{5 Minute Break} 7 Delightful Homes to Inspire

Dining Room with Barn Door

Sometimes when your home is in a bit of chaos due to life changes or you are in the middle of big transition like moving from one home to the next, it’s easy to feel pretty overwhelmed at times (am I right? High fives to those of you who have moved or in the process of moving this summer.)

It’s tiring knowing you can’t go back to where or how things were (especially if you liked the way things were), but when you look forward to what’s ahead, arrival at the destination seems like such a big mountain to climb.

Brooke Shields White KitchenBHG

As exhausting as that in between season can be, I think it’s a good idea to give yourself at least a little break now and then to dwell on pretty things. Pretty things can help remind us that this season of high pressure and stress won’t (hopefully?) last forever.

Even a short coffee break to catch up on blogs or read a few magazines helps to assure me I’m not just creating a big unnecessary mess for myself by tearing apart my home, but I’m preparing our family for the next adventure ahead. That’s an exciting thought, isn’t it? At least, that’s what I tell myself when I’m just hoping to fit in a shower and I can’t even find a bar of soap.

Grand adventures in life always start out with a season of planning, preparation, hard work and even unpleasant changes to get things organized and ready.

Cozy Built in Bed

In those unsettling seasons, it can be easy to lose focus and energy because we all get tired. You might have trouble thinking and sleeping, you might worry or even question your sanity as you are stumbling along weary on the path. But adventurers will always find their way home. We have to remember this bumpy road we might find ourselves on is just a temporary detour to get through to our next desired destination; it is not a permanent place to dwell. Change can be invigorating, but when you are in the thick of it, peace, inspiration and motivation can be hard to find.

Painted White Brick - Traditional Home
Traditional Home

Beach House Laundry Room Photography by Julie Cate Photograpy.  Remodel Bosco Homes.
Blue Front Door

To counteract the craziness of seeing my home undone and our years of memories stacked up in a bazillion bins and boxes, I went on a beauty seeking mission online to recharge and re-inspire! My eyes feel much better now after even just a five minute refresh to enjoy something beautiful. I thought you too might need a little beauty break to escape or gear up for whatever you have to get through this week.

I hope you give yourself permission today to pause for a moment of rest. Enjoy these delightful spaces before you head off on your own crazy or bumpy adventure this week!

Are you on the road towards your next adventure? Tell me about it!

Adding Charm to Your Home

Rainier Chapter House - Photo by Katie Parra Photography - Seattle Venue for The Bloom WorkshopKatie Parra Photography

Michaela Warner - Michaela Noelle Designs - The Inspired Room

Hi friends! It’s Michaela. I love being here at The Inspired Room every so often sharing some beautiful decorating and entertaining ideas with you! This week as I’ve been planning for Bloom Bash Workshop in Seattle this October (a creative workshop where we teach all about blogging, photography, home design, floral arranging, calligraphy and more!) I’ve been falling so in love with old, charming details. Maybe it’s because the location for our workshop is at an old historic mansion in the city, called the Rainier Chapter House. When planning such a big event in a very intentionally vintage setting, the decor of the workshop has to follow suit. I’m quite okay with that, as my personal style is an updated farmhouse, vintage, eclectic look.

Rainier Chapter House

Planning the workshop in this gorgeous mansion — a replica of George Washington’s Mount Vernon home (my design-loving heart just danced a little!) — got me thinking about the details that make this home unique. I think for the Rainier Chapter House, it’s all about the charming little (and big) elements. Expansive wallpaper, large gold mirrors, windows with character, old shutters, lantern light fixtures, wood details, and drop-dead-gorgeous chandeliers are some of my favorites elements. See for yourself!

Rainier Chapter House - Venue for Seattle Bloom Bash

Rainier Chapter House - ChandelierRick & Anna Photography

As you may remember, Melissa’s daughter Courtney and I went to interior design school together, so it’s only fitting my design-nerd comes out right about now. I couldn’t help but share this blurb about the mansion with you, because it’s just. so. cool.

“Designed by Daniel Riggs Huntington, a well respected Seattle architect, this replica of George Washington’s beloved Mount Vernon home was built in 1925. Employed as the City of Seattle architect from 1912 until 1921, Huntington also designed the Fremont library branch, the Lake Union Steam Plant, several fire stations and the Washington Street Boat Landing.”Rainier Chapter House

I pinch myself daily that this is our venue for the workshop! Anyways… moving on ;)

The charming details in a big ole mansion like this one are beautiful and stately, but how can WE bring charm to our own homes on a smaller scale? I’ve come up with some ideas:

– unique lighting

– door knobs

– vintage finds

– old books

– wallpaper

– wood beams

– a painted front door

– install molding

– change your knobs

– change out your lighting switchplates

– layer

– install built-ins

How to Add Charm to Your Home - The Inspired RoomDETAILS | mercury glass knob / mother of pearl knob / drawer pull / wood and gold candle sticks / gold tray / home is wherever I’m with you / lost socks / galvanized envelope / bird chandelier / Queen Anne wallpaper by Rifle Paper Co. / Foret Midnight wallpaper

What are your favorite ways to add a bit of character to your house?

PS. We’d love to meet you at Bloom Bash on October 22nd and 23rd! Melissa will be our keynote speaker (hooray!) and we’ll be celebrating her next book launch. Use code INSPIRED200 for a $200 discount on the ticket price at checkout. Register here!

xoxo, Michaela

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