friday finds.
by victoria comment

5/7/21

welcome to the weekend! as you read this i am away from home for the very first time in over a year — so liberating! i’m fully vaccinated and while still being very cautious, i’m in san diego celebrating my dear niece’s 30th birthday. i hope you are all beginning to see the light at the end of this horribly long tunnel and starting to live a fuller life again. i’m embracing the lighter side of life on this week’s friday finds and celebrating spaces full of white. have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

xo, victoria

  1. i love this fluffy white shag pillow from erica tanov’s home collections. erica is known for great clothing collections but have you checked out her really well-curated home goods? you will be glad you did.
  2. featured on australian blog extraordinaire the design files is artist and former gallerist Helen Gory’s beautiful art-filled Victorian home in a suburb of Melbourne. i love this simply decorated bedroom with its eclectic design elements — like the uniquely framed art above the bed. lovely.
  3. this is such a unique architectural design element and creates such an unusual focal point. i don’t think i’d have thought of a round, ‘porthole-like cut-out on the inside of a home, but this joshua tree retreat photographed by anna malmberg took some great design chances.
  4. interior designer leanne ford’s little cabin in the big city project will always remain one of my favorite home renovations. and the ‘fireplace within a fireplace’ is most certainly one of the reasons — i’ve never seen such a clever and more modern fireplace treatment and i’ve saved it away for future reference.
  5. i love everything about this pretty entryway space, mostly because it’s been utilized to its full potential. simply by adding built-in bookcases, they’ve put a bare blank wall to work and by adding an old wooden cabinet on the wall they’ve created a really interesting and useful storage piece as a unique focal point.
  6. the jersey ice cream co. team creates some wonderful renovations and this revolution-era hudson valley home is a perfect example. one easy takeaway i loved was the idea of simply hanging a beautiful vintage slip or piece of lingerie to add a real feminity to a rustic bedroom.
  7. this is such a feminine and pretty bedroom dresser vignette from UK-based photographer & digital creator @polly.florence. just by displaying a collection of your favorite books, art, and personal collectibles you can create something uniquely you.
  8. this is such a beautiful and light-filled dining space. i love how they’ve mixed some very rustic pieces with that very modern chair — all made much more special by those incredible white-washed floors. they’ve created a sweet little window sill, as well.

friday finds designing with white / sfgirlbybay

friday finds designing with white / sfgirlbybay

friday finds designing with white / sfgirlbybay

friday finds designing with white / sfgirlbybay

friday finds designing with white / sfgirlbybay

friday finds designing with white / sfgirlbybay

friday finds designing with white / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: mother pearl.
by victoria comment

5/6/21

wear this there: mother pearl hong kong / sfgirlbybay

this week on wear this there we’re winging our way across the sea to faraway hong kong on China’s southern coast, a place i’ve yet to visit but high on my wish list. i think this charming little tea purveyor could sway me even further to hop a plane just to visit mother pearl, a beautifully designed space by A Work Of Substance Design firm and the first and only vegan boba tea purveyor in Hong Kong. i love the modern design aesthetic and we’re going to dress the part in an easy but striking low cut maxi dress and Ribbed long cardigan paired with a cute bucket hat and open-toed flat sandals for comfort. don’t forget your eco-friendly travel tea mug and some stylish sunglasses. whilst sipping your boba tea i recommend reading My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee — a commentary on Western attitudes, Eastern stereotypes, capitalism, global trade, mental health, parenthood, mentorship, and more, it’s also an exploration of the surprising effects of cultural immersion—on a young American in Asia, on a Chinese man in America, and on an unlikely couple hiding out in the suburbs. happy boba tea time!

wear this there: mother pearl hong kong / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: mother pearl hong kong / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: cos LOW-CUT MAXI DRESS; cos CROCHET PAPER HAT; mango Ribbed long cardigan; casetify DARK FLOWERS by IVY WEINGLASS by designlovefest; gorjana Bespoke Parker Mini necklace Layering Set; society6 Classic Fan travel tea mug; read this there My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee; anthropologie Topanga Aviator Sunglasses; Clare V. Luxe Belt Bag; cos LEATHER OPEN-TOE SANDALS.

wear this there: mother pearl hong kong / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: mother pearl hong kong / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: mother pearl hong kong / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: mother pearl hong kong / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: mother pearl hong kong / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: mother pearl hong kong / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: mother pearl hong kong / sfgirlbybay

• photography via contemporist and @motherpearl.world

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi.
by victoria comment

5/5/21

i’m finding myself with way too much ‘stuff’ again. when i feel this way, not only does my home feel cluttered, but my mind does, too. i have trouble thinking straight and being creative and i have to stop what i’m doing immediately and straighten up my desk or a drawer. i’ve always been like this — i could never work my 9-5 job when my desk was messy, either. so i’m trying to clear the clutter and make life around my home a little more zen — a little more wabi-sabi. Wabi-Sabi is a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay. it represents japanese aesthetics and a Japanese worldview centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” with color palettes that mimic those found in nature, like pale greens, grays, and earth tones. to find this simple aesthetic in design and products look to companies like toiro kitchen, truck furniture and muji and bunkado in DTLA (great for paper lanterns). i also find paumes books to be most inspiring – you can find them at kinokuniya book shops. here’s to clearing out the clutter and embracing simplicity and beauty in imperfection.

