color story: living coral.
by Chelsea Jackson comment


bright pink coral wall color. / sfgirlbybay

As December comes to a close, one of my favorite things to look forward to is Pantone’s the of Color of the Year and it’s finally upon us — 2019’s shade is Living Coral! Pantone describes the hue as an “animating and life-affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone” which sounds like just the type of color I could get used to seeing.

More than simply a reflection of color trends, the selection of a shade to mark each year is a “concerted cultural moment” and I’m excited to see this moment chronicled in fashion, interiors, and all myriads of design. Rooted in the seriousness of the fate of our coral reefs and with a nod to playfulness, living coral is an impossibly fluorescent yet subdued hue. From vibrantly pigmented beauty products to the artfully aged walls of the Moroccan Medina, coral seems, all of a sudden, to be omnipresent and seriously smile-inducing.

Pantone’s color institute executive, Leatrice Eiseman, told Refinery29 of the hue’s timely appointment: “it expresses warmth, that kind of harmony, human interaction and social connection that we’re looking for. I think that’s something so inherent in the human mind. It pulls you in, gathers you in, in such a warm and inviting way that it opens up an avenue to positive thoughts, not negative. That, we felt, was a really vital part of expressing the Color of the Year with Living Coral.”

Are you loving the color as much as I am?

xx, chelsea

coral pink wall paint and tile in modern bathroom with freestanding tub. / sfgirlbybay

coral cotton jumpsuit. / sfgirlbybay

living coral: pantone's color of the year 2019. / sfgirlbybay

dried flowers in brown tissue paper. / sfgirlbybay

red sandstone cave walls. / sfgirlbybay

living coral color inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

fashion an decor inspired by pantone's color of the year: living coral. / sfgirlbybay

mango water-repellent quilted coat; bonnie and neil holiday tile pillow; Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Lip Tint; glossier cloud paint in dawn; rms beauty lip-2-cheek in smile; medusa’s heirlooms yoga claw; redbubble spiral notebook; Allsteelsofa; below: Babette by Torremato from LightCo.

emerald green light fixture with pink and orange wall. / sfgirlbybay

coral faux fur coat. / sfgirlbybay

urabn mural with coral backdrop. / sfgirlbybay

living coral inspiration for pantone's color of the year 2019. / sfgirlbybay

bright coral bathroom vanity nook. / sfgirlbybay

suede mules in peach and pink. / sfgirlbybay

eclectic bedroom with pops of coral. / sfgirlbybay

coral architecture. / sfgirlbybay

cozy bohemian bedroom with pops of coral. / sfgirlbybay

peachy coral dress. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: elle decor uk; domino; madewell wide-leg utility jumpsuit; pantone; jasmine dowling; stella maria baer; l’echappee belle; madewell butterfly top; Krewson Design via Houzz; mei yee; Britt Lucas via Ellie Louise Coker; Abbie Paulhus; stella maria baer; madewell wide-leg utility jumpsuit; ezz wilson; vintage coral print via victorian wall art; architectural digest; Mari Giudicelli Rose Leblon Mules; Villa Kérylos in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France; Pintai Suchachaisri via conde nast traveler; urban outfitters Phaedra Medallion Tufted Rug; Black Crane Coral Classy Dress.

inside the schoolhouse loft.
by Chelsea Jackson comment


inside the schoolhouse loft. / sfgirlbybay

What makes the perfect space? I’m pretty sure it’s a perfectly executed mixture of abounding natural light, the blank canvas of white walls, and expertly scaled-back decor. Thankfully, space exploration ticks all those boxes and then some with their schoolhouse loft project. With a calming mix of intentional tchotchkes (is that a thing? I’m making it a thing), archways bursting with character, and a kitchen I’m pretty much dying to cook in, this space is one I’d happily flock to any day.

Keep scrolling for a bit of interior daydreaming.

xx, chelsea

space exploration loft furnishings. / sfgirlbybayinspiring bedroom decor inside the space exploration loft. / sfgirlbybayblock shop textiles print. / sfgirlbybayinspiring home decor in space exploration loft. / sfgirlbybay space exploration loft kitchen design. / sfgirlbybaycozy corner of whitewashed space exploration living room. / sfgirlbybayolive green glass pendant lights and arched doorways in space exploration loft. / sfgirlbybayspace exploration loft kitchen decor. / sfgirlbybayspace exploration loft kitchen with black and white pendant lights. / sfgirlbybay arched windows over french doors. / sfgirlbybay

• photos courtesy of space exploration discovered on bliss.

an artful home in napa valley.
by victoria comment


Minted founder Mariam Naficy's home in SF. / sfgirlbybay

i’ve long been an admirer of entrepreneur and Minted founder Mariam Naficy — we’ve collaborated together on projects for a long while now, and i’ve been to her beautiful home in san francisco for events. but i was excited to see domino feature her art-filled napa valley home. it’s laid back and relaxed as a home in wine country should be, but it’s also elegant and colorful at the same time, with bold textiles and collectibles from her worldwide travels to tanzania, paris and beyond. and if you’re not familiar with her company Minted, you should be — an online marketplace of independent artists and designers. Minted crowdsources art and graphic design through monthly design challenges and the public votes for the winning entries, which Minted then produces into stationery, wall art, and decor, so it’s not surprising her home would be filled with inspiring art. i particularly love the mural behind the bed — mariam’s brilliant solution to (not) hanging art above your bed in earthquake country. for the full tour and resources, visit domino.

SF home of Minted founder Mariam Naficy. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring home of Minted founder Mariam Naficy. / sfgirlbybay

Minted founder Mariam Naficy in her SF home. / sfgirlbybay

work space in napa valley home of Minted founder Mariam Naficy. / sfgirlbybay

outdoor dining area in Minted founder Mariam Naficy's SF home. / sfgirlbybay

wood player piano in Minted founder Mariam Naficy's home. / sfgirlbybay

modern kitchen of Minted founder Mariam Naficy. / sfgirlbybay

mural in bedroom of Minted founder Mariam Naficy. / sfgirlbybay

rustic modern bathroom in Minted founder Mariam Naficy's home. / sfgirlbybay

rustic modern bathroom in Minted founder Mariam Naficy's napa valley home. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by thayer gowdy for domino.