spotted: jessie black.

spotted: jessie black / sfgirlbybay

it’s leslie from spotted sf and today i’m taking you inside the softest and most sumptuous shop in all of san francisco. and by that, i mean plenty of cashmere and other lovely, luxurious textures. this is jessie black—the boutique name and the proprietress—and you’ll find this gem in the city’s presidio heights neighborhood along sacramento street.

spotted: jessie black / sfgirlbybay

spotted: jessie black / sfgirlbybay

the style aesthetic at jessie black is “less is more.” it is about selecting just a few lavish items for your home that are simple, natural, comfortable, and will continue to be loved and cherished over time. when you walk into the shop, you are invited to touch, try on and wrap yourself in all these beautiful materials. things are laid out so you can fully experience their quality and softness. she even has a cashmere line with infused micro capsules that releases fresh lavender and eucalyptus scents when you rub the material. be sure to experience this when you visit…it’s heavenly.

spotted: jessie black / sfgirlbybay

originally from sydney, jessie has lived and worked in paris, london, new york and monte carlo before moving to san francisco. her style and collection is inspired by all these beautiful and vibrant places, as well her continuous travels around the world. pieces are sourced from everywhere—linens from tuscany, macramé hammocks from columbia, and later this summer she’s off to paris to do more treasure hunting.

spotted: jessie black / sfgirlbybay

spotted: jessie black / sfgirlbybay

in addition to her own line + collaborations with other local and international designers, you’ll also find a collection of antique and vintage pieces mixed in. jessie just celebrated the one year anniversary of her shop and has recently added interior design and home styling to her services. her fluffy pup (and head of customer relations), max, is at the shop each day and he will most likely be the first to greet you.

• all photography by leslie santarina.

a quaint cottage in the forest.

a quaint cottage in the forest / sfgirlbybay

imagine living surrounded by woods and meadows in the middle of a forest, in a charming old red wood cottage. sounds quite nice, doesn’t it? this is the charming home of Angelica and Benny in Lindesberg, sweden. featured in leva & bo, their home is a mix of vintage style meets industrial chic — like lovely natural, wood-beamed ceilings, paired with modern touches like steel and concrete, and a ton of beautiful light streaming in — simply stunning. their beautiful home was built in 1929, surrounded by fruit trees, forest and idyllic open meadows. i love the use of vintage cabinets and shelving, but that child’s bedroom is my personal favorite. all very enchanting, isn’t it?

a quaint cottage in the forest / sfgirlbybay

a quaint cottage in the forest / sfgirlbybay

a quaint cottage in the forest / sfgirlbybay

a quaint cottage in the forest / sfgirlbybay

a quaint cottage in the forest / sfgirlbybay

a quaint cottage in the forest / sfgirlbybay

a quaint cottage in the forest / sfgirlbybay

• photography by carina olander for leva & bo.

it’s the big huge summer giveaway!

sfgirlbybay's big summer giveaway

okay you guys, we’ve been working on this for a while now, but i’m super excited to invite you to join our BIG HUGE SUMMER GIVEAWAY! we’ve compiled a bunch of really great products to keep you cool this summer, and one happy winner is going to win them all! woohoo!! or should i say, cowabunga!?! we are very fortunate to have had all of these very fine folks have sponsored our summer giveaway prizes, and here’s what you’ll win:

sfgirlbybay's big summer giveaway

• a beautiful Hollie and Harrie Sombrilla Beach Shelter of the winner’s choice.

• 32 Popsicles from Goodpops — a month’s supply of all organic healthy goodness!

• a lovely Earth Tu Face Skin Stick to keep your skin nice and hydrated.

• a very restful D of Home Hammock Duracord Rope Hammock in Oatmeal — zzzzz!

• a copy of the Coastal Living’s Beach House Happy Book to read in your hammock.

• 3 cases of 16.9oz Zico Chilled Juice Blends to quench your summer thirst!

• the fabulous AW by Andrea Wong Baguette Beach Bag to stash all your beach supplies.

• a plush Âme Bath Towel to dry yourself off after a cool swim!

the giveaway is now closed and a winner has been announced on twitter. thanks for entering!

to enter to win the entire summer prize package, simply:

• follow @sfgirlbybay on instagram.

• comment here on the blog sharing your favorite summer pastime, by friday, july 24th at midnight pst.

• so sorry, this time the giveaway is for U.S. residents only.

• as always, please be sure to leave a way to contact you via twitter, facebook, your blog or email.

• we’ll announce the randomly selected winner the week of july 27th on my twitter, so be sure to follow along.

Good luck everybody and happy summer from sfgirlbybay!

make mine mismatched.

mismatched dining chairs / sfgirlbybay

a love is blind.

i don’t really care for anything very ‘cookie cutter’. i like decor that is unexpected — a mix of well-loved, cherished, hand-me-down, found pieces that have sentimental value. furniture that you get a little thrill from every time you recall that flea market score, or a flashback for the city you found it. especially dining chairs — it’s almost like you’ve an eclectic mix of dinner guests coming, each one a really unique chair paired with a beautiful dining room table. i went hunting on chairish (appropriately enough!) to find some great, previously loved chairs to show you what i mean. here’s some of my personal favorites.

mismatched dining chairs / sfgirlbybay

mismatched favorites: 1. Antique Berc Antoine Paris Cafe Chairs; 2. set of 4 Thonet Mid-Century Bentwood Chairs; 3. set of 4 Black Original Eames Wire Chairs; 4. set of 4 Coral Ombre Pink Bentwood Cafe Chairs; 5. pair of Thonet Style Ebonized Bentwood Chairs; 6. Vintage Black and Tan Caned Chairs.

mismatched dining chairs / sfgirlbybay

stil inspiration.

mismatched dining chairs / sfgirlbybay

MORTEN HOLTUM.

mismatched dining chairs / sfgirlbybay

rum hemma.

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.

summer soirée.

summer soirée / sfgirlbybay

one thing i’ve noticed about living in L.A. — friends drop by unexpectedly just because they’re in your hood — and i love that. the city is so big, you’ve got to make the most of your driving time! spontaneous hang outs can sometimes be the best, and i’m one of those people who likes to keep the fridge stocked with light snacks and drinks just in case. but i’ve also noticed that a lot of us are trying to keep our weight down, eat healthier and drink less wine and beer. when the weather’s warm it’s kind of nice to drink chilled sparkling water, rather than wine in the hot sun — and it can be so much more refreshing to simply pull out the S.Pellegrino water. I’m the girl at the restaurant that always orders the bubbles when they ask ‘sparkling or still?’ because it’s just such a nice step up from the plain old water that i’m constantly reminding myself to drink more of. and besides, their bottles look very european to me, so an afternoon summer soiré with fresh fruits and veggies, delicious cheeses, charcuterie, and S.Pellegrino takes me back to places like rome and venice where long, lingering lunches were the de rigueur. bon appétit!

summer soirée / sfgirlbybay

summer soirée / sfgirlbybay

summer soirée / sfgirlbybay

summer soirée / sfgirlbybay

summer soirée / sfgirlbybay

summer soirée / sfgirlbybay

summer soirée / sfgirlbybay

summer soirée / sfgirlbybay

summer soirée / sfgirlbybay

• all photos by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.

This post is sponsored by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water.