lovely lantern light.
by victoria comment

5/21/20

oversized lantern lighting / sfgirlbybay

i’ve still got a mad crush on oversized lighting, and the glow of lanterns in particular. i love a beautiful naguchi lantern or a herman miller bubble lamp (like the one in my bedroom, above). but should you be looking for some similar affordable lighting options that make a huge impact you might just consider the paper lantern, and in my opinion the bigger the better! the japanese-inspired paper lantern has been around forever and can really light up a room in more ways than just their lovely, luminous glow and i found the one in my home office at bunkado in l.a.’s little toyko (they’re online, too). if you take a look at many of these rooms, you’ll see how dramatic their look is, and at a relatively low investment. these origami-inspired lanterns, for instance, are under twenty bucks! add this Gold Electrical Cord Swag Kit (also under $20) and you’ve got a pretty dynamic look for very little money. paper table lamps are in abundance online as well.

oversized white paper lantern light. / sfgirlbybay

oversized noguchi lantern lighting / sfgirlbybay

mid-century modern paper lantern lighting fixture. / sfgirlbybay

paper lantern lighting / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r:  bunkado paper lantern in my @sfgirlbybay home office; world market White Origami Round Crinkle Cotton Paper Lantern; libertyn interiors; urban outfitters Tall Paper Lantern Table Lamp; Palacio Hotel bathroom in Rome via by cocoon; urban outfitters Paper Lantern Table Lamp; new york home via architectural digest espana; world market White Origami Prism Crinkle Cotton Paper Lanterns with their White Electrical Ceiling Hardwire Kit; bedroom via pacha design journal; urban outfitters Covey Lantern Pendant Light.

oversized lantern lighting / sfgirlbybay

paper lantern lighting in bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

paper lantern pendant light over dining table. / sfgirlbybay

white-washed rooms with paper lantern lighting. / sfgirlbybay

oversized white paper lantern light. / sfgirlbybay

unique shaped paper lantern lighting fixture. / sfgirlbybay

oversized white paper lantern light. / sfgirlbybay

white paper lanterns in white-washed homes. / sfgirlbybay

white paper lantern in bohemian modern bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: @sfgirlbybay; @sylviatribel; @maraserene; mister design; vartnya hem; @kawa_heart_studio; light locations; l-e-a-b-o; @kawa_heart_studio; @sylviatribel; design*sponge; @kawa_heart_studiolight locations; anne black’s home via bobedre; vt wonen; @reno_notebook.

shop small: fine little day.
by victoria comment

5/20/20

online small shop showcase: fine little day. / sfgirlbybay

i thought it might be fun to share a small shop overseas today. the amazing thing about the web is being able to literally shop worldwide without leaving our laptops. not that i don’t encourage travel when we can again because i’m strongly all for that, but right now we don’t enjoy that freedom. so today we’re featuring a very long time favorite of mine –gothenburg, sweden-based fine little day. i’ve been following inspiring founder, artist and designer elisabeth dunker for about 10 years now — ever since first discovering her playful, fanciful work on flickr around 2007.

online shop showcase: fine little day. / sfgirlbybay

elisabeth has branched out so much since then — creating a prolific body of work inspired by curiosity, folk art, and offbeat creative expressions outside cultural norms. fine little day carries everything from homewares likes prints & posters, cushions and bedding and fabric by the yard to whimsical books, and to now include fashion from other independent designers as well as elisabeth’s own wonderful designs. here’s a look at some of my favorites from the fine little day shop — and be sure to follow elisabeth on her blog and on instagram for more of her creative and inspiring lifestyle.

online small shop showcase: fine little day. / sfgirlbybay online small shop showcase: fine little day. / sfgirlbybay online small shop showcase: fine little day. / sfgirlbybay online small shop showcase: fine little day. / sfgirlbybay

fine little day catalog. / sfgirlbybay

dress and room decor inspiration via fine little day. / sfgirlbybay

online shop showcase: fine little day. / sfgirlbybay

framed photograph via fine little day. / sfgirlbybay

fine little day decor and art print. / sfgirlbybay

glass vase via fine little day shop. / sfgirlbybay

fine little day throw pillows and apron. / sfgirlbybay

clothing and bedding via fine little day shop. / sfgirlbybay

art print via fine little day. / sfgirlbybay

home decor via fine little day. / sfgirlbybay

fashion, home decor and art via fine little day. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by fine little day.

instagram worthy: @pauline_chardin.
by victoria comment

5/19/20

instagram worthy: @pauline_chardin / sfgirlbybay

sometimes you just stumble upon a new instagram account and instantly find yourself crushing. and this case, hard. meet @pauline_chardin, a french creative director, style consultant, photographer and travel blogger at the voyageur — and as about you’re about to see, someone who simply oozes style. it’s that very enviable effortlessly chic style that some are seemingly just born with it. i believe from what i could read that Pauline Chardin has moved from paris to an incredibly beautiful home they’ve built in Provence — sounds dreamy, right? her home has this kind of wabi sabi, japanese meets french sense of style and i am inspired by every inch of it. and, she has a weak spot for travel (including an enviable trip to japan) and loads of good design which she shares on instagram — lucky us! for more inspiration from pauline, visit her instagram worthy feed and online photography portfolio.

