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on the lookout: throw pillows 01.09.2012


Decorative pillows are a great way to give a burst of energy to  a room without spending a lot. I found myself gravitating towards neutrals and saturated warm colors. There are so many fun graphic and global prints out there right now. Decisions…
links (left to right, top to bottom): Gray Suzani with Fuschia Applique Lumbar Pillow, Comalapa Brocade Pillow (the purchase of this pillow, along with many other handmade items from non-profit site, Mercado Global, helps Guatemalan women distribute their goods and provide for their families), Brasilia Diamonds Pillow, Vivacious Embroidered Pillow in pink, Set of Two Decorative Pillow Covers in Yellow Chevron, Chelsea Stripe Major Brown Pillow, Linen Stripe with Red Pillow, Hot Pink Stripe Pillow

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  1. Kelly

    >Love them all – great colors and patterns!
    being lovely

    January 10, 2012 5:57 am
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Thanks, Kelly!

    January 15, 2012 4:20 am

Ampersand Design Studio: Signature Series 01.02.2012


It’s no secret that we love the ampersand (eh-hem, our business name). It’s just the one simple symbol that can mean as much or as little as you want it to! With one single stroke, the ampersand is the mark  that connects two separate elements. We both have a strong love of typography, so, we were excited to discover that the ampersand is also historically the character that a typographer can use to infuse a little more personality and playfulness into a font. Simply put, it’s the character that gets to have a little more fun! What’s not to love about that?!

Don’t worry fellow-lovers-of-the-ampersand, we’re not trying to claim ownership of the “and” symbol, by any means. We just love it in all it’s different forms, so this is our little tribute to the ampersand!

So, today we are SO EXCITED to announce the official launch of our new Ampersand Signature Series!!

Whether you are a fan of the neon + neutral look, metallics, or the always bold black and white— we’ve got art prints and melamine platters to suit you! (Yes, we’ve gone ampersand crazy over here!)
We did have a few of our new items on the shop a couple of weeks ago, so if you visited then, you might’ve gotten a little sneak peek, but now the full Ampersand Signature Series line is live and here is a little rundown of what you can find! We’ve poured our hearts into these so we really hope you love them!

Neon or Metallic Limited Edition Ampersand Screenprints:
These limited edition 11″ x 14″ prints include ampersands in neon pink, neon yellow, gold or silver on chipboard or pale gray heavy weight paper. We are just obsessed with the way the colors pop off the neutral backgrounds! Each print also has an emboss of our logo and will be numbered in pencil at the bottom right hand corner. We teamed up with the brilliant Vahalla Studios for the screen printing and embossing of this series. Total dream team! We absolutely loved partnering with them!
These truly are limited edition, we just have 50 of each colorway—so you better scoop these up fast! 
Black & White Ampersand Prints:
We love seeing type and letter forms in the classic color palette of black and white—especially when they are over-sized to accentuate the positive and negative shapes! So, we are also offering 8″x 10″ and 11″ x 14″ black and white prints. We have the singular ampersand art print but, being pattern designers at heart, we couldn’t go without doing an all over surface pattern, as well! There are just SO many beautiful ampersands from various fonts that we had to give a few more of them a home. Each one in this series is printed on 100% cotton velvet fine art paper in archival pigment inks. They are  so beautiful in person!

Melamine Ampersand Platters:
Platters — can you ever really have too many?! We think not. We are constantly using platters for entertaining and serving, but we we also can’t get enough of them for decorating and displaying! So we decided to design a couple of platters that we just really wanted to own. ha! (They look particularly good together, too). But really, how perfect to serve cheese & crackers! Or to display your favorite collections?
We envision the silver ampersand print as a perfect engagement gift…The neon ampersands tacked up in a creative office space… The black & white print as a perfect photo prop for two besties or future husband & wife…the platters holding your collection of photobooth strips of family & friends…!
We’d love to hear how you can imagine using them! 
So go check out the full new line and all the other fun goodies in the shop, too!
Cheers to fun new things for 2012! :)
—Morgan & Carrie


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  1. Jennifer King

    >Gorgeous! I love the metallic gold!

    January 2, 2012 1:32 pm
  2. Tobe | Because It's Awesome

    >girls! LOVE! now to decide which one i need…… ox

    January 2, 2012 2:09 pm
  3. VL

    >smart thinking ladies! and so very ampersand perfect!

    January 2, 2012 4:26 pm
  4. laura

    >LOVE the new products! you girls always make the best stuff. decisions are to be made on which one(s) need to be in my home!

