Currently Loving: Whitewashed Brick

By Victoria of  SF Girl by Bay

I love the look of old brick walls once they’re given a fresh coat of white paint. While weathered brick is lovely on its own, too, there’s something airy and modern about a whitewashed wall. The look is still warm and cozy, but the paint gives the space a facelift and significantly brightens up the room. Case in point: Hally’s Restaurant (above and below) in London, designed by Alexander Waterworth. Though it’s a commercial restaurant, I think the space is so homey and beautiful, and could easily be translated into a home kitchen.

Read on to see more whitewashed looks I’m loving.

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Take It Outside: Summery Alfresco Dining Ideas

By Victoria of  SF Girl by Bay

Summer is officially here, which means dining al fresco and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. I search far and wide for the best outdoor patios around my city, but this year I’m dedicating myself to setting up my own outdoor dining area for occasions from parties to a few moments alone with my morning cup of coffee. I love this idea of setting up under a big tree, to give a feeling of an intimate alcove, and have rounded up a few more of my favorite outdoor dining inspirations for you.

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wallpaper trends.

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.
As I start planning out my next home decor project, I’ve become quite enamored with some of the latest in wallpaper trends. Even if you’re not willing to commit to wallpapering an entire room, using a fun pattern here or there as an accent wall or to a piece of furniture is sure to brighten up a room. Here are just a few wallpaper designs that have caught my eye.
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neutral territory.

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

Creamy-colored neutrals are back in a big way. I think it has to do with the popularity of the souk and flokati rugs that are popping up every where I look. The vintage Moroccan Boucherouite and Ben Ouarain rugs are a hit, too and even the cowhide. All these warm, fuzzy textiles seem to have influenced the decor that surrounds them and rooms are being designed without a lot of color, per se, but a multitude of rich creamy, white hues and textures. Makes me want to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and read a good, long book.

I love this Souk rug paired with very soft, pale gray. This is the beautiful home of Amelia Widell from Lovely Life.

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New Year. Less Clutter

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

For the new year, many resolutions include some kind of reorganization of our lives. The first thing that comes to my mind is going through the clutter accumulated from the past year and tidying up our living spaces. Here are just a few of my favorite shelving setups.

These reclaimed open wood shelves are a gorgeous way to showcase and organize your most beautiful belongings. This display can be seen at Twig & Twine in L.A.’s Silver Lake.

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Winter Whites.

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.
This time of year, it’s easy to get carried away when decorating for the holidays. I’ve been trying to keep it simple and chic, like this dark green wall as a backdrop to glamorous white and silver ornaments and props from Elle Interiör via Emmas Designblogg. Keeping to a minimal color palette with pops of fun accents allows the room to be striking and modern yet still making it festive and fun! Here are a few of my favorite holiday decor ideas for making the end of the year quite merry.
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A Typographic Home

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

Lately it seems that many of the spaces I save as inspiration all have one thing in common – pops of beautiful and graphic typographic decorative elements. I’ll them all – the vintage metal letters, oversized, or paired with others. Like the “L A D” seen above from photographer Seth Smoot, using letters as accent pieces around your home or office is a great way to bring unique visual elements to a space that could spell out meaning, or hold a more abstract message.

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Decorating with Plants.

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

With fall upon us, the leaves changing, and the chill coming in, it makes me want to fill my home with greenery even more these days. Something about the fresh green vibrance of these house plants and arrangements gives the space a sense of life and keeps me motivated to work which is why I’ve always loved decorating my space with plants. Here are a few of my favorite ideas to bring green into your own home or office.

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Lighting the Way

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

One of the easiest ways to brighten up any room is to literally add light. With the changing of seasons and days growing shorter, it’s time to update your spaces to accommodate for get togethers after dusk. From geometric to organic shapes and materials, there are so many fun lighting options out there to choose from and here are just a few of my recent favorites.

I love the vintage, bohemian vibe of these Bright Beads lamps by Marz Designs via Contemporist along with the ability for one to stand alone or to group them together, creating an instant collection.

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rest your pretty head.

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

Sometimes the best getaway from the busy, fast paced everyday is right here in your own home. These bedrooms, adorned with their ornate and luxurious headboards, take turning your space into a sanctuary of sorts to the next level. I can just imagine myself setting up camp and cozying up with a few good books, a pot of tea and staying put all weekend long. Here are a few favorite pretty beds and headboards that have recently caught my eye.

This cool brick Boston apartment turns into a warm and inviting space by pairing natural textiles atop this off-white tufted headboard. This pretty padded headboard does wonders to bring a softer feeling into the more industrial-seeming space.

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