Welcome To The Inspired Room’s 5th Annual Fall Nesting Series 2012!

Welcome to my Fifth Annual Fall Nesting series!

{Fall Front Porch Decorating}

I’m SO glad you are here!

I can hardly believe I have a 5th annual anything, but if it is going to be a fifth annual something, it might as well involve Fall & Nesting because those are two subjects that get my heart pumping and inspire me more than almost anything else home-related!!

Over the past year, I’ve been working my way through my own house, reorganizing and redecorating nearly every part of it in both big and small ways– basically I’ve been doing some crazy intense nesting. I guess I should do a series called 365 Days of Intense Nesting, because clearly Fall, a month or 31 days just wasn’t enough for me. Go big or go home, right?  Heh. 

But seriously? I have to admit. This major nesting season has been very fun and even therapeutic for me.

I can hardly believe the impact this process has had on how I feel every day as I walk through my house and go about my day to day life. It is changing everything for me. Not just because my house is prettier or in better shape, although that certainly helps!, but mostly because of the sense of peace & order I feel in creating a home that actually works for us.

I love having a home that feels both peaceful and creatively inspiring to me. And mostly I love having a home that inspires and rejuvenates us for the life we have.

The past three years of intense schedules, pressures and related issues with starting a church and a business were probably more draining on me than I even admitted to myself. I really needed to take some time just to focus more on my own home for a bit. I turned down several blogging trips, a number of speaking opportunities and a bunch of other things in order to have the time I needed.

I was going to write a little bit about our life over the past few years as a bit of an intro on Fall Nesting, but then I opened a post by my interior design major daughter Courtney and realized she pretty much wrote everything I was thinking about in a much more eloquent and meaningful way so I’ll let her share her thoughts on creating a home and the significance of it in her own words.

We are feeling so very blessed and at peace right now with this season of our life. And after those intense three years and a half years of moving, serving and extreme busyness, it feels GREAT to be in a season where we can delight some updates to our own home and get things in order so we’ll be more effective in the upcoming year.

I’ll be continuing to sharing more of what I’ve been working on around my house and how it is all coming together this month, because I’m still very much in crazy lady nesting mode! I’m SO excited! With my own season of year long nesting added to my usual FALL NESTING craze and series, there is plenty to share and talk about and I can’t wait!!

The goal with my Fall Nesting series each year is to not only inspire decorating ideas for Fall, but to focus on ways to savor this season and find contentment in the home we have and in the season we are in. Obviously we are in the glorious Fall season in the U.S. right now, but we are also all in different “seasons” of life. 

If you’ve read my blog from the beginning you might remember us going through a year-long season without a job, years of growing my own business, nine months of trying to sell a house under difficult circumstances, moving to a new house in a new state, various life-threatening health emergencies in our family, focusing time & energy on starting a church, getting a crazy puppy named Jack and now this season of intense nesting!

Different seasons called for different kinds of nesting and different ways of finding contentment at home.

Circumstances (or homes) may not ever perfect, but I do think our attitude and intentionality about creating a comfortable home no matter what season we are in is what can inspire us through those ups and downs of life. 

Whether we are listing off 20 Little Things I Love About Fall (I hope you’ll write your own list and link up this Monday night at 7PM PST!), putting together a Fall centerpiece for our dinner table or a wreath for our door, or establishing housekeeping routines, the Fall Nesting series is about finding a place of contentment and happiness in the season and home you are in.

During this series we will be talking about Fall nesting in our entries, kitchens & pantries, family rooms, dining spaces and bedrooms and more -- I’m pretty sure we’ll cover each and every room of our homes in one way or another this Fall series! Plus I’ll be updating the blog regularly with quick Fall ideas for your home, a fun Fall giveaway or two, and of course, lots of updates on my own house projects. Plus, I think Jack has a few fun things to share with you all too! LOTS of Fall & Nesting going on around here this month!

I hope you’ll share your own seasonal stories and ideas in the comments so we can get to know each other better over this series, and I hope you’ll participate in the parties so we can visit your homes and blogs too, because Fall Nesting is always more fun when you have people to share it with! If you are doing a Fall home series, feel free to link up to the Fall Home Series linky! That is an easy way for us to find other bloggers doing similar series this month!

Have questions about the Fall Nesting series or parties? Look here!

Want to link up a Fall Home series or see who else is doing a Fall Home series in October?
Feel free to link up or visit these bloggers!

Thanks for following along with this series!

See you here later to link up your 20 Little Things I Love About Fall lists!

