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this post is something i’m really excited and proud of! i love how everything came together, and i can’t wait to tell you all about it so you can have one of these magical floor parties of your own. throw one in your backyard, string up some lights, project a cool saying on the wall and voila!

hosting events and workshops is one of my absolute favorite things to do. so when epson asked me if i could come up with some alternate ways of using a home projector system my mind immediately went to parties. i feel like i constantly have something to celebrate or plan and decorate for and i thought it would be fun to have something that you could throw up on the wall to instantly make it feel like a celebration.

so we created party downloads! four different sayings and phrases that you can download and project on the wall of your own gatherings (pst, you can enter to win one of the projectors after the jump!). we picked my favorite, make your own magic, and threw a little party around the moon theme.

kristen and amy from moon canyon styled the event, from the hand-painted rocks to the perfect centerpieces, they exceeded my expectations as usual. and heirloom la created a gorgeous spread of food and the most delicious cocktails you’ve ever tasted.

they really are creative culinary geniuses!  i mean, the cocktail had edible silver flakes in it!

amy painted all of the rocks for the table and made individual mini moon watercolor place cards for everyone. the magic was in the details for this party.

i loved the idea of having a floor party…and surrounding the table with pillows and mini stools for the platters of food to be easily accessed.

we got the most beautiful assortment of pillows, moroccan rugs and tables from found rentals, they have a wonderful selection of vintage pieces that you can rent for parties. in love with all of the pillow textiles…

the colors were straight out of a dream and jesse captured the day perfectly.

we used the powerLite home cinema 2000 projector from Epson to project the saying on the wall. it worked great! we’ve also been enjoying using it in the studio to watch huge episodes of Girls on the wall during lunch time!

download one of these 4 designs to project at your next party and enter below to win the projector we use in our office for so many things!






photo by F.C. Gundlach

i’m running around today getting ready for a little dinner party at my house for my birthday. i’m doing mismatched dishes (see these pretty glasses! i love collecting them) it’s going to be small and intimate and a time for me to just enjoy good company! i hope you all have some special plans this weekend, even if that means you are hanging out on the couch relaxin.



chocolate angel strata pie | designlovefest

i grew up in a dessert house, thanks to my mom we had it after almost every dinner. which i think actually worked in my favor because as an adult, i love dessert but i don’t have the urge to overeat it because there was an abundance of it. it didn’t feel like a scarce treat that we had to load up on while we had the chance. i think that idea is interesting, treating dessert as something that we had access to almost took the energy out of it, not making it a source of obsession. anyway, this was one of my favorite desserts while growing up. i asked for it to be my birthday cake several years in a row (including one year that i had a gymnastics party and ate two pieces before jumping for an hour on a trampoline which left me feeling very ill). it’s decadent without being too rich. it’s layers of chocolate and meringue with hints of cinnamon and you’re going to want to make this asap. i served it this weekend at a dinner party we hosted and it was a hit! – joanie

chocolate angel strata pie | designlovefest

chocolate angel strata pie
serves 10

what you’ll need//

for the crust:
• 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (cinnamon or regular!)
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1 stick of butter, melted

for the meringue:
• 2 egg whites
• 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
• 1/4 teaspoons salt
• 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/2 cup sugar

chocolate filling: 
• 1 cup chocolate chips
• 1/2 cup water
• 2 egg yolks

cinnamon filling: 
• 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 cup whipping cream
• 1/4 cup sugar

chocolate angel strata pie | designlovefest

• preheat the oven to 325 degrees. for the crust: mix together the cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. press into a 9″ pan. next make the meringue, beat the egg whites, add the vinegar, salt and cinnamon and beat until soft mounds form. add the 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons at a time and beat until stiff and glossy. pour into the crust and bake 15-18 minutes until lightly brown. Remove and cool.

chocolate angel strata pie | designlovefest
chocolate angel strata pie | designlovefest
chocolate angel strata pie | designlovefest

• make the chocolate filling, melt chocolate and water in a double boiler. once smooth, add the egg yolks. spread 3 tablespoons of this chocolate mixture over the meringue and cool. chill remaining chocolate mixture.

chocolate angel strata pie | designlovefest
chocolate angel strata pie | designlovefest
chocolate angel strata pie | designlovefest

• cinnamon filling: combine sugar, cinnamon and whipping cream into a small bowl, beat until thick. spread 1/2 over the chocolate in the pie shell. mix the remaining 1/2 with the cooled chocolate mixture and spread over the pie.

• chill for 4 hours, cut and serve!

chocolate angel strata pie | designlovefest

photos by: Ivan solis 

more delicious recipes here!



the best tiramisu recipe | designlovefest

my mom is the queen of desserts, we used to have a dessert corner growing up at our house and she always had something on hand whether we had guests or just our family. she has some classics that i can picture her making, mini chocolate tarts with fresh raspberries in the summer, bread pudding, creme brûlée with the perfect burnt sugar crust, molten chocolate cakes with warm liquid centers, toffee in the winter and tiramisu. the story that goes with the tiramisu recipe is that it was my mom’s favorite from an Italian restaurant in telluride and she really wanted the recipe. so my dad offered to leave a $500 tip after one of their meals in exchange for the recipe and they agreed. the restaurant has since closed which makes the recipe even more special. i’ve never attempted to make it because truthfully i’m always been intimidated. it feels so involved, the layers, the soaking, the egg whites, the dusting. but it was so simple (and i’m not just saying that) and it really is a high impact dessert, you make this for a dinner party and people are going to be impressed! – joanie

the best tiramisu recipe | designlovefest

serves 12
recipe by meg cusack, adapted from Excelsior Cafe in Telluride, CO

• 1 400 g package of lady fingers (not all stores carry these, we found ours at sprouts but an italian market would have them too)
• 4 cups boiling water
• 3 teaspoons instant coffee (can be decafe or regular!)
• 6 tablespoons Kahlua
• 2 tablespoons + 1/3 cup sugar
• 3 egg yolks
• 1 1/2 pounds mascarpone cheese
• 10 egg whites beaten to stiff peaks
• unsweetened cocoa powder
• 2 -3 ounces bittersweet chocolate

the best tiramisu recipe | designlovefest
the best tiramisu recipe | designlovefest

how to make:

