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

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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

Design Details: GREEN!

There are so many wonderful colors out there…sometimes its hard to choose a favorite!  I can NEVER answer the question “what is your favorite color?”.  Its just not possible!  I love them all and my mind is constantly changing.  So instead of choosing…i just jump from color to color, loving and appreciating how wonderful they all are!!  Today i’m in a green mood.  Specifically a lovely rich shade of Emerald green!!

green door{source}

green sofa{source}

green cabinets{source}

green chair{source}

green outdoor{source}

green library{source}

green legs{source}

green tile floor{source}

green bathroom{source}

Does anyone else have the urge to grab a can of green paint and go to town?!?!!?

~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: Now

It’s monday…a {hopefully} fabulous weekend has come to a close and we look ahead to the start of a new week.  I hope you took advantage of a couple beautiful days off and were able to do something that makes you happy!  This year is completely flying by (hello AUGUST) and its hard to believe that it is nearing the end of summer!  With time whizzing by us…all the more reason to be sure that you are enjoying each and every moment and not letting any time go to waste.  Wether you are relaxing and allowing yourself some down time or running around keeping busy, take advantage of every second and live life to the fullest!!

“Enjoy life NOW
 this is not a rehearsal”


Choose Joy!
~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: difficult roads

Happy Monday to ya!  I hope you had a fantastic weekend doing whatever makes you the most happy!!  We had a busy busy weekend…spent time catching up with friends we’ve missed, celebrating soon to be new additions and helping loved ones move into the next phase of their lives.  All and all it was a wonderful and exhausting weekend!  Life goes by so quickly and doesn’t always go the way we have planned.  Have faith, stick with it and you will soon realize that although your journey might not be as smooth as you might like it will all be worth it in the end!

“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations”


Choose Joy
~ Jillian

Thrifty Finds: Random Number box

You all know we LOVE a good thrift store find here at HSE.  There is something so exciting about the “hunt” and then the “what if” when you find an item that needs a good home and a little love.  Sometimes you find things that you have the perfect place for, sometimes you find things that just need a little cleaning and are good to go.  Other times you find things that you are unsure of their function…but they are just too cool to pass up.


Enter random number box…I was purusing  the aisles of my local Goodwill when I stumbled on a very cool looking, beat up wooden box with these random number dials.  I had NO clue what its original function was…but I just knew i needed to have it!!  What i loved about it is that it happened to have 4 number dials…just the right amount to display a special date perhaps?!?
number box combo

This was a SUPER simple update that gave this cool found object a new life!!  CLEAN IT / SAND IT / PAINT IT.  Seriously does not get easier than that!!  Once he was showing off his pretty new color, I turned the number dials to our wedding date (10.04.2008) as a little nod to a very special day!!  Right now he has the perfect home adding a little pop of color to my white framed collage wall (i promise i’ll get around to some pictures of that wall someday soon…promise!) and I must admit I smile a little extra when i catch a glimpse!!

081What kind of thrift store finds have you scored lately??  Any fun and easy DIY projects?? SHARE your projects here on HSE, we might just highlight them on the next episode of Thrifty Finds!!  Oh an P.s. Anyone know what this random find was originally used for?

Happy Crafting
~ Jillian