color story: sage.
by Chelsea Jackson comment


sage green wall color inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

I have a confession to make: my newest color obsession is brought to you courtesy of all of the beautiful sage-colored pumpkins cluttering my social feeds right now. I just can’t get enough of the muted, frosted green color and everything that comes in it. From green gourds to light-toned olive walls in every room, I’m finding myself drawn to all things botanical-inspired and green.

Do you love the hue too?

xx, chelsea

frosted sage green gourds for halloween. / sfgirlbybay

sage green wall color in vintage modern bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

sage green decor and clothing. / sfgirlbybay

sage green decor and accessories. / sfgirlbybay

sage green button-down blouse. / sfgirlbybay

green fringed blanket. / sfgirlbybay

zimmerman sage suede saddle bag; st. agni miyo mule in olive; ahlem sunglasses; odetta three-drawer dresser via anthropologie; case for making watercolor paper; urban outfitters serena duvet cover; 31 chapel lane irish tea towels; anthropologie felted sage boater; lauren prairie blouse in moss via fine life co.viciously cid.

sage green bathroom wall tile. / sfgirlbybay

sage green high-waisted trousers. / sfgirlbybay

sage green chair cushions. / sfgirlbybay

sage green decor and fashion. / sfgirlbybay

wall hanging with sage green sipped yarn. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: dadaa; oh joy!; cote maison; zingara collection; studio baby bird; paloma wool; elsa billgren; Shannon McGrath via Architectural Digest Germany; chandra fox; chad mellon; mango spain; residence magazine; elle decoration; the detrich blouse via reformation; luke caldwell.

a stay at the hotel san cristóbal.
by victoria comment


hotel san cristóbal pool. / sfgirlbybay

last week as you may have seen on instagram i took an amazing trip to hotel san cristóbal in the beautiful place that is todos santos in Baja California. In addition to the fishing community that’s the mainstay of modern life here, the area around Todos Santos is a rich farmland that evolved from sugarcane crops to a diverse source of avocados, chilis, papayas and much more. hotel san cristóbal has carved out a beautiful little oasis here, down a winding dirt road that lands you in a virtual peaceful paradise for lovers of sand, surf and sea.

entrance to hotel san cristóbal in todos santos. / sfgirlbybay

mexican blanket pillows at hotel san cristóbal. / sfgirlbybay

just about 2-1/2 hour plane ride from los angeles, todos santos is a relatively sleepy town, and unlike the flashier cabo san lucas, is a place to come, chill and be one with the ocean. at least that’s what i did, reading a total of three books poolside, all the while feasting on margaritas, and san cristóbal’s excellent mexican tapas from the pool bar — like fish tacos, ceviche, guacamole, queso and daily specials that kept me one happy camper — all served by the friendliest staff who generously allowed me to practice my spanish with them. there’s also an excellent restaurant, benno with amazing fresh seafood and more amazing mexican and Mediterranean fare. and just a few minutes down the highway is the charming town of todos santos, with taco stands, art galleries, gift shops, mezcal and gourmet food shops — so be sure to pop into town, too. i went into town for just a couple of hours, so i highly suggest checking out designlovefest’s post with loads of great suggestions for good food and shopping.

design details at hotel san cristóbal. / sfgirlbybay

cozy corner in lobby at hotel san cristóbal. / sfgirlbybay

there’s also plenty to do around the hotel, too — salsa, surfing classes, yoga in their beautiful chapel, pottery and cooking classes and a weekly bonfire on the beach complete with s’mores — it all depends on just how busy you want to be. i wanted to be utlra lazy and got my wish with no protests (the beauty of traveling solo). it was quiet, just the end of offseason, but the weather couldn’t have been more perfect — lovely warm (80-90 degree-ish) with a nice ocean breeze and plenty of kerplunks into the pool and floating in those pretty pink donuts that are the perfect accessories to all that ocean blue.

outdoor patio at hotel san cristóbal. / sfgirlbybay

todos santos' hotel san cristóbal. / sfgirlbybay

hotel san cristóbal is part of the bunkhouse group and the sister hotel to other pretty places to stay like hotel san josé and hotel saint cecilia in austin, texas, the phoenix hotel in san francisco and el cosmico in marfa, texas to name just a few. all designed beautifully with aesthetic-loving interior junkies in mind. tireless attention to detail and a commitment to creating authentic culture have earned bunkhouse properties a unique place in the hearts and minds of those of us who visit. oh, and did i mention, dogs are welcome? at hotel san cristóbal you’re usually greeted by cash, the hotel dog host extraordinaire. the gorgeous striped robes only add to the decor, as do the colorful bedspreads and amazing tile floors and showers. everything is white-washed and modern, and yet fits into the desert landscape that is todos santos perfectly. oh, and if you happen to be looking for the ideal place to wed, i can’t think of a more romantic location. i can’t wait to see you again soon, hotel san cristóbal.

