jammin’ at home.

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making jam at home with Crate & Barrel / sfgirlbybay

we’ve just headed into august, which is kinda hard for me to believe, and summer fruit season will soon be winding down. but what better way to make the best of all those yummy stone fruits than a little DIY jam session? i thought it might be fun to set up the ideal jam making party with some cute accoutrement from crate and barrel. they invited me to create a fun summer evening with goods from their collections and i went to town! i thought their rustic tiered fruit baskets would be ideal for displaying our fruit and the classic weck canning jars in various sizes — small 2.7 ounce jars, and larger 10 ounce and 18 ounce jars. i have a weck jar addiction, to tell you the truth and use them for everything — from salad dressings to storing leftovers, but they’re ideal for storing preserves.

homemade jam in weck jars in Crate & Barrel fruit stand / sfgirlbybay

i made fresh juices from the fruit, too and served them in these sweet little bottle glasses with straws, and served them in crate & barrel’s Bendt Metal Serving Basket. since homemade jams make really great hostess gifts, i thought they’d be cute wrapped and tied in some pretty linen napkins — i used these Liam Grey Striped Linen Cloth Dinner Napkins which i love; these Helena Vanilla Ivory and Graphite Linen Dinner Napkins — a super easy, reusable and sustainable way to wrap up gifts. it all turned out looking pretty great for a fun summer evening jammin’ with friends!

making jam at home for a summer party / sfgirlbybay prepping to make jam at home with Crate & Barrel / sfgirlbybay Crate & Barrel fruit stand with weck jars filled with homemade jam / sfgirlbybay Crate & Barrel wire basket with glass jars filled with homemade juice / sfgirlbybay making jam party favors at home with Crate and Barrel / sfgirlbybay making jam at home using fresh fruit and my favorite recipe / sfgirlbybay  fresh fruit for making jam at home / sfgirlbybay making jam at home with Crate & Barrel / sfgirlbybay homemade jam wrapped in Crate and Barrel dinner napkin as a gift / sfgirlbybay making jam at home with Crate & Barrel / sfgirlbybay

• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.

homepolish creates a sweet space.

interior design by home polish / sfgirlbybay

homepolish, interior designers du jour are a great resource when you’re looking for either online or in-person help designing your home at attainable, affordable prices. i’ve seen loads of their projects since they’ve launched with over 500 designers on board — alumni of the best schools and design firms around the country, but this has to be one of my favorite spaces. homepolish co-founder Noa Santos took on a bachelor pad project for their office neighbors — the owners of Sweetgreen who run the healthy salad spot right across the street from homepolish’s flatiron district headquarters. homepolish created such a beautiful, plant-filled space for friends and Sweetgreen founders Jonathan Neman and Nathaniel Ru in their SoHo loft  — everything about it inspires me. just have a look at this lovely bright and open space.soho loft designed by home polish / sfgirlbybay

bright nyc loft designed by home polish / sfgirlbybay

new york city loft designed by home polish / sfgirlbybay

home polish interior designers / sfgirlbybay

space in nyc designed by home polish interior decorators / sfgirlbybay

kitchen in nyc designed by home polish / sfgirlbybay

owners of sweet life in nyc loft designed by home polish / sfgirlbybay

home decor by home polish in nyc / sfgirlbybay

chic nyc loft designed by home polish / sfgirlbybay

modern loft in nyc designed by home polish / sfgirlbybay

modern nyc loft space designed by home polish / sfgirlbybay

modern home furnishings in nyc loft designed by home polish / sfgirlbybay

home decor designed by home polish / sfgirlbybay

light bathroom designed by home polish / sfgirlbybay

modern bathroom designed by home polish / sfgirlbybay

bedroom in nyc loft designed by home polish / sfgirlbybay

bedroom in loft designed by nyc's home polish / sfgirlbybay

home polish interior design in nyc / sfgirlbybay

• photography by claire esparros for homepolish.

a home of hidden treasures.

