scouting around: cassandra ellis.
by victoria comment

2/4/20

stylish european home styled and photographed by london designer Cassandra Ellis. / sfgirlbybay

sometimes through the internet, there’s this weird melding of worlds colliding for me. i see something about an artist, designer, or photographer and then suddenly they just keep serendipitously popping up all over for me. and when that happens, i find myself wanting to know more, so i go scouting around — such is the case with london designer Cassandra Ellis. recently i featured this instagram account without really realizing that Cassandra Ellis and @atelier.ellis were one and the same — silly me. as a designer she transforms older victorian homes into charming renovated spaces i’d love to live in and she also makes gorgeous handmade paint to help create your own beautiful backdrops for home. so, i’ve discovered much more beauty from her simply by hunting around — for instance, i love theses spaces featured on remodelista and design*sponge, and i found out she’s written a few books, as well — like home sewn and Cloth: 30+ Projects to Sew from Linen, Cotton, Silk, Wool, and Hide to name just a couple. never underestimate the power of a little investigating online — it can lead you down a rabbit hole of discovery to so many more creatively inspiring people, places and things!

european home styled and photographed by Cassandra Ellis aka @atelier.ellis on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern home with natural wood floors and white mushroom lamp photographed by european home styled and photographed by Cassandra Ellis aka @atelier.ellis on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring vintage home decor photographed by cassandra ellis. / sfgirlbybay

european home with vintage modern mix of decor photographed by cassandra ellis. / sfgirlbybay

vintage blue painted cabinet hung above vintage cafe table and chairs. / sfgirlbybay

modern dining room with steel and glass ceiling and vintage wood dining table and chairs. / sfgirlbybay

simple hallway with small framed painting above vintage radiator photographed by cassandra ellis. / sfgirlbybay

modern space with black steel framed glass windows and vintage mix of decor photographed by cassandra ellis. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen with vintage modern mix of decor photographed by cassandra ellis. / sfgirlbybay

modern kitchen with steel framed glass doors and vintage rug and white smeg refrigerator. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern kitchen with metal utensil bucket, ornate wall sconce and wood countertops. / sfgirlbybay

brick fireplace half painted white in rustic modern home with vintage furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

bedroom with vintage furnishings photographed by bedroom with vintage modern mix of furnishings photographed by Cassandra Ellis aka @atelier.ellis on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

bedroom with vintage modern mix of furnishings photographed by Cassandra Ellis aka @atelier.ellis on instagram. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via Cassandra Ellis; @atelier.ellis; remodelista; and design*sponge.

curves in all the right places.
by victoria comment

2/3/20

santa monica proper hotel dining nook with curved sofa and pink table and cluster lighting fixture. / sfgirlbybay

i love a good curve, whether it’s an attractive architectural arch or a spectacularly secluded built-in niche, perfect for hiding out. it’s popular these days to add a curve here and there, and i think it may be that kind of mystery a well-placed arch can add to a room, and it’s even trending in artwork, wallpaper and furniture these days, too — for instance, i love a great modular sofa. curves are always more interesting than plain old corners and straight angles, so i went on the hunt for some curvey inspiration to share with you – here are just a few of my favorites.

curved circular walls inside arco santi cafeteria. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed space with arched design details. / sfgirlbybay

arched sitting nook in whitewashed minimalist modern space. / sfgirlbybay

black and white spaces with curved home decor, artwork and furniture. / sfgirlbybay

stairwell with arched doorway and circle window at arco santi in arizona. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist whitewashed spaces with with arched nooks. / sfgirlbybay

modern space with tiled floors and curved walls and arched ceiling. / sfgirlbybay

curved design details inside proper hotel in santa monica and black curved wood chain sculpture. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed space with built-in curved nook with curved white sofa and curved glass coffee table. / sfgirlbybay

arched dining nook with curved sofa and modern wood table inside proper hotel in santa monica. / sfgirlbybay

circle nook with open shelving at the general store in san francisco. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed bedroom at riad 42 minimalist modern boutique hotel in morocco. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: santa monica proper via taylranne; @arcosantiarizona via @sarahshermansamuel; interior design addict; Leonard Cohen’s retreat via @beau_traps; veranda; bungalow classic; Alexander Calder Sans titre via /jjujii; isometric chair via inmod; elle decor; masha miteva acryclic on paper via keep it simple; architectural digest france; Pablo Palazuelo via artnet; bolaget; velvet my soul; @pierre.yovanovitch; her side poster print via the poster club; rachel saunders ceramics; @arcosantiarizona; Michael Wolk Design; georgia o’keefe’s new mexico home via moon to moon; @cokebartrina; Riad 42 in Marrakesh, Morocco via design finder; santa monica proper via taylranne; ariele alasko; greige design; santa monica proper by @kristine.lo; general store, san francisco; riad 42 via design finder escapes.

