the romantic boudoir.
by victoria comment

8/9/22

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

i’m not sure why i was so drawn to sharing these romantic bedrooms, or i should rather say boudoirs, with you today, but i am feeling a little dreamy as i put together this blog post. sometimes your thoughts lead you where your subconscious is already hanging out. or, maybe i’ve just been very influenced by my brief time in france, with high-ceilinged bedrooms and beautiful crown molding. anyway, i digress — i’m just feeling very inspired by these kinds of romantic and really ornate feeling bedrooms. they’re mostly rather maximal, with vintage touches that help create a very cozy vibe. lovely textiles like layered throws, pillows, bedding, and warm pink shades create a very appealing place to lay your head at night. definitely dream-worthy, romantic boudoirs.

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: bedroom designed by claire crosbie; anthropologie Luxe Linen Blend Pillow; John Robshaw Aarna Lotus Decorative Pillow Cover; fireplace mantel with candles by salvo lopez photography; ceramic vessel by southway studio; vintage bedroom mirror by @marieolssonnylander; let’s stay in bed by cass sersemis; bedroom via apartment therapy; Indian Kantha Quilt Handmade Bed Cover from Savitri Creations; striped bedding via bungalow classic; Santo Sospir villa via miss moss; curtained bedroom by salvo lopez photography; New Handblock Indian Kantha Quilt from Handmade Kantha Hub; lipstick mirror bisous; french linen bedding from i love linen.

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: cassien nicholas interiors bedroom; COCO & WOLF Love Birds and Floral Stencil Super King Duvet Cover Set from liberty of london; canopied bed via digital museum; oh c’est la vie type by maddy nye for designlovefest; COCO & WOLF Mitsi Valeria and Wiltshire Bud Frill Edge Pillowcases from liberty of london; berber lodge from archi lovers; anthropologie Block Print Cotton Cushions; vintage bedroom mirror by @marieolssonnylander; bedroom by the lavender ghost; striped bedding via aged and gilded; bedroom fresco from fantastic frank; Indian Block Print Leaf Kantha Quilt from handmade india; anthropologie Organic Percale Printed Sheet Set; Turkish Rug from the rug co.; Santo Sospir villa via miss moss; jayson home Vintage Suzani Pillow.

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

decorating the romantic boudoir / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits: click on the image which will take you to its original source. in the case of my collages, the links are listed just below clockwise from left to right.

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille.
by victoria comment

8/8/22

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

my feet may be on the ground in America and my jet lag is waning, but my mind is still very much in france. but, as always it’s good to be home, cuddle my sweet mutt frances and get back to business — especially with quite a lot of fresh inspiration under my belt. travel does that for me every single time, and i’ve got a great round-up of paris recommendations coming your way as soon as i can get all my many photos together. so today, while i am back home we’re already armchair traveling back to france, the South East of France specifically to drop into @40_rue_de_languille, the gorgeous airbnb designed and run by Clotilde Vente, a very talented french interior designer who also sells her vintage finds online. the holiday rental is in Luberon near a low mountain range that extends from East to West between the Alpes de Haute Provence and the department of Vaucluse near the city of Avignon and within reach of wonderful lavender fields, Provençal markets, flea markets, cicadas singing, and visits to the local nearby villages. @40_rue_de_languille is located in a charming building dating from the 19th century but given new life by clotilde, and located in the heart of the old town, with access to all kinds of shops from patisseries, to cafes and markets, not to mention the vintage decor shops which are quite close to the apartment. naturally, i’m inspired to return as soon as possible. you can see more about this beautiful cottage and make reservations here or on airbnb. until then, follow @40_rue_de_languille and @clotildevente on instagram for more.

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @40_rue_de_languille an airbnb in southern france / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of @40_rue_de_languille.

best of: friday finds.
by victoria comment

8/5/22

friday finds travel special / sfgirlbybay

i don’t know about you, but  i’m armchair traveling an awful lot — browsing assouline’s beautiful travel books as they are thought-provoking and travel-inducing as well as a beautiful addition to any coffee table. and i just binge-watched ewan mcgregor’s long way up apple tv adventure series which put me into major journey envy (not to mention his charm is just so watchable!). so today’s friday finds are all about globetrotting. happy friday everyone! and i’ll be back from paris and return to regular posting on monday!

