Showing posts with label design darling {the boutique}. Show all posts
Showing posts with label design darling {the boutique}. Show all posts


You. Guys. Are. The. Best.

After shattering our sales projections for the weekend and celebrating our highest sales day  of all time (!!!), we sold out of lots of items in the boutique. We'll be reordering some of them and clearing others out to make room for new arrivals BUT I wanted to let you know that we still have a few of our best-sellers in stock and today is your last chance to scoop them up at 25% off! We still have several in stock of everything above so use code BIRTHDAYBASH at checkout (right after you've entered payment info). Now it's back to packing and shipping for me! xx


Monogrammed business card holder (out of stock until September)  //  Bow stationery  //  Monogrammed pencil cup

Monogrammed pencil cup  //  Periwinkle Le Pens  //  The best is yet to come print  //  Kate Spade notebooks in navy and pink

I'm excited to announce our biggest sale ever in the boutique! I turn 25 tomorrow and to celebrate everything on the site will be 25% off today through Monday. We only offer a handful of promotions each year so now is a great time to scoop up art prints, desktop accessories, or our best-selling turquoise tassel earrings. Use code BIRTHDAYBASH to shop now before your favorites sell out!  


I'm so excited to share the first ever artist pop-up on Design Darling! I've been a fan of Kerry Steele for years (there's been a button to her shop in my blog sidebar forever!) and have an abstract piece of hers ready to be hung in my apartment. She works mainly in oils and watercolors and is known for her bold strokes and bright color combinations. Everything in the pop-up is one-of-a-kind so don't wait to check it out if you're looking for a good deal on an original canvas or a watercolor for your gallery wall. Scoop one up before they're gone for good!

P.S. There are other new arrivals as well! Double the fun.


Happy June! I'm excited to unveil our first batch of new arrivals for summer... Baubles and matches and paper, oh my! This assortment is a colorful mix of some of my favorite designers like Julie Vos, Loren Hope, and — brand new to the boutique — Kate Spade! Personally I'm most excited about the tube matches (bright and summery in lime green or chic and neutral in taupe) and the Greek key scarves (a unique layering piece for the excessively air conditioned Starbucks where I bring my laptop). It's truly a privilege to work with so many brands I love and every new collection we roll out feels like a mini milestone (even two and a half years in!). 

I hope you'll find a moment to click over and see what's new. As always, I welcome your feedback on what's working, what else you're looking for, and any brands, categories, products, or website functionalities you'd like to see us incorporate. Your insight, constructive feedback, and continued support mean the world to me. xx


I am so, so, so excited to unveil the newest products on Design Darling because — drumroll, please! — we designed them ourselves! My mom had the idea to create bright, colorful, oversized, preppy maps of some of our favorite destinations as well as the places where lots of my customers live. I loved the idea, knowing I would hang the maps for Manhattan and Nantucket in my new apartment. We set to work finding a local artist who could do the map renderings and a local printer who could work with the colors I had in mind. Et voilà! I am so proud of how they turned out, so grateful for my mom's encouragement along the way, and so excited to hear what you think! 

They are available either framed or unframed — the prints themselves are 12" x 18" and the frames make them 16" x 22", an ideal size for hanging over a console table, headboard, sofa, or workspace. Each piece makes a colorful statement and is a happy reminder of where you're from (or where you'd rather be!). I sincerely hope you love them as much as I do! Shop them all here and be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments. Any votes on which city or state we should add next?!


I'm kind of obsessed with the newest items in my boutique and the great news is they can all ship in time for Mother's Day next Sunday! Finding unique products is one of the trickiest parts of owning an online store because I want you to be able to shop everything you love — desk accessories, home decor, jewelry, leather goods, tabletop items — in one place but still share new pieces and vendors you haven't seen anywhere else. Keeping the product assortment tightly edited but also fresh and exciting is definitely a challenge that keeps me going week after week! As always, if you have suggestions for new designers or product categories you'd like to see me add to the boutique, shoot me an email! I'm really trying to update the assortment every couple weeks and I'm really excited about the lineup we have rolling out over the next couple months. Shop what's new here and let me know what you think!


Remember that trip my mom and I took to Atlanta? Well a bunch of the items we picked out are finally available in the boutique and I'm dying to hear what you think. I'm flipping for the cobalt glassware, monogrammed accessories, and patterned trays. I hope you find something that's just right for you! xx


{My family's dog Coach in the Design Darling market basket}

Whether you're new here (welcome!) or you've been reading for years (thank you!), I'd like to take a moment today to celebrate a little milestone and thank you all for being a huge part of the past few years for me!

I started Design Darling in my sorority dorm room in November 2009. No one read it for at least six months, mostly because I was too embarrassed to tell even my family and friends that I was writing it. Eventually I wised up and started spreading the word, confiding in a few girlfriends and reaching out to bloggers all over the country. I had no inkling that blogging would become such a rewarding part of my life or that so many of those initial girl crushes would turn into genuine friendships.

By late 2010, I was accepting small sponsors on the blog and contributing to a digital magazine in my spare time (conducting interviews over the phone from the coffee shop on campus — I swear I still had friends). When I graduated in May 2011, I balanced blogging, freelance writing, and working in PR for a few months before deciding I was onto something good with Design Darling and didn't want to give that up working long hours toward someone else's dream. I was 22, living at home, and had relatively little to lose so I decided to make the leap to blogging full-time and began work on my own online boutique.

