studio tour / carly kuhn.

inside illustrator carly kuhn's art studio. / sfgirlbybay

you may know illustrator/artist carly kuhn for her playful penmanship on @thecartorialist but did you know that she also has a keen eye for design beyond the notebook? we got very at home with carly in her DTLA studio to see what her daily work uniform might look like (messy beach waves and a chic canadian tuxedo), and how she creates her beautiful works of art (barefoot, and on the floor). read on to get to know this energetic L.A. artist and her stunning work space a little bit better! you can also purchase carly’s prints for your own space here! ~ michaela d’artois, vérité published

studio tour with illustrator carly kuhn. / sfgirlbybay

artist carly kuhn in her DTLA studio. / sfgirlbybay

what lead you to your career as an artist?
i originally came out to la for the television business. i was a television, radio & film major at the newhouse school of communications, syracuse university. after college, i moved to L.A., worked at CAA — a talent agency — then went on to work as a producer on chelsea lately. while technically for five years i worked for only two places, i always joked that i had multiple careers over that time. i had a food blog at one point “winner winner kitchen dinner”, studied at the improv school groundlings. and i think this was because i was constantly searching — wasn’t exactly sure what it was i was searching for at the time. but, i knew i wanted to be a creative — creating something tangible. after a series of random events, i unintentionally fell into the path of an artist. so, i guess the short answer is i was searching for that creatively fulfilling life.

artist studio tour with carly kuhn. / sfgirlbybay

artist carly kuhn working in her DTLA studio. / sfgirlbybay

what fulfills you most about being a full-time artist?
similar to why i fell into this world, what i love about being a full-time artist is that i get to create every day. additionally, it is extremely fulfilling to know that i am creating art that people connect to and also want to own in their homes! it’s still surreal to me every time someone purchases a piece of my art. one’s home is such a personal space, and i feel honored that people want my work to be a part of that.

art print by illustrator carly kuhn. / sfgirlbybay

artist carly kuhn in her DTLA studio space. / sfgirlbybay

What are your rules for decorating an inspirational studio space?
i wouldn’t say there are rules for decorating a studio space, but rather finding a feeling. you want your creative space to feel good, inviting, inspiring. and your feelings in the space may change, and that’s ok. when i first moved into the space last october, i set it up one way – with a wall installation dividing out the room.  when i came back from the new year i felt the space needed a change. i moved the installation wall to the back of the studio which opened up the space, giving me a new breath of fresh air and inspiration.

studio tour DTLA with artist carly kuhn. / sfgirlbybay

creative workspace of artist carly kuhn. / sfgirlbybay

do you have any design elements you live by?
my design style may slightly change depending on where i’m living or working. for example, if i were to live in a beach bungalow (dream) on the west side, my style may have more beachy, bohemian accents, as opposed to if i lived in a loft style apartment in downtown L.A., i may have a more minimal style. that being said, what i do think is a good rule of thumb (for me anyways) is to start out decorating your apartment with your large items in neutral colors — your couch, coffee table, large accent chair — that way you can add character or color slowly as you settle into your home. additionally, it helps if you do move to a differently styled place, your big staple pieces will likely work wherever you may move.

drawings by artist carly kuhn. / sfgirlbybay

artist carly kuhn in her dtla art studio. / sfgirlbybay

do you have any advice for artists that are starting out?
try everything. experiment. know that it’s ok to mess up. and work on something every day at least once a day. that doesn’t mean completing a piece every day, but rather creating something, whether it’s a scribble or an experimental abstract painting. this will help — not in getting “better” because i believe there is no such thing as “better” in the art world — as art is subjective — but it’s rather about becoming confident in what you do. gaining that confidence will allow you to continue on pursuing your career.

studio tour with illustrator and designer carly kuhn. / sfgirlbybay

where do you get your inspiration from?
if i’m creating a more literal depiction of someone or something, i get inspiration from images that can be from instagram, pinterest, a magazine. if i’m doing something a bit more abstract, or one of my one fine line series, inspiration may come from a song, a poem, a feeling, anxiety.

carly kuhn photographed in her dtla art studio. / sfgirlbybay

creative work space of artist carly kuhn. / sfgirlbybay

i see your work mostly on the internet or social media, but you work mainly with your hands — what are some of your necessities for creating your illustrations?
i must always have a pen on me — for inspiration may strike at any moment! i feel naked if i go out into the world and forget one of my favorite pens at home. also, good music. i must be listening to good music.

artist carly kuhn in her dtla studio. / sfgirlbybay

we’ve been bingeing podcasts, do you have any career or motivating pods you listen to while creating?
i love garance dore’s podcast “pardon my french.” her interview style is raw, fresh, and authentic. that is rare and i love it. i also recently starting listening to the “scriptnotes podcast”.  on the surface, it’s about screenwriters, writers in general, their processes, challenges — but overall there are a lot of universal themes like the imposter syndrome, procrastination, anxiety — that all of us creatives can relate to oh so well.

l.a. artist carly kuhn in her dtla studio. sfgirlbybay

• photography by michaela d’artois, vérité published.

a carefully curated home in charleston.

north carolina home of elizabeth damrich via domino. / sfgirlbybay

domino is crushing it again this week, with a stunning tour of interior designer & stylist elizabeth damrich’s historic 1830’s charleston, north carolina home. nothing gets my pulse racing more than sky-high ceilings and killer mouldings paired with classic modern furnishings, and elizabeth has that going on in spades. for the full beautifully curated home tour, sources and more about elizabeth, visit domino.

