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Hey friends….did you order our new Kansas City baseball tee? Do you want to pick it up? Below are the details! (We will refund your shipping through our shop upon pick-up) Looking forward to seeing you guys at the studio this Thursday!!

#westelmlocal in Kansas City 08.19.2014

Have you heard the exciting news??? WEST ELM IS COMING TO KANSAS CITY!!!!!!!!! As if we weren’t excited enough about this, we have a little (BIG) announcement to go along with it!

They are doing something really cool, called #westelmlocal and they have decided to partner with a select few local makers for handcrafted goods…all from LOCAL artisans!

We couldn’t possibly be more excited to announce that we are one of those local makers!!! That’s right, you can now find Ampersand Design Studio products at the brand new West Elm store on the Country Club Plaza!!!!!!!! AHHH…..we are pinching ourselves to be collaborating with one of our very favorite stores! We’ll have a few of our favorite products there including our brand new “Kansas City” tote bags in both styles AND a new addition to our line-up is our ampersand screen prints in a new size: 8″ x 10″ (which happens to fit perfectly in many of our favorite West Elm’s picture frames)!

Ampersand Design Studio


Check out the other local makers you can find in the new West Elm Kansas City store. We’re so happy to be in such great company!

Happy Habitat is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Happy Habitat

1canoe2 is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal


2nd Story is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

2nd Story

Convivial Production is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Convivial Production

Tad Carpenter Creative is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Tad Carpenter Creative

Hammerpress is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal


Axel Co. is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Axel Co.

Ruff House Art is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Ruff House Art

Check the west elm Kansas City page + follow @westelmkc on Instagram to stay up-to-date on #westelmlocal launch parties + events.


  1. Jess Zimlich

    So exciting! Congrats, ladies :)

    August 19, 2014 1:41 pm
    • ampersand

      Thanks, Jess! :)

      August 19, 2014 9:02 pm
  2. Kari

    This is SOOO awesome! You ladies rock! I love the bags you designed and can’t wait to check them out! Congratulations!

    August 19, 2014 7:47 pm
    • ampersand

      Thanks so much, Kari!

      August 19, 2014 9:02 pm

Marimekko Celebrates 50 Years of Unikko 05.30.2014

Have you heard? Marimekko is celebrating 50 years of its most iconic print Unikko (it means “Poppy” in Finnish). Since 1964 it has blossomed in more than eighty color palettes and has been spotted all over the world. Talk about staying power!

Here are some of our favorite products with this beautiful poppy print:

1. Pillow  //  2. Scarf  //  3. Coffee Mug  //  4. Bowl  //  5. Accessory Bag  //  6. Coin Purse  //  7. Beach Towel 

Instagram: Summer fashion show at the Esplanade park in Helsinki.

Instagram: Summer fashion show at the Esplanade park in Helsinki.

Instagram: Unikko exhibition at the embassy of Finland in Washington D.C.

Instagram: Celebrating 50 years.

Happy Habitat 05.22.2014

Karrie Kaneda, owner of Happy Habitat in Kansas City is just as much in love with pattern and color as we are! Don’t you love her throws and pillow covers? If you don’t live in Kansas City you’re in luck. Karrie offers her products in multiple retail locations across the country.

Check out her catalog for a full viewing of her offering. We can’t get enough!

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  1. karrie kaneda

    hey ladies! thanks for the shootout! happy to be among your gorgeous patterns!

    May 23, 2014 1:49 pm

let’s talk about failure… 04.11.2014

On this little blog, we often share our latest accomplishments and things we’d like to celebrate with all of you…but there is SO much more to our story than the successes. There have been missteps, hiccups, accidents, bad decisions and plenty of failures. Big ones even. Things we have gotten extremely excited about and couldn’t wait to share…even started dreaming up the blog post and magazine feature that would surely come because of it….and then BAM, it doesn’t happen at all. These are things we don’t talk about publicly much, but not because of their lack of importance.

We wanted to put this out there especially for all of you out there that think about starting your own company. Or possibly, you already have. Or just in general, want to follow your dream of doing something you love. Even if you aren’t working for yourself yet or don’t plan to….there are going to be failures along the path of reaching your goals.

Speaking from experience, we are here to say, those failures have made us just as strong as the successes. Although they hurt at the time and there are some that we think about and our hearts still sink…but we have learned to channel those emotions towards pushing ourselves farther ahead toward the next goal. Things most definitely don’t always go as planned and sometimes the accidents are the best thing that can happen, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time.

So as we continue to share all beautiful, happy and fun on this blog….we wanted to just be real for a minute and say that not all days are celebrations. But the one thing that is always true is that we will continue to push ourselves. No one ever said this was going to be easy and well, it’s not. But none of our successes have been luck. We work really hard. Sometimes we work crazy hours. We actively go after everything we want. And this seems to be true for every success story we see. Sometimes from the outside, you don’t see all the work that goes into the successes, but trust us. It’s there.

So, thank you to all of you who do share our little celebrations along this crazy journey that we are on. We are unbelievably thankful for all of you!!

top image: vineet kaur, bottom image: tapiture

comments 6

  1. Bear Creek Quilting Company

    Great reminder! We all have to learn somehow and someway. Thanks for the post. ~Shari

    April 11, 2014 7:54 pm
  2. Olivia

    So true. I love posts like this that “keep it real.”

    April 11, 2014 9:29 pm
  3. Gina

    Well put. Hugs to you both. ;)

    April 12, 2014 2:38 am
  4. Kristina

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m a small business owner and just recently had a couple of small failures and yep = it’s not easy to swallow. This is a great reminder! Thank you SO much! ♥

    April 12, 2014 2:38 pm
  5. Jack Sprat

    Is it really Failure or Feedback? The energy of “failure” is not good. The energy of “feedback” is much more empowering…

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    Refuse to ever use the term “failure” again about yourself or anyone else. Remind yourself that when things didn’t go as planned you didn’t fail, you only produced a result. Then ask yourself this powerfully life-enhancing question, “What am I going to do with the results I’ve produced?” And proceed to act in such a way as to be grateful rather than resentful for those less than glorious results.
    ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

    April 13, 2014 6:10 pm
  6. Kari

    This was just what I needed to read today:) Thanks so much for sharing. It’s easy for me to focus on the failures, but I’ve been trying to be better about thinking about the good things instead. You guys have accomplished so much and should be so proud of yourselves!

    April 14, 2014 9:02 pm