a cozy cottage on fire island.
by victoria comment

1/7/19

rustic dining table with mismatched chairs. / sfgirlbybay

still wishing you were away in a holiday home somewhere other than here busy getting back into it all? yeah, me too — and this fire island home will fit the bill just fine, thank you. i imagine it to be a so cozy in the winter months and i could settle in by that beautiful white brick fireplace quite nicely with a stack of design magazines or a good book. featured recently on maryn, i was inspired right away by that white on white look with divine vintage vibes — and the fact that you can only get to this shingled cottage by the sea via ferry ride sounds pretty idyllic indeed.

painted white brick fireplace and mantel. / sfgirlbybay

cozy built-in sofa bench in fire island cottage. / sfgirlbybay

white-washed living room. / sfgirlbybay

vintage portrait painting. / sfgirlbybay

cozy cottage living room with white walls and floors. / sfgirlbybay

dried grasses in ceramic vase. / sfgirlbybay

white-washed kitchen with painted white island. / sfgirlbybay

white-washed decor and furnishings in fire island cottage. / sfgirlbybay

white-washed kitchen storage in fire island cottage. / sfgirlbybay

unique stacked bedside tables. / sfgirlbybay

rustic outdoor patio. / sfgirlbybay

dark wood shingles on fire island cottage. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via maryn.

a fresh start to 2 0 1 9.
by victoria comment

1/7/19

minimalist low-profile daybed with pad and blankets. / sfgirlbybay

and, we’re back! happy new year everyone, and thank you so much for allowing us a bit of time off to refresh our brains and feed our souls. i hope you all had a lovely holiday season! i thought we’d get right back to it with a clean slate. i’ve been decluttering and getting organized for 2019 — how about you?  it always feels so good to get rid of what i no longer need and to start the new year fresh (i found donating to my local women’s shelter downtown is a great way to do it!). you not need to get rid of everything but as the book (and new netflix series!) The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing instructs us, it’s important to purge and once you do (if you follow her KonMari Method) it will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the uniquely magical feeling of a tidy home — and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire. but even if you don’t into go full-blown cleansing, simplifying your life can feel really, really good and even if taken in baby steps is a great way to change old habits and give you a chance to reinvent what you might not like about yourself, or your home. i was inspired by these clean, uncluttered spaces and hope you will be too. let’s restore ourselves together — with less useless stuff and much more of what’s important and brings us joy.

modern daybed with white pad and lumbar pillow. / sfgirlbybay

mid-century modern living room with daybed sofa. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist white-washed bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

zen bedroom decor. / sfgirlbybay

tidy hallway with wall storage. / sfgirlbybay

wood bench with hairpin legs. / sfgirlbybay

unique book storage under handmade bench. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring 2019 zen home decor ideas. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist kids bed. / sfgirlbybay

vintage art prints on picture ledge. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist bedroom with washed linen bedding. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist living room with high ceilings. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist home with stacked magazines and dried floral arrangement. / sfgirlbybay

incense burning on ceramic stand. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: nina plummer’s home via decor8; brook holm photography for architectural digest; Lovisa Häger’s home via @inredningsfotografen; riad 42 by britney gill photography; alvhem; milk magazine; gemary; kelley burnett; carolina walls’ home via in bed store; nina plummer’s home via decor8; carolina walls’ home via in bed store; rebecca bartoshesky; remodelista; indie home; @connie3000; alvhem; @connie3000; @passerbuys; @han_house; Jess Goehring’s home via domino; @sophie__y; @saarmanche; nina plummer’s home via decor8; @saarmanche; in bed store.

friday finds and a farewell to 2018.
by victoria comment

12/21/18

ombre pink glass ornaments. / sfgirlbybay

well, it’s that time of year when we take a little bit of time off here and replenish and recharge our creativity. it’s been a year for a lot of changes and not all of them were easy, to say the least. so i’m feeling nostalgic for Christmases gone by — with family and silly traditions like christmas crackers and often much simpler times than we’re experiencing right now. as the saying goes, sometimes i really do miss my pre-internet brain, even though this blog brings me so much happiness to put out there for you. sometimes, you just want it all — instagram, facebook, twitter, all of it to stop. so that’s what i’m aiming for this holiday — a lot of time off to explore, wander and wonder. to read books and see good movies. and most importantly to spend time with good friends who are now my family. i wish you the same — lots of intimate moments, laughter you don’t want to stop, and a holiday filled with as much innocent inspiration you can locate. lots of love to you all, thank you so much for always being here and we’ll see you back on january 7th.

xo, victoria

  1. the editors at remodelista shared these pretty ornaments from abc carpet & home and i’m loving the simple but pretty glow they’d add to any tree.
  2. we used to go the hollywood christmas parade on occassion, all bundled up to wait for santa claus to appear. does your town have a holiday parade? kinda corny, but sometimes we need that, right?
  3. old-fashioned bunting says christmas to me. hung from the fireplace mantel with my mum’s handmade stockings is right outta my childhood and this Meri Meri Gold-Flecked Garland is just vintage-looking enough to remind me.
  4. vintage ornaments all the way for me. they just don’t make them like they used to and if you like them too, check your local flea markets and even etsy — i’ve gotten tons from both places. if you’re in L.A. check out this sunday’s melrose trading post and i’ll bet you’ll find lots!
  5. i love this snowy image of Central Park, New York City, on a winter night in the 1930’s. photographed by Paul Woolf, i found it on @lostinhistorypics — a wonderfully nostalgic instagram feed you might enjoy.
  6. i’m never going to get over coco & kelly’s whimsical holiday table from a year or so back. it’s just so merry and bright and perfect in every way!
  7. i quite like this rather kitschy Mini Pink Christmas Tree i found online. it’s just silly enough to be adorable and again, very vintage looking.
  8. once again this year @zilverblauw has shared her beautiful collection of Christmas tree toppers and i definitely have ornament-envy. have a peek at her feed for more and then get the heck off the internet and off your phone! happy holidays one and all!

colorful glass ornaments. / sfgirlbybay

hollywood blvd at christmas. / sfgirlbybay

gold fabric garland. / sfgirlbybay

vintage christmas print. / sfgirlbybay

black and white photograph of snowy central park. / sfgirlbybay

pastel christmas decor. / sfgirlbybay

pink christmas tree light. / sfgirlbybay

vintage christmas ornaments. / sfgirlbybay