one charming old church.
by victoria comment

10/17/19

restored church turned family home in australia. / sfgirlbybay

in the words of R.E.M., this old church has literally lost its religion and been lovingly transformed into a charming family home in Queensland, Australia. vintage shop-owner Cheryl Carr who runs albert & grace and her family have restored and repurposed this beautiful former church, but leaving much of its original soul intact — like those lovely stained glass lancet windows and those beautiful arched ceilings and exposed beams. shiplap painted white has brightened up the old place and cheryl has decorated the space with a mix of found vintage pieces, bright modern lighting and rustic homewares. for the full tour of this very special home, visit homes to love.

white shiplap walls in restored church turned family home in queensland, australia. / sfgirlbybay

vintage decor inside restored church turned family home in queensland, australia. / sfgirlbybay

white exterior of restored church turned family home in queensland, australia. / sfgirlbybay

white shiplap walls inside restored church turned family home in queensland, australia. / sfgirlbybay

rustic kitchen in restored church turned family home in queensland, australia. / sfgirlbybay

vintage decor in restored church turned family home in queensland, australia. / sfgirlbybay

outdoor areas of restored church turned family home in australia. / sfgirlbybay

restored church turned family home in queensland, australia. / sfgirlbybay

modern bedroom in restored church turned family home in queensland, australia. / sfgirlbybay

arched doorways in restored church turned family home in queensland, australia. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via homes to love.

a country home in belgium.
by victoria comment

10/16/19

Belgium country home styled for vtwonen by Avenue Design Studio. / sfgirlbybay

i always love anything that Holly Marder and Hedda Pier of Avenue Design Studio puts their very talented hands on, so i was excited to come across a feature from 2017 (how did i miss this!?) they styled for vtwonen. it’s the beautiful Belgium country home of founder, Liza van der Stouwe of atelier rozijntjes and her family. the country home has some beautiful bones, including those gorgeous tile floors, but they’ve definitely added real charm to it with their eclectic collections. i am most inspired for my own cottage and just love their lovely vintage-modern mix. for the full tour you can visit a wonderful behind the scenes look at avenue lifestyle and the original feature on vtwonen.

vintage modern Belgium country home styled for vtwonen by Avenue Design Studio. / sfgirlbybay

Belgium country home styled for vtwonen by Avenue Design Studio. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern Belgium country home styled for vtwonen by Avenue Design Studio. / sfgirlbybay

Belgium country home styled for vtwonen by Avenue Design Studio. / sfgirlbybay

Belgium home tour styled for vtwonen by Avenue Design Studio. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern decor styled for vtwonen by Avenue Design Studio. / sfgirlbybay

Belgium country home styled for vtwonen by Avenue Design Studio. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen in Belgium country home styled for vtwonen by Avenue Design Studio. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen Belgium country home styled for vtwonen by Avenue Design Studio. / sfgirlbybay

bedroom in Belgium country home styled for vtwonen by Avenue Design Studio. / sfgirlbybay

Belgium country home tour styled for vtwonen by Avenue Design Studio. / sfgirlbybay

tour of Belgium country home styled for vtwonen by Avenue Design Studio. / sfgirlbybay

bathroom in Belgium country home styled for vtwonen by Avenue Design Studio. / sfgirlbybay

Belgium country home bathroom styled for vtwonen by Avenue Design Studio. / sfgirlbybay

• photography and styling by Avenue Design Studio and rozijntjes via vtwonen.

instagram worthy: @ideat_magazine.
by victoria comment

10/16/19

instagram worthy: @ideat_magazine. / sfgirlbybay

this week’s instagram worthy account comes from one of my favorite french decor magazines, ideat. if you love cosmopolitan design, vagabond travel and avant-garde decor you’re going to love following @ideat_magazine. you can expect to see a steady stream of inspiring ideas, beautiful photography and a good dose of wanderlust-worthy imagery — all the colorful, bohemian, effortlessly eclectic and unexpected decor the french are famous for. and if you like their Instagram feed, there’s probably a good chance ideat will become one of your favorite magazines, too.

