Laying Low

By Victoria Smith, SF Girl by Bay

Have you ever slept on a bed that’s just barely off the floor? When I was moving and my old bed frame had been sold (I had to downsize) I had my mattress just right there, smack dab on the hardwood floors. And you know what? It was super cozy! I don’t know what it is about laying low, but a mattress positioned so close to the floor gives me the best sleep ever. Maybe it’s like camping, or college, or something reminiscent to a fort, but whatever it is, it’s very comforting. I also tend to find it quite stylish. Do you think box springs have been a big scam all along by someone trying to convince we need something we actually don’t? Wouldn’t be the first time, would it? Here’s a few low lying looks I love – beds very near to the floor and those doing just fine sans box springs.

Indoor Winter

By Victoria Smith, SF Girl by Bay


Bringing nature inside is one of my favorite ways to cheer up when it’s cold and wintery outside. Paperwhites and Hyacinths are the perfect solution for the season because they can be forced to flower indoors any time of year. Their bulbs don’t even need soil — they can be forced open in a bit of shallow water alone; just add enough to cover the lower portion of the bulbs without submersing them. You’ll need just a vintage or glass bowl or shallow pot, some pebbles, a few big bulbs and some sunshine. Give it a try. Simple, and so, so pretty.

Wallpaper designs by Lisa Bengtsson

By Meta Coleman of One More Mushroom

I have been a long time fan of Wallpaper.  It can instantly add color, pattern, and personality into any room.  I enjoy using wallpaper in my client’s homes and have used a variety of different wallpapers in many rooms in my own home as well.  Because wallpaper can be overwhelming, I like to wallpaper one wall, or wallpaper a smaller space with a more monochromatic or graphic wallpaper.
The wallpaper designs of Lisa Bengtsson are so beautiful and are modern with a touch of vintage.  Not only is Lisa a wallpaper designer, but an illustrator,  Graphic Designer, and ceramic and textile designer as well.


New Years Decorating

By Victoria Smith of SF Girl by Bay
‘Tis the season for holiday parties, and just when you thought the festivities might be over, New Year’s Eve rolls up right around the corner. I’m one for staying in for the evening and celebrating with close friends and family.


It’s easy to decorate with lots of white candles flickering and I quite like this idea of blowing up a few balloons in assorted sizes and taping them to the wall. Pretty!
Here’s what I did last year…

Fondue Party

By Meta Coleman of One More Mushroom

Every year around this time it is a tradition in our family to host a fondue party.  My husband and I enjoy celebrating the holidays with friends and family and there is something so warm and intimate about celebrating over a steaming pot of melted cheese, not to mention it tastes so good!


With the Holidays coming up a fondue party would be a great way to celebrate Christmas Eve, or ring in the New Year.
Here’s a recipe we love, supplies, and ideas for accessories to make your fondue party a success…


How To: Style a Custom Print

By Victoria Smith of SF Girl by Bay

Minted Custom Print

I’m a big fan of Minted’s new line of art prints. There’s a few already hanging in my home, but for a while now I’ve been wanting to enlarge a custom print — one of my favorite images of my father who passed away last year. This particular photo is of him arriving in California for the first time after moving to Los Angeles from Toronto, Canada. It’s so stereotypical — him reaching up to grab a fresh orange from a tree, that it could almost be on a postcard. It reminds me of how excited and hopeful for a new future in a warm, sunny climate he must have been.

Minted Custom Print 2

So I asked the Minted folks if I might try out their custom print service and enlarge this print to hang in my dining room to remind me always of my dad. The photos was old – taken in the 50’s and like lots of family heirlooms and ephemera it wasn’t in the best of shape. But Minted enlarged it and framed it, making it look amazing. I couldn’t be more happy with it. Giving a gift like this at the holidays is so much more thoughtful than rushing out to the mall to buy yet another ‘thing’ someone probably doesn’t need. I love the idea of giving custom prints to friends and family. And you still have time to order your custom print, the last date for personalized art is December 17th. Here’s to happy holiday memories everyone. Enjoy the season.

