good reads: a spoonful of sun.
by victoria comment

6/7/22

good reads: a spoonful of sun by pauline chardin / sfgirlbybay

i’ve been observing French creative director and photographer Pauline Chardin plate and serve her beautiful meals on instagram for a long while now, and i was always mesmerized by how she could take the most simple, fresh ingredients from around her kitchen and turn them into little edible works of art, almost effortlessly. she’s just got such an enviable and artistic talent for it. so i’m very excited to tell you that she now has an equally beautiful Mediterranean cookbook out, a spoonful of sun published by gestalten. it’s ideally titled since pauline lives in the south of france in provence, in a stunning home she and her husband have created for themselves, surrounded by her lovely, wild gardens. i have an extra bit of interest in this book because i’d been speaking with gestalten about the possibility of a book of my own when i told the editor about pauline’s incredible instagram feed and asked if i could put them in touch. so i’m thrilled this book has now become a reality with all the credit going to pauline’s incredible eye for detail, her mad creative skills in the kitchen, and, not to mention her photography skills, as she’s photographed the book as well.

good reads: a spoonful of sun by pauline chardin / sfgirlbybay

pauline is a one-woman renaissance artist if i’ve ever seen one and you’re going to cherish this cookbook from her Mediterranean kitchen. This is more than just a cookbook, with a keen sense for design, pauline knows that the eye takes the first bite. it will have you digging out your most interesting serving pieces and table linens just to step your game up a few notches. she’s definitely inspired me to make presentation a big part of my own meals. everybody knows a Mediterranean diet is the healthiest way of eating, but how does a modern cook approach it? Pauline experiments with local fare, seasonal products, and flavors inspired as much by her surroundings as by her travels around the world. A self-taught cook, she has an eye for beauty that translates into her effortless and nutritious recipes for the day-to-day. the cookbook is also an invitation to living slowly, rediscovering what nature offers seasonally, and transporting it to the table with endless creativity. here are just a few pages from a spoonful of sun, along with a peek at her instagram feed — i think you can see why i became so enamored of her culinary and photographic talents. bon appetit! 

good reads: a spoonful of sun by pauline chardin / sfgirlbybay

good reads: a spoonful of sun by pauline chardin / sfgirlbybay

good reads: a spoonful of sun by pauline chardin / sfgirlbybay

good reads: a spoonful of sun by pauline chardin / sfgirlbybay

good reads: a spoonful of sun by pauline chardin / sfgirlbybay

good reads: a spoonful of sun by pauline chardin / sfgirlbybay

good reads: a spoonful of sun by pauline chardin / sfgirlbybay

• photography by pauline chardin and a spoonful of sun published by gestalten. photographs of the book by me.

color story: summertime blues.
by victoria comment

6/6/22

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

much like its cool cousin green, deeper darker shades of teal and turquoise are popping up all over the place making them the ideal color story for summer. it’s a real colorfest out there lately and maximalism is very in, so you may want to add a dash of your own bit of blue if you care much about being on-trend. i’m not sure i can do shades of blue in my own place (except in my bathroom below, with my vintage seaside painting collection), but i know that i certainly admire it from afar. there’s nothing quite like a splash of teal to remind you of far-off, holiday locations by the sea — like mexico, the Mediterranean, or perhaps Cadaques, spain (one of the prettiest seaside cities i’ve ever seen!). there’s definitely an exotic feel to some of these rooms, and again they’re beckoning us to take a trip. and now that i’m back on the mend from covid and with a few more days of safely quarantining under my belt, i may seriously have to start thinking about planning a trip somewhere in my near future.

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: Gem Club Display by lauren bamford photography; photographer erin scott’s studio shelves; Mia Partial Optic Glassware from amara; blue pillow cushion covers by @dimoradellebalze; highway fonts from font review journal; Mesh Woven Grocery Bag from inspire express; vintage 1910 French Majolica Oyster Plate from chairish; Flowers and Wine Indigo II Acrylic Painting from chairish; Hand Thrown Porcelain Medium Jug Turquoise from trouva; view from Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat by ann street studios; maisonette set of 4 joanna Buchanan crochet placemats; blue door by @sosally_; maisonette Oyster Trinket Dish; shadow by @humanmirage; Teal Paisley Embroidered Bolster Cushion Cover from camomille london. below: vintage landscape painting from jayson home.

