prepare to have envy for the good life — you know the kind. a simple, yet beautifully designed and built home, in the middle of almost nowhere, but actually in a clearing in the serene but wild woods of new england. this is the very wabi-sabi home of designer Julie O’Rourke of Rudy Jude — a kidswear brand out of Maine, and her architect partner Anthony Esteves who built their very stunning home by hand. together with their adorable son, they live in this modern rustic home called the soot house on the island of Spruce Head, maine. julie’s designed a line of children’s and women’s clothing that is as good for the planet as their environmentally-friendly home, and good for your health, too. All of their cotton is 100% organic and ethically sourced and dyed with 100% natural dyes, keeping toxic chemicals out of our water sources and far away from you and your kids. for more uplifting lifestyle images and inspiration, be sure to follow julie on instagram.
Wallpaper is something I typically adore from afar but have yet to implement in my own space – – and I’m not sure why! With its innate drama and an incredible knack for completely changing the feel of a room, wallpaper is one home trend I’m genuinely happy to see coming back around lately. When I rounded up my favorite light fixtures last week, I knew I wanted to do the same for all of the peel-and-stick and traditional wallpaper options tugging at my heartstrings right now. From dark and moody florals to subtle neutral patterns, I’m loving a pop of pattern in every space.
Keep scrolling for a few of my favorite motifs.
i’m a little all over the place with this week’s friday finds, but it would appear i’ve predominantly got a bit of wanderlust on my mind. i’m headed back to portugal next month and in my online research have found some pretty new places to stay. are you making any holiday plans this summer, and anywhere we should know about? do tell! have a wonderful weekend, everyone.
fancy a seaside trip down under? well one of the spots high atop our bucket list, australia’s the atlantic byron bay recently added another very chic Shade Shack for guests of The Atlantic to hide away under over the hot summer months. The Atlantic property is home to four original Byron Bay black cottages all lovingly restored with tireless attention to detail. Known for its surf vibe design and tokens of travel with remnants of adventure adorning every wall, each house provides your own gourmet kitchen to cook up a breakfast of local delicacies from the farmers market. or, perhaps you prefer just a long leisurely lunch by the pool or a good read in the shade shack — we suggest social creature by Tara Isabella Burton, an addictive summer read, laced with loads of social media madness it takes a classic tale of obsession and makes it irresistibly new. pack your favorite flowy caftan dress, swimsuit and strappy sandals for the perfect lazy afternoon look.
y’all may know san francisco-based photographer leslie santarina from her guest posts here on the blog, and from her own beautiful blog spotted sf but did you also know she’s the author of a brand new book The 500 Hidden Secrets of San Francisco? leslie is always on the go and is one of the most curious people i have ever met, so she’s the perfect person to write a book about what to Eat-Drink-See-Shop-Stay around san francisco. her book has so many hidden gems — the kind of secret spots you want the inside skinny on, especially from her local’s point of view.
The main objective of The 500 Hidden Secrets of San Francisco is to share places not typically included in tourist guides, so visitors (and locals alike) tcan venture off the beaten track and discover hidden gems tucked within the hills of San Francisco — with really detailed maps included. As you leaf through the guide and examine the categories you’ll discover the city’s renowned restaurants, secret watering holes, curious little shops and galleries, old...
this week’s instagram worthy account is that of very talented artist @brilamkin. i fell for bri lamkin’s collage work the second i saw it, and have been hoping to commission one for myself — her eye is so very good, and though i don’t know her, she strikes me as someone with a great deal of thoughtfulness behind her work. bri’s a minimalist collage artist based in West Colorado with a society6 shop of her collage prints and has a new project on the horizon — big sister magazine, exploring themes of sisterhood, lessons learned, and the ways in which we pass on knowledge. she’s accepting submissions to the new magazine and i’m anxious to see their first edition. in the meantime, have a look at her instagram feed to see what she’s beautifully accomplished thus far.
