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California Dreamin’ modern nursery 02.11.2015

Hey everyone, Morgan here! I’m taking over the blog today to share the nursery I created for my second little boy, Lennon!

I wanted the room to have a calming feeling with a cool vibe, so, naturally, I went with a little bit of a beachy theme! We already had the crib, dresser/changing table and bookshelf from when we first did this room for our now-four-year-old son. So I worked with the white and natural wood and mixed in some indigo blue, sea foam green and natural textures! And of course, I’m a total pattern lover, so there are plenty of those thrown in on the pillows, pouf, changing pad and simple stripe sheets!  Check back here later today for the full mood board and product round-up! Lennon’s California Dreamin’ nursery turned out to be the most perfect fit for his cool, laid-back personality. I suppose we did get to know him a bit since I didn’t actually finish the nursery until a couple of months after he was born! All of these beautiful photos were taken by the one and only Allison Corrin Photography. She is such a joy to partner with! Thanks to Allison for capturing these little moments in time!

I found the sheets, changing pad cover, and cool, modern nautical pillows at Unison Home! Have you guys checked out their site? I fell in love with their modern patterns for home decor and I was SO glad to discover they had things for baby & kids, too!

And YOU GUYS! This color weave toy box from The Land of Nod adds the most perfect natural texture and color to the room! I kept feeling like something was missing until this guy showed up and thens suddenly, it felt complete!!

This baby gym from Ikea has been such a bit hit and it’s so affordable! Highly recommend it! The cool part is, when your babe starts sitting up, the little colored pieces on the top move back and forth and can be pulled up and down, too…so this little gym can stay with you through a few play stages. And, THIS RUG (from Nod, of course) !!!!!!! It’s seriously the softest, most luxurious texture! Perfect for a nursery because if you are anything like us, we spend a lot of time on the floor!

I couldn’t love this mini banner more! It’s by Sharp Tooth Studio on Etsy and I can’t help but love that the artist is originally from Kansas City, too!

I’m a sucker for a gallery wall! When I saw this whale clock, I knew it was the perfect addition to the rest of the art I had collected! (Check the next post for the full mood board and source links)

These Uncle Goose modern wooden blocks are getting passed down from Shaw to Lennon. Thank goodness for wooden toys that last!

And moments like THIS happening inside this tiny little nursery. I can hardly handle it. My heart could literally explode when I see my two boys playing together! I could never have imagined the instant bond that these two would have, it still surprises me each day. Thanks again to Allison Corrin Photography for capturing these little moments!

Make sure you check out the mood board for all the products and pieces right here!!

  1. Jeffiny Shutts

    Oh man- seriously, the cutest little pics ever! You need to frame these and stick them on the wall too! Adorbs!

    February 11, 2015 3:44 pm

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

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.

    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