sneak peek: aaron delesie


Photographer Aaron Delesie and his wife, Jennifer, call Santa Ana, California, home but spend half the year traveling the globe to capture beautiful weddings and joyous moments in people’s lives. When not traveling, the couple enjoys relaxing in their loft with their pups. Big fans of entertaining, Aaron and Jennifer set up their home with that in mind. While they feel their style is somewhat eclectic, they prefer to keep things clean and simple but also warm and inviting, and if they encounter something they like, they find a way to make it work. For more of their work and travels, visit their blog. Thanks, Aaron and Jennifer! — Anne

Image above: Our philosophy for our bedroom was “less is more.” We work so hard and always seem to have something going on. At the end of the day, we wanted our bedroom to be simple without too much visual stimulation. Above the bed, we framed three photos we took in Mexico. We absolutely love going to Mexico, and these images remind us of our wonderful memories there. Our two little mutts, Gracie and Bianca, think our duvet at the end of the bed is the best spot in town. All bedding is by Nancy Koltes and Scandia Down. Our bedding is one of the best purchases we have made to date!

Image above: An old 1800s hutch from a library in Venice, Italy, serves as storage for our dishes and glassware in the kitchen. When we redid our kitchen, we knew we wanted to bring in a few pieces of furniture, so it wasn’t just white cabinets. We saw this piece and knew it would be perfect. Now we can see all of our pretty dishes. The scale is from an antique shop in Orange and holds our fruit.

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Image above: When we moved in, the first thing that had to go was the kitchen. It was a dark cherry color and completely clashed with the ebony floors, so we gutted it and started over. We love to cook and entertain and wanted something bright and open. It also needed to accommodate a 48-inch Wolf range that has proven to be my favorite thing in the loft. The island is a 100-year-old zinc-top florist table found in the South of France.

Image above: We floated a crystal chandelier over the zinc florist’s table. In the back, you can see I keep my juicer out on the counter for our impromptu margarita parties! I also like to cook with fresh herbs, so we have potted herbs by almost every window in the house!

Image above: This room is where we relax. It has 20-foot ceilings with an 18-foot window at one end. It feels so open and airy. We liked this sofa but didn’t want the room to feel cold with the blue. So we brought in some wood items to warm the place up. Above the sofa, we rotate images in and out. Right now we have images from the market in Denpasar, Bali. Gracie, our little dog, loves to sit on this hand-painted pillow that we picked up at Room and Board.

Image above: Another hand-painted pillow from Room and Board sits on this mid-century modern-style chair. This is a great reading spot on account of the light that streams in from the window. One of the books in that basket is 1000 Places to See before You Die. We are intent on seeing them all! And of course, we have the new Design*Sponge book. Love the inspiration!

Image above: We love entertaining and always make sure we have plenty to drink on hand. Margarita parties are our favorites. I love this painting, another by James Shilaimon. We are always traveling for work, and this painting makes me think about what the next adventure might be.

Image above: Just a few of the MANY cookbooks . . . Jennifer found this old schoolhouse chair at a flea market, and it made a perfect place to store our books.

Image above: In Jennifer’s office, there is the obligatory collection of antique cameras that all photographers must own . . . except these all work! My favorite is an old Click-o-Flex in its original box that you have to hand cut the film for. Another favorite item is on the top left shelf. I learned how to hand-bind books about 15 years ago. This book contains all of my favorite images from when we lived in Manhattan. Whenever I am missing the city, I just thumb through these images, and it takes me there.

Image above: The mercury glass was left over from different events we have done, and the 1920s crystal candlesticks are family heirlooms given to us by my grandmother.

Image above: Jen and I like to hit antique shops everywhere we go. We found this farmer’s table at an antique store in Lawrence, KS. One of our favorite artists James Shilaimon’s three paintings hang above the table. Jennifer had been eying the paintings for weeks, so I bought them for our nine-year wedding anniversary. Everything else we have picked up at various shops and antique stores. I love to collect books. I have them stacked all over our place.

  1. Heather says:

    Wow! What a great sneak peek! :) Some of my favorite moments are the handbound book, the florist table in the kitchen, and the bar! :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. elizabeth says:

    I love your blue sofa! where is it from? Also, if you like margarita’s, try beer-ritas for your next party…I usually do three parts sol or whatever other mexican beer you like to one can of limeade, and they are soo good! thanks for sharing your space!

