good reads: open house magazine.

home featured in OPENHOUSE magazine / sfgirlbybay

Have you ever asked yourself: when was the last time I had a real, long and open conversation with somebody I didn’t know just a half an hour ago? With this question, Andrew Trotter and Mari Luz Vidal started the OPENHOUSE project almost 4 years ago. They didn’t open a restaurant or a gallery, they opened their home. For the next two years, they hosted numerous exhibitions, dinners and concerts at their home in Barcelona. They discovered that the intimacy of a home can change many things, it is where friendships are born. OPENHOUSE magazine is about that. a twice-yearly magazine, It’s about people who, like Andrew and Mari Luz, have decided to open their private spaces to the public for all kinds of activities. in san francisco i used to host ‘sunday night suppers’ for a group of creative friends, so i guess this concept really speaks to my heart. i miss those dinners — time to start them up again!

al fresco dinner party featured in OPENHOUSE magazine / sfgirlbybay

in each issue, we peek inside these creative homes — in issue 4, we visit Rooftop Smokehouse in Barcelona, who have brought back the art of smoking food. We visit Marjorie, who’s opened her home every Sunday for the last 20 years to give jazz concerts in her beloved Harlem. Also every Sunday, American artist Jim Haynes has been making dinners for the last 37 years in Paris. The magazine is a collection of interviews and stories of bright, creative people from around the world, that open their homes to the public, to make different activities about gastronomy, art and design that anyone can visit and in doing so, become a part of the community. Openhouse is also a guide to their secret loved places in their towns, and some favourite recipes. a lovely concept, and a very lovely magazine. you can find it online right here, and in shops worldwide. cheers!

outdoor space featured in OPENHOUSE magazine / sfgirlbybay

minimalist bedroom in OPENHOUSE magazine / sfgirlbybay

wood pallet bed featured in OPENHOUSE magazine / sfgirlbybay

living room featured in OPENHOUSE magazine / sfgirlbybay

black and white tile living room featured in OPENHOUSE magazine / sfgirlbybay

good reads: OPENHOUSE magazine. / sfgirlbybay

OPENHOUSE magazine dinner party / sfgirlbybay

OPENHOUSE magazine / sfgirlbybay

rooftop featured in OPENHOUSE magazine / sfgirlbybay

living space featured in OPENHOUSE magazine / sfgirlbybay

haning kitchen linens in OPENHOUSE magazine / sfgirlbybay

OPENHOUSE magazine jazz show / sfgirlbybay

barn dining space featured in OPENHOUSE magazine / sfgirlbybay

friday finds.

pink velvet sofa with cushion / sfgirlbybaymustard yellow velvet pillows / sfgirlbybaypink comforter with mustard yellow velvet pillows / sfgirlbybayvelvet mustard yellow sofa, tufted pink sofa and colorful shag pillows / sfgirlbybayplush velvet throw pillows / sfgirlbybay

annie is still on hiatus, so this week’s friday finds have been left in my hands. and today, we’re feeling rather warm and fuzzy. even plush, if you will. i love a soft, velvety pillow or sofa in a bold, rich color — something tufted perhaps, so you can curl up and feel extra fancy being a couch potato. happy friday everyone, hope you have a comfy rest this weekend, xo victoria

Top to bottom, left to right:

  1. plush pink velvet sofa, via the citizenry studio.
  2. i love Leslie Williamson’s house in San Francisco photographed by Brian Ferry, via freunde von freunden.
  3. mustard colored velvet sofa’s via remodelista and casa del caso.
  4. pretty tufted velvet pink sofa from bddw.
  5. west elm’s mongolian lamb pillow covers.
  6. plush velvet throw pillows on white, via fantastic frank.

whitewashed working space.


sara medinalind photography.

i’m over the moon excited because this week i had my home studio floors painted white and i’m almost ready for the reveal. i’ve been wanting white floors since before the stone age, and i’m thrilled to finally have my own space so i can make that happen. i want to keep my studio space really minimal — just my mum’s old antique farm table as my desk, a great looking desk chair (on the hunt for that one!) and this vintage long, low walnut bench i have for storing magazines and books. i may put my white armoire back in there, but i love the idea of keeping it really open and spare so that if i need to shoot in there it’s ready to go — an instant photo studio with white walls and whitewashed floors! here’s some looks that have been inspiring me for a long while (i’ve got a pinboard dedicated to this idea)! i can’t wait to share how it turns out. hurry up, floors — dry, dry, dry!

white cinderblock walls and white desk and chair / sfgirlbybay

camellia fiber company.

white ceiling and floors with wood desk / sfgirlbybay

studio rum.

white indoor/outdoor studio space / sfgirlbybay


white work spaces / sfgirlbybay

remodelista; Dana van Leeuwen ; gen by design trestle table; janne peters photography.

white washed work space and art / sfgirlbybay

silke bonde via the poster club.

white creative work space / sfgirlbybay


whitewashed concrete wall and desk / sfgirlbybay

le style.

art prints above white desk and chair / sfgirlbybay

affiches marci.


sugar and cloth studio space.

at home in the hague.

modern white townhouse featured in vtwonen / sfgirlbybay

home to illustrator saar manche, i’m in love with this lovely townhouse in the hague recently featured in vtwonen. i think if i could choose just one architectural feature to add to my home, it just might be double-wide doors like these that lead from the living room to the dining room. it just makes for such a romantic, and dramatic entrance. i love how they’ve decorated in such a homey, and somewhat whimsical way, with saar’s artwork and painted furniture pieces adding a welcome personal touch. it was a happy accident to discover saar’s work, as well — you can see more of it on her website, and following on instagram.

home tour of illustrator saar manche / sfgirlbybay

home of illustrator saar manche. / sfgirlbybay

tour the home of illustrator saar manche / sfgirlbybay

unique vintage mirror and lamp / sfgirlbybay

hand-painted furnishings in saar manche's home / sfgirlbybay

vintage furnishings in saar manche's home / sfgirlbybay

modern kitchen in illustrator saar manche's townhouse / sfgirlbybay

hung photo prints / sfgirlbybay

bedroom in saar manche's townhouse featured in vtwonen / sfgirlbybay

hand-painted cabinet in saar manche's townhouse featured in vtwonen / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Louis Lemaire courtesy of vtwonen.


shades of pink and green. / sfgirlbybay

shutter australia; aaron tilley.

i really love identifying what i think might be trending connections. i’ve been noticing this colorblock 80’s vibe popping up all over the place — from prada’s latest collection to dulux’s color trends for the year it’s a pastel world, people. pantone’s colors of the year turned out to be pale pink (quartz) and blue (serenity) and those shades paired are just everywhere. it’s an eighties revival — here’s what i mean.

pastel color collections. / sfgirlbybay

prada; dulux color trends via the design chaser; honestly wtf.

2016 bright pastels / sfgirlbybay

viviane restaurant, avalon hotel, via california home & design; inez daily; julia kostreva’s mon petit notebook via founders & followers; desert ro on vsco grid.

pastels in fashion and decor / sfgirlbybay

lake como home via passion shake; Interior stylist Saša Antić; lardini blazers via mugen style; and j moon.

bright pastels used in interior design and fashion / sfgirlbybay

sansovino via women’s wear daily; dulux color of the year; home life; prism knitwear via grid theme shopify.