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: smink Eclipse square tiles via remodelista; kimono as art via interior trends; Cat Wind Chime Woodblock Print via ameblo; kimono on wall via focus maison; JAYSON HOME Vintage Baskets; JOHN DERIAN’S HOME VIA THE SELBY; embroidered fabric panel via cooper hewitt collections; urban outfitters Rohini Daybed Cushion; ceramic pedestal bowls by @silviavalentin_ceramica; vintage japanese matchbook cover via Jane McDevitt; vintage stoneware crock from super marché; JAYSON HOME Black Marble Footed Bowl.

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: west elm Ribbed Glass Table Lamp; japanese magazine via sfgirlbybay; japanese design via kiito; paper lantern via ryan quinn johnston; japanese matchbook from ebay; japanese decor via roomclip; Kimono robe from JE Art Gallery London; kyoto ace hotel via remodelista; japanese design via behance; JIA Inc Steamer Set; Isamu Noguchi AKARI Lantern on ebay; dining room via my scandinavian home.

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

embracing the imperfect beauty of wabi sabi / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: @aurelie__lecuyer; floor mattress via urban outfitters; IKEA GAMLEHULT Ottoman with storage; my scandinavian home; kimono and bench the society inc.; my paradissi; trunk furniture via remodlista; kitchen shelving via est living; aesthetically thinking; march´+ atelier.

summertime totes.
by victoria comment

5/4/21

woven macrame women's bag. / sfgirlbybay

if you ask anyone they’re likely to agree that i’m a bit of a bag freak. i like to call it aficionado, but hey, semantics. i just love great looking bags of all shapes and sizes and happen to think that they are not only a fashion statement but also serious mood elevators. i love taking a ho-hum outfit and stepping it up with a great bag (shoes, too but that’s another post). so i thought it would be fun to round up some summery bags. i hear a weave is in, and bamboo or straw never go out of style for summer. looking for the perfect farmer or flea market tote? we’ve got you covered there, too.

woven women's market bag. / sfgirlbybay

woven striped women's bag. / sfgirlbybay

women's summer tote bags. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: shopbop Ulla Johnson Amaya Tote Bag; sezane gaby weaved bag; free people Gunes Small Eternity Striped Tote; food52 Knit French Market Totes; shopbop Jacquemus Le Petit Baci Bag; sezane FARROW BAG in Multi Purple Raffia; super marché large Moroccan market bag; Avery Amber Gingham Weekender from loeffler randall; Kayu Mini St Tropez Bag; Isabel Marant Warden Bag.

women's summer tote bags. / sfgirlbybay

women's summer tote bags. / sfgirlbybay

clear plastic tote bag with white leather handle. / sfgrlbybay

women's summer tote bags. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: mango Handmade crochet maxi bag; mango Organza flowers bag; mango black Net wood bag; anthropologie Pippa Ring Handle Clutch; free people Junes Bio-Knit Everyday Tote; mango Double strap mini basket bag; Caterina Bertini
Woven Bamboo Handle Bag; clare v. bateau tote bag.

women's summer tote bags. / sfgirlbybay

women's summer tote bags. / sfgirlbybay

• all other credits in order of appearance: ulla johnson cecelia macrame tote bag; urban outfitters to-go market bag; anthropologie Mister Ce Market Tote; free people Gunes Market Tote in red & pink; anthropologie Raffia Fringe Tote Bag; mango floral crochet bag; STAUD Mini Shirley Bag via damsel in dior; urban outfitters en Shalla Pompom Tote Bag; Urban outfitters Rio Tote Bag.

color story: california sunshine.
by victoria comment

5/3/21

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

for this week’s color story how about a little california sunshine to start your week? not literally, but figuratively we’re bursting with some vitamin c with that classic color orange — so fresh, youthful and sassy, is it not? a little orange goes such a long way to making a bold statement, and i’ll admit, i can really only take it in small doses, but those cheerful citrus bits are just enough to make a big impact. whether it’s displaying itself in a beautiful outdoor umbrella or a pretty pompom throw i think orange is just smashing for the upcoming summer months — both inside and outside the house.

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

bright orange home furnishings and art. / sfgirlbybay

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: anthropologie Set of 4 Matte Latte Bowls; wary meyers’ staircase via domino; Faux Orange Tree Branch from anthropologie; Find Art Everywhere art print by bethanysara via society6; @kendraalexandra; bryson outdoor pillow from Anthropologie; anthropologie Set of 4 Flor Glasses; oranges via true botanicals; west elm Honeycomb Studio Coral & Gold Bud Vases; ASSOULINE Capri Dolce Vita book by Cesare Cunaccia ; new york times by @ellegramm.

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: Vintage poster-Bauhaus Ausstellung 1923 Poster from society6; a produce portrait by photographer julia stolz; beach umbrealls via caroline chic; ALASKA RED POPPY FLOWER SEED GROW KIT from bando; a better happier; bando ALL AROUND GIANT orange CIRCLE TOWEL; daniel fletcher ARTWORK FOR TAPPAN X WINC CHARDONNAY; urban outfitters Favorite Boho Cereal Bowl; caroline walls prints via design milk; Tasseled Merida Pillow from anthropologie; STANDARD BAGGU bag in ORANGE TREE from bando; shelf by nicole franzen photography; grapes by virginie gosselin; Satsuma mandarin oranges via the wsj.

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

metal bookshelves with pops of orange decor. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed interiors with pop of orange home decor. / sfgirlbybay

color story: california sunshine / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: umbrella from @businessandpleasure_co; sugar & cloth diy pompom throw; essenziale; the design files; minted; nomad workspace by @teklan; merchant modernnicole franzen photography; fox and juneinside closet; habitually chic; dear iris; ethereal vsco; arts thread; miss mossdear iris; kbl atlas; nuevo estiloxo amys.