best of: the whimsical tablescape.
by victoria comment

5/10/22

on trend: the whimsical tablescape / sfgirlbybay

gosh, i had fun putting this very colorful post together! we’re embracing a new trend i’ve been seeing around lately and it’s what you might call ‘maximalism’ and in this case, we’re celebrating that theme when it pertains to the whimsical tablescape. i love this quirky look and have been mixing and matching my dishes, serving pieces, and glassware for a while now, but i’ve never gone quite this wild. perhaps since spring is officially here it’s time to start scouring our favorite flea markets, etsy, and online shops that specialize in this very eclectic, European vibe. whenever i’ve been invited to a french home for dinner, for instance, there is always an effortless cornucopia of colorful dishware and nothing is off-limits — the more mismatched the better! table linens, too — i have some beautiful mismatched silk-screened table napkins from lala by kerry cassill that i love setting my table with. and i’m absolutely smitten with the incredible Hand-Embroidered and very whimsical Table Linens from Oeuvres Sensibles, based in Marseille but happily available online. and ceramics by lrnce, a Marrakesh-based lifestyle brand focusing on interior decoration and accessories have my heart, too. other favorite sources for tableware are farra miron for found vintage ceramics, table linens, and serving pieces with a ton of style, good together house here in laguna for the very best curation of lovely glassware and dishware. and for truly over the top serving pieces you have to check out la doublej and luke edward hall, and for colorful table linens, soil to studio and society of wanderers have lovely collections. i’ve gathered some looks i’m in love with and could have kept going, but i’ve created a pinboard inspired by this look for you to refer to instead, otherwise, this post would take up a ridiculous amount of space. have fun and bon appetit!

on trend: the whimsical tablescape / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the whimsical tablescape / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the whimsical tablescape / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: courtyard with ceramic vessels by stefano scata photography; kitchen shelving via in honor of design; L’AMOUR JUG Hand Painted Ceramic Jug from lrnce; LA DOUBLEJ Set of six 18kt-gilded porcelain dessert plates from matches fashion; Vintage Majolica Pottery Vase from chairish; tablescape via coffee klatch; La Cote d’Azur Kitchen Towel from Live The French Way; colorful kitchen via house and home; French Miniature Ricard Water Jug from Kensington Antiques; striped pottery via reciclar e decorar; Ceramiques de Picasso poster via @archivesdecreations; pair of ceramic vessels via anne game.

on trend: the whimsical tablescape / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the whimsical tablescape / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the whimsical tablescape / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the whimsical tablescape / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the whimsical tablescape / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the whimsical tablescape / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the whimsical tablescape / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: embroidered tablecloth from oeuvres sensibles; vintage dishes in france by sfgirl; lyon tablescape by sfgirl; luke edward hall ceramic dish; tablescape by farra miron at good together house; jean cocteau print via its nice that; papaya on crate & barrel trove plates; Retro Wave Bowls from urban outfitters; LA DOUBLEJ Set of six gold-plated porcelain dessert plates from net-a-porter; ceramic serving dishes from good together house; tina vaia Helado ceramic bowl from matches fashion; yellow serving bowls by sfgirl; la double j plates; 1970s Strehla Keramik Ceramic Fruit Plate from chairish; oeuvres sensibles romantique embroidered tablecloth; set of 6 La DoubleJ abstract-print porcelain plates from farfetch.

on trend: the whimsical tablescape / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the whimsical tablescape / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the whimsical tablescape / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the whimsical tablescape / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the whimsical tablescape / sfgirlbybay

on trend: the whimsical tablescape / 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.

best of: color story: calming neutrals.
by victoria comment

5/9/22

color story: calming neutrals / sfgirlbybay

today’s color story is all about simple style and a soothing color palette — graceful rooms that aren’t too cluttered and allow you to find inspiration all around you, and perhaps outside of your norm. the more time i spend at home during this pandemic, the more i want a less cluttered life, and i find myself wanting to purge unnecessary knickknacks and being a collector, this is really hard for me, but i also feel a little bit burdened by too much stuff. so here’s to a simplified color scheme and calm, serene rooms, one and all, and here’s hoping we are able to leave our comfort zones soon, are kinder to one another, and truly find peace and a sense of well-being this year.

minimalist modern dining room with line drawing poster by mette handberg via hege in france. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern dining room furnishings and decor. / sfgirlbybay

color story: calming neutrals / sfgirlbybay

neutral and modern minimalist home decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

image credits, l to r: artwork via OLIVIA JEFFRIES ARTWORK; lynda gardener’s home via hunter & folk; beamed ceiling in bedroom est magazine; Terrazza sofa set VIA siton vintage; lamp somos bonjour; bedroom nook vella magdaline; matchbook by lea freni; corner fireplace linda ngoc nguyen; Dried Palm Leaf WEST ELM; artwork by jean cocteau poetry foundation; gold-rimmed dish via somos bonjour; ANISSA KERMICHE Breast Friend ceramic vase.

whitewashed interior with vintage portrait painting collection leaning on wall. / sfgirlbybay

sherpa button tufted sofa in eclectic vintage modern space. / sfgirlbybay

color story: calming neutrals / sfgirlbybay

oversized artwork over bed with sleek upholstered headboard and linen bedding. / sfgirlbybay

daybed with vintage throw pillows and simple upholstery in whitewashed room. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern interior inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

image credits, l to r: lynda gardener’s home via hunter & folk; type treatment via @theculturedkid; round sectional sofas via MODEDAMOUR; bedside lamp via @acqui_turk; andy warhol via @shopkristinit; dining room by COLIN KING; fireplace via milk decoration; bentwood stools; loft alcove from @atelier.ellis; corner chair from light locations; armadillo & co. palermo rug; ANISSA KERMICHE Body small ceramic candlestick; Katrin Bremermann artwork.

