best of: black steps it up.
by victoria comment


growing up in suburban los angeles mid-century modern house, i always dreamed of a two-story house. not so much for the second level, per se, but for the staircase itself. there’s something so romantic about a staircase, yes? how many movies have depicted a love scene location? plenty, i reckon. i have an outside staircase to my home, but it’s rustic wood and shouldn’t be painted. so i’ll just have to fantasize about these pretty steps. i’ve noticed a trend stepping it up a bit — jet black staircases, making them even a bit more dramatic. swoon-worthy and scene-stealing for certain.

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• photo credits in order of appearance: homezoic; fantastic frank; jj locations; 6 sq ft; 47 park avenue; cocorrina; archello; visualize; dario mulas debois; the shoot factory; hotel de seze, paris; design*sponge; the ultra linx; oracle fox; remodelista; 1st dibs47 park avenue; the berry; jj locationsangie mcmonigal; my paradissi; hus & hem; home edit; painted therapy; house and garden uk; decor design review.

best of: bohemian boudoir.
by victoria comment


let’s bring a little bohemian into the boudoir, shall we? this happens to be my personal favorite look — a little funky, a bit romantic and very vintage-inspired. i aim for this vibe in my own bedroom and get the look with unique lighting, like my hanging pendant lamps, a Fringe Throw Blanket, crochet trimmed sheets, and fluffy and velvet throw pillows. think unexpected and mixed but definitely not matched. a statement-making headboard helps, as well as a great duvet cover — on top of my own pale gray duvet i add a vintage white crochet lace bedspread — it makes for a really comfy layered look, and i love the contrast of the gray peeking through the white crochet. my advice is to just have fun and play with it — but that’s always my theory about design — use what you love, try it out and if it turns out you hate it, change it up again! when you use vintage pieces they’re usually affordable, and the resale opportunities are endless. if i don’t like it — onto craigslist, chairish or ebay it goes, or i sell it at the next yard sale. viva la vintage!

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• photo credits in order of appearance: sweet home; bungalow classic; castles crowns and castles; waste vintage; vintage candelabra; the every girl; drop dead gorgeous; bungalow classic; living etc.; the socialite family; architectural digest espana; lonny; elle decoration; Wire Loop Vanity at urban outfitters; hautelook; elle decor; grace spain; vartnya hem; toast uk ; miss zeit; ida painting via artilleriet; ideal home uk; ahigo.

best of: at home in provence.
by victoria comment


summer home in provence. / sfgirlbybay

“i’m off to my country home in Provence. you know, paris is just so crowded and warm in the summer months, we simply must get away” — wouldn’t we all like to say that? i’d be very down with that. ouí. home life recently featured this paris couple’s rustic country retreat in arles, france and they had me dreaming of my own little summer escape. the things i love best about this pretty place are those terrazzo floors (so in again!) and its modern simplicity. linen slipcovers smashing in summer whites, black butterfly chairs, and even those vintage black leather folding chairs give this rustic pad a hip edge, that je nais se quoi — that quality that eludes description but the french are able to pull off so perfectly. to see the full tour of this beautiful french country home, visit home life.

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• photography courtesy of home life.