Fresh Cut Spring Flowers in a Door Basket

Spring Front Door - The Inspired Room - Love the Home You Have

I took a little jaunt to the market the other day (such a strange word, jaunt?). Anyway, there’s a market up in Poulsbo not too far from where I live that I love shopping at. It’s mostly food but they have a fun little flower area. I love looking at their spring blooms. They had such beautiful colors and varieties of flowers and greenery I couldn’t help myself. I kept picking up new stems, trying different combinations and texting photos to my daughter Courtney showing her how delighted I was with all the colors and shapes. She’s used to my exuberant texts when I find pretty things and is always so gracious to stop what she is doing and have fun discussing important matters like flower combinations with me. Soon I found just the right ones!

Note to self: PLANT MORE SPRING FLOWERS IN THE YARD for cut flowers. Must.

Spring Front Door Decor - The Inspired Room

When I got back I removed the winter stems out of my door basket, filled up three jars of water in the basket (basket is from World Market) and put the springy blooms in. Instant JOY, it just looked so pretty! I was so inspired by the door that I cleaned up the porch and got rid of some random things that were on it (including a moment of shame, a tiny shriveled moldy pumpkin hiding behind a few planters, awesome — that’s happened two years in a row now!). It only took a few moments to spruce up the porch and door, but I was so glad I took the time. Sometimes I feel like we are so quick take care of everyone and everything else that we don’t always take the time to treat our home or ourselves to the TLC we deserve.

So, if you haven’t already, let’s say goodbye to winter!
Go treat yourself to some pretty flowers this week.

 If it’s still snowing there (I’m sorry!) you definitely need some spring blooms on your table.

Family Gallery Wall {Media Room}

Eclectic Gallery Wall - The Inspired Room

Quite some time ago I promised to turn the camera around for you in our media room so I could show you other sides of the room! This room has been slow going! This is the room where we watch TV as a family, but it is way upstairs where hardly anyone else ever goes (unless we have a big party) so it really wasn’t the top of my priority for decorating when I had so many other projects to work on. As long as it was comfy! And with our wonderful sectional, it certainly is that.

Yet, I really wanted to start making this room more personal and bring in things that mean something to our family. Since it is a space we use so often, it made sense to give it a little more love.

In our old house we had tons of wall space for hanging family photos in big stairwells and those big rooms, so when we moved here we brought a zillion framed photos. But in this smaller house, we have limited wall space because we have less rooms and so many windows! While I love all the windows, it leaves very little room for anything else so many of our frames didn’t get hung right away.

The Inspired Room - gallery wall

Finally we decided the one blank wall in our media room was the perfect space for our family gallery wall. After a fresh coat of paint on the walls (polished grey by Glidden), we were ready to roll. We had been hoarding closets full of framed photos so it felt SO OVERWHELMING to pull everything out to see what we had! But it was also so fun to see all those photos again. Even though we had such a random assortment of frames, we decided to go with our eclectic side and just embrace them just as they were (no paint or doctoring up of the frames). That’s hard for me sometimes, I just want everything to be perfect and when I can’t do it perfectly, I do NOTHING! How silly is that?

While there are times when it is worth investing in new things and it can be fun to paint to update or create matching sets, I do really have a soft spot in my heart for the use-what-you-already-have projects! When everything matches, you can start to loose the cozy put together over time texture and vibe, so I love a little random quirky eclectic statement here and there. Gallery walls are the perfect place to be eclectic so it can be an ever evolving tribute to special memories gathered over time.

We picked out what we could use on the wall and created a haphazardly hung gallery of mismatched frames. Old memories, new memories. Perfectly imperfect. No rhyme or reason to our method, other than favorite memories gathered together so we can easily remember our blessings.

I love when I can simply use what I have to create a meaningful room, don’t you?

See my other gallery walls in my stairway (with tips for creating an eclectic gallery wall!), my family room, my kids’ bathroom and my son’s room!

Announcements!