• bring water to a boil in a saucepan. turn off heat and add instant coffee, kailua, and  2 tablespoons sugar. stir mixture and set aside.

• with a hand mixer, beat 10 egg whites to stiff peaks form, stopping from time to time to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula. you know the peaks have formed when you pull the blender up and the egg whites hold their shape. in a separate bowl, blend egg yolks and 1/3 cup sugar together with a whisk, stir in mascarpone cheese and then fold in stiff egg whites with a spatula; set aside.

• use a 9 x 13 ” glass pan and then dip 1/2 of each lady finger in coffee mix and layer in bottom of pan, generally lady fingers have one side that is crunchy with sugar, soak the other side and put the soaked side up (about 20 ladyfingers).

the best tiramisu recipe | designlovefest
the best tiramisu recipe | designlovefest

• next spread 1/2 of mascarpone mix on top. sift a solid layer of cocoa powder over top. sprinkle 1/2 of grated bittersweet chocolate on top of this.

the best tiramisu recipe | designlovefest

• Repeat everything exactly as you did on the first layer. Top with cocoa powder, and shaved chocolate. chill in refrigerator at least 1 hour, but ideally 2-3 hours if you have the time.

• Cut into pieces and serve! this will last 2 days, but after that it starts to get a bit soggy so eat up!

the best tiramisu recipe | designlovefest
the best tiramisu recipe | designlovefest
the best tiramisu recipe | designlovefest

one note from my mom: the ladyfingers you should use are found near the cookies at an import store- not the ones found in the dairy section of the grocery store.

the best tiramisu recipe | designlovefest

images by: ivan solis
styling by: joanie cusack + ivan solis




cooking at home resources | designlovefest

i get a lot of questions about my recent obsession with cooking. favorite books or recipes. what videos i like to watch. where i get my kitchen tools. how i keep finding new recipes and staying inspired. so i sat down and really thought about all of this and made a giant list! my new love of cooking has been absolutely incredible and i am so happy to share my journey here! lots of love, bri


i find cooking shows to be so relaxing. i find myself watching them for hours on a sunday. we have an apple tv which has actually been really nice for this new hobby. i have different apps (like kitchen stories) to watch videos and the recommended food videos on youtube can take you down a fun path. a lot of the times if i am going to attempt to make something (let’s say mac and cheese) i will just sit and watch 4 or 5 youtube videos from channels i like and get inspired or learn a new trick or two.

mind of a chef it’s such an inspiring/addicting show! it was definitely one of the things that got me fully into cooking again.

kitchen stories – justin showed me this one last year (you can watch the videos on their website but i prefer the app on apple tv) the videos are gorgeous, nice design, elevated plating, relaxing…i love them! i don’t really like the fast paced videos when i really want to learn how to cook. most of theirs are slow paced but not boring, and no annoying voices, just music! here is a few from their site to start on: chicken piccata, fried rice, brussel sprouts pasta carbonara

chef’s table – it’s been around a while, but still good to rewatch and get inspired by passionate people.

top chef – i loved season 14 (all the episodes are on hulu)

masterclass – justin and i split the yearly pass for the masterclass so we can lay on the couch and nerd out together. it kinda feels like you are back in school and i love that. i loved watching gordon ramsey and wolfgang puck’s class (can’t wait for alice waters this spring)

ugly delicious – i liked the show, but i especially felt inspired by the home cooking episode from this season. david chang is pretty awesome.

munchies – again, i like watching these on the apple tv. but there is tons you can just watch here too. matty matheson’s hash is a fun watch.

bon appétit youtube – one of my favorite things to do

instagram stories – it’s actually been really inspiring for me to show glimpses of my cooking on my instagram stories. i just like giving people ideas and showing that home cooking doesn’t have to be overwhelming…it can be completely therapeutic and amazing. you can see a lot of my cooking stories in my highlights! (breakfast ideas is my favorite category)

cooking at home resources | designlovefest


there are so many traditions and activities to do on a weekly basis that will keep you in the kitchen or cooking with people in your life! all of these really changed my view on cooking at home…

sunday dinner/cooking for someone you love – we started a sunday dinner tradition that we try really hard to stick to when we are in town. a few couples get together, sometimes rotate houses, and choose a dinner theme. greek night! pasta! roast and potatoes! everyone makes a dish or brings the wine. it’s been such a bonding experience. i look forward to planning the menu every week. practice your entertaining skills by mastering a cheese board, lighting taper candles, making dinner party playlists, getting fresh flowers for the table…anytime you can cook for people you love, it brings joy.

farmer’s market – we love the hollywood farmer’s market on a sunday morning. don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn more from the vendors. stay curious! try new produce you haven’t cooked with before. just wander around and dream up new things to make.



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