an artful & inspiring trip to miami.
by victoria comment


an artful & inspiring trip to miami. / sfgirlbybay

as you may have seen from my instagram feed, i popped across the country to miami, florida this past weekend — my very first visit! hoteltonight invited me to stay at the very beautiful beachfront nobu hotel and get inspired visiting art basel, the epic art festival that happens every year in miami (and worldwide). if you’ve not used hoteltonight before it’s one of my very favorite apps — hotels give hoteltonight their unsold rooms, the app shows you each day’s best deals, and you score the deal and live your holiday dreams! you can also use the app for available rooms in the immediate future (100 days out!) — so not just those last minute adventures. and if you’d like $25 off your first hoteltonight booking use my referral code VISMITH2 (that’s a capital “i” after the V to clarify) and have your own spontaneous getaway!

inspiring details inside the nobu hotel in miami. / sfgirlbybay

colorful artwork in the nobu hotel bar. / sfgirlbybay

the nobu hotel is a gorgeous, japanese-design inspired hotel, with a pretty fabulous collection on display of its own, and really peaceful, zen-like rooms. it’s smack-dab on the beach, so all you need to do is wander from the beautiful lobby through three lovely pools and out to their beach cabana where fresh towels and beach chairs await you. i spent a few hours soaking up the sun and all those miami vibes and not only was the people-watching great, the ocean was gorgeous (especially with that magical miami-light!). the nobu hotel, of course, features its famous sushi bar of the same name (it was so good i ate here twice!), as well as the organic farm to fork restaurant malibu farm and pool & beachside drinks and snacks, not to mention 24-hour room service. pampering awaits at their spa, too!

pink lifeguard station in miami beach. / sfgirlbybay

white pop-up beach shack for water at hotel nobu. / sfgirlbybay

on the beach at hotel nobu in miami. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring architecture and beach landscape of miami, florida. / sfgirlbybay

the nobu hotel pool in miami, florida. / sfgirlbybay

and then i was completely immersed in all that wonderful art and creativity. there’s nothing like an experience like this to get my creative juices flowing. so much color and clever, thought-provoking art surrounding you, it really can’t help but get into your head. i came home with all kinds of new ideas for the blog, for my shop — for my life! art basel miami features work from leading galleries from all over the world, showcasing significant work from the masters of modern and contemporary art, as well as a new generation of emerging artists. paintings, sculptures, unique installations, photographs, films, and artworks of the highest quality are on display in miami’s convention center. to say that viewing that much art is daunting and a little overwhelming is an understatement, and i loved every crazy minute of it! i’m going to share just a few of my favorite pieces with you, along with a peek at nobu hotel and a couple of great recommendations for fun spots to eat and drink around miami.

colorful photography on display at art basel in miami. / sfgirlbybay

modern art installation at art basel in miami. / sfgirlbybay

artwork and artists at art basel in miami, florida. / sfgirlbybay

okay — amidst all this fun and inspiring artwork, a few places that were recommended to me — i didn’t make it to many of these because i spent most of my time at art basel and the pulse art fair, but they came from very credible sources: the vizcaya museum and gardens and the bass look incredible, and the pérez art museum is must-visit and right on the water with a great restaurant. a walk through the miami’s art & soul the neighborhood of wynwood to see a huge array of artists’ murals is cool. and right nearby the design district has some of the best shopping around. restaurants recommendations were as follows: upland,michael’s genuine food and drinks, mandolin aegean bistro for greek, casa tua is said to be very romantic, and kiki on the river (also greek). The beach restaurant at the Setai hotel also came highly recommended. fiorito is great for argentinian food, and a little off the beaten track. whatever you do, i think you’ll love miami — i was honestly so impressed with how beautiful it is there — swaying palms, balmy breezes, and lovely architecture! a dreamy getaway to be sure. have a great getaway with hoteltonight, and don’t forget my discount code up above. happy travels!

art basel art installation in miami, florida. / sfgirlbybay

black and ivory framed graphic prints. / sfgirlbybay

painting at art basel, miami. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by victoria smith for sfgirlbybay.

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modern global.
by Chelsea Jackson comment


hanging woven straw pendant light shades. / sfgirlbybay

As is always the case, lately I’ve found myself hankering to get away somewhere exotic. With no specific locale in mind and no plans to whisk myself away any time soon, a little global interior inspiration will have to tide me over for the time being. Enter: all of the Moroccan textiles, South American woven fixtures, and African mud-cloth my heart can handle. Since eclectic styling is making a comeback, it’s no wonder that well-traveled, internationally curated rooms would top my list of drool-worthy spaces.

Do you have a favorite modern global look?

xx, chelsea

moroccan bench in white-washed entryway. / sfgirlbybay

globally inspired bedroom with woven textiles. / sfgirlbybay

bedroom with minimalist global decor. / sfgirlbybay

moroccan and global inspired home decor. / sfgirlbybay

white-painted rock bedroom walls with woven jute rug floor rugs. / sfgirlbybay

woven details in minimalist living room. / sfgirlbybay

globally inspired home decor. / sfgirlbybay

hammock with long fringe. / sfgirlbybay

bedroom with natural, global elements. / sfgirlbybay

calming bedroom with armed nooks and natural wood post bed frame. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: Louise Roche; Jeltje Janmaat for Couleur Locale; Georg Roske for Casa Cook Rhodes; bungalow classic; cote maison; San Giorgio Mykonos via my paradissi; Danielle de Lange; heredwelling & Leanne Ford Interiors; Carley Rudd courtesy of Croft House; yoli & otis; casa cook; Bart Honingh; casa cook by Annabell KutucuPatrick Cline for Lonny; Benjamin Holtrop; casa vogue; riad dar-k by lily rose.

a hand-built kitchen in east sussex.
by Ezz Wilson comment


rustic hand-built kitchen in east sussex. / sfgirlbybay

I’ve been following Jeska Hearne of Lobster and Swan for several years now, and she is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to resourcefulness. This lady can truly create magic with a heap of recycled materials, found objects and thrifted wares. She’s completed another beautiful project along with her husband and remodeled their kitchen, using reclaimed wood, recycled crates, and pipes from underneath the floorboards.

open shelving created with recycled floorboards. / sfgirlbybay

There are so many good ideas here — I love how they covered their exhaust fan with oak lath from a restoration center and used small curtain rings with clips to securely hold onto tea towels. They also sawed a gifted crate in half to create two shelving units, displaying their lovely wares — I see several things I’ve found at my local thrift stores for a couple of dollars (and a few similar items I shouldn’t have left behind. Oh, the vintage regrets!). The plaster behind the shelving really elevates their collection and gives the kitchen a sophisticated, Old-World flair. Some of the other shelving was made from a eucalyptus tree that fell down in their yard and was taken down to the sawmill, where they turned it into planks. I’m impressed. Thanks for such a lovely and inspiring lesson in reusing and recycling, Jeska!

cheers, ezz.

dark floors and black painted doors. / sfgirlbybay

open wood kitchen shelving with white-washed concrete backsplash. / sfgirlbybay

ceramic dishes on open wood shelving. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen shelving created with recycled floorboards. / sfgirlbybay

sussex kitchen with upcycled shelving. / sfgirlbybay

recycled crates as kitchen shelves. /sfgirlbybay

crates as kitchen storage. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern kitchen in east sussex. / sfgirlbybay

white ceramic vase with autumnal florals. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen storage created using recycled floorboards. / sfgirlbybay

vintage crates used as kitchen wall storage. / sfgirlbybay

rustic modern kitchen designed by lobster & swan. / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of lobster & swan and @lobsterandswan.