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print & pattern: overlapping organic shapes 11.10.2011


we heart this little pairing. aren’t these overlapping organic shapes just nice to look at? pretty sure every day would be happy if we had either of these in our home!
{Links: Chromata print by Laura Berman (of Kansas City-our hometown!!), dipped set of plates from sydneys}

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wedding bliss: vera wang 11.09.2011


So, a black wedding dress is untraditional for sure, but Vera Wang is going there in her 2012 bridal collection. The shapes and textures are amazing and they are pure beauty, but the big question is…would you wear a black wedding gown? How about nude (another big color in the group)? We’re curious to hear. Images via InStyle

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  1. Leah Stone

    >Yes I wore a chocolate satin dress and loved it. Here are some images.

    November 9, 2011 6:49 pm
  2. Morlee

    >I'm totally a traditionalist, white all the way! But I might consider one of those caramel colored ones…

    November 17, 2011 6:53 pm

on the lookout: boots 11.08.2011


One thing to look forward to with the cooler weather: BOOTS! There are a ton of cute ones to choose from this season in all different heights. Some of our faves: 1. Intyce Boot in Wine Leather, 2. Madras Boot in Cobblestone Suede 3. Radar Boot in Anthracite Suede 4. Mavenue Boot 5. Wish High Boot in Forest 6. Foxglove Boots 7. Pilar Bootie in Taupe

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  1. theolivetree

    >love number 1 & 3! I've got a 2 year old that is faster than me …I had to pack the heels up :)

    November 8, 2011 5:28 pm
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >we can relate to that! good thing there are stylish flats to be had out there. :)

    November 9, 2011 3:11 pm

trend watch: glitter 11.07.2011


Glitter!!! gold, silver, even rainbow flecks of sparkly, shiny glitter are showing up everywhere! It’s almost like the six-year-old-version-of-myself has just been waiting for this level of pure sparkly fun to be acceptable for the adult-me!! Fashion, home decor, and beauty are all jumping on the glitter train! So, let’s all come aboard, and don’t save the glitz for something fancy! Wear  a sparkly bag with rolled up jeans. Wear glittery nails (or nail) during the day, and use the sparkly measuring spoons for breakfast!

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  1. Amanda Hill

    >Oh how i adore the rainbow glitter!

    November 7, 2011 1:51 pm
  2. Sara

    >I love that glitter clutch!

    November 8, 2011 2:55 am
  3. Patti Borrelli @BeSoStyle

    Thanks for the sparkly inspiration!

    December 26, 2012 10:14 pm

Emily Henderson’s holiday guide 2011 11.04.2011


Ok, so we all know about Emily Henderson, right? The über-talented stylist that won HGTV’s Design Star, season 5, and now hosts her very own (awesome) show called  Secrets From A Stylist?! We hope you are nodding yes. If you haven’t been following her yet…it’s time to start! Check out her blog and her show–besides being a really inspring stylist with a keen sense of individual style, she just kinda seems like a funny, sweet girl that we just want to go grab a drink with!
SO…what we have to share with you today is her oh-so-perfect 2011 Holiday Guide! It is 238 pages of holiday ideas! We’re mostly excited about the over 400 hand-picked gift ideas for her, him, dad, mom, boss, tween, kid, pet, etc!!!!  And, get this, every single gift idea is hyper-linked so you can just click on it and be taken directly to the site to purchase! (we love anything that makes holiday shopping easier)! PLUS  there’s tons of non-gift related “original content from a bunch of extremely smart, witty, talented, funny, creative and diverse bloggers”. Check out the impressive list of contributors here, on the opening pages, and below!
So, needless to say, we were SO THRILLED and FLATTERED to find one of our very own prints from our etsy shop featured in the “Kids’ Decor” section!!!!!! Seriously, we are on the same pages as some of our biggest idols and favorite shops (Dwell Studio, West Elm, Terrain, Design Public, 20×200…and so many more), hand-picked by some of our all time favorite bloggers and taste-makers!! I won’t go into the details of the squealing that was happening over the phone, but, let’s just say we were pretty excited!
So, if you are starting to think about the holidays…it’s time to check out the Holiday Guide!! Seriously, it’s going to be our one stop shop this holiday season–we love that it even covers the hard-to-shop-for categories (ahem, teens & dads)!

So, here’s BIG THANK YOU  to Emily Henderson and all of her awesome contributors listed here:

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  1. Damaris @Kitchen Corners

    >Congrats on being featured! Hope the season is a successful one for you gals.

    November 4, 2011 2:00 pm
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Thanks so much, Damaris :)

    November 4, 2011 2:31 pm
  3. Melanie

    >oh my gosh, this is awesome! I love Secrets of a Stylist…one of my HGTV faves :) congrats on being included in her list, that's great press for you!

    November 4, 2011 3:28 pm
  4. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Thanks Melanie!!

    November 28, 2011 4:40 am