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Home Edit: A Dining Room Refresh

St Frank Textiles - Dining Room RefreshWhen it comes to my dining room, it has a variety of functions. One wall is entirely my closet and we eat all of our dinners at our dining room table. Lately it has felt a bit sterile and stark, so I decided it was time to add a few items that warm up the room and make it a bit more cozy for the fall.


Since we have a large vintage blue rug, I knew I wanted to stay in that color theme and go with shades of blue. In the corner by the window, I have a vintage French chair covered in a blue Madeline Weinrib ikat  fabric.  I decided that placing a large scale piece of art in the pocket door nook and adding pillows to our dining chairs would make the space feel new.

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As I searched high and low for these items it took me awhile to find the perfect pieces for the room. That being said, when I walked into St. Frank (which just opened here on Sacramento Street!), I knew all of my needs would be met. To begin with, I nearly fell over when I saw a huge Organic Indigo Sublime textile that had been framed in a clear streamlined frame. I’ve always had a soft spot for textiles and this one knocked me off my feet.  Subtle and calming, I knew this was the perfect piece to hang in the room. It was created in the Bamako workshop of Aboubakar Fofana, a calligrapher, artist, and textile designer who studied in Japan, France and Mali. Fofana is committed to preserving the art of indigo dyeing in West Africa.


As I looked further, I nearly yelped with excitement when I found vintage indigo dyed pillows that would add depth to the neutral space. In ancient times, from Egypt to West Africa, fabric has been dyed blue. This indigo color is considered a symbol of the connection between heaven and earth. Now that they are all in my dining room, I wonder what took me so long to change it up.  I now find myself gravitating to the dining room with my computer to work, just so I can admire how beautiful it is.

St Frank Textiles - Dining Room Refresh

St Frank Textiles - Dining Room Refresh

If you are trying to spruce up a room or looking for a unique gift for the holidays, St. Frank is the place to go. They have partnered with artisans from around the world to bring handmade products that have been carefully chosen and encompass the authentic cultural heritage of the communities from which they originate. Core to St. Frank’s beliefs are both the economic empowerment of its artisans, as well as the preservation of traditional crafts.  As a world traveler, I applaud St. Frank’s commitment to their core values and look forward to their much-deserved success.


If you live in San Francisco I highly recommend popping into their new shop on Sacramento Street. It’s bound to leave you inspired to add a few pieces to your home!

Photos by Emily Scott for Sacramento Street

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Blooms in Season: November

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This week in San Francisco, the weather has taken quite a turn and the air is finally crisp and cold. This is the perfect time to change the look of flowers to a more moody and romantic style for your home. Natalie hit this look out of the ballpark – I swooned when I saw this particular mix of flowers!  I am usually one who buys white flowers or greenery and that’s about it. But lately, the dark flowers that look like the color of a glass of pinot noir are something I’m gravitating towards.  Notice the extraordinary vines creep out of the arrangement – perfection! The use of a stone urn is also in keeping with the season.  All-in-all this is what I would consider the perfect grouping of flowers.

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What was your inspiration behind this moody fall arrangement?

I am loving the contrast of light and dark right now and so I decided November was the perfect time to play around with these two ends of the color spectrum. We are moving in to daylight savings and the days are shorter, but the daylight we do have is golden and luminescent. I love the light this time of year! The protea especially captivated me, so I grabbed those first and built the look around them.

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I love the use of the proteca, are the seasonal or can you find them year round?

The banksia are a type of protea and they are a native of Australia. They actually grow quite well in the Bay Area and since we have a mild climate they can grow during most of the year. Since the Southern hemisphere has the opposite season they are imported at the SF Flower Mart almost year round.

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With the weather feeling more crisp, what types of flowers will be in season? Any favorites you love using?

I’m finding that my arrangements are becoming more simple this time of year. I often use a branch and then only one type of flower, rather than mixing a lot of different flowers. In California we are getting the very end of the summer flowers so I find myself tending towards the branches and berries are so pretty that they can easily stand alone to make a statement. It will make the blooms that much more special when they come back in to season early spring.

I love using branches this time of year – what are two of your go to’s?

Pastiche, bittersweet and maple are all varieties I find myself using a lot during this month.

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Since everyone is thinking about their thanksgiving centerpiece/arrangement, could you give everyone a few tips on what they should look out for or think about? 

Setting the table was always my favorite part of the holiday meal when I was a child and it still is. I would hand-make my place cards and carefully chose who sat at which place setting. Now, I tend to think about the overall look of the table and while I’ve grown up a bit, I still think there are a few key details to keep in mind when planning the floral decor for your holiday table. My top list includes:

1. Keep the florals low so people can see across the table. If you put your elbow on the table and lift your hand straight up, the arrangement should be no taller than your finger tips at the tallest point.

2. Don’t use any scented flowers. I adore having fragrant flowers in my home yet I know so many people are allergic to scented flowers of all kinds. Be sure to not make your guests unexpectedly suffer and leave the scented blooms for the powder room.