xo, victoria

  1. venice, italy is one of my favorite places on the planet. not the touristy bits but the smaller neighborhoods where locals hang out. i’ve never made it to burano there yet so i’m longing to get back and visit those colorful, watery streets. oh, and don’t miss the peggy guggenheim museum, either. my most favorite museum ever.
  2. lake como is another spot high on my list to visit in italy. and not to run into resident george clooney, of course. i just want to see that incredible lake in person, perhaps linger all day with a picnic, some rosé, and a great read. maybe i’ll get an invite (in my dreams). by the way, always have your passport current — you never know what travel opportunities might wing your way.
  3. this adorable ‘Va Tutto Bene’ tote bag is the perfect bag to have at our sides no matter where in the world we’re shopping. but i can picture this cute bag on my arm as i leisurely stroll through a european farmer’s market for the freshest fruits. can’t you?
  4. this lovely blog song of style has some great recommendations for getting off the beaten path in paris (and loads of other cities, too). that’s my very favorite part of travel really — getting off the grid and pretending i live in a city and living as much like a local as possible.
  5. petite passport is another of my very favorite travel blogs. she always finds (and photographs beautifully) the best places and i’ve used her recommendations countless times, from lisbon to barcelona and beyond. this review of a new spot in paris, pianoterra looks like a must-visit. she also has wonderfully handy downloadable PDF’s of city travel guides.
  6. another wonderful travel resource is Emily Nathan’s tiny atlas quarterlythe website, quarterly journals, instagram feed and travel book feature travel photography from an abundance of talents like this photo by @zephyrineartois and are all so inspiring. if they don’t get you packing a bag, i don’t know what will.
  7. swedish photographer anna malmberg is another amazing photographic resource for getting yourself geared up and excited for travel. her images never fail to give me destination ideas. i’d love to enjoy an al fresco dinner party at this beautiful outdoor table, for instance. wouldn’t you?
  8. another place i’m aching to visit is morocco, and Riad Jardin Secret in Marrakech specifically. i’ve been ogling photos of this dreamy spot on instagram for ages, so perhaps on my next super marché shopping trip to france we’ll pop over to morocco on the way home. one can dream! and to dream in this lovely guest room? yes, please!

friday finds travel special / sfgirlbybay

friday finds travel special / sfgirlbybay

friday finds travel special / sfgirlbybay

friday finds travel special / sfgirlbybay

friday finds travel special / sfgirlbybay

friday finds travel special / sfgirlbybay

friday finds travel special / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits: click on the image which will take you to its original source.

best of: Hôtel des Académies et des Arts paris.
by victoria comment

8/4/22

wear this there: Hôtel des Académies et des Arts paris / sfgirlbybay

well, we’re jetting back to paris again for this week’s wear this there — at least in a bit of armchair traveling, but we’re visiting somewhere quite new. we’ll be spending the weekend at the very charming hotel des academies des arts. it’s an extremely artsy boutique hotel — incredible ceiling FRESCOES CREATED BY THE ARTIST FRANCK LEBRALY ADORN THE CEILINGS OF THE LOBBY and some of the rooms, and as guests of the hotel we can attend live drawing classes across the street at the Academie De La Grande Chaumiere — c’est très gentil! their workshop café is a place of community and conversation — as Travelers, we’ll cross paths with students from the Academy of Arts located opposite and exhibiting artists in the hotel. such a well-designed hotel and their website is equally stylish all beautifully photographed by beniot linero — i love this city walks webpage they’ve so kindly set up. we’re going to mix and match again, beginning with our favorite jeans and french Bensimon sneakers, paired with a classic cotton blazer and tank top worn with a sunhat, layered baubles, and bandana. for the evening we’re going to slip into a sweater dress, worn with a crochet shrug and some comfy, but chic sandals to take all those walks they’ve outlined for us. i’ve included some girlie pj’s for when you finally wind down for the day and suggest reading hotel du lac by anita brookner. it tells the story of edith hope, who writes romance novels under a pseudonym but when her life begins to resemble the plots of her own novels, edith flees to Switzerland, where the quiet luxury of the hotel du lac promises to restore her to her senses but instead attracts the attention of a worldly man determined to release her unused capacity for mischief and pleasure. i loved it!

wear this there: Hôtel des Académies et des Arts paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: Hôtel des Académies et des Arts paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: alex mill Boy Blazer in Cotton Linen; frances valentine Canvas Fringe Hat in Natural; mango Ribbed knit top; mango Crocodile effect Belt; The Jacksons Planet B Jute Tote; Anthropologie Crochet Cape; Anthropologie Shades of Sea Triple-Layer Necklace; Ray-Ban Essentials Square Sunglasses; free people Nightfall Sleep Shirt and sleep pants; Gucci Vernis À Ongles Nail Polish in 212 Annabel Rose; read this there hotel du lac by anita brookner; clare v. Cognac Perf Suede clutch; JENNI KAYNE Sleeveless Sweater Dress; anthropologie Open-Toe Buckle Sandals; j.crew mid-rise vintage slim-straight jean in Catskill wash; levi’s COTTON SILK BANDANA; Bensimon Women’s Romy B79 Femme Sneakers.

