organizing with style.
by victoria comment

8/3/20

built-in shelves. / sfgirlbybay

being stuck at home right now, it’s the ideal time to organize the heck out of our homes, cleaning closets, emptying out those junk drawers, and releasing the stash of stuff we’ve been hoarding in our garages, let’s not ignore our shelving! shelves, too, can be in need of tidying. i like to give my bookcase a good going over from time to time — arranging the books by spine color — yes, i’m guilty of this — but don’t judge me, because i’m a very visual person, i tend to remember the spine color of a book which makes it easier to find. but i organize books also by category, i.e. cooking, design, fiction etc. i also like to coordinate my accessories and collections by ‘like objects’ which keeps them from looking too cluttered. for example, all white pottery hangs out together on one shelf, while black pottery is grouped together on another. call me crazy, but i just think it’s more cohesive and looks less like a bunch of junk versus an actual collection. these examples of shelving look quite nice and some of these shelves are even very unique and almost like artwork or have a sculptural look, too. i do love a good inset or built-in shelf. here’s to tidy shelves! and for more inspiration check out my shelf life pinboard.

built-in shelves. / sfgirlbybay

ceramics on minimalist wood shelves with vintage leather chair. / sfgirlbybay

built-in wood shelf room divider. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed kitchen shelves. / sfgirlbybay

white built-in arched shelving. / sfgirlbybay

shelf organization. / sfgirlbybay

rustic shelving unit with woven hats and bags. / sfgirlbybay

built-in nook with rustic wood shelves and ceramics. / sfgirlbybay

shelving inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

white built-in shelving. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed circular built-in shelving unit. / sfgirlbybay

built-in shelving with blue painted backdrop and hung framed photograph. / sfgirlbybay

rustic wood shelving unit with styled decor collection. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: domino; fantastic frank; northern sisters; Serena Mitnik-Miller; @byanouk_; the maryn; planete deco; Serena Mitnik-Miller; the design files; the socialite family; @anne_parker; @by_blogliv; paper weight collections; pantoufle design; fireside antiques; @ezzwilson; @______theo; atelier doré; the general store; marie flanigan interiors; pampa.

friday finds.
by victoria comment

7/31/20

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

i know it seems like just yesterday, but yep, it’s already friday again. the days kind of blur together lately — it’s a bit like the movie groundhog day. this week’s friday finds are rather inspired by relaxation. time in the garden, long soaks in the tub, a great spot to read — all things we can do while stuck at home at relatively little cost. just free, pure stress-less enjoyment. have a restful weekend one and all!

xo, victoria

  1. i’ve got a mad crush on these vintage backyard vibes from Marie Olsson Nylander of mo interior. those striped lounge chairs are just so much fun. i may have to recover my lounge to get this look. that umbrella looks like its seen some good times in the sun, too!
  2. there’s just something about this pretty image from the modern house that puts me in a cheerful mood. those lovely vines making their way across the wall and the pretty potting table just make me want to get out and start gardening.
  3. i love the pretty home of fashion designer keren craig, one of the founders of marchesa. photographed by nicole franzen for eyeswoon it’s a barn-turned-family-home. doesn’t this spot look idyllic for reading all day long?
  4. have you ever smelled scented geraniums? they smell divine and remind me of my first visit to Copenhagen’s beautiful shop the apartment dk. they had one blooming inside and the fragrance was heavenly — i highly recommend adding one to your plant collection!
  5. this vintage-modern inspired garden has me hankering for more time in the garden, too. i just love the unexpected contemporary look of it all. good design all around.
  6. what did furniture designer eric trine do when he found out the pool in the house he’d just purchased was in need of major and very costly repairs? he painted swimming pool pink and turned it into a lush playground for his girls! i just love the jungleland look.
  7. Decor magazine publisher Laureen Rossouw’s beautifully serene bathing room featured on architectural digest espana has me thinking about soaking my cares away. some lovely vintage vibes here, too — i love the antique mirrors and clawfoot tub.
  8. i’ve always dreamed of having an enclosed or screened-in porch, much like this beauty photographed by @carlaypage is just swoon-worthy. i fear if i ever plopped down with a good book i may never get up again. someone fetch me an ice-tea, would you?

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

eyeswoon - friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: arthurs nosh bar.
by victoria comment

7/30/20

wear this there: arthurs nosh bar / sfgirlbybay

one place i haven’t visited since i was a wee young girl is montreal, canada, and i have very fond memories of visiting my cousins there. montreal might seem like a long way away to get your bagel, lox & cream cheese fix, but arthurs nosh bar looks well worth the trip. a darling little vintage-inspired deli nestled on bustling Notre-Dame Street West in St-Henri, Arthurs Nosh Bar’s reimagined Jewish fare has Montrealers lining up. Owners Raegan Steinberg and her husband, Alex Cohen opened it as a tribute to her beloved father, arthur a charming, vivacious man, and a total foodie — never dreaming the place would become such a local favorite. They simply set out to create a cozy neighborhood joint serving good, honest food to be enjoyed any day of the week. we suggest casually tossing on a pair of chic white jeans, a flouncy ulla johnson blouse, some stylish but comfy sandals and our best farmer’s market tote — just in case we decide to hit the market after brunch. and since we’re in a french speaking city, how about reading (or re-reading) Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle — i can’t think of a better way to armchair travel while we await our table.

