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On the Hunt: Vintage Floor Lamps

Chairish: Vintage Lamps | Sacramento Street


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While I have placed a floor lamp in my nursery, the rest of my house only has table lamps. I’m ready to find the perfect floor lamp for my living room. I’m having trouble deciding between a more traditional swing-arm lamp in brass or a mid-century modern floor lamp.  I have always favored a mix of modern and vintage and I have to say, I’ve been tempted by the chrome arc lamp as well as the actual vintage mid-century lamps.

Chairish: Vintage Lamps | Sacramento Street

1.) Chrome 5 Arm Arc Lamp on Marble Base

2.) Rare Vintage Castiglioni Arco Lamp

3.) Robert Sonneman 1960’s Swing Arm Floor Lamp

4.) Chrome Arc Lamp By Robert Sonneman

5.) Tall Brass Articulating Floor Lamp

In San Francisco, when vintage lamps show up in stores, they are swooped up quickly. A place I have found a plethora of floor lamps that I love are on the website Chairish. They have both traditional and mid-century choices.  The only trouble I’ll have, is deciding which lamp to chose.  Which do you prefer?

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Blooms in Season: April

Blooms in Season : April | Sacramento Street

Spring has arrived, especially at the flower mart. It burst with tons of favorites – blooming branches, lily of the valley, ranunculus, poppies, and peonies are slowly on the way in. This time of year makes my flower heart sing.

This month, Natalie and I wanted to highlight the art of simplicity when it comes to showcasing one flower.

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I love the mockorange. Tell me more about them.
These are one of my favorites during this season! They are delicate and abundant and remind me of my own mother’s garden. They are commonly called mockorange because their bloom mocks the buds of lemons and oranges. Their latin name, Philadelphus, is named after an ancient Greek king of Egypt.

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Hyacinth are one of my favorites, but I notice they are available in flower shops year-round?

This is true, however this is their actual season. Hyacinth are bulb plants that are easy to transport and ship, therefore they are now grown and shipped throughout the year. Tulips are the same. I find that they are so much better this time of year because this is when they are naturally in season and they are such a sign of Spring. In California, you can find locally grown bunches that are not coming from Holland.

I love Lily of the Valley but don’t see it very often here in San Francisco. Why is that?
Lily of the Valley loves conditions that are much different than what we have here. It grows wonderfully in the mid-west, back east and in the pacific northwest. It can grow here and if it does, it spreads nicely.

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I noticed you kept the flowers simple and only used one variety per vase. Why is that?

In my own home, I keep my floral arrangements simple. I like to use a single variety as a way to keep the arranging simple and also really appreciate each individual bloom. I like seeing one variety in a vase as it helps me enjoy the true grace and individuality of each stem. Keeping the design simple works beautifully next to a bedside or sink basin. Anything too fussy just takes over and loses impact.

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For readers that live in the Bay Area, I highly suggest going to the Bouquets to Art exhibit at the de Young Museum. Natalie is showcasing an incredible piece!

Flowers by Natalie Bowen Designs | Photos by Heather Day for Sacramento Street.

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Layer It: Mostly White

Layer It : Mostly White | Sacramento Street

When April hits I have the urge to ditch my black wardrobe staples. Now, that would consist of packing away 85% of my closet, so it’s not going to happen. This past week I’ve found myself wearing lighter tones – and I’m loving it. Do you ever feel the need to lighten up your wardrobe?


Layer It : Mostly White | Sacramento StreetI decided it was time to create some springtime looks that mostly consisted white staples – mixing in white dresses (this is my favorite!), pairing together white jeans with a heather grey sweater and busting out these white oxfords.

The Basics

1.) The Bruin Skinny Jeans

2.) Won Hundred Striped Sallie Top

The Layers

3.) 52mm Cat Eye Sunglasses

4.) Wit D’Orsay Oxford Shoe

5.) Baker Leather Strap Watch

6.) T Lock Mini Flap Cross Body Bag

7.) Nude Scene Lip Gloss


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On the Menu: Dutch Baby

Dutch Baby

I love entertaining – having people over to my house to eat is one of my favorite pastimes. I think that is why I became a cook, because I love feeding people. Over the years I have figured out tips and tricks to make hosting easier on me and the food more delicious for my guests. One of the best tips is to have people over for brunch rather than dinner. Brunch is always a little more laid back and relaxed and I love serving recipes that can be done the day before. Enter the Dutch baby.


A Dutch baby is a mix between a pancake and a crepe that is baked in the oven and comes out deliciously fluffy, puffy, crispy and a little gooey. It is also the perfect brunch food – not only is it a crowd pleaser with the height that it rises in the pan, but it is also supper easy to make. The night before brunch, you add all the ingredients to a blender and blend really well. Refrigerate overnight and when you are almost ready to eat, pour the batter into a pan and about 20 minutes later, you have a gorgeous Dutch baby. This is the kind of recipe that looks really hard but is super simple.


Consider the Dutch baby a blank canvas, like a crepe or a pancake and add different toppings and flavors to the batter. I like to top mine with crème fraiche and berries, but lemon zest in the batter would be delicious, as would apple slices.


Enjoy! ~ Amanda


Dutch Baby

Dutch Baby 

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  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 Tbs. unsalted butter

Directions | Sacramento Street

1.) Combine the flour, eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar and salt in a blender. Blend on high until the mixture is thoroughly combined and no lumps remain, about 30 seconds, (stopping the blender to scrape down the sides if needed.) Refrigerate overnight or for at least 30 minutes.

2.) Preheat an oven to 450°F

3.) Put butter in an ovenproof 12-inch sauté pan. Place in the oven for 5 minutes to melt the butter.

4.) Remove the pan from the oven and carefully pour the batter into the pan. Return the pan to the oven and bake until the sides are puffed up and dark golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

5.) Top Dutch baby with crème fraiche or whipped cream, a dusting of powdered sugar and fresh berries.

Serves 4.

Recipe & Photos by Amanda Frederickson for Sacramento Street


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Minimalist Momstyle

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Honestly, since I became a mother, I’ve had to let some things go. There are days when I don’t actually have a chance to shower or complete a workout. I try not to beat myself up – there will be plenty of time in the future. It’s amazing how frequently I look at my watch and it’s noon and I have not accomplished anything other than just spending time with Jackson.


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While having a baby has changed the picture for me in a multitude of ways, my style has remained relatively the same – maybe just a bit more informal. You definitely need to embrace fabrics that can easily be washed when you have a baby in your life.

A great option that I gravitate to on a daily basis, are the clothes I have from Shop Buru. They all seem to work by being both comfortable and stylish at the same time. There are some pieces I’ve actually ordered multiples of!

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Pop on over to Shop Buru and see the items I’ve chosen as motherhood essentials and hear more about how I’m adjusting to motherhood.

This post is a partnership with Shop Buru. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

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