getting kitschy with it.

kitschy interior design inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

well, how’s this for cheerful? i thought i’d go to a happy place today and share some rooms where the kitsch level is pretty up there — fun and spunky, no fear of color here. when i was younger i had a pretty intense love of all things kitschy and as i get older it’s mellowed, but i still love a bit of it here and there. a great print like my barkcloth draperies, or some quirky vintage portrait paintings always work well. i probably couldn’t live with this look in every room, but it’s pretty playful for a guest bedroom or perhaps a powder room. get the look by pairing mismatched floral prints, bright colors, funky vintage finds like 40’s & 50’s ceramics and those touristy souvenirs you might normally pass up. there are absolutely no rules here.

kitschy floral print. / sfgirlbybay kitschy floral patterns and decor. / sfgirlbybaykitschy yellow floral bedding. / sfgirlbybay kitschy tropical decor and vintage barkcloth. / sfgirlbybay kitschy floral wallpaper and bedding / sfgirlbybay kitschy decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay kitschy floral patterns and decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybaykitschy floral wallpaper. / sfgirlbybay kitschy painted portraits and decor. / sfgirlbybay kitschy wallpaper and fabrics. / sfgirlbybay kitschy decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybaykitschy floral wallpaper in bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: architectural digest espana; print from Reasons: Behind the Scenes of the Design Library via phaidon; 79 ideas; british home store; design*sponge; vintage barkcloth fabric via etsy’s kimberlyz; shabby chic mania; sally breer’s bathroom via rip & tan; galbraith and paul; 79 ideas; marinain blue; freunde von freunden; architectural digest espana; link deco; architectural digest espana; shabby chic mania.



an italian retreat.

amalfi coast rental via albeli home rentals. / sfgirlbybay

picture yourself surrounded by groves of olive and fruit trees, perched high above the Mediterranean sea. can you imagine yourself here yet? not quite? well, i’m back with yet another holiday retreat you can visit — this time a beautiful home on the amalfi coast — via albeli home rentals. the concept behind albeli’s holiday home rentals is an ‘intellectual and cultural’ sanctuary allowing you a fresh perspective and lifestyle that give priority to beauty, origin, curiosity, and culture. sounds dreamy, doesn’t it? i love the simplicity of the decor (those cacti as art!) and could easily find myself here, padding around barefoot, curled up with a good book, or napping the day away in that fairytale bedroom.  si, Bellissimo! 

inspiring interior design via albeli home rentals. / sfgirlbybay

cacti branches hung on nails with wire. / sfgirlbybay

albeli home rentals amalfi coast retreat. / sfgirlbybay

branches in green glass bottles. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of albeli home rentals in amalfi. / sfgirlbybay

white tent bed in amalfi coast rental via albeli home rentals. / sfgirlbybay

amafli coast rental with outdoor bed on patio. / sfgirlbybay

pastel linen pillows on patio in amfli coast rental home. / sfgirlbybay

pastel patio decor via albeli home rentals. / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of albeli home rentals.

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this week’s must reads.

surf shack: laid back living by the water. / sfgirlbybay

it’s summer and what better time to be reading like little fiends? so i’m back with this week’s must reads and some perfect reads to fit in before our beloved warm weather season comes to a bittersweet end. in addition to some great fiction i’ve been buried in (swimming lessons, a gentleman in moscow, and Along the Infinite Sea just to name a few) one of my favorite design books released this year is Surf Shack: Laid-Back Living by the Water by Nina Freudenberger with Heather Summerville and beautiful photography by Brittany Ambridge. i think you’ll be really inspired by the homes featured in this book, and even if you don’t have a beach house (yet!), you’ll find tons of ideas for feeling like you do.

home decor book recommendations. / sfgirlbybay

fine little day book cover. / sfgirlbybay

Fine Little Day: Ideas, collections and interiors by Elisabeth Dunker. Take a peek into the fascinating life of Elisabeth Dunker, blogger, writer, stylist, designer, photographer, and artist. This, her first book is filled to the brim with inspiring images of everything that brings her joy. she welcomes readers into her studio and shows off her stunning collections, which range from colorful baskets to Scandinavian china, and then leads a tour of her colorful Gothenburg, sweden apartment. you’ll also enjoy a trip out of the city as we get a peek at Elisabeth’s cabin in the woods in beautiful Swedish countryside and yet more decorating ideas, this time with a more rustic feel.
fine little day book review. / sfgirlbybay

a look inside Fine Little Day: Ideas, collections and interiors by Elisabeth Dunker. / sfgirlbybaybeachside bohemian: easy living by the sea. / sfgirlbybay

Beachside Bohemian: Easy Living By the Sea – A Designer Couple’s Refuge for Family and Friends by robert and cortney novogratz. Take a look inside the designer couple’s beachside retreat in Trancoso, Brazil with this guide to decorating and entertaining in a breezy vacation house. The creative duo transforms a ramshackle house into a sanctuary for family and friends and takes you through each room in their family-friendly space, offering tips, advice and more on creating the perfect home-away-from-home, effortlessly combining bohemian chic style and family living. the book also offers advice on how to make your vacation home pay for itself — advising that small touches add up in big ways when creating the most enjoyable experience for guests and renters.

Beachside Bohemian: Easy Living By the Sea - A Designer Couple's Refuge for Family and Friends. / sfgirlbybay

wonder plants book cover. / sfgirlbybay

the world’s gone mad for bringing plants indoors, and why not? they’re healthy for us and beautiful to look at! in wonder plants by Irene Schampaert we learn to care for everything from succulents and snake plants to cacti and cat palms. plants have become a modern mainstay in a home’s interior design. Find style inspiration, maintenance tips and more in this guide to creating gorgeously green rooms.

wonder plants book review. / sfgirlbybay

leaving my safe space.

white bedroom walls and shelf with simple decor. / sfgirlbybay

some days, not just mondays you want to bury your head under the covers and just glide under the guise of sleep a while longer — stay in our safe space. i felt like that all weekend. i don’t want to bury my head under the comfort of covers and ignore what’s happening in our country, but at the same time i find myself with a loss for the right words. i don’t know how to eloquently say how i’m feeling, but i also don’t want to ignore what’s going on not just in Charlottesville, but across our country. i want to acknowledge how much sadness, pain and dispair i feel and see around me and hope that we can collectively do better. we can’t let the ideology of white supremacy grow and fester — history shows us what happens when hate is allowed to spread unchecked. this weekend, Heather Heyer, who lost her life standing up to hatred in protest said it well in her last public facebook post, ‘If you aren’t outraged, you aren’t paying attention”. and my wise friend casey put it beautifully, and very succinctly: “love cannot win if we are not its warriors.” i’m supposed to share beauty here, not my personal views but to not say anything at all felt like taking this space for granted and insulting you, my intelligent, caring and thoughtful readers. so instead of sinking back into my safe space under the covers, i’m opting for small gestures and small actions to start with. i will not grow weary. i will fight with compassion and in solidarity. this morning i decided to linger in my imagination if just for a little while and discover some spaces invoking calm clear heads, and simpler times. find the love, friends and shout it out loud. crush the hate. xo, victoria

linen bedding in simple white bedroom. / sfgirlbybay modern bedroom with art on wall behind bed and gold wall light fixture. / sfgirlbybayinspiring simple bedrooms. / sfgirlbybaysimple modern bedroom decpr with white walls. / sfgirlbybaypale pink bedroom decor and furnishings. / sfgirlbybayinspiring bohemian modern bedroom decor. / sfgirlbybayall white bedroom with vintage bedside table and lamp. / sfgirlbybayinspiring simple bedroom decor. / sfgirlbybayinspiring vintage modern bedroom decor. / sfgirlbybaywhite bedroom with pops of blue decor. / sfgirlbybayinspiring simple bedroom decor with floral paintings and industrial hanging light fixture. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: brooke holm for share design; @tessahop; fantastic frank; once wed; anona studio; miluccia; stardust; caminario; light locations; nicole franzen photography; sincerely kinsey; @sarcuz; Brigid Arnott photography for Country Style Magazine; architectural digest espana; the sydney morning herald.

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friday finds.

whitewashed bathroom with green vine growing up wall. / sfgirlbybay

welcome to the end of a long, weird week. i don’t know about you, but the world is freaking me out a little bit and i’m just looking for some light-filled, lovely spaces to hide out in for a while. these pretty spaces all gave me the good feels so i’m sharing them with you — in the hopes that they rub off a tad on all of us. i don’t know if y’all saw my instagram stories last weekend, but i’ll be back in my kiddy pool again this weekend pretending i live under a rock — or in this particular case a big sun hat. happy weekend! xo, victoria

  1. this tub surrounded by greenery looks like a might fine place to get lost. it’s from the pages of Indoor Green: living with plants, which looks like a great read while we’re soaking. take us away…
  2. for some odd reason, i’m a sucker for a sweet view from a kitchen sink, and jessica comingore’s with its vintage green tile has me doing a little happy dance.
  3. and speaking of a sunny kitchen view, i love raw vegan not gross author laura miller’s kitchen featured on mother magazine.
  4. now here’s a little slice of heaven — i could loll around lazily reading in this gorgeous sun room all darn day.
  5. isn’t this a dreamy little scene? atelier doré always shares the prettiest pictures (a great escape, right there!) and this breakfast in bed is just one example.
  6. another room with enviable tile floors. i’d love to serve up breakfast in this sunny space (if we simply must get out of bed!).
  7. and if forced into a working weekend, wouldn’t it be nice if we could toil the day away at this sun-drenched desk? i’d suffer through it.
  8. everything about this fabulous space makes me feel warm and fuzzy. the golden light streaming in just does the trick.

green tile backsplash and window shelf. / sfgirlbybay black and white kitchen tile and window above sink with plants. / sfgirlbybay inspiring floor tilework. / sfgirlbybay breakfast in bed inspiration. / sfgirlbybay gorgeous tile floors and green snake plant. / sfgirlbybay sunny mid-century modern workspace at home. / sfgirlbybay sunny spot with green plant in ceramics store. / sfgirlbybay