rustic modern makeover.
by victoria comment


rustic modern bedroom makeover. / sfgirlbybay

i recently saw this stunning bedroom makeover on the house that lars built and i just had to ask brittany if i could share with you. it’s the home of Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag, a beautiful online space for all things kids, creative and playful — you’ll find an abundance of beautifully executed resources and ideas to play creatively with your kids. for her makeover, Merrilee gave this bedroom a tranquil coat of pale blush paint and added accents of rust, black & white and plenty of texture with natural wood and layered bedding. i’ve been on the hunt for an oversized pendant lamp for my new cottage and this sheer beauty called the koushi lamp is giving me ideas! for the full before and after, visit the house that lars built. thanks for allowing me to share, ladies!

whitewashed rustic modern bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern whitewashed bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

rustic modern whitewashed bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

drafting table in rustic modern whitewashed bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

rustic modern bedroom with rust velvet throw pillows. / sfgirlbybay

rustic modern whitewashed wall storage. / sfgirlbybay

rustic whitewashed bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

rustic bedroom with whitewashed walls. / sfgirlbybay

• Photography by Shannon Weight and Merrilee Liddiard.

go big with parabo press.
by victoria comment


parabo press giant square engineer photo print. / sfgirlbybay

i’ve long been a fan of Parabo Press and recently they saw my holiday in italy and invited me to take my favorite photos from the trip and try out their square engineer prints in a brand new size. their engineer prints are one of their specialties and a customer favorite at Parabo Press — i’ve ordered lots in the past and always loved how they turned out. They’re printed on paper typically used for architectural plans — making the prints giant and extra light, so they’re super easy to hang. a high-quality print for a reasonable price, available in either full color or black & white. and, you can hang them very easily (and inexpensively!) with their 36” wood poster rails, which are magnetic, so a cinch to hang and create a very simple looking frame that leaves the engineer print as the main focus of your eye.

square prints by parabo press on wire with skeleton clips. / sfgirlbybay

Parabo Press has just launched new square engineer prints, measuring 3×3 feet — a new take on their old 4×3 foot favorite from Parabo’s earlier days. the square engineer prints are $25, and pair well with their 36″ wood poster rails ($50, and available in 3 colors) so you can make a big statement with your best shots printed up on matte, white, lightweight paper. and the magnetic rails make it easy to swap out your art too since they’re just semi-permanent so you can change up your look very affordably as often as you like. i also think they’re a perfect solution for artists wanting to display their work in galleries without spending a ton on framing. so, without further ado, check out the variety of prints i created from my trip to sicily, including their smaller newsprints (i love these!) and their tiny square prints with their skeleton clips and horizontal photo rope (which also comes with eight extra-powerful magnets). i love how these turned out and can’t wait to send a few of these to my travel mates. if you’d like to make some prints of your own, use the coupon code SFBAY for 20% off at Parabo Press good from 8/14 through 9/2! happy creating!

fruit photo printed on newsprint hanging on wire with clips. / sfgirlbybay

beach umbrella photo printed by parabo press. / sfgirlbybay

photo of italian beach with umbrellas printed by parabo press. / sfgirlbybay

art prints on paper by parabo press. / sfgirlbybay

black and white newsprint photo by parabo press. / sfgirlbybay

square art prints by parabo press on wire. / sfgirlbybay

skeleton clips and wire with square art prints from parabo press. / sfgirlbybay

square photo prints from parabo press. / sfgirlbybay

square photo of italian beach umbrella printed with parabo press. / sfgirlbybay

black and white vacation photo printed with parabo press in wood clip display. / sfgirlbybay

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Parabo Press and all words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep sfgirlbybay going with fresh content every day.

instagram worthy: @frenchbydesign.
by victoria comment


leather vintage sofa in bohemian modern home of blogger Siham Mazouz via @frenchbydesign. / sfgirlbybay

this week’s instagram worthy account is a long-time favorite of mine and i think you’re about to make it a fav of your own — if you haven’t already. meet San Francisco-based, but globetrotting @frenchbydesign, aka Siham Mazouz, author of how the french live and her beautiful design blog, French By Design— which features a modern French flair to decor, style, and life in general. si has that enviable, effortlessly chic european vibe because she is indeed french and her style is one i often emulate (i love glimpses of her fashion sense in her posts, too!). if you like her style like i do, inspiring decor and covetable world travels be sure to follow along with her on instagram and her blog, and check out her beautiful design book how the french live for much more inspiration.

