at home in le marais.

at home in le marais. / sfgirlbybay

this très chic apartment located in the heart of Le Marais is home to Photographer Matthew Brookes. it has that cozy modern vibe i’m loving lately, created in part by those amazing high ceilings with wood beams, and the way Matthew cleverly mixed in a few modern pieces with antiques and vintage finds. and Matthew’s gorgeous work, displayed in all its black and white glory on the living room wall, is a beautiful focal point in an otherwise white-washed space. talk about gallery wall goals! the apartment is a visual smorgasbord of textures and styles, from the old Mercury mirrors and metal chairs to the French linen on the sofa and vintage chandelier. enjoy!

Photographer Matthew Brookes' home in le marais. / sfgirlbybay

tres chic home to Photographer Matthew Brookes. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist apartment of Photographer Matthew Brookes. / sfgirlbybay

Photographer Matthew Brookes apartment in le marais. / sfgirlbybay

black and white photo wall with wooden ladder. / sfgirlbybay

black and white photo wall and ornate headboard. / sfgirlbybay

carved wood painted headboard with black and white photos. / sfgirlbybay

wood desk in white bedroom with black and white photos. / sfgirlbybay

modern vintage black and white bathroom. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Montse Garriga for elle.

statement making minimalism.

minimalist decor in modern living room. / sfgirlbybay

you don’t require a lot of art to make a bold decor statement. minimalism can actually speak volumes and draw your eye in immediately. so say perhaps you’re on a bit of a budget when it comes to adding artwork to finish off your look — you can do that by simply buying one really impactful piece, and grow your art collection from there. or, you can simply leave it as is. i have just one really large print hanging above my sofa and i love it. i do adore a gallery look, too, but i think these rooms make a statement, but very minimally and it works.

bold minimalist painting on white wall. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist bedroom with framed art over the bed. / sfgirlbybay

black and white minimalist art prints. / sfgirlbybay

black and white art in minimalist space. / sfgirlbybay

black and white framed art print and gold wall sconce. / sfgirlbybay

bold statement making art print on wall. / sfgirlbybay

oversized minimalist art print. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist art gallery wall in dining area. / sfgirlbybay

large graphic art hung over desk. / sfgirlbybay

large statement art print on bench. / sfgirlbybay

vintage painting printed on canvas hung on black wall over desk. / sfgirlbybay

modern minimalist statement art. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist bedroom decor with oversized floral art print. / sfgirlbybay

modern minimalist living room with black and white art. / sfgirlbybay

dark painting in gold frame in minimalist space. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits in order of appearance: the design files; Barbara Trautmann, Song I via galerie thomas; fantastic frank; the line; fran parente photography; Patricia Miyamoto Architectural Design; emma hos; @sfgirlbybay; Bold Abstraction Wall Art from anthropologie; my unfinished home; frenchy fancy; fantastic frank; architectural digest; atpatelier; vtwonen; PENNY FARTHING DESIGN HOUSE Torryburn-Loop print; hannas room; pampa; vtwonen; domino; 1st dibs.

make mine a smeg.

smeg blender in modern kitchen. / sfgirlbybay

i have always wanted a smeg fridge. and i think i’m deserving of a smeg refrigerator, but i’ve got to save my pennies up before that ever happens. so in the meantime, i’m satisfying my smeg goals with their smaller home appliances — they make an adorable mini smeg fridge, and also some cute kitchen helpers that fit right atop your countertop. did you know that smeg also makes standing mixers, electric tea kettles and blenders, too? i’m here to tell you it’s true, and they’re all available online at urban outfitters. the creamy, off-white smeg is the one for me — i think the smegs in the neutral end of the color palette are just so dreamy! i’m currently sipping tea and perusing some of the healthy books i picked up to inspire me: Everything I Want To Eat: Sqirl And The New California Cooking By Jessica Koslow; The Moon Juice Cookbook: Cosmic Alchemy For A Thriving Body, Beauty, And Consciousness By Amanda Chantal Bacon; green smoothies; and Eat Yourself Smart: Ingredients & Recipes To Boost Your Brain Power By Gill Paul. next up: whipping up some yummy juices in my smeg blender — maybe if i keep eating this way, i’ll save enough bucks for that big fridge!

smeg mini-fridge from urban outfitters. / sfgirlbybay

smeg blender with green juice. / sfgirlbybay

making juice using a smeg blender. / sfgirlbybay

cookbook from urban outfitters. / sfgirlbybay

smeg blender with juice ingredients. / sfgirlbybay

healthy cookbooks from urban outfitters. / sfgirlbybay

smeg electric kettle in white and silver. / sfgirlbybay

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color palette: green + yellow + black.

green shrub with bust inside. / sfgirlbybay

this week’s color palette kind of breaks a lot of rules. it’s rather bold and unusual but i really like its lush richness: green + black + yellow. reminds me of an exotic tropical bird. green is very “in” but i like it paired with lots of black, and a little yellow for good measure, giving it a bit of that ’70’s vibe. it says sassy and stylish!

green dining chairs in modern kitchen. / sfgirlbybaygreen blanket on white bed. / sfgirlbybaygreen, black and yellow color palette. / sfgirlbybaygreen plants. / sfgirlbybaymodern black and green decor. / sfgirlbybaygreen, black and yellow decor. / sfgirlbybaygreen, black and yellow home furnishings. / sfgirlbybayyellow, green and black home decor. / sfgirlbybayblack, green and yellow decor. / sfgirlbybayblack, green and yellow color palette. / sfgirlbybaygreen, yellow and black home furnishings and decor. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits in order of appearance: stu mayhew; inside out magazine; architectural digest espana; inside out magazine; abby sharp; refinery29; honestly wtf; florence lopez antique dealer; inside out magazine; Letters to Milena By FRANZ KAFKA; sight unseen; inside out magazine; marie claire maison; design and form; letter to his father by franz kafka; interior design pro; a specific aesthetic; andrew trotter design;
La Sotolería Bar Branding by Estudio Yeyé via five star logo.

cozy modern.

cozy eclectic modern decor. / sfgirlbybay

this is what i would call cozy modern. eclectic spaces that while definitely have a very vintage vibe, don’t swing in the direction of ‘country’ and instead are a little more modern. and they get that way with the addition of contemporary lighting and artwork, bringing in the latest on-trend greenery, and are much more a mixed bag and less matchy-matchy. it’s as if you perhaps inherited a family heirloom, like your grandmother’s windsor chairs but then paired them with a burl wood countertop you made from scratch (like you see below). lesson? don’t be afraid to mix and match what’s old and new, and just keep what you love. because what you love will ultimately make for a very happy, cozy modern home.

green pendant lamps with art gallery wall. / sfgirlbybayflroal arrangement and artwork on table. / sfgirlbybaymodern white lamp and wicker daybed. / sfgirlbybayeclectic decor in modern living room. / sfgirlbybaymodern floor lamp with potted plants. / sfgirlbybayornate crown modling and bohemian modern bedroom decor. / sfgirlbybayeclectic modern decor. / sfgirlbybaymodern home office. / sfgirlbybayeclectic gallery wall. / sfgirlbybaylive edge wood desk and white wall paneling in modern kitchen. / sfgirlbybaymodern black lamp in eclectic living room. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits in order of appearance: lobster and swan; vogue; a daily something; artilleriet; sketch42; vtwonen; apartment therapy; the future kept; fox meets bear; hitta hem; inside closet; @blissblog; lobster and swan; sköna hem; domino; isabelle mcallister; hotel covell via c magazine; boston magazine.