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A Fresh Look: Open Shelving Kitchen

Kitchen Open Shelving

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

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A Fresh Look at Wing Chairs

Wing Chairs

I used to think of my grandmothers house when I thought of wing chairs. However, lately I’ve been giving them a second glance and especially like them in unexpected places. They are so comfortable and almost seem to hug you as you slide into them. I’ve been considering the idea of placing on in the corner of my dining room – a retreat from the rest of the house.

The designer who is a genius at using wing chairs is Darryl Carter. His timeless style that mixes old and new makes my heart sing and as I look more closely at the rooms he’s designed, there is often a wing chair somewhere. I particularly like how he placed one in a bathroom. I honestly think wing chairs are here to stay!

Shop my favorite wing chairs:


Photos: 1.) Darryl Carter | 2.) House of Hinton | 3.) Rue Magazine | 4.) Zavvi Rodaine | 5.) One Kings Lane

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The Finishing Touch: Throw Pillows

On the Hunt : Throw Pillows | Sacramento Street

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As a designer, I find that sometimes the most difficult part of the design process is figuring out the finishing touches. One item that can make a room complete are throw pillows that add dimension and a unique touch. I like to find pillows that can add an element of texture, pattern, and color that would otherwise not be present in the room.


On the Hunt : Throw Pillows | Sacramento Street

1.) Chenille Floral Designer Pillows

2.) White Moroccan Floor Pillow

3.) Custom Duralee Ikat Pillows (on sale!)

4.) Royal Blue Hand Loomed Silk Velvet Pillow

5.) Handmade Suzani Pillow

Pillows that I love can be difficult to find. I don’t want them to look generic and I am definitely particular about the quality of the fabric they are made from. One terrific source is Chairish, where there is a multitude of choices of quality pillows. I like to have a mix – some of silk velvet and others linen or cotton. Be sure that all the pillows you chose will go together nicely as a group. While it can be a challenge, in the end, the throw pillows you chose can improve the look of a room tremendously.

Shop more of my favorite pillows over on Chairish.

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The Perfect Changing Table

Changing Table

One of the decisions I made was to not buy a changing table for the nursery. Instead, I found a chest-of-drawers I adored and retrofit it into a changing table. Believe me, if I can do it (the queen of DIY disasters!) anyone can.

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I’m drawn to champagne-style chest-of-drawers. They remind me of the inside of a steamer trunk and anything related to travel is attractive to me. I found just what I was looking for at Land of Nod. Three ample drawers give me the room for everything I need when changing Jackson. And it was so easy to attach the changing table top. We attached it to the back of the chest so when Jackson is no longer in need of a changing table, we can remove the top and have it simply as a chest-of-drawers.

Changing Table

You don’t have to give up good style when you put together a nursery.


Campaign Dresser | White Changing Tray

Changing PadGrey Dot Changing Pad Cover

Small Rattan BasketsSwaddling Blankets

White Monogram Towel | White Rattan Hamper 

Photos by Delbarr Moradi for Sacramento Street

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Bring the Picnic Indoors

Bring the Picnic Indoors | Sacramento Street

Everyone is dreaming of spring, blossoming trees, warm sunshine and temperatures above freezing. With Arctic temperatures hitting most of the country, no one wants to go outside. It’s time to get creative with what you can do indoors. I’ve been day dreaming about gathering friends for an outdoor picnic for months but that’s not really possible for awhile so I decided to bring my picnic indoors. Why should I wait until the weather gets warmer?

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My first order of business was to create a cozy spot where everyone would want to sit, eat, drink and enjoy themselves for hours on end. The key ingredient – comfy pillows and blankets to cover the floor. When creating an indoor picnic you want to be sure everyone will want to kick off their shoes, curl up and enjoy each other’s company. Be sure to have yummy treats and wine of course. I referenced our guide to creating the perfect cheese board that our team put together this past fall.

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Picnic Essentials | Sacramento Street

1.) Natural Sheep Skin Rug | 2.) Grey Two-Tone Geometric Throw

3.) Faux Cowhide Throw Pillow | 4.) Ivory Unscented Pillar Candle

5.) Mini Spreaders Set of 4

Thanks to World Market I was able to create the perfect environment for this day dream to actually come to life. I paired their beautiful throws, pillows and much more together to create the ultimate indoor setting that no one wanted to leave. See more from our selection on the World Market Blog.

Photos by Heather Day for Sacramento Street

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