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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…

Grief // The importance of community

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…

Barnwood Table Decor

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…

Our little garden

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…

Dear Carson

My sweet boy – I love you so much. It’s so hard to believe I’ve only known you for 6 months when it indeed feels like a lifetime. I can’t picture life without you. Our family is now changed in the best possible way because of the sweet addition of you! You have brought so…