Sunday, April 10, 2016

Cha-cha-cha, changes…….(design board sale!)

I posted this photo on Instagram about a week ago.  It shows some of the
changes I have made to our dining space - and there are still more to come!
I took some heat from a blog reader who insinuated I had
unlimited funds from which to re-do my house - nothing could
be further from the truth. But the Restoration Hardware chairs I had had
for about 10 years - they had served our family well and I sold them 
and used the proceeds to purchase these new bentwood beauties - 
the former light fixture was swapped out in favor of this fun and playful
one from Schoolhouse Electric - these seemingly small changes really
changed the look of our dining space!  I can't help it -
I am a creative, this is what I do for a living.
I like changing things up.

This week, the space will be painted
and a new rug added.  Stay tuned!  

What I always want you and my clients to know is this - it doesn't have to
take oodles of money to live in a comfortable, pretty home. It just doesn't.
And often the 'feeling' of comfort in your home doesn't come from the 
sofa choice, the pillow, art or paint.  The 'feeling' of comfort many
are striving for comes from living in their spaces - so light a candle,
CLEAN!, pour a glass of wine (or tea), take a bubble bath….
our busy lives seem to prevent us from really enjoying the living
that should be done within the four walls of our homes - no amount of
pillows, or paint or accessories can bring that.

In celebration of the new season - of my cha-cha-cha-changes,
I am offering FOUR e-design spots for the months
of May-June.  I have not been promoting my e-design
services because they seem to come without it and my work
with local clients has been full!  BUT, I really do LOVE working
with you all via e-design - it is challenging yes, but it tests my creativity
in a way I really find satisfying!

So here is the deal:  In the past, I always took on more e-design clients
than I initially advertised that I would because I could not turn 
anyone away.  THAT is not going to happen this time -
it's not fair to me or to you.  So I am limiting myself to taking
the first FOUR clients who pay their Paypal deposit, it's the most
fair way of doing this, I believe.

I am charging just $275 for ONE space!
(regular price is $350)

What e-design is:

- You send photos, I send questions, you answer
questions in a timely fashion. I send more questions,
measurement requests, you answer in a timely fashion.

- We share Pinterest boards.

- We work on ONE space, not adjoining spaces.

- I submit a design board to you, you pay your design fee balance.

- We tweak, make additions and subtraction to the design board
until we get it right, but no more than THREE times.

-We have FUN!!!

-I submit a completed design board and source list
at the conclusion of the process!

How e-design is limited:

- I can't help design a gallery wall.

- I can't help with styling/arranging large bookshelves.

**Both the above are just TOO hard to do remotely.

- I can't help with the adjoining room along with the one
room you paid the design fee 'because they are open
to one another'……I can help with that adjoining
space if we add an additional room to your design fee.

I would LOVE to work with four fun clients in May and June!

To secure a spot, please email me -
I am happy to answer any questions and/or talk about if 
e-design is right for your space!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Style shift… happens.


I was going to start this post by saying one of the hazards of being in
the interior design business was always being swayed to change
up your style based upon the latest and greatest trends……
but who am I kidding?  I have always switched up my decor, I get tired,
antsy, enamored by the new and shiny…what can I say?

This spring will mark our 5th year of living in our current home -
that is a record for our family.  We had never lived in any of 
our previous SEVEN homes longer than three years.
Let that sink in.

I am definitely feeling like I am ready to embrace a
cleaner aesthetic - more modern, monochromatic, simpler.
I have some fun plans…..including a remake of
THE famous gallery wall!!! 

I know, crazy talk!!!

Want to see what I am digging?
Check out my Pinterest board HERE!

We are off to enjoy our spring break soaking in some Mexico sunshine!
If you would like to get sick of a bunch of beach, margharita and
taco photos, you can follow along with me on Instagram -
I am jillhinsoninteriors!

Buenos Dias!

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Monday, March 14, 2016

More bookshelf styling…..and see my grasscloth-backed shelves!

Are you sick of seeing these bookshelves yet?  I really do have a 
love/hate relationship with open shelves.  While I love styling bookshelves
and of course, I love my collections, I have days when I want to
load it all up and send it to Goodwill….it begins to feel too much.

Recently, I added grasscloth to the backs of my 
built-in bookshelves and I LOVE the warmth
and texture it adds!  I partnered with Walls Republic and chose
a pretty neutral color but they have SO many beautiful 
grasscloths to choose from!!!

I really have tried a lot of different looks with these shelves, 
you can see the different styling looks HERE, HERE and HERE.
The post of my planked back bookshelves is still one
of my most popular posts!

And while the more minimal look works for some, I found
it doesn't for me.  I LOVE the collected look of many books
along with decorative objects - the grasscloth pairs well 
with this look.

Walls Republic has generously offered my readers 10% off your order!

Simply use the code FOREVERCOTTAGE at checkout 
to redeem your discount!!!

**the grasscloth is just one part of a mini-fireplace/built-in's makeover.
Stay tuned for the rest…..soon!

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Thursday, February 25, 2016


Is it really almost March 1st?  

Who is with me and feels like it should be December 26th?

I miss writing personal things in this space - whether you read it or not.

So guess what I am in the mood for tonight…..?

I am heading to Denver tomorrow to watch my big girl play soccer - remember when 
I wrote about soccer weekends HERE and HERE?
My girl is a junior in high school and I vowed that this year I would travel
with her as much as possible to watch her play.  Her senior year club soccer season will
not come with much travel so this is really IT - like the end of my soccer mom days!
What?????  She will sign her National Letter of Intent to play for Saint Louis University
next year and then I will be a college 'soccer mom' and will have to 
travel to see her play at home - and she may or may not be in favor of that????
I am really feeling the bitter sweetness of letting my baby bird fly……
it's not easy and I don't believe I am handling it well.  Being a mother
has been my life's greatest joy and greatest accomplishment, sending this
human out into the world brings both a huge sense of accomplishment 
but also great sadness that it is over……I enjoyed every minute of it,
even the puke, the poo, the tantrums, the uncomfortable parent/teacher 
conferences, the teen eye-rolls……

My little girl is finishing 8th grade - and will overlap in high school with 
her big sister next year.  I am excited for them to have this year together - 
carpooling to school and a big sister to show her the ropes.
They are very different, my girls, so I can't wait to see what 
high school brings for my little girl.  She is very much ME - and I am
encouraging her to pursue her creative dreams!  She will never 
win a state soccer championship or play a D1 sport in college - but this
girl is going to pursue her own passions - fashion, design, performing.
I am certain she is REALLY not looking forward to having me
and her daddy's FULL attention when her sister goes to college - 
ha, ha, ha!!!

Me - well, I am still trying to balance being a mom and running my growing
design business.  New clients and faithful clients continue to 
challenge me creatively.  I have learned SO much and become better,
both as a designer and as a person.  I am grateful.  
I turn 49 years young in April ……THAT is unbelievable.
I am proud of those years but am always researching a better anti-wrinkle cream.
My husband and I also celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary 
in April - we are planning a BIG trip! 

We are also celebrating living in our Portland home for FIVE years
this spring!  That is a record for our family - can you believe it?
I will admit - scouring the real estate listings is a frequent habit
of mine but my hubby says we are not moving.  So I have some fun
plans to make some changes in our current home - some I have wanted
to do for a long time, others that indicate a new aesthetic for me.
I am excited to 'downsize' in my current home.

Life - it's bring growth and change, opportunities, challenges and reasons
to celebrate, contemplate and set some goals……it's a GOOD thing.

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