Ampersand Design Studio


spotted: men’s shoes with a hit of color 09.28.2012

we spotted this in the window at Cole Haan this weekend and just about flipped out! It’s so refreshing to see men’s shoes getting to have as much fun as women’s! LOVE the little hits of color in the soles and laces–they’re even better in person, although a wee bit on the pricey side. Check ’em out here!

no comments

The Kansas City Star: House + Home “Neons are Back” 09.26.2012

We are THRILLED to be featured in our local newspaper, The Kansas City Star and we just couldn’t agree more that Neon is Back!! (Psst…That’s our neon yellow ampersand art print front and center!!)

Here’s a link to the online version:

Thanks KC Star for the awesome feature!

one comment

  1. Laura Parke

    congrats, girls!!! this is so fun!

    October 1, 2012 3:53 pm

yesterday’s photo shoot 09.26.2012

So, if you’re following along with us on facebook or twitter or instagram (morgan/carrie) (which, of course, you should be), you might’ve picked up on what we were dong yesterday!

We had a SUPER exciting photoshoot!!!

We have been crazy ladies lately: sewing, styling, organizing and even prepping food, as you can see above, for this shoot featuring all of the designs in our new fabric line (see our announcement here)!!!!! The photos will be used for promotional pieces like brochures so we can share some ideas of what you can make with our fabrics! We decided that the possibilities are pretty endless.

The theme of our fabric collection is “Cream & Sugar” and it’s focused on all things TEA!!

So, we got samples of our fabric and started sewing….everything from aprons to oven mitts, even a pair of shorts! We had some very sweet friends and family members pitching in with the sewing  (we’ll be giving you full details later) in order for us to get it all done in time! And we quickly brushed up on our own sewing skills that have not been used as much as we’d like lately. We were lucky enough to have some friends and family as models for the day and also super lucky to have the most darling location to shoot in and the greatest photographer ever!! As soon as we can share all of the real photos, we will also share the details of all the wonderful people we would like to thank…but for now, we just wanted to give you a little sneak peak into our world yesterday!

And….IT’S A WRAP!!!

no comments

trend watch: black & blue 09.18.2012

Here’s one trend from fashion week that we’re loving: black and blue together. It’s such an easy look to pull off in so many ways. Here are a few ideas:

1. Swishing Gears Dress, 2. Ink Blazer, 3. Yardley Pump, 4. Demure the Merrier Dress, 5. ‘Madison’ Clutch, 6. Idol Burnout Top, 7. Czarina Knee High Boots

comments 3

  1. Chelsea

    Blue+black is such a chic combo! I feel like it’s a frowned-up combination, kinda like brown+black, but rules were meant to be broken.. right?? :)


    September 19, 2012 5:49 pm
  2. Danielle Hardy

    This post is way too cute! I love that jacket- looks like beautiful material! Thanks for sharing :)

    October 1, 2012 5:43 pm
    • ampersand

      Thanks, ladies! We’re definitely all for breaking the rules!

      October 11, 2012 6:36 pm

outtakes & updates 09.12.2012

Hi friends! We thought it was high time we shared a little update with you!

You might’ve noticed things are a little different around here…and by different, we mean, the posting on the blog has gotten a little more seldom. We pour our heart and soul into our posts and spend a lot of time scouring the the web, magazines, and the real world for great things to share with you, but we are needing to cut back a little bit to catch up on our workload. We don’t want to sacrifice the quality of posts we do by forcing ourselves to do them when we don’t have enough time to do the quality we want….so, the posting has become a little less frequent, but hopefully still great eye candy and inspiration for you all! We so appreciate our readers and love the relationships we’ve built through this blog, so we hope you keep coming back!

On a side note…we thought we’d share a few outtakes from the photo shoot for our bio photo! Clearly, we were having a good time! Thanks again to Emily Perkins and Erin Cobb for being our photographers!

comments 5

  1. Emily @ Peck Life

    It happens to the best of us! :) It’s hard to balance at all. I do LOVE these pictures, especially that awesome neon necklace!

    September 12, 2012 2:57 pm
  2. ampersand

    thanks, Emily! And yes, it sure is hard to balance…taking it day by day at this point :)

    September 13, 2012 2:16 am
  3. laura parke


    September 13, 2012 2:21 am
  4. Danielle

    All the way from Holland. I’ve been following you for a long time and have been missing you lately. Happy to know that the workload is the reason…Wish you all the best.

    September 15, 2012 9:35 pm
    • ampersand

      Thanks, Danielle! We will be back with more posts soon! Thanks for following us from Holland.

      September 18, 2012 1:36 am