Featured on Shutterfly: 75 Baby Room Themes

I have some exciting news to share with y’all! Darcy Oliver Design was featured on Shutterfly’s 75 Baby Room Themes! Shutterfly featured Cosette’s Mermaid Themed Nursery for small spaces, and you can view Cosette’s entire Nursery here. If you are … Continue reading

Forever Les Fleurs Custom Floral Crowns & Creations

If you have not had a chance to check out our Floral Crowns and Creations at ForeverLesFleurs, then you are in for a treat! Not only do we offer Ready-To-Ship Floral Crowns, we love to create Custom Floral Crowns fit for your special occasion. Continue reading

ForeverLesFleurs Now Open: Floral Crowns & Designs

Our Etsy Shop: ForeverLesFleurs is stocked with new Floral Crowns for any occassion. Whether you are looking for that accessory to tie your bridal look together, or looking for a whimsical touch for your maternity photos, we have just the floral crown for you! Continue reading

Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, CA. : Wedding Video

On 04.02.16, our friends married on the beautiful cliffs overlooking the ocean in San Diego, CA. Sunset Cliffs has sweeping, breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean.  As a major attraction, Sunset Cliffs is also home to amazing spots such as Osprey Point where you can host your wedding ceremony.  I highly recommend this spot for your next wedding ceremony, because on a clear and sunny day (which is most likely in San Diego) you get goosebumps just relishing in the natural beauty.

I did not plan on recording their wedding video, but I brought my GoPro camera just in case.  I’m pleased with how the wedding video turned out, and how could you not be happy after watching two lovely people marry at such a beautiful place?  Take a look to see why you should plan your next wedding in San Diego!  I can help you arrange, coordinate, decorate, and help you obtain permits for such a location.  Creating a memorable and timeless occasion is what I can help you achieve for your big day!

Nursery Design : Mermaid Themed Decor

We welcomed our Little Mermaid on 1.20.15, and during her long awaited arrival I was hard at work on her Mermaid Themed Nursery. A lot of the decor was used at the Mermaid Themed Baby Shower (photos coming soon), and the most important plan was to maximize the space. The master bedroom turned nursery was thoughtfully planned out with multipurpose pieces combined with hidden storage.
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The vintage pieces used such as the long dresser house her clothes, diapers, and linens while also acting as a changing table. I set up a canvas basket that was a gift at my baby shower as her diaper changing station, and simply placed the changing pad on top of the dresser. Her vintage inspired Jenny Lind crib is smaller in scale compared the larger and bulkier cribs that you may see at most baby stores. The space under the crib is valuable space. Purchase long, plastic containers at Target or Walmart to store clothes, diapers, wipes, and linens, and you can store 3 of these containers under the crib.
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Her bassinet by the bed is where she sleeps until she is ready to be transitioned into her crib, and I cannot express how nice it is to have her close by for nighttime feedings in bed. During the daytime I nurse her in our reclining swivel Glider from Babies R Us, and this 3 Tiered Cart is perfect for storing burp cloths, bibs, nursing pads, and her accessories in cute boxes that store perfectly in this cart from IKEA. Having items accessible while you are nursing is key to relaxing while bonding with your baby.
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I carefully chose items that she can grow into, and I did not buy into the matchy matchy crib bedding. I simply chose items that complimented the vintage style, and purchased a soft mint throw blanket and throw pillows at Home Goods. Have fun with your baby’s nursery, and functional pieces can also be stylish!
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changing station, baby girl-Darcy Oliver Design

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Illustrated Portraits by AlliRooDesigns

Happy Holidays from The Olivers! This incredibly adorable Illustrated Portrait was created by my sweet friend Allison Johnson, owner of AlliRooDesigns. Her Custom Family Portraits are designed with you in mind, even your furry friends! AlliRooDesigns captured my husband and I when I was around 15 weeks pregnant (hence the baby bump in the illustration hehe), and even our beloved Newfoundland Saylor and Gizmo, our Holland Lop Bunny!
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Perfect for personalized Greeting Cards, Announcements, Weddings, Showers, and gifts! Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and you could surprise your sweetie with an original artwork instead of a card to hang in your home year round.

How it Works:

After purchase of listing (on Etsy.com), send AlliRooDesigns your favorite family photos via email and she will create a unique, fun piece of art that will surely brighten up your home!

Your illustration will be delivered a JPEG printable file directly to your e-mail address within 3 days of purchase. The file can then be printed and framed, given as a gift, or displayed in your home.

The print will be sent formatted to fit in most standard size frames, but can be resized as needed to fit the frame of your choosing!

That’s it! This simple process is a priceless memory that you and yours will cherish for years to come. Contact AlliRooDesigns for your Illustrated Family Portrait today!
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Heirloom Tomato Rustic Italian Pasta Salad

Summer is the season for cold salads, vino in my glass, and outdoor picnics. This Heirloom Tomato Rustic Italian Pasta Salad is perfect for BBQs, picnics, or outdoor meals. Farmer’s Markets are loaded with fresh produce right now, and heirloom tomatoes are my absolute favorite! With just a few simple ingredients, you can prep and have this Salad made in under 30 minutes.
Rustic Italian Pasta Salad
Ingredients for Pasta Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bag or box of farfalle pasta
  • 1 carton of mini heirloom tomatoes, sliced in halves or quarters
  • 3/4 of celery heart stalk, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 can of sliced black olives, drained
  • 1/2 red oninon, sliced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bottle of tuscan italian dressing from trader joe’s
  • 2 cups shredded parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS

  1. boil pasta until al dente.
  2. while pasta is cooking, chop and slice washed vegetables and place in large mixing bowl.
  3. drain olives and add to the mix.
  4. drain pasta thoroughly, and keep in strainer.
  5. drizzle 1tsp of extra virgin olive oil, and stir pasta in strainer.
  6. add 3/4 of the cheese to the vegetable mix.
  7. add pasta and stir into mixture.
  8. add dressing and stir.
  9. add remaining parmesan cheese and mix together thoroughly.
  10. let cool down in fridge for at least an hour before serving.
  11. enjoy with a glass of vino!

