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#AmpersandforNod Fall 2015 08.12.2015


Well we thought it was high time that we shared our latest designs for The Land of Nod!!! If you’ve gotten your Fall 2015 catalog, you might’ve seen some of these lovelies! We’ve got storage bins, a new set of alphabet letters (totally ordering our kids initials for their room), rugs, curtains, lamp shades and wall art!! yes, yes, yes—we hope you love it ALL!!!!! Have we mentioned how much we absolutely LOVE partnering with our friends at Nod!!?! Cause we do. A lot.

Scroll to the bottom of the post for all the direct links to each item!



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1// Wood Shop Letters, 2 // Crisscross Cube Bin (blue) // Crisscross Cube Bin (green) // Crisscross Cube Bin (yellow) // Crisscross Cube Bin (grey) // Crisscross Cube Bin (pink), 3 //Crisscross Floor Bin (yellow) // Crisscross Floor Bin (grey) , 4// Crystal Mosaic Rug (pink) // Crystal Mosaic Rug (mint) // Crystal Mosaic Rug (grey), 5 // Sketchpad Curtains, 6 // Printed Table Lamp Shade (Rainbow),  7// Printed Table Lamp Shade (Scribbles), 8 // Printed Table Lamp Shade (Gingham), 9 // La Pomme Poster Decal 

Iris the film 04.30.2015


“Nothing I ever did I expected to do,” Iris Apfel, the eclectic New York style icon, explains in Iris, a new documentary by Albert Maysles. “It just kind of happened.” –

There’s just something about Iris Apfel that has always been intriguing to us. We’ve always been attracted to her eclectic, colorful style and curious about the woman behind the glasses! So, needless to say, we’re excited about this new documentary. Are you guys feeling the same?

If you’re wondering who she is…here’s a little excerpt from to give you a preview of the way Iris thinks. We just love her!

Apfel was well into her eighties when she became an It girl; it wasn’t until a 2005 exhibition at the Costume Institute that she became publicly known. Years before that, though, her style sense had earned her a quiet following among the arbiters of taste. Shortly after her marriage to her husband, Carl—“He was cool, he was cuddly, and he cooked Chinese, so I couldn’t do any better,” she said—the couple founded Old World Weavers, an interior-design firm that redecorated the White House under presidents Truman to Clinton. To source the unique art and fabrics for which they were known, they traveled widely. Even since retiring, Apfel continues to make rounds close to home. In Maysles’s film, we watch her haggling for bracelets in Harlem—she only wants the cheap ones, three for twenty dollars—and commuting between New York City and Florida, sometimes taking fifty phone calls a day. We learn how she arranges mannequins in her own image (layered jewelry, pattern contrasts) and sells accessories on the Home Shopping Network. (“Color can raise the dead!”) Most of all, we start to understand the mind behind the brazen taste. Where other style icons are sometimes prescriptive and arch, Apfel finds beauty in individuality, however offbeat. Real fashion isn’t about pleasing the people around you, she says, but about pleasing yourself: “It’s better to be happy than to be well-dressed.”

Also, can we discuss the ah-mazing movie poster! Incredible! Here are a couple more Iris shots just to get you excited for the movie! On the cover of Salt and in the latest Kate Spade campaign.

Come see us at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art! 01.03.2015

We have a pretty good Saturday planned and we want you all to come see us! We are going to be at the one and only Nelson Atkins Museum of Art TODAY, Saturday, January 3rd from 10am-1pm for their “The Artist is IN” event! We are thrilled to have some of our products, including our Kansas City tote bags,  in the museum shop and today, we will be demonstrating exactly how we create the KC totes! We’ll be hand-painting the bags and assembling charms for all to see! Hope you stop by!

when it comes to decorating your home… 06.20.2013

When looking for pieces for your home, we feel like there’s no reason to go conservative! Why not have a little fun with home decor? Ya know, not everything needs to be neutral colors! We say, go bold or go home! We rounded up a few colorful pieces to add just that touch of fun that you’re looking for!

drawer pulls (chevron & facets)  // pop stool // pillow // dou african hamper // taxi salt & pepper shakers // wordsearch dish // chair // mixed print napkin set

  1. Richele

    I love all these items! Beautiful collection of colours and patterns :)
    Thanks for sharing!

    June 20, 2013 5:57 pm
  2. ampersand

    thanks Richele! So glad you like them :)

    June 20, 2013 6:03 pm

this might be our favorite thing we’ve ever seen 05.28.2013

We’re not sure if we could love anything more than this rainbow, abstract painting on the exterior of a church in Washington, DC!!!

Artist, Alex Brewer, also known as HENSE, first made a name for himself as a graffiti artist and his work grew into the realm of public art, grants, commissions, and cross-media connections which have landed him local, national and international public art projects. Brewer developed his skill for graffiti in the mid to late ‘90s and early 2000s.

We couldn’t describe his work better than this: “HENSE’s manic marks, scribbles, drips and splashes produce an agitated tangle of shapes, symbols and figures that offer the viewer a unique and strangely peaceful platform for the eyes and mind. His slick stylizing may send observers on a roller coaster ride of emotions, perturbed to peaceful, angry to inspired, always travelling at the command of the individual’s own subconscious collection of experiences.”

Ted Elmore – RVA News

{all images from HENSE’s website}

comments 7

  1. Uncle Beefy

    Gah!!! JOYOUS!!!

    May 28, 2013 7:03 am
  2. Rhaynelina Estevez

    Wow, amazing! Never seen something like this…

    May 28, 2013 9:50 am
  3. Josephine Kimberling

    LOVE this!!!!

    May 28, 2013 3:00 pm
  4. ampersand

    we know, we know!!! so glad you guys think this is as incredible as we do!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2013 4:56 pm
  5. Sarah York

    This is amazing!!!! Would love to see it in person. I wonder what the neighbors think? Love!

    May 28, 2013 9:02 pm
  6. Anne Brent

    I want to go to there. His paintings are amazing too, like Rothko, Pollock and Rosenquist got together for a good ole crazy time. Want!

    May 29, 2013 3:57 pm
  7. julie

    I agree! I’ve been following Hense for a while and this is just so amazing!! I can’t imagine how he keeps the spontaneity in his work at such a large scale…truly amazing!
    ps I love your work :)

    May 12, 2014 3:52 pm