new & noteworthy.

vessels and vases from light & ladder. / sfgirlbybay

1. vessels and vases from light & ladder.

this week’s new & noteworthy finds feels as thought i’ve been influenced by the simplicity and beauty of japanese design. clean lines, with a tactile sensibility — nothing too fussy, just great design and good functionality, or at the very least something really lovely to look at it.

a Limited edition art print by By Garmi you can find at the poster club. / sfgirlbybay

2. i love this drawing called STATIC — a Limited edition art print by By Garmi you can find at the poster club.

new and noteworthy home goods and accessories. / sfgirlbybay

3. i like the idea of a pouch attached to my key ring for coffee money — this is the Otaat/Myers Collective Small Black Ring Pouch from need supply; 4. such a clever ‘Not Lunch Box’ by Hender Scheme available at nalata / nalata; 5. i have this Cast Iron Incense Holder by Oigen Foundry Co. and everyone asks where i got it — at nalata / nalata; 6. love this GIANT FEEDING NET shopping tote from maison empereur, that cute shop in marseille i told you about in this week’s post about their secret apartment.


7. the block shop is nailing it with their latest collection of homewares, and i especially dig the new pillows.

new & noteworthy home decor items. / sfgirlbybay

8. uncertainty, a lovely limited edition linocut print from artist ellen von wiegand — be sure and check out her full collection; 9. mayumi yamashita ceramic bowls are such a wonderful mix and match collection; 10. love this elegant mirror inspired by Indian craftsmanship — it clings with a strip of recycled sari fabric, also from maison empereur.

noteworthy modern home decor items. / sfgirlbybay

11. designer Eric Trine’s Rod + Weave Chair isn’t really ‘brand new’ but it’s awfully amazing so it falls into the ‘noteworthy’ category — at poketo; 12. this a very cool Triangle Standing Mirror from urban outfitters; 13. and, one more — the cova vase from light & ladder.

at home with designer anna valentine.

at home with designer anna valentine. / sfgirlbybay

when in london last week, we kind of accidentally discovered the west end area of Marylebone. The main neighborhood shops are along Marylebone High Street and we fell instantly in love with its charming narrow side streets, sweet boutiques and cafes. so i can see why fashion designer Anna Valentine chose this spot for both her studio and her Georgian-style home just walking distance away. it’s spare, but bright and quite beautiful and well thought out — almost like her design studio itself. featured recently in elle decoration you can find the full tour and more about the couture designer on their site.

home of fashion designer anna valentine. / sfgirlbybay

fashion designer anna valentine's home. / sfgirlbybay

designer anna valentine in her home in london. / sfgirlbybay

elle decoration's tour of designer anna valentine's home. / sfgirlbybay

at home with designer anna valentine via elle decoration. / sfgirlbybay

black and white art prints on wall in designer anna valentine's home. / sfgirlbybay

home tour with designer anna valentine via elle decoration. / sfgirlbybay

london home and studio of designer anna valentine. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Elsa Young / Frank Features for elle decoration.

marseille’s pension edelweiss.

travel accommodation in marseille. / sfgirlbybay

we arrived in marseille via the Saint-Charles train station, which was in all probability in close enough proximity to our pension to walk, but there were those pesky (and heavy) bags in tow not to mention a few hundred stairs. so you know, we hopped in a taxi from the train station as one does and somehow landed the grumpiest driver in town, because he practically told us to drop and roll from his cab, shouting at us in french something about ‘it being just blocks away’, so we landed in marseille in not the kindliest fashion. but all of that nonsense quickly vanished when we opened the door to our home away from home, pension edelweiss. there’s a part of me that doesn’t even want to share how special this place is because i fear it will now be booked for decades to come, but once you see it, you’ll appreciate why i just had to show you this very charming, almost wes anderson-inspired bed and breakfast.

my room at the pension edelweiss in marseille. / sfgirlbybay

this lovely spot was my room, (there are four in total at pension edelweiss), and my friends it’s just under a $100 a night. hard to come by, right? i felt like i’d won the hotel lottery and i think i did. everything about this eclectic room was welcoming and comfortable, not to mention the most adorable alarm clock coffee maker and some delicious lighting fixtures hanging from ceilings that went on for days. also — the perfect little balcony offering up the quintessential french view. i was in love at bonjour!

