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.

a bohemian home in barcelona.
by victoria comment

1/28/20

bohemian modern kitchen in photographer coke bartrina's barcelona home. / sfgirlbybay

how’s this for a beautiful, bohemian home? this kitchen alone had me at hola! this beautiful home in Barcelona belongs to the very talented photographer coke bartrina, whose photos are always inspiring to me, so it’s no surprise that he’s got a great eye for home design details, too. the very inviting color palette, the floors, the white-washed coved ceilings are all stunning, but it’s the unexpected eclectic vintage-modern mix that i fell in love with.it’s rustic, but with contemporary flair, and i also spy a wes anderson book on his pretty bookshelves that’s a favorite of mine, so it’s clear we’re kindred spirits. for more inspiration, you can follow ©cokebartrina on instagram.

industrial modern lighting in photographer coke bartrina's kitchen in barcelona. / sfgirlbybay

modern dining nook in photographer coke bartrina's home in barcelona. / sfgirlbybay

barcelona based photographer coke bartrina's modern living room with velvet sectional, sisal rug and mid-century modern coffee table. / sfgirlbybay

white bench styled with record player, vinyl, potted plant and woven baskets. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring modern living room in barcelona home of photographer coke bartrina. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring shelfie inside photographer coke bartrina's barcelona home. / sfgirlbybay

wood shelves and decor inside photographer coke bartrina's modern barcelona home. / sfgirlbybay

wall desks and bookshelves in photographer coke bartrina's modern barcelona home. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring design details inside coke bartrina's modern home in barcelona featured by architecural digest espana. / sfgirlbybay

coke bartrina's modern bedroom in spain as featured by architecural digest espana. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by coke bartrina for architecural digest espana.

a tour of my laguna cottage.
by victoria comment

1/27/20

bohemian modern laguna beach cottage of blogger victoria smith photographed by bonnie tsang. / sfgirlbybay

good day! and welcome, at long last to a tour of my laguna cottage! i was lucky enough to have my talented friend, photographer bonnie tsang out to the house and she took the loveliest photos — so apologies that it’s photo-heavy because i had a difficult time editing them down! and, i wanted to give you a sense of the place and how it’s laid out. it’s a 1929 casita and not large — probably about 800 square feet, with two bedrooms (one of which is my guest room / office), a large living room, one bathroom and a funky little kitchen — and lots and lots of outdoor space including a lovely veranda. so, i’m going to kind of take you room by room and share some of my resources with you. when i sold my L.A. house, i also sold it mostly furnished, and this place is smaller so it was time to redecorate. i’ve partnered with some of my favorite brands to decorate the new space  — i reached out to them because i love what they all do and was excited to have their pieces in my new home. and if you’re interested, you can see some of my original inspiration for decorating in this post. okay, on with the tour!

eclectic laguna beach cottage of blogger victoria smith. / sfgirlbybay

first up, the living room. i wanted kind of a modern, but bohemian beach cottage feel and i got really eclectic with it. nothing too matchy-match here, for sure! i got a super cosy white slipcovered sofa from sixpenny. it’s their petite 72″ gabriel sofa, and it’s ideal for this small space. the white vintage linen pillows are from elsie green. i brought my amazing black leather milo Baughman lounge chair by jason koharik from my old home — jason repurposes vintage treasures and is a true artist at it, so check out his one of a kind collections. i bought the 1950’s Franco Albini Rattan Shell Chair and the steel & glass industrial display cabinet from chairish — also an excellent resource for pre-loved pieces. i found the george nelson bubble lamp on etsy. the palm frond fell from the trees on my property and i snatched it up! i highly recommend foraging for natural objects for your home.

laguna cottage with white sixpenny sofa and large black vintage bookcase with drawers from chairish. / sfgirlbybay

i desperately needed storage for all my books since i no longer have my built-in bookcase, and found this beautiful black adora bookcase at lulu & georgia. it’s so fabulous and so practical too with the glass-enclosed bookshelves and hidden cabinets below. my Saarinen coffee table can be found at yliving. i decided to layer up my rugs, so the sisal rug is from wayfair (i got a sisal runner for the hallway there, too) and the beautiful moroccan rug on top is from heja home — their collection of rugs is gorgeous and vast and come in such a pretty color palette. the throw on the sixpenny sofa is a weighted blanket in sea salt from sheltered co. and so calming and comfy! i’ve had the black dresser forever, and it was from my mum’s old antique shop. all of my curtains are the white Cotton Canvas Grommet Curtain from West elm.

