12.18.2014

HOUSEKEEPING……..


First things first……I have been having email troubles - ugh!
If you been sending any email communication to my 
jillhinsoninteriors.com email address, I have not been getting
them for the last week!  I apologize as I have been trying to
figure it all out and make some decisions to as to what email 
service to use going forward.  In the meantime, if you could,
please reach out to me at jill.hinsondesigns@gmail.com.
I know some of you had been asking about e-design in 2015 and 
I want to get that all sorted out so we are ready to go in January!

I love the quote above….it really speaks to me these days.  And
don't we all begin really thinking about the future and how we
want to be and how we want it to look at this time of year?

With a week to go till Christmas I am feeling ready for it to be over -
from a blogging perspective I am ready to sign off for the year.
I am not a Christmastime blogger - the tours, the over-the-top decor,
gift lists with referral links etc….It all feels disengenious and really 
not for me….and if it's for you, that's fine, it's just not for me.
Sorry for being a downer, I felt like I needed to get that 
off my chest….I have been at this a longtime, don't have a huge 
number of followers, blog irregularly {at best}, write run-on sentences 
and mis-use punctuation but hopefully, am authentic and real.
My reason for blogging is the same as it was in 2008 when I 
started this blog - to connect with those who love interior design,
home-keeping and life.  I hope you leave here inspired to make
your own home beautiful in a way that satisfies YOU.

I may or may not be back before the new year…we'll see if I have
anything to say.  My big girl and husband head to Florida the
day after Christmas for a soccer tournament so it will be 
quieter around here the week after Christmas….something
I am looking forward to….I need the time and space to think about
my design business and where that is going, spending some quality time
with my 12 year old, taking down the Christmas and making some 
plans for a new office for Jill Hinson Interiors - 2015 will be 
the year that I move from the kitchen table to a real home office
space - which means designing a fun, inspiring space to share 
with all of you!



24 comments on "HOUSEKEEPING…….."
  1. Saw your blog on blogher. Today has been a little rough, and your quote really spoke to me. I loved this post, because as much as it wasn't written specifically to me, it inspired me to reach in and find "the real me." Does that make sense? Anyway, just wanted to thank you for being genuine and real and for the quote- going on my fridge right now. Then, I am going to log off and try harder to become a person I want to meet. Going to make today better. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to write this Mary! We are all a work in progress - awareness helps us become BETTER! Merry Christmas to YOU!
      xo~Jill

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  2. I'm a new reader but have to say I am in total agreement about the over done Christmas blogging. Thanks for being real. Good luck with your business adventures in 2015!

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    1. Thanks Kelly!
      Merry Christmas to you!
      xo~Jill

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  3. I agree 100%...tired of the over the top Christmas decor. I so enjoy your honesty! Wishing u and yours a blessed filled Christmas and New Year!

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  4. I love your blog and am glad you are not one of the bloggers that feels the need to post something EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. You ARE authentic and real, and your style is beautiful. Hugs and Merry Christmas!

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    1. Rhiannon -
      Well didn't you just make my day!
      Merry Christmas to you!
      xo~Jill

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  5. I loved your post! Yes! I feel really good about the way our house is decorated until I see some of the Christmas tours! I know people are only sharing (and I certainly have a choice if I want to read their blogs or not), but somehow it all feels so contrived now. I remember growing up and thought our house was so beautiful at Christmas and all my mom and dad did was put up the tree, hang a wreath on the front door, put out the Nativity set, and hang our stockings! But it was BEAUTIFUL! I think we should go back to that time...less is more!! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Lisa,

      I couldn't agree more! Here's to less is more!
      xo~Jill

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  6. Long time reader, first time commenter....I, too, applaud your stand on over the top Christmas decorating posts, blog tours, etc. etc. While I enjoy seeing some of them, I think it gets to be a competition with the same ones participating every year, and that seems like it takes the real reason and joy out of Christmas. The last few years I've done less and less and it's been liberating! Who cares if I have a tree decorated to the n-th degree and who has time (or money) to put 3-4 or more trees up?! More power to them but I hope they are enjoying their family time which is the most important thing to me. Well, I'll get off my soap box now and wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. Preach it sister!

