Photo Competition For Interior Lovers: #BeingAtHome

Hello everyone, I have an exciting announcement to make about a photo competition that I’d love to see YOU enter! ! I am on the jury for a very exciting competition which has been organized by #Zuhausesein, an initiative by the German Furniture Industry e.V. (VDM) here in Germany. This competition is global so anyone can enter (yeah!) AND it combines two of my favorite things – photography and design! No wait, three things… Photography, design and imm Cologne!

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As you know, the imm Cologne is one of THE most important interior shows in the world, so how does all of this work together? If you are an interior enthusiast and love to take photos, please read on…

As mentioned, this is a photo competition and you don’t need to be a pro to enter – just send your BEST photo! There are 10 categories (listed below). You will need to select ONE category and then, submit ONE HIGH RES (300dpi) photo for that category. That’s it! You may submit one photo PER category if you like (so up to 10 photos total) but please enter only one time per category.

Categories: 1. Outdoor Living / 2. Tiny Spaces / 3. The hallway - the ticket to your home / 4. Kitchen Lover / 5. Relaxed sleeping / 6. The living room - my private retreat / 7. The bathroom - the private wellness temple / 8. Living with children / 9. Working at Home 10. Other forms of living (e.g. caravans)

Once the panel of judges (me included!) consider all of the entries, the winner will be chosen at a later day and each winner will be brought to Cologne (two tickets plus one overnight stay with a 500 Euro travel allowance for flight or train) for the imm Cologne fair in January 2020 where the winning 10 photos with the names of each winner be on display in a very prominent location at the fair. PLUS your photo will appear in a book called, “German Design 2020” that will publish at the enter of year by the VDM where you will, of course, be credited.

One winner per category will receive:

1.   Outdoor Living: Prize from Janua, bowl "SK 07 Ritual". 


2.   Tiny Spaces: Prize from Bordbar, lighting "Super Light", in black. 


3.   The hallway - the ticket to your home: Prize from Schönbuch, wardrobe “Line” (the winner may choose any color from the photo shown in this post).

4.   Kitchen Lover: Prize from Caussa, lighting "Fabella” in white. 


5.   Relaxed sleeping: prize from Vitamin Design, nightstand "Pfeife”. 


6.   The living room - my private retreat: Prize from Rolf Benz, footstool "Rolf Benz 953" in anthracite.


7.   The bathroom - the private wellness temple: prize from Duravit, wall shelf "L-Cube”. The winner can choose the surface in which the wall shelf is to be produced. 


8.   Living with children: Prize from Hülsta, footstool "Birdy” in blue.

9.   Working at Home: Prize from Tojo, cantilever chair in white/green.


10. Other forms of housing: Prize from Thonet, side table "S18”.

OUTDOOR LIVING PRIZE Janua, bowl SK 07 Ritual

OUTDOOR LIVING PRIZE Janua, bowl SK 07 Ritual

TINY SPACES PRIZE: Bordbar "Super Light" in black

TINY SPACES PRIZE: Bordbar "Super Light" in black

HALLWAY PRIZE: Schönbuch wardrobe “Line”

HALLWAY PRIZE: Schönbuch wardrobe “Line”

KITCHEN PRIZE: Caussa "Fabella” in white

KITCHEN PRIZE: Caussa "Fabella” in white

SLEEPING PRIZE: Vitamin Design nightstand "Pfeife”

SLEEPING PRIZE: Vitamin Design nightstand "Pfeife”

LIVING ROOM PRIZE: Rolf Benz footstool "Rolf Benz 953" in anthracite

LIVING ROOM PRIZE: Rolf Benz footstool "Rolf Benz 953" in anthracite

BATHROOM PRIZE: Duravit wall shelf "L-Cube”

BATHROOM PRIZE: Duravit wall shelf "L-Cube”

LIVING WITH CHILDREN PRIZE: Hülsta footstool "Birdy” in blue

LIVING WITH CHILDREN PRIZE: Hülsta footstool "Birdy” in blue

WORKING FROM HOME PRIZE: Tojo, cantilever chair in white or green.

WORKING FROM HOME PRIZE: Tojo, cantilever chair in white or green.

OTHER FORMS OF LIVING PRIZE: Thonet side table “S18”

OTHER FORMS OF LIVING PRIZE: Thonet side table “S18”

TO ENTER:

Send one email per photo/category to zuhausesein@real-communications.com with the name of the category in which you are entering along with your full name, date of birth, country, telephone, email, your Instagram name (and other social media channels if you have them) AND Please “like” the VDM channels Facebook (@zuhauseseinVDM), Instagram (@zuhausesein_VDM) and Twitter (@zuhausesein).

