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Giveaway: $300 Worth of Minted Holiday Cards!

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The holiday season is right around the corner – I can taste it! Not only am I excited because our little nugget is set to arrive, but the holiday season is my favorite time of year. There is nothing I love more than the chill in the air, the city glowing with holiday cheer, and seeing the Christmas trees in all of the windows. But what I love most is coming home to a mailbox full of holiday cards.


Each year Eric and I take an evening to sit down and select which holiday card will be gracing the mailboxes of our friends and family. This year, we’re getting a head start by ordering them early with Minted. They just unveiled their 2014 collection that has stunning new designs that are all customizable, they have a foil-pressed option that I can’t get enough of and they feature a free recipient addressing service to make sending your cards that much easier. In my eyes, this is amazing because addressing the cards always takes so much time.


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With hundreds of options to choose from this season I wanted to show you a handful of my favorites that I myself am deciding between. Honestly, as I sifted through all of the beautiful options that Minted has to offer I realized that you can’t really go wrong with any of them. Each has a unique quality to it that anyone would love to get in their mailbox.


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And finally, the giveaway! Minted and Sacramento Street have joined forces to give one lucky reader $300 towards their holiday cards. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling us which Minted holiday card you love the most, between now and Friday, October 24th at midnight.


For those of you that want to get a head start, Minted is offering Sacramento Street readers 15% off holiday cards with code SACRAMENTOSTREET until Monday, October 20th.


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

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Adding Brass Details into Your Home

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 Images: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six (from left to right)


For a long time I couldn’t embrace the brass trend – I’m a silver and chrome kind of girl. But since the trend looks like it will be here to stay, I’ve be embracing it more and more in my projects and my own home. But the trick, as with any trend, is to strike a balance. Small touches of brass will make a room feel current, not straight out of the ’80s. Whether it’s a beautiful set of candlesticks in your entry or dining room, or adding a larger touch with some hardware – I’m loving it even more.


If you still aren’t certain about this trend – add a small dose of it before changing everything. Once you live with it for a few weeks then decide if you want to invest in larger pieces. Also, consider mixing metals, which is something I have done in my own home. It has lasting power because you’re not putting your investment all in one color.


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1.) Nicket Sunburst Mirror (Marked Down!) | 2.) Silverplate Champagne Bucket | 3.) Vintage Ceremonial Brass Pots | 4.) Pace Brass and Glass Side Table| 5.) Gabrielle Side Table in Bone | 6.) Antique Brass Handled Tray | 7.) Vintage Brass Elephants 


To help you bring in brass to your own home I’ve pulled together some of my favorite vintage finds from Chairish. You can easily add in one or a few of these items into your home to achieve this look.


Do you think you’ll be adding in a bit of brass to your home? Have you already fully embraced this trend that is here to stay?


Pop on over to Chairish to check out my other favorite vintage items.


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

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What’s In Your Fall Handbag?

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No matter what your budget is, purchasing a new fall handbag is a treat in my eyes. It’s one of those investment pieces that you can keep for years to come. I’ve had some of my handbags since high school and college . I alternate bags throughout the year and they each bring back memories from when made the purchases. A great bag can transform an outfit – so it’s important to take your time finding the best fit for you and your lifestyle.


This season I was on the hunt for a modern, handcrafted, elegant handbag that would be both timeless and functional. As I set out on my search I came across the perfect contender. Cuyana has designed a beautiful cross-body called The Shoulder Bag, made out of the beautiful leather that is so soft you’ll want to use it as a pillow.

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My ultimate test for any smaller handbag is that they have to fit all of my essential items. And of course, I had to share with all of you what I’m carrying around in my fall handbag this season. I’m known for carrying quite a bit around with me – you never know what you might need! This Shoulder Bag stood up the the test and I was able to fit every single essential that I carry in my larger handbags. Can you believe it?

 

What's in My Fall Handbag | Sacramento Street

What's in Your Fall Handbag | Sacramento Street


Whether you’re bag style is more casual, like the Cuyana Leather Tote or more structured, like the Cuyana Shoulder Bag – I want to know what you’ll be carrying in your fall handbag this season. Share it with us on instagram with the hashtag #whatsinyourfallhandbag.


Can’t wait to see what all of you will be carrying around this season!

Photos by Ashley Batz for Sacramento Street

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Nursery Progress: The Inspiration

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It’s time to finally start sharing the inspiration behind baby Flemming’s nursery. All of you have been asking to have a little glimpse into the design process and I appreciate your patience waiting. I have to admit, when I first sat down to design the nursery I didn’t know which direction I wanted to take the nursery – traditional, whimsical, playful, or modern. I began by pinning away inspiring nurseries that I loved, furniture, and more. After finding the perfect vintage Turkish rug (number 6), it set the tone and color palette for the room. Then I turned to one of my favorite Sacramento Street sources – Serena & Lily to help with selecting furniture and bedding. The lovely ladies over at the Design Shop were an invaluable resource for helping me pull together our little guys room.


When designing a space I have a certain process I go through in order to get what I’ve envisioned or a client has described. I wanted to share that process with you.


