best of: bring back those beach vibes.

sunny room with sophisticated beach vibe via sonja velda photography. / sfgirlbybay

sonja velda photography.

i need a vacation. badly! i can usually tell it’s time for a holiday when i’m immediately drawn to all things beachy on pinterest. i’ve been dreaming of heading back to tulum and realized i’ve been pinning all these images that have that sophisticated beach vibe — and for some reason lately, anytime i see ‘fringe’ — i think beach. i think it must have something to do with those palm frond beach umbrellas lined up along the shoreline in tulum. it was about a year ago that i was there, and i think it may be time to look into trip part two! in the meantime, let’s create our own beach pad, shall we? bring on the fringe and everything else that gets my brain back to the beach.

palm frond umbrella beach vibes. / sfgirlbybay

accessories and homewares with a sophisticated beach vibe / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: sfgirlbybay; passenger via anyone girl; kikette interiors; anna malberg; michaelsonn; the moptopandrew jacona.

sophisticated bedroom with beach vibe via hooked on houses. / sfgirlbybay

hooked on houses.

beachy woven home furnishings via the poetry of material things. / sfgirlbybay

kate young design.


sophisticated beach style. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: skinny laminx; simply photomilk decoration; bontucson; morten holtem photography; child of wildmrandmrscharlie.

beachy bedroom via architectural digest espana. / sfgirlbybay

architectural digest espana.

sophisticated beach decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: elle decoration; maja wyh; vtwonen; all roads design wall hanging; bazaar; meraki greece; west elm striped sheets; jeremy liebman photography.

beachy vibes via architectural digest espana. / sfgirlbybay

architectural digest espana.

beachy bedroom furnishings via indie home collective, / sfgirlbybay

indie home collective.

bathroom remodel begins!


well, i’ve finally gone and done it — i’ve started the remodel on my teeny-tiny bathroom and right now it is very much a construction zone. but i’m very excited for the makeover! i’ve partnered with Kohler to create my dream bathroom and once it’s finished i may never leave — especially the sunstruck tub which is nice and deep for a long soak after a hard day. after perusing their design destination ideas, i was also really inspired by kohler’s artifacts faucet series in oil rubbed bronze — i know so many people are using brass these days, but i wanted something a little different that would stand the test of time. i’m showing you “before” pictures today, as well as my inspiration board and as you’ll see, my existing bathroom is nice, but it is very, very small. i’ve attached a diagram and before photo to give you an idea of just how long and narrow it is. the toilet is tucked behind the bathroom door for extra awkwardness and it’s standing room for one only in there.


so, to try and explain the method to our makeover madness, we’re knocking through the wall where the existing pedestal sink is and into a second bedroom. we’ll be expanding the bathroom to about 140 square feet to accommodate a new glass shower door and freestanding tub. we’ll also be adding the Artifacts Column Bathroom sink spout and sink lever handles to the Serif Self-rimming lavatory 8” centers Bathroom sink which will live in kohler’s batiste black damask vanity with six drawers and two cabinet doors which i’m silly excited about, since as you can see, i have no storage at all and i’ve been using the rolling cart and knit baskets to stash my makeup and bathroom necessities — not ideal at all since i can never find a thing. i’m also using some of Kohler’s drawer organizers and dividers for makeup which are custom fit –and their roll-out appliance holder for blow dryers & flat irons — so handy! we’re also adding the artifacts hotelier and towel bar for extra fresh towel space and we’re putting in a long 5′ x 3′ awning style window high up above the tub — 5 feet up from the floor for lots of light, but loads of privacy since it faces an empty lot full of trees.



i’m going for a black, white and gray kind of coqui coqui-inspired bathroom with kohler’s sleek damask vanity, and we’ll also be hanging the matching damask mirror framed in batiste black. for the floors we’re using beautiful clé tiles on the shower walls and floors. lastly, we’ll have recessed lighting but i’m also adding a vintage-inspired decorative ceiling fixture for the center of the room. i’m so excited for this remodel (and to share the rest of my home remodel with you — including a new walk-in closet and french doors from the master bedroom to the patio). and i’m thrilled to be partnering with Kohler and their beautiful products. stayed tuned in the next two months for the final project reveal!



• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.

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spotted sf: media noche.

spotted sf: media noche / sfgirlbybay

a little bit of cuba and miami just landed in san francisco’s mission neighborhood. introducing media noche, a lovely new fast-casual dining spot offering counter-service cuban food, including warm cubanos, hearty rice and bean bowls, ensaladas and snacks like plaintain chips and ceviche.

spotted sf: media noche / sfgirlbybay

spotted sf: media noche / sfgirlbybay

brought to you by madelyn markoe and jessie barker (both hailing from tres, as well as other popular city spots like tacolicious, nopa and boxing room), media noche packs in plenty of tasty bites and so much style. the space was designed by hannah collins and includes mural art by local street artist fnnch.

spotted sf: media noche / sfgirlbybay

spotted sf: media noche / sfgirlbybay

spotted sf: media noche / sfgirlbybay

from floor to ceiling, there are gorgeous details throughout. be sure to visit the loo—even if you don’t have to. it’s literally bananas in there.

spotted sf: media noche / sfgirlbybay

and save room for a moon bar at the end. these are filled with either guava cheesecake or cafe con leche ice cream. they are super delicious.

spotted sf: media noche / sfgirlbybay

spotted sf: media noche / sfgirlbybay

spotted sf: media noche / sfgirlbybay

media noche is open wednesday through moday from 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM. they are closed on tuesdays.

spotted sf: media noche / sfgirlbybay

• all photography by leslie santarina.

best of: funky town.

brooke holm for inside out magazine. / sfgirlbybay

brooke holm for inside out magazine.

i’ve been pretty reserved thus far this week, sharing loads of neutral looks. but, it’s time to go to funky town. uniquely creative rooms that pair quirky colors and patterns — unexpected layered looks that take quite a bit of bravado to pull off. can you do it? i’d love to try and i’ve been thinking maybe i just go nuts in my guest room. i thought about painting the ceiling a bold color and hanging an unusual chandelier and then adding some seriously mismatched prints on the bed. not sure i’ll ultimately be able to pull it off, but these decorators certainly have nailed it — it’s a very gutsy dorothy draper-esque kinda look. one great way to get this look going is to start with a wallpapered wall and build layers with textiles like rugs and pillows — from there the sky’s the limit. i’m seeing a lot of mixed prints in fashion, too (like the latest collection from gucci), so as often happens in the design world perhaps it’s filtering on down to decor.

colorful bathroom cabinets via inside out magazine / sfgirlbybay

inside out magazine.

colorful decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

pink walls with white washed floors and colorful table / sfgirlbybay

the apartment.

blue and white floral sofa with colorful pillows and blankets via lonny magazine. / sfgirlbybay

lonny magazine.

colorful kitchen wallpaper and decor via domino magazine / sfgirlbybay

domino magazine.

colorful printed textiles in white living room / sfgirlbybay

rue magazine.

colorful graphic chair via rue magazine. / sfgirlbybay

rue magazine.

urban vintage book by ida magntorn. / sfgirlbybay

urban vintage book by ida magntorn.

best of: 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