getting creative with the minted 50.

my minted 50 art collage. / sfgirlbybay

i’ve been very kindly invited to participate a creative project called the Minted 50, and today i’m sharing my project and a little bit of my creative process with you. it was so much fun to actually get my hands dirty, so to speak and actually make something close to ‘art’ — i created this collage (above) using photographs i took and ephemera i collected whilst on holiday in london. The Minted 50 is a series of 50 creative projects over 50 consecutive days by 50 artists and creatives. To develop the projects, minted has partnered with Van’s General Store, the creative agency headed by Scott Carlson and Liev Schreiber, and VGS’s longtime friend and collaborator Andy Spade, creative leader and co-founder of Partners & Spade — an impressive line-up to be sure. not officially calling myself an artist, i was most honored to be included in the minted 50!

my london themed art project for minted 50 / sfgirlbybayputting together my london themed collage for minted 50. / sfgirlbybaycollage supplies for minted 50. / sfgirlbybay

so, what’s the minted 50? Every day features a new creative challenge or ‘prompt’ led by a member of minted’s artist community and other creative leaders. Each project is designed to encourage everyday acts of creativity and collaboration, and anyone can participate. and, at the end of 50 days, all of the projects will be exhibited at the gallery of Van’s General Store in New York City, and auctioned off to benefit RxArt, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help children heal through the extraordinary power of visual art.

items from my trip to london for my minted 50 collage. / sfgirlbybaylondon art collage. / sfgirlbybay

and what’s also very cool, is minted is inviting people to follow along and participate in the minted 50 design challenges! Watch the videos, learn more about the projects, and download instructions on how to join in at the minted 50. it was so much fun to make something tactile, and memorable from my trip. i hope you’ll jump in and make something that means something to you, too!

london art collage. / sfgirlbybayminted 50 art project. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.

zen and the art of floor cushions.

tufted floor cushions. / sfgirlbybay

i’ve been dying to create a little zen area for myself in the home studio where i can attempt a little meditation (never ever easy for me to calm my brain) and finally got around to trying out a few pillow configurations. urban outfitters invited me to try some of their beautiful floor pillows, and i must say, i can turn my mind off with much more ease cozying up on the pretty Velvet Rohini Daybed Cushion, which works just great on the floor, too. i added a couple of the pretty tufted corduroy and yooko floor pillows and perfecto! plus they look nice stacked in a corner awaiting my moment of zen — i have a feeling meditation may come a lot more easily to me now, if i don’t doze off, that is.

solid floor cushions from urban outfitters. / sfgirlbybay urban outfitters floor cushions. / sfgirlbybay pink floor cushions from urban outfitters. / sfgirlbybay daybed floor cushion from urban outfitters. / sfgirlbybay urban outfitters stacked floor cushions. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.

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mirror images.

oversized black framed mirror / sfgirlbybay

so, it’s a little hard to visualize, but for my remodel we closed off the entrance to the back guest bedroom (which is now part bathroom / part walk-in closet — more to come on that soon) and instead of just leaving the former doorway a plain old wall, we made it into an arched niche — kind of like this. so, i now i’m hunting for the perfect mirror for the spot, which i think should also follow the arched curve at the top. no easy task and i may need to have it custom made. i have exactly in my head what i want (which is usually the beginning of all nightmare hunts because what you see in your head is not always what you get). anyhow — on my search, i’ve come across some lovely mirrors and i thought i’d share. west elm has very cool vintage-inspired mirrors that come close to my needs — just not the right size. and this etsy shop has some beautiful vintage vanity mirrors. anyway, peer into my search for the ideal mirror.

frameless mirror / sfgirlbybay vintage hanging mirrors. / sfgirlbybayvintage curved mirror. / sfgirlbybay wood framed mirror. / sfgirlbybayblack framed circle mirror. / sfgirlbybayvintage brass framed mirrors. / sfgirlbybay modern black framed mirror. / sfgirlbybay wall mirrors. / sfgirlbybay unique curved mirror with brass frame. / sfgirlbybay brass framed vintage hanging mirrors. / sfgirlbybaygold framed mirrors. / sfgirlbybay