 

How To Choose The One :: Your Wedding Gown

Selecting your wedding gown for the BIG day, is very much like choosing your partner for life. You have to make sure you are compatible, make sure it’s the right fit; and many people ask, how do you know when it is time to say YES to the DRESS? One word: butterflies.

Getting to butterflies can be quite the challenge, and in many cases, several locations and dress options. First, you need to establish a Budget for your wedding gown. Most bridal gowns today tend to run from $800-3000 for most designers readily available in bridal boutiques in the US, and on average, most brides spend around $1250 for their gown. One way to cut down on cost is to search for pre-owned bridal gowns, or keep a look out for bridal shops in your area for Sample Sales.

Once you have established your budget, and before you even venture to a Sample Sale, you need to determine the style of gown you want. This is where compatibility and fit are most important. The best advice I was given, and that I will share with you is simply this: try on each style of gown (whether you love lace or not) to determine if you like mermaid, trumpet, fit & flare, a-line, or full ball gown. The first time I tried on wedding gowns, my heart was set on a form fitting mermaid gown. Then I tried one on, the exact one I had drooled over in magazine, and while I felt fabulous, I did not get butterflies. I was underwhlemed. It felt like a dress I would wear to a red carpet event, not down the church aisle to surprise the love of my life.

The most important fact about trying on all different styles is you can cut out a style that simply will not work, and determine which style makes you feel like a bride. You have selected a style, now it is about the little details. Bling, ruffles, texture, color and fabric are next.

Search online and in bridal magazines for the details on gowns, even if it is not the style you want. Make an appointment at your local bridal shop, and bring these aides to show your bridal consultant at your appointment. She will pull options for you, and then all 3 factors come into play. Compatibility, fit, and then this is where the butterflies come in.

You may get lucky with a Mother Fairy Consultant, and in my case, it happened to be a designer that I was obsessing over, Justin Alexander. He happened to have a trunk show at the bridal shop where I had my appointment. My consultant and Justin Alexander came up to me, and he said, “this is your gown”, and politely took the other ball gown out of my hands, and handed me her. The moment I stepped in front of the mirror with her on, I melted. I mean, butterflies to the point I was bursting out in hives and tears! This gown had all 3 factors, complete with tufts of tulle over ostrich feathers and a French corset. She was perfect. While the girls were “jacking me up” with accessories and veils, Justin Alexander personally drew a sketch of me in my gown (gasp!). I snapped a photo with him, and said YES to the DRESS!

Much like choosing your mate for life, you just know when it’s right, and you say yes.

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Justin Alexander & I when I said YES to the DRESS, and my Wedding Day.

 

Hot Spot San Diego :: Juniper and Ivy

I have been dying to check out the new restaurant in Little Italy ever since I drove by the construction site off Kettner, and you would have guessed between Juniper & Ivy Street. The critically acclaimed Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais created a fusion of some amazing American Comfort Food with an East Coast Edge served al fresco. As one of the newest and most sought after new restaurants on the West Coast, I had to give it a go. Did I mention the awesome mixologists who created tantalizing cocktails just for our pleasure?
juniper and ivy, restaurant, san diego-Darcy Oliver Design
It was around 4:30 p.m. in the afternoon, and their bar was open for business. They serve dinner starting at 5:00 p.m., and small plates and drinks are served in their bar and lounge area until then. The facade of the building was nothing short of sexy and contemporary, and the green sign lures you in. The juxtaposition of West Coast casual meets New York Minute class, had my eyes wandering and devouring all the little details once we entered.
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The lounge area was rich with texture and reflective materials, which played into the ultra sleek and Modern bar area. The peeka-a-boo lighting and tubular fixtures glimmered almost like a marquee on Broadway. We grabbed a small belly up table which overlooked the main dining area. The pods created an intimate, yet on display for the who’s-who area, and also brought a new interpretation to the Modern Arc Lamp.
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Sadly I do not have a picture of the delicious Buttermilk Biscuit that we shared…guess we put that down the hatch too fast! We both ordered the In The Ivy cocktail, which to our surprise, offered that San Diego flair with the crushed ice and orchid that was reminiscent of the infamous Mai Tai at Bali Hai…without the danger involved when drinking a potent Mai Tai! In The Ivy was berry refreshing with a tiny touch of sweetness, while the Friendship Garden was like sipping a green tea libation topped with Yuzo Foam. At first I wasn’t sure about it, not because it didn’t taste delicious, it was simply different.

Since it was my mother’s birthday eve, we shared the Berry Cobbler for dessert, and we devoured every bite. In part because I hadn’t had ice cream or dessert in so long / party in my mouth! It was sweet indulgence for sure, and Juniper and Ivy would make for a perfect date night, as it exudes celebration and swanky ambiance, not to mention we had amazing and attentive service. A definite must try!
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