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1) The Inspiration:


Create a mood board (like mine on Pinterest) and start pulling images you find inspiring for the space you are designing. I’m constantly doing this for each of my projects. It helps sets the tone and you are then able to see if you are going in a particular direction and style. For baby Flemming’s nursery I kept pulling tons of white nurseries, campaign pieces and images that had cozy reading nooks and pops of blue.


2) Choosing a Color Palette:


Since we fell in love with the vintage blue Turkish rug I knew that would set the tone and color palette for the room. If you find a piece that you love get it and then work around that piece. In this case, it helped me finally have a vision for the space. We actually found the rug before we knew if we were having a boy or a girl, but I knew no matter the sex, it would be a blue room.


From there I layered on white pieces to lighten up the room. As you all know, I’m a huge fan of white decor. I wanted the nursery to be in unison with the rest of the house. It’s important for me that it didn’t feel detached from the rest of the house.


3) Materials & Furniture:


For any nursery, I find that selecting the right materials is key. They need to be soft, easy to clean and classic. I had fun playing withpatterns for the sheets and pillows but wanted to keep everything else clean and serene. I decided that the Hudson Crib because of its clean lines, the beautiful Mimi Floor Lamp to add a bit of light to the room (it’s a little dark compared to the rest of our house), and then the Belly Baskets to add in a bit texture and storage for toys.


4) Time to Order:


Now that we’ve figured out everything that is going into the room – and the floor plan, it’s time to start ordering everything for baby boys room. Items are already being delivered and I can’t wait to show you progress photos in the coming weeks. Pop over to my shared Pinterest board with Serena & Lily to get live updates on inspiration, what’s going into the room and more. And stay tuned for more sneak peeks before the big reveal!

1.) Baby Elephant Print | 2.) White Elephant Bookend | 3.) White Mosaic Mirror | 4.) Mimi Floor Lamp | 5.) Hudson Crib | 6.) This is a one of a kind vintage rug, but I also like these rugs | 7.) White Basics Crib Bumper | 8.) Set of 2 Round Belly Baskets | 9.) Kaleidoscope Crib Sheet | 10.) White Moroccan Leather Pouf


Paint Color: Farrow & Ball Cornforth White (one of my all-time favorite paint colors)


Image Sources: Row One – 1) The Animal Print Shop 2) Serena & Lily 3) Decor 8 | Row Two – 1 ) Elizabeth Heier 2) Furze Chan | Row Three – 1) Max Wagner 2) Rene Walker 3) Serena & Lily

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Getaway: Exploring Alaska with Celebrity Cruises

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Today I’m bringing you back to Alaska for one final post about our incredible trip. Both Eric and I keep reminiscing about the beautiful journey. I wanted to take you through the excursions and experiences we had while onboard the Celebrity Solstice. Each were better than the next – if that’s even possible to say.


I’ll begin in Ketchikan, where we embarked on a small ten person float plane to a town in Neets Bay that has a population of nine (yes, you heard that right!). Our guide walked us through the forest, town and hatchery, to a river that leads into the bay. This particular excursion was to see black bears – a little frightening yes, but exciting. As we walked and waited, out came two beautiful and HUGE black bears. It was surreal to see them so close (only 20 feet away). To see them in their natural habitat was pretty unbelievable.

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Waking up at 5:30am was essential on this particular day. Our ship navigated through the stunning Tracy Arms Fjord. We opened up our balcony doors, threw on layers and layers of warm clothing and watched the natural landscape we were passing. Both Eric and I were in awe of the beauty that lied within this narrow fjord. From the stunning natural falls, to the teal color of the water, to the sound of nature all around us – it was as if we had been transported into a winter wonderland that you never knew existed. At the end of Tracy Arms Fjord we were able to see a magical glacier that has stunning blue hues. As we looked upon the glacier all you could think about was how remarkable nature truly is.

 

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As we left Tracy Arms, all I could think about was “how could we see anything more beautiful today” – well friends I was 100% wrong. We enjoyed a delicious king crab feast at Tracy’s Crab Shack (a must!) and then sailed away on a small catamaran for a night of sunset whale watching. The sky began to look like cotton candy and then we saw what we came for – whales. Both Humpback whales and one Orca! I was in love with this excursion – the Orca was just the cherry on top of an unbelievable day.


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Our last and final stop on the Celebrity Solstice was Skagway. Honestly, I cannot begin to tell you how excited both of us were for this last excursion. It was as though we had woken up on Christmas morning. Eric couldn’t wait to get in a helicopter for the first time and I couldn’t wait to step foot on a glacier. As we flew over the water, through valleys and up a narrow river made by the glacier itself, I was giddy as we came upon the glacier. We landed, took a hike to see the different areas (all safe of course) and were able to drink the glacier water! I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had to pull my jaw up from off the ground. I think the beauty of the entire trip came over me on this last excursion.


Alaska surpassed my expectations. The elegance and nature that we saw while on this trip brought me back to my roots as a child. I used to take more trips to be out in nature and this journey made me want to do that more often. It’s important to slow down, be outside and see the natural elements that make up the world around us.


We couldn’t have gone on these remarkable expeditions without the help of Celebrity Cruises. Each one was handcrafted by them to allow us to see Alaska in a whole new light. I cannot wait to travel there again someday and show our family all of these beautiful places.


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

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