FINALLY: Please post the photo you’ve entered on your Instagram account using the hashtags #zuhausesein and #beingathome AT THE TIME OF ENTRY, and tag @zuhausesein_VDM

Deadline for all submissions is 18.08.2019 at 23:59:59

TERMS + CONDITIONS: The competition is global; there are no country restrictions. You do not need to be a professional photographer to enter, all experience levels are welcome.' You must be over 18 years of age. If you win, you will need to book your own travel to Cologne, however the VDM will reimburse you. The submitted photo must be high res, 300 dpi so smartphone photos are excluded. Please note that the winner retains copyright of their own image but agrees to VDM using it on their social channels, website or publications for an unlimited period for the purpose of the #Zuhausesein campaign. All sources will be acknowledged. The photo does not need to be new or only made for this contest, however it must be your photo, taken by you. The photo should relate to your home and your idea of #beingathome or #zuhausesein. 

FINAL THOUGHTS: The 10 winners will be announced at the end of this month (August 2019).  If you have won, you will receive an email and later, the VDM will also announce each winner on their social media channels as well as in a press release and the 10 bloggers on the jury (including decor8!) will share the winners on our blogs.

 I wish you lots of luck and I can’t wait to hopefully meet the winners in January since I’ll also be there to congratulate everyone!

Love,

Holly

 (This post is sponsored by the Association of the German Furniture Industry. All words and thoughts are my own and I only work with brands that I love and support whom I think you will too.)

 

California Eclectic Living on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart

Let’s visit Interiors Stylist Mandy Hart in her Australian home today for a little tour, shall we? You may know her as @by_hart_ on Instagram but let’s step away from the ‘gram for a moment to dig deeper and learn more about Mandy, tour her home, and see what’s on her mind lately on the subject of home and nesting.

California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart

Mandy, her husband and their two children occupy this gorgeous 5 bedroom (450sqm) space on the NSW coast of Australia. Coming from the UK, Mandy confesses that the main reason they chose this house was to be close to the water in order to live their version of the Australian dream. In fact, what she loves most about her home is the view, “Luckily for us this house even came with a little boat and the creek leading to the ocean is right at the end of the garden!”, Mandy happily shared with me just recently when we set up this tour.

For everyone, home means something different, doesn’t it? For Mandy, it’s a sanctuary, a place to make memories. It also doesn’t mean a perfect space with no sign of life, “I adore a tidy, organized home, but I never want the children to feel constrained by that – they are forever moving chairs around to make cubby houses, there is always craft going on and Lego all over their lounge and that’s what makes these rooms more than just a house, they are our home."

How does Mandy describe her interiors style? “California Eclectic”, she explains, “I love layering textiles and playing with scale though I believe the key to my aesthetic is blending old and new - I love the challenge it presents and how placing a precious old piece on a modern glass table or a matte white shelf, can really highlight its beauty.” It’s so interesting how a UK native living in Australia sees her style as California Eclectic, isn’t it? I guess it shows we can do and decorate as we wish, taking inspiration from anywhere on earth. I love this about design, the versatility of it all - like with anything artistic, most boundaries only exist in the mind. Remove the limitations to create a home that you simply love - that’s my motto.

With every space however, no home owner is ever 100% convinced that they truly have it all. We all love to make improvements, and this carries over into our living space as well. As for Mandy, she’d like to add a swimming pool to their home. While they swim in the creek from time to time, since their are rumors of bullsharks there, a pool is at the top of their wish list. A second dream? Micro-cement the tiled floors as they did in their vacation home in Cyprus. A third? Mandy confesses, “I’m desperate for Sharlene Kayne (@skaynedesigns) to start shipping to Australia so I can own a piece of her incredible artwork!”

Now dear readers, let us indulge for a moment and scroll through her home together… Ready?

California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart
California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart
California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart
California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart
California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart
California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart
California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart
California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart
California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart
California Eclectic on the Australian Coast, Meet Stylist Mandy Hart

Did you see a room or an object that caught your eye? What was YOUR favorite?

Speaking of favorites, I love to play a game of favorites with my home tour guests on decor8 and Mandy was up for it so here we go. It is possible that you’ll find some new favorites for yourself, too…

Favorite candle/scent:

I’m a huge fan of Palm Beach candles, my favorite is Gardenia - my husband knows that’s always a winner and chooses it every time!