inspiring interior via @ideat_magazine on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring travel photos via @ideat_magazine on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring decor and photography via @ideat_magazine. / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy interior photography via @ideat_magazine. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring home decor via instagram worthy: @ideat_magazine. / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @ideat_magazine. / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @ideat_magazine. / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy interiors round up via @ideat_magazine. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior via instagram worthy: @ideat_magazine. / sfgirlbybay

modern eclectic interior via @ideat_magazine. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern interior via @ideat_magazine. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed loft via instagram worthy: @ideat_magazine. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via @ideat_magazine.

fresh vintage from france!
by victoria comment

10/15/19

vintage sketches, rattan hanging pendant lamp and metal folding chairs. / sfgirlbybay

ouí! i’m very excited to announce our latest shipment of vintage finds from the flea markets of france have arrived at super marché. we shopped for these this summer and i’m always so anxious waiting for them to cross the sea and finally arrive, but they are here and i’m adding them to the shop as quickly as i can. there’s a few nude paintings — oh la la — and some wonderful tabletop pieces (latte, anyone?), and an array of unique vintage furniture, all picked out by me, for you! i hope you like what you see. and, as always, if there’s something special you’re looking for from france, do let me know. we head back next month for more vintage treasure hunting.

nude painting via suepr marche online shop. / sfgirlbybay

vintage home furnishings and decor via super marché online shop. / sfgirlbybay

rattan lighting fixture in super marche online shop. / sfgirlbybay

portrait painting and pink light via super marche shop. / sfgirlbybay

nude painting and wood stool and prayer beads via super marché shop. / sfgirlbybay

rattan vintage mirror and task lamp on wood side table. / sfgirlbybay

rattan vintage sunburst mirrors. / sfgirlbybay

bamboo folding ladders. / sfgirlbybay

bamboo and rattan magazine rack. / sfgirlbybay

french vintage decor and furniture via super marche shop. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by leslie santarina for super marché.

with a little help from my new friend.
by victoria comment

10/14/19

picnic basket on blix electric bike. / sfgirlbybay

one of the reasons i moved to laguna beach was its healthy, outdoor lifestyle but also its small-town atmosphere. i can walk almost anywhere, and the farmer’s market on saturdays is literally five minutes away. but, (and that’s a rather significant ‘but’) is that it’s also quite a big uphill on the way back home (loaded down with all my fresh groceries!). so i was super psyched when blixbike invited me to try out their electric-assisted bike! laguna is hilly all over, but with the blixbike, i can opt to ride manually and get a good workout, but i face a big hill that might clobber me, i can switch into electric mode easily and conquer it with no sweat! and, should you like to ditch your car either on your workday commute or for weekend pleasure riding and get a blixbike of your own, they are offering a generous reader discount — enter SFGIRL100 discount code at checkout for $100 off any bike.

cream aveny electric blixbike in laguna beach. / sfgirlbybay

i chose the cream-colored Aveny City Ebike because not only does it match my new cottage (i know, i’m aesthetically crazy), it offered what i needed — it’s one of the most stylish ebikes out there, but it’s also a unique combination of user-friendly design and offers a comfortable ride uphill with an upright seating position and powerful performance for the most challenging hills. it’s super simple, too — the battery takes about 4 hours for a full charge, while the extended range battery takes about 5 and a half hours and allows you a charge of up to 45 miles! it simply plugs into the wall and looks very similar to a laptop charger and the battery can charge on or off the bike. the blixbike makes short distance travel more enjoyable, fast and easy. and for city people, they bring streets to life, increase accessibility, improve air quality, and help communities become truly sustainable — environmentally, economically, and socially. happy. healthy riding!

blixbike farmers market shopping trip in laguna beach. / sfgirlbybay

blixbike rideto laguna beach farmers market. / sfgirlbybay

laguna beach farmers market via blixbike. / sfgirlbybay

blixbike parked in front of casa laguna. / sfgirlbybay

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