b & b in puglia, anyone?

stunning italian b&b via sight unseen. / sfgirlbybay

i came across this stunning italian b&b on sight unseen, one of my favorite design blogs and instantly added it to my must-visit list. but then their post suggested we might pop over to Masseria Moroseta’s instagram for further ogling and that was when i was really smitten. Masseria Moroseta is a Mediterranean b & b with modern stone farmhouse vibes and views to Ostuni and the sea, set in organic olive fields — the perfect enclave of relaxation and rural simplicity. and you might expect it to be expensive, but quite the contrary — it’s very affordable for this kind of serene and stylish holiday destination, complete with yoga, spa services, and a stunning pool in which to sun oneself. i’m in — ciao!

the pool at Masseria Moroseta. / sfgirlbybayinspiring interior at Masseria Moroseta b & b. / sfgirlbybayinspiring living room of Masseria Moroseta b & b. / sfgirlbybaycommon area at Masseria Moroseta b & b. / sfgirlbybayinspiring interior design at Masseria Moroseta b & b in italy. / sfgirlbybayinspiring interior design via sight unseen. / sfgirlbybayb & b in italy: Masseria Moroseta. / sfgirlbybayblack and white decor inside Masseria Moroseta. / sfgirlbybaybedroom inspiration via Masseria Moroseta b & b. / sfgirlbybaybedroom decor inspiration via Masseria Moroseta b & b. / sfgirlbybayinspiring bedroom decor via Masseria Moroseta b & b. / sfgirlbybayinspiring nook at Masseria Moroseta b & b. / sfgirlbybayceramic jugs on natural wood table at Masseria Moroseta. / sfgirlbybayinspiring details at Masseria Moroseta b & b in Italy. / sfgirlbybayMasseria Moroseta in Italy. / sfgirlbybaywhite exterior of Masseria Moroseta in Italy. / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of salva lópez for Masseria Moroseta.

living simply with plants.

potted cacti and succulents on the floor. / sfgirlbybay

these days it seems one can never have too many houseplants. it’s almost as if plants are the new black. personally, i don’t have a ton of plants on the inside (but plenty to care for on the outside!) and i like my plant life a little dialed back inside. a simple, maybe more sophisticated display of houseplants — for instance all clustered together in one well-lit place so they’ll be sure to thrive, or on the completely other end of the spectrum, just a lone simple plant like a baby fig or an air plant peeking out from somewhere unexpected, or in a pretty glass vessel. simply lovely.

green succulent plants. / sfgirlbybaygreen tree in tall vase. / sfgirlbybaypotted plants in modern black and white home. / sfgirlbybaygreen plants on modern white table. / sfgirlbybaygreen succulent plants on table in front of window. / sfgirlbybaymodern white spaces with green plants. / sfgirlbybaymodern greenhouse like room with plants. / sfgirlbybaypotted plant inspiration. / sfgirlbybayassortment of modern succulent plants in pots. / sfgirlbybaygreen potted tree plants in clay pots. / sfgirlbybayunruly green vine plant. / sfgirlbybayinspiring potted plants in white modern spaces. / sfgirlbybayinspiring plants in clay pots on floor. / sfgirlbybayhouseplat inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: from the book house of plants; Seleriana air plant by @houseofplants; coco lapine design; kim fisher designs; vicente wolf’s home via one kings lane; ferm living plant box via huset; lobster & swan; oxalis via Belle Fleur de Lis; mustaovi; nordic design; my scandinavian home; the eylsian edit; medina lind; architectural digest; stories by me; my unfinished home; vicente wolf’s home via one kings lane; @hkliving.

entertaining with Q Squared: a giveaway.

entertaining with Q Squared dinnerware. / sfgirlbybay

i’m a dedicated member of those of us who love to throw parties, especially a themed dinner party! i think i get it from my mum — the ultimate hostess. recently Q Squared invited me to check out their beautiful collection of melamine dinnerware and throw my own soirée with their Cambridge Rose set in crimson. the pretty dinnerware is inspired by vintage English romance, but i felt an instant Chinoiserie vibe, so i thought what fun it would be to put a bit of a spin on it and throw an exotic dim sum dinner party!

Chinoiserie dinner party with Q Squared dinnerware. / sfgirlbybay

i wanted to give my table a funky edge, evoking Chinese motifs to contrast the more traditional look of the Cambridge Rose pattern and mix it with some black & white stripes, a contrasting floral print tablecloth, chinese paper lanterns and of course, chopsticks to complete that Chinoiserie look. oh, and i hit the flower mart for some hot pink peonies and added some exotic blushing bride proteas as well.

