wear this there: moby 3143.

cafe moby3143 in armadale, australia. / sfgirlbybay

is it just us or is australia handing out hot spaces like it’s their day job? armadale, australia is home to the new cafe moby3143, and it’s a sleek wes anderson-esque dream — so this week’s wear this there is a little bit prada-inspired. grab your quilted faux fur, and enjoy your cup of coffee over don delillo’s new novel. you’re sure to find yourself ogling over the blush and indigo accents. Don’t forget to top off your look with a swipe of our new favorite beauty brand beautiful rights’ politically pout lipstick (who donates 20% of all sales to a variety of organizations that support women’s rights).

~ michaela d’artois, vérité published.

moby 3143 in australia. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: moby 3143. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: front row shop colorblocking oversized faux fur coat; front row shop grey a-line wool belted dress; pixie market croc fur handle bag; beautiful rights politically pout lipstick; read this there zero k: a novel by don delillo; Velvet Headband Set from anthropologie; top shelf otto by a.j. morgan sunglasses; zara high heel velvet ankle boots.

inspiring interior of moby 3143. / sfgirlbybay

modern cafe with pink walls. / sfgirlbybay

pink and indigo interior of cafe moby 3143. / sfgirlbybay

blush and indigo walls inside moby 3143. / sfgirlbybay

shades of blush and indigo. / sfgirlbybay

cafe moby 3143 in australia. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by we are huntly.

homeownership 101.

at home with victoria smith. / sfgirlbybay

i never really thought i’d buy my very own home. i had always envisioned doing it with my future husband or partner, but never all on my own as a single woman — it seemed too daunting a task and the thought of upkeep and remodeling by myself frightened me. but then there came this moment where i felt less fearful and more self-assured that i could do it on my own and i could do it well by just taking it step-by-step. don’t get me wrong, i still wonder what the heck i’m doing sometimes, but i’ve learned so much from friends, family and experts and taught myself a lot along the way. and the best part of owning my own home is getting to design and decorate it exactly as i want. having never been able to do that in the past, i can’t tell you the joy i get from making my home exactly as i’ve always dreamed. from adding my floor to ceiling bookcases (a lifelong goal!) to growing a vegetable garden, to painting the exterior scandinavian-inspired black, owning my home is the most gratifying thing i’ve ever done. it doesn’t make the obligations of home ownership any less important, but i’ve partnered with Esurance to share how to make those ‘grown-up’ responsibilities a little bit easier to manage.

victoria smith at home with her dog lucy. / sfgirlbybay

i was told right off the bat was i needed to have home owner’s insurance — in fact, you must have it to buy a home, but a handy tip? you can also lump your premiums in with your mortgage payment so you don’t have to think about it every month, and i have that payment deducted from my bank account each month just so i don’t ever forget (or have to ever write that big number on a check!). essentially the main function of Esurance for your home is similar to that of auto insurance: to protect your home’s structure and other structures on your property, along with your personal belongings. as you live in your home awhile, you begin to accumulate new furniture, pieces of artwork, and things like appliances that are costly, so you want the reassurance and comfort that comes from feeling protected. lucy’s a good watch dog and housemate and makes me feel safe — but bless her heart, that furry beast can’t cover the cost of a major repair!

victoria smith at home with her dog lucy. / sfgirlbybay

along with owning your own home, you really want to maintain it and have a sense of pride in it, so you might want to keep on hand a list of repair people you can trust — from painters to plumbers i’ve tracked down a great list of resources for myself by asking neighbors and other professionals for referrals. i try and learn how to repair what i can on my own, but there’s always going to be those things i haven’t the skills for. so just like the comfort of having that kind of homeowner’s arsenal, Esurance is helping me as a homeowner feel more confident, too. From quote to claim, Esurance is working to help you make smarter, more efficient choices with your home and auto insurance. Using state-of-the-art technology, they offer a seamless online and mobile experience along with intuitive tools that help take the hassle out of insurance.

white washed living room with pops of color on bookshelf. / sfgirlbybay

white linen sofa with throw pillows and oversized art. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern rattan daybed. / sfgirlbybay

white built-in bookcase with color blocked books. / sfgirlbybay

white built-in bookcases. / sfgirlbybay

rose gold bar cart with vintage photos and decor. / sfgirlbybay

black and white details at home. / sfgirlbybay

white entryway with gold wall decor and round woven rug. / sfgirlbybay

vintage gold mirror and candlestick holders / sfgirlbybay

entryway with bohemian modern decor. / sfgirlbybay

floral arrangements and houseplants with neutral decor. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern bedroom decor. / sfgirlbybay

bedroom with black headboard and white bedding / sfgirlbybay

leather moroccan slippers with pom poms at foot of bed. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by lily glass and victoria smith for sfgirlbybay.

