8.26.2011

i've moved!

Please note: You will be redirected to my new site in a few seconds. Thanks!


Just a reminder that i've switched URL's and will continue to blog over on daniella marie...
More details in the post below. Thanks for following along!

8.18.2011

big news + an engagement photo sneak peek!


Hi everyone!

Hope you're having a great week! Today there's a little bit of change happening with Dress, Design & Decor, but definitely the good kind...

Blogging for the past three years has been an awesome experience and definitely a lot of fun. I've met so many different people through blogging, a lot who are now close friends. When you tell a non-blogger that yes, you have a blog, it's hard to explain the wonderful community of so many great bloggers out there, and how we all sort of "know" each other through one blog or another. The best part though, is that i'm still coming across new-to-me blogs each day, that are filled with so much talent and creativity.

The one thing I initially loved about blogging is that it helped me focus on getting all those crazy creative thoughts in one place, rather than collaged and glued in a million sketchbooks scattered all over my room. Plus, I get to share it all with you! There's something about connecting with people who feel the exact same way you do over something like an all-white room or your fantasy of living in Paris that's just awesome. Suddenly my love for all things white isn't "crazy" afterall.

Lately though, i've been thinking about a few changes I want to make, like taking more of my own photos and sharing what's going on around me, as well as mixing in a well-being aspect that I had on a separate blog. So, i've decided to start a new blog with a new name! I'll still have interior and fashion inspiration (i'll always love all things french, lol), so no worries, but I definitely want to make my new blog a more personal space, that features thoughts and ideas which are a little more attainable and "real" (if that makes sense). The title "Dress, Design & Decor", just doesn't feel as relevant anymore, as i'd like to cover a broader range of topics, so i'm happy to change it up. Pretty excited about it in fact! All in all, it's a small change, but one i've been thinking about making for a while.

I hope everyone will embrace the change (i know switching URLs is such a pain - sorry!), and I appreciate those who stop by to read Dress, Design & Decor daily (which will remain online so you can look back whenever you want). I will try to make the switch for Google Reader subscribers easy with no effort on your part, and the same for those subscribed by email. I kindly ask those who have my blog linked on their sites to update the name and URL when you get a chance. It's much appreciated! I will be switching everything over within the next few days, so please excuse any technical mishaps.

To excitedly start things off, come on by to the new site for a sneak peek of Rick and I's engagement photos, where the full set will eventually follow, along with pics from our party! I'll also be hopefully starting a new wedding-related series each week since a lot of you have asked that I share what's inspiring me. I'm also open to any new ideas, if you'd like to leave them in the comments section on the new site.

Thanks for understanding everyone and happy blogging! (Oh and, spread the word if you can? Thanks!)

New site: daniella marie
URL: http://www.daniellamarieblog.blogspot.com

Photo: By Candice Wouters on Flickr

8.16.2011

late start...


Hello everyone, sorry for the late start to the week, I can't believe it's Tuesday already! The weekend flew by and Monday seemed to go right with it. Our engagement party on Saturday was amazing! We had so much fun and the weather stayed nice and sunny afterall. Thanks everyone for your well wishes! All the decorating and organizing food and drinks, etc. all came together and everything went smoothly. It's so interesting seeing all the different groups of people in your life come together to celebrate like that, you know? It was a great party though, and I promise to share more details once I have photos back, as well as our engagement photos in a few weeks.

This week i'm working on a few important design projects, so bear with me as posting might be light! On that note though, thanks to everyone who sticks by the blog whether i'm posting everyday or have time for just a little. I appreciate it!

Have a lovely week...

Photo: By tiavir by Virgina Galvez on Flickr

8.12.2011

weekend celebrations...



Hello everyone, so happy to see that the rain is going to hold off here for tomorrow! Our engagement party is tomorrow evening and i've been obsessively checking the weather all week. In fact, my Mom called me three times to give me a weather update this week. A white tent is up in their backyard, everything ordered, and I spent the majority of my evenings this week putting the decorations together... lace wrapped mason jars for flowers, a pretty sign for out front, and about 60 feet of bunting last night. It'll be great once everything is all set up, making it totally worth it! For now though... coffee please...

Hope you all have a happy Friday and a great weekend!

8.10.2011

cooler nights...


Today was one of those cloudy/rainy/sunny days where the weather doesn't know what it wants to do. It makes for a cooler Summer evening though, without all the humidity. Now is the time I wish I had a big porch to sit out and relax on at night and watch the world go by. Isn't this little Hamptons spot just perfect?

