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A Bittersweet Farewell

A Bittersweet Farewell

I’ve inexcusably posted-poned writing this post until now, the very end. And now I sit here in front of the computer with only one last task for the evening – write my farewell post for Hilary Inspired. I feel sadly at a loss for sufficient words. What’s with me?! I guess composing this is a...
The Scoop... (what's up with Hilary Inspired?)

The Scoop… (what’s up with Hilary Inspired?)

Okay, folks. I realize that I’ve been throwing around a lot of coded language and veiled comments these past several months. For those of you who have the convenience of knowing me in person, you’ve probably already heard the news. But for the rest of you, I can only imagine your total confusion. Well, grab...
It's All About to Change!

It’s All About to Change!

I’m a lazy New Year’s Eve-er. I’d rather stay in with a fridge of tasty left-overs and self-serve drinks, a cozy blanket and my current favorite Netflix pick, my husband and my puppy. I don’t spend much time reflecting on the previous year and my new year’s resolutions typically consist of no more than a...
A Day in the Life...

A Day in the Life…

I’ve been working on a little side project for the blog that I am now prepared, whether wisely or not, to share with you all. Fear of perfection is the downfall of many a possible success, right? With that in mind, here goes. This is a short video of the many possible happenings from a...
The STOREFRONT

The STOREFRONT

  Last week, I reinstated a plan for managing that nasty little thing called clutter… One piece in, one piece out. It’s a simple system. In the past, I’ve kept this up by donating old and worn items to local thrift stores. But then it occurred to me that some of my “trash” might be just...
A Closer Look... with Sam Sano

A Closer Look… with Sam Sano

Well, friends… I’m almost back from my Tennessee travels and just in time to share a very special blog post. Sam Reitmayer Sano is a graphic designer in Dallas, TX and a person to whom I owe much thanks. When I first moved to Dallas and was in search of work and industry acquaintances, Sam...
Weekend Cheers

Weekend Cheers

This week I’ve watched my potted plants take off in the high heat and intense sunshine of our Texas Summer. Everyday there seems to be another neon green shoot popping up from the soil. In a similar fashion, I’m doing some “branching” out of my own with an exciting new endeavor. Poppy Magazine is an online publication focusing on...
Weekend Cheers

Weekend Cheers

This weekend, so far, has been tremendous! After two very long and difficult years, David graduated with his Master of Music in Percussion Performance from Texas Christian University. We spent all yesterday relaxing, celebrating, and giving thanks for the many incredible blessings we’ve been given. Today promises to be no less wonderful. Here’s a photo I snapped of...
Mind of the Makeover... Modern Romantic

Mind of the Makeover… Modern Romantic

Well, here it is… my little dream of a website has finally come to fruition. I thought for so long that it would never happen but, never the less, kept the idea firmly placed in my mind. Long nights in Photoshop and many hours brainstorming and editing later, I am giddy as a school girl...
A Quick Introduction

A Quick Introduction

Hello everyone!!! Welcome to the new and improved Hilary Inspired website! My goodness, I am so excited to share this with you. To learn more about how the site works, watch the video I have prepared below. I will take you on a quick tour of the new site and all its features. A Quick...
On my Own!

On my Own!

The past year has seen more changes in my life than I could possibly list. But today I am announcing an important and exciting change that trumps them all! As many of you may know, I have been working at Haverty’s for the past 10 months as a furniture sales person. While it has been...

From This to That…with studio bon

Today I would like to take a short detour from our regular Thrifting Thursday posting to share some exciting news. After many hours and tedious editing, the studio bon blog (that I participated in the collaborative design of) has officially launched and I would love to invite you over for a visit! In celebration of...

Texas…Fort Worth Style

Yesterday, North Texas got a surprise visit from mother nature in the form of snow, sleet, ice, wind, and rain. All night long, gusts of up to 30 mph winds thrust themselves over our rooftop. By morning, all the roads were iced and the lawns covered in a blanket of snow. I’ve been hoping for...

