Ban.do for Brides & Gifts!

We were recently featured on Ban.do’s Blog as a Ban.do Bride!  The White Flurry Pouf was a perfect match to my Justin Alexander Gown, which had ostrich feathers sewn under the tufts of tulle.  The ostrich hair pouf was so magical and flowed with every move I made.

Ban.do has some of the most perfect accessories to help make your day magical as well!  Here are a few of my faves that make for perfect holiday gifts too.  They still offer an Ostrich pouf in this beautiful Blush as well as Mint, Hot Pink, and Charcoal.  Add this piece to your hair or go for something that sparkles like this Crystal Swirl Bobbi if you are going for a vintage look.  Whether your hair is in an up do or not, try a head wrap. The Double Trouble Head Wrap in Nude/Rose will definitely help you catch attention in this little number.

Holidays or not, these shoe clips would accent any solid colored shoe you wore for your wedding day or Christmas Party!  The hearts and bows are my favorite, and I love how they shimmer in Gold! This sequin Boom Boom Flower Comb comes in Gold, Rose Gold, Hot Pink, and Midnight. Whether you want a unique or fun holiday look, these shiny baubles from Ban.do will top off your look with perfection!

Ban.do, accessories-Darcy Oliver Design

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Before & After: Residential Design

When it comes to Kitchen Design, we incorporate elements of your preferred style and home decor to create a cohesive space.  In this particular residence, the kitchen opens up to an eat in kitchen area and family room.  We considered all elements of the rest of the interior which we had previously designed.

The kitchen was lightened up with new white cabinetry, and we created a focal point with Ann Sacks Ming Green installed in a Herringbone Pattern, combined with Mini White Thassos Mosaic to keep a clean and simple look.  We chose to repeat the Herringbone Pattern on the floor with custom White Washed Oak Planks.  The minty green color wrapped the walls in Grasscloth, and the Island incorporated a Ming Green Slab on dark cabinets.  This gave the look of a piece of furniture paired with custom designed bar stools upholstered in raspberry faux Ostrich.

Our clients wanted to keep the plaid sofas, and we selected a fabric to tie in all of the colors in the house in a traditional Jacobean Print. This fabric was used for custom made cornice boxes, and tie back draperies.  These were the main design elements that were utilized to create a harmonious living space.

You will notice that Before, the kitchen was dark and outdated:
Before Kitchen-Darcy Oliver Design

Before Kitchen-Darcy Oliver Design

The After photos reveal a much brighter, updated, and cheerful environment.

White Kitchen-Darcy Oliver Design
Herringbone Pattern-Darcy Oliver Design
backsplash-Darcy Oliver Design
Herringbone Backsplash, Ann Sacks-Darcy Oliver Design
Grasscloth-Darcy Oliver Design
Vintage Chandelier-Darcy Oliver Design
Interior Design-Darcy Oliver Design
Kitchen Island-Darcy Oliver Design

We Design: Holiday Decor

It is not too late to let us help you Design your Holiday!  From Custom Designed Christmas Trees to Tablescapes and Centerpieces, we have all the resources and designs to transform your space!  Not only will we help you prepare for holiday parties in your own home, we work with Corporate Offices and Hospitality venues.

Office Holiday Party?  We can dress up your office or private venue for the festive occasion, or simply customize your Office Holiday Tree.

Private Cocktail Party?  Whether it is a Christmas, Chanukah, or a New Year’s Eve soiree, we can design and decorate a magazine worthy event!

Impress your guests with thoughtful and beautiful Holiday Decor, and in the spirit of giving we will donate a portion of our fee to Service Disabled Veterans.  Our Holiday Decor Designs can be as simple as customizing your Christmas Tree to a complete Holiday Event!  Contact Us Now for Pricing and we will help Design your Holiday!

christmas tree-Darcy Oliver Design
Holiday Decor-Darcy Oliver Design
Holiday Decoration-Darcy Oliver Design

Bridal Boudoir Photography

Capture your last single girl days before your wedding, and surprise your new husband with a little “for his eyes only” keepsake! Photographers like Molly Davidson Photography capture beautiful and tasteful boudoir photos that you can be proud to show your mister.

Before you say “I Do”, schedule a bridal boudoir shoot with Molly Davidson Photography, and capture the “getting ready” moments. You can change it up with more playful poses and a wardrobe change, but I was in love with the veil and close up shots!

