color story: a very simple christmas.
by victoria comment

12/9/20

color story: a very simple christmas / sfgirlbybay

this week’s color story is a little different in that it’s also about a very simple kind of Christmas. here in California, we’re back in lockdown, so i will be solo this year. my family has canceled their visit and so decorations seem a little unnecessary. however, i think we all could use a little mood-boosting, so a few decorations might go a long way. i actually prefer this kind of holiday decor, it just feels more homey and homemade to me. i also searched etsy for decor and gift wrap ideas to help support small businesses this holiday. if you can, even online, please consider supporting these small businesses so they don’t go under during these economically challenging times. that could even include buying gift cards from small cafes and restaurants so that we can support them until they’re able to open back up. anyway, just a few ideas for a very simple christmas!

color story: a very simple christmas / sfgirlbybay

color story: a very simple christmas / sfgirlbybay

color story: a very simple christmas / sfgirlbybay

color story: a very simple christmas / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: shiny & bright christmas ornament box by heather david; baccarat wine glasses from geary’s; Set of 3 Bright Pink Bottle Brush Trees from white christmas studio; Birch Bark Pennant Garland from f collective vintage; Red Stripe Tree Skirt from maisonette; paper ornaments from @bungalow.dk; kraft wrapping via mama’s v.i.b.; Faux Blue Larch Garland from terrain; Jam Jar Snowglobes from sweet paul magazine; Macrame Christmas Tree Garland from knot just oils; baccarat wine glasses from geary’s; etsy bottle brush trees; Mosser Glass Glass Cake Stand from food52; diy fresh mini trees from say yes.

color story: a very simple christmas / sfgirlbybay

color story: a very simple christmas / sfgirlbybay

color story: a very simple christmas / sfgirlbybay

color story: a very simple christmas / sfgirlbybay

color story: a very simple christmas / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: Red Striped Twine from three girls and a goat; Spicy Mulled Wine recipe from west elm; gold Letterpress Christmas gift tags from The Whistle Press; gingerbread cake from hither & thither; vintage-inspired Red Tinsel Garland from 525 Supply; diy candlestick hodlers from trendencias; Red and Gold Glitter Vintage Ornaments from the zoe bird; kraft paper wrapping from that kind of woman; spaghetti from Paz Del Percio’s cookbook La Movida del Vegano; rifle paper co. Christmas Tree Gift Tags; kraft paper wrapping via spoonflower; simple christmas decor via deavita.

color story: a very simple christmas / sfgirlbybay

color story: a very simple christmas / sfgirlbybay

color story: a very simple christmas / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: Pre-Lit Hanging Branch Decor from crate and barrel; hot cocoa cart by coco kelley; diy stiched book page gift wrap by misty bliss; alternative no tree christmas tree branches via sheer luxe;
Merry & Bright Holiday Bunting Garland from bunny fish crafts; gardenista christmas collage; Paper Holiday garland from wren handmade; Berry Merry Wreath Felt Garland from pearl and jane; diy fresh mini trees from say yes; alternative no tree christmas tree with photo collage via sheer luxe; kraft paper wrapping via home listy ; @boligliv_dk christmas tree; toy animals with gift boxes via home listy ; collage tree via vosgesparis.

three lovely birds.
by victoria comment

12/8/20

three lovely birds renovations / sfgirlbybay

i keep seeing the lovely work of three birds renovations popping up everywhere of late, and thought you might be as inspired by them as i am. these talented women have been best friends for almost 20 years and in 2014, took a leap of faith together, quit their jobs, and created three birds renovations in pursuit of a more fulfilling life — working for themselves, doing something they loved, and that allowed for more family time. Within a few short months of starting out, they’d successfully bought, renovated, and sold their first property — you’ve just got to see the before! now, while they’re down under in Australia, not all of us can collaborate with them on our own homes, but they’ve recently started an online styling school, as well as a renovation workshop. their work is light and lovely and definitely brings the outdoors inside. for more check out more of their projects on their website and follow three birds on instagram. here are a few of my favorite looks.

three lovely birds renovations / sfgirlbybay

three lovely birds renovations / sfgirlbybay

three lovely birds renovations / sfgirlbybay

three lovely birds renovations / sfgirlbybay

three lovely birds renovations / sfgirlbybay

three lovely birds renovations / sfgirlbybay

three lovely birds renovations / sfgirlbybay

three lovely birds renovations / sfgirlbybay

three lovely birds renovations / sfgirlbybay

three lovely birds renovations / sfgirlbybay

three lovely birds renovations / sfgirlbybay

three lovely birds renovations / sfgirlbybay

three lovely birds renovations / sfgirlbybay

three lovely birds renovations / sfgirlbybay

three lovely birds renovations / sfgirlbybay

three lovely birds renovations / sfgirlbybay

three lovely birds renovations / sfgirlbybay

three lovely birds renovations / sfgirlbybay

• photography by three birds renovations.

a little avant-garde.
by victoria comment

12/7/20

loungey living room by nicole franzen. / sfgirlbybay

i’ve noticed a trend of late that decor is veering away from that kind of cool california look with cacti and leather and transitioning into a rather parisian, art deco aesthetic. it’s even getting a little bit avant-garde, with uniquely shaped sofas (like ama modular sofa or the lennon sofa) upholstered in soft pastel velvets. i’m all for it, and love this look when paired with vintage classic pieces like Arne Jacobsen, eames, or Finn Juhl chairs, and killer, one of a kind futuristic looking lighting. you don’t have to go ultra modern, but it’s kind of fun to be a little experimental from time to time and try a whole new vibe.

