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Behind the scenes of #AmpersandforNod 02.05.2015

The day the Spring 2015 Land of Nod products launched, we hosted an instagram takeover on @TheLandofNod where we shared some behind the scenes views into our design process! Just in case you missed it, we wanted to share them here, too!

The above shot of us working side by side is, in all actuality, how we frequently work. When we start a project, we always start off sketching, painting, drawing and experimenting with new mediums! We LOVE to play with color and always make sure to have fun while we “work”! We partner really closely and when we move to the computer, we even share files back and forth. We believe our designs are stronger because of our partnership!

Now, we are taking you back. like way back…and sharing our inspiration behind the designs we’ve created for Nod. Hint: It’s our own childhood. It was playful, bright and filled with lots of rainbows! Carrie on the left and Morgan on the right, sporting our favorite rainbow gear!

Hello from the @AmpersandStudio work space! We share a studio in the heart of the Kansas City Crossroads Art District. We design, blog and run our etsy shop from here. It’s our little home away from home. It’s also where we drink a LOT of coffee and make huge messes. In fact, it very rarely looks this clean. Our studio-mates can vouch for that (sorry, guys)!

How fun is this?!! in addition to designing products with Nod, we also had the privilege to redesign the shipping boxes and store bags! The boxes are patterned on the outside with a surprise burst of color on the inside! However, we never could’ve imagined that the boxes could be turned into the most darling cardboard village EVER! Those folks at Nod…just brilliant, we tell ya!

We have pretty much been bursting at the seems to reveal the products we designed exclusively for The Land of Nod!! So we hope you enjoyed the BIG REVEAL!!! Not to get all sentimental, but we can’t go without saying that we LOVE Nod and designing quality products to live in your homes one day has been the biggest dream come true!! The most exciting part of what we do is seeing these things in real rooms! So make sure to share your pictures with us! Hey Land of Nod, we think you are THE COOLEST!  – Morgan & Carrie  #AmpersandforNod

We’re taking over The Land of Nod today!! 01.20.2015

There are a few companies out there that we have dreamed of partnering with. The type of companies that think the same way we do. The kind that create high quality products that are well designed, functional, fun and always forward-thinking! The Land of Nod is one of those companies! We have been brainstorming, sketching, collaborating and dreaming of the perfect pieces for our first collection designed exclusively for The Land of Nod and TODAY IS THE DAY for our BIG REVEAL!!!! We have a fun little group of rugs, quilts, sheets, pillows and other kids room decor that is all launching on the Nod site as we speak!!!! (Have we mentioned this is literally a dream come true?!!) So today, we are taking over the Nod instagram to share some behind the scenes peeks into our design process and finish the day by sharing the new products! We cannot wait for you to see it all and we sure hope you like it!!! Make sure to follow along on instagram at @thelandofnod! We promise it’s gonna be fun!!! #AmpersandforNod

  1. Allison | VelvetCrate

    Congrats, ladies! That’s so cool! We love Land of Nod and can’t wait to check out your stuff.

    http://www.velvetcrate.com

    January 20, 2015 2:21 pm
  2. Jess Zimlich

    Ah, this is amazing! Congrats ladies :)

    January 20, 2015 3:10 pm
  3. ampersand

    Thanks, Allison!!! :) Sure hope you like it all!

    January 20, 2015 6:48 pm
  4. ampersand

    Thanks, Jess!!!

    January 20, 2015 6:49 pm

Thank you, Nelson Atkins Museum 01.07.2015

We heart KC.

We just wanted to thank The Nelson Atkins Museum for inviting us to demonstrate our art for their “The Artist is IN” event this past weekend! We painted our Kansas City totes and hand made charms. We were thrilled to be creating our own pieces in one of the most inspiring spaces we could imagine! And…thank you to all our friends and family who stopped by! If you stopped by, you got a little preview or our brand new bag charms for 2015! What a way to kick off 2015! Cheers to the new year, everyone!

Ampersand Design Studio’s {super fun} 2015 product line!! 01.06.2015

We’ve been giving you plenty of sneak peaks…but today we’re making it all official! We’ve got all kinds of fun new products to start off your 2o15! We shut down our our etsy shop over the holidays and we have just opened back up today and our little surprise is that it’s opening up with a ton of new goodies!! Our latest and, dare we say greatest, patterns are splashed on serving platters, iphone cases (yes, of course we have iphone 6!!!), and now, we are offering framed art prints and stretched canvases!!!!!! Are you as excited as we are? SO. MUCH. FUN. stuff!!!!

And, our limited edition Kansas City tote bags and shirts are BACK!!!

So, what do you guys think? We don’t know about you, but we’re looking for an excuse to throw a party just so we can use the platters! And the phone cases? Already done. You’ll be seeing both Carrie & Morgan sporting their favorite designs. Which one do you want?

We won’t hold you up, head over to the SHOP NOW!

PS…if you are dying to have one of our cases, but you don’t have an iphone, shoot us an email and we’ll hook you up with a case for whatever your device is! hello(at)ampersanddesignstudio.com

 All of the above beautiful photos are by the talented Sarah Sweeney of One Sparrow Creative

  1. Ashley Fine

    Will you guys be selling prints similar to those shown in the last image?? I really hope so!!

    January 6, 2015 8:17 pm
  2. ampersand

    HI Ashley! YES :) Sorry for the delay, we are still getting everything loaded on the site, but a few of the framed art prints and stretched canvases are there now :)

    January 7, 2015 3:56 am

Come see us at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art! 01.03.2015

We have a pretty good Saturday planned and we want you all to come see us! We are going to be at the one and only Nelson Atkins Museum of Art TODAY, Saturday, January 3rd from 10am-1pm for their “The Artist is IN” event! We are thrilled to have some of our products, including our Kansas City tote bags,  in the museum shop and today, we will be demonstrating exactly how we create the KC totes! We’ll be hand-painting the bags and assembling charms for all to see! Hope you stop by!