Crystal Corners

One of my absolute favorite things about design is its ability to add something fun, unexpected and different to a space you wouldn’t normally notice. Whether it’s tiny decorative hinge heads or custom DIY window films for privacy, I like when design can take a small, overlooked spot and make it feel special.


So when I saw these “Crystal Corners” on Etsy, I stopped and took notice. I’ve always had a soft spot for glass pieces, but I love the way these glass webs and crystal corners add something majorly unexpected in a space where you might normally see something a bit dustier. Our home’s corners are mostly filled with actual spiders (which I’ve learned to make peace with) and webs, but adding in one of these little decorative glass corners would be such a fun way to add detail to a room that is simple and in need of a little extra something.

I’d love to use one of these in a kitchen or dining nook where bright morning light streams in — the colors would be beautiful. If you’ve got a little corner (inside or out!) that could use some extra love, click here to check these corners out in more detail (they’re about $89 apiece). –Grace

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at home in adelaide.

country magazine home tour. / sfgirlbybay

featured recently in country style magazine and photographed so beautifully by marnie hawson this is one lovely, albeit rustic country home. in fact, this is actually a former 1870’s bacon factory in south australia’s Adelaide Hills. the stonework alone makes it so cozy looking — but add the freestanding fireplace to the kitchen and exposed white-washed beam ceilings and that’s a place i could hunker down all winter long. give me a stack of great reading material and i’m good to go. you already know i’m a sucker for all those vintage portrait paintings, but throw in that gorgeous sofa (perhaps an ode to ‘blue velvet’?) and i’m done for. to view the rest of this pretty place, along with its lush green grounds, visit country style magazine.

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• photography by marnie hawson for country style magazine.

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limited by Saatchi Art + my 10 x 10 curated collection.

geometric limited by Saatchi Art. / sfgirlbybay

finding affordable art that reflects your personal style can be challenging, but just got a lot easier, thanks to Limited by Saatchi Art. In fact, i’m quite honored to share that I, along with nine other tastemakers, was asked to curate a collection for their 10 x 10 campaign! to celebrate this stunning new line of limited edition prints, a new guest curated collection is being released every day through september 21st. starting today, you can shop my collection here.

painted portrait via limited by Saatchi Art. / sfgirlbybay

female portraits via limited by Saatchi Art. / sfgirlbybay

the pieces I chose for my collection appeal to two different parts of my personality and sense of interior design style. The first of which includes these portraits that remind me of the women of film noir: a little dark, a little enigmatic, and full of mystery. And the rest are inspired by my love of water, and particularly the beach. It’s a place I grew up visiting with my family every weekend, and I’ve always found a lot of clarity and calm when surrounded with art that reminds me of my time near the ocean.

framed photograph of the ocean via limited by Saatchi Art. / sfgirlbybay beach print available via limited by Saatchi Art. / sfgirlbybay

with Limited, every print is accompanied by a signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity and available in a range of sizes to fit your space and budget. Bonus: your art arrives ready-to-hang in a black, white or natural wood frame!

colorful beach print via limited by Saatchi Art. / sfgirlbybay california art print limited by Saatchi Art. / sfgirlbybay art print via my 10 x 10 collection for limited by Saatchi Art. / sfgirlbybay

I had so much fun finding #MyLimitedStyle and putting this collection together! I can’t wait to hear what you think of my selections. Oh, and you can enter to win $1,000 towards artwork of your choosing, by following @limitedsaatchiart on Instagram and tagging a friend in the comments of this post. Happy shopping!

art gallery wall via limited by Saatchi Art. / sfgirlbybay

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Floral Fossils by Ronni Nicole + Best of the Web

One of the only downsides of fresh flowers is that they don’t last forever. Whether you’re hoping to remember flowers from a wedding, special party, a birthday or any other celebration, holding on to the actual blooms is pretty difficult unless you plan to hang them upside down and dry them. While I love a nice dried hydrangea bunch, I especially love when artists come up with clever and beautiful ways to help people preserve memories.

Philadelphia-based artist Ronni Nicole does just that with her Floral Fossils. I discovered her work on Instagram and have been smitten with the way she works ever since. Ronni works with clients to create custom clay pieces that honor a special bloom or bouquet they’d like to remember. She transforms flowers and clay into a beautiful art piece that can be displayed and enjoyed for years and years to come. I love her tiny pieces the most (I’d like to do a shadowbox piece of several flowers from our garden), but Ronni also produces striking large-scale work, too. Click here to check out more of her work online. Until Monday, here’s wishing you all a safe and happy weekend. -xo, Grace


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5 Ways To Breathe New Life Into Vintage Pieces

Today, furniture and design shop owner Johnelle Mancha is sharing information-packed tips about a topic for which many of our readers seek advice and inspiration — reviving vintage pieces. Johnelle’s Berkeley, CA home store, Mignonne Decor, specializes in revitalizing vintage pieces, custom upholstery and furniture, vintage treasures and incredible antique rugs, plus interior design services. After over a decade working with vintage furniture, Johnelle has no shortage of helpful hints and must-try tips.

