Ampersand Design Studio


Silver and Gold for 2013 12.31.2012

Who else is ready to welcome 2013 with a bang? We’re excited to look back on all the fun of 2012 and usher in a new year that we hope is just as great! One thing we have to be excited about in 2013: our new intern: meet Allie! Allie is a Junior in graphic design at the University of Kansas (our alma mater). She contacted us after seeing some of our work in a design alumni show at KU and thought we could be a good fit. Well, she was right, we think Allie is a wonderful addition to our little team and she has hit the ground running with great design and she’s even adding her spin to the blog as you can see here. Allie has a knack for accessorizing and we were thrilled when she was willing to share her jewelry picks for New Year’s Eve and beyond. To check out more of Allie’s work, have a look here. Enjoy and Happy New Year’s (Eve), everyone!

Allie’s picks:  1. Jet Triangle Bangle, 2. Crystal Burst Bracelet, 3. Ice Flora Bib, 4. Enamel Logo Disc Earrings, 5. Rosa Crystal Collection Jewelry Bib Necklace, 6. Aquamarine Pinwheel Drops


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  1. Joan Troyer

    I have something like your Aquamarine Pinwheel Drops. I have an aquamarine stud earnings and I wore it at NYE and I totally rock. happy New Year to you ;)

    January 3, 2013 2:55 pm

trend watch: holographic 12.30.2012

New Year’s Eve parties are just two days away, so what better time is there to embrace the holographic trend than right now? that’s right, we’re seeing metallics taken to a whole new level….silver and gold aren’t going to cut it any more, it’s time to take your metallics to a futuristic level! Call it hologram or holographic, this look seems to be popping up everywhere, and when done in moderation, we think it could be a pretty fun one to embrace! What do you guys think?

{1. Stella McCartney holographic faux leather ipad sleeve,  2. Stella McCartney holographic faux leather clutch,  3. Deena & Ozzy Electro Oxford, 4. holographic head to toe, 5. holographic leggings)

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  1. Kelly - Fabulous K

    I could never in a million years pull off hologram clothing, but it’s pretty dang amazing.

    December 30, 2012 4:31 pm
    • ampersand

      Ha! We hear ya there, Kelly, but it is fun, huh?

      January 2, 2013 3:32 am
  2. Interior Design Ideas

    Happy New Year ! Thanks for being a constant source of inspiration!
    I will keep visiting this website very often.
    Thanh Le – HomeDesignLove.Com

    December 31, 2012 5:12 am
    • ampersand

      Happy New Year to you, Thanh Le & Thanks for your kind words!

      January 2, 2013 3:32 am

happy holidays! 12.22.2012

we want to wish you a beautiful holiday, whichever one you celebrate! we are busy wrapping, baking, shopping and sipping hot cocktails in these parts! we are signing off until the new year or until we break down and need to blog a little, whichever comes first. cheers to the end of 2012 and good things to come for 2013. may you be surrounded by love and good cheer until we meet back here again.

xo, carrie & morgan


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  1. Kelly | Fabulous K

    Merry Christmas, ladies! I received my C’est Tout print this week and ADORE it! Love, love, love.

    December 22, 2012 4:23 pm
    • ampersand

      Kelly! So glad you love your print! Thanks for the sweet words!

      January 2, 2013 3:33 am

holiday sweet treats 12.20.2012

here’s what i’ve been up to lately: baking some sweet treats! i couldn’t settle on just one because they all sounded so delish, so all three of the above just HAD to happen this year! if you want to bake up some holiday cookies and treats this year, here are the recipes we fell in love with:

1. nutella-stuffed brown butter + sea salt chocolate chip cookies

2.candy cane marshmallow pops (perfect for dipping in hot chocolate!)

3. peanut butter pretzel bites

and my pinterest “i heart food” board has even more ideas!

happy holidays

– morgan

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  1. Kory

    Those peanut butter pretzel things look delicious! I might have to make those, like asap!

    December 20, 2012 6:46 pm
  2. Gaby [The Vault Files]

    oooou, nutella chocolate chip cookies? love the sound of that! they look amazing!

    December 20, 2012 9:23 pm
    • ampersand

      Thanks, Snappystreet! We hope you had the chance to make some sweet treats and that you also enjoyed your Christmas and New Year! Cheers!
      Gaby & Kory, I got to sample Morgan’s treats and they WERE most amazing! :)

      January 2, 2013 3:37 am
  3. Snappystreet

    Merry Christmas!
    It is warm and sunny here in Sydney, Australia, but I want to make all of these yummy warm winter treats!
    I hope you enjoy this special time of year with family and friends! x

    December 20, 2012 10:46 pm

tea is the new coffee 12.17.2012

Could it be true? Are we all going to make like the Brits and do a full on switch from coffee to tea? All we have to say is, there sure are some pretty irresistible tea accessories out there to urge us along!

{1. tea pot with knitted sleeve 2. embossed cream and sugar  3. a fabric covered notebook made from one of our very own fabric designs 4. and a fabric napking (so easy to make) also made from one of our very own fabrics! 5. “i love you blogs & tea” 6. oh joy! teaspoon set at leif 7. Eva Solo Tea bag)


(Psst…if you are wondering how to get any of our tea-inspired fabrics for yourself, see the whole collection here and just click on the link above your favorite swatch to see a list of stores that will be carrying it soon!)

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  1. Gaby [The Vault Files]

    Well, as a tea lover, I couldn’t help but LOVE this post ;)

    December 17, 2012 5:03 pm
  2. Kelsey

    Just found your website and blog, and I love it!!! I am based out of Olathe and work with a business partner too, my former roommate. :) Happy holidays!

    December 17, 2012 11:15 pm
  3. ampersand

    oh yay, Gaby! We heart your tea-loving ways :) We love tea too–ever since we studied abroad in England together!

    December 18, 2012 4:10 am
  4. ampersand

    Kelsey–so nice to (virtually) meet you!! Now we have discovered your blog as well :)

    December 18, 2012 4:11 am

    never saw this, but thank you ladies! :)

    June 24, 2013 4:13 pm