good reads: elle decor south africa.

elle decor south africa | sfgirlbybay

the current issue of elle decor south africa is bursting with color! pow, bam, kaboom-like color! and not just one feature — there are several home tours in the april-may edition of elle decor south africa including a fantastic west london home photographed by michael paul, a cape town home by greg cox and jenny brandt of dos family, who shot her own beautiful home in sweden. all of these homes are full of bold inspiration. check out the full issue of elle decor south africa (i read it on zinio) for more – it’s a fantastic read!

elle decor south africa | sfgirlbybay

elle decor south africa | sfgirlbybay

elle decor south africa | sfgirlbybay

elle decor south africa | sfgirlbybay

elle decor south africa | sfgirlbybay

elle decor south africa | sfgirlbybay

elle decor south africa | sfgirlbybay

• photos by michael paul; greg cox; and jenny brandt for elle decor south africa.

before and after in alphabet city.

alphabet city | sfgirlbybay

this has got to be one of the best makeovers i’ve ever seen. prop stylist Anthony D’Argenzio and his fiancée’s second-floor walk-up in new york’s alphabet city is virtually unrecognizable from its former self. featured on lonny and photographed by emily johnston, this beautiful home once belonged to an elderly woman with an affinity for pink plastic-covered furniture. you have got to look at the before and after slideshow. anthony who runs his own styling and event business zio & sons definitely has an eye — now it’s a stunning vision of eclectic sophistication with exposed white brick walls and a collection of well-loved vintage finds discovered on ebay, craigslist and even discarded street treasures — a man after my own heart. i’m never too proud to dumpster dive! have a look at the whole completely impressive makeover on lonny.

alphabet city | sfgirlbybay

alphabet city | sfgirlbybay

alphabet city | sfgirlbybay

alphabet city | sfgirlbybay

alphabet city | sfgirlbybay

alphabet city | sfgirlbybay

alphabet city | sfgirlbybay

• photos by emily johnston for lonny magazine.

Friday Finds

friday finds | sfgirlbybay

1. A delightful treat free of dairy, gluten, and guilt
2. The dynamic layout of this Kyoto family home
3. Simple florals to start the spring
4. This beautiful black and white bedroom
5. The breathtaking work of mA-style architects
6. Nina Holst’s minty fresh dining area
7. Nordic Leave’s Instagram compositions
8. A house called Love, and rightfully so
9. Sea salt chocolate chip cookies. Enough said.

Happy Friday,
Annie

instant inspiration | laure joliet.

laure joliet on instagram | sfgirlbybay

this week on instant inspiration i’d like to introduce you to one of my personal favorite photographers and instagrammers, laure joliet. you’ve probably seen her around, her work keeps popping up in all kinds of beautiful places, like the new york times, and decor8′s new book, decorate with flowers — and i was lucky enough to have laure shoot my home for that book. i love her instagrams for their moody, very california-vibe. i can almost instantly recognize one of laure’s shots by the light she captures before i even confirm it’s hers. laure also recently shot bri emery’s bedroom makeover which i collaborated on — i can’t wait to share those pics coming up soon! in the meantime, here’s some of her beautiful instagrams. you can follow her at @ljoliet, and for more of her lovely work, visit her website.

laure joliet on instagram | sfgirlbybay

laure joliet on instagram | sfgirlbybay

laure joliet on instagram | sfgirlbybay

laure joliet on instagram | sfgirlbybay

laure joliet on instagram | sfgirlbybay

laure joliet on instagram | sfgirlbybay

laure joliet on instagram | sfgirlbybay

laure joliet on instagram | sfgirlbybay

laure joliet on instagram | sfgirlbybay

laure joliet on instagram | sfgirlbybay

laure joliet on instagram | sfgirlbybay

• all photos by laure joliet.

california kitchen.

california kitchen | sfgirlbybay

image via lily.

i was having one of those days — those stuck days when ideas just aren’t flowing freely. when that happens i stop everything and take an instagram. i do — i look around and try to find something to inspire me and it’s like a little exercise to get my brain moving again. today, i took this instagram of kumquats on my desk and then i was sort of free-associating with the color orange, and california and then kitchens, and it all just seemed like it could be a fun idea to put together — some fresh clean kitchens and add some citrus images for color. so that’s what this is all about. i love the look of open shelving in a nice, bright white kitchen, with white dishware and pottery, natural wood bowls and bread boards on display. add some fresh citrus and you’ve got a pretty california-inspired kitchen.

california kitchen | sfgirlbybay

smitten studio.

california kitchen | sfgirlbybay

father rabbit via remodelista; and sfgirlbybay.

california kitchen | sfgirlbybay

bailey’s home and garden via freunde von freunden (above + below).

california kitchen | sfgirlbybay

california kitchen | sfgirlbybay

seth smoot; and purevege.

california kitchen | sfgirlbybay

tec petaja.

california kitchen | sfgirlbybay

ash; and rose uniacke interiors.

california kitchen | sfgirlbybay

father rabbit via remodelista.

california kitchen | sfgirlbybay

the yard; and citysage on instagram.

california kitchen | sfgirlbybay

purevege; and dreamy whites.