book smart.
by victoria comment


white book stand with gold wall light overhead. / sfgirlbybay

as you’ve probably realized from seeing my built-in bookcases, i’m a bit of a reading fiend. when i have a good book in my hands it takes me away for hours on end. i’ve been known to read into the wee hours of the night and wake up ready to dive in again. so it always saddens me a bit when i hear that perfectly bound books might go by the wayside someday. say it ain’t so! there’s nothing quite like the beauty of a home library and books, even magazines — print, if you will, of all kinds gets my heart rate going. so when i saw this wonderful print, ‘hold me i’m real’ i was reminded how much i love books on display. to me, they’re the makings of a real home, and i love perusing friends’ bookshelves. some of my favorite books lately have been a gentleman in moscow, isaac’s storm (everything i’ve read by erik larson is amazing!), along the infinite sea and edgar & lucy. put your books out there, my friends! be book proud and show it.

hold me i'm real art print. / sfgirlbybay built-in shelves displaying books, ceramics and vintage camera and light. / sfgirlbybay minimalist vertical wood book shelf. / sfgirlbybay vintage book spines. / sfgirlbybay wicker chair and colorful books on display in white living room. / sfgirlbybay white and pink books on display. / sfgirlbybayminimalist modern black and white desk area with built-in book shelves. / sfgirlbybay decorating with books. / sfgirlbybay low shelves with art and books. / sfgirlbybay ornate fireplace with art and built-in bookshelves. / sfgirlbybay built-in bookshelves inspiration. / sfgirlbybay art and books on display. / sfgirlbybay low pile of books in sunlight room. / sfgirlbybay vintage bookshelves and cabinet. / sfgirlbybaywhite bookshelves with neutral books. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: the everygirl; ‘hold me i’m real’ from book shop; inside closet; fantastic frank; remain simple; sight unseen; @candiceperrin; fantastic frank; salvo lópez photography; the modern issue; me and my sneakers; nuevo estilo; rue magazine; interior design; ‘hold me i’m real’ from book shop; laura seppenen design; @sofia.tuovinen; my domaine; st. barts; anna malmberg; alexandra sara; atelier doré; deer circus.

good reads: martha stewart.
by victoria comment


modern farmhouse featured in martha stewart. / sfgirlbybay

when i see photos from design*sponge founder grace bonney’s upstate new york house, i often fantasize about what it might be like to live in such a wide open space, surrounded by countryside. and this farmhouse featured in martha stewart got me wondering some more. it’s such a beautiful mix of rustic meets modern and the couple who’ve remodeled the two-story farmhouse have done such an amazing and admirable job of it. the creative couple literally learned the ‘how to’s’ from studying at their local library and teaching themselves how to DIY the renovation — including that beautiful tile backsplash in the kitchen which was made by hand. it’s a most inspiring undertaking and should you like to see the full tour and learn more about how they went about it, visit martha stewart .

rustic meets modern farmhouse featured by martha stewart. / sfgirlbybay

handmade tile backsplash in modern farmhouse. / sfgirlbybay

handmade white tile backsplash. / sfgirlbybay

unique fireplace in rustic meets modern farmhouse. / sfgirlbybay

ceramics studio in modern farmhouse with spiral staircase. / sfgirlbybay

dining nook in farmhouse with long wood table and benches. / sfgirlbybay

greenery and old wood table with ceramics and woven basket. / sfgirlbybay

vintage green sink and circle mirror. / sfgirlbybay

vintage green tub on wood blocks. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by pia ulin for martha stewart

easy elegance.
by victoria comment


curated collection inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

i love a room that’s elegant, but really laid back and easy on the eyes. a kind of uncluttered elegance that’s been paired down and really well-edited. i need to edit more i think, but it’s hard for me since i’m constantly collecting when visiting my favorite local flea markets. but it’s also almost as much fun going and not shopping — just people watching and gathering all that glorious inspiration around me. but now, with my new online shop, super marché, it’s also become part of my job — even if it’s too much fun to ever feel like one. i’m pleasantly surprised that so much has sold out from the shop so quickly, so i’m headed back to france in november to bring back for more vintage treasure. i’ll be on the hunt for uniquely beautiful pieces that create the kind of ambiance you see in these rooms, but if there’s anything you’d like me to keep an eye for, please do let me know!

simple elegant home decor. / sfgirlbybaysimple and elegant home decor. / sfgirlbybay elegant entryway inspiration. / sfgirlbybay natural palm leaf. / sfgirlbybay natural home decor elements. / sfgirlbybay globe light and palms. / sfgirlbybay woven lampshades in dining banquette. / sfgirlbybay white walls and simple, elegant home furnishings. / sfgirlbybay simple vase and flower. / sfgirlbybay simple decor with white walls. / sfgirlbybay dining room with shiplap walls and industrial pendant lamp. / sfgirlbybaywoven modern chair with throw. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: house and leisure; Line Klein studio; @saarmanche; architectural digest espana; LRNCE via miss moss; d. larsson interior; @iwonaludyga; @apieceapart; tres bon hangout; dcw editions; @misterjessejames; @valkommen_nr; elle decoration; randomitus; bemz slipcovers; @wolf_circus; remodelista; via kelsey unger; loft kolasinski; @amy_merrick; bursts of samm; nicole franzen photography; renée kemps photography.