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Frame It: A Guide to Creating an Artwall

Framebridge | Sacramento StreetDo you ever find yourself with a stack of artwork or family photos that need to be framed? I’m completely 100% guilty. When it comes to framing artwork, I’m constantly looking for quality frames that both myself and my clients will love that a) look beautiful, b) are easy to work with, and c) don’t break the bank. I know what you’re thinking, where am I ever going to find an option that encompasses all three of those things? Friends look no further, Framebridge is here to help!


When I first came across Framebridge I was intrigued by their process – it’s an easy to navigate site, which also has an app that will lead you through a step-by-step process to design your own frames for each piece you want done. Another plus, they have an option for a designer consultation if you aren’t quite sure what will look best with a particular piece. I’d say that’s a huge bonus!


Since I’ve been hoarding photos that I’ve been wanting to frame for an art wall in our house and for Christmas presents for family, I decided to give it a whirl. Let’s just say it was easy as pie. I quickly uploaded the five pieces I wanted done and in about 30 or so minutes I was done. When I was finished I couldn’t believe I had waited that long to do it all . . . I was even tempted to get even more pictures framed. Beware, it’s addicting – especially when you are putting together an art wall in your home.


With that being said, I wanted to share step-by-step details into how I go about putting together art walls. I’m constantly getting asked by readers and friends how to even begin putting together an art wall. I’ve come up with five steps that will help you create one in your very own home.

1.  Paper First:
Don’t pound a single nail before you do a little planning. Decide which pieces you definitely want on the wall. It’s nice to have a few extra options in case you need to fill in the blanks. Then make a paper template the size of the frames.

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2. Mix & Match:
Cut out the shapes and experiment with various placements. This small step will save your walls from misplaced holes from the nails. It’s important to measure out how large the wall is so you know that they will fit in. Once you decide on the arrangement take a picture of it.


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3. Tape It Up:
Transfer the paper onto the wall in the arrangement you’ve decided on. Figure out spacing and height.

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4. Time to Commit:
Measure where the wire hangs on the frame and mark the paper with a pen. Take the nail and hammer it through the paper – it’s the only way you’ll get it exactly right. Once you’ve done this with each piece it’s time to rip all that paper down. 


5. It’s Time to Hang:
It’s time to see your vision come alive. Hang your artwork up on the nails. Refer back to the picture you took in case they got out of order.


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Now it’s time to sort through your photos and artwork and get everything you want framed. Framebridge has a plethora of options and styles that work with any aesthetic you have in your home. Pop on over to start your framing!


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

 

Photos by Heather Day for Sacramento Street

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Put a Twist on the Holidays

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There is nothing I love more than having the entire house decked out for the holidays. This year we’ve kept it a little more low-key, but this little nook in the dining room was screaming to be decorated. That’s why I turned to Pottery Barn for their beautiful holiday decor to give it a little bling from the usual look – it’s one of my go-to spots for sprucing up the house from season to season. Now that the house feels festive, I’m ready to have a few small gatherings with friends and family before baby Flemming arrives.

 

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Liberty Double Old Fashioned Glassware | Silver Mercury Glass Trees | Snowflake Napkins

 

When it comes to the holidays I love having a few signature cocktails on hand to make for guests. This year I’ve had the challenge of creating a cocktail for guests that can also be created into a delicious mocktail for myself. After quite a bit of taste testing I finally came up with a twist on the perfect holiday cocktail that is now my go-to mocktail – the Cranberry Fizz. Just add a splash of vodka for guests and voila it’s perfection.

 

PB With a Twist | Sacramento Street

Cranberry Fiz Mocktail | Sacramento Street

This mocktail is sure to have guests wanting the recipe. Plus, the best part is that it’s easy to make, which means you won’t be stuck behind the bar whipping them up all night long. Are you putting a twist on anything this holiday season? A cocktail? Decor? Recipe?
 
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This post is a partnership with Pottery Barn. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

 

Photos by Heather Day for Sacramento Street

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A Tree Decorating Party with Treetopia

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What better way is there to kick off the holiday season than with an old-fashioned tree decorating party? It’s time to gather your girlfriends (or loved ones), heat up the a pot of hot cocoa and put on some of your favorite holiday tunes. This is truly one of my favorite times of year. I invited over Jeanne from Shop Sweet Things and Crystal from Rue Magazine for some quality time to catch up about our holiday plans and get advice from Jeanne about motherhood – both Crystal and I are expecting. Plus, who wouldn’t want to spend a fun-filled afternoon surrounded by Christmas cheer!

