black + white with style all over.

modern bedroom with black and white printed textiles / sfgirlbybay

schumacher pyne hollyhock chitnz print, via lonny magazine.

i was most inspired by this feature on lonny editor in chief michelle adam’s feminine but bold bedroom. i mean, you’re taking chances when you pair rose chintz and leopard and a polkadot print, am i right? but this works quite beautifully and screams style. she used schumacher’s pyne hollyhock chitnz print to create a gorgeous canopy over her bed, cleverly hung from her ceiling using west elm’s industrial pipe curtain rods (i did this to hide my unsightly washer & dryer in my guest bedroom – works like a charm!). i love this floral print, and noticed etsy shops have loads of it — from the fabric itself to pre-made pillows for those into DDIY (don’t do it yourself). i loved michelle’s bedroom before, too (just below) — prior to the curtains. she still had a lot of prints going on, and her bedroom gallery looked glam, too. i went on the hunt for other black & white inspiration, like anthropologie’s smoky rose wallpaper, the dot tanzania wallpaper from Thibaut design and rifle paper co.’s city toile, which i’d love to find a spot for somewhere in my house. anyway, i guess i’m reevaluating the power of the print these days — for more check out last week’s funky print post.

black and white textiles in lonny magazine editor in chief's bedroom / sfgirlbybay

elements of style book, via am dolce vita. / sfgirlbybay

elements of style book, via am dolce vita.

anthropologie's smoky rose wallpaper. / sfgirlbybay

anthropologie’s smoky rose wallpaper.

bedroom with black and white textiles and colorful framed art / sfgirlbybay

black and white bedroom decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

inspirational black and white decor with pops of pink / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: stylist Pippa Holt’s pink chair paired with a great print; orla kiely’s climbing daisy print; add a dash of pink via domino; gabi burger handpainted this polka dot wall, via the glitter guide; how about a bit of gay paris with anthroplogie’s C’est Magnifique Wallpaper?; you might want to go with blush walls and black accents, like this queen anne blush wallpaper by rifle paper co. from hygge & west; of course, now you’re looking good, via brookebrooke on vsco.

bp3  designer carolina herrera pairs pink with zebra, via architectural digest. / sfgirlbybay

designer carolina herrera pairs pink with zebra, via architectural digest.

a great combination of florals, dots and prints, via bloggai bagis. / sfgirlbybay

a great combination of florals, dots and prints, via bloggai bagis.

rifle paper co.'s black & white city toile. / sfgirlbybay
rifle paper co.’s black & white city toile.

office with tanzania wallpaper from Thibaut design. / sfgirlbybay

waiting on martha is using the tanzania wallpaper from Thibaut design in her office (above & below).

waiting on martha is using the tanzania wallpaper from Thibaut design. / sfgirlbybay

waking up to sunshine.


home design ideas.

do you have a hard time getting out of bed on monday mornings? they can be a bit of a struggle for me. but with Lucy and the sunlight creeping in like clockwork, i’m up and at ’em pretty early most days. if you’re an aspiring early-riser who doesn’t have an impatient pup licking your face awake, you might consider making some changes in your boudoir to allow for more natural light. think sheer curtains, and fresh air always helps me sleep better too — so if you can, leave those windows open.

pretty bedroom windows that let in lots of beautiful light are like nature’s alarm clock. just take a look at these bright bedrooms. with all that gorgeous light flooding in, it would be hard not to rise and shine!




elle decor.


clockwise, from l to r: ruda penny.; the paris apartment.; piazzan.; fiona lynch.srta-pepis.; the design chaser.mademoiselle fiona.


my domaine.


morten holtum for bo bedre.




French By Design via ArkPad.


French By Design via Loof.


inside out magazine.


French By Design via Elle Decoration UK.


My Scandinavian Home via Holly Marder.

at home with ginger founder lisa fontaine.

at home with ginger founder lisa fontaine. / sfgirlbybay

lisa fontaine makes up one half of ginger’s (a very covetable caftan company) business duo. it’s no doubt her style is dynamic, and bright — just take a peek at her designs. that’s why we were thrilled to see a peek into her home photographed by michelle drewes, and ask her a few burning questions about life as a designer and lady of style.

ginger founder lisa fontaine at home. / sfgirlbybay

sfgirl: describe your design style in 3 words:
lisa fontaine: clean, collected, and creative.

sfgirl: what made you jump at the opportunity to start your own line of caftans?
lisa: a caftan perfectly captures the essence of my style, comfortable and stylish with a strong west coast vibe. nan and i wanted to create a dress that was both flattering and comfortable and would work on women of all shapes and sizes. our customers span across all age demographics and we feel super proud to have created something that appeals to so many.

