D. L. Rhein | Interior Design, Handcrafted Jewelry, Vintage Decor | HOW CANCER CHANGED MY LIFE
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“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” – Dolly Parton

Double Rainbow in front of D.L. RHEIN #rainbow


It’s funny how when a new year begins, a lot of  people say “Thank goodness that year is over. ”  We get a fresh start and get to make resolutions anew and put anything unsavory behind us. I have to say that 2015 was one of the best years of my life.  It was an amazing year of spiritual growth,  self reflection, health and lifestyle choices, and a great expansion within my business.  I want to start by saying thank you to everyone in my immediate and extended world for giving me the best year of my life. You supported me, my business, and my blog.  You gave me love in more ways than I can ever express through messages, visits, food, gifts, and unwavering support physically and mentally.  A very special thank you to Jess, my right hand, who held up this business in every way without a glitch for the last seven months.  Knowing it was in good hands and that I didn’t have to stress about that made a huge difference in helping me get to focus on healing and creativity.  2015 was a year in which we documented a lot of our design projects, before and afters, “the work”.  Reflecting on last year and beginning a new one, I can say that I have some of the most amazing clients that I have had to date in my career.  I am grateful to you all for trusting my vision, allowing me to create beautiful and harmonious spaces for your homes and offices, and for becoming my friends, not just clients.  

If you can persevere through great adversity, the reward can be a beautiful thing.  I feel like now that I’ve weathered the storm and completed my treatments, the darkness is falling away and allowing the light to shine through, brighter than ever.  Much like this double rainbow that spanned the sky in front of my store as it seems to do every time it rains in West LA.  The overall light changes and I run outside to see this awe inspiring phenomenon.  Another reminder, it will all be ok and that moving forward is the only choice to live life to its fullest.



I wanted to start this year with a blog post about what I see as the future of my business and what this blog means to me and has meant to other people.  I never could have anticipated or realized how my personal journey could reach and effect so many, even those I’ve never met.  This year, I want to share with you what I’ve learned over the last seven months about health and lifestyle during my journey with cancer.  Yes, we’ll still show our design projects and creative endeavors, but I will be sharing many things that effect our daily lives and overall health.  I can tell you this, I have learned to cut out the fat, both figuratively and literally so that I may live “symbolically leaner.”  I have become more aware of the relationships that nourish me, much like food, and learning to know my limits and when to say no in my personal life and career.  Limiting my stress as much as possible to eliminate any toxins within my body, including emotional toxicity.  Listening to my inner voice and trusting my instincts before a situation even has a chance to go sour.  Trying to turn all the lemons into lemonade as much as I can to continue on a path of health and happiness.   Thank you for coming along for the ride, as a new chapter of this journey begins.


    Posted at 20:57h, 25 January

    Deborah, I am bursting with pride, you write so eloquently, but also are so sincere. You have learned some very difficult lessons on life’s journey, you are such an amazing and very special person, few are as sensitive as you are to realize what you need to do to stay stress free, fulfilled and live a healthy life–never abandon the inner voice, it is your map to happiness and staying away from toxic relationships. I love you so much, words are inadequate, but I think you know how I feel and with every breath I take, I’ll be there for all 3 of you.

  • Ruthie
    Posted at 23:02h, 25 January

    Love your blog & thankful you’re doing so well..

    • Jessica Young
      Posted at 21:21h, 27 January

      Thank you so much Ruthie! xoxo

  • Nanda Parekh
    Posted at 13:27h, 27 April

    Dear Deborah,

    I don’t know how do I explain, I went through from same thing.

    My partner, my brother in law Abhay Parekh, who always come with me to L A Textile show. Now he is doing great,
    had Cancer. We really got support from every one & I alone can run very good business. I learn that god is great & he worries about us.
    You take care of your health, god bless you. Let me know if I can do any thing.