friday finds.
by victoria comment

11/8/19

wood table with mismatched vintage chairs with chrome legs. / sfgirlbybay

this week’s friday finds provide a little something different thrown in with our usual decor inspiration. i’ve got two things that you simply must tune into — an inspiring podcast to listen to and some moving television to watch. as we all know, inspiration comes in many forms and these days wonderful podcasts are abundant and television is at its best. so without further ado, here are some friday thoughts from me to you. have a great weekend!

xo, victoria

  1. i love this super eclectic dining room in architect and interior designer Hollie Bowden’s flat in london’s very artsy neighborhood of Hackney. it’s my favorite mismatched mix of five completely different dining chairs and just look how it works without even trying too hard!
  2. i’m a huge queer eye fan and they always manage to make me tear up, but their latest episodes shot in japan are heartwrenching and uplifting at the same time. the first episode with a woman named yoko is beyond inspiring.
  3. next up, an awe-inspiring listen on NPR’s new podcast, dolly parton’s america. it’s one of the best podcasts i heard of late and in our country’s very divided times, it delves into why and what just about everybody can agree on — we all love dolly. it’s a beautiful look at her life, her music and her personal history.
  4. this is a simply gorgeous image of @galerie_half, one of L.A.s’ best high end vintage shops taken by @shadedeggesphotography. their instagram is always super inspiring, too!
  5. @thesocialitefamily nails it yet again with this feature on Annick Lestrohan’s incredible home in marseille, france. just look at this massive marble top dining table, the cool lighting fixtures and the incredible space it occupies. the floor alone is worthy of a second look.
  6. @semikahtextiles’ bathroom makeover is stunning. i love the dark teal paint color and wallpaper but the lighting fixtures are over the top beautiful. i could easily while away a few moments away from the party oogling over this pretty powder room.
  7. @aude.jolijour’s paris bedroom had me at bonjour, because — ah, you guessed it — her fabulous vintage portrait painting perched above that beautiful bed. we’ve got a couple great paintings in super marché right now should you like to get the look.
  8. i love everything about @fleamarketfab beautifully eclectic living room — from the effortlessly chic draped sofa, to the oversized lighting fixture and then, yet again that vintage nude portrait painting. it’s all just uniquely personal and quite beautiful.

queer eye japan. / sfgirlbybay

NPR's new podcast, dolly parton's america. / sfgirlbybay

galerie half in los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

Annick Lestrohan's incredible home in marseille, france. / sfgirlbybay

marbled lighting fixture. / sfgirlbybay

vintage portrait painting above bed in paris. / sfgirlbybay

beautifully eclectic living room of @fleamarketfab on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

4 responses to “friday finds.”

  1. Reese Witherspoon has a new series on Netflix and i just watched the first episode last night where she interviews Dolly. it was really touching.
    i found the queer eye adventures in japan really interesting and so different than the previous ones. with that first episode i kept thinking, but she doesn’t seem unhappy. i didn’t really necessarily see anything that needed fixing. telling someone who is caring for people on the brink of death to spend more time fixing themselves up and to think about dating just felt really tone-deaf – and then they put her in heels when she was already struggling with a cane, which seemed really insensitive. i understand the need for boundaries and self care of course but I don’t know – i feel like there was some disconnect there, or a need to fit her into the box of what a fulfilling, or “balanced” american life looks like. or the way they deplored how two of their makover subjects slept on the floor… isn’t that a cultural thing they do in japan?
    i’m not an expert on all this by any means, so i would love to hear what others think!

  2. I also found episode 1 (the only episode I watched so far) completely culturally oblivious, in addition to the examples you gave. Have they not heard of the tatami mat and its centuries long history? The traditional Japanese house has so much history, from its special alcoves for displaying certain objects (and which the fab 5 filled up with additional shelves for knickknacks), to natural materials and tones (which the fab 5 totally whitewashed). Normally i am a huge fan of bright white spaces, and I’m not sure whether this alcove was actually a traditional tokonoma, but I am indeed sure that the guys really superimposed American ‘basic’ decor standards over a scenario they really could have done more deep cultural research around. In the end, I thought her sweet home and assisted living center felt a bit like a Target ad!

  3. Oh gosh! I thought I was responding to a Queer Eye Japan comment made by you, but it was actually a commenter of yours. it wasnt my intention at all to be negative on your space after you were actually so positive! The commenter asked for other opinions out there, and the things I mentioned struck a nerve, despite the fact that I normally love the show. Just thought I’d clear that up! :) Amy

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