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Sacramento Street Smarts: Wall Sconces


One lighting trend we’ve been loving for quite some time now is that of the ole wall sconce. Not only do they make for a super sleek design look but they also serve the quite functional purpose of decluttering surface spaces. Days of cluttered nightstands begone!

You may be thinking, “I can’t do the whole sconce look because I’m a renter”. False! There are plenty of non-hardwire sconce options out there to choose from (no electrical work needed). So in honor of one of our go-to lighting looks, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite sconces of in a variety of styles.
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Image via Amber Interiors


Ali Hartwell for Sacramento Street


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Home Edit: A Dining Room Refresh

St Frank Textiles - Dining Room RefreshWhen it comes to my dining room, it has a variety of functions. One wall is entirely my closet and we eat all of our dinners at our dining room table. Lately it has felt a bit sterile and stark, so I decided it was time to add a few items that warm up the room and make it a bit more cozy for the fall.


Since we have a large vintage blue rug, I knew I wanted to stay in that color theme and go with shades of blue. In the corner by the window, I have a vintage French chair covered in a blue Madeline Weinrib ikat  fabric.  I decided that placing a large scale piece of art in the pocket door nook and adding pillows to our dining chairs would make the space feel new.

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As I searched high and low for these items it took me awhile to find the perfect pieces for the room. That being said, when I walked into St. Frank (which just opened here on Sacramento Street!), I knew all of my needs would be met. To begin with, I nearly fell over when I saw a huge Organic Indigo Sublime textile that had been framed in a clear streamlined frame. I’ve always had a soft spot for textiles and this one knocked me off my feet.  Subtle and calming, I knew this was the perfect piece to hang in the room. It was created in the Bamako workshop of Aboubakar Fofana, a calligrapher, artist, and textile designer who studied in Japan, France and Mali. Fofana is committed to preserving the art of indigo dyeing in West Africa.


As I looked further, I nearly yelped with excitement when I found vintage indigo dyed pillows that would add depth to the neutral space. In ancient times, from Egypt to West Africa, fabric has been dyed blue. This indigo color is considered a symbol of the connection between heaven and earth. Now that they are all in my dining room, I wonder what took me so long to change it up.  I now find myself gravitating to the dining room with my computer to work, just so I can admire how beautiful it is.

St Frank Textiles - Dining Room Refresh

St Frank Textiles - Dining Room Refresh

If you are trying to spruce up a room or looking for a unique gift for the holidays, St. Frank is the place to go. They have partnered with artisans from around the world to bring handmade products that have been carefully chosen and encompass the authentic cultural heritage of the communities from which they originate. Core to St. Frank’s beliefs are both the economic empowerment of its artisans, as well as the preservation of traditional crafts.  As a world traveler, I applaud St. Frank’s commitment to their core values and look forward to their much-deserved success.


If you live in San Francisco I highly recommend popping into their new shop on Sacramento Street. It’s bound to leave you inspired to add a few pieces to your home!

Photos by Emily Scott for Sacramento Street

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Room Anatomy



As the days get shorter and talk of El Nino grows louder, I can’t help but wish hibernation was a real thing for humans. Having a biological excuse to stay inside and cozy up for months at a time sounds like a lovely idea — especially when you think about hibernating in the room above. I can’t help but to picture myself curling up amongst those lush blankets and throw pillows, coffee in hand, getting lost in a book, stack of magazines or binge-watching my favorite shows.


What makes the space is the variation of textures. Between the soft Flokati rug, faux fur throw, and knitted pieces—the space just oozes coziness to the nth degree. The dark, romantic floral art piece and the Serge Mouille-style swing arm lamps balance out the look with a touch of moodiness. I mean, if this is what hibernation looks like, sign me up (but let’s get rid of the no eating or drinking rules)


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Be sure to check out our Room Anatomy archives for even more room inspiration! And if you would like to request a specific room to be dissected for our Room Anatomy series please email them to

Resources: Day Bed | Faux Fur Blanket | Pendant Lamp | Pillow 1 | Pillow 2 | Art | Flokati Rug | Swing Arm Wall Lamp | Moroccan Leather Pouf 

Image via Citizen Atelier | Interiors by Christine Dovey

Ali Hartwell for Sacramento Street


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Room Anatomy


It should come as no surprise that we love ourselves a good white interior. They offer the perfect backdrop to accent with fun textures, colors, and patterns – so a white room is anything but boring! In the spirit of such a look, we’re bringing back our Room Anatomy series with this stunningly refreshing space.

The texture play happening here is what really makes the space come to life. Between the Beni Ourain rug, the live-edge wood coffee table, and the woven leather chair–a healthy dose of organic textures work to compliment the angular white walls. And a white linen sofa?? Well those are essentially blank canvases where you can think of throw pillows as your paintbrush.


If you would like to request a specific room to be dissected for our Room Anatomy series please email them to

Resources: Jamison Sofa | Beni Ourain Rug | Antlers  | Bench  | Nahuala Pillow (Amber Interiors) | Woven Leather Chair | Wood Coffee Table | Biddew Noir- Sublime Artwork

Image via Style Files

Written by Ali Hartwell for Sacramento Street

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Sacramento Street Smarts: Cabinet Hardware


As much as we would all LOVE to make our dream kitchens a reality, it is hardly ever a reality. Whether it is cost or rental status holding you back, it doesn’t mean you can’t make some small aesthetic changes to help bring your kitchen one step closer to your ideal.


Swapping out cabinet hardware is a great place to start. Updated knobs, pulls and latches can bring your kitchen the contemporary vibe you crave without completely breaking the bank or giving your landlord a stomach ulcer.

For this edition of Sacramento Street Smarts, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite types, styles and sources of cabinet hardware.

Brass 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Nickel/Zinc 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Other 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Have you ever swapped out your cabinet hardware? We’re always looking for more styles and sources to have in our arsenal!

For more design tips and tricks, visit the Sacramento Street Smarts archives!

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Written by Ali Hartwell for Sacramento Street

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