friday finds.
by victoria comment

2/11/22

friday finds built-in bookcases / sfgirlbybay

boy, do i welcome this weekend! i’ll be honest with you — i’ve got a personal to-do list that just keeps getting longer and longer and i have been procrastinating much too long on getting some nagging things done. i checked off a few things last week, but i’m going to take some time off to play catch-up! i hope you’ll forgive me, but it’s hard to concentrate on being creative when you know you really need to be completing some rather important other tasks! i hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy this week’s friday finds and i’ll be back after spring break with some ‘best of’ spring-themed posts running next week!

xo, victoria

  1. i came upon this rather lovely abstract female art print on etsy but it was this beautiful built-in modern bookcase that really drew me in. i really love the way the shelving frames the print, creating a showcase for the artwork and their other collections.
  2. this is another wonderful built-in bookcase, albeit a bit more simplistic in style but it looks fresh and modern. especially with the Alexandra Sectional Sofa. and again, i love how the bookcases frame that sweet little pink painting.
  3. in this case, these built-in bookshelves are made extra fabulous by the addition of that glass door. it reminds me of a porthole and for some reason the wes anderson film, the life aquatic. the chairs are amazing, too. it’s all just so great together and is actually a storage room at the library at the Strick House in Santa Monica, california.
  4. well, we’ve now got all these great libraries to lend from, so isn’t this just the coziest spot to curl up with a good book? i love the use of mismatched ikat textiles and throw pillows to create an intimate spot that looks simply idyllic. it’s the home of ALEX TIEGHI-WALKER, the founder of tiwa select, so check out the shop if you like this look.
  5. and i guess i’m in a literary mood because this is the bedroom of one of my favorite instagram accounts @clumsy.words. if you’re not yet following her, check out her feed for some wonderful book reviews and recommendations. i find her to be quite brilliant!
  6. okay this homeowner just might surprise you. it certainly surprised me to discover that this lovely, organized display of ceramics belongs to none other than comedian and actor will ferrell. i just somehow pictured him living in a frat house somewhere — silly me! and such a beautiful display of collectibles. for the full tour of his stylish new york loft, visit architectural digest.
  7. i’m not always one that is drawn to metal staircase railings, but in this case, i’m quite smitten with this aesthetic. i love the graceful curve this mid-century railing creates and the fact that it’s steel blue looks so lovely with all the modern wood paneling.
  8. this is another beautiful staircase and this time the railing is much more spanish revival or perhaps old hollywood — but this rustic home is actually in duras, france. it’s the home of the founding editor of Inside Out magazine and is available to rent on airbnb. check out the full tour on remodelista

friday finds built-in bookcases / sfgirlbybay

friday finds built-in bookcases / sfgirlbybay

friday finds cozy reading nook / sfgirlbybay

friday finds books / sfgirlbybay

friday finds collecting pottery / sfgirlbybay

friday finds staircase railing / sfgirlbybay

friday finds staircase railing / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: korakia pensione palm springs.
by victoria comment

2/10/22

wear this there: korakia pensione palm springs / sfgirlbybay

i’ve headed out in search of a little winter reprieve for us, and we’ve landed at korakia pensione in always sunny palm springs. you can count on warm weather in the desert most days of the year, and while it’s still chilly in most parts of the world, we’re okay with that as long as we can briefly escape and plunge into the korakia’s warm pool under the desert’s incredibly clear star-filled skies. i’ve yet to stay here, but darn it, i really want to. it’s a little different than most palm springs stays in that it’s a bit more bohemian with moody Moroccan vibes and it’s very, very chill should you be looking for a cozy little hideaway. we’re going to grab just a few essentials and pack our overnight bag. for day trips into town a simple black tee up-styled with layered necklaces, white jeans, and some comfy but always cool brown birkenstocks. let’s pack a flowy maxidress for evening drinks and to wear over our chic black bathing suit and of course some big sunnies, a wide-brimmed hat, and turkish towel for pool time. we’re going to dig into a good poolside read, the good liar by nicholas searle — a super suspenseful story that interweaves the present with the past — think tinder for some very sly seniors with lots of twists and turns.

wear this there: korakia pensione palm springs / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: korakia pensione palm springs / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: nili lotan muscle tee in black; Anthropologie Natural Bucket Hat; madewell stovepipe jeans in pure white; Birkenstock Arizona Big Buckle Sandals; Burberry Rectangular Sunglasses in dark havana; madewell Toggle Chain Necklace Set; Anthropologie Medallion Halter Maxi Dress; Mar Y Sol Allegra Beach Tote; read this there the good liar by nicholas searle; Gucci Vernis À Ongles Nail Polish; free people leslie leather overnight tote; Slipsilk Pure Silk Sleep Mask; revolve Abigail Long PJ Set; the beach people turkish pool towel in desert taupe; j.crew black Cross-back underwire bikini top and Tie high-rise bikini bottoms; Anthropologie Bali Cellphone Crossbody Bag; madewell SOKO Ellipse Bracelet; Anthropologie Alabaster Smart Watch Band.

wear this there: korakia pensione palm springs / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: korakia pensione palm springs / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: korakia pensione palm springs / sfgirlbybay

guestroom at korakia pensione in palm springs. / sfgirlbybay

bed with white canopy at korakia pensione in palm springs. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of korakia pensione in palm springs. / sfgirlbybay

tiled stairwell at korakia pensione in palm springs. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: korakia pensione palm springs / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: korakia pensione palm springs / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: korakia pensione palm springs / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: korakia pensione palm springs / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: korakia pensione palm springs / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: korakia pensione palm springs / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: korakia pensione palm springs / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: korakia pensione palm springs / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: korakia pensione palm springs / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: korakia pensione palm springs / sfgirlbybay