      Merry Christmas Judy!
      xo~Jill

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  7. Please don´t EVER change Jill. We love you and your blog just the way you are. You are just the kind of person we would like to meet. Merry Xmas to you and yours, and a very happy new year. Thank you for sharing yourself and your lovely ideas with us, your readers.

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    1. Thank you Helena,

      Merry Christmas to you!
      xo~Jill

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  8. Jill, I understand where you're coming from. I like the "real" bloggers like you. I don't go all out in my Christmas decorating. I just posted about one of my favorite Christmas decorations: a simple Nativity scene. Every time I see it I am comforted. For me and my husband, Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Christ. I enjoy listening to Christmas music, putting a wreath on the door and decorating a tree. But we don't exchange gifts anymore and it is SO liberating. I read daily Advent reflections, to keep the focus on the real meaning of Christmas and get excited about attending midnight Mass on Christmas eve (not about attending parties or what gifts I'm going to get). I hope you have a peaceful holiday, and I look forward to more of your posts in the new year.
    Claudia

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    1. Merry Christmas to you Claudia!
      xo~Jill

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  9. Dear Jill, I have read your blog for a long time and enjoy it so much. I especially like to hear about your soccer daughter and her accomplishments. Both of my daughters (now married) were excellent athletes and now coach girls basketball in separate states, I know what you mean about all the practices, games in crummy conditions, highs and lows, but I wouldn't have changed it for the world. I loved this post, please continue with your current blogging format, it is what keeps me coming back. Your blog is in my favorites, right at the top. Have a wonderful holiday with your family, my grandsons are coming and I can't wait. Mickey in Pennslyvania

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    1. Oh Mickey - I keep reminding myself that these busy days will be over before I know it and I will want them back. Thank you for reading along and your nice comments.
      Merry Christmas to you.
      xo~Jill

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  10. We each have our own place in life and our own special callings. I love your blog. Sometimes things are so "perfect". I don't even have my tree up yet. A daughter coming home Wednesday expects at least that. There is not decor in every room and I having been waiting for a sunny day for candy making. I like to slow things down and remember Jesus is the reason for the season. Thank you. And Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    1. Exactly! Merry Christmas to you!
      xo~Jill

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  11. I don't believe in coincidence and just yesterday afternoon, after reading yet more "Christmas" blog entries by numerous bloggers, I remarked to my husband that I am ready to quit reading blogs until after Christmas. I am so over the "tours, the "Christmas" outfits" and the gift lists. I happened onto your blog (for the first time) from another blog and read your comments and thought, boy, you couldn't have reflected my feelings any more accurate if you tried!! Thank-you, your comments made me feel that I am not the only out there so sick of the commercialism of Christmas. I also get the impression that many bloggers feel compelled to write those kind of entries because if they don't people won't visit their sites. I feel sad for them. I enjoyed your gallery wall, I am attempting to finish one off in our family room and love the inspiration.

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    1. Wow! Thanks for sharing your story…I don't believe in coincidence either. Well, welcome! Hope you come back soon.
      xo~Jill

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  12. I am late in getting here...which seems to be the norm for this month. Always love to read your wise words. :) I have steered clear of the house tours with 20 some odd participants this year. I have a feeling some of that will lessen next year...just thinking aloud here. We have a messy dining room and kitchen at the moment, and we have one tree decorated. That's it for now. But, I would have liked to have had more done by today. Tooooo much sickness this year. I do love Christmas - the beautiful decorations everywhere...the gorgeous music....the yummy food....and the extra spirit of giving. There is that "other side" - the commercialism, the rushing, the "overwhelmingness." It is easy to have that grab you, and I have to keep my eye out for that. I think everyone should choose their level of participation that affords them the most JOY. Less is more for some. More is more for others. Sort of like weddings I guess! LOL Anyway, it all boils down to this for me - It is the time to celebrate the ultimate gift God made to everyone - His son. If I could have Christmas all year I would love it. If nothing more, the gorgeous music of The First Noel by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir would help me remember that gift every.single.day. May your Christmas Day be filled with ALL good things, Jill.

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  13. I LOVE YOUR BLOG! Just keep being yourself. Your pictures are beautiful and you are super talented. Yes, the Christmas thing gets to be a bit much but I loved seeing how your house was decorated. Do what makes you feel good. I get super excited when I see you have a new post. I know I'm going to see some great pictures!

    Pat in Chicago

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