By Jon Wilcox Victoria Advocate, Texas
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) A brief glimpse inside the home of Texas stylist and entrepreneur Stacy Killian. When not at the salon, she is busy working from her home office where she operates her grassroots business, "Just Us Love". The endeavor aims to aid sexual assault victims reclaim their identities through storytelling. Victoria Advocate, Texas
Stacy Killian's home recharges spiritual energy and reflects her inner self.
"This is my sanctuary. This is my church," the Victoria hair stylist and entrepreneur said. "This is my (place to) sit down and relax, my inspiration to go back and do what I do."
Almost every piece of carefully chosen furniture and decor in Killian's two-story, 1,980 square-foot townhome serves a purpose: to strengthen her and prepare her for life's daily challenges.
She shares the home with her 14-year-old daughter, Jadyn Killian.
"For me, it's a place to kick your shoes off and take a deep breath," she said. "It's a great little bachelorette pad."
But there's more than relaxation to the home.
In fact, Killian said she has designed the interior to be spiritually invigorating.
Numerous mirrors adorn walls; each room offers a unique motivational slogan, phrase or saying; and in every corner and cranny are physical symbols, reminding her of the unseen yet powerfully relevant spiritual world.
"I'm huge about feng shui," she said.
A brass lion statue sits at her doorstep, guarding the home. In a corner of the living room stands a money tree, an indoor plant with paper bills hanging from its branches. And in an outdoor courtyard, a Buddha statue, one of many at the home, meditates serenely by a bubbling fountain.
Killian said she finds a special resonance with the likeness of the ancient spiritual guide.
"I have a lot of Buddhas. There's a Buddha with a pineapple in the kitchen because pineapples welcome people," she said. Turning from the kitchen, Killian pointed out another of the statues.
"This is about 70 years old," she said. "It's an Asian Buddha, and he actually is holding his palm upright to let you know you're in a trusting environment, a peaceful environment."
For Killian, an experienced stylist, her mirrors serve a special purpose. She said she prefers to refer the objects as "devices," a term reflecting their special properties.
"My mirror is a reflection of myself," she said. "When I need confidence or courage or belief in something I'm doing, I write it up on the mirror."
Like the many other mirrors present in her home, the one in Killian's master bathroom acts as a kind of memo pad with daily praises, notes to herself and schedule reminders written in colorful paint marker.
In the dining room, on a long, body-sized mirror is "Be strong, be brave, be you!!!" scrawled in pink.
"Sometimes I'm in front of that mirror there, practicing a speech," she said.
Ever conscious of the power of mystery and symbolism, Killian has not limited her notes to self to mirrors.
Her bedroom's red color palette reflects energy and enthusiasm, but Killian said she enjoys the stimulation.
"I am an Earth sign, so my bedroom is fire," she said. "I like to sleep with fire. It's some sort of calming element."
She pulled away a framed picture hanging above her bed to reveal a hidden phrase: "I have found the one whom my soul loves."
Killian said the phrases are essential for keeping herself grounded in a schedule perpetually busy with work. She does not limit her work to the salon.
From her office, she operates her grassroots business, Just Us Love. The endeavor aims to aid sexual assault victims reclaim their identities through storytelling.
On the wall above the window in that office, another stenciled phrase reads: "Life is a book unwritten. Only you hold the pen."
She said she hopes by 2020 Just Us Love will be successful enough for her to retire.
"The goal is to have a Fortune 500 company," she said.
But, Killian admits, she probably has a little more work to do until then.
Which is fine, she said, after all, the interior of her home is designed to help her keep up the hard work.
"If you want to know the truth, we come in here 8:30, 9 at night. We sleep, and we're back at it," she said.