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Esurance and all words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep sfgirlbybay going with fresh content every day.


vintage glassware via 100 layer cake. / sfgirlbybay

100 layer cake.

’tis the season for toasting! first, we’ll be saying cheers to the holidays and the next thing you know — it’s ringing in a happy new year! i like to imbib with vintage cocktail ware — it just makes celebrating that much more festive. i checked out chairish to see what i might ‘clink!’ with, and they’ve got an abundance of glassy goodness. and, some fun vintage buckets to serve up your champs with class. i saved up a bunch of my favorites — glassware and cocktail accouterment just for you — and just in the nick of time to dress up your holiday parties in style.

vintage glassware in shades of pink and gold. / sfgirlbybay

my chairish favorites: 1. set of eight pink Sherbet Glasses; 2. set of four Pink Glass Champagne Flutes; 3. set of four Vintage European Cordial Glasses; 4. French Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bucket; 5. Red Taittinger champagne Ashtray; 6. set of eight Vintage Murano Champagne Coupes; 7. set of six Pink and Gold Tumbler Glasses with Gold Trim; 8. set of seven Optic Juice Glasses; 9. set of six Sterling Floral Etched Cut Wine Glasses, 10. set of six Culver 22k High Ball Cocktail Glasses; 11. Dom Perignon Style Champagne Tray.

vintage champagne flutes. / sfgirlbybay

vintage gold striped tumblers with tray. / sfgirlbybay

tall champagne glasses with striped straws for NYE. / 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.

new & noteworthy.

dorothy shain's mixed media on paper bikini prints. / sfgirlbybay

1. i have deep love for dorothy shain’s Mixed media on paper bikini prints.

this week’s new & noteworthy i appear to be all about the naturals — black, charcoal, and earthy terracotta tones. perhaps a layover inspired by my trip to cuba. any of these finds would make for ideal holiday swag, too, so if you’re still on the last minute hunt, i’m here to help ya out! here’s what i love this week.

december new and noteworthy. / sfgirlbybay

2. this is a smashing set of 20 MID-CENTURY STRING LIGHTS from rejuvenation; 3. this Negro Marquina marble tray from Spain is gorgeous — from aerin; 4. very pretty time for tea with these matte, unglazed surface pigmented earthenware tea strainers from herriott grace; 5. fun little Cast Iron Whale Bottle Opener from michele varian.

Geo Star Gold Block Print Quilt from scoutmob. / sfgirlbybay

6. beautiful tones in this Geo Star Gold Block Print Quilt from scoutmob.

handmade mirrors in bamboo from fine little day. / sfgirlbybay

7. such sweet and uniquely Beautiful handmade mirrors in bamboo from fine little day.

new and noteworthy home decor. / sfgirlbybay

8. i love this very clever stackable wood wine rack from scoutmob; 9. i quite like the delicate look of the triple mine pendant lamp from anthropologie; 10. pampa’s Argentinian sheep’s wool monte rug has got a rustic moroccan flair that’s spot-on trend.

danish coffee table. / sfgirlbybay

11. this is one gorgeous 1950’s vintage Danish Brass and Wood Coffee Table by Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen for France & Daverkosen from tictac.

Terracotta Mixing Bowls from terrain. / sfgirlbybay

12. perfect for holiday baking, this set of three Terracotta Mixing Bowls from terrain.

unexpected guests: emily katz.

home of artist emily katz. / sfgirlbybay

today we’re dropping in on multi-talented, multi-media artist emily katz who lives in inner Northeast Portland, Oregon. emily shares her eclectic, cozy, plant-filled home with her partner in life and design, Adam, along with their dog Donut, and cat Cowbear. Emily is currently traveling the world teaching macrame workshops, learning about energy healing, art directing and styling photo shoots, hosting dinners and events, collaborating on interior design projects and products, and dreaming up her next big adventure. from interior design to music to macrame, emily fearlessly dives into all she does and her home is a beautiful reflection of her endless creativity. be sure to check out her macrame kits and get inspired by her blog and instagram feed. let’s have a look at how she lives and creates.

home tour of artist emily katz. / sfgirlbybay

What is your idea of a perfect day in Portland? Any favorite secret spots we should know about?
Since I travel so much, I love spending time at home, but my perfect day would be walking the dog to the Sunday farmers market up the street, meeting friends for brunch at P’s and Q’s market. Browsing the plant dream space of Solabee Flowers and Botanicals, and ending the day with oysters and bubbly at Olympia Oyster Bar. All of these places are within a 30-minute walk through the neighborhoods. I love getting front porch and landscape inspo on my walks.

bohemian modern home of emily katz. / sfgirlbybay

What’s the easiest way for you to find inspiration?
I think taking time off is the best for gathering inspiration. Gathering myself up, slowing down. I actually LOVE to get bored. There is something special that happens right when I don’t really know what to do with myself.

