art + design

Sfgirlbybay’s San Francisco Guide + Party Sources

One of the most common emails I get is “What should I do when I am visiting San Francisco? My friend Victoria just came out with a new app that is the perfect solution: SFgirlbybay’s Bohemian Modern San Francisco. Victoria is the creative genius behind SF Girl By Bay and knows this city up and down. Her shopping picks are flawless, so her new app couldn’t be more perfect. In essence, it’s designed to point users toward her hand picked lists of “do not miss” shopping locations around San Francisco. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, it will help you create a unique shopping experience that’s 100% San Francisco. The app came out this week, so make sure you check it out! You’ll find it in the app store under the name “SFgirlbybay’s Bohemian Modern San Francisco.”

I asked Victoria to share her three favorite San Francisco party sources and here are her picks:

1. I’d say Fantastico because their selection is so vast — from pinatas to pretty napkins, balloons and faux flowers.
2. I love the San Francisco Flower Mart for the freshest flowers. It’s so affordable and you can find unique branches and create your own mixed bouquets.
3. I love Nest for unique french glassware — I like to mix and match their handblown glasses.

first two photos from my Instagram and last photo by Victoria.

Floating Art Frame DIY

I had several people ask me about framing after we posted pictures of our apartment so I thought I would share this little framing trick that Paul taught me. It works best with artwork that is on paper like from a sketchbook because it shows off the texture of the paper by “floating” it. We just use Ikea frames for these but anything will work as long as it is deep enough. I used this method when I framed these sketches from the Alameda Flea Market. Click through below for full instructions!

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Inspiration No. 23

I am so happy Spring is here!  I’ve been freshening and updating our little apartment with the weather. Doing things like switching up the sheets from flannel to linen and hanging a few more pieces of art up. Here are a few of my favorite things these days. What is on your wishlist this Spring?

A. California Pillow B. Necklace C. Red and White Plates D. My Favorite Light Fixture E. Gold Side Tables F. Courtney Price Artwork G. Textured Pouf H. Floral iphone Case

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Our 500 Sq Ft Apartment: The Living Room and Hallway

As I mentioned before the living room is very small. It is essentially a small seating area. I discovered the magic of having books on the coffee table a few years ago and I haven’t gone back. Our goal when we think about our living room is to make it feel like a really great bookstore. We want to sit down and have lots of interesting new books and ideas right in front of us. Good design and art books can be expensive. Since the beginning of our marriage we’ve made it a priority to buy one every month or two. It’s one of those things that seems overwhelming and unreachable if you want to buy them all at once, but totally doable every month or so. Jamie from Furbish should get all the credit for this room. When she got here it felt totally unfinished. We moved our coffee table out last year because the chairs we had were too big for the space. When we replaced them with smaller chairs we just never brought the table back in. Jamie came in and created an official sitting space. She also made me buy plants, hang up the boob artwork on either side of the sofa and she brought a ton of pillows from her store. When she was done the space felt so much better!

Sources: Samtid Floor Lamp - Ikea, Boob Artwork – Udon Folded Zine from Gravel and Gold, Fiddle Fig Plant – Flower Market, Gold Urchin -Furbish, Blue Pillows – Furbish, Black+Beige Pillows – Furbish, Vintage Suzani Pillows – Furbish, Purple Pillows – In Bed, Tisdag White Lamp – Ikea, Rug – Vintage (we picked it up for cheap in Morocco.) LOVE figurine – Furbish

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Art for Everyone on Your List

This post is sponsored by Art.com, Art for Everyone.

Art.com asked me to choose my favorite pieces of art from their site. It was really easy to do because they have so many to choose from. I really want to buy the one with all the 3D glasses and blow it up big. I also love the one of the kids on the Champs de Mars. That was the park across the street from our house when we live in Paris. It would be perfect for the boys’ room. I’m also obsessed with their huge collection of Iraqi Modern Art, it is seriously amazing. Here are my favorite picks for people on my Christmas list.

A. Champs de Mars, by Robert Doisneau B. Oak Tree, Snowstorm, Yosemite, by Ansel Adams C. Opening Night Screening, by J. R. Eyerman D. Beach Exercises, Unknown E. Dog, by Ellsworth Kelly F. Red and White, by Ellsworth Kelly G. Verve, by Ahmed Noussaief