Monday Mantra: Love

Good Morning!  I hope you had a lovely weekend.  We spent some of our time catching up with great friends (who also happen to be neighbors…lucky us!)  What I love about getting together with friends is learning about the things in life that make us different!  From our backgrounds and family history to beliefs and spiritual practices.  It is so interesting to find out more about the people you love spending time with!!  What I realized this weekend is that no matter where you come from or what religion you are or what your main focus in life is, there seems to be one common thread that pulls us all together…LOVE!!  And as long as we do all things with that intention behind us, life will be good!!

“Love is the common thread”


Do all things with Love
~ Jillian

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Monday Mantra: gratitude

Life has been so busy lately it has been hard to keep up! (i’m sure i am not the only one that feels that way!!)  It feels like Monday’s are coming around faster then ever!  But in the busiest times of life it seems even more important to pause and be thankful for the blessings in our lives.  With a busy life undoubtably comes rushing around and not feeling like you have the time to stop and breath.  The feeling of never quite being caught up with your to do list.

So this week we should pause, as often as possible to take a nice deep breath and count the blessings in our lives.  Take stock of all the wonderful things that make it possible for you to keep on trucking!  As we head into the busiest time of the year (can anyone else believe that thanksgiving is right around the corner??) which makes it even more important to stop and smell the roses!!

“gratitude changes everything”


Happy Monday
~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: Opportunity

Happy Monday to ya!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend doing WHATEVER you wanted to!!  We spent time working on house things…catching up with friends and relaxing!!  I am so excited that fall is in the air.  It’s such a wonderful time of year with beautiful weather, yummy flavors and LOTs of beautiful things around us.  Stay tuned to HSE this fall for lots of Fall inspiration!

“A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity;
an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”


Happy Monday – ENJOY your day!
~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: habit

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend and are refreshed for the week ahead!  I must admit that I had a little bummer of a weekend and spent it…sick…on my couch.  Feeling better and slowly but surely getting back into full steam!!  This was definitely my body’s way of telling me I need to slow down and take some time to myself.  I did that and then some this weekend…although i must admit its way more fun having me time when you are feeling good then when you are sicky!!  So here’s hoping things continue on the path the 100% this week and life can get back to a bit more normal (Dear Body: i promise to slow down and take better care so we don’t have to go thru this again any time soon!!)  Have a wonderful week and take care!

“We are what we repeatedly do, excellence therefore is not an act but a habit”


Happy Monday
~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: give

Good Morning!  I hope you had a fabulous weekend!  We snuck off last week for a much needed vacation and enjoyed a little R & R at the beautiful beach in Sandestin!!  Such a wonderful trip; made lots of great memories, caught up on rest and soaked in as much sunshine as we possibly could!!  Now its back to the grind and getting settled back into life!

“We make a living by what we get,
but we make a LIFE by what we give”

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Happy Monday!
~ Jillian

Design School: creating Ikat

We’ve chatted about how beautiful Ikat fabric is before here at HSE, we’ve even shown you a fantastic resource for scoring some Ikat pillows, fabric and accessories of your very own!  But did you know how complicated and skilled the process of creating this gorgeous fabric is?!?!  I had NO idea and i’m in aww at the talented folks that have mastered the creation of these fabrics.

From a  design standpoint, Ikat is a wonderful way to add pattern, a color pop and even that final finishing detail to a space.  The patterns can pull together a color palette by incorporating colors together in an unexpected way.  Although many are bright and full of bold colors, some are subtle and soft and just add a beautiful pattern and texture to a more neutral space.  I have examples of both in my house and I LOVE how they add a cheerful punch!

There are two ways to color a fabric: to print the colors and designs to the already made fabric or to color the threads first and weave them together. The easier and more efficient way is to just print onto the fabric, whereas dying the threads first requires much skill. Ikat is a type of fabric that is dyed before it is woven. So how it works is that very skilled artisans arrange bundles of silk threads next to each other tightly. Then they bind these bundles in patterns they want to create on the fabric. This in itself is very time consuming work.