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  1. Diane Amick says:

    Boy can I relate…just downsized (April/May/June/July) and trying to decide what furniture/art/rugs/accessories will fit into 1/2 smaller space, and then continuing to weed out what you just like, but don’t LOVE so that it feels warm and welcoming and a place you can’t wait to get back to each day takes some fortitude, patience and a whole lot of trial and error. Still getting there, but as fall rolls in I feel so much more settled and comfortable in my new space, and invigorated to keep moving things around – replacing what just isn’t working and better able to see how to live in this, our new home. Thanks for putting into words my feelings exactly. I’m just so darn happy with everything!!

  2. Melissa, I just visited Courtney’s blog and read her incredible post. She is a beauty (looks so much like her mother♥), and her post spoke to my heart. You must feel like “busting your buttons” about that special young woman.

    You have accomplished so much with your family during these last few years, and I have smiled many smiles as I follow your journey. Your home is looking wonderful beyond words, and your heart is looking aglow.

    Thank you for sharing it with us.♥♥♥
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    • Beverly,

      Thank you. She is a gem!! We’ve had such a great time together fixing up our home and enjoying the reward of our hard work in getting to this point, finally!

      Thanks for your kind and encouraging words, sweet lady!!

  3. Your fall porch looks great! I could definitely have a cup of coffee there. I love the colors of your trim and front door, too.
    Jennifer recently posted..Office MindedMy Profile

  4. I celebrate that you have entered into such a lovely season in your life, after going through the trials along the way. Those hard times sure do sharpen our appreciation for what we do have … and help us to know what really matters!

    I look forward to linking up my Autumn Scrapbook tonight!
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  5. I can’t wait for all of these posts! You always have such great ideas, beautiful photos and inspiring words. Yay for Fall!
    Jocelyn Pascall recently posted..Adorable Yarn-Wrapped PumpkinsMy Profile

  6. Beautiful!! Your front entry is so fresh and inviting. I love the colors and the warm pops. It truly makes one want to discover what’s behind that beautiful door.
    Love “hearing” your story. It’s a testimony of your faithfulness and the goodness of Gods as well.
    Happy Fall!
    Diane recently posted..31 Extraordinary Days!My Profile

  7. I’m in a hectic season, as well as a tragic season in my life. It’s also going to be 108 today, but I was really encouraged by what you wrote. I need to also count my many blessings. whatever things are good, Nobel, just, of virtue, just, think on these things. My dads birthday is in 8 days. He’s dying of cancer. I have four children whome I home school so my house is hard to keep up on. But I bought an apple pie yesterday with ice cream. While in the store, we saw a HUGE Santa Cluse, and all started laughing in line. My daughter who is five asked what fall was, and we all started laughing again. This month while we decorate and get in the mood to nest. I can’t wait to share about the 20 things I like. Especially because I really need to get in the mood.thank you for your blog. It’s cool.

  8. Melissa, Love your Fall porch. The rug ties it all together so beautifully, great touch. I need to get busy!! I did my post today on what I got for my Fall plantings this year. WE went up the coast to an amazing nursery to buy the flowers and we bought the pumpkins at a local farm stand here in California. Let the planting begin,
    Happy Monday and First day of October,
    Kathysue
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  9. Hi Melissa, you have such a pretty front porch.

    Oh, how I want to see more of how you’ve used that credenza, cabinet dresser (?) Whatever it is that’s a great idea and I love the color. Is that the same color as your front door?

    Thanks for hosting the link party. Great inspiration. I’m going to try to keep up with all the new entries-lol.

    Enjoy your day.
    Lisa at celebrate creativity recently posted..CREATING A VELVET HARVEST PART 1 Amazing AcornsMy Profile

  10. I’m officially inspired! I can’t wait to join in and start nesting this month. Thanks for the encouragement – and awesome decorating ideas!
    lisa lyle recently posted..{Mantra}My Profile

  11. Cute doormat! I’m looking for a new one to freshen up my front door area. Any ideas or suggestions of where to look?

  12. FIFTH annual! Isn’t that amazing?? But oh, how much better to have an annual fall nesting series than an annual breakdown!

    I’m so proud of all that you’ve accomplished over the past five years, Melissa. I’m glad you’ve been able to take time this year to focus on something that feeds your soul so deeply. :)
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  13. I’m so glad I just re-discovered you! I’m already enjoying your series immensely. If I hadn’t already started a different 31 Days topic, I would have loved doing this one. hmmm…maybe next year?? Thanks for all your lovely inspiration and kind words.
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  14. I absolutely love autumn…the changes, the bite in the air, the blaze of the leaves showing off the splendor of the Creator’s hand… Love your posts! Thanks for the reminder to count our blessing vz!

  15. Fall in southwest Florida? A drop in temperature – nah.
    Changing of the leaves – nah. Only a small drop in the
    humidity level – but we’ll take it! – and thank God
    everyday for sunshine and flowers.

  16. I love it ! Your projects are always so tasteful and well realistic in terms of being inspired by them thanks a hoot!
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