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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

BOOM! The Land of Nod Spring catalog is here! 01.29.2015

The Land of Nod Spring 2015 catalog should’ve arrived on your doorstep by now and we have flipped through ours approximately 5,783,154 times discovering the AH-mazing styling and beautiful photos of the products we designed for them!! We have been waiting for this catalog to arrive since we started designing these things a year ago. If you can’t tell, this is definitely one of the most exciting moments in our career!!!!!! It’s still feeling a big like a dream! We hope you guys are liking the things we designed! #AmpersandforNod is now available!! YAY!!


The entire Spring collection is incredible!!! If you want to shop any of our pieces, the links are below and a full run down of our designs is here!

Roller Rink Rug–pink (available in 4′x6′, 5′x8′, and 8′x10′) // Roller Rink Rug–blue (available in 4′x6′, 5′x8′, and 8′x10′) // Fruit Salad Rug  // Fresh Fruit Wall Hooks // Bon Voyage Suitcase Set  // Watermelon Pillow // Rainbow Throw Pillow  // Perfect Pattern Girl Letters // ABC Animals Growth Chart  // Square Throw Pillow // Alphanumeric Sheets (available in changing pad cover, crib, toddler,twin, full and queen) // Alphanumeric Quilt (available in twin and full/queen) // Bon Voyage Suitcase Set (green) // Hexagon Pillow // Triangle Throw Pillow // AHmaze Quilt (available in twin & full/queen) // Rad Rug (Blue) // Rad Rug (Pink) // Rave Rainbow Shower Curtain // Perfect Pattern Boy Letters

We’re taking over The Land of Nod today!! 01.20.2015

There are a few companies out there that we have dreamed of partnering with. The type of companies that think the same way we do. The kind that create high quality products that are well designed, functional, fun and always forward-thinking! The Land of Nod is one of those companies! We have been brainstorming, sketching, collaborating and dreaming of the perfect pieces for our first collection designed exclusively for The Land of Nod and TODAY IS THE DAY for our BIG REVEAL!!!! We have a fun little group of rugs, quilts, sheets, pillows and other kids room decor that is all launching on the Nod site as we speak!!!! (Have we mentioned this is literally a dream come true?!!) So today, we are taking over the Nod instagram to share some behind the scenes peeks into our design process and finish the day by sharing the new products! We cannot wait for you to see it all and we sure hope you like it!!! Make sure to follow along on instagram at @thelandofnod! We promise it’s gonna be fun!!! #AmpersandforNod

  1. Allison | VelvetCrate

    Congrats, ladies! That’s so cool! We love Land of Nod and can’t wait to check out your stuff.

    January 20, 2015 2:21 pm
  2. Jess Zimlich

    Ah, this is amazing! Congrats ladies :)

    January 20, 2015 3:10 pm
  3. ampersand

    Thanks, Allison!!! :) Sure hope you like it all!

    January 20, 2015 6:48 pm
  4. ampersand

    Thanks, Jess!!!

    January 20, 2015 6:49 pm

Holiday Pop-up Shop 11.12.2014

We are SOOO excited to kick off the holiday season with a little Pop-up shop in our own studio! We got to thinking it would be fun to pull together a few of our favorite local Kansas City makers to have a little shopping event, and before we knew it, we had what we think is a pretty killer group assembled. There are home goods, fine art prints, jewelry, leather goods, T-shirts, women’s wear, ceramics, accessories, and the list goes on and on! Plus, we will even have a fun Photo Booth by the talented One Sparrow Creative to capture some memories of the night! There will be some snacks and drinks to get you in the shopping mood, and what’s better than getting some shopping done early before madness of the holidays truly begins! We hope you can join us! Here’s a look at the fabulous vendors who will be there (scroll down for links to their websites):

1. Happy Habitat // 2. Jaime Rovenstine // 3. Janesko // 4. Prairie Goods // 5. Ampersand Design Studio // 6. Nickel & Suede // 7. Convivial Production // 8. Ocean and Sea // 9. Maddy Nash // 10. Alicia Janesko