make my bed zen.

zen white bedroom decor / sfgirlbybay

circa lighting.

each and every one of these rooms have something in common. not just that as i write this i’ve got the monday blues and just feel like crawling under their covers — they’re all just so zen. not much color to speak of, and many of them have an almost rustic vibe — using shiplap or exposed beams and molding gives these bedrooms the feeling of a cozy, but modern cottage. i know joanna and chip gaines of HGTV’s fixer upper have put shiplap on the map, but i’m with them — i’ve always really liked the look and i’m thinking of using it in my bathroom remodel. perhaps tile 3/4 of the way up the wall and shiplap the rest. this post is a great resource if you want to know more about shiplap. in the meantime, i’m through here and gonna go take a nap!

white bedroom with concrete floors and minimal decor / sfgirlbybay

Prue Ruscoe photography for Inside Out magazine.

neutral bedroom decor via home polish / sfgirlbybay


minimalist white bedroom with platform bed and exposed beams / sfgirlbybay

Bohemian Platform Bed from urban outfitters.

white bedroom with shiplap ceiling and minimalist decor / sfgirlbybay

shiplap ceiling via carola before and after.

minimalist white bedroom with bed on floor and bedside stool / sfgirlbybay

once wed.

zen bedroom decor via inside out magazine with painted white walls / sfgirlbybay

inside out magazine.

zen minimalist bedroom makeover / sfgirlbybay

anne sage’s beautiful bedroom makeover.

zen bedroom with exposed ceiling boards painted white and wood floors / sfgirlbybay

made in persbo by carina olander.

small bedroom with ceiling fan and minimalist decor / sfgirlbybay

homes to love.

white bedding in minimalist bedroom with rope bench / sfgirlbybay

pia ulin photography.

rolling right along.

black rolling cart on casters / sfgirlbybay

rolling carts can be a home’s best friend. they’re versatile, useful and have that unexpected chic look that can’t go wrong. sure, you can use these industrial beauties for bar carts, but they can be so much more than that — a great entryway statement piece displaying your favorite collections, a green herb garden or perhaps a rustic rolling library? or, just a very utilitarian cart for your kitchen accouterment. i found quite a few vintage versions on chairish that work well for any of these purposes and favorited them for you.

assorted vintage rolling carts from chairish / sfgirlbybay

my chairish favorites: 1. Vintage Stainless Steel Shelving Unit; 2. Pilastro Perforated Metal Rolling Cart; 3. Red Industrial Rolling Cart; 4. Industrial Metal Rolling Cart; 5. Industrial Rolling Cart; 6. Vintage European Industrial Rolling Cart; 7. Rolling Garden Shelving; 8. Minimalist Graphic Rolling Cart.

black rolling bar cart / sfgirlbybay

rolling bar carts from chairish / sfgirlbybay

rolling bar cart tucked into kitchen corner for storage / sfgirlbybay

small white rolling cart with white dishware / sfgirlbybay

low industrial rolling cart / sfgirlbybay

• 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.

unexpected space saving spots.

white open shelves with books and decor / sfgirlbybay


i think i’m diving in and going to remodel my bathroom & back bedroom. eeek! yikes! it’s kind of a two-step process that i’ll be explaining more about later, but essentially we’ll be knocking out the wall between the tiny bathroom and the back bedroom to make a much larger bathroom — and the back bedroom will become a walk-in closet for my master bedroom (which currently has this small and very horrid makeshift closet).

white open shelves under the staircase / sfgirlbybay

elle decoration.

built-in plaster shelving with book storage / sfgirlbybay

interior junkie.

when we do that, i’m going to have a hallway that ends abruptly where there was once the back bedroom door (i’ll show you floorplans soon), so i’ve been on the hunt for clever built-in shelving ideas for Small Spaces. i’m probably going to design something like these images, just above and below. some plastered recessed shelving, that will look as though it has always been there!

space saving storage / sfgirlbybay

gravity home.

white walls with wood built-in storage shelves / sfgirlbybay

home bunch.

white wall with built-in book storage / sfgirlbybay

interior junkie.