You may be familiar with blogger Anne Sage from her prolific, self-titled lifestyle site but have you seen her recently renovated home?! Alongside Martha Mulholland (who oversaw the living and dining room design) and Studio McGee in the kitchen, Anne worked little by little to completely revamp the bright 1954 bungalow. The finalized space is perfect for Anne and her husband and it happens to be filled to the brim with eclectic details and all-encompassing natural light. “It’s quaint and petite, with a simple but charming architectural envelope,” Sage told MyDomaine in a recent interview and I tend to agree. I adore the slowly collected feel of both hand-picked furnishings and decor, the nod to modern styling (which Anne calls “California Modern”) in the master bedroom, and the slightly Scandinavian color palette. “One look at my Instagram feed is a dead giveaway on my style: I like things simple, clean, and modern, yet warm and inviting too,” Sage told MyDomaine.
Keep scrolling for all of the aspirational goodness!
we’re big fans of designer katy skelton here at sfgirlbybay and have featured her lovely furniture, homewares, and lighting before. this week, i’m happy to be sharing her beautiful taylor wall sconces and a giveaway for a pair in your finish choice. it’s hard to choose because both finishes are so lovely — natural or midnight ceramic. perhaps one of each! you can also select whether you’d like them to be plug-in or hardwired. sweet, right!?
katy’s Taylor Lights are both modern and nostalgic and feature custom-made ceramic backplates and socket cups with a super sleek look perfect for all kinds of spaces — bedside, bathrooms or even above your mantel. and each and every piece katy designs is an original concept that is developed in-house with their manufacturing partners here in the united states.
to enter to win (2) taylor lights in finish and wiring of your choosing, simply:
almost like an ombre, pink and coral blend together seamlessly and make for beautiful bedfellows. these two shades are a tone on tone lovers dream come true, not to mention their very wes anderson sensibilities. it also brings to mind luis barragán’s beautiful mexico city abode. i love searching for trends in color pairings, and this one got me a little overly excited, so please pardon the plethora of pink & coral! whether you add a little dab here and there, or go full-blown wes, you can’t go wrong with this effervescent color palette. i even made a pinboard for you!
new Orleans is known for bold and colorful, so it’s perhaps no surprise that liz solms’ nola holiday home featured recently in domino is a virtual cornucopia of color. a tiny shotgun house dating back to the 1800s located in the historic Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans, liz’s home is an eclectic and very charming blend of vintage finds, including an enviable nude painting collection (note: super marché has a load of vintage nudes coming to the shop next week, should you love this look). though her bedroom is small, she makes that campaign bed fit perfectly within the space and a vintage bamboo daybed doubles as an extra sleeping space for out of town visitors. for the full tour, visit domino.
Up until now, lighting has been somewhat of an afterthought in our home but lately, I’ve had the urge to spruce up the outdated bedside lamps, flickering light fixtures, and less-than-ideal floor models to newer, more design friendly options. With so many styles that I’m loving and so much cool lighting inspiration to be found online, it’s finally time to start thinking of lamps, chandeliers, and sconces as an important element to the flow of our space.
I rounded up my faves from three categories (hanging fixtures, table lamps & sconces, and floor lamps) below. Which ones are you loving? What are your favorite sources for unique lighting?
welcome to friday finds, friends! this week it looks as though i’ve got bohemian vibes on the mind — and all the little eclectic details that make that very casual, laid back and perfect for the weekend look come to life. it’s the rose bowl flea market this sunday, too so if you’re on the hunt for some vintage treasures, that could be your holy grail. and if you’re not in L.A., you might also like to see what’s up at super marché — our new shipment from france has arrived and i’ll be freshening up the shop next week. enjoy your weekend, and happy hunting one and all!
it’s hard to imagine that L.A.’s newest hole in wall hotspot was once a gas station, and that’s because oriel has been designed by the talented team from etc. for short, who have also put their very sassy signature stamp on hotel covell and cafe birdie. i love this chinatown spot because not only is its neon-lit location under a freeway overpass unexpected (the vibe is very chinoiserie, if you will), so is its culinary experience — not chinese as you might expect, but classic french fare i love. their bavette served medium rare is to die for (i’ve had it three times, now) and paired with haricot verts with aioli and almonds and their friseé aux lardon you simply can’t go wrong. put on your silkiest striped palazzo pants, some platform sandals and cover up with your favorite kimono to fit right in. should you be dining solo, might we suggest a lillet aperitif at the bar and a good read: Treeborne: A Novel by caleb johnson — a celebration and a reminder of how the past gets mixed up in thoughts of the future.
