a little news and a big move.
by victoria comment


laguna beach cottage front porch. / sfgirlbybay

i have some very exciting (at least for me!) news! as you may have seen on my instagram, i’ve made the decision to sell my echo park home and move to laguna beach! i love my home so much, but it’s a lot for me to maintain on my own, and i initially moved back here to care for my ailing mum, and ever since she passed away last year, i’ve been contemplating a move back to someplace near the sea. i really miss living near the ocean and my walks with lucy along the beach, so after spending some time in laguna beach i started to hunt for a little rental cottage. i want to try a new chapter and renting for a year is the best option for me to do that — to see if i like living there and if it’s a good fit. and it’s only an hour and a half from L.A. so not too far that i can’t visit my friends and them to come for a beach retreat! so, without further ado, here’s a sneak peek at my little casa laguna. it’s currently furnished, but i’ll be renting it unfurnished and making it my own little sanctuary. check my next post for my inspiration! oh, and if anyone is interested in my house, it’s not listed yet, but will be in a couple of weeks, and you can reach out to my realtor rob kallick at take sunset. cheers to new beginnings!

rounded yellow front door. / sfgirlybay

laguna beach cottage home tour. / sfgirlbybay

potted succulents in side yard of laguna beach cottage. / sfgirlbybay

laguna beach cottage home tour. / sfgirlbybay

friday finds.
by victoria comment


rustic painted white brick mantel. / sfgirlbybay

this may come as a bit of a surprise to you, but i’ve been strongly considering selling my echo park home and moving to the beach. as i get older, i dream of a slower life and specifically one near the water. i think it’s just in my roots, since my dad was a beach lover and we spent every weekend at the ocean. i’m actually headed out today to look at a couple of cottages in laguna beach so i’ve been seeing surf vibes in my brain, thinking about what a life seaside might be like and today’s friday finds are all about that kind of vibe. i’ll keep you posted! have a dreamy weekend, everyone.

xo, victoria

  1. @kendrasmoot and her fabulous home have always been an inspiration to me. it’s very vintage-inspired with just the right amount of surf vibes thrown in making it the perfect northern california hideaway.
  2. this white-washed home in portugal photographed so beautifully by @montedapalmeira has all the right stuff — it instantly feels serene and has me dreaming of creating a minimal, zen little spot like this.
  3. i love this unique kitchen cabinetry with its mesh cabinet doors, sharing just a peek of the colorful collection of pottery and kitchen accouterment. quite a charming look indeed — and i love the splash of blue glasses and yellow serving pieces.
  4. i’ve recently become a big fan of vintage crochet and this little laundry line just made me happy. lately, we’ve been finding vintage crochet throws at the flea markets in france and hand-dying them black for bed throws for a dramatic and different twist.
  5. this beautifully styled capture by photographer lauren bamford just oozes summer vibes. it makes me want to fix up the perfect outdoor picnic and dine al fresco. check out her entire portfolio for some really inspiring photography.
  6. this beautifully calm space is owned by @mimchou_. and if you love it like i do, a cup of jo featured her entire home, so pop on over there if you’d like to see more of this really beautiful copenhagen home.
  7. apartment therapy recently featured this tiny house and it couldn’t be more charming. i’m not sure i could pare down enough to live in a tiny home, but i love the incredibly challenging concept of living with less.
  8. when we were in italy i fell in love with all the beautiful striped beach umbrellas, so i love this photography by chantal anderson of beach umbrellas on the italian rivera. if you’re looking for a cute beach umbrella, try both kerry cassill and sunday supply.

this white-washed home in portugal. / sfgirlbybay

white mesh kitchen cabinetry. / sfgirlbybay

white vintage crocheted laundry hanging on the line in french riviera. / sfgirlbybay

sunlit meal of melon with prosciutto. / sfgirlbybay

@mimchou_.'s whitewashed apartment via a cup of jo. / sfgirlbybay

vintage-filled tiny house via apartment therapy. / sfgirlbybay

sandy beach in italy with colorful chairs and umbrellas. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: holiday café.
by victoria comment


holiday café in paris. / sfgirlbybay

we’re quite literally heading out on holiday today, hopping over to paris for a café crème at this very stylish little spot, the holiday café, brought to you by than none other than the folks behind holiday magazine. i love their sweet black & white awning and outside rattan café chairs and i quite fancy the idea of sitting here having a leisurely coffee and pain au chocolat while perusing cereal’s city guide to paris. we’re dressing up but dressing down, if you get my drift — because this is paris afterall and you want to look chic, but not trying too hard, so we’re pairing a little black slip dress with a sheer knit top, flat strappy sandals and surfer cool stussy bucket hat. bring along a cute tote bag, too, just in case you plan on hitting the flea market on your way home.

