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San Francisco Victorian & Feminine Bedroom

A new year always brings along exciting feelings of change in both our personal and home style. We all admire our founder, Jillian, for her endless jewelry styling tricks and were so excited when she agreed to give Style Me Pretty a tour of her 1925's Victorian apartment, located in San Francisco's quintessential Pacific Heights neighborhood. Jillian knows her feminine style best so she's the one giving the full tour below. Follow along and enter for a chance to win a $250 giveaway to Joss & Main to update your home style! 

  

THE BEDROOM

Girly King Bedroom in San Francisco Victorian Apartment

What I love most about my home is the old details, from the hardwood floors, oversized doors with crystal and brass doorknobs, to the bay windows, and stacked cove molding. I gravitate towards bright spaces and love mixing modern and vintage together to create unique vignettes around my home. 

My bedroom is my girly oasis! It was important to anchor this room (it's the largest room in my apartment) with a dark neutral. To keep it light, I paired bright white furniture back to soft pastels like my pink and gray floral duvet from Dwell Studio. It's important to me that my bedroom feel serene and comfortable. I chase that feeling with candles, a few different lamps, luxe textures, soft colors and unique vignettes, which remind me of my passions and favorite people. I never feel guilty about spending a night in here reading!

Bedside Table Styling

As you can see from an earlier feature with Style Me Pretty about styling your jewelry at home, I think jewelry collections are like art and should be displayed around your room. When you can easily see your collection, you'll never leave home without jewelry on!

Bedside Table Styling

I’m originally from Buffalo and have lived in San Francisco for a total of seven years but a lot of my family and friends are still on the East Coast. I love printing out my favorite photos in black & white to display in frames around my room. No matter the distance, my home will always be filled with their love!

Bedroom details

 

Vintage Bust Form and Floral Painting

Most of the décor pieces have deeper meaning to me. Like this gorgeous pastel floral painting in my bedroom, which my grandmother painted for me, it reminds me how important passion and hobbies are. 

Girly King Size Bed

THE LIVING ROOM 

San Francisco Living Room Details

The living room is the first to be seen when you walk in the front door. This room is anchored with bright feminine neutrals, like the softest rug from Joss & Main, a marble coffee table and beige couch. From there, the personality is all in the details!

San Francisco Victorian Living Room

I layered the lighter rug over the deeper colored one to help the eye flow when you walk in. Balancing warm and cool colors in a room is where the magic happens. To achieve that perfect mix, I highly recommend Emily Henderson's coffee table book, Styled

Mid Century Modern Table with Brass Legs

San Francisco Victorian Apartment

San Francisco Modern Vintage Home

My favorite piece in this room is my 1930’s emerald green tassel chair that I found early on a Sunday morning at the Alameda Antique Market just outside of San Francisco. I see a lot of furniture along my Spark Hunting travels and still cannot believe what amazing condition this is in. I also found the pink tassel chair (that’s in bedroom) at the same time!

Vintage Bar Cart

As you can see, aside from my love for hunting vintage jewelry, I also love to collect vintage brass décor, glassware and vases. I host vintage jewelry parties in my home so I always keep my bar cart stocked! 

Vintage Collectibles

The vintage map of New York reminds me of my humble roots in Western New York. I'm also sucker for feminine vintage vases. I especially love vases with smaller openings because they only require a few stems which allows me to have more flowers scattered around the place.

Book shelf details

As you can see from the stacks of books around my home, I love to read. I especially love non-fiction books, covering everything from business and spirituality, to the history of fashion and vintage jewelry.

THE OFFICE 

 Office Details

I probably spend more time in my cozy little office than any other spot in the apartment! My desk is right up to the window and when it’s a clear day you can see a row of adorable Victorian homes and then as far as Twin Peaks. Not to mention the light in here is gorgeous all day and ends with a perfect golden hour.

San Francisco Home Office

Fun fact, the brass elephant on my desk doubles as a bracelet holder and a symbol of good luck. 

Office Detail Shots 

THE KITCHEN

San Francisco Kitchen

 

With the kitchen, I took it in a more rustic vibe with a mix of wood, than the other rooms in the house. To make it feel a touch more feminine, I've mixed boho accents like the bight blue ikat place mats and pink and white vintage vases. 

San Francisco Kitchen

And don't forget that we're always here to help. Shoot us an email at styling@sweetandspark.com to chat all things vintage jewelry, or get personalized recommendations. Shop our full collection and make sure you're on our email list to hear about weekly new arrivals first!

PRODUCT SOURCES

 
Living Room
Joss & Main, table lamp sold out
Brass accessories, gold mirror, mid-century modern end table, all vintage 
Ikea shelf with Uline stacking bins (behind couch)
Glassware, vintage
 
Office
Vases & brass accents, vintage
Photos by Andrea Posadas.
 

Minted Print/ Thimblepress Print (no longer available)/ Target Lamp/ Vintage Displays

Even the most organized of us can admit that jewelry storage is especially tricky. With all the chains and pairs of earrings to keep track of, it's easy for your gorgeous collection to literally wind up in a mess! Since we're the jewelry pros, we teamed up with our friends over at Style Me Pretty Living to make styling your jewelry collection at home easier and fun. Below we're sharing our four favorite ways to show off your collection.

