best of: head case.
by victoria comment

7/8/19

woman kissing vintage bust. / sfgirlbybay

have you been paying attention to this latest trend? i can’t quite get enough of it — heads everywhere you turn! first, it was just simple sketches that were popping up all over the internet, and now it would seem we’ve gone 3-D — actual busts or sculptures of beautiful figurines and heads appear to adorn every shelf. a good shelfie doesn’t seem complete without busting a move, so to speak (sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun). i’ve a few of my very own, but i think i may need a couple more — a think a cluster of good looking heads is just the chic thing. you can find them everywhere from your local flea market (or maybe granny’s attic?) to and , and i occasionally find a few fabulous french ones for super marché. not a thing wrong with being a head case!

vintage figurine on top of rustic dresser. / sfgirlbybay

antique ceramic bust. / sfgirlbybay

ceramic bust on black metal and wood cabinet. / sfgirlbybay

ceramic and wood sculptures on metal bar cart with books. / sfgirlbybay

cay figurines on vintage table. / sfgirlbybay

phrenology bust as hat mold. / sfgirlbybay

large ceramic bust on rustic wood floors in designer leanne ford's house. / sfgirlbybay

vintage sculptural busts as home decor. / sfgirlbybay

unique stone sculpture in white-washed modern home. / sfgirlbybay

shelfie of curated collection of home decor. / sfgirlbybay

vintage ceramic bust on credenza. / sfgirlbybay

ceramic bust with floral crown. / sfgirlbybay

modern shelfie with art objects. / sfgirlbybay

designer leanne ford's bohemian modern home. / sfgirlbybay

wood and marble sculptures. / sfgirlbybay

black bathroom with ceramic bust sculpture. / sfgirlbybay

collection of vintage busts. / sfgirlbybay

sculpture on modern table. / sfgirlbybay

collection of home decor on white brick built-in shelves. / sfgirlbybay

vintage ceramic home decor. / sfgirlbybay

rustic buffet with curated flea market finds. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: ; ; ; jihan zencirli; ; vintage busts from ; ; leanne ford; ; ; ; ; bill cunningham via ; ; vintage Russian poet bust; leanne ford; ; ; vintage Girl with Bun Bust by Marwal from ;; ; vintage bust from ; ; ; ; ; ; leanne ford; ; ; ; ; ; ; .

best of: worthy: @jessicatremp.
by victoria comment

7/8/19

inspiring instragram photo by australian-based photographer @jessicatremp. / sfgirlbybay

i find this week’s worthy account just so poetic. i love the way australian-based photographer sees the world — it’s just so dreamy. i haven’t posted some of her more personal images, depicting her beautiful children because i just tend not to think it’s not really my place, but if you’d like to see them they are wonderous. instead, i’ve focused on her inspiring interiors and travel-related photographs which are equally wonderful. jessica also has available, and , so be sure and have a gander.

inspiring travel photo by australian-based photographer @jessicatremp. / sfgirlbybay

curated home goods by australian-based photographer @jessicatremp. / sfgirlbybay

curated ceramic goods photographed by @jessicatremp. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior photographed by @jessicatremp. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring photography by @jessicatremp. / sfgirlbybay

still life by photographer by @jessicatremp. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen nook photographed by @jessicatremp. / sfgirlbybay

florals and textiles photographed by @jessicatremp. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring dining area photographed by @jessicatremp. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior decor photography by @jessicatremp. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring travel photography by @jessicatremp. / sfgirlbybay

modern interior with a-frame beamed ceilings photographed by @jessicatremp. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern interior photographed by @jessicatremp. / sfgirlbybay

lived-in living room photographed by @jessicatremp. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian white-washed bedroom photographed by @jessicatremp. / sfgirlbybay

art-filled living room photographed by @jessicatremp. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by .

best of: cowboy pool DIY.
by victoria comment

7/3/19

backyard cowboy pool at night. / sfgirlbybay

before we sign off for the rest of the week to enjoy the 4th of july long weekend, i’m excited to be sharing my backyard pool project meet what some seem to call the cowboy pool — a galvanized stock tank for watering livestock. repurposed as an affordable alternative for those of us who can’t swing the cost of a built-in swimming pool! and this was not my genius idea — i got it from morgan at and  who inspired me to make my own!

diy stock tank swimming poo with striped pool raft. / sfgirlbybay

so, to begin i did some research and discovered that a company called distributes these  (for just $330!) and they even have a really easy to follow which is how i figured out how to accomplish my cowboy pool. if you’re not close enough to rural king, distributes these stock tanks all over the country and you can find a . For those of you in the los angeles area, i found mine at and they delivered it to me within the same day for a very affordable fee (I think it was like $150, which for a 2-hour roundtrip drive i thought was quite fair). the next trick was getting it up my hill and into my backyard! these babies are big, awkward and not ridiculously heavy but it did take four guys to bring it up. so have some heavy lifters to help you.

cowboy pool in backyard with olive tree plant. / sfgirlbybay

diy cowboy pool how-to tutorial. / sfgirlbybay

the pool holds 700 gallons of water so be sure your pool area can support that weight and as suggests, you may want to add a base of gravel or sand for support. i had built a deck that wasn’t getting much use so that was the perfect spot for my pool. you’ll need to get and (i got this cute ), as well as a to keep the water fresh, clean and mosquito-free which can be found on or your local pool supply store.

diy cowboy pool using stock tank. / sfgirlbybay

filter system for outdoor cowboy pool. / sfgirlbybay

and most importantly, you’ll need the for above ground pools and , which i also found on . the shows you exactly how to install it – but my handyman did secure the holes with extra washers and clamps to get really tight, waterproof hoses. i hired a handyman who specialized in pools and found him by calling pool supply stores for recommendations and researching on . i also picked up an for skimming leaves and debris from the pool, which i actually find quite a zen experience — i think it’s my OCD kicking in that i love getting every last leaf!

outdoor built-in bench seating for cowboy pool. / sfgirlbybay

cacti in black and white pots. / sfgirlbybay

the pool is 8 feet in diameter and about 3 feet tall, so while you definitely can’t do laps, it’s the best floating pool around and i’ve found hours of pleasure hanging out there with a hat and a good book. i got a in black and white stripe (another tip I stole from !) and for easy inflation, an (save your breath!). if you want something smaller, this is pretty great, too and keeps you extra cool because the mesh keeps you partially submerged in the water — : drink cozy! oh, i also added a few of these cute to the fence and added a couple of for guests.

galvanized stock tank as swimming pool. / sfgirlbybay

black string lights with edison bulbs. / sfgirlbybay

and lastly, i had some wood planters around the deck, but as you can see i have so much green space in my backyard i thought they’d be better put to use as benches around the pool, so my carpenter built them over the planters. i then had him add poles so i could string my to create mood lighting at night, for hanging poolside, or evening floats. i then enlisted my favorite L.A. upholsterer to make custom cushions in light gray sunbrella waterproof fabric (with zippers so they can be washed) for the built-in benches — making it an extra cozy spot to read and catch some rays. i also added a few cacti and for a little extra ambiance, and voilá — my cowboy pool is complete! if you have any questions at all please let me know and i’ll do my best to answer them!

string lights in backyard with built-in seating and cowboy pool. / sfgirlbybay

diy cowboy pool at night with string lighting. / sfgirlbybay

backyard view from cowboy swimming pool in l.a. / sfgirlbybay

echo park, ca backyard with built-in dining area, upper deck with cowboy pool and string lighting. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by victoria smith for sfgirlbybay.