good reads: bellerose journal.
by victoria comment

6/13/22

good reads: the bellerose blog journal / sfgirlbybay

this is one of those times when i don’t even know how i landed here, but i’m thrilled to have recently discovered the bellerose journal. bellerose is a beautiful homeware and clothing shop based out of Belgium (with a lovely little shop in le marais in paris that i realized i had been to after seeing photos on their site – doh!). i don’t know who designs their gorgeous journal for bellerose but i imagine it’s a collaborative effort and i do recognize one of their very talented photographers coke bartrina as he’s someone i’ve been following on instagram for a good while now. the photography is what grabbed me — it’s just so sublime and very natural and not overly styled which is what i’m really drawn to these days. the journal features everything from current events and wonderfully personal travel guides to cooking recipes and features some very inspiring spaces of independent artists and style makers. there’s also a music section and some great playlists they’ve created for us to listen to on spotify — so thoughtful! anyway, i’m just smitten with the design of the journal, as well as their collections, and i thought you might be too. enjoy and follow along on instagram as well.

good reads: the bellerose blog journal / sfgirlbybay

good reads: the bellerose blog journal / sfgirlbybay

good reads: the bellerose blog journal / sfgirlbybay

good reads: the bellerose blog journal / sfgirlbybay

good reads: the bellerose blog journal / sfgirlbybay

good reads: the bellerose blog journal / sfgirlbybay

good reads: the bellerose blog journal / sfgirlbybay

good reads: the bellerose blog journal / sfgirlbybay

good reads: the bellerose blog journal / sfgirlbybay

good reads: the bellerose blog journal / sfgirlbybay

good reads: the bellerose blog journal / sfgirlbybay

good reads: the bellerose blog journal / sfgirlbybay

good reads: the bellerose blog journal / sfgirlbybay

good reads: the bellerose blog journal / sfgirlbybay

good reads: the bellerose blog journal / sfgirlbybay

good reads: the bellerose blog journal / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of bellerose journal.

friday finds.
by victoria comment

6/10/22

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

weekend greetings, friends. well, as i write this i’m still lingering over the last of covid, but when this post hits on friday i sure hope i’m testing negative again! i feel pretty good, but very easily fatigued. anyway, it will be one more weekend of rest and reading. i just finished the lincoln highway by amor towles and i have to say i didn’t want it to end. i highly recommend it! i’ve also been binge-watching the staircase on hbo, and holy moly. what a crazy true-crime-based mini-series. have a great weekend filled with whatever you’re reading and watching, or just playing outside — where i long to be soon!

xo, victoria

  1. images from l.a.’s flamingo estate never disappoint, and this one of the living room by photographer @matthieusalvaing shot for @vogueliving is no exception. i love the decor (that chair!), the organic farm, and the whole living concept behind what founder Richard Christiansen does there.
  2. the home of architect Philippe Thelin and decorator Thierry Gonzal is simply stunning. the creative duo’s showroom in lyon, France, Mis’en scène, looks equally inspiring and i’ve added it to my must-visit list. if it’s anything like their museum-esque home i can’t wait to see their one-of-a-kind collections.
  3. like this quirky kitchen as much as i do? well, this could be your lucky day as it’s listed for sale on inigo, along with the entire and very charming U.K. home, of course. i really love that offbeat chartreuse green kitchen cabinetry and the huge bouquet of dried flowers hanging above. lovely ideas abound in this old home.
  4. what is it about laundry lines i find so captivating? i mean it’s kind of rather personal what one chooses to hang out on public display, and in europe it’s often just plain beautiful. take these green trousers — random, i know, but i love this image in Puglia from @emapalmisano. you might like @clotheslinepoetry’s feed if you get excited about clotheslines, too.
  5. i love open kitchen shelving, especially when it tells an interesting story. much like clotheslines, open shelving can tell you a little bit about the owner — their tastes, favorite collectibles, and their personality, and in this case perhaps a very colorful one. it’s the kitchen belonging to Pavillon Southway Studio as visited by @pauline_chardin (i know, i’m a little obsessed with her lately).
  6. this is very pretty open shelving, as well, albeit a little more monochromatic but still very nicely styled. it’s more from Dimora delle Balze, the Hotel resort in Sicily i featured in wear this there recently and i’d really love to see it in person one day.
  7. if you’ve not checked out cassandra lavalle’s website update (formerly coco kelley) as of yet, you’re in for a treat. and this tour of Mallorca townhome is a perfect example of the kind of inspiration you’ll find there. can’t you just picture yourself having a long leisurely luncheon of tapas al fresco here? yeah, me too.
  8. sibella court is another favorite stylist of mine and she’s always bringing us loads of grand inspiration. this virtual visit she took us on to Lotte’s Hjem, a 150-year-old, garden-surrounded weatherboard cottage in Pambula, New South Wales, Australia is a good one — and guess what? we can stay there, too on airbnb.