When you can easily see your collection at home, it’s easy to stay inspired and pull together all of your outfit details. Our hope is that your jewelry collection comes to reflect the milestones in your life and bring you joy forever. 

Cute Dresser with Jewelry Displays

  Target Bust Form/ Vintage Necklaces/ Vintage Displays/ CB2 Dresser 

#1: BRACELET BARS

Bracelet bars (like this one) are a great great way to organize both bangles and flat bracelets all in one place. We like to organize them by color story. Also, it can be a great way to lay out your idea for an arm stack and make sure it will look good before wearing! Need some bracelet stacking tips? Check our our guide

Vintage Bracelets and Bangles  

Vintage Bracelet Stand 

#2: CERAMIC VINTAGE DISHES

We love picking up pretty painted ceramic vintage dishes along our Spark Hunting travels. We suggest styling a collection of them in the top drawer of a dresser to keep the dust off of the your jewels. We especially love the deep drawers on this dresser. You can shop our vintage jewelry dishes and trays, we add new ones every season and they usually go fast! 

Another idea is to scatter the small sizes dishes on your nightstand as an easy catchall for whatever pair you wore that day as well as, to display the pairs you wear most often, like pierced studs

Vintage YSL Earrings and Jewelry Box

Vintage Displays/ Vintage Earrings

Ceramic Painted Vintage Jewelry Dishes

Vintage Displays/ Vintage Earrings

Vintage Ceramic Shell Dish with Earrings

Vintage Displays/ Vintage Earrings 

3: BUST FORMS

We love styling short necklaces on a dresser sized bust form while longer necklaces, perfect and unexpected on a taller bust form like this one. Try moving the taller bust form to a different nook in your room to break up your collection and to showcase your jewels in another vignette.

Pottery Barn Bust Form/ Vintage Necklaces

Layered Vintage Necklaces

Target Bust Form/ Vintage Necklaces

4: BRASS HOOKS & ACCENTS

This iconic, vintage neutral color helps to anchor your jewelry display collection and show off some of your more colorful pieces. Hanging necklaces on hooks helps them from getting tangled.

Vintage Brass Hooks

 

Vintage Brass Swan Jewelry Organizer

Vintage Displays/ Vintage Brooches

Vintage Damascene Jewelry Dish

Vintage Displays/ Vintage Earrings

And don't forget that we're always here to help. Shoot us an email at styling@sweetandspark.com to chat all things vintage jewelry, or get personalized recommendations. Shop our full collection and make sure you're on our email list to hear about weekly new arrivals first!

Holiday Vintage Brooches

With every change in season, comes new ways to brooch it! While we loved curating brooches into a set of three for fall, we’re adding a bit of glam to our favorite accessories, sweaters, dresses and outerwear this holiday season with rhinestones, crystals and colored brooches. Styling a statement brooch is the easiest way to personalize your look while taking it to the next level involves putting your brooch curating skills to good use!

STATEMENT BROOCH IDEAS

We tend to gravitate towards gorgeous rhinestone and crystal brooches this season because they add shimmering accents to the glitzy season. We love letting these types of styles make a statement all on their own! 

Pink, grey, blue, and clear rhinestones feel most modern while deeper colored rhinestone styles like browns, emerald, ruby, and black feel more elegant Pick your favorite statement brooch and let it do the talking all on it’s own! See below for a few ideas.

Brooch a Sweater

SHOP: 50s La Rel Rhinestone Crawler Earrings60s Rhinestone Brooch

Pink Vintage Brooch on Black Clutch

SHOP: 50s Pink Rhinestone Brooch

Statement Vintage Brooch on a Festive Dress

SHOP: 60s Amber Rhinestone Brooch

EDITORAL BROOCH IDEAS

If you already consider yourself a brooch it pro, then we urge you to try two similar sized and colored brooches on a pair of velvet shoes or down the placket of a jacket that doesn’t have the buttons exposed. See below for ideas!

Vintage Burst Brooches on Velour Shoes

SHOP: 50s Pearl & Blue Rhinestone Brooch/ 50s Blue Rhinestone Brooch SOLD! 

Here are a few velvet shoes that we'd love to brooch (click each to shop)!

Vintage Brooches Down Placket of Jacket

SHOP from top to bottom: brooch 1/ 2/ 3 SOLD!/ 4/ 5/ 6 SOLD!

Here are a few jackets that would work perfectly with round everyday brooches to mimic buttons. If you try this, keep in mind it looks effortless when the brooches are all similar in size. The ones featured here are all about 1.5” in diameter. 

For more brooch it ideas, get inspired on instagram or pinterest. And don't forget that we're always here to help. Shoot us an email at styling@sweetandspark.com to chat all things vintage jewelry, or get personalized recommendations. Shop our full holiday collection and make sure you're on our email list to hear about weekly new arrivals first!

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