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

LEFliving.

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

rejuvenation.

kitchen with copper pendant lamps via lonny magazine. / sfgirlbybay

lonny.

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

designlovefest.

copper bubble pendant lamps / sfgirlbybay

sheerluxe.

white pendant lamps via design milk. / sfgirlbybay

design milk.

single copper bubble pendant light fixture / sfgirlbybay

bloglicious.

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

klikk.no.

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

remodelista.

new collection from IKEA.

black chair via IKEA's new VIKTIGT collection. / sfgirlbybay

There’s a brand new limited-edition collection launching soon from IKEA and I’m pretty over the moon excited about it. their new VIKTIGT collection is the result of a creative collaboration with Ingegerd Råman, one of Scandinavia’s most well-known glass designers and ceramists. According to Ingegerd, the collection “is about craft, it’s a project between the craftsmen and the designer.” Besides her classic glassworks and ceramics, there are wonderful new furniture pieces made from bamboo and natural fiber. The collection includes benches, stools, side chairs, baskets, rugs, a couple of great-looking large woven lamps, and bowls in different sizes and braided lids — but you’ll need to hurry and scoop up what you love — the limited collection is available at IKEA only for a limited amount of time, and launches in stores beginning the week of May 23.

design book by Ingegerd Råman. / sfgirlbybay

As part of VIKTIGT collection, IKEA is also launching a book about Ingegerd Råman, one that i’ve got to add to my collection of design books. in it’s nothing but it’s still something, she welcomes you into her Swedish homes and work studios in Stockholm and Österlen — a well-known destination for creative minds. The book tells the story of Ingegerd, her long and successful career as a glass and ceramic designer, and her view on design and creativity. Because it’s about more than just the every day – it’s also about the simple beauty of Scandinavian design.

IKEA's new VIKTIGT collection. / sfgirlbybay

woven accessories and homewares from IKEA's new VIKTIGT collection. / sfgirlbybay

wicker chair via IKEA's new VIKTIGT collection. / sfgirlbybay

black woven hanging baskets / sfgirlbybay

woven chair via IKEA's new VIKTIGT collection. / sfgirlbybay

woven homewares and glassware via IKEA's new VIKTIGT collection. / sfgirlbybay

woven home decor via IKEA's new VIKTIGT collection. / sfgirlbybay

black woven bench via IKEA's new VIKTIGT collection. / sfgirlbybay

iron and wicker stools via IKEA's new VIKTIGT collection. / sfgirlbybay

woven pendant lamp via IKEA's new VIKTIGT collection. / sfgirlbybay

IKEA's new VIKTIGT collection. / sfgirlbybay

woven baskets and chair from IKEA's new VIKTIGT collection. / sfgirlbybay

woven home furnishings from IKEA's new VIKTIGT collection. / sfgirlbybay

black ceramic bowls from IKEA's new VIKTIGT collection. / sfgirlbybay

cozy nooks and niches.

wicker chair and upholstered window bench with drawers via remodelista. / sfgirlbybay

upholstered window bench with drawers via remodelista.

it’s Sunday and all i’m in the mood to do is curl up with a good book in a cozy nook and read the day away. i spoke on a design panel yesterday at create & cultivate, which was really inspiring, but today i’m all talked out. so since i’ve got work to catch up on, i thought it might as well be hunting down the coziest nooks and niches i could find. if i can’t take some time off, at least i can fantasize about it. just a peaceful corner to disappear from the world, or a window seat to unplug and simply watch it go by from a safe distance for a little while. if you’re lucky enough to have a spare closet or a window to repurpose into a cozy little hideaway, they’re the perfect places to get lost for a little while.

fashion illustrator jenny walton at home via the coveteur. / sfgirlbybay

fashion illustrator jenny walton at home via the coveteur.

cozy built-in reading nook via Dwell./ sfgirlbybay

built-in reading nook via Dwell.

san francisco sunroom with daybed via a cup of jo blog. / sfgirlbybay

san francisco sunroom with daybed via A cup of jo.

bedroom designed by A + B Kasha with built-in bed with drawers via Apartment therapy. / sfgirlbybay

bedroom designed by A + B Kasha with built-in bed with drawers via Apartment therapy.

cozy reading nooks and niches. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r.: small spaces; interior_spiration; buzzfeed; this ivy house; decor8; j. levau blog

photograph of stylist megan morton's home by anson smart for vogue living australia / sfgirlbybay

photograph of stylist megan morton‘s home by anson smart for vogue living australia via sfgirlbybay.

cozy6

Photograph via jessica comingore design studio for Anthology Magazine.

cozy daybed inside Behomm designer home. / sfgirlbybay

Emma’s design blog.

dark reading nook via apartment therapy. / sfgirlbybay

apartment therapy.

interior designer vanessa alexander's malibu farmhouse via My Domaine. / sfgirlbybay

interior designer vanessa alexander’s malibu farmhouse via My Domaine.

Christopher Johnsson via Elle Decoration. / sfgirlbybay

Christopher Johnsson via Elle Decoration.

chic daybed in carpeted sunroom via planate deco. / sfgirlbybay

planate deco.

scandinavian style bed with drawers via Olivia blog. / sfgirlbybay

Olivia.

friday finds.

vintage painting in ornate gold frame / sfgirlbybay

i’m a real sucker for vintage paintings, especially portraits — the odder the better, really because they just seem to tell more of a story. i also like the bit of kitsch they bring to a space — a sense of humor and a sense that these spaces are meant to be having a little good clean fun at the artists’ expense. happy friday, everyone! xo, victoria

vintage painted portraits and florals / sfgirlbybay

  1. this whole bedroom has a very cheeky vibe — that gold headboard takes it to another level.
  2. love these two paintings from rachel ashwell’s london home.
  3. these paintings (just below) definitely all have a kitsch factor going on, via vtwonen; design comb; and kara rosenlund’s home via the design files.
  4. this simple portrait makes a lovely but very simple dresser come to life.
  5. a wonderful vignette from tim falle’s suitcase confessions.
  6. love paige morse’s quaint cottage portraits.

kitschy paintings via vtwonen; design comb; and kara rosenlund's home via the design files. / sfgirlbybay

vintage portrait above black dresser / sfgirlbybay

vintage decor and painted portraits / sfgirlbybay

vintage decor and painted portraits / sfgirlbybay