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on the lookout: laura parke: a girl who makes 01.26.2012

We have been so excited to share “A Girl Who Makes” because that girl just happens to be one of our dearest friends … who also just happens to be insanely talented! It seems as if Laura has been “making things” since she was born. Or, at least since we’ve known her! Really! She used to always be making things in the kitchen. Cupcakes were being cranked out by the dozen on a daily basis. But the constant drive to make things extends way beyond the kitchen doors. She’s a designer and a DIYer. She has never met a craft project she doesn’t like. Give her a pair of scissors and a glue gun and you never know what she is going to come up with. Basically she does it all!
(The images above are the invitations, programs and door decorations from her very own wedding!)
And these are just a few examples of the many projects she’s been playing with lately! Check out her new blog for some step-by-step tutorials so that you can follow along with her in making things like the pocketed placemat below!
And, of course, we had to include one of our favorite creations of Laura’s: this light-up ampersand! Laura and her husband had this on display at their wedding reception. How perfect, right?
So follow along with Laura on her blog, A Girl Who Makes, or contact her if you’re interested in having her make something special just for you. She likes to make neat things for nice people.

Pssst…this is also a little hint of some of the good collaborations to come on Ampersand here in the  very near future!!

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  1. Tobe | Because It's Awesome

    >yay for collab-o's!! and yay for laura parke! can't imagine all of the goodness we're going to see from that girl :)

    January 26, 2012 1:15 pm
  2. laura parke

    >girls…thanks for all of the love!!! i'm honored to be featured and can't wait for all of the exciting things in the future. xoxo!!

    January 26, 2012 2:18 pm
  3. melissa loves

    >Loved meeting Laura at Alt. ( and you 2 of course) and think she is a talented sweetheart! LOVE that diy of the string wrapped bottles and the AMPERSAND! Where is that from? Laura made that?! love it!

    January 26, 2012 2:36 pm
  4. Julia - the Urban Slant

    >Obsessed. Love her pieces!

    January 26, 2012 2:37 pm
  5. house of earnest

    >I just love Laura's ideas and especially her execution! She's full of fun, pretty, and clever things!!

    January 26, 2012 3:44 pm
  6. Drew {Coral Cafe}

    >Very Nice!! Going to check her out! I LOVE that invitation package and the place mats with pockets for silverware!! genius!!

    January 28, 2012 1:41 am
  7. Dayle

    >First things first, Laura, Im so happy for you. You are super duper talented! You are now in my google reader. hi Ampersand girls, you guys rock as always!

    January 28, 2012 7:26 pm
  8. DIY: gumball necklace | Ampersand Design Studio

    […] DIY series today coming to you from our dear friend, Laura, of Laura Parke. You might remember when we introduced you to Laura back in January. She has been busily creating amazing craft projects galore since then and […]

    May 10, 2012 7:10 am

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

on the lookout: scarves, scarves & more scarves 11.23.2011


I don’t think I can have enough scarves. Seriously! It’s that time of year where we live–it’s chilly and I just want to be bundled up all of the time–so scarves become my new uniform! Any one of these sure  would sure be a nice addition to the wardrobe!

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on the lookout: pendants with personality 11.11.2011


In our dream world, we would have a place for multiple pendant lights in every single room and these are the ones we’d like to start with! Fun, eh? :)

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  1. PolkaDot Lighthouse

    >I own the Muuto one and I love it! Great selection!

    November 11, 2011 12:57 pm
  2. Esther

    >Great post! Love your picks- personality indeed!

    November 12, 2011 3:11 am
  3. Ampersand Design Studio

    >PolkaDot Lighthouse–we're SO jealous that you own one of these!! (we'd love to see pics)
    And Esther, glad you like the post!

    November 12, 2011 5:24 pm

on the lookout: boots 11.08.2011


One thing to look forward to with the cooler weather: BOOTS! There are a ton of cute ones to choose from this season in all different heights. Some of our faves: 1. Intyce Boot in Wine Leather, 2. Madras Boot in Cobblestone Suede 3. Radar Boot in Anthracite Suede 4. Mavenue Boot 5. Wish High Boot in Forest 6. Foxglove Boots 7. Pilar Bootie in Taupe

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  1. theolivetree

    >love number 1 & 3! I've got a 2 year old that is faster than me …I had to pack the heels up :)

    November 8, 2011 5:28 pm
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >we can relate to that! good thing there are stylish flats to be had out there. :)

    November 9, 2011 3:11 pm