picnicking at home.
by victoria comment

4/30/20

outdoor picnic with vintage wood dining set on the grass. / sfgirlbybay

picnicking — the all American pastime. i love a good picnic, and half the fun is in the preparation. now normally, a picnic is a packed up meal enjoyed outdoors, often as part of an adventure, ideally in scenic surroundings, such as the beach at sunset, a road trip, or even a drive-in movie theater (remember those? the absolute best!). but unless you have access to a park or open beach or lake, why not just enjoy an at-home picnic? even if you haven’t an outdoor space or perhaps a rooftop, go all out inside — spread out some colorful blankets and pillows, literally pack the picnic basket, chill the wine and get out your best picnic recipes — tuna niçoise salad sandwiches (my favorite sandwich ever — just dish it all up and scoop out a rustic bread loaf and drop it in!), deviled eggs, potato salad, fresh fruit, a charcuterie platter — i’m getting hungry just thinking about it! i’ll bet there’s more fun in it than you might think for you and your significant others, and if you’ve got kids, they’ll probably love it. even on my own here i’ve been eating outside as much as possible and it’s lovely! i’ve gathered up some pretty picnicking gear, and some inspiration for you. cheers to making the most of being stuck!

outdoor picnic on pink fringe blanket with rosé and vintage camera. / sfgirlbybay

picnic gear for outdoor meals and entertaining. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: picnic spread by @oliwiapakosz; picnic basket by babyccino kids; terrain Nordic Cotton Quilt in Baroque; terrain Seagrass Wine Carrier; Anthropologie Blockprint Bamboo Melamine Dinner Plate; charcuterie platter by hither and thither; Anthropologie Woven Nayland Throw Blanket; Anthropologie Nathalie Lete Titania Dessert Plate; picnic wine by broma bakery; Anthropologie Wicker Picnic Basket; fruit spread by style me pretty; terrain Seagrass Glasses + Caddy.

outdoor picnic on striped blanket with yellow patterned throw pillows. / sfgirlbybay

picnic for two in field of flowers with vintage wood dining set. / sfgirlbybay

colorful picnic accessories and homewares. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: making lemonade by @workshoptheboutique; JENNI KAYNE Rattan Picnic Carafe & glasses; dining outdoor by our food stories; crate & barrel Leather-Handled Picnic Basket; crate & barrel white picnic cooler; daybed picnic by @__s____o; burke decor Bauhaus Dessert Plate Set by Odeme; cocktail via @sukoustudios; serena & lily Beachside Serving Board; Anthropologie Leona Placemat with fringe; serena & lily beachside wood serving bowls; st. frank FRAZADA CLXX BLANKET; pretty picnic table by @missmaggieskitchen; Anthropologie Marie Dip-Dyed Market Bag.

rustic wood outdoor dining table with vintage wrought iron chairs. / sfgirlbybay

rustic outdoor picnic with fruit and wine and olive branches./ sfgirlbybay

colorful outdoor picnic with woven picnic basket and blue and white blanket. / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: our food stories; gal meets glam; style me pretty; our food stories; @timlabenda; @calihformula on twitter; gal meets glam.

getting your shelves together.
by victoria comment

4/29/20

white built-in shelf nooks displaying french goods. / sfgirlbybay

well, as they say — no time like the present. and i don’t know if you’re like me, but all those little projects i’ve procrastinated on for-like-ever are now staring me straight in the face day in and day out. so, it might be a nice time to look at these extended days at home as a gift (instead of claustrophobia) and just dive in and take on those projects head-on. one of my to-do’s is some kitchen shelving and organizing my kitchen gear and collectibles. i built some in my old home but i think it’s time to put some up here in the laguna cottage. i love how clean and well-organized these kitchen shelves look and they’re inspiring me to get this project going. i love the pretty built-ins, the vintage cabinetry, and the colored glassware collections really make me smile.  i hope you find some inspiration here to get your own projects going.

