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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

art & design: danielle kroll 01.30.2012


Danielle Kroll’s blog series where she paints what she wore is not exactly a new find (she’s been doing it since 2010), but I always love seeing her newest outfits because I think her illustration style is so fun. It makes me want to paint a little something every day.

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  1. Drew {Coral Cafe}

    >WOW! I've never seen this before! How incredibly clever and talented she is!

    January 30, 2012 5:44 pm
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Isn't it incredible!!! Wish we could paint like this each day.

    January 31, 2012 3:19 am
  3. Shannon Darrrough

    >It's definitely a skill I would love to do, but for now I will continue to adore her little paintings!

    January 31, 2012 1:55 pm

SURTEX! 01.27.2012


In the spirit of our previous post about sharing and building more of a community here, we’re excited (and terrified at the same time) to announce that we’ve decided to get a booth at Surtex!!! It’s been a goal of ours for as long as we can remember to show our work there. For those not familiar, Surtex is a surface pattern design tradeshow where artists (and in some cases, agents) show collections of pattern designs (like ours above) in the hopes that they are selected for use on products like bedding, paper products, tabletop items (and so on). The show is in mid-May in NYC and runs at the same time, and in the same building as, the New York Stationery Show. We’ll just come right out and admit that we have a LONG way to go to get ready for the show and, to that end, we are kind of freaking out! The to-do lists are endless and the months are quickly flying by. We don’t exactly know how we’re going to get it all done along with the blog, the shop, our client work and trying to have some tiny shred of a personal life on the side, but somehow we are just crazy enough to believe we can make it happen!
Unfortunately, we can’t really share all of our actual patterns for the show before we present them, but we still thought it would be great to share our experience of getting ready. We also like that creating this post officially holds us accountable to get ‘er done (that and the hefty deposit we put down. eeks!) 
Have any of you shown at Surtex? Or is anyone else showing there for the first time? We would love to hear about your experience, if so. We’d also glady accept any general tips for staying sane in the midst of a giant project! Or a giant margarita! HA! Thanks for listening and we’ll keep you posted on our progress!

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  1. melissa loves

    >I am SO excited for you guys to be a Surtex. You will ROCK that joint. I want to be sure to remember when it is so, I can come cheer you on in person! Awesome…

    January 27, 2012 3:15 pm
  2. Sara

    >That's awesome that you'll be at Surtex! Have a great weekend!

    January 27, 2012 3:18 pm
  3. Annie

    >SO excited for you girls!! Can't wait to hear how it goes! Awesome!!!

    January 27, 2012 3:49 pm
  4. i'm jess

    >not sure if you know about jessica jones… i read her blog:
    she does surface design and may be a good contact for you.
    best wishes on your venture!
    i love your guys work!

    January 27, 2012 3:53 pm
  5. laura parke

    >yay!! you girls are going to do so great. you've got tons of fans cheering you on, me being one of the biggest!!

    January 27, 2012 3:54 pm
  6. Michelle

    >CONGRATS!! You guys are going to do amazing! So so happy for you!

    January 27, 2012 4:26 pm
  7. carlyklock

    >I'm so excited for you two and happy to see you taking a leap to follow your dreams. Your designs and your determination are so inspiring.

    Rock it, ladies!

    January 27, 2012 5:13 pm
  8. tammie

    >SO exciting! i will be following along closely, because i would like to go next year. you probably already know, but khristian howell has written ebooks books about tradeshows, and i've heard good things about them :: confessions of a first timer + showstopper
    good luck – can't wait to see you guys rock it out.

    January 27, 2012 8:40 pm
  9. Drew {Coral Cafe}

    >WOW!! That is SUPER exciting!! Congrats ladies!!
    I wish you lots of luck throughout the next couple months as you prepare!

    January 28, 2012 1:39 am
  10. Ampersand Design Studio

    >WOW!!! Thank you, thank you everyone for your comments! You have all made our day. We're so thankful to have the support.

    Melissa: We would be SO happy to see you in NYC! That would be such a bonus!

    Sara: will you be at Surtex, too?

    Annie: Thanks so much! :) We will keep you posted.

    Jess: Thanks for the contact info for Jessica Jones. We have read how about orange in the past, but it's been a little while. I'm excited to check it out again. We appreciate your help and the encouragement!

    Thanks, L-Jeez & Michelle, for cheering us on!