whitewashed minimalist modern bedroom with beachy woven raffia lighting fixture. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern bedroom with rustic exposed beam ceiling / sfgirlbybay

minimalist interior with dried coral on whitewashed mantle. / 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.

me time.
by victoria comment

5/9/22

hi guys, and happy monday! at the last minute, i’ve decided i’m taking a wee break this week to celebrate my birthday with some friends and family that are in town. but i’m not staying entirely off the grid — i’ve posted some ‘best of’ posts for you this week to hopefully keep you inspired in my absence. i hope the mums out there had a very happy mother’s day. and, if it was tough for you for any reason, i was with you. it was a weird day of missing my mum, and feeling strangely left out of both friends’ and strangers’ instagram posts. i just couldn’t get my head around what i should be doing with my day and went around in pointless and unproductive circles, thus the lack of inspiration for new posts this week — i do apologize! anyway, let’s hope for a better week for all of us if you were feeling a little off, too. much love and i’ll see you next week with hopefully some happy and uplifting new posts.

in the meantime, beginning later this morning enjoy the ‘best of’ the blog!

xo, victoria

friday finds.
by victoria comment

5/6/22

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

happy weekend, friends. i’ve definitely got a case of spring fever because, as you may have noticed, i’ve gotten really colorful around here as of late. i’m just finding all these colorful spaces super inspiring and very uplifting, and never boring, not ever. this week’s friday finds feel pretty upbeat and whimsical so i hope they’re a kick-off to a joy-filled weekend for you. we all deserve it, right?

xo, victoria

  1. this kitchen is definitely what i mean by upbeat. i mean how could you not find yourself in a good mood while cooking in this buttery, beautiful kitchen? it’s got some pretty great tile floors and a sweet sink skirt happening, too.
  2. i’ve just discovered studio riviera and have become smitten with their gorgeous handmade and hand-painted pottery, made in Puglia. their styling is right up my alley, too — combining all the cheerful patterns of their collections into a kaleidoscope of whimsy. these cups remind me of those swirly spin art paintings i used to make as a kid.
  3. i’ve got a crush on any kind of cabinet with glass doors i can peek into, and @anekirstine.bilde’s pretty kitchen cabinet has so much charm. i love the addition of the little print curtain she added inside, too.
  4. designer dabito from old brand new shared a before and after of his fun bedroom and bath makeover and it’s just so great. i love the happy color palette and how when you’re looking from the bedroom to the bath his new arched shower almost looks like a work of art. well done, dabito!
  5. this built-in shelving has always caught my eye and is a forever favorite. i love how sleek and modern the shelving feels and the way designer, travel writer, and illustrator Zoé de Las Cases has styled it so sublimely. lovely little collections lurk in these pretty built-ins.
  6. speaking of beautiful shelving displays, how about these glassware collections i spied on @nimblewell and in honor of design? i think i may need to begin collecting these glass goblets, too. i just need to decide on a color palette and then dive in and begin the vintage hunt. such a cheerful way to serve cocktails.
  7. now here’s some sublime styling! i love this little collection of ceramics and random dishware from Interior, Food & Lifestyle photographer IDHA LINDHAG. what a fun creative exercise to play around with — just gather up your color coordinating pieces, create some clever and colorful displays, and shoot. i love this idea.
  8. how about this for a pretty spring tablescape? it might be a nice way to celebrate mother’s day, too. the florals are placed randomly but beautifully and that crown molding painted blue is pretty smashing, too. not to mention those contrasting tile floors. happiness abounds!

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino paris.
by victoria comment

5/5/22

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

we’re jetting back to paris this week, because why the heck not, n’est-ce pas? this is but a fantasy, at least at this moment. we’re headed to what looks to me to be très joliebambino in Paris’s 11th arrondissement. a sleek-looking spot, bambino was born from owner Fabien Lombardi’s passion for music, and a desire to share around a record, drawing their inspiration from the four corners of the globe, the festivity of Tel Aviv, the clubs of London and New York, and perhaps most especially, the Jazz cafés of Tokyo. but it’s not just music we’ve come here for, let’s grab a highball and one or two of the very delicious-looking dishes cooked over charcoal and in a wood-fired oven. they’ve even got their own spotify soundtracks so on our walk over we’ll listen to their tunes with some tortoiseshell headphones to get ourselves properly in the mood for music. we’re going to dress up a tad tonight, too, because honestly it’s just been too dang long since we’ve gotten fancy. i’ve got some kind of tomboy chic vibes going on with a cropped top worn with some wide-leg flared black pants and paired with some strappy art deco-looking high-heeled sandals. we’re adding some further oomph with a slick black hooded jacket, capped hat, and a menswear-inspired Tie Patterned Silk Scarf (because i don’t think we’re even allowed in france without some sort of scarf!). and to get ourselves good and educated about all things new in paris, we’re bringing along Cereal’s City Guide Paris by rosa park so we know where to head for the after-party nightcap. i think it’s going to be really fun, and quite possibly, a very late evening!

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: all saints CONSCIOUS ASTA LINEN BLEND TOP; janessa leone EMMETT cap; Anthropologie Maeve ’70s Flare Pants; ATT. Strap High-Heeled Sandals; anthropologie Lizzy Square Reading Glasses; SHASHI Leah Hoop Earrings; master & dynamic Wireless tortoiseshell headphones; read this there Cereal City Guide: Paris by rosa park; Thatch Guiding Star Necklace; ilia Balmy Tint Hydrating Lip Balm; cynthia rowley jumbo cocktail ring; Loeffler randall Analeigh Cacao Gathered Clutch; w concept Tie Pattern Printed Silk Scarf; sézane ARTHUR hooded jacket.

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

• Photography courtesy of @bambino_paris.