Ampersand Design Studio


on the lookout: fall cocktail dresses 10.30.2012

Well, I (Carrie) am super-excited because I have my cousin’s wedding this weekend. My cousin and I are almost exactly one year apart (with just two days and one year between our birthdays), and we were roommates for a few years when I first bought my house. I’m so happy for him and his lovely bride, and I figure, what better way to show it than by attending his wedding in a super cute dress. Just kidding, but I do kind of have the itch to get a new one. I’m normally drawn to bright colors, but for some reason, I’m craving something neutral that fills the of what-the-heck-do-you-wear-to-a-cool-weather-wedding niche. Anyone have a vote on the winner?

Links: Westminster Dress, Goldleaf Cocktail Dress, Sequin Mini Dress, Strapless Lace Peplum Dress, Cross Back Sequin Blouson Gown, Embellished Color Block Shift Dress, Striped Celina Dress


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  1. Emily

    That floor length sequin one? I die! Now I just need to find somewhere to wear it!

    November 14, 2012 12:41 am

color crush: neon & navy 10.29.2012

we’re sort of crushing on this color combo….so unexpected to mix such a traditional color like navy with neon! bring it on! what do you guys think?

if you’re liking it and wanting to use our neon ampersand print in your own home, we wanted to give you, our readers, a special treat – use coupon code ” NEONCRUSH” for 20% the neon yellow ampersand print in our etsy shop!! Go on, get your print here!

{links: neon belt, navy skinny cords, girl, our ampersand print, bracelets, navy satchel, iphone case}

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  1. Bethany {at} Powell Brower Home

    girls – that iphone case is killer. must get stat! happy halloween!

    October 31, 2012 4:50 pm

Introducing our new fabric line: “Cream & Sugar” 10.24.2012

Oh, we are SO excited to finally share, “Cream & Sugar” our debut fabric collection with Windham Fabrics!! We fell in love with all things tea-related when we studied abroad together in England, so we were thrilled to design a collection around this passion! If you pretend you just got invited to the happiest, most colorful tea party in town, then you pretty much get the picture! We put together a little photo shoot full of goodies made out of our fabrics to give you all some ideas for your next project, using the “Cream & Sugar” fabrics, of course! We hope our fabrics will add some color and fun to your next party and in your home!

we’ve got the perfect patterns for all kinds of fun kitchen and tabletop accessories like fabric napkins (mix & match, of course), coasters, cup cozies, place mats, tea pot covers and oven mitts! But the fun doesn’t have to stop in the kitchen…we made sure to design some patterns that would spice up your closet, as well!

And, we couldn’t forget the little ones! We worked hard to ensure we included just the right prints for the kiddos, because, we all know how much they love a good tea party!

The very first thing we made with the samples of our fabrics were these aprons (which we are also wearing in the last shot)! It was truly a bit of a dream come true to be sitting down at our sewing machines, putting stitches into our very own patterns on fabric! Eeks! It still doesn’t seem real!

(psst…the vintage mug in this picture is what inspired the entire collection!!)

{all photos by Eric Linebarger}

We really hope you’ve enjoyed checking out the photos from our fabric projects–hopefully it will inspire you to make some fun things of your own! The collection is available for your local fabric store to order NOW, and will hopefully be in those fabric stores in Spring 2013! Windham Fabrics will be debuting this collection at International Quilt Market 2012 in Houston, October 27-29! You can see the collection online here, and read our designer bio here. All 16 swatches of the collection, including the solid colors are shown below.

Now we have some major THANK YOUs that we’d like to share!!!

First of all, the biggest thank you to the Windham Fabrics team. You are all so great to work with and we couldn’t be happier that we get to partner with you!

Next we’d like to thank our friends and family who helped us with the sewing. We would like to think we could’ve sewn all of these projects ourselves, but that is far from the truth. Carrie’s mom, Susan, made the darling striped dress and clocked some hours on apron-assistance. Morgan’s mom made the too-cute shorts, that were no easy task. And our friend, Robin, of The Robin’s Nest made the darling little girl’s pink skirt and flower hair pin! She also has an etsy shop where you can check out some of her other handy work!

A huge thanks to our amazing models. We so appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedules to help us! We owe you!

The smokin’ hot ladies are Michelle Henderson of Second Street East fame and artist & designer Sarah Anderson Walsh.

The cute kiddos are our very own nieces, Emma & Sydney! A huge thanks to their moms (and families) for letting them model for us! It means the world to us to have them included, along with our sons!

You might have noticed a few sweet treats scattered throughout the shots, those colorful macarons are handmade by Morgan’s mom, Barbara, of Au Bon Macaron. Thanks for sharing the goodies!

Cheers to Lindsay Laricks of Little Freshie for letting us take over her most perfect little shop for the afternoon! It was our dream location, and she let our dream come true :)

Thank you to Pryde’s Old Westport for the perfect tea-related props! We knew that only you guys would have exactly what we were looking for!

Thanks to the most helpful gals at our local Madewell store in Town Center! You can find some darling Madewell pieces in the photos above like the bright blue dress (photo of brown journal), and the green dress and white silk shirt that we are wearing in the last photo!

