best of: embrace the funky.
by victoria comment


funky bohemian modern whitewashed interior with moroccan rug and vintage chairs. / sfgirlbybay

i love a great, unexpected, very eclectic and funky kinda vibe — that truly effortless european look with pairings you might not think of. but when you bring pieces home that you truly love i think you figure out a way to make them work, and these rooms do that perfectly. fill a room with vintage furnishings, and uniquely weird (in a good way) accessories and lighting, paired with almost gaudy prints and patterns and what you get is a fabulously kitschy, bohemian modern kinda mood. uniquely creative rooms that pair quirky layered looks take quite a bit of bravado to pull off, but we can do it, right? designers like leanne ford (i know, i’m a big fan girl) and kelly wearstler nail this look — each quite differently than each other, but still so good. so go on, grab that tacky gold wall sconce and don’t be ashamed to give it lots of love!

vintage brass floral wall sconce and gold print wallpaper. / sfgirlbybay

marble mantel with mix of vintage art and decor. / sfgirlbybay

proper hotel SF designed by kelly wearstler. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring funky home furnishings and interiors. / sfgirlbybay

european apartment with chandelier and vintage home furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

ornate gold wall metal art. / sfgirlbybay

ornate gold framed mirror. / sfgirlbybay

sunny living room with vintage furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring mix of vintage home decor and funky interiors. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed dining area with silver pedestal table and vintage wood chairs. / sfgirlbybay

ornate vintage light fixture. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern mix of home furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

large vintage chandelier in bohemian modern living room. / sgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: indoek; homes to love; design*sponge; @properhotelsandresidences; homes to love; @berlinstagram; milk decoration ; the socialite family; house of hipsters; Benjamin Ewing’s Rivulet Painting via tappan; @coco.kelley; Gio Ponti chair from Conti Contini Bonaccossi; overstock Hand-tufted Masquerade rug; sabon home; nuevo estilo; mikel irastorza interior design; leanne ford’s home by nicole franzen photography; the apartment dk; colin king interiors; in / out design blog; scroll metal wall art from tjmaxx; @basiukuli; cross wall embellishment from @jaivasicek; mikel irastorza interior design; @_numeroventi_; @sparrowandco; vintage brassy chandelier from super marché; divisare; milk decoration; neu.boheme; @carlaypage; in / out design blog.

best of: eclectic dining style.
by victoria comment


rustic vintage wood dining table and folding wood chairs in whitewashed dining room with painted white floors. / sfgirlbybay

when it comes to dining rooms, the more mismatched and eclectic for me all the better. it’s almost as if your dinner party grew organically and guests started arriving unexpectedly so you had to grab more chairs to accommodate the party — the more the merrier! i love a great mix of dining chairs around a beautifully unique table. or, maybe it’s outdoor chairs and folding chairs placed around a traditional farm table, it’s just so much more interesting me than everything matching perfectly and a heck of a lot more fun. these dining rooms give me that whimsical, happy feeling i get from not overthinking your space and instead, collecting and pairing chairs you love with a great dining table that means something special to you for a truly personal, unique look.

eclectic dining room with wood table and chairs. / sfgirlbybay

rustic wood dining table with mismatched dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring dining room with mismatched vintage dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

mismatched dining chairs inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

industrial black dining chairs with wood farm table. / sfgirlbybay

modern wood dining table with mismatched dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

wire frame mid-century modern dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

dining room with wood and pipe table and mismatched chairs and stools. / sfgirlbybay

loft space with mid-century modern inspired dining set. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern dining table with folding chairs. / sfgirlbybay

wood dining table with rattan and metal dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

vintage dining chairs and table. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: nicole franzen photography; freunde von freunden; homes to love; fontanaarte; milk decoration; blueberry home; behomm; @longingforlennon; giaco mototti photography; Vintage Thonet Chair from elsie green; @saarmanche; architectural digest espana; shanna shryne; French School Chair from elsie green; heju; vintage stella chair from super marché; @countyroadliving; freunde von freunden; the maryn; milk magazine; @kawa_heart_studio; @_numeroventi_; the design files; @shadedeggesphotography; domino.

best of: new wave of surf style.
by victoria comment


modern beach shack with freestanding black fireplace and white surf board. / sfgirlbybay

i can’t help myself — i just really love surf culture, i grew up with it and i find after moving to laguna that i’ve embraced it even more and brought lots of these beach vibes into my new home. but i try to think that it’s not the kitschy, colorful surf look you might come to expect from say, a 1950’s Gidget movie, but a more modern, new wave of surf style. there’s a little more sophistication to it, a blend of natural elements like palm fronds, slick black surfboards and bamboo. it still feels retro, but maybe just more grownup. here’s a look at what’s inspiring me right now — clean lines, vintage modern furnishings all pulled together with a fresh, but eclectic beach shack style. if you like this look, i highly suggest Nina Freudenberger’s book Surf Shack to help you get it.

