Behind the Scenes

The Inspired Room book photoshoot day

Thank you all for being so supportive about my book announcement! I so appreciated all of your encouragement and enthusiasm–you are the best. This has been quite an adventure so far! At times I feel like I’m having an out of body experience, but I am getting more and more excited about the process. I’m really happy with how the books are coming together so far. The next few weeks will be crazy behind the scenes (as you can probably see by the state of my kitchen during the aftermath of a photoshoot) as I am turning in the first two titles by September 1st!

We got to see the cover art and some design elements for Love The Home You Have on Friday and we are completely in love with it! It’s going to be such a fun book. It was exciting to get our first glimpse of what it will look like…I think you will love it too!

We are also hard at work on the other book that will be out next spring as well, I wish I could tell more about it but for now these little sneak peeks of what we are working on will have to suffice. We are having so much fun!

I’ll be back with an update on some more house projects, after we clean up the kitchen. Heheh.

PS. If you missed our front door makeover last week, you can find that here, see our back deck makeover here, or see the progress so far on the laundry room!

The Inspired Room books in process

The Inspired Room photoshoot day

The Inspired Room books behind the scenes

How to Create a Meaningful Home

How to Decorate - Creating a Meaningful Home by The Inspired Room
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been head over heels in love with creating meaningful homes. My passion for the home inspired me over the years to transform a half dozen houses into meaningful places for our family, to eventually to turn my passion into a service helping others to create meaningful homes and then I turned that business into a blog in 2007, which in turn transformed my life and home in more ways than I can count. It’s the heart behind my blog and a topic I never grow tired of.

Recently sweet Jenna of SAS Interiors asked if I would be willing to write an introduction for her blogger series on Creating a Meaningful Home. I  was honored. I can’t think of a subject I’d be more excited to write about, so of course, I immediately said YES.

You can find my Meaningful Home post over at SAS Interiors, I hope you’ll enjoy it and be inspired by the upcoming series!

*Lantern Source: Pottery Barn

It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect

It doesn't have to be perfect but this is ridiculous

April 2014

I know a house doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

In fact, I think we embrace imperfection pretty well around our house.

Actually, sometimes my life at home is just plain ol’ ridiculous.

But as my daughter pointed out the other day when we decided to bring the new puppy  home, we apparently thrive on a little chaos.

And I’m ok with that. Mostly.

You’ve probably noticed that about me.

HALLWAY

October 2007

That kind of crazy at my house hasn’t changed much since the early days of blogging.

(except now ALL THE ANIMALS have come to life.)

In certain seasons and in times of life change, chaos moves in.

Sometimes imperfection is invited and sometimes it barges in unexpectedly.

Imperfect Home Meaningful Life

I think embracing and even welcoming imperfection in our home is a part of living a full and meaningful life.

But when you love a pretty and orderly home, it’s easy to forget that absolute perfection at home isn’t an attainable or desirable goal for most of us.

Sometimes we need a little reassurance or inspiration to remind ourselves what matters most.

That’s what I love about blogging and this community.

We are kindred spirits.

book

Today my long time blogging friend and fellow imperfect blogger Nester’s (aka Myquillyn’s) lovely new book will be released! I’m so excited for her — blogging is quite the journey and to see my friends’ blogs come to life in published books just makes me smile really big and proud! If you haven’t checked out The Nesting Place yet, YOU NEED TO.  It’s not your usual decorating book. Nester shares lots of stories and her personal experiences in learning to embrace imperfection in her home. You’ll love reading more of her story and seeing her home in the pages of her book! If you have ever doubted your own home could be beautiful to you, read the book! I’m sure you’ll be inspired to stop making excuses and get to work!

You can find The Nesting Place in my Amazon shop!

***GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***

Leave a comment below about the imperfections you are trying to embrace at home to enter to win a copy of the book.

Five winners (open to U.S.A. addresses only) will be drawn from the comments at random!

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