beautifully lit in italy.
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terracotta hand & eye studio lighting fixture. / sfgirlbybay

i recently came upon this lovely lighting made by hand & eye studio, a lovely London-based lighting design company with a clean-lined design aesthetic founded by Thomas Housden & Alex Johnen. the creative team sells directly to residential customers looking to light their homes, but also works directly with businesses, architects, and designers around the world for both residential and commercial projects — and they also accept bespoke commissions. i loved this particular glimpse into a beautiful Italian home using their Terracotta Large lighting fixture in the kitchen and  Terracotta small in the dining room in a way that looks cozy yet elegantly modern. Also featured is hand & eye’s Gooseberry small pendants as really interesting bedside lights. their journal features more inspiring projects, like garance doré’s new home featured in domino. have a look at hand & eye.

terracotta pendant lighting fixtures from hand & eye studio. / sfgirlbybay

italian home with terracotta pendant lighting fixture. / sfgirlbybay

terracotta hanging light fixtures. / sfgirlbybay

small goosberry pendant light by hand & eye studio. / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of hand & eye.

friday finds.
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bedroom curtain room divider. / sfgirlbybay

happy weekend one and all! i’m so happy, settling into my laguna cottage and i think the new atmosphere has infused me with fresh ideas and a new perspective. feels good! i’m almost ready to start sharing with you, i’m just awaiting the arrival of my slipcovered sofa from sixpenny, some killer dining chairs from elsie green and a vintage farm table i found on chairish! soon! i cannot wait to pull it all together and share! have a great weekend!

xo, victoria

  1. i really love this idea for dividing a small apartment and creating a very personal, private sleeping space. it feels a little bit like summer camp, or building forts as a kid and i like the playful, whimsy of it.
  2. my Scandinavian home has a lovely home office makeover featured and i love this little daybed situation. i just set up my new home office and my vintage rattan daybed lives in here now, too. it’s nice when i don’t feel like sitting at my desk to blog horizontally (i’m doing that as i write!).
  3. isn’t this beautiful? it’s a solid recycled teak altar, to lift your everyday objects out of the ordinary. i just love the idea of having a space for meditating or dreaming — a sacred home space. they’re made by furniture designers x + l and they make a few different designs.
  4. okay, i had to share these from x + l, too. i got to their site and went down an inspiring rabbit hole. these cool beauties are gourd pendant lights, handmade in their Amsterdam design studio from dried gourds. fabulous!
  5. this is one good chair. love the shape, love the deep green color — it’s a grand vintage find, all right. i for some reason can never have too many cool chairs.
  6. our new shipment of vintage treasures from france is in for super marché and i cannot wait to load them up on the site! there’s still a few beauties from our last shipment like this sweet bar cart. so petite, so chic and perfect for holiday cocktail parties.
  7. i’m very into big beautiful lanterns right now, and a reader kindly pointed these pretty oversized Linen Fabric Lanterns from marigold interiors. they come in a lovely array of solids, prints and patterns so do have a gander.
  8. how about this for a beautiful collaboration? in their new book In The Touch, creative collaborators Norm Architects and Kinfolk present an alternative: that good design is not only visually appealing but engages all of the human senses. published by gestalten, with stunning photography and interviews with design industry leaders, the book also details philosophical and art history references that reflect the tradition of design and color theory. i’m gonna get my hands on this one.

daybed via my scandinavian home. / sfgirlbybay

teak altar with ceramic vessels. / sfgirlbybay

gourd pendant lights via x + l. / sfgirlbybay

vintage green rocking chair. / sfgirlbybay

super marche vintage bar cart. / sfgirlbybay

Linen Fabric Lanterns from marigold interiors. / sfgirlbybay

image from In the Touch book by Norm Architects and Kinfolk. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: august antwerp.
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lobby of august hotel antwerp. / sfgirlbybay

this week we’re heading to one of my favorite cities and one of the most fashionable — Antwerp, Belguim to be exact. and specifically to this beautifully renovated hotel, august antwerp. august is a stunning modern-day sanctuary with hotel, bar, restaurant, wellness spa, shop, and lovely gardens all housed in a former Augustinian convent renovated into a most definitely chic black and white space. antwerp also hosts one of the world’s oldest academies and one of the most renowned fashion colleges, so we’d best step up our game. i’m thinking we go for polished, but a tad avant-garde, with knee-high white Leather Boots paired with a tailored mini skirt, cropped leather jacket & faux fur and fitted Chain Print Turtleneck. that see-thru bag should hit a fashionable hi-note, too. while awaiting your friends in the lounge, we suggest having a listen to lore an award-winning podcast about true life scary stories in which each episode examines a new dark historical tale in a modern campfire experience — perfect listening for this ancient old beauty.