friday finds.
by victoria comment

1/31/20

beautifully styled fireplace mantel with vintage framed mirror. / sfgirlbybay

Welcome to the weekend, friends. it’s been a long week and i for one am ready for some downtime. i’ve been reading a ton, and if you’re ever interested in what i’m reading, you can find my reading list on good reads. if you’re not a member (and it’s free), i highly recommend it for keeping track of what you’re reading, what your friends recommend and just a beautiful place for book lovers. anyway, as we head into the weekend i just wanted to share that with you. and now onto this week’s friday finds — a pretty vintage-inspired mix this week. have a restful weekend!

xo, victoria

  1. i love everything about this beautifully styled fireplace mantel — from the distressed vintage mirror to the unique collection of old pottery and framed prints — it’s all just so perfectly proportioned.
  2. this fireplace styling from australian-based photographer marnie hawson is spot-on perfect too. and who would think to place a tiny mannequin in the non-working fireplace? it’s so unexpected and fun.
  3. i like this unique collection of artwork and accessories featured on thou swell via elle decoration. i always like prints that are hung without frames (even hung by washi-tape) but i’ve never had the guts to do it. until now — i think i’ll try it in my home office studio space.
  4. i’m a huge fan of the fine little day, and this new woman poster by artist Isis Maakestad from fine little day shop is a great one. i may have to add this to my art collection.
  5. if you love this beautiful dining room, then you might like to look into prop stylist heather bullard’s photo styling masterclass. she’ll be adding more US locations to her calendar so have a gander.
  6. a wingback chair is traditionally, well, a bit too traditional for me. but this deconstructed wingback chair is really uniquely special. makes me almost start dissecting some of my furniture and checking out what the guts look like!
  7. this portrait and vintage lamp from @materiadesigns is right up my alley. you know i love a great vintage portrait painting, and i’ve got a new batch arriving from france next month for super marché.
  8. this is a very pretty sneak peek at the plant society’s new outpost and guesthouse in Paddington, Sydney via the design chaser. it’s also a destination for plants, planters and home goods, so check it out.

fireplace styling from australian-based photographer marnie hawson. / sfgirlbybay

unique collection of artwork and accessories featured on thou swell via elle decoration. / sfgirlbybay

woman poster by artist Isis Maakestad from fine little day shop. / sfgirlbybay

beautiful dining room designed by prop stylist heather bullard. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed living with vintage modern mix of decor and deconstructed wingback chair. / sfgirlbybay

portrait and vintage lamp from @materiadesigns. / sfgirlbybay

the plant society's new outpost and guesthouse in Paddington, Sydney via the design chaser. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: anahí.
by victoria comment

1/31/20

anahi parisian bistro designed by the talented duo of Humbert & Poyet. / sfgirlbybay

ready? we’re jetting off to the city of lights today, quite literally in this restaurant, because it really glows with gold. we’re headed to anahí, an old parisian bistro with cracked-porcelain-tiled walls (filled with gold!) — an iconic cafe that’s been reborn. think cafe chairs gilded in bronze and lots of shiny points of light, including their ornate painted ceiling. you’ll constantly feel yourself glowing in this really good light. this south American steakhouse is so sophisticated, right down to those gleaming vintage church candelabras in the windows, designed by the talented duo of Humbert & Poyet who contributed to the revival of anahí cafe with subtle touches of elegance and modernity. we’re getting into the spirit of the place and getting our fancy on, with a shimmery sequin skirt balanced out with a chic sheer black turtleneck over a sexy bra paired with a pair of low black boots. and we’re gonna toss a Leopard faux-fur coat over our shoulders just in case of chill. while we await our friends at the bar, i suggest reading a few pages from the luminaries by Eleanor Catton — a tale of the gold rush boom and bust — perfect for this gilded locale. it’s a brilliantly constructed, fiendishly clever ghost story and a gripping page-turner.

