Awww Chicago. There is nothing quite like my city. After living here the last decade, I know it inside and out in the most intimate ways. However, last week I experienced my home city through a new lens. I had the most incredible time attending Day of Inspired Design with Delta® Faucet in Chicago with other amazing influencers. It was like I became a tourist for the very first time. This was so exciting because sometimes I’ve missed the beauty that exists right where I live. By touring several of Chicago’s most beautiful sites, I was able to really take in the details and become inspired for an upcoming refresh in my very own home.
Our time started at the LondonHouse Chicago Hotel, which has some of the most gorgeous accommodations in the Windy City. The view is my favorite part. Whether it is dusk or a cloudy day, there is nothing quite like it. Seeing the skyline sparkle against the Chicago River created so much excitement for the day ahead. It also provided our first encounter with the water theme we would see throughout the day. Water would integrate into design in the most inventive ways. After a quick review of some of the surrounding sites, we were off in our trolley to the Delta flagship showroom at Merchandise Mart to learn more about how Delta is inspired to create products that are both highly functional and innovatively designed.
The finishes of the faucets are both classic and fresh. Some of the new touch technology is downright genius.
While I have been to Merchandise Mart many times, I have never really been briefed on the true foundation of product design, and Delta did an incredibly thorough job of sharing the inner workings of their brand along with John and Sherry of Young House Love. I could not wait to hear all they had to share. I have seriously followed them for years!
Our next stop was the Chicago Cultural Center, one of the most awe-inspiring design landmark buildings in the city. There are so many elaborate details to see that you must take your time walking through and admiring each room. From the art deco touches to the masculine structured hallways, everything is truly a vision to behold.
And of course you can’t talk about the Chicago Cultural Center without mentioning the breathtaking crystal domes. The intricacy is so astonishing. I couldn’t help but stare and imagine the hours of work and time it took to put into its creation.
Next we toured the Museum Campus. As a tradition, I head to a museum every summer so it was great to get a jumpstart. It was lovely to go and see the skyline in all of its glory. The water looked peaceful, and the colors of the buildings all melded together in perfect harmony.
Following our museum tour, we went to Centennial Fountain, which was a first for me! The fountain was so beautiful and so well designed. Seeing how water flowed so naturally and organically made me really start to think of how I could incorporate it into my very own kitchen design. We also stayed and caught the Water Arch which creates an arc of water in the Chicago River at the beginning of each hour.
After taking in all of the beautiful sites, we had lunch at one of Chicago’s new restaurants Ema. The cuisine is Mediterranean, and the design has a very clean organic flair. Everything from the very dishes the meals were served on to the decor really inspired me even more. Finally, we all headed back to the LondonHouse where we finally started to take all of the amazing visions we saw throughout the day and make them into a true inspiration board for a refresh in our homes. I took photos of everything throughout the day ranging from ceilings to floors, and this is when everything started to come together and make a little more sense. I thought this was the most fun and creative part of the day because this was the design challenge we were all waiting for! Seeing how all of the unique sites helped to create cohesive design ideas was really cool. I used a lot of the industrial photos I shot of the surrounding architecture and water shots in my board. I loved sifting through the unique wallpaper options from She She which truly inspired my designs even more.
I decided that a kitchen refresh would be ideal. I was inspired by both the warm colors of the sunset I first saw over the Chicago River the night I checked into the LondonHouse and the cooler industrial tones I experienced throughout the day. From the water fountains to the water flowing around the beautiful skyline, I loved the ideas of structure and clean design. Overall, I think my refresh will be a bit more modern, clean and bright with some color highlights to reflect what I experienced during the day. Those colors will probably be highlighted in the accents throughout the space like maybe in a rug, accessories or flowers. For instance, I believe that water will influence my design with calm and cooler tones. I want to walk into my kitchen and immediately feel zen. After an amazing day filled with design inspiration galore, I finally feel like my kitchen is well on its way. I can’t wait to show you how it turns out!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Delta Brand. The opinions and text are all mine.