Everybody's favorite West Coast design blogger, Victoria Smith, creator of SFGIRLBYBAY, recently shared some snaps of her new Echo Park home on her award-winning blog. In a shoot orchestrated by Refinery29, the small but perfectly-formed home shines. It struck me that while the space is so perfectly Victoria, there were several clever ideas going on we can steal.
1. Built-Ins Reign Supreme
A wall of shelves is nothing new, but it struck me how much impact (and practicality) they offer in a small space. By losing a foot or so of length, the living room gains so much in storage. Victoria doesn't own a TV, but one could easily be mounted into this wall as well.
2. Flexible Seating For Flow And Function
There's no way a bunch of armchairs, even small ones, would work in this space; the living room leads directly to the other areas of the home, and access would be hindered. Victoria solves the problem with several Moroccan leather poufs, which can be used as extra seating for guests and tucked under the coffee table when not in use.
3. Use What You Have
This kitchen island? It used to be a desk and now adds prep space and style to Victoria's kitchen, while keeping the space flexible through the lack of a permanent island. See also: Victoria's beautifully eclectic dining chairs, which illustrate that things don't need to match in order to look perfect together.
4. Pendants Save Space (And Can Be Cheated)
I always think bedside pendants—rather than table lamps—are a great idea, giving a sense of scale to a bedroom and saving bedside table space. And you needn't even bother with wiring them in! Victoria's bedroom proves that an interesting fixture, a ceiling hook, and a baseboard socket are all you need to create an impact.
5. Consider A Rotating Gallery
In Victoria's office—the home of SFGIRLBYBAY—a simple rope-and-clip system creates a rotating gallery wall of sorts. It's perfect for a home office where inspiration needs frequent updating, but I think it could work equally well in a hallway or kitchen, or for children's artwork.