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Weekend Cheers

Weekend Cheers

Surprise! Did you think I had disappeared? Left you for good? Some weeks are busier than others and the reality is, I can’t do it all in those situations. Sadly, that meant that you were left to yourselves this week, dear readers. But I wanted to pop in at the end to assure you that...
Lightening in a Vase

Lightening in a Vase

“Making lemonade out of lemons” is a cliche statement but undeniably appropriate in so many situations. I don’t have to dwell on the electrical difficulties David and I have been having this past week. (You may have seen me mention it HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.) Needless to say, our situational issues have thrown a...
Weekend Cheers

Weekend Cheers

This week has been a little strange. I mentioned our tree catastrophe in yesterday’s post. It’s kept David, Ives, and me in the dark for the past 24 hours and improvements aren’t promising for at least another couple days. I won’t lie… it’s been irritating but the one upside has been my forced separation from...
Staying Flexible

Staying Flexible

Yesterday afternoon a tree fell over in our backyard during an especially ferocious thunderstorm and took out all of our electricity. I’m now writing this post from the bustling headquarters of my local Starbucks. Earlier in the week when David was taking these photographs, we had our darling but squirmy pup Ives with us. He...
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...
{long} Weekend Cheers

{long} Weekend Cheers

The best holidays seem to always come after the longest stretches of work. This past week was full both in my “day job” and here on Hilary Inspired. Here’s a quick look at the week’s highlights: Front porch facelift for The Home Depot Special feature on The Everygirl ShoeMint giveaway for Hilary Inspired readers Since...
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...
Joyful Weekend

Joyful Weekend

This past weekend was absolutely glorious! I relaxed, cleaned, cooked, gathered with friends, and celebrated. For those that don’t know, I am an Orthodox Christian and we celebrated our Easter (Pascha) on Sunday, a week behind everyone else. After a long, long week, I was so happy to spend Sunday in the company of dear friends...
Color Study... Ep. 9 - Remembering Albert Hadley

Color Study… Ep. 9 – Remembering Albert Hadley

This past Friday, the design community lost one of their great masters and my “great-aunt” Betty, known by my family as Ms. Hadley, lost her dearest brother. For those who aren’t familiar with him, Albert Hadley was a Tennessee native, talented design partner of Sister Parish, preeminent American decorator and icon in his own right,...
Valentine's Left Overs

Valentine’s Left Overs

I don’t know about you, but I enjoyed a lovely Valentine’s Day! David and I stayed in and cooked delicious dinner together. Well, he cooked… I cleaned.  (he’s much better at that than I am). Of course, along with any Valentine’s dinner comes flowers, but instead of requesting a perfectly composed bouquet from the grocer,...
A Cup of Tea

A Cup of Tea

I’ve be less than my usual self this week on account of a bothersome head cold that keeps bringing me down. When you feel like this, sometimes the smallest things make a difference. I steeped a hot cup of herbal tea yesterday and felt tremendously better… at least for a little while! If you’re not...
These Days

These Days

Hello again dear friends!! My sincerest apologizes for abandoning you so far this week. Things are constantly in a state of unsure balance around here and occasionally that balance gets shifted towards the direction of work, leaving this space in the dust. To give you an idea of what’s been happening in my life lately,...
Big vs. Little

Big vs. Little

Here are a few brief thoughts for the weekend. I created my first inspiration board for 2012 this week. So far, it’s been wonderful!! I look up at it and am refreshed with a wall of new ideas and thoughts. Each new thought leads to a new plan, which in turn leads to a new...
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...
Style Story... Ada Smith

Style Story… Ada Smith

Simply put, today’s post is very special to me. My grandmother, Ada Smith, mother of my mother Jessee and known by her grandchildren as “Day-Day”, has been a precious and profound role model for me all my life! She is gracious, kind, elegant, and humble. When I asked her if I could photograph her apartment, a place in...
Christmas Cheer!

Christmas Cheer!

Merry belated Christmas, everyone! I am writing this post from a cozy place on my in-law’s sofa with a belly full of Southern-style Cracker Barrel breakfast and sitting beside my husband. It’s wonderful! Between my plate full of work projects and David’s busy school schedule, we’ve been hustling quite a lot for the past several months....
A Moment for Thanks

A Moment for Thanks

  Photo by David Walker Just wanted to take this moment to thank you ALL for your support, readership, and comments. It means more to me than you probably realize. I love writing this blog and having readers that enjoy it also is so special. THANK YOU! For those in the United States, I hope you...
Hallow e'en Cheers

Hallow e’en Cheers

The weekend is well upon us and before long sugar-high children in all assortments of costumery will be prancing the streets for candy. Although I’ve never been the biggest participant of Halloween spookiness, I do have many fond memories of homemade childhood costumes – Sacagawea, Ana Pavlova, Amelia Earhart… we had a thing for historic...
The Hall Before the Show

The Hall Before the Show

I recently had the pleasure of photographing the TCU Percussion Orchestra for a performance in which my husband, David, participated. It was a special presentation for local middle school students at Fort Worth’s Bass Hall, a beautiful piece of relatively new architecture in an art deco/ nouveau style. I got there early to set-up and...
Just Greens

Just Greens

Grocery shopping can be difficult and not for the obvious reasons… tempting ice cream selections, long rush-hour lines, the unreasonable desire to eat everything you see while shopping hungry! For me, the most tempting items in the grocery are often the fresh buckets of flowers and greens conveniently placed at both the entrance and exit...
One More...

One More…

… Ok, there may be more than just one more. In fact, if I can keep myself focused there may be many more paintings to come! What I didn’t mention in yesterday’s post was that my artistic interests have also blossomed now that my freelance schedule opened up. Here’s a quick look at my most...
Life as a Freelancer

Life as a Freelancer

My new freelance lifestyle has me coming and going, around the house, about the town, on the computer, behind the camera, and brainstorming up a frenzy! I have all sorts of exciting ideas rolling around in my head and hardly enough time to get them all done. Everyday begins the same… with a looong to-do...
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...