Tuesday, October 16

So Sylvie.

When Sylvie was 12 years old she moved from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, California. Her house was about four blocks from the Goodwill. Sylvie would go there with her trusty red wagon and fill it with vintage treasures piled high. There was a guy working the yard who would give bargain hunters a price after sizing up their load. Her wagon loads never came to more than $2 and from there, she was hooked. Sylvie now runs Blossom Home, a beautiful vintage shop just south of San Francisco, in the charming town of Los Gatos.

Having spent a lot of time in France, hanging around gypsy musicians and circus
performers (hey, some of my ancestors!), Sylvie has developed an eclectic and
artistic eye. Those experiences, as well as growing up in the 60's in San Francisco,
are what influences her home design style and it is perfectly reflected in her super
cool shop, Blossom Home. Her son, Marcel acts as shop DJ and likes to fill the air
with the sounds of 1940's French and Italian music. If your drop by on the right day,
you might also be in for a bit of tea and some design chat. Feels like Europe to me.

I love Sylvie's mix of colors, patterns, textures and even furniture eras - a jumble of
mixed of style that comes out just right. The little vignettes Sylvie has set up in the shop
are charming and full of French flair, ingenuity, and inspiration. It's just So Sylvie.

To read (and see!) more about Sylvie, you can visit her flickr photostream and her blog,
So Sylvie. Or, visit the shop Blossom Home, 633 University Ave. Los Gatos, CA 95032.
You can email her about her interior design services, as well. She was also recently
featured in the May '07 issue of Better Homes & Gardens.

*All photos courtesy of Sylvie.


Anonymous said...

I LOVE the pieces in these photos- especially the green vanity- I wish I lived somewhere even remotely close-by, but in North Carolina I'll have to find my own :)

Uncle Beefy said...

Well, I know that running a shop and doing interior design work leaves a lot of free time that Sylvie probably doesn't know what to do with so if she's looking for, say, a design charity case to fill up all that extra time with...lemme know! Uh, hello gorgeous! Will have to visit on my next journey to the bay area!

Gab said...

Your timing couldn't be better. I'm meeting my husband in los gatos on Friday for lunch. Guess where I'll be going afterwards? I hope my wallet is ready.

mominaledo said...

I wish I knew of great places like this closer to home - Fort Worth, TX! Thanks for the great pictures. Carrie

Anonymous said...

This store looks great, thanks for letting me know, love your posts this past week.

sfgirlbybay said...

gabs - say hi to sylvie for me!

robyn - thanks so much - i appreciate the feedback! :)

Nathalie said...

that looks like a fantastic shop, i love all those products, thanks for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful store. I hope to make it up there someday soon.

Anonymous said...

Merci beaucoup Victoria!! You're so genorous and thoughtful, and need I say smart, ha! Thank you, thank you.

Uncle Beefy- I'm also the furniture repair and refinishing person, the delivery driver, and bookeeper. Can I squeeze you in between cups of coffee?!

Looking forward to your visit Gabs! And anyone else.

Thank you all for your kind comments. It keeps me going :)

Anonymous said...

In about 15 more years.. I'll just surf the web see pictures like this and say " ohhh" and go shopping hahaha

Anonymous said...


Now I know why I miss San Francisco!

Cheers, Gal!

xx,~~a fan of, anything, Cali.

Catherine dee Auvil said...

You have great style So Sylvie!

gigegy said...

yay Sylvie!

Mélanie said...

I love all the pieces in that post but my favorite one is the grey blue sofa and the black lethered armchair from Eames