Apartment Updates: Art Shopping

dining room

living room

It’s been about three weeks since we moved into our apartment in San Francisco. We’re all unpacked and have just a few things left to hang on the walls, but still have quite a bit of decorating to do. This apartment is vastly different from our New York one, both in terms of style and layout. We’ve repurposed virtually all of our furniture to work in the new space, but still have a list of pieces we’re on the lookout for. Most notably, our living room feels a little undone, as you can see above and below, and we also don’t have dining chairs. Along with a set of those, we’re on the hunt for a larger coffee table to match the scale of the living room, a sofa table to place behind the Chesterfield, and a new media cabinet (our TV is currently sitting on a second old coffee table that used to live in a den — please ignore the messy state of our electronics and the giant hole for the TV mount!). But, all in good time. We’re okay with saving and hunting for the perfect pieces versus a quick Ikea fix, for now!

Beyond the furniture and decor items, one of the biggest things we’re working on is getting some new artwork for the walls. The apartment has a very open concept floor plan, so we have big walls that beg for large pieces of artwork. In previous apartments, I’ve been known to purchase smaller pieces and create gallery walls; somehow, for this space, it doesn’t feel quite right (and I’m less into the gallery wall look now than I once was). We’ve never purchased any large scale framed artwork, so I’ve been looking at Minted to find some, specifically for a space over credenzas in the dining room, as well as a big blank wall in the living room, opposite one of our sofas.   Read the full post +

In this post:

The Shaman   ·   Good Fiction  ·   Palm Trees in the Wind  ·   Lula  ·   Mist Rises Over the Water  ·   Gracious Golden Gate Bridge  ·   Untilted 2  ·   Calculation  ·   Helicopter  ·   Drawing 264 – Man Gesturing  ·   Mountain Pastures

Images and graphics created by Victoria McGinley   ·    Special thanks to Minted for sponsoring this post.

"All we wanna know is where the stars came from, but do we ever stop to watch them shine?" - Jon Bellion

I Want to Go to There: Carolands

A Beaux-Arts chateau, exactly where you wouldn't expect it: south of San Francisco


carolands gardens

bordeaux salons - carolands

The other night I had the TV all to myself for once, and was scrolling through the guide when I happened to see this title on PBS: The Heiress and Her Chateau. How could I not be intrigued? I clicked over to the program and was treated to a fantastic documentary about Carolands, this huge, 98-room Beaux-Arts style chateau built in — wait for it — Hillsborough. Hillsborough is a tiny little town just south of San Francisco. In 7 years of living in SF, I had never even heard of Carolands, let alone the stories behind it!  Read the full post +

In this post:

Images all via the Carolands Foundation

Let's be pen pals! Sign up to receive Victoria's newsletter.

Redecoration Reveries

Out with the old and in with the new...or at least, I wish!

redecorating ideas

Here’s a fun piece of news to kick off the new year: it’s 99% likely that we’ll be moving. When and where, we’re not entirely sure yet, but our current lease will end in July, so it’ll be happening by or before then, for sure. Part of me dreads the thought of doing another move, but at this point, with so many moves in the last 4 years, I feel like I’ve got our systems down pat! Either way, it’s just like I said last week: adventure most definitely ahead.

Even when I’m deep into a lease (and undoubtedly in the future, a mortgage), one thing that never changes is my constant urge to find the perfect treasures for my home. I like to decorate in waves, and increasingly with as many unique, one-of-a-kind pieces as I can (which means it always takes a little longer to discover the perfect things!). I think both the new year and wondering about where the next 12 months will take us has me itching to switch things up in the apartment. Which, of course, is entirely impractical, since you never know if your next space would even have room for new things! Major home decor purchases are most definitely on hold around here. So instead, I’ll daydream — call it a slightly healthier way to pretend I have control over the future. Here, a selection of lots of pieces I’ve been eyeing and wish I could magically have delivered to our apartment, like, today.

I’m digging the mix of blues and neutrals, natural materials, hints of brass, and industrial elements. For me it feels lived in, welcoming, warm, and a little collected.

In other news, I’m also kind of excited for this first full week of 2015. I’m feeling ready to tackle work, start some fun new projects, and get back in the saddle. You too?

In this post:

1. Bija Framework Pillow, $198  |  2. Princeton Senior Sconce, $209  |  3. Embroidered Tarik Silk Pillow, $78  |  4. Phoenix Wool Dhurrie Rug, $59-$799  |  5. Cooper Leather Stool, $795  |  6. Blue Stripe Napkin, set of 2, $19.20  |  7. Botanical No. 1, $50-$500  |  8. Vintage Framed Map of San Francisco, $135  |  9. Theron Rug, $12,249  |  10. Blue and White Ginger Jar, $79  |  11. South Seas Bar Cart, $395   |  12. Laurel Leaf Mirror, $339.97  |   13. Brass Planter, $50-$65