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… Continue reading The “D” Wall
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),… Continue reading Thrift Shoppin’
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… Continue reading It’s Christmastime in the City | Christmas Home Tour 2017
So you’re visiting Chicago this summer?! Awesome! Chicago is a city that comes alive in the summer. It takes on a whole new persona. In fact, the first day over 50 degrees after a long cold winter you’ll likely see people outside running, at the parks, out in beer gardens and simply enjoying the first… Continue reading Tour Chicago Like a Local: What to do in Chicago for FREE this summer!
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… Continue reading Barre so Hard
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 8x10 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… Continue reading Merry & Bright – FREE DOWNLOAD
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… Continue reading Merry & Bright – FOR SALE!
This past summer I took up a new hobby - hand lettering and modern calligraphy. I'm mostly self taught and have greatly enjoyed practicing - especially with my monogram & rap lyrics. (I'm not sure why but writing rap lyrics in calligraphy really cracks me up). One of my friends bravely allowed me to address her… Continue reading Hand Lettering – Chicago IL
Over the next few weeks and months as I am able I will be posting a series of blogs related to my journey through the painful grief of losing my friend Louise. I want to focus on a broad range of topics - sharing genuinely what the weeks and months post loss have looked like… Continue reading Grief // The importance of community
While the grief is tough to carry, I wear it like a badge of honor. For it means I loved you and you loved me, too.