sustainable changes for the new year.
by victoria comment


sustainable bamboo straws from grove collaborative. / sfgirlbybay

i’m very happy to be continuing my proud partnership with Grove Collaborative to accomplish some of my 2020 goals for the new year and to help you easily achieve your goals as well. we all know it’s more important than ever to take care of our planet, and Grove delivers a whole lot of healthy household products that are plant-based and sustainable right to your front door when you order online!

bamboo prep board and bee's wax food wraps. / sfgirlbybay

in the US alone, 1,500 plastic water bottles are discarded every single second, so first up i’ve stopped buying bottled water in any plastic bottles and instead have been filtering my own water with their 6-Cup Glass Pitcher with a SOMA filter and carrying around my own reusable water bottle. i’ve also switched to their really handy bamboo straws — they come in a pouch of six so can keep them with you wherever you go! 500 million plastic straws are used every darn day in America — that’s enough to circle the Earth twice! so, now is the time to switch to reusable and sustainable bamboo straws, which you’ll get for free with your first order — along with a lot of other sustainable Grove products below.

grove collaborative water filter pitcher with mint and lemon. / sfgirlbybay

bamboo straws on bamboo prep board from grove collaborative. / sfgirlbybay

when you sign up for Grove, all new customers will receive the following in their first order of $20 or more:

Grove Bamboo Straws
Grove Reusable Sandwich Bags
Grove Hand Soap Pouch
Grove Hand Soap Dispenser
Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges
60 day VIP Grove trial

sustainable starter kit from @grovecollaborative. #grovepartner #freegift #homegoods #sustainablegoods #cleaningsupplies #cleaningprodcuts

and when new when you sign up for Grove customers spend $39 or more, they will also receive a free Grove stoneware tray, in addition to the other free items! existing customers will get a free set of Grove walnut scrubber sponges.

stoneware tray and walnut sponge scrubbers from grove collaborative. / sfgirlbybay

soap dispenser and walnut sponges with fresh herbs. / sfgirlbybay

Grove is one of my favorite companies to work with because not only do they offer a vast variety of sustainable products delivered to your home, but they’re all so well-designed, too, so you’ll be more than happy having them out on your countertops. right now, Grove only ships to the lower 48 states — sorry, not Canada, Hawaii or Alaska. at this time. with at least 8 million tons of plastic entering our oceans each year and only about 23% of plastic bottles getting recycled within the U.S. i think you’ll feel good about shopping with Grove, too.

beeswax food wrapper and bamboo food prep board from grove collaborative. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen with pink tiled countertops and backsplash with banana art print and cleaning supplies from grove collaborative. / sfgirlbybay

• this is a sponsored post in partnership with Grove Collaborative and all words and opinions are my own. thank you for supporting the brands that help keep sfgirlbybay going with fresh content every day.

instagram worthy: @marniehawson.
by victoria comment


vintage catalog dresser with succulent plants and paintings. / sfgirlbybay

as you may have seen in my post earlier this week, i came across the lovely work of @marniehawson when i discovered this beautiful home in Australia she photographed. when i find a photographer’s work who i admire as much as marnie hawson, i then head down the rabbit hole to discover what other inspiring images she’s put out into the world, thus landing me on her instagram account, which does not disappoint. it’s full of beautiful imagery that she’s shot for a multitude of magazines like Country Style and Conde Nast Traveller and based in the Macedon Ranges, just outside of Melbourne, Australia, marnie specializes in interior, travel and lifestyle photography, and as a former environmental scientist, she has a commitment to working with people doing good in the world. i’m especially pleased to support and share marnie’s work while her home country is under such duress with these terrible bush fires (check this link to lend support to victims of Australia’s Fires). please do have a look at her lovely work and check out marnie’s own relief efforts for the fires.

vintage floral wallpaper with framed vintage photographs. / sfgirlbybay

rustic floral workshop with concrete sink, brass faucet and framed vintage floral artwork. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed interiors photographed by marnie hawson. / sfgirlbybay

vintage space photographed by marnie hawson. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern kitchen with shiplap backsplash. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interiors photographed by marnie hawson. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed a-frame bedroom with black wall sconces and mosquito net over all white bed. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen with shiplap backsplash, wood countertops, a portrait painting and vintage decor. / sfgirlbybay

shiplap walls with vintage mirror and art over black bench with woven pillows photographed by marnie hawson. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist bedroom with vintage decor photographed by marnie hawson. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern bedroom with gray accent wall and striped linen bedding. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern bedroom with shiplap walls and vintage floral paintings. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern home photographed by australian photographer marnie hawson. / sfgirlbybay

linen headboard and bedding in whitewashed minimalist modern bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by @marniehawson.

good reads: the new mediterranean.
by victoria comment


modernist interior with leather sofa and wood stools. / sfgirlbybay

i picked up a beautiful new design book over the holidays, and i think you might like it, too. The New Mediterranean: Homes and Interiors Under the Southern Sun published by gestalten is a new book with a modernist take on Mediterranean aesthetics — a new movement in interior design that embraces sumptuous minimalism through warm, earthy tones, and natural materials. i’ve embraced the look in my new cottage by the sea, because it embodies the eclectic, effortless style i’m most drawn to. the Mediterranean sensibility echoes itself through a variety of reasons, be it a warm, sunny climate, or simply an appreciation for the Mediterranean lifestyle of slowing everything way down. the new Mediterranean features Interiors under the Southern Sun, showcasing inspiring homes around the world that combine rustic, earthy tones with colorful textiles, bamboo and rattan, and ceramics and baskets. The book introduces the designers and architects who are living this style, outlining key elements needed in order to show us how to create this look of simplicity and casual lifestyle into our own homes.

