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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.

California Dreamin’ modern nursery 02.11.2015

Hey everyone, Morgan here! I’m taking over the blog today to share the nursery I created for my second little boy, Lennon!

I wanted the room to have a calming feeling with a cool vibe, so, naturally, I went with a little bit of a beachy theme! We already had the crib, dresser/changing table and bookshelf from when we first did this room for our now-four-year-old son. So I worked with the white and natural wood and mixed in some indigo blue, sea foam green and natural textures! And of course, I’m a total pattern lover, so there are plenty of those thrown in on the pillows, pouf, changing pad and simple stripe sheets!  Check back here later today for the full mood board and product round-up! Lennon’s California Dreamin’ nursery turned out to be the most perfect fit for his cool, laid-back personality. I suppose we did get to know him a bit since I didn’t actually finish the nursery until a couple of months after he was born! All of these beautiful photos were taken by the one and only Allison Corrin Photography. She is such a joy to partner with! Thanks to Allison for capturing these little moments in time!

I found the sheets, changing pad cover, and cool, modern nautical pillows at Unison Home! Have you guys checked out their site? I fell in love with their modern patterns for home decor and I was SO glad to discover they had things for baby & kids, too!

And YOU GUYS! This color weave toy box from The Land of Nod adds the most perfect natural texture and color to the room! I kept feeling like something was missing until this guy showed up and thens suddenly, it felt complete!!

This baby gym from Ikea has been such a bit hit and it’s so affordable! Highly recommend it! The cool part is, when your babe starts sitting up, the little colored pieces on the top move back and forth and can be pulled up and down, too…so this little gym can stay with you through a few play stages. And, THIS RUG (from Nod, of course) !!!!!!! It’s seriously the softest, most luxurious texture! Perfect for a nursery because if you are anything like us, we spend a lot of time on the floor!

I couldn’t love this mini banner more! It’s by Sharp Tooth Studio on Etsy and I can’t help but love that the artist is originally from Kansas City, too!

I’m a sucker for a gallery wall! When I saw this whale clock, I knew it was the perfect addition to the rest of the art I had collected! (Check the next post for the full mood board and source links)

These Uncle Goose modern wooden blocks are getting passed down from Shaw to Lennon. Thank goodness for wooden toys that last!

And moments like THIS happening inside this tiny little nursery. I can hardly handle it. My heart could literally explode when I see my two boys playing together! I could never have imagined the instant bond that these two would have, it still surprises me each day. Thanks again to Allison Corrin Photography for capturing these little moments!

Make sure you check out the mood board for all the products and pieces right here!!

  1. Jeffiny Shutts

    Oh man- seriously, the cutest little pics ever! You need to frame these and stick them on the wall too! Adorbs!

    February 11, 2015 3:44 pm

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

Thank you, Nelson Atkins Museum 01.07.2015

We heart KC.

We just wanted to thank The Nelson Atkins Museum for inviting us to demonstrate our art for their “The Artist is IN” event this past weekend! We painted our Kansas City totes and hand made charms. We were thrilled to be creating our own pieces in one of the most inspiring spaces we could imagine! And…thank you to all our friends and family who stopped by! If you stopped by, you got a little preview or our brand new bag charms for 2015! What a way to kick off 2015! Cheers to the new year, everyone!

Ampersand Design Studio’s {super fun} 2015 product line!! 01.06.2015

We’ve been giving you plenty of sneak peaks…but today we’re making it all official! We’ve got all kinds of fun new products to start off your 2o15! We shut down our our etsy shop over the holidays and we have just opened back up today and our little surprise is that it’s opening up with a ton of new goodies!! Our latest and, dare we say greatest, patterns are splashed on serving platters, iphone cases (yes, of course we have iphone 6!!!), and now, we are offering framed art prints and stretched canvases!!!!!! Are you as excited as we are? SO. MUCH. FUN. stuff!!!!

And, our limited edition Kansas City tote bags and shirts are BACK!!!

So, what do you guys think? We don’t know about you, but we’re looking for an excuse to throw a party just so we can use the platters! And the phone cases? Already done. You’ll be seeing both Carrie & Morgan sporting their favorite designs. Which one do you want?

We won’t hold you up, head over to the SHOP NOW!

PS…if you are dying to have one of our cases, but you don’t have an iphone, shoot us an email and we’ll hook you up with a case for whatever your device is! hello(at)ampersanddesignstudio.com

 All of the above beautiful photos are by the talented Sarah Sweeney of One Sparrow Creative

  1. Ashley Fine

    Will you guys be selling prints similar to those shown in the last image?? I really hope so!!

    January 6, 2015 8:17 pm
  2. ampersand

    HI Ashley! YES :) Sorry for the delay, we are still getting everything loaded on the site, but a few of the framed art prints and stretched canvases are there now :)

    January 7, 2015 3:56 am