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Blooms in Season: August

Blooms in Season - August | Natalie Bowen Design x Sacramento Street

Each month I feel inspired after we shoot Natalie’s creations. Sometimes we plan a certain theme or color but other times I want to be surprised. This month when I opened the door,Natalie had a tons and tons of beautiful grass – the bucket had an ombre look to it. I knew I was in for a spectacular surprise. She knocked it out of the park friends. Not only were the different varieties stunning, but she pulled out the lotus pod and carefully unfolded it. You are in for a treat when you see what it looked like before and after. It’s truly amazing what Natalie creates for us each month. Read on to find out more about this hidden gem of a flower!

Blooms in Season - August | Natalie Bowen Design x Sacramento Street

Flower Varieties:
Left to right: Maiden Grass, Lotus Pod and Purple Fountain Grass


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I love these lotus pods. They are incredible. Where were they grown?
These lots pods are so beautiful in their shape, clean lines and simple yet complex form. This may be the very first time in our three years of doing this post, that I have used a flower that was not grown locally. This lotus is an import from Hawaii, however under the right growing conditions you could grow them other places.

Blooms in Season - August | Natalie Bowen Design x Sacramento Street

I love these grasses. Why did you chose them?
I know many people, including myself, have one tall vase in their house where they like to have long lasting branches on display. It’s such a easy and inexpensive way to keep the presence of greens in your home without needing to have a full arrangement. At a certain point in the year I get a bit tired of having branches and want to try something new. That is exactly what happened this month and why I chose the grasses. They are long lasting and have such an elegant look. The same look can be achieved with tall weeds you find on the side of the road. It sounds crazy, but trust me, they can look so elegant when placed in a vase all on their own.

Blooms in Season - August | Natalie Bowen Design x Sacramento Street

Our mother’s were both at this photo shoot, wasn’t that special?
Yes! I loved that unplanned we both brought our mother’s to this shoot. We are both so lucky to have our Mama’s live close and share our mutual passions. Yours for interiors and mine for flowers. I appreciate that more and more older I get.

Thank you Natalie for this incredible feature this month. I’m constantly in awe of what you create for us!

Flowers by Natalie Bowen Designs | Photos by Emily Scott for Sacramento Street

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On the Menu: BLT with Basil Aioli

On the Menu - BLT


I know that most everyone knows how to make a BLT. The name says it all, right? (BLT for bacon lettuce and tomato.) But consider this a public service announcement and reminder for how delicious a BLT is. I had completely forgotten and made one for myself recently with avocado and basil aioli and fell hard for this old school delicious sandwich.


There is no need for a recipe for this food post. You all know how to make a BLT but consider spicing up this tried and true sandwich with some different toppings and ingredients. I added avocado onto my BLT because, well avocado makes everything taste better. I also made some basil aioli which added a bright freshness to the sandwich. For your future BLTs consider adding anything and everything. Today I am sharing my easy recipe for basil aioli – think of it as fancy mayonnaise that goes well with everything from a BLT to grilled salmon to sweet potato fries.


I am already dreaming of my next BLT – I think I am going to switch out the fresh tomato in my sandwich for a fried green tomato and top the BLT with some creole aioli. Excuse me while I go make it.


Enjoy! ~ Amanda


On the Menu - BLT


Basil Aioli

Ingredients| Sacramento Street

1 handful fresh basil

1 cup mayonnaise

1 tsp lemon juice

pinch of salt.

Directions | Sacramento Street

1.) In a blender or small food processor, combine the basil, mayonnaise, lemon juice and salt. Pulse until well combined.


Note: Makes about 1 cup and keeps well in the refrigerator for about 1 week.


Recipe & Photos by Amanda Frederickson for Sacramento Street

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Project: Bathroom Remodel Inspiration

Bathroom Inspiration


I’ll be starting a very special renovation soon – my Mom’s bathroom and kitchen. The bathroom has a few challenges. As with many homes built almost one hundred years ago, her bathroom is quite small and has two doors – one from the hallway and one from the master bedroom. We’re trying to find a solution but whatever we decide, I’m sure it will be simple and elegant and while small, it will be a petite bathroom with style and comfort.


Next week I’ll be sharing our ideas for the kitchen – this is a project filled with a lot of love!


Photos: 1. Studioilse | 2. Dream and Jeans | 3. Jenny Wolf Interiors | 4. Graham & Co. | 5. Home Bunch | 6. Cottage & Gardens

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8 Ways to Switch Things Up at Home This Fall

Living Room

Transitioning your home from summer to fall is one of my favorite activities. As the light begins to change and there is a slight crispness to the air, it’s time to think about making your abode a warm and cozy place to retreat to. Autumn is a time when we all begin to spend a bit more time indoors. The days are slowly getting shorter and our home is often our retreat. This is a good time to add warm touches that help us to embrace the change outside. One can burn candles; have baskets with throws ready to serve as a sanctuary where you can curl up with your favorite book. By changing a few key elements, your home will be a welcome place for you when you get home from a busy day.

World Market - Fall Picks

There are 8 items from World Market you might consider when preparing your house for the change of seasons:

Lighting. Consider adding a floor lamp or table lamp to add additional light to a room. Lighting is key to a room being used!

Bookends. I can’t get enough of theses petrified wood bookends. They add depth and beauty to any room.

Candles. As there is less light outside, bring the light inside. Candles create an elegant and inviting atmosphere and they signal a change of seasons.

Side Tables. This is something you make not think to switch out but it can make all the difference when refreshing a space. Side tables are be swapped around all year round, why not add a new one to place your coffee on every morning.

Throws. As the weather changes to cooler evenings, having comfortable throws to crawl into can be a comforting and practical addition.

Seating. As summer turns to fall, consider a changing your sofa. There is nothing better then a comfy sofa you don’t want to leave. If you’ve been thinking about updating yours now is the time since you’ll be sending more time indoors.

Throw pillows. There is no quicker way to update and change a room for the season. You can change the mood of the room with a change of throw pillows.

Baskets. Having a variety of baskets is a practical and aesthetically pleasing way to store things. You could even place your new throws in them.

Fall is my favorite season – I can’t wait to do a few of these seasonal changes to my home as well.


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

Photo by Paul Raeside via Coasts and Castles

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Blooms in Season: July

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With the exception of a few times a year, flowers in my house are always white. Of course white can sometimes look plain and one dimensional to some. One way I get around this, is to mix the white flowers with other grasses or greens in season. This month, Natalie has succeeded in creating a rich, wild and innovative way to mix the season into my white flowers. I think you’ll agree that these flowers are a winning bunch!!

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What inspired you this month?

I love color so much but sometimes I need a break and to have a  calm arrangement. I think white and green feels so summery and I always think of white as your signature color, Caitlin. While vibrant summer colors are wonderful, there is something about the freshness of white and green that feels so soothing during the hot months.

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I love this white rose. What is it?

This is an iceberg rose. They are one of the only pure white garden roses and they grow really well in this part of California. They are also incredibly long lasting. My mother has bushes in her back yard and the flowers on them last for weeks! The only draw back to this rose is that they have zero scent. You can’t have everything, I guess!

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I love these little guys you call Love-in-Mist. 

I love those, too! Love-in-Mist can also be called Nigella There are so few blue flowers that I really love and these are one of them. I also have a very special association with them as my husband and I got married in a field of poppies and Love-in-Mist. They can also be called “Devil-in-a-mist”, but I”l stick to the devil reference.

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Looking for more flower inspiration? Be sure to check out the arrangements Natalie has created in the past – I’m always finding inspiration through them.


Flowers by Natalie Bowen Designs | Photos by Emily Scott for Sacramento Street

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