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On the Hunt: Trays

on the hunt: trays | sacramento streetWe love finding unique and beautiful items for your home each week in our series On the Hunt. This week we’ve scoured the web for our favorite trays and found some great pieces. What I love about a tray is that it can make a few items that are unrelated, look instantly like a vignette of meaningful pieces, perfectly grouped on your tray. It can also make a stack of bills, a pile of mail or magazines look more stylish. Whether you’re looking for your office to be more organized, or your coffee table to look more put together, a tray could be a great option for you. Here are a few of our favorites:


1. Reclaimed Wood Trays: This reclaimed wood tray is perfect for the person or family who loves the rustic or industrial look. It comes in two sizes, so it can suit all of your needs.


2. Boatman Geller Large Stella Tray: A personalized tray with a monogram or initials is a cute way to add that special touch to your vanity or coffee table.


3. Tate Trays: We love the washed out wood tone to these trays. Use one on the coffee table and the other on your side table for a pulled together look.


4. Wood & Lacquer Trays: Not only are these lacquer and wood trays on serious sale, they’re also some of the most stylish around!


5. Scalloped Lacquered Wood Tray: Want to add a simple pattern to your space? Here’s the perfect tray to do it.


6. Nate Burkus Wood Hexagon Tray: If your room already has a few circular and rectangular shapes (seen in the furniture, rugs, and art) this hexagon tray would be the perfect shape to break it up and bring a modern, rustic touch to the decor.


Have you found any trays you love recently?


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One Parsons Tower. Two Spaces.

Today, I’m showing you how decorate the West Elm Parsons Tower in two different ways. One is in my own dining room the other is in my mom’s bedroom.

Bookcases can be a great feature in any room. They’re an opportunity to showcase your interests and personality through books, art and curated items from traveling. There are times can also run the risk of having them look cluttered and end up being the catch-all. I’ve received many of emails from readers asking about tips for styling a bookcase.

Since my Parsons Tower is in our dining room, I decided that it would be a place to showcase my Astier collection, artwork, and a much needed bar for our apartment. At first, I wasn’t sure about having a bar on a bookcase, but once I set it up I couldn’t believe how well it worked. With my tower I also used the top for displaying items. You can even see a roll of wallpaper on the top level – I’m hope to find a use for soon.

On to Parsons Tower in my mom’s bedroom. She wanted it to be minimal like the rest of her house. She has an amazing collection of books, blankets, and treasures she collected from traveling. As we started putting her tower together, we wanted to keep in the brown and white tones she has in her home. She also recently picked up photos from Bly that needed a place to live so we incorporated them into the Parsons Tower.

Now that you’ve seen our bookcases I want to give you a guide to styling your own:

1. Books: Mix it up – instead of going vertical, stack books horizontally. It will create a graphic feel and alternating stacks between vertical and horizontal can create a more relaxed.

2. Incorporating Art: Having framed artwork adds another element to your bookcase. They can be propped up on shelves or can be leaned to create a layered effect.

3.Vary Scale and Height: Rather than simply lining items up on a bookshelf try, to create small groupings that combine similar items in different sizes, colors and textures.

4. Creating Vignettes: When you are looking at your bookshelf create little moments with items – a bowl of treasures or necklaces, a grouping of vases, layering art, stacking books with a few items on top. Imagine if someone was taking a photo of that little grouping and if it would look good.

I hope you enjoy another installment of One item. Two spaces. I’m thrilled with the way each Parsons Tower turned out. It was such a pleasure working with West Elm on this project.

Photos of Caitlin Flemming’s home by Bess Friday 

Photos of Julie Goebel’s home by Caitlin Flemming

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Weekend Inspiration

Hello weekend! What are all of you up to this weekend? After a busy week working from Arizona and then coming back to non-stop meetings, I’m thrilled the weekend is here. It’s time to pack up my weekender and take a little road trip down with my mom to Pacific Grove for a little family time. I can’t wait to enjoy some quality time by their outdoor fireplace, catch up with my cousin and best of all, enjoy homemade ravioli’s that melt in your mouth (yum!).

Enjoy a few of my favorite links from the week!

- I was smitten by the features of our apartment on Style Me Pretty earlier this week – our home tour and behind the blog.

- Have you entered our amazing giveaway? You can enter to win a pair of custom Poppy Barley boots and $550 to go towards your perfect Saturday!

- Check out the newly launched site – Project Bly. It’s full of treasures from Mumbai.

- When Eric gets home I’ll be having him make these donuts.

- These scenes from Mexico are getting me excited for my upcoming trip.

- My latest article for Euro Lighting is live and I’m talking about kids room lighting.

- And lastly, there’s a new shop on Sacramento Street that I can’t get enough of – The Future Perfect.

Hope you all have a glorious weekend!

Photos by Bess Friday // My Home

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bedroom inspiration . .

Yesterday in my “four favorites” post I featured the Ornate bed – well I can’t stop thinking about it and Christiane from Dwell Studio asked how I would decorate it if I owned it. I was totally up for taking a little bit of time to get creative and put together an inspiration board.

As you all know, I had to stick to my neutral colors, but added in fun textures to spice it up. The mix of a Madeline Weinrib rug, Bungalow 5 lamp, CB2 dressers and West Elm and Dwell Studio pillows make for a cozy sanctuary to cuddle in every night.

Now that I’ve created this board I wish the bed could magically appear at my doorstep. 

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