out of commission.
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my garden / sfgirlbybay

i know this sounds so silly, but as you may have seen on instagram, i was stung on my thumb by a bee in my garden, and my hand swelled into a balloon! i’ve never had this kind of reaction to a bee sting before and ended up at urgent care to get a shot, some meds and some relief from the pain! so suffice it to say, it was my right hand and i can’t do much until the swelling goes down. i’m dictating this to my phone as we speak to let you know i’ll be off for a few days until i can properly and without pain use the keyboard again. i love bees, but not this particular bee! i’m sure i’ll see you back here on monday when i can type again. have a great weekend!

xo, victoria

tote-ally summer.
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woven basket totes. / sfgirlbybay

i love a good tote basket — and to prove it, i have them in all shapes and sizes and display my collection proudly hanging from a rattan wall rack, but i’m always finding room for just one more. i use them for the farmer’s market and the flea, grocery shopping, and for sure poolside and a day at the beach. not only do they have a kind of cool european, vintage vibe while you’re carrying them, but they also look pretty hanging out in plain site, too. i also have a couple of french market totes hanging in my kitchen at the ready for my next shopping excursion. i went on the hunt for some nouveau tote bags and found quite a few favorites as well as some inspiration for toting one along — the perfect summer accessory, but oh-so practical, too.

woven market basket totes. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: couture splash; Bougainvillea via @life_simplified; anthropologie’s Raffia Tasseled Tote Bag; beach day; free people Mariposa Straw Tote; palm shadow; beach bag via vvogued; free people hidden Paradise Backpack.

woven beach hat and bag via @satinyroses / sfgirlbybay

woven beach tote via @pansyco on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

woven market basket totes. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: urban outfitters To-Go Market Bag in peach; dandelion by Beatrice Oettinger; food52 Woven Moroccan Market Backpack; vintage woven bag from collage vintage; Sophie Anderson Jonas Fringed Tote Bag; kendra smoot’s style via rip & tan; Olivia Jute Tote Bag from anthopologie; floral via j’adore trop.

woven beach hat and basket tote via emerson merrick. / sfgirlbybay

woven market basket tote. / sfgirlbybay

woven market basket totes. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise from left to right: Hermès paris; j.crew KAYU mini St. Tropez tote; MUUÑ Mini Jeanne Flor Straw Basket Bag; friut basket via Knotably Studio; urban outfitters To-Go Market Bag in natural; beach umbrellas via anna gillar.

woven market tote in peach / sfgirlbybay

all other photography credits in order of appearance: pretty pictures delightful tulips; @satinyroses; @pansyco; emerson merrick; rooms of inspiration; urban outfitters To-Go Market Bag in peach.

vintage-modern neutrals.
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living areas decorated with modern neutrals. / sfgirlbybay

i never really tire of modern neutrals. not your boring beiges, mind you, but instead natural woods, bamboo, rattan, off-white linens, and interesting prints and patterns — a textural mix of layered pieces that look great together but are anything but matchy-matchy if you know what i mean. i think when i visit european cities they tend to really rub off on me in different ways. in mariseille it was all about bold daring colors, and when visiting lisbon it was a more toned down vintage modern vibe — eclectic and unexpected, but very zen for sure. here’s what i mean.

living areas decorated with vintage modern neutrals. / sfgirlbybay

bedroom decorated with modern neutrals. / sfgirlbybay

living areas decorated with modern neutrals. / sfgirlbybay

attic bedroom decorated with modern neutrals. / sfgirlbybay

natural decor elements. / sfgirlbybay

simple rustic modern corner. / sfgirlbybay

modern vintage, minimalist living space. / sfgirlbybay

modern neutral home decor. / sfgirlbybay

eclectic yet minimalist home decor. / sfgirlbybay

white wall and shelf with neutral knick-knacks. / sfgirlbybay

eclectic modern vintage decor. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring neutral living space. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern neutral home decor. / sfgirlbybay

simple neutral home decor. / sfgirlbybay

bare bulb light, vintage mirrors and ceramic jugs. / sfgirlbybay

living areas decorated with modern neutrals. / sfgirlbybay

modern neutrals. / sfgirlbybay

modern neutrals in dining area. / sfgirlbybay

• image credits in order of appearance: peter ivens interior architecture; @paisajeras; @elice_f; peter ivens interior architecture;milk magazine; adore magazine; @bendtsens; lacasa; vintagency; @annabode; don’t catch a falling knife; the apartment dk; @counter.space; Giorgio Baroni for ELLE Decoration; vogue; simply grove; the line via the dsahing rider; raw ideas; sight unseen; rue magazine; my domaine; The Apartment By The Line New York via lisa place; french by design; aestate stdio; @soficreart; australian interior design awards; lunchbox architect; birdasaurus; @jhoman23; remodelista; @homestoriesnyc; nuevo estilo; trendland; milk decoration; arne jacobson chair; rip and tan.

organizing with style.
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built-in shelves. / sfgirlbybay

being stuck at home right now, it’s the ideal time to organize the heck out of our homes, cleaning closets, emptying out those junk drawers, and releasing the stash of stuff we’ve been hoarding in our garages, let’s not ignore our shelving! shelves, too, can be in need of tidying. i like to give my bookcase a good going over from time to time — arranging the books by spine color — yes, i’m guilty of this — but don’t judge me, because i’m a very visual person, i tend to remember the spine color of a book which makes it easier to find. but i organize books also by category, i.e. cooking, design, fiction etc. i also like to coordinate my accessories and collections by ‘like objects’ which keeps them from looking too cluttered. for example, all white pottery hangs out together on one shelf, while black pottery is grouped together on another. call me crazy, but i just think it’s more cohesive and looks less like a bunch of junk versus an actual collection. these examples of shelving look quite nice and some of these shelves are even very unique and almost like artwork or have a sculptural look, too. i do love a good inset or built-in shelf. here’s to tidy shelves! and for more inspiration check out my shelf life pinboard.

built-in shelves. / sfgirlbybay

ceramics on minimalist wood shelves with vintage leather chair. / sfgirlbybay

built-in wood shelf room divider. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed kitchen shelves. / sfgirlbybay

white built-in arched shelving. / sfgirlbybay

shelf organization. / sfgirlbybay

rustic shelving unit with woven hats and bags. / sfgirlbybay

built-in nook with rustic wood shelves and ceramics. / sfgirlbybay

shelving inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

white built-in shelving. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed circular built-in shelving unit. / sfgirlbybay

built-in shelving with blue painted backdrop and hung framed photograph. / sfgirlbybay

rustic wood shelving unit with styled decor collection. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: domino; fantastic frank; northern sisters; Serena Mitnik-Miller; @byanouk_; the maryn; planete deco; Serena Mitnik-Miller; the design files; the socialite family; @anne_parker; @by_blogliv; paper weight collections; pantoufle design; fireside antiques; @ezzwilson; @______theo; atelier doré; the general store; marie flanigan interiors; pampa.

friday finds.
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friday finds / sfgirlbybay

i know it seems like just yesterday, but yep, it’s already friday again. the days kind of blur together lately — it’s a bit like the movie groundhog day. this week’s friday finds are rather inspired by relaxation. time in the garden, long soaks in the tub, a great spot to read — all things we can do while stuck at home at relatively little cost. just free, pure stress-less enjoyment. have a restful weekend one and all!

xo, victoria

  1. i’ve got a mad crush on these vintage backyard vibes from Marie Olsson Nylander of mo interior. those striped lounge chairs are just so much fun. i may have to recover my lounge to get this look. that umbrella looks like its seen some good times in the sun, too!
  2. there’s just something about this pretty image from the modern house that puts me in a cheerful mood. those lovely vines making their way across the wall and the pretty potting table just make me want to get out and start gardening.
  3. i love the pretty home of fashion designer keren craig, one of the founders of marchesa. photographed by nicole franzen for eyeswoon it’s a barn-turned-family-home. doesn’t this spot look idyllic for reading all day long?
  4. have you ever smelled scented geraniums? they smell divine and remind me of my first visit to Copenhagen’s beautiful shop the apartment dk. they had one blooming inside and the fragrance was heavenly — i highly recommend adding one to your plant collection!
  5. this vintage-modern inspired garden has me hankering for more time in the garden, too. i just love the unexpected contemporary look of it all. good design all around.
  6. what did furniture designer eric trine do when he found out the pool in the house he’d just purchased was in need of major and very costly repairs? he painted swimming pool pink and turned it into a lush playground for his girls! i just love the jungleland look.
  7. Decor magazine publisher Laureen Rossouw’s beautifully serene bathing room featured on architectural digest espana has me thinking about soaking my cares away. some lovely vintage vibes here, too — i love the antique mirrors and clawfoot tub.
  8. i’ve always dreamed of having an enclosed or screened-in porch, much like this beauty photographed by @carlaypage is just swoon-worthy. i fear if i ever plopped down with a good book i may never get up again. someone fetch me an ice-tea, would you?

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

eyeswoon - friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay