design trends, home accessories, interior design

Style This :: Agate Lamp

A couple of months ago the editors at Mountain Living asked if I was had time for a little project, and (shockingly) I did – and I’m so glad because I had fun with this one! The assignment was to choose a home accessory that reflected a trend to watch in 2013. After much pondering, I settled upon this agate table lamp by Arteriors

I spotted the rose gold one at Las Vegas Market this summer, and it was instant love. While I’ll first mention that yes, I do think rose gold and copper is also a trend we’ll be seeing more of, the agates are the real reason I plucked this little guy out of the lineup of options.

For a while now we’ve seen the return of the druzy, agate, and other rocks incorporated into interior design in everything from wallpaper patterns to jewelry box toppers. The bigger idea here being that taking mother nature and elevating her to the next level (mother couture?) is where the trend is going.

But back to my little assignment.

After selecting the lamp, they said, “Well, that’s great Cass, but how would you actually use it in a room?” (Ok, they asked nicely.) So, being one who likes options in decorating, I gave them a few ideas…

My first idea came from imagining what a Mountain Living reader might actually decorate with… and since I live in my own mountains, I kind of turned it into an updated Pacific Northwest style. I liked the elements of earthy, handmade goods in the coasterswool blankets, and the washed out wood of the large side table, paired with the more glamorous lamp and glossy boxes. Bringing that pop of aqua in from the blanket and into the box felt like a fun accent too!

For option two, I basically pulled a similar concept, and switched up the items to create something that felt a little more masculine in nature. The lamp and table remained the same, but I swapped out the lacquer for orange leather boxes and a chunky, casual knit throw. The coasters add a splash of humour and are one of my favorites (the characters say things like ‘white russian’ and ‘bloody mary’).

And option three? So glad you asked. Of course, it was my favorite, and of course it’s the set of goodies that the editors picked too! To see what acccessories made the final cut, check out look #3 on! You’ll have to let me know if it’s your favorite too!