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: a luz ideal café lisbon.
by victoria comment

6/9/22

wear this there: a luz ideal café lisbon, portugal / sfgirlbybay

i’ve visited Lisbon twice now, but thus far, my heart has only grown fonder for it as i stumble across more and more design gems — the city is just full of food served with a friendly dose of charm. the sweet little neighborhood coffee shop a luz ideal is no different and is immediately going on our must-visit places when we do finally make a return to Portugal. its owner teresa, and her architect husband are responsible for this adorable spot. its dreamy floor tiles remind us of old-world lisbon, while the kitschy, upbeat decor brings us back to the now. oh, and in case you were wondering what a luz ideal means, it directly translates to the ideal light — so let’s stop in for a morning cup of coffee, and some sweet treats in our very best summer ensemble. we’re going colorfully casual today, in a sweet pink gingham top, paired with a flouncy checked skirt (that also doubles as a dress when you hike it up!) with a pretty retro-styled cardigan thrown chicly over our shoulders in case there’s a wee a chill in the air. add to that a sassy foldable sunhat and tote bag, strappy sandals, and a favorite pair of sunglasses. i’ve also packed us a fun film camera to capture this cute cafe and the sightseeing beyond. nothing seems more fitting for a morning spent here than an excellent read so i suggest normal people by sally rooney — one of my very favorites and now a mini-series on hulu (but do read the book first!). sally rooney’s perfectly spare prose tells a story that explores the subtleties of ireland’s class system, the electricity and comlications of first love, and the complex entanglements of family and friendship.

wear this there: a luz ideal café lisbon, portugal / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: a luz ideal café lisbon, portugal / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: maisonette Folklore Las Niñas top in pink check; lorna murray milan hat from maisonette; free people Lausanne Convertible Maxi Skirt; anthropologie Matisse Lay Up Gladiator Sandals; Gucci Vernis À Ongles Nail Polish in Melinda Green; Banbe Kendall Sunglasses from anthropologie; read this there normal people by sally rooney; Retrospekt 35MM Film Camera; casetify + designlovefest pink and green checked iphone case; anthropologie Shades Of Sea Glassy Stone Triple Drop Earrings; Hermina Athens Hercules Crystal Necklace; clare v. Michel Emerald tote bag; the great Diamond Bobble Cardigan.

wear this there: a luz ideal café lisbon, portugal / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: a luz ideal café lisbon, portugal / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: a luz ideal café lisbon, portugal / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: a luz ideal café lisbon, portugal / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: a luz ideal café lisbon, portugal / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: a luz ideal café lisbon, portugal / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: a luz ideal café lisbon, portugal / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: a luz ideal café lisbon, portugal / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: a luz ideal café lisbon, portugal / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: a luz ideal café lisbon, portugal / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: a luz ideal café lisbon, portugal / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: a luz ideal café lisbon, portugal / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: a luz ideal café lisbon, portugal / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of a luz ideal and @aluzideal.

good reads: a spoonful of sun.
by victoria comment

6/7/22

good reads: a spoonful of sun by pauline chardin / sfgirlbybay

i’ve been observing French creative director and photographer Pauline Chardin plate and serve her beautiful meals on instagram for a long while now, and i was always mesmerized by how she could take the most simple, fresh ingredients from around her kitchen and turn them into little edible works of art, almost effortlessly. she’s just got such an enviable and artistic talent for it. so i’m very excited to tell you that she now has an equally beautiful Mediterranean cookbook out, a spoonful of sun published by gestalten. it’s ideally titled since pauline lives in the south of france in provence, in a stunning home she and her husband have created for themselves, surrounded by her lovely, wild gardens. i have an extra bit of interest in this book because i’d been speaking with gestalten about the possibility of a book of my own when i told the editor about pauline’s incredible instagram feed and asked if i could put them in touch. so i’m thrilled this book has now become a reality with all the credit going to pauline’s incredible eye for detail, her mad creative skills in the kitchen, and, not to mention her photography skills, as she’s photographed the book as well.

