got the monday blues? have i got some rooms for you! i’ve been seeing a whole lotta hues of blue out there in the design world lately, and while some of these blues rooms are simply subtle, others are a little more dramatic and over the top — but those with bold blue bravado just kind of made me happy. such design daring!
Top to bottom, left to right:
- From NORM Architects, a brilliant open-plan Danish family house
- This tucked-away spot, ideal for enjoying a cup of coffee and contemplation
- A minimal storage bench and desk in-one? Be still my heart!
- Once a servant’s annex, now two sisters’ charming working quarters
- Ad man Sam Shalid’s reading room and the rest of his crisp New York abode
i’ve wanted to visit biarritz in southern france, near the border of spain all my life. one day, i tell ya! in the meantime, i’ll just oggle this beautifully decorated Family home in Biarritz, featured in architectural digest espana. filled with vintage treasures found at the local brocantes, an ereo Saarinen Tulip vintage found at Las Pulgas flea market in Paris, and a mix of modern pieces, like those pretty pale rose vitra chairs — the entire palette is so perfectly unexpected. i’m not sure i would have thought to pair a vintage yellow armoire with mid-century modern arm chairs, but i’m going to be thinking about it now. you can see the entire home tour at architectural digest espana. prepare yourself for some serious furniture envy.
• photography by GONZALO MACHADO for architectural digest espana.
the new issue of covet magazine is out, and this month they feature art director, photographer and designer Colleen’s enchanting 600 square foot condo in the leslieville suburb of toronto. what i love best about her space is her creative take on incorporating treasured art and heirlooms into a fun-sized but functional home. her collections never look cluttered — just well-organized vignettes of her beautiful pottery stash, and vintage finds that inspire you to take a closer look. but this is just a sneak peek of what’s a wonderful space. if you’d like to see the full tour of colleen’s space, visit covet magazine.
well i should say, it’s almost here! my very first book, see san francisco published by chronicle books is available for pre-order right now (and here in the UK), and books will be winging their way to stores on april 28th! this book has been a long-awaited labor of love for me. i started working on the book well over a year and half ago and it feels surreal and exciting that it’s finally on the printed page — ink on paper and perfect bound with a pretty, colorful cover! i put a lot of love, sweat and tears into see san francisco, so i do hope you’ll like it as much as i loved putting it to the page. essentially the book is what i’d call a photographic journal of san francisco by neighborhood, with 19 total neighborhoods included in the 159 pages, and over 285 color images that i photographed throughout the city by the bay.
i started out shooting see san francisco with my DSLR camera — i’d give myself photo assignments each week — a specific neighborhood to cover and head out to shoot. but i found that wasn’t really working for me. it felt much too forced and not the way in which i normally capture the city. so i changed things up, and found that by just capturing images as i came upon them serendipitously that the content became much more interesting. and i did this all with my iphone 6, using the VSCO app because i always have my phone on me, and i’m always shooting. so it was much more organic for me to work that way, and then compile the images by neighborhood later, after everything was shot. i’m not certain, but this may be one of the first books published by chronicle to be shot with a phone!
i then did an extensive amount of research on each neighborhood featured in see san francisco, and learned a ton along the way. my goal was to share with you what each neighborhood was originally like, its history and culture — and then how it’s changed and evolved over the years. i’ve also shared a lot of my own favorite spots, hidden gems you don’t hear about in every guide book to san francisco — i’d venture to say mine may be a little more quirky. but that’s the side of san francisco i love, and hope to share with you. as my acknowledgements in see san francisco say — i could never have had an opportunity to publish a book without you, so i thank you most sincerely, and i hope that i’ve done my very best to make you proud.
— xo, victoria