instagram worthy: @pauline_chardin / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @pauline_chardin / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @pauline_chardin / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @pauline_chardin / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @pauline_chardin / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @pauline_chardin / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @pauline_chardin / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @pauline_chardin / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @pauline_chardin / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @pauline_chardin / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @pauline_chardin / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @pauline_chardin / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @pauline_chardin / sfgirlbybay

• photography by @pauline_chardin.

darkly dramatic.
by victoria comment

5/18/20

black walls and decor details. / sfgirlbybay

i’ve been trying to be pretty ‘light hearted’ around here lately — i blame spring and trying to get your heads out of the daily news! so today, i’m headed back to the dark side. i like going there on occasion and especially when i find some darkly dramatic decor filling up my pinterest feed. some of these rooms have really gone to the extreme — painting their walls richly black, but then adding all black furniture and bedding too. i’m not sure i could personally go there, but it does have a certain soothing appeal, doesn’t it? i feel like i could dream for days in some of these all-black bedrooms. don’t be afraid to darken your doorstep — after all, it’s only paint!

black walls and decor details. / sfgirlbybay

black walls and black light fixture with dark dining table. / sfgirlbybay

black walls and decor details. / sfgirlbybay

dark walls and vintage light fixture. / sfgirlbybay

dark and moody wall murals. / sfgirlbybay

dark french doors and wall mural. / sfgirlbybya

black decor details. / sfgirlbybay

dark walls in bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

dark bedroom walls and bedding. / sfgirlbybay

textured dark walls and decor. / sfgirlbybay

dark bedroom walls and bedding with string lights. / sfgirlbybay

gray wall paint with dark gray trim. / sfgirlbybay

black walls and decor details. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: nam dang mitchell; stitch design co.; andrew simpson architects; andrew simpson architects; libertyn interiors; stylist megan morton; batiik studio; artilleriet studios; batiik studio; uno living; the socialite family; Heidi Lerkenfeldt; zsazsa bellagio; inrichting huis; my domaine; digsdigs; sara woodrow; Frank Dobrushken; blood and champagne; the socialite family; la maison champs elysees; home and decoration; luxxu; you and me; gubi; suzanna scott photography.

friday finds.
by victoria comment

5/15/20

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

well, i’m still here. it’s looking like california could be on stay at home orders until the end of july — at least that’s what’s been announced for los angeles county, so i’m thinking it will be the same for orange county where i live now, too. i’m somewhat used to it since i work from home, but i definitely feel for all of you working from home and taking care of your kids and working your jobs, too. it takes a toll, and i hope you can safely get outside a little bit this weekend for some fresh air. i’m sharing some hopefully inspiring spaces with you today to help get you inspired and out of the same old, same old. have a restful weekend if possible!

xo, victoria

  1. dreamy dining room goals that’s what we’ve got right here. i’m always a fan of a saarinen dining table and chairs, but i think achieving this fabulous look probably requires moving into a beautiful paris apartment. never say never, right?
  2. the apartment by the line is always inspiring me with their interior styling, and their showroom featured on suitcase’s city guide to west hollywood is no different. if you’re ever in the neighborhood i highly suggest a visit to the line.
  3. i love some of the new collections coming from cb2 these days, and their new indoor/outdoor trieste bistro table has me wondering where i might squeeze this into my tiny cottage. maybe i need to redecorate (already?!). it’s so sleek — with soft, rounded edges and a curvy pedestal base, it’s made of cement is treated with a faux white marble finish that fools the most discerning eye.
  4. i love everything about this little vignette. lovely styling and i love elephants, and i’m really into glass beads as accessories lately. i have some black glass beads from st. frank and i love them — either hanging on a wall or displayed in a decorative bowl on your coffee table.
  5. i love this feature shot by jessica comingore of ensoie founders and designers Eleonore Meier and Rafael Palacio’s home. this large format print of dustin hoffman is an easy DIY idea — simply blow-up a vintage print for chic art.
  6. i’ve always loved a vida portuguesa’s (one of my favorite shops in lisbon) beautiful black swallow wall decorations and just ordered some more. The image of this beautiful and joyful bird, known to be brave and faithful, touched the Portuguese heart and, throughout the 20th century, was adapted by handcrafts and used in façades, balconies, and domestic interiors throughout the country.
  7. i just love the venue report for great travel tips and guides and specifically this guide to central california — the photography is sublime and has me itching for a road trip. it’s a great site if you’re seeking an event or wedding location, too.
  8. if we’re forced into working at home for a while longer, wouldn’t it be nice if we could toil the day away at this sun-drenched desk? i might even suffer through it without complaint.

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay