color story: calming neutrals.
by victoria comment

2/22/21

color story: calming neutrals / sfgirlbybay

today’s color story is all about simple style and a soothing color palette — graceful rooms that aren’t too cluttered and allow you to find inspiration all around you, and perhaps outside of your norm. the more time i spend at home during this pandemic, the more i want a less cluttered life, and i find myself wanting to purge unnecessary knickknacks and being a collector, this is really hard for me, but i also feel a little bit burdened by too much stuff. so here’s to a simplified color scheme and calm, serene rooms, one and all, and here’s hoping we are able to leave our comfort zones soon, are kinder to one another, and truly find peace and a sense of well-being this year.

minimalist modern dining room with line drawing poster by mette handberg via hege in france. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern dining room furnishings and decor. / sfgirlbybay

color story: calming neutrals / sfgirlbybay

neutral and modern minimalist home decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

image credits, l to r: artwork via OLIVIA JEFFRIES ARTWORK; lynda gardener’s home via hunter & folk; beamed ceiling in bedroom est magazine; Terrazza sofa set VIA siton vintage; lamp somos bonjour; bedroom nook vella magdaline; matchbook by lea freni; corner fireplace linda ngoc nguyen; Dried Palm Leaf WEST ELM; artwork by jean cocteau poetry foundation; gold-rimmed dish via somos bonjour; ANISSA KERMICHE Breast Friend ceramic vase.

whitewashed interior with vintage portrait painting collection leaning on wall. / sfgirlbybay

sherpa button tufted sofa in eclectic vintage modern space. / sfgirlbybay

color story: calming neutrals / sfgirlbybay

oversized artwork over bed with sleek upholstered headboard and linen bedding. / sfgirlbybay

daybed with vintage throw pillows and simple upholstery in whitewashed room. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern interior inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

image credits, l to r: lynda gardener’s home via hunter & folk; type treatment via @theculturedkid; round sectional sofas via MODEDAMOUR; bedside lamp via @acqui_turk; andy warhol via @shopkristinit; dining room by COLIN KING; fireplace via milk decoration; bentwood stools; loft alcove from @atelier.ellis; corner chair from light locations; armadillo & co. palermo rug; ANISSA KERMICHE Body small ceramic candlestick; Katrin Bremermann artwork.

whitewashed minimalist modern bedroom with beachy woven raffia lighting fixture. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern bedroom with rustic exposed beam ceiling and unique headboard. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist interior with dried coral on whitewashed mantle. / sfgirlbybay

• remaining photography credits in order of appearance: bedroom via architectural digest espana; my scandinavian home; LINE DRAWING POSTER BY METTE HANDBERG via hege in france; dining room sabon home; palm via maison palmé; lynda gardener’s artwork via hunter & folk; spaulding credenza from croft house; fuzzy sofa via @galerie_half; bedroom by colin king; daybed via milk decoration; rattan bedside lamp via @cmstudio; hollie bowden’s bedroom via est living; fireplace via est magazine.

friday finds.
by victoria comment

2/19/21

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

hi guys, how’s everyone holding up? i’m feeling a tad fragile these days and am just hoping this pandemic is over soon! i need to travel, good company and converstion, and lovely meals out on the town. just a little in-person social interaction, please. but in the meantime, here we are, making the best of it and today’s friday finds feel a little bit like i’m trying to embrace the cozy aspects of staying home. i’m fortunate to have a lovely home to hide out in and i’m trying to make the most of that. here’s wishing you a wonderful weekend in your own homes.

