live along the L.A. river.
by victoria comment

10/16/18

frogtown real estate listing via take sunset. / sfgirlbybay

i love my echo park home and i wouldn’t own it without the help of my realtor extraordinaire, rob kallick of take sunset. but sometimes, when he has an amazing listing like this one, i like to imagine that it too could be mine. it’s not practical for me to make a move right now, but i sure can get inspired by this beautiful, understated Elysian valley home by design firm Breland-Harper in charming Frogtown, just down the hill from me.

rustic modern frogtown home along l.a. river. / sfgirlbybay

Elysian valley home by design firm Breland-Harper. / sfgirlbybay

Located just steps from the L.A. river (which is undergoing a resurgence of its own), this re-imagined 1920’s Elysian Valley home is quintessentially Californian but when you step through its gates you feel like you’ve been dropped directly into the Mediterranean. set back from the street, lush olive and fig trees and succulent plantings frame the restored windows and countless french doors that seamlessly bring the outdoors inside. Exposed beam ceilings, concrete floors, and skylights create a wonderful sense of openness and light throughout the home.

Elysian valley home by design firm Breland-Harper. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring decor inside Elysian valley home by design firm Breland-Harper. / sfgirlbybay

white walls and exposed wood ceilings in Elysian valley home by design firm Breland-Harper. / sfgirlbybay

The spacious kitchen has a seating area, concrete countertops, high ceilings, and french doors that lead to a rear courtyard dining area. An office, two bedrooms, and two baths — which include a master suite with a master bath and a walk-in closet round out the floorplan. a more private and tranquil location at the end of a cul de sac cannot be imagined. just steps from the front door you can walk or ride your bike to local frogtown spots like Spoke Bicycle Cafe, Wax Paper or Salazar while enjoying easy access to surrounding neighborhoods such as Silver Lake, Echo Park, DTLA and the rest of the Eastside. have a gander and if you’re interested in learning more, contact rob at take sunset. i think there’s perhaps another open house this weekend. i hope someone wonderful gets this house — it’s just that special.

Elysian valley home by design firm Breland-Harper. / sfgirlbybay

handmade wood bench. / sfgirlbybay

home along the l.a. river designed by Breland-Harper firm. / sfgirlbybay

poured concrete floors in Elysian valley home by design firm Breland-Harper. / sfgirlbybay

decor details in Elysian valley home by design firm Breland-Harper. / sfgirlbybay

airy Elysian valley home by design firm Breland-Harper. / sfgirlbybay

beamed ceilings in Elysian valley home by design firm Breland-Harper. / sfgirlbybay

outdoor patio in Elysian valley home by design firm Breland-Harper. / sfgirlbybay

indoor outdoor details in Elysian valley home by design firm Breland-Harper. / sfgirlbybay

colorful tiled outdoor bench. / sfgirlbybay

open kitchen with french doors leading to patio. / sfgirlbybay

french doors to outdoor patio off kitchen. / sfgirlbybay

daybed with chair as side table and ceramic dishes. / sfgirlbybay

eat-in kitchen in Elysian valley home by design firm Breland-Harper. / sfgirlbybay

glass and metal windows in Elysian valley home by design firm Breland-Harper. / sfgirlbybay

indoor outdoor design details in Elysian valley home by design firm Breland-Harper. / sfgirlbybay

black wrought-iron outdoor loveseat with white pads. / sfgirlbybay

home office with white walls and french doors leading to patio. / sfgirlbybay

bedroom in Elysian valley home by design firm Breland-Harper. / sfgirlbybay

concrete vanity in Elysian valley home's bathroom. / sfgirlbybay

bedroom in Elysian valley home by design firm Breland-Harper. / sfgirlbybay

white -painted beamed ceilings in bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

outdoor patio in Elysian valley home by design firm Breland-Harper. / sfgirlbybay

• photography lauren moore for take sunset and by victoria smith for sfgirlbybay.

gray for days.
by victoria comment

10/15/18

pale gray bedroom wall color. / sfgirlbybay

Benjamin Moore has Revealed its 2019 Color of the Year — and all that comes to mind is ‘serenity now’. Benjamin Moore has named Metropolitan AF-690 its Color of the Year, a stylish gray with cool undertones. “Comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan AF-690 exudes beauty and balance,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence. “It’s a color in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design. Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous gray creates a soothing, impactful common ground.” gray is one of my very personal hues, so i was pretty excited to see this new paint trend announced. here’s a look at how you might like to bring it to life no matter what your favorite shade of gray may be. gray for days!

pale gray bedroom walls. / sfgirlbybay

pale gray wall inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

light gray wall color in dining room. / sfgirlbybay

very pale gray wall color. / sfgirlbybay

dark gray wall paint with built-in shelving. / sfgirlbybay

pale gray wall color with home art gallery over fireplace. / sfgirlbybay

rustic walls with gray doors. / sfgirlbybay

ligh gray paint backsplash in kitchen. / sfgirlbybay

light gray wall color. / sfgirlbybay

pale gray walls in modern bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: benjamin moore; @meeriming; benjamin moore; @galerie_half; benjamin moore; architecture lab; deborah tarr painting via alexander waterworth interiors; rough linen tablebloth; est magazine; Tommaso Sartori photography; neuboheme; @clairelloydloves; bolig magasinet; benjamin moore; bolig magasinet; benjamin moore; slow travel berlin; @_designtales_; @saarmanche; the socialite family.

inside amanda dawbarn’s mediterranean inspired home.
by Chelsea Jackson comment

10/15/18

Amanda Dawbarn's modern home. / sfgirlbybay

As someone who is both a little obsessed with weddings and constantly finding myself pinning sweet little nurseries, I’m very familiar with the world of 100 Layer Cake / Cakelet’s founder Amanda Dawbarn. When her home began cropping up everywhere over the last couple of weeks, I KNEW it was a tour I needed to share.

The oasis in Playa Del Rey is a wonderful mix of Mediterranean inspired stillness and classic California modernity.  In a recent feature, Amanda told Domino of her love for all things Mediterranean, “We were so inspired by the aesthetics there. The stucco they use in Puglia; in Rome, how every hotel has the coolest tile you’ve ever seen. Travel was definitely the impetus.” Coupled with the mainstays of my favorite spaces (graphic yet minimal art, mid-century leanings, and a controlled, peaceful color palette), the coastal-inspired space is filled with endless inspiration. Happy pinning!

xx, chelsea

modern home of Amanda Dawbarn in Playa Del Rey. / sfgirlbybay

monochromatic dining room in Amanda Dawbarn's modern home. / sfgirlbybay

open kitchen shelving in Amanda Dawbarn's white-washed home. / sfgirlbybay

Amanda Dawbarn's Mediterranean inspired modern kitchen. / sfgirlbybay

Amanda Dawbarn's modern california home. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring modern california home of Amanda Dawbarn. / sfgirlbybay

Amanda Dawbarn's airy Mediterranean inspired home. / sfgirlbybay

modern nursery in Amanda Dawbarn's california home. / sfgirlbybay

Amanda Dawbarn's modern cali home.  sfgirlbybay

modern bathroom in Amanda Dawbarn's california home. / sfgirlbybay

Amanda Dawbarn's modern bathroom. / sfgirlbybay

light gray walls in Amanda Dawbarn's modern bathroom. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Jeff Mindell for 100 Layer Cake and Domino.