Favorite flowers and plant:

Since moving to Australia, my taste in flowers and plants has completely changed, because I love the range of tropical and native foliage that I can trim from the garden. The house’s high ceilings mean I’m embracing huge branches and long Birds of Paradise stems still seem so exotic to me coming from the UK!

Favorite thing to do at home:

Blast the music and watch my kids dance like crazy around the lounge!

Favorite meal to cook:

I used to live in Japan and became totally hooked on sushi, so we make it a lot at home and the kids adore it too.

Favorite playlist songs:

Favorite way to entertain guests:

Good question, we cook! In summer, I’ll make a few huge salads (a Sri Lankan eggplant one is our current fave), my husband will BBQ & friends will bring dessert … we open the gate to the creek at the bottom of the garden and the kids will all run free looking for sand crabs, fishing and taking turns in the kayaks. In winter, we’ll light the fire and I’ll prepare a couple of fish pies, which I always find so comforting and a real taste of home, everyone pulls up a chair, we put a movie on for the kids and we keep it pretty casual!

Favorite city to shop:

Paris forever. As a child, my mum took me there each year for the fashion shows and I have so many happy childhood memories of the Left Bank and going out to Les Puces (flea-markets) at Porte de Clignancourt. Bliss!

Favorite Instagram accounts at the moment:

@amberinteriors – Amber Lewis is an incredible inspiration to me, as a woman, as a designer and as an entrepreneur, she is always moving forward and pushing boundaries.

@eholmes – a former Wall Street Journal reporter, voices her SMT (So Many Thoughts) on the Royal Family, in particular Meghan and Kate, discussing the branding, strategy & messaging behind their wardrobe choices in a relevant and hilarious way.

@mariefeandjakesnow – Aussie guy and German girl whose love and openness has seen their travel account inspire a community of half a million in under 3 years. Their photos are stunning, their stories are gorgeous to watch and their vision of the world is uplifting.

@cestedesign – Carol is a supremely talented interior designer, with the most incredible eye for detail

@carlaypage – Carley Summers is a gifted photographer and stylist – her use of natural light is phenomenal and her style is a thoroughly elegant combination of warm tones & boho layers.

Thank you so much Mandy for joining us on decor8 today, was a pleasure to “meet” you and I wish you a lovely and inspiring weekend - and to all of my readers, enjoy your weekend too!

Love,

Holly

(Photographs: With permission from Mandy Hart)

 

 

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MYCS Furniture Makes My Home More Beautiful

Hello friends and happy Friday! I was talking to my friend Agata this morning because she’s looking for a marble surface in her home and she loves my coffee table. And of course she asked me where I got it and I happily told her MYCS, a company in Germany that I just love and would shop from again and again. MYCS worked with me in 2018 on a little collaboration in which I received a lovely closet for my hallway to store jackets and things and my favorite piece of all - my white Carrara marble sofa table in my living room, shown below. Have you seen it!?! It’s one of my favorite pieces in my home at the moment.

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I really love this sofa table, it’s beautiful and big, I can even shoot on it when my clients ask for something to be shown on a marble background so it doubles for work and for play. It’s also very sturdy and looks so pretty when I’m entertaining, especially if I lay out all of my pretty things on it - candles, string of lights, nuts, fruit, cheese, prosecco, stemware… THE perfect table for an girls party that okay, you always want to Instagram because everything looks so damn pretty when combined with white marble! Yes?!

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AND good news for YOU. At the moment, this table “Beistelltisch” is 30% off and you can get it in many different variations, including brown and black marble, glass, wood, or 18 different solid colors and the base can also be changed to suit your wishes. I honestly want to buy extra tops in different colors so I can use it more for flat lays and shoots because the dimensions of this table are just perfect for photography and I take a lot of photos over the past two years than ever before.

As for the company itself, MYCS is just great - friendly, fast, their setup and delivery service is 100% professional and great, and I really like their price point and also how you can customize many of their products to suit your design and lifestyle. It’s affordable, functional, beautiful design for all budgets, but definitely NOT IKEA, it’s extremely well made so it’s perfect for when you are ready to graduate from IKEA systems and furniture and purchase lasting pieces that you’ll keep a lot longer. For instance, my IKEA closet is falling apart so I won’t replace it with an IKEA closet… When I am ready, I’ll replace it with a system like those that MYCS carries.

