the artful gift guide.
by victoria comment

12/6/21

the artful gift guide - art, books, museum memberships etc! / sfgirlbybay

i am not always one for gift guides. mostly, i just figure you know what your loved ones would like more than i ever could, but i had the thought that an artful gift guide might be nice to put together for you. personal, handmade, and always unique are the kinds of gifts i love receiving and giving so these are a few thoughts i have on the subject of creative prezzies for those on our gift-giving lists. art is always a favorite of mine, books, ceramics, textiles — even vintage or repurposed finds are lovely to receive. i think the idea is to think of your recipient and what they love best and aim for something creative and unexpected around that theme — and try not to stress and just have fun with the gift of giving! and should you need further gift ideas, you might like my marché recommends — a curated collection of things i love and update frequently, and if you’ve never checked out my resources page you might find a shop you haven’t checked out yet, and finally, my christmas gift pinboard may be helpful, too!

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i love everything fine little day does, and their sporty skiers print is pretty darn sweet. Winter sports, fresh air, and speed — what more could a kid want? this original drawing with acrylic and crayon is by Elisabeth Dunker, fine little day’s founder and chief genius. i find it adorable. check out all her sublime posters and wall art.

the artful gift guide - art, books, museum memberships etc! / sfgirlbybay

would you like to give an artful gift that keeps on giving, at least all year long? how about a membership to your local museum, like LACMA? it’s really such a great gift because people often don’t splurge on museum memberships like this for themselves, but the cool thing is that when they go they can bring you, too because most memberships include two admission guest tickets every time you visit! win-win!

the artful gift guide - art, books, museum memberships etc! / sfgirlbybay

perhaps you’d like to surprise a loved one with a trip? extravagant, yes — so if you’re not quite equipped for that kind of expenditure, how about some affordable travel guides so you can fantasize together on where to head next? wallpaper* city guides are some of my favorites — always up to date with must-visit destinations — like lisbon, barcelona and london. and they’re conveniently pocket-sized — unearthing the hippest nightlife, the buzziest hotels, the coolest retail & restaurants, the most influential art galleries & cultural spaces, the best in local design and contemporary architecture. bon voyage — at least in your brain!

the artful gift guide - art, books, museum memberships etc! / sfgirlbybay

another gift that keeps on giving is masterclass — online classes taught by the true masters of their professions. instructors like massimo bottura teaching his secrets to great italian cuisine, kelly wearstler teaching you her inside scoop on interior design, Ringo starr teaching drumming and creative collaboration — the list goes on and on. anything from style tips from tan france, and even jane goodall teaching conservation. and masterclass is very affordable — a truly unique gift that personally, i would love!

the artful gift guide - art, books, museum memberships etc! / sfgirlbybay

how about a unique magazine subscription? there are so many beautiful independently published and collectible magazines out there these days, and cereal has some of my very favorite photography. cereal is a biannual, travel & style magazine that focuses on a select number of destinations alongside engaging interviews and stories on unique design, art, and fashion. Volume 21 explores the subject of preservation — i’ll bet even just a single issue would be most appreciated. i also love holiday magazinemilk decoration, the gentlewoman, kinfolk, tiny atlas quarterly, and apartmento.

the artful gift guide - art, books, museum memberships etc! / sfgirlbybay

the artful gift guide - art, books, museum memberships etc! / sfgirlbybay

etsy is another sweet spot to hunt for unique, handmade or vintage gifts and artwork. for instance, i just love this vintage Mid Century Modern 967 AGS Basel Graphic Design Alumni Poster Print from the bold modern shop (who ships worldwide, by the way) and this handmade black ceramic footed bowl is fab. search to your heart’s desire on etsy for anything you can think of — from ceramics, to art prints and vintage, one-of-a-kind rare books — those of us seeking a unique shopping experience love etsy.

the artful gift guide - art, books, museum memberships etc! / sfgirlbybay

and last but hardly least — the gift of a great book!i particularly love Taschen’s beautiful coffee table books and they even have full collections dedicated to art — personally, i’d love TASCHEN’s 40th-anniversary special edition of David Hockney. A Chronology — an unprecedented year-by-year journey through the life and work of artist David Hockney.  and, of course, i adore their gorgeous photography and fashion titles. but taschen’s portrait of a city collection is one of my favorites — i have london, paris and los angeles and completely treasure them. you just can’t go wrong with their gorgeous books!

