wear this there: peonies paris.

flowers for sale in paris shop. / sfgirlbybay

roll your eyes in our direction, but yes this is yet another paris-based wear this there! it’s not our fault the city has an overwhelming abundance of cute cafes. peonies paris may be the most swoon-worthy yet though — with a founder that fulfills all our french girl beauty desires, and a concept that’s so simply perfect the whole world wishes they thought of it first. peonies is a café and flower shop concept brimming with fresh provincial blooms and little bites. it’s only appropriate that we pull from some of the best Parisienne brands such as rouje, and wannabe ones like the seattle-based french girl organics beauty line. nail the coquettish style with the perfect woven tote and laissez-faire attitude that allows one to spend all afternoon in a coffee shop (no one’s judging). this week’s read this there is a charming petite novel we’ve heard about but are only just now digging into — the little paris bookshop. it is sure to set the tone.

~ michaela d’artois, vérité published.

french inspired outfit. / sfgirlbybaywear this there: peonies paris. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: rouje matis dress; zara embroidered high heel sandal; darner solid nude mesh socks; odeme cinque terre nail polish; odette kaj earrings; read this there the little paris bookshop by nina george; french girl organics facial polish; anthropologie Classic Pastels Bandana; palorosa eucalyptus green tote bag.

peonies paris cafe and shop. / sfgirlbybay

floral arrangement for sale in paris. / sfgirlbybay

flowers for sale at peonies paris. / sfgirlbybay

green vases and jars on wood shelves. / sfgirlbybay

geometric woven light fixture. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior: peonies paris. / sfgirlbybay

peonies paris interior. / sfgirlbybay

gold and green tablewares on white cart. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via Eve Campestrini for the the socialite family.

desk set.

white office nook with vintage wood desk. / sfgirlbybay

okay, i’ll admit it. i do miss my home office a little bit more than i thought i might now that i’ve turned it into a guest room. i’m aching to find a sweet spot for some kind of desk where i can place bills, paperwork and to-do lists and all the other little day-to-day stuff that piles up (presently on my kitchen counter). but what i need is something discreet — a desk within my living space that doesn’t scream ‘OFFICE!’. so while i’m working that out — where to put it, where, oh where? — i’m finding lots of inspiration on personal spaces with functioning desks that seamlessly blend right in.

long wood table with drawers and short stool. / sfgirlbybay

black and white portrait in modern desk area. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring home office spaces. / sfgirlbybay

black and white desk area. / sfgirlbybay

white desk area with windows, / sfgirlbybay

modern office decor. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring home office space. / sfgirlbybaybright home office area with fiddle leaf fig plant. / sfgirlbybay

modern inspiring home office nook. / sfgirlbybay

furry modern chair and vintage wood desk. / sfgirlbybay

vintage wood desk and red vintage chair. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern office area. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits in order of appearance: made by uss; cate st. hill; est living; loeffler randall; design within reach; anne claire rohé; jade and alden; elle decoration; hunch; est magazine; frency fancy; House of Plants book via the future kept; brooke testoni; brie williams photography; atelier rue verte; jessica comingore.

lighting that makes the space.

ivory pendant lamp with oversized shade. / sfgirlbybay

as these images demonstrate, lighting can really make or break a room. the right light can add drama or make a bold statement. i noticed when i was europe their use of an eclectic mix of lighting and how it really impacted my mood. one room i stayed in had probably five different lighting fixtures and not one matched, and yet it all worked fabulously together. i went hunting on chairish for some killer lighting and was not disappointed. i’m still on the search for a perfect fixture in my bathroom and favorited a bunch of potentials as well as some lighting ideas you might like. here’s a few i love.

