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On The Hunt : Throw Pillows

On The Hunt : Throw Pillows | Sacramento Street

With a new season beginning, there isn’t a better way to update your home than with a couple of new throw pillows! Whenever I’m in the mood to change things up around our apartment or if a client wants a little something new, I always begin with the pillows. It’s the easiest and most cost effective purchase.

I’ve sourced from some of my go-to sites for clients to bring you my top six pillows I would bring into your home this season. Hope these make it into some of your homes.

1.) Akerkulla Cushion Cover (Save!)
2.) Damask Toss Pillow
3.) Tiered Fringe Pillow
4.) Crewel Key Pillow Cover
5.) Kamile Pillow, Chalkboard
6.) Nisa Pillow (Splurge.)

Here are a few more of my favorite pillows:


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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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GIVEAWAY: A West Elm . . .

Just two weeks ago I got the Parsons Tower from West Elm. My husbands first thought was “where am I ever going to put this” – well with a little re-arranging and then a bit of re-decorating, it now has a special place in our dining room. In all honesty, he should know that I always have a master plan in my head. Once it was all done, I began thinking about how others would decorate theres Parsons Tower.

West Elm is giving away a Parsons Tower to one lucky Sacramento Street reader. Do you have the perfect spot for the Parsons Tower? If so, how would you see yourself decorating it? Would it be with beautiful books, travel treasures, family heirlooms?

1. To enter, leave a comment (with your name and email) letting us know where and how you would decorate your own Parsons Tower.
2. Pop over to the West Elm Facebook and Twitter page and follow/like both them. (if you already “like” it then you’re already entered.)

An important detail. You must live in the United States to enter this giveaway. This giveaway ends July 8th.

*Photos taken by Caitlin
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summertime bliss . . .

Longing for summer? This “West Elm Loves Summer” video made me want summer days filled with outdoor meals, light summer clothes and a salty ocean breeze even more. It’s pure perfection done by the lovely Ditte Isager. By the end of this you’ll be wanting a fresh glass of ice cold lemonade. I certainly did!

What do you think? Did West Elm capture the essence of summer? Because of this I’m wishing spring would turn to summer a little bit faster . . .

Images and Video: Ditte Isager for West Elm (found via facebook)
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