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Category Archives: print + pattern

print & pattern: DVF bedding 02.23.2012


As lovers of fashion AND pattern designers, it goes without saying that we have been huge fans of Diane von Furstenberg for a long time. Her eye-catching,  bold, colorful prints that were made so famous on her iconic wrap-dresses have been such an inspiration to us – so you can imagine our excitement when DVF entered the world of home accessories! All of these fab prints are duvet covers from her bedding line! Kinda makes you want to spruce up the bedroom, doesn’t it?
{And yes, we can only dream that one day we can be sharing our own line of bedding with you all!!)

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  1. Jen

    >Gorgeous prints! I love the green and white and totally want to re-do the bedroom now… ah!

    February 23, 2012 5:49 pm
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >we do, too!!! i really can't decide which one i would pick though! -morgan

    February 28, 2012 2:14 am

status update: Ampersand Design Studio 02.22.2012


Just in case you missed it, we made a big announcement a few weeks ago that we are taking our designs in the pattern direction and headed to Surtex, a massive surface pattern trade show in NYC this year! (This is how we can get our patterns splashed all over cool products!) We wanted to share the news with all of our blog friends so you guys would help hold us accountable, so, as promised…here is a status update:
Although we have been professionally designing surface pattern basically since we have been out of school, we are feeling like major freshman when it comes to the trade show and representing oursleves. This will be our first year showing and there are so many insanely talented designers that have been doing this show for a long time – we’re realizing just how much work and pure learning we have to do to be able to stand out. and it’s A LOT. as in…. we are OVERWHELMED!
But, thanks to friendly recommendations (thank you, you know who you are), we found an ebook by Khristian Howell called “Showstopper: Road Map to Rocking Your First Trade Show“. Khristian happens to also have a booth at Surtex, so her book is just perfectly tailored to gals just like us. It has a weekly countdown checklist that we have been living by. If any of you out there are headed to a trade show for your first time, this book is a must-read!
So, there is all the administrative prep for the show such as our travel, accommodations, our actual booth display, etc…but then there is also the mountain of actual designs we need to create! We have booked our hotel, and flights–check and check! And, as you can see in our pictures, we’re working hard just CREATING– on the computer, off the computer (yes, we’re even going old school and breaking out the pencils and paints), and of course, our favorite part – picking colors!! 
We still have our etsy shop to run, graphic design work for clients, and a few surprises to announce soon, so we are juggling lots of things right now which leads to a bit of delirium at times!!!
So, that’s where we stand today…we promise to keep you all posted…if you promise to keep us accountable! We wish we could take you all along with us :)

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  1. VL

    >Good luck ladies! You'll rock!

    February 22, 2012 2:09 pm
  2. Drew {Coral Cafe}

    >Get it girls!!

    Glad you found an ebook to guide you through some steps! I bet it is super useful!!

    February 22, 2012 2:49 pm
  3. Josephine

    >Woo-hoo!!! SO excited for you girls, and can't WAIT to see you there! May creations just fly out of your fingertips!

    February 22, 2012 3:07 pm
  4. Michelle

    >You guys are going to be amazing!!!

    February 22, 2012 3:23 pm
  5. Katherina

    >Awesome! I'm holding you guys accountable and know you'll do great things! :)
    Best of luck!!

    February 22, 2012 3:40 pm
  6. Ampersand Design Studio

    >thank you thank you everyone!!!! Can't wait to see some of you there :)
    we feel the love! and the support! …and the pressure! ha!

    February 23, 2012 2:25 am

color crush: coral & navy 02.21.2012


Coral and navy together are at the top of my list right now!
1. Down by the Sorbet Dress, 2. Arvette Maillot 3. Elina Flat 4. Slipper Chair in Indigo Ikat 5. Faceted Drop Earrings in Navy 6. Bag O’ Booty Pouch in coral and navy

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  1. an apropos beginning

    >stumbled upon your blog via pinterest and I LOVE it! Especially love this color combo…will continur to read :) Have a wonderful day!

    February 21, 2012 9:51 pm
  2. Jen

    >What a gorgeous color combination — I'm loving it!

    February 21, 2012 10:42 pm
  3. Dalton

    >What a great color feature. It seems like a good traveling combo too (maybe i was too easily influenced by the bathing suit picture?) Regardless, your post makes me want put on that sweet striped dress, add a cute belt and go on a vacation! Thanks for sharing!

    February 21, 2012 10:55 pm
  4. Ampersand Design Studio

    >oh we're so glad you guys are liking this colorway….we can't stop thinking about it, too! and yes, Dalton…it makes us want to go on vacation right this second, too!

    February 22, 2012 4:20 am
  5. Drew {Coral Cafe}

    >mmmm…I can't think of a better combo for spring!

    February 22, 2012 2:50 pm

art & design: art of the beat 02.16.2012


So yeah, as pattern designers AND a couple gals who are going to need to start doing some major self promo before our big trade show in May, this is major inspiration!!! This is actually a self promo piece for designer, Kate Thomas. She describes her thought process behind this piece like this: ” I love pattern and repetition. It has been a constant theme in my work. So when I needed to create a self-promo to potential employers, I knew that would be my theme. In Art of the Beat I write, ‘Patterns are the drum beat. They are the most basic form of order. Boom Boom Dum Clash! But you can’t stop with just a simple beat’. In Art of the Beat, I include a cover letter, brief explanation of the work, and my resume at the back. The only words inside the book are “BOOM BOOM DUM CLASH”. 
{We found these awesome images and Kate’s explanation here.}

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  1. kate thomas

    >thanks for the post.
    looks like i'll be seeing y'all in may at surtex
    I actually became familiar with y'all – christi steckel told me about y'all.
    i live in jackson.

    February 16, 2012 7:18 pm
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Kate, that is so great to hear we'll be seeing you at Surtex! Best of luck preparing for the show–we'll definitely keep an eye out for you! And, we're flattered you already followed our blog! (yay)

    February 17, 2012 2:49 am
  3. Dayle

    >I love this post!

    February 22, 2012 2:12 am

trend watch: agate 02.10.2012


Aren’t these beautiful? We just love the idea of incorporating natural elements inspired by or by using actual agate! The brilliant colors and natural patterning are just mesmerizing!
I’m starting to wonder what ever happened to my rock collection I had as a kid!? Hmmm….my mom will most definitely be getting a call later today. I’m positive I had about 10 purple geodes that would make perfect bookends. 
{Links: 1. Whorled Felt Rug, 2. Blue Agate Shield cuff , 3. Kelly Wearstler 20″ Agate fabric by the yard (blue with lavendar) , 4. Agate Bookends, image via )

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  1. Julia - the Urban Slant

    >LOVING agate. Seriously. Those book ends are SO gorgeous in person (I haven't bought…yet)

    February 10, 2012 3:26 pm
  2. i'm jess

    >i love my bluish-green agate bookends and one of my favorite rings is a huge purple agate stone… it always gets compliments!

    February 10, 2012 3:29 pm
  3. A Dash of Detail

    >those bookends are gorgeous! I wish they were in my budget right now.

    February 10, 2012 5:40 pm
  4. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Julia–you have to just buy them! ahh! we want to see them in person, too! #jealous

    Jess, of course you are on top of the trend before it's even a trend :)

    A Dash of Detail…we are wishing, too. one day!

    February 12, 2012 2:31 am