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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

BOOM! The Land of Nod Spring catalog is here! 01.29.2015

The Land of Nod Spring 2015 catalog should’ve arrived on your doorstep by now and we have flipped through ours approximately 5,783,154 times discovering the AH-mazing styling and beautiful photos of the products we designed for them!! We have been waiting for this catalog to arrive since we started designing these things a year ago. If you can’t tell, this is definitely one of the most exciting moments in our career!!!!!! It’s still feeling a big like a dream! We hope you guys are liking the things we designed! #AmpersandforNod is now available!! YAY!!

 

The entire Spring collection is incredible!!! If you want to shop any of our pieces, the links are below and a full run down of our designs is here!

Roller Rink Rug–pink (available in 4′x6′, 5′x8′, and 8′x10′) // Roller Rink Rug–blue (available in 4′x6′, 5′x8′, and 8′x10′) // Fruit Salad Rug  // Fresh Fruit Wall Hooks // Bon Voyage Suitcase Set  // Watermelon Pillow // Rainbow Throw Pillow  // Perfect Pattern Girl Letters // ABC Animals Growth Chart  // Square Throw Pillow // Alphanumeric Sheets (available in changing pad cover, crib, toddler,twin, full and queen) // Alphanumeric Quilt (available in twin and full/queen) // Bon Voyage Suitcase Set (green) // Hexagon Pillow // Triangle Throw Pillow // AHmaze Quilt (available in twin & full/queen) // Rad Rug (Blue) // Rad Rug (Pink) // Rave Rainbow Shower Curtain // Perfect Pattern Boy Letters

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

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

Ampersand for The Land of Nod!!!! 11.18.2014

OK…BIGGEST NEWS EVER!!!!
Today….we are getting to share the very first sneak peeks into our debut collection with The Land of Nod !

We are PINCHING OURSELVES!!!

Seriously, this is such a dream collaboration for us!! Coming in January, we will have rugs, bedding, and much, much more!!!!! There aren’t enough exclamation points to convey our excitement!!! The rainbow stripe rug above from the Nod press event in NYC is one of our favorite designs!!! We’ll be sharing LOTS more soon but we couldn’t help sharing our first glimpses! We sure hope you guys love the collection!! #nodfamilyhome #AmpersandforNod #shopampersand