Bring Joy to Your Home {b*spoke prints}

I cannot believe that over two years have gone by since I penned a post for delight by design. The creative energy that drove me to blog has led to a new venture, b*spoke prints. As apparent from my historical posts, I adore fabric and the emotional qualities it can bring to space or setting. So much so that I wanted to create my own prints, specifically ones that bring joy. Over the past few years, I have not only learned to block print and sew, but have been busy finding inspiration for and sketching out designs in preparation for this foray into textile design. Without further adieu, here is a small sampling of the designs currently available for purchase in the forms of runners, napkins and tea towels over at my online shop. Pillows will be coming this fall!

To see what designs I currently have on the block, follow b*spoke prints on instagram and facebook

I cannot wait to hear what you think! 


All Boarded Up!

I make a mess in the kitchen, which I partially blame on the need to use ever possible gadget and vessel possible to make a meal. My favorite part of culinary prep is chopping--making a cutting board essential, no matter the meal. Unlocking the aroma of rosemary and seeing springs of deep green flutter across the cutting board - now that is romance, culinary romance! And these stunning boards bring it to a whole new level...

1. Jacob May Heirloom Cutting Board in black walnut | 2. Thirstystone | 3. 1.5.2 Ray Large Board by On Our Table | 4. Etched Triangles cutting board at Lief


Wine Country Crush {Bevan+Associates}

I was driving up to Sonoma this evening during that magical hour where the sun casts the most perfect light on the landscape and brings out all of the natural colors and contours. The horizon drew me in and quickly my mind instantaneously wondered what life would be like in wine country. One thing is certain that I would seek out Bevan+Associates to design my dwelling. Their work strikes the perfect chord of modern simplicity and country comfort...
  Now, I think it is time for a glass of wine...cheers!


Berry Inspired!

The past few months my passion for design has been augmented by an intense love for cooking - which is actually not at all surprising. The same way that a well designed room is built upon core elements and personal flourishes so is a will layered recipe. Along with the flavor that hits my palette when enjoying a gourmet dish I always find myself inspired by the colors and textures that appear on my plate. The vibrant and equally as dramatic color of blackberries on my granola this morning clearly inspired me and left me craving an event that exuded the bright flavors and hue of this magical fruit. And I am sorry, a goat cheese and blackberry grilled cheese - who could refuse?!

(all images via pinterest


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!


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)


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)


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.


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...


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.