inspired by a song: our house.
by victoria comment

1/4/22

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

i received an interesting blog post idea from a reader recently and i decided i was up for the challenge. reader Valerie had the quite brilliant suggestion that i write a post centered around the idea of being inspired by a song — visually — and that sounded like something that could be really fun, and hopefully very thought-provoking and inspiring for all of us. songs are so subjective and i think we all have a very distinct interpretation of the lyrics and melody based on perhaps where we heard the song for the very first time, or a place you are in your life and the emotions you’re feeling at that moment. this song, our house by crosby stills nash and young was about a sweet and special day in life during the love affair between joni mitchell and graham nash and written by him while they were living together in california’s very rustic and beautiful laurel canyon, where a lot of musicians landed in the late 60’s. so, in my head, i have this whole visual history that i imagine whenever i hear the song and this is how i’ve always envisioned them living and that very romantic, slow l.a. day in their lives. i imagine their place to be a little messy, cluttered with both of their beautiful collections, lots of records and books, and a very rustic and bohemian vibe. our house is just a sweet, touching song about a really simple day that brought two people closer. so here goes — i hope my interpretation gives you a smile or makes you remember what you think about when you hear the song.

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: shadow dancing via chasing daisies; clear vase via @wellnessthroughlove; rose blooming; library stepladder via brooklyn; floral arrangement by rock my wedding; morning light via free people; joni with her cat via @jonimitchell; our house album cover via crosby stills nash and young; geraniums by lobster and swan; couple in shadows via chasing daisies; roses via giselle; bedroom window via the design files; flower vase on a pedestal by @shadedeggesphotography; black piano by friends of friends

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: fruit bowls via the socialite family; rustic settee via my Scandinavian house; Still life photography Record Art print from Marianne LoMonaco; kitchen record player via all the trees of the field; yellow daisies by maggie beth stuart; incense by @thefuturekept; fire via epic cozy; peaches in window by laura edwards; map of laurel canyon by Cassie Zwicker; shadow couple via aulden baugh; joni in the window of her laurel canyon house via @jonimitchell; fireplace mantel via design*sponge.

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits: click on the image which will take you to its original source. in the case of my collages, the links are listed just below clockwise from left to right. photographer’s shadow by @mirenalos; roses via friends of friends.

30 responses to “inspired by a song: our house.”

  1. Happy New Year Victoria! What a thrill! I put on the song and slowly scrolled through the blog. Perfection!

  2. Oh man you nailed it!!! As a fellow Cali girl of that generation this really brings back great memories. Love this!!

  3. This is stunningly beautiful, Victoria. Thanks so much for your interpretation. Dreamy and perfect images.
    And that my favorite songwriter, Joni Mitchell, is featured, well you just made my day.

  4. I love this idea and you nailed it! On a side note, don’t you think Sarah Sherman Samuel looks an awful lot like Joni Mitchell?

  5. This is wonderful — the idea, the images and the memories it stirs! At age 11-ish, Our House was the first 45 record I bought for myself and it’s been a favourite song ever since. Thank you for sharing — I love the inspiring images you find and create such magical stories with. Your blog is a beautiful thing!

  6. Wow Victoria! I was just saying to my sister (I have not stopped talking about this all day) how much I would love if you did this as a series! Seriously made me so Happy!

  7. This is brilliant! What an amazing idea and so well executed. I have so many songs in my head now! So much beauty and so poetic! I may want tot rearrange my place to have a record player in my kitchen now…. Not practical but so cool and poetic!

  8. I loved this one. I lived in Laura Canyon during this time It brought back such sweet memories. Thank you for this post.

  9. Great idea, Victoria…just beautiful. I thought immediately of Diana Ross’s hit from the 1970’s “It’s My House”…a favorite of mine.

  10. A wonderful blog idea! Home & music are intertwined & evoke memories. A perfect song to begin this . . . .

  11. Everything…a feast for my visual sense’s. The idea perfect. The song…one of my favorites growing up that matched how I wanted my future to look like. I can spend hours looking at this post. Definitely will be saved for reference! Win…Win ♥️

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