marseille’s pension edelweiss.

travel accommodation in marseille. / sfgirlbybay

we arrived in marseille via the Saint-Charles train station, which was in all probability in close enough proximity to our pension to walk, but there were those pesky (and heavy) bags in tow not to mention a few hundred stairs. so you know, we hopped in a taxi from the train station as one does and somehow landed the grumpiest driver in town, because he practically told us to drop and roll from his cab, shouting at us in french something about ‘it being just blocks away’, so we landed in marseille in not the kindliest fashion. but all of that nonsense quickly vanished when we opened the door to our home away from home, pension edelweiss. there’s a part of me that doesn’t even want to share how special this place is because i fear it will now be booked for decades to come, but once you see it, you’ll appreciate why i just had to show you this very charming, almost wes anderson-inspired bed and breakfast.

my room at the pension edelweiss in marseille. / sfgirlbybay

this lovely spot was my room, (there are four in total at pension edelweiss), and my friends it’s just under a $100 a night. hard to come by, right? i felt like i’d won the hotel lottery and i think i did. everything about this eclectic room was welcoming and comfortable, not to mention the most adorable alarm clock coffee maker and some delicious lighting fixtures hanging from ceilings that went on for days. also — the perfect little balcony offering up the quintessential french view. i was in love at bonjour!

framed vintage posters in my hotel in france. / sfgirlbybay

room decor at pension edelweiss in marseille. / sfgirlbybay

vintage decor at pension edelweiss. / sfgirlbybay

vintage furnishings in my room at pension edelweiss. / sfgirlbybay

vintage framed photographs at pension edelweiss. / sfgirlbybay

french decor and views at pension edelweiss. / sfgirlbybay

oversized vintage french poster on mantle at pension edelweiss. / sfgirlbybay

the rest of the pension edelweiss is just as fashionable, and colorful. these rooms were the salon, an area open to everyone for reading, relaxing, a spot of tea and accompanied by some enchanting french music. the kitchen was a cornucopia of color complete with both a yellow and a mint green fridge, gorgeous Moroccan tiled floors and we were offered a feast fit for royalty for breakfast including fresh fruits, cafe au lait, croissants, soft boiled eggs, granola — on and on it was delivered by our hostesses who couldn’t have been more kind and helpful with suggestions on where to dine outside of the house.

blue walls at the pension edelweiss in marseille. / sfgirlbybay

the salon at pension edelweiss. / sfgirlbybay

colorful kitchen decor and furnishings at pension edelweiss. / sfgirlbybay

green room at the pension edelweiss. / sfgirlbybay

and lastly, here’s the room my travel mates stayed in — the green room, quite obviously. and it was just as fabulous as the rest of pension edelweiss with more vintage treasures and eclectic furnishings. i really do think wes should know about this place. no set decoration required! should you find yourself in marseille, you simply must stay here (once you’ve also spent an evening at the secret apartment i wrote about yesterday!).

aqua walls at pension edelweiss with vintage furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

vintage french decor in the green room at pension edelweiss. / sfgirlbybay

spring forward.

whitewashed floors and white walls with white double-doors. / sfgirlbybay

i’ve been confused all week as to what time it is. along with the jet lag from my trip, came also the changing of the clocks (why again do we do that?). so it’s spring forward so to speak — which i actually love because daylight savings time gives us all a little more time outdoors. and the time change perhaps also signals a time to bring a bit of the outdoors in — adding fresh flowers to your rooms and swapping out warm wintery hues with fresh greens and pinks. it’s an easy fix you know to give your place a spring makeover — just change out those pillow covers and throws, and maybe swap out your rug (or simply put it away for the warmer seasons). here’s some spring looks to give you a hint on how.

spring color and decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

spring decor inspiration: pink sofa. / sfgirlbybay

spring flowers and decor. / sfgirlbybay

spring decor ideas. / sfgirlbybay

spring inspired home decor. / sfgirlbybay

pink area rug for spring. / sfgirlbybay

spring inspired home decor. / sfgirlbybay

art and floral inspriation for spring. / sfgirlbybay

spring look: pale pink sofa. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen with simple spring color palette. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits in order of appearance: stadshem; @liviabrito; by fryd via decor8; fantastic frank; strawberry coeur; fantastic frank; the blue hour; Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings Restaurant via coco kelley; bo concept via milk decoration; by fryd via decor8; lobster & swan; marie claire maison; vt wonen; aloha gaia; vogue; vestidos lindos atelier; @emily_katz; beth kirby; penny farthing’s A Haze So Angelic print; melimeli interiors; planete deco.

a secret stay in marseille.

