Daily Inspiration
New Year, New Board

New Year, New Board

I know, I know… the beginning of the New Year was almost a full month ago! What am I doing just now changing my inspiration board? Unfortunately, I didn’t get to my yearly inspiration board makeover until just now. Story of my life I’m afraid. So, in order to maintain my sense of accomplishment, I’m...
Here's to Another!

Here’s to Another!

My, my how time flies! I had all the best intentions of publishing this post at the beginning of the day but much like life itself, time got away from me. Today is officially this blog’s 2nd birthday. I can hardly believe it! This time last year, I was just beginning to re-imagine things for...
Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction

I am one of those people who is greatly affected by my environment… I mean, really affected! When my house is a mess, I don’t function well and find myself less able to work creatively and efficiently. Organization fuels my ability to work outside the box, and that’s a trait that I realize isn’t the...
A Touch of Winter

A Touch of Winter

The crunch and crisp of Winter has begun to set in. Early mornings are frost bitten and late evenings have a chill that will bite you to the bone. The mid day is still relatively mild here in Texas but cold none the less. I took this photograph earlier in the season and it caught...
Mark the Spot

Mark the Spot

If you are reading this blog, chances are you have an admiration for beautiful things in the form of published media. For years, traditional printed magazines have been the primary resource for this type of content. As a young girl, I can remember searching far and wide for my favorite publications and since then, I’ve...
Color Study... Ep. 5

Color Study… Ep. 5

A special delivery arrived at my front door last week (more on that later) and it came in the most beautiful jewel-toned hues. It just so happens that the colors include all of my favorites… all of them, really! So naturally, today’s Color Study post was inspired by that. My Design*Sponge hardcover book has been...
The Art of Presentation

The Art of Presentation

This post may be a little late considering that the holiday season has already past us, but I felt it was worth posting regardless. I received the Barneys New York Holiday 2011 catalog at the beginning of the season and was struck by the beautifully simple and artistic presentation. While most retailers choose to inundate...
Quiet & Still Weekend Cheers

Quiet & Still Weekend Cheers

While making a quick stop by the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens earlier this week, I noticed the gold fish pond was moving very slowly. I stopped to look closer and remembered that the cold weather causes gold fish to hibernate essentially by slowing their movement considerably. This idea struck me at the moment as being...
Autumn Appearances

Autumn Appearances

Despite growing older every year and seeing the “same” seasonal changes time and time again, I am still so smitten with the colors and textures of Fall. Although I’ve mentioned it many times in the past several weeks, I have yet to dedicate an entire post to what is my most favorite seasonal change of...
Color Study... Ep. 2

Color Study… Ep. 2

You wouldn’t believe the album of photos from my trip to Arizona! Everywhere I turned, I noticed something new and fascinating to capture. Color was an interesting subject to study in the desert. Most everything is dry and dusty which makes for a very muted color palette. But then you have the sky which can...
Severe Beauty

Severe Beauty

I must admit… I’m a bit speechless. My short trip to Arizona last week was a refreshing and rejuvenating escape from the worries and woes of ordinary life. The scenery was breathtaking – truly! I could have spent all my time snapping away on my camera, but, in an attempt to have a balanced experience,...
Desert Retreat

Desert Retreat

Good morning! Today I am sending this post to you from the far-off state of Arizona where I am taking a brief retreat from work, play, and the internet (almost) to reflect and refocus. It has been a breathtaking retreat and I am treasuring every moment… the mornings before dawn, the vibrantly colored skies, and...
Color Study... Ep. 1

Color Study… Ep. 1

Cognac, Chartreuse, & Smokey Blue I have been noticing the growing appearance of the color Cognac these days… not brown, not tan, not orange – Cognac, a very distinct, warm shade combining a touch of all three I just listed. It is a beautiful neutral for the Fall season and I am especially inspired by...
Weekend Cheers

Weekend Cheers

Here’s to taking a moment for yourself. Breathing deep. Unplugging. Relaxing. And taking a moment to enjoy the outdoors.  
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...
Into the Garden

Into the Garden

Because I have been so remiss in posting this week, today will be an extra full dose of Hilary Inspired for your viewing pleasure! This time of year is so perfect for spending an afternoon outdoors – cool breezes, mild temperatures, beautiful changing scenery – which is why I chose to visit the Fort Worth...
Rosy Embers

Rosy Embers

I’m beginning to believe my fruit selection is guided more heavily by the coloration of the produce than I originally thought. I mean, I’ve always know this was a factor in my decision making, but without a doubt, I selected these glowing red pears purely because of their gorgeous skins. A pile of yellow-green cousins...
The Gate is Asway

The Gate is Asway

Out of the blue and for no apparent reason other than momentary curiosity, I picked up an old book of poems sitting on a near-by bookshelf last week. While turning through the brittle, age worn pages, I came across this capsule sized poem entitled “October”. It seemed an appropriate feature for today’s post – can...
Simple Things

Simple Things

Most days, I make an effort to share posts with you that have been purposefully conceptualized and accompanied by words that were carefully composed. I admit that sometimes I probably spend too much time scrutinizing and editing and, by the end, share posts that are a tad long-winded but it’s all with the intent to...
The Weekend

The Weekend

Finally, after the labor day weekend festivities, I am catching up on a busy week’s worth of projects. A little extra time found me editing a few photographs from last weekend last night taken at the park with friends. It was a gorgeous day in Texas… a person could actually sit outside for more than...
Fading Colors

Fading Colors

I hesitated to post today’s images. I’m sure by now you’re tired of seeing my country bouquet of late summer flowers since their first appearance in THIS post. But I’ve completely enjoyed watching their evolution from fresh, peppy buds to rich, full blooms and now softly faded shadows of those initial blossoms. Surprisingly, I think...
Amateur Artists

Amateur Artists

Last minute plans usually go one of two ways, really great or really not. This past Thursday evening, David had a last minute idea for a memorable (and affordable) activity to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. Our hope… that the plan would be great despite it’s impromptu arrangement. Instead of spending a large amount of money on...
Old Dress, Old Chair... Old Soul

Old Dress, Old Chair… Old Soul

Since  I first started taking notice of clothing and decor as a young girl, I have been drawn to old things… clothing from a different era, patterns with a sense of heritage, decor telling a piece of history. I thinks it’s kind of odd considering that I am now such a fan of the modern...
Friday's are like sunny afternoons...

Friday’s are like sunny afternoons…

…they’re a good time to look back and reflect, a pleasant surprise at the end of a long day or week, and a welcome reminder that you’ve almost reached the end. One of my favorite things to do at home is to take a minute in the mid-afternoon to sit in our kitchen and enjoy...
Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

A fellow North Texan and Dallas interior designer, Beth Dotolo has made a big splash in both the interior design industry and blogging community. Her work can be found all over the internet! While tweeting last week (I sound like such nerd, but that’s my life now!) via my home office, I came across an article...
Instagram = Instant Obsession

Instagram = Instant Obsession

I have joined Instagram and am totally hooked! What’s Instagram, you ask? It is a free application available for the iPhone (they’re working on adapting it to other platforms) that allows you to share your candid photos with a community of followers easily and instantly using brief captions and pre-designed filters to create unique and...
Casual Friday

Casual Friday

For me, Friday everyday is casual… I don’t have much need to get fancied up for work anymore. But that doesn’t keep me from dressing in a way that makes me feel good. I love stripes (especially bold ones), classic worn-in jeans are hands-down the best, this Art-Deco style necklace is an instant statement piece,...