Chinoiserie tabletop decor via Q Squared. / sfgirlbybaycambridge rose dishes from Q Squared. / sfgirlbybay

we served sparkling pink lemonade in Q Squared Aurora Crystal Cut drinkware, an assortment of delicious dim sum and spring rolls on their Cambridge Rose serving platter, and a chopped chinese chicken salad in their serving bowl. perfection! and what’s so nice about Q Squared’s melamine dinnerware and drinkware is that it’s shatterproof, dishwasher friendly and will hold up to years of use and abuse — great for outdoor dinner parties, too, but looks elegant enough to serve inside!

Q Squared cambridge rose dinnerware. / sfgirlbybay

to enter to win a 12-piece Q Squared dinnerware set of your choice and set of 4 Aurora Crystal DOF tumblers, simply:

• Follow Q Squared on Instagram.

• visit 12-piece Q Squared dinnerware set and find your favorite set.

• comment below with a link to the 12-piece dinnerware set you’d like to win, and letting us know you followed on Instagram.

• please comment by tuesday, August 8 at 12 pm PST.

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

• yay! this giveaway is worldwide, however, if a random winner outside the U.S. is chosen they will be required to pay shipping fees.

• we’ll announce a winner selected by random number generator on my twitter account the week of August 14th, so be sure and follow along.

• and just because we love ya, Q Squared is offering a unique reader discount code SFGirlByBay25 that you are welcome to share with friends and family for 25% off their website.

pink floral arrangement for dinner party. / sfgirlbybaypink silk chinese lanterns. / sfgirlbybaycambridge rose dish set from Q Squared. / sfgirlbybayhot pink peony floral arrangement. / sfgirlbybaydim sum dinner party inspiration. / sfgirlbybaylanterns and dishware for dim sum dinner party. / sfgirlbybayQ Squared dishes and bowls in Camridge Rose. / sfgirlbybaycambridge rose dishes and bowls and glassware for dim sum dinner party. / sfgirlbybayCambridge Rose dishes from Q Squared. / sfgirlbybaydim sum dinner party inspiration with Q Squared dishes. / sfgirlbybaydim sum dinner party inspirational decor ideas. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.

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it’s all in the vintage details.

eclectic parisian apartment. / sfgirlbybay

this is the eclectic parisian apartment of wedding dress designer Laure de Sagazan recently featured on the lovely french blog hello hello. you must pop in for the full home tour, but i felt compelled to share all the little details — that je ne sais quoi the french so effortlessly pull together. laura’s family apartment is full of vintage treasures collected from second-hand dealers, and inspired by trips to india — an unexpected mix of everything sentimental — my favorite kind. for the entire tour visit hello hello.

home of wedding dress designer Laure de Sagazan. / sfgirlbybay parisian home tour via blog hello hello. / sfgirlbybay eclectic french dining room via hello hello blog. / sfgirlbybay eclectic mantle via hello hello blog. / sfgirlbybay upholstered bench with throw pillows in eclectic french home. / sfgirlbybay eclectic french home decor via hello hello blog. / sfgirlbybay eclectic home decor via hello hello blog home tour. / sfgirlbybay eclectic vintage decor in wedding dress designer Laure de Sagazan's home. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via hello hello.

blushing beauties.

pink upholstered benches at bando headquarters. / sfgirlbybay

it’s monday, and darnit if you don’t just look fabulous! and you seem extra smart and savvy today, too. what’s that? did i catch you blushing? oh, you blushing beauty, you — you deserve a piece of pink furniture! and that’s just what i’ve got for you this week. so grab yourself whatever beverage gets your morning going and have a gander. warning: this post is just for fun so just go with it. ok? okay, and if you find some inspiration in it, too, well thanks in advance. and happy monday, you fabulous thing, you!

pink furniture and inspirational images. / sfgirlbybay pink sofa on wheels. / sfgirlbybay pink walls, pink sofa and pink pendant lamp with vintage painting. / sfgirlbybay hot pink and gold matching chairs. / sfgirlbybay inspiring pink accessories and decor images. / sfgirlbybay pink pattered upholstered chair. / sfgirlbybayvintage pink chaise lounge. / sfgirlbybay modern hot pink chair in white room. / sfgirlbybaymodern pale pink chair in loft like plant-filled space. / sfgirlbybay modern pink sofa. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: ban.do headquarters by @sfgirlbybay; light locations; lacasa clothing; lacasa clothing; dark shapes; lacasa clothing; the most dangerous in the world; bddw; architectural digest; fantastic frank; remodelista; velvet ardmore chair via anthropologie; decorpad; they all hate us; fantastic frank; velvet ardmore chair via anthropologie; her new tribe; vogue; the leo is all in the mind; the dreslyn; northern delight; light locations; lobster and swan; the design chaser; life on sundays; kalon studios pink divan.