We are workers and artists, sisters and mothers and daughters.
Darling is an old family name we share that goes back generations through our mother's side. We are the second and fourth of five children raised by our professor mother and civil rights attorney father in Glen Echo Heights, just outside of Washington. We grew up walking along the Potomac, collecting odd bits with our parents and siblings.
Maria comes from a long line of women who had a way with the paintbrush (see: Catherine, below), and found that she didn't at all- not even a bit, so she studied history instead, fell in love with food and foraged flowers in a tiny Midwestern bistro, and started toying around with the idea of designing full time with her own studio and garden in play after freelancing in and around DC. With her daughter in her arms, she officially signed D&D into existence with Catherine in 2015 and has been rearing both ever since.
Catherine keeps the studio in tip top shape and assists with designs, adding foraged flourishes with an affinity for painterly tones and seasonally available flora. With a background in local environmental activism, Catherine has been the driving force behind our relationship with sustainable flower farmers and the studio cutting gardens.