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: coffee table by @dimoradellebalze; blue chairs via nome furniture; jayson home Bristol Serving Tray; airplane window by m.k. sadler photography; Rialto Glass Tumblers from amara; jayson home Blue Universe Dome Paperweight; postcard via fantastic frank; Miró La couleur de mes rêves PRINT FROM ABE’S BOOKS; Old Style Dutch Pot teal symmetrical print from trouva; Indigo Shibori Bedding from jayson home; tiles from smink studio; Set of 4 Recycled Stacking Glassware & PITCHER FROM SCHOOLHOUSE; all we see is the sea doors via high end hippier; jayson home Sauce Dishes; english cottage from inigo; st. frank CACTUS SILK CXCII RUG.

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

color story: decorating with teal blues / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits: click on the image which will take you to its original source. in the case of my collages, the links are listed just below clockwise from left to right.

temporarily closed due to covid.
by victoria comment

5/31/22

well, it finally got me. i’ve vaxed and boosted but i have come down with covid-19. i let my guard down for one evening and i’m pretty sure that’s when it struck. i was going to be off this week anyway because of some new projects in the works, but suffice it to say, i’ll be in bed. i’m doing alright, but feel terribly fatigued with an awful headache. i was going to put some ‘best of’ posts up for you, but i’m afraid this is all i can manage for the moment. i assume i’ll be back next week, so in the meantime, thanks for your patience. and please wear your masks. covid is still out there!

xo, victoria

friday finds.
by victoria comment

5/27/22

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

tgif and the long weekend couldn’t come soon enough. i don’t want to elaborate on it here since you’ve most likely arrived here for a bit of an escape from the news but i think most of us feel enough is enough. i’ve really become this person who’s drawn to colorful design more and more lately and i think it could have to do with all the joy it evokes. the images here on this week’s friday finds are all quite bold, eclectic, and a little bit whimsical. exactly what my heart needs right now. i’m off next week working on some new projects i’m excited to soon share with you. i hope you have some lovely plans with friends and family this memorial day weekend and have a moment to remember all those we’ve lost. sending lots of love.

xo, victoria

  1. i’ve been inspired by Provence-based pauline chardin’s photography and Instagram feed for a long time now, but in the past few weeks, she’s shifted her perspective a bit and gotten much more colorful. i’m really feeling this color shift more and more myself, so i really love where she’s going with this. she also has a truly beautiful cookbook out with gestalten publishing, A Spoonful of Sun: Mediterranean Cookbook For All Seasons, so check it out.
  2. i really love this sleek modern bedroom and the attention to detail in the milan home of architect @PieroLissoni and his photographer wife @veronica_gaido, featured in T magazine’s spring Design issue. i’m not usually one for primary colors per se, but the contrasting colors and patterns really look incredible here.
  3. this bedroom styled by toast uk is pretty special, too. it’s so simple and very minimalist, featuring their TRIANGLE PATCHWORK COTTON QUILT but it looks so cozy and warm. their quilt is crafted from cotton and hand-dyed, handwoven striped ikat, then quilted with neat rows of Kantha stitching by hand. just beautiful.
  4. this is another beautiful, bespoke quilt, this time featured in Makeup artist and stylist Sofie de Mylius’s bedroom in Østerbro in Copenhagen. her charming home is filled with sentimental vintage pieces like the quilt, handmade for her by a close friend. the full tour is here on alt.dk.
  5. i’ve become quite the fan of handmade ceramics of late and these incredible bowls made by artist jane ormes had my attention immediately. i’ve been looking into pottery classes and can’t even imagine the talent that goes into this kind of detailed design and glazing. i’ll be lucky if there’s not a huge hole in the bottom of any masterpiece i might create.
  6. i know the color palette of this bathroom is a bit unexpected, but it too, had me at hello! i loved the pale pistachio green paired with the rust-colored trim and that whimsical neon nude print above the tub. i just love when i stumble upon a special room like this that’s completely unique in design and thought, one i’ve never seen before. that’s originality at its best.
  7. this rough stone-and-cement mid-century modern fireplace is really uniquely beautiful, too. it’s the home of writer Susan Orlean who along with her husband completely restored this classic home in los angeles designed by Austrian-born architect Rudolph M. Schindler. the entire home if pretty spectacular and you can view the full tour on dwell.
  8. i know it may seem as though i’ve become completely obsessed with lrnce lately, but well, it’s true. i have become smitten with everything they create. i love this muted but colorful area rug, new from the modern homewares and lifestyle brand based in Marrakesh. check out all of their beautifully styled collections here.

