salmon burgers | designlovefest

last week bri and i got a delivery of meals from blue apron. we made the steak lettuce wraps together but one of the meals was salmon burgers which i made at home and loved. and it inspired me to re-create them for you (this isn’t sponsored, they were just really good)! typically i’d make a salmon burger by just putting a fillet of salmon on a bun with all of the fixings. but these were great because you cook the fish and then mix it with herbs, bread crumbs, etc and create patties. i don’t know why i’d never thought to make them this way before but it was super easy and really flavorful. they’re also very adaptable, you could add a variety of fresh or dried herbs, some lemon, chopped onion, garlic, etc.

they would also be good to make with a cut of fish that you didn’t feel was ideal for serving alone (maybe not as fresh as you’d like) because there are a lot of other flavors involved. we served ours on toasted brioche buns and they were so good. try them! – joanie

salmon burgers | designlovefest

salmon burgers
what you’ll need:

makes 4 servings

• 12 ounces of salmon
• 1 lemon sliced into wedges
• 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
• 1 egg
• 1 tablespoon fresh dill
• 1 tablespoon mustard (dijon or grainy would work)
• 2 teaspoons mayo or olive oil
• 2 cloves chopped fresh garlic or garlic salt
• salt + pepper
• 4 burger buns
to garnish: avocado, jalapeño, avocado, mayo, mustard, red onion, tzatziki, lettuce, etc.

salmon burgers | designlovefest
salmon burgers | designlovefest
salmon burgers | designlovefest

• heat a frying pan with 2 tablespoons olive oil on medium heat, salt and pepper both sides of the salmon and place on the pan, cook for about three minutes per side. remove and set aside to cool.

• once cooled, remove the skin if needed and flake into a bowl. add the dill, mustard, bread crumbs, egg, juice of half a lemon, 2 teaspoons olive oil or mayo, 2 cloves fresh garlic or 1 teaspoon garlic salt and mix together. salt and pepper to taste. set aside for 5 minutes.

salmon burgers | designlovefest
salmon burgers | designlovefest
salmon burgers | designlovefest

• form the salmon mixture into four patties and let rest for a few minutes. heat a pan on medium heat with olive oil spray (non stick is preferable). once hot cook the patties for 2-3 minutes on each side until slightly browned. remove and set aside.

• add butter to the warm pan over medium heat and toast your buns until golden brown.

remove, add salmon patties, top as desired and serve!

salmon burgers | designlovefest
salmon burgers | designlovefest

photos by: ivan solis
styling by: joanie cusack 




we rounded up some of our other favorite fruit forward dishes from around the web. inspiration for snacks on your next pool day! – joanie


beautiful acai bowls in coconuts here


these gorgeous papaya bowls from hippie lane


pretty fruit pizza made with coconut flour by wife mama foodie.


dragon fruit can be hard to find but if you do score some these bowls by eat to thrive are stunning.


i love the idea of piling a bunch of different citrus on a platter with a sprinkle of pomegranite seeds and serving it your guests like vegetarian ventures


a bowl of berries with a dollop of honey yogurt like carlsbad cravings.



dress your tech | designlovefest

the crybaby club made these cute desktops for us this week. click through below to refresh your desktop with these downloads, and download 1000’s of free desktop wallpapers from the past here.

dress your tech | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest





patio makeover | designlovefest + sarah sherman samuel

we’re finally posting the photos from our patio makeover project. sarah sherman samuel designed the space and did a phenomenal job. i couldn’t love hanging out there more! the space already came with the hanging lights and that rad tile, but other than that it was a blank canvas for sarah to design with. you can shop from all the resources below…

and thanks tessa for the pretty photos!


Processed with VSCOcam with f1 preset

our before post/inspiration was posted over here, but basically we wanted it to feel like you were lounging at a hotel. perfect for entertaining all year long.

