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trend watch: agate 02.10.2012

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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. 
-morgan
{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 )

comments 4

  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.
    -Ali

    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

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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

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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!

    Mandy
    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

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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!!!!!

    Shannon
    8foot6.blogspot.com

    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

print & pattern: polyhedron angles 01.12.2012

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Loving these mutli-faceted angles!! Whether it’s a true polehedron shape like this awesome wooden pendant or just a pattern reminiscent of one like this charcoal and cream woven rug, we think they are a cool way to get some structured pattern into your home. What do you think?

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  1. Courtney Lane - Blog

    >I totally agree. And I love having subtle references to other pieces in a room…so I'd probably use both of these in one space! Lovely lovely lovely. Love your guys' blog!

    January 12, 2012 7:19 pm
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Courtney—brilliant thinking with the subtle coordination between rooms. confession: I own the rug for the living room….and now I'm dying for the pendant for the kitchen!

    thanks for visiting the blog–we love that you love it :)
    -morgan

    January 12, 2012 7:53 pm