friday finds.
by victoria comment

4/2/21

cozy makeshift tent in the woods made with sheets. / sfgirlbybay

i think we’re almost out of the woods and vaccines for all are coming this month (hurrah!), but for this week’s friday finds, i thought i’d round up a few ideas for all this homesteading we’ve doing for this past year (whew, we’ve almost made it through!). i’ve been trying to embrace the slow life, like i mentioned earlier and i’ve been adding cozy touches around the cottage to help me keep sane and connected to what i’ve found most important in life. i also gave my funky kitchen a fresh little update so more on that next week. have a wonderful easter weekend one and all, we’ll be taking a bit of a spring break next week, and hope you will be, too!

xo, victoria

  1. i’ve been thinking as the weather warms up and if we’re still stuck at home without a lot of travel time, it might be nice to set up a cozy makeshift tent and sleep outdoors in my backyard. i’m just going to grab some old sheets and quilts a couple of lanterns and sleep under the stars. why not, right?
  2. what kinds of things are you missing right now? one of my favorite weekend rituals is the small farmer’s market we have here in laguna. i really miss seeing my regular vendors and getting all that glorious, fresh produce and baked bread to go. this beautiful image by @issycroker really captured that special place for me — i can’t wait to return as soon as we’re able.
  3. since we’re not able to take our market baskets to the flea and farmer’s markets right now, how about putting them to work in another way? they look really great hanging on your walls and are clever and cute organizing tools, too. i stash tea towels and linen napkins in mine. i’ve added a very large and lovely french market tote to the super marché collection should you need a few.
  4. it’s a nice time of year to treat yourself to some fresh spring bedding. there’s nothing like crawling into bed beneath the softest sheets at the end of a long day, so i think it’s one of those expenses that are quite worthwhile, and good sheets only get better over time. if you like a sweet stripe, schoolhouse has some sweet stripes.
  5. is it possible for you to find a small nook in your home and make it your own cozy hideaway? i really love this idea for creating a very personal, private, and restful space. it feels a little bit like summer camp, or building forts as a kid and i like the playful, whimsy of it. gosh, even it’s just a small corner somewhere private to relax, meditate and read, it seems like an awfully comforting idea right now.
  6. these bedside bookcases give me a great sense of contentment. there’s nothing quite as calming for me as reading until i fall asleep in bed, so i’d love have all my favorite books right there beside me when i’m afternoon napping or falling into bed at night.
  7. this gorgeous simon watson portrait reminds me that it always helps me feel better if i tidy myself up around the house — shower, a touch of makeup and put on something that makes me feel good about myself — something super chic like this striped caftan. one of my favorites (i have at least three) is emerson fry’s cute caftan. it’s comfy but looks good, too.
  8. since we may have a bit more free time on our hands, what better time to style up our shelving around the house? i love the look of these lovely shelves at elsie green’s bay area shop. super simple yes, but so clean looking, too with all their favorite collectibles on display. i’ve just put new shelving in my kitchen so more on that soon.

melons for sale at outdoor market. / sfgirlbybay

farmer's market baskets for display / sfgirlbybay

striped bedding for spring / sfgirlbybay

creating a cozy home sleeping nook / sfgirlbybay

built-in bookcases / sfgirlbybay

favorite caftans / sfgirlbybay

built-in shelving / sfgirlbybay

 

wear this there: ace DTLA.
by victoria comment

4/1/21

black and white coffee stand inside the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

one of my go-to recommendations for places to stay in los angeles is the ace hotel in DTLA’s old Broadway District. architecture is kind of my thing, and i especially love looking up when cruising around downtown. the older buildings are beauties, and the theater at the ace was built by Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks, as their way to take back creative control from the big movie industry — if you’ve never been inside, i highly suggest attending a show there. the hotel was designed by commune design keeping intact the 1902’s facade but respectfully giving a vintage-modern vibe to the interiors. wandering around the arts district and perhaps checking out a few of the city’s great museums (the broad is nearby) is a favorite of mine, so we’re packing light and very casual, and layering up because you just never know with L.A. winters, in an amazing poncho, ribbed black long-sleeved tee, white jeans (it’s spring in california!), and comfy chunky oxfords for walking. when you take a break from exploring the city, might i suggest reading L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City by John Buntin? it’s one of those juicy, dark-sided novels about Midcentury Los Angeles — a land of sunshine and orange groves, and Hollywood stars. but into this metropolis come two men — one of L.A.’s most notorious gangsters, the other its most famous police chief, each prepared to battle the other for the soul of the city.

the ace hotel exterior downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: PAMPA PONCHO in BLACK ON WHITE; j.crew Slim perfect ribbed long-sleeve T-shirt; j.crew Vintage straight jean in white with exposed buttons; cos chunky derby shoes; Wolford Leo Socks; anthropologie Billie Suede Card Case; read this there L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City by John Buntin; j.crew Vintage pajama set; clare v weekender tote bag; anthropologie Home State Charm Bracelet; Isabel Marant Sunglasses; madewell WYETH™ Dylan Rancher Hat; clare v. black Fanny Pack.

the inspiring exterior of the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

black and white numbers on elevator doors at the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

architectural details inside the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

dining room and bar on first floor of the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

vintage exterior of the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

check-in desk in lobby of the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

ornate vintage exterior of the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

vintage architectural details at the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern interior of guest room at the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

industrial modern guest room at the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

lounge chairs on the rooftop pool deck at the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @kawa_heart_studio.
by victoria comment

3/31/21

inspiring bedroom inside @kawa_heart_studio in australia. / sfgirlbybay

i guess i’m always in a seaside surf mode especially after moving to laguna beach, because this week’s Instagram worthy feed is very, very beachy! it’s also beautiful and super inspiring. today we’re checking in with @kawa_heart_studio a gorgeous aussie cottage from dee kawai tang, also known as the kawa he·art studio & the lady california bungalow which just happens to be available for photoshoots should you find yourself down under. i honestly love living by the beach so much, and this cozy spot definitely inspired me to move to laguna. i hope you all get inspired by these architectural details, amazing windows, and creative corners from @kawa_heart_studio. if you like their look, be sure to check out their wall art studio shop, too!

@kawa_heart_studio on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

@kawa_heart_studio on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

hat rack and surfboard photographed via @kawa_heart_studio on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian home office area via @kawa_heart_studio on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring bohemian interior of via @kawa_heart_studio on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring australian cottage via @kawa_heart_studio on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiration wall via via @kawa_heart_studio on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern entryway via @kawa_heart_studio on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

@kawa_heart_studio on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

beachy bedroom decor inside @kawa_heart_studio via instagram. / sfgirlbybay

beachy surf vibes in @kawa_heart_studio bedroom via instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring windows inside @kawa_heart_studio via instagram. / sfgirlbybay

beachy whitewashed bedroom inside the inspiring @kawa_heart_studio. / sfgirlbybay

@kawa_heart_studio on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

beachy home office via @kawa_heart_studio on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by @kawa_heart_studio.

color story: springtime green.
by victoria comment

3/30/21

color story: springtime green / sfgirlbybay

yay! spring is here! as they very often say, the grass is always greener, and on this week’s color story it’s quite true — you can almost catch a whiff of the freshly mowed lawns around town. today i’m rounding up some rooms that may make you green with envy, but never fear, i’ve also included some ways to bring more green into your own lives — wallpaper, chairs, artwork, and more. i’ve been seeing more and more beautiful shades of spring green all over the internet lately and in design magazines, too. so let’s get a little fresh, shall we?

color story: springtime green / sfgirlbybay

color story: springtime green / sfgirlbybay

color story: springtime green / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: eggs painting by artist Emma Gale; st. frank Contemporary Handmade Moroccan rug; bathroom via architectural digest espana; st. frank emerald green glass beads; window vase by @debitreloar; ferns via @studio.roco; Maison Boissier Parisian Mini tin Sucre D’Orge; vintage mirror from @sumner_shop; vintage wall sconce from nomibis; artwork by @lauri_hopkins; Denise Portmans’ home in venice via the modern house; elsie green vintage painting from @caitlinflemming;Mylle Modern Inflatable Swimming Pool; MR & MRS SMITH PRESENTS: THE WORLD’S SEXIEST BEDROOMS book; palms via ernests; Dromedary loveseat from sunday shop.