built-in white floating shelves with green and blue glasses and ceramic dishes. / sfgirlbybay

white kitchen shelves and cabinetry with colorful glasses. / sfgirlbybay

white smeg fridge in modern kitchen with white shelving. / sfgirlbybay

white kitchen shelves with vintage glassware and ceramic and wood dishes. / sfgirlbybay

built-in white kitchen shelving. / sfgirlbybay

white smeg fridge in minimalist kitchen with built-in shelving. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed dining room with white glass front cabinet for dishes. / sfgirlbybay

white pantry shelving for glassware and kitchen tools. / sfgirlbybay

modern kitchen with white cabinetry and tile basksplash. / sfgirlbybay

white open kitchen shelves with colored glassware and ceramic dishes. / sfgirlbybay

arched doorway into kitchen pantry with built-in shelving and library ladder. / sfgirlbybay

rustic vintage white cabinet for dish storage. / sfgirlbybay

built-in kitchen storage for mason jars. / sfgirlbybay

white kitchen with open shelving and marble backsplash. / sfgirlbybay

white kitchen pantry with open shelving and glass mason jars. / sfgirlbybay

modern white kitchen with mint green kitchen tools. / sfgirlbybay

white cabinet with glass doors in farmhouse style kitchen. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in the order of appearance: the socialite family; erin scott photography; domino; hege in france; emily henderson; feast home; rue; liliin wonderland; interieur blog; design*sponge; the natos; erin scott photography; domino; @littlegreenshed; somewhere slower; erin scott photography; the local project; design*sponge; crate and barrel; etsy .

lovely reasons to be lazy.
by victoria comment

4/28/20

modern bedroom with black and white decor palette. / sfgirlbybay

as i write this post, it’s just another day in quarantine — and perhaps it’s morning — that most dreaded time of day when alarm clocks go off everywhere across the land, and all we want to do is ignore them. i know it’s not the case for those of you with kiddos to home school and get fed, and working from home becomes that much more challenging. but perhaps one of these days (the upcoming weekend, perhaps?) we can simply press the snooze and luxuriate just a little while longer in bed while everyone fends for themselves. most especially if you’ve created a perfect place to be lazy — a sublime little bedroom with just the simplest of necessities — the softest bedding, your favorite books at your reach and some pretty lighting to read them by. i love these very zen bedroom spaces — nothing too fussy and all of them present lovely reasons to be lazy just a little longer.

minimalist modern bedroom with brown linen bedding. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed bedroom with built-in bookshelves and yellow bedding. / sfgirlbybay

vintage-inspired bedroom decor. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern bedroom with wood platform bed and neutral bedding and decor. / sfgirlbybay

neutral bedroom decor. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring bedroom decor. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern bedroom with art gallery wall. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern bedroom with chair beside table. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist bedroom decor. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring bedroom decor. / sfgirlbybay

unique bedroom decor. / sfgirlbybay

bedroom decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring modern bedroom with sliding door to patio. / sfgirlbybay

modern loft bedroom with long bookshelf. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: etc. for short; my scandinavian home; pretty little fawn; parachute home; inside out magazine; rue magazine; pretty little fawn; the hall studio; freunde von freunden; remodelista; leanne ford interiors; dwell magazine; world of interiors; birgitta wolfgang drejer; @josefin.haag; apartment therapy ; @cannellevanille; leanne ford interiors; est living; remodelista; anne-claire roché photography; lonny magazine; @masseriamoroseta; stadshem; these four walls; jersey ice cream co; leanne ford interiors; ana degenaar; inside out magazine; milk decoration.

bare minimal beauty in venice.
by victoria comment

4/27/20

modern loft home in venice, california with pink h.d. buttercup petra sofas and fireplace. / sfgirlbybay

well if this doesn’t feel fresh and clean, i don’t know what does. this beautiful minimalist home in venice, california was featured on lonny this week and it just made me want to rethink everything. there are times when i wonder why i have so much stuff, and this home tour brought those thoughts on big time. i know myself pretty well by now, and know i probably could never part with my many treasures and live this zen life, but i certainly can appreciate this loft’s loveliness. this is the home of wellness entrepreneur ara katz, and i love her choice of these pale pink linen petra sofas from h.d. buttercup paired with natural wood elements and all that bright white and bold black window trim. the fireplace provides warmth, too — both literally and figuratively. for the full tour, visit lonny.

