amagansett is designed as the ultimate beach cottage: relaxed yet refined with a carefully considered selection of fashion, home, and beauty items. so, while we’re armchair traveling, let’s visit the line’s new summer home, shall we? at least we can still shop online from our cosy armchair without even getting sunburned.

the line hamptons / @sfgirlbybay

the line hamptons / @sfgirlbybay

the line hamptons / @sfgirlbybay

the line hamptons / @sfgirlbybay

the line hamptons / @sfgirlbybay

the line hamptons / @sfgirlbybay

the line hamptons / @sfgirlbybay

the line hamptons / @sfgirlbybay

• photography via The Line.

the shutterbugs: luisa brimble.

green ivy growing in rustic bathroom / sfgirlbybay

i’ve been a longtime fan of the work of luisa brimble, a very talented Sydney, Australia-based food & lifestyle photographer. luisa shoots for all kinds of lifestyle publications like kinfolk, and is the founder of the Alphabet Family Journal — a family journal that celebrates the personal foundations of homes, in their many different forms. i can usually spot one of luisa’s images even before i confirm it’s definitely hers — you probably can recognize her work too — like the fun floral bouquet series that’s all over pinterest. luisa’s images either make me really, really hungry or they inspire me to get creative — she definitely has a way of bringing her images to life with sublime lighting and spot-on styling. to see more of her beautiful work, check out luisa’s portfolio and follow her on instagram.

woman standing behind bright flowers via photographer luisa brimble / sfgirlbybayrustic white wall with door and green ferns growing in front photographed by luisa brimble / sfgirlbybay woman with braid and floral dress standing below bougainvillea photographed by luisa brimble / sfgirlbybay the shutterbugs: luisa brimble / sfgirlbybaypastel glasses and white dishware filled with salad and rustic bread board photographed by luisa brimble. / sfgirlbybaybeautiful white table with dried flowers and white dishes photographed by luisa brimble. / sfgirlbybay white wall with pink and green flowers / sfgirlbybay flowers photographed from above by luisa brimble. / sfgirlbybay fruit and plates on white tablecloth photographed by luisa brimble. / sfgirlbybaydining table with mismatched chairs in rustic barn with white flowers photographed by luisa brimble. / sfgirlbybaydinner party photographed from above via luisa brimble. / sfgirlbybaywoman in black leotard doing handstand balancing flowers on her feet / sfgirlbybay

• all photography by luisa brimble.

a giveaway from the pink rug co.

orange and blue rug from the pink rug co. / sfgirlbybay

we’re giving away those pretty PINK RUG Co. rugs again! everyone’s been so excited when we give away one of their soft, plush rugs, so, we thought it was about time for another giveaway from the PINK RUG Co. — one of my favorite etsy shops! the PINK RUG Co. offers much-coveted, vintage Moroccan rugs with the sleek minimalist style that ruled during the mid-20th century. Modern, timeless and joyfully colorful, PINK RUG Co. carries a hand-selected collection of Boucherouite and definitive custom Beni Ourain rugs that embody the gorgeous style that made regional rugs prized design accessories with Le Corbusier and the modernists. PINK RUG Co. specializes in the most unique and fabulous Moroccan rugs around and we’re going to give away one of these beautiful rugs OF YOUR CHOICE, valued at $800 this week!

black and white moroccan rug from the pink rug co. / sfgirlbybay

to enter to win a rug from PINK RUG Co. valued at a maximum of $800, simply:

• follow the PINK RUG Co. on pinterest.

• repin your favorite rug from the pinterest board “PRC MOROCCAN RUGS“.

• comment here on the blog letting us know you followed & pinned, by tuesday, july 26th at midnight pst.

• hurrah! this giveaway is worldwide!

• as always, please be sure to leave a way to contact you via twitter, facebook, your blog or email.

• we’ll announce the randomly selected winner the week of july 25th on my twitter, so be sure to follow along.

gray and pink moroccan rug from the pink rug co / sfgirlbybayblack and white moroccan rug from the pink rug co / sfgirlbybaythe pink rug co. giveaway / sfgirlbybaymulti-colored moroccan rug from the pink rug co. / sfgirlbybaymoroccan rugs from the pink rug co. giveaway / sfgirlbybay

modern beach house.


it’s monday, and sigh — i’d much rather be lazily lounging about this idyllic beach home in south africa. featured recently in inside out magazine, there’s lots of little nuances to love. like the pretty four-poster bed made from reclaimed timber paired with a fancy chandelier — it’s got just the right amount of vintage vibes meets modern minimalist against all that white. the woven black pendant lamps look striking in this light-filled space, too. i also really love the galvanized roof over the bar — painted white it’s much less industrial looking and instead very beach chic. there’s really nothing i don’t like! for the full tour and more about the house, visit inside out.

modern beach home in south africa via inside out magazine / sfgirlbybayrustic and modern white living room in south african beach home / sfgirlbybaymodern white eat-in kitchen with black wicker light fixtures / sfgirlbybaymodern white dining table with matching chairs and potted succulent / sfgirlbybaywood framed bed with vintage chandelier and black and white bedding / sfgirlbybaywhite bedroom with wood framed bed and modern white bath tub / sfgirlbybaymodern pool with white hanging cage chair and striped chaise lounge chairs / sfgirlbybaywhite patio bar with white stools and view of the ocean / sfgirlbybayrustic outdoor shower with wood walls / sfgirlbybaybeach home in south africa with modern outdoor pool / sfgirlbybay

• photography by warren heath for inside out magazine.