best of: the little desk that could.
by victoria comment


wood desk with modern pink chair. / sfgirlbybay

sometimes, just a little desk will do ya. a sweet spot to store your bills (i.e. hide!), a favorite journal, laptop and a drawer or two for art supplies. i love desks that live in unexpected spots — not just a home office, per se, but tucked into a cozy corner of a bedroom, a kitchen or even a living room. if they’re kept orderly and neat what’s to stop you from a little desk here and there? here are a few looks i love. le petite desk wins my heart!

desk areas in white washed home. / sfgirlbybay

tiny writing desk. / sfgirlbybay

white washed floors in desk area. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring desk area in home offices. / sfgirlbybay

unique art in modern home office. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist desk area in bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

vintage green desk lamp. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern desk area. / sfgirlbybay

rustic bohemian modern desk area. / sfgirlbybay

black accent wall in home office. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist desk in bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

black desk in white-washed home. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: fantastic frank; bolig; kevin oreck via remodelista; christina greve; in bed store; nicole franzen photography; hazel + scout; @loismoreno_; @justinchung; apartment therapy; domino; my scandinavian home; architectural digest espana; @treecropslane; @bekleidet; @leantimms; avenue lifestyle; new york times; odalisque magazine.

best of: built for style.
by victoria comment


built-in sofa with live edge wood coffee table in white-washed space. / sfgirlbybay

there are so many great things about built-in furniture. first of all, you can customize it to your own very specific needs so a piece fits your space just perfectly. and, they are the perfect space saver. if you’ve got an awkward nook or a wide window just aching for a place to read and recline or create a wee dining space, built-in benches and window seats are both charming and useful — add a lid on hinges for secret storage space or built-in bookcases under your bench and you’re good to go. i’ve even seen some really inspired palette furniture, too — an easy DIY ‘almost built-in’ and an inexpensive and stylish option. quite literally, a fake ’til you make it!

tall archway with built-in sofa. / sfgirlbybay

built-in dining bench with leather pads. / sfgirlbybay

built-in daybed with white pad and colorful throw pillows. / sfgirlbybay

built-in reading nook with moody throw pillows and faux fur throws. / sfgirlbybay

built-in benches with white cushions. / sfgirlbybay

sleek built-in sofa with white cushions. / sfgirlbybay

built-in sofa with end tables. / sfgirlbybay

built-in dining banquette with tan cushions. / sfgirlbybay

built-in shelving nooks. / sfgirlbybay

built-in sofa with white cushions in white-washed space with natural wood beams and moroccan decor. / sfgirlbybay

built-in bench with storage. / sfgirlbybay

built-in bench with storage and hanging shelves overhead. / sfgirlbybay

diy palette sofa with white cushions. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist built-in dining benches. / sfgirlbybay

built-in concrete benches painted white with white cushions. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: m.k. sadler (top and just below copy); amber road design via yellow trace; my scandinavian home; srts pepis; @hoteljoaquin; planete deco; vanessa alexander’s home via my domaine; est magazine; 79 ideas; @paigejonesphoto; sincerely kinsey; tasmin johnson; el carligto.

best of: ceramics, a love story.
by victoria comment


ceramic plates and bowls on suspended shelf. / sfgirlbybay

even though ceramics and pottery have been around since like, what, the caveman days, i feel like it’s been having this real renaissance of late. perhaps it’s all the open shelving popping up in kitchens everywhere — people feel the need to share their ceramic collections much more, well, openly. they’re taking pride in their new and vintage stoneware and pottery and collecting new pieces to add to their already existing pieces. i know i’ve been doing it for a while now, too. i went through a phase where all i wanted was white pottery, then it was black pieces from places like Oaxaca. now it’s a combination of both with some neutral earthware thrown in for good measure.

ceramics with leather string on marble countertop. / sfgirlbybay

it also seems like a lot more artisans are making pottery and ceramics and amateurs are taking on the hobby, too. it seems so therapeutic, so i can see why. i know quite a few people who have started creating their own beautiful collections — take professional photographers lily glass and sharon montrose, for instance. both have begun their own pottery practice, and lily is currently selling her pieces at oh joy!. my friend natalie shriver, a well-known prop stylist also makes incredible ceramics (if you’re in L.A. — she sells them at Now Serving in chinatown and has a pop-up at twig & twine on march 17). i’m carrying a lot of vintage pieces we’ve found in france, too. other favorite sources are elsie green (for vintage stoneware), sara paloma, bailey doesn’t bark, pigeon toe ceramics, song tea & ceramics — honestly my favorites go on and on. they’re all so uniquely beautiful — i hope you’ll hunt down some favorites and start a collection of your own.

pink and tan tall ceramic vases. / sfgirlbybay

modern white kitchen with open shelving and ceramic mugs and glassware. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring ceramic goods. / sfgirlbybay

unique ceramic hand painted vase. / sfgirlbybay

collection of small ceramic vases and stash pots. / sfgirlbybay

black ceramic vase on rustic wood table. / sfgirlbybay

collection of neutral ceramic jugs and vases. / sfgirlbybay

neutral collection of brown and cream ceramic dishware. / sfgirlbybay

cacti inside ceramic and terra cotta bowls with small white ceramic jug. / sfgirlbybay

modern kitchen with curated collection of ceramics on open shelves. / sfgirlbybay

black and neutral ceramic bowls. / sfgirlbybay

modern kitchen with open shelves and marble backsplash with ceramic dishware. / sfgirlbybay

speckled ceramic plates. / sfgirlbybay

curated ceramics collection on open white shelving. / sfgirlbybay

rustic wood china cabinet displaying ceramic dishes. / sfgirlbybay

neutral ceramic dishware in modern kitchen with rustic wood open shelves and white subway tile backsplash. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: behind the scenes at the freaky raku via betty slui; fine little day ceramic platters; lisa says gah; leanne citrone’s ktichen shelves via rip & tan; katoqu; and their shop dot & co.; Ceramic Artist and Sculptor Andrei Davidoff via the 189; super marché vintage stoneware bowls; lrnce ceramics via milk decoration; super marché vintage stoneware vessels; @generallyworn; super marché stoneware urn pitcher; lrnce ceramics via milk decoration; eefje de coninck; leanne ford interiors by nicole franzen photography; bodie & fou; @maraserene; ck design co.; maison hand; ana degenaar; remodelista; super marché vintage stoneware plates; hazel & scout; lantiv; the winter shop via eat bread & butter.