friday finds.

modern dining room with louvered windows. / sfgirlbybay

at long last, friday. sigh — it’s been a busy week around here — how about you? when the weekend comes i’m all about being outside, either in my backyard or a park or the beach as much as possible and when i’m home, i love bringing the outdoors inside. so for this week’s friday finds we’re taking a look at some pretty ways of being in nature no matter where you are. enjoy your weekend, everyone and go outside! xo, victoria

  1. i’ve always had a thing for louvered windows, and this dining room makes my case. it feels much more outdoors than indoors, right?
  2. this is such a pretty covered porch area, too. it feels so simple and calming, like you’re dining in a tree house.
  3. i like this clever idea for bringing the outdoors in — some DIY shelving for potted plants right across the window.
  4. this bedroom is all that and a bag of [sun] chips. so very zen, so close to nature feels like you’d sleep so peacefully.
  5. love this tranquil setting too. very simple, but perfection all the way. just a few cacti and succulents to make the scene ideal.
  6. how about this for a loungey outdoor spot? looks like a wonderful place to nap, read and relax. adding the tarp makes it extra cozy.
  7. this is a great little outdoor dining deck. love how they’ve made it more intimate with the slat wood screen and pergola over top.
  8. and lastly, this has to be the happiest fiddle leaf fig i’ve ever seen. she’s just reaching all the way across this room making you feel like you’re dining al freso!

covered porch dining area. / sfgirlbybay

diy shelf with potted plants in window. / sfgirlbybay

tranquil white bedroom with houseplants. / sfgirlbyaby

ombre potted cacti. / sfgirlbybay

cozy patio decor. / sfgirlbybay

covered wood pergola over outdoor table. / sfgirlbybay

fiddle leaf fig tree in dining room. / sfgirlbybay

from sfgirlbybay http://www.sfgirlbybay.com/2017/04/28/friday-finds-130/

wear this there: de maria.

de maria restaurant in new york. / sfgirlbybay

nolita’s latest locale is where the independent art scene meets killer fare. de maria is a feast for the eyes (and our tummies) — the chef herself is instagram star camille becerra, so you know it’ll be pretty. designed in true Bauhaus style by dynamic duo amy morris and Anna Polonsky, co-founders & Creative Directors of new york-based concept, design and branding studio the MP Shift, the elements are simple and artful functionality, with a 70s’ flare. behind the bar, a stunning mural by artist david novros that’ll hold your gaze while you wait for your dinner. you wouldn’t want to disrupt the good vibe of the place so in matching fashion we say go a little simply retro. to fight that new york weather be sure to prep before you subway with a mizen nourishing mask, and throw a bottle of herbivore botanicals face mist in your very cheeky clutch! this week’s read this there is the late carrie fisher’s book the princess diarist, on audible of course.

~ michaela d’artois, vérité published.

colorful art at de maria. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: de maria. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: cos top with frill detailed sleeve; anthropologie atoll gold beach pants; j.crew Honeymoon tassel earrings; listen to this there the princess diarist by carrie fisher; mizen enjoy vital-up time nourishing mask; herbivore botanicals rose hibiscus hydrating face mist; Need supply co. Acne Studios Scientist Sunglasses in Gold; front row shop naked man bag; and loeffler randall lulu mule.

bauhaus inspired interior of de maria. / sfgirlbybay

fresh foods at de maria. / sfgirlbybay

sunlight dining room at de maria. / sfgirlbybay

art on wall at de maria restaurant. / sfgirlbybay

white walls at de maria restaurant. / sfgirlbybay

green table tops at de maria restaurant. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior at de maria restaurant. / sfgirlbybay

dining table and chair at de maria. / sfgirlbybay

de maria dining room. / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of nicole franzen, nikki brand, and heidi’s bridge for the MP Shift.

from sfgirlbybay http://www.sfgirlbybay.com/2017/04/28/wear-this-there-de-maria/

at home with: ayla gurganus of soulflowers.

at home in atlanta, georgia with ayla gurganus. / sfgirlbybay

today we’re dropping in on the bright, light and very charming abode of Ayla Gurganus. ayla is a floral designer who runs soulflowers in Atlanta, Georgia specializing in everyday bouquets, intimate weddings, and events, as well as designing home parties. energized by the elegance and beauty from florals, ayla combines that with a passion for foraging in nature to compose free flowing, whimsical arrangements. Soulflowers originally started as a mobile flower cart bringing pre-arranged fresh floral designs to the streets of Atlanta and has now grown into a complete floral studio. and ayla has most recently been in the process of opening a micro flower shop inside of a local boutique, young blood in Atlanta that will open their doors this week. she resides with david, her sweet husband of three years and their two pups, Ziggy and Olive. let’s check out their home sweet home, and for more from ayla, follow along on instagram.

floral designer ayla gurganus' home in georgia. / sfgirlbybay

at home with floral designer ayla gurganus. / sfgirlbybay

wood and floral details at home with: ayla gurganus. / sfgirlbybay

ceramics on open white shelves. / sfgirlbybay

home tour with ayla gurganus. / sfgirlbybay

cluster of gold pendant lights over wood dining table with large floral arrangement. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist dining area at home with: ayla gurganus. / sfgirlbybay

at home with floral designer ayla gurganus. / sfgirlbybay

at home with atlanta floral designer, ayla gurganus. / sfgirlbybay

light wood desk with green plant in vase. / sfgirlbybay

floral designer ayla gurganus' bohemian bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

details at home with: ayla gurganus. / sfgirlbybay

floral designer ayla gurganus and her husband and dogs. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of floral designer ayla gurganus' home. / sfgirlbybay

at home with: ayla gurganus. / sfgirlbybay

open kitchen shelving above stove and cutting board. / sfgirlbybay

globe light and vintage rug in ayla gurganus' atlanta home. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Morgan Beatton for Ayla Gurganus.

from sfgirlbybay http://www.sfgirlbybay.com/2017/04/27/at-home-with-ayla-gurganus-of-soulflowers/

color palette: mint + peachy pink.

modern mint and peach decor. / sfgirlbybay

last weekend, i checked out DTLA’s brand new museum of ice cream and found myself inspired by two particulars installations (and my favorite ice cream flavor) mint chip, as well as the pretty pastel sherbet room. so i return today with another color pairing, minty fresh green and pale, peachy pink. pastel hues ideal for lightening things up for the spring season. consider painting an accent wall or cabinets, adding some light fixtures (pastel barnlight fixtures are ideal), adding a fun-colored eames chair, some peachy-keen artwork and a few fresh flowers or plants. presto — an instant ice cream-inspired makeover.

mint dining chairs and pastel photos. / sfgirlbybay

peachy pink and green color inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

mint green and marble kitchen decor. / sfgirlbybay

green and pink bathroom decor. / sfgirlbybay

green kitchen cabinets. / sfgirlbybay

pink and green color palette inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

green and pink chinese silk lanterns. / sfgirlbybay

subtle pops of mint green decor. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits in order of appearance: this is paper magazine; fresh design pedia; joey five cent; let my inspiration flow; creative color schemes; coffee klatch; Georges Perec’s Life A User’s Manual; casa vogue; Banksia Still Life by Chris Hobel; oh happy day! studio kitchen; daniella witte; lovely life; freunde von freunden; visit jess janz; @styleaddict; pantone; Balladurisme by Eric Dufour Photography; style at home magazine; steve collins photography; pantone; milk decoration; SVK Interior Design.

from sfgirlbybay http://www.sfgirlbybay.com/2017/04/26/color-palette-mint-peachy-pink/

new & noteworthy.

carol mini print from heart beats club. / sfgirlbybay

1. loved this movie, so i need the carol mini print from heart beats club.

i may have gotten a little wacky with this round of new & noteworthy, but hey what’s life without a little frivolity now and then? not that any of these fine objets d’art don’t serve some urgent purpose or another? fluffy pink artwork, girls in trees, beach blankets — it’s all very important stuff. do read on.

new & noteworthy items. / sfgirlbybay

2. i find just the cover of taschen’s albert frey book divine, but i’d look inside, wouldn’t you? On a visit to Palm Springs, the architect fell under the desert spell and spent the rest of his career nurturing the consonance of architecture and nature; 3. pool party!!!! you need a beach towel if you’re going and this one will make a big splash; 4. what in the world, you may ask, would i do with a sweet ceramic green cone? well, you’d hang your baubles upon it, that’s what; 5. shaped a little bit like something from the deep blue sea, thus i give you the ‘Shelly’ Round Velvet Pillow. you’re welcome.

black and white spotted shopper from hansel from basel. / sfgirlbybay

6. i love me some hansel from basel, and back by popular demand — you couldn’t get enough of their black spotted shopper so here it is, in all its glory, with two new friends, cobalt, and fuchsia.

new & noteworthy accessories and decor. / sfgirlbybay

7. artist Leah Reena Goren’s quirky Bathers Art Print is just what we all need to remind ourselves it’s time to hit the beach, girlfriends!; 8. That’s right: women in trees — a book of vintage photographs discovered on flea market excursions alerted collector Jochen Raiss to this phenomenon, which was remarkably popular between the 1920s and 1950s yet never made into a book—until now. who knew?; 9. okay, maybe not wacky but necessary: this black tote was woven by hand in a small village of Orneta in Northeastern Poland, a region famous for crafting the highest quality string bags. so we need one; 10. put a pompom on it. well, if you do i’m likely to be a sucker for you, pretty pink Diya Spotted Fringe Pillow.

