checkered past.
by victoria comment


vintage minimalist modern home with patterned tile floors. / sfgirlbybay

one of the amazing things about traveling around europe is how very ancient it is and the unique charm which that exudes. the architecture is awe-inspiring and gives you such a sense of history — here in america we just don’t go that far back and sometimes there’s not as much of an appreciation for the past and more of a look towards the future, so older buildings are often done away with. so i really love seeing these older spaces and even when they might be decaying in one way or another, i find a kind of celebratory beauty in that aging. older floors are so prevalent in europe and even very mismatched tile floors might share just a single household. the airbnb we had in palermo (just above) must have had five or six different tile patterns going on and it was beautiful. i thought i’d share a little bit of that kind of lovely flooring with you today. embrace the old and be inspired!

inspiring rustic modern dining area with vintage chandelier. / sfgirlbybay

italian pattern tiled floors. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern dining area with pattern tiled floors. / sfgirlbybay

tile floors in boutique shop. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring dining room with patterned tile flooring. / sfgirlbybay

black and yellow checked flooring. / sfgirlbybay

yellow and black checkered floors. / sfgirlbybay

tiled flooring in modern sitting room with daybed. / sfgirlbybay

mismatched vintage dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

tiled floors in whitewashed home. / sfgirlbybay

vintage tiled floors in whitewashed bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

triangle print tile floors. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: @sfgirlbybay; architectural digest espana; bo bedre; architectural digest espana; archiproducts; freunde von freunden; archiproducts; architectural digest espana; about decoration; the poetry of material things; david kohn architects.

gucci gucci gucci.
by victoria comment


gucci home decor. / sfgirlbybay

we all know, gucci is not for everyone — it’s pricey for sure and its eclectic, over the top aesthetic, is not exactly mainstream. but i happen to find a lot of joy in their ornate, very extreme whimsical world. and while i can’t always afford it, i can definitely have fun with the brand, enjoying their videos starring lana del rey and jared leto, their super creative ads, fashion shows and beyond. and now, i realize GUCCI also has a home decor collection, including kitschy small ceramics like their Herbosum Grotesque Garden candle or the Cat incense burner, textiles like the campy Mystic Cat embroidered cushion, and even some stunning wallpaper. here’s a look at gucci at home (not your average home, of course).

pink and green gucci homewares inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

red velvet sofa and gucci pillows. / sfgirlbybay

tropical bird print wallpaper by gucci. / sfgirlbybay

pink embroidered chairs. / sfgirlbybay

teal velvet sofa with gucci silk pillows. / sfgirlbybay

gucci home decor. / sfgirlbybay

patterned gucci home goods collection. / sfgirlbybay

teal green velvet sofa with bird print wallpaper via gucci. / sfgirlbybay

gucci porcelain boxes. / sfgirlbybay

red velvet sofa with silk gucci throw pillows. / sfgirlbybay

porcelain gucci tea set. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Simona Flamigni for GUCCI decor.

she sells seashells by the seashore.
by victoria comment


seashell with florals on pink back drop. / sfgirlbybay

how’s that for a tongue-twister? it’s definitely hard to say three times fast. but seashells, all on their own are really quite lovely. i found a delicate vintage pink sea fan in the french countryside (how did it get there, i wonder?) and it got me thinking about decorating around the seashell motif. in small doses, i think they’re a unique addition to any decor — almost like a small sculpture. and seashell or sea fan art prints are quite nice as well. kara rosenlund is someone whose taste i quite admire and she utilizes a lot of found shells in her decor (and she has a new line of beautiful oceanic inspired photographic prints out as well). have a look at your local flea market or etsy and find your own sculpture from the sea, but remember to be mindful of mother nature and respectful of our oceans, only collecting shells long past their lives.

coral sea fan. / sfgirlbybay

seashell bowl on glass coffee table. / sfgirlbybay

sea shell home decor. / sfgirlbybay

vintage headboard and sea fans hung on wall. / sfgirlbybay

sea coral bowl on stack of coffee table books. / sfgirlbybay

dried florals and sea shell decor. / sfgirlbybay

sea fan in vintage vase. / sfgirlbybay

sea fans as home decor. / sfgirlbybay

black sea fan as wall decor. / sfgirlbybay

hanging sea shell mobile. / sfgirlbybay

sea fans and shells on black shelves. / sfgirlbybay

coral and sea fans wall decor. / sfgirlbybay

white sea fans and coral. / sfgirlbybay

white wall pouf. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: creative studio cocorrina’s sweet goddess; carissa gallo photography; @lilyoscarinterior; vintage sea fan print; REBECCA ERSFELD; @jessechamberlinmarble; vintage sea fan; jeff pdf; blueberry modern; Henry Bradbury Antique Nature-Printed Seaweed Prints; @kararosenlund; @lilyoscarinterior; conch shell print; kevin tadge photography; @kararosenlund; design*sponge; @kararosenlund; kara rosenlund’s home via home adore; the socialite family; the socialite family shell mobile; ; roatan coral fan; cereal magazine; deborah wood murphy; studio proba DAY 361 print; alison reid photography; the caftan clique; bio diversity library; Natural Specimen from 1st dibs; JOHANN GUSTAV HOCH print via christie’s; kara rosenlund’s home via home adore; etsy shell chandelier; home adore; kate zimmerman turpin photography; architectural digest; homes to love.