Kitchen Envy (again)

This post might look a little familiar to some of you…surprise it is a repeat!  2014 was quite a year for HSE so we wanted to look back and review some of our favorites!

Now we do have a wonderful new kitchen in our new house that I am loving, but there are always beautiful things out there worth looking at for further inspiration!

{From the lovely Martha}

I love love love the wood beams, the butcher block counter with the metal legs, the amazing pendant fixtures and all of the natural light!!

{Image found at Lavender & Lilies}

So much to love about this one…mildly obsessed with the white subway tile, painted bead board walls, large white farmhouse sink, cabinet color and the hanging baskets.

{From Elle Decor}

The built in L-shaped bench behind the counter is a MUST for my next kitchen…how brilliant is that!!  such a great casual dining layout right in the middle of the action…NEED IT!

I think everyone needs at least one chandelier in their house, why not two…over the kitchen island…YES please!!  Also love the detail over the sink window and the different cabinet colors.

{From Better Homes & Gardens}

I’ve shown you this one before…but i just love it.  Such a funky cabinet color, love the lead glass cabinet fronts, the painted bead board back splash is amazing and the copper pot open storage is the perfect touch of metal loveliness!

{Found at Young House Love}

The lit open glass shelving in this one is A-Maz-Ing.  and with all those cabinets…i bet her dishes stay nice and organized!!

{From Better Homes & Gardens}

The color combo in this kitchen makes me smile!  I enjoy the rug, the touches of turquoise & yellow, the texture from the woven chairs and the X detail in the glass cabinets!

Have i given you a case of Kitchen Envy?!  What are the things you love most about your current kitchen?  What do you day dream about for your future kitchen loveliness?

~ Jillian


Yummo: Apple Cranberry Pecan Salad

Who doesn’t love a great salad?  Or should I say…the only way to love a salad is if its great!!  It’s no secret that i’m a veggie girl, there are very few fruits and veggies that I don’t love and salad is no exception.  The kicker is to make a great salad (and to keep you coming back for more day after day) you need lots of added goodies and variety!!  Because let’s be honest a boring salad is…well boring!  This salad will NOT disappoint I promise!  So yummy, so healthy and full of bright wonderful flavors!!  Enjoy!

Apple Cranberry Pecan Salad

apple cranberry pecan salad(Image & Recipe source)



  • 6 cups baby spinach
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate arils (optional)
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese (optional)

Lemon Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds


  1. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar and poppy seeds in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. To assemble the salad, place spinach in a large bowl; top with apple, pecans, pomegranate arils, cranberries and goat cheese. Pour the dressing on top of the salad and gently toss to combine.
  3. Serve immediately.

~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: ready

Happy Happy on this dreary monday.  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed yourself!  We caught up with friends, did lots of things around the house…and of course I squeezed in a few baby-Flo arts and crafts moments!! The dresser is ALMOST finished and I can’t wait to share it with you!!!

The last few months have been so crazy for us that today’s mantra really hits home.  There have been so many new experiences, surprise changes and unexpected twists & turns in our lives that I was starting to wonder what the universe was trying to do to us!!  I try to stay positive and always tell myself that everything happens for a reason and these last few months have proved that sentiment RIGHT!  We are exactly where we are meant to be, doing what we are meant to be doing at this moment and there is nothing handed to us that we can’t handle (even if at the time it seems insurmountable!)

“We attract what we are ready for.”

we attract(source)

So cheers to finding your purpose, staying on your path and rolling with the twists & turns that life hands you!

Happy Monday
~ Jillian

Weekend Inspirations

Ahhhh the weekend (almost).  A time to relax, spend time with those you love and maybe even get your craft on?!?  For me the weekends are a time when life can slow down just a little bit (sometimes) and allows me to tap into some of my creativity!  So if you are looking for a little weekend inspiration to satisfy all of your artistic DIY urges?  Here are a few beauties that have inspired me lately!

love pring(source)

watercolor tree(source)

cloth deer(source)

metal calender(source)

bird watercolor(source)

peace wreath(source)

ruler table

dog head print(source)

paper garland(source)

Check out my “With My own Two hands” pinterest board for more fabulous inspirations!

Happy Crafting!!
~ Jillian

Clean it up: Natural Granite Cleaner (again)

To kick off 2015, HSE is featuring some of its favorite posts from last year!  This baby is a still a staple in our house and is used on a DAILY basis!  Does anyone else feel like cleaning?!?

