best of: good reads: fvf visits carolina iriarte.

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this week freunde von freunden has an amazing home tour and interview featuring barcelona fashion and handbag designer, Carolina L. Iriarte. i can hardly contain my envy for her fantastic checkerboard floors — are those just not amazing? with everything in her home kept very minimal, but no less interesting the floors become the showstopper — they make me want to tap dance! i’m also in love with the idea of what appears to be the top piece of a china cabinet, used as a display piece on the floor. Carolina creates one of a kind, high quality handbags and runs her shops Iriarte Iriarte with two locations in barcelona, spain. for the whole wonderful tour and interview, visit freunde von freunden.

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• Photography by Natalia Guarín and Ruben Ortiz.



best of: soothing spaces.

dining space salvo lópez photography / sfgirlbybay

i’m such a fan of barcelona-based photographer salva lópez. his photographs for clients like dwell, freunde von freunden and monocle magazine have such an ethereal, peaceful quality of light, and they make me want to crawl into them and live my life right there and then. these spaces are the perfect example of what i’m talking about. modern, sometimes sparse, but eclectic and perfectly styled, salva lópez captures light with his camera exactly like i’d like to.

salvo lópez photography for fvf / sfgirlbybay

nook, salvo lópez photography / sfgirlbybay

salvo lópez photography / sfgirlbybay

dining space, salvo lópez photography / sfgirlbybay

salvo lópez photography / sfgirlbybay

garden, salvo lópez photography / sfgirlbybay

terrace salvo lópez photography / sfgirlbybay

bedroom, salvo lópez photography / sfgirlbybay

butterflly chairs, salvo lópez / sfgirlbybay

beamed ceiling salvo lópez / sfgirlbybay

salvo lópez photography / sfgirlbybay

• photography by salva lópez.

best of: the shutterbugs: salva lópez.

kitchen by photographer salva lópez / sfgirlbybay

i love the story-telling images of barcelona-based photographer salva lópez. he seems to just slip in and capture the mood of a space perfectly — like a fly on the wall, there’s no disrupting the elements — just a very personal documentary of what’s taking place. this story, for instance, commissioned by client Monocle Magazine of a husband-and-wife team in their live/work apartment in spain. the creative couple decided to transform their apartment behind Madrid’s Paseo de Prado into a space in which they could live and work, and salva has managed to make us feel as though we’re actually in their comfortable abode — i can practically smell their lovely leather goods. you can see the full story on monocle (which is an amazing magazine if you don’t already subscribe!) and more images on the online portfolio of salva lópez.

dog on sofa by photographer salva lópez / sfgirlbybay

plants by photographer salva lópez / sfgirlbybay

courtyard by photographer salva lópez / sfgirlbybay

plant life by photographer salva lópez / sfgirlbybay

indoor and outdoor plants via photographer salva lópez / sfgirlbybay

living space via photographer salva lópez / sfgirlbybay

mirrored bedrom cabinet via photographer salva lópez / sfgirlbybay

wood beamed bedroom photo by salva lópez / sfgirlbybay

workspace by photographer salva lópez / sfgirlbybay

• photography by salva lópez for Monocle Magazine.

best of: i have a thing for these mirrors.

gold rimmed F.A.33 mirror on pale pink wall / sfgirlbybay

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every time i see one of these uniquely shaped mirrors i’m suddenly stopped dead in my tracks. there’s just something so striking, and so feminine about the curve and shape of their pretty brass frames. i did a bit of research on them and i believe they are called an F.A.33 mirror, originally designed by the legendary designer Gio Ponti in 1933 for prominent lamp and glass manufacturer FontanaArte. i’m not certain, but i think they were then made popular throughout the 1940-50’s because the mirrors i keep finding online are labeled as ‘mid-century modern 1950’s italian designed’ mirror.  i’ve also been seeing some similar, modern ones with a sleek, radius round corners, and those are quite lovely, too. i think the vintage version may be quite rare, because they are also quite pricey, so i’m going to keep my flea market eyes peeled for one of these pretties — i’d just love to own something so classically beautiful.

two mirrors vitnage italian mirrors via marie claire maison. / sfgirlbybay

these two mirrors have such stunning shapes, via marie claire maison.

1950's vintage italian mirrors / sfgirlbybay

pretty in pink framed mirror from 1st dibs; this one from Lamp and Co. on etsy is tempting me; and a couple beautiful 1950’s vintage mirrors from the apartment.

1950's italian mirroron pale pink wall and a mid-century modern teak framed version. / sfgirlbybay

1950’s italian mirror from the apartment; and a mid-century modern teak framed version.

retro bathroom mirrors / sfgirlbybay

a pair of bathroom mirrors, via xnet; radius corner mirror with a shelf, via the design files; and a 1950’s vintage mirror from the apartment.

extra large, radius corner mirror with large potted cactus via one hundred layer cake / sfgirlbybay

extra large, radius corner mirror via one hundred layer cake.

vintage mirrors with silver frames and little hangers, via inside closet. / sfgirlbybay

i love these vintage beauties with their little hangers, via inside closet.

designer vanessa alexander's white and black malibu bathroom with matching mirrors and moroccan rug via my domaine. / sfgirlbybay

designer vanessa alexander’s malibu bathroom, via my domaine.

vertical mirrors are hung from industrial hardware via The Shop Of The New, Copenhagen. / sfgirlbybay

i quite fancy the way these vertical mirrors are hung from industrial hardware, at The Shop Of The New, Copenhagen.

best of: wear this there: a luz ideal.

cafe a luz ideal / sfgirlbybay

lisbon has long been on the bucket list, and our hearts only grow fonder for it as we stumble across more and more design gems. coffee shop a luz ideal is no different, and is immediately going on our must hit places when we do finally make it there. its owner teresa, and her architect husband are responsible for this adorable spot. its dreamy tiles remind us of old world lisbon, while the cheeky art brings us back to the now. stop in for a cup of coffee, and some sweet treats in our transitional winter to spring (more just trying to summon spring) wear this there. in case you were wondering what a luz ideal means, as i was, it directly translates to the ideal light — nothing seems more fitting for a morning spent here with our read this there the power of habit.

~ michaela d’artois, vérité published.

cafe a luz ideal in lisbon. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: cafe a luz ideal. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: pixie market teddy button faux fur coat; GanniBrown Dungarees from need supply; Clare V. Twill Foldover Clutch from anthropologie; need supply Vayarta flats in Bronze Metallic; need supply Kathleen Whitaker Rock Ring in Pyrite Quartz; Charlotte Lebeck Jade Earring from club moncaco; read this there the power of habit by charles duhigg; block shop kochi scarf; and anthropologie Coffee Shop Tee in rose.

wear this there featuring cafe a luz ideal. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of cafe a luz ideal in lisbon. / sfgirlbybay

pastel decor inside a luz ideal in lisbon. / sfgirlbybay

a luz ideal coffee shop in lisbon. / sfgirlbybay

patterned tile floors, mint chairs and pink tables at cafe a luz ideal. / sfgirlbybay

what to wear to cafe a luz ideal. / sfgirlbybay

pink drinks at cafe a luz ideal in lisbon. / sfgirlbybay

war is over poster at cafe a luz ideal in lisbon. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by a luz ideal; little tiny pieces of me; and little upside down cake