a playful palazzo.

ornate home with vintage furniture in siciliy's palermo. / sfgirlbybay

it’s not often you discover a retro-looking turquoise fridge tucked into 16th century gold-gilded crown moldings, but in this case, it works and is probably very much inspired by the charles eames quote painted like a fresco on this palazzo’s walls: “take your pleasure seriously”. okay, we will! inside the well-worn walls of this ornate home in siciliy’s palermo, are modern furnishings paired with reclaimed vintage pieces, like patio chairs with chipping paint — another thing not of the norm, but it’s definitely playful and yet, decidedly european.

retro turquoise fridge with gold-gilded crown moldings. / sfgirlbybay

modern european home furnishings / sfgirlbybay

vintage wood book rack hung above door frame / sfgirlbybay

charles eames quote encased in 16th century gold-gilded crown moldings / sfgirlbybay

european home with collection of vintage mirrors / sfgirlbybay

unique european home via beppe brancato photography. / sfgirlbybay

beppe brancato photography.

staying neutral.

neutral accessories and homewares styled via femke pastijn. / sfgirlbybay

femke pastijn.

while you could call these rooms ‘very neutral’ or even, heaven forbid beige — they are anything but boring. and that’s because the styling is spot-on — it’s all in the small details. things like the interesting way they’ve paired their oddball collections, or how a very simple striped chair placed on an unusual tile floor becomes almost a study in unexpected pattern layering. a mix of textiles, like different throw pillows and area rugs that work really well together, and eclectic pairings of different period pieces just makes these rooms that much more interesting. nothing cookie-cutter, matchy-matchy here — much attention has been paid to all things big and small. simple color palettes for certain, but they all shine.

neutral room styled by emily henderson. / sfgirlbybay

emily henderson.

simple black and white nuetral decor via new york magazine. / sfgirlbybay

new york magazine.

neutral color palette via jj locations. / sfgirlbybay

jj locations (above + below).

neutral yet eclectic decor / sfgirlbybay

neutral decor via little upside down cake. / sfgirlbybay

little upside down cake.

sunny nuetral room via Elisabeth Aarhus Hudson. / sfgirlbybay

Elisabeth Aarhus Hudson.

gorgeous nuetral home decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: jutta k; the poetry of material things; mademoiselle poirot; and the jungalow.

black and white neutral home decor via emmas designblogg. / sfgirlbybay

behomm, via emmas designblogg.

simple gray and blue and white color palette and decor via kk living. / sfgirlbybay

kk living.

roseford bed with neutral bedding via anthropologie / sfgirlbybay

roseford bed, anthropologie.

neutral accessories and homewares via vtwonen. / sfgirlbybay


black and white neutral decor via jj locations. / sfgirlbybay

jj locations.

neutral and modern home decor via vtwonen. / sfgirlbybay


neutral home decor / sfgirlbybay

femke pastijn.

white walls with mid-century modern decor via david price photography. / sfgirlbybay

david price photography.

the feminine home office.

feminine office via woodtrendz. / sfgirlbybay


i think it’s quite possible to create a home office that while still being functional, has a feminine and somewhat industrial chic vibe — something all these spaces have in common. using pale blush tones as accents with industrial-looking office chairs and a unique desk looks so stylish, especially in a white space — and if you can have white floors (or a rug), even better. i went treasure hunting on chairish for some vintage, previously well-loved pieces to get this look and found an abundance of great finds. i’ve saved them to my favorites if you’d like to have a look, and here’s what i think is some of the best of the best. and if you need more home office inspiration, check out my working girl pinboard.

feminine office supplies and decor / sfgirlbybay

my favorites: 1. Mid-Century Brass & White Desk Table Lamp; 2. Rustic French Farm Scissors; 3. Paul Frankl Desk; 4. Mid-Century Lucite Desk Chair; 5. black bamboo desk; 6. Vintage French Paperback Books; 7. Vintage 1970s Black Desk Lamp; 8. Vintage Metal Wire In Box Basket; 9. Eames DSX Chair With H Base; 10. working Pink Princess Rotary Telephone; 11. Vintage Locker Basket #70.

industrial chic work space via femka pastjijn photography

femka pastjijn photography (above + below).

office with industrial chic decor via femka pastjijn photography / sfgirlbybay

eclectic office decor with white walls and floor via stil inspiration / sfgirlbybay

stil inspiration (above + below).

feminine office decor / sfgirlbybay

• This post made possible in partnership with chairish but all opinions and thoughts are my own. thanks for the supporting the brands that make sfgirlbybay possible.

wear this there: shugaa dessert bar.

shugga dessert bar in bangkok. / sfgirlbybay

bangkok based dessert bar shugaa has us humming “i want candy” while dreaming of all the sweet tooth-dedicated dishes we could be cashing in on. the space, designed by party/space/design, was influenced by the lucite and luminous depth of sugar crystals — wood, pastel tones, and rose gold bring light to the room. conjuring scenes from a classic favorite, our ‘read this there’ would be charlie and the chocolate factory — our inner child is peeking out to join in on the fun. take a nod from this delicious color palette — we suggest a robin egg blue frock, dainty decorations for your ears, and of course a little metallic freda salvador slide to sweeten the deal. ~ michaela d’artois, vérité published.

pastel decor inside shugga / sfgirlbybaywear this there: shugga dessert bar. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: clare vivier lavender sailboat stripes flat clutch; freda salvador keen silver metallic slide; pixie market mink pink sunglasses; pixie market baby gingham off the shoulder dress; ilia all your gold radiant balm; marrin costello mcxmn thread earring; a copy of charlie and the chocolate factory; zara embroidered bomber jacket.

rose gold light fixtures inside shugga / sfgirlbybayrose gold light fixtures and marble bar with pink bar stools / sfgirlbybaydecor inside shugga dessert bar in bangkok / sfgirlbybaybangkok's shugga dessert bar / sfgirlbybay

• Photography by party/space/design.

colorfully parisian.

colorful paris penthouse designed by Fusion D / sfgirlbybay

it’s hard to imagine sitting down to decide on this colorful decor palette, but as is typical with the french savoir faire, this somehow all works. a design project of fusion D, this paris penthouse is an eclectic mix of color housed in a centuries old building, and it all looks quite modern and fresh, especially paired with that exquisite architecture. the challenge for the design firm was satisfying the client’s contemporary taste in such a classically french apartment, complete with herringbone hardwood floors, coved ceilings and ornate crown mouldings, but i love the unexpected and somewhat scandinavian vibe. have a look.

paris penthouse with colorful modern decor. / sfgirlbybay

dining space in paris penthouse with herringbone wood floors / sfgirlbybay

black dining chairs with white table in paris penthouse / sfgirlbybay

modern wood furnishings in paris penthouse with ornate crown mouldings / sfgirlbybay

teal and blue walls with buit-in table in stylish paris penthouse / sfgirlbybay

teal and blue built-in wall and table with wood and metal bar stools / sfgirlbybay

paris penthouse small kitchen with wood and stainless steel / sfgirlbybay

white hallway with pops of yellow and teal decor / sfgirlbybay

green and white bathroom with clawfoot tub in paris penthouse / sfgirlbybay

vintage mirrored vanity area in paris penthouse / sfgirlbybay

bathroom with mint green walls and white subway tile / sfgirlbybay

paris penthouse bedroom with teal walls, dark wood and birdcage light fixture. / sfgirlbybay

bedroom with teal and pink floral wallpaper / sfgirlbybay

• photography via fusion D.