on trend: warm and toasty.
by victoria comment


pink and red home decor and accessories. / sfgirlbybay

to be quite honest, pantone’s color of the year (ultraviolet!) caught me a tad off guard. personally, i was really expecting something more warm and toasty since that’s the trend i’ve been seeing of late. maybe a nice yellow ochre or a rich rusty shade — or a two-tone palette like pale pink and yellow or burnt orange (as they did a couple of year’s ago with serenity blue and rose quartz). but no, i’ll have to be my own trend forecaster this time around and let you know that this color palette is the one i’m seeing an awful lot of around the internet. so it’s my color palette of the year. and i’ll see about this ultraviolet and whether it begins to grow on me.

red and pink and white wall paint. / sfgirlbybay

warm neutral home decor. / sfgirlbybay

golden yellow velvet sofa. / sfgirlbybay

dark walls with brass table lamp and moroccan rug. / sfgirlbybay

warm hoem decor palette inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

mustard yellow velvet sofa and dress with green walls. / sfgirlbybay

modern brass globe lamp on brass table. / sfgirlbybay

burnt orange bedding in bohemian modern white room. / sfgirlbybay

warm and toasty home decor. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: h & m home photographed by heidi lerkenfeldt; hoxton hotel via arch & home; a per se; cult of tomorrow; 2016 dior show via cr fashion book; aestate studio; kind of luxe; lisa says gah; @by_blogliv; 2016 dior show via cr fashion book; hoxton hotel via arch & home; pampa desert print; behance; sissy-boy; finders; in bed; artilleriet; @culcactus.




the house that pinterest built.
by victoria comment


black industrial lighting hanging from wood beams. / sfgirlbybay

i must have had some kind of brain fade, because as you may have seen on instagram back in october, i had the pleasure of finally meeting my personal hero, diane keaton. the following day i jettisoned to copenhagen and then to paris for business and somehow forgot to post all about it! anyway, diane keaton wrote a beautiful design book, the house that pinterest built — inspired by you guessed it, pinterest. and pinterest hosted a meetup with diane who made this amazing presentation about how her book came to be. diane was building a new home in los angeles and used pinterest to gather all her inspiration, so in her presentation (which was also hilarious and down to earth) she shared photographs of her pins, and then her interpretation of them in the construction and design of the house.

diane keaton: the house that pinterest built. / sfgirlbybay

not surprisingly, the house turned out just as stunning as her book, published by rizzoli — even more so, of course. her vision was unwavering, which is one of the things i admire so much about diane keaton — she’s always so authentic. and she has such a keen and quirky sense of style that’s so perfectly spot-on and she rarely strays from it. and in some ways, the exterior architecture and interior design of the house beautifully imitates her sense of style, too. diane keaton is true to herself, and i think that’s what we all find so appealing and enviable about her. at least it is to me. it was an honor to meet her and experience her wit, self-depreciation and charm in person — she was just as warm and delightful as you might imagine. if you’re still in search of a christmas gift for some of the design lovers on your gift list, i highly recommend the house that pinterest built.

diane keaton's 'the house that pinterest built. / sfgirlbybay the house that pinterest built by diane keaton. / sfgirlbybay diane keaton: the house that pinterest built. / sfgirlbybay black industrial lighting with black doors and and wood beamed ceiling. / sfgirlbybay diane keaton's book: the house that pinterest built. / sfgirlbybay kitchen design inspiration via diane keaton's the house that pinterest built. / sfgirlbybay kitchen decor inspiration via diane keaton's book, the house that pinterest built. / sfgirlbybay black exposed blub lighting. / sfgirlbybay brick building with industrial black lighting. / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of the house that pinterest built published by Rizzoli.





a new, new year’s eve tradition.
by victoria comment


my new year's eve santa monica staycation. / sfgirlbybay

i’m not one to make elaborate new year’s eve plans. instead, i usually spend the evening with friends, making a delicious dinner together at home, sharing a few cocktails, and reminiscing and laughing about our year (the really good & the oh-so-bad) and what’s ahead. this year, HotelTonight invited me to treat myself and a friend to a staycation at one of the many amazing hotels in town—and i think i may have found my new, new year’s eve tradition!

ornate mirrors on dark green walls at viceroy hotel in santa monica. / sfgirlbybay

if you’re not yet familiar, HotelTonight is an awesome mobile app for booking top notch hotels at discounted rates. it’s been my go-to source for booking last-minute hotels for years and now they even offer extended booking windows — which means i was able to book a room at the Viceroy Santa Monica for new year’s eve way ahead of time, but at the same low rate. how cool is that? i think this year we especially need and deserve something fun and rejuvenating to look forward to, don’t you? i’m also happy to pass along a reader discount to you — $25 off your first booking of $135 or more. Just use referral code VISMITH2.

viceroy hotel in santa monica. / sfgirlbybay

i’m really looking forward to unwinding at the beach after hosting my family for the holidays. don’t get me wrong, it’s going to be a lot of fun having everyone at my house for Christmas this year, but once the last guest leaves and the mess is all cleaned up, i’m going to have a big smile on my face when i’m high-tailing it out of town with my friend, designer Melissa Fleis to ring in the new year in style at the Viceroy! if you’re curious about this elegant hotel designed by kelly wearstler, be sure to check out my Instagram stories because i’ll be sharing the whole experience there during my stay.

ceramic plates on blue wall at viceroy in santa monica. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of viceroy santa monica. / sfgirlbybay

santa monica beach view. / sfgirlbybay

the Viceroy is right across the street from santa monica beach (where i grew up going with my family every weekend and is definitely on my list of happy places) and a short walk or a bike ride away (the Viceroy offers complimentary beach cruisers!) from some of my favorite westside spots. we’ll definitely be taking advantage of those bikes and hitting up the shops and cafes along abbot kinney in venice, and i’m thinking of checking out one of my favorite classic restaurants (est. 1959!) chez jay’s for a new year’s cocktail because it’s just a hop, skip and a jump down the block.

viceroy santa monica beach hotel. / sfgirlbybay

chez jay in california. / sfgirlbybay

if you’re not sure what you’re doing for new year’s eve yet, might i suggest booking yourself a luxuriously convenient staycation using HotelTonight? simply download the app, enter your location and dates, and you’ll get a list of fantastic hotels to choose from with rates that won’t break the bank. but no matter what you decide to do this new year’s eve, i hope it’s an evening filled with exactly what you need to get your 2018 rolling in a relaxed, pampered and positive direction! and remember to use referral code VISMITH2 for $25 off your first booking of $135 or more. happy new year!

hoteltonight app for new year's eve staycation. / sfgirlbybay

santa monica pier california. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by victoria smith for sfgirlbybay.

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