let’s take a trip to château de dirac.
by victoria comment

1/12/21

let's take a trip to french château de dirac / sfgirlbybay

we can’t really get away these days, so i thought it might be nice to take a virtual trip to a french chateau. sounds pretty dreamy, right? and it most certainly is — today we’re visiting chateau de dirac in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, home to many great wine regions, run and created by designer Isabelle Dubois-Dumée. the chateau epitomizes the French way of life and is available for events, photoshoots, and workshops, and its rooms are available to stay, complete with breakfast, cocktails, and even country picnics — they handle it all. Isabelle’s beautiful chateau was recently featured on vide deco and i naturally had to hunt down her account on instagram, @châteaudedirac to see more of it. i love the casual, comfortable vintage vibes (all that great bamboo furniture like we carry in super marché) paired with some incredible lighting and very enviable collections. and she’s also got a charming online shop, so have a peek there, too!

let's take a trip to french château de dirac / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to french château de dirac / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to french château de dirac / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to french château de dirac / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to french château de dirac / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to french château de dirac / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to french château de dirac / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to french château de dirac / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to french château de dirac / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to french château de dirac / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to french château de dirac / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to french château de dirac / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to french château de dirac / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to french château de dirac / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to french château de dirac / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to french château de dirac / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to french château de dirac / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to french château de dirac / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to french château de dirac / sfgirlbybay

• photography via @châteaudedirac and vide deco.

color story: palest pink.
by victoria comment

1/11/21

color story: palest pink / sfgirlbybay

helllooooo. i’m back at long last! and i just want to say i so appreciate all of your very kind comments to my post about taking another week to get my act together. they really moved me, and honestly helped me immensely, improving my mood. and what a week it was. i hope you, your friends and family are staying safe, both physically and mentally. it seems the skip of a day into a new calendar year doesn’t always have the effect it aspires to. but here we are, and i thought a way back into the blog for us would be a pretty color story that would help lift our collective moods. a little pale pink for you, perhaps? i hope it lightens and brightens your days ahead. it’s good to be back, and i’m ready to help distract you from whatever may trouble you. but not without a note — please do pay attention to what is happening in the world, but just think of this as a place to take a break. much love.

color story: palest pink / sfgirlbybay

color story: palest pink / sfgirlbybay

color story: palest pink / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: pastel bedroom via @vtwonen; Pink Hydrangea Exhibition Poster from Atelier Auge; jayson home Mohair Throw in rose; @clairelloydsnurturingspaces white floored living room; anthropologie Faux Pink Blossom Spray; hand-drawn type by maddy nye for designlovefest; Anthropologie Eloise Sconce; WILLY GUHL PLANTER from elsie green; Anthropologie Tufted Caro Rug; wallpapered bedroom by the future kept; Bastide Figue d’Ete Bar Soap; Anthropologie Borealis Side Plate; pink abstract painting from Cheryl Wasilow Art.

color story: palest pink / sfgirlbybay

color story: palest pink / sfgirlbybay

color story: palest pink / sfgirlbybay

color story: palest pink / sfgirlbybay

color story: palest pink / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: pink chandelier via my scandinavian home; plush sofas from super marché; Matisse Cutout Beige Poster from the postery; eyelash rug via oh so lovely obsessions; anthropologie Gradient Vase; jayson home Flower Plates; Frontispiece for “Le Jardin des Supplices” by Auguste Rodin; the graphics fairy downloadable and printable french invoice; pink glassware from @bungalow.dk; pink pendant lamp via abel sloane 1934; Waterfall Coupe Glasses from anthropologie; home gallery via @curated_copenhagen.

color story: palest pink / sfgirlbybay

color story: palest pink / sfgirlbybay

color story: palest pink / sfgirlbybay

color story: palest pink / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: @designlovefest; sheila man photography; makes move vintage; sight unseen; l love linen; sophie green home via domino; the socialite family; little upside down cake; pete bermejo; @andy_villasana; three birds renovations.

be right back, 2021.
by victoria comment

1/4/21

happy 2021 / sfgirlbybay

truth be told i was planning on being back today. i had also all kinds of inspiring projects to get in the works while i’ve been off these last two weeks. but you know what they say — ‘the best-laid plans’. but i’m going to be honest with you here, those plans have gone awry. i was alone over the holidays and the luxury i thought there would be in laziness turned a little depressive shall we say and not much of anything got done. i slept a lot (too much, probably), ate horribly and generally wallowed in our collective woes over covid not going away, people not owning up and masking up. so, with that said i rarely ever do this, but i’m taking this week off to hopefully rally and get back on track. i do promise to be back on the 11th!

i saw this tweet from Restaurant Editor  of Eater, hillary dixler canavan and it really resonated with me:

my husband said something that’s really helped me think about where everyone is at emotionally, why everyone seems mad at you or like you can’t do anything right: “Everyone needs more than anyone can give right now.”

it’s so simple but so true, isn’t it? so i hope you won’t be mad at me, or frustrated at the lack of posts! i’ll be back next week and in the meantime, sign up for my journal delivered to your inbox, there’s more coming there, too.