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1) Today is our first Home Love Stories BLOCK PARTY! The theme for the party is #AroundTheTable, so come on over to homelovestories.com to share your dining areas and see others! You can search in the top right corner “#aroundthetable” to find all of the participants!

Find more details on the block party and how to participate here!

2) My first book Love the Home You Have is still 50% off all e-book pre-orders (releases March 31st)! Woo-hoo! That’s a pretty great deal!

3) If you have a minute, would you be able to help me? Voting is still open for the BHG Blogger Awards and I would so appreciate your vote! Here’s how: Go to this page and vote through a few categories (or click skip this category) until you get to the decorating blogs, then hit select under The Inspired Room if you want to vote for me! Thank you so much! :)

Mixing Shades of White in Decorating

The Inspired Room Kitchen Open Shelves

Do you love white cabinets, woodwork and tile? I do! White can be so fresh and pretty, but sometimes it can come off as bland, clinical and uninteresting! I’m sure none of us want that, so I think it helps to understand how to use white so you are able to get the result you are hoping for. Today I’ll try to answer at least one of those perplexing questions about using white effectively! I’m not a color expert, but I definitely can share what I’ve found from my own experience.

Obviously, there are a million shades of white. I know it can be kind of overwhelming to choose just one when there are so many options from bright white to cream! And even once you finally pick your first white, where do you go from there? Should every white you add to your home from then on match?

It is probably no surprise that one of the FAQ readers ask about my house is if I try to match whites! It’s such a great question that I decided it deserves its own post. The short answer is … no! I don’t match colors or whites. I actually intentionally use many shades of white in my house for a few reasons.

One reason for a variety of whites is it would drive me crazy to have to match everything! It’s hard to have a house that evolves in a gradual way if everything has to match. I want to be free to add in whatever fun accessories come my way, and not be limited or worry whether it’s the exact color match. I also just happen to like the warmth that is created when there are slight variations in color tones whether they are whites or colors. It seems that the more you mix shades in your color palette, the less it seems to matter that nothing really “matches” perfectly.

The Inspired Room Kitchen Open Shelves - Baking Station

So in my kitchen, my tile is a soft white but it reads pretty bright white. My counters are white quartz. The cabinets are Benjamin Moore Dove White, which can appear to be white but next to a bright white they are more of a creamy white. When the tile and the cabinets meet up with the counters, we have three whites and none of them match perfectly.

Then I do the unthinkable and add in white dishes, accessories and books and none of them match either. And oh! Look at that. There is a bright white mixer on the counter too. And then my iPad and rolling pin want to join the party too. AHH! Fortunately, the more white I add in, the less it seems to matter that they don’t all match. In fact, if they DID match, I’m afraid it would probably be a bit boring and one dimensional. Too perfect just isn’t quite as inviting, I feel a little more comfortable in a space when there is a little bit of happy imperfection and variety. I think slight variations in shades of whites add some lovely depth and interest to a room.

While I do tend to avoid putting more intense or darker creams and brighter whites together (because the darker creams can end up just looking dirty), slight variations from soft creams to whites seem to look great together. I do have linen colored whites, gray whites, bright whites and soft whites and they all seem to blend in just fine!

I think the trick is to not try to add just one random creamy white in a sea of brighter whites or it will look like the oddball. Keep going and blend many shades of white together! While I prefer to stick with one paint color for cabinets, doors and trim if possible just for consistency and flow throughout the house (although I still haven’t repainted all my trim or woodwork in my house!), as far as I’m concerned I think it looks totally fine to mix in a little variety when you start adding in additional elements such as tile and accessories.

Mixing Shades of White in Decorating - The Inspired Room

So at your house, are you happier with exact matches or do you like a mix when it comes to whites?

Sources:

My Kitchen Remodel Sources

Wood iPad Stand

Whale Platter

Many of my favorite cookbooks can be found here

Lower cabinet paint color is Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore

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{Shades of Neutral} Gray and White Kitchens: Choosing Cabinet Colors

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