Ampersand Design Studio


Ric Rac Roundup 05.31.2012

We’re excited to be participating in Ric Rac Roundup this Sunday here in KC next to Bon Bon Atelier from 9–4. If you’re local, you should most definitely stop by and say hi and check out all the lovely local wares. Our little sampling above is just the tip of the iceberg. (  1) See{k} Designs, 2) Folded Pigs 3) Decoylab 4) Oddly Correct 5) Dirty Laundry 6) Ampersand Design Studio 7) Tag Team Tompkins 8 ) fresher than fresh snow cones 9) Decoylab ) There will be bunches of local artists with work for sale. We’re a little nervous that we might spend any money we make on goodies. If you aren’t from the area, be sure to surf around to the amazing vendors, many of whom have their goods online:

40Threads  // Ampersand Design Studio  // Benandi  // By Mindy/Dandy Andies // Craftboy Workshop // Decoylab // Dirty Cupcake Ceramics // Dirty Laundry // Emetalworks // Emmy-Ray // Folded Pigs // For Strange Women //  fresher than fresh snow cones // Judy Boyer Finnegan // Let’s Be Friends // Love Is Rising // Lusterbunny // My Aunt June // Oddly Correct // Owl + Mouse Textile Designs // Sara Cramer // Scarlett Garnet // See{k} Designs // Stephanie Garrison // Tag Team Tompkins // Two Tone Press


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color crush: navy, lilac & magenta 05.30.2012

We have a serious color crush on this little combo!! The navy and lilac are the two that started it all, but we found that a little hit of magenta just made us smile even more. Great for decorating a room or styling an outfit!

Links: 1. Madelaine necklace in lavendar, 2. this outfit is what started it all, but we cannot find the original source-please let us know if you know it–update:: here is THE outfit!! , 3. pink and blue bargello asterisk pillow, 4. gold coast georgina bag , 5. navy louis arm chair, 6. amethyst tea light holder

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  1. Alexandra Roland

    I am pretty sure the outfit with lilac top and navy shorts is originally from Nasty Gal, which featured the gorgeous top a month or two ago

    May 30, 2012 6:37 pm
  2. Gaby [The Vault Files]

    The outfit! That’s exactly what I was going to click on! Perfection!

    May 31, 2012 5:20 am
  3. Lauren (L.A. in the bay)

    I absolutely adore your blog – my new favorite!

    May 31, 2012 5:55 am
  4. Morgan

    Alexandra, you are totally right!!! I just searched and found it on Nasty Gal! You’re a lifesaver, thanks for sharing! I’ll update the link now!

    Gaby, glad you love the outfit and Lauren, big smiles over here, so happy you found our blog!! :) cheers!

    June 1, 2012 1:12 am

Surtex 2012: the big recap 05.29.2012

Well, we have made it back alive from our debut showing at Surtex 2012!! It was quite a whirlwind and seemed to fly by way too quickly, but we wanted to just pause for a moment before we get back into the full swing of things and recap our little adventure in NYC! We’ll start with our quick summary in case you’d like to forgo the rest of this long post. Overall, we’re really happy with our first showing! We talked to so many companies that we have dreamed of partnering with and then ended up meeting and discovering all new companies that we would’ve never been exposed to without this show. Lots of people have been asking us, “So, how was Surtex?” and we really don’t have a quick answer because the truth is, the actual show is just the beginning of conversations. The talks and possible contracts (fingers crossed) are things that will happen over the next many months, possibly even over the entire year! So, we think it went great, but we will keep you all posted on what (hopefully) exciting things come of it as time goes on!

Ok, onto our little recap. So we headed out a few days before the show started to get settled and have sufficient time to set up our booth. Surtex takes place in the Javits Convention Center and it is just HUGE! We walked all of our banners and books of patterns to the convention center as soon as we got into town and we immediately got busy setting up. Thanks to many dear friends who helped us plan our booth, things went relatively smoothly. We had our banners printed and made with pole pockets that we used to insert yard sticks and “S” hooks to hang on our booth wall. (Below: Morgan prepping the banners for hanging)

We had a corner booth so we had two walls to fill with pattern goodness. One one wall we did three large panels of patterns and on the other wall we used one of our patterns as wallpaper and put up a sort of gallery wall of some other works. We used metal clamps and this awesome neon duct tape that we ran across. And as if we didn’t have enough color going on, we decided to tag our booth pole with every color of neon tape that we had!

So our booth went from the above picture to the below picture!!! It totally felt like our own little home away from home. We felt perfectly content sitting in our crazy pattern world!

So clearly it was time to celebrate!

And then the big day was finally here!! Surtex runs for three days from 9am to 6pm. Never fear, we made sure to be well-caffeinated for each day.

