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Freely Given Movement // Apparel that matters 08.20.2015

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Today we get to share a project with you that is so very near and dear to our hearts. We were introduced to the Freely Given Movement at the beginning of the year when our sweet friend, Allison Corrin, emailed, telling us of a dream she and her husband, Chris, shared to help people going through hardship. She shared with us the first story they had chosen to tell, the first family to support —The Van Sickle family. Allison had used her amazing photography talent to share their three-year-old daughter, Kit’s, story visually, and as we watched, the tears ran down our cheeks. We were so thankful to know of Kit’s story and couldn’t wait to share it anywhere possible, as is the goal of the project. The way they describe Freely Given is as “a social enterprise created to rally community behind families in crisis through the power of social media and the sale of uniquely designed apparel.” To say that we are honored to have had the opportunity to create the first shirt designs for their campaign is an understatement. Supporting a cause born of such caring and compassion truly makes our work worthwhile.

Meet three year-old Kit. Learn more about her story and how 90% of profits from the Go Kit Go collection will go towards providing for her in home care.

11834881_385544384972719_7044203082781918376_oIn Allison’s words after spending the day documenting Kit’s family: “They had met many others walking these days, months, years ahead of their story, but the journey was often the same. Children were around them daily, flesh failing yet spirit thriving, strength exemplified. They had also met those broken. Destroyed by disappointment, hope burnt out, souls empty.
Yet, Kit’s choice has been made from the beginning.
They’ll carry hope wherever they go, they won’t let go of faith.
And when they can’t, their people will carry them.”11879070_385542134972944_8179134863019045264_o“As unique as each of our stories are, we can find a unifying theme in the journey. We celebrate together in the peaks, in the joyful times, where we have received and are full. But then for many of us, unavoidable landslides occur along the way somewhere. We find ourselves caught up in hardships – stretched in every sense of the word. The valleys close in, the bottom of our financial capabilities reached, drained by medical expenses, a job suddenly gone, transportation finally on it’s last mile, a loved one lost, or perhaps it is everything that has come at us at once, and fast.

This is when unity must prevail. This is the time to come alongside, to build community, to hand-in-hand give freely to those traveling through a valley of their story.”

We hope that you take the time to watch Kit’s video and check out the shirts that you can get to help this amazing family! You guys….THIS is what it’s all about. We couldn’t be happier to use our talents to help support a business like this!! Check out the shirts below.

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Morgan is wearing: Gray Triangles (also in oatmeal) // Carrie is wearing: Gray Brush (also in oatmeal)

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#AmpersandforNod Fall 2015 08.12.2015

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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 

#AmpersandforNod in the March 2015 catalog! 03.26.2015

All we have to say is WOW! Thank you, The Land of Nod for this beautiful full-page feature on our little company in the March 2015 catalog!! Working with Nod was one of our ultimate goals when we started Ampersand Design Studio so it’s safe to say, this was a very sweet surprise!!

California Dreamin’ nursery mood board 02.12.2015

This morning I shared Lennon’s California Dreamin’ nursery photos but just in case you spied something you might like, too, I wanted to share the mood board I put together beforehand! If you’re looking to capture this beachy vibe, here are a few of my favorite product finds! – Morgan

1. Whale modern wall clock
2. “Waiting” art print
3. Build-your-own Bright Lab Lights
4. À la Plage photography
5. “Sway” art print
6. Oeuf mini library
7. Neon yellow ampersand screen print
8. Blue patina rug
9. Color weave toy box
10. Anchors throw pillow
11. Eames molded plastic rocker
12. “Hello World” embroidered banner
13. Ahoy throw pillow
14. Cloud hanger
15. Yellow rattan cube basket
16. Car love wall art
17. Sailor + regatta yellow striped sheets
18. Moda crib

(Also seen on 100 layer cakelet, our favorite family blog!!!)

 

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