color story: springtime green / sfgirlbybay

dark green wall paint. / sfgirlbybay

green wall color in bedroom with vintage dresser. / sfgirlbybay

color story: springtime green / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: Ed Ruscha: Los Angeles Apartments book; el fenn’s tile floor by @un_fold_ed; Atlas Tile in Domino Topaz via remodelista; pale green walls vintage decor via the nordroom; schoolhouse electric Velvet + Wool Circle Pillows in Green; Schoolhouse Electric Clock in Sergeant Green; vintage green lawn chair; artist leanne shapton’s wooden mrs. dalloway book; woman reclining by this isn’t happiness;
Alvares Residence by robert polidori via artnet; plant-filled window by @sheena.miyake; anthropologie set of 4 Levi Bowls.

dark green walls with vintage home decor. / sfgirlbybay

dark green curtains paired with yellow daybed. / sfgirlbybay

color story: springtime green / sfgirlbybay

bright green paint on walls and ceiling. / sfgirlbybay

color story: springtime green / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: architectural digest; Mauna Lani Hawaii by @ernathan@nomibis; @_aurelielecuyer; Danielle de Lange; elona home; sibella court’s home; @heydavinaflorence lopez; @clotheslinespoetry; dwell magazine; sunday shop.

make mine mediterranean.
by victoria comment

3/29/21

make mine mediterranean inspired / sfgirlbybay

i’ve been hooked on watching stanley tucci’s new streaming travel tv series discovering italy (on hulu) and in the latest episode he traveled to sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, and each and every time i take a gander at images of that magical place it gets me in the mood for club med. not those packaged vacations mind you, just the beautiful, laid-back Mediterranean vibe you find in italy’s southern region — right down in the heel of its boot, known for its whitewashed hill towns and miles upon miles of Mediterranean coastline, and naturally all that amazing Italian cuisine and vino. i got to imagining what it might look like if i had a holiday home there and i pulled together these images as a mood board. let’s all go together, shall we? ciao!

cacti hanging above white built-in benches with blue and white striped upholstery / sfgirlbybay

make mine mediterranean inspired / sfgirlbybay

green cacti hung as wall decor / sfgirlbybay

make mine mediterranean inspired / sfgirlbybay

clockwise l to r: lounge area via in bed; hanging cactus paddles via the poetry of material things; cactus close up by nicole mason photography; built-in bench via @apieceapart; bananas by @emmagale_artist; desert garage stephen shore photography; numbered cactus paddles by lily red photography; succulent in white pot via the poetry of material things; plant samplings via the poetry of material things; cactus via focus damnit.

make mine mediterranean inspired / sfgirlbybay

inspirational mediterranean imagery / sfgirlbybay

clockwise l to r: Mediterranean home via mary lyon arts; Bernard Plossu Untitled photograph, 1975; a piece apart; carla coulson photography; woven sling backpack from barnaby jack; and camille becerra via a piece apart.

make mine mediterranean inspired / sfgirlbybay

make mine mediterranean inspired / sfgirlbybay

white patio decor / sfgirlbybay

make mine mediterranean inspired / sfgirlbybay

inspiring home decor in neutral palatte / sfgirlbybay

clockwise l to r: a piece apart; the shiny squirrel; utsu wanote; a beauitful living; est living; gdc home; vtwonen; stefano scata photography.

mediterranean minimalist dining room / sfgirlbybay

make mine mediterranean inspired / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography in order of appearance: enz fasano ceramics; blue striped cushions by masseria cimino photographed by ditte isager; potted cactus by flying feathers; hanging cactus paddles by carla coulson photography; blooming tree via urban outfitters; shelving and potted cactus by @sparrowandco; puglia via lily red photography; lounge area via lonny; awning via the out of towners; Desert Cactus art print by Sisi and Seb.