best of: that little black accent.
by victoria comment


black wall with black table. / sfgirlbybay

as you’ll see in a few more posts this week (guest room makeover reveal, coming right up!) i’m still seduced by that little black magic. i’ve had jet black walls before and loved them, and as you may know, i painted the exterior of my house jet black (and all the interior doors black, too). so i guess my crush on black never really fades. it just has such persuasive power to give a room a dramatic edge and to take dreary to dynamic. i’ve hunted down many an example for you. enjoy, and embrace the black!

black walls with ornate moldings. / sfgirlbybay

black and white decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

black kitchen accents. / sfgirlbybay

black smeg fridge. / sfgirlbybay

black decor accents. / sfgirlbybay

black and white home decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

black painted wardrobe. / sfgirlbybay

matte black wall paint and ornate moldings. / sfgirlbybay

black shower stall doors. / sfgirlbybay

black wall paint. / sfgirlbybay

black kitchen walls. / sfgirlbybay

black kitchen decor. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits in order of appearance: making it lovely; Tatiana Shishkina; the nice stuff collector; remain simple; life on sundays; the socialite family; Lina Ramekin from anthropologie; le petite bird told me; est living; digs digs; melba 13; treebystream by Arnulf Rainer ; hotel covell via @designlovefest; grace spain; elle decoration uk; bolig magasinet; farrow and ball; XXX; moon and trees; lonny; lonny; ballingslov; atelier doré; black books; kinfolk; Tatiana Shishkina; domino; this is glamorous; no glitter no glory; artilleriet studio.

friday finds.
by victoria comment


pink velvet chaise lounge via the socialite family. / sfgirlbybay

all hail friday finds! because that signals it’s time for the weekend, and i don’t know about you, but i could use a day or two of rest. i probably won’t really get much rest since my house has sold and it’s time to start packing for real! it’s also the long beach flea market this sunday and i’m dying to go in search of ‘old’ new finds for my new house, but we shall see. have a great weekend, everyone no matter what you get up to!

xo, victoria

  1. i adore this very eclectic mix of pastel pink chaise and ornate objets d’art featured on the socialite family — so very french, ouí?
  2. i have one singular ceramic black swallow i purchased in lisbon at a vida portuguesa, but i love this very minimalist styling of several black swallows paired with that fab mid-century modern lamp and beautiful decorative pieces. i may need to get a few more!
  3. i’ve been obsessed with brittany shield’s tufted fabric headboard featured on rue awhile back and wish i had better sewing skills to make one of my own for laguna. maybe it’s time to learn.
  4. studio b’s kip’s bay showcase house bathroom is quite lovely, and i’ve always had a fondness for these woven paon wall sconces — but i’d never seen one in pink before — lovely.
  5. another current obsession of mine are Karin chairs by Bruno Mathsson. again, i’d never seen a pink version of this fabulous chair before, but they’re quite fun! i think i just love the industrial mix of the steel rolling chair and plush upholstery – so funky!
  6. doesn’t this look like a sublime place to stay? it’s le riad yasmine in marrakech, morocco photographed by @dasiysophia. i’ve been dying to make a trip here and lay my head in one of these beautiful bedrooms.
  7. i can’t explain my crush on this pretty corner captured by @forestbound’s from her stay at this old hudson, but it just exudes the kind of unexpected charm i love.
  8. i quite like this eclectic layered mix of vintage mirrors and pottery paired together — it’s a nice juxsdaposition of ornate and handmade — just a lovely combination.

black ceramic wall mounted swallows. / sfgirlbybay

button tufted fabric headboard. / sfgirlbybay

woven wall sconce. / sfgirlbybay

vintage pink leather office chairs. / sfgirlbybay

bed nook with hanging light pendant fixture and curtains. / sfgirlbybay

industrial hanging lighting fixture. / sfgirlbybay

vintage mirrors. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: hotel joaquin.
by victoria comment


poolside lounge chairs at hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

in honor of my move to laguna beach, i thought it might be nice to share laguna’s own hotel joaquin this week — a petite boutique resort nestled above beautiful shaw’s cove (just a short stroll from the hotel to this secluded, beautiful beach). not only are the grounds and view gorgeous, but the renovation to this retro hotel is simply stunning — and they’ve really thought of everything to make you feel welcome — from snorkel gear to beach umbrellas and bikes. the chef here is outstanding, too, and breakfast on the terrace overlooking the sea is a must. drinks and board games in the charming bar area with its cozy fireplace are just what we need for a weekend away. we’re just going to grab our comfiest gear and hit the road down south — an oversized favorite sweatshirt layered over a graphic tee and easy pull-on skirt, but one with flare. french sneakers, flip flops, oversized sunnies, a fun hat and naturally our swimsuit and we are good to go to the beach! while either poolside or down near the surf, think about reading The Editor by steve rowley, an intriguing novel about a struggling writer who gets his big break with a little help from the most famous woman in America — none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. sounds like a juicy end of summer read!