Biggest thanks to our insanely talented photographer for bringing out vision to life!! Eric Linebarger actually took our ideas and made them ten times better! Eric, you are ridiculously good at what you do, and we were so lucky to get to collaborate with you on this project! It means the world to us that you made these photos look as good as they do!!! Thanks for the time you spent and the constant use of the “awesomeness-filter” which you apparently don’t know how to turn off.

And last but not least, thanks to our husbands for listening to us dream up this fabric collection, patiently wait for us to come to bed after late nights on the computer, pretend not to hear the sewing machine running 24 hours a day, and for all the extra things you did to let us complete our very first fabric collection and a long-time dream! You guys are the best and we never would’ve been able to do this without you!

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  1. Olivia

    How wonderful! Congrats!!

    October 24, 2012 2:24 pm
  2. Ali (A Dash of Details)

    How exciting for the two of you! Everything looks great and I cannot wait to see the entire line!

    October 24, 2012 2:33 pm
  3. Anna @ IHOD

    I am thoroughly impressed! Congrats girls! Its so beautiful and fun!

    October 24, 2012 2:42 pm
  4. Laura Parke

    GIRLS!!! the collection looks so so amazing and i can’t wait to get my hands on some so i can start sewing a few things. i love the bright colors! bravo to you two and your talents. sending the biggest virtual cheers to you! xoxo!

    October 24, 2012 2:46 pm
  5. Josephine

    OMGosh!!! Congrats!! Your collection looks absolutely AMAZING! Love the prints and the colors – and the photo’s look fantastic with the awesomeness filter! Woo-hoo!!!!!

    October 24, 2012 3:01 pm
  6. Corie English

    Fabulous! You two are so talented and inspiring – I almost want to learn how to sew so that I can use your fabrics.

    October 24, 2012 3:18 pm
  7. kate thomas

    I AM SO FREAKING HAPPY ABOUT THIS! adore the entire collection!!! SO AWESOME!!!! couldn’t be happier for y’all!

    October 24, 2012 4:08 pm
  8. ampersand

    you guys, we can’t even tell you how happy it makes us to read these kind words from you today! we’ve been working so hard and couldn’t wait to share, so it means a lot that you like the new fabric line! XOXOXO
    – Morgan & Carrie

    October 24, 2012 6:58 pm
  9. Sara Allison

    I’m so proud of you for going after your dream and making it happen. These designs are quintessential Ampersand. I love the colors and look-and-feel. They are SO LOVELY. We are so lucky to get to work with you. Can’t wait to see what you guys do next! So, so proud! XO

    October 24, 2012 7:44 pm
  10. Michelle Henderson

    You guys ROCK!!!! SO excited for you and all of the pictures turned out ah-mazing!!!

    October 24, 2012 9:59 pm
  11. Julie Potter

    Congratulations you two! Your fabrics are so colorful and happy! I love them!

    October 25, 2012 12:41 am
  12. Amy Cluck

    Cutest fabric line EVER! Makes me want to sew. Congrats!!!

    October 25, 2012 5:09 pm
  13. Heather

    Ladies, this is, quite simply, an amazing achievement. I just love the line and am so happy for you both that you’re living your dream. Congrats!

    October 26, 2012 4:36 am
  14. Savvy in San Francisco

    Congratulations girls! What fun prints and colors! Love the photoshoot too! You two look adorable!

    October 29, 2012 5:06 am
  15. ampersand

    thank you all SO much!!!!!

    October 29, 2012 8:24 pm
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  18. Meg Biram

    Great photo shoot ladies! Congrats on the fabric line! xo

    November 5, 2012 11:50 pm
  19. tammie

    how exciting-and what a fun colorful collection! saw you on print and pattern too

    November 10, 2012 6:05 pm
  20. Joody

    Congrats! Love the teapot here. Where could I find one? Thank you!

    December 4, 2012 1:07 am
  21. ampersand

    Thanks Joody!

    The teapot in the first photo was picked up by my mom at a thrift store and the teapot we held in the last photo is from Pryde’s Old Westport here in Kansas City. Hope that helps!

    December 4, 2012 4:48 am
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Press: The Kansas City Star, House + Home section, Q & A 10.23.2012

Last Sunday, on our facebook page, we shared the super exciting news that we had the honor of being featured in our local newspaper, The Kansas City Star!!! We were in the Sunday paper, in the House + Home section for a fun little Q & A!! Now we have the full feature jpg to share with you all here on the blog!! So just in case you wanted to know a little bit more about us, read along and find out what collection Morgan had to learn how to give up!

We had the best time hanging out with Stacy Downs, who did the interview. She came over, we had some coffee, chatted about our favorite places to shop and suddenly an hour had passed – it felt like it was 5 minutes! We wanted to give Stacy a HUGE thank you for doing the interview and for doing such a great job with the write-up! We’re thrilled and honored to be in The KC Star (we happen to be really proud of our local newspaper!)

Click here to check out the online version!


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  1. Bethany {at} Powell Brower Home

    you two are so cute! congrats on the major mention :)

    October 31, 2012 4:50 pm

handmade: jane foster 10.22.2012

I love when I stumble onto a treasure on etsy! I just discovered the bold, graphic, happy work of Jane Foster and I’m in love. the textiles she uses combined with her own silkscreened prints are just too darling. I think I need one of those stuffed animals for the nursery just so I can look at it every day!

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