friday finds.
by victoria comment

10/16/20

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

greetings one and all. i don’t know how y’all are faring, but i’ve been feeling pretty anxious of late. i mean one can only stay self-quarantined for just so long before starting to go a little bonkers. with the exception of seeing my landlords when they’re in town, my best friend bri twice and my family once, i’ve not had any other interactions other than with strangers (and i keep that to a real minimum), nor have i eaten in a restaurant since late-February and i am feeling the effects. i dropped off my ballot today (i voted for biden/harris if you’re curious) and i’m really hoping the election results clear up some of these feelings and that a vaccine is proven safe and effective soon. in the meantime, i give you my friday finds, and wish for you a safe and peaceful weekend. i know it’s not easy for any of us, and those of you with families have a whole other set of issues to manage including homeschooling while you might have jobs of your own to do, so please hang in there – you are all on my mind during these stressful times!

xo, victoria

  1. this living room is just so on point and a little whimsical which we could all use a bit of right now! i love these loungey, and very mod egg chairs — part of a peek at futuristic designs from the Vogue archives.
  2. stylist Thomas Lingsell has some quirky taste and i for one, adore it. i also love this idea of a group of clustered mix & match tables instead of just one large coffee table.
  3. domino has a wonderful feature up on their site about designer Delia Brennen and how she brilliantly modernized her 1880s Brooklyn brownstone. this little nook is one of my favorite parts of the house — it just looks like the ideal spot to relax and read.
  4. this Belgium flat has always been a favorite of mine, belonging to a creative couple in the incredibly beautiful city of Antwerp. the beautiful light and the plants just put me instantly at ease and i can see feeling very welcome here.
  5. headed to Portugal one day when we can travel again? consider a stay at the White azores — modern-bohemian villas mixed with the rough-hewn rock walls of a traditional Portuguese manor house — perfectly perched over the mid-atlantic in the Azores.
  6. 1970’s retro bathrooms are not always the easiest to decorate but they’ve made this one so interesting looking with the addition of an overhead succulent garden. i love the reflection the plants give off in the huge mirror, which makes it look like double the garden!
  7. you know i’ve always had a thing for mix and match dining chairs and this is a particularly great look. we’ve got a few great vintage folding chairs in stock at super marché right now, should you love this look, too.
  8. the modern house always shares great real estate listings across the pond, and this converted stable in Norfolk, england is actually available to book for holidays. i love the look they’ve put together, comfortable, cozy, but spacious and i love the japanese paper lantern and mid-century modern stools around the dining room. for the full tour, visit the modern house.

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friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: a luz ideal.
by victoria comment

10/15/20

cafe a luz ideal / sfgirlbybay

i’ve visited Lisbon twice now, but thus far, my heart has only grown fonder for it as i stumble across more and more design gems — the city is just full of food served with a heavy dose of charm. the sweet little coffee shop a luz ideal is no different and is immediately going on our must hit places when we do finally make a return to Portugal. its owner teresa, and her architect husband are responsible for this adorable spot. its dreamy tiles remind us of old world lisbon, while the cheeky art brings us back to the now. oh, and in case you were wondering what a luz ideal means, it directly translates to the ideal light — so let’s stop in for a morning cup of coffee, and some sweet treats in our transitional fall to winter ensemble (it’s kind of nice to layer up again!). we’re going colorfully casual today, but a little bit spunky, with some cozy layered sweaters, a classic denim jacket, some very fun plaid pants, paired with my favorite bensimon sneakers. don’t forget to toss your immune boost, an all-important face mask, and a great read into this cute backpack. nothing seems more fitting for a morning spent here with our read this there Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann is the author’s most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s — i just finished this book and it really captures the spirit of America in a time of transition, extraordinary promise, and, in hindsight, heartbreaking innocence. i highly recommend this read!

