color story: shiny pretty objects.
by victoria comment

4/26/21

color story: shiny pretty objects.

this week’s color story is all about shiny pretty things — brass specifically, but maybe a bit of copper and patina thrown in for good measure. brass has been on trend for a long while now and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. i especially love the mirrored walls and that next-level brass-faced cabinetry — such a lovely design detail that only gets better with age. here’s a look at some of my current favorites — brass home accessories, furnishings, and rooms filled with pretty shiny details.

color story: shiny pretty objects.

color story: shiny pretty objects.

color story: shiny pretty objects.

brass kitchen backsplash. / sfgirlbybay

color story: shiny pretty objects.

clockwise, l to r: home of designer Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte; anthropologie Lightbearer Sconce; home of designer Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte; amber interiors brass wall shelf; amber interiors Atlas Brass Pepper Mill; rw guild Calyx pendant light; le lapa brass armoire; amber interiors Brass Bottle Opener; cb2 GLEAM BRASS FOOTED BOWL; SAN CRISTOBAL WALL HANGING from the citizenry; decor object aged brass dark kitchen cabinets; Hay Design Scissors in Brass; light fixture by nicole franzen photography; modern arches via yellowtrace.

color story: shiny pretty objects.

color story: shiny pretty objects.

mirrored brass backsplash with painted clawfoot tub. / sfgirlbybay

color story: shiny pretty objects.

clockwise, l to r: jayson home brass & leather wine rack; jayson home Brass Flower Incense Holder; architectural digest pink tiled bathroom with brass sink; copper-leaf grout filled in old cracked white tiles via condé nast traveller; brass bathtub via apartment therapy; amber interiors set of three Brass Metal Boxes; jenna lyons’ home via t magazine; jayson home Brass Pill Box; brass backsplash and countertops via behance; jayson home Brass Hand Bottle Opener; brass wall art via aestate; west elm Gilded Brass Side Table; in bed store brass egg.

brass cabinetry in minimalist kitchen. / sfgirlbybay

built-in brass and wood kitchen nook. / sfgirlbybay

brass wardrobe cabinet. / sfgirlbybay

brass bathtub fixtures. / sfgirlbybay

brass cabinets in modern kitchen with black light fixtures. / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: remodelista; the line melrose; @ericatanov; architectural digest; jenna lyons’ home via t magazinearchitectural digest france; https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/interiors-entertaining/g7347/the-line-hamptons/; made a mano tile via not a paper house; architectural digest espana; wallpaper magazine; behance; le lapa; ingredients ldn valentin loellmann .

friday finds.
by victoria comment

4/23/21

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

happy weekend, one and all! we’re starting to see our world opening up again and i gotta say, it sure feels liberating, doesn’t it? i’ve gotten my first pfizer vaccine and the second is the first week of may, and man-oh-man does it feel good. it was a little emotional getting that first shot to be honest. i hope you’re all getting closer to that refound sense of freedom, too. stay safe out there! here’s this week’s friday finds — an eclectic little round-up i hope you’ll be inspired by.

xo, victoria

  1. i love everything about this very simple but stylish home office. it’s the charming home of Mauricio Arruda, an Architectural Designer. that small turntable is so chic! for more design inspiration from him, be sure and follow him on instagram.
  2. who doesn’t love insider travel tips? this site called 500 hidden secrets is sharing the best 5 places for graphic art and paper in paris — my dream come true. i’m kind of a journal addict and love pretty papers and cards, too, so this was a sweet find! check out their other hidden gems and their great city guidebooks, too.
  3. this is a genius room divider idea for creating separation and open shelving in a large space. open, functional and so very lovely to look at (and see-through, too!). those terrazzo floors are pretty great, too.
  4. i’ve never seen sea fans displayed in this way before, but it’s quite a lovely and inspiring idea. displayed in tall narrow vases, or perhaps they’re actually candlesticks these black sea fans look like gorgeous leggy branches. love it!
  5. this is such a beautifully layered and textural living room photographed by nicole franzen. everything nicole photographs is always truly gorgeous so be sure and check out her online portfolio for more inspiring interiors.
  6. this is a beautifully styled vignette from one of my very favorite photographers, salvo lopez. i love the effortless look of it all — the art collection and eclectic lighting are spot-on wonderful. salvo is another wonderful interiors photographer so check out his instagram feed and portfolio for more.
  7. i love built-in cabinetry and this is a beautiful example of some really creative shelving. what i love most are the louvered cabinet doors — they almost look like window shutters re-purposed as doors and i love the look!
  8. open beamed ceilings are always a huge draw for me and i’ve lived in a few places that had these lovely special ceilings, but i’ve never had exposed wood beams, au natural so to speak. these are lovely looking beams in this beautiful home in the U.K. — St Leonards-on-Sea to be specific. for the full home tour visit the modern house.

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: château malromé france.
by victoria comment

4/22/21

wear this there: château malromé france / sfgirlbybay

once we’re able to travel to europe again i’m definitely headed back to france to shop for super marché. and when we find downtime, high on my list of places to visit is the incredibly brilliant brainchild of sisters and entrepreneurs amélie and mélanie huynh — Château Malromé the former aristocratic family home and summer retreat of renowned french artist Toulouse Lautrec in Saint-Andre-Du-Bois, france, just outside of Bordeaux. the sisters have quite cleverly restored and yet reinvented the Château Malromé while still conserving its unique heritage into a wellness retreat with yoga stays, and art tours all surrounded by beautiful 500-year-old vineyards and winery, and a very personal and specialized dining experience with a master french chef. we’re going to pack light in mix and match layers for our visit to this dreamy Château, with some classic white slim-cut pants (so french!), a chic lace shirt and pretty pale pink blouse for daytime activities, and add a flowy white dress and strappy sandals for dinner. don’t forget a yoga ensemble and chic sunnies. since we’re in wellness mode i suggest listening to optimal living daily in your downtime — a podcast that narrates to you the best content on minimalism, personal development, and life optimization and recommended as one of the Best Motivational Podcasts by Oprah Daily and as one of the best podcasts to help you live your best life by Good Housekeeping. bon voyage!