home with large ceiling medallion via vtwonen / sfgirlbybay

it’s hard to imagine now, but this beautiful home featured on VT Wonen had once housed an accounting firm — but hidden beneath its rough surface was a treasure trove of the home’s original features. when the new owners went to investigate, they discovered a beautiful parquet wood floor buried under layers of old linoleum, and all glass doors that had been paneled over. and in the bedroom, from behind a sloping wall they uncovered a gorgeous marble fireplace. and last but not least — they also uncovered those coveted brick walls — in other words, a home that they got for a steal, was actually a gold mine. a home with the kind of features one always dreams of having and would certainly never consider covering up. for the full tour have a look at VT Wonen .

vtwonen home tour / sfgirlbybayvtwonen home tour with black fireplace and exposed brick wall / sfgirlbybay

vtwonen with brick wall and modern dining area with oversized photograph / sfgirlbybayvtwonen home tour with brick walls and mint green smeg refrigerator / sfgirlbybay vtwonen home tour / sfgirlbybay  stainglass window at bottom of stairwell via vtwonen / sfgirlbybay vtwonen home tour of bedroom with white bedding / sfgirlbybay  vtwonen home tour with modern light fixtures / sfgirlbybay green nursery via vtwonen / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Jansje Klazinga for VT Wonen.

stairway to book heaven.

black metal library ladder in front of black metal book cases / sfgirlbybay

my domaine.

one of the things that makes me happiest about my new (well, now a year old!) house is the built-in bookcases we installed. i love books and i love displaying them for other people to enjoy. the only drawback is how tall my bookcases are since they reach my ceiling which at the highest pitch is about 13 feet tall. so i’m considering installing a library ladder — which i have always wanted, too. i’ve seen a few out there and i love the ones that roll. i’m not sure i have enough space for that, but i’ve seen these library ladder kits you can build which seem very cool, as well as these and these that you can customize to fit your needs. it might be also fun to find something vintage that i could repurpose — so i’m on the hunt for those too. my very own stairway to heaven!

tall white built-in bookcase with wood rolling library ladder / sfgirlbybay

my domaine.

white opening book shelves with modern black rolling library ladder / sfgirlbybay

pufik homes.

white built-in bookcases with black library ladder / sfgirlbybay

houzz.

built-in bookcases with ladders / sfgirlbybay

clockwise l to r: home & hearth.houzz.; dust jacket attic.; apartment therapy.; HGTV.; doornob. 

loft with built-in bookcase and black ladder / sfgirlbybay

cup of jo.

black metal bookcases with black metal library ladder / sfgirlbybay

my domaine.

wooden ladder leaning on white built-in bookcases / sfgirlbybay

dust jacket attic.

open wood shelves with books and rolling vintage library cart / sfgirlbybay

sweden with love.

white built-in bookcases with white ladder and art gallery wall / sfgirlbybay

sarah catherine design.

wood ladder hung from white book cases / sfgirlbybay

méchant studio.

bookcases with wood ladder / sfgirlbybay

my domaine.

a trip to the ponderosa.

Ponderosa cactus shop in Los Angeles / sfgirlbybay

this weekend after having brunch, we drove past the cutest cactus shop and did an immediate u-turn to check it out. this sweet shop has no sign, but you can spot it easily by the wagon full of cacti outside on the sidewalk  — it’s called ponderosa cactus and it’s adorable. not only that, their inventory is vast, and good for the planet — their mission is to show that drought friendly doesn’t mean dry, it is sustainable and succulent. Every succulent and cacti at ponderosa cactus is hand picked and meticulously maintained, so it leaves happy and ready to go home with you. owners DANIELLA CARRASCO and ANDANETTE VALDERRAMA are an Arizona-born and raised sister-duo, who decided to venture out to the sunny life of southern California and continue a family owned Tucson business, that opened its doors in 1988. they’re now bringing their low maintenance, drought friendly plant knowledge to highland park at the ponderosa. if you’re in the area, be sure to stop by this friendly neighborhood shop!

exterior of Ponderosa cactus in highland park / sfgirlbybay

Ponderosa cactus store in los angeles, california / sfgirlbybay

shopping at ponderosa cactus store in highland park / sfgirlbybay

plants for sale at Ponderosa cactus in highland park / sfgirlbybay

Ponderosa cactus shop / sfgirlbyabay

lovely plants for sale at Ponderosa cactus store / sfgirlbybay

plants displayed at Ponderosa cactus shop in los angeles / sfgirlbybay

interior of Ponderosa cactus shop / sfgirlbybay

• photos by sfgirlbybay.