sewing space inside ginger founder lisa fontaine's home. / sfgirlbybay

rocking chair with indigo dyed pillow / sfgirlbybay


sfgirl: where do you source inspiration from? for your home, for your designs?
lisa: my friend’s all have amazing homes that deeply inspire me.  i also search pinterest and home design blogs almost daily. i don’t have just one style i am committed to so i like to keep ideas for living in a desert ranch house, a spanish style hacienda, a parisian apartment, a victorian, etc.  for ginger, nan and i find inspiration in vintage fashion. we both share a love of thrifting and flea markets and want to reinvent some of those old classics, like the caftan, to work for today’s busy woman.

vaulted cathedral ceilings with mid-century modern lights / sfgirlbybay

sfgirl:your most beloved room in your house?
lisa: my living room has always been my fave ever since i laid eyes on it. the cathedral ceilings and floor to ceiling glass is something i never grow tired of.

sfgirl: what do you feel is the most freeing part of pursuing your creative passions?
lisa: it’s very important to me to love my work. i feel that life is way too short to work in a job i am not passionate about. it’s also wonderful to work for myself where i can create my own schedule. my 3 kids are always #1 so i don’t schedule work commitments during the time of day my kids need me. my business partner nan is also a mother so we are understanding that our commitments to our kids come before work.

moroccan area rug in modern living room / sfgirlbybay

red and white artwork above wood topped mantle and fireplace / sfgirlbybay

sfgirl: what do you do to decompress from work, and life in general?
lisa: i love a busy life and hectic schedule, which is a good thing because that’s what i have. however, i do need an hour or two of downtime at the end of everyday which usually involves a movie and a craft project (embroidery, weaving, knitting). i almost always two-time my screen time with a project or reading on another screen. so, even my downtime can be busy. i need to work on that.

sfgirl: if you could be anywhere in the world right now where would you be?
lisa: in a hammam in morocco. i have never been to morocco but i rarely travel back to the same spots i have already been. in my opinion, the world is too big to visit the same place twice. i know i would love it. the landscape, the architecture, the souks and rituals.

wall weaving and modern bench in hallway / sfgirlbybay ginger founder lisa fontaine home tour. / sfgirlbybay

modern kitchen with glass backsplash / sfgirlbybay green glass tile kitchen backsplash / sfgirlbybay

modern bedroom with black and white bedding / sfgirlbybay

hats displayed on wood dresser / sfgirlbybay

photos taped to white wall in kids room / sfgirlbybay

kids room decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

black and white day bed with storage in kids room / sfgirlbybay

• photography by michelle drewes.

friday finds.

metallic accessories and homewares / sfgirlbybay

we’ve really taken a shine to this week’s friday finds — haha, pun intended. forgive me, it’s almost the weekend and i’m getting a little giddy. but i’m seeing a whole lot of shiny objects gracing walls and cabinets in the most unexpected spots — kitchen cabinets? sure, why not. you may not be able to convince me they’re practical — probably not, but they sure do look pretty. shine on! and have a happy weekend, y’all. xo, victoria

metallic bathtub backsplash / sfgirlbybay

  1. metallic credenza makes for the perfect impromptu spot for a bar.
  2. this metallic floor to ceiling bathtub backsplash is quite divine.
  3. this kitchen has got a distinct disco vibe going on.
  4. even if impractical (fingerprints!) i love these metallic-faced kitchen cabinets from dupont.
  5. this brass sink and faucet are inspiring and beautiful, too.
  6. metallic tiles? yes please! i’d disco dance around this kitchen for sure.
  7. a delicate swipe of brass trim looks beautiful with marble countertops.
  8. i love these brass finished kitchen cabinets, too. so smart and stylish looking.

shiny metallic home furnishings and decor / sfgirlbybaymetallic kitchen decor with marble countertops / sfgirlbybaymetallic lower kitchen cabinets / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: palihouse.


perfectly low-key and designed to a T, L.A.’s palihouse in santa monica is calling our names. slip in for a coffee, or cocktail in the masculine-refined atmosphere — might we say just the right amount of rustic for a city girl like us. should you want to extend your los angeles stay, palihouse has three hotel properties: santa monica, west hollywood, and melrose avenue — all equally as charming as the next. for such outings, we suggest a coquettish take on menswear with a laid back suit, and moroccan inspired slides. to keep you from wasting away in such a beautiful scene, one of daniel wellington’s latest time pieces will keep you on track. take 15% off dw products with the code: SFGIRL.
~ michaela d’artois, vérité published.

PH3outfit inspiration for palihouse in los angeles / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: zara roll up sleeve jacket and cropped trouser with front pleat; need supply babouche slides in black; i am very busy tee; kehana clutch bag from anthropologie; steven alan optical monroe sunglasses; and daniel wellington dapper reading in rose gold.

masculine bar decor at palihouse in LA / sfgirlbybay the palihouse los angeles / sfgirlbybay rustic chic bedroom decor at palihotel / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior decor at palihotel / sfgirlbybay

• photos via the palihouse and remodelista.