In an effort to keep our new house squeaky clean and healthy,  I’m on a “make my own natural cleaners” kick {its a real thing…i promise}  First item on the list…finding a way to keep our kitchen and master bathroom granite counters clean without damaging the sealant on the granite!  We plan to be here for a while and the last thing I want to do is prematurely strip that protective coat off!  So off Pinteresting I go…and stumble on this easy to follow recipe from the lovely Melissa at No. 2 Pencil.  This could NOT be any easier and chances are you already have everything you need.


Things you need:

  • Empty {and clean} spray bottle.
  • 1/4 tsp liquid dish soap
  • 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
  • 2 1/2 cups water

How to:

  •  combine all ingredients in the bottle {I used a funnel to help contain the possible mess}
  • shake it up, add a little label to your bottle  and you are ready to go!

* You can add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil for a little added yummy scent or just enjoy the natural good smell that comes from the dish soap.

Not only does this sanitize and clean up those counters, it leaves them with a lovely smooth and shiny finish.  Take care of that granite…its a keeper!  I’ve also used this on pretty much all my other “surfaces” around the house with great success!

Have you jumped into any natural cleaners?  What are your favorites?

Clean it up
~ Jillian

Yummo: GF Chocolate Streusel Bread

Oh we’ve got a YUMMY for you today!!  While perusing pinterest one day, this image jumped out at me and I just had to give it a whirl!  To make it even better it was gluten free, used ingredients I already had on hand and was SUPER simple (pretty much all things that I need in order to attempt a recipe…especially when it comes to baking)  As you might already know I am obsessed with using Greek yogurt in my cooking.  I use it for EVERYTHING!  its a great replacement for cream cheese, sour cream and things like that in savory recipes and it’s also a fabulous way to add a little moisture and protein into your baking!!  So break out that baking pan, grab your Chobani Greek Yogurt and give this delicious recipe a whirl!

Chocolate Streusel Bread

streusel{Recipe & Image source}



  • 1 3/4 Gluten Free All Purpose All-purpose Baking Flour
  • 1 cup Plain Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (or other milk alternative of choice)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg


  • 1/2 cup raw chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans work great)
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp hemp or chai seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and Grease a loaf baking pan.
  2. In a small mixing bowl; combine the nuts, shredded coconut, dark chocolate chips, cinnamon and brown sugar.
  3. In a large mixing bowl; combine the yogurt, sugar, milk, oil, vanilla, and egg. Mix the ingredients together with a wire whisk.
  4. Add the flour and baking powder and blend well.
  5. Spread half the batter into the prepared baking pan.
  6. Sprinkle with half the streusel and then cover with remaining batter and streusel.
  7. Sprinkle the hemp or chai seeds over the streusel.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
  9. Remove the bread from the oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool completely.

*I used cinnamon pecans that I had on hand & went with chai seeds (again because I had them in the pantry!)

So delicious!  A great balance of sweetness and yumminess!  Using some of my favorite ingredients like Greek Yogurt, coconut, nuts and chocolate!!

~ Jillian


Monday Mantra: Choice Chance Change

This year is off to quite a start (I hope fabulous for all of you!) Here in Georgia the weekend weather was lovely; after a week full of rain and clouds, which motivated this girl to dust off that DIY to do list.  Lots of FUN things happened from furniture refinishing (don’t worry…the details will come soon) to crafting and cooking.  I spent the weekend getting some rest, getting things done and letting my creative juices go!!  New and wonderful things are brewing on the horizon and I couldn’t be more excited and hopeful.  2015 is going to be just fantastic…for all of us…just you wait!!

“Choice, Chance, Change
You must make the choice, To take the chance,
If you want anything in life to change.”


Happy Monday!
~ Jillian

Design School: Mixing Patterns (again)

News flash: This is a repeat post from last year that was a favorite with HSE readers!  You can never have too many design tips as you freshen up your home for the new year, right!?!

One of the best ways to pull together a high end looking interior that doesn’t give off that “room in a bag” kind of vibe is to mix patterns; but to many that can be super intimidating!

Pattern is one of those things that when blended together right looks amazing but it is possible to have too much of a good thing or to get overwhelmed in the process!  My general rule of thumb for interiors is if you love it then go for it!!  But for those that are a-scared to jump off the pattern ledge here is the first ever HSE addition of Design School.