3. Keep the arrangements compact. I find that holiday meals are often family style and even if you have a buffet you may have multiple glasses, salt and pepper or even candles on the table. Keep the arrangements compact and opt for several smaller ones that are movable, rather than one large piece.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


To get inspired by past Blooms in Season posts – click here.

Flowers by Natalie Bowen Designs | Images by Ali Hartwell  for Sacramento Street

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Room Anatomy



As the days get shorter and talk of El Nino grows louder, I can’t help but wish hibernation was a real thing for humans. Having a biological excuse to stay inside and cozy up for months at a time sounds like a lovely idea — especially when you think about hibernating in the room above. I can’t help but to picture myself curling up amongst those lush blankets and throw pillows, coffee in hand, getting lost in a book, stack of magazines or binge-watching my favorite shows.


What makes the space is the variation of textures. Between the soft Flokati rug, faux fur throw, and knitted pieces—the space just oozes coziness to the nth degree. The dark, romantic floral art piece and the Serge Mouille-style swing arm lamps balance out the look with a touch of moodiness. I mean, if this is what hibernation looks like, sign me up (but let’s get rid of the no eating or drinking rules)


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Resources: Day Bed | Faux Fur Blanket | Pendant Lamp | Pillow 1 | Pillow 2 | Art | Flokati Rug | Swing Arm Wall Lamp | Moroccan Leather Pouf 

Image via Citizen Atelier | Interiors by Christine Dovey

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Style: Two Fall Essentials

Fall Essentials

Fall is by far my favorite season – the crisp air, change of leaves, and sunsets earlier and earlier I love getting nestled in at home for the night. We’ve had a pretty mild fall here in San Francisco with our Indian Summer lingering for quite some time – no layers have been required. Over the past week the weather has changed, it’s finally sweater weather. With the leaves slowly turning I’m ready to break out my fall clothes. I’ve been counting down the days for fall to make it’s appearance.

Another reason I love this time of year is the fashion. There is nothing I love more than getting a few new staple pieces that will carry me through the winter months. I was just talking to Eric last night about how I go shopping maybe once every quarter and purchase three or four essentials that I know I can wear for the months to come.

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No layers have been required quite yet, but two of my favorite pieces this season have been this cashmere henley and D’Orsay black leather flats from Jenni Kayne. The henley with it’s classic style, is probably a piece I want to grab out of my closet every single morning. 

The D’Orsay flats have been on my wish list for years. I’ve always been a flats gal – easy to run to meetings in and transition from work/life to mom/life. They are comfortable so that I can wear them all day long and easy to have on while chasing Jackson around the park. Their elegance are what make them special.

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I cannot wait for the fall days to get cooler so that I can add layers to my outfits but in the meantime, I’ll be happy wearing this pairing. Do you have any fall essentials you are loving that are becoming staples? I’ll be sharing more fall outfits in the next few weeks.

Photos by Emily Scott for Sacramento Street
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Shop Talk: Jenni Kayne Montecito

Shop Talk: Jenni Kayne Montecito

A few weeks ago I drove to Santa Barbara with the excuse of needing to pick up a table for one of my clients. What I was really looking forward to was paying a visit to one of my favorite clothing shops – Jenni Kayne. Located in Montecito’s Upper Village, Jenni Kayne is down the road from the stunning grounds of San Ysidro Ranch.  When you walk into the shop, the physical surroundings are so beautiful that you don’t want to leave.  I’ve always dreamed of an open-beamed ceiling of wood painted white for my home and this is how the physical space looks in the store. Clothing, accessories, and a few well-curated home items are carefully placed to create a serene and aesthetically pleasing space.

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As many of you know, I prefer simple lines and timeless clothing that stands the test of time. I would rather buy a few nice pieces of clothing each season than buy the latest trends.  Jenni Kayne is the perfect place to find those enduring pieces. Clean lines and a neutral palate draw me to her designs.

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There were also smaller items I had to purchase.  The earth tu face + jenni kayne lotion was something I couldn’t leave without. The fragrance of rose & geranium was like no other lotion I had smelled and I knew I had to have it.  I also noticed that my good friend Simone LeBlanc has partnered with Jenni Kayne to create a unique and exciting gift box.  The carefully chosen items for this box are the perfect gift for that special person.  Filled with items that remind you of this time of year and a walk in the woods.  All of the items come in a stunning balsa wood box that will be a keepsake for years to come. Pop over to my instagram to find out how to win your very own Simone LeBlanc x Jenni Kayne Woods Gift Box – it’s the epitome of fall!

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Of course, I couldn’t get out of the store without a pair of shoes and several sweaters for the crisper fall days, which we are finally having in San Francisco.  I’m already looking forward to my next visit to pick up more wardrobe staples. Thank you Jenni for welcoming us into your store with open arms.

Photos by Caitlin Flemming

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