bay area-based artist and photographer leigh beisch is one of my long-time favorites, so when another of my favorite photographers peggy wong and stylists philippine scali invited me to share their latest shoot of leigh’s home, i couldn’t wait. her marin county home is sublime — a victorian flipped on its past and reinvented as a modern, serene, and whitewashed palette perfect for an artist to build on. leigh says she’s gravitated to the concept of beauty — in nature or in the things humans have created and when expressed with simplicity, the ability to seduce, empower and heal. And given that, she believes our environment will make for a happier, more inspired person and that in order for creativity to thrive, you need to surround yourself with simplicity and beauty. looking at these photos, it’s clear she’s achieved just that.
For a long time, leigh found the need to have lots of inspiration around her — either found, purchased or created objects that inspired with texture, color or shape. Now with the internet and computers, she instead gathers much of this ‘collecting’...
some days, you just wanna lay down. not necessarily go back to bed, per se, but just lounge a bit. on those lazy days a chair just doesn’t cut it — one needs a proper chaise or daybed. the danish seem to have this design concept down pat, with their beautiful scandinavian daybeds and i for one am following suit. i work from my daybed on a daily basis and while it’s probably not ideal for my posture, it sure is cozy and relaxing. daybeds come in all styles and shapes — from modern classics like the eames, to vintage barcelona beauties, to cots and cozy cushioned diy built-ins. take your pick, and then take a nice long nap.
Lilac is such a dreamy shade, especially for the spring and summer months! The airy, wistfulness of the color is perfect for warm weather dressing, incorporating into your beauty routine, and playing with around the home. More and more recently I’ve noticed lavender, lilac, and orchid hues coming into fashion all at once and honestly, I’m loving it. I’m obsessed with all of the different pairings to be made with lilac — from rich mustards and gold for high-impact contrast all the way to earthy tan shades.
Do you have a favorite version of the color? Keep scrolling for a few of mine.
lately, i’ve been trying to incorporate a little more green in my life, especially when it comes to the kitchen. i speak both literally, and figuratively — you can either bring green in with color or with real live greenery, which is where i’m headed. i’ve planted some fresh herbs on my window sill, and outside the kitchen window, i have plenty of hanging plants to look out at. all these kitchens have some shades of green going on and i’m also fond of their very eclectic bohemian vibes. i’m of the mindset that kitchens should be functional, but also welcoming and cozy spaces where friends and family want to hang out and cook (or watch me cook) and i think the more casual, warm and a little whimsical, the better.
forging your own path in life and in work sure isn’t easy. it takes a great deal of courage and persistence. i’ve personally experienced many bumps in the road over the years while building sfgirlbybay and running my own company but every obstacle i’ve faced, every success and every failure, has taught me something valuable. i’m so proud of the platform that i’ve built with your support, my dear readers, and i’m grateful for the opportunity to share all of the things that inspire me most with you here. today, in partnership with Uber, i’m doing a bit more of just that by shining a light on my favorite fellow boss ladies who also happen to be drivers of change and major sources of inspiration to me, along with some empowering books that have recently been recommended to me — like You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero, I Thought it was Just me by Brené Brown, and girl, Wash your face by rachel hollis.
would you fancy an apartment in spain? yes, me too! especially this eclectic beauty featured recently on apartment therapy. located in valencia, spain, it features those enviable patterned terracotta tile floors spain is so famous for, and some lovely natural light that bounces off of the pretty coved, high, arched ceilings. it’s both the home and workspace for creative couple, Lucia and Jose who run Anker Prod, where they create advertising and wedding videos as they travel the world. their apartment is the perfect backdrop displaying for their exotic travel souvenirs and fun furnishings. for the full tour, visit apartment therapy.
it’s no secret that vintage bamboo daybeds are back in style, but have you thought about them for le bébé? the french daybeds make for some very serious child style, as you can see from these sweet spaces. we’ve had a hard time keeping them in stock at super marché ever since i brought mine home from elsie green, and now when i peruse children’s magazines, like milk and european blogs, i’m seeing these pretty bamboo daybeds everywhere and even fashioned as chic cribs and baby’s bassinets. here’s a look at some very adorable children’s bedrooms featuring these vintage finds as the pièce de résistance.