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

wear this there: café cometa.
by victoria comment

5/15/20

wear this there: café cometa in barcelona, spain / sfgirlbybay

when we’re able to travel again, one city i’d love to return to is barcelona, spain. it’s beautiful, artistic (think Gaudi and Picasso) so it only makes sense that we’ll want to stop into the very eclectic gallery-like café cometa, a charming café in the vibrant Sant Antoni neighborhood. i love all the art on the walls and the colorful banquettes. the menu is a healthy one, with a colorful Juice Bar and fresh salads and veggie sandwiches. we’re going to get comfy and walk there (barcelona is very walkable!) in our favorite hi-top sneakers, a fun black jumpsuit, funky black hat and colorful scarf to match the decor. while you’re sipping your juice and doing some people watching, i suggest reading Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s The Shadow of the Wind which takes place in Barcelona in 1945: A city slowly healing in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and the story of an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother by finding solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book he has written — opening a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets — an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

wear this there: café cometa in barcelona, spain / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: café cometa in barcelona, spain / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: GANNI Recycled Jumpsuit in Black; janessa leone wes packable hat; Acne Studios Vally Scarf in Chestnut Brown; Anthropologie Harley Square Reading Glasses; Stelen Meredith Transparent Earrings in Marbled; J. Hannah Saltillo Nail Polish; read this there The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón; Le Labo Perfume Oil in Rose 31; Anthropologie Kit Agar Femme Pouch; Anthropologie Alexis Slouchy Crossbody Bag; Converse Chuck 70 Hi-Tops in Parchment

wear this there: café cometa in barcelona, spain / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: café cometa in barcelona, spain / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: café cometa in barcelona, spain / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: café cometa in barcelona, spain / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: café cometa in barcelona, spain / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: café cometa in barcelona, spain / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: café cometa in barcelona, spain / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: café cometa in barcelona, spain / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: café cometa in barcelona, spain / sfgirlbybay

holiday at home: morocco.
by victoria comment

5/14/20

 moroccan home decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

let’s say you’re like me and you’ve got a hankering to get away to your dream destination, but we’re just not advised to travel right now? well, we had the idea for a post wherein we bring your holiday home — as in right inside your house. this week we’re headed to one of my very own must-visit-soon spots: morocco. i’ve been daydreaming of a trip to el fenn in Marrakech for some time now and since i haven’t got this particular trip on the horizon, i thought i’d fantasize about what one might find there, wear there, immerse myself in whilst there. here goes holiday at home in morocco!

 moroccan home decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

 moroccan home decor and accessory inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise from l to r: pink bedroom via casa vogue; pampa’s rosana rug; Anthropologie annie pillow; elsie green big moroccan baskets; lamp & co. Moroccan woven lamp shade; so linen Dusty pink linen pillow shams; serena & lily Moroccan Leather Pouf; the citizenry peruvian alpaca throw blanket.

macrame wall hanging and moroccan bedding and light fixture. / sfgirlbybay

pink moroccan hallway. / sfgirlbybay

 moroccan home decor and accessory inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise from l to r: anthropologie Archive New York Baby Pink Antigua Pillow; Wayfair Kenzzi Paloma Porcelain tiles; anthropologie Moroccan Sherbert Clive Indoor/Outdoor Ottoman; serena & lily Topanga Pillow Cover; Jeffrey Campbell Dane Woven Slides; pampa ines rug; serena & lily Alsworth Pillow Cover; tangier by brittany ambridge for domino; anthropologie double diamond rug; doorway by max power photography.

moroccan rugs for sale in marketplace. / sfgirlbybay

modern moroccan hotel room. / sfgirlbybay

 moroccan home decor and accessory inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise from l to r: pool by darby sawchuk photography; urban outfitters Bamboo Woven Pendant Light; urban outfitters Traditional Leather Floor Pouf in pink; urban outfitters Bamboo Beaded Curtain; urban outfitters Washed Cotton Tassel Duvet Cover; moroccan patio via lush home; st. frank BABY STUFFED ELEPHANT DECORATIVE ACCESSORY; anthropologie Moroccan Cross Rug; st. frank AMBER GLASS BEADS DECORATIVE ACCESSORY; st. frank woven blankets.

outdoor moroccan patio. / sfgirlbybay

camel in morocco. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits, from top to bottom: el fenn via lonny magazine; Agra Fort; lesley unruh photography via one kings lane; moroccan marketplace by hey lilahey; le riad azzouna via lili in wonderland; morocco by hey lilahey; @un_fold_ed.

beautiful bathing sanctuaries.
by victoria comment

5/13/20

beautiful bathing sanctuaries / sfgirlbybay

longing for a feminine, but not over-the-top girly bathroom? then this is the post for you. i think right now, even more than ever a personal sanctuary is almost required to keep our sanity in quarantine. if you’ve seen my old bathroom in my L.A. home, you know i love a black and white bathroom, but i think even with a classic look like that, you can still add funky and feminine touches — vintage mirrors, sketches and portrait paintings, for instance, add an interesting and artistic twist. a vintage stool looks chic next to the tub — and a stylish spot for your favorite scented candles, and perhaps some pretty healing crystals. be sure to add the softest bath towels for a touch of luxury. and if you’re kids are sharing your bath, you might consider a gentle reminder, like this wash your hands sign — it’s cute, but practical!

beautiful bathing sanctuaries / sfgirlbybay

beautiful bathing sanctuaries / sfgirlbybay

beautiful bathing sanctuaries / sfgirlbybay

beautiful bathing sanctuaries / sfgirlbybay

small portrait painting hung above rustic clawfoot tub. / sfgirlbybay

freestanding white bathtub in modern bathroom. / sfgirlbybay

crystals and bath salts as bathroom decor. / sfgirlbybay

small black and white guest bathroom. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring bathroom decor and furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

bathroom with white freestanding tub and black wall tiles. / sfgirlbybay

gold hands dish with healing crystals. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring bathroom decor and furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

vintage mirrors over minimalist wood and pipe bathroom vanity. / sfgirlbybay

black and white clawfoot tub with decorative bath linens. / sfgirlbybay

vintage mirrors over minimalist bathroom vanity. / sfgirlbybay

white clawfoot tub with overhead shower and vintage suspended shower curtain. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: @marlobosch; brass wall shelf from amber interiors; the estate trentham; wash your hands sign from schoolhouse electric; city home collective; captains rest in tasmania; sharyn cairns photography; jenni kayne; marie olsson nylanders bathroom via trendland; flodeau; vtwonen; cult of tomorrow; skona hem; interior stylist johanna pilfalk ; studio 903; christie tyler’s bathroom via the file; @tanalatorre; alt dk; henri matisse print via art.com; Eileen Gray’s bathroom via another magazine; caroline donofrio’s home via the fold magazine; Daphne Javitch’s via jenni kayne; henri matisse print from art.com; kohler cannock sink; The Petite Millbrook Cast Iron Bath; home life; skona hem; kirill bergart; le sojorner; gracespain; philip karlberg photography; kerry cassill luxury towels; domino; real living.