white sixpenny sofa with white weighted blanket from sheltered co. and white vintage Saarinen coffee table. / sfgirlbybay

vintage george nelson bubble lamp and collection of vintage treasures on a window sill in victoria smith's laguna cottage photographed by bonnie tsang. / sfgirlbybay

this is a crazy collection of mine, mostly vintage from all over. the large head is actually supposedly a puppet form for singer anne murray and i got it from american garage on instragam. jason tauritz has a killer eye so follow him for great vintage finds he posts from time to time. the soapstone figurines are from maven collective in portland, another online source for vintage treasure and she’s always posting new collections on instagram, too. the bentwood stools are from rejuvenation’s vintage collection — maybe you didn’t even know they have a great vintage selection, but it’s a wonderful resource so check them out, too.

black vintage bookcase and black leather vintage chair with bentwood stool. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring vintage decor inside blogger victoria smith's laguna beach cottage. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern cottage of blogger victoria smith located in laguna beach photographed by bonnie tsang. / sfgirlbybay

eclectic laguna beach cottage of blogger victoria smith. / sfgirlbybay

the petite 1960’s rustic dining side table is also from chairish and the seagull dining chairs are from elsie green. the artwork is all found pieces from the flea market, and the rattan lamp is an etsy find. the throw blankets on my white Franco Albini Rattan Shell Chair are from jayson home, another favorite online shop for home decor accents. again, the mid-century modern bentwood stools are from rejuvenation’s vintage collection.

vintage furniture and art in small space dining area. / sfgirlbybay

vintage george nelson bubble lamp and eclectic vintage furniture inside blogger victoria smith's laguna beach cottage. / sfgirlbybay

you sentimental idiot' art print by rikkianne van kirk. / sfgirlbybay

a lot of my vintage collections are flea market and Etsy finds, but i also love st. frank for collectibles, like my black glass beads, which i’m kind of obsessed with lately. quite a bit of my artwork, like ‘you sentimental idiot’ is by rikkianne van kirk – one of my favorite artists.

inspiring vintage home decor inside blogger victoria smith's laguna beach cottage. / sfgirlbybay

white rattan shell chair from chairish inside blogger victoria smith's laguna beach cottage. / sfgirlbybay

vintage flea market art collection on rustic wood side table. / sfgirlbybay

vintage wood bowl, ceramic jug, string of shells and flea market art styled in laguna beach cottage. / sfgirlbybay

vintage metal side table and ceramic jug in home of sfgirlbybay blogger victoria smith. / sfgirlbybay

vintage metal lantern on black dresser in entryway of sfgirlbybay blogger victoria smith's laguna beach cottage. / sfgirlbybay

black beads on white rope in black dish in sfgirlbybay blogger victoria smith's laguna beach cottage. / sfgirlbybay

white sixpenny sofa in blogger victoria smith's laguna beach cottage photographed by bonnie tsang. / sfgirlbybay

vintage trinkets and decor inside victoria smith's laguna beach cottage. / sfgirlbybay

close-up image of vintage black bookcase photographed by bonnie tsang in blogger victoria smith's laguna beach home. / sfgirlbybay

vintage decor styled on glass shelves inside black metal cabinet. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern guest room and home office inside blogger victoria smith's laguna beach cottage. / sfgirlbybay

okay — now for the guest room / home office. the vintage rattan daybed is from elsie green, my partner at super marché and i’ve got a similar daybed in stock right now. the vintage thonet chairs are craigslist finds, but elsie green carries them quite often, too. the beautiful area rug is from arroyo abode and again the sisal rug beneath it is from wayfair. the bamboo table lamp is from etsy and the large japanese paper lantern is from bunkado (a great shop in L.A.’s little toyko). the vintage shelf above the daybed is from jayson home.

rattan table lamp and vintage decor on rustic wood table in blogger victoria smith's laguna beach cottage. / sfgirlbybay

guestroom with rattan daybed and vintage metal shelf and hanging paper lantern light. / sfgirlbybay

vintage bentwood chair with caning and stack of magazines. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring vintage decor and furnishings in victoria smith's laguna beach cottage photographed by bonnie tsang. / sfgirlbybay

wood catch-all bowl and framed art prints leaned against wall on sunlit table. / sfgirlbybay

vintage painted metal shelf styled with art print and small ceramics. / sfgirlbybay

sfgirlbybay blogger victoria smith's home office in laguna beach. / sfgirlbybay

my desk is another chairish find — it’s a 19th Century French Saw Horse/Trestles Table and makes for a nice big desk! the Matisse poster print is from american posters and the read instead print is from book shop. more artwork here from rikkianne van kirk and leigh wells, another favorite bay area artist. the daybed mattresses and pillows are from laguna beach shop lala from kerry cassill.

matisse poster and framed art prints in home office on vintage sawhorse desk. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed guestroom with daybed, indigo dyed throw pillows and metal wall shelf. / sfgirlbybay

paper lantern lighting fixture in sunny whitewashed guest room with rattan daybed. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed guest room in blogger victoria smith's laguna beach cottage. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed bedroom in blogger victoria smith's laguna beach cottage photographed by bonnie tsang. / sfgirlbybay

okay, on to my bedroom! the armoire is an antique from forever ago, the bamboo mariella hooks are from urban outfitters. the Vintage Distressed Oushak Rug is from chairish, again over a wayfair sisal rug.  my headboard is a white slipcovered iris headboard from shabby chic, and the frame is shabby chic’s florence platfrom bed. i have the most comfortable new mattress i’ve ever slept on and it’s from LUMA Sleep — honestly, it’s soft, but not too and the best i’ve ever slept. the duvet cover and shams in white are from bella notte (who’s having a warehouse sale and donating 300 of their products to families in recovery from the devastating California Fires), and the white crochet throw is vintage from super marché. my big beautiful george nelson bubble lamp is also from rejuvenation’s vintage collection, as is the white vintage metal chair in the corner. the painting over the bed was a find from a street brocante in paris that i carried all over the place — planes, trains, and automobiles until i finally brought it home.

whitewashed bedroom of sfgirlbybay blogger victoria smith in her laguna beach cottage. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed bedroom in sfgirlbybay blogger victoria smith's laguna beach cottage. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern bedroom of sfgirlbybay blogger victoria smith in her laguna beach cottage photographed by bonnie tsang. / sfgirlbybay bamboo wall rack from urban outfitters with shopping totes and scarves. / sfgirlbybay

george nelson bubble light in bohemian modern bedroom of blogger victoria smith's laguna beach cottage. / sfgirlbybay

vintage george nelson bubble lamp in blogger victoria smith's laguna beach cottage bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

blogger victoria smith's bohemian modern laguna beach cottage photographed by bonnie tsang. / sfgirlbybay

painted portrait paintings reflected in bathroom door mirror. / sfgirlbybay

vintage bathroom in blogger victoria smith's laguna beach cottage. / sfgirlbybay

vintage jewelry dish in bathroom. / sfgirlbybay

vintage painted portraits in laguna beach cottage bathroom with vintage white tile floors. / sfgirlbybay

blogger victoria smith's laguna beach cottage photographed by bonnie tsang. / sfgirlbybay

now out to the veranda — the vintage sofa is from chairish and i had it reupholstered by revitaliste. the big chinese basket is from jayson home and it’s filled with blankets and throws for all those chilly nights. the vintage wallpaper table used to be in my entry, but now it holds all my plants and it’s from Anthropologie.  the vintage french bistro table is from Elsie green and the wicker dining chairs are from allmodern.

