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Blooms In Season: March

 

Blooms in Season : March | Sacramento Street

 

As we enter into a new season, Natalie and I wanted to teach a class together about something that we truly believe in – that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” As we progress in life, it’s not about the quantity of items we have, it’s about the quality. I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion that the meaning and purpose behind the pieces in your home is something I whole heartedly believe in when designing a home.


At the end of March, Natalie Bowen, Jessie Black, Fullosophie and I will be teaching you how to incorporate and understand the foundations of beautiful bedroom design and styling via:  florals, textiles, textures, and design. We’ll be focusing on the differences in materials and textures, incorporating seasonal flowers and colors, and the do’s and don’ts of styling bookshelves, tabletops, and your bed. Although this is focusing on the bedroom, you can use these tips for any part of your home.


Details are at the end of this month’s stunning post that Natalie created for you. I’m madly in love with the texture of this arrangement!

 

Blooms in Season : March | Sacramento Street
Blooms in Season : March | Sacramento Street

 

Flowers used in this arrangement:
- Liberstar Tulips
- Snow drops
- Ranunculus
- Acacia
- Fritillaria


I’ve never seen these checkerboard flowers. What are they?

They are called fritillaria and they are one of my favorite springtime blooms. They feel like they are the perfect fairy flower with their curved stems and small bell flowers.

 

Blooms in Season : March | Sacramento Street

 

I’ve seen the Acacia before but doesn’t it usually wilt?
This is a stem I use when I don’t need the branch to last more than a few days. The tips wilt immediately, so I snip of the ends and the rest of the branch lasts much longer.

 

How does “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” play a role in your life?
With flowers I always suggest getting king lasting flowers for your own home. This way your money is well spent and you will enjoy them for as long as possible. Then, sometimes splurge on the perfect single bloom and out it on your desk or next to your bedside where you will see it often.


Blooms in Season : March | Sacramento Street


If you live in the Bay Area we’d love to see you at this workshop – pop over to Fullosophie for more information. It’s going to be an evening filled with loads of inspiration!

Date: Thursday, March 26th  |  6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Jessie Black SF ( 3252 Sacramento St, San Francisco)


Flowers by Natalie Bowen Designs | Photos by Heather Day for Sacramento Street

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Layer It: The Everyday

Layer It : The Everyday

Image from Tuula Vintage

 

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my everyday look. What do I feel comfortable in? What do I wear the most in my closet? And, is there something I couldn’t live without? I can honestly say that my black jeans with a chambray button-up is by far one of those everyday outfits I will never tire of wearing.


Layer It : The Everyday

 

Before, during and after pregnancy, this has been one of the staple looks that has been a tried and true one for me. If I ever can’t decide what to wear I just throw this on and automatically feel like I can run out the door and feel put together. Do you have an everyday look you love? I’d love to know because I’m always in need of another staple look to put into my regular rotation.


The Basics

1.) Chambray Pocket Shirt


2.) Lookout High-rise Crop Jean


The Layers

3.) Ribbed Racerback Tank Top in Stripe


4.) Nars Lip Gloss


5.) Even Better Foundation


6.) The Time Teller


7.) Marion Prisma Crossbody Bag


8.) Margot Leather Ankle Bootie

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a brand new week . . .

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I hope all of you are having a wonderful week. Our entire family has been on the mend from a horrible cold, which put a complete hold on everything. I can’t tell you how hard it is to see your little one sick, but I have to say, little J got through it with a smile on his face. He was a trooper and we are finally coming out of the haze of it all.


Stay tuned for a handful of inspiring new posts this week. We’ll be bringing your flower, fashion and furniture inspiration!


Photo by Caitlin Flemming

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The Perfect Changing Table

Changing Table

One of the decisions I made was to not buy a changing table for the nursery. Instead, I found a chest-of-drawers I adored and retrofit it into a changing table. Believe me, if I can do it (the queen of DIY disasters!) anyone can.


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I’m drawn to champagne-style chest-of-drawers. They remind me of the inside of a steamer trunk and anything related to travel is attractive to me. I found just what I was looking for at Land of Nod. Three ample drawers give me the room for everything I need when changing Jackson. And it was so easy to attach the changing table top. We attached it to the back of the chest so when Jackson is no longer in need of a changing table, we can remove the top and have it simply as a chest-of-drawers.


Changing Table

You don’t have to give up good style when you put together a nursery.

Sources:

Campaign Dresser | White Changing Tray

Changing PadGrey Dot Changing Pad Cover

Small Rattan BasketsSwaddling Blankets

White Monogram Towel | White Rattan Hamper 


Photos by Delbarr Moradi for Sacramento Street

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On the Menu: One-Pot Orecchiette Pasta

One-Pot Orecchiette Pasta

 

One of my favorite days in cooking school was the day we learned how to make fresh pasta. I love the process of getting your hands dirty with flour, water and egg. I also love that you can create such amazing dishes that all start with these simple everyday ingredients.

 

When we first learned how to make orecchiette I was obsessed. Orecchiette is Italian for “little ear” because of the shape of the pasta. I favor orecchiette over other types of pasta because of the chewiness.  Made with semolina and water, orecchiette has this delicious bite to it that makes it feel heartier.

 

Since homemade orecchiette is pretty easy, I was making it all the time. Now that I am not in cooking school and working full time, I have less time to make fresh pasta at home, but my love for orecchiette has not faded.

 

In this delicious one-pot pasta dish, I have paired orecchiette with tomatoes, eggplant, Italian sausage, mozzarella and mint. Totally delicious and satisfying. If you can’t find Japanese eggplant, swap for a regular eggplant. The same goes for the golden balsamic. I prefer golden balsamic over regular balsamic because it not as overpowering, but this is totally your preference, as well as what you have in your house.

 

Enjoy! ~ Amanda

 

One-Pot Orecchiette Pasta

 

One-Pot Orecchiette Pasta

 

Ingredients| Sacramento Street

 

1/2 lb mild Italian sausage

¼ cup olive oil

1 Japanese eggplant, cut into ½” thick half rounds

1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half

2 cloves garlic

½ c balsamic vinegar (preferably golden balsamic)

½ cup olive oil

½ lb dried orecchiette pasta

4 oz mozzarella

Garnish with red pepper flakes, handful of torn mint and Parmesan cheese

 

Directions | Sacramento Street

 

1.) In a medium size pot, cook the orecchiette according to the directions on the box. When pasta is cooked through strain, and set aside.

 

2.) In a the same pan over medium high heat add 2 tablespoons olive oil and cook sausage until brown, breaking it up into small pieces. Remove sausage, place on towel lined plate and set aside. In the same pan, add 2 more tablespoons olive oil and add eggplant and tomatoes and sauté until eggplant is browned and tomatoes have wilted slightly. Remove from pan and set aside.

 

3.) In the same pan, sauté garlic for 30 seconds then return sausage, eggplant, and the tomatoes to the pot and cook for 30 seconds. Carefully pour vinegar into the bottom of pan and cook over medium high until vinegar has reduced by half. Add orecchiette, mozzarella pepper flakes and top with mint. Toss well.

 

4.) Taste for salt, drizzle with olive oil and serve immediately.

 

Serves 2 to 4

 

Recipe & Photos by Amanda Frederickson for Sacramento Street

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