(Above: Carrie looking all cute in our booth!)

Check this out! One of our favorite visitors was this cool duo that came upstairs from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (going on at the same time as Surtex on the bottom level) just to walk around. We chatted for a bit, they recommended some great places for brunch, picked up our business cards–and voila! One of our business cards suddenly turned into a pretty rad fashion accessory!

We squeezed in as much time as we could to hang out with friends, but really, next year, we are most definitely padding our trip with additional time because we didn’t get to see everyone and we also didn’t get to play in the city as much as we’d like! But for those we did get to hang out with, thank you for making the time and the trips in to see us!!!! You guys were the treat after long days in a trade show! You know who you are :)

And, just like that, it was all over! Until next year, Surtex!


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  1. Heather

    the booth looked AMAZING!!! awesome job, ladies. congrats!

    May 29, 2012 10:14 pm
  2. carly {carlyklock}

    You ladies rocked that booth! You made it look like you’re seasoned pros – it was so polished.

    Phew, I’m exhausted just reading that post. ;)

    May 29, 2012 10:35 pm
  3. laura parke

    LOVED the recap, ladies!!! i can’t wait to see what comes of the show. a yearly NYC trip is definitely that is if i don’t pick up & move there! ha!

    May 29, 2012 10:37 pm
  4. admin

    oh thanks, ladies!!! it really was a crazy busy trip, but we squeezed a lot of fun in there, too :) glad you like the booth!
    An annual NYC trip is on the calendar…done and done! :)

    May 30, 2012 2:30 am
  5. Dariela

    Thanks for the recap! I am glad it went well and it is exciting to see all your process since we are on out way there and we also work together but we are remote. You guys are such an inspiration!

    May 30, 2012 5:22 am
  6. jing

    Yay! Congrats on the amazing booth and all of the hard work. It looked beautiful. :) You two are so inspiring!

    May 30, 2012 11:33 pm
  7. ampersand

    Dariela and Jing!
    Thank you so much for the kind words. We are flattered!

    May 31, 2012 2:35 am
  8. Mary Jo Hoffman

    Hi Carrie and Morgan,
    Thanks for the great summary. I am the gal from Minnesota who introduced herself. I will probably see you at Surtex next year :-)
    Love you blog!
    Mary Jo

    May 31, 2012 5:39 pm
  9. Melissa Ybarra

    Your booth was so very well done…complete eyecandy!! You’re work is fantastic and it all came together so very well! Excited to see what’s next for you lovelies!

    June 5, 2012 2:58 pm
  10. Joy Hall

    Enjoyed reading your recap and so glad you had a great first show!

    June 6, 2012 10:09 am
  11. Jeanee

    Booth looked awesome!!!

    June 17, 2012 10:00 pm
  12. Helen

    Loved reading your blog! Reminds me so much of the days when I traveled to Surtex to look and buy — but so proud of you two doing it on your own!! You are two talented ladies!

    September 10, 2012 1:40 am
    • ampersand

      Thanks, Helen! We appreciate your sweet words!

      September 10, 2012 1:42 am

Pattern Peek: House of Earnest 05.25.2012

We are excited to be wrapping up the week with one last pattern peek from Erin of House of Earnest! House of Earnest is brimming with inspiration for home, handmade projects and party style. We could (and do) spend hours on Erin’s site because there is just so much goodness to take in! We love seeing a little glimpse into Erin’s own home and we weren’t surprised to see her cool style showing through in the photos she sent. Here’s Erin’s take on the patterns shown above:

Photo #1: Graphic pillow on sheepskin.  I made this pillow from a Target napkin and couldn’t be happier.  Sometimes when you’ll looking for something specific, you just have to get creative!

Photo#2: My Master bedroom textiles.  Serene, not too feminine, and neutral.

Photo #3: My guest bedroom textiles.  Various yellows are grounded by metallic bronze accents.

Thanks, Erin, for joining us and thanks to all of our lovely contributors the last few weeks for helping us keep up with the blog while we were away at Surtex! Have a great weekend, everyone!


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  1. Gaby

    I’m really enjoying this series ;)

    May 27, 2012 10:14 am

Pattern Peek: Molly & Sally of A Piece of Toast 05.25.2012

Well, we have a treat for you all today! A little sneak (pattern) peek into the home and closet of the two real life sisters and blogging partners behind A Piece of Toast. Molly & Sally seem to effortlessly curate one of the most stylish fashion and lifestyle blogs out there, so of course, their homes reflect the same keen eye for pattern and detail! Thanks for sharing a glimpse into your world, Molly & Sally!

Don’t forget to stop by (and bookmark) their blog, A Piece of Toast! If you’re not already an avid fan, you will be!

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