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Sacramento Street Smarts: Pairing Pillows

Throw pillows are one of the easiest ways to dress up a room. They serve as a mild but tasteful way to add some color and pattern to an otherwise neutral space (they’re also great for propping up your takeout food while you’re watching Netflix on the couch). But with a world of options out there, it’s hard to know where to find the best selection and how to bring them together.
In this edition of Sacramento Street Smarts, we’re helping you tackle your throw pillow woes with some pairing tips and our go-to sources.


Sources (from top):
Susan ConnorLuRu Home
Amber Interiors + Anthropologie
Homegirl Collection + Zak and Fox
Amber Interiors + Rebecca Atwood


For even more design tips and tricks, be sure to visit the Sacramento Street Smarts archives!

Image via Planete Deco


Written by Ali Hartwell for Sacramento Street


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Workspace: Natalie Bowen Designs

Natalie Bowen Design Workspace

Since I branched out on my own, one of my favorite things to do is visit the studios of fellow creatives.  They are a constant source of inspiration to my own work and keep me inspired to continue to reach and stretch my own potential.


Without a doubt, one person who has been a beacon of influence for me has been Natalie of Natalie Bowen Designs.  In all truth, she has been much more than that – she is a dear friend who I know will always help me to become a better person as I continue down this road of creativity. I met Natalie when she did the flowers for our wedding nearly six years ago. Since then, we have created a multitude of memories together.  Whenever I visit her workspace, I am both inspired and in awe. Natalie has a way of making even the simplest detail important.  Wallpaper in the smallest of bathrooms, a plate of goodies no matter when you visit, and a garden you want to endlessly linger in. Having the privilege to feature Natalie’s workspace has been something I am thrilled to share with you!

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Floral design is something that runs in your family. Did you always know it was what you wanted to pursue?

When I was a child I imagined that I would work in a high-rise building with an elevator and wear power suits to work. It was the 80’s after all. However, sometime in college I started to day-dream about working in a flower shop and how much fun I thought it would be. As soon as I graduated I got a job in a flower shop and soon realized that my dream of working with flowers was totally inaccurate but also where my heart was going to lead me.

How is your floral design approach influenced by your educational background in industrial design? What do these two fields have in common?

My education in industrial design was brief and limited to an undergraduate degree and when I was in school I had the expectation that I would go to graduate school. I often feel as if starting a business has been my version of continuing my educational process. I feel as if I love seeing the way one design relates to the space around it which I think is influenced from my background. My husband is an architect, and we spend a lot of time talking about the way things are built in relationship to their surroundings. After being together for eight years I often joke that I could have a degree in architecture by now.

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How has your floral styled evolved over the years?

When I started my work was much more tight and I used fewer varieties of flowers. I have developed my style to be much more naturally designed playing with the instinctual movement of a particular stem or branch. When I look at my work from the past, I do see that I have consistently designed with purpose and a little structure. Like my personal style, I’m always developing the details while staying dedicated to my true nature.

I’m constantly in awe of your work and how you have this particular style that is stunning and timeless. What do you do to stay inspired?

Oh Caitlin, that means so much coming from you. I have a dedication to staying fresh and try and pull my inspiration from non-floral sources. I don’t want to be overly influenced by what others are doing, so I try and nurture my creative side by indulging in fashion, art and architecture and then letting my expression truly come from within. If I spend too much time looking at what others are doing, I feel the opposite of inspired.

Natalie Bowen Design Workspace
From an outsider’s perspective, working in the floral industry seems like it would be a job that’s quite literally filled with flowers, sunshine and cheer–like something straight out of a Meg Ryan RomCom. But it certainly can’t be THAT perfect ALL of the time. What are some of the challenges to the job that we don’t see or realize from the outside?

The reality of working with flowers is that it is often not a pretty job. I spend more time behind a computer than doing anything else and as a team we all spend time dumping compost, cleaning candles, cleaning dirty thorny flowers and shlepping. There is so much sherpa shlepping and car driving I cannot even tell you. Oh, and the hours are insane. When you work with flowers you get up int he wee hours of the morning and that doesn’t mean you end your day any earlier than the next person. Make sure you can think and be creative at 4am before you get into this business. I also work most weekends which isn’t terribly hard for me since I am so used to it, but I do know my husband would prefer to have me around more. I had the Meg Ryan version of this job in my head when I started but I soon realized the reality of what it takes to do what I do well. Yet, I still love it so much.

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What’s the most valuable piece of career advice you’ve been given?

1. Do good work and put it out there.
2. Concentrate on developing your strengths not getting better at your weaknesses.
3. Get enough sleep.

If you had the chance to design the florals for ANYONE (famous or normal) and ANY event, who/what would it be?

I would love to design flowers for a personal party for Martha Stewart and then have her LOVE them. I’ve always loved her.

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Ok, now give us the insider’s scoop… Talk to us about an up-and-coming “trend” you’re forecasting or starting to see in floral design.