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friday finds.
by victoria comment

12/3/21

this week's friday finds and colorful and eclectic / sfgirlbybay

okay, i’m clearly having some kind of design identity crisis because i’m all of sudden so drawn to color and lots of it! who am i? i may not be able to pull this amount of color off in my own home, but i definitely have an admiration for this change in scenery and find the trend really inspiring and uplifting. i hope you do, too — if for nothing more than to get your creative juices and design ideas flowing in these darker and somewhat drearier winter days. oh, and if you’re looking for some holiday gift ideas, i’ve tried to create a unique and colorful gift guide on pinterest. have a great weekend everyone!

xo, victoria

  1. this lovely living room is actually a showroom — it’s the brainchild of interior designers olivier garcé and clio dimofski in collaboration with furniture designer ian felton. feeling creatively stifled during covid quarantine, the trio came up with the quite genius idea of transforming their beautiful new york brownstone apartment into a conceptual design ‘showroom’. for more visit milk decoration.
  2. i love this very eclectic and colorful bedroom art ‘gallery’ featured on my Scandinavian home. it’s a wonderfully unexpected collection of unique artworks and vintage mirrors and paired with the bold prints and bedding looks absolutely smashing. you can visit the full Copenhagen home tour here.
  3. i constantly find myself wishing i had super high ceilings and mostly because i love huge, oversized lighting. this one made from blown transparent orange glass is particularly fabulous and like a blast right out of the 1970’s. designed by Johanna Grawunder it’s the ’27 Spheres Orange’ Ceiling Light from her pillow talk collection and certainly way out of my price range, but we can admire it from afar, can’t we?
  4. while this draped entryway is actually a retail installation for a Melbourne, Australia clothing boutique camilla and marc, i think it makes for such an interesting and dramatic way to treat a doorway — one without a door, of course! the color palette is pretty dreamy, too.
  5. how about this for a cozy little reading spot after a day skiing the chilly slopes of the french alps? it’s just one great built-in nook at the alpine-chic hotel Le Coucou in the ski resort of Méribel designed by french interior designer Pierre Yovanovitch. oh to jet-set here for a week or so! have a peek at the incredible chateau here.
  6. this doorway is pretty exceptional, too. i love how the various bold paint colors create such dimension, almost like a work of art. it’s the home and museum of the german writer, poet, and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goethe also known as goethe house in Weimar, Germany — should you find yourself in that neck of the world, drop in to see it in person.
  7. i find this to be a brilliant idea for a headboard. it looks perhaps to be an old non-functioning fireplace repurposed as a beautiful headboard, complete with a shelf for pictures and small collectibles. I’ll bet you could find a mantel like this in an architectural salvage yard and diy your own.
  8. one more very dramatic entrance to provide you with food for thought — i love the bright blue walls leading you into the living room and its fantastic rust-colored velvet mohair sofa from the very dreamy Parisian charles zana collection. the contrasting colors look smashing together and again, add a lot of depth and dimension. love it!

this week's friday finds and colorful and eclectic / sfgirlbybay

this week's friday finds and colorful and eclectic / sfgirlbybay

this week's friday finds and colorful and eclectic / sfgirlbybay

this week's friday finds and colorful and eclectic / sfgirlbybay

this week's friday finds and colorful and eclectic / sfgirlbybay

this week's friday finds and colorful and eclectic / sfgirlbybay

this week's friday finds and colorful and eclectic / sfgirlbybay