Marseille,]. / sfgirlbybay

It is in Marseille that one can discover the oldest hardware store in France and one of my very favorite sources of inspiration. originally created in 1827, and now a beautiful concept store maison empereur remains today an essential place to visit when in Marseille. it’s got many personalities — hardware and gadget store, gourmand cooking go-to, homewares extraordinaire and even the cutest children’s toy store (i picked up a pair of those colorful bicycle handlebar streamers!). but what is not quite obvious, is that it’s also an inn. this darling shop also houses a secret apartment where you can spend the night. up two flights of stairs and there you are: maison empereur opens the doors to a french apartment of a bygone era. This place is not necessarily adapted to all — up a winding staircase to the second floor without elevator and no tv or wifi access, but a magical travel experience to be certain. to my surprise, it’s even listed on airbnb. we asked the maison empereur shop proprietors if we might have a look and they graciously gave us a private tour, where i snapped as many pics as i could. next time i’m in marseille, i’ll definitely spend a night here.

maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

secret hotel in Marseille. / sfgirlbybay

hotel maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

light fixture at the maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

the inn at maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

maison empereur inn. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring decor at maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

wood and glass cabinet at maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

maison empereur inn. / sfgirlbybay

decor inside maison empereur inn. / sfgirlbybay

decor inside maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

french decor at maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

accessories and decor at maison empereur inn. / sfgirlbybay

decor at the inn maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

wall of vintage portraits at maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

bedroom decor at maison empereur inn. / sfgirlbybay

white wall with vintage black and white portraits at maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

patio at maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

patio decor at maison empereur. / sfgirlbybaywhite shutters at maison empereur. / sfgirlbybay

warm vibes, cool spaces.

warm vibes, cool spaces. / sfgirlbybay

something i love about all these rooms is the natural beauty wood brings to them. but i also like their spark of warm, golden hues, too — and they all have some interesting pattern play going on. great texture and shapes go a long way in a simple space, and i’m especially loving those wavy prints in the shot up above from block shop textiles, but then i always love what they bring to the creative table.

inspiring modern decor. / sfgirlbybaywhite walls with art and modern light fixture. / sfgirlbybaywood cabinet with vintage paintings. / sfgirlbybaymodern art prints. / sfgirlbybay modern attic bedroom. / sfgirlbybaywhite walls and window furnishings in modern living room. / sfgirlbybaywood dining table with industral pendant lamp. / sfgirlbybaywood card file cabinet with framed portraits. / sfgirlbybaywhite walls with black and wood accents. / sfgirlbybay

• photo credits in order of appearance: @emilykatz; triiio table by hans blling via the design chaser; french wall light from shop counter space; architectural digest espana; cul de sac prints via design*sponge; blueberry modern; happy modern; apartment therapy; architectural digest espana; apartment therapy.

friday finds.

listening area with pink area rug and vintage poster. / sfgirlbybay

it’s finally a friday, but i’m still playing catch-up from my vacation away, so for me it’ll be a working weekend. therefore, i’m enlisting your assistance. i like listening to a good jam when working (or working out, for that matter) but i feel like all of my many self-made mixes on spotify and vinyl collections are growing a little outdated or overplayed. i need some new soundtracks! what are you listening to right now? either upbeat, or just for chillin’ i need to know what you’re loving right now. thanks, and happy friday, everyone. it’s good to be back! xo, victoria

  1. love this little listening area. i could get lost in thought with some good tunes here.
  2. listening to vintage vinyl records is the best and this pink crosley is awfully cute isn’t it? the perfect starter set for a young listener.
  3. the Crosley X UO Keepsake Wood Record Player is pretty sweet looking and i like that it’s portable and also allows for deck and MP3 player integration.
  4. this set-up is an uber efficient use of space for a listening station.
  5. this hi-fi reminds me of the one my parents used to host adult dance parties to way back when.
  6. the draper media console is a close second to that one my parents had, too. i dig the vintage vibe.
  7. even cats like a the vintage vibes of a record player. or do cats maybe just prefer a warm spot to hang?
  8. Remember the heyday of 70’s Hi-Fi Industrial Design? this is fine example and headphones are always a good idea, too.

pink crosley record player. / sfgirlbybay

wooden crosley record player. / sfgirlbybay

modern black and white record player set-up. / sfgirlbybay

light reflecting off record player. / sfgirlbybay

marshall amp on vintage media console. / sfgirlbybay

cat on record player in window with houseplants. / sfgirlbybay

vintage headphones and record collection. / sfgirlbybay