xo, victoria

  1. this has to be one of the most incredible home libraries i’ve yet to see. that circular window and the way it opens out to such a beautiful view, the eames lounger, and all those delicious books just waiting to be read! i could spend days here. the whole home tour on in bed is pretty inspiring.
  2. i adore everything about this sweet little spot from @sumner_shop, a los angeles-based shop that specializes in stunning 20th century rare and unique antiques. this mirrored vanity is typical of their beautiful finds.
  3. can you imagine having this inspiring studio space to create art in? photographed by salva lópez it’s the studio space for contemporary Spanish artist Miquel Barceló in mallorca. the entire room is fab, but that ceiling is just too stunning.
  4. how about hunkering down for a delicious dinner in this cozy nook? it’s almost cave-like with its weathered patina but made wonderfully inviting with all those lovely cushions. apparently, it’s from a beautiful house in Mecklenburg, the ‘Alte Schule’ (The Old School) in Rensow, germany from @obsoleteinc.
  5. a fireplace within a fireplace? yes, please! the always brilliant interior designer leanne ford (yes, i keep sharing her work — yes, i’m an uber-fan) made this dreamy fireplace situation come true in a small echo park cabin. for the full tour, head to this post of mine from a few years ago.
  6. and yes, it’s a 2 for 1 — yet another fireplace from leanne. this one is a whimsical, storybook home she redesigned in santa monica canyon. i’d just about kill for a stone fireplace like this one. and i love how she offset all those rustic vibes with a disco-ball-looking pendant lamp. juxtaposition of the best kind.
  7. this is a super inspiring little credenza collection to study for future projects. there are so many interesting elements it may take you a while to dissect, but it will be worth it. from the very interesting artwork to the beautiful books, busts and sculptures it’s just fantastic.
  8. originally a warehouse for shoes, this dreamy space was given new life as the new york loft of my dreams by designer Daniela Jacobs of arc objects. one can only dream of ceilings this high and decorating around those fantastic architectural pillars. sigh, one day perhaps.

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: cervo’s nyc.
by victoria comment

2/18/21

wear this there cervo's nyc. / sfgirlbybay

today on wear this there, we’re hunkering down in some warm but very fashionable fuzzies and heading to new york’s lower east side. to cervo’s specifically — a lovely Portuguese Wine Bar in Manhattan serving up Mediterranean-inspired dishes with loads of fresh seafood and tasty small dishes — like warm olives with lemon zest, oysters on the half shell and Manila clams with vinho verde — and naturally some sourdough bread to soak it all up. it’s super chilly this time of year in NYC so we’re layering up and we’re going to fit right into cervo’s cozy decor in a fun yellow Puff-Sleeved Coat, oversized fuzzy sweater belted over the classic new york tee, and we’re sassing this somewhat slouchy look up with some well-fitting jeans and some great looking boots. don’t forget your scarf and beanie! while they’re shucking your oysters catch up on this can’t-put-it-down book, conversations with friends another wonderful read by author sally rooney — at a local poetry performance one night, two friends meet a well-known photographer, and as they’re then gradually drawn into her world, they become reluctantly impressed by the older woman’s sophisticated home and handsome husband. emotional mayhem ensues

wear this there cervo's nyc. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there cervo's nyc. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: Sarabeth Puff-Sleeved Coat; free people New York City Tee; madewell Perfect Vintage Jean in Ainsworth Wash; free people We The Free Montage Tall Boots; free people Varsity Metallic Socks; read this there conversations with friends by Sally rooney; Anthropologie Marcie Reading Glasses; baggu Fabric Mask Set; Janessa Leone Piper Beanie; Núnoo Ellie Veggie Shoulder Bag; Madewell Brushed Oversized Plaid Scarf; cos BRUSHED ALPACA-WOOL MIX CARDIGAN.

wear this there cervo's nyc. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there cervo's nyc. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there cervo's nyc. / sfgirlbybay

shelfie inside cervo's nyc. / sfgirlbybay

menu and decor details at cervo's. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there cervo's nyc. / sfgirlbybay

rustic colorful tile inside cervo's nyc. / sfgirlbybay

tile and olive green beadboard inside cervo's dining room nyc. / sfgirlbybay

the bar at cervo's nyc. / sfgirlbybay

wood walls inside cervo's in nyc. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring colorful decor inside cervo's nyc. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of cervo's nyc. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via remodelista and the infatuation.

