Ampersand Design Studio


Ampersand for Nod // Spring 2016 02.05.2016


1// Color Theory Rug (comes in 4′ x 6′ and 5′ x 8′) , 2 //  Abstract Throw Pillow (Mint), 3 // Abstract Throw Pillow (Pink), 4 // Abstract Throw Pillow (Multi), 5 // Highlight Hamper, 6// Fun Throw Pillow, 7// Great Pyramid Wall Hooks

As professional pattern designers and illustrators, nothing could be more fulfilling that getting to see your vision come to life on truly well-made products for a really cool company. Seriously, it’s everything to us!! So when the Land of Nod Spring 2016 catalog landed in our mailboxes, we pretty much freaked out…calling each other immediately to talk as we flipped through the pages. Designing products for kids is SO. MUCH. FUN. And The Land of Nod is simply just one really cool company to work for. For this spring collection, we got to design everything from baby blankets, to rugs, to wall hooks and even a teepee! We rounded up most of the products right here for you with direct links to the Nod site but you can always just search “Ampersand Design Studio” in their search field to find all current products by us. And, we can’t go without saying, Nod works with some of the most talented designers in the game, so make sure you check out ALL of the latest including other designer partnerships. You are sure to be blown away!


1// Creature Comfort Baby Quilt, 2// Orange High Five Throw Pillow, 3// Creature Comfort Sheet Set (comes in lots of sizes: changing pad cover, crib, toddler, twin , full and queen), 4// A Teepee to Call Your Own (Blue Maze) (also comes in Orange Maze), 5// Creature Comfort Quilt (comes in twin, full and queen), 6// Creature Comfort Pillow Sham, 7// Cool Monster Throw Pillow

We had the best time designing bedding with our own boys in mind (see the Creature Comfort collection above!). And then, we got to design the girly bedding of our 80s childhood dreams (see the Rainbow Charm collection below) including yet another rainbow pillow. All of you who know us, know that nothing could be more fitting!


1// Rainbow Charm Pillow Sham, 2// Rainbow Charm Sheet Set (available in crib, changing pad cover, toddler, twin, full and queen) 3// Rainbow Charm Blanket (also available in baby, twin, full and queen), 4// Rainbow Throw Pillow, 5// High Five Throw Pillow (Pink), 6//Happy Clouds Growth Chart (option to personalize), 7// Tropical Punch Baby Quilt

If you can, take the chance to peruse all of the images on the Nod website, check out the close-ups of each product so you can really see the quality of craftsmanship in each piece. Notice the way the quilts are pieced together. Check out the artistic stitching on the word pillows. Zoom in to see details of the rug (and you can even get a color sample)! All these bits of attention to detail make all the difference! Hope you love our latest creations for Nod! If you get anything for yourself, please share a photo with us and use #AmpersandforNod! You will make our day!

Ampersand for Command // DIY Mixed-Media Garland 12.08.2015


We love a good garland, and wanted to create one for our Sugarplum scene, but we wanted to do something we hadn’t seen before. This led to us combining all kinds of materials for a wall of different textures, colors and lusters draped in layers.  We put a new twist on the awesome Command™ Party Banner Anchors and used them in layers to create this look. We used chunky yarn and even braided some with sequins for a surprising combo, cut paper and attached it to fishing line, and for our most unconventional component, we threw in some mylar strips from those shiny fringed door curtains you can get at party supply stores. We love the way it turned out because it works great as a photo backdrop or just a conversation piece for people as they refill their glasses. Head over to for the full DIY! 

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Ampersand for Command // DIY Holiday Gallery Wall 12.04.2015


To give our Gilded Modern look our own playful touch, we created a gallery of painted holiday artwork, which we placed in simple frames to hang alongside a huge DIY gold himmeli wreath (we used this great tutorial for the wreath). The beauty of the gallery wall is that, using Command™ Picture Hanging Strips, it is the easiest thing in the world to put up, move around and take down­— perfect for something you don’t want to keep up all year. For the full step-by-step of the gallery wall creation, head to!









Pantone Color of the Year // 2016 12.03.2015

As completely color-obsessed as we are, you can imagine how much we love seeing the Pantone Color of the Year announcement! It’s sort of like how kids feel on Christmas morning. We completely believe that the colors that people are unknowingly drawn to are such a reflection of what is going on in the world so it’s always fascinating to see how each year unfolds! As pantone puts it: a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.

We are TOTALLY on board with this years prediction and although we typically are drawn to brights, we’ve been feeling such a strong pull toward lighter, more airy hues! What do you guys think?

Ampersand for Command // DIY Scarf-Wrapped Wreath 11.24.2015


Based on our Camp Christmas trend for Command, we have put together a really fun DIY for you all to try!

Fashion can be the most fun way to stay on top of the trends, so we decided we’d incorporate one of our favorite fashion accessories into our holiday home decor. Scarves frequently have great patterns and texture, so find the perfect one and we’ll show you how to turn it into a holiday wreath to hang on your front door! Head over to Command for the full step by step tutorial!













Photos by  Wheat Photography

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