artist emily katz's home in portland, oregon. / sfgirlbybay

What does success mean to you?
Success is the moment I realized that I could do anything I dreamed of. That feeling comes from the confidence of knowing if I can gather the perfect team to manifest my vision, then everything will work out. And sometimes things fall apart, and that is just another step in learning and evolving. I definitely have dreams that have not yet been realized, but that will always be true.

plant-filled home of artist emily katz. / sfgirlbybay

How did you come to have a macrame business? What were you doing beforehand?
I had two clothing lines, and in 2009 I quit and ended up going bankrupt. It was a pretty big blow to my young ego. I thought I had failed. But then decided to become a novice. I worked in food service, at the Ace Hotel in Portland, helping friends out with their businesses. And eventually found myself as an art director for a local businesses. I had a great man, and beautiful home and things were going pretty well. And I still didn’t know about macramé.

My parents divorced when I was nine, and I grew up in Portland with my dad and siblings. My mom was pretty absent for nearly 20 years. She moved as far away as she could and still stay in the states, to Connecticut and started a new family. So in 2012, when my partner Adam and I were heading to the east coast for a wedding and to see friends and he said he wanted to meet her, I was a littler nervous about the whole thing. What were we going to talk about? How would we pass the time? I knew she had made macrame in the 1970’s to raise money to buy a guitar, and asked if she would teach me how to make a plant hanger. We have over 100 plants in our home and so it seemed like a fitting and functional project. She taught me in her kitchen, with my half sisters baking cookies and my partner sitting cross-legged on the floor playing the guitar. The macrame guitar — It was a great reconnection. After that I hung the plant hangers up in our guest bathroom and mostly forgot about them until editors from a Japanese magazine came to feature our home. They asked about the macrame in the bathroom and wanted to know where they could get it for themselves. SO, the next day they came back over and I taught my first macrame workshop to Japanese editors in my living room. the rest is history.

artist emily katz in her portland home. / sfgirlbybayplants in the dining room of artist emily katz. / sfgirlbybay

Do you have any tips for small business owners?
Do what you love because you love it and not because you THINK you should or that it will make you cool if you do. When I was 19 I had a clothing line called Bonnie Heart Clyde that quickly became very successful. We had distribution in Japan, and everything was going so well. But I didn’t think it was cool enough. I wanted to be a part of the hip fashion community, and my freehand embroidered art drawings on vintage clothing wasn’t what the “cool girls” were wearing. I quit the business for a few reasons, and now years later, I realize it was mostly because I was insecure and didn’t trust that the right people would be there to love and support it. In the end, it’s pretty funny, because I STILL have fans of that line, 13 years later. So be true to you. And don’t worry about what other people think.

emily katz home in portland, oregon. / sfgirlbybay

What’s your favorite feature in your home?
It is a real toss up between the clawfoot bathtub with the skylight over it in our bedroom. and the kitchen — I love cooking in our kitchen. The stove is framed by a large mirror, which reflects abundance (and sometimes grease!). It is a favorite gathering place.

Is there anything you collect?
Art, home and design books, and experiences.

eclectic portland, orgeon home tour.  / sfgirlbybaycozy kitchen in portand, oregon. / sfgirlbybay

Who would you like to sit down to drinks or tea with?
Meryl Streep. She just seems so herself. I am inspired by authentic women. But honestly, there are so many inspired women who I admire that I would like to sit and laugh with. Share stories and relax.

Do you have a guilty pleasure or indulgence?
Watching really bad TV in hotel rooms.

kitchen in artist emily katz home in portland. / sfgirlbybay

What’s souvenir did you bring back from your last trip?
A Matisse poster from 1984 from a trip to Detroit. From the most amazing rare bookstore, John King.

plants and guitars in artist emily katz bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

If you had to select the perfect soundtrack for being your most creative, do you have a musician, album or genre you’d recommend?
Right now I am loving the new record by Y La Bamba. Luz is a friend of mine from Portland and I had the ultimate pleasure of singing on her last record. Her voice is so special, and even though I don’t speak Spanish, and many of her songs are in Spanish, I love the tone and melodic stories she tells. I also really love Sharon Van Etten. My favorite soundtrack is badass beautiful creative women!

inspiring bedroom decor in home of artist emily katz. / sfgirlbybay

You’re taking a road trip – what’s the perfect dream destination?
I really want to fly into Denver, rent a car, hit up some hot springs, and drive to New Mexico to visit Georgia O’Keefe’s house and ride horses.

plant-filled bedroom of artist emily katz.  / sfgirlbybay

What are some of your favorite instagram feeds?
I love @tinyatlasquarterly, @aleajoy, @anne_parker, @nicolefranzen, @kayakilims, @katherinebont (who works at NOMA, food porn central), @ignant, @Arni_coraldo, there are just so many! And you of course!

clawfoot tub in artist emily katz portland, oregon home. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by emily katz.