  3. Angel Y says:

    I love Jennifer’s display of antique cameras. So gorgeous and well placed!

  4. Rachel Tatem says:

    Love the cabinet! the wash is great

  5. The whole home is amazing, but my favorite part? The adorable dogs.

  6. Rae Veda says:

    Great post! I love that cabinet. So pretty.

  7. Meghan says:

    It has a clean yet rustic feel. So cool that the old cameras still work!

  8. Kiana says:

    Love it!!!!!! Such beautiful antiques! I especially love that hutch in the second picture. And how cute is that Gracie?

  9. I absolutely love the countertop in the kitchen – what a treasure! The living room is so relaxing yet beautiful as well. Great sneak peek!

  10. Teresa says:

    OMG! LOVE IT!! One of the most comfortable homes I have seen. It must have something to do with it’s minimalism. I could totally move in! I am enamored with dark floors. Jennifer & Aaron, if you ever need a housesitter during your travels, just call… how I’m going to get there from Virginia is the difficulty, though. :-) Thanks for sharing!!

  11. So lovely! Arron and Jennifer are so talented. Their cozy, comfortable home fits them perfectly :)


  12. Gorgeous! I’m in love with that island. The colour is amazing!

  13. dwyer says:

    love that blue couch! what kind is it?

  14. I love all the old furniture pieces- I hope to fill my home with antique pieces like these someday. My favourite furniture item in our home is an antique church pew that sits in our entranceway.
    Lovely- thanks for sharing!

  15. Tania says:

    Grace, you and your team are killing me with all the wonderful sneak peeks today (I must get back to work soon). I love the mixture of modern, industrial, vintage and glam in the kitchen! The round coffee table (is this midcentury?) and grey armchair are my fav pieces. Also a great example of collection display done right.

  16. Stacia says:

    This is fabulous! I love the mercury glass, beautiful!

  17. frank says:

    what a great space, but i can’t seem to get past that linoleum (?) tiling. too cold for me.

  18. This is one of my favorites! What a beautiful collection!

  19. Sarah says:

    Is that polished concrete in the bedroom?

  20. Rachel M says:

    I really like the gray walls throughout… especially the light ones in the living room and bedroom. They really show off any color put in front of them, like that gorgeous blue sofa! Could you share what the paint colors are?

  21. giulia says:

    wonderful, I’d move there immediately!

  22. Twyla says:

    That piece of art in the corner of the bedroom, where does it come from? I am enamoured.

  23. Steven says:

    Truly a beautiful home, and even more spectacular in person! So happy for you both!!

  24. That coffee table is exquisite…

  25. cjg says:

    Aaron & Jennifer were the photogs at my Montecito wedding this Spring. I was surprised to see them as the subject of a D*S Sneak Peek but not at all surprised at how cool their place is. Cool people = cool digs.

    PS- great photographers too. I wonder if Aaron insisted on shooting this feature himself. ;)

  26. Lindsey says:

    I love that Lawrence, KS antique mall! I’ve spent a gazillion rainy days there!

  27. Elizabeth Jones says:

    S’il vous plait, what is the paint color a la cuisine?!! J’ai hate de savoir!!


  28. al says:

    loved this sneak peek – the use of color in the kitchen is amazing. i like the balance between modern and more fanciful peices! thanks all!

  29. Allison says:

    Please share the lovely grey paint colors, thanks!

  30. That’s is one lovely home. How many hours was spent on the decor?

  31. Thanks Everyone for the very kind remarks about the home! So sorry for the late reply on a few of the questions above. The blue sofa is from Room and Board and is the Hutton.
    There are only 3 paint colors in the space. The kitchen is Vista’s Old English Castle (8760). The big spaces are all Vista Swiss Cream (8552). The bedroom is Swiss Coffee.
    The floor in the bedroom is VCT and not concrete. Thanks again everyone… It’s really all Jennifer’s doing :-)

  32. Bryan says:

    I love the wood round coffee table, where is that from?!

  33. So lovely and it’s the little simplistic things that makes this really work! There are a wide variety of items but in different rooms that makes this amazing. I love it!


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