good reads: the way of the woodshop.
by victoria comment


saw horse table./ sfgirlbybay

today we’re taking a look at a beautiful new book from Oakland, california-based woodworker, aleksandra zee. i met aleksandra and her then-fiancé atrom (they married a couple of months ago) when we both happened to be staying at the same hotel in todos santos. i’d known of her talents as a woodworker from afar and had always admired her work, so it was so nice to finally meet in person. she had told me she was hard at work on a book, and today i’m very happy to be sharing it with you, because not only is it beautiful, but if you’ve ever thought to yourself that you too would like to make something with your own hands, the way of the woodshop will help get you there.

the way of the woodshop by aleksandra zee. / sfgirlbybay

in the way of the woodshop you’ll learn to master the basics of woodworking in Aleksandra’s cozy (and stunning) Bay Area studio. her book is both meditative guidebook and a journey through the joys of working, decorating, and crafting with wood with gorgeous photography and do-it-yourself projects ranging from easy to advanced — with step by step how-to’s through the process of creating nesting cutting boards, a blanket ladder, a daybed, a table and bench, and more. i don’t know about you, but i’m hankering to find myself a saw and some wood! for more inspiration from aleksandra, follow her instagram, too. and if you don’t find yourself quite as handy as you’d like to be, check out her website for available pieces she’s already created for you.

aleksandra zee's bay area workshop. / sfgirlbybay

wood tapestry rack and leather sling chair. / sfgirlbybay

outdoor picnic on plywood table and benches. / sfgirlbybay

the way of the woodshop by aleksandra zee. / sfgirlbybay

diy wood blanket ladder. / sfgirlbybay

leather sofas with linen and faux fur throw pillows. / sfgirlbybay

wood wall art by artist aleksandra zee. / sfgirlbybay

light wood coffeetable. / sfgirlbybay

diy triangle wood bookcase. / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of the way of the woodshop and @aleksandrazee.

friday finds.
by victoria comment


wood table with mismatched vintage chairs with chrome legs. / sfgirlbybay

this week’s friday finds provide a little something different thrown in with our usual decor inspiration. i’ve got two things that you simply must tune into — an inspiring podcast to listen to and some moving television to watch. as we all know, inspiration comes in many forms and these days wonderful podcasts are abundant and television is at its best. so without further ado, here are some friday thoughts from me to you. have a great weekend!

xo, victoria

  1. i love this super eclectic dining room in architect and interior designer Hollie Bowden’s flat in london’s very artsy neighborhood of Hackney. it’s my favorite mismatched mix of five completely different dining chairs and just look how it works without even trying too hard!
  2. i’m a huge queer eye fan and they always manage to make me tear up, but their latest episodes shot in japan are heartwrenching and uplifting at the same time. the first episode with a woman named yoko is beyond inspiring.
  3. next up, an awe-inspiring listen on NPR’s new podcast, dolly parton’s america. it’s one of the best podcasts i heard of late and in our country’s very divided times, it delves into why and what just about everybody can agree on — we all love dolly. it’s a beautiful look at her life, her music and her personal history.
  4. this is a simply gorgeous image of @galerie_half, one of L.A.s’ best high end vintage shops taken by @shadedeggesphotography. their instagram is always super inspiring, too!
  5. @thesocialitefamily nails it yet again with this feature on Annick Lestrohan’s incredible home in marseille, france. just look at this massive marble top dining table, the cool lighting fixtures and the incredible space it occupies. the floor alone is worthy of a second look.
  6. @semikahtextiles’ bathroom makeover is stunning. i love the dark teal paint color and wallpaper but the lighting fixtures are over the top beautiful. i could easily while away a few moments away from the party oogling over this pretty powder room.
  7. @aude.jolijour’s paris bedroom had me at bonjour, because — ah, you guessed it — her fabulous vintage portrait painting perched above that beautiful bed. we’ve got a couple great paintings in super marché right now should you like to get the look.
  8. i love everything about @fleamarketfab beautifully eclectic living room — from the effortlessly chic draped sofa, to the oversized lighting fixture and then, yet again that vintage nude portrait painting. it’s all just uniquely personal and quite beautiful.

