neutral ground.

stockholm real estate via fantastic frank / sfgirlbybay

isn’t this such a calming, neutral space? featured (for rent!) on real estate site fantastic frank, it’s a charming apartment in Södermalm, a district and island in central Stockholm. i’m in love with that lovely terrace garden, the whitewashed wood floors, and the simple Scandinavian furnishings — especially those unique dining chair backs. for the full tour (just in case you’re looking for a spot to live in stockholm!) visit fantastic frank.

living room decor in fantastic frank rental / sfgirlbybaykitchen in home for rent via fantastic frank / sfgirlbybaywindow in kitchen dining area / sfgirlbybayopen wood kitchen shelving and white cabinets / sfgirlbybayframed art on white wall with chair and throw blanket / sfgirlbybaygarden terrace in stockholm apartment for rent via fantastic frank / sfgirlbybayfantastic frank styled stockholm rental / sfgirlbybayfantastic frank styled stockholm rental / sfgirlbybaywhite hallway in fantastic frank styled rental / sfgirlbybaynuetral bedroom decor / sfgirlbybayff12bathroom styling by fantastic frank / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of fantastic frank.

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when you’ve got the blues.

low teal sofa with blue wall / sfgirlbybay

the nice stuff collector.

i’ve a got a wee case of the blues these days. anyone else? there’s so much divisiveness in the air after our election and i worry about it — i just can’t seem to shake it. but i’m trying to have faith and feel empowered by so much positive action being taken around the country by so many groups — especially on behalf of rights for women and the disenfranchised. no matter how you voted, half the country voted the other way, and that is telling in itself. so i’m trying to keep openminded and wish well for our country. and i’m really hoping my upcoming trip to cuba, and its bright, colorful landscape, will help me to turn this frown upside down. until then, i’m drawn to the moody mix of cool and warm blues in these rooms and the calm and cozy feeling they create.

white walls with pops of blue decor / sfgirlbybay

elle decoration (above + below).

gray wall with light blue throw pillows / sfgirlbybay

dark blue mid-century modern style chair / sfgirlbybay

dust jacket.

gray blue tall cabinet / sfgirlbybay

ikea pax hack via domino.

light blue walls / sfgirlbybay

tine k home.

blue home decor / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: free people; home & delicious; cote maison; vogue living; bo bedre; j ingerstedt photography; jm projects; a piece apart.

dark blue curtains / sfgirlbybay

yatzer.

gray blue walls and rattan home furnishings / sfgirlbybay

daily dream decor.

tufted blue settee / sfgirlbybay

cassandra ellis design.

blue window trim / sfgirlbybay

madame stoltz.

blue green kitchen wall paint / sfgirlbybay

vtwonen.

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scandinavian-inspired hostess gifts.

scandinavian inspired hostess gifts / sfgirlbybay

sometimes it’s difficult to surprise loved ones with just the perfect gift, and i like to put a little thought into my holiday presents and hostess gifts — with so many parties this time of year, it’s nice to bring something unique to the event to thank a hostess properly. i like to give vintage gifts that i know my friends and family will really cherish — things that they like to collect, like vintage kitchen wares, or ceramics, even scandinavian home accessories. i went hunting on chairish for affordable hostess gifts and found a slew of vintage ideas. here’s just a few of my very favorites.

1. Mid Century Woven Rattan Magazine Rack; 2. Bauer Bursche Olive Green Ceramic Pitcher; 3. Yellow Cathrineholm Lotus Saucier Pan; 4. Green Studio Pottery Bottle; 5. Mid-Century Cast Iron Fondue Pot with Teak Handle; 6. Vintage Russel Wright Salt & Pepper Shakers; 7. Danish Teak Ice Bucket with Copper Scoop; 8. pair of Natural Wood Danish Modern Candleholders; 9. Stangl Leaf Shaped Pottery Bowl; 10. Cathrineholm Yellow Lotus Dutch Oven Casserole.

• 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.

fiberglass chair giveaway from modernica.

mid-century modern home furnishings / sfgirlbybay

dwell.

i love a case study fiberglass chair probably more than any chair ever designed – it’s comfy and a classic with beautiful lines. i could happily have one in an assortment of colors, and display them proudly as a collection. the the mid-century modern treasure can be found in a variety of yummy rainbow colors at modernica. to celebrate the beauty of this chair, we’re giving away a case study fiberglass rocker or any fiberglass chair of your choice.

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to enter to win an fiberglass chair of your choice from modernica, simply:

• pin one of your favorite fiberglass chairs to your pinterest account.

• comment below, letting us know you’ve pinned one of your favorite fiberglass chairs.

• please comment by tuesday, november 22nd 12pm PST.

• as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.

• yay! this giveaway a case study fiberglass chair is available worldwide, but free shipping to the winner only applies to the continental U.S.. please be aware if you should win and live out of the U.S. you will need to pay shipping costs.