Decorating with Pastels

By Meta Coleman of One More Mushroom

This year I have noticed a lot of pastels in furniture and home accessories, particularly the colors pink and mint blue/green. Normally I am drawn to bright colors but I am really loving all the soft colors, there is something so calm and nostalgic about them.  It’s like a modern Scandinavian take on the fifties.


The pastels work in these spaces below because they are not competing with too many other colors or patterns.  There is a lot of white and light wood to compliment the pastels.

Photos: Upper left / Upper right / Lower left / Lower right

Here are a few pastels I would love to have in my home…


Getting Your House Cozy for the Colder Weather

By Meta of One More Mushroom

I really enjoy the different seasons, especially when it’s cold outside and the leaves begin to change color. There is something so inviting about being home, curled up next to the fireplace with a blanket and a warm drink while the weather is blistery outside. Growing up it was very important for my German mother to make our house cozy, or “gemeutlich”.


Here are a few things you can add to your home to get it ready for the cold weather…

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SFGirlByBay’s Minted Art Collection.

We can’t say we’re surprised that our new art collection looks absolutely stunning in the uber-chic home of Victoria Smith, the tour-de-force behind SFGirlByBay.

Don’t those cheerful pillows and that textured blanket look amazing with Special Day Pattern by Pink Hippo Prints? Victoria was one of the guest curator’s of our launch party and to thank her for all of her help, we let her take a few framed pieces home.

All in the Details by Courtney Wilburn really pops on Victoria’s sideboard. We love how she just rested it and didn’t even need to go to the trouble of hanging it. And aren’t those terrariums awesome?

Here is the original wall that Victoria curated at our CEO & founder Mariam Naficy’s home. You can see her inspiration board on our site here.

It’s really fun to see how the pieces look on their own throughout Victoria’s home.

Some Things Take Time by Momo is a great focal point in Victoria’s living room. Ooh, and we love her collection of mini-white vases and frames.

In a Row by Annie Clark looks perfectly lovely above Victoria’s couch. Doesn’t art just look so much better a little bigger?

A big thank you to Victoria for not only helping get our art launch off the ground, but also for showing us just how awesome minted art can look in a real home!


Minted’s Booth at the National Stationery Show.

We were so excited to have a booth at the National Stationery Show this year.

Alison (left) and Jennifer (right) were the masterminds behind the booth design. Didn’t they do a great job?

The booth was a lovely gathering spot for all of our favorite people in the world, namely, our designers! And lots of photos of designers, some at the show, some not, were showcased in a pretty heart on the back wall.

From left to right: Lauren Chism of Palm Papers, Jen, Lesa Abney of Paper Nest by Lesa, Laura Hankins, Kimberly FitzSimons, Alison, myself. Our booth featured some holiday card winners from 2011 and a mantle handmade by Jen’s boyfriend.

It was very exciting to see our brand new art prints framed and hung! Don’t they look fab?

Here’s a close-up of our holiday cards, along with some cute little succulents.

It turns out our holiday cards look pretty great as mantle art!

I think Meg Gleason of Moglea agrees!

The other great thing about the booth was having somewhere to sit!

Walking the show is tiring work! Kimberly FitzSimons.

And requires flats and ample caffeine.

Tanya Lee of Frooted Design.

Megan Davis from Toast & Laurel.

Sandy Pons & Lena Barakat.

Annie Clark (center) enjoys a nice chat with press and designers.

Darcy Miller (Martha Stewart Weddings) with our founder and CEO Mariam Naficy.

Here I am (right) showing Vane (Brooklyn Bride) some of our latest samples.

From left to right: Alston Wise of B. Wise Papers, Amy Ehmann of Design Lotus, Kelli Hall. Not only are our designers the most talented, but they’re also quite chic, don’t you think?

Jen and Linda Birtel of Bella Expressions.

We also gave a little shout-out to our Chronicle winners from the stationery challenge last year. So great to see everyone!! Thanks for stopping by.