With the exception of a few times a year, flowers in my house are always white. Of course white can sometimes look plain and one dimensional to some. One way I get around this, is to mix the white flowers with other grasses or greens in season. This month, Natalie has succeeded in creating a rich, wild and innovative way to mix the season into my white flowers. I think you’ll agree that these flowers are a winning bunch!!
What inspired you this month?
I love color so much but sometimes I need a break and to have a calm arrangement. I think white and green feels so summery and I always think of white as your signature color, Caitlin. While vibrant summer colors are wonderful, there is something about the freshness of white and green that feels so soothing during the hot months.
I love this white rose. What is it?
This is an iceberg rose. They are one of the only pure white garden roses and they grow really well in this part of California. They are also incredibly long lasting. My mother has bushes in her back yard and the flowers on them last for weeks! The only draw back to this rose is that they have zero scent. You can’t have everything, I guess!
I love these little guys you call Love-in-Mist.
I love those, too! Love-in-Mist can also be called Nigella There are so few blue flowers that I really love and these are one of them. I also have a very special association with them as my husband and I got married in a field of poppies and Love-in-Mist. They can also be called “Devil-in-a-mist”, but I”l stick to the devil reference.
Looking for more flower inspiration? Be sure to check out the arrangements
Natalie has created in the past – I’m always finding inspiration through them.
Flowers by Natalie Bowen Designs | Photos by Emily Scott for Sacramento Street
Eric and I recently noticed that Jackson is enthralled with us when we are eating. His mouth opens and he wants to participate in all of the fun! We decided that it was time to open up and begin to use his Stokke Steps high chair.
Jackson adores it. We all eat together in our dining room. We want to start out from the beginning to eat our meals (when possible of course because it certainly doesn’t happen every night!) together. He still doesn’t have the coordination to feed himself but he sure does try. We often make his food from scratch and Jackson loves just about anything – especially if we’re eating it. This little man loves basil, broccoli, corn – you name it, he loves it!
What I love about this high chair is that it can be pulled straight up to the table. When it’s in the kitchen, we use the tray. Often Jackson will play while I’m preparing dinner. He loves being able to sit up high enough to see what is happening. I’m excited for this new chapter in Jackson’s ever-changing development and couldn’t be happier with my choice!
Photography by Emily Scott // brought to you by Stokke
I am a great friend with rooms that are clean and edited and everything in it’s place. However, I’ve noticed lately that too many cabinets in a kitchen can create an atmosphere that is almost too sterile. In my kitchen, I’ve chosen open shelving in place of upper cabinets. There are several advantages to this – you can see everything and don’t need to open every cabinet door to find the right platter! You can also create a form of art and expression by having your beautiful dishes exposed.
I recommend you try to find some sort of continuity in what you display. Maybe you could chose to display only your white dishes with fresh herbs in pots. Or you could find a way to hang your stunning copper pots that you have tucked into the back of a cabinet. Whatever you chose, you will have a kitchen that feels warm and inviting to enter and every bit as efficient to use.
The shelving itself can be simple and inexpensive. By the time you get all of your treasures on them, they will look great regardless of what you paid for them.
Photos: 1. Desire to Inspire | 2. Kara Rosenlund | 3. Sean Santiago | 4. Ikea Family Live | 5. Sharon Santoni | 6. Tamin’s Table
The recipes I am cooking these days are simple and easy. Mostly because summer produce is in full swing and less is more when you have ripe, juicy, and seasonal fruits and vegetables. One of the most seasonal fruits are figs. Figs don’t travel well and are best eaten within a couple days of being picked. I had some extra figs floating around my kitchen so I decided to roast them with honey and top some vanilla ice cream with these delicious warm treats.
Whenever I have a fruit or vegetable I can’t eat before it is past its prime, I either pickle them or roast them. Since pickled figs didn’t sound too appealing, I decided to roast my left over figs with honey – the result is a deliciously warm caramelized treat that goes perfectly with ice cream. Come to think of it, these honey roasted figs would also go well in a breakfast bowl with greek yogurt, granola and some toasted walnuts.
If you can’t get your hands on figs, feel free to swap any seasonal ripe fruit. I love roasted strawberries and roasted peaches.
Honey Roasted Figs
1 pint ripe figs, cut in half and stems removed
2 Tbs. canola oil (or any flavorless oil)
¼ cup honey
vanilla ice cream
1.) Pre-heat oven to 400F.
2.) In a large bowl, toss figs halves with canola oil. Place figs on a baking sheet. Drizzle honey over figs and place in oven. Roast figs for 10 -15 minutes or until figs are caramelized and slightly wilted.
3.) Serve with ice cream, chopped pistachios and mint.
Recipe & Photos by Amanda Frederickson for Sacramento Street
This week was a hectic one, but when isn’t it? Between working on clients project and pulling everything together for a day of shooting – I’m definitely ready for a fun filled weekend. I’m currently loving each project we are working on now and can’t wait to show them to you when we are done. It’s amazing how long each project takes to pull together, between finding the inspiration, sourcing, ordering, and installing. But I have to say, it’s worth the wait.
Since I can’t share any projects, I thought I’d show you a few scenes from the week.
We installed a clients custom banquet – I’m loving the mix of patterns.
Pulling together fabrics and wallpaper options for a client presentation.
Working with Natalie Bowen on our next Blooms in Season.
I’ve had this painting that I had custom made by Heather Day sitting in our house for a year – we finally hung it in the dining room.
If you want to see more of what I’m up to throughout the week – follow me on Instagram.
Photos by Caitlin Flemming