Lifestyle: Seek Advice Where You Need It

Can you believe that 2019 is over halfway through (it just hit me and I’m a little floored). I’ve been setting some time aside each month to look at what I’ve achieved this year, the goals I’ve made for myself and what the future holds. All of this can sometimes feel very daunting when you sit down and actually look at the big picture.

While I am not a John Hancock client, I enjoyed speaking with a John Hancock advisor well versed in financial planning strategies. When I started talking with a financial planner at John Hancock back in March, the thought of talking to one of their financial advisors about planning for the future made me nervous. I’ll be honest, I had a lot of questions swirling in my head. Was I worth their time? Would they question where we are putting money? The list goes on and on. The answer is that is what they are there for and over our two conversations in March and May it felt good to talk about successes, my questions and what we should be doing in the future.

Fast forward to this summer – there is a lot about to unfold this fall and I have some big decisions to make. First, my book is coming out September 24th and I couldn’t be more proud of this project. To make something so beautiful with my mom was a dream. More on that here. Second, my lease is up on my office. I’ve been going back and forth about keeping the current space (although our rent is going up quite a bit), finding something new or not having an office for a while which would make our apartment feel very small but I would also be saving that money and it might be worth it. So many questions rolling around in my head with this one.

Before we know it will be fall and then Christmas. It’s been such a treat having this extra time to focus on the future of my business and family with the tips from John Hancock. I cherish the fact that I was able to have this time to chat with them. Would you consider John Hancock for financial advice this year?

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Book: Travel Home Available for Preorder!

Today’s the day! I’m thrilled to announce that Travel Home: Design with A Global Spirit is officially available for pre-order. The excitement is real – it’s like Christmas morning!

It’s been three years in the making – from when my mom and I were driving across the Golden Gate Bridge coming up with the concept to it being published. A lifelong dream for both of us was to write a book and when we put both of our passions together – travel and design, it turned into our book. How travel influences interiors, life and overall well being.

I’ll be sharing glimpses into the making of the book over the next two months on Instagram so pop over there for more. I will be showing you the outtakes that didn’t end up in the book! I think you are going to love it!

And of course, I would be forever grateful if you popped over to Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Target to pre-order the book. Every pre-sale has an enormous effect on our overall success. It’s been a labor of love and I can’t wait for all of you to see all 288 pages of Travel Home!

Barnes & Noble

Photography by Peggy Wong

Interiors: Delta Faucet Retreat Recap

This spring I was approached by Delta Faucet Company to come to their headquarters in Indianapolis to learn more about the brand, their innovations and what they have coming down the pipeline. I jumped at the chance. I personally find it fascinating to learn about the behind the scenes of companies. Plus, I had never had an inside look into a faucet company.

Delta Faucet opened their doors to us with open arms. We were greeted by a huge team that we would get to know at different points throughout our two day journey through the Delta Faucet Company. It was probably one of the warmest welcomes I’ve ever received. The entire experience, from beginning to end, was absolutely incredible.

We learned about innovation and technology for Delta. It’s funny, as a designer I source different faucets for clients depending on their aesthetic and budget but I never thought about how faucet companies are leading the way in technology and asking themselves important questions that think about how they can get into your home.

How can we make your day better?

How can we make it easier and more enjoyable to use?

Can we make your house a home?

Delta not only thinks about their customer but they are thinking about how they can help you make a house a home. They are taking it one step further and adding in a way to get an emotional and human connection with water. All while creating beautiful, stylish faucets and fixtures, fit for any design aesthetic. How pretty is this Stryke™ Bath Collection?

Here are some of my favorite innovations the Delta brand has developed for their products:

  • VoiceIQ™ Technology

Dispenses exactly the amount of water you need with hands-free voice activation. Command your faucet to turn on and off, warm the water, dispense a metered amount or fill custom containers like your coffee pot. It’s pretty remarkable!

  • Touch2O® Technology

Inspired by watching how users interact with their faucets in the home, Touch2O Technology was developed from more than a decade of research and design. Its aim is to make kitchen tasks easy and keep the kitchen clean by removing the need to touch your faucet with full or messy hands.

Whether you have two full hands or 10 messy fingers, Delta Touch2O® Technology helps keep your faucet clean, even when your hands aren’t. A simple touch anywhere on the spout or handle with your wrist or forearm activates the flow of water at the temperature where your handle is set. This is one I want when I have egg or raw chicken on my hands!

  • ShieldSpray® Technology

Want the pressure to get the food off your plate? This innovation “powers off the mess without making a mess” and cleans with laser-like precision while containing mess and splatter. A concentrated jet within a protective sphere of water powers away stubborn messes with an average of 90% less splatter than a standard spray.

  • MagnaTite® Docking

Uses a powerful integrated magnet to snap your faucet spray wand precisely into place and hold it there so it stays docked when not in use and doesn’t droop over time.

  • DIAMOND™ Seal Technology

Reduces leak points ensuring leak-free operation for the life of the faucet. Using diamonds, the hardest naturally-occurring substance on Earth, Delta engineered a faucet that’s longer lasting, leak-free and less hassle to install.

Now that we’ve covered the technology side of the brand, I want to tell you a little about the design team at Delta. First and foremost, when I heard that the team gets to go on international inspiration trips each year I was asking them where I could sign up!

It was fascinating to hear from two members of the design team about how they travel the world looking for inspiration – a photo of a wrought iron fence or a roof or exterior molding on a building could spark a design for a new faucet for the next season. It’s very similar to why designers need to take inspiration trips – it furthers your mind into looking at ordinary things that we might overlook in our own city but in a new one we have our eyes wide open.

It was truly a treat and an honor to visit Delta Faucet headquarters. My eyes are now a little more intrigued by all things in the faucet world because of them and I can’t wait to see where they lead us in their next innovations that are paving the way for faucets!

Created in partnership with the Delta Faucet brand– thank you for supporting the brands that keep this blog running!