bamboo sofa upholstered by rejuvination and vintage chinese basket. / sfgirlbybay

sfgirlbybay blogger victoria smith's laguna beach cottage with sunny veranda. / sfgirlbybay

sfgirlbybay blogger victoria smith's laguna beach cottage with yellow french doors out to sunny veranda. / sfgirlbybay vintage bamboo sofa upholstered by rejuvination on laguna beach cottage veranda. / sfgirlbybay laguna beach cottage veranda with wicker dining chairs and vintage metal table. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern kitchen in victoria smith's laguna beach cottage photographed by bonnie tsang. / sfgirlbybay

and last but not least, my funky little kitchen! the barstools are the Sunwashed Backless Riviera Counter Stools from serena & lily, the Vintage German Roll Down Chart is from chairish. the black & white graphic When life gives you lemons art print is from hotel magique, and the vintage bamboo wine rack is from chairish.

vintage modern kitchen decor inside victoria smith's laguna beach cottage photographed by bonnie tsang. / sfgirlbybay vintage modern kitchen decor inside victoria smith's laguna beach cottage photographed by bonnie tsang. / sfgirlbybay rattan wine rack in vintage modern kitchen inside victoria smith's laguna beach cottage. / sfgirlbybay

woven bamboo stools from serena & lily at kitchen counter with vintage tile countertops in victoria smith's laguna beach cottage photographed by bonnie tsang. / sfgirlbybay

Sfgirlbybay has accepted product in trade partnership with the following brands and all words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep sfgirlbybay going with fresh content every day: bella notte linens; sixpenny sofas; lulu & georgia; luma sleep; shabby chic; heja home; jayson home; and st. frank.

• photography by bonnie tsang.

friday finds.
by victoria comment

1/24/20

homewares shop, taller silvestre, photographed by coke bartrina located in madrid, spain. / sfgirlbybay

happy friday, everyone! i hope you’ve got some fun weekend plans! i’m excited because i have a house guest, which means i get to show her around beautiful laguna. it’s laurie, founder of elsie green, my partner in super marché so it’s always so inspiring to get together with her and brainstorm new ideas. this week’s friday finds have me inspired too, so i hope some of them rub off on you as well. have a beautiful saturday and sunday — the very best days of the week!

xo, victoria

  1. i love everything about this beautifully tiled space — it’s taller silvestre photographed by coke bartrina, a charming homewares shop in madrid, spain. if you’re not traveling there any time soon, you can shop online, but i’m putting this beautiful place on my must-visit list.
  2. how pretty is this incredible bespoke lighting fixture photographed by nicole franzen? i’d love to create something like this for myself. it’s probably beyond my diy skillset, but a girl can dream.
  3. this is such an inspiring and eclectic living room from the line nyc. it’s not an actual living room, though but instead the interior of their beautiful new york showroom which they continuously change up.
  4. i love the mood of this wallpapered room and these gorgeous vintage wall sconces from nomibis, an online antique shop in reims, france — definitely a shop after my own heart!
  5. these are the most fabulous chairs. one could even say they are ‘totally tubular, man’. sorry i couldn’t resist, but i do love a grand vintage chair!
  6. this is such a pretty little dining nook. i have a big crush on those gorgeous vintage italian mirrors and the rattan bistro chairs are perfectly charming. throw in that beautiful wall color and it’s perfect.
  7. i’m a sucker for any kind of glass cabinets and these charming kitchen shelves are perfect. again, i love the color they’ve painted the inside of the cabinets and the way they make this vintage collection pop is really lovely, too.
  8. i really love @doitbutdoitnow’s eclectic kitchen with its dried eucalyptus branch hanging front and center and those pretty paper lampshades, too. the shelving is really great, too. functional but oh-so-charming.

bespoke lighting fixture photographed by nicole franzen. / sfgirlbybay

eclectic living room designed for the line nyc showroom. / sfgirlbybay

room with wallpaper and vintage wall sconces from nomibis antique shop in france. / sfgirlbybay

leather and chrome vintage chairs in eclectic modern living room. / sfgirlbybay

charming dining nook with vintage rattan bistro chairs and collection of vintage italian mirrors. / sfgirlbybay

white and glass cabinets with painted insides and vintage collection inside. / sfgirlbybay

@doitbutdoitnow's eclectic kitchen with dried eucalyptus. / sfgirlbybay