book and inspiring home decor via @frenchbydesign. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring bohemian modern home of blogger and author @frenchbydesign. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring home decor via @frenchbydesign blogger and author on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

vintage cane back chairs in home of blogger @frenchbydesign. / sfgirlbybay

pops of mustard yellow in home of blogger via @frenchbydesign. / sfgirlbybay

portrait painting in home of blogger @frenchbydesign via instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring home of blogger and author @frenchbydesign via instagram. / sfgirlbybay

rustic wood farm table with white chairs in all white dining room via via @frenchbydesign on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring bohemian modern home of @frenchbydesign on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

rattan chair in inspiring bohemian modern home of @frenchbydesign. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring home decor vignette via @frenchbydesign on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

vintage yellow velvet chair in home of blogger @frenchbydesign. / sfgirlbybay

instagram-worthy home decor via @frenchbydesign. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring pink wall paint in home office via @frenchbydesign. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Siham Mazouz of @frenchbydesign.

nordic knots, styled multiple ways.
by victoria comment


modern pink rug in bohemian modern living room. / sfgirlbybay

rugs are the designer’s dream come true. if you’ve tired of your current decor, simply start by changing out your area rug and build from there — and voila, you’ve got an entirely new look. i’ve partnered with Nordic Knots to show you just what i mean. Nordic Knots carries the most beautiful, high-quality wool rugs and is founded on the scandinavian tradition of functional design with a minimalist aesthetic. they like to make it simple for you to choose a rug because they know it’s the foundation to designing a beautiful room. i chose three of my favorite rugs: Modern in pink, Plus in charcoal/cream and Nomad in cream — styling them up in my living room and office to show you how to easily change up your vibe, literally building from the ground up.

modern pink rug with black and white leather floor poufs. / sfgirlbybay

let’s start with Nordic Knots’ Modern rug in pink. this plush cut-pile rug is made with 100% new zealand wool for great quality and a soft feel, woven by hand so it feels nice under your feet. i love the early 20th-century swedish design that inspired this collection, and Nordic Knots designed it with the idea that it might become like a piece of art for your floor, giving your room a modern touch in a gorgeous shade of pink with black and white accents. i’ve paired it with my white sectional sofa, and a mix of white, pink, black and gray throw pillows and ottomans. and i’ve accessorized my white scandinavian-inspired saarinen coffee table with color-coordinated ceramics and books to give the room a whole new, cohesive look.

modern pink rug with black and white floor poufs and white coffee table. / sfgirlbybay

modern pink grid rug. / sfgirlbybay

nomad cream rug with tattoo inspired print. / sfgirlbybay

Nordic Knots’ newest design, Nomad in cream is one of my personal favorites, based on Scandinavian tattoo art. Nordic Knots co-founder Liza Laserow’s grandfather sailed the Nordic seas and growing up she found herself curious about the stories behind the tattoos on his weathered sailor’s arms. inspired by her childhood memories and the heritage of Nordic nomadic tattoos Nordic Knots has collaborated with renowned tattoo artist Erik Lööf of Stockholm Classic Tattoo Studio to create plush, super chic rug that looks perfect with a black and white themed room (it also comes in the really pretty sand which is a darker shade). to style around this color scheme, i added a stack of black coffee table books, natural and black accessories and changed out the art gallery for a much more graphic look with black & white photographs and vintage art prints. i’ve kept the prints on the pillows to a minimum to allow the tattoo design of the Nomad Rug stand out. the black leather chair and ottoman complete a really sophisticated, but fun look (who doesn’t love a little tattoo art?) and the rug makes the black and white books on my built-in shelving really pop.

white sectional sofa with black and white rug. / sfgirlbybay

cream and black nomad rug with tattoo inspired print. / sfgirlbybay

nordic knots black and white rug. / sfgirlbybay

black and white nomad rug from nordic knots. / sfgirlbybay

tattoo inspired nomad rug from nordic knots. / sfgirlbybay

black and white cross rug from nordic knots. / sfgirlbybay

love black and white, like i do? then you’re going to love the Plus Rug in charcoal & cream. it’s got a distinctly Scandinavian, classic design with a minimalist aesthetic — a great complement to the rest of your décor. for this look, i added a splash of mustard yellow to compliment the black and white pattern of the plus rug with a vintage yellow chair and a pop artwork gallery and then added a bright yellow velvet pillow. the accents on the coffee table are placed in a vintage yellow ceramic tray for another pop of color. every time i changed things up around my living room, i liked one look better than the other, but then again kept going back and forth! one space, but so many decor possibilities with these rugs as your base.

charcoal and white cross rug with yellow vintage chair. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring bohemian modern living room. / sfgirlbybay

black and white cross rug from nordic knots. / sfgirlbybay

black and white cross rug. /sfgirlbybay

modern pink rug from nordic knots. / sfgirlbybay

now let’s see the Modern Rug in pink in my office — it gives my office an inspiring burst of feminine color and pairs really well with my existing mid-century modern pieces like the case study daybed and magazine rack-coffee table. it’s looking swell with an oversized art print and pillows in pastels and especially stands out beautifully against white-washed hardwood floors, and i love the look of the black steel & glass cabinet paired with the pattern in the Modern Rug.