This is my exact closet from MYCS below (photo/room not mine):

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I am so happy with my MYCS experience from start to finish and highly recommend this company to shop from for your home, it has my official Holly stamp of approval. :) ha ha. They also have 5 showrooms in Germany, one in Paris and another in Zurich. You can also shop their online site in the UK - or buy online from other European countries, of course.

In other news… It’s boiling hot in Germany right now, it was 104 yesterday, so I’m indoors blogging and working on a photo shoot for issue two of my magazine, out 26 September on news stands all over German speaking Europe and not long after, a digital English version will be available to buy online. It’s a lot of work to make magazines, but it’s the most exciting project I’ve ever been on, and I’m loving every minute of it. As I finish up the magazine in boiling weather and no A/C, I am reminded that I must really love my job. :)

I’ll be back later with a lovely home tour.

Hugs,

Holly

(Images: Holly Becker except of closet.)



[SPONSORED by MYCS however ALL opinions and words are my own. I am never paid to “like” something. If I don’t like it, I won’t write about it and the products get returned. With this collaboration, I was only gifted with product, not compensated to write about it. I love the product and am happy to share this brand with my fans and friends.]

Brooklyn Townhouse with European + Bohemian Flair: Meet Localhaus

There are a few cities in America that get me every time, a real heart connection, and one is definitely New York City. I spent a lot of my life in New York back when I lived in the states, so I also have a lot of happy memories there. One particular borough that I love is Brooklyn. It’s always been so inspiring to me, so eclectic, so New York.

Today I’m especially excited because I get to take you on a lovely home tour belonging to Lauren & Ben Lindsey in South Slope Brooklyn (@localhaus). Lauren is the Executive Director of packaging at Laura Mercier and Ben is the Managing partner at Localhaus, so both also have a real love for beautiful things. In fact, Localhaus is more than just a home…

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Lauren + Ben Lindsey

Lauren + Ben Lindsey

This dynamic duo turned a run-down 4 story pre-war Brooklyn townhouse into their home and office where they work with local artists and makers to create photos and content, host projects for brands, or serve as a shoot location for film and photography.

They also rent their Guesthaus apartment whenever you want to visit NYC and if you like what you see inside, you can buy items featured in their home from their web shop! I always find my fellow Americans so clever when it comes to developing small businesses that are fresh and innovative, don’t you?

Are you interested in learning and seeing more? Well, here we go… I even have a little interview with them below since I really enjoy chatting with all of the homeowners who share their spaces with us here on decor8.

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Hello you two! First, let’s talk about the basics. How big is your space,how many rooms and who lives there?

It’s a 4 story townhouse. We live/work on 3 floors, and the top floor is a guesthouse. We share the space with Hunter (5) and Liam (2).

Ok now let’s talk HOME. What does home mean to you?

 EVERYTHING. We are homebodies through and through, so we spend a disproportionate amount of time fussing over everything from our next renovation project, to the perfect cozy throw for the sofa, to keeping fresh cut flowers in every nook and cranny.

 So, what do you love most about YOUR home?

This pre-war house has some major character! Instead of trying to fix every quirk, we've leaned into the history of the home when making improvements.

Yes but…. Tell us the truth, what would you STILL like to change?

The home was originally used as a multi-family home. Eventually we would like to rethink the flow and layout of the house to reflect our unique use of the space. Right now our living space includes a secondary kitchen which comes in handy for food prep on photo shoots, but we’d love to remove it and build out a floor-through master bedroom with a giant soaking tub.

How would your describe your style?

A little bit Scandinavian, a little bit California, a little bit French. Lots of neutrals, plants, cozy textures. Our style is constantly evolving and changing and we are sort of addicted to the constant refresh.

What is your dream piece for the home?

 A Roly Poly Raw Chair by Faye Toogood. Swoon.

When you have people over, how do you entertain?

We normally order take-out, grab a few bottles of wine and just hang.

How do you hope your guests feel when they visit your home?

Comfortable. We regularly host large creative teams for photoshoots so we’ve designed our home to be lived in. We invite guests to kick their shoes off and make themselves at home (actually that no-shoes bit isn’t optional!).

And what may be playing if we dropped by sometime unannounced?

What is important to you when you visit someone else’s home?

Being respectful of their space, and hounding them about sources for our favorite pieces!

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Now let’s play a game of 6 Favorites! Ready?

1 // Favorite meal to cook at home:

Well, Lauren is Italian so our go-to comfort food is fresh pasta with meatballs (and lots of cheese!).

