local + lejos: a $500 giveaway.

black and white printed throw pillows / sfgirlbybay

meet local + lejos — design with intention. local + lejos is a home decor company based in Los Angeles but with homewares from far and wide. they design contemporary and unique handmade home products using traditional techniques with artisans around the world — from Tanzania and Mexico to Guatemala and India. to introduce you to their beautiful, and very inspiring instagram feed, we’re giving away $500 worth of local + lejos handmade collections of your choice!

home decor giveaway / sfgirlbybay

the local + lejos mission is two-fold: provide unique, accessibly priced items so you can shop with purpose (and save on airfare!), while also providing steady employment and empowering women in the developing world. from beautiful blankets, to pillows like the lovelies i’ve featured here; to ceramics, baskets, rugs and table linens — everything is handmade by artisans from around the world.

handmade throw pillows from local + lejos / sfgirlbybay

to enter to win $500 of local + lejos merchandise of your choice, simply:

• follow local + lejos on instagram.

• comment below letting us know you followed on instagram.

• please comment by wednesday, november 18th, 12pm PST.

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

• hurrah, this giveaway is worldwide!

• we’ll announce a winner selected by random number generator on my twitter account the week of november 23rd, so be sure and follow along.

throw pillows from local + lejos on modern outdoor patio / sfgirlbybay

handmade artisan pillows from local + lejos / sfgirlbybay

black and white handmade pillows from local + lejos / sfgirlbybay

• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.

around l.a. / the springs.

modern restaurant downtown los angeles / sfgirlbybay

The Springs co-Founders, Jared Stein and Kimberly Helms, first encountered the Los Angeles Arts District in 2013 while on tour with a Broadway show and knew it would be perfect spot for the community wellness center they had envisioned. They were determined to create an oasis for city-dwellers that lived up to health-conscious lifestyle choices all the while remaining accessible to folks who might otherwise shy away from words like “raw food” and “juice bar,” and opened The Springs in October of 2014.

los angeles eatery with mural and patio / sfgirlbybay

The Springs offers a variety of raw, vegan dishes that don’t necessarily feel vegan. It’s first and foremost delicious and well made food that happens to be vegan. With large garage doors on either end, the aptly named space is filled with ample light and a constant breeze; it’s refreshing and rejuvenating. And between the yoga, wellness center, jazz, restaurant, juices, cocktails, communal work space, outdoor patio and the small shop up front, you really could stay here all day.

modern wood shelving behind restaurant bar / sfgirlbybay

the springs dining room downtown los angeles / sfgirlbybay

modern chairs and rug with paper pendant lamp / sfgirlbybay

modern restaurant bar with green stools / sfgirlbybay

indoor cement planters and plants / sfgirlbybay

bar supplies at the springs los angeles / sfgirlbybay

modern vegan restaurant downtown los angeles / sfgirlbybay

colorful modern furnishings at the springs / sfgirlbybay

rope wall and modern wood table with white bar stools / sfgirlbybay

modern interior of the springs los angeles / sfgirlbybay

don’t call the pattern police.

pattern mixing with accessories and homewares / sfgirlbybay

architectural digest espana.

i don’t think i’ve ever put two, identical matching pillows together on a sofa or a bed, or together on any piece of furniture for that matter. i just think it’s so much more interesting to mix your patterns well, playing off the colors, and mismatched glory of it all. throw in another pattern with an area rug, art print or wallpaper, and it’s even better. no cookie-cutter, expectations for me. i love these rooms, because while they are daring and anything but expected, they’re fun and have a sense of whimsy and humor to them, but done really, really well. so that’s my lesson for the day — break out of the old rut and mismatch a little. be a little playful with your patterns — throw pillows are a great way to start getting adventurous because they’re inexpensive, and you can simply swap out the cushion covers if it’s just not working. no harm done!

mixed pattern vintage living room decor / sfgirlbybay

jenny branson’s home, via rue magazine.

pattern mixing inspiration with wallpaper, rugs and pillows / sfgirlbybay

cole & son wallpaper, via domino; vintage indian bridal dhurrie via abc carpet & home; candi mandi; alhvem, via oh joy!; vintage indian bridal dhurrie, via abc carpet & home; and amber interiors.

bright pops of color mixed with a patterned tile wall / sfgirlbybay

marie claire maison.

