when in paris.
by victoria comment

12/6/17

teal and red cafe tables and chairs in paris. / sfgirlbybay

my recent trip to france was simply smashing. the best part perhaps, was wandering aimlessly, mostly by myself in la marais and i couldn’t have been more content. i’d pick a random destination and google map my way there, stopping along the way anywhere that piqued my interest — my favorite way to travel. i feel like i see much more of what i want to see when i wander this way and discover things i might not normally find had i a ‘big plan’. for instance, i ran smack into Paris’ biggest brocante along rue de bretagne and around the Square du Temple in Upper Marais, or Haut-Marais. this flea market only happens twice a year in May and November, and if you’re heading to paris, i think it would an excellent idea to plan your trip around this most divine flea market. i found lots of little treasures, and that painting that i just couldn’t let go of. there’s everything from vintage furniture and accessories, to art and vintage clothing galore. i also stumbled upon a great little (quite literally, since it’s paris’s smallest cafe) spot for coffee and a pastry boot cafe, on rue du pont aux choux — a former cobbler and just adorable (cordonnerie just below). i thought i’d round up for you a few more of my new discoveries, and a few old favorite paris haunts.

blue and black cafe in paris. / sfgirlbybaysfgirlbybay guide to paris. / sfgirlbybaydoors and cafes in paris. / sfgirlbybay

i stayed at the hoxton hotel and can’t say enough nice things about this place. An elegant 18th-century residence in the 2nd arrondissement, i stayed there on my layover in paris (en route to shop the flea markets in lyon for fresh collections for super marché) and then when my business finished early in lyon i headed straight back to the hoxton for two more nights. it’s charming, friendly with an amazing and helpful staff, especially when you don’t speak much french. it’s got a bar & restaurant, tons of communal lounging/working space, and intimate speakeasy and a quaint cafe. the rooms are so cozy and impeccably decorated with amazing steel doors and a splendid bathroom with pretty tiles and brass fixtures — très élégant, but very affordable. each night you place a paper bag they provide you with outside your door and in the morning, magically fresh squeezed orange juice, a yogurt parfait and a banana appear. a vintage-inspired radio greets you as you enter the room with french lounge tunes. it’s the little touches that i love about a hotel that makes it feel like a home away from home — just lovely.

the hoxton hotel in paris. / sfgirlbybaycolorful chairs and green walls in the hoxton hotel paris. / sfgirlbybayteal bedroom walls and grid bedding at the hoxton hotel. / sfgirlbybaywindow treatments and throw pillows at hoxton hotel paris. / sfgirlbybay

along my wanders, i headed to an old favorite — merci, of course, which was charmingly decorated for the christmas season. in fact, most of the streets i strolled were decorated for the holiday season with illuminated banners and lights crisscrossing the streets in the old school way — just so merry! La rue Montorgueil in the Montorgueil-Saint Denis-Les Halles district was completely decorated and all the gourmet food and cheese shops and bakeries were ready for the holidays, too. florist shops all had christmas trees and pretty wreaths for sale out on their sidewalks. it’s the kind of place Parisians socialize while doing their daily shopping and a great place to pretend you’re a local. i hadn’t anticipated the festive atmosphere here and all around the city, so i must say if you can travel to paris at the holidays, do that to be pleasantly put in the christmas mood.

paris street scene at night. / sfgirlbybayparis bakery with mural and mirrors. / sfgirlbybayfrench cafes in paris. / sfgirlbybayvintage desk set with white flowers in paris. / sfgirlbybyarattan and bambo vintage furniture in paris. / sfgirlbybay

Le Marché des Enfant Rouges covered market is also a great stop, especially if you’re hungry or in need of fresh flowers. filled with fresh food stalls, fruit and vegetable vendors and local’s cafes and communal and counter dining, it’s as charming and as Parisian as it gets. also located on rue de Bretagne in le Marais, which was once the Jewish quarter, it’s been there since 1615, thus Paris’ oldest covered market which takes its name from the 16th-century orphanage that used to occupy the site — look for the inconspicuous green-metal gate and you’ve found it.

the streets of paris. / sfgirlbybay

also in le marais very near merci, check out bonton, a concept store for kids, but adults love it, too. i can never resist their photobooth for two euros and their children’s collection never cease to inspire me — it’s almost as if milk magazine has come to life in this adorable shop. i also visited paper tiger a darling stationery store with a Scandinavian vibe. be sure to stop in and pick a few pretty pouches, pens and journals. another beautiful shop i discovered was maison de vacances (they have a couple of locations) — a wonderful home decor shop with lots of moroccan accent pieces and gorgeous linens and pillows. also, le labo is a really cool little shop in the area for fresh fragrances, candles, and skincare. the french gent here was so kind and shared many a delicious scent with me. should you be getting peckish for yummy gourmet snacks (and the perfect picnic supplies) visit maison plisson. i stopped in for french mustard, olives and a baguette! until my next trip — au revoir!

billboard in paris. / sfgirlbybayyellow building in paris. / sfgirlbybayjet-lag cafe in paris. / sfgirlbybay

• all photography by victoria smith for sfgirlbybay.