decor details at hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

women's outfit inspired by the hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: j.crew Montauk crewneck sweatshirt; free people Cosmic Cowboy Tee; j.crew Pull-on flare sweater skirt in textured stripe; & other stories Patchwork Leather Canvas Tote; j.crew third oak flip flops; madewell’s Essential Overnight Bag in Leather; read this there The Editor by steve rowley; Salt & Stone Antioxidant Facial Hydrating Lotion; Kangol Bermuda Bucket Hat; & other stories O-Ring Belted Swimsuit; free people Sasha Oversized Sunglasses; bensimon sneakers in black.

dining patio at hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

hotel joaquin in laguna beach. / sfgirlbybay

guest room at hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed room at hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

hotel joaquin in laguna beach. / sfgirlbybay

terrace lounge chair at hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of hotel joaquin. / sfgirlbybay

modern interior of hotel joaquin, laguna beach. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring modern interior of hotel joaquin in laguna beach, california. / sfgirlbybay

shaw's cove in laguna beach, california. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via @hoteljoaquin.

at home in venice.
by victoria comment


venice beach home tour via lonny magazine. / sfgirlbybay

initially, when i decided i needed to live beachside again, i looked in and around venice, but cute spots are hard to come by that are also affordable. so when i saw this beautiful venice home featured recently in lonny i had a few pangs of envy. it’s the very dreamy space belonging to Neada Deters, founder of the beauty line lesse and it’s quite enviable, indeed. lovely and light-filled with gorgeous hardwood floors, and the kind of built-ins you just can’t find anymore, she’s decorated it sparingly, but with pieces that pair well with beachside living — rattan and bamboo, natural light woods, and a bright white-washed finish to all the walls and beamed ceilings. i’m inspired by her example to go slowly when decorating, enjoy the process and the treasure hunt. i’m one who’s apt to design the whole place and shop before i even arrive, so i’m trying to take deep breaths and slow down on my laguna cottage and savor the process. for the full tour, have a look at lonny .

Neana Deters venice beach home tour via lonny magazine. / sfgirlbybay

venice beach home tour via lonny magazine. / sfgirlbybay

venice beach home with built-ins via lonny magazine. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist kitchen venice beach home tour via lonny magazine. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed built-ins in venice beach home via lonny magazine. / sfgirlbybay

vignettes in venice beach home featured in lonny magazine. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern bedroom in venice beach home via lonny magazine. / sfgirlbybay

copper metal backsplash in venice beach house bathroom. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via lonny.

eclectic + eccentric art.
by victoria comment


black mantel with large framed drawing. / sfgirlbybay

a little bit more about art today! like a lot of us, when it comes to decorating with art, i get a little stuck — at least at first. moving to my new place in laguna i’m having internal struggles about which art to hang and where, and if perhaps i need new art (which i think i do). i also like a lot of different kinds of art, so i get inspired when i see eclectic home galleries put together in what looks quite effortless. i envy that and strive to emulate the look. i’m still a work in progress and will probably stick to a more minimalist look, but here’s what’s inspiring me right now — from simple to wildly eccentric, i kinda love it all.

vintage art prints in whitewashed frames. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring home art gallery wall. / sfgirlbybay

vintage portrait paintings. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring home art collections. / sfgirlbybay

curated home with art gallery wall. / sfgirlbybay

abstract painting in curated home. / sfgirlbybay

black and white art in minimalist wood frames. / sfgirlbybay

art gallery wall over bed cane headboard. / sfgirlbybay

vintage portrait painting on picture rail. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring home art gallery wall. / sfgirlbybay

european kids bedroom with mini art gallery wall. / sfgirlbybay

corner art gallery in modern home. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: julianne moore’s home via architectural digest; sylvie adigard’s home via the socialite family; marcus teo’s home via the maryn; herz and blut; vtwonen; tenniswood; wonen & co; domcvetnik; m.k. sadler; julia leach’s home via aficionada; @carolinewallsart; interior deluxe; the devil wears zara; marcus teo’s home via the maryn; @megan_morton; The Immoralist by André Gide via buzzfeed; @colinking; @galerie_half; @finelittledaystore; @colinking; @anneclaire.rohe; @minford_journal; vtwonen; meet me behind the pines.