wear this there: château malromé france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: château malromé france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: emerson fry FRANCES BLOUSE in SHELL PINK; Nili Lotan Harmonia shirt; uniqlo skinny black belt; nili lotan tel aviv pant; Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers; anthropologie Raffia Fringe Tote Bag; Le Specs Air Heart Sunglasses; athleta Purana Wrap Sweatshirt; listen to optimal living daily podcast; cuyana Leather Airpod Case; athleta Recharge Yoga Bra; athleta Salutation Stash Pocket II yoga Capri pants; cuyana Triple Zipper Overnight; emerson fry meadow dress; Matisse Lace-Up Gladiator Sandals.

wear this there: château malromé france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: château malromé france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: château malromé france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: château malromé france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: château malromé france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: château malromé france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: château malromé france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: château malromé france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: château malromé france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: château malromé france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: château malromé france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: château malromé france / sfgirlbybay

• photography via Château Malromé and inside closet.

understated surf style.
by victoria comment

4/21/21

understated surf style / sfgirlbybay

i think sometimes when people think of ‘surf style’ they might envision tropical prints and too many palm trees. but i like a more understated and unexpected surf style with natural earth tones, an eclectic mix of vintage modern and new furniture, and just hints of vintage bamboo (like the pieces i carry in super marché from holiday homes in france), great ceramic collections, shell motifs, and lots of unique and layered textures. it’s a laid-back, beachy style i like to emulate around my own beach cottage here in laguna, and believe me, there’s not a hula doll or tiki bar in sight.

understated surf style / sfgirlbybay

understated surf style / sfgirlbybay

understated surf style / sfgirlbybay

understated surf style / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: large basket via @_marinadenisova_; surfboards by @ashelizadavis; bamboo lounge chairs billie blanket; Resin Clam Shell from pineapple traders; Desert Night linocut artwork by Dennis Revitzky from annex galleries; bikini shadows via semper femina; Lorna Murray hats via milk magazine; vintage stoneware vase from super marché; resort bedroom by @piariverola; white bedroom via design*sponge; 96 Molecules Table Lamp from aqua gallery; palms by @kimficaro; vintage bamboo loveseat from super marché; Lorna Murray hats via milk magazine.

understated surf style / sfgirlbybay

understated surf style / sfgirlbybay

understated surf style / sfgirlbybay

understated surf style / sfgirlbybay

understated surf style / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: bamboo lamp via remodelista; striped throw via apt f; serena mitnik miller’s home via domino; santorini via @brechenmacher_baumann; nautical accessories via homes to love; worn store’s Cane Lounger via @jacqui_turk; sea fan via the @worn.store; surfboards by @kawa_heart_studio; branches by @kippkoppdesign; shell bowl from sunday shop; LisaGolightlyart hold fast art print; seth & kendra smoot’s home via jenni kayne.

understated surf style / sfgirlbybay

understated surf style / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: @themarketbeautiful dining space; shelving via @semikahtextiles; leanne ford’s cabin via sfgirlbybay; @kimficaro mobile; jeremiah brent’s diy shell mirror via domino; seth & kendra smoot’s home via jenni kayne; luis Barragán house via @_marinadenisova_; serena mitnik miller’s bedroom via domino; seth & kendra smoot’s home via jenni kayne; leis by @kimficaro.

on trend: less styled, more you.
by victoria comment

4/20/21

on trend: less styled, more you / sfgirlbybay

when it comes to styling or rather the ‘unstyled, but styled look’ (stay with me here) i’m gonna give big props to designers that make it just look effortless  — which is really the desired effect when designing a home that’s uniquely you. the organized but cohesive chaos, but not too over-thought look is always my idea of great style. the french do it impeccably too — that effortless chic i really envy and try to emulate. and as i try to dissect what it is about these looks that i love the most i think it’s just the idea that these homeowners have gathered belongings and collections that actually mean something or have a real sentimental value to them. it’s hard to define because sometimes less is more, and other times cluttered overkill looks amazing — like in many of these looks. balance is key, but keeping true to your heart is always the best start. if you decorate with collections you love you can’t help but make it perfectly ‘unstyled’ but uniquely you.

on trend: less styled, more you / sfgirlbybay

vintage decor and ceramic dishes styled by designer leanne ford. / sfgirlbybay

effortlessly styled ceramics and home decor. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: @brit_gill; house of c; freunde von freunden; grupo arca; @ohsiesta; liberty infinity; @herz.und.blut; toast uk; remodelista; @brit_gill.

on trend: less styled, more you / sfgirlbybay

on trend: less styled, more you / sfgirlbybay

effortlessly styled collections. / sfgirlbybay

white kitchen backsplash with simple styled decor on open shelf. / sfgirlbybay

simply styled ceramics on wood shelf. / sfgirlbybay

effortlessly styled ceramics collection in custom wood shelving unit. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring ceramic collection and simple styled kitchenwares and goods. / sfgirlbybay

on trend: less styled, more you / sfgirlbybay

simple styled bathroom vignette. / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: mad about the house; leanne ford interiorsleanne ford interiors; ayesha patel ceramics; apartment therapy; lotta agaton; my paradissi; @lenacorwin; @tintaluhrman; in bed store ; from moon to moon; frenchy fancythe socialite family; @aliciamlund.