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Dining Room Table Perfection + A Giveaway

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As with many homes in San Francisco, my dining room has more than just the purpose of sitting down for a meal. With space at a premium, my dining room also serves as my occasional workspace and dressing room – since my closet is also in the dining room. For the past two years we’ve had a farm table but it was too big for the space, so I have been looking for a clean and minimal table that wouldn’t take over the entire room. I wanted a table that would work with both modern and vintage furniture as well.

 

That’s when I came across the Saarinen Oval Tulip Table from Rove Concepts. The surface is so forgiving and I don’t worry about causing damage to it – believe me we have had multiple spills of anything you could imagine on it … baby food, wine, you name it!


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What I love most about this table is that I can have a client project spread all over the table during the day and by the evening have it set for a dinner. Since we mostly eat at home, it is nice to have something that isn’t too big for the three of us to eat at each night.

 

One thing I love about this table is I can switch up the chairs I pair with it – usually with a mix of both old and new. It was by far one of my favorite purchases for our home.


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If you’ve always dreamed of owning a Saarinen Table, this is your chance to win $1000 towards anything at Rove Concepts! Let me tell you, there is more than one piece that I have on my wish list from them.

 

Just fill out the form below for your chance to win. Good luck!


Sacramento Street X Rove Concepts Giveaway!

 

* Giveaway is limited to readers in the U.S. and Canada only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. Giveaway prize is worth approximately $1000 USD total value. The winner will be contacted via email once comments close at July 23rd, 2015 at 11:59pm ET. Once the winner has responded I will announce the winner.

 

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


Photos by Michelle Drewes for Sacramento Street

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Layer It: Casual Wednesdays

Layer It : Play | Sacramento Street

 

There are days when I definitely don’t feel like dressing up. They usually occur when it’s one of my days where I’m juggling work and baby and simply want to be comfortable. These are the days when I pull out a pair of boyfriend jeans and a striped t shirt.  Usually I tend to wear a pair of my favorite tennis shoes since we almost always go on a long walk during the day.  I know I’ll be comfortable but not completely void of style.


Layer It : Play | Sacramento Street

 

Here are some of my go to basics for that day when dressing up just isn’t going to happen.  I try to keep it easy and comfortable without compromising good design.  Even on the worst of days, I hope to look good!

 

The Basics


1.) Slub Crewneck Tee


2.) Distressed Jeans

The Layers

3.) Madewell Tote


4.) Edgeworth Sunglasses


5.) 696 Sneaker


6.) Baker Leather Strap Watch


7.) Patent Shine Nail Color


Photo from Nordstrom.


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A Fresh Look at Wing Chairs

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I used to think of my grandmothers house when I thought of wing chairs. However, lately I’ve been giving them a second glance and especially like them in unexpected places. They are so comfortable and almost seem to hug you as you slide into them. I’ve been considering the idea of placing on in the corner of my dining room – a retreat from the rest of the house.


The designer who is a genius at using wing chairs is Darryl Carter. His timeless style that mixes old and new makes my heart sing and as I look more closely at the rooms he’s designed, there is often a wing chair somewhere. I particularly like how he placed one in a bathroom. I honestly think wing chairs are here to stay!

Shop my favorite wing chairs:

 


Photos: 1.) Darryl Carter | 2.) House of Hinton | 3.) Rue Magazine | 4.) Zavvi Rodaine | 5.) One Kings Lane

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Changing My Morning Mood

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Since becoming a mom time is precious – especially in the morning. In the beginning, I didn’t have much of a routine. You could find me running around trying to get everyone prepped for the day. In the end, I found myself forgetting about myself. Something had to change.


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I made the decision that it was worth it to wake up thirty minutes early to have “me time.” It’s a time when I’m up drinking a cup of tea, getting ready in the bathroom (without the chaos) and finding inspiration in the quiet of the morning.


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Having an organized and beautiful bathroom helps me achieve this each morning. I went shopping at Target in order to find things to spruce up my bathroom routine. New towels with a fresh pattern, nifty organizers that improve the serenity of the bathroom, and products to pamper myself with all make my space in the morning tranquil and inviting. You’ll often find me lighting a candle while soaking in a tub with bath salts.


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By the time I’m done getting ready, I can hear Jackson cooing for me to get him and I’m more than ready to start my day!