inspiring interior of anahi parisian bistro designed by the talented duo of Humbert & Poyet. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there outfit recipe inspired by anahi parisian bistro designed by the talented duo of Humbert & Poyet. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: j.crew Leopard faux-fur coat; Rachel Comey Malmo Top; j.crew Satin-bow paillette sequin skirt; Atelier by Vagabond Lydia Sport Boot in Black; Pavé vintage-inspired daisy chandelier earrings; O.P.I black onyx Nail Lacquer; Lebon Fearless Freedom Natural Whitening Toothpaste; read this there the luminaries by Eleanor Catton; clare v. bisous wallet clutch; j.crew Solid opaque tights; Scojo New York Jardine Place Reading Glasses; cos black patterned mesh bra.

gold tiled dining room inside anahi parisian bistro designed by the talented duo of Humbert & Poyet. / sfgirlbybay

porcelain tiled dining room with gold painted cracks inside anahi parisian bistro designed by Humbert & Poyet. / sfgirlbybay

gold candelabras inside anahi parisian bistro designed by Humbert & Poyet.  / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of anahi parisian bistro designed by Humbert & Poyet. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of anahi parisian bistro designed by Humbert & Poyet.  / sfgirlbybay

mirrored walls and gold candelabras at anahi parisian bistro designed by Humbert & Poyet. / sfgirlbybay

gold painted cracks in porcelain wall tile at anahi parisian bistro designed by Humbert & Poyet. / sfgirlbybay

gold tiled dining room within anahi parisian bistro designed by Humbert & Poyet. / sfgirlbybay

green and white floral arrangements in windows at anahi parisian bistro designed by Humbert & Poyet. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of anahi parisian bistro designed by Humbert & Poyet. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of anahi parisian bistro designed by Humbert & Poyet. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of anahi parisian bistro designed by Humbert & Poyet. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of anahi parisian bistro designed by Humbert & Poyet. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of anahi parisian bistro designed by Humbert & Poyet. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via anahi and trendland.

instagram worthy: @arnaudmontagard.
by victoria comment

1/29/20

tree with pink flowers in front of brick building with vintage neon sign photographed by @arnaudmontagard via instagram. / sfgirlbybay

this week’s instagram worthy feed is just a little bit different, and honestly, that’s what i love about it. @arnaudmontagard sees the beauty in the mundane and captures it with such a beautiful eye. french photographer arnaud montagard now resides in brooklyn, new york and the way he sees americana is just so inspiring to me. his photographs depict the things we see every day but there’s so much beauty and light in them that they feel almost alive and his tonality is simply stunning. they remind me very much of one of my favorite painters, edward hopper. have a look at america through the talented eyes of frenchman @arnaudmontagard, and if you like what you see, check out his available art prints.

man wearing at hat reading on a ferry photographed by @arnaudmontagard via instagram. / sfgirlbybay

empty diner interior photographed by arnaud montagard. / sfgirlbybay

diner with pink dining tables and condiments photographed by empty diner interior photographed by arnaud montagard. / sfgirlbybay

vinatge pink and white diner sign photographed by arnaud montagard. / sfgirlbybay

exterior of diner with vintage sign and canopy photographed by arnaud montagard. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring americana photography by arnaud montagard. / sfgirlbybay

vintage theater with rita sign photographed by arnaud montagard. / sfgirlbybay

man wearing a hat sitting in a green booth photographed by arnaud montagard.  / sfgirlbybay

modern in and out milkshake versus old school vintage milkshake in glass on diner table. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring images photographed by @arnaudmontagard via instagram. / sfgirlbybay

vintage pink motel sign photographed by @arnaudmontagard. / sfgirlbybay

vintage pink motel and retro neon sign. / sfgirlbybay

ombre green retro dining booth and retro diner printed tabletop. / sfgirlbybay

bell court motel vintage sign photographed by arnaud montagard. / sfgirlbybay

small pink retro diner table with blue chairs photographed by arnaud montagard. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by @arnaudmontagard.