Beauty Begins The Moment You Decide To Be Yourself

The Inspired Room Family Room - Fireplace

If you ask any interior designer or design enthusiast for ideas about how to decorate a home, you’ll likely find enough opinions to make your head spin. Some ideas you might like, some you won’t, some will leave you scratching your head. Everyone has their own style and way of approaching design, but not everyone will understand your preferences and how you want to live in your home. You have to seek out ideas that resonate with you and apply them in your own way.

As you might know, I see design as a process of discovering what you love and embracing what inspires you in whatever season you are in. Since I’ve studied design principles and my own home preferences for decades I feel like I have a good sense of the look I like and I know what has worked for me. But I’m still always evolving in being ME and learning how to embrace my own style.

Beauty Begins the Moment You Decide To Be Yourself - Coco Chanel - Hand Drawn Quote by The Inspired Room

There isn’t only one way to decorate a home. Even if you don’t feel like you have a strong opinion on design yet (or decorating just isn’t your thing) you still might have a sense of what you like when you see it. You know what will feel comfortable to you, you are drawn to colors and textures that appeal to you, and your heart might even perk up when you see a pattern or a style that inspires you. Your home should be personal and reflect the people who live there, so what you surround yourself with really matters!

I wasn’t sure if I should feel sad, or just laugh at the irony of her words but a recent Amazon reviewer of my coffee table book The Inspired Room shared that she didn’t like my color palette, didn’t like how we arranged our chairs in the kitchen, and basically said I decorated my house all wrong, in her opinion. She concluded her lengthy commentary by implying that bloggers shouldn’t share their homes or decorating ideas because that is like the blind leading the blind. 

Sadly, I think she misunderstood the point of the book (and blogging for that matter) and missed the whole philosophy behind it. 

The Inspired Room - Gathering Room

I don’t believe that the only acceptable way to decorate is to do it my way. Certainly not! I am willing to open my home not because it is a perfectly designed space (it isn’t!), but so I can share attainable ideas that have worked for me in my home. My hope is that you’ll feel inspired to embrace what YOU love and feel more confident and excited about using what you have.

I think when you are encouraged to be true to who you are, you’ll start to love where you live, too.

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” Coco Chanel

I’m well aware my imperfect home or decorating advice will never grace the cover of Architectural Digest. Amen and bless. I’m more than OK with that, though, because somehow in spite of my limitations and its imperfections, it still nurtures our family and is a place we love to come home to. And isn’t that what really matters? After nine years of sharing the significance of embracing authenticity at home, I am convinced we still need this message. Maybe now more than ever!

How do you try to embrace authenticity in your style?

**You can find The Inspired Room book here. Thank you to those of you who resonate with this message and have always encouraged me to keep on sharing it! You are my people. If you are new here, welcome! You can sign up to stay in the loop of blog posts via email, here.**

9 Ways Blinds & Window Coverings Will Transform Your Home

Window Blinds

inspiration: BHG

While I love the look of bare windows when the architecture and the view is beautiful, often a room can still benefit from just the right window coverings.

I’ve learned over the years that the right blinds and window coverings can:

-make a room quieter
-offer privacy
-contribute to a room’s style
-add texture
-add color
-soften the overall feel and ambience of a room
-make a window appear more substantially sized
-cut down on that afternoon glare (and the resulting faded fabrics!)
-make your house feel cooler or cozier, depending on the season or time of day

Window coverings are like miracle workers :).

So far in this new house house we have only hung ONE! window covering: the new curtains in our bedroom (and yes, my goal is to update you on the bedroom decor progress this week!). But other than that, we either have random bedsheets over the bedroom windows {GASP! Hangs head in shame, yes, I’m classy like that} or nothing at all covering the windows. Imagine me in my jammies and bedhead making coffee, awkwardly waving like HEY! at the construction workers outside my house. That’s everyday.

bamboo blinds in the inspired room family room
Our old house -Blinds via Select Blinds> color bamboo tortoise blinds

I don’t want to put up heavy blinds or fussy curtains, but the afternoon sun is blinding for an hour or so in the middle of the day (and probably will be really bright and hot in the summer). There are windows in our house, such as the bedrooms, where privacy is an issue, too.

I’ve also noticed that boy’s voices (and doggie barks) are SO LOUD when you don’t have much on the windows or walls and have hardwood or tile floors, too, so the more we can do to quiet things up a bit, the happier this mama is going to be.

The Inspired Room Kitchen - Subway Tile and Gray CabinetsOur old house kitchen -blinds via Select Blinds >>color bamboo tortoise blinds

Several years ago we bought bamboo blinds for our old kitchen and family room (see them pictured above and below).

NOTE: If you place an order for ANY window coverings from Select Blinds, use my discount code DESI9N for 40% off your order! YAY!)

I was really happy with our blinds. I was hesitant to commit because I’d never ordered blinds online before! But they looked so great, fit the windows perfectly and functioned really well, so I definitely recommend them. It was really easy to customize what we needed and I was so pleased with the quality, too.

The Inspired Room Kitchen SinkKitchen Sources

I’m getting closer to making a decision on window treatments for new house. I know hanging blinds is going to transform the feel of our home so I’m pretty excited to take this next step in cozying up this house. I’m not sure yet what style we’ll get but of course I’ll need to be mindful of the type of windows we have and the view. I’ll share inspiration pics soon. At least a few of our windows might need to wait until after the remodeling happens, but there are a lot of windows that we can proceed with.

Dining Room Wall - Future Kitchen Sink Wall

And speaking of remodeling, thank you for all of your great ideas and input on our options for kitchen and dining room remodeling! You all are so smart. It was so fun to chat with you all about possibilities. I’ll have some answers to your questions soon.

Best of all, I think I’ve finally decided on THE BEST arrangement for our kitchen and dining room! EEEK! I feel like I’ve been thinking about this so long my head might explode, but it’s been worth it. I’m always glad when I take the time to consider ALL the options before moving ahead.

I can’t wait to share the new floor plan, new details and the design ideas with you. I think you are going to like the direction as much as I do!

Have a happy day, friends!

9 Ways Window Coverings Will Transform Your Home

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If you place an order for any window coverings with Select Blinds this month, use my code DESI9N  for 40% off your order! YAY!

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