19 January 2010

darcy miller :: my hero

at the bookshop the other day, i picked up the february issue of ms living, perused it quickly and purchased it solely for the pretty flowers and in depth article about making white bread and adding new ingredients to whip it into something new. like rye. have i yet mentioned how much i love rye bread?! i do. the real deal rye, with caraway seeds. i could go on and on about my love affair with rye. am completely excited to find me some caraway seeds and bake a loaf; my kind of rye is hard to come by.

needless to say, i was already happy with martha. can you ever go wrong? really, truly? blogland particularly, as a whole, let me say, we are all such suckers for martha. i totally buy into everything she does (or in truth, has her people do, promote, create, etc). it wasn't until later that i came across an article that had me at hello. even moreso than the rye believe it or not.


enter darcy miller. you may know her as the editorial director of ms weddings; however she is much more than that. she is a mom too. and an artistic and talented one at that. the article features her fabulous gallery show, family. with the help of andy and kate spade, her scrapboxes (shadow boxes of memorabilia), family photo albums, and sweet unmistakeable illustrations were hung on display in new york city.

and of course, the gallery opening was a party to be dreamt about; accordion invitations, darling favor boxes, mini apple pies, on the spot portraits, and more. what i absolutely love about it (besides everything about it) is how darcy has turned her talents toward motherhood and family and life and celebrating the moments. she artistically displays them in a way that is completely inspiring.

a theme we can relate to: families, birthday parties, babies, birth certificates, magical memories and silly snapshots. and a lot of love. she creating a big fancy occasion around collecting memories and living (what i would call) the good life. however glorious the event, the message was simple, celebrate family. what a concept.


read more about the event :: darcymillerdesigns.com

a page to save in the archives; spilling inspiration. thank you, darcy. am a fan.

23 comments:

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

Funny, I just did a post on her too. Ever since I read about her in Martha Stewart last week I can't get Darcy's creations out of my head. I keep re reading the article. Love it!

mary said...

I know! I've read that article three times so far. I'm blown away by her creativity!

Christine said...

i'm such a sucker for martha too! i'll have to pick up that magazine and check it out...

the whytes said...

thanks for the heads up! i'll have to pick it up. i always get excited when she is on the show!

Eeny said...

Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing. I specially love the scrap boxes. And it just happens that last time I went to IKEA I got some RIBBA frames (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80078033)I think they work perfectly for scrap boxes.

krista said...

LOVED this issue. I find myself looking at it over and over again. now i just need to create something myself!

Johanna said...

I just flipped through that issue yesterday- wasn't that article just something else?

Lacey Jane said...

Saw this too and was totally smitten!!!

Kristy said...

I just went to Martha Stewart dot com and typed in Darcy Miller in the search box....the first article is a close-up look at 61 shadow/scrap boxes she has done for her family......I am so inspired!! Such great ideas for getting these family mementos out of the albums and giving them center stage in a frame. Thanks for reminding me how talented she is!!

Cassie said...

I saw these shadow boxes of hers in another post just yesterday but thank you for sharing the article here today. I do not see the magazine to buy here in England and that article looks incredible.
xx

Rosa said...

I am definitely a sucker for MS, so that makes 2 Marthas that are my favorite things to read :) I cant wait to go and pick up the magazine

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Kami said...

Me too! I torn those pages out for inspiration. I love the shadow boxes!

The Kidds said...

I just read this article this afternoon and I was soo impressed! I loved the idea of the family tree- both of my boys are getting one in their rooms this week! I had to go to martha's website immediately and print off the clip art before I forgot!

michelle said...

I'm a fan, too! I read that article a few days ago and it made my heart sing.

summer said...

her spread was so eye-catching! i couldn't pass it by without a studying every detail.

ps. hm. i am trying to think of a time in my life when i've had rye bread.. pumpernickel: yes.. not a fan.. rye: nope. can't think of a one. should put that on my to do list.

Kristyn Knits said...

I just finished watching her on martha's show (and going out to pick up the magazine)!! and look what I found here on your blog...more inspiration!!

susan's buzz said...

The February issue is great for many reasons, but I loved the Darcy Miller 'Family' article too! I've made 3 scrapboxes since I saw it and have referred to it over and over. I was lucky enough to get a standby ticket and be in the audience today when she was on Martha's show with her family and all her scrapboxes, favors, etc. She's darling in every way!

Anonymous said...

I am Darcy Miller's second cousin, her mother, Madge and I spent our happy childhoods together and are still as close as sisters.
What is never said is that Madge Miller, Darcy's mom, has been doing travel journals
for years, documenting the Millers many trips to Europe. Her marvelous invitations have always been liberally sprinkled with confetti, sparkles, or what have you .
Not only that : Darcy's great grandfather was a prominent interior designer who worked with the original John Wanamaker deciding what antiques to bring over from Europe for the store. Darcy's great grandmother was in charge of the workroom-doing draperies, etc.
bobbi-baer-schimmel ( grandmeredix )

Rachel Elizabeth said...

I'll have to check this out. Loving what I'm seeing.

jonnajonna said...

Oh my gosh, Marta! I absolutely fell in love with this article too!!! Everything about it just oozed love! Thank you for posting!

sgennett said...

Inspired by Darcy Miller’s scrapboxing display in the February issue of Martha Stewart Living and on the Martha Stewart Show? Now is your chance to show off your own scrapboxes! Simply take a picture of your masterpiece and upload it to the Martha Stewart website: http://www.marthastewart.com/gallery?galleryId=making_memories

Elizabeth said...

hello...I stumbled to your blog as I googled Darcy Miller. I am trying to catch up with all of my ms shows on DVR and I JUST watched the show about Family w/ Darcy showcasing her scrap boxes...long story short, I was hoping to find her website and/or a blog from her {which I didn't find} but I found your blog. **following** can't wait to read more.

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