friday finds.
by victoria comment

1/22/21

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

weekend greetings!  i don’t know about you, but i love fresh starts and i’m feeling optimistic that the new administration is just what’s needed to whip this pandemic and get life on a positive track again. we’ve lots of work to do — together, but i’m hopeful. white is always a hopeful, uplifting color for me — literally like a coat of fresh paint, so this week’s friday finds have an emphasis on ‘fresh’. here’s to the weekend –  whatever you’ve got in store, i hope it’s exactly what you feel like doing! Sometimes, that’s hard to come by!

xo, victoria

  1. i just adore this simple but oh so elegant dining room with its magical gold Saarinen dining chairs, furry flokati rug, and a beautiful lighting fixture. the room itself has exquisite natural light as well — all those lovely floor to ceiling windows. sigh.
  2. this is the most beautiful home in italy. everything about the eclectic mix of classic pieces in quite enviable — especially those mid-century modern chairs.
  3. i love vintage foreign film posters like this one for Le Mepris’ by Godard. i’m going to hunt for some for super marché whenever we can head back to france again to shop the flea markets.
  4. a beautiful bedroom idea i’ve always loved is a chaise lounge in the master bedroom. this one also photographed by chad mellon is really simple, but oh so lovely and serene looking.
  5. do you journal or keep an inspiration board? when i see cool collage boards like this one it inspires me to start up again. it’s been a while since i’ve made the time and i miss playing with actual paper, pens and washi tape — the new year seems like the ideal time to begin again!
  6. i’ve also been considering switching up my round white saarinen coffee table for a low, rectangular rustic wood table and i love this one. such a nice shape for stacking coffee table books and unique collectibles.
  7. on the other end of the spectrum i really love this dramatic serge mouille lighting fixture, especially paired unexpectedly with that antique headboard. smashing!
  8. i quite like the juxtaposition of this ornate vintage upholstered headboard paired with this tres modern lamp! a love the vintage black magazine stand used as a bedside table, too. all the different textures look so sophisticated together.

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

vintage film poster. / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

black and white bedroom decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: meroma.
by victoria comment

1/21/21

modernist interior of meroma restaurant in mexico city. / sfgirlbybay

feel like a little mezcal to celebrate, this weekend? well, i’ve got you covered because today we’re headed south of the border to a city i’ve been utterly dying to visit — mexico city! and we’re going to visit a truly beautiful restaurant in Roma Norte, the culinary and artistic center of Mexico City. enter meroma with its modernist architecture and stunning tree-covered terrace. designed by Prácticas Arquitectónicas and interiors by Comitē De Proyectos, meroma’s façade is an original grid of oval windows that flood this rather mod space with natural light. and, oh, be sure to look up and discover a glass ceiling revealing those pretty tree branches above providing all that dreamy dappled light while dining in a palette of pinks, greens, and natural hues and enjoying meroma’s signature farm-to-table menu and specialty cocktails. we’re going to go go to this place in a complimentary mod motif — an oversized poncho, chic bow-appliqué satin top; boot cut jeans and naturally, some killer go-go boots. don’t forget the shades to match. whilst sipping your baja sour, i suggest reading from We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, Joan Didion’s incomparable and distinctive essays in their spare, elegant style. her seven books of nonfiction published from 1968 on have been brought together into one thrilling collection — an ideal read for this space-age spot.

oval cut-out wall inside meroma restaurant in mexico city. / sfgirlbybay

modernist interior of meroma restaurant in mexico city. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: free people Off Duty Oversized Poncho; ROKSANDA Aoba abstract-print bow-appliqué satin top; MOTHER The Weekender High-Rise Bootcut Jeans; Squeraa Bootie from TED BAKER LONDON; Two-Pair Pack of Hansel from Basel Berlin Sheer Short Crew Socks; Vagabond Goods Zen Therapy Meditation Kit; read this there We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live by joan didion; Lele Sadoughi Face Mask Chain; Anthropologie Slip Silk Ear Loop Reusable Face Covering; Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Shadow; Madewell Soko Large Horn Hoop Earrings; Anthropologie Shannon Slouchy Clutch; ACNE STUDIOS Mustang oval acetate sunglasses.

modernist interior of meroma restaurant in mexico city. / sfgirlbybay

exterior or meroma restaurant in mexico city. / sfgirlbybay

circle mirrors and globe wall sconce lighting at meroma restaurant in mexico city. / sfgirlbybay

modernist interior of mermoa restaurant in mexico city. / sfgirlbybay

rustic pink wall inside meroma restaurant in mexico city. / sfgirlbybay

mirror inside modernist dining room of meroma restaurant in mexico city. / sfgirlbybay

sunny dining room inside meroma restaurant in mexico city. / sfgirlbybay

exterior entrance to meroma restaurant in mexico city. / sfgirlbybay

modernist dining room at meroma restaurant in mexico city with cut out oval windows and glass ceiling. / sfgirlbybay

modern rustic.
by victoria comment

1/20/21

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

as i write this blog post there’s a windy winter storm brewing out at sea which i can see from my cottage. the white caps are in full force and i love this view. one of the perks of living by the beach is not just the sunny days, but the cozy indoor days, too and that’s put me in the mood for some modern rustic design today. i love a well-curated blend of vintage and new and the look has endless inspiration for me because you almost never finish decorating and instead just continue to add to the mix. i think it’s embracing the old with the brand new, whether it’s building on a modern sofa that you just bought and then adding to it with a collection of cozy printed throws (they look great folded in piles), or bringing home a treasured souvenir or piece of art from a special trip, a vintage-inspired but modern mix is always interesting and maybe most importantly — distinctly and so very personally you. the best, and the most unique look you can get!