framed vintage posters in my hotel in france. / sfgirlbybay

room decor at pension edelweiss in marseille. / sfgirlbybay

vintage decor at pension edelweiss. / sfgirlbybay

vintage furnishings in my room at pension edelweiss. / sfgirlbybay

vintage framed photographs at pension edelweiss. / sfgirlbybay

french decor and views at pension edelweiss. / sfgirlbybay

oversized vintage french poster on mantle at pension edelweiss. / sfgirlbybay

the rest of the pension edelweiss is just as fashionable, and colorful. these rooms were the salon, an area open to everyone for reading, relaxing, a spot of tea and accompanied by some enchanting french music. the kitchen was a cornucopia of color complete with both a yellow and a mint green fridge, gorgeous Moroccan tiled floors and we were offered a feast fit for royalty for breakfast including fresh fruits, cafe au lait, croissants, soft boiled eggs, granola — on and on it was delivered by our hostesses who couldn’t have been more kind and helpful with suggestions on where to dine outside of the house.

blue walls at the pension edelweiss in marseille. / sfgirlbybay

the salon at pension edelweiss. / sfgirlbybay

colorful kitchen decor and furnishings at pension edelweiss. / sfgirlbybay

green room at the pension edelweiss. / sfgirlbybay

and lastly, here’s the room my travel mates stayed in — the green room, quite obviously. and it was just as fabulous as the rest of pension edelweiss with more vintage treasures and eclectic furnishings. i really do think wes should know about this place. no set decoration required! should you find yourself in marseille, you simply must stay here (once you’ve also spent an evening at the secret apartment i wrote about yesterday!).

aqua walls at pension edelweiss with vintage furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

vintage french decor in the green room at pension edelweiss. / sfgirlbybay

spring forward.

whitewashed floors and white walls with white double-doors. / sfgirlbybay

i’ve been confused all week as to what time it is. along with the jet lag from my trip, came also the changing of the clocks (why again do we do that?). so it’s spring forward so to speak — which i actually love because daylight savings time gives us all a little more time outdoors. and the time change perhaps also signals a time to bring a bit of the outdoors in — adding fresh flowers to your rooms and swapping out warm wintery hues with fresh greens and pinks. it’s an easy fix you know to give your place a spring makeover — just change out those pillow covers and throws, and maybe swap out your rug (or simply put it away for the warmer seasons). here’s some spring looks to give you a hint on how.

spring color and decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

spring decor inspiration: pink sofa. / sfgirlbybay

spring flowers and decor. / sfgirlbybay

spring decor ideas. / sfgirlbybay

spring inspired home decor. / sfgirlbybay

pink area rug for spring. / sfgirlbybay

spring inspired home decor. / sfgirlbybay

art and floral inspriation for spring. / sfgirlbybay

spring look: pale pink sofa. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen with simple spring color palette. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits in order of appearance: stadshem; @liviabrito; by fryd via decor8; fantastic frank; strawberry coeur; fantastic frank; the blue hour; Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings Restaurant via coco kelley; bo concept via milk decoration; by fryd via decor8; lobster & swan; marie claire maison; vt wonen; aloha gaia; vogue; vestidos lindos atelier; @emily_katz; beth kirby; penny farthing’s A Haze So Angelic print; melimeli interiors; planete deco.

a secret stay in marseille.

Marseille,]. / sfgirlbybay

It is in Marseille that one can discover the oldest hardware store in France and one of my very favorite sources of inspiration. originally created in 1827, and now a beautiful concept store maison empereur remains today an essential place to visit when in Marseille. it’s got many personalities — hardware and gadget store, gourmand cooking go-to, homewares extraordinaire and even the cutest children’s toy store (i picked up a pair of those colorful bicycle handlebar streamers!). but what is not quite obvious, is that it’s also an inn. this darling shop also houses a secret apartment where you can spend the night. up two flights of stairs and there you are: maison empereur opens the doors to a french apartment of a bygone era. This place is not necessarily adapted to all — up a winding staircase to the second floor without elevator and no tv or wifi access, but a magical travel experience to be certain. to my surprise, it’s even listed on airbnb. we asked the maison empereur shop proprietors if we might have a look and they graciously gave us a private tour, where i snapped as many pics as i could. next time i’m in marseille, i’ll definitely spend a night here.

maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

secret hotel in Marseille. / sfgirlbybay

hotel maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

light fixture at the maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

the inn at maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

maison empereur inn. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring decor at maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

wood and glass cabinet at maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

maison empereur inn. / sfgirlbybay

decor inside maison empereur inn. / sfgirlbybay

decor inside maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

french decor at maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

accessories and decor at maison empereur inn. / sfgirlbybay

decor at the inn maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

wall of vintage portraits at maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

bedroom decor at maison empereur inn. / sfgirlbybay

white wall with vintage black and white portraits at maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

patio at maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

patio decor at maison empereur. / sfgirlbybaywhite shutters at maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay