the sfgirlbybay home office.
by victoria comment

1/27/11

so, this is where is all happens. “what happens?” you might ask — i know i do, almost every darn day. i get up and take lucy to the dog park, ingest a whole bunch of coffee and then stare at the computer screen and debate with myself what to share with y’all.

sometimes, i have loads of inspiration i can’t wait to show you, and other days, to be honest, i’m like…”coffee kick in, coffee come on” — what the heck should i share today? so, without a thought in my head, here’s the sfgirlbybay home office. picture me, sitting here, stuffed with tonight’s sushi, trying to think of something better. tomorrow is another day…

oh, and here’s what it looked like before (above). i called it the circus room…and then, thankfully, after (below).

this is a west elm parsons desk, a few ikea expedit shelving units, as well as one of their alex flat files, which store my keep calm posters perfectly. the chair is a saarinen reproduction from modern selections, and the rug is a flokati from home decorators collection. my insane magazine collection is stored in vintage locker bins i found on lucky little dot. the chalk board and lamp (below) are secondhand vintage finds.

the sofa bed is ikea’s ps on wheels, the inspiration wire is actually a loft cable system curtain rod from west elm. the table is vintage, as are most of the pillows i found on etsy, the flea market, or made from vintage fabric. i picked up the bunny lamp (and carried him on board) from my last trip to liberty of london.

92 responses to “the sfgirlbybay home office.”

  1. Victoria, okay, I’m not the Jealous Curator, but I’m jealous! How a gal like you that works so hard and is multi-tasking a million things manages to have an office (& house) that looks like yours is astounding. Do you need to continue to torture me?

    Pa-lease come over sometime and help me do a “redo” on this tired old place!

    LOVE YOUR OFFICE!

  2. What an amazing space! I love the wire baskets and the vintage chalkboard. You have such great light in there too, I bet it’s a pleasure to work in there!

  3. I love the light in your work space! You appear to balance comfort and organization so well Victoria – by the way, where did you find your wonderful mannequin? I’ve been looking for one for a while now.

  4. It looks so neat and organized but oozes creativity. My home office needs some serious help. Hopefully this will get me going and not just drooling with envy.

  5. Thanks so much for sharing. I’m about to start decorating/organizing a home office for myself and it’s interesting to see what others have done before I tackle it. Love your style!

  6. Hi Victoria, Thanks for sharing your space. It looks so bright and inviting. I would love to spend my day in such an inspiring space. Love when you share tidbits of your life with your readers!

  7. I adore your space and how you’ve infused it with your personality and style. The light you get in there is a photographer’s dream. Thank you for providing links — so helpful!

  8. your personality (from all the wonderful things I’ve been told about you) sings through this space! And the light is TDF! Wonderful job – banking inspiration for my own remodel.

  9. Your glowing rabbit lamp makes me so incredibly happy, it’s probably ridiculous. Haha. I remember you posting a picture of it before and being in awe of its adorableness.

  10. love the clarity and light of your space. Love that we both have a green Cartlon-ware flower dish, and that you acquired the bunny lamp from Liberty’s I have been coveting via their delicious website here in Brisbane, Australia. Love the wonder you share. Cheers.

  11. Such a light a refreshing room to work in! I really love it and find it so inspiring!

    Does anyone know if the sofabed is actually comfortable to sleep on?

  12. judith – :) thanks!

    alicia – it’s pretty comfy. i’ve slept on i a few times, and is good for guests. not sure how it would be every night, but maybe okay with a pillow top or something.

  13. After reading your site so much, I was JUST THINKING on Friday “Gee, I wish she’d post some of her OWN rooms” and BOOM! Nor Cal girls think alike! :)

    I love this. I am so incredibly inspired!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. it’s all so great, and looks effortless, but well thought out (if that makes sense…).

    the ferris bueller in me is dying to put a motor on that sofa…

    you’re great, love your site,
    nanne

  15. The magazines in the baskets look great! Adds lots of pops of color! What is the magazine called in the far right basket with the foreign characters on top and under it it says “HOME” in blue print? THANKS!

  16. How often do you throw away your magazines? I too have an insane collection that would not fit in those bins. Do you recycle them whenever you get the next issue?

  17. tyler – it’s a japanese decor magazine, that i think just translates to ‘home’ but i’m not certain. i get them at kinokuniya bookstore: http://www.kinokuniya.com/

    shanti – i cut and paste my favorite images into journals. i’ll share them sometime. i don’t recycle – i hold on forever!! it’s a problem. :)

  18. Love it. I like that it has a mix of decor styles.

    I have been out of the loop with a move and a new job but I was wondering if you do Sunday in the City anymore?

  19. I love it! I never get tired of looking at your place so thanks for the photos. I just want to curl up on your rug and take a nap in the sun. Thanks too for more info. on the inspiration wire. I’ve been wondering exactly what it is made of since I’ve been wanting one for years. Where did you find those little clips that hold the cards, etc.? I also think it is impressive and worth noting how sucessful you are at incorporating affordable pieces from IKEA into your space yet it doesn’t scream IKEA. I love the little sofa with pillows too. Are you open to suggestons for post ideas from your readers. I have lots of ideas. Feel free to use the V. Maier idea btw.

  20. PS: To Shanti – I too have a massive magazine collection. I recently moved and took about 50 mags to a nearby hospital for their patients. It made it easier to part with them knowing they were going to good use and it helped me clear my clutter.

  21. mimi – the clips came on the west elm wire, and it came with all the hardware, too.

    tyler – i love some of the european magazines – living etc., cote sud, elle decor UK, and i also love anthology – which is brand new.

    katie – it is pretty neat – i kinda get OCD about it. but the drawers can get messy, and the stacks of magazines get unruly sometimes. or there’s laundry baskets waiting full to be folded. oh, and lucy makes a mess in here with her toys. :)

  22. brilliant! your blog is MY inspiration board. it got me hooked on blogging, i must admit. your home office will now become my “zen place” while i’m daydreaming of quitting my day job.

  23. That japanese magazine you got at the front of the right row… can you get that in the States?
    I once bought one in Japan, and it is the most inspirational magazine I ever saw…

  24. You’re office is gorgeous Victoria… bright, sunny and colourful without being too much and I especially love you’re vintage pillows… :)
    Have a great weekend,
    Emma, x

  25. ugh…i love it! your office looks so neat and clean but yet so colourful! i immedieatly spotted your ikea expedit shelves for i bought one last tuesday for my room. i think they are kind of handy and everything looks very organised. the baskets for your home magazines are great. i’d love to have one (or two) too, but i can’t find them here in germany and i don’t have the room for them yet. but thanks for sharing this is a very cool home office!

  26. Thanks for sharing your space. I love your detail and style!
    question…where did you get the galvanized square buckets on the expedit shelf?

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