Below you’ll find five areas of improvement, plus the problems and solutions you may commonly run into when beautifying an older piece. Johnelle will discuss repairs, reupholstery, re-painting, re-staining, and reimagining vintage furniture pieces so that you can confidently move forward with any decor you’ve had your eye on — or had in your fix-it pile!  Rebekah

Photography by Sara Ruhe and Johnelle Mancha for Mignonne Decor 

Image above: One of Johnelle’s amazing transformations: a vintage settee gets a vibrant look with a vintage kilim rug.

Image above: Johnelle in her Berkeley shop, Mignonne Decor.

1. Repairs: Here are a few of the most common repairs you may find with vintage furniture, as well as the red flags you should look out for, and their solutions.

Problem: You find a piece, for example, a chest of drawers, but when you go to open them, the drawers are stuck/have a hard time opening.
Solution: A simple waxing and light sanding to the underside of the drawer and to the rails can work miracles. You can simply remove the drawers and first lightly sand the rails with sandpaper, as well as lightly sand the underside of drawers. You can buy a small pack of 100-150 grit sandpaper for this. Then, dust off or vacuum, and then rub wax on the rails and the underside of the drawer itself where it hits the rails. We love this product that also works miracles on lackluster wood exteriors. Simply lather a generous amount, then let sit, then go back and wipe off excess.

Problem: Your dining chair is wobbly or sways a bit when you sit in it. You love the chair itself, but fear it’s not stable!
Solution: One easy tip that we have done and do time and time again, is to insert recessed screws into joints of the chair. We don’t recommend this on PRISTINE antiques, but for chairs that have been painted or are just pieces you love and use — but aren’t your coveted antiques — this can be a simple and affordable solution. Anyone handy enough with a screw gun can do this. For most dining chairs, I typically suggest using a three-inch screw.

  • Simply screw the screws into the four joints of the top of the chair legs, where the chair seat meets the legs.
  • Turn the screw in far enough so it becomes slightly recessed.
  • Then, you can use a stainable wood filler to lightly fill the hole.
  • For excess wood fill after you apply, simply smooth out with a damp cloth.  Let it dry overnight.
  • Then, when dry, use a fine grit piece of sandpaper — we like to use 220 grit.
  • Lightly sand the wood fill hole, so it is smooth and flush to the chair design.
  • Dab with a similar stain color and/or paint over your piece. Either way, your chair will now be a ton more stable and back in business, and the fix will be faint.

Again, for pristine antiques, we suggest more in-depth ways of restoration that keep the overall integrity, but this approach is really great for newer pieces that need stabilizing or less valuable vintage pieces.

Problem: You find a beautiful wood piece with a ton of scratches or a few discolored and obvious markings to the stain that you are not happy about.
Solution: One trick of the trade that we love, is to simply use the two following products: for wood pieces that need a mini spa makeover, we love to use Restor-A-Finish — it comes in a variety of stain colors, too. Use a dry cloth to rub over a piece, and let it sit, then lightly rub off excess. Another product we love with similar effects is Old English Scratch Cover.

Image above: “We loved the patina but again, due to the age, it was super dry, and the drawers did not open properly… we used some of the above techniques to bring it back to life,” Johnelle says.

Image above: “A couple examples of keeping it wooden, and simple, but hydrating and sanding/a little waxing and TLC.”

2. Reupholster: At my shop, customers can bring in pieces that come from everywhere — from within the family to on the street — and have the team reupholster them. Here are my trusted tips for what to keep in mind:

A good reupholstery job is definitely something that requires a skilled crafts/tradesperson. It really is a profession in its own right! But for us designers and those with a good eye to see the beauty and potential in what a piece can become, working with a skilled upholsterer can be one of the most fun processes! We love that we get to work with our clients on redesigning their inherited gems, or on pieces they have picked up with big hopes and dreams. With upholstery, there are always a million ways to spin it, and when working on interior design projects with clients, we let their space dictate how wild we may go when it comes to the redesign.

For example, if a room already has lots of art or patterned rugs, etc., then going a little more timeless and neutral can be the key for fabric we suggest. However, if a room is more barren and simple, an upholstered statement piece may be what we dream up together.

Image above: “This client had two of these matching loveseats. They were going to go to two different residences that both screamed for some pattern and movement.”

3. Re-paint: Do you dare paint vintage furniture? Here are my tips to help you decide if painting is a good option for your item.

Re-painting a piece is more of a commitment, so choose your palette wisely.​ Again, we shy away from painting everything, or pristine antiques, but a little splash of color to a dated piece paired with new hardware can be fantastic. Also, a simple neutral with a vintage silhouette can be a great way to blend some soul into your decor.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Is the piece already painted? If so, it never hurts to paint over it again. If someone wants to refinish it completely or strip it, another layer to go through isn’t going to ruin it.
  • Is my piece really, really old? For example, you know your grandmother inherited it from her parents… it’s probably not the best piece to paint, and you may regret it since there is sentimental value.
  • On the flip side, if it has no sentimental value and isn’t super, super old, but is wooden, it might be fun to sand and revive.

