giving thanks from california.

orange blossom. / sfgirlbybay

hello friends, and a very happy thanksgiving to those of you celebrating america’s favorite feasting holiday! i am writing this from 91-degree california today (so weird!), but tomorrow i board a plane to a chillier climate in france. so i just wanted to take a moment to give thanks for you guys — for all your kind support of both the blog, and my new shop super marché. i couldn’t do my dream job without your participation and encouragement and the fact that we’ve been at this for over ten years now is monumental to me and the gratitude i feel for being able to do what i love is not lost on me. i am one very fortunate girl.

oranges on white linen. / sfgirlbybay

it’s been a long strange year with too much sadness and senseless deaths, weird politics, and mistreatment of women, and mankind in general. i, for one, am so thankful for the heroes in all of this and am trying to find hope in their fearlessness. people who rush in to help and those who come forward when it’s anything but easy to do so. i hope somehow this all turns some kind of corner into positivity and less of a drama every damn day. with that in mind, i think we should all be careful not to become too addicted to all that drama, because without becoming a crazy conspiracy theorist, i know that while much of what’s going on is all too real, i do think sometimes this madness is served up as a distraction to the bigger issues happening around us, and knowing how popular reality tv is, people in power tend to create these dramas to make us look the other way. but i don’t want to dwell on this all too much —  i just wanted to say thank you for the support here on the blog, and out there in ‘real life’ too. so many of you have become friends online, and in person and that means so much to me. keep your chins up and think all the happy thoughts this holiday and try and be really grateful for all the people in your lives that matter the most. all this other stuff will fall away when we focus on the stuff we’re so lucky to have — love and friendship and maybe a yummy turkey and mashed potatoes with gravy. we’ll be back on monday with a bunch of ‘best ofs’ while i’m away in france. love you,

xo, victoria

grapefruit on pink sheet of paper. / sfgirlbybayfruit in bamboo basket. / sfgirlbybayoranges on wood plate with ceramic mug. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits in order of appearance: suvikesalainen; katoqu; jacob resichel; notable; @_hyemij; @revemin_ji.

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get this look: a Parisienne nook.

maire claire maison dining nook. / sfgirlbybay

i’m not exactly what it is for certain that i find so charming about this color palette i saw in an older issue of marie claire maison, but i was so smitten with it. perhaps because i’m flying to paris tonight! this room just has that je ne sais quoi. it’s a charming dining banquette in a Parisienne flat and the mix of the quite serious looking portrait paintings paired with the jolly little cushions just created such a uniquely modern juxtaposition — such interesting mix of decor going on here, in such a tiny little nook.

dining banquette maire claire maison. / sfgirlbybay

get the look: Parisian dining nook decor. / sfgirlbybay

i thought it would be fun to try and ‘get the look’: Set of two vintage Framed Lovely Young Ladies from southernpearlz; black Factory Light No. 5 from schoolhouse electric; VINTAGE MUNDUS BENTWOOD ARMCHAIR from super marché; round yellow pintuck pillow from urban outfitters; pink Valentina Pillow from anthropologie; and Pieced Corduroy Throw Pillow from urban outfitters.

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new from the animal print shop.

the animal print shop artwork with super marché rattan daybed. / sfgirlbybay

a few weeks ago I had the distinct pleasure (and all-out fun!) of partnering on the latest Nursery Project from The Animal Print Shop. sharon montrose, the talented photographer who magically captures these beautiful animals with her camera invited me to help style the darling nursery with the addition of some vintage pieces from our super marché collection. her brand new print series is aptly entitled Kindred — comprised of four prints to start (Kindred Tigers, Kindred Sheep, Kindred Kangaroos, and, shown here, Kindred Camels), showcases the tender, loving bond between parent and child. So naturally, they figured, what more appropriate place for them to make their debut than in a bright, sun-splashed nursery, freshly designed to welcome a lucky family’s newest member?

