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sneak peek: aaron delesie

by anne

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.

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