wear this there featuring cafe a luz ideal. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there featuring cafe a luz ideal. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: & other stories Chest Pocket Knit Sweater; Cos HIGH NECK WOOL-COTTON HYBRID COLLAR in White; anthropologie albane Plaid Pants; bensimon Women’s Low-Top sneakers;madewell The Oversized Jean Jacket in Westend Wash; CeliaB Ear Loop Reusable Face Mask; read this there Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann; true botanicals Immune Boost; sezane NICOLAS coin PURSE; Anthropologie Classic Colorblocked Backpack; Bluma Project Vote Beaded Bracelet; Clare V. x Garrett Leight Nouvelle Sunglasses; cos OVERSIZED CASHMERE HAT.

wear this there featuring cafe a luz ideal. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there featuring cafe a luz ideal. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of cafe a luz ideal in lisbon. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there featuring cafe a luz ideal. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there featuring cafe a luz ideal. / sfgirlbybay

pastel decor inside a luz ideal in lisbon. / sfgirlbybay

a luz ideal coffee shop in lisbon. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there featuring cafe a luz ideal. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there featuring cafe a luz ideal. / sfgirlbybay

war is over poster at cafe a luz ideal in lisbon. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by a luz ideal; little tiny pieces of me; and little upside down cake.

good reads: chinatown pretty.
by victoria comment

10/14/20

good reads: chinatown pretty book / sfgirlbybay

one of my favorite places to visit in san francisco was its historic chinatown, and it even made it into the pages of my book, see san francisco, because i just loved photographing the colorful surroundings and the people who lived there. well, now there’s a new book out from chronicle books that celebrates that infectious street style, Chinatown Pretty: Fashion and Wisdom from Chinatown’s Most Stylish Seniors, by Andria Lo and Valerie Luu, it couldn’t be more charming. i had a friend point out to me once that the people of chinatown dressed eclectically and almost like avant-garde supermodels, and i immediately saw her point — the patterns, the colors they paired were so unexpected and yet pulled off in such an inspiring way. Andria Lo and Valerie Luu have been interviewing and photographing Chinatown’s most fashionable elders on their blog and Instagram since 2014 and in Chinatown Pretty they honor these seniors with beautiful portraits and heartwarming stories of trend-setting seniors across six different Chinatowns across north america — Chinatowns in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, and Vancouver and share nuggets of philosophical wisdom and personal stories about immigration and Chinese-American culture. their covetable style is a mix of modern and vintage, high and low, handmade and store-bought clothing and is an incredible celebration of Chinese American culture, active old-age, and creative style. it makes me want to revisit my old stomping grounds to capture these fashionistas again. here’s a small sampling of their beautiful book.

good reads: chinatown pretty book / sfgirlbybay

good reads: chinatown pretty book / sfgirlbybay

good reads: chinatown pretty book / sfgirlbybay

good reads: chinatown pretty book / sfgirlbybay

good reads: chinatown pretty book / sfgirlbybay

good reads: chinatown pretty book / sfgirlbybay

good reads: chinatown pretty book / sfgirlbybay

good reads: chinatown pretty book / sfgirlbybay

good reads: chinatown pretty book / sfgirlbybay

• all photographs courtesy of Chinatown Pretty: Fashion and Wisdom from Chinatown’s Most Stylish Seniors, by Andria Lo and Valerie Luu, published by Chronicle Books, 2020.

please, have a seat.
by victoria comment

10/13/20

vintage chairs. / sfgirlbybay

if you know me at all, you know i love to collect chairs — too many in fact! and, the funky ones are my favorites. i went down an internet rabbit hole trying to figure out what kind of chair this beauty was until i discovered it’s a gorgeous and i think somewhat rare (and sadly, pricey!) Bruno Mathsson Karin chair. i love it because it’s a little bit nerdy-looking, and it rolls! my favorite things come with wheels. anyway, i digress, i’ve been on the hunt for a new lounge chair and perhaps some different dining chairs for the laguna cottage and these are some of the interesting looking chairs i came across on my hunt. stay tuned to see what i decide on. and oh! we have some of these very cool vintage iron dining chairs that arrived from france for super marché on our lasy container. and a new bunch of vintage treasure arrives this month!