Tree Decorating with Treetopia | Sacramento Street

Tree Decorating with Treetopia | Sacramento Street


Last year, some of you may remember that I partnered up with Treetopia to decorate my first artificial tree. I was in awe of the beauty of their trees. It looked like a real tree and we didn’t have to worry about the messy needles, watering or most importantly, getting bugs in the house. When we cleaned up Christmas last year it was so hassle free that both Eric and I were converted.

 

Fast forward a year – We took out last year’s tree and decided that we could’ve gone a bit larger with the tree. That’s when I decided to partner with Treetopia again to get a new tree. We went from having a seven foot tree to a nine foot tree. I never thought we’d have a tree this big but let me tell you, after putting it up, I can’t imagine anything smaller.

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Tree Decorating with Treetopia | Sacramento Street

Tree Decorating with Treetopia | Sacramento Street

 

When it comes to food, make sure you have nice bite sized treats that your guests can enjoy while decorating. Amanda, our food editor put together a beautiful spread – crostinis, a dessert trio and cheese puffs. We’ll be sharing each recipe this month for you to enjoy and make for any holiday party you are hosting or attending. All of them are easy!

 

Tree Decorating with Treetopia | Sacramento Street

Tree Decorating with Treetopia | Sacramento Street

 

Decorating a tree can be quite a task – that’s why we wanted to gather friends to help with this occasion (especially with me being 9 months pregnant)! The art to hosting a tree decorating party is just few simple steps.

 

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I hope this has inspired you to host your very own tree decorating party. Just remember – it’s all about being surrounded by the people you love and cherish. So spread some holiday cheer and host your very own soiree!

 

Now for the fun part, one lucky reader will win $500 towards any tree of your choice from Treetopia! Enter using the rafflecopter widget below.


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

 

Photos by Emma Fineman for Sacramento Street | Special thanks to Crystal from Rue Mag and Jeanne from Shop Sweet Things for stopping by! 

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Sprucing Up Your Bar Cart

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A home bar is something every home should have – whether it’s used all the time or more of a decorative aspect of your home. You never know when a guest might want a cocktail. When it comes to creating the perfect bar cart it comes down to a simple equation of what to have – the right glassware, alcohol and a bar cart that can hold the essentials. By the end, you’ll be wanting to spruce up your very own or put one together for the upcoming holidays.


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The Glassware: You want to have several styles – from highball glasses, to champagne glasses. I love finding vintage glasses that add a bit more character to a bar cart. Chairish has beautiful options right now that are perfect to achieve a curated look.


1.) Mid- Century Modern Etched Glasses


2.) Mid- Century Cut Glass Decanter


3.) Pair of Vintage Lead Crystal Decanters


4.) Napier Silverplate Bucket Full Jigger


The Liquor: My rule is to stock your bar with liquor you enjoy the most. From there you can master creating the perfect cocktails any guest would enjoy. You can always expand list but stick to your favorites at the beginning. Our favorites are St. Germain Liqueur, Hendricks Gin, SIA Scotch Whiskey and a favorite mixer tonic water called Jack Rudy – the packaging is one of my favorites!

 

The Bar Carts: Finding the perfect bar area in your home is essential whether it’s in a bookcase, a vintage bar cart or a console. There are a lot of options out there. If you have a spot in your home where you could have a bar cart – go out on a quest to find a vintage bar cart to place everything on. It’s a way to add a touch of uniqueness to your room. 


9.) Vintage Brass 1950’s Bar Cart


10.) Metal Rolling Industrial Cart


Now it’s time for you to spruce up or create your very own bar area. You could go to a local flea market or pop over to Chairish to shop for all of my favorite bar cart pieces.


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

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Four Favorites: Hatch Collection

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As many of you know from this baby bump post, I’ve got quite an obsession with Hatch Collection. It’s my go-to brand for maternity-wear. The clean lines and classic pieces all have a little something special to them that I haven’t been able to find in another brand. Plus, I know I’ll be wearing most of the pieces I have well after baby Flemming arrives.


With that being said, there were a few pieces I’m loving that I didn’t feature that I wanted to share with all of you – and friends that aren’t pregnant, you can totally wear them too! Add this grey Turtleneck Dress to your closet since the days are getting cooler or the Montaigne Coat that is the perfect shape for layering on top of cozy knits. Obsessed with stripes as much as me? This Voyage Tunic is a favorite of mine. Pop over to Hatch Collection to get a glimpse into their beautiful fall collection.


1.) The Turtleneck Dress


2.) The Ultimate Cardigan


3.) The Montaigne Coat


4.) The Voyage Tunic

Shop more of my fall favorites from the Hatch Collection:

 


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