Armed with a background in fine arts, graphic design, and interior design, and her family’s love and support, Jennifer started her own Etsy boutique as a creative outlet. Dear Lillie, now an independent online shop, is a place where you can find one-of-a-kind home items and typography artworks – from pillow covers and signage to dainty greeting cards and chalkboard prints.
Jennifer offers free downloads of her printables as a way of giving back and inspiring others. She has gained quite a reputation for her lovely work, having been featured in several magazines and websites such as Christmas Ideas by Better Homes and Gardens, Romantic Homes, The Nate Berkus Show, and HGTV.
A stay-at-home wife and mother of two, she designs for the family business while focusing on the Dear Lillie Blog, where she shares snippets of her family life and her personal projects. I learned more about Jennifer, her sense of style, and her decorating theme this Christmas in her exclusive interview with Balsam Hill.
BH: How did you come up with the name of your blog? How has blogging changed your life?
Jennifer: We got into a car accident and hit a deer a couple of weeks before I was due with my eldest daughter. Lillie arrived shortly after and my dad gave her the nickname Deer Lillie as a result. We started our business when she was six months old and Deer Lillie seemed like a good name. We realized people might think we had mispelled the word Deer or might not be able to find it when searching for it online so we decided to go with the more natural spelling of the word and went with “Dear Lillie.”
BH: What are some holiday decorating dos and don’ts you like to share with your readers?
Jennifer: Do stick with decorating that you enjoy! Don’t worry about what other people’s homes look like or what their style is. Just decorate with what feels most festive for your family. I think what’s most important is remembering why we celebrate Christmas and the birth of our Savior, and focusing on spending as much time with our family as possible. If you have children, make fun memories with them through different activities like making Christmas cookies, gingerbread houses, driving around looking at Christmas lights and other simple activities. Although I really enjoy decorating for Christmas and adding holiday cheer throughout our home, there are other things that certainly matter more. Read This Entry