keeping calm.
by victoria comment

2/17/21

white bedroom with floral pillows. / sfgirlbybay

i suppose i’m feeling some lingering love in the air — romantic vibes leftover from valentine’s day out there in the atmosphere. there’s also a lot going on in the world that’s a little unsettling, and i’ll be honest i’m feeling a whole lot of ennui of late. in fact, it’s my favorite word to explain the downside of what we’re experiencing with covid and self quarantining. and sometimes that just makes me wanna crawl under the covers and wait it out. someplace serene with super soft sheets — a pretty place to lay my weary head. i love these rooms because they’re just that and they’re all about the bed. spare and sublime — the perfect place to get away from it all. i hope you’re all doing well, and i honestly hope we get our vaccines and are able to happily hop out of bed soon! no better time to keep calm and try and carry on.

white bedroom with books. / sfgirlbybay

white bedroom with pink roses. / sfgirlbybay

white bedroom with mirror. / sfgirlbybay

white bedroom with black sconce lamps. / sfgirlbybay

white bedroom with florals. / sfgirlbybay

white bedroom / sfgirlbybay

white bedroom with floral pillows. / sfgirlbybay

white bedroom with floral bedspread. / sfgirlbybay

white and pink bedding and decor. / sfgirlbybay

white bedroom with mirror. / sfgirlbybay

floral arrangement and bohemian bedroom decor. / sfgirlbybay

white bedroom with headboard. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits in order of appearance: my paradissi; ramblings of a red head girl; kind of luxe; casa del caso; these tings take time; architectural digest; magic linen; @cannellevanille; desire to inspire; summer adams; architectural digest espana; house and leisure; chameleon; mint + varnish; architectural digest; erica tanov; 1888, by Sharon Core; rebecca atwood’s living with Color, Texture, and Print at Home; architectural digest espana; magic linen.

inspiration comes in many forms.
by victoria comment

2/16/21

inspiration boards, collages and mood boards / sfgirlbybay

i love seeing other creative people’s inspiration or mood boards almost as much as i love creating ones of my own. it’s like looking at someone’s bookcase — you get another glimpse into their soul. there’s no better way to capture your vision, whether it be interior design, fashion, photography, or graphics than curating images that resonate with you together as a collection or an artful collage. i keep design journals, too, and love looking back to see my changing tastes over time — and often how they don’t change all that much at all. even what you stick up on your fridge can spark some ideas inside you. gathering colors, shapes, and images that inspire you and keeping them within your eye-line can really help motivate your creativity and often even turn into actual art. with all this self-quarantining it’s really the perfect time to work on a project like this for yourself whether it’s visualizing a brand new you, or it’s new home decor. as much as i love gathering online inspiration on instagram, pinterest or creating one in photoshop, i still love a good old fashioned collage or mood board of what i’m currently inspired by. here’s a glimpse of some boards currently inspiring me. i think i’ll work on one this week.

inspiration boards, collages and mood boards / sfgirlbybay

inspiration boards, collages and mood boards / sfgirlbybay

inspiration boards, collages and mood boards / sfgirlbybay

inspiration boards, collages and mood boards / sfgirlbybay

inspiration boards, collages and mood boards / sfgirlbybay

inspiration boards, collages and mood boards / sfgirlbybay

inspiration boards, collages and mood boards / sfgirlbybay

inspiration boards, collages and mood boards / sfgirlbybay

inspiration boards, collages and mood boards / sfgirlbybay

inspiration boards, collages and mood boards / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: sfgirlbybay; design*sponge; free people blog; emma’s design blogg; Carlota Marquina; Lee McKenna Collage; @parade.pimlico.pearl; @nathanwilliams; sight unseen; josh young design house; sight unseen; My Decor Prints; @nathanwilliams.