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: kitchen tile via smink things; mud room via living x design; pottery collection by brian w. ferry photography; Maison Robert FRENCH TEXTILES VIA ARCHIVE; vintage table lamp from maven collective pdx; rattan flower-shaped mirror from super marché; built-in nook by @sandylamu; x and l shop collections; Maison Robert FRENCH TEXTILES VIA ARCHIVE; fireplace nook via the design files; tabarka terracotta tile; Bench with rattan seat from h & m; entry bench via @jeremiahbrent; WILLY GULH PLANTER from super marché.

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: dropleaf table mcalpine house; eclipse square tiles via remodelista; Book of French Textile Samples via The Public Domain Review; rustic side table by @entertheloft; wood paneled dining room via est living; petite bamboo stool from super marché; rustic nook via @astylistguide; the pattern collection from after lowry; floral arrangement via make nordic; slip-covered sofa from jangeorge.

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

getting the vintage modern rustic look / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: nicole franzen photography; leanne ford interiors; @ad_spain; my scandinavian home; desire to inspire; artilleriet journal; @carlaypage; @nataliewalton; leanne ford designs; fubiz; salvo López photography; faye toogood wall quilts; @jessicamenda; @saarmanche.

instagram worthy: @valdirose.
by victoria comment

1/19/21

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

this is another one of those instagram worthy accounts that i’m afraid will cause considerable wanderlust, so make note for future travel. @valdirose, aka Irene Berni has dedicated herself to the incredibly beautiful home she grew up in, now running a family b&b, valirose in tuscany, italy since its renovation in 2007 — so it’s now our home away from home. the HOME is was built THE SECOND HALF OF THE 19TH CENTURY, ideally LOCATED ON THE HILLS OF LASTRA A SIGNA not FAR FROM THE CENTER OF FLORENCE. the place is full of FAMILY MEMORIES, SOFT COLORS, AND special DETAILS that irene has added to CREATe A QUIET AND COZY ATMOSPHERE for getaways, workshops, and retreats that celebrate the beauty of small things. her instagram feed is full of this inspiring and idyllic place, and should you find yourself needing more beauty from irene, you can also purchase her photographic journals. i had a hard time narrowing down just a few photos as you can see, so have a lovely journey to @valdirose.

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @valdirose in tuscany / sfgirlbybay

• photography by @valdirose.

friday finds.
by victoria comment

1/15/21

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

well, i’m back with this week’s friday finds and i think i see a recurring pattern here — it would appear i’m definitely missing my trips abroad to europe! i miss seeing different types of architecture and artwork most especially because it always leaves me feeling so inspired when i return home. alas, we can’t travel yet, but hopefully, with the vaccine being distributed and everyone doing their part to keep each other safe we’ll be traveling again by the end of the year if not sooner (fingers crossed!). stay healthy out there, have a good weekend. monday we honor martin luther king jr day so i’ll see you tuesday.

xo, victoria

  1. this incredible bathroom has so many inspiring elements — from the incredible patinated copper bathtub to the lovely black and white tile work and then those pale turquoise beams bringing the room all together — they appear almost like a reflection from the bathwater. i love it all.
  2. i’m a huge fan of british painter @fayeweiwei. her work is so whimsical and uplifting to me and this painting of hers is no exception. if you like her work you’ll love following her on instagram and this is a really fun interview with her.
  3. the @houseofbrinson account is always an inspiring one to follow. their renovations of a hudson valley, new york home is always a source of great ideas, including this wallpapered nook with a stunning pattern from Brunschwig and Fils, a French brand founded in 1891. follow their renovations on their blog and check out their shop, too — it’s full of great renovation tools and home decor ideas.
  4. i love this charming and very eclectic french living space and the soft color palette is just so soothing. i live with so much white, but sometimes i think i’d like to paint some walls a very pale aqua like this one — not sure i’ll go there, but i always enjoy imagining a new look.
  5. this lovely place is Villa Santo Sospir, overlooking the sea in st. Jean Cap Ferrat, france. in the 1940’s it was bought by Alec Weisweiller, who had promised his wife Francine her dream house in the South of France if they survived the war. the story goes that artist Jean Cocteau came to visit, grew restless and painted the villa’s walls with his mural masterpieces like the one you see here. this is one place i’d love to see inside one day!
  6. i have a real ‘thing’ for ornate juxtapositioned with modern kitsch and this 1500s italian apartment in palermo is a prime example of just that. i’m sure the architects of the 1500’s never envisioned a 1950’s fridge in here, but it brings me so much joy.
  7. the only thing my little cottage is missing is a fireplace, which would be so cozy on foggy seaside nights. this pretty fireplace mantel gives me all the good feels and maybe one day we’ll build one here or bring in a repurposed vintage mantelpiece — i know just the spot!
  8. barcelona-based salvo López is probably one of my very favorite photographers and this image is a great example of his beautiful work. i love this very ornate indoor pool. though abandoned i think i love it all the more for that reason– the tiles and colors are magical! follow him on instagram for more of his inspiring work.

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay