Planning a new space? We partnered with Victoria Smith of San Francisco-based interior design blog SF Girl by Bay to see her top picks for her possible move to LA.
This year, I’m very seriously exploring the possibility of moving from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It’s daunting to pack up 20 years of living here, so the main thing that keeps running through my mind as I consider this move, is an idea that I should considerable pare down and only bring along what’s important, and objects that I really love. There’s a part of me that wants to start fresh with just a few classic pieces I’ll keep forever—like a well-made sofa, some great looking and timeless dining chairs I can pair with my vintage farm table, and functional essentials for my home that I’ll really use.
I think it’s healthy to minimize one’s belongings on a continual basis—and my new plan is to edit carefully but ruthlessly and, going forward, shop with thoughtful consciousness. Here are a few new home essentials I think fit the bill for living simply, and yet nicely compliment the family heirlooms and favorite pieces I’ll be bringing along.
1) A Gorgeous Sofa
The Petrie Sofa in Graphite has long been a favorite of mine, or if I were to really follow my heart, I love it in the white snow (pictured above). It has great lines, and I love a tufted, modern sofa.
2) Timeless Dining Chairs
I can never part with the antique farm table my mum gave me, but it would be fun to add the Vienna Dove Dining Chairs—a wonderfully Thonet-inspired bentwood chair. Above it I’d love to hang the Hudson Pendant Lamp—it’s a stunner.
3) A Versatile Bench
I have also always loved benches. They’re such perfect multi-taskers, and they’re definitely on my new home essentials list. I’d like to add a bench to the seating component in the dining room. The Yukon Bench would be ideal—it can double later as a sofa table to stack my art books, or pull it out for extra group seating.
4) A Stylish Rug
A gorgeous rug helps ground and define a space, as well as warm it up, and I think this Anice Black Rug is a real beauty, with lasting appeal—it’s got the kind of versatility that could work with a lot of looks should you want to change up your decor later on.
5) A Sleek Floor Lamp
Vertical floor lamps are also great space savers—the Rex Grey Floor Lamp is stylish, and super functional.
6) On-Trend Prints
I’d also like to keep my artwork simple but inspiring, and this Stacks 4 Print is perfect— it’s part of a series Julie S. Graham created in response to the view outside her studio. I’m also quite drawn to this Reverie Print by artist Emma Brooks. Love them both!
7) Casual Textiles
For more warmth and texture, I love the Pickett Mango Throw with soft, muted Springtime colors. For a dash of bold color, I’ll add the Linden Yolk Pillow.
8) An Elegant Espresso Maker
I want my new home to be welcoming and an easy place for entertaining, so one appliance I’d really love to have is my own espresso maker—not only are they completely cool and oh-so sophisticated, they also save you tons of cash each year on ordering coffee to go. I like to think of them as a true investment—the more I save on coffee, the more travel is made possible!
I like the illy ® Francis Francis X7.1 iperEspresso Machine. I think I’ll serve espressos to my guests on the pretty Beck Tray—one can never have too many serving trays!
Ultimately, my goal is to surround myself with useful things that spark joy, and I can share with friends and family. I love the idea of that. A wonderful new beginning with functional, but beautiful things for my home, letting go of what I don’t truly have a connection with and passing them along for someone else to love.
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