Boudoir Shoots are fun and sassy Christmas or Valentine’s Day gifts for that someone special too! Embrace your inner Beyonce, and simply have fun with it!bridal boudoir, veil, slip-Darcy Oliver Design
Bridal Photography-Darcy Oliver Design
boudoir, necklace-Darcy Oliver Design

Boudoir Photography-Darcy Oliver Design
Mrs. Last Name, robe-Darcy Oliver Design

Bride Robe-Darcy Oliver Design

A Veteran’s Tale

Since I was young, my grandfathers would  gather my little sister and I around the fire during the holidays and tell us gallant tales of war, love, and comradeship.  I always remembered thinking, could I have been as brave?  From WWII stories driving a loaded tank amongst the people of his blood in Germany, to his valiant struggle saving injured soldiers and earning a Purple Heart, my Grandpa Schlueter served for the U.S. Army.  The true story of love and war was told by my Grandpa Davidson when he served for the US Navy during Pearl Harbor.  He met my Grandmother in Sydney, Australia, and only after knowing each other for two weeks before my Grandpa made it to Pearl Harbor, they knew.  After hundreds of love letters back and forth, my Grandmother made it to America on a ship where she was to wed her sailor.

Not only do our men and women who serve their country brave war and strife, life happens.  Love happens.  Lifelong friendships are made.  I knew that one day I would marry a man who was as brave and genuine as my grandfathers.  Just as unexpected as my grandparents’ romance, love happened for us too.  He was a bona fide man.  You can tell when you meet a Southern Gentleman, but you can also tell when you meet someone as brave as my grandfathers.  Even though my grandfathers were not able to be with us at our wedding this past summer, I know they had a hand in our meeting.  I couldn’t be more proud of my Sailor, and I know they were looking out for him even before we met.  God Bless all of our men and women who have served and are serving our Country, we are thinking of you today and reminding us all to be brave.
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Fall Favorites: Pumpkin Puree Pasta

Tis the Season for Pumpkin Puree, but step away from the pies and make a healthy meal that the whole family will enjoy!  Conjuring up sauces is one of my favorite things to do, and it usually starts with what I have in my pantry and fridge to play with.  If you love pumpkin and creamy sauces without major calories, this Easy 3-Step Dish must be on your To-Do List!  Grocery stores are lined with Pumpkin Puree and holiday favorites, so without further adieu, I give you a Pumpkin Puree Sauce that you can marry with pasta, rice, quinoa, or veggies!
pumpkin pasta-Darcy Oliver

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 ounces penne rigate, or other short pasta ( I had some orecchiette in the pantry, but you can prepare a gluten-free pasta, rice, or veggie option)
  • coarse sea salt
  • ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon herbs de provence
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pure pumpkin puree
  • garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened vanilla
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes for heat, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • 1 package micro basil sprouts

pumpkin pasta, sauce-Darcy Oliver Design

DIRECTIONS

  1. STEP 1

    Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente. Reserve 2 cups pasta water; drain pasta and set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Add pumpkin puree, garlic, almond milk, parmesan, cider vinegar, red-pepper flakes, cinnamon, 1 cup reserved pasta water, and sea salt & pepper to taste to pot. Stir sauce until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. STEP 3

    Add pasta to sauce, and toss to coat. If sauce is too thick, add some reserved pasta water. Serve pasta sprinkled with micro basil sprouts, if desired, more red-pepper flakes.

Minted Wedding & Holiday Stationary

When you are on the hunt for fabulous Stationary for your wedding or the upcoming Holidays, you have to hand it to the Stationary experts at Minted!  We ordered our Wedding Invite Booklet from Minted, and I even got to design and customize the colors and font!  They were super patient with the free proofs they emailed to me, even down to the specific CMYK colors I chose for the floral details…down to the last petal.

Their designs are fresh and modern, and they offer a variety of themes from vintage to super contemporary.  You can upload your own photos, or you can order pretty stationary that is photo free!  From unique shapes, sizes and arrangement, you will be pleased with the quality of the final product.
invite, wedding

invite, wedding

invite, wedding

invite, wedding

If you hurry, you can place your Wedding Order by Monday, 11/11/13 you can recieve 10% off and Free Ground Shipping with Code RING10FS.  I am playing around with their photo customization with this fab Holiday Card, and you can receive $25 off and Free Ground Shipping on Holiday Orders with Code JOY25FS by Monday, 11/11/13!

They also have additional promos going on this weekend from Birthday to Baby Shower Invites.  Definitely in love with their styling, and will be using Minted for future and upcoming Events!
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