Home Inspiration (and gift idea)

Home Inspiration (and gift idea)

Sigh! Dreamy book alert! I got a new book from my friends over at House Beautiful and I love it so I’m gonna tell you all about it.  I am way too possessive of it to make it a giveaway, so if you are jealous, you are going to have to buy your own. Maybe give Santa a call. I did try to get one for a giveaway copy, I really did think of you guys, but alas, my efforts failed. But this is too good to not give you all a heads up on it just in case you are needing a gift for yourself or someone else.

Home Inspiration (and gift idea)

THE HOME BOOK is by House Beautiful, one of my most favorite magazines for inspiration. It is a great resource to help you through the decorating process. THE HOME BOOK has great advice, tips and stunning photos, I couldn’t put it down! Here is some of what you’ll find inside this gorgeous coffee table book:

  • environmentally friendly decorating options
  • hundreds of remarkable design examples for every room
  • smart planning advice for your home based on site, light, and layout
  • fresh ideas and exciting looks from today’s top designers, ways to develop an overall decorating concept based on theme, color, and furnishings, and more.

And to top it off, it is a great price for such a beautiful hardback book! Do I sound like a sales person? I’m just a fan of the book. Maybe House Beautiful should hire me. Maybe they’d like me to tour country and go on Oprah to talk about my love of this book. Or maybe you would like to buy a copy of the book from my amazon.com store. If you do, here is the link for your convenience–just click on the book cover image below. But no pressure, you can buy it from your local bookstore if you’d like. Or wait for Santa. Or come visit me and you can borrow it from me if you promise to bring it back.

Home Inspiration (and gift idea)Home Inspiration (and gift idea)

Photo credit (in order): John Gould Bessler, Don Freeman from House Beautiful The Home Book, Published by Hearst Books/Sterling Publishing Co. Inc.

PS. Monday December 15th is the last day to enter the Blissfully Domestic Holiday Lights Contest! Great prizes are offered, so don’t miss it!

The winner of the Shop Marigold jewelry giveaway  has been announced at Keeper of the Chocolates, congrats to Robin of My Melange!! Shelbi is now offering a special discount coupon code to each person who commented, so if you entered that giveaway, check out the details here!

Home Inspiration (and gift idea)


  1. I am in love with that wall treatment in the first photo. Too cool.

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  2. This is perfect!! Just what I love and great for my children (wink) to give me so I have something to drool over on Christmas night while they are all entertained with items from Santa!!

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  3. oooh, lucky you! I am hopping on the plane from Marrakech so that I can come and visit and borrow the book. Ahem, sure I will give it back…..cough, of course I will…………..

  4. Qué bonita la segunda foto!! :)

  5. Oh my that book looks amazing, I’ll see if they stock it here in the UK. Thanks for sharing! Happy Holidays x

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  6. House Beautiful is my favorite decor magazine, so thanks for the tip! I will make a request from my library! xo Terri

  7. I’m crazy about the beachy blue in the second photo. Am putting this one on my Christmas list!

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  8. I have always dreamed of a entry way such as your first photo. Sigh. Just beautiful. I love House Beautiful too.

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  9. THAAAAAT is the prettiest blue i have ever seen on a wall! can you say….’beach house’! love it!

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  10. oh and forgot to say thanks again Melissa, for the shout out :)

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  11. Beautiful, beautiful pictures. Sounds like a wonderful book–one I would have to tuck away until I have more space to decorate. I think my poor little home has had enough of my hanging, placing and rearranging for now!

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  12. I just love House Beautiful! That aqua just makes my heart melt!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Love the book recommendation! Problem finally solved – it’s the perfect gift idea for mother-in-law.

  14. Looks like a wonderful book, Melissa!

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  15. Ohh – what a wonderful book to get lost in while resting in the window seat (my favorite place in my home!)

  16. What a lovely book! I have a few friends who have birthdays in January and this book would be perfect for more than one of them. Thanks so much for sharing these photographs with us, Melissa! ~Arleen

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  17. Love this book! Its so beautiful, and I really really hope Santa brings it to me this year…I’ve been a good girl!

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  18. M~
    I have not even thought about decorating for Christmas……..in regards to previous post of yours. You would think I was moving too, but you know I have 8 weeks left until our little one shows up! I instead am getting organized like there’s no tomorrow. Whew, I do have one nativity out, does that count? That’s the most important decoration! Sigh, at least our store has Christmas decorations in it!!

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  19. Beautiful rooms! Rachaelxo

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  20. Love this post, love all the photos, but especially love that you got the kids the Charlie Brown tree and let them decorate it anyway they like. Would love to see a photo of that!

    Always such a joy to drop by your page!


  21. P.S. I love that book too!

  22. Oh, I just love House Beautiful! So much inspiration. I myself, just ordered a new kitchen book and cannot wait to get it! I will have to share some more inspiration when it comes. I can get so many ideas for my clients from these books and it’s nice to be able to actually show your ideas in color photos. Thanks for sharing, I will have to order this one too!

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  23. Beautiful website and photos! Happy Holidays!

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