desert-bound birthday.

california desert. / sfgirlbybay

california, 1978 via monolith.

this post is going to be a brief one, because hey, hey — it’s my birthday! and i’m headed out on a girl’s road trip to palm springs with bri and joanie for some much-needed rest and relaxation in the desert sun. so y’all enjoy the weekend and i’ll be back on monday. i’ll give you a full report on instagram and snapchat (@sfgirlbybay) while i’m away!

vintage bathing beauties and cacti for palm springs inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise l to r: millie motts; the u.s. national archives; condé nast; her new tribe; tim melideo; kimberly rhodes roberts; live journal.

green cactus in front of a pale pink wall. / sfgirlbybay

hannah klemm.

the little black dresser.

painted black dresser with vintage mirror. / sfgirlbybay

vintage house.

we all love the classic little black dress, but what about the little black dresser? it’s a keeper, too — the trusty dresser you can dress up or dress down. i have not just one, but two black dressers and i love them. both are vintage, found for super cheap. i added a couple of coats of matte black paint to them for my bedroom, and they don’t match, but the rich black color they share kind of makes up for that. and, i really like placing collectibles and artwork on and against that black palette — it just seems to make everything look a little bit more stylish and sophisticated. give it a try on any old dresser you’ve got that needs a little facelift! it’s a super easy and dramatically different before and after.

black dresser in victoria smith's bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

my black dresser, photo lily glass.

classic black dressers styled with accessories. / sfgirlbybayblack dresser styld with glass bell jars / sfgirlbybay

skona hem; inspirations deco; and vintage house.

black dresser with mismatched hardware via designsponge. / sfgirlbybay


black washed wood dresser with gold mirror from anthropologie. / sfgirlbybay

washed wood black dresser at anthropologie.

black dresser with white ceramic decor on top. / sfgirlbybay

greige design.

vintage black dresser. / sfgirlbybay

cassandra ellis design.

black dresser with framed art prints and task lamp. / sfgirlbybay

romain ricard.

outdoor dining space, inside.

apartment therapy indoor outdoor room. / sfgirlbybay

recently featured on apartment therapy is this amazing greenhouse-like dining space i just went ‘gah’ for! it’s a converted victorian carriage house along the waterfront in boston, owned and beautifully renovated by interior designer melissa miranda and her builder husband Ulises Serret. the creative couple turned their boston home ‘outside-in’ when they created this gorgeous garden-inspired dining room. that tile floor really enhances that outdoor feeling — and all that light doesn’t hurt, either. for their full gorgeous home tour, visit apartment therapy.

woven chair and potted plants in indoor outdoor room / sfgirlbybay

indoor outdoor dining room via apartment therapy. / sfgirlbybay

green potted and hanging plants in dining room. / sfgirlbybay

dining table with pendant light in indoor outdoor room. / sfgirlbybay

potted plants in greenroom inspired dining room. / sfgirlbybay

boston waterfront home with indoor outdoor dining area. / sfgirlbybay

white potted plants in a window / sfgirlbybay


• photos by emily billings at apartment therapy and melissa miranda.

floats like a butterfly.

white butterfly chairs poolside at hotel san josé. / sfgirlbybay

hotel san josé via lingered upon.

butterfly chairs are a mid-century-modern classic originally designed in Buenos Aires in the 1940’s — but their simple beauty and comfort just never seem to go out of style. my parents had them back i was little and i still find them such an interesting addition to a living room or outdoor patio. they’re sophisticated looking but they’ve still got a fun, “i don’t take my decor too seriously” vibe going on. there’s an interesting little read here on the history of the butterfly chair and you can find some great reproductions at the citizenry; CB2; and urban outfitters (as well as just the frames, too). for vintage classics try chairish, ebay, etsy and your local flea markets — i see them out there all the time!

black leather butterfly chair via coco lapine design. / sfgirlbybay

coco lapine design.

black butterfly chair outside of bedroom via the style files. / sfgirlbybay

the style files.