queer eye japan. / sfgirlbybay

NPR's new podcast, dolly parton's america. / sfgirlbybay

galerie half in los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

Annick Lestrohan's incredible home in marseille, france. / sfgirlbybay

marbled lighting fixture. / sfgirlbybay

vintage portrait painting above bed in paris. / sfgirlbybay

beautifully eclectic living room of @fleamarketfab on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: admiralgade 26.
by victoria comment


danish modern dining room at admiralgade 26. / sfgirlbybay

on a trip to copenhagen awhile back i was most fortunate to have an amazing meal at the very delicious restaurant we are visiting today — the truly lovely admiralgade 26. it was late in the afternoon, i recall, and we just happened by it and even though i think they may have officially been in between servings, they welcomed us with open arms. there were a few other diners there, finishing up, but when a restaurant is somewhat empty, you’re never sure what to expect. but i’m here to tell you it will be a meal you won’t soon forget. i remember my filet of sole perfectly and i can’t wait for the day i can go back and try more of their incredible menu. it’s also completely charming inside in that danish modern way with mismatched vintage dining chairs and an elegant, but warm minimalism. we’re going to dress the part, in a stylish wool jumper and turtleneck, gucci tights and sassy black boots. it’s chilly in copenhagen right now, so we’re topping all this off in a long puffer coat, beanie and cozy scarf. while you wait on your friends to join you, how about reading Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem — a brilliantly original, captivating homage to the classic detective novel by one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation recently made into a film by edward norton.

exterior of admiralgade 26 in copenhagen. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: admiralgade 26 in copenhagen. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: cos WOOL-MIX VEST DRESS; Clyde Fold Knit Hat in Polar; cos TURTLENECK WOOL-MIX TOP; About Arianne Myrtle Western Boot; gucci logo tights; read this there Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem; Loren Stewart Stone Hoop Earrings in Black Onyx; Comme des Garçons Parfum Play Black; Lauren Manoogian Fringe Scarf in Light Camel; anthropologie Tatum Tote Bag; R.T.CO Sterna Sunglasses in Montego / Brown; cos hooded long puffer coat.

inspiring interior of admiralgade 26 in copenhagen. / sfgirlbybay

mismatched vintage dining chairs at admiralgade 26. / sfgirlbybay

admiralgade 26 restaurant in copenhagen. / sfgirlbybay

inside admiralgade 26 in copenhagen. / sfgirlbybay

vintage seating inside admiralgade 26 in copenhagen. / sfgirlbybay

pretty vignette inside admiralgade 26 in copenhagen. / sfgirlbybay

menus at admiralgade 26. / sfgirlbybay

exterior of admiralgade 26 in copenhagen. / sfgirlbybay

mismatched vintage chairs in admiralgade 26 dining room. / sfgirlbybay

color story: the life aquatic.
by victoria comment


rustic aqua wall paint. / sfgirlbybay

maybe it’s my current accessibility to the sea, but this week’s color story is all about living the life aquatic (one of my favorite wes anderson films, too, btw). there are many shades of aquatic, ranging from turquoise blues to deep-sea darker hues and they’re all quite soothing, and sometimes they even feel a little exotic to me. like a trip to a foreign port, an afternoon in a Moroccan riad, or a sail through the Mediterranean, these blue jewel tones just exude calm, but also often take a dramatic, sometimes stormy turn. here’s a few of my favorite blue hues and some decor accessories to get you there — and if you like this vibe, you might like to check out my aqualand pinboard for more. bon voyage to the life aquatic.

colorful beach photograph. / sfgirlbybay

long bench seating with aqua pads and pillows. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring aqua home decor and accessories. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: leap of faith via 8tracks; Farrow Lida Stone Ring in Blue; lulu & georgia TURQUOISE DREAMER WALL ART; Modernica Side Shell Chair; blue velvet sofa via yatzer; bird by @fifigram; Hawkins New York Chroma Glassware Large Tumbler Set in Blue; Archive New York Faded Aqua Antigua Pillow; turquoise painted desk via light locations; socks via this is my archief; @bilinga_beach_abode’s shower; schoolhouse electric velvet + Wool Circle Pillows. just below: anthropologie Boro Star Bar Cabinet.