Then, these bundles are dyed. The threads are dipped into the dye. The bound parts of the silk do not receive the color whereas the unbound, exposed parts are colored. The tightly bound areas are waxed before dyeing so that the dye does not penetrate when the bundles are soaked in the dye.

men on loom

Fabrics that are more than two colors have to be bound and dyed more than once. This requires immense skill and time.  Lastly, the threads are woven on looms by hand.


on loom

The entire process is very demanding and labor intensive. The most skilled artisan could at most make about 2 yards of fabric per day.


You can check out some of these amazing fabrics, and pillowcases that have been made from these fabrics at the amazing and talented SilkWay.

Happy Decorating!!
~ Jillian

Monday ~er~ Tuesday Mantra: positive thought

Welcome back from a fabulous holiday weekend!!  I hope you and yours enjoyed some time off and got in some relaxation!  We took a different approach to the weekend and decided to go tromping thru the woods!!  3 beautiful days in the wilderness brought me so much peace, calmness and positivity (and a VERY welcome shower when we returned!)  It was a wonderful way to escape from the craziness of normal life for a bit and relax to the sounds of rushing water and the trees moving in the breeze.  We did have a crazy wild storm one of the nights (which lead to a middle of the night tent-duct-taping-inncodent) but other then that it was a fabulous trip!!

“Every positive thought propels you in the right direction”

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Oh and one more AMAZING thing…my beautiful niece Annabelle decided to make her entrance into the world!!!  I was SO thankful to be in the room when she was born…a TRULY awesome experience!!!  I am so incredibly blessed to be Auntie to two of the world’s cutest little ladies and cannot wait to be apart of their lives as they grow.  This was absolutely a weekend filled with love, energy and overwhelming JOY!

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I hope you had an amazing weekend and have a fabulous week coming up.  Live each day to the fullest and remember to pause and enjoy those little (or BIG) moments of Joy!!

~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: Laughter

Hiya and happy monday to you!!  I hope you had a great weekend filled with joy and a few good laughs.  This year seems to be flying by so fast, its hard to believe that the summer is over, kids are back in school and its almost time for football season!!  We are trying to squeeze out every last bit of outside summer time fun that we can before we have to give in (and in our neck of the woods this weather is giving us one final dose of HOT & HUMID!) So we spent the weekend outside working in the garden, enjoying some time by the pool, even played a few good rounds of glow in the dark bocce ball (I have quite a few mosquito bites to show for it!!).  As these days fly by and life seems to get just a little bit crazier; my goal is to enjoy each day to the fullest…get the most out of those moments we have with our loved ones and find joy in the ordinary whenever possible!!

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
~ E.E. Cummings


Choose Joy (and laughter)
~ Jillian

Design School: unconventional artwork

When decorating your home, what goes on the walls really adds a layer of depth and interest to your space.  Its like the jewelry to a fabulous outfit…The icing on a delicious cake!  So when it comes to the things on your walls…go unconventional!  Artwork is lovely and absolutely a great solution for decorating your space…BUT there are so many other fabulous options out there.  Think outside the box…there is NO wrong thing!!  The trick is to go NUTZ but focus that in one great area.  If you want to put baskets all over the wall DO IT…and do it to fill out and balance that wall in the room!  Here are some other fantastic out of the box options to dress up your space…


wall map

vintage flash cards

plants on wall

wall flowers

random artwork

hats on wall

crazy artwork


wall plates

bike on wall




Be brave and add a little jewelry to your space!!

Happy Decorating
~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: happens

Happy Monday to you!  I hope you had a fabulous weekend and that you feel refreshed and ready for the week ahead.  We spent the weekend catching up on some much needed rest, enjoyed some time catching up with friends and got out to enjoy a few minutes of sunshine amongst an off and on stormy weekend.  We also welcomed a new tree to our family (check out my instagram feed to meet “Charlie”…he’s pretty fantastic!!)  All in all it was a fabulous “planned Un-planned weekend!

“We need to stop analyzing the past and stop planning the future
Stop deciding with our minds what we want our hearts to feel
We have to go with whatever happens…happens”



Have a  fantastic week and just try to go with the flow!
~ Jillian