at home in nashville.

nashville loft / sfgirlbybay

today we’re visiting a charming nashville loft belonging to chelsea who writes the blog fenway journal, her husband jared and their cat, albert. chelsea is 25 years old and works with clothing designer, Elizabeth Suzann, as her Social Media & Marketing Director. the couple lives in the quaint nashville neighborhood of Germantown in a beautiful brick building — a space that in a former life housed a factory that produced canvas bags. they’ve turned the old factory into a beautiful, liveable home with crazy good light (those windows!), cozy nooks, and loft-like sleeping quarters. thanks so much for sharing with us, chelsea!

nashville apartment shelving unit / sfgirlbybay

nashville loft brick walls / sfgirlbybay

bar cart and art in nashville loft / sfgirlbybay

cat and plants and shelves in nashville loft / sfgirlbybay

nook in nashville loft / sfgirlbybay

wood dining table in nashville loft / sfgirlbybay

nashville loft dining area / sfgirlbybay

knives and wine rack in nashville loft / sfgirlbybay

window and exposed wood beams / sfgirlbybay

palo santo and exposed wood beams and bar in nashville loft / sfgirlbybay

flowers in nashville loft / sfgirlbybay

bedroom inside nashville loft / sfgirlbybay

hanging bike inside nashville loft / sfgirlbybay

green wall paint and white bed in nashville loft / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Lauren Anna Mills.

i spy: shades of teal.

wall paint and art in shades of green / sfgirlbybay

doug atkins home, via t magazine.

much like its cool cousin green, deeper darker shades of teal and turquoise are popping up all over the place. it’s a real colorfest out there, people, so you may want to add a dash of your own if you care much about being on trend. i’m not sure i can do it but i know that i certainly admire it from afar. there’s nothing quite like a splash of teal to remind you of far off places — like mexico, morocco or spain. there’s definitely an exotic feel to these rooms, and they’re beckoning me to take a trip.

exotic teal hallway / sfgirlbybay

Cloister Hotel in arles, via milk decoration.

teal home decor / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: vintage chandelier in jewel tone florals + greens by rebekahmadisyn; jose david; homesthetics; design*sponge; royal design studio wall stencil; turquoise tile via hus & hem.

rustic interior with two shades of green paint / sfgirlbybay

elle decoration.

bedroom decor using different shades of green / sfgirlbybay


teal artwork on white wall / sfgirlbybay

Simon Watson for T Magazine.

tea wall in moroccan hotel / sfgirlbybay

moroccan hotel riad el fenn, via lonny.

dramatic teal walls via elle decor / sfgirlbybay

elle decor.

teal clawfoot bathtub / sfgirlbybay


teal striped sofa / sfgirlbybay

min hogg.

teal wall mural / sfgirlbybay

sarah klassen.

clover artisans: a $500 giveaway.

introducing clover artisans. / sfgirlbybay

introducing clover artisans — To live in clover means to live the good life, to live in prosperity, to live in comfort. By supporting their artisans’ crafts and communities, Clover helps make it possible for them to live in clover. with pieces from around the world — like ceramics, throws, pillows and rugs clover embraces the spirit of a modern gypsy, combined with unique handmade style. In constant pursuit of adventure, culture and discovering the unknown, they travel the globe to bring back truly unique designs that embody the spirit of the culture from which it originated, and by purchasing pieces from these artisans helps provide fair market access, fostering economic empowerment.

to introduce you to clover artisans, we’re giving away a $500 gift card towards any merchandise you choose in the shop, and clover is also offering 20% off all orders code SFGIRLBYBAY (through Thursday, February 4th).

clover artisans giveaway. / sfgirlbybay

to enter to win $500 of clover artisans merchandise of your choice, simply:

• follow @cloverartisans on instagram.

• comment below letting us know you followed on instagram.

• please comment by thursday, november 4th, 12pm PST.

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

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

• we’ll announce a winner selected by random number generator on my twitter account the week of february 8th, so be sure and follow along.

clover artisans home goods / sfgirlbybay

clover artisans throw pillows giveaway / sfgirlbybay

clover artisans homewares giveaway / sfgirlbybay

the gutsy ones.

plaid green and black wall paint / sfgirlbybay

florence lopez.

sometimes i spend time looking at rooms that may seem completely over the top, but somehow look just fabulous. they draw me in — mostly with pure admiration for the bravado of the designer. designers like wary meyers, kelly wearstler or jonathan adler take rooms to the edge of their imagination and don’t give a damn what we think — but we usually end up oohing and ahhing. their use of pattern and bold colors may not be something some of us could live with on a day to day basis, but what i like to do is kind of dissect the rooms and cull the ideas i think could work for me, in say perhaps a little less dramatic way — a print or pattern pairing, or a color palette; the use of artwork or a mix of genres. i stumbled upon this great pinboard and discovered some real beauties. here’s to celebrating the extremes and finding the gems that ignite our own creativity.

nytimes decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

the new york times.

architectural digest espana bedroom / sfgirlbybay

architectural digest espana.

nanette lepore's home via abigail ahern / sfgirlbybay

nanette lepore’s home via abigail ahern.

pink bedroom in decor design review / sfgirlbybay

decor design review.

lamp and dining room in nuevo estilo / sfgirlbybay

nuevo estilo.

dining room with pink wallpaper and carpet by brittany ambridge / sfgirlbybay

brittany ambridge.

green bedroom in architectural digest / sfgirlbybay

architectural digest.


lotusland cacti / sfgirlbybay
i grew up in southern california, so i’m not sure why i’ve never heard of lotusland. i discovered this amazing place via diane keaton’s pins and got curious about where this lotusland was — and lo and behold it’s in my own very own backyard in santa barbara — about two hours north of los angeles. lotus land is the historic estate of Madame Ganna Walska, a polish opera singer who up until the last few years of her life, was the feisty, eccentric “head gardener” of Lotusland. she died in 1984, leaving her jewel of a garden to the Ganna Walska Lotusland Foundation.

lotus land estate / sfgirlbybay

“My home in Santa Barbara is known as Lotusland. During the last 25 or more years I have greatly expanded the 40 acres of this property, devoting myself exclusively to establish and increase the already valuable collection with great variety of species, such as Palms, Cycads, etc., from all around the world in a picturesque display and setting.” – Madame Ganna Walska

i don’t know about you, but a pink palace surrounded by cacti is right up my alley, so i’m planning on visiting lotusland and paying homage to madame ganna in the very near future! you can make reservations here.

lotusland cacti garden / sfgirlbybay

pink house and cacti / sfgirlbybay

lotusland cactus / sfgirlbybay

the cactus gardens at lotusland / sfgirlbybay

lotusland / sfgirlbybay