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stylish start for 2013 01.07.2013

Have we mentioned how thrilled we are with our winter intern, Allie? Cause she’s pretty awesome! She first brought us some perfect jewelry ideas and now she’s here helping us bring in the new year with style…and lots of fun color and pattern, we might add! Allie rounded up the perfect planners and desk accessories to kick off the new year with a really fresh start! Bring it on 2013!

{1. Kate Spade 2013 wall calendar, 2. Jonathan Adler 2013 Planner, 3. Patterned Dodo case for J.Crew for ipad, 4. page flags, 5. Balanced Color Notebook, 6. Bulletin Pencil Cup )

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getting crafty: painted clipboard 09.11.2012

Lucky you guys,  Laura is here today to share yet another awesome idea in her “Getting Crafty” series with us! This DIY was even a finalist in the Design Sponge/Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape Contest but the full DIY has never been shown anywhere until right now! Aren’t we lucky? Enjoy!

For this month’s Getting Crafty column, I’ve come up with an easy way to add some interest to a plain clipboard. This design can be customized using different colors, or shapes and this project could easily given as a gift to your uber organized best friend. She’d love it! Keep reading for the full tutorial.

Materials: spray paint (white shown here), clipboard, trio of paints (shown here are red, teal and champagne), painters tape (1″ shown here), paint brush, hole punch
Step 1: Prepare your clipboard by taping over the hinge at the top. Once the metal piece is covered, go ahead and give the clipboard 2-3 coats of spray paint, making light and even coats as you go. Let the clipboard dry (overnight is best). While the clipboard is drying, get a piece of painters tape about 15 inches long. Using the hole punch, make evenly spaced punches through the tape to reveal a row of dots.
Step 2: Begin taping off the clipboard in a design that you want. It is best to plan this out before starting to paint. Another helpful tip is to paint one color at a time. I began with the teal, allowed to dry, then did the red and finished off with the champagne. This project does take time, but is very simple. For this example, I taped off the teal sections first, by making several diagonal lines across the clipboard. To add the dots, just adhere the tape in a straight line and paint directly over it.
Once all of your paint is dry, peel off the tape and enjoy your design!

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  1. Kate

    Hole punching the tape is so clever!

    September 11, 2012 3:20 pm
  2. ampersand

    isn’t laura a genius?!! we’re lucky to get to share her ideas here!

    September 11, 2012 7:35 pm
  3. Jessica Nichols

    Imagine my delight to see my Loads of Ranunculus print included on this moodboard! I absolutely love to see where my work ends up. :)

    September 20, 2012 7:27 pm
  4. Friday Link Love | The Sweetest Occasion

    [...] Loving this DIY painted clipboard [...]

    September 21, 2012 6:01 pm
  5. Ranu

    LOVE this project! So easy and will spruce up an inspiration board in no time. Thank you!

    September 23, 2012 4:09 pm

goodbye summer, hello fall 09.04.2012

It’s hard to believe it’s time to say adios to summer. Labor Day always makes me a little bluesy so I’m trying to cheer up thinking about the fun that comes in autumn.

1. Knit’s a New Day Cardigan 2.Saddle Stitch Throw 3. Twig Pencils 4. Woodfire Candle 5. the zipcode boot

photos: summer, fall (Book Photograph)

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  1. Danielle Hardy

    This post has gotten me excited for warm sweaters and cute boots! Im still holding on to summer, but this post has definitely pushed me toward the fact that fall is arriving quite soon ;)

    September 4, 2012 4:50 pm
    • ampersand

      We are with you. We kind of love this time of having the best of summer and fall at once. :)

      September 10, 2012 1:43 am

trend watch: faceting 03.27.2012


It’s hard to even call this a trend anymore, because it is by no means a short-lived fad. It seems that the regular or irregular angles of a faceted gem have taken form on everything from pendant lamps to trash cans! Surely you guys have seen a few of these things popping up, but don’t they make quite the clear statement when all gathered together?! We’ll take one of each, thank you very much.

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  1. Jessica @ Artwork Network

    >I absolutely love this trend! Just wanted to let you know I mentioned you and linked to this entry:

    April 5, 2012 9:29 pm

house & home: under the stairs ideas 01.17.2012


Aaaand THIS is why we love Pinterest! There are SO many great ideas for any possible project you might be working on….it’s just one little search away. We are working on turning the space under our stairs into something a little more special than. well, just that space under the stairs….and with one little search (“under stairs”) on Pinterest, all of these great tidbits of inspiration came up! We are turning our space into a reading nook….but I hadn’t thought of a bathroom, hidden shelved, or needless to say, a bed!
(Links: reading nook, open shelving, bathroom (original source unknown), desks, firewood storage (original source unknown), hidden storage, family room, bedroom)

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  1. Michelle

    >LOVE! Such a good use of wasted space!!

    January 17, 2012 8:35 pm
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >that's just what we were thinking!

    January 18, 2012 3:04 pm
  3. Shannon

    >OMG! Our basement stairs are in there!!!

    Thanks for including us!!!!!


    January 23, 2012 7:13 pm
  4. Louise Clark

    >Lately, I've been thinking about how to turn the space under our stairs into a bookshelf. This post helps a lot. Thanks for sharing these photographs.

    Synthetic Grass

    April 23, 2012 9:37 pm