wear this there: arthurs nosh bar / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: arthurs nosh bar / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: Ulla Johnson Scarlet Blouse; MAR Y SOL FOR EILEEN FISHER CROCHETED RAFFIA HAT; Rag & Bone Buckley Straight Jeans; STAUD Gus Sandals; Ray-Ban Wayfarer Polarized Sunglasses; club monaco Bead Hoop Earrings; Lilah B. Divine Duo Lip & Cheek in b. real; read this there Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle; club monaco Geo Block Cuff bracelet; clare v. zip wallet; Tory Burch McGraw Straw Tote; clare v. bowie face mask.

wear this there: arthurs nosh bar / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: arthurs nosh bar / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: arthurs nosh bar / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: arthurs nosh bar / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: arthurs nosh bar / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: arthurs nosh bar / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: arthurs nosh bar / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: arthurs nosh bar / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: arthurs nosh bar / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: arthurs nosh bar / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: arthurs nosh bar / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: arthurs nosh bar / sfgirlbybay

• photography via instagram; and lababineau.

letting all the light in.
by victoria comment

7/29/20

bright, light & white kitchen dining spaces / sfgirlbybay

sometimes i wish my kitchen was a bit brighter, like my old kitchen in echo park. and when i see kitchens and dining areas like these that are so light and cheerful, it inspires me to figure out a way to redesign things to brighten my own space a bit more. i’m renting now, and have cream & black tile that dates back to 1929, and while it’s charming, to lighten the space up i’m considering getting a white smeg fridge, because something about those really bring on a great vibe, and i think it will complement the vintage tiles. i also need to have some shelves built above my bar area to help declutter the countertops and display some of my kitchen collectibles in a more cohesive way. i also need to take the curtains down and let all the natural light flood in. and lastly, adding a bit of natural greenery seems like a nice idea to give the kitchen a nice, fresh look. anyway, i’ve been pinning some looks i like and thought i’d share today what i’m up to in the way of decorating the laguna cottage. too bad i can’t bust out a wall and have these amazing french doors installed!

bright, light & white kitchen dining spaces / sfgirlbybay

bright, light & white kitchen dining spaces / sfgirlbybay

bright, light & white kitchen dining spaces / sfgirlbybay

bright, light & white kitchen dining spaces / sfgirlbybay

bright, light & white kitchen dining spaces / sfgirlbybay

bright, light & white kitchen dining spaces / sfgirlbybay

bright, light & white kitchen dining spaces / sfgirlbybay

bright, light & white kitchen dining spaces / sfgirlbybay

bright, light & white kitchen dining spaces / sfgirlbybay

bright, light & white kitchen dining spaces / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: style juicer; domino; stone fox bride; design*sponge; somos bonjour; une hir ondelle dans le stiroirs; portev; laura miller’s kitchen via mother mag; birds and baking; kellie winnell; a gentlewoman; rattan planters from bord de scene; anna truelsen interiors; sondeflor Linen Tablecloth; homes to love; style juicer; my scandinavian home; vtwonen.

a few words from me to you.
by victoria comment

7/28/20

seaside print / sfgirlbybay

hi guys, i haven’t checked in from a personal standpoint in a while, so i thought i’d kind of give you an update of what’s been happening here at sfgirl. some of you might be new here, too, so if you didn’t know i’ve been blogging here since 2006 — this june marked 14 years for me! and, it’s funny but i still love it and people often ask me, “what’s next for you?” but the truth is, this is really what i like doing, so i don’t branch out too much. sure, of course, i’ve done a few things new — like writing and photographing my book, see san francisco published by chronicle, which was a passion project and a love letter to my former hometown. and i’ve opened super marché, another project i love — shopping for unique vintage home treasures in france and bringing them home for you to shop has been a dream come true for me. i also have a curated a collection of my favorite products i like to call marché recommends. and i have an amazon shop, also filled with all my favorite and unique online finds. and, lastly, i collaborated with the inside on a furniture collection. i’m also considering opening an online art print shop, for some of my photos (like this one above) if you think you might like that.

marché recommends / sfgirlbybay

so this is where i tell you what’s up with my career and humbly ask for a bit of support. with covid-19, about 90% of my sponsorships have come to a halt while brands try to stay in business, to figure out what’s next and how to adapt to this new ‘not-normal’. therefore, blogging has essentially become a hobby for me again, with very little income coming in. so i’m sharing this all with you because if you’re open to it, i’d so appreciate your support in some of these other areas of mine — the inside collection, the vintage shop, my amazon favorites, and marché recommends (those links are always in the right sidebar). i’ve seen a few blogs offer subscriptions to readers, but i don’t want to charge my followers to read my content. i’d rather just put this out there, and if you should so choose, when you go online to shop you might consider supporting the blog through these other avenues. it’s not easy for me to ask this of you, but i’m sharing a few of my very favorite recommendations today and if you like what you see, well, then i’m thrilled. thanks one and all for your always kind and loyal readership! it means the world to me and i’m eternally grateful for all your many years of support. stay safe!

xo, victoria

marché recommends / sfgirlbybay

marché recommends / sfgirbybay

marché recommends / sfgirlbybay