Chairish vintage lights. / sfgirlbybay

my chairish favorites: 1. Blown Glass Onion Cage Pendant; 2. Wicker & Brass Wall Sconce; 3. Mid-Century Fiberglass Shade Hanging Church Light; 4. Bohemian Wicker Floor Lamp; 5. Luxus Uno & Östen Kristiansson Pendant Lamp; 6. Vintage Black Tole Extending Wall Lamp; 7. Spanish-Style Brass Chandelier; 8. a pair of 1950s Bent Rattan Lamps.

tall white ceilings with glass pendant lamp. / sfgirlbybay

black vintage task lamp. / sfgirlbybayvintage lighting. / sfgirlbybaymid-century modern white lamp. / sfgirlbybaymodern living room with unique lighting. / sfgirlbybaylong black wall light. / sfgirlbybaywall sconce with multiple lights. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits in order of appearance: civico quattro; gravity home; schottlander; architectural digest; lonny; stylist shannon fricke; rue magazine; louis poulsen lamp by pia winther; the socialite family; palette; 9798.

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.

my bathroom remodel reveal.

my bathroom remodel with Kohler. / sfgirlbybay

at long last, i’m finally able to say the bathroom remodel is complete, and ready to share with you. i couldn’t be more excited about how it turned out, and honestly, i may be spending much more time than necessary primping and just luxuriating in here. so, to proceed — you may remember i partnered with Kohler for a makeover and shared the before a while back — the bathroom was tiny and narrow and now, well it’s silly-big, and i love it. i really encourage you to look at the before to appreciate the change! i was going for a relaxed, kind of coqui coqui vibe but with a bit of sophistication, so i started with the finish of my faucets: Kohler’s Artifacts faucet collection — which are a beautiful oil rubbed bronze with a rich black sheen to them. the finish of this dark Artifact collection was the perfect starting point and inspiration for the design of the bathroom, and pairs really beautifully with a gray and white color scheme.

bathroom remodel reveal featuring kohler. / sfgirlbybay

Kohler’s Artifacts faucet with black framed mirror. / sfgirlbybay

my bathroom makeover reveal with kohler. / sfgirlbybay

i knew i wanted Kohler beautiful black damask vanity and matching mirror for a dramatic, vintage-modern black and white look. so we then painted all the walls and trim Benjamin Moore’s oxford white and to match the vanity, we painted the bathroom door Benjamin Moore onyx black. the damask vanity is not only pretty but so functional, too. i was working with just a pedestal sink before, with nowhere to stash all my makeup and bathroom accouterment and now i have not only 6 drawers with cool dividers and organizers but under the sink, another roll-out drawer and electrical outlets — because maybe no one despises cords more than i do! i stash my electric toothbrush, blow dryer and flat iron under there and it’s a thing of beauty to not have to see those cords!  we used the serif drop-in sink with the Artifacts faucet with lever handles and sink spout with column design it couldn’t be prettier.

black vanity with Kohler’s Artifacts faucet. / sfgirlbybaywood drawers in black bathroom vanity. / sfgirlbybay my bathroom remodel reveal. / sfgirlbybayclé hex cement tiles in charcoal. / sfgirlbybay

for the floors i partnered with Clé tiles and chose their gorgeous hex cement tiles in charcoal with a light gray grout and they look so beautiful with Kohler’s insanely luxurious sunstruck freestanding bath. this may be the largest tub i’ve ever had and i chose the biggest picture window i could find to place right above it. it feels a bit like i’m bathing outdoors, and because the lot next to my house is empty and full of trees it’s completely private (save for the squirrels and bluejays) so bubble baths take on the feeling of a spa retreat, especially with the reclaimed wood caddy i added for candles (and naturally, a glass of wine). above the bath in the center of the room, i found a vintage Venetian glass pendant lamp on etsy in keeping with my coqui coqui vibe.