Image above: “Our client had this NEWER 1990s Asian sideboard. Her space had no color. We made a splash.”

4. Re-stain: If you love the shape of something, but it’s damaged, or has a dated stain, re-staining it can make it feel fresh and modern again.  

Re-staining can take a lackluster piece and give it a whole new lease on life. Re-staining properly requires a lot of patience and time, and oftentimes you need to do the following:

  • Hand sand​ing a piece and/or using a power orbital sander for large flat areas.
  • Pre-conditioning wood for old and dry pieces.
  • Carefully applying a layer of new stain, letting it dry for 24 hours, reapplying, drying…continue until you have achieved the color of choice.
  • Then, sealing with a sealer. We prefer to use oil-based stains: though more meticulous, they produce lovely end results.

Image above: “One of our favorite recent transformations, we stained the frames a walnut color.”

5. Reimagine: You can always take a vintage piece and reuse it in a way that was different from how it was originally created.

Reimagining a piece in a new way is what we love, and all of the above techniques showcase this. However, sometimes reimagining can be even more simple than we think! Below we show how a recent acquisition of an antique daybed can be simply styled and reimagined in various ways.

Image above: “Using a vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan rug keeps the room light and airy.”

Image above: “Here we style the same daybed with darker tones, creating a completely reimagined look.”

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wear this there: brewery bhavana.

inspiring interior of brewery bhavana. / sfgirlbybay

you see the word brewery and you may think bros after work reminiscing over artisanal ales, but raleigh, north carolina’s brewery bhavana redefines the concept to something so much more. yes, you’ll find a vast bar with your choice of libations, but what you’ll also find is a dim sum restaurant, a floral shop, and a library/bookstore that makes you feel right at home. conceptualized and realized by the nolintha family who brought every personal touch to the project including sourcing the bookstore’s goods from family and friends — some of the pages containing love notes you just might stumble upon while scooping a soup dumpling into your mouth. go casual chic for this one, with denim that can be unbuttoned under the dinner table if need be (their menu looks extensively divine). not that you’ll need to bring your own book to the library, but if you’re looking for a new read we’ve got our eyes on the reissue of sex and rage by eve babitz.

~ michaela d’artois, vérité published.

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wear this there: pixie market taylor black puffy sleeve button shirt; cos round-neck a-line coat; zara the real slim flare jeans; reike nen ring square loafer in black;
jcrew Medium pouch in sun italian leather; j. crew orbit earrings; dior Vernis Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer in 494 junon; club monaco TL-180 Small Cabas Bag in navy blue; jcrew Piper sunglasses.

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good reads: milk magazine.

at home with Morgane Sézalory, Sézane fashion boutique founder. / sfgirlbybay

oh that milk magazine — it never fails to disappoint. i regularly peruse milk for their inspiring children’s fashion shoots (always so clever even if they are written in french, which i can’t read a word of!) but it’s when they’ve included a home tour feature in the magazine that i get overly excited. this apartment is no different — in Paris’s 7th arrondissement, a stone’s throw from the Rue du Bac, this is the lovely home of Morgane Sézalory, Sézane fashion boutique founder. just in time for NYFW Sézane has just opened in new york so what better time to catch a glimpse of how she lives? which is apparently surrounded by utter charm — i mean just look at this place. that pale pink & green velvety color palette and those crazy good light fixtures — oh la la! to see the full sneak peek into this french stunner, visit milk magazine.

dining area with velvet chairs in home of Morgane Sézalory, Sézane fashion boutique founder. / sfgirlbybayhome of Morgane Sézalory, Sézane fashion boutique founder. / sfgirlbybaywhite walls and pendant lamps in home of Morgane Sézalory, Sézane fashion boutique founder. / sfgirlbybayleather chaise lounge in home of Morgane Sézalory, Sézane fashion boutique founder. / sfgirlbybay  art and gold sconce in home of Morgane Sézalory, Sézane fashion boutique founder. / sfgirlbybayblack and white kitchen with marble countertops in home of Morgane Sézalory, Sézane fashion boutique founder. / sfgirlbybay marble countertops in kitchen of Morgane Sézalory, Sézane fashion boutique founder. / sfgirlbybaymodern black pendant lamp and vintage mirror in home of Morgane Sézalory. / sfgirlbybaypink bedding in bedroom of Morgane Sézalory, Sézane fashion boutique founder. / sfgirlbybay pink bedding and minimalist modern wall light fixture. / sfgirlbybaypink bedding and pink and green vintage lamp in bedroom. / sfgirlbybay home of Morgane Sézalory, Sézane fashion boutique founder. / sfgirlbybayMorgane Sézalory, Sézane fashion boutique founder, home tour via milk magazine. / sfgirlbybay

• Photography by Karel Balas for milk magazine.

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