    Carly: Awww. Thank you!!!

    Tammie: We will definitely let you know all we learn from this year. So fun if we get to do it together next year. Thanks a ton for the khristian howell info. Those are on our list to check out. We've heard great things.

    Just, thanks again, guys! The encouragement means the world to us!

    xo, c&m

    January 28, 2012 1:40 am
  11. Katie Anderson

    >Y'all are going to be so awesome! I can't wait to hear about it. Actually I've been meaning to ask if you have any plans to turn some of your patterns into fabric. I really want an Ampersand print pillow.

    January 29, 2012 4:36 am
  12. Savvy in San Francisco

    >That is so exciting that you girls are putting yourselves out there! It was so fabulous to meet you at ALT at lunch! You two are adorable! Good luck at Surtex!

    January 30, 2012 6:44 am
  13. Eunice K.

    >I just stumbled upon your blog and love the work! you guys will do great! I am also about to make the jump into surtex this year and like you both am freaking out (but excited) at the same time. Best of luck and hope to meet you on the floor in May!

    January 31, 2012 2:37 am
  14. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Thanks again, everyone!!
    Katie–we actually DO have plans to make some fabric, so we'll keep you posted!

    Savvy in San Francisco…thank you for the support!!! We loved meeting you, too!

    Eunice, we definitely need to keep in touch! Best of luck to you in preparing!

    January 31, 2012 3:17 am
  15. Jeanee

    >WOW! Good luck!

    February 16, 2012 6:33 pm

on the lookout: laura parke: a girl who makes 01.26.2012

We have been so excited to share “A Girl Who Makes” because that girl just happens to be one of our dearest friends … who also just happens to be insanely talented! It seems as if Laura has been “making things” since she was born. Or, at least since we’ve known her! Really! She used to always be making things in the kitchen. Cupcakes were being cranked out by the dozen on a daily basis. But the constant drive to make things extends way beyond the kitchen doors. She’s a designer and a DIYer. She has never met a craft project she doesn’t like. Give her a pair of scissors and a glue gun and you never know what she is going to come up with. Basically she does it all!
(The images above are the invitations, programs and door decorations from her very own wedding!)
And these are just a few examples of the many projects she’s been playing with lately! Check out her new blog for some step-by-step tutorials so that you can follow along with her in making things like the pocketed placemat below!
And, of course, we had to include one of our favorite creations of Laura’s: this light-up ampersand! Laura and her husband had this on display at their wedding reception. How perfect, right?
So follow along with Laura on her blog, A Girl Who Makes, or contact her if you’re interested in having her make something special just for you. She likes to make neat things for nice people.

Pssst…this is also a little hint of some of the good collaborations to come on Ampersand here in the  very near future!!

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  1. Tobe | Because It's Awesome

    >yay for collab-o's!! and yay for laura parke! can't imagine all of the goodness we're going to see from that girl :)

    January 26, 2012 1:15 pm
  2. laura parke

    >girls…thanks for all of the love!!! i'm honored to be featured and can't wait for all of the exciting things in the future. xoxo!!

    January 26, 2012 2:18 pm
  3. melissa loves

    >Loved meeting Laura at Alt. ( and you 2 of course) and think she is a talented sweetheart! LOVE that diy of the string wrapped bottles and the AMPERSAND! Where is that from? Laura made that?! love it!

    January 26, 2012 2:36 pm
  4. Julia - the Urban Slant

    >Obsessed. Love her pieces!

    January 26, 2012 2:37 pm
  5. house of earnest

    >I just love Laura's ideas and especially her execution! She's full of fun, pretty, and clever things!!

    January 26, 2012 3:44 pm
  6. Drew {Coral Cafe}

    >Very Nice!! Going to check her out! I LOVE that invitation package and the place mats with pockets for silverware!! genius!!

    January 28, 2012 1:41 am
  7. Dayle

    >First things first, Laura, Im so happy for you. You are super duper talented! You are now in my google reader. hi Ampersand girls, you guys rock as always!

    January 28, 2012 7:26 pm
  8. DIY: gumball necklace | Ampersand Design Studio

    […] DIY series today coming to you from our dear friend, Laura, of Laura Parke. You might remember when we introduced you to Laura back in January. She has been busily creating amazing craft projects galore since then and […]

    May 10, 2012 7:10 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