white and wood low bookcases / sfgirlbybay

blood & champagne.

there’s all sorts of ways to create clever storage space where it once never existed. usually, that means going vertical — or up the wall but there are other cool options, too. like using shelving to divide two rooms and delineate the space. low bookcases are good for that — not only do they create cozier spaces, they also provide counter top spaces for displaying your favorite collections, like you see above and below here.

low white shelving with book storage / sfgirlbybay

french by design.

shelf storage and built-in bench storage / sfgirlbybay

coco lapine design.

but when you do go vertical with your storage think up, but also around and over — over doorways and around windows are so great looking but also totally practical. if you’ve got a large room, you have the opportunity to use up some of that space by building out — into the room with all kinds of floor to ceilings bookcases — like i did in my living room. go to town, go vertical and go crazy!

built-in shelving unit with framed photo hung on it / sfgirlbybay

michele andersen photography.

matching chairs and built-in bookcase over doorway / sfgirlbybay

nuevo estilo.

open storage shelves with textiles and handbags / sfgirlbybay

design sponge.

wood magazine rack with modern light fixture and moroccan rug / sfgirlbybay

the design chaser.

black and white decor with built-in white bookcase / sfgirlbybay

design mag.

wall with whilte built-in bookcase displaying a colorful vase collection / sfgirlbybay

vogue australia.

white built-in shelving storage / sfgirlbybay

apartment therapy.

shelf storage with minimal decor / sfgirlbybay

karma stream.

whilte built-in white shelves with minimal decor / sfgirlbybay

the design chaser.

the shutterbugs: jonas ingerstedt.

living room decor photographed by Jonas Ingerstedt / sfgirlbybay

i’ve featured the work of Stockholm-based photographer Jonas Ingerstedt before and i’m a big fan of his use of natural light and simple solutions to create just the right image. i just can’t get enough of his snappy interiors! i came across his recent work for linum’s colorful spring 2016 collection and fell in love not only with these pretty images but the dreamy location (looks like an italian villa!) and sublime styling too. not to mention discovering linum — i’d never seen their textiles shop before, and their new collection is quite lovely!

linum home decor photographed by Jonas Ingerstedt / sfgirlbybay

linum decor photographed by Jonas Ingerstedt / sfgirlbybay

linum home goods photographed by Jonas Ingerstedt / sfgirlbybay

home goods by linum photographd by Jonas Ingerstedt / sfgirlbybay

outdoor furniture by linum photographed by Jonas Ingerstedt / sfgirlbybay

outdoor furnishings by linum photographed by Jonas Ingerstedt / sfgirlbybay

photograph by Jonas Ingerstedt / sfgirlbybay

home decor photogrpahed by Jonas Ingerstedt / sfgirlbybay

linum homewares photographed by Jonas Ingerstedt / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Jonas Ingerstedt.

rio inspired.

bright yellow paint inspired by brazil and the olympics by colorhouse / sfgirlbybay

With the global gaze turned towards Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics, colorhouse paints are celebrating the amazing colors of the region with a brand new, bold and quite smashing paint collection. Introducing the LATITUDE/LONGITUDE PALETTE: BRAZIL — six bright and beautiful new colors inspired by the natural beauty of Brazil. From native flowers to brightly feathered birds, these pretty paint colors were designed in collaboration with Brazilian colorist Fabiane Mandarino. i’ve always loved this palette — especially the pink / green / yellow / plum combo! it reminds me of this pinterest board — color palette no. 1 i put together a while back. bravo, colorhouse — love this idea!

colors inspired by brazil / sfgirlbybay

pink wall paint inspired by brazil / sfgirlbybaybright purple paint inspired by brazil by colorhouse / sfgirlbybaycreative work space painted dark green / sfgirlbybaypaint colors inspired by brazil by colorhouse / sfgirlbybaylilac blue wall paint inspired by rio and the olympics / sfgirlbybayrio inspired paint collection from colorhouse paints / sfgirlbybaywoven baskets hung in front of a bright blue wall / sfgirlbybay