xo, victoria

friday finds.
by victoria comment

12/18/20

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

greetings and salutations, my friends! it’s that time of year when i take a wee sabbatical and the blog goes on hiatus for a few weeks. but before i go, i leave you with some images that brought me lots of calm and inspiration. i hope you won’t miss the blog too much, and instead enjoy some well-deserved time offline! i think we can all concur this year has been a real doozy and rest is what we all really need. time away from the news, the computer, from too much over-stimulation, and some time to just reflect and think about how we can collectively make 2021 a brand new year we can all look forward to. i think we’ll be kept inside and apart from friends and loved ones for a while longer, but you know what they say — absence certainly makes the heart grow fonder. maybe it’s a time to let go of what doesn’t serve us well (hello, toxic twitter — i swear, i stay off of there for just a few days and i feel my brain exhale deeply!). i have a love-hate relationship with all social media to be honest and miss my pre-internet days an awful lot sometimes. i miss just calling people or knocking on their doors. a text does not always convey everything our heart wants it to. anyway, i digress and all i really wish for us is some peaceful, quality time with ourselves and those we most love. i’ll be working on some new goals and we’ll see how well i do! happy holidays, a very safe and healthy new year and much love to you all! see you back here soon!

xo, victoria

  1. i loved this gallery view from tappan collective and i’m a sucker for anything with arches, anyway. but the soothing blue hues really just drew me in and gave me pause, and honestly just a nice place to rest my eyes for a moment.  i read recently that researchers discovered that the average time that adults spend looking at one object in a museum is less than 30 seconds. that’s just not long enough!
  2. i have a thing for bulbs rooting in glass jars, especially vintage ones and stylist susanna vento created just a gorgeous look here with this small group of glass collectibles. i think it’s also kind of a fun ‘hobby’ while we’re staying home to try and grow living things from cuttings and bulbs.
  3. this is just a gorgeous house in amsterdam. i love a good butterfly chair, even when placed rather unexpectedly — like a sculpture of some kind. i also love the lace crochet throw on the bed. i have a vintage one on my bed and love the texture it adds to my bedding.
  4. this has to have become one of my very favorite powder rooms. the dark and dramatic marbled wall color is sublime (i think you can always go for drama in a small bathroom) and i love the lighting fixtures just so much. if i went into this loo at a party i might never leave!
  5. these living room vibes are just so groovy. i love the uber-long green velvet sofa and matching ottoman and dark floors. it looks like the kind of place you could curl up with a glass of merlot and a pile of joan didion’s short stories and relive the 70’s.
  6. i love just everything from the photography to the styling from the future kept and i find jeska hearne’s images just so soothing to look at. i think you could fall down a serious rabbit hole of inspiration on their visual journal and i know you’ll love their shop too. they’ve got a keen eye for curation. follow along on instagram, as well!
  7. this is just such a beautiful laurel canyon dining room shot by photographer amy neunsinger, a photographer and designer from Los Angeles. i’ll bet you’ve seen her work all over the place and perhaps never realized it — from work with designer leanne ford, to the pages of Architectural Digest, Martha Stewart Living, and Domino, her inspiring work is everywhere.
  8. this lovely peek into a chateau in france is a must-see. from this charming living room to the very vintage kitchen i think you’d love the full tour of Château de Dirac on vide deco, a fellow online vintage brocante i admire. have a gander!

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: canova hall.
by victoria comment

12/17/20

wear this there: london's canova hall / sfgirlbybay

we’re popping back across the pond again when everything opens back up, to a city i miss very much! we’re headed to london, and specifically to brixton’s new pub canova hall, which once was originally the canteen for employees of Le Bon Marché department store which opened it’s doors way back when in 1877. one of the things i love about london is its old-world charm and canova hall has all that and more. the barcelona-based design firm red deer have kept the historic bits, old subway tiles, and aged patina and given this space a whole new life. and since it’s the holidays we’re getting gussied up to try out their gin masterclass — fancy a cocktail, anyone? i never get to dress up anymore, so tonight it’s a lacey stiched turtleneck and matching midi skirt, some dainty metallic ballerina shoes, and a cozy but feminine wrap to keep us warm. i couldn’t resist a bit of bling, so i’ve added some shiny earrings, stacked rings, and a fantastic clutch. i suggest taking along Not For Tourists’ Guide to London 2020 — their guides will take you to all the local spots off london’s well worn beaten path!

wear this there: london's canova hall / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: london's canova hall / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: Vince Ladder Stitch Turtleneck; Anthropologie Kyla Fringed Wrap; Vince Ladder Stitch Skirt; cos METALLIC LEATHER BALLERINA SHOES; Tocca Mini Eau De Parfum; Madewell Filament Stacking Rings; Lele Sadoughi Headband + Ear Loop Reusable Face Mask Set; read this there Not For Tourists Guide to London 2020; NAILS INC. Gel Nail Polish; Burberry B Monogram Dorian reading Glasses; Jerome Dreyfuss Clic Clac Clutch; Anthropologie Gaby Post Earrings.

wear this there: london's canova hall / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: london's canova hall / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: london's canova hall / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: london's canova hall / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: london's canova hall / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: london's canova hall / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: london's canova hall / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: london's canova hall / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: london's canova hall / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: london's canova hall / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: london's canova hall / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: london's canova hall / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: london's canova hall / sfgirlbybay

• photography via red deer and @canovahall.