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Ampersand for Command // Trend: Sugar Plum 11.16.2015


Next up for our How to Holiday looks for Command: Sugar Plum!!

Pop the champagne! Sugar Plum embraces the fizzy, sparkly, glitz of the holiday season! Jewel tones have played a major role in the past, but 2015 embraces the spectrum of lighter hues. Pastels are a surprising and refreshing twist on a holiday palette! Think blush, lavender and sky blue. Pastel pink is a big player and looks rich mixed with metallics. And, as we think of metallics for this look, keep in mind the whole range of matte gold, glittery bronze, and smooth rose gold!

To bring this look to life, we envisioned this Mixed Media Garland draped across the wall! We created and gathered all of the pieces but realized, hanging it might get really tricky. And, it turns out, without our new favorite Command products, it definitely would’ve been a nightmare. This look could’ve caused too many holes in the wall than we’d like to imagine. We’re SO thankful we were partnering with Command on this!! And here is where Command™ Brand products are genius. We have loved Command™ products forever, but didn’t realize they had a whole collection of products designed specifically for throwing a party! There are a range of hooks specifically for hanging balloons or honeycombs from the walls and ceiling and others designed for hanging banners. We put a new twist on the awesome Command™ Party Banner Anchors and used them in layers to create this look. You guys, seriously, we were giddy! We sounded like a Command commercial the way were were going on and on about how awesome they were!

Anyway, hop over to Command for all the details about the Sugar Plum trend, including how we made it come to life with this Mixed Media Garland, head to!









Photos by  Wheat Photography // Hair by Nicole Brancato @nicolecarmelle // Makeup by Stephanie Borger of Simple Beauty

#DamageFreeHoliday #DamageFreeDIY #CommandHoliday

The Country Club Plaza Banners // 2013 11.27.2013

We’re sure you’re more than sick of seeing pictures of the two of us after our Land of Nod event, but we have been not-so-patiently anticipating the day the Kansas City Country Club Plaza Lights banners went up this year…because we had the honor of designing them! So, of course we drove straight there to see them in real life! The Plaza Lighting ceremony is a major tradition in Kansas City and one that we have always looked forward to. It seems like the whole city packs into the Country Club Plaza on Thanksgiving night to see the switch flip, turning on the Christmas lights lining every single detail of the beautiful Spanish style buildings! We were pinching ourselves while designing these because it just seemed so surreal to be working on a project that is part of such an iconic event each year.                                                                                                              

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  1. Gina

    Congratulations, Ladies! The banners are fantastic! They totally capture the spirit of the event and your aesthetic!

    November 27, 2013 3:29 pm
  2. ampersand

    such kind words, thanks, Gina! xoxo

    November 27, 2013 8:31 pm
  3. Shannon

    What fun! Have fun with the lighting tonight. I make it down to KC often and will now have to check out your handiwork. Good for you two.

    November 29, 2013 1:33 am

and the winner is… 03.04.2013

Thank you ALL for playing along with our giveaway last week! We seriously loved reading all of your comments and seeing which party hostess you were feeling like that day! We were constantly checking the comments to see what you all were saying, so much fun! We used a random number picker and chose our winner: Rachel Lora Simmons!! She’s “Classic with a twist, 100 percent.” Rachel, hope you have fun picking out your set of four monogrammed salad plates!

And, we wanted to thank each and every one of you for playing along, so we’re offering a 10% off promo code on anything in the Ampersand Design Studio Signature Collection!! Cheers to you all! XOXO – Morgan & Carrie

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happy holidays! 12.22.2012

we want to wish you a beautiful holiday, whichever one you celebrate! we are busy wrapping, baking, shopping and sipping hot cocktails in these parts! we are signing off until the new year or until we break down and need to blog a little, whichever comes first. cheers to the end of 2012 and good things to come for 2013. may you be surrounded by love and good cheer until we meet back here again.

xo, carrie & morgan


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  1. Kelly | Fabulous K

    Merry Christmas, ladies! I received my C’est Tout print this week and ADORE it! Love, love, love.

    December 22, 2012 4:23 pm
    • ampersand

      Kelly! So glad you love your print! Thanks for the sweet words!

      January 2, 2013 3:33 am

holilday gift guide 2012: for the guys 11.30.2012

shopping for the guys can sometimes be a challenge, but there are SO many cool guy gifts out there, it doesn’t need to be! here are some of our favorite ideas for the men in our lives!

{1. leather iphone case (which can also be monogrammed!)  2. Woodcut book, 3. New Balance 574 in blue, 4. The Baldwin Ryan Camo (a Kansas City company!) 5. bamboo bluetooth stereo speaker, 6. bamboo eco-friendly globe 7. forage necktie 8. RVCA Men’s zip hoodie, 9. another KC original: Dizzy Three air-roasted espresso flavored vodka – perfect for spiked hot cocoa!}

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