2 // Favorite candle/scents:

Ahh! You can’t have just one, right? We love Diptyque – Figuier and Otherland – Chandelier.

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3 // Favorite flowers and plants?:

For flowers – anything that lasts longer than a few days, and for plants – anything we can actually keep alive. Right now we are using a lot of Pampas grass inside and some fragrant lavender plants outside in our front courtyard.

4 // Favorite thing to do at home:

Bring out the popcorn (with marshmallows), pile on the pillows and cuddle up for family movie night.

 5 // Favorite city to shop

New York City. What can we say? There’s just the most amazing community of independent makers and creators of home goods here locally. And fashion. And everything else. A walk through just about any neighborhood in NYC is an immediate inspiration to try something new.

 6 // Your favorite Instagram accounts:

 @t_o_o_g_o_o_d – We’re in love with everything Faye Toogood touches. We’d basically like to live in the House of Toogood …

@cntraveler – day dreaming …

@archdigest – one day! …

@label.frei_me – Such a beautiful feed. Nina has a great eye for the intersection of design and life …

@celestebarber – the best thing ever.

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Thank you both so much for visiting us today on decor8 and sharing your home and guest loft with us! Have a lovely summer - and P.S. I know where I’d like to stay next time I’m in Brooklyn… :)

Love,

Holly

(PHOTOGRAPHY with permission: CHRISTIAN TORRES)




Global Eclectic, Natural Colors, Bohemian Vibes: Meet Mae Woven

Hi friends how are you today? I want to ask you something. Where do you shop the most for home decor? Do you shop big box mostly? Online? Offline? Handmade? Vintage? I buy mostly from small brands in Scandinavian, and sometimes big box for small decorative items, and I make things and lately, I’m buying more and more vintage. What about you? Well today I’d like to spotlight a special online shop called Mae Woven because it’s a lovely small business based out of Utah that designs and makes special products locally and who work with artisans to design products from other parts of the world.

Here are some things that I found on-trend and just stunning, especially if you love Bohemian Modern style, Natural Style or Global Eclectic. And if you want to support small businesses and artisans, then you have a new shop to fall in love with. :)

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Aren’t these textiles and baskets and bags just lovely? I really never tire of this global market style. It’s so stylish and easy going.

I also like the Mae Woven blog, because they have a few great posts about their products like What is African Mud Cloth? and All about Injiri, which I read and found really helpful.

Mae Woven on Instagram is also lovely, a fantastic visual diary of their goods with very inspiring lifestyle photography.

It’s so important when you have a small business to use your shop as a platform not only for selling but for educating. Teach your customers about the things they are buying so that an appreciation is laid early on. Then a customer will likely care for the item better and keep it for a longer time. Throw away consumption must end! This has to stop. Create a world where people care about what they buy again and when they don’t mind spending more for something valuable! Do you agree?

Have a lovely day, I’m off to finish a photo shoot for my magazine, the second issue comes out 26 September (eeeee!) and it is so beautiful - I can’t wait to share it here on decor8 in the months to come.

Love,

Holly

(Photographs with permission from Mae Woven)

Tour SFGirlByBay's Gorgeous Bohemian Modern Los Angeles Home

Today is a special day for me, dear readers, because I’m sharing an exclusive chat and home tour with the one and only SFGirlbyBay, Victoria Smith, a creative entrepreneur from Los Angeles with a style that I simply love. I haven’t had her home on my blog since 2008 (see it here), which seems like a lifetime ago. I’m so happy after 11 years, she’s back to tour us of her home again only this time, it’s in a completely different city - LA!

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But first, a little background about this lovely lady. Victoria has worked as an art buyer and stylist producing photo shoots for ad agencies (when I met her way back in 2006) but is also a journalism major with an Advanced Arts degree in Interior Design. Once she left the ad world, she started off as a blogger like me and ended up as a content creator/photographer/shop owner with a book (See San Francisco - my review of her book is here) and a beautiful online vintage shop Super Marché (and a loyal following of adoring fans.

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Victoria has been blogging for 13 years and was always known as the “San Francisco Girl” because that is where she got her start in social media. However, she’s since relocated to LA and bought a home, so her reach goes beyond the bay area to include inspiration from all over the west coast, her favorite parts of the USA and sometimes even her impressions and inspirations from Europe and Australia, all in the modern Bohemian style that her readers love her for.