beachside hotel san cristóbal in mexico. / sfgirlbybay

white-washed walls at hotel san cristóbal. / sfgirlbybay

cacti outside hotel san cristóbal. / sfgirlbybay

pink wall and ceramic light fixture at hotel san cristóbal. / sfgirlbybay

poolside at the hotel san cristóbal. / sfgirlbybay

woven beach hat on bed at hotel san cristóbal. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring design details at hotel san cristóbal. / sfgirlbybay

pink mexican blanket on bed at hotel san cristóbal. / sfgirlbybay

yellow gold throw blanket at hotel san cristóbal. / sfgirlbybay

robes and wall tile in bathroom at hotel san cristóbal. / sfgirlbybay

sunset by the pool at hotel san cristóbal. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior and exterior at hotel san cristóbal. / sfgirlbybay

hotel san cristóbal pool area. / sfgirlbybay

cacti by the ocean in todos santos, mexico. / sfgirlbybay

pool deck at the hotel san cristóbal in todos santos. / sfgirlbybay

exterior architectural details at hotel san cristóbal. / sfgirlbybay

lounge chairs and umbrellas poolside at hotel san cristóbal. / sfgirlbybay

beachside hotel san cristóbal. / sfgirlbybay

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good reads: this is home.
by Ezz Wilson comment


inspiring kitchen decor included in Natalie Walton's book This is Home. / sfgirlbybyay

Natalie Walton is an Australian stylist, designer, creative director of the homewares shop Imprint House, and author of This is Home: The Art of Simple Living. I first discovered her on the Design Files and was immediately drawn to her understated but warm country cabin full of timber, black, and warm whites. I love her thoughtful and meaningful approach to decorating that goes beyond aesthetics and wanted to share some of her styling philosophy with you all today!

cheers, ezz.

good reads: this is home. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring bedroom in Natalie Walton's book This is Home. / sfgirlbybyay

How would you describe your style?

My story in visual form.

inspiring decor captured in Natalie Walton's book This is Home. / sfgirlbybyay

What are your biggest sources of inspiration?

Art and the way layers are built upon a canvas. Fringe-dwellers, and the homes that they create. Historic houses, and the lessons they teach. Travel, and the unexpected discoveries that only come from walking off the beaten track.

rustic french doors in Natalie Walton's book This is Home. / sfgirlbybyay

woven home goods on white shelves. / sfgirlbybay

You had a lot of interesting thoughts about decorating in an overstimulated world in the Design Files article. What practical tips do you have for readers for decorating their own homes when we’re bombarded with “inspiration” and consumer choices from all corners?

The first step should always begin with considering how you use a space on a daily basis. Meet your practical needs first. If you have a large family and need to set out a lot of plates at dinner time then sufficient counter space in the kitchen is essential. Once you have a clear idea of how your home can help your life function better, then consider the materials. But instead of choosing them based on what you’ve seen online, consider how they make you feel. Do you like to touch stainless steel or concrete? What do you enjoy about timber? Consider how they function too, and how that makes you feel. Do you mind that marble or timber will show signs of wear? You should only use materials that you can embrace wholeheartedly, imperfections and all, otherwise, you will spend your whole time worrying about them, and that’s no way to live at home.

simple wood stools and woven shopping tote. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring bedroom in Natalie Walton's book This is Home. / sfgirlbybyay

How you have changed after moving to the countryside? How has it affected your work and creativity? I know there are plenty of creatives out there who dream about moving to the country but might be afraid of limited opportunities, isolation, boredom, etc.

Moving to the country has been one of the best decisions, and has helped improve my life in many unexpected ways. Being away from the “noise” of the city has given me clarity of vision – personally and professionally. It has also deepened my relationship to my family and work. And it hasn’t been as isolating as what you might expect. I can still feel connected to the world at large through digital channels. And I can shop, too! Living in the countryside is not what it once was. It’s now the best of both worlds.

author Natalie Walton. / sfgirlbybyay

inspiring shop decor inside Imprint Home. / sfgirlbybyay

inspiring white-washed black wall with black and white photograph. / sfgirlbybyay

With trends and social media operating at neck-breaking speeds, do you have any ideas of how the future of interior design might evolve in these modern times?

While micro trends are still around, we are living in a time that is embracing more meaningful movements, such as the search for a simpler way of living as a response to how we live. I think it’s more important to tap into those and consider how they can help us live a better life. After all, a new cushion can only make us happy for such a relatively short period of time. But focusing on design with integrity can last a lifetime, and maybe even longer.

inspiring cabin home exterior in woods. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring bohemian room with daybed and plants in baskets. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Chris Warnes for This is Home: The Art of Simple Living