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that golden light.
by victoria comment

12/5/17

golden-hued florals. / sfgirlbybay

when i was in paris, i couldn’t help but notice that it holds up to its reputation as the la Ville des Lumières — the city of lights. at around 4pm in the afternoon the entire city just glows and i couldn’t snap enough photos to capture all that precious light. it must have made an impression upon me too, because when i sat down to write a post this morning i found myself being drawn to decor that also emits that kind of glow — natural woods, leather, pops of golden textiles like linen and velvet peeking through and giving these rooms a warm and fuzzy feeling, perfect for toasting up these chilly winter months. i came back inspired to redecorate my living room around this glow (and a certain painting i picked up on the streets of paris) — i’ll be sharing very soon!

golden-hued leather chair. / sfgirlbybay golden pendant lamp. / sfgirlbybay golden hued decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay natural wood framed art collection. / sfgirlbybay sleek modern pendant lamp in white dining nook. / sfgirlbybay woven lampshade and nautral wood chairs. / sfgirlbybay golden hued wood floors and ceilings. / sfgirlbybay pops of golden hues in white room. / sfgirlbybay golden hues in artwork and wood frame. / sfgirlbybay eclectic room with golden hues. / sfgirlbybay golden hued artwork on white wall. / sfgirlbybaygolden hued leather sofa. / sfgirlbybaygolden hued wood rack. / sfgirlbybay natural living room decor. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: sophia moreno-bunge’s home via in bed store; trendspotting; fantastic frank; laure joliet photography; @apieceapart; studio oink; inside closet; Greta Recycled Leather Sleeper Sofa from urban outfitters; to-kamy; remodelista; trendspotting; design addicts; libertyn interiors; little circus diary; freunde von freunden; @kbergart; studio oink; @counter.space; freunde von freunden; remodelista; libertyn interiors; @kbergart; nicole franzen photography; Greta Recycled Leather Sleeper Sofa from urban outfitters; angela van der meulen; pampa furniture.

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on trend: dome lighting.
by victoria comment

12/5/17

black and white vintage lamp. / sfgirlbybay

i’ve been noticing a real resurgence of the flos snoopy lamp, and dome or mushroom lamps in general lately. the vintage snoopy lamp was originally designed by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1967 and has inspired many a variation. but i really love the original for that perky way it sits, just like our beloved snoopy cartoon character. the apartment dk had a special re-edition made and you can find them there from time to time. there’s also a new table lamp design by Belgian artist Jos Devriendt — his night & day ceramic lamp series is quite fetching, and so is the Night Owl Holz lamp from wunschlicht. i like this take on the dome lamp from west elm, and these schoolhouse electric wall sconces and sidnie table lamp, too. check etsy and chairish for 70’s vintage versions, as well.

black and white vintage snoopy lamp. / sfgirlbybayvintage snoopy lamp with marble base and black shade. / sfgirlbybayvintage lamp in teal and pink. / sfgirlbybayorange and white vintage snoopy lamp. / sfgirlbybay vintage gold lamp with modern abstract painting. / sfgirlbybayvintage pink and yellow mushroom lamp. / sfgirlbybay vintage gold wall sconce. / sfgirlbybayvintage white lamp on wood bedside table. / sfgirlbybay vintage white lamp in inspiring spaces. / sfgirlbybay black and white vintage lamp inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: uprise art; skandium; jotun nina; Belgian artist Jos Devriendt’s night & day ceramic lamps via sight unseen; flos snoopy lamp from the apartment dk; sidnie table lamp from schoolhouse electric; Belgian artist Jos Devriendt’s night & day ceramic lamps via sight unseen; trendspotting; Night Owl Holz lamp from wunschlicht; garpens; Night Owl Holz lamp from wunschlicht; wunschlicht; schoolhouse electric Allegheny wall sconces;

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