After several seasons of all blush everything, I have been happy to see richer and deeper colors coming back in to trend. I love color, so this makes me happy. I also foresee more ikebana styled designs that highlight negative space also becoming popular.

A huge thank you to Natalie for giving us a glimpse into her stunning studio. Our November Blooms in Season post will be live in early November that will definitely have you thinking about your Thanksgiving flowers.

Photos by Emily Scott for Sacramento Street

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Room Anatomy


It should come as no surprise that we love ourselves a good white interior. They offer the perfect backdrop to accent with fun textures, colors, and patterns – so a white room is anything but boring! In the spirit of such a look, we’re bringing back our Room Anatomy series with this stunningly refreshing space.

The texture play happening here is what really makes the space come to life. Between the Beni Ourain rug, the live-edge wood coffee table, and the woven leather chair–a healthy dose of organic textures work to compliment the angular white walls. And a white linen sofa?? Well those are essentially blank canvases where you can think of throw pillows as your paintbrush.


If you would like to request a specific room to be dissected for our Room Anatomy series please email them to

Resources: Jamison Sofa | Beni Ourain Rug | Antlers  | Bench  | Nahuala Pillow (Amber Interiors) | Woven Leather Chair | Wood Coffee Table | Biddew Noir- Sublime Artwork

Image via Style Files

Written by Ali Hartwell for Sacramento Street

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On the Menu: Artichoke Hummus

Artichoke Hummus

On my recent trip to Santa Barbara (more details about my favorite spots here) – I met up with Samantha from Could I Have That at one of her favorite local spots d’Angelos Bakery. I tried her favorite dish – Eggs Rose, which is artichoke hummus on olive bread with a poached egg on top. Friends, it was heaven in my mouth. I came home craving it. I had never thought to do an artichoke hummus before. I made a batch and it’s going to be a staple in our house from this day forward. We’ve been putting it on toast, I’ve been eating it with eggs and having it as a snack with crackers and veggies. It’s simple and easy to make in under 10 minutes. Hope you all enjoy this as much as our family!

Enjoy! ~ Caitlin


Artichoke Hummus

Artichoke Hummus

Ingredients| Sacramento Street

2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
15 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup artichoke hearts
1/4 cup warm water

Directions | Sacramento Street

1.) In a blender (or food processor), combine all ingredients and blend. Be sure to scrape down the sides as needed. Blend until you have a smooth, creamy consistency.

2.) Add warm water if the hummus is still too thick, but be sure to only add a tiny bit at a time.

3.) Pour it into a bowl and drizzle a small amount of olive oil on top.

Recipe and photo by Caitlin Flemming

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Getaway: The Goodland Hotel

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A couple weekends ago I had the perfect opportunity to leave San Francisco for a long weekend. I needed to take a buying trip for several of my design projects and having three days away gave me the chance to also relax and enjoy a little R&R.


The drive went quickly, despite the 330 miles between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. We left on Saturday morning so we didn’t encounter any heavy traffic. The first stop we made was to Raoul Textiles – one of the highlights of the trip. It was such an inspiration to find a business that is run by a mother and her children. The fabrics they create in their factory down the block from the store were stunning. I have used them on many projects and now I have even more finds to incorporate into my projects.

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Our stay in Santa Barbara at The Goodland – a Kimpton Hotel, was the perfect fit for us. It was a retreat from the hustle and bustle I’ve had in my life lately. Rooms were simply appointed with excellent bedding that helped me have the perfect nights sleep. We got up the next morning ready to enjoy the entire day. We decided to have breakfast in their Outpost restaurant at the hotel and loved it. Not only was it delicious, but we were able to sit outside in the shade (its was almost 100 degrees that day). It was an oasis. We could see guests taking a yoga class by the pool and it felt like we were a million miles away from our lives at home.

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The Goodland Hotel x Sacramento Street

After meeting a friend for a lovely breakfast and visiting Jenni Kayne for my fall essentials, we hit the road and headed back to San Francisco. We had lunch in Los Alamos at Bell Street Farm thanks to the advice of Samantha of Could I Have That. I had one of the best sandwiches ever! If you are ever on the road – this is the place to stop! All and all, it was the perfect getaway. I would stay at The Goodland again on my next trip to Santa Barbara.

The Goodland Hotel x Sacramento Street

Favorite Discoveries:

Raoul Textiles It’s pure heaven. If you love interiors, textiles and found objects, this is the perfect place. You’ll be in awe of the beauty that lies within the store.

Jenni Kayne One of my favorite shops for clothing. You’ll get an inside glimpse into this store next week. It is not to be missed!

La Super Rica Taqueria This place is worth every minute you wait in line. By no means is this place fancy, but the tacos are mouth watering. Get the Tacos de Bistec and the Queso con Chile.

Diani Living This small shop will inspire you to transform your entire house into a neutral oasis.

d’Angelos Bakery Get the Eggs Rose. You’ll be dreaming of making their artichoke spread. I certainly am!

Finch and Fork The perfect way to end a busy day is with a delicious meal at Finch & Fork. Their Kale salad is delicious!


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