whitewashed interior with vaulted ceilings and minimalist furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

vintage portrait painting and record player on modern cabinet. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern bedroom with wallpaper. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring modern interiors with beach vibes. / sfgirlbybay

rustic wood surfboard as wall decor. / sfgirlbybay

black and white interior with black marble surfboard as wall decor. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed sophisticated beachy interior. / sfgirlbybay

modern interior with vaulted ceilings. / sfgirlbybay

outdoor open air fireplace. / sfgirlbybay

modern eclectic beachy living room decor. / sfgirlbybay

stacks of dried sea coral. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring decor and interiors with beachy, surf vibe. / sfgirlbybay

exposed beamed ceiling in rustic surf shack. / sfgirlbybay

modern bedroom with chic beachy decor. / sfgirlbybay

modern desk area and shelves with beachy decor. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: in bed store; @kawa_heart_studio; nicole valentine; melissa kaseman photography; @_numeroventi_; santa monica proper hotel; west out east lounge chairs; i.d.f.c.; kendra alexandra; vestiariusium; the brick house; the design chaser; remodelista; @skyn.therapy; studio cd design; remodelista; the maryn; planete deco; @nataliewalton; home beautiful australia; Surf Shack book by Nina Freudenberger; Rodolphe Parente sculpture via milk decoration; @kawa_heart_studio; scrawny story; uncrate; @kumichan329; sabon home; billabong; remodelista; leanne ford interiors; plante deco; @evokethespirit; surfrider hotel via blissful blog; malibu surfrider hotel via blissful blog; colin king; surfrider hotel via blissful blog; @bestow_co.

best of: it’s only a paper moon.
by victoria comment


bedroom with tall ceilings and oversized vintage paper lantern lighting fixture having over bed. / sfgirlbybay

should you be looking for some 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. 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. after all, it’s only a paper moon.

paper lantern lighting in bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

paper lantern pendant light over dining table. / sfgirlbybay

white-washed rooms with paper lantern lighting. / sfgirlbybay

white paper lantern light. / sfgirlbybay

white paper lantern light fixture over dining table. / sfgirlbybay

white paper lantern lighting inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

unique shaped paper lantern lighting fixture. / sfgirlbybay

oversized white paper lantern light. / sfgirlbybay

white paper lantern light hanging from black chain. / sfgirlbybay

white paper lanterns in white-washed homes. / sfgirlbybay

white paper lantern in bohemian modern bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

hanging paper lantern lights. / sfgirlbybay

large white paper lantern light fixture. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: mister design; vartnya hem; light locations; l-e-a-b-o; @kawa_heart_studio; elle decoration ; restored by the fords via alexandra ribar; alt dk; mister design; accordion paper lanterns from the paper mart; light locations; light locations; rum; light locations; remodelista; the society inc. banks 120 lantern; Akari Light Sculpture from forage modern workshop; pop and scott; Washi Paper Lantern from nalata nalata; design*sponge; @kawa_heart_studio; the society inc. dampier paper lantern; light locations; anne black’s home via bobedre; vt wonen; elle decor south africa; sharyn cairns.

a little time out.
by victoria comment


laguna beach landscape with cacti and succulents and brick path. / sfgirlbybay

hey guys, i hope you’re all doing as well as can be expected under our current quarantine. i’m hanging in there, but haven’t been feeling great — it’s not corona-related — just a bad migraine-like headache and so it’s painful to wear my glasses and look at the computer screen. and so i’m going to dial back for the week. but, i’ve posted lots of “best of posts” based on what i thought might be helpful and inspiring for you this week. in the meantime, i’m laying low in my little cottage. they’ve closed the beaches and parks here in laguna, so i’m very grateful for our large backyard. stay safe, stay healthy and please stay home.

xo, victoria

vintage modern interior of laguna beach cottage of sfgirlbybay blogger victoria smith. / sfgirlbybay laguna beach cottage filled with vintage furniture and art. / sfgirlbybay

holiday magazines stacked on wood table with black and white photo in bamboo frame and vintage pottery. / sfgirlbybay

black vintage leather lounge chair in blogger victoria smith's laguna beach cottage. / sfgirlbybay

cacti and succulent lined brick walkway in backyard of laguna beach cottage. / sfgirlbybay

potted cactus and succulent in vintage vessels. / sfgirlbybay