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We joined Brika and HMK! 04.09.2015

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered up with Brika! By featuring the work of authentic makers, artisans and designers, Brika has created a shopping experience that celebrates modern craft, storytelling and the belief that our lives are as beautiful as we wish to make them. Lucky for us, Brika just partnered up with our local HMK 1910 store, a unique concept by Hallmark Cards! If you know anything about us, you know we spent many years working side by side as gift wrap designers at Hallmark, so it will always have a special place in our heart! We’re excited to say, for all of our Kansas City friends, you can now find our prints, melamine platters, and stationery at the HMK 1910 store on The Country Club Plaza! We’re on the Brika display along with so many of our favorite designers and friends! SO COOL that HMK is working hard to introduce new makers to their consumers! Make sure you stop by!

{“hello brika” image via HMK 1910}

#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!!

Ronald McDonald — Wylie House Grand Opening 02.19.2015

One of our biggest dreams when we started Ampersand was to be able to give back to the world in some small way. We were honored when we were approached by the incredibly talented, Jennifer Bertrand, to donate art for the brand new Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City.  As you will see in the video below, Jennifer, who designed it along with a team of generous volunteers, wanted the house to feel “like a hug.” We have to say, mission accomplished. The house is filled to the brim with art, decor and details that make it feel like a refuge for families who need that hug most of all. It is the definition of creativity, inspiration and love.

Behind the scenes of #AmpersandforNod 02.05.2015

The day the Spring 2015 Land of Nod products launched, we hosted an instagram takeover on @TheLandofNod where we shared some behind the scenes views into our design process! Just in case you missed it, we wanted to share them here, too!

The above shot of us working side by side is, in all actuality, how we frequently work. When we start a project, we always start off sketching, painting, drawing and experimenting with new mediums! We LOVE to play with color and always make sure to have fun while we “work”! We partner really closely and when we move to the computer, we even share files back and forth. We believe our designs are stronger because of our partnership!

Now, we are taking you back. like way back…and sharing our inspiration behind the designs we’ve created for Nod. Hint: It’s our own childhood. It was playful, bright and filled with lots of rainbows! Carrie on the left and Morgan on the right, sporting our favorite rainbow gear!

Hello from the @AmpersandStudio work space! We share a studio in the heart of the Kansas City Crossroads Art District. We design, blog and run our etsy shop from here. It’s our little home away from home. It’s also where we drink a LOT of coffee and make huge messes. In fact, it very rarely looks this clean. Our studio-mates can vouch for that (sorry, guys)!

How fun is this?!! in addition to designing products with Nod, we also had the privilege to redesign the shipping boxes and store bags! The boxes are patterned on the outside with a surprise burst of color on the inside! However, we never could’ve imagined that the boxes could be turned into the most darling cardboard village EVER! Those folks at Nod…just brilliant, we tell ya!

We have pretty much been bursting at the seems to reveal the products we designed exclusively for The Land of Nod!! So we hope you enjoyed the BIG REVEAL!!! Not to get all sentimental, but we can’t go without saying that we LOVE Nod and designing quality products to live in your homes one day has been the biggest dream come true!! The most exciting part of what we do is seeing these things in real rooms! So make sure to share your pictures with us! Hey Land of Nod, we think you are THE COOLEST!  – Morgan & Carrie  #AmpersandforNod

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