my kohler sunstruck freestanding bath. / sfgirlbybay sunstruck freestanding bath with artifacts collection faucet via kohler. / sfgirlbybayvintage Venetian glass pendant lamp via etsy. / sfgirlbybayblack and white bathroom with vintage Venetian glass pendant lamp. / sfgirlbybay

in the shower, we used these stunning Clé tiles’ zellige white weathered hex which is such a nice contrast to the black rubbed bronze Artifacts Hydrorail shower column. with this shower column my contractor didn’t have to go behind the wall to reconfigure the plumbing so we were able to save some of my budget and add a little built-in nook for my shampoo and soap and used pretty revel glass doors for a really open look — it too feels almost like an outdoor shower with the view of the trees outside!

shower with Clé tiles' zellige white weathered hex. / sfgirlbybay Clé tiles' zellige white weathered hex in shower with wood table. / sfgirlbybaymy bathroom remodel with Parachute bath towels. / sfgirlbybaySF_BathroomRemodel-39

i also designed this spacious storage alcove with an arched top — i wanted something unique and in fitting with the design — not just your basic cabinets and i thought the curved arched nook would be pretty. i’ve stocked it with a ton of the softest Parachute bath towels in mineral and white. looks so lovely, if i do say so myself! oh, and we designed the black cabinet with deep 36″ drawers that pull out. so handy!

SF_BathroomRemodel-17bathroom remodel reveal. / sfgirlbybay woven rope basket for hand towels. / sfgirlbybay

lastly, le toilette! i chose this pretty white pedestal based memoirs classic comfort toilet from Kohler and we created its own little privacy nook with a pony wall. we also added the Artifacts hotelier and towel bar to hang more pretty Parachute hand towels for guests, and i hung my favorite 34c print from permanent press editions. i’m still on the fence about some of the other artwork i’ve hung, but i’m always on the flea market hunt for just the right pieces so that may change. i may also add a tree of some kind in the corner, but for now, i like the simplicity of the room and bringing the outdoors in through the big glass window. i hope you like it as much as i do!

parachute home bath towels in black and white bathroom. / sfgirlbybay34c print from permanent press editions. / sfgirlbybay

remodel resources:

Kohler: all bathroom fixtures/vanity/sink/shower/bathtub + toilet.
Benjamin Moore: all paint, oxford white and oynx black.
Clé tile: zellige white weathered hex + hex cement tiles in charcoal.
Parachute: towels + bath rug in white and mineral.

• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.

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simple restraint.

simple white vignette. / sfgirlbybay

after staying in that beautiful lisbon apartment, i came home and kind of went ‘ugh’. not that i don’t love my home, because i very much do, but man, do i have a lot of ‘stuff’! living those few days in lisbon in a very simple, but also quite stunning apartment taught me that i honestly just do not need so much of these things that surround me. my books — they’re not going anywhere, but some of the collectibles i hoard are bound for a new life elsewhere. i just felt a little claustrophobic coming home to a much less simpler space. i don’t need a knick knack on every surface! these spaces inspire me, too — they show tasteful restraint in all the right places. time to do a little paring down, i’m afraid. i’m not saying it’s going to be easy, mind you — i love so much of what i’ve collected, but a little less won’t hurt me!

light and sunny room with bamboo chair and foot stool. / sfgirlbybay

simple white living room with black and wood details. / sfgirlbybay

vintage brass framed mirrors. / sfgirlbybay

colorful pillows in various shapes on white sofa. / sfgirlbybay

simple white mantel with knick knacks. / sfgirlbybay

simple white bedroom with tall ceilings and windows. / sfgirlbybay

white walls and modern dining area. / sfgirlbybay

black and white decor on mantel. / sfgirlbybay

light white space with built in benches and black ceramics. / sfgirlbybay

dark portrait painting on wood nightstand in white bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

vintage seascape in simple dining area. / sfgirlbybay

task lamp on ornate bedside table in white bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

image credits in order of appearance: jessica comingore for TÊTE-À-TÊTE & PLATE; lisa olsson; lisa hackwith; Sézane Maison Illana Mirrors; mujer magica; a merry mishap; elin kling; brad swartz architects; tom delavan; san giorgio hotel by my paradissi; camayofi; this is glamorous.