A little disclaimer first, these are just “guidelines” to follow, these aren’t hard and fast rules.  Most important is that you give it a shot…some attempts might be more successful then others but in the end I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the effect a little pattern can have in your life!

– Work with the same color “intensity” {pastels with pastels or jewel tones with jewel tones}  Now this doesn’t mean that every single color has to be in the same tone {a pop is always encouraged!!} but if you are struggling to find a combo that works this can help you pull it all together.

– Combine different types of patterns.  Mix large scale floral patterns with linear stripes or plaids.  Ikats with textured fabrics.  Just don’t combine patterns that are too similar {ex. two different types of polkdots = big no-no}

– Find balance in your space.  Don’t put all of the patterns in one spot in the room, locate them around the room.  For instance in the picture below there is a large scale pattern on the window treatments, a texture on the fireplace  {the stone}, small linear patterned chairs with large scale pattern pillows and a patterned rug.  The patterns are balanced throughout the room using large scale patterns in combination with smaller scale and textured pattern.

{Image found here}

– Use a mix of scales of patterns as well as types.  In other words include large scale, medium scale and small scale patterns that are a combination of linear, organic and textured patterns

– Start with one pattern with lots of color and base scheme around that {a colorful stripe, floral or organic would be a good place to start}

– Don’t forget about those textures too!  Mixing up textures {velvety smooth with chunky knit or soft cotton} is another great way to add depth to your space.

Homework Assignment: Choose three or more patterns {odds are always better then evens}

  • Pattern #1 sets the tone for the other patterns.  For this pattern go big and bold.  Make sure there are more then 2 colors and look at patterns like ikat, floral or plaid.
  • Pattern #2 should  be about 1/2 the scale of the first pattern.  For this pattern try a geometric, animal print or stripe.  Try to use less colors then #1 {but at least 2}
  • Pattern #3 should be a small scale pattern or a texture that pulls from either #1 or #2.  Try a tone on tone pattern or a very strong textured fabric.  {remember pattern doesn’t have to only be bold and out there!}

Still nervous about the whole pattern mixing thing?  A great way to play with pattern without getting overwhelmed is by picking one color combo {in this case black and white} that way all you have to focus on is the scale and pattern type!

So get out there and get creative!  Start by looking around your house {or even in your closet} to see what kinds of patterns you might already have!  Push the limits of what you think “goes” together and try something a bit more unexpected!

Class Dismissed

~ Jillian

Yummo: GF Baked “Fried” Pickles

If you happen to follow HerSplitEnds on Instagram you might have had a sneak peek to these bad boys.  Call it pregnancy craving, call it random cloudy day boredom or call it just plain Awesome-ness.  No matter how you shake it…these Gluten Free baked “fried” pickles completely hit the spot!  They were quick, easy and a perfect snack!  As per usual, you can change up the seasonings and sauces to make these just perfect for you!

baked %22fried%22 pickles


  • Sliced Pickles (any type you love)
  • Gluten Free All-purpose Flour
  • Gluten Free Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Egg (white only)
  • Seasonings of choice (I used Paprika & black pepper)
  • Butter (to grease cookie sheet)


  • Preheat oven to 475° and Grease a cookie sheet.
  • Prepare 3 small dishes; 1 with flour and seasonings mixed together, 1 with egg white and 1 with panko bread crumbs
  • Dip pickles in flour, then egg, then panko.
  • Cover both sides of the pickle and place on greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for 7-8 minutes (flip and continue to cook until desired crispiness)
  • Enjoy with Ranch, Buffalo Sauce, Horseradish or your favorite sauce!

~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: be thankful

So we’ve kicked off the new year, we’ve started back on our “routines” and we’ve allowed ourselves to come back to reality…How does it feel?  Are you pumped. motivated and excited or feeling overwhelmed and stressed?  I would say a healthy combination of all of the above might be true??  I’m so excited about what 2015 has to offer and incredibly optimistic about the potential for awesome.  BUT the fear of the unknown and the crazy changes that are up ahead can make a girl sweat a little!  Whatever happens, I know it will be for good reason.  Our lives are not left up to chance and our direction will become clear as the year progresses.  So GOOD luck in finding your path, stay true and be open to the possibilities of 2015!!

“Whatever happened over this past year, be thankful for where it brought you.
Where you are is where you are meant to be.”

meant to be

~ Jillian