wear this there: Hôtel des Académies et des Arts paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: Hôtel des Académies et des Arts paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: Hôtel des Académies et des Arts paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: Hôtel des Académies et des Arts paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: Hôtel des Académies et des Arts paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: Hôtel des Académies et des Arts paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: Hôtel des Académies et des Arts paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: Hôtel des Académies et des Arts paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: Hôtel des Académies et des Arts paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: Hôtel des Académies et des Arts paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: Hôtel des Académies et des Arts paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: Hôtel des Académies et des Arts paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: Hôtel des Académies et des Arts paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: Hôtel des Académies et des Arts paris / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of beniot linero for hotel des academies des arts and @hoteldesacademiesetdesarts_.

best of: on trend: wood paneled kitchens are where it’s at.
by victoria comment

8/3/22

best of: on trend: wood paneled kitchens are where it's at / sfgirlbybay

whether it’s a mid-century modernist’s dream come true or a little bit more on the rustic cabin vibe, i’m seeing a whole lotta wood-paneled kitchens around the Internet and in design magazines these days. and it’s a really interesting mix of a Scandinavian meets Japanese design aesthetic and i gotta say i quite like it. with the right architecture, it has a very clean, but inviting and warm vibe. and the built-in cabinetry is certainly functional but oh so pretty and i’m having some very nostalgic flashbacks to my childhood home’s kitchen counters and barstools, too — it’s where i learned to cook by osmosis, watching my mom do her culinary magic while i did my homework. add some big open windows or glass slider doors and it feels almost like inviting the outside right inside and you’re cooking up your meals in a treehouse before you know it. i’ve rounded up some looks i love along with some kinda groovy kitchen accouterment to get the look.

on trend: wood paneled kitchens is where it's at / sfgirlbybay

on trend: wood paneled kitchens is where it's at / sfgirlbybay

on trend: wood paneled kitchens is where it's at / sfgirlbybay

on trend: wood paneled kitchens is where it's at / sfgirlbybay

photo credits clockwise from l to r: from the book Norwegian Wood: The Thoughtful Architecture of Wenche Selmer by Elisabeth Tostrup; the home of tom bonauro via rue magazine; linen tea towels from the future kept; GATHERING CUTTING BOARD AND TASTING SPOONS BY ITZA WOOD from bloomist; shelving by @merchantmodern; Sagler wooden dish rack; Russel Wright kitchen cabinetry via hudson woods; plywood kitchen shelving via the design files; vintage portable picnic bar from super marché; kitchen bar with stools via lili in wonderland; Natural Wood Nesting Measuring Cup Set from world market; kitchen shelving with white tile from the modern house; by japan Koizumi Glass Hoya Glass and Leather Coffee Pot.

on trend: wood paneled kitchens is where it's at / sfgirlbybay

on trend: wood paneled kitchens is where it's at / sfgirlbybay

on trend: wood paneled kitchens is where it's at / sfgirlbybay

on trend: wood paneled kitchens is where it's at / sfgirlbybay

on trend: wood paneled kitchens is where it's at / sfgirlbybay

photo credits clockwise from l to r: built-in kitchen shelving via one kind design; Wire Utensil Jar from anthropologie; wood shelving with yellow teapot by object style; DARK WALNUT BELL VASE from bloomist; kitchen counter and barstools via architecture now; vintage wooden vessel from super marché; SKAGERAK FIONIA TRAY from bloomist; Sinclair Pepper Grinder from anthropologie; built-in shelf and slate wood ceiling via home adore; wooden spoon collection via lush home; ONE LOVE HOLISTICS PALO SANTO BUNDLE from bloomist; japanese-inspired shelving by @femte.til.venstre; mid century modern kitchen via the design files; Neat Method Acacia Cabinet Riser from anthropologie.

on trend: wood paneled kitchens is where it's at / sfgirlbybay

on trend: wood paneled kitchens is where it's at / sfgirlbybay

on trend: wood paneled kitchens is where it's at / sfgirlbybay

on trend: wood paneled kitchens is where it's at / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits: click on the image which will take you to its original source. in the case of my collages, the links are listed just below clockwise from left to right.