bar cabinet with aqua blue painted stencil pattern. / sfgirlbybay

teal hallway. / sfgirlbybay

aqua blue ocean view from balcony. / sfgirlbybay

velvet green sectional. / sfgirlbybay

bathroom shower with aqua tile and cactus garden window display. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring aqua home goods and accessories. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: turquoise painted wall via light locations; Sundays Nail Polish No. 33; arielle vey mara floral art print; anthropologie Set of 4 Mini Matte Latte Bowls; Bauhaus Exhibition Poster print from american posters; lulu & georgia NINETTE DINING CHAIR in TURQUOISE; lulu & georgia zeba pillow in blue; el fenn bathtub via venue report; Henri Matisse Poster print from american posters; Anthropologie Spirit Eye Doormat; sibella court’s blue walls; Fuchsite Gemstone from Anthropologie; Muuto Soft Grid Cushion; Maar Hats via anyone girl.

shutters and windows painted aqua blue in rustic modern cottage. / sfgirlbybay

aqua blue wall color in rustic room with vintage desk set. / sfgirlbybay

teal blue wall paint in vintage modern dining room. / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: light locations; vsco beach waves screen saver; turquoise sofa @semikahtextiles; deep blue painted hallway via domino; deep blue sea by @_gabrielflores; @monikh’s blue velvet sofa; BLUE CITY .02 art print BY HAZEL & PINE from the citizenry; @bilinga_beach_abode’s shower; @teapotgr cozy cottage; desk nook via latte lisa; painted blue panels via est living.

holiday guest prep.
by victoria comment


guest bedroom welcome package. / sfgirlbybay

it’s kind of hard to believe it’s already November and the holidays will be quickly upon us, but i’m here to give you the heads up — they’re almost here! this season i’m hosting lots of family and friends who’ll be visiting over the next couple of months, so i’m always excited to get my house ‘holiday guest ready’ and find nice ways to welcome them to my new abode, too — it’s my favorite thing about the holidays. i’m partnering with Grove Collaborative this season to get both those goals accomplished and quite easily. Grove Collaborative delivers a whole lot of healthy household products that are plant-based and sustainable to your front door that you order online — so how can you say no to that when the holidays can be so hectic? extra time is such a gift — to yourself!

bedroom prepared for holiday guests. / sfgirlbybay

cleaning products from grove collaborative. / sfgirlbybay

if you’re into trying Grove out, and i highly recommended it, new customers who sign up using my link can get this pretty fantastic 5-piece gift set for free with a $20 minimum purchase! the cleaning set comes with products from one of my long-time favorite brands, Mrs. Meyer’s, including their holiday hand soap, holiday dish soap, and holiday multi-surface spray — and it all comes in this cute (and functional!) Grove caddy with Grove’s walnut scrubber sponges, and a 60-day VIP trial, too. it’s perfect for prepping your house for guests, especially when you choose from one of Mrs. Meyer’s holiday scents — peppermint, iowa pine, and orange clove. also, when new customers spend $39 or more, you’ll also receive a free Grove ceramic sink-side tray, in addition to the other free items!

teal sink caddy with mrs. meyer's cleaning products. / sfgirlbybay

mrs. meyer's cleaning products. / sfgirlbybay

mrs. meyer's multi-surface cleaner and walnut sponge. / sfgirlbybay

and even if you’re not hosting the holidays this year, the 5-piece gift set makes for a really lovely hostess gift, too. also, for existing Grove customers, when you order anything, Grove’s walnut scrubber sponges will be automatically be added to your cart! (please note, sorry but Grove only ships to the lower 48 states at this time — so no Canada, Hawaii or Alaska right now.)

guest bath essentials from grove collaborative. / sfgirlbybay

to get my house holiday-ready i ordered quite a few lovely items from the Grove to make my house guests feel right at home. i think you’ll find Grove carries a lot of your favorites. i’ve put together a little welcome kit with some of mine, including an essential oil burner with soy tea lights, a few of my favorite essential oil scents (like grapefruit, lemon and eucalyptus), a room spray bottle (should they like to create their own scent), facial masks, rosemary + lavender soap, fresh flour sack towels, and bath bombs. they may never leave! so check out Grove Collaborative and have them deliver your favorite healthy household products to help get your home guest-ready for the holidays!

essential oil diffuser on bedside table. / sfgirlbybay

guest room welcome gift on rattan daybed. / sfgirlbybay

sustainable cleaning products and bath essentials from grove collaborative. / sfgirlbybay

grove collaborative essential oils on rustic bathroom vanity. / sfgirlbybay

room spray from grove collaborative. / sfgirlbybay

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