modern rustic.
by victoria comment

1/20/21

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

as i write this blog post there’s a windy winter storm brewing out at sea which i can see from my cottage. the white caps are in full force and i love this view. one of the perks of living by the beach is not just the sunny days, but the cozy indoor days, too and that’s put me in the mood for some modern rustic design today. i love a well-curated blend of vintage and new and the look has endless inspiration for me because you almost never finish decorating and instead just continue to add to the mix. i think it’s embracing the old with the brand new, whether it’s building on a modern sofa that you just bought and then adding to it with a collection of cozy printed throws (they look great folded in piles), or bringing home a treasured souvenir or piece of art from a special trip, a vintage-inspired but modern mix is always interesting and maybe most importantly — distinctly and so very personally you. the best, and the most unique look you can get!

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: kitchen tile via smink things; mud room via living x design; pottery collection by brian w. ferry photography; Maison Robert FRENCH TEXTILES VIA ARCHIVE; vintage table lamp from maven collective pdx; rattan flower-shaped mirror from super marché; built-in nook by @sandylamu; x and l shop collections; Maison Robert FRENCH TEXTILES VIA ARCHIVE; fireplace nook via the design files; tabarka terracotta tile; Bench with rattan seat from h & m; entry bench via @jeremiahbrent; WILLY GULH PLANTER from super marché.

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: dropleaf table mcalpine house; eclipse square tiles via remodelista; Book of French Textile Samples via The Public Domain Review; rustic side table by @entertheloft; wood paneled dining room via est living; petite bamboo stool from super marché; rustic nook via @astylistguide; the pattern collection from after lowry; floral arrangement via make nordic; slip-covered sofa from jangeorge.

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: nicole franzen photography; leanne ford interiors; @ad_spain; my scandinavian home; desire to inspire; artilleriet journal; @carlaypage; @nataliewalton; leanne ford designs; fubiz; salvo López photography; faye toogood wall quilts; @jessicamenda; @saarmanche.

instagram worthy: @valdirose.
by victoria comment

1/19/21

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

this is another one of those instagram worthy accounts that i’m afraid will cause considerable wanderlust, so make note for future travel. @valdirose, aka Irene Berni has dedicated herself to the incredibly beautiful home she grew up in, now running a family b&b, valirose in tuscany, italy since its renovation in 2007 — so it’s now our home away from home. the HOME is was built THE SECOND HALF OF THE 19TH CENTURY, ideally LOCATED ON THE HILLS OF LASTRA A SIGNA not FAR FROM THE CENTER OF FLORENCE. the place is full of FAMILY MEMORIES, SOFT COLORS, AND special DETAILS that irene has added to CREATe A QUIET AND COZY ATMOSPHERE for getaways, workshops, and retreats that celebrate the beauty of small things. her instagram feed is full of this inspiring and idyllic place, and should you find yourself needing more beauty from irene, you can also purchase her photographic journals. i had a hard time narrowing down just a few photos as you can see, so have a lovely journey to @valdirose.

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

• photography by @valdirose.

friday finds.
by victoria comment

1/15/21

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

well, i’m back with this week’s friday finds and i think i see a recurring pattern here — it would appear i’m definitely missing my trips abroad to europe! i miss seeing different types of architecture and artwork most especially because it always leaves me feeling so inspired when i return home. alas, we can’t travel yet, but hopefully, with the vaccine being distributed and everyone doing their part to keep each other safe we’ll be traveling again by the end of the year if not sooner (fingers crossed!). stay healthy out there, have a good weekend. monday we honor martin luther king jr day so i’ll see you tuesday.

xo, victoria

  1. this incredible bathroom has so many inspiring elements — from the incredible patinated copper bathtub to the lovely black and white tile work and then those pale turquoise beams bringing the room all together — they appear almost like a reflection from the bathwater. i love it all.
  2. i’m a huge fan of british painter @fayeweiwei. her work is so whimsical and uplifting to me and this painting of hers is no exception. if you like her work you’ll love following her on instagram and this is a really fun interview with her.
  3. the @houseofbrinson account is always an inspiring one to follow. their renovations of a hudson valley, new york home is always a source of great ideas, including this wallpapered nook with a stunning pattern from Brunschwig and Fils, a French brand founded in 1891. follow their renovations on their blog and check out their shop, too — it’s full of great renovation tools and home decor ideas.
  4. i love this charming and very eclectic french living space and the soft color palette is just so soothing. i live with so much white, but sometimes i think i’d like to paint some walls a very pale aqua like this one — not sure i’ll go there, but i always enjoy imagining a new look.
  5. this lovely place is Villa Santo Sospir, overlooking the sea in st. Jean Cap Ferrat, france. in the 1940’s it was bought by Alec Weisweiller, who had promised his wife Francine her dream house in the South of France if they survived the war. the story goes that artist Jean Cocteau came to visit, grew restless and painted the villa’s walls with his mural masterpieces like the one you see here. this is one place i’d love to see inside one day!
  6. i have a real ‘thing’ for ornate juxtapositioned with modern kitsch and this 1500s italian apartment in palermo is a prime example of just that. i’m sure the architects of the 1500’s never envisioned a 1950’s fridge in here, but it brings me so much joy.
  7. the only thing my little cottage is missing is a fireplace, which would be so cozy on foggy seaside nights. this pretty fireplace mantel gives me all the good feels and maybe one day we’ll build one here or bring in a repurposed vintage mantelpiece — i know just the spot!
  8. barcelona-based salvo López is probably one of my very favorite photographers and this image is a great example of his beautiful work. i love this very ornate indoor pool. though abandoned i think i love it all the more for that reason– the tiles and colors are magical! follow him on instagram for more of his inspiring work.

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: the darling oyster bar.
by victoria comment

1/14/21

wear this there: the darling oyster bar in charleston / sfgirlbybay

this week we’re headed south, to vintage charleston, south carolina and i hope you have a hankering for some seafood. we’re dropping into the darling oyster bar, definitely a darling little spot that celebrates the bounty of the nearby seaside and where fresh seafood is the star of the show. Housed in a lovingly restored, 115-year-old storefront, the darling strives for only the best in local ingredients and sustainability, and naturally fresh from the sea oysters, a favorite of mine. Grab a stool at the 14-seat raw bar fronting charleston’s bustling King Street or settle into one those comfy big green booths. Or perhaps perch beside the full-service bar and order up one of their signature Bloody Marys — topped with a lobster claw among other delectable and drinkable things. we’re going chic, but comfy casual, because after our seafood brunch, we’re going to hit the city market and walk this meal off! be sure to bring you favorite tote bag; dress warmly in a soft sweater that’ll blend right in, along with a fun plaid coat, faded black jeans and comfortable Chelsea boots and beanie. while you’re sipping (eating!) that bloody mary, i suggest a good southern story, Under the Tulip Tree by Michelle Shocklee. it’s about Rena, an unemployed newspaper reporter, whose seven years into the Great Depression when she meets Frankie Washington, a 101-year-old former slave. While Frankie’s story challenges Rena’s preconceptions about slavery, it also connects the two women whose lives are otherwise separated by age, race, and circumstances.

wear this there: the darling oyster bar in charleston / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: the darling oyster bar in charleston / sfgirlbybay

wear this there:cos RECYCLED CASHMERE-WOOL MIX CROPPED sweater; hampden stand studio maria green plaid coat; j.crew demi-boot crop jean in charcoal; free people Brooks Chelsea Boots; ASOS DESIGN ankle socks with bright argyle pattern; read this there Under the Tulip Tree by Michelle Shocklee; The Nue Co. Forest Lungs Fragrance; clare v. wallet clutch; free people Gunes Small Eternity Striped Tote; Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglasses; cos OVERSIZED CASHMERE HAT.