patio makeover | designlovefest + sarah sherman samuel
patio makeover | designlovefest + sarah sherman samuel
patio makeover | designlovefest + sarah sherman samuel


white wire chairs: bend captain arm chair
the chairs at the head of the dining table are on sale: get the set of 2 here
black and white curtains from pottery barn
pink fabric for benches (had them upholstered from a local guy)
rattan wall mirrors (LOVE these, and they are on sale at cb2)
smaller tribal pillows hereherehere and here
hanging pendant lights came with the house but there’s some similar ones here and here
dining table with abstract slats from yliving but available here

patio makeover | designlovefest + sarah sherman samuel
patio makeover | designlovefest + sarah sherman samuel

smaller seating area:

ratan chairs from cb2 (the crazy rain storm made mine darker. but they still work out there) these are also an awesome option sarah presented.
round low table: crate and barrel (sold out) but here’s some options here and here
white bistro lights here

patio makeover | designlovefest + sarah sherman samuel
patio makeover | designlovefest + sarah sherman samuel


large tree pot from cb2
all potted cactus from ponderosa cactus in highland park
hanging succulent holders from urban outfitters (more here and here)

patio makeover | designlovefest + sarah sherman samuel
patio makeover | designlovefest + sarah sherman samuel

DIY posts for your patio…

sarah also has a DIY for her woven/copper plant stands here!
and there’s a DIY for the umbrella you see on my patio

patio makeover | designlovefest + sarah sherman samuel
patio makeover | designlovefest + sarah sherman samuel

next up…our dining room in a few weeks!

photos by: tessa neustadt
design by: sarah sherman samuel
our dresses are from doen




STYLED | designlovefest
image found here

i have a million style post ideas swimming around in my head but can’t seem to pick one idea to stick with so today we’re just going to call this post friday finds. half of the online stores seem to be having sales which means that we’re in transition, they’re getting rid of spring merchandise and stocking summer pieces! it’s all about white, ruffles, wrap dresses, pops of peach, pink and coral, linen and gauze. one of my favorite things to wear to the beach in the summer is an oversize white cotton button up shirt. i’ve had great luck finding them at thrift stores, look in the men’s section. don’t worry if it’s large on you, you can always tie the front up if needed! – joanie


J.Crew underwire bikini top ($58) – i bought this bikini top years ago and it’s still one of my favorites. you can shop it by bra size which makes all the difference because small, medium and large just don’t cut it for everyone. i have a large chest and it can be hard to find swimsuits and this one is a winner.

Levi denim skirt ($70) – finding the perfect paid of jean shorts is like finding a needle in a hay stack. i don’t want them too short, or too tight and finding the perfect combination feels impossible so instead, this summer i’m opting for the jean skirt. much more flattering and just as easy to wear!

Embroidered top ($158) – i love all of the detailing on this top, the tiny orange stripe, the delicate ruffle on the sleeve, and the v neck that makes the oversized shape much more flattering. i won’t be spending $150 + on this top but i’m using it as inspiration for future shopping trips.

Loeffler Randall tie sandal ($375) – i don’t own a single pair of Loeffler Randall shoes but i consider myself to be a big fan of the brand and love seeing the collections they put out each season. their colors, gentle use of embellishments and timeless styles are inspiration for shoe shopping even if you can’t afford a pair.

Sandro star top ($230) – i love this oversized star top and it’s be cute with the jean skirt above and also over a tank dress or with a dark pair of jeans to off set the light blue. (also a very chic 4th of july option!)

Pink sunglasses ($118 + 25% off!) – i  love a pair of really light colored sunglasses in the summer and these have a great mix of metal and plastic which makes them more sophisticated than many other colored options out there.

Ruffle wrap dress ($60) – we’re going to feature an entire post on ruffles because they are everywhere right now but i wanted to get this $60 romantic ruffle dress on your radar as quickly as possible. cute with white sneakers, flattering wrap waist, delicate print, it checks all the boxes for the perfect summer dress.

Clare V. canvas tote ($204) – i’ve seen a few girls carrying this bag around LA and it’s so cute and the perfect summer tote. the canvas with the stripe and the size makes it a really versatile, every day bag that will pair with a lot!

H&M high waisted shorts ($30) – shorts are hard to find. i bought these over the weekend because i went out of town and realized half way there that i had forgotten my swimsuit and shorts but it ended up being a win because i love these. high waisted with a little pleating in the front. chic and flattering!

Next Page
 photo 1_zps2362d795.jpg
 photo press_zps16ed2344.jpeg
 photo Screen-Shot-2017-04-03-at-1.44.06-PM_zpstrrrpmex.jpg
 photo DLFluggage04_zpswsrjccfz.jpg
 photo work_zpsnrxwbhbd.jpg
 photo DSC_3116_zpsoz6f25tv.jpg
 photo Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 1.39.13 PM_zpszfmck6ne.png
 photo plant01_zpsvbblfnip.jpg
 photo mail_zps0136b91f.jpg
 photo jobboard-check_zps431bea8e.jpg
 photo downloads_zpsd641254d.jpg