pale pink velvet loungey sofa from eyeswoon. / sfgirlbybay

pale lavender velvet sofa from nicole franzen / sfgirlbybay

white walls in modern european home with pops of copper. / sfgirlbybay

pale peach velvet loungey sofa from vogue. / sfgirlbybay

avant-garde modular sofa. / sfgirlbybay

avant-garde chair in european bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

peachy pink velvet lounge chair. / sfgirlbybay

avant-garde metal screen in modern sitting room. / sfgirlbybay

avant-garde interiors, decor and furniture. / sfgirlbybay

neutral living room with pops of pink. / sfgirlbybay

uniquely shaped pink and cream velvet chair. / sfgirlbybay

modern pair of white armchairs. / sfgirlbybay

curved sofa with tan velvet upholstery. / sfgirlbybay

gray linen custom headboard. / sfgirlbybay

avant-garde furniture and art. / sfgirlbybay

urban outfitters tab modular chaise lounge. / sfgirlbybay

patina walls with pink velvet sofa. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: nicole franzen photography; from the live beautiful book by athena calderone via @eyeswoon; alt; nicole franzen photography; @therow; vogue living; architectural digest espana; blissful corners; homes to love; lady gaga via @inezandvinoodh; the monsyeurs journal; poster a day; cos; alt; architectural digest france; la mignonette; kronekern; senja cosmetics; artist Cy Twombly; @mija_mija; dezeen; H & M home collection; @legoutdem; @asplundklingstedtinterior; living room ideas; @fodeauneu.boheme; @bobbyclark____; urban outfitters ama modular sofa; vogue australia.

friday finds.
by victoria comment

12/4/20

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

it’s finally the end of a long week and i’m back after my holiday break with a new bunch of friday finds. i appear to be leaning in the direction of plant life meets interior decor today and i’m okay with that. i hope you are too! i haven’t gotten around to getting a christmas tree this year and it may never happen, so this may have to suffice for now! i’ve been pretty busy, and one thing i’ve added to my projects is my new email journal — you might like to sign up! have a great weekend, one and all!

xo, victoria

  1. i love everything about this Australian beach home. the exposed brick fireplace, the rustic whitewashed floors, but those painted checked floors are even better. the whole place feels light, airy and so welcoming.
  2. the home of Swedish architect Andreas Martin-Löf featured on nordic design is most enviable, but it’s this large, over-sized art print in the dining room that i’m coveting the most. it just makes such a clean but bold statement.
  3. danish interior designer Susanne Rützou’s lovely living room is an eclectic lover’s dream come true. i love all the mismatched elements, and the display of vintage mirrors reflecting all that light is brilliant.
  4. this home tour of editorial director and uber-stylish sacha strebe on bed threads is a good read and an inspiring one for sure. her home has all the unique, personal features that make her home truly her own — i love this stacked collection of her art books and personal treasures.
  5. those slouchy slip-covered sofas they seem to effortless achieve in europe always have my heart aflutter. i can’t seem to make a draped look like this one look quite right, and not just like i’ve covered it up to be stored away. this one’s something to aim for.
  6. who knew stacked, empty pots could look so good? i just love everything about this stylish little vingette of old terra cotta pots paired with some great art prints and ceramics. my kinda jam!
  7. this beautiful rattan lounge chair is one i’d love to hunt down at the french flea markets for super marché. i did just restock the shop with some great vintage bamboo pieces, including some chairs, but i’ve got my heart set on finding one like this unique beauty!
  8. artist peter dahl’s studio in cozy stockholm is just dreamy. i especially love that rather prehistoric-looking tree that appears to be growing out of the space. it looks almost like a sculpture!

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: paradise soho.
by victoria comment

12/3/20

wear this there: paradise soho.

alrighty, my friends, we’re popping across the pond to paradise today, but perhaps not the palm-lined beaches you might immediately think of. instead, we’re actually headed to lovely, old londontown — and another surprise, we are not eating traditional English food. instead, we’re having Sri Lankan cooking with contemporary, ingredient-focused cooking doused with a fiery island accent at Paradise soho. the dishes here are based on family recipes influenced by Portuguese, Malay, South Indian, and Dutch cuisine and served up in a very brutalist-inspired interior — think spare steel and concrete, but somehow still cozy and charming. we’re going casual and feminine today, but with a touch of unexpected tomboy in a leather jacket over a fun black graphic tee and pleated skirt paired with my favorite modern ballerina flat, hip belt bag, and cashmere beanie. for this overnight sojourn, don’t forget to pack your overnight bag with favorite pj’s and toss in Cereal’s London Guide from abrams books — london’s one of those cities that’s constantly updating itself, so read up, and off you go!

wear this there: paradise soho.

wear this there: free people New York City Tee shirt; cos leather windbreaker jacket; cos black asymmetric pleated skirt; Loeffler Randall Sophie Leather Belt Bag; ABC Carpet & Home Elastic Tassel Wrap Bracelet; rag & bone The Stealth face Mask; free people Leslie Leather overnight Tote; Cereal City Guide: London from abrams books; anthropologie Gisele Sleep Set; rag & bone Ace Cashmere Beanie; cos SQUARE TOE LEATHER BALLERINA SHOES; anthropologie Marcie Reading Glasses.

wear this there: paradise soho.

wear this there: paradise soho.

wear this there: paradise soho.

wear this there: paradise soho.

wear this there: paradise soho.

wear this there: paradise soho.

wear this there: paradise soho.

wear this there: paradise soho.

wear this there: paradise soho.

wear this there: paradise soho.