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house & home: kelly green 02.17.2012


Each year, when I’ve just about had it with all the winter grays, I am desperate for a burst of intense color and it usually lands somewhere in my home (my wardrobe is already a a full rainbow). Kelly green in interiors is not a new idea, but something about it just feels perfect right now–it can go traditional, modern or even a perfect gender-neutral option for a kid’s room! Are any of you already rocking kelly green in your home? We’d love to see!

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  1. DWJ

    >Kelly green is my favorite shade of green. I'm now obsessed with the bed in the first image. I always love the bold pieces you share.

    February 17, 2012 12:12 pm
  2. Morgan

    >we are too! we just stumbled upon that bed and it's the single object that inspired the rest of the post. so glad you like it all :)

    February 18, 2012 3:34 am
  3. Jessica @ Artwork Network

    >This shade is stunning! Reminds me of St. Patrick's Day – crisp spring air and green beer. The green bed IS pretty fabulous, but my favorite is the kitchen wall with the white shelves and cabinets. I can imagine it pairs well with bronze accents, too.

    February 20, 2012 4:14 pm

trend watch: agate 02.10.2012


Aren’t these beautiful? We just love the idea of incorporating natural elements inspired by or by using actual agate! The brilliant colors and natural patterning are just mesmerizing!
I’m starting to wonder what ever happened to my rock collection I had as a kid!? Hmmm….my mom will most definitely be getting a call later today. I’m positive I had about 10 purple geodes that would make perfect bookends. 
{Links: 1. Whorled Felt Rug, 2. Blue Agate Shield cuff , 3. Kelly Wearstler 20″ Agate fabric by the yard (blue with lavendar) , 4. Agate Bookends, image via )

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  1. Julia - the Urban Slant

    >LOVING agate. Seriously. Those book ends are SO gorgeous in person (I haven't bought…yet)

    February 10, 2012 3:26 pm
  2. i'm jess

    >i love my bluish-green agate bookends and one of my favorite rings is a huge purple agate stone… it always gets compliments!

    February 10, 2012 3:29 pm
  3. A Dash of Detail

    >those bookends are gorgeous! I wish they were in my budget right now.

    February 10, 2012 5:40 pm
  4. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Julia–you have to just buy them! ahh! we want to see them in person, too! #jealous

    Jess, of course you are on top of the trend before it's even a trend :)

    A Dash of Detail…we are wishing, too. one day!

    February 12, 2012 2:31 am

print & pattern: Moroccan inspiration 01.31.2012


oh yes, we kind of feel like we NEED both of these little numbers…although, we have to let you know right off the bat, the prices are not the most friendly. So for now, we can dream….we spotted these Sass & Bide shorts on pinterest last night and had already been dreaming of this gorgeous Agadir Twists Rug. We’re thinking we might need to be sent to Morocco to get inspired for some future surface patterns, right? These are just perfection!

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  1. Courtney Lane - Blog

    >I've loved that rug since the first time I saw it! So lovely. Have a great day girls!

    Courtney Lane

    January 31, 2012 6:30 pm
  2. Mrs. P Vega

    >cute & cute! I really really need those shorts!

    January 31, 2012 7:44 pm
  3. Ampersand Design Studio

    >i think we all should get the shorts AND the rug! deal?

    February 2, 2012 5:24 am

trend watch: a fresh take on rainbow 01.25.2012


Well, we think we’ve made it pretty clear that we’re not afraid of color around here, so we sure are loving the influx of beautiful and sophisticated rainbows in fashion and home decor lately!

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  1. Mandy

    >Oh dear…those Jimmy Choo's are too fun!! They would certainly spice up an outfit his summer!

    The Klury Report & Kini Style

    January 26, 2012 3:22 am
  2. Shannon Darrough

    >Just found your blog from the Alt pinterest board … hadn't even thought about rainbow stripes yet. Love it!

    January 28, 2012 3:07 am

house & home: under the stairs ideas 01.17.2012


Aaaand THIS is why we love Pinterest! There are SO many great ideas for any possible project you might be working on….it’s just one little search away. We are working on turning the space under our stairs into something a little more special than. well, just that space under the stairs….and with one little search (“under stairs”) on Pinterest, all of these great tidbits of inspiration came up! We are turning our space into a reading nook….but I hadn’t thought of a bathroom, hidden shelved, or needless to say, a bed!
(Links: reading nook, open shelving, bathroom (original source unknown), desks, firewood storage (original source unknown), hidden storage, family room, bedroom)

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  1. Michelle

    >LOVE! Such a good use of wasted space!!

    January 17, 2012 8:35 pm
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >that's just what we were thinking!

    January 18, 2012 3:04 pm
  3. Shannon

    >OMG! Our basement stairs are in there!!!

    Thanks for including us!!!!!


    January 23, 2012 7:13 pm
  4. Louise Clark

    >Lately, I've been thinking about how to turn the space under our stairs into a bookshelf. This post helps a lot. Thanks for sharing these photographs.

    Synthetic Grass

    April 23, 2012 9:37 pm