• image credits and shopping sources in order of appearance: 100 layer cake; balenciaga; Vintage Art Deco Mirror Extra Large from uulipolli; decor8; curved frameless mirror from the other duckling; the roger thomas collection; Industrial Metal + Wood Floor Mirror from west elm; weekday carnival; oxidized mirrors by David Derksen Design; arkpad; Brass Frame Mirror from michele varian; bo living; la cool & chic; sisseal andrea; coveteur; Rose Gold Metal Framed Asymmetrical Floor Mirror from west elm; admiral hanging mirrors from Anthropologie; west elm’s Metal Framed Floor Mirror.

friday finds.

matisse tote bag. / sfgirlbybay

hello, friday — feels like you’ve been a long time coming this week. but the sun is shining, there’s a good flea market on and i’m ready to relax a little in my garden this weekend. i’m also working on a fun art project that i’ll share on monday! i guess this post is inspiring my creativity to get started. happy friday, everyone! xo, victoria

  1. i had one glance at this Handmade tote bag inspired by Matisse’s ‘Nadia au Menton Pointu’Made by Peu Importe and had to grab one immediately.
  2. be sure to check out the design files for this interview with melbourne-based artist caroline walls. i’m in love with her beautiful paintings of the female form.
  3. why am i so drawn (no pun intended, well maybe) to drawings? this is called You Suffer, I Suffer, Paint & Charcoal on Canvas by benjamin ewing.
  4. i love the colors in this pretty graphic art print called trinity by Berit Mogensen Lopez, available at the poster club.
  5. this is such a pretty color palette and perfectly suited for the artwork i’m sharing today. i could feel very calm in this room.
  6. holly marder has a great eye, and her studio makes me very envious. i love this little inspiration wall — i’m inspired already!
  7. this is a lovely light-filled space to hang a perfect little gallery of art. and the chaise looks like the perfect viewing spot to take it all in.

caroline walls paintings. / sfgirlbybaybenjamin ewing drawing. / sfgirlbybaygraphic art print by Berit Mogensen Lopez. / sfgirlbybaydecor with pale pink tones. / sfgirlbybayholly marder studio space. / sfgirlbybaylight filled space with art gallery wall. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: wm. farmer & sons.

wear this there: wm. farmer & sons.

there’s a new destination gracing hudson, new york — and it’s the hip-countryside-goers dream come true. wm. farmer & sons is not only a spot to grab a delicious bite but also a mercantile, bar, and boardinghouse. the boutique style space designed by shappacherwhite architecture is full of masculine touches like deep jewel toned paint, open brick, and raw wood floors. that however, does not mean you can’t bring the eclectic femme to this dining experience with satin clog shoes, a botanical embroidered trench, and pom pom earrings — it’s all about balance right? make a res for a gaggle of good friends, or slide into a seat at the communal table with our latest read shrill by lindy west.

~ michaela dartois, vérité published.

exterior of wm. farmer & sons. / sfgirlbybaywhat to wear to wm. farmer & sons. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: zara embroidered trench coat; zara high heel satin clogs; tuleste pom pom earring in forest green; Clare V. Florist Striped Pouch at anthropologie; nars Pop Goes the Easel Sheer Pop Multiple; credo beauty french girl sea spray; read this there shrill by lindy west; bagatiba vintage d3c necklace; and need supply achro navy slip dress.

dining room at wear this there: wm. farmer & sons. / sfgirlbybaydining room of wm. farmer & sons. / sfgirlbybayinside and oustide of wm. farmer & sons. / sfgirlbybaydecor inside wm. farmer & sons. / sfgirlbybaythe bar at wm. farmer & sons. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via shappacherwhite architecture.