pink rug in home office. / sfgirlbybay

modern pink grid rug from nordic knots. / sfgirlbybay

home office with case study daybed and modern pink rug. / sfgirlbybay

cream and black print rug from nordic knots. / sfgirlbybay

last look! let’s see how i can completely change the look of my office when i swap out the Modern Rug in pink with the Nomad in cream, shall we? completely different, and i’d venture to say a more neutral or slightly masculine look. i’ve kept the look pretty minimal here, again letting the nomad shine as the statement piece that it is, with minimal black & white art, pillows and natural light wood furnishings. but you can see that the rug makes the exact same furniture look uniquely new, with just a bit of styling and changing out of the artwork and textiles. easy, right?! it’s your turn!

nordic knots nomad print rug. / sfgirlbybay

scandinavian tattoo inspired rug. / sfgrirlbybay

mid-century modern coffeetable and black and white rug. / sfgirlbybay

• This is a sponsored post in partnership with Nordic Knots and all words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep sfgirlbybay going with fresh content every day.

laguna cottage inspiration.
by victoria comment


frogtown home tour via take sunset. / sfgirlbyby

as per my previous post, i’m loading up the truck and moving to laguna beach. i’m actually kind of a weirdo about moving — even though i’m definitely a homebody, i really like moving to new places and having the chance to redecorate all over again. the packing part, not so much, but the unpacking and seeing how your treasures fit in a brand new space is really fun for me. in this case, the cottage is smaller, so i need to downsize quite a bit (stay tuned for some online sales and a yard sale soon!) and i also need to replace a few things, like my sofa which is too large, and i’ll need a cool new bookcase since i can’t take my built-in with me. but for me, that’s the fun part — hunting for new pieces to complete my home and make it my very own, uniquely ‘me’ space!

leanne ford's echo park cabin. / sfgirlbybay

i’ve been inspired by a few places and people — this gorgeous frogtown home, designer leanne ford’s golden touch and especially her little cabin in the big city project, and also serena mitnik-miller and mason st. peter’s incredibly beautiful topanga home. i want to keep the cottage pretty open and minimal and rather ‘wabi-sabi’ with lots of white and neutrals — slipcovered sofa and chairs (like these from elsie green), vintage rattan (i’m keeping my daybed for the guestroom!), sisal rugs and oversized paper lanterns. anyway, here’s a peek at what i’m getting inspired by at the moment. stay tuned for more!

whitewashed wabi sabi home inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

custom wood bookcase. / sfgirlbybay

open white kitchen shelves with ceramic dish collection. / sfgirlbybay

designer leanne ford's rustic modern echo park cabin. / sfgirlbybay

wabi sabi decor inspiration for laguna beach home. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: frogtown house photographed by lauren moore for take sunset; dining table inspiration via avenue lifestyle; Jamie Dietrich Designs Camel Feather Lamp; Chic Slipcovered Chair from elsie green; urban outfitter’s Mariella Multi-Hook; dining space inspiration via @anyeske; architectural digest; Connected Stripe Rag Rug from urban outfitters; sixpenny cotton linen white slipcovered gabriel sofa; sofa inspiration via lauren moorephotography for take sunset; lulu & georgia bartha rattan wall sconce; lulu & georgia bridgid lounge rattan chair and ottoman; guest room styling inspiration via another ballroom; Woven Natural Jute Rug from urban outfitters.

designer leanne ford's echo park cabin with vintage lantern lighting. / sfgirlbybay

light filled white bedroom with oversized paper lantern light. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed bedroom with vintage table lamp. / sfgirlbybay

beachy decor inspiration for laguna beach cottage. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: white smeg fridge via olivia thebaut; palm print from; vintage ratten chairs from super marché; st. frank black glass beads; vintage chair via hotel henriette; serena mitnik-miller’s bedroom; anthropologie Embroidered Lilou Quilt; todos palm print from laure joliet; urban outfitters bamboo beaded curtain; Noguchi Round Akari Pendant Lights.

paper lantern on chain hung from exposed beam. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed cottage with natural stone floors. / sfgirlbybay

all other photography credits in order of appearance: lauren moore photography for take sunset; leanne ford’s little cabin project; @maraserene dining table; custom built shelves via @maraserene; kitchen shelving; leanne ford interiors; leanne ford interiors; bedroom via @maraserene; in/out bedroom; leanne ford’s little cabin project; leanne ford interiors.