Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Modern Master Bedroom Mix

I have been having a blast doing E-designs for blog readers near and
far!  A majority of the work I do via E-design would be considered
more traditional design - man, you all LOVE your neutrals!

The design above is a for a client who lives in the coolest contemporary
home and definitely leans toward a modern/mid-century vibe.
I loved mixing some traditional elements - like the pair of art prints and the 
garden stool with more contemporary furnishings - like the yummy modern chaise. 

Still working on paint choices/options - what do you think?  
Light and neutral or dark and moody?


I am booking E-designs for October (2 spots left) and November -
if you are interested, please send an email to me at jill.hinsondesigns@gmail.com!

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Well hello August!

I am still trying to find my blogging mojo - I really am, but I appreciate any of you who visit and keep in touch.  I really do love writing and sharing but if I were to be honest, the blogging world has changed quite a bit and I don't know if I necessarily want to go where it has gone.  I refuse to make this just a place where I share only design-related posts.  And I just don't have time to take Pinterest worthy photos all the time with graphics that link to my post or do tutorials, or pretend I am Martha Stewart or Bunny Williams and give you cooking or decorating advice as if I am a nationally known figure.  As with my Instagram account, I will always include personal information and other things I might find interesting.  With that being said, perhaps my blogging style can be considered 'vintage'…..no sponsored posts, links, sponsored content, links to 'internet friends', etc….What I will continue to do is organic, entirely ME and often completely random……which brings us to today's post.

August is here and I have to say I was happy to flip that calendar page!  I think our family packed a full summer of activities into the month of July.  In addition, I am working more than I ever have during the summer.  One of the blessings of having a teenage driver is that I have help and one less child that needs me so much but don't let anyone fool you, it comes with an enormous amount of stress too!  We are ALL getting used to our new 'freedom' and just what that means.  And if I were being honest, I miss the car time and the conversations, catching the last few minutes of practice while waiting for her to get off the field…..I know, sappy for sure!


Working with so many different clients with different styles has me using Pinterest more than ever these days.  Pinterest continues to be a great resource for me in order to communicate design styles, trends, finishes, room layout and paint colors with clients.  I recently stumbled on this image and just loved it!

To me the minimal use of color, art, ottoman and light fixture are the show-stoppers 
of this space - also love the bits of black that really punctuate the space!
 What do you think?


The big news in our house is that my soccer girl verbally committed to play soccer for Saint Louis University!  Emma has worked really hard, dreamed big from a very young age and was persistent in reaching her goal……..She will begin her junior year in high school with this decision behind her!  As a parent, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing your children reach their dreams and learn that hard work, sacrifice and determination DO payoff!  I know there are LOTS of thoughts on children 'specializing' in sports at an early age and early college commitments.  I will say this about it - my girl fell in love with the beautiful game of soccer from the first day she played - when she was four years old.  She played on recreational soccer teams {including boy/girl teams} until she was 9 years old when she began playing on a club team.  Over the years, she also swam on a swim team, played lacrosse, basketball and even golf.  It wasn't until just last year that she ONLY played soccer (she played lacrosse for her high school team as a freshman), although it was always her favorite and the sport she excelled in the most.  SHE always made the decision on how much soccer she played, SHE set a goal to play college Division I soccer, SHE never complains about going to practice and all the social occasions she has to miss as a high school student.  We never pushed her more than she pushed herself.  So my advice to all parents of young kids playing sports is this…..allow your child to lead and you support.  Not everyone is cut out to play at a high level.  Some kids like to stay at a recreational level and that is OK.  Good Lord, I was a cheerleader in the 80's so hardly 'athletic' {as opposed to cheerleading now which is TOTALLY athletic}….all her athletic genes came from my husband! *You can read another post I did about her soccer 4 years ago when she was just 13 HERE!

Our family all went to San Diego in July to watch Emma play soccer.  Her sister's reward was a day at Disneyland.  {*We did something similar in 2011 and I blogged about it HERE.} Abby is a Disney-obsessed girl and I had taken her to Disney for her 13th birthday in April, but we did just one day in July and truthfully, I don't know if I can do it again…..at least for awhile.  But this girl below, I don't doubt that one day she will be working in some capacity at Disney. She loves it all……she became completely emotional during the fireworks show, just from the shear magic of it all!!!  This girl is my 'mini-me'{with the exception of the undying love of all things Disney} - creative, introverted, loves all things fashion-related, art, theatre, music ……Obviously, my girls are complete opposite and each have their passions and unique dreams!

We still have about a month until school starts - I will have a junior in high school and an 8th grader!!!  Unbelievable!  I think when I started writing this blog they were in 5th and 2nd…..see why I will never stop sharing the personal stuff????  This blog is really the scrapbook of their lives…..all those Creative Memories books that sit in the cabinet document the first five or so years of each of their lives but this blog will cover the rest …..  oh, and Chatbooks, they will have the Chatbooks too!

So August….here we are….hoping to see my friends, drink some  cocktails on my patio, hike, garden…..oh, and I signed up for a 14 day sugar detox that starts Monday….not a highlight for sure, but necessary…..so no cocktails till after I detox!  What was I thinking????? I apologize in advance to all those that might come in personal contact with me in the next week.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Summer Design Board and Design Question Sale!

My work in design really began here on this blog when I hit 'publish' on my
very first blog post and then when I began offering e-design services.  I have to
admit, that due to a full schedule with local design clients, I just haven't 
been doing much e-design which I really do love.

After a very busy July, I am looking forward to enjoying some time
at home in August.  Because many local clients travel and are busy getting
their children ready for school during August, my schedule is a little more flexible.
I thought it would be fun to offer
a few spots for e-design clients at a reduced rate! 

I am offering THREE e-design spots for $150 per room!
My rate is normally $300 per space.

In addition, I am also offering the opportunity to ask any single design
question you would like for $15 - paint color? design question? Floor plan?
Whatever 'issue' you have with your house. These are SO fun!!!

To reserve your spot to work together with me in AUGUST, send me
an email jill.hinsondesigns@gmail.com.  I require full payment, via Paypal,  to reserve 
your spot - I try to be very fair and will schedule the projects who make timely payment.

For $15 design questions, just send your question to me at jill.hinsondesigns@gmail.com
and I will send you a Paypal invoice and answer!

This has always been fun and I want to keep it that way - you will be a big
help to me if you answer emails on a timely basis and are open minded, brave
and willing to take a few risks!  

Let's make your house pretty for fall!

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Friday, June 26, 2015


Anyone else have trouble keeping track of what day of the week it is 
during the summer months?  Without routine and schedules it's
just so difficult for me…but I am happy it's Friday….
I am heading up to Seattle later this afternoon, mostly to watch
my girl play some soccer but also to see my country
crush Kenny Chesney in concert at Safeco Field!  I have
seen Kenny in concert many times but my hubby got us tickets
in the sandbar for my birthday…gotta love a guy who buys you 
tickets to see your country crush from the front row!

While in Seattle, I am also having brunch with some
of my favorite blogging pals….so it's going to be a busy weekend,
filled with lots of good stuff.

As you can see from the photo above, we have made a few little
changes in our kitchen - added the Ikea pendants over
the island.  I had an electrician convert the can lights for me.
I also have hung bamboo shades since this photo was taken -
both things I have wanted to do FOREVER…..I promise to
get a post up soon with all the little changes that
I have made in our home….

I had no takers on the pillows I had for sale in my last post -
a first!  If you are interested in any of them, please feel
free to make me an offer - I would like to pass them along.

Wishing you all a weekend full of summer good stuff!

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