A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to join Delta® Faucet and a few other bloggers in Chicago, for a Day of Inspired Design. We were all in Chicago to visit the new Delta Showroom, tour some Chicago landmarks, and ultimately create design boards inspired by our tour around the city.
The day began at the rooftop of The LondonHouse Hotel where I joined the other bloggers, our hosts John and Sherry from Young House Love, wallpaper designers She She, and the Delta team. The view from rooftop was breathtaking.
The bloggers on this trip were all amazing! I always love opportunities to get together with other bloggers. Everyone was so kind and we had the best time visiting and laughing throughout the day!
After we all got acquainted, it was time to board our trolley for the day and head over to the Merchandise Mart to tour the gorgeous Delta Showroom. Once there, we heard a short presentation by Missi and Seth from Delta.
It was so interesting to hear how much goes into the design of a faucet. I was impressed with the attention to detail – the designers truly think of everything to make their faucets not just look great but to make life easier.
Next, John and Sherry discussed how water can inspire design and how you can use design to improve your experience with water. When you think about how much we rely on water throughout our day, improving our experiences with water can make a significant difference. Little adjustments like the switch of a faucet that can improve your interactions with water, can really improve the way you live.
After the presentations wrapped up we had the chance to wander around the showroom a bit more and get acquainted with all of the beautiful products. Then, we headed off for our tour around Chicago.
My favorite part of the tour was hearing about all of the Chicago architecture from our tour guide. It was really fascinating to learn how much of a role water played in the building of Chicago.
Our first stop of the tour was the Chicago Cultural Center. The moment we walked in we were taken by the beautiful tile work.
Everywhere you looked, the details of the mosaic tile were so intricate.
My favorite space within the Chicago Cultural Center was Preston Bradley Hall. It boasts the largest Tiffany glass dome in the world and it’s even more beautiful in person.
Next, we headed to Museum Campus which is a 57-acre park that sits along Lake Michigan. It houses several museums on the grounds but the most awe-inspiring place seemed to be this viewing spot along Lake Michigan. Once there you could look to the right and see nothing but the beautiful pristine lake water.
To the left was an absolutely stunning view of the Chicago skyline which is said to be one of the top 5 in the world. Looking at this perfect view was quite inspirational.
To think Chicago had suffered such a great loss as The Great Chicago Fire that burned over 17,000 structures and now has one of the most beautiful skylines in the world is a great comeback story. Standing at the edge of Lake Michigan looking on this beautiful city gave me all the feels.
Our next stop was Nicholas J. Melas Centennial Fountain. I loved learning about this unique Chicago landmark. This fountain memorializes a rather large significance for the city of Chicago, 100 years since the reversal of the flow of the Chicago River.
In 1900, in an effort to clean the river of pollution, the city reversed the flow of water so the water would flow from Lake Michigan instead of into Lake Michigan. I imagine this was a huge undertaking and over a 100 years later you can see the fruits of that labor, hundreds of beautiful buildings along the river.
To commemorate the reversal, a water canon shoots across the river, every hour on the hour. We all waited anxiously for the water show which was really fun to watch.
After the fountain, it was time for some lunch. We arrived at Ema, an incredible Mediterranean restaurant in Chicago. Not only was the food amazing, the design was flawless. I especially loved the lighting and these unique nautical style curtain tiebacks.
After lunch, we were armed with full bellies and inspiration to work on our design boards. I used photos that I had captured throughout the day in addition to beautiful wallpaper designed by BySheShe to create a design board for my guest bathroom that I’ll be refreshing over the next couple of months.
Here’s a sneak peek of my board – I’m so excited about this project!
We ended the day at The Soho House with dinner and drinks. I was obsessed with the massive gallery wall they had. I mean, look at those sconces! It was truly, the perfect way to end such a fun day!
I can’t wait to put to work everything I learned during our Day of Inspired Design! I plan on completely revamping this space with a new Delta faucet, new vanity, open shelving, and new paint! I can’t wait to show you how it turns out.
For more inspiration from Delta visit their website and Instagram.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Delta Brand. The opinions and text are all mine.
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