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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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we heart kansas city: kate spade store grand opening 11.01.2011


(pssst….those our our feet!!)
This past weekend Carrie and I attended the grand opening of our very own Kate Spade store right here in Kansas City on the Country Club Plaza!! As many of you know, Kate is actually from KC, so, needless to say, this has been a long awaited opening! Our dear friend Megan Biram of Mimi + Meg co-hosted this little shin-dig and really helped make it a truly Kansas City event! The insanely gorgeous photos above were taken by another dear friend, Eric, of the awesome duo Lemon Lime Photography! Seriously, these guys are insanely talented! Yet another bestie, Tobe Reed (of Because it’s Awesome), and Melanie Bridges, both lettering designers from Hallmark Cards, were on hand to customize Kate Spade totes with a hand-lettered rendition of your name (wishing we had photos of those-but we will share when we find some)! And, last but definitely not least–those beautifully bright French macarons in the photo above? Those are from my very own mom, Barbara Shaw! If you want some of your very own macarons and you live in KC,  you contact her at (her website is not quite up yet)
Now, of course, we couldn’t help but do a little bit of shopping while we were there…so here is a special little playing favorites! Lots of the things we really loved were only in store and not online yet, so we couldn’t get images to share, so definitely go to the store to find even more goodies (321 Nichols Road, Kansas City, MO)!
And, of course, really the best part is getting to hang out with friends-old and new! Here we are hanging out with two ridiculously stylish KC girls: Jessie Artigue of Style & Pepper and Melanie Knopke of The Shopping Scout (thanks to Melanie for this photo)! Carrie and I both forgot our cameras that night (I know, shame on us), but we will share more pics as we can get our hands on them!)
(Links: everyting in “playing favorites” available on, and if you haven’t already visited, you should probably check out the kate spade tumblr)

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  1. Sadie + Stella

    >Gorgeous girls!! Wish I could have been there! Need to trip back to KC to check out the new store!!

    November 1, 2011 12:48 pm
  2. carlyklock

    >I didn't know your mother made those macarons, Morgan – they were amazing! So good to finally meet you.

    November 1, 2011 3:17 pm
  3. Ampersand Design Studio

    >it really was a fun event! Carly, it was so fun to finally meet you, too!!

    November 2, 2011 5:44 pm
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happy halloween 2011 10.31.2011


Of course we couldn’t resist sharing these pattern-covered pumpkins for Halloween! If only we would’ve been so creative with our own this year! Hope you all have a great Halloween!
These awesome pumpkins are from Alisa Burke’s blog.

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  1. Sara

    >These pumpkins are amazing! Happy Halloween!

    October 31, 2011 1:44 pm

loving: marimekko 10.11.2011


As pattern designers, we can’t overstate our love for marimekko. it simultaneously reminds me of childhood (the cars and trucks pattern was in my little brother’s room) and feels so fresh and current. so, the new flagship store in new york city along with their new online shop is heaven on earth for these two pattern-obsessed girls!

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  1. Damaris @Kitchen Corners

    >The stores seems awesome. I love the tall ceilings, definitely a place I would enjoy visiting.

    October 11, 2011 6:23 pm
  2. Anna of IHOD

    >I believe I could get lost for hours here! Thanks for sharing the pics!

    October 12, 2011 2:06 am

house & home: dwell studio furniture 10.04.2011


yep, you’re seeing this correctly! Dwell Studio is introducing a brand new line of furniture and it is A-MAZING!!! You know how obsessed we are with Dwell (I personally own two of their rugs, one in the nursery shown here, and we have no shortage of posts about Dwell, like on our holiday gift guide for kids here, and for our bookshelf here) ….soooo, needless to say when the email titled “Introducing DwellStudio furniture” landed in our inbox today we just about fell out of our chairs! And, of course, it’s perfect! The whole line feels, “grown-up”, but not too overdone. It feels so new, yet, it has clear inspiration from the past. The finishes seem to be in just the exact colors, textures and materials we look for but can’t always find. And, of course, the upholstered furniture can be done in all sorts of Dwell signature patterns. Are we wanting to redo our entire house since the moment this email was received? YES, yes, and YES! (run, don’t walk, go there now)

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