pineapple wallpaper with black and white claw foot tub / sfgirlbybay

Christiana Coop of Hygge & West’s home, via lonny.

modern living room with mixed textiles and patterns / sfgirlbybay


eclectic  bedroom decor and wall art / sfgirlbybay


colorful interior design using patterned upolstery and textiles / sfgirlbybay

linda bergroth.

a scandinavian renovation.

scandinavian home rennovation via milk decoration / sfgirlbybay

featured on milk decoration this is the transformation of a 1908 scandinavian home renovated over a three-year period by interior designer Malin Persson and her Italian husband. Together they renovated a home in ruins, everything from plumbing to the electricity and on and on, as you can imagine with such an old home, but kept the integrity and unique charm of the home intact — including that incredibly ornate crown molding. blending their two cultures — swedish & italian, the home is full of family heirlooms and is warm, personal and very eclectic. for the full tour, visit milk decoration.

ornate crown molding in scandinavian home / sfgirlbybay

fiddle leaf houseplant in basket and vintage fainting couch / sfgirlbybay

chic rennovated dining room in scandinavian home / sfgirlbybay

scandinavian home with bronze and brown kitchen decor / sfgirlbybay

dark china cabinet with light glassware / sfgirlbybay

white tile in scandinavian kitchen / sfgirlbybay

single stem flower in glass jar on table / sfgirlbybay

white tile wall in scandinavian home / sfgirlbybay

industrial pendant lamp above creative work space / sfgirlbybay

exterior of scandinavian home featured on milk decoration / sfgirlbybay

paper pom poms in scandinavian kids bedroom / sfgirlbybay

exposed beams and brick wall in scandinavian bedroom / sfgirlbybay

ornate mirror above vintage cabinet with his and hers sinks / sfgirlbybay

vintage inspired scandinavian bathroom rennovation / sfgirlbybay

• Photography by Petra Bindel for milk decoration.

contributors wanted: new paper.

mid-century modern image via norton simon museum / sfgirlbybay

norton simon museum.

okay — i’m starting something new, and i’m hoping to enlist your help — in fact i can’t do it without you! i’ve had this idea brewing for a while now, and i’ve been trying to articulate just how it will unfold. i’m still not 100% on that, but i’d like to get started — because with your contributions, i’d like to start ‘new paper’.

inspirational instagram images / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: hannawendelbo; designlovefest; ariellevey; and tsodov.

my idea is to crowdsource instagram images from you to create a new kind of blog post — i’m calling it ‘new paper’. because my idea is for it to be a new kind of newspaper or journal, each one centered around one specific theme or concept. it could be a place, a color, a memory — i’m going to let this ‘new paper’ flow from ideas you present to me via instagram. i’m not even sure yet how often i’ll run these ‘new paper’ posts, but i’m hoping to post at least twice a month.

autumn instagram image / sfgirlbybay


here’s what i need from you if you’d like to be involved:

– a couple times a month (for now) i’m going to post a hashtag here on sfgirlbybay and on my instagram feed seeking images around a specific subject matter as i mentioned above.

– if you’d like to contribute to ‘new paper’, you’ll submit instagrams pertaining to the subject matter by hashtaging them with the current themed hashtag.

– the first hashtag is #sfgirlautumn.

– then, i’m going to peruse the hashtags for beautiful, creative and thoughtful instagram images that call out to me, and write ‘new paper’ around the images you present to me.

– i’ll use your instagrams and credit you, linking back to your photo. a fun way to find new instagrammers, and find new followers.

– keep in mind that this first hashtag is very subjective. what does ‘autumn’ mean to you? a beautifully decorated home? is it a favorite recipe for your grandmother’s pie? a particular location that evokes autumn for you? a favorite cafe you head to for a warm bowl of soup and fresh baked bread? a favorite sweater or scarf you like to wear when the weather begins to chill? the beautiful light this time of year? so think creatively and surprise me!

– you put the instagrams out there and i’ll gather a handful and write a ‘new paper’ post about those that tug at my creativity.

i’m not even sure what ‘new paper’ is going to look like — it’s an experiment! but i’m excited to give it a try, and i hope you’ll want to dive in with me! ready, set, shoot! and hashtag your images #sfgirlautumn.

color coded glassware / sfgirlbybay

elsie larson.

orange flowers on water / sfgirlbybay

nathan michael.

makeup palette / sfgirlbybay

sibella court.