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 … Continue reading beautiful + broken
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!
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
I have mad respect for all of you with your fall decor out already. Since both my sister and I have August birthdays early September has always felt more like Indian Summer to me. Plus living in Chicago we don't get many months of nice weather so I try to hang onto #SummertimeChi as long … Continue reading Barnwood Table Decor
One thing I took for granted growing up in a small town is the time spent in the summer gardening. We always had a big garden at my grandparents house next door full of squash, pumpkins, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, Brussel sprouts, green beans& asparagus. There's a lot of behind the scenes work that goes … Continue reading Our little garden