good reads: a spoonful of sun by pauline chardin / sfgirlbybay

pauline is a one-woman renaissance artist if i’ve ever seen one and you’re going to cherish this cookbook from her Mediterranean kitchen. This is more than just a cookbook, with a keen sense for design, pauline knows that the eye takes the first bite. it will have you digging out your most interesting serving pieces and table linens just to step your game up a few notches. she’s definitely inspired me to make presentation a big part of my own meals. everybody knows a Mediterranean diet is the healthiest way of eating, but how does a modern cook approach it? Pauline experiments with local fare, seasonal products, and flavors inspired as much by her surroundings as by her travels around the world. A self-taught cook, she has an eye for beauty that translates into her effortless and nutritious recipes for the day-to-day. the cookbook is also an invitation to living slowly, rediscovering what nature offers seasonally, and transporting it to the table with endless creativity. here are just a few pages from a spoonful of sun, along with a peek at her instagram feed — i think you can see why i became so enamored of her culinary and photographic talents. bon appetit! 

good reads: a spoonful of sun by pauline chardin / sfgirlbybay

good reads: a spoonful of sun by pauline chardin / sfgirlbybay

good reads: a spoonful of sun by pauline chardin / sfgirlbybay

good reads: a spoonful of sun by pauline chardin / sfgirlbybay

good reads: a spoonful of sun by pauline chardin / sfgirlbybay

good reads: a spoonful of sun by pauline chardin / sfgirlbybay

good reads: a spoonful of sun by pauline chardin / sfgirlbybay

• photography by pauline chardin and a spoonful of sun published by gestalten. photographs of the book by me.

color story: summertime blues.
by victoria comment

6/6/22

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

much like its cool cousin green, deeper darker shades of teal and turquoise are popping up all over the place making them the ideal color story for summer. it’s a real colorfest out there lately and maximalism is very in, so you may want to add a dash of your own bit of blue if you care much about being on-trend. i’m not sure i can do shades of blue in my own place (except in my bathroom below, with my vintage seaside painting collection), but i know that i certainly admire it from afar. there’s nothing quite like a splash of teal to remind you of far-off, holiday locations by the sea — like mexico, the Mediterranean, or perhaps Cadaques, spain (one of the prettiest seaside cities i’ve ever seen!). there’s definitely an exotic feel to some of these rooms, and again they’re beckoning us to take a trip. and now that i’m back on the mend from covid and with a few more days of safely quarantining under my belt, i may seriously have to start thinking about planning a trip somewhere in my near future.

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: Gem Club Display by lauren bamford photography; photographer erin scott’s studio shelves; Mia Partial Optic Glassware from amara; blue pillow cushion covers by @dimoradellebalze; highway fonts from font review journal; Mesh Woven Grocery Bag from inspire express; vintage 1910 French Majolica Oyster Plate from chairish; Flowers and Wine Indigo II Acrylic Painting from chairish; Hand Thrown Porcelain Medium Jug Turquoise from trouva; view from Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat by ann street studios; maisonette set of 4 joanna Buchanan crochet placemats; blue door by @sosally_; maisonette Oyster Trinket Dish; shadow by @humanmirage; Teal Paisley Embroidered Bolster Cushion Cover from camomille london. below: vintage landscape painting from jayson home.

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: coffee table by @dimoradellebalze; blue chairs via nome furniture; jayson home Bristol Serving Tray; airplane window by m.k. sadler photography; Rialto Glass Tumblers from amara; jayson home Blue Universe Dome Paperweight; postcard via fantastic frank; Miró La couleur de mes rêves PRINT FROM ABE’S BOOKS; Old Style Dutch Pot teal symmetrical print from trouva; Indigo Shibori Bedding from jayson home; tiles from smink studio; Set of 4 Recycled Stacking Glassware & PITCHER FROM SCHOOLHOUSE; all we see is the sea doors via high end hippier; jayson home Sauce Dishes; english cottage from inigo; st. frank CACTUS SILK CXCII RUG.

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / 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.