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Ampersand for Command DIY Advent Tree 11.23.2015


Come December 1st, kids and adults alike begin the exciting countdown to Christmas Day and an advent calendar is such a fun way to bring the countdown to life! We created this life-sized version using kraft boxes, bags and envelopes along with Command™ strips, clips and hooks to accommodate all the various sizes of little gifties you might want to include for our Bright & Merry Trend for Command! It’s bright and fun and so easy to create! For the full DIY, including all the Command™ products we used to bring it to life, head to



















photos by Wheat Photography video by Paper Crane Photo

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Ampersand for Command // Trend: Bright & Merry 11.18.2015


For kids or kids-at-heart, Christmas is pure FUN! Bright & Merry captures the more playful side of the holidays. It’s irreverent and punchy. Neon has made it’s resurgence in the past few years in home decor and it’s here to stay, now infiltrating holiday decor as well! These fluorescent tones are the brightest colors imaginable and can seem overwhelming when standing alone. Mixing these neons with a neutral, whether it’s raw wood or kraft paper, gives it a new, more livable vibe. Color-blocking and color-dipping play a role in Bright & Merry as does the glossy feel of acrylic. Let the neon glow as bright as the tree lights!

We felt like the Bright & Merry trend was the perfect place to do something kids would love, and the idea of an advent calendar was our first thought! It’s so hard for little ones to be patient while waiting for Christmas so an advent calendar is great for making the time leading up to it fun, too.

The calendar we designed was something that we would’ve never even considered had we not been using Command™ products. There is no way we’d put a million nails in our wall to achieve this one. We decided to really leverage the Command™ Small Picture Hanging StripsCommand™ Quartz Spring Clips and Command™ Small Wire Hooks to do something we couldn’t do without them. They allowed us to use all different sizes of boxes, bags and envelopes to fit our gifts and hang them knowing they would come right off the wall with no marks after the holidays. We think this one will be a winner with our own kids!

For all the details about the Bright & Merry trend, including how we made it come to life with this DIY advent calendar, head to


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

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  1. Courtney Shelton

    LOOOOOOOVE this one!!! Everything looks awesome!

    November 18, 2015 8:11 pm

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

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Ampersand for Command // Trend: Camp Christmas 11.09.2015


We are bursting with excitement that we can finally share an amazing collaboration we’ve been working on! We will be sharing much more over the next few weeks, but today we get to give you the preview of our Collaboration with 3M’s Command Brand! So, are you ready for Christmas?? Yes, it’s that time of year and we can’t wait to help you decorate your home! The best part is, because we’ve teamed up with Command, none of these ideas will damage the walls or any other surface in your home! Good news, right? We thought so, too!

So here’s the deal: We have put together four distinct trends for the 2015 holiday season (you’re gonna love them, promise!) and we have brought them to life in our own homes! The fabulous team from Command flew right here to Kansas City and together, we selected all the perfect Command products to hang everything from outdoor Christmas lights to a full gallery wall, all without damaging a single surface! Christmas goes up…and when you’re ready, it can just come right down!

So let’s get started, shall we? Our first trend is CAMP CHRISTMAS!


Imagine cozying up with warm flannel blankets next to a fire burning in the fireplace and the smell of pine filling the room. Camp Christmas embraces a simpler and more family-oriented holiday season. This trend embraces the natural aspects of the holiday season. Think red holly berries, pine garlands, and freshly cut firewood. Camp Christmas begs you to forget about your to-do lists and spend time relaxing with loved ones. This trend embraces tradition and welcomes classic Christmas patterning and colors such as plaids and the classic combination of crimson and green.

For all the details about the Camp Christmas trend, head to now!

(Make sure to check back soon to get the details on how we made this DIY Scarf-Wrapped Wreath!)








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

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getting crafty for father’s day : DIY kites 06.12.2013

With Father’s Day right around the corner, we thought it was the perfect time for a little craft that you could do with your kid! Bonus: it can be a gift for dads AND a fun little activity for Father’s Day! So, grab a few supplies, and let’s have some fun!

Materials: skewers, tape, string, tissue paper, glue stick, scissors, needle and ribbon for decoration

Step 1.  Layout your skewers in the size that you want for your kite

2.  Tie off the center stabilizers and tape the supporting skewers

3.  Cut out a piece of tissue paper the size of your kite with a 1-2 inch boarder

4.  Cut thick fringe on the edges and glue the tabs around the skewers. Continue this around all four edges.

5.  Place the glue side down on another piece of tissue and repeat steps 3 and 4. Adding more layers helps to strengthen your kite! The more you add the stronger it gets!

6.  Once you have finished your layering  (we liked 4 layers the best) you can use your needle and thread to poke through and around your stabilizer at the top (its best if you can thread it through the tape so it does not tear).  Tie this off and then do the same at the bottom. Keep some slack between the two ties, this is what you can hold onto to fly your kite.

7. Add a tail! This can be anything you want! We used ribbon, yarn and bows!

8.  Decorate! Paint and stickers work great!

9. Take it outside and give it a shot!

We hope you guys all give it a shot, we had the best time letting our little guys decorate these kites!

We know we have already introduced you on previous posts, but this brilliant idea is all thanks to our absolutely incredible intern, Jordan Key! Not only is she an awesome designer, but we have uncovered a craft genius! She’s basically our very own in-house Martha Stewart and we are so lucky to have her! Thanks Jordan for coming up with this fun activity and for your daily brilliance!!!



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