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Ireland Week 1 – the Burren & Galway

I can’t even start to describe what this trip has meant to me. I was so blinded by anxiety in prepping for this trip. Seriously the night before I was supposed to leave I started sobbing and told Parth I didn’t want to go.  I was so worried about everything – not sleeping on the…

beautiful + broken

It’s been 2 weeks exactly since I finished my first semester of art school! What a whirlwind! I have been processing exactly what I’ve learned this semester about art & myself as an artist. One thing that truly surprised me was how much art really healed me. These photos show probably the most near-to-my-heart art…

Art School / Life Update

It’s been about a month in art school already which honestly feels so strange. Before I started school (in late January – after MLK day!) I had over 6 weeks off after resigning from my job. I spent a lot of time with family and just relaxing. After being in a high stress job the…

Hospitality Made Easy

Hosting is something I absolutely love to do but quite honestly not something that comes naturally. An hour or so before I have guests I always feel some slight panic or anxiety. One time I even called a friend super flustered and she came to the rescue with a bag of groceries and calm demeanor…

Connecting with God as a Creative

As a child I watched my mom read “Our Daily Bread” every morning. I would come down for breakfast and there she was. Spending her time with the Lord. Praying for her children. Being still before God. To this day she still sits in her same chair in the corner of our living room with…

The “D” Wall

I’ve never gotten more love or hate for one piece of decor in my home. People either love the D wall and offer to buy me D’s if they see them OR tease me with phrases like “oh did you only get that far learning the alphabet?” “Do you want some of DEEZ nuts?!” (that one actually…

Thrift Shoppin’

Over the years I have grown to appreciate the art of thrifting. Yes, it’s an art. It takes a little bit of knowledge, a whole lot of patience and a few tricks to make sure you’re maximizing your luck. I have been lucky enough to find a few really amazing unicorns (definition: extremely rare finds),…

It’s Christmastime in the City | Christmas Home Tour 2017

Maybe it’s just because I love Christmas, or maybe it’s because we had a December wedding and acquired 2 additional trees after our big day… but I’ve always done Christmas big. I can’t help it. It’s my favorite holiday! Back in high school I even dressed up as Prancer the Reindeer (one of my good…

Barre so Hard

I know you’ve probably seen my instas or multiple check-ins on Facebook, but I started taking Pure Barre in December 2016 and wanted to share my experience with people who may have wanted to try but are a bit hesitant. Let me start by introducing myself and  a little bit of my fitness background. I’m…

Merry & Bright – FREE DOWNLOAD

  Merry Christmas to you & yours. I’m excited to make this free download available for you for your last minute decorating or gift-giving! It’s sized as an 8×10 and can easily be printed either at home or at your local printers. If you’d like to post a photo, please tag me #delainajdesigns or tag…

Merry & Bright – FOR SALE!

This past August I lost my very best friend. What I haven’t said publicly is how I lost her.  Tragically, Louise lost a life-long battle with mental illness and took her life. While I will never understand why this happened and will forever be heartbroken – I have peace knowing she is forever in the…