Products: Threshold™ Brights Bath TowelThreshold™ Brights Washcloth

Threshold™ Botanic White WashclothThreshold™ Chunky Bath Rugs

Nate Berkus™ Glass Canisters | Nate Berkus™ Etched Wood Tank Top Bath Tray

 Nate Berkus™ Woven Basket | Lavender Dead Sea Bath Crystals

Shades of Glass Unscented Votive Candle

Shades of Glass Unscented CandleJ.R.Watkins White Tea & Bamboo Hand Soap

 

This post is brought to you by Target Style. Shop the new Home collection in stores and online.

 

Photos by Michelle Drewes

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On the Menu: Two Summer Favorites

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The last thing I want to do on a beautiful summer day is turn on my oven to cook dinner. I have an old 1950’s Wedgewood oven, that I cherish, but it heats the entire house when it is on. To make matters worse, I don’t have air conditioning. So I try and use it as little as possible, especially during the summer heat. As a result I am always on the lookout for recipes that can be cooked on the stovetop or even better, only require some chopping and whisking. Today I am sharing two of my favorite summertime dishes that are light, fresh and thankfully do not require an oven.

 

This artichoke completely changed my opinion about artichokes. Before discovering this recipe, I liked artichokes but secretly thought they were a lot of trouble for little reward – cleaning artichokes is one of my least favorite jobs in the kitchen. But when I tried April Bloomfield’s pot roasted artichokes, it all changed. In this recipe from her cookbook, A Girl and Her Greens she cooks artichokes on the stove top with lots of olive oil, wine, mint and capers. I dare you to try it and not fall in love with artichokes. The original recipe calls for baby artichokes, but if you can’t find them, it is completely fine to use regular artichokes, just make sure to clean out the center choke before cooking.

 

My other quintessential summer dish is a watermelon and tomato salad. Crisp watermelon paired with juicy tomatoes, topped with avocado, red onion and feta cheese, it is everything you want in a summertime dish.

 

Both dishes are perfect served at room temperature and they taste even better outside with a chilled glass of wine (like you saw in the latest entertaining post with Ecco Domani).

 

Enjoy! ~ Amanda

 

Pot Roasted Artichokes


April Bloomfield’s Pot Roasted Artichokes


Ingredients| Sacramento Street


1 lemon, halved

3 1/2 pounds baby artichokes (or regular globe artichokes, halved)

1/4 cup olive oil

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

Kosher salt

1 1/2 cups dry white wine

1 tablespoon drained capers

1/4 cup torn fresh mint leaves

2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves


Directions | Sacramento Street


1.) Squeeze lemon into a large bowl of cold water. Working with 1 artichoke at a time, pull off tough dark outer leaves until mostly yellow leaves remain. Using a serrated knife, cut 1″ off from top. Trim stem, leaving at least 1/2″ of stem intact; using a paring knife or vegetable peeler, remove tough outer layer from stem. Dip artichoke in lemon water to prevent discoloration. Pry open leaves to expose choke. Using a small spoon, scrape choke from artichoke and discard. Place artichoke in lemon water.

 

2.) Drain artichokes and set stem side up on a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Let stand about 2 minutes to drain; pat dry.

 

3.) Heat oil in a wide heavy pot over medium-high heat. Place artichokes, stem side up (or cut side down if using large artichokes) in pot and reduce heat to medium-low. Scatter garlic over, season with salt, and cook, without stirring, just until garlic is golden, about 3 minutes.

 

4.) Add wine; cover pot, reduce heat, and simmer, without stirring (which could cause artichokes to fall apart), until the artichoke stems are very tender, 20 – 25 minutes.

 

5.) Add capers, bring to a boil, and cook, uncovered, until wine has evaporated, about 2 minutes. Add mint and parsley and cook reducing heat if necessary to prevent scorching, until artichoke tops are deep golden brown, about 3 minutes.

 

6.) Serve artichokes warm or room temperature, drizzled with pan juices and a large pinch of salt.

 

Watermelon and Tomato Salad

 

Tomato and Watermelon Salad


Ingredients| Sacramento Street


3 cups seedless watermelon, cubed

2 lbs heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges and core removed

½ red onion, thinly sliced

1 avocado, cut into 1” pieces

¼ cup feta cheese

½ cup cucumber, sliced thinly

½ cup olive oil

¼ cup white wine vinegar

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 tsp. honey

salt and pepper


Directions | Sacramento Street


1.) Toss watermelon, tomatoes, red onion, avocado, feta cheese and cucumber together in a large bowl.

 

2.) In a small bowl, combine olive oil, vinegar, honey and mustard. Pour dressing over salad, add a large pinch of salt and toss well to combine. Taste for salt and pepper and serve at room temperature.

 


Recipe by Amanda Frederickson & Photos by Emily Scott for Sacramento Street

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