Photo: Scan by Dress, Design & Decor from The Comforts of Home by Carolin Clifton-Mogg, photographer Paul Massey

flower class...




Have I mentioned before how desperately I wish I could take Chelsea's {frolic!} flower class? I swear if I was a few hours from Portland, i'd somehow make it there just to attend. There's a new class this September, and I can only begin to image all the romantic end-of-Summer bouquets to be arranged. Seems like so much fun!

Photos: by Samantha Shorey for {frolic!} from Flickr

8.09.2011

sweet tea...


Almost every time I go out to eat I always order iced tea, sometimes the rare rootbeer, but I usually stick to what I love. Being up here in Canada though, i've been curious to see what authentic American sweet tea tastes like (and not the McDonald's version!). There's so many recipes out there it's hard to tell what's good, so i'd love to know... do you have a perfect family recipe for sweet tea? I'd love to try it out...

8.08.2011

monday, monday...


Hello everyone, hope you had a great weekend. The rainy weather here threatened our little photoshoot on Sunday, but luckily it cleared up at just the right time. It was a lot of fun and I can't wait to see the final results! This week though is all about prepping for our party on Saturday. I have quite the list of to-do's, but it'll be fun having everyone together...

How was your weekend? Did you do anything special?

8.05.2011

summer weekend...



Happy Friday everyone! This upcoming weekend is filled with wedding-related events for Rick and I, as we are attending a family wedding on Saturday, and then going back to where we got engaged for a little photoshoot of our own on Sunday. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will be nice and sunny, and hopefully in a few weeks I can share some of those photos here. A few weeks ago we went by that same spot again... the grass is grown over and the river is barely visible, but the view will hopefully make for some beautiful photos. Can't wait :)

Have a lovely Friday everyone, along with some weekend links...


Photos: By EndofMarch on Flickr, here & here...

8.04.2011

handwritten...




Recently i've been obsessing over the gorgeous calligraphy of Mara Zepeda from Neither Snow. Mara has a stunning portfolio, including everything from wedding invitations to tattoos (what a compliment!). I love how pretty this slate chalkboard is that she worked on for one of Gwyneth Paltrow's dinner parties too. One can only wish their handwriting was this beautiful...

Photos: Neither Snow

8.03.2011

summer whites...



Hello everyone... Sorry for the lack of posting lately, it has been oh-so-busy around here, with Summer activities, party planning, and a lot of to-do's on the list! This past weekend was a long one here, and we celebrated my friend Alison's upcoming wedding with a shower and bachleorette party too – so fun! I'm still on the hunt for an engagement party dress myself, and can't help but love flowing Summer dresses in a perfect shade of white. Seems appropriate, no?

And on another note... can you believe it's already August?!

Photos: By digitalgopher and NicaMom

7.29.2011

finest paperware...



Would you believe these cups and saucers are actually paper? Made by Rebecca Wilson, the project is meant to shed light on wasteful consumerism and our "throwaway culture". The ironic thing though is that I kind of really love these paper cups. Is that bad? lol... She does have a really good point though.

Check out more "Finest Paperware" here...

Photo: Rebecca Wilson discovered via EclecChic

hydrangeas in bloom...




Lately i've noticed hydrangeas are blooming all over the place, in colourful puffs of cream, pink, and blue. I love how full they always look. For some reason they always remind me of the ultimate preppy Summer... so pretty!

Photos: My own - taken in Niagara-on-the-Lake

7.28.2011

sweet in seersucker...



Isn't this just the prettiest little Summer shirt? I haven't purchased anything in seersucker for the longest time, but this beautiful blouse from EmmersonMade has such great feminine features, I might just have to have it!

Photos: Seersucker Derby Little Blouse by EmmersonMade discovered via Lace & Tea

7.27.2011

tying the knot :: stunning details...











Yesterday I came across one of the most gorgeous weddings i've ever seen on Style Me Pretty! An all white theme, paired with gorgeous floral arrangements is just stunning, don't you think? And aren't those wreaths amazing?! I'm definitely loving this kind of look for my own wedding, having just started to collect some online inspiration. We still have quite a ways to go, with lots of time to plan, but it's nice to have some ideas already in mind...

If anyone knows where to get those table numbers I would love to know!

Photos: Huntersville Wedding by Caroline Ghetes Photography featured on Style Me Pretty
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