pink petra sofas from h.d. buttercup in loft-style home in venice, california. / sfgirlbybay

black and white loft home in venice, california. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern home with black and white color palette in venice, california. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern loft home in venice, california. / sfgirlbybay

black and white loft home with bookshelves in venice, california. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed living room loft in venice, california. / sfgirlbybay

white platform bed in minimalist modern bedroom in venice, california. / sfgirlbybay

white bed in minimalist modern bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via lonny.

friday finds.
by victoria comment

4/24/20

dining area with hardwood floors painted green. / sfgirlbybay

i thought for this week’s friday finds you might be in need of something bright and cheerful, as well as perhaps a few ideas for keeping you busy whilst we while away these long days at home. it’s hard not to look around the house and not see some room for improvement here and there, am i right? so i’ve got a few simple ideas for you (and one not so simple) and maybe a new hobby for you, too. hang in there, my friends, and let’s hope i don’t have to keep referencing our lockdown too much longer.

xo, victoria

  1. so, this is the difficult project i mentioned above. could you take on this challenge and paint your hardwood floors a dreamy shade of green? i’ve always wanted to paint hardwood floors white and been daunted by that task, but green – i just don’t know! but i gotta say, these look absolutely fresh and quite fabulous!
  2. okay, here’s a simple change you can make around the house without a doubt: change up your area rugs. if you’d like to add a splash of color for spring, it’s as easy as adding a pretty striped rug. all sorts of rugs are available online — i love lulu & georgia, the citizenry and anthropologie for some good ones.
  3. another easy way to add a unique dash of color to your home is by adding a bold chair here and there. use them to stack books, as a mix and match look around your dining room table, or simply jazz up an entryway or hallway like this sweet green eames chair. simple but stylish!
  4. i discovered this fabulous guest room on miss moss. it’s very charming a room (love the green trimmed window panes) at La Grenadine, a chic boutique hotel in cape town, south africa — somewhere i’ve always wanted to visit. another special spot to put on our lists when we’re able to travel freely again.
  5. stylist Sibella court’s online shop the society inc. has some uniquely beautiful treasures, including her paper lanterns and is another small shop that i like to support. plus she carries gorgeous items for your home you can’t just find anywhere.
  6. a great resource for traveling is also @theshopkeepers on instagram. they share an abundance of adorable shops in cities all over the world like this charmer, Espateria in San Jose, Granada, Spain. i like to bookmark them in my instagram collections to keep track of ones i’d like to visit, or pin them to my pinterest travel boards.
  7. are you keeping a corona journal? i’ve read in a few places, including this article in the new york times that it’s a good way to organize your thoughts during these difficult times and it may help future generations. it doesn’t have to be just writing, and i love mixed media artist @alayne_spafford’s sketchbook journal. collaging is a very therapeutic way to get creative.
  8. i’ve taken that idea one step further and i’m painting in a watercolor journal as you may have seen on instagram. it’s nothing fancy, but it makes me feel better and is very relaxing. you could take your painting to canvas, too. i love this painting by artist anne-sophie tschiegg. i’ve added all the painting tools i ordered on amazon to my online shop there for your easy reference if this strikes your fancy.

whitewashed modern home with green painted hardwood floors. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed bathroom with colorful striped area rug. / sfgirlbybay

green vintage eames chair in hallway with white painted wood floors. / sfgirlbybay

charming vintage-inspired guest room at La Grenadine, a chic boutique hotel in cape town, south africa. / sfgirlbybay

large paper lanterns via stylist Sibella court's online shop the society inc. / sfgirlbybay

shop exterior of Espateria in San Jose, Granada, Spain via @theshopkeepers on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

mixed media artist @alayne_spafford's sketchbook journal. / sfgirlbybay

painting by artist anne-sophie tschiegg. / sfgirlbybay