we curated a vibe we like to call “eclectic modern bohemian” by pairing The Animal Print Shop’s darling Kindred collection with an energizing hodgepodge of patterns and cheerful color palette, accented with hints of saffron and rose along with some standout pieces from super marché: one of our dreamy rattan daybeds with our hand-stitched tufted pillows, and the brassy vintage chandelier found at a French flea market, too. To complement the rustic elegance of the daybed (and the playfulness of its colorful cushions) we chose a tasseled Moroccan rug in shades of pink and cream, and a hand-embroidered cotton whale, who is, as described, “quite big, but very kind.”

rattan daybed from super marché and the animal print shop art. / sfgirlbybay

Nearby, a classic Oeuf Sparrow crib, handmade bedding encourages deep, restful sleep; on the opposite wall, an Oceanscape — part of Montrose and Merrick, a new series of large-scale photographs by Sharon and designer Heidi Merrick — contributes an additional lulling moment of quiet. Meanwhile, the room’s joyful patchwork was rounded out with a spunky printed wallpaper. In the end, we thought it set just the right sort of scene for greeting a curious baby camel and her devoted, ever-doting parent. i couldn’t be happier to introduce you to Kindred from The Animal Print Shop family. you can find the sweet Kindred Camels — and the rest of the Kindred series — here.

white framed beach print. / sfgirlbybaywhite framed beach print in nursery. / sfgirlbybaybaby sheep print from the animal print shop. / sfgirlbybayinspiring nursery decor. / sfgirlbybaykangaroo print from the animal print shop. / sfgirlbybaytiger print from the animal print shop. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Joe Schmelzer for The Animal Print Shop.

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spotted: petit marlowe.

inspiring interior of petit marlowe in SF. / sfgirlbybay

today we’ve got a sweet peek inside the Parisian-style wine + oyster bar, Petit Marlowe, little sister to beloved bistro Marlowe and other premier San Francisco establishments by restaurateurs Anna Weinberg, James Nicholas and chef Jennifer Puccio. The menu includes a raw bar full of oysters, caviar and crudo and other small bites of cheese, charcuterie, tartines and salads. They also offer delicious tartare and deviled eggs, each served in three unique ways—the latter offers a choice of spicy pork, Spanish anchovy and piquillo + jalapeño. And there are plenty of great wines to accompany your dishes. Perhaps a little caviar, too? Petit Marlowe is open daily starting at 4:00 PM. They host an Oyster Happy Hour from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. and please take note — they are closed on Sundays.

spotted: cement pig doorstop at petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

wine bar sign in booth at petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

oyster plate at petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

decorative birds inside petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

paper roll menu on wall at petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

oysters on the half shell at petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

pink and black wallpaper at petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

deviled eggs at petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

vintage lighting at petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

caviar on ice at petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

petit marlowe oyster bar in san francisco. / sfgirlbybay

• Interiors designed by Ken Fulk. All photography by leslie santarina.

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spotted: petit marlowe.

inspiring interior of petit marlowe in SF. / sfgirlbybay

today we’ve got a sweet peek inside the Parisian-style wine + oyster bar, Petit Marlowe, little sister to beloved bistro Marlowe and other premier San Francisco establishments by restaurateurs Anna Weinberg, James Nicholas and chef Jennifer Puccio. The menu includes a raw bar full of oysters, caviar and crudo and other small bites of cheese, charcuterie, tartines and salads. They also offer delicious tartare and deviled eggs, each served in three unique ways—the latter offers a choice of spicy pork, Spanish anchovy and piquillo + jalapeño. And there are plenty of great wines to accompany your dishes. Perhaps a little caviar, too? Petit Marlowe is open daily starting at 4:00 PM. They host an Oyster Happy Hour from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. and please take note — they are closed on Sundays.

spotted: cement pig doorstop at petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

wine bar sign in booth at petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

oyster plate at petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

decorative birds inside petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

paper roll menu on wall at petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

oysters on the half shell at petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

pink and black wallpaper at petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

deviled eggs at petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

vintage lighting at petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

caviar on ice at petit marlowe. / sfgirlbybay

petit marlowe oyster bar in san francisco. / sfgirlbybay

• Interiors designed by Ken Fulk. All photography by leslie santarina.

