good reads: simply styling.

good reads: simply styling. / sfgirlbybay

the first book by designer and stylist Kirsten Grove of the beautiful blog, simply grove is out, and it’s a must-have for libraries of all decor aficionados. Kirsten guides you every step of the way, going room by room and item by item, giving you the tools and tricks you need to create a space that captures your own unique personality and taste. i’ve known kristen all my blogging life and i was most honored to be asked by her to provide a quote for the book, so i’d like to share that with you because it details exactly how i feel about her lovely new book Simply Styling: Fresh & Easy Ways to Personalize Your Home.

“I’ve long admired Kirsten Grove. One of the most loving and honorable women I know, Kirsten puts as much heart and soul into her interior design work as she does her family and community. This book reflects that character and inspires readers to find the soul of their own homes.” so there you have it — i think you’ll love the inspiring imagery and ideas with simply styling — here’s just a few of my favorites.

interior decor inspiration from simply styling / sfgirlbybay

modern kitchen decor featured in simply styling / sfgirlbybay

modern decor from the book, simply styling. / sfgirlbybay

modern dining room decor featured in Kirsten Grove's, Simply Styling. / sfgirlbybay

tufted velvet headboard in bohemian modern bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

white modern kitchen decor featured in simply styling / sfgirlbybay

modern white kitchen decor from Kirsten Grove's simply styling / sfgirlbybay

• photography via Simply Styling: Fresh & Easy Ways to Personalize Your Home.


bohemian paris.

paris apartment tour via milk decoration. / sfgirlbybay

my very much beloved and favorite decor magazine milk decoration just featured the exotic and uber-eclectic paris apartment of Sophie Duruflé, CEO of the Parisian brand, Isabel Marant. talk about your bohemian paradise – chez Duruflé is a well-curated collection of vintage oddities, that all work quite well together, especially if you’ve got a taste for the unexpected. For two years — along with a flamingo and a cat — she’s shared the top floor of a spacious apartment in the 1st district, the heart of historic Paris. for the entire incredible home tour, visit milk decoration.

vintage home furnishings in paris apartment featured in milk decoration. / sfgirlbybay

eccentric paris home of Isabel Marant's CEO / sfgirlbybay

cat on vintage dresser in the CEO of Isabel Marant's paris apartment / sfgirlbybay

vintage wall decor and modern light fixtures / sfgirlbybay

chinese lanterns over vintage dining table via milk decoration. / sfgirlbybay

green room with chinese paper lanterns via milk decoration. / sfgirlbybay

chinese paper lanterns in green room / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern bedroom decor via milk decoration. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern bathroom decor via milk decoration / sfgirlbybay

mantle with vintage glassware and candlesticks via milk decoration. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via milk decoration.

nobody puts baby in a corner.

modern gray corner chair / sfgirlbybay


or, maybe they do. i keep seeing this trend of interesting ‘corner chairs’ that i don’t recall seeing much of before late. got a funky corner you don’t know what to do with? put a chair there. these chairs are made specifically for your awkward corners. so go ahead — put these babies in a corner.

corner sofa in modern living room / sfgirlbybay

scenes of unimportance.

modern corner seating options / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: rh teen peyton corner chair; restoration hardware KENSINGTON UPHOLSTERED CORNER CHAIR; cb2 Cielo ivory corner chair; and rh teen CARGO LOUNGE CORNER CHAIR.

corner chair with one arm / sfgirlbybay

altamura chair from casa midy (above + below).

corner chair with cushion tie-backs / sfgirlbybay

floor chair from urban outfitters / sfgirlbybay

the reema floor cushion from urban outfitters.

pop goes the art.

poster art in modern white living room / sfgirlbybay

kikette interiors.

when it comes to poster art, i love a strong, bold graphic — especially ones reminiscent of a 1960-70’s pop art vibe — a colorful, interesting mix of great type treatments, and avant-garde print and pattern. i took the liberty of photoshopping in some fun poster art prints into some of these room images, and i like what i see. there’s great resources for vintage pop art on etsy, ebay and even flea markets, and for new pop art prints, like concert posters, i like to check out work from jason munn, and concert poster art and the poster museum.

magenta velvet sofa with framed pop art / sfgirlbybay

1956 poster for Villa Borghese by Gianni Franciolini, Italy, 1953 dropped into an image from rue magazine.

Bernhard Buhmann contemporary abstract art painting via artsy. / sfgirlbybay

Bernhard Buhmann contemporary abstract art painting via artsy.

framed vintage book cover art and modern decor / sfgirlbybay

vintage book cover added to this decor via adore magzine.

blue poster of Warhol's interpretation of the moon landing / sfgirlbybay

a poster of Warhol’s interpretation of the moon landing via boligliv.

graphic print via inaluxe. / sfgirlbybay

inaluxe graphic print.

the fig house, via its designer emily henderson with inaluxe graphic print. / sfgirlbybay

the fig house, via its designer emily henderson with inaluxe graphic print.

watercolor print / sfgirlbybay

a watercolor by Harland Miller hangs in the home of Harriet Anstruther Studio featured in T Magazine (above + below).

framed prints via T magazine / sfgirlbybay





the shutterbugs: sarah e. elliott.

creative workspace photographed by sarah e. elliott. / sfgirlbybay

talented photographer sarah e. elliott comes with an impressive pedigree — she’s a graduate of the prestigious Parson’s School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and in addition, she has taken courses at Rhode Island School of Design and the International Center of Photography. i first noticed sarah’s beautiful work through her campaign for loeffler randall and was so enamored i had to pop over to her online portfolio, which was just as impressive. Sarah’s photographs have been published by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Domino and goop — and these are just a few of my favorite images. visit her website for more inspiring decor imagery.

loft space photographed by sarah e. elliott / sfgirlbybaywhite sofa with colorful throw pillows photographed by sarah e. elliott. / sfgirlbybayinspiring decor photographed by sarah e. elliott / sfgirlbybaybedroom decor photographed by sarah e. elliott / sfgirlbybayinspiring living room decor photographed by sarah e. elliott / sfgirlbybaypotted plants and flowers photographed by sarah e. elliott / sfgirlbybaymodern bohemian bedroom photographed by sarah e. elliott / sfgirlbybayhome decor photographed by sarah e. elliott / sfgirlbybaybohemian modern decor photographed by sarah e. elliott / sfgirlbybaywhite home decor photograped by sarah e. elliott / sfgirlbybaythe shutterbugs: sarah e. elliott. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by sarah e. elliott.