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print & pattern: Moroccan inspiration 01.31.2012


oh yes, we kind of feel like we NEED both of these little numbers…although, we have to let you know right off the bat, the prices are not the most friendly. So for now, we can dream….we spotted these Sass & Bide shorts on pinterest last night and had already been dreaming of this gorgeous Agadir Twists Rug. We’re thinking we might need to be sent to Morocco to get inspired for some future surface patterns, right? These are just perfection!

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  1. Courtney Lane - Blog

    >I've loved that rug since the first time I saw it! So lovely. Have a great day girls!

    Courtney Lane

    January 31, 2012 6:30 pm
  2. Mrs. P Vega

    >cute & cute! I really really need those shorts!

    January 31, 2012 7:44 pm
  3. Ampersand Design Studio

    >i think we all should get the shorts AND the rug! deal?

    February 2, 2012 5:24 am

SURTEX! 01.27.2012


In the spirit of our previous post about sharing and building more of a community here, we’re excited (and terrified at the same time) to announce that we’ve decided to get a booth at Surtex!!! It’s been a goal of ours for as long as we can remember to show our work there. For those not familiar, Surtex is a surface pattern design tradeshow where artists (and in some cases, agents) show collections of pattern designs (like ours above) in the hopes that they are selected for use on products like bedding, paper products, tabletop items (and so on). The show is in mid-May in NYC and runs at the same time, and in the same building as, the New York Stationery Show. We’ll just come right out and admit that we have a LONG way to go to get ready for the show and, to that end, we are kind of freaking out! The to-do lists are endless and the months are quickly flying by. We don’t exactly know how we’re going to get it all done along with the blog, the shop, our client work and trying to have some tiny shred of a personal life on the side, but somehow we are just crazy enough to believe we can make it happen!
Unfortunately, we can’t really share all of our actual patterns for the show before we present them, but we still thought it would be great to share our experience of getting ready. We also like that creating this post officially holds us accountable to get ‘er done (that and the hefty deposit we put down. eeks!) 
Have any of you shown at Surtex? Or is anyone else showing there for the first time? We would love to hear about your experience, if so. We’d also glady accept any general tips for staying sane in the midst of a giant project! Or a giant margarita! HA! Thanks for listening and we’ll keep you posted on our progress!

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  1. melissa loves

    >I am SO excited for you guys to be a Surtex. You will ROCK that joint. I want to be sure to remember when it is so, I can come cheer you on in person! Awesome…

    January 27, 2012 3:15 pm
  2. Sara

    >That's awesome that you'll be at Surtex! Have a great weekend!

    January 27, 2012 3:18 pm
  3. Annie

    >SO excited for you girls!! Can't wait to hear how it goes! Awesome!!!

    January 27, 2012 3:49 pm
  4. i'm jess

    >not sure if you know about jessica jones… i read her blog:
    she does surface design and may be a good contact for you.
    best wishes on your venture!
    i love your guys work!

    January 27, 2012 3:53 pm
  5. laura parke

    >yay!! you girls are going to do so great. you've got tons of fans cheering you on, me being one of the biggest!!

    January 27, 2012 3:54 pm
  6. Michelle

    >CONGRATS!! You guys are going to do amazing! So so happy for you!

    January 27, 2012 4:26 pm
  7. carlyklock

    >I'm so excited for you two and happy to see you taking a leap to follow your dreams. Your designs and your determination are so inspiring.

    Rock it, ladies!

    January 27, 2012 5:13 pm
  8. tammie

    >SO exciting! i will be following along closely, because i would like to go next year. you probably already know, but khristian howell has written ebooks books about tradeshows, and i've heard good things about them :: confessions of a first timer + showstopper
    good luck – can't wait to see you guys rock it out.

    January 27, 2012 8:40 pm
  9. Drew {Coral Cafe}

    >WOW!! That is SUPER exciting!! Congrats ladies!!
    I wish you lots of luck throughout the next couple months as you prepare!

    January 28, 2012 1:39 am
  10. Ampersand Design Studio

    >WOW!!! Thank you, thank you everyone for your comments! You have all made our day. We're so thankful to have the support.

    Melissa: We would be SO happy to see you in NYC! That would be such a bonus!

    Sara: will you be at Surtex, too?

    Annie: Thanks so much! :) We will keep you posted.

    Jess: Thanks for the contact info for Jessica Jones. We have read how about orange in the past, but it's been a little while. I'm excited to check it out again. We appreciate your help and the encouragement!

    Thanks, L-Jeez & Michelle, for cheering us on!

    Carly: Awww. Thank you!!!

    Tammie: We will definitely let you know all we learn from this year. So fun if we get to do it together next year. Thanks a ton for the khristian howell info. Those are on our list to check out. We've heard great things.

    Just, thanks again, guys! The encouragement means the world to us!

    xo, c&m

    January 28, 2012 1:40 am
  11. Katie Anderson

    >Y'all are going to be so awesome! I can't wait to hear about it. Actually I've been meaning to ask if you have any plans to turn some of your patterns into fabric. I really want an Ampersand print pillow.

    January 29, 2012 4:36 am
  12. Savvy in San Francisco

    >That is so exciting that you girls are putting yourselves out there! It was so fabulous to meet you at ALT at lunch! You two are adorable! Good luck at Surtex!

    January 30, 2012 6:44 am
  13. Eunice K.

    >I just stumbled upon your blog and love the work! you guys will do great! I am also about to make the jump into surtex this year and like you both am freaking out (but excited) at the same time. Best of luck and hope to meet you on the floor in May!

    January 31, 2012 2:37 am
  14. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Thanks again, everyone!!
    Katie–we actually DO have plans to make some fabric, so we'll keep you posted!

    Savvy in San Francisco…thank you for the support!!! We loved meeting you, too!

    Eunice, we definitely need to keep in touch! Best of luck to you in preparing!

    January 31, 2012 3:17 am
  15. Jeanee

    >WOW! Good luck!

    February 16, 2012 6:33 pm

trend watch: a fresh take on rainbow 01.25.2012


Well, we think we’ve made it pretty clear that we’re not afraid of color around here, so we sure are loving the influx of beautiful and sophisticated rainbows in fashion and home decor lately!

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  1. Mandy

    >Oh dear…those Jimmy Choo's are too fun!! They would certainly spice up an outfit his summer!

    The Klury Report & Kini Style

    January 26, 2012 3:22 am
  2. Shannon Darrough

    >Just found your blog from the Alt pinterest board … hadn't even thought about rainbow stripes yet. Love it!

    January 28, 2012 3:07 am

print & pattern: polyhedron angles 01.12.2012


Loving these mutli-faceted angles!! Whether it’s a true polehedron shape like this awesome wooden pendant or just a pattern reminiscent of one like this charcoal and cream woven rug, we think they are a cool way to get some structured pattern into your home. What do you think?

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  1. Courtney Lane - Blog

    >I totally agree. And I love having subtle references to other pieces in a room…so I'd probably use both of these in one space! Lovely lovely lovely. Love your guys' blog!

    January 12, 2012 7:19 pm
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Courtney—brilliant thinking with the subtle coordination between rooms. confession: I own the rug for the living room….and now I'm dying for the pendant for the kitchen!

    thanks for visiting the blog–we love that you love it :)

    January 12, 2012 7:53 pm

Ampersand Design Studio: Signature Series 01.02.2012


It’s no secret that we love the ampersand (eh-hem, our business name). It’s just the one simple symbol that can mean as much or as little as you want it to! With one single stroke, the ampersand is the mark  that connects two separate elements. We both have a strong love of typography, so, we were excited to discover that the ampersand is also historically the character that a typographer can use to infuse a little more personality and playfulness into a font. Simply put, it’s the character that gets to have a little more fun! What’s not to love about that?!

Don’t worry fellow-lovers-of-the-ampersand, we’re not trying to claim ownership of the “and” symbol, by any means. We just love it in all it’s different forms, so this is our little tribute to the ampersand!

So, today we are SO EXCITED to announce the official launch of our new Ampersand Signature Series!!

Whether you are a fan of the neon + neutral look, metallics, or the always bold black and white— we’ve got art prints and melamine platters to suit you! (Yes, we’ve gone ampersand crazy over here!)
We did have a few of our new items on the shop a couple of weeks ago, so if you visited then, you might’ve gotten a little sneak peek, but now the full Ampersand Signature Series line is live and here is a little rundown of what you can find! We’ve poured our hearts into these so we really hope you love them!

Neon or Metallic Limited Edition Ampersand Screenprints:
These limited edition 11″ x 14″ prints include ampersands in neon pink, neon yellow, gold or silver on chipboard or pale gray heavy weight paper. We are just obsessed with the way the colors pop off the neutral backgrounds! Each print also has an emboss of our logo and will be numbered in pencil at the bottom right hand corner. We teamed up with the brilliant Vahalla Studios for the screen printing and embossing of this series. Total dream team! We absolutely loved partnering with them!
These truly are limited edition, we just have 50 of each colorway—so you better scoop these up fast! 
Black & White Ampersand Prints:
We love seeing type and letter forms in the classic color palette of black and white—especially when they are over-sized to accentuate the positive and negative shapes! So, we are also offering 8″x 10″ and 11″ x 14″ black and white prints. We have the singular ampersand art print but, being pattern designers at heart, we couldn’t go without doing an all over surface pattern, as well! There are just SO many beautiful ampersands from various fonts that we had to give a few more of them a home. Each one in this series is printed on 100% cotton velvet fine art paper in archival pigment inks. They are  so beautiful in person!

Melamine Ampersand Platters:
Platters — can you ever really have too many?! We think not. We are constantly using platters for entertaining and serving, but we we also can’t get enough of them for decorating and displaying! So we decided to design a couple of platters that we just really wanted to own. ha! (They look particularly good together, too). But really, how perfect to serve cheese & crackers! Or to display your favorite collections?
We envision the silver ampersand print as a perfect engagement gift…The neon ampersands tacked up in a creative office space… The black & white print as a perfect photo prop for two besties or future husband & wife…the platters holding your collection of photobooth strips of family & friends…!
We’d love to hear how you can imagine using them! 
So go check out the full new line and all the other fun goodies in the shop, too!
Cheers to fun new things for 2012! :)
—Morgan & Carrie


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  1. Jennifer King

    >Gorgeous! I love the metallic gold!

    January 2, 2012 1:32 pm
  2. Tobe | Because It's Awesome

    >girls! LOVE! now to decide which one i need…… ox

    January 2, 2012 2:09 pm
  3. VL

    >smart thinking ladies! and so very ampersand perfect!

    January 2, 2012 4:26 pm
  4. laura

    >LOVE the new products! you girls always make the best stuff. decisions are to be made on which one(s) need to be in my home!

    January 2, 2012 8:31 pm
  5. Kelly

    >Oh my goodness – I just found your blog and I am already obsessed with these items! Congrats!

    being lovely

    January 5, 2012 6:11 am
  6. Jeanee

    >Love it all!!!

    January 9, 2012 12:54 am
  7. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Thanks, ladies! We are so happy to hear that you're liking the new stuff. Happy 2012!

    January 15, 2012 4:24 am