mini christmas tree in tin bucket with folded linens / sfgirlbybay

dreamy whites.

despite all the chaos in the world (i don’t think any of us can be immune to all the turmoil out there right now) it’s personally been a very good year for me. for growth, for change and generally just feeling really happy and fortunate. i never thought i’d want to move back to los angeles after loving my life in san francisco for so long, but it’s been a really positive change for me. i’m closer to my family, which has been wonderful. my mum comes over and spends a few days at a time with me and we just hang out — not doing anything special in particular, but it’s just nice to have the luxury of being so near that we can just do nothing together and that’s okay. i’m closer to some of my good friends here too, and my social life has improved vastly. i can definitely be a loner and i used to spend hours upon days alone and that’s just not the case anymore — friends here make me feel creative and connected to the world again. and while of course i miss my dear san francisco friends, thankfully they’ve been visiting — but something’s shifted and it may have just been brought on by new surroundings and a fresh start, but whatever it is, i’m so very thankful.

christmas imagery / sfgirlbybay

and, i have my house — and that’s just the most fulfilling gift. it’s so rewarding to fix up a home that is genuinely all mine and share that with my family, and with you guys. i’ve never had that in my life before, but wanted it so badly — i don’t think i even realized how special it would feel for me until it actually happened. it seemed unattainable, but it’s a wonderful reality and i’m so appreciative and grateful for that.

collection of holiday imagery / sfgirlbybay

i’m signing off as i always do for the holidays — it’s the one break i take from the blog each year, and i hope you’ll be taking some time away from technology and spending more time with the people you love and inspire you. i’m so thankful for all of you, too — those of you who read the blog loyally and make me feel so creatively fulfilled. i am going to spend the next two weeks brainstorming and taking notes on ideas to make the blog better in 2016. i also wanted to mention that it does not go unnoticed that sometimes sponsored posts can be off-putting for you, but i hope you’ll please take a moment to consider that i spend about 60+ hours a week writing the blog, and without my sponsors’ support i couldn’t bring you free content to read five days a week, two or three times a day. i also choose that content very carefully, and dismiss many more than i take on, only sharing what i stand behind and always with you the readers in mind. it’s a career i don’t take for granted, and i very much consider all of your input — good and bad — constructive criticism keeps me on my toes! so if there’s something you’d like to share with me about what you’d like to see here in the future, i’d love to hear your thoughts. i’m already working on fresh, original ideas for more creative posts in 2016, so i can provide you with more inspiration for making your home and hopefully your life better and more beautiful. i just wanted to check in with you before i take off to thank you for your support, and wish you all a very happy holiday, lots of lovely rest and relaxation, and a very merry new year. i’ll see you all on instagram over the holidays and back here on the blog in january. until then, lots of love, victoria xx

collage 1 photo credits, by row: dreamy whites; my ideal home; Maaike Koster for bloesem living; broste collection; heidi hallingstad; urban outfitters; karin; thymes; live eco.

collage 2 photo credits, by row:lotta agaton; loreta; almost makes perfect; pi’lo; Saulė Ad; emma’s blog; herriott grace; bryn alexandra; dreamy whites.

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