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good reads: the new paris.

coffee shop exterior in paris. / sfgirlbybay

as i head off to paris this week all by myself, i find myself much relieved to have discovered The New Paris by lindsey tramuta. it’s not that i’m not excited to be heading to paris, it’s just that i find it slightly intimidating. i don’t speak much french (but i’m learning) so that’s a big part of my irrational fear. but this book is making me feel much more like i could fit in — it’s The New Paris after all and lindsey shares all these wonderful new shops, cafes, bars and even brew pubs run by entrepreneurial souls that i feel like i can relate to much more readily than perhaps the old guard. Lindsey is a food & travel writer based in Paris by way of Philadelphia, and as full-time francophile is the ideal person to author The New Paris. the beautiful photographs by Charissa Fay perfectly pair with lindsey’s enticing introductions to these creative new spots — so much so that i’m wondering how i’m going to fit as many as i can into two short days in paris before i head off to lyon. anyway, i seem to be on a roll when it comes to reading and posts about great books of late, but i for one never tire of great reading material, so i don’t intend to stop anytime soon. long live print, and vive la france!

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juice bar in paris. / sfgirlbybay

clown bar exterior in paris. / sfgirlbybay

yard black and white exterior in paris. / sfgirlbybay

modern home decor store in paris. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern bathroom in paris. / sfgirlbybay

modern decor store in paris. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Charissa Fay From The New Paris by Lindsey Tramuta, published by ABRAMS c 2017.

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good reads: the new paris.

coffee shop exterior in paris. / sfgirlbybay

as i head off to paris this week all by myself, i find myself much relieved to have discovered The New Paris by lindsey tramuta. it’s not that i’m not excited to be heading to paris, it’s just that i find it slightly intimidating. i don’t speak much french (but i’m learning) so that’s a big part of my irrational fear. but this book is making me feel much more like i could fit in — it’s The New Paris after all and lindsey shares all these wonderful new shops, cafes, bars and even brew pubs run by entrepreneurial souls that i feel like i can relate to much more readily than perhaps the old guard. Lindsey is a food & travel writer based in Paris by way of Philadelphia, and as full-time francophile is the ideal person to author The New Paris. the beautiful photographs by Charissa Fay perfectly pair with lindsey’s enticing introductions to these creative new spots — so much so that i’m wondering how i’m going to fit as many as i can into two short days in paris before i head off to lyon. anyway, i seem to be on a roll when it comes to reading and posts about great books of late, but i for one never tire of great reading material, so i don’t intend to stop anytime soon. long live print, and vive la france!

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clown bar exterior in paris. / sfgirlbybay

yard black and white exterior in paris. / sfgirlbybay

modern home decor store in paris. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern bathroom in paris. / sfgirlbybay

modern decor store in paris. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Charissa Fay From The New Paris by Lindsey Tramuta, published by ABRAMS c 2017.

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giveaway gift books from schoolhouse electric.

holiday gift book giveaway from schoolhouse electric. / sfgirlbybay

schoolhouse electric is obviously known for a trendsetting lighting collection and wonderful homewares, but this year they have holiday gift-giving down pat, too. there’s all kinds of adorable small gifts for kids and adults, alike, but my very personal favorite gift to give is books. so i asked schoolhouse if they might be up for giving away an entire stack of their holiday gift books to one very lucky reader. lo and behold — they said sure! So, should you win this mighty stack of books (just one shy of a dozen books!) you could well consider your holiday gift giving done! there are books here for everyone you know and love, from plant fiends to design aficionados and all those cooks, too.

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to enter to win the entire collection* of 11 books listed here from schoolhouse electric, simply:

• Follow schoolhouse electric on Instagram.

• comment below letting us know you followed on Instagram.

• please comment by tuesday, Monday, December 27th, 12 PST

• as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.

• sorry this time the giveaway is for U.S. residents only.

• we’ll announce a winner selected by random number generator on my twitter account the week of December 4th, so be sure and follow along.

