7.20.2014

keeping it casual {entertaining essentials}

Keep summer entertaining casual and stress free by having a few beautiful serving pieces and easy extra seating on handThese marble and wood serving trays and  pedestals are perfect for serving sides and appetizers.  Bamboo inspired cutlery and whole fresh fruit will instantly elevate any table setting. 
For the fare, opt for fresh seasonal ingredients that shine best, in flavor and presentation, when simply prepared - this roasted golden beet, goat cheese, arugula and toasted hazelnut salad is my current go to. And don't even get me started on grilled stone fruit - follow me on instagram to see why!


7.13.2014

reading a home by its cover

It is very hard not to read a homes interior by its "cover" - the architecture, landscaping and care a home owner has taken with creating the entrance to a home is very indicative of what to expect once that front door swings open.  I know my imagination has beautiful thoughts of what is behind these doors...


(photographed on a recent run in Sonoma, pinterest and c magazine)

7.08.2014

the best kind of mood {slate blue}

I don't quite get why "moody" has such a negative connotation - as that is the first word that comes to mind when I think of the stunning combination created from cool slate blue and warm wood. This color profile draws me in deeply and always leaves me craving more and more... 

(sources: bddw leather credenza, agate hardware from west elm, unknown, and interior by jeffrey alan marks)

7.07.2014

a divine detail {roped away}

Rope is everywhere right now - being mimicked in cast resin bowls to wrapping entire casepieces.  However, my favorite application is when used in its bulkiest form to tie back lightweight drapery panels and knotted as a door pull. 
Thank you to Daniel Hale for the flawless execution of this look in a Napa Valley Home, as featured in C Home. The rest of this home is equally inspiring and can be viewed on delight by design's pinterest page.

6.22.2014

Sophisticated + Sundrenched Palette

With every new season comes fresh inspiration.  Being my first summer in California, I plan to embrace the rich, yet subtle colors of the California landscape - a natural palette  that is a soothing juxtaposition of brick red, golden wheat and what I can only describe as olive leaf green...

5.16.2014

Simple Snippets {Grow House Grow}

When I moved I was forced to downsize my sample library - which was probably about as hard for me as it would be for some people to pick their favorite child.  I was pretty cutthroat when it came to wallpaper but the gorgeous papers from Grow House Grow and the equally lovely Katie Deedy were quickly put in to my yes pile.  All of her wallpaper is hand silk screened with care in beautiful New York.  The designs are whimsical (my aesthetic soft spot) while remaining sophisticated with a dash of quirkiness.  Meet her new Sisters Cities collection.
Such a brilliant concept, executed flawlessly. P.S. Each design is offered in numerous colorways.

5.13.2014

The Short Version

There is a long and short version to every story.  My extended absence from blogging certainly warrants the long version, however the short version will have to do for now and that would be that I am back with a simpler version of delight by design.  I am going back to the roots of what sparked my desire to write this blog - to share what makes my eyes open a bit wider, senses heighten and inspires me to be more creative everyday.  The last 6 months I have been drawing creative inspiration from my new city, San Francisco.  More to come, but for now let me introduce you to the incredible place that has kept me away from the world of blogging...
 (run along baker beach)
(gorgeously styled shelves at March SF - possibly the most adorable store that ever existed)
 (love that I get to see cactus when I park my car for an evening run)
 (Farmer's Market in Berkley)
(The Ferry Building)
(produce at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market)
(grilled black cod from Spoon Bar)
Much, much more to come!

11.14.2013

daring detail {perfectly carved}

There is a lot to love about this victorian style kitchen by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, as it is so thoughtfully designed down to every last gorgeous detail.  For me, the custom stove alcove puts this kitchen over the top!  The execution of this showstopping design element is flawless - from the thickness of the tiles (which just happen to be locally handmade) to the contrast of the opal tile with the serene gray walls.

11.09.2013

giving thanks {rooted in tradition}

 Until just a few days ago I wasn't quite sure where I would be setting my Thanksgiving table and I am quite excited to announce that I will be spending it in my new home state of California.  Even typing that out, I am in disbelief that I am actually picking up and moving to San Francisco.  Much more on this exciting move to come!  For now, I wanted to share the ideas currently swirling through my head on how I will create a California casual Thanksgiving rooted in tradition. I am particularly inspired by the textural mix of cactus spines and dried leaves, as well as lightening up the menu with a grilled kale and fig based salad.
(grilled kale salad via five and spice, leaf place cards via once wed, wreath by Studio Choo, unknown, cactus photograph via tumblr and invitation suite via Oh So Beautfiul Paper)
There is certainly much to be thankful for this year!

10.21.2013

the potting bench {blooming from within}

I am currently home in Chicago visiting family and was tasked with one of my favorite assignments - centerpieces for an elegant and seasonal dinner in a nearby stable.  I have been wanting to use pumpkins as a vessel for sometime now - so I grabbed my garden clippers and hit the backyard.  I emerged with a variety of fragrant herbs and simple blooms. With a just a few supplemental floral purchases, I hit the potting bench and created some bright and whimsical arrangements...