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: hôtel le sud Juan Les Pins, france.
by victoria comment

5/26/22

wear this there: hôtel le sud Juan Les Pins, french riviera / sfgirlbybay

i must truly be in holiday fantasy mode because we’re off to the south of france once again for this week’s wear this there. i keep seeing this pretty spot popping up in my feeds of late, so let’s go! we’re headed to the very charming Hôtel Le Sud in Juan Les Pins, located on the French Riviera situated between Nice and Cannes in Southeastern France. fancy! but not too — the chic resort town of Juan-les-Pins is known for its long, sandy beaches and seafront promenade, and this hotel fits right in. whitewashed with colorful graphic details and actually quite casual — they even serve meals from their very own La Cambrousse food truck. i love vacations where i don’t really need to dress up after a long day at the beach, pool or exploring the local surroundings. so we’re going super beachy with some white denim jeans worn with a navy tank top and denim jean jacket. we’ll add some oomph with a cute sunhat, some sassy french sneakers, and oversized sunnies. i’ve added a neck scarf, too, because duh, it’s france. i’ve thrown in a swimsuit, of course, a cute cover-up that doubles as an evening dress (look at that back detail!) and i know they’re extravagant, but we’re fantasizing so let’s pack these prada slides. we’ve packed you some cute gingham pj’s and a good book, too — The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe, there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. Would you have done anything differently, if you had the chance to undo your regrets? this book gives you some insight into what that might look like. bon voyage!

wear this there: hôtel le sud Juan Les Pins, french riviera / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: hôtel le sud Juan Les Pins, french riviera / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: cos REGULAR-FIT COTTON VEST in navy blue; mango Crochet bucket hat; mango Pocketed denim jacket; Bensimon Women’s sneakers in white; mango Linen-blend scarf; cos OVERSIZED GATHERED DRESS in navy; anthropologie Hermina Athens Spirit Eye and Pearl Bracelet; Le Specs Air Heart Sunglasses; read this there The Midnight Library by Matt Haig; Sleepy Jones Marina Pajama Set; PAUL SMITH Artist stripe cotton-terry beach towel; cos UNDERWIRED BIKINI TOP and HIGH-WAISTED BIKINI BRIEFS; PRADA Triangle logo-plaque terry espadrille slides; mango Leather basket bag; j.crew 9″ mid-rise demi-boot crop jean in white.

wear this there: hôtel le sud Juan Les Pins, french riviera / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: hôtel le sud Juan Les Pins, french riviera / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: hôtel le sud Juan Les Pins, french riviera / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: hôtel le sud Juan Les Pins, french riviera / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: hôtel le sud Juan Les Pins, french riviera / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: hôtel le sud Juan Les Pins, french riviera / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: hôtel le sud Juan Les Pins, french riviera / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: hôtel le sud Juan Les Pins, french riviera / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: hôtel le sud Juan Les Pins, french riviera / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: hôtel le sud Juan Les Pins, french riviera / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: hôtel le sud Juan Les Pins, french riviera / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: hôtel le sud Juan Les Pins, french riviera / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: hôtel le sud Juan Les Pins, french riviera / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: hôtel le sud Juan Les Pins, french riviera / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: hôtel le sud Juan Les Pins, french riviera / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of Hôtel Le Sud and @hotel.le.sud.