friday finds.
by victoria comment


feminine white-washed room with surf vibes. / sfgirlbybay

every time i spend time near the seaside, i realize i miss living near the water more and more. my visit to laguna beach was no different, and i find myself wishing i could smoosh the california coastline and L.A.’s eastside together, so i could merge beach life with the culture of my own neighborhood and live a lot closer — rather than have it a sometimes very congested freeway trip away. since that’s not a possibility, i just bring surf culture to me — through books, and films and especially decor. and that’s where we find ourselves on this week’s friday finds. happy weekend everyone — i hope you get some beach time in!

xo, victoria

  1. i really love this very feminine look at decorating with surf culture and i could see this welcoming cozy vibe working well on a whitewashed enclosed sun porch.
  2. this is a pretty wall hanging-slash-curtain. i’d like this Lyra Rose Macrame Portal used as an interesting room divider — perhaps hanging in the room just above!
  3. Nina Freudenberger’s book Surf Shack: Laid-Back Living by the Water is definitely one of the most inspiring design books i’ve ever owned. i love this room — one of the many beautiful rooms featured in her book photographed by Brittany Ambridge.
  4. this is a very boho beachy built-in nook that ashley neese featured recently on her blog. belonging to model ally walsh, it’s the very cozy and enviable dining nook in her venice, california beach home.
  5. i really love this simple and eclectic bathroom backsplash from serena lake’s book romantic style, too. just a few decorative tiles go a long way to giving a very vintage looking sink a wee facelift.
  6. stylist emily chalmer’s funky and very feminine sink is just perfect and with those vintage rosebud paintings hanging above it feels a little like a beach cottage.
  7. 1st dibs also featured Nina Freudenberger’s design tips for living with surf culture and there are some very inspiring ideas there, too — so have a gander if you like this look.
  8. i couldn’t help myself from ordering this decorative palm leaf curtain and i can’t wait to see how it turns out hanging in my guest room. i’ll keep you posted.

macrame curtain for closet. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring image from Nina Freudenberger's book Surf Shack: Laid-Back Living by the Water. / sfgirlbybay

model ally walsh's cozy built-in dining nook. / sfgirlbybay

vintage tile backsplash. / sfgirlbybay

vintage sink with rosebud paintings. / sfgirlbybay

colorful bohemian surf shack. / sfgirlbybay

natural palm leaf curtain. / sfgirlbybay


wear this there: proper.
by Michaela d'Artois comment


kelly Wearstler-designed proper hotel in SF. / sfgirlbybay

ever find a hotel so cute on the internet you want to book a trip just so you can lay your head on their pretty beds? same. kelly Wearstler-designed proper just opened in san francisco and is a gem in the city by the bay just waiting for you to book one of their gorgeous array of unique rooms. with nods to some very diverse period pieces, the proper’s interiors boast an eclectic twist — this is definitely one to mark for style-conscious travelers. there was no fear of color in her design process from pink velvet and plaid sofas to a very funky gallery wall in the lounge — every inch is an aesthetic’s dreamland. assuming that’s you, pack your weekend duffel with funky summer accessories that will take you from day to night, and grab a leather jacket for those foggy nights. while on your journey, our read this there takes place around san francisco, Isabel Allende’s beautiful the japanese lover.

~ michaela d’artois, vérité woman.

colorful lounge in proper hotel. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: proper hotel in SF. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: pixie market la chemise covered button shirt; cos wide-legged knitted trousers; warby parker margot sunglasses; Creatures of Comfort, Inc. Puff Drawstring bag; Winky Lux Gold Glimmer Lip Balm; three potato four co breakfast club key tag; read this there the japanese lover by Isabel Allende; mejuri boyfriend hoops; Loeffler Randall Carter Knit Boot in Rose; melissa fleis blur leather jacket.

art gallery wall inside proper hotel in SF. / sfgirlbybay

eclectic decor and art gallery wall inside proper hotel in SF. / sfgirlbybay

pink velvet sofa with floral throw pillows. / sfgirlbybay

art-filled lobby of proper hotel in SF. / sfgirlbybay

kelly Wearstler-designed proper hotel in san francisco. / sfgirlbybay

pink velvet furniture and art-filled walls inside proper hotel in SF. / sfgirlbybay

curated art gallery wall inside proper hotel. / sfgirlbybay

kelly Wearstler-designed lounge room inside the proper hotel. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of proper hotel designed by kelly Wearstler. / sfgirlbybay

exterior of the proper hotel in san francisco. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via dezeen and proper.

a spring makeover.
by victoria comment


spring bedroom makeover. / sfgirlbybay

one of the easiest ways to rejuvenate your spirits and give a room a decor refresh is with textiles. it’s so easy to simply swap out your existing pillows, bedding and rugs with new pieces — even seasonally! in chilly months, add warm, richly colored throws and bedding and in springtime, go pale pastels! recently, i was invited by two of my favorite homewares designers to lighten up my bedroom for spring — with pretty new bedding from rebecca atwood’s latest collections, and with one of my very favorite rug designers, australian-based armadillo & co. who recently opened a brand new beautiful showroom in los angeles. first up, my new area rug — all armadillo’s products are 100% handmade, using Fair Trade practices with natural and sustainable fibers. i have their dandelion rug in my dining room and love the round shape, so i went with a similar natural weave in the bedroom — the petunia with two rings of frill add detail and a decorative element to this otherwise simple design. the weave and shape really add texture and interest to what was a pretty ordinary floor area.

woven petunia rug by armadillo & co. / sfgirlbybay

bedding by rebecca atwood and rug by armadillo & co. / sfgirlbybay

next up — dreamy new bedding from rebecca atwood, who also opens her very first brick and mortar shop in Manhattan, on Mott Street in Nolita. brooklyn-based Rebecca’s flagship store will carry her full line of fabrics, wallpapers, pillows and bedding, as well as one-of-a-kind pieces and items that are exclusive to the store. her beautiful new bedding collection is made in Portugal and designed specifically by rebecca in pretty patterns that help you to feel relaxed and ready to sleep. i chose a mix and match look to include her shell duvet and pillowcases in blush — originally a drawing in Rebecca’s sketchbook, inspired by the shapes of tiny pink shells collected on the Cape Cod beaches of where she grew up. i paired the pillowcases with rebecca’s sweet Good Morning, Good Night Embroidered Pillowcases which are adorable and her pretty Striped Coverlet in Tangerine for contrast. for a finishing touch and addition of another complementary pattern, i added her Gridded Ikat Lumbar Pillow in Peach/pink with hand-dyed yarns that give it a painterly feel. so, as you can see without a lot of effort, i was able to change up the overall look of the bedroom and am really ready for warmer months!

new bedding by rebecca atwood. / sfgirlbybay

Good Morning, Good Night Embroidered Pillowcases by rebecca atwood. / sfgirlbybay

Good Morning, Good Night Embroidered Pillowcases rebecca atwood. / sfgirlbybay

bedding by rebecca atwood and rug by armadillo & co. / sfgirlbybay

beige upholstered bench at the end of the bed. / sfgirlbybay

spring bedroom makeover with armadillo & co rug and rebecca atwood bedding. / sfgirlbybay

IKAT print lumbar pillow. / sfgirlbybay

bedding from new rebecca atwood collection. / sfgirlbybay

oversized art print with white frame over mid-century modern cabinet. / sfgirlbybay

Good Morning, Good Night Embroidered Pillowcases by rebecca atwood. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.