Mikkel Throw designed by Kristine Five Melvær. / sfgirlbybaywary meyers soap. / sfgirlbybay

11. wow, how i love the Mikkel Throw designed by Kristine Five Melvær. those pretty colors just speak for themselves and they say “wrap me up!”; 12. who wouldn’t love to take a bath with some pink champagne soap from that dynamic design duo, wary meyers? no one!.

from sfgirlbybay http://www.sfgirlbybay.com/2017/04/26/new-noteworthy-5/

finally, a grown up closet.

california closets makeover. / sfgirlbybay

never in my life have i ever had a walk-in closet. but now i can at long last say i finally do. i think most of us would like the luxury and the practicality of actually being able to see the clothes you’d like to put on your back, and previous to this, i was working with a closet that was added on to the house and not in a good way — at all. it was dark and tiny, and i could never find anything and it made getting dressed kind of painful with the sea of black i wear (also, where the hell is that other shoe!?!). but with my remodel i partnered with california closets for a designer discount and it has made my world a much better place.

my walk-in closet makeover. / sfgirlbybaygrown up closet makeover with california closets. / sfgirlbybayin-closet jewelry organization. / sfgirlbybaywalk-in closet with milk glass pendant lamp. / sfgirlbybay

i worked with their in-house designer cara carrasco who came out to the house, measured, assessed my wardrobe and then sat down with me and her laptop to create the perfect closet for me. she was so quick, efficient and smart about the design that i felt instantly at ease and excited about the california closet we were creating. there are all kinds of details you can choose from like finishes, hardware, and drawers and she offered some great solutions for me. it took about 3-4 weeks for the installation date and then that was a real pleasure, too. rarely have i had such a positive experience when it came to delivery (i live up two very steep sets of outside staircases and hear a lot of grumbling) but the installation process was perfection, and the gentlemen so professional and nice.

scraf drawer in my walk-in closet. / sfgirlbybayin-clsoet accessory organization. / sfgirlbybayvintage bamboo clothing hangers. / sfgirlbybaywalk-in closet shoe storage. / sfgirlbybay

we added details like the two drawers (one for my scarf collection, and one for socks and undergarments), loads of shoe slots, and based on the kind of clothes i have, one section for long dresses and pants, and 4 sections for shorter pieces like tops, sweaters, and jackets. and then a ton of shelves for all my t-shirts and accessories. they even added this sweet little pull-put hanger which is quite handy for steaming my clothes before heading out.

west elm rod with s-hooks for accessory storage. / sfgirlbybaywalk-in closet design details. / sfgirlbybayblack glass door with white knob in walk-in closet. / sfgirlbybay

i added a few personal touches like the vintage bamboo hangers, accordion mirror in the window and all my jewelry boxes. and i added the milk glass pendant lamp from shades of light, a fun mixed media bikini print from artist dorothy shain, and for more accessories like purses, scarves and necklaces i added west elm’s Industrial Pipe Adjustable Rod. i couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out, and essentially just want to play dress up all day in here. thank you, california closets — it’s been a pleasure!

jewelry display in walk-in closet. / sfgirlbybay  fashion accessories on display in walk-in closet. / sfgirlbybay black and white bikini painting by dorothy shain. / sfgirlbybay clothing on display in my new walk-in closet. / sfgirlbybay

• all photos by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.

This is post in trade discount with california closets and all words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep sfgirlbybay going with fresh content every day.

from sfgirlbybay http://www.sfgirlbybay.com/2017/04/25/finally-a-grown-up-closet/

springtime in paris.

colorful paris apartment. / sfgirlbybay

usually when i see this much color i might shy away — it can often be too much for me (lover of all things sedate in decor). but this paris apartment just works and doesn’t feel over the top to me — instead it’s very cheerful and full of that french joie de vivre. featured recently on inside out magazine, i admire the owner’s adventurous endeavor with the color blue — and not just one shade but many, and paired with those classic high ceilings and ornate crown moldings the combination makes for a dramatic yet playful juxtaposition.

colorful paris apartment via inside out magazine. / sfgirlbybaycolorful kitchen in paris via inside out magazine. / sfgirlbybaycolorful wallpaper in paris apartment via inside out magazine. / sfgirlbybaycolorful desk area via inside out magazine. / sfgirlbybayblack and white hallway with red floral wallpaper. / sfgirlbybaybold colors in paris bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via inside out magazine.

from sfgirlbybay http://www.sfgirlbybay.com/2017/04/25/springtime-in-paris/