*Please note the Finn Juhl book is currently excluded from the giveaway and not available from schoolhouse electric.

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giveaway gift books from schoolhouse electric.

holiday gift book giveaway from schoolhouse electric. / sfgirlbybay

schoolhouse electric is obviously known for a trendsetting lighting collection and wonderful homewares, but this year they have holiday gift-giving down pat, too. there’s all kinds of adorable small gifts for kids and adults, alike, but my very personal favorite gift to give is books. so i asked schoolhouse if they might be up for giving away an entire stack of their holiday gift books to one very lucky reader. lo and behold — they said sure! So, should you win this mighty stack of books (just one shy of a dozen books!) you could well consider your holiday gift giving done! there are books here for everyone you know and love, from plant fiends to design aficionados and all those cooks, too.

wonder plants decor book. / sfgirlbybaywonder plants: a guide to decorating with plants. / sfgirlbybay

to enter to win the entire collection* of 11 books listed here from schoolhouse electric, simply:

• Follow schoolhouse electric on Instagram.

• comment below letting us know you followed on Instagram.

• please comment by tuesday, Monday, December 27th, 12 PST

• as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.

• sorry this time the giveaway is for U.S. residents only.

• we’ll announce a winner selected by random number generator on my twitter account the week of December 4th, so be sure and follow along.

*Please note the Finn Juhl book is currently excluded from the giveaway and not available from schoolhouse electric.

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friday finds.

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welcome to what’s almost the thanksgiving week! it seems kind of quiet out there, everyone readying their holiday tables and ordering up their turkeys. i’m having a hard time coming to terms that it’s already november, and because i head to france on wednesday to hunt vintage finds for super marché it hasn’t really hit me that the holidays are suddenly here. so, instead of feastly preparations, this week’s friday finds, i’m all about the feminine. sometimes i’m just in the mood to get girly. anyway, have a look and have a splendid weekend!

xo, victoria

  1. could you go bold and paint your walls pink? and then create a super chic gallery of pretty paintings to display on said pink wall? when it looks as good as this gallery featured on the design files, i say oh yes!
  2. i love everything about the organized, yet pretty style of this shelving unit. i need something like this in my guest room — it’s becoming clear that room needs to double as an office storage space, but i need it to look decent!
  3. i’m such a fan of british stylist emily chalmers and her funky, vintage-inspired bathroom is so charming. and an easy and inexpensive look to create with a few vintage postcards or prints. just add a pink striped towel!
  4. i just love this naturally hand-dyed pillowcase DIY from a beautiful mess. i’m a sucker for this kind of cotton fringe trim anyway, so they had me at hello!
  5. i’m not even quite sure what to say about what this even is, except that it’s extraordinary! the work of MIREIA LUZÁRAGA + ALEJANDRO MUIÑO entitled solstice, the launch of a “post-natural architecture through the design of a multitude of material systems, that turns the project into an open laboratory of exploration of new narratives, both technical and aesthetical”. have a gander!
  6. as if designer ulla johnson’s fashions weren’t feminine and flirty enough, then holy smokes just have a gander at her new york showroom. i’d like to live here, please. i’ll just tuck myself inside the dressing room — no one will notice.
  7. i keep seeing these beautiful stems popping up all over pinterest. i had to google them to discover what they’re called — apparently, an anthurium sometimes called a flamingo flower, which makes sense to me. so graceful!
  8. here’s certainly a bold statement — but i love everything about this glorious glamorous room from the world of interiors. pink banquette, anyone? yes, please!

modern desk work space. / sfgirlbybay cheerful floral prints in vintage-inspired bathroom. / sfgirlbybay naturally dyed pink pillow with pink fringe via a beautiful mess. / sfgirlbybay diy ombre pink bedding with fringe via a beautiful mess. / sfgirlbybay friday finds featuring pink origami sculpture / sfgirlbybay feminine pink walls and arched shoe displays at ulla johnson store. / sfgirlbybay green plant in glass globe vase with round hanging mirror. / sfgirlbybay feminine bohemian decor. / sfgirlbybay

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