white wrought iron dining chairs with mesh backs and seats. / sfgirlbybay

vintage iron folding chairs. / sfgirlbybay

vintage white chairs. / sfgirlbybay

white painted metal chair with pad. / sfgirlbybay

white dining chair with caning. / sfgirlbybay

vintage chair collection. / sfgirlbybay

vintage folding chair styled with plants. / sfgirlbybay

mid-century modern lounge chair. / sfgirlbybay

mid-century modern patio chair. / sfgirlbybay

mismatched white vintage dining chairs and woven light fixture over wood dining table. / sfgirlbybay

vintage metal and lucite folding chairs. / sfgirlbybay

vintage white chairs. / sfgirlbybay

wood back vintage dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

vintage saarinen chairs. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credit in order of appearance: @mrjasongrant; revista interiores; super marché; the socilaite family; toby mitchell creative; my scandinavian home; Bruno Mathsson Karin chair via fantastic frank; herz & blut; cubicle refugee; Cees Braakman Combex Wire Chair via 1stdibs; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe rattan mr chair; croft house sierra chair; redhouse canada; Bruno Mathsson Karin chair; phillips; skandium; herz & blut; croft house sierra chair; maven collective industrial folding chair; herz & blut; claire cottrell; my scandinavian home; cult of tomorrow; @audreyfitzjohn bertoia chair; kimbie chair via intelligence brief; André Monpoix chair via artsy; west out east leaf chaise lounge chairs; VELVET CROISETTE ARMCHAIR ECRU from honore decoration; platner chair Matthew Rachman Gallery; nicoletta gatti; Bruno Mathsson Karin chair via fantastic frank; Clement Meadmore lounge chair from carters; blueberry modern; cerchio chairs from cb2; the style files saarinen chairs.

color story: rosy glow.
by victoria comment

10/12/20

color story: rosy glow / sfgirlbybay

I just can’t quit deep, rosy pinks — can you? like an unforgettably romantic sunset, there’s something so dramatic yet comforting about the glow of pink and rose that adorns everything from my favorite spaces to the trendy velvet textiles i’m seeing a ton of — thus, this week’s color story. The design world has been having a major pink moment and I’m not mad about it one bit. Paired with feminine textures in bedding, brushed onto decaying walls, or snuck into the art on your walls, a rosy shade of pink is the perfect color to inject everywhere this fall. Paint it all pink!

color story: rosy glow / sfgirlbybay

color story: rosy glow / sfgirlbybay

color story: rosy glow / sfgirlbybay

color story: rosy glow / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: orante pink ceiling by @sandrajuto; paintings on paper via frenoir ; Eloise Petite Pendant lamp from anthropologie; destressed pink wall by @hilaryrobertson; CACTUS SILK CXL RUG from st. frank; Dried Pampas Grass Three-Stem Bouquet from anthropologie; Vintage Japanese Graphic Design from designspiration; lulu & georgia VADALA LUMBAR PILLOW; Guatemalan Studio via ignant; FRAZADA XXII LUMBAR PILLOW from st. frank; pink chairs by @arthurarbesser; set of two anthropologie Lucy Coupe Glasses; lulu & georgia mirana pillow.

color story: rosy glow / sfgirlbybay

color story: rosy glow / sfgirlbybay

color story: rosy glow / sfgirlbybay

color story: rosy glow / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: livinf room via vogue australia; paul klee poster from hype sheriff; pink lounge chair via les eines; anthropologie Charlie Sprout Nagazi Pillow; PATTERNS OF INDIA A JOURNEY THROUGH COLORS, TEXTILES, AND THE VIBRANCY OF RAJASTHAN book by Phaidon; FRAZADA XV LUMBAR PILLOW from st. frank; shell faucet via @bohemegoods; anthropologie Selena fringe Lamp Shade; rosy red throw by kate sears; lulu & georgia JUSTINA BLAKENEY FELA TASSEL CHANDELIER, BLUSH OMBRE; italian villa via apartment therapy; CACTUS SILK CXL RUG from st. frank; lulu & georgia CANDESS FLOOR PILLOW in PINK; Garage Band Ceramics via the new york times.

color story: rosy glow / sfgirlbybay

color story: rosy glow / sfgirlbybay

color story: rosy glow / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: @sharyncairns for @vogueliving; quintana partners; @marthasattic; @vogueliving; @sandrajuto; tigmi trading co.; @gubiofficial; leanne ford; @elfennmarrakech; planate deco.