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Ampersand for Command // DIY Mixed-Media Garland

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We love a good garland, and wanted to create one for our Sugarplum scene, but we wanted to do something we hadn’t seen before. This led to us combining all kinds of materials for a wall of different textures, colors and lusters draped in layers.We put a new twist on the awesome Command™ Party Banner Anchors and used them in layers to create this look. We used chunky yarn and even braided some with sequins for a surprising combo, cut paper and attached it to fishing line, and for our most unconventional component, we threw in some mylar strips from those shiny fringed door curtains you can get at party supply stores. We love the way it turned out because it works great as a photo backdrop or just a conversation piece for people as they refill their glasses. Head over to Command.com for the full DIY! 

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

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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

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Anyone else think that summer is flying by?! Let's make the most of it with some end-of-summer entertaining! We're dreaming of cool night breezes, fruity cocktails, ice cream desserts and dips in the pool. Oh summer, please stick around a little longer! Hopefully this mood board will get your juices flowing on hosting your own get together!

1. CB2 Acapulco Multi Lounge Chair  //  2. Anthropologie Geo Chimes  //  3. Society6 Geometric Pillow  //  4. Serena & Lily Round Jute Rug  //  5. Leif Pinched & Glazed Planter  // 6. Etsy Shop Geometric Serving Platter  //  7. Urban Oufitters Dip-Dye Napkin Set //  8. Etsy Shop Vintage Ice Cream Strips Spoons

featured in Spaces Magazine

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We are BEYOND thrilled to see our Melamine Ampersand Pattern Platter show up in one of our absolute FAVORITE magazines!!! Spaces Kansas City always highlights the best of the best in Kansas City and beyond! The photography is beautiful, the writing is fascinating, the trend predictions are right on target and we always get to learn more about the interesting people that make up our fine little city! Thank you so much for including us in your "Seeing Things in Black & White" round-up! We LOVE it all!

(Grab a platter for yourself here)

Land of Nod + Ampersand Design Studio Holiday Party

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We are officially in the holiday spirit over here! We had the amazing opportunity to kick of the season in style on Thursday when we co-hosted a party and trunk show with The Land of Nod! We have long been in love with everything Nod and jumped at the chance to deck our studio out with their holiday decor and have a fun shindig.We had a blast catching up with our blogging friends! What made the evening even more fun was that at the same time that our event was happening here in Kansas City, eight other parties were also taking place across the country hosted by many of our favorite bloggers. Be sure to hop over to their blogs for more party pics and holiday inspiration. The other hosts were: Joni Lay of Lay Baby Lay in Atlanta // Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove in Boise // Chassity Evans of Look Linger Love in Charleston // Darcy Troutman of No Monsters in My Bed and Rebecca + Suzanne of A Feteful Lifein D.C. // Kelly Lanza of Studio DIY and The Honest Company in Los Angeles // Raechel Meyers of Finding My Feet in Nashville // Kirsten Krason of 6th Street Design School and Small Fry Blog in Salt Lake City/ Provo // Cristin Bisbee Priest of Simplified Bee, Michaela Warner of Michaela Noelle Design, and Mary Heffernin, at her business, The Makery in San Francisco. Everyone used the hashtag, #nodevents to instagram, tweet and Facebook their events so we were able to feel like we were party-hopping our way across the country.

We loved transforming our space into a cheerful wintery wonderland and the only difficult thing was deciding which Land of Nod items we wanted to use. We threw in some Christmas trees in white, hot pink and gold metallic and several strings of lights overhead for good measure. We thought they looked quite nice decked out with Nod ornaments, tree skirts and a doily decals. We also decided we needed a mantle to hang our stockings on and had a blast painting one to do the job. Since we spend so much of our time on the computer, it was a nice change of pace to do some painting and crafting. We pulled out the glitter, yarn and paintbrushes and got all DIY.

Everyone at the party got to get in on the crafting, too, at a table all set up with Crepe paper flower kits to put together.

Our guests were thrilled to find out that there were a bunch of awesome giveaways to be had. A teepee, a Nod chair, a pig rocker, an intergalactic playset and two animal sleeping bags were up for grabs to name just a few, and every guest got to go home with a darling tote filled with a set of 12 days of Christmas ornaments. Our awesome Land of Nod representative, Jason (who we decided is our new bestie), did the honors of pulling the lucky winners from a box.

While we did not enter ourselves in the drawing, we each got to decorate (and keep, yay!) cottage dollhouses. Each party host got to personalize their dollhouse however they wanted and post photos of them at #noddollhouse. Some people were so creative with theirs!

Of course we had some treats & drinks! Doughnut holes, French macarons from Au Bon Macaron and some herb and cheese gougeres from a brand new bakery in downtown Kansas City, called Sasha's Baking Co! And really, what's a party without a photo booth to capture the memories? We glitzed ours out in dots made from pink, gold glitter and metallic paper in front of hot pink wrapping paper.

We want to send a million thanks to our super-talented friends, Emily and Corie (below) of Peep Toe Photography (how cute are they?!) for being our photographers for the night. We love how they captured all the fun of the event!

Now, the best part is that we get to bring all of you in on the action with a special 15% off promo code to The Land of Nod! Just use AMPGALS at checkout to receive your discount through November 27th. Happy shopping!!!!

We can't go without thanking our studio mates, Wirken Photography, for being so patient us turning the studio into an early holiday wonderland!

Biggest THANK YOU to The Land of Nod, for helping us host the best party ever!!!! Let's do it again sometime, shall we?!