wear this there: the darling oyster bar in charleston / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: the darling oyster bar in charleston / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: the darling oyster bar in charleston / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: the darling oyster bar in charleston / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: the darling oyster bar in charleston / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: the darling oyster bar in charleston / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: the darling oyster bar in charleston / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: the darling oyster bar in charleston / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: the darling oyster bar in charleston / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: the darling oyster bar in charleston / sfgirlbybay

propagating and getting green.
by victoria comment

1/13/21

propagating plants and growing indoor gardens / sfgirlbybay

yesterday’s post of the pretty french chateau with so much greenery going on reminded me how soothing i find nature whether it’s getting outside, spending time in my garden or bringing the gardening inside. i’ve been working on some propagating of plant cuttings and avocado pits in my kitchen window and i can’t tell you how just that small little project brings me so much simple joy. You can actually grow herbs, vegetables, and plants using nothing more than an interesting container, or glass vessel and some water making sure that the cutting gets the sunlight it needs (called Hydroponics). it’s a really satisfying process and there are even ready-made glass growing containers, hanging vessels and pretty vases out there designed specifically to help you if you’re feeling a little daunted. there are also tons of youtube videos showing you just how easy it is to do it, or simply do a quick search on pinterest.

propagating plants and growing indoor gardens / sfgirlbybay

even potting and growing herbs is a truly fun and uplifting thing we can all easily do. i love planting in vintage pots, with a well-worn patina. or cool old ceramic vessels i find on etsy. i think with everything last year put us through, and now the start of 2021 beginning with another crisis, we could all use any distractions we can get, so if you can spend time in your garden, or even bring a little of the outside into your homes, i think those little green gestures can go a long way to lift our spirits. if you can forage from your yard, or a nature trail, or get safely to your local nursery, right now might be a nice time to tend to a little inside herb garden, or add a small tree to your home, or even create a little outside oasis for yourself. and if you can, plant a small container garden outside. here’s to the healing properties of the great outdoors. stay safe everyone.

propagating plants and growing indoor gardens / sfgirlbybay

propagating plants and growing indoor gardens / sfgirlbybay

propagating plants and growing indoor gardens / sfgirlbybay

propagating plants and growing indoor gardens / sfgirlbybay

propagating plants and growing indoor gardens / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: Palm fronds with bowls painting by Cressida Campbell; how to propagate plants from paper ‘n stitch; green print via the met museum; agave growing in water via bara perglova; set of 4 vintage pots from elsie green; ilex studio avocado and acorn growing vases; hanging herbs via coco lapine; acorn growing in glass jar via jaqulines plats; hydroponics how-to via plants bank; green tile painting by john squire; leaves by ginny branch prop stylist; propagting plant via ardren.

propagating plants and growing indoor gardens / sfgirlbybay

propagating plants and growing indoor gardens / sfgirlbybay

propagating plants and growing indoor gardens / sfgirlbybay

propagating plants and growing indoor gardens / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: banana leaf propagating by @anne_parker; glass collection via coco lapine; LIUBOV POPOVA’S UTILITARIAN ART via bagtazo collection; vine via carissa gallo; propagating plants in glass by adrian briscoe; figs in terra cotta pots via inrichting huis; propagating seed from house hacks; Oriental Weavers Caspian Rug pattern from rug studio; myrtle tree from the icing on the cake; how to quickly age terra cotta pots from martha stewart; growing oaks, chestnuts and avocados from gustav cafe.

propagating plants and growing indoor gardens / sfgirlbybay

propagating plants and growing indoor gardens / sfgirlbybay

propagating plants and growing indoor gardens / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: irene berni photography; @salvolopez; heltenkelt; the design files; kim fisher designs; VINTAGE GARDEN POTs from elsie green; three birds renovations; irene berni photography ; Uashmama Washable Paper Bags from the future kept; at my casa; Hanging Planter Glass Terrarium; plants bank.