i don’t know much at all about this instagram worthy account except that i just really love their aesthetic. @femte.til.venstre’s bio translates (in danish) to “a small Instagram from our loft apartment” and a lovely loft it certainly is. a few things really stand out for me — one, that wonderful home art gallery, and two, those killer black steel-framed glass room dividers. i just love the simple, but really stylish vibe they share throughout their feed. so have a look and follow @femte.til.venstre’s for some great inspiration.

While island life has been unbelievably kind to us, there are a few things that I miss like mad and chief among them are regular trips to Nashville AND eating out (preferably in cute spaces). When East Nashville’s Little Octopus (located in The Gulch) popped onto my radar, via Domino, boasting an out-of-this-world brunch menu and drool-worthy rose quartz marble, I knew I had to share! The bright and airy eatery is kept fresh with pops of millennial pink (I’m not sick of it yet — are you?!), a gold mirrored bar backsplash and the most unique octopus mural that side of the Mason-Dixon. Super cool! Naturally, no bought of blogging is complete without a little online shopping so I rounded up a few things that would be right at home there.

Since I can’t pay the tapas spot a visit anytime soon, I thought we could obsess over these photos together. In the meantime, I’ll be dreaming of vegetarian tamales.

xx, chelsea

this week’s friday finds seem to be leaning towards the arts & literature spectrum. the images are filled with pretty art-filled home galleries, books and a few magazine articles that inspired me! all of my very favorite things!

xo, victoria

  1. the fold magazine has a new series, single women and their spaces. i think based on this one on photographer erin little and this one on Caroline Donofrio, you’re going to be very inspired. have a look!
  2. this is such a really impressive home gallery i think we all can aspire to. featured on mortil mernee, it definitely reminded me i need to add more prints to mine.
  3. this gorgeous instagram image is also from @mortilmernee — simply a different styling of the same room (a woman after my own heart). and i love it!
  4. i just discovered the work of this Strasbourg, France-based artist, anne-sophie tschiegg and i just love her colorfully poetic paintings.
  5. the design blog in/out has a rather fetching feature on the hoxton hotel in paris, one of my very favorite places to stay whilst in the city of lights. i love this wee gallery nook.
  6. rue magazine recently featured this new textile collection philomela and i became an instant fan. her fabric...

spring in london is quite the sight — and the only thing better than the over-abundance of blooming bushes is the brunch appropriate weather. we suggest booking a res at the adorable spot minnow. overlooking clapham common, this garden-esque experience comes up roses (even the food sports florals). though the decor is flourishing, the mood is low-key dining — we’ve got our eyes on the house-baked bread, obviously. trade in your weekday wears for your sunday best with this quirky river island coat and suede blush bag. this week we’re getting our hands on shiva rose’s new book whole beauty, this is a woman we can learn from when it comes to internal and external beauty.

~ michaela d’artois, vérité woman.

wear this there: Farrow Ion Dress in Blue Stripe; river island checked car coat; & other stories open toe suede shoes; Lizzie Fortunato Column Earrings in Pastel; Sephora Fairy Bomb Glittering Pom Pom by Rhianna; Clare...

it’s thursday and i have a hankering for a peek at an inspiring studio space, how about you? so let’s drop in on the beautiful lush green loft studio of ceramicist rena noordermeer of hear hear. photographed by on a hazy morning lifestyle, interior & travel photography partners, Andres & Joyce de Lange,  rena’s studio is located a couple of miles Northwest of Amsterdam and she shares it with her man Sam and LOTS of plants. andres and joyce sent along these gorgeous snaps they captured of rena’s creative studio where she creates handmade ceramic products and sells them in her online shop hear hear. Their photos share the stunning light-filled loft interior and all the lovely details, including all that gorgeous greenery. have a look!

ahhhh — to have a Parisian apartment. sometimes i dream of buying a small pied-à-terre with a group of good friends — we’ve talked ad nauseam about having a small second apartment in the lovely city of lights to share. just something simple and yet stylish, just like this lovely apartment. we’d furnish it with vintage french finds like the ones i collect for super marché, and trade-off having holiday time there, and when i go there to work, i’d have a place to call home. Fantasize about a chic pied-à-terre in Paris, and chances are you’ll picture a place like this. one can dream, ouí? in the meantime, let’s get the look!

get the look: 1. ede area rug from lulu & georgia; 2. rens sheepskin from ikea; 3. rattan lounge chair from super marché; 4. bentwood stacking stool from bed, bath & beyond;; 5. Saarinen Tulip Armchair from design within reach; 6. vintage side table from super marché; 7....

Springtime generally grants us an excuse to thaw out in the sunshine and take all of our meals outside (has it gotten warmer in your neck of the woods yet?!) but it usually leaves me scrambling to reconfigure the recipes in my repertoire for healthier fare. As soon as the seasons change I’m ready to switch up our typical hearty meals for something lighter, crisper, and springier (think salads of all kinds, farmers market finds, and citrus). Thankfully, the internet (aka Pinterest) runneth over with a million meals that are easy on the eyes, perfect for Springtime dining AND healthy to boot. Score!

So, when planning your menu this week, throw open the shades, let the sunshine in, and whip up something yummy. Spring time is calling!

xx, chelsea

southwestern superfood salad by camille styles

fish taco bowls by designlovefest

avocado, broad beans, and goat’s cheese salad by...

i’ve never been to coachella, have you? i find it amusing when the music festival rolls around each year that i am invited to sport some bikini brands’ wares, because, ummm, as much as i love both the warm weather and the music, i don’t think i’m quite the demographic. but hey, thanks for the thought. i heard beyonce had an amazing performance and made it beychella (and THAT i would have loved to have seen!), and i do like those pale pastel desert vibes, so i’m creating my very own version of no-chella — one that’s perhaps a tad more chill and less crowded. but crank your favorite tunes and come along for the short road trip, won’t you?

as you may have read, a couple of weekends ago i headed to joshua tree with my friend jen gotch. if you follow jen on instagram (and if you don’t, you should) you’ll know she’s very into crystals, so i had the perfect instructor along to let me in on what’s up with crystals. they’ve been around literally forever, naturally, but you just gotta admit, they’re very on trend of late. i have always found them beautiful, but mysterious — as in, i had no clue what their real purpose was. well, jen filled me right in on their magical powers, and we visited the joshua tree rock shop where i bought a lot of crystals, and each one very handily included a slip of paper with all the scoop on what each crystal means and its uses. and before heading home, we also hit up a gem and mineral show in joshua tree which was pretty darn interesting, as well — all kinds of strange goodness and i found a few (literal) gems here, too.

so, in order to learn more, i felt compelled to photograph each one and...

When I stumbled upon a snap of this space on my quest for minimal geometric art, I instantly fell in love with the mid-century modern meets colorful bohemian vibe of Poppy Lane and Scott Gibson’s Australian abode. The proprietors of Pop & Scott (long time SF Girl favorite, one of my newest obsessions and home to a ton of modern Australian designs from furniture to artisinal pottery), along with their littles Lou and Frida, have made a comfortable home in this rental property (would you ever guess?!). Quite succinctly, The Design Files describes their space as a ‘life sized treehouse’ and I have to agree! With personal touches like Scott’s handcrafted furniture, Poppy’s super cool “dreamweaver” lampshades and art from studio pals like Bobby Clarke (love!), the home perfectly encompasses all that is Pop & Scott like a seemless extension of the showroom.

Keep scrolling for more peeks into the home and a few of my favorites from Pop & Scott.

xx, chelsea

it would appear this week’s friday finds are all about the blues. but not in a sad or bad way, i’m actually just feeling the blue hue in its very best light, which is to say, i love the mood shades of classic blue can achieve in decor. always stylish, chic and slightly romantic. here’s hoping for a great weekend, everyone. rest up, relax and see you monday!

xo, victoria

  1. the very beautiful atelier solarshop in antwerp looks like it’s well worth the trip. At any given time, there may be a pop-up shop, a restaurant, and an art gallery operating there, in addition to a regular studio workspace.
  2. these vintage paper patterns make my heart go pitter-pat. i’d love to turn them into fabrics and create a whole pillow collection.
  3. i’ve always loved this Raphael wallpaper pattern shot by @loismoreno_ via milk magazine. such a romantic treetop pattern.
  4. from blah to blue! need to give a room a bit of oompf? might i suggest a coat of a bold blue paint? this one looks smashing and pretty much makes this vintage dresser go from ordinary to alrighty!
  5. what is it about an argyle pattern that feels so playful? i love this patterned floored paired with two smashing shades of blue molding. definitely playful, and most definitely chic!
  6. san francisco’s new...

it’s the weekend, so what a more appropriate place to relax and rejuvenate than a quaint spot quite aptly named chyl? A healthy kitchen with a seasonal menu that respects nature, cooked or raw, well yes, please. At Chyl Café you can expect a kitchen that reinvents healthiness on a daily basis. we’d love to drop by for Sunday brunch, and perhaps dig into one of the cafe’s delicious vegetarian or even vegan dishes.  A green spot in the middle of the big city of Brussels, where time stands still – if only for a little while. we’re thinking of going as colorful and casual as the place itself with our comfiest denim jeans, silky pink print blouse and Martiniano glove leather flats in fabulous fuchsia-pink. and getting right into the healthy groove of chyl, how about reading jonathan Kauffman’s book Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat? seems quite apropos.

cheers, victoria

wear this there: madewell...

we’ve been pretty ‘light hearted’ around here lately — i blame spring! so today, i’m headed back to the dark side. i like going there on occasion and especially when i find some darkly dramatic decor filling up my pinterest feed. some of these rooms have really gone to the extreme — painting their walls richly black, but then adding all black furniture and bedding too. i’m not sure i could personally go there, but it does have a certain soothing appeal, doesn’t it? i feel like i could dream for days in some of these all-black bedrooms. don’t be afraid to darken your doorstep — after all, it’s only paint!

have you seen the work of san francisco-based photographer suzanna scott? chances are you may have since she works with some of California’s most talented interior designers and artisans, as well as decor publications like architectural digest, domino, and lonny. suzanna’s photographs capture artful interior design, allowing the spaces to speak for themselves, and her images are appropriately unobtrusive and subtle, drawing out the character of a scene through naturalistic lighting and staging. she very kindly invited us to have a look at her most recent interior work — all with a stylish sensibility, and some very pinnable imagery. for more of suzanna’s work visit her online portfolio and instagram feed.

i shared our charming airbnb in joshua tree last week, but i thought i’d share a peek around town with you. joshua tree is kinda quirky, kitschy and filled with artists creating right in the middle of california’s mojave desert. i found it kind of magical and the light especially caught my eye. i think it must be all that sand reflected by the sky that gives it this really ethereal feeling. if you happen to take a road trip to joshua tree a few places i think are a must stop are right along Twentynine Palms Highway — like the world famous crochet museum and definitely the shari elf gallery (check out her instagram for an idea of the kind of artwork shari creates — i bought her “what would cher do” original art pieces for just $2!) which are both located in the same art queen hideaway art emporium. nearby is Jeff Hafler’s Beauty Bubble Salon and Museum — a full-time hair salon dedicated to all things hair and beauty. and if you’re hungry — i highly recommend crossroads cafe for a yummy brunch, just down the street.

I don’t know about you but I have a major weakness for coffee table books. Although I rarely find a free moment to crack the spines and thumb through the pages of my favorites, something about seeing them adorn bookshelves (and basically all of the flat spaces in my home) makes me incredibly happy. I feel smarter, more cultured, and all around better for their company!

While the books on my shelves have been nothing if not loyal, right now I’m in the market for a few more beautiful books to stack endlessly and dust off regularly. True to character, I’ve got my eye on pretty covers, botanical themes, and an ode to California living. Keep scrolling for the fifteen titles that are on my wishlist right now!

What are your favorite coffee table books?

xx, chelsea

top row: kahlo by andrea kettenman; super extra natural!; house of plants.
second row: urban botanics; weekend utopia; surf shack.
third row: cabinet of natural curiosities; it’s beautiful here; commune: designed in california.
fourth row: modern originals; cacti in colour; herb lubalin.
bottom row: living with pattern: color, texture, and print at home; plant style; daily...

i sense a real trend of late, especially around europe — the concept shop wherein you can peruse products within the actual context of a real apartment rather than a traditional store. the latest is zuexis, a parisian art gallery re-imagined as a townhouse recently featured on sight unseen. designed by paris-based architects batiik studios and decorated with an eclectic mix of vintage and scandinavian classics, the apartment is open to all to view the art collections in a natural setting where we can better imagine what the artwork might look like on our own walls (or just fantasize about living here!). the gallery wall with miniature works is giving me some serious inspiration — just love that look!

Lately I’ve been feeling the same weird magnetic pull that seems to wash over me at least once a year — I’m longing for California sunshine (not to be confused with island sunshine because our weather is a little harsher and a whole lot stickier in the middle of the Pacific) and the salty air of the PCH. Luckily, we’ve got our sights set on a trip this Summer and I’ve already bookmarked the coolest boutique hotel.

Enter: The Surfrider Malibu. One part classic California surf culture mixed with equal parts modern hospitality design and a 1950s “surf shack” sensibility. It’s ticking all the boxes for me! With unique touches woven throughout the guest rooms and grounds (hand-carved surf boards, Parachute Home linens on all beds, Grown Alchemist products in all of the en-suite bathrooms, and Cali cool furniture designed by Croft House), this is one hideaway I may never want to leave.

xx, chelsea

when i lived in san francisco i would walk by erica tanov’s beautiful pacific heights boutique and stop in every single time. and if the shop wasn’t open, i’d just oggle her incredibly styled windows and peek inside to see what treasures lived inside. her fashion sense and style sensibilities are perfectly ‘me’ and i’ve long been an admirer of her impeccable aesthetic. so when i heard she had a new book out, i couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. erica’s book, Design by Nature: Creating Layered, Lived-in Spaces Inspired by the Natural World is the ideal complement to her lifestyle and clothing collections which epitomize relaxed, bohemian luxury. In unexpected and profound ways, Erica Tanov teaches us how to train our eyes to the beauty in nature, and brings the outdoors in -— incorporating patterns and motifs from nature, as well as actual elements from the natural world into simple ideas for everyday decorating and design. Design by Nature’s topics range from embracing imperfection in your home, to seeking out flea markets, to displaying your collections, and takes an enduring and intuitive approach to design that transcends fleeting trends and encourages you to find your own unique and personal style, source of creativity, and connection to the natural world. it’s the kind...

welcome to the weekend, guys! i’m ready, how about you? it’s the rose bowl flea market on sunday, so i’m planning on a bit of treasure hunting this weekend and these funky friday finds have me inspired! all these spaces are just a tad eclectic which is what i love, and i also appear to inexplicably be drawn to round mirrors all of a sudden, so i just may be on the lookout for one of those! have a grand and restful weekend, everyone!

xo, victoria

  1. this is one very smashing eclectic little corner of architect sabine wlokas’ barcelona flat. the entire home is superb, so have a look.
  2. this living room is just so on point! i love these loungey egg chairs — part of a peek at futuristic designs from the Vogue archives.
  3. we all need a little elvis in our lives, so how about having him grin at you each morning from your bathroom vanity? can’t help falling in love, indeed.
  4. i’ve really got a thing for this big round mirror, but i really love the whole shebang. that vintage portrait, that freestanding lamp? sigh.
  5. oh lookee here! yet another fabulous round mirror, but this mirror has a less modern vibe and much more vintage. just some great styling here and love the...