holiday cafe in paris. / sfgirlbybay

outfit inspired by holiday cafe in paris. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: cos black dress with strand-twisted cord straps; cos textured knit sheer black top; ATP Atelier Rosa Leather Sandal in Black; Stüssy Langley Shiny Bucket Hat; read this there Cereal City Guide: Paris; loeffler randall resin hoop earrings; UMA OILS Pure Bliss Wellness Oil; clare v. half zip wallet in black & cream stripes; CULT GAIA Blanda Acrylic Bangle; loeffler randall lola hair clip set; madewell The Reusable Canvas Tote; madewell Adrian Sunglasses in golden pecan.

holiday cafe business cards. / sfgirlbybay

holiday cafe exterior in paris. / sfgirlbybay

spa water at holiday cafe in paris. / sfgirlbybay

modern dining banquette at holiday cafe in paris. / sfgirlbybay

wood dining table and chairs at the holiday café. / sfgirlbybay

modern interior of the holiday café, france. / sfgirlbybay

the holiday café black and white exterior. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed interior of the holiday café in paris. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by romain laprade, liliin wonderland and holiday café.

picture this: fruit for thought.
by victoria comment


photograph of melons in the sun. / sfgirlbybay

summer is my favorite season to eat! especially because the fruits in season this time of year are the ones i love to eat — peaches, cherries, nectarines and watermelon — when it’s hot out these are my go-to’s, but they have a short growing season so i eat ’em like crazy. so for this week’s picture this, i thought why not find fruit with a bit more permanence? fruit for your walls, so to speak! i find these images so cheerful and full of color — i think they’d look smashing displayed as a collection around our kitchens. so without further ado, i give you fruit for thought.

fruit on paper photograph. / sfgirlbybay

pineapples art print. / sfgirlbybay

colorful fruit artwork. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: charles ingman still life SEEDLESS #7 via neon fruit supermarket; liana jegers’ farmers market drawings; Apricot & Lines art print by marisol ortega; oranges art print by Anna Roberts from tappan collective; day 1369 art print by studio proba; artist emma gale; olle eksell’s art print Loranga Dubbelt så gott; artist liana jegers; DAY 1066 art print by studio proba; Pomelo & Lines art print by marisol ortega; artist emma gale; mellow fruit art print by andria lo.

fruit on whitewashed backdrop. / sfgirlbybay

sunlight image of peaches on celine blanket. / sfgirlbybay

fruit on branches photographed on green backdrop. / sfgirlbybay

oranges on pink backdrop. / sfgirlbybay

pink floral arrangement and tablescape with fruit. / sfgirlbybay

colorful painting of melon. / sfgirlbybay

• all other credits in order of appearance: jacob reischel’s last days summer; artist sarah blais via it’s nice that ; pineapples art print by anna roberts from tappan collective; fruit study on canvas (IV), 2013 by adam kremer; celine peaches by @nikki.cruz; photographer Viviane Sassen via ignant; Good Luck Citrus art print by andria lo; potluck via behance; Purple Melon art print by Léa Maupetit.

the designers: katarina rulinskaya.
by victoria comment


industrial chic glass enclosed kitchen. / sfgirlbybay

i have a ‘thing’ for glass-enclosed spaces, and this one in particular in Warszawa, Poland really captured my attention. designed by Katarina Rulinskaya, it’s a very industrial chic looking space, but with a very soft, soothing vibe. i think the pale, gray-blue and green color palette she’s chosen and the vintage inspired mural-like wallpaper really helps to balance the harder edges of the steel and glass doors that lead to both the kitchen and the bathroom. i just found it all very uniquely beautiful. for a look at more of her work, visit Katarina Rulinskaya on Behance.

home in poland designed by Katarina Rulinskaya. / sfgirlbybay

gray-blue wall treatment and glass doors designed by Katarina Rulinskaya. / sfgirlbybay

blue cabinets with green tile backsplash and marble countertops. / sfgirlbybay

blue kitchen cabinetry. / sfgirlbybay

apartment in poland designed by Katarina Rulinskaya. / sfgirlbybay

chic living room designed by Katarina Rulinskaya. / sfgirlbybay

glass enclosed kitchen designed by Katarina Rulinskaya. / sfgirlbybay

bathroom with wallpaper tree mural designed by Katarina Rulinskaya. / sfgirlbybay

industrial chic bathroom designed by Katarina Rulinskaya. / sfgirlbybay

Katarina Rulinskaya via behance.