best of: instagram worthy: @______theo.
by victoria comment


bohemian plant-filled home of @______theo on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

this week’s instagram worthy feed is taking us all the way to berlin. it’s one of the things i love about instagram, that it can instantly take us somewhere else — and then invite us to experience a new culture, or visit a completely different part of the world. meet @______theo, aka Theodora Melnik, an Interior, travel and lifestyle content creator based in Berlin, germany. theo invites us into her charming plant-filled apartment and then takes us along on her european travels, too. have a gander at theo’s beautiful images and then hop on over and follow her on instagram.

plant and art-filled home of @______theo on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

plant-covered florist exterior in europe. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian plant-filled home of @______theo on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

instagram photography by @______theo. / sfgirlbybay

rattan folding screens as headboard. / sfgirlbybay

plants in instagrammer @______theo's berlin . home. / sfgirlbybay

plants in @______theo's berlin apartment. / sfgirlbybay

balcony in @______theo's berlin apartment . / sfgirlbybay

vintage mirrors and white bedding in @______theo's apartment in berlin. / sfgirlbybay

plant-filled courtyard via @______theo on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

vintage card catalog cabinets in @______theo's berlin apartment. / sfgirlbybay

@______theo's berlin apartment on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

interiors photographed by instagrammer @______theo. / sfgirlbybay

plants on open shelves via @______theo on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

rustic kitchen in @______theo's berlin apartment via instagram. / sfgirlbybay

plant-filled open shelf in @______theo's berlin apartment via instagram. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by @______theo.

best of: make mine minimal.
by victoria comment


minimalist home decor with light and airy textiles. / sfgirlbybay

i’m in one of those moods again. the kind of mood where i feel like i just have way too much stuff. it’s time to clear the clutter and go a little bit more minimal around here. i often feel this way when i return from staying abroad (gosh i miss those trips!), where minimal design seems to be more the norm than say loads of collectibles like i seem to have going on right now. i love the calm, open feeling of these spaces, decorating with just the things that really mean something to you and removing unnecessary items that aren’t sparking joy (as they say). i also lean towards a kind of wabi-sabi effect where it’s imperfectly beautiful. i think collections of beautiful handmade ceramics, unique lighting and artwork that really speaks to me is the wave of my future.

wabi sabi whitewashed interior. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed interior by designer leanne ford. / sfgirlbybay

white paper lantern light. / sfgirlbybay

wabi sabi decor elements. / sfgirlbybay

rustic modern whitewashed interior. / sfgirlbybay

unique vintage decor elements in whitewashed room. / sfgirlbybay

unique paper lantern in minimalist kitchen. / sfgirlbybay

wabi sabi kitchen. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed living room decor with wood plank floors. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed minimalist bedroom with paper lantern light fixture. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed entryway with natural wood elements. / sfgirlbybay

floral painting in vintage minimalist dining area. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern dining area with chevron wood floors. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: avenue lifestyle; est living; leanne ford interiors; urbnite; valentin spaces; megustalavida; @jaana__n; @silviavalentin_ceramica ceramic bowls; jotun colours; mejuki made; interior design home; my paradissi; @ninaandcodesign; The inspired House book by Kim Ficaro; Tori Golub interiors; @clairelloydloves; Musée Bourdelle by Romain Laprade; Isamu Noguchi paper lantern @galerie_half; etsy; sabon home; aesop by @indiahobson; avenue lifestyle; homes to loveenspiro; the design chaser; urbnite; @nomibis; urbnite.

on a wee break.
by victoria comment


beachy inspirational images. / sfgirlbybay

as i mentioned on friday i’m taking off a bit of time off to recharge and find fresh inspiration, and enjoy those fleeting, last days of summer here in laguna! since this is the time of year i’m normally traveling to france to shop for super marché, instead, i’ll be armchair traveling and rounding up some new ideas for the blog! here are some summer vibes to start your monday off right and i’ll see you here with some of my ‘best of’ posts for the next week or so. hope you enjoy them!

xo, victoria

labor day weekend vibes. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: top collage @therockstarcollective; @sarahshabacon; @bohemegoods; nuria; the poetry of material things; @britni_nicolee; maven restaurant group; toby mitchell creative; the life i want; pixabay; bottom collage the vintage roundtop; tyler haughey; on a hazy morning; Life magazine 1948; wlwkpop-moodboards; heidi merrick; blog summer shop; lolitaava; serendipity; casa vogue; pampa.