charleston home of elizabeth damrich via domino. / sfgirlbybay

modern north carolina home of elizabeth damrich via domino. / sfgirlbybay

domino tour of interior designer elizabeth damrich's home. / sfgirlbybay. / sfgirlbybay

home of interior designer elizabeth damrich via domino. / sfgirlbybay

rattan drink tray styled in elizabeth damrich's home. / sfgirlbybay

graphic art in north carolina home of elizabeth damrich via domino. / sfgirlbybay

elizabeth damrich's north carolina home via domino. / sfgirlbybay

designer elizabeth damrich's inspiring home via domino. / sfgirlbybay

white washed bedroom in north carolina home of elizabeth damrich via domino. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by ben jack of fuzzco for domino.

a slice of california orange.

vintage-inspired orange accent chair / sfgirlbybay

atelier doré.

i’ve been writing an awful lot about the rise of blue lately — a trend that seems to be sticking around. well, you know what pairs well with blue? that would be orange. not a lot mind you — just that pop to really add a cheery slice of california citrus to your room. i went on the hunt for some vintage-inspired orange accent pieces on chairish and found an abundance of fun pieces that would brighten up your blues. here are a few of my chairish favorites.

vintage-inspired orange rug and fan / sfgirlbybay

chairish favorites: orange fan via minted; Orange & Navy Atlas Berber Rug.

vintage orange home furnishings / sfgirlbybay

designer stephane chamard.

vintage orange home decor and furnishings / sfgirlbybay

chairish favorites: pair of 1950s Orange Striped Barstools; orange fanta; Atlas Navy & Orange Ceramic Plate; market tote of oranges; Orange & Beige Linen Pillow; bowl of tangelo’s by alice gao; pair of Plastic Orange & White Patio Ottomans; orange bougainvillea.

faded orange leather sofa and set of orange vintage chairs / sfgirlbybay

chairish favorites: orange leather sofa; pair of 1970s Orange Spade Lounge Chairs.

vintage orange in nature and decor. / sfgirlbybay

chairish favorites: peeled oranges by yossyarefi; Vintage French Mugnier Orange Match Striker; orange roses by @designlovefest; Orange and Yellow Marble Grapes; orange slices by michael graydon + nikole herriott; Orange Rectangular Container Box.

eclectic vintage home furnishings and decor. / sfgirlbybay

nuevo estilo.

vintage-inspired orange inspirational images and decor / sfgirlbybay

chairish favorites: Vintage Orange Vinyl Ice Bucket; swimming pool by maple & shade; Modern Orange Down Pillow; marigolds in pool via designlovefest; Antique Leather Moroccan Pouf; picking oranges by lean and meadow.

This post made possible in partnership with chairish but all opinions and thoughts are my own. thanks for the supporting the brands that make sfgirlbybay possible.

friday finds.

modern black table lamp. / sfgirlbybay

happy end of the work week! it’s time for my friday finds, and although i know i was whining about all the black & white boring-ness out there last week, these black & white images are for me anything but dull. they’ve got that necessary panache you need to balance a room full of neutrals. oh, and that notebook — i just had to share that because it’s so rad and it fits right in. enjoy your weekend, everyone! xo, victoria

  1. this is the kind of black and white i can get around. this is a killer black lamp — the Atollo Table Lamp was created by Vico Magistretti for the Italian manufacturer Oluce, available at TRNK-NYC. bravo!
  2. i’ve always crushed on muuto’s iconic design dots. The DOTS, designed by Lars Tornøe, are the cool alternative to the coat hook and can be arranged on your walls in exactly the pattern and color combination you like.
  3. john derian’s cape cod home has all the right black & white touches, and unexpected ones, like that giant white clamshell.
  4. i had to get this black leather notebook from the egotist. The Egotist Flagship Notebook holds all your notes and looks so official. my very own design bible. Write something. Draw a picture. Don’t do it for the image.
  5. the new darlings have a wonderful guide to the paris Airbnb’s they stayed in. this one’s kitchen dining nook is dreamy.
  6. this mixed media piece by artist jordan sullivan inspires me to create a new mood board in my office. love the look of this and all that white space.
  7. this is called the harvester’s mural from anewall. it’s painted by artist peter brueghel and i like the idea of hanging it behind my bed. it’s self-adhesive so easy removal or repositioning.

wood polka dot wall hooks. / sfgirlbybay

black and white drawings. / sfgirlbybay

the notebook. / sfgirlbybay

modern dining area. / sfgirlbybay

collection of black and white and sepia photos. / sfgirlbybay

black and white oversized mural. / sfgirlbybay

black and white mural above neutral bed. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: laudurée los angeles.

laudurée los angeles location at the grove. / sfgirlbybay

if you follow our wear this there column often enough you might notice two things: 1. we live in l.a., and 2. we love paris — but what happens when the two cities fuse? laudurée recently opened its pretty pastel doors at the grove in beverly hills and we couldn’t be more thrilled. with easter this sunday its interiors and abundance of chocolate seems more than appropriate (adult chocolate overdose, anyone?). keeping on theme, a blush enhanced ensemble will make you look like a welcome fixture amongst the artful macaroons. currently on the wish list are’s little eye-catching clutches and gold accented ankle boots! instead of a read this there, this week we are bingeing on the pandolly podcast —- just two british girls talking pop culture and style.

~ michaela d’artois, vérité published.

candy colored interior of laudurée los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: laudurée los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: pixie market white sheer cut out waist dress; comrade tech wristlet in rose; two two shoes blush saint boots; j.crew beaded tassel earrings; violet grey knc beauty lip mask; essie pool side service nail polish; zara double breasted frock coat; and shop vérité gloria ring.

wear this there: laudurée los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

chocolate for sale at laudurée los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

laudurée store at the grove in los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

laudurée at the grove. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via milk decoration and domino.