    January 2, 2012 8:31 pm
  5. Kelly

    >Oh my goodness – I just found your blog and I am already obsessed with these items! Congrats!

    being lovely

    January 5, 2012 6:11 am
  6. Jeanee

    >Love it all!!!

    January 9, 2012 12:54 am
  7. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Thanks, ladies! We are so happy to hear that you're liking the new stuff. Happy 2012!

    January 15, 2012 4:24 am

holiday gift guide: handmade gifts by Jeanee Duval 12.06.2011


We are so happy to bring Jeanee Duval of Dirty Laundry to you for day three of our gift guides. Jeanee writes a super-inspiring blog and is a gifted craft maven with her own shop so we knew she was the one to ask for her take on handmade gifts for the holidays. She has officially made buying handmade easy! {Links: 1. Hazelnut Chocolate Whisky Sandwich Cookies, 2. Golden Grass Wide Bangle, 3. Midnight Black Doily, 4. Cinnamon Sugar Cupcake Bath Fizzie ( these adorable bath fizzies and many other flavors are from Jeanee’s own Dirty Laundry Etsy shop & we can personally attest that they all smell amazing), 5. Bamboo Heart Stud Earrings 6. Tonic 02: Tahitian Vanilla Bean & Egyptian Chamomile Blossom Matured Maple Syrup 7. XL Organic Reusable Vegetable Bag in Paisley}

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  1. Jeanee

    >OMG, I want everything in this guide. Oh wait a minute… this is MY gift guide! I guess I was channeling what I REALLY wanted for Christmas.

    Thanks for having me Ampersand!

    December 6, 2011 4:37 pm
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >hehe! Jeanee–we love everything on here too!!! awesome gifties!

    December 8, 2011 3:58 am

In Honor of Design’s Holiday Gift Guide 2011 11.17.2011


We are super honored to be featured in another gift guide! In Honor of Design‘s, Anna has put together a wonderful collection of unique, affordable and really thoughtful gift ideas for everyone you need to shop for in her Holiday Gift Guide 2011! Seriously, she is making the holidays a lot easier for all of us! She’s got amazing taste which makes us all the more flattered to be featured in her “Little Finds” section–see our Animal Print in the upper left hand corner? We’re among some great company and couldn’t be happier to be a part of it! Thanks for the feature, Anna, and thanks for doing so much great shopping for all us!!
Go check it out right here!

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Emily Henderson’s holiday guide 2011 11.04.2011


Ok, so we all know about Emily Henderson, right? The über-talented stylist that won HGTV’s Design Star, season 5, and now hosts her very own (awesome) show called  Secrets From A Stylist?! We hope you are nodding yes. If you haven’t been following her yet…it’s time to start! Check out her blog and her show–besides being a really inspring stylist with a keen sense of individual style, she just kinda seems like a funny, sweet girl that we just want to go grab a drink with!
SO…what we have to share with you today is her oh-so-perfect 2011 Holiday Guide! It is 238 pages of holiday ideas! We’re mostly excited about the over 400 hand-picked gift ideas for her, him, dad, mom, boss, tween, kid, pet, etc!!!!  And, get this, every single gift idea is hyper-linked so you can just click on it and be taken directly to the site to purchase! (we love anything that makes holiday shopping easier)! PLUS  there’s tons of non-gift related “original content from a bunch of extremely smart, witty, talented, funny, creative and diverse bloggers”. Check out the impressive list of contributors here, on the opening pages, and below!
So, needless to say, we were SO THRILLED and FLATTERED to find one of our very own prints from our etsy shop featured in the “Kids’ Decor” section!!!!!! Seriously, we are on the same pages as some of our biggest idols and favorite shops (Dwell Studio, West Elm, Terrain, Design Public, 20×200…and so many more), hand-picked by some of our all time favorite bloggers and taste-makers!! I won’t go into the details of the squealing that was happening over the phone, but, let’s just say we were pretty excited!
So, if you are starting to think about the holidays…it’s time to check out the Holiday Guide!! Seriously, it’s going to be our one stop shop this holiday season–we love that it even covers the hard-to-shop-for categories (ahem, teens & dads)!

So, here’s BIG THANK YOU  to Emily Henderson and all of her awesome contributors listed here:

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  1. Damaris @Kitchen Corners

    >Congrats on being featured! Hope the season is a successful one for you gals.

    November 4, 2011 2:00 pm
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Thanks so much, Damaris :)

    November 4, 2011 2:31 pm
  3. Melanie

    >oh my gosh, this is awesome! I love Secrets of a Stylist…one of my HGTV faves :) congrats on being included in her list, that's great press for you!

    November 4, 2011 3:28 pm
  4. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Thanks Melanie!!

    November 28, 2011 4:40 am