• we’ll announce a winner selected by random number generator on my twitter account the week of november 28th, so be sure and follow along.

natural wood beamed ceiling in modern studio with cream eames case study chair / sfgirlbybay

design milk.

moroccan area rug in modern living room with white eames chair / sfgirlbybay

cote maison.

inspiring modern decor / sfgirlbybay

apartment therapy.

orange fiberglass eames chair / sfgirlbybay

living agency.

studio tour / lark and arrow.

lark + arrow founder home tour / sfgirlbybay

i first met grace of lark + arrow at a meet and mingle that she co-hosted with the creative gals at makers mess. a recent transplant from portland, oregon, grace jumped right into the creative community here in los angeles, sharing her love for all things handmade. while in oregon and in search of fellow creatives, she founded CYL (craft your life), an online resource for female creatives and makers that provides relevant resources and a supportive community. i got to stop by her los angeles home studio for a peek into her daily work and cozy aesthetic. you can become a part of the CYL community yourself, follow along on instagram for information on her curated handmade markets, and of course get a behind the scenes look at her gorgeous weaving work at lark + arrow.

lark + arrow wall weavings and hanging plant / sfgirlbybay lark + arrow founder grace at home / sfgirlbybay

were you working elsewhere before leaving to start your business?
yes! I was working in post-production photography. I had a whole six month plan of how I was going to transition out of that at the start of 2017. Quite literally banking on holiday sales to offer the security I needed to make the leap. But my plans were foiled when I suddenly didn’t have a job late Summer. I was totally unprepared and panicked, but it ended being the best possible thing for myself and both my businesses.

was your new path motivated by a particular creative need or personal goal?
at that point I had been running CYL for 1.5 years, and Lark + Arrow for about one year. I felt that I was spread very thin and straddling this line that made it difficult to be immersed in a way that would actually move my businesses forward. Plus my mental and emotional health was taking a beating! So the idea of making this my full time was motivated by creative and personal needs. I needed less on my plate so I could more fully give to what I felt important while still finding personal time to recharge. I also needed time where I didn’t feel pressured and was allowed to create without restrictions or tasks burdening me.

houseplants in woven baskets and ceramic pots / sfgirlbybaylark + arrow handmade wall decor / sfgirlbybaywall weaving in progress / sfgirlbybaystudio tour with lark + arrow. / sfgirlbybay

did you receive any particular advice that stood out when starting your own business?
at the time this advice was lost on me, but I’ve come to appreciate it and apply it regularly now! Learn to clock out! Step away from emails, work, your desk. Create a differentiation between your work life and your ‘you’ life.

where do you gain fuel that inspires your creative endeavors?
i’m lucky to have such incredibly kind and talented creative friends. They are doing wonderful things and watching their journeys pushes me to rise up with them. It keeps challenging myself and exploring new ways to approach my medium.

lark + arrow wall weaving in progress / sfgirlbybaylark and arrow founder grace in her home. / sfgirlbybaywood and rope wall hanging by lark + arrow / sfgirlbybayassorted houseplants in lark and arrow studio / sfgirlbybay wall weavings by lark and arrow on wood branches / sfgirlbybayfounder of lark + arrow weaving / sfgirlbybay

what was the most unexpected aspect of putting together your business?
when you work a regular job and have to clock in and out, typically you are assigned one role. When you run your own business, especially in the beginning when you are the ENTIRE business, you have to wear EVERY hat. Which has surprisingly been one of my favorite aspects of being an entrepreneur. Growing up my future career aspirations changed from week to week. The idea of being just one of those things seemed unacceptable. But now I find from hour to hour I can take on a different role-designer, counselor, photographer, writer — the list goes on!

what kind of vibe did you have in mind while designing your studio space?
i like blank canvas spaces. Spaces that at a moment’s notice I can ‘customize’ to  suit my mood. So plants, textiles, ceramics, basically things are that mobile! I take my plants very seriously, which is evident upon looking at my Instagram. And since I can’t always be with my dear maker friends, I try to surround myself with their handmade goods.

what are some of your work tools that you can’t live without?
one of my favorite things about my medium, is that I always have my tools with me! All of my work is hand-knotted. Which is great, because I’m a very tactile person so I love to get in there and get really handsy with my work! I also always keep an assortment of combs nearby. I have a love affair with fringe and the combs are a great way to create beautiful texture within the rope.

handmade lark and arrow wall decor / sfgirlbybaylark and arrow studio tour. / sfgirlbybayhanging plant in ceramic pot in lark and arrow studio. / sfgirlbybaylark and arrow wall decor in studio. / sfgirlbybay

what are the top three things someone should consider before changing careers or starting their own business?
make sure you are passionate about your business. The amount of work that comes along with being an entrepreneur is not for the faint-hearted, and without passion, it will be very hard to pull through those insane no-sleep work weeks! Also, learn to be disciplined and manage your time. It’s easy when you work from home to let lunches become four hour Netflix binges… Lastly, have you come up with an actual game plan? I highly suggest writing a business plan so you have a clear map of where you are going.

what do you currently have playing on the studio’s turntable?
serge Gainsbourg Histoire de Melody Nelson and Belle & Sebastian The BBC Sessions are currently on rotation.

lark and arrow bohemian modern home decor / sfgirlbybay

• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.