breathing healthy with molekule.
by victoria comment

10/17/18

bohemian modern home office with molekule air purifier. / sfgirlbybay

i feel so fortunate to be able to work from home — i am definitely one lucky girl. but the downsides might not occur to you — like being home all day i have an AC bill that skyrockets in summer months due to L.A.’s non-stop heatwaves and the air quality is not always ideal, either. i live next door to a big dusty hill and a lot of that dust ends up in my home, and in the air i breathe, so my allergies can go off the charts (not to mention the smoke and fire retardants in the air from the tragic california wildfires this summer)! i was invited to try a new air purifier that destroys indoor pollutants at the molecular level — Molekule. you may have been seeing some press about it because it’s just that revolutionary — achieving allergen relief, and empowering us with healthy air to breath.

bohemian modern colorful home office with vintage yellow and black desk chair. / sfgirlbybay

like me, your home is most likely your sanctuary, so it only makes sense that the air inside your four walls is as clean as the rest of your space. whether you and your family suffer from allergens in the home or are simply interested in restoring good air quality, say hello to a whole new air purification experience. Molekule is super quiet, sleek looking, unobtrusive, portable and most importantly proven effective, reimagining what clean air ought to look and feel like. so working in my newly redesigned home office with my windows wide open to the view of the hillsides is a whole lot nicer — and it also takes care of pet hair and dander (which lucy has a lot of!) so that’s a real plus for me, too. Molekule is lightweight and super portable with it’s leather handle, so i can transfer it to my bedroom at night, or if i’m spending more time in the living room — i can easily take it with me.

molekule home air purifier. / sfgirlbybay

not to get super hi-tech nerdy on you, but Molekule has something called PECO: also known as Photo Electrochemical Oxidation, a patented technology that works at the molecular level to eliminate indoor air pollution. each air purifier comes with two filters: a pre-filter and a PECO-filter. the pre-filter captures larger particles such as dust and pet hair, while the PECO-filter is coated by their proprietary catalyst which breaks down pollutants at a molecular level when activated by light — amazing science stuff! and it’s also energy efficient — Molekule doesn’t rely on high-powered fans, making it energy efficient without compromising its effectiveness. it works in rooms as large as 600 square feet and is the best in market answer to destroying air pollutants like dust, dander, viruses, mold, and bacteria in your home. and, to get extra techy, Molekule can be connected to wifi and controlled remotely using their app, or simply be controlled by using its touchscreen display. i’m breathing much easier with Molekule — i think you might like to try it out, too!

bohemian modern home office with molekule air purifier. / sfgirlbybay

molekule air purifier. / sfgirlbybay

vintage chairs in home office with molekule air purifier. / sfgirlbybay

molekule home air purifier. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern home office decor. / sfgirlbybay

california home office. / sfgirlbybay

dog in home office with molekule air purifier. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by victoria smith for sfgirlbybay.

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the shutterbugs: little upside down cake.
by Ezz Wilson comment

10/17/18

safe photo by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo of Little Upside Down Cake. / sfgirlbybay

I’ve been following Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo of Little Upside Down Cake for several years now, and the self-described “happy melancholic girl living in Lisbon” is the kind of photographer who makes me want to pick up my camera more often. She has a way of capturing the lovely and serene “particles of moments”, as she calls them, in her patinated and sun-drenched city — to see what i mean, visit her website and follow her instagram feed. When I asked her about the quality of light in Lisbon, she answered, “Would it be too much to say that Lisbon/Portugal light doesn’t exist anywhere else? Is it because of the ocean or cobblestone reflection, I really don’t know…but it’s strong and bright and special.” Although I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Portugal, I’m very much looking forward to experiencing that special light for myself one day. Oof, and all those azulejo tiles everywhere — I think I’d spend an obscene amount of time poking around buildings, taking a million photos of them all! Have any of you experienced that magical Lisbon light?

cheers, ezz.

vintage decor and dried florals photographed by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo of Little Upside Down Cake. / sfgirlbybay

cafe interior photographed by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo of Little Upside Down Cake. / sfgirlbybay

streets of portugal photographed by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo of Little Upside Down Cake. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring photography by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo of Little Upside Down Cake. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring dining area photographed by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo of Little Upside Down Cake. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring photograph by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo of Little Upside Down Cake. / sfgirlbybay

photography by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo of Little Upside Down Cake. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring vignette photographed by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo of Little Upside Down Cake. / sfgirlbybay

plates as wall art photographed by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo of Little Upside Down Cake. / sfgirlbybay

cafe photgraphed by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo of Little Upside Down Cake. / sfgirlbybay

dining banquette photographed by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo of Little Upside Down Cake. / sfgirlbybay

bench with tiny black and white photos photographed by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo of Little Upside Down Cake. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern dining room photographed by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo of Little Upside Down Cake. / sfgirlbybay

* photography courtesy of Little Upside Down Cake.

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.