good reads: abigail ahern.

good reads: abigail ahern. / sfgirlbybay

i’ve long embraced the brilliant genius of london-based designer abigail ahern, but somehow i’d not seen her house crush series before this week. i stumbled upon her blog series of beautiful home tours via pinterest this week and found myself lingering there perhaps a while too long — i simply couldn’t decide on what not to share, the interiors all so inspiring. abigail has always leaned towards a dark, daring and dramatic look and these interiors reflect that beautifully. and you’ll find loads of eclectic goods in her online shop should you aspire to get this look. if you’d like to see more, hop on over and hang out on this house crush at mademoiselle poirot’s on abigail ahern.

 house crush via abigail ahern. / sfgirlbybay

 house crush tour on abigail ahern. / sfgirlbybay

tie-dyed wall tapestry and decor via abigail ahern. / sfgirlbybay

houseplants via house crush tour on abigail ahern. / sfgirlbybay

house crush at mademoiselle poirot's on abigail ahern. / sfgirlbybay

mantle with eclectic decor via abigail ahern. / sfgirlbybay

dining room with crown molding and black cabinet. / sfgirlbybay

 house crush at mademoiselle poirot's via abigail ahern. / sfgirlbybay

incense and houseplants via abigial ahern. / sfgirlbybay

abigail ahern home tour. / sfgirlbybay

paper lantern light and blue bed linens via abigail ahern. / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of abigail ahern.

generally stunning.

domino feature of general store owners' home. / sfgirlbybay

i’ve long been a fan of general store founders and creative couple Serena Mitnik-Miller and her architect husband Mason St. Peter. we’ve blogged about their beautiful store in san francisco’s outer sunset and their L.A. store in Venice, too — both are worth a visit, but if you’re not local you’re still in luck because there’s always their online shop. however, it’s their latest project, their rural topanga canyon home that i’m currently drooling over. i’ve been spying it on instagram, but was thrilled to see it most recently featured in domino. perhaps because i’ve got similarly white beamed ceilings i’ve been watching the transformation of their stunning space with keen interest, but it could be because it’s just that the place is simply awe-inspiring. rustic and cozy, their home is the kind of place you just want to disappear to for weeks on end — it looks very hard to leave. have a look and i think you’ll see what i mean — and for the full tour and shopping resources, visit domino.

home of general store owners featured in domino. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern plant room. / sfgirlbybay

plywood kitchen cabinets and open shelving. / sfgirlbybay

accessories and clothing hung in entryway. / sfgirlbybay

art hung on shiplap wall. / sfgirlbybay

light and bright shiplap bedroom / sfgirlbybay

small white and pink bedside table / sfgirlbybay

vintage clawfoot tub / sfgirlbybay

shiplap walls and plywood cabinets in small bathroom. / sfgirlbybay

painted white shiplap walls in nursery. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via domino.

west elm’s new look.

west elm's new look. / sfgirlbybay

wowza! have you opened your mailbox to find west elm’s new catalog tucked inside? it’s really something special. it’s not just the incredible looking location (those tall ceilings, crown moldings, and marble mantel — sigh) it’s the colorful new collection with a vintage-modern vibe. i really love the juxtaposition of the classic architecture paired with the unexpected mid-century furniture pieces and colorful, playful palette. major kudos go to west elm’s creative director, johanna uurasjarvi and the styling team behind west elm’s fresh look. a visit to Scandinavia, the birthplace of mid-century design, inspired the new direction for west elm, and i can’t wait for more — well done! if you didn’t get one in your mail, visit the stunning new catalog online.

west elm 2017 catalog / sfgirlbybay

2017 west elm catalog. / sfgirlbybay

west elm 2017 look book. / sfgirlbybay

bold colors and shapes in west elm's 2017 catalog. / sfgirlbybay

bright colors in west elm's 2017 catalog. / sfgirlbybay

new west elm catalog look. / sfgirlbybay

blue bedroom in west elm 2017 catalog. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via west elm’s new catalog.

picture this.

framed art print and mirrors below.  / sfgirlbybay

into the gloss.

maybe one of your goals or resolutions for 2017 is to get all that loose artwork you’ve been compiling framed and hung? if you’re anything like me, it is a goal high on your to-do list — i’ve got a stack of artwork collecting dust and not getting the attention it rightly deserves, displayed on a wall! i like simple galleries myself, and i even don’t mind artwork leaning on shelves or along the baseboard of a room, but in order to even do that, you’ve got to frame it. there’s great online framing resources available if you’ve not got a great local framer: simply framed, framebridge and will all frame your existing artwork, or all those images you’ve been snapping away on instagram. so go on, get that task checked off your list and create something beautiful in your home for yourself at the same time — win win! for more framing inspiration visit my framed pinterest board.

framed oversized photograph with small prints above and below. / sfgirlbybay

elle decoration denmark.

simple art gallery walls. / sfgirlbybay

another ballroom.

framed art gallery wall. / sfgirlbybay

one kings lane.

framed art prints leaned against wall and closet. / sfgirlbybay


unique art gallery wall. / sfgirlbybay

the society inc.

art on walls with un-framed prints leaning on top of frames. / sfgirlbybay

jonas ingerstedt photography for elle decoration sweden.

simple gallery wall with framed prints hung and leaned against wall. / sfgirlbybay

citizens of the world.

modern art gallery wall. / sfgirlbybay

jj locations.

simple gallery wall above vanity. / sfgirlbybay

the d pages.

dining room art gallery wall. / sfgirlbybay


inspiring art gallery walls. / sfgirlbybay

bungalow classic; and houzz.

art gallery wall under staircase. / sfgirlbybay


home away from home.

my home studio space. / sfgirlbybay

well, we’re back in action — hi guys and happy new year, one and all! i hope you had a festive, but relaxing holiday. it’s good to be back! it’s not been the most restorative holiday i’ve ever had, but it has been very productive! we’ve started the remodel of my bathroom and walk-in closet and my house looks a giant boy in the bubble, because it’s wrapped in plastic in its entirety to keep the construction dust at bay. i can’t wait to share with you what i’m up to, but in the meantime, my pup lucy and i have moved into my downstairs guest studio, so i’ve been busy making it our home away from home.

studio space below my home. / sfgirlbybay

i love the wood beamed ceilings and on warm days the ceiling fan from barnlight electric keeps it pretty comfy and cool down here. i’ve had the jenny lind daybed from land of nod for a while now, so i sleep up top, and lucy gets the lower trundle bunk. lucky girl seems pretty cozy down there. i organized the tiny closet and since there’s no door, i hung a pretty temple scarf from the block shop (if you’ve ever been to ostrich farm i got the idea from there!), and i hung a couple of my favorite prints — laure joliet’s bougainvillea print and rikkianne van kirk’s hold. the mantis wall sconce makes for a great bedside reading lamp. i added loads of pillows and a black and white Moroccan Berber Beni Ourain rug from the pink rug co. to cozy up the space. the studio is just about 100 square feet, so i had to go vertical with my storage, hanging my coat, scarves and accessories, and keeping my kitchen accouterment stored on white shelves above my wee kitchenette. i’ve got a makeshift ‘dining room’ which consists of the counter and a wicker barstool! i just have a small fridge, microwave and espresso maker, but we are making due quite well, and it’s kind of a fun challenge to start the new year living a little bit more minimally. here’s to less is more in 2017!

daybed in my studio. / sfgirlbybay


studio kitchenette decor. / sfgirlbybay

studio kitchenette decor. / sfgirlbybay

studio daybed bedding and throw pillows. / sfgirlbybay