• photography via @korakia

color story: fresh white and light.
by victoria comment

2/8/22

color story: fresh white and light decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

it’s not officially spring, but gosh it really feels like it today here in laguna. it’s warm, sunny, and bright and everything looks so fresh and clean — and that goes for around the house, too — the light is sublime. this week’s color story is all about my love of whites, which i can seemingly never get enough of. there’s something so soothing to me about an all-white or mostly white room and i like the look paired with natural woods, layers of neutral textiles and if you can get away with it, white wood floors, too. i went on the hunt for some sublime white finds and located some lovely pieces inspired by nature, as well as some outdoor white spaces. here are a few more favorite white on white finds.

color story: fresh white and light decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

color story: fresh white and light decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

color story: fresh white and light decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

color story: fresh white and light decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

color story: fresh white and light decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: styled credenza by nicole franzen photography; bloomist WHITE MARBLE CLOCHE BASE; Wayne Pate graphic; croft house l.a.’s sierra chair via @lisahackwith; MICHELE QUAN WHITE LAYERED DISCS WALL HANGING from bloomist; bedroom side table via the socialite family; Andy Warhol’s Lips, 1986 via Anna Borisovna; Vera Ceramic Side Table from urban outfitters; retro wave bowl from urban outfitters; anna farber botanical sketch; Anthropologie hudon mirrors; LINEN THROW IN WHITE from BLOOMIST; When life gives you lemons art print from hotel magique; white shuttered living room via the modern house.

color story: fresh white and light decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

color story: fresh white and light decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

color story: fresh white and light decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

color story: fresh white and light decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: potted plant via thrifted and taylord; lulu & georgia ALMARINE CHAIN in WHITE MARBLE; lamp and candles via milk decoration; anthropologie Freya Chandelier; floral sketch via designlovefest; elsie green vintage beer bottle vase; desk via camille styles; serena & lily fluted planters; henri matisse large mask via the met museum; bloomist STONEWARE VASE COLLECTION in WHITE by JUDY JACKSON; super marché vintage florist vases; white bedroom by hannah trickett; bedroom via domino; CLEMENTE BOWL from lulu & georgia.

color story: fresh white and light decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

color story: fresh white and light decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

color story: fresh white and light decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

color story: fresh white and light decor inspiration / sfgirlbybay

color story: fresh white and light decor inspiration / 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.

get this look: devol’s swan cottage kitchen.
by victoria comment

2/7/22

get this look: devol's swan cottage kitchen.

the talented people at devol kitchens sent me photos of this very beautiful and airy kitchen they designed in the english countryside and i couldn’t wait to share. what a lovely, light-filled place to cook and entertain while you’re at the stove. not only does devol design gorgeous custom cabinetry, but they’ve also got a shop filled with everything for your kitchen updates from brass fittings and pulls to marble and copper sinks. i thought it might be fun to ‘accessorize’ this kitchen look with some fun finds from some of my favorite online vintage resources, including my own super marché, elsie green, charish, etsy (and a few pieces thrown in there to get the look, too). i love the built-in bar devol has created for this client and that stovetop is so, so pretty. for the full renovation, visit devol’s journal and you’ll find the full tour, including video. this kitchen transformation actually had a makeover episode on devol’s TV show ‘For The Love Of Kitchens’ you can find streaming on discovery+ and the magnolia network. devol is uk-based but now has an incredible new york showroom, too. inspiration abounds!

get this look: devol's swan cottage kitchen.

get this look: devol's swan cottage kitchen.

get this look: devol's swan cottage kitchen.

get this look: devol's swan cottage kitchen.

accessorize this look: elsie green VINTAGE RE-TINNED COPPER POT; vintage baumann barstools from super marché; elsie green ROUND BOTTOM PICKLING JAR; elsie green FRENCH LAUNDRY DAY BASKETs; vintage portable picnic bar from super marché; SET OF 4 striped NAPKINs from elsie green; vintage rustic wood stool from super marché; elsie green VINTAGE SET OF 4 GARDEN POTs.

get this look: devol's swan cottage kitchen.

get this look: devol's swan cottage kitchen.

get this look: devol's swan cottage kitchen.

get this look: devol's swan cottage kitchen.

get this look: devol's swan cottage kitchen.

accessorize this look: elsie green VINTAGE STONEWARE CROCKs; vintage beer bottle from elsie green; Vintage Mustard Colored Ceramic Watering Vessel from chairish; Vintage French Pastis Ricard And Pernod Bottles; anthropologie Set of 6 Bee Wine Glasses; elsie green PAIR OF OVER-DYED KITCHEN TOWELs; Anthropologie Remark Glass Decanter; Vintage Yellow Bitossi Art Pottery Vase Designed by Aldo Londi; Primula Stovetop Espresso and Coffee Maker.

get this look: devol's swan cottage kitchen.

get this look: devol's swan cottage kitchen.

get this look: devol's swan cottage kitchen.

• photography courtesy of devol kitchens.

friday finds.
by victoria comment

2/4/22

blooming magnolias / sfgirlbybay

ack! i’m sorry guys, but i’m having one of those crazy busy weeks where i’ve got too many to-do’s on my personal agenda going on to get my head wrapped around being creative. dental appointments, eye docs, and car crap — it happens! so i’m afraid no friday finds today — my apologies! instead, here’s some magnolias i captured on my walk with frances this week (always gotta make time to walk the dog!). one of the things that have been on my to-do list forever was to start a print shop and i’ve made that happen! you can find this print and others here in my shop. i hope you have a fabulous weekend and i’ll see you back here next week!

xo, victoria