tan leather butterfly chairs outside the bridge house. / sfgirlbybay

the bridge house via honestly WTF.

white butterfly chair in black and white room with wood floors / sfgirlbybay

photography by Francois Kong via Bodie and Fou.

sheer black butterfly chairs outside santa monica midcentury home / sfgirlbybay

mid-century santa monica home via martha stewart.

tan leather butterfly chair via desire to inspire. / sfgirlbybay

photograph by Armelle Habib for inside out magazine via desire to inspire.

tan leather butterfly chair with attached head pillow / sfgirlbybay

polperro winery interior designed by Hecker Guthrie via yellowtrace.

a pair of tan leather butterfly chairs in bedroom via muud magazine. / sfgirlbybay

muud magazine.

butterfly chair in sunny living room / sfgirlbybay

the design chaser.

black wicker butterfly rocking chair / sfgirlbybay


a pair of white butterfly chairs with black frames in front of a fireplace / sfgirlbybay

coco lapine design.

white butterfly chairs poolside at hotel san jose in austin / sfgirlbybay

hotel san josé via house and hold.

photo of matching butterfly chairs in Freunde von Freunden: Friends book. / sfgirlbybay

photo by Ana Armendariz for Freunde von Freunden: Friends via yatzer.

trending: kitchen fixtures.

green kitchen cabinets and white hanging lights photographed by Alyssa Rosenheck for style me pretty. / sfgirlbybay

Alyssa Rosenheck Photography via style me pretty.

there’s been a real focus and importance placed on kitchen lighting fixtures of late and the trend definitely has been leaning towards pendant lighting. it used to be that a lot of kitchen lighting was recessed but not anymore. i find myself wishing i was tom dixon, because man-o-man has he sold a lot of his lamps lately — his copper shade pendant is everywhere, and deservedly so — it’s gorgeous and goes with a whole lot of looks. from minimalist modern to bohemian and feminine, it just works. but i’m seeing a lot of big round bulb pendant lamps, too, as well as industrial barn lighting but with an updated, modern twist — like pale pink or jade green enamel finishes, and even copper. here’s some great kitchen lighting inspiration i’ve been saving up for my own kitchen.

ombre mirrored pendant lamps via west elm. / sfgirlbybay

ombre mirrored pendant lamps via west elm.

modern kitchen with schoolhouse electric pendant lamps via DesignSponge. / sfgirlbybay

Schoolhouse electric pendant lamps via DesignSponge.

bright area rug in white kitchen with rose gold pendant lamps photography by dorothée lafontaine for l’ appartement living. / sfgirlbybay

photography by dorothée lafontaine for l’ appartement living.

bucket sink by rejuvenation and rose gold lampshades. / sfgirlbybay


kitchen with copper pendant lamps via lonny magazine. / sfgirlbybay


rose gold pendant lamps via photography by dorothée lafontaine for l’ appartement living. / sfgirlbybay

photography by dorothée lafontaine for l’ appartement living.

marble kitchen island with pendant lamps by matt gibson a+ d. / sfgirlbybay

matt gibson a+ d.

modern kitchen with vintage runner and clear pendant lamps with gold hardware via lark & linen. / sfgirlbybay

lark & linen.

industrial kitchen lights and furniture via my lovely things. / sfgirlbybay

my lovely things.

skinny copper pendant lamps in Amsterdam apartment via designlovefest. / sfgirlbybay


copper bubble pendant lamps / sfgirlbybay


white pendant lamps via design milk. / sfgirlbybay

design milk.

single copper bubble pendant light fixture / sfgirlbybay


kitchen light fixtures via sarah sherman samuel. / sfgirlbybay

sarah sherman samuel.

white hanging kitchen lamps photographed by sam mcadam-cooper via home life. / sfgirlbybay

photography by sam mcadam-cooper via home life.

mint and teal kitchen cabinets with gold pendant light fixture. / sfgirlbybay

globe kitchen light fixtures with gold hardware via remodelista. / sfgirlbybay