Today, we’ll tour the home that she owns in LA and talk to her about what home means to her, what she loves most in her space, the music she’s into at the moment, some of her favorite Instagram accounts, and more.

But first… An overview. Victoria’s home, which she shares with her dog Lucy, is 1,100 Sq. Feet (approx 110m2) with 2 bedrooms (one is used as her home office), 1 bathroom, kitchen and an open plan dining and living space plus a downstairs Rental Studio which she rents on AirB&B in case you want to stay, do it!

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Victoria defines home as her sanctuary and as a, “pretty strong creative reflection of who I am.” As a long-term renter, she admits that her greatest joy in life currently is owning her own home (shown throughout this post) and to be able to get as creative as she wants without holding back, “decorating (and redecorating it!) to suit my ever-evolving taste.” Let’s continue my chat with Victoria below…

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Tell us, what do you love most about your home? 

It's up on a hill and I have a really large garden and backyard area with an outdoor dining space. I spend a lot of time out there with friends. I also installed what I call a 'cowboy pool' and when it gets hot in L.A. I float, reading all weekend long. I love it.

What would you like to change?

I'd like to install french doors from my kitchen and from my bedroom out to the garden. I'd especially like those black industrial steel frame doors but I need a fairy with loads of money to afford them.

Favorite candle/scent?

I really love Boy Smells in their Prunas and Kush scents.

Favorite flowers and plants? 

I love my outdoor garden and especially Lemon and Olive trees. And I have tons of Rosemary and Lavender planted all over my hillside. Peonies are a favorite flower, but I absolutely love Cherry and Quince branches when they're in season.

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Favorite thing to do at home? 

Read in my garden or in my cowboy pool. I also love to host dinner parties.

Favorite meal to cook and why? 

I make a Mediterranean chicken dish with loads of lemon and tarragon from the Jerusalem cookbook from Ottolenghi that is amazing and everyone loves. I usually serve that with flatbread, grilled artichokes, and an orzo salad with tomatoes, capers and kalamata olives. It's pretty healthy but doesn't taste like it and it's very comforting.

What’s on your playlist right now?

Just Dumb Enough to Try - Father John Misty / The Only Thing - Sufjan Stevens / I Need My Girl - The National

Bad Guy - Billie Eilish / More Than This - Roxy Music

When you have people over, how do you entertain them? 

Usually, I cook and we eat outdoors in my outdoor dining 'room'. I have a built-in banquette with a pergola over it and it's a nice, cozy spot for dinner. We've just started doing a game night, too playing Cards Against Humanity. It's pretty hilarious! We've also been having an Eastside Supper Club with a bunch of girlfriends and it's a fun potluck where we all bring wine and a dish we've made from a favorite cookbook. 

How do you hope your guests feel when they visit your home? 

Comfortable and relaxed -- like they don't ever want to leave.

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Your dream piece for the home? 

I'd love an Eternal Dreamer Sofa from Ochre. They're so beautiful!

How would you describe your style? 

Very eclectic and constantly evolving. I dislike matchy-matchy and generally love a mix of lots of vintage and modern paired together for a very layered, unexpected look.

What is important to you when you visit someone else’s home? 

I love seeing their artwork, bookshelves, and collections, and I honestly just love seeing how other people live. It's fun to be a voyeur in someone else's home.

Favorite city to shop and why? 

I suppose I'd have to say Paris because I love shopping all the small boutiques in Le Marais and I love the street markets full of vintage finds. 

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Your favorite Instagram accounts at the moment are…

@humansofny - I love reading the personal stories that accompany his photos of random strangers. Sometimes heartbreaking, often very inspiring.

@jessechamberlinmarble - She's a super talented photographer and her photos are just filled with color and joy.

@designlovefest - Bri's a close friend but she also shares so much inspiration. I'm always like "why didn't I think of that?!?". She also shares other people's feeds and I always find someone new to follow.

@c_l_o - Another very unique feed that shares images that are more often than not really inspiring and thought-provoking for me.

@commentsbycelebs - Because it's hilarious to see what celebrities comment on other celebrities' posts. It always makes me laugh out loud.

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Where can we find you online?

SF Girl By Bay

Instagram: @sfgirlbybay

Facebook: @sfgirlbybay

Twitter: @sfgirlbybay

Pinterest: @sfgirlbybay

Wow what a home! Thank you so much Victoria for this home tour and a little glimpse into your thoughts on home and what matters to you.

Love,

Holly

(Photos with permission from Victoria Smith)