Help for Finding Your Decorating Style {A New Gallery of Posts!}

D o you need or enjoy encouragement and inspiration for finding your own authentic decorating style? You don’t have to have a big budget, be able to recreate someone else’s style, or even live in your dream house, you can get started creating a beautiful home that is unique and authentic to you right now!

I started The Inspired Room in 2007 with a passionate belief that everyone deserves to have a lovely home. And yet I feel our homes won’t and shouldn’t look the same, so following someone else’s idea of what is beautiful can frustrate us or easily lead us astray. Their style or suggestions, however great they are, might not be right for you or for your home, your unique circumstances and lifestyle or your budget. Reading some decorating magazines or even blogs can be discouraging when you realize you don’t have the budget or the house or the time (or the special lighting and cameras!) to pull off that look!

We are all at different places in our homemaking journey, but once we are able to fully embrace where and who we are at this moment, we can begin to find and enjoy inspiration everywhere and apply it to our homes.

That place of contentment with where we are, combined with a desire to make it our HOME in spite of whatever challenges we have, is where the journey to an authentic home begins!

When you finally decide to set aside excuses (My home is too small! I’m in an apartment! I hate my carpet! I don’t know how to decorate the right way! I don’t have enough money! We are moving in two years! Things aren’t perfect so I can’t do anything! What if I make a mistake? I don’t like my furniture!) and let your life inspire your home, your home will in turn inspire YOU. You’ll be much more content within your own four walls and you might even fall in love with the home you have, whether it is your “forever home” or not!

So for five and a half years, I’ve been writing about this very topic here on this blog. I’ve been sharing ideas, encouraging women along the way to embrace the home they have, to really LOVE where they are right now, and to create a style that is authentic and personal.

To further help encourage you along the journey to finding your authentic life and style at home, I’ve put together a new gallery of “Decorating Style Tips” posts, all from the archives of the The Inspired Room! I’m so excited about this gallery! It will make these posts so much better organized and easier to find!

Hopefully these posts will encourage you with doable ideas, inspiration, easy decorating tips and a new way of thinking about your own home. You can do this!

I’ll continue to add new and older posts so the content in the gallery will always be evolving and hopefully inspiring.
You can find my other growing list of decorating galleries (including my homemaking & organization tips gallery and seasonal galleries!) through links in my sidebar!

Enjoy!

To find the Decorating Style Tips Gallery, just click on the previous link or on the image above and the gallery page will open up so you can select the posts you want to read!
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  1. All your galleries are so great, Melissa, thanks for all your hard work!
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  2. Thank you so much for doing this! Love it!
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  3. Thank you so much! Lovely galleries. Your above words are why I started a blog three months ago. I am still trying to find my niche, but I created my blog partly because I was greatly disgusted by the amount of house / decorating envy I was seeing. The envy turned in to gossip and the ‘keeping up with the Joneses ‘ race followed. So sad.

    Anyway, thank you for all that you do. It is much appreciated. :)

    Julie at Being Home
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  4. I really love galleries because they are little snippets of ideas I can see at a glance. Then i can choose the ones that speak out to me and read the whole blog!
    Thanks you for doing this, it must have taken a long time to organize! Deeply appreciated.
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  5. Cant’ wait to dig into your new gallery posts! Thanks for the never-ending inspiration!

  6. How wonderful! I’m going to be reading some of those posts.
    I appreciate what you said about “set aside excuses” …I tend to fall into that catagory somewhere…
    Your home is lovely and you have lots to offer. I am inspired every time I come here and read!
    Thanks.
    Pat
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  7. Tammy Gray says:

    Thank you for the encouragement. I am trying very hard to learn to be content with what I have and enjoy it. My budget is small and saving to do small improvements is hard but in the end is so rewarding. I really appreciate the time you put into your blog and how how improvements don’t have to break the bank!

  8. I try to keep in mind that ours is a REAL house — not a photo shoot or mag spread. That’s what lets me go ahead and decorate in ways that both please me AND let us live comfortably here.
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  9. Barbara (WA) says:

    You have definitely encouraged me to set aside the excuses. Your blog has been so refreshing after years of those very fears, one of the reasons I love blogs about real homes, real budgets. Looking forward to browsing your new gallery!

  10. Who doesn’t love a gallery. I love your approach on real style for real life!

  11. HI Melissa, :^)
    Ok, so um, I am one of your silent followers and admirers. I may not respond with an encouraging comment on the blank spaces provided, but there have been multiple times, that I have silently smiled with excitement when I see that I have a new post from you….giddy with the feast that my eyes will take in, but more importanly the joy my heart will benefit from as I read the soft reminders of WHAT is important as you so eloquently and simply put in your written word. Thank You from the depths of my heart and I am sure I speak for so many others.
    You are right on the money girl when you remind us to be happy in the HERE and the NOW and the gift that it is just to BE. I always tell my children, who go to school with a variety of household incomes, that don’t wish to have what others have, be happy with what you do have and know that there are always others who have less.

    Mom always said, “Megan,even when you don’t have very much, make sure its clean and polished and it will always look like more!”

    I have an Art background and I am often asked to offer help to others with design, but ya know, I go blank when it comes to my own canvas. I am overwhelmed with ideas and can’t decide……so I do nothing……and thats frustrating. So whats the cure, maybe babysteps….maybe one corner…..maybe just one tabletop…..something to make me smile….So in design…..just make sure you smile at one area of your house every time you pass it. Then you have success!!!
    God Bless you Melissa, keep on keepin on…..one of your grateful, but silent fans.

  12. Thanks for posting this. You are absolutely right that we have to make the most of what we have right now. I love the style tips!
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  13. Love the gallery of style tips! Such a great way to display them, especially for those of us who are visual :). Really liked the master bedroom tips + link to the Simply Modern Mom article. I’ve been reading your blog for years and have always appreciated your approach to decorating. Thanks!
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  14. Such a fresh and energetic style you have – enjoying your ideas gallery – thanks;) Alison

  15. This is an awesome idea and I love the idea that we all have different styles… and embracing our styles. And loving the home we are in. I have some ideas for my 2013 projects so I shall write them down and get to work! Thanks and a belated Happy New Year! Also, enjoyed the December linking. Quite fun.
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  16. There are so many things I love about this post (and this blog)! Thank you for the encouragement and motivation!
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  17. Love this blog, so many great ideas

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