black and white lobby of august hotel in antwerp. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: august antwerp. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: cos zip up black leather jacket; Dries Van Noten Filo faux fur Collar; cos wool mini skirt with pockets; & other stories Fitted Chain Print Turtleneck Top; Staud Shirley Bag in Clear Tan; listen to lore podcast; Nails Inc. Nail Polish in TBT; & other stories Square Resin Hanging Earrings; & other stories leather knot headband; Comme des Garçons Wallet Classic Leather Line Wallet in Black; & other stories Gathered Slouch Leather Boots; NEED Saga Sunglasses in Tortoise Light.

black and white interior of august hotel, antwerp. / sfgirlbybay

lobby of august hotel, antwerp. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring black and white bar inside august hotel. / sfgirlbybay

exposed brick walls inside august hotel, antwerp. / sfgirlbybay

august hotel exterior in antwerp. / sfgirlbybay

bed inside august hotel, antwerp. / sfgirlbybay

sitting area inside hotel room at august antwerp. / sfgirlbybay

freestanding tub in minimalist bathroom at august hotel. / sfgirlbybay

bathroom vanity at august hotel, antwerp. / sfgirlbybay

black and white decor inside august hotel in antwerp. / sfgirlbybay

antwerp, brussels. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via august antwerp and @augustantwerp .

not your average frat house.
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renovated frat house via lonny magazine. / sfgirlbybay

when i think of a frat house, i envision neon beer signs, bad plaid, sagging sofas that smell like one too many parties, and sneakers lying about everywhere. but not this fraternity house, or rather i should say former frat house. featured recently on lonny, this 115-year-old fraternity hall was renovated and transformed into a beautifully, bright and light-filled family home in auckland, new zealand. the couple that lives there saw the building’s potential and used their creativity to its fullest when they gave this place a brand new life. they’ve taken a large, spacious meeting hall and transformed it into several cozy nooks with modern seating areas and deleinating individual ‘spaces’ with area rugs which gives the feeling of division, or separate rooms. the outcome makes for one very inspiring makeover — for the full tour, visit lonny.

modern seating area in renovated frat house via lonny magazine. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern dining area in renovated frat house via lonny magazine. / sfgirlbybay

modern renovated fraternity house via lonny magazine. / sfgirlbybay

modern sitting areas in former fraternity house. / sfgirlbybay

pastel blue hallway with art gallery wall. / sfgirlbybay

art print in pale wood frame. / sfgirlbybay

exposed brick wall in loft style bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via lonny.

good reads: petite passport.
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whenever i’m traveling to a new city, or even one i’ve been to before but might not be quite up to date on, i always check petite passport. pauline egge is the founder of this invaluable travel blog, a journalist, photographer and worldwide traveler extraordinaire — and she has impeccable taste. i’ve visited many of pauline’s recommendations, from lisbon to barcelona, to amsterdam and beyond and never been disappointed, so i am very excited that she has now published a brand new print magazine by the same name — petite passport.

not only does petite passport magazine include pauline’s amazing and valuable recommendations for cafes, shops and accommodations, but the way it’s been designed by graphic designer Marjolein Delhaas is just stunning and a pleasure to feast your eyes upon — beautiful type, gorgeous photos and places you’re really going to want to go to. so a warning: you will get wanderlust. this first issue features locations like tel aviv, porto, cape town and a journey off the beaten path in france, just to name a few travel-worthy destinations. i couldn’t wait to share, so i snapped a few pages from petite passport  — and you can order a copy of your very own printed version or if you’re in a hurry, an online version. bon voyage!

• all photos from petite passport.