friday finds.
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friday finds / sfgirlbybay

i can always tell when i’ve hit a bit of burnout and it’s time for a few moments of zen. my pinterest pins become much more minimalist and simple and it’s almost as if i’m decluttering my style to assist my brain in a little of the same. i love writing the blog, but usually, my life and work take me to other countries where i seem to refresh, and see the world with new eyes, but because we’ve been unable to travel and i’ve pretty much self-quarantined since early march, it’s sometimes hard to find inspiration as i normally would. quite simply put, i’m no longer out in the world like i would be due to covid and thus life is feeling a bit stale and stuck at the moment. so i’m going to take a little break from the blog and work on finding ways to recharge without leaving the house (and do a little organizing and decluttering here while i’m at it). i’ll continue posting, but i’m going to share with you some of my ‘best of’ posts while i’m offline — posts that even i’ve forgotten about and perhaps some of you have never seen. i’ll be back within a week or so, but in the meantime, i’ll be leaving you with plenty of eye candy. i hope you’re all finding ways of staying inspired during this never-ending pandemic, and staying safe.

xo, victoria

  1. here’s a real moment of zen — i’d love a huge buddha statue like this one adorning a corner of my home — perhaps even the yard. this is a pretty home in the heart of Copenhagen, and is decorated with small stories in all its charming corners.
  2. @carlaypage is an interiors photographer i hugely admire, and her instagram feed is a longtime favorite. i love the simplicity of this shot with those large, oversized branches adorning the mantel, along with some vintage pieces of pottery and ceramics. it’s all very monochrome, but so warm and inviting nonetheless.
  3. i love the idea of re-purposing a vintage post office box as a storage-slash-decor piece. this is one gorgeous laundry room and what a perfect spot for stashing all those unsightly detergents, dryer sheets, and random cleaning products. maybe it’s also that marnie hawson who photographed it can just do no wrong.
  4. this hallway is a very simple bit of styling, but i just love it. the beautiful but unexpected figurine placed under the glass cloche, the colorful rug contrasting the white floorboards and even the coat rack and small painting — all of it coming together rather without much effort, but looking perfect.
  5. this is such a lovely, bright dining room space. i love the big black-framed glass doors letting all that light in and i quite like the mix of eames chairs and that vintage print for a pop of color, too.
  6. how about this for the perfect place of rest? i think it’s important (should you have the fortunate luxury of space) to carve out a little alone spot for yourself to have some quiet time. this portable cot with its pretty layered mattresses makes an ideal daybed, and you could even pack it away or move it around (and away from your family, heaven forbid!).
  7. talk about your simplistic styling — this kitchen shelving is what i’m talking about when it comes to paring down to just the essentials. but look how beautiful these fresh lemons look in that vintage green bowl. styling with fruit to add color and texture is both inexpensive and beautiful.
  8. i really like this worn, vintage dresser juxtaposed with the very modern work of art. i also love the stack of books and journals effortlessly placed on the floor. i display my black journals in my glass and steel cabinet, too and its a nice reminder to grab them a take a nostalgic peek from time to time.

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: hotel joaquin.
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laguna beach's hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

in honor of my new hometown, laguna beach (it’s almost been a year!), i thought it might be nice to share laguna’s own hotel joaquin this week — a petite boutique resort nestled above beautiful shaw’s cove (just a short stroll from the hotel to this secluded, beautiful beach). not only are the grounds and view gorgeous, but the renovation to this retro hotel is simply stunning — and they’ve really thought of everything to make you feel welcome — from snorkel gear to beach umbrellas and bikes. the chef here is outstanding, too, and breakfast on the terrace overlooking the sea is a must. drinks and board games in the charming bar area with its cozy fireplace are just what we need for a weekend away. we’re just going to grab our comfiest gear and hit the road down south — a cozy favorite hoodie, favorite graphic tee paired with bensimon sneakers and a cute striped skirt. don’t forget french sneakers, flip flops and a cute swimsuit and we are good to go to the beach! while either poolside or down near the surf, think about reading Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by isabel wilkerson, beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste is an eye-opening story of people and history and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of America life today — beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people’s lives and behavior our the nation’s fate.

decor details at hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

laguna beach's hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: x karla Hooded Crop Sweatshirt; free people Venice Tiger Tee; h & m black & white seersucker striped skirt; madewell Reusable Canvas Tote; j.crew third oak flip flops; Paravel Mini Main Line Duffle Bag; read this there Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by isabel wilkerson; Citizens of Humanity Cotton Face Covering; Kangol Bermuda Bucket Hat; Norma Kamali Bill Mio One Piece Swimsuit; j.crew SUPER by RetroSuperFuture® Virgo black sunglasses; bensimon sneakers in black.

laguna beach's hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

laguna beach's hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

dining patio at hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

laguna beach's hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

laguna beach's hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

hotel joaquin in laguna beach. / sfgirlbybay

guest room at hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed room at hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

hotel joaquin in laguna beach. / sfgirlbybay

terrace lounge chair at hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

laguna beach's hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring modern interior of hotel joaquin in laguna beach, california. / sfgirlbybay

laguna beach's hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

shaw's cove in laguna beach, california. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via @hoteljoaquin.