Matchbook to the Rescue!

Last night, while browsing Facebook and reaching a total loss for what to share with you today, I stumbled on some exiting news. (Thank goodness! My well of inspiration was drying up…strangely). For the past month I have heard rumors of a new online publication with a focus on a more complete lifestyle perspective. Their...

Making “The Homies”

Last week my new friend and Hilary Inspired follower, Michelle, left a comment about a contest on Apartment Therapy. I had never heard of it before but apparently the always-awesome home design site hosts a contest each year to elect the year’s newest and best home design blogs through nominations and votes. Some of my...

12 Months Later…

…my secret wish to share a unique “voice” for design and style and join in the fun of design blogging has become a reality. 12 months later…I have accomplished more than I ever expected and discovered opportunities that previously would have never existed (I mentioned a few of these in my New Year’s post HERE)....

Fierce on Facebook

What does a person do when work is a long distant thought, house chores are taking a back seat, free time with the hubby is aplenty, and the weather is a perfect mix of brisk and sunny?…Go to the Zoo!! (and eat sushi for dinner, yogurt for dessert and hot chocolate to top it off)....

Giving Thanks!

Thanksgiving is by far one of my favorite holidays of the year! Besides the over consumption of deliciously fattening foods, Thanksgiving has remained a relatively simple holiday, free from many of the materialistic/consumer driven distractions surrounding Christmas (no offense Christmas). For the most part, Thanksgiving is a day to pause our busy lives and embrace the...

Opportunity is Knocking!

Every once in a while (sometimes less often than one would hope) an unexpected opportunity comes along that you feel sure is a step in a new and promising direction. Well, last week I alluded to some exciting news, but I couldn’t release any information until this evening. Now, the time is right and the...

White Elephant…Part 2

I told you there would be more! By now you’ve probably picked up on the fact that White Elephant is a treasure trove of gorgeous antiques. Here is the last installment of my Antiquing After Dark photos: I am also a huge fan of the silver screen antics of Laurel and Hardy (a favorite watch...

White Elephant…After Dark

Whew! What a crazy last few days! Much apologies for my unannounced departure from daily posts. I will have some very exciting news that I can share with you next week…and it will help you understand my brief absence. But for now, you’ll have to wait in eager anticipation. Until then, let me fill you...

Greek Style!

This past weekend was a welcome departure from my regular schedule of retail, house chores, and email catch-up. Instead, I volunteered to dance with a group of traditional Greek dancers in my churches yearly Greek Festival fundraiser. For the past several months we have been preparing with weekly practices and bi-weekly rehearsals leading up to...

All In a Day’s Work

Yesterday was a fully packed and totally exciting day of design and blogging adventures. It all started with a relaxed morning at The House on Victory Ave. for The Dallas City Living Tour. Beautiful interiors, friendly visitors and a new buddy!! (Michelle, it was so wonderful to finally meet you in person!) Next on my...

Dallas City Living Tour

If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that last week I volunteered to be a docent for the Dallas City Living Tour presented by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League. The event features 22 Texas designers and five urban condominiums from the recently constructed high-rise, The House. Teams of designers collaborated on the over...

“Bonnee” Kind of Day

Life has a way of leading you along exciting and unexpected paths and the more time I spend searching the more surprised I am at what is found. In the process of my quest to find my artistic calling, I have found Studio Bon, a lovely textile studio founded, owned, and run by Bonnee Sharp....

I’ll Be In My Office

First week of the new job down and I already feel like I’ve been there for months. I work with incredibly helpful and friendly folks and I am learning all sorts of new skills and systems. Up for work early in the morning and home in the evening with the rest of the job-holding world...

Ready for Rue?

Hopefully you said, “YES of course! And where can I find it?”.  And answering that, I would send you HERE to read the premier issue of what is sure to be a trend setter in online shelter and lifestyle magazines along with the likes of Lonny and Domino Magazine. (yes, I said it…Rue is just...