is pampas grass the floral du jour?
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maybe i’ve been living under a rock, because all of a sudden pampas grass is everywhere and the only place i’d ever noticed it before was on the side of southern california freeway onramps. i posted about this beautiful installation (in which i was humiliated to find out they were not boa feathers, as I had originally thought, but indeed pampas grass, which was kindly pointed out by a couple of readers) and since then i’m seeing it everywhere.  you know how that happens — you hear of something for the first time and then you start noticing it everywhere you go. anyway, it certainly is popular these days — for wedding and event decorations (pampas chandelier, anyone?) and as an update on the tried and true dried flower around the house. it’s definitely pretty — so feminine and flowy, and some of these unique uses of it are really beautiful.

• photography credits in order of appearance: vogue france; rose dawn creative; home life; wedding sparrow; signature maui; @wolf_circus; could i have that.

peace for all.
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peace for all / sfgirlbybay

honestly, i don’t know quite what to say to you all, but yet again i find myself wanting to say something because ignoring this latest tragedy seems naive. we can’t just go on looking at pretty pictures, can we? i mean we have to but i’m sure you’re feeling much like me and thinking it feels a little bit shallow at a time like this when our country (our world) is grieving so much. and then i think, well that’s giving in to this terrorism, isn’t it? and i want to try not to do that. yesterday i was a ball of mess. i couldn’t focus, i cried most of the day and felt pretty well broken. and i wasn’t even directly affected like the poor families that were torn apart, forever shattered in one way or another. senseless sorrow that doesn’t have to keep happening. i am tired of hearing from our government that nothing can be done. Tragedies like this one don’t happen in other countries with stricter gun laws. it’s proven. and you can’t tell me that anybody in this country needs an semiautomatic weapon to protect themselves or their families. it’s utterly senseless to say that, so you can have your 2nd amendment but we have to have stricter laws to keep our world safe. jkrowling had this to wisely point out, and  jimmy kimmel was so logical to me the other night when he tearfully spoke. he called out the senators who are in the pocket of the NRA, and asked for common sense and action from our elected officials to ensure that something like this doesn’t happen again. there are some things you do if you feel the same — you can join everytown against gun violence or americans for responsible solutions. i’m not here to lecture, and if you disagree, i’m sorry, but i cannot keep hearing that there’s nothing we can do to stop this and i refuse to believe we simply have to accept this is our new normal. we can also be kinder to each other, we can love our families harder. we really just to do better as a country and as human beings. stay safe my friends. perhaps listen to this beautiful song, grieve and do what you need to do to get through this, but then i hope you’ll help fight to stop the cause of all this unnecessary sorrow.

xo, victoria

• iconic poster by artist jean carlu.

the art of bed.
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blue walls and pink bedding. / sfgirlbybay

beds are so important — and bedrooms are to be equally considered. i have been a bit of an insomniac lately and it’s really making me reconsider my bedroom decor. i have that very large batgirl bed as i like to call it, and then a vintage black armoire (which used to be white and may need to return to its former glory), and a large black dresser. it’s weighing me down a bit to tell you the truth, so i’ll keep you posted on how i change it up. and i’m also considering some new artwork as well, which naturally had me perusing pinterest for ideas. i keep a bedroom pinboard, as well as a gallery pinboard so i checked those for inspiration. i love so many of the bedroom art depicted here — some are a bold statement like a large format photograph (selfie, anyone?) or the vintage portrait paintings (you know how i love those), or a tiny gallery of mementos and prints that really mean something special. what do you prefer?

white pendant bedroom light. / sfgirlbybayneutral bedroom decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybaywhite bedding and black wall lights with oversized art. / sfgirlbybayteal walls and vintage headboard. / sfgirlbybaymodern bedroom with art gallery wall. / sfgirlbybay inspiring hotel bedroom decor. / sfgirlbybay bedroom decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay mustard duvet and woven light fixture. / sfgirlbybaythonet char bedside table. / sfgirlbybay bedroom art and decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybayblack and white john lennon and yoko ono framed photo above bed. / sfgirlbybay black and white art print in neutral bedroom. / sfgirlbybayart gallery wall in modern bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: historiskahem; handcrafted in virginia; alvhem; south african design & decor; residence magazine; atelier doré; fantastic frank; C.O.Q HOTEL PARIS via tablet hotels;; couleur locale; fantastic frank; @sfgirlbybay; remodelista; sfgirlbybay; le mag a lire; vogue; the poster club; avenue lifestyle.