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Ampersand for Land of Nod 01.27.2015

This blog post is one we’ve dreamed of creating ever since we started Ampersand! We have always been pretty much obsessed with The Land of Nod. Their aesthetic and everything they create is simply FUN and such amazing quality! We always receive the Nod catalog and pore over every page to see what they’ve come up with each season, and we wanted in on the action the minute we started creating designs for license. So, when we formed a partnership with Nod last year, it was, quite literally a DREAM COME TRUE for us!!!! Our dreams turned into sketches, we brainstormed and collaborated with the amazing people of Nod whose creativity and vision make these products come to life (and they couldn’t be sweeter, by the way!)

The word excited doesn’t even begin to cover how we feel about sharing these products with you! Our hope is that these are pieces people will want in their homes and that they will be the backdrop for many happy memories for parents and kids alike. We’ve had a blast designing them and seeing them become real over the past year. We can’t wait to see them in happy homes, so we hope you’ll share your photos with us after you see the Nod shipping boxes hit your doorstep! Thank you so much to all of you who have been following along on this journey with us, cheering us on in chasing our dreams! We are so thankful for your support. So, what do you think? Do you feel the urge to do a little shopping? :)

IMAGE ONE :: 1 // Roller Rink Rug–pink (available in 4’x6′, 5’x8′, and 8’x10′)  , 2 // Roller Rink Rug–blue (available in 4’x6′, 5’x8′, and 8’x10′)

1 // Fruit Salad Rug, 2 // Fresh Fruit Wall Hooks, 3 // Bon Voyage Suitcase Set, 4 // Watermelon Pillow, 5// Rainbow Throw Pillow, 6 // Perfect Pattern Girl Letters,  7 // ABC Animals Growth Chart

1 // Square Throw Pillow, 2 // Alphanumeric Sheets (available in changing pad cover, crib, toddler, twin, full and queen), 3 // Alphanumeric Quilt (available in twin and full/queen), 4 // Bon Voyage Suitcase Set (green), 5 // Hexagon Pillow, 6 // Triangle Throw Pillow

1// AHmaze Quilt (available in twin & full/queen), 2 // Rad Rug (Blue),  3 // Rad Rug (Pink), 4 // Rave Rainbow Shower Curtain, 5 // 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 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