I'd spent a few summers working in retail on Nantucket and I'd been curating product picks for my blog readers for two years... But I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had my parents' blessing (and their unused dining room table), $1500 in savings, and maybe 20,000 readers. I could sense that there was a void for an online shop full of bright, happy, preppy accessories for the kinds of girls who were reading Design Darling. I wanted to make the items I was buying in local boutiques and from independent designers I'd met through blogging available to a larger online audience. 

The months before I launched the boutique were some of the most exciting of my life so far. I was learning a dozen new things a day, from attending trade shows to building a website, negotiating drop ship agreements to photographing products as they arrived on my parents' doorstep. I made so many mistakes in those early months — amateur photos, products that cost me an arm and a leg to ship, vendors who didn't work out — but I'd never been so passionate about a project in my life. When the first sale rolled in at 8:05 the morning of March 1, 2012, I burst into tears at our kitchen counter — partially from exhaustion, certainly out of gratitude, and mostly because I still had no idea what I was doing.

I can't believe it's been two years since that day. I continue to learn so much from this business — and there's so much more I want to accomplish. I thank my lucky stars I get to run these two websites from a little studio in New York with a little dog named Rory and the support of my family and friends. I have the best readers and customers in the whole world, people who send thank you notes and words of encouragement on days when I'm sure I made a huge mistake getting myself into all of this. I've never cared more, worked harder, or been more excited about what's to come — and I have all of you to thank for that.

I can't wait to expand this business, to design my own products, to bring in interns and design assistants and all the people who will help me bring Design Darling to the next level. In the mean time, I'll keep chugging along — wearing my blogger, buyer, customer service, photographer, and social media hats — figuring it out and making mistakes as I go. I tear up thinking about how far this blog has come since my junior year of college and get goosebumps thinking about what both the blog and the boutique could become over the next four years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for tuning in, chiming in, and sticking around. I can't wait to have you here for what's next.

To celebrate the second birthday of the boutique, please enter TURNINGTWO at checkout to save 20% on your entire purchase through Sunday night. Happy weekend!


Our first new arrivals of 2014! Chic pillows, gorgeous baubles, and a tortoiseshell clutch you can't live without. I hope you love what you see! xx


Drumroll please... Say hello to Design Darling's newest arrivals! There are four iPhone cases by Emily Ley that you'll only find at designdarling.com, a couple custom trinket trays in my favorite patterns, and as always a few great giftables. I hope you find the perfect present for that tricky person on your list (I find this is an awesome gender-neutral gift) or something pretty to add to your own holiday wishlist. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your enthusiastic support this holiday season — you guys make my world go round. xx


I'm so so so excited about this batch of new arrivals in the boutique! There are plenty of new monogrammed gifts, gorgeous tassel jewelry (#obsessed) , and a little pop-up pet shop full of preppy goodness for your pup. Please hop over when you have a moment — I hope you'll find something you can't live without! :)


Happy long weekend to most of you! We're celebrating with a Design Darling promo to help you get a head start on your holiday shopping. Today only, save 20% with code HEADSTART. Ends tonight at midnight EST. Get shopping right here!


Just a quick note to let you know that I restocked three best-sellers in the boutique today! If you've been waiting for an acrylic stapler, "get it done" notepad, or mint julep cup, today's your lucky day. 

P.S. I also added some really cute new art prints for those of you working on your gallery walls!


A few noteworthy new arrivals in the boutique...

1. I'm gaga for these cutting boards. The small is great for a dorm room or get all three as a summery hostess gift!

2. This boxed card set is pretty much genius. With 40 cards for every occasion from birthdays to get well, you'll never need to waste another moment in the Hallmark aisle again.

4. If you're having a nautical moment (and/or looking for affordable art), you could totally frame this letterpress card.

5. "I don't even know what we're arguing about." These cards make me laugh.

...And lots more right here!


We just added a handful of new products to Design Darling {The Boutique} and I hope you'll click over and take a peek! I'm crazy about these summery statement necklaces (this one in particular) and I think this business card holder is kind of the cutest thing ever. Check out all the new goodies here and let me know what you think! xx

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Need cute coasters for your coffee table? A new tray for your bar cart? A pick-me-up for your workspace? Allow me to direct your attention to a few fabulous new arrivals in the boutique — all of them cost less than $50! Enjoy! xx

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I'll keep this short and sweet: new goodness happening at designdarling.com! The grab bag would make for a perfect beach tote and I'm already using this laundry bag in my closet. Check out all the new arrivals here and let me know what you think! xx


One of the hardest things for me about running an online store has been managing inventory. Especially since I'm working out of a tiny studio apartment, it's a constant juggling act to try to have just enough of everything that's selling well without going overboard and getting stuck with anything that doesn't move as quickly as I'd like. I do my best (and I pinch myself every time something I love sells out!) but I still hate keeping you all waiting when your favorite products aren't in stock!

Below are a few items that we recently restocked: 

As always, if something you love is sold out, you can click the green box on the left side of your screen to sign up to be notified when it's back in stock. Thank you for your support and understanding as I fine-tune, streamline, tweak, etc. I swear I'm learning a hundred new things every day and I couldn't do it without all of you! xx

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Wooohoooo new goodies in the boutique! In addition to the picnic blankets from yesterday's post, we've got new throw blankets, the cutest mint julep vases (Derby party anyone?), and nautical objets like these napkin rings and this shell dish. (Can you tell my mind is on apartment decorating?!) Shop all the new arrivals here and thank you, thank you, thank you for your continued support! 

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I'm pretty psyched about all the newness in the boutique this month! I've been working really hard to source new products that are fun and fresh but also true to my classic-with-a-twist aesthetic. I hope you find something you love! Check out today's new additions HERE.