The New Mediterranean: Homes and Interiors Under the Southern Sun published by gestalten. / sfgirlbybay

cozy Mediterranean bedroom with built-in beds and mix and matched textiles. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring Mediterranean homes with modernist design. / sfgirlbybay

Mediterranean home with beachy interior and bar with woven lighting fixtures and rustic wood and leather stools. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern Mediterranean home with vintage rattan mirror collection and dresser. / sfgirlbybay

Mediterranean home with vintage modern bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

rattan side table with leaning vintage nude portrait painting and straw hat collection hung on the wall. / sfgirlbybay

modernist Mediterranean dining room with woven folding chairs and woven lighting fixture. / sfgirlbybay

design down under.
by victoria comment


Melbourne-based interior stylist, Lynda Gardener's vintage modern home. / sfgirlbybay

i came across this gorgeous australian country home photographed by marnie hawson on pinterest and knew it was one that would be an inspiring start to 2020. it’s the very charming home of Melbourne-based interior stylist, Lynda Gardener, a designer after my own heart, and a definite must-follow on both pinterest and instagram. lynda’s style leans towards an eclectic, vintage-modern mix and her personal style is pretty inspirational as well (with some super great hair!).  not only does she design incredible spaces with her partner Belle Hemming Bright at inside story studio but she rents out many of her holiday properties as well. i’m so happy to have stumbled upon both photographer marnie hawson’s work (more on that soon!) and lynda’s boundless creativity, too. here’s to many more finds like this one in this new decade!

australian interior stylist, Lynda Gardener's whitewashed country home. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern interior of australian interior stylist, Lynda Gardener's whitewashed country home. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring whitewashed interior of australian stylist Lynda Gardener's whitewashed country home. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed interior of australian stylist Lynda Gardener's country home. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern kitchen with open floor plan. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed kitchen with open shelving, shiplap backsplash and white tile. / sfgirlbybay

charming home of Melbourne-based interior stylist, Lynda Gardener. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring bedroom in Melbourne-based interior stylist, Lynda Gardener's home. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring bedroom in Melbourne-based interior stylist, Lynda Gardener's home. / sfgirlbybay

Melbourne-based interior stylist, Lynda Gardener's country home with oversized black framed mirror. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern bedroom in Melbourne-based interior stylist, Lynda Gardener's home. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern bathroom with concrete sink and hanging plants. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by marnie hawson.

2020 has a really nice ring to it.
by victoria comment


living room with white walls, concrete floors and feminine, minimalist modern furnishings via my scandinavian home. / sfgirlbybay

2020 kinda really rolls off the tongue, right? and it’s graphically pleasing too — so symmetrical. and here we are, a few days into a new decade, one that i sincerely hope brings not just inspiration and happiness your way, but an improved mental well-being for all of us — collectively. i think we’d all agree it’s been rather a rough few years, and i for one am trying to look up, to think positively and not just think about being better, but trying to actually be better. i have a tendency to shut myself away (hello, home blogger syndrome), especially when i feel hurt or isolated, which, as you can imagine only continues the cycle. so, although i love being a homebody, i’m trying to simplify living conditions around here, collect only what i love and leave the house more often. so, this post, the first of 2020 is all about simple style — graceful rooms that aren’t too cluttered and allow you to find inspiration around you, and perhaps outside of your norm. here’s to a happy new year, one and all, and here’s hoping we leave our comfort zones a little more, are kinder to one another, and truly find peace and a sense of well-being in 2020.

minimalist modern dining room with line drawing poster by mette handberg via hege in france. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern dining room furnishings and decor. / sfgirlbybay

neutral and modern minimalist home decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed bedroom with curtain room divider and black bedside wall light. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed interior with vintage portrait painting collection leaning on wall. / sfgirlbybay

sherpa button tufted sofa in eclectic vintage modern space. / sfgirlbybay

oversized artwork over bed with sleek upholstered headboard and linen bedding. / sfgirlbybay

daybed with vintage throw pillows and simple upholstery in whitewashed room. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern interior inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed minimalist modern bedroom with beachy woven raffia lighting fixture. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern bedroom with rustic exposed beam ceiling and unique headboard. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist interior with dried coral on whitewashed mantle. / sfgirlbybay

oversized framed art print with gold velvet sofa via colin king. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: my scandinavian home; LINE DRAWING POSTER BY METTE HANDBERG via hege in france; sabon home; OLIVIA JEFFRIES ARTWORK; lynda gardener via hunter & folk; est magazine; Terrazza sofa set VIA siton vintage; somos bonjour; vella magdaline; lea freni; linda ngoc nguyen; Dried Palm Leaf WEST ELM; jean cocteau poetry foundation; somos bonjour; ANISSA KERMICHE Breast Friend ceramic vase; bautier bed from architonic; lynda gardener via hunter & folk; @galerie_half; colin king; milk decoration; lynda gardener via hunter & folk; @theculturedkid; MODEDAMOUR; @acqui_turk; andy warhol via @shopkristinit; COLIN KING; milk decoration; bentwood stools; @atelier.ellis; light locations; armadillo & co. palermo rug; ANISSA KERMICHE Body small ceramic candlestick; Katrin Bremermann artwork; @cmstudio; hollie bowden via est living; est magazine; colin king.