cuuuuuue the nostalgia. i took this morning to put together a list of my favorite designlovefest moments from this year. i’m definitely the kind of person that likes to continuously push myself, mark goals (mine from last year here!), criticize my weaknesses and work on them, and celebrate the happy memories. i’ve had one hell of a year. it’s been the year of transition and growth. and let’s just say growing pains don’t always feel great. i’ve hired more people onto the team (and love all of them), i’ve moved twice, i got over a heartbroken mess, i traveled a ton, i learned to enjoy living alone, i found a therapist, i explored all sorts of creativity….2015 was a wild one for me. and next month, i’ll be 30! take a trip down memory lane with me…

and i want to send a very sincere thank you to all of you that come visit this site. it really is, 7 years later, my true passion. i love sharing with you my big moments and my little ones too. thank you for letting me express myself to you guys everyday. your comments and love mean the world to me. i hope everyone has a super relaxing, pajama filled holiday. and i encourage you to look back on your year and all the things that made you feel happy and proud. sometimes we don’t notice the challenges we have overcome and i think it’s important to recognize them. lots of love to you all!!! -bri


this year started off very hectic! i took on one of my biggest projects yet with procter and gamble in new york, art directing “instagrammable” booths for 11 different brands. it was a huge rush and taught me a lot. but i must say one of the best parts was my team being stuck inside our rented apartment in brooklyn during a “giant blizzard” (that never happened) we drank wine, sat by the fire, laughed a ton and had the best time together.

see the full NY post here

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we dipped our toes in the product pond with these designlovefest + casetify phone cases based on a ton of artists from our dress your tech column. i love them all! and i remember how fun it was to see them in person for the first time. stay tuned because we have more fun products coming out next year!

see the full post here and buy the cases here


one of the last things we did in our old studio was a movie night. we decked out the place with tons of pillows and rugs and a bunch of us watched the graduate. that was memorable.

see the full post here

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my first trip to new orleans, ever! my friend anna and i went a few months ago and had such a great time exploring based on all of your awesome recommendations.

see my new orleans travel post here

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and how could i forget nicaragua with three of my best friends. i made a really funny highlight video and blogged about the beautiful hotels we stayed in. you guys should definitely go!

see my nicaragua travel post here


we sure did transform our old studio 100 different ways. this over the top girly soiree was one of my favorites.

see the full party post here

Design Love Fest, DIY tutorial, Natural dyes, Kristen Kilpatrick, Kristen Kilpatrick Photography, Sarah Reichardt

we did a lot of DIY posts this year, and even more lately. the thing with DIY is that there are soooo many out there. we do our very best to push ourselves and find things we would really do ourselves and that have a unique spin on them. here’s a couple i really loved this year:

bedazzled holiday shoe DIY here
cool toilet paper holders DIY here
easy clay wall planters DIY here
gold foiled pillow DIY here
how to dye fabric with nature DIY here


at my old apartment i had a back patio that was begging for a makeover. so we did it! and threw a taco party back there. you should see the before…

see the full makeover post here


definitely the highlight of my year was what i was calling my “bripraylove” trip. after some heartache and struggle, i decided it was time for me to go on a long trip abroad. i was so stuck in a rut, sad, at home. i needed to get out there in the world, be inspired, see new things, forget about boys, drink in strange bars, try new foods…so i planned a 6 week trip abroad this past summer. it was the best decision i ever made. i grew as a human, worked through some of my shit, and saw some amazing places. and those TULIP FIELDS! best day of the year. see all the posts here…

see the paris post here
see the italy post here
see the amsterdam posts here and here
see the berlin posts here and here
see the tulip fields post here


we started #dlfgetfit. after said “bripraylove” trip, eating everything under the sun, drinking with friends and strangers…i came home needing to seriously get in shape. my pants didn’t fit and i hated it. i did this first post about how weight changes over the years and that started a whole series about how we were eating and working out and the progress we were making.

see the very first weight post here
see the whole fitness column here


mumu beach club! i teamed up with my best friend cammy and her clothing line and we threw a malibu beach party that was the BEST time. i love throwing parties so much, especially when they turn out like that.

see the full party post here


well this is a highlight, but also a bummer. i decided to get this vintage ’77 red mercedes. the car i have always wanted! my dad was in town and he used to have the same car and he convinced me to just go for it. unfortunately the car came with all sorts of problems because the guy who sold it to us was a total crook. but old cars are bound to have issues. i haven’t been able to drive it much because i have to get it past the CA smog test, but we are workin on it. hopefully next year i will be road tripping with this gal.


i try to make an effort to collaborate with people that inspire me for no other reason than to be happy. i am constantly sitting around thinking about photos i want to create with other artists. this one with chantal and amy turned out gorgeous!

see the full post here


we moved studios! and not because we wanted to, ha. our landlords decided they were going to take over our space and so we had to find somewhere new to call home. we drove around the arts district, wrote down numbers, scrambled, asked around, and then serendipitously found this spot and moved in very quickly. it was a lot bigger than our other space, but we had a couple more friends move in and now it feels like one big happy family. it’s not done yet, but we are settling in and love it there.


the designlovefestival. wow, a ton of work i wasn’t expecting! sometimes my ideas can be my worst enemy and best friend. i wanted to have a pop up shop that sold already potted trees and flowers…which then grew into hammocks! and prints! and wreaths! and blankets! and ceramics!….see what i mean? it grew larger than i thought it would. but we learned a ton, met a lot of great people, and got to put on a pretty rad jungle party.

see the full post here


rent the runway! yes! a little idea in our minds turned into a 4 post project with 16 outfit changes, an all day shoot and a cool sleepover afterwards in the hills. we experimented, we got weird, we climbed on roofs…i loved every second of that dress up day!

see the first post here
see the second post here
see the third post here
see the final post here


and then out of nowhere, i bought a HOUSE. what in the world? i had been lightly thinking about the idea of investing in a house. after years of living with a boyfriend of mine, after we split i stayed in our apartment and rent was not cheap all by myself. i figured if i wasn’t going to get a roommate, i should be putting money into something i could call my own. i went to two open houses and still never thought i would really buy one. then, on a random sunday, my friend anna and i went to another open house and the second i walked in the door i just had this feeling that i REALLY needed to get this one. it felt like it was made for me. so i got impulsive, and just made the jump. i never thought i would have bought a house on my own as a single woman. it was empowering. it was scary. it was cool. i love LA, and now i plan on being here for a verrrrry long time.


my first chance to be a hostess in my new house! friendsgiving on my patio. lots of wine, amazing food, intimate setting. that’s my kinda night.

see the full post here


this hair shoot was a blast.

see the full post here


this floral christmas tree. a lot of people ask me “where do you get your ideas?” and truly some of the best ones come from sitting down with natalie, a pen and paper (usually no computer because it’s too easy to get overly “inspired”) and a bunch of nonsense ideas. wordplay. rambling. bad ideas. good ideas….and then there’s that ONE. the one we know we have to do. that happened with this tree and a few days later our idea became a reality!

see the full DIY post here

cheers to 2015!!


Add your own

    susan says:

    Congrats Bri! You’re truly an inspiration 🙂 Have a great holiday break!

    Inma says:

    What an amazing year it’s been! Your trip really inspired me last summer. I’d just been on a week long yoga retreat in France and it made me realise that I want to make travel a priority in the future. What stood out to me in this post though was the feeling of buying a house as a single woman. I did this two years ago and own my place in Oxford (UK) and it felt awesome! Especially after bad break ups and other hardships, it feels amazing to own your home.
    I remember I first came to your site looking for amazing desktop wallpapers but I have found so much more! Hope you have an amazing 2016!

    Inma x

    Huub Ricardo says:

    What a cool and amazing year you have had. The Europe trip was the highlight for me as well, as I also did my own Europe trip for 3 weeks. I’m so in love that I really would love to go back in January for a few days…not that it’s cheap or something, but why not right?! Your new studio tour is making me sitting on my end of my chair…with other words..still waiting for that one 🙂 Up to 2016!!

    Jess Zimlich says:

    Love, love, love. This type of post is one of my favorites to read (only second to posts outlining goals for the year). Cheers to 2016 and everything it will bring! 🙂

    What a year! As always it’s a joy to follow along with your wonderful adventures – Happy Holidays to you! And PS- your fashion posts are always incredible – they are just so beautiful, unique, and thought provoking -works of art!

    Roxi says:

    Such an amazing year. Congrats to you! So many well deserved accomplishments. 🙂

    emily says:

    What a sweet post. Thanks for sharing with us. Your blog is like internet sunshine!

    Erin says:

    Wow, I have apparently been passively living vicariously through you for the entire year! It was really awesome revisiting some of these amazing posts. You are such an inspiration, and so so so many congratulations on everything you have accomplished this year 😀

    Simone Anne says:

    Wow, love this look back! So many things to be proud of. Congrats on a great 2015!

    avital says:

    Bri you are a true insperation,I’ve been following you for so long now and it is exciting to see you grow in so many ways. I wish you the best 2016 and just keep bringing the best content in the net.

    Mallory says:

    Wow! So great to see all of this together! What a year for you; I am so happy you had so much growth and tried new things. I have two kids, so I live vicariously through you when it comes to travel. One day I’ll have my own trips.
    So so happy for you!

    Jen says:

    You are such an inspiration, what an amazing year!!

    PS. Where did you get those AMAZING green sofas that are in your new studio space????

    Jacqueline says:

    Looks like it was a great year! I love looking at all the photos you post. They’re always so beautiful! Such vibrant colors.


    Holly says:

    What an amazing year you’ve had Bri! All of your travel photos are beautiful, & your ideas always amaze me. Good luck in your new studio space (love this chairs!) Your new house will soon feel like home.

    What a year! So many lovely shoots and posts. I adore your site and look forward to whatever you have planned in 2016. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!:)

    Brittany says:

    Cheers! I very much enjoy your blog and always look forward to reading your posts. Happy Holidays!

    Logan says:

    I loved this post! It was really inspiring to tag along with you this year, I really admire how you do your best to be authentic and open about the harder spots in life. Can’t wait to see what 2016 brings!


    Jillian says:

    I just wanted to post a comment thanking you for your Jobs tab on this website. I am currently seeking a new job and wanting to switch over to the lifestyle/design website industry but it is hard to find positions! Thanks and happy new year!

    Kirsten says:

    I’ve always loved your photos and how you incorporate color into them…some of them just make you want to stop and absorb the photo.

    Amber says:

    Amazing posts all year long. Happy New Year Bri 🙂

    Elizabeth says:

    The show me your mum post was interesting. The clothing brand is inclusive in their advertising, but Bri’s post on their event edited out all non-white guests at the party (non-white guests were seen on other people’s posts on the event). I commented on this before and she deleted it. What’s that all about, Bri? Afraid non-white people are going to ruin the image you are trying to craft?

    Kylie Garner says:

    Happy New Year! All the photos were great, I always enjoy every blog you post it always gives me new ideas and inspiration.

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