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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

Package Design for Land of Nod 11.05.2014

YOU GUYS!!!! We are totally stoked to share this super-fun project we did with The Land of Nod!! YES, they are a dream client of ours. YES we are like their number one fan (and customer). YES we totally freaked out when we got asked to collaborate with them on this! So, we were asked to redesign their packaging including shipping boxes and in-store bags!!! (Dream job!) We partnered with them to create a few custom patterns, new logo treatment and a really awesome color palette, and here we are! What’s better than pattern-covered boxes with a surprise pop of color on the inside?!! So…Whatcha think?!!

  1. Arleene Taylor

    So, So good! Can I be next please? I just love it :)

    November 10, 2014 5:27 am
  2. ampersand

    Oh, Arleene, we would LOVE to!!! We love your products!!!

    November 11, 2014 3:33 am

Introducing Lennon!! 10.02.2014

Hi everyone! Morgan, here. I thought it was high time that I introduced my newest little bundle to you all! You might’ve noticed I’ve been a bit absent lately and that is because 6 weeks ago, on August 18th, my husband, Dan and I welcomed our second son, Lennon, to the world!! We are so in LOVE with this little guy!! He weighed 8lbs 70z (4 oz bigger than his brother) and 20 inches long. Lots of people warned us how crazy it is moving from one kid to two, but for us, this second time around is feeling much more relaxed. Granted, we aren’t sleeping much (the little guy likes to eat frequently….all night long), but this time, we know it’s just a short phase and each phase goes by so quickly. I was pretty crazy with our first son, constantly reading parenting books, websites and blogs. I endlessly researched every little thing that was going on with our baby, but this time, I just feel like we are enjoying the ride a bit more!

In addition to the ones you see here, I’m sharing a few of Lennon’s newborn pictures over on 100 Layer Cakelet today, so make sure to hop over and say hello!

One thing that I had hoped for, but didn’t know if it would happen, was a close bond between Shaw, my older son, and Lennon and this has way surpassed my dreams. Shaw is absolutely the sweetest, most caring big brother! He literally runs into Lennon’s room to help me with every single diaper change. He wants to assist with getting Lennon in his car seat…and even will say to me, “Mom, make sure you get baby brother in first. Then me.”. It’s amazing. He wants to hold him, cuddle with him….Shaw even gets excited when I say it’s time for Lennon to do “tummy-time”. Shaw will lay on the floor next to him and clap when he lifts his head. Shaw frequently asks if his baby brother can sleep in his room with him…ah,  if only Shaw could feed him every 2 hours, I’d take him up on that in a heartbeat! ha.

So, I’m not trying to say it’s not crazy over here…because having two kiddos is definitely crazy and I most likely will never get anywhere on time again, but our house is filled with lots of love for this new little one! Pretty excited to introduce him to you all…welcome to the world, sweet Lennon!

I’m still working on Lennon’s nursery, but I’ll be sharing my style board of ideas soon and of course some pictures when it’s all done! All photos you see here were taken by the talented Allison of Allison Corrin Photography. Visit her facebook page for all her updates here.

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  1. Olivia

    Wonderful! It’s so neat to hear that Shaw is excited about his little brother. Congrats!!

    October 2, 2014 1:15 pm
  2. ampersand

    Oh thanks, Olivia :) – Morgan

    October 3, 2014 3:01 am
  3. Christina

    awwwwwww congrats! he is perfect!

    October 23, 2014 9:05 pm

A Day in our crazy lives! 08.15.2014

Today, we’re really proud to be featured over on the KC Moms Blog as one (well, make that two) of Kansas City’s “Mompreneurs” ! There are a lot of us out there. Mothers who juggle raising a family and either starting or running a business at the same time. We always love hearing about how other women make it work, how they got started, and what drives them to keep going. So, we’re really honored to be able to answer some of those questions ourselves! It’s a crazy world, that’s for sure, but we wouldn’t have it any other way! Over on the KC Moms Blog, there’s a full interview featuring what a day in our lives actually looks like, what drives us and we talk a bit about that magic word, “balance”.
We were SO lucky to have Allison, of Allison Corrin Photography, stop by our studio in the KC Crossroads for a full interview AND photo session. Allison, a fellow mompreneur, and mother of FOUR, could not have been sweeter, and more patient. We sort of just wanted her to hang out there with us all day! She is such a talented photographer and was really able to capture what our day to day looks like (granted, we’re usually wearing a lot less make-up and flip-flops)! So, huge thanks to Allison for putting this all together! Make sure to check out her website and blog to see her beautiful work and more images from our shoot with her.
Also, if you aren’t already familiar with the KC Moms Blog and you’re a mom in KC….come on now, start following them immediately for intelligent articles, real-world mom advice, and all kinds of inspiring stories and tips! They’re on facebook and twitter, too!
One more thing, we are just the first of six in the “Mompreneur” Series! So make sure to find out about these awesome KC mompreneurs, too! Here are the dates you’ll find them on the KC Moms Blog: 8/15 Ampersand Design Studio (that’s us, but you already knew that), 8/22 The Yellow Peony, 8/29 Modern Makers, 9/5 SwimZip, 9/12 BadSeed, 9/22 The Busy Mom Cupcakes
All images by: Allison Corrin Photography (www.allisoncorrin.com)

Nursery Inspiration: Katherina’s Baby Girl 08.13.2014

Whoa, I’m having a baby?! If you’d asked me a few years ago about having kids I’d tell you I’m not so sure that’s happening. But with age comes changes and an unexpected desire to grow my family with my husband and two fur babies. What do you know, my parents were right. So here I am designing a nursery for our beautiful baby girl. And time is a-ticking!

I love nurseries that don’t necessarily scream “BABY!” when you walk into them. Not only do I love the more sophisticated looks and color palettes for nurseries but I think (and hope!) that the decor will last several more years before I’ll want to make the room feel more “grown up” for our little one. Is my nursery done? I wish! I put this moodboard together in hopes of helping me finish the room decor I have going before baby gets here. But let’s be honest, I will probably finish it several months after baby…if I’m lucky. Who finishes their nursery on time anyway?

-Katherina

Half-wall Painted Room  //  Etsy Shop Ice Cream Print  //  Ellos Wire Wastebasket  //  Room Inspiration  //  Land of Nod Horse Pillow  //  Land of Nod Heart Pillow  //  Land of Nod Pouf  //  Etsy Shop Felt Garland

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