Gathering of Friends

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Thank you all, dear readers, for your support in getting Simple Gatherings to best-seller status on Amazon this week. Hooray! You made this launch week so much less stressful, in fact, you made it a joy.

The giveaways (with all the insanely beautiful Terrain items) are still up for one more day, so if you haven’t entered yet, you’ll find the prizes and links to enter below. Courtney and I picked out every single gift for the prize packs because we wanted them ourselves! They’re really good, so definitely worth entering.

Gathering of Friends

It’s been so fun to connect with so many of you this week over Simple Gatherings. The cool thing is…that really is a core message of Simple Gatherings! It’s about gathering friends and finding ways to connect with people in real and authentic ways.

Even though we don’t necessarily all get to hang out in my house or yours, I’m so glad that we get to meet up here through our similar interests in the home. Ten years after starting this THING called a BLAWG, I am still in awe that this is even a thing we still get to do!

I love posting and then hearing from you in the comments and emails each week. Honestly, if I don’t hear from you in awhile (or you’re just lurking!), I miss your comments and the camaraderie that grows from that connection. It’s the interaction of people that makes a blog feel like a gathering of friends, so big thanks to those of you who continue to invest yourselves in keeping that connection!

I’m looking forward the next few posts in our fall nesting series (I’ve got some updates to my living room to share!) but since there is just one day left for the giveaways,  I wanted to give you a quick introduction to five lovely friends who are so generously hosting the giveaways on their blogs this week. You’ll also find the links to enter each giveaway, below.

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Meet Emily – Jones Design Company – Office

Emily has been a blogging friend for many years. I’ve always been impressed by her creative talent in so many areas and even more so by her sweet spirit. We both live in Washington, so she’s practically my real life neighbor. Emily actually recently moved to a lovely home in one of my favorite little Washington towns (closer, but still about forty five minutes away from where I live in Seattle). I am sure we’ll find some opportunities to get together!

Gathering of Friends

Meet Beth – Home Stories A to Z – Dining Room

I’ve known Beth (in person) for years after meeting through blogging. She’s so talented and super creative. Beth has always jumped right in with support whenever I’ve needed help (and I seem to need a lot of help with book launches, ha), so I’ve really appreciated her kindness. She just moved with her family into a GORGEOUS home that has made me (almost) want to move to South Carolina.

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Meet Sandy – Reluctant Entertainer – Outdoor Space

Sandy and I became dear friends years ago through our blogs. We both live in the Northwest, and we text regularly and meet up in person as often as we can. This photo above was taken in her incredible backyard (at her old house, her new house is just as beautiful!) during a beautiful real life gathering my husband and I were invited to. We had such a memorable time! Sandy is the EPITOME of a gracious hostess and loyal friend in real life. I’m grateful to have her as one of my best friends.

Gathering of Friends

Meet Bre – Rooms for Rent

I’m not sure exactly when I first crossed paths with Bre, but I’m so glad I did. She definitely makes the online world feel like a welcoming place. She is just THE sweetest, she’s always gone above and beyond to support and help me out. Bre inspires in so many ways, including sharing her heart and her darling home. She and her husband just got that adorable puppy, too. Aww.

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Meet JenBalancing Beauty and Bedlam – Front Porch

Jen is another good friend I’m so grateful for. We have both been writers at (in)courage for a long time. We always have a good time when we are together. We live across the country from each other, though, so most of the time we just text (or chat on Voxer, although I can’t figure out how to do it). Her porch is AMAZING! If you haven’t read her inspiring porch story, it’s linked above and was also included in my first book Love The Home You Have.

Even though it might seem kind of weird to say I met each of these friends on the internet, how cool is it that they turned out to be so sweet and genuine? I feel like I’ve gathered some pretty amazing friends on this blogging journey.

Now that you’ve had a chance to be officially introduced to our hostesses, here’s another peek at the prizes we are giving away (through tomorrow). You’ll find a few of these gorgeous serving pieces at each stop in the Progressive Launch Party Giveaway via the links below. They all all beautiful, so make sure you enter each giveaway before it’s too late!

The links to enter are below.

Gathering of Friends
Gathering of Friends
Gathering of Friends

Best of luck in the giveaways and happy friend gathering!

Grab your copy of Simple Gatherings at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Take your hostess style quiz here as well as get free lovely downloadable invitations and more.

Have you received your copy of Simple Gatherings yet? I’d love to hear what you think! I hope it is an encouragement and offers you inspiration to gather. If so, I’d especially be grateful for a review on Amazon to inspire others who might also like the book. If you are on Instagram, I’d love it if you would share the book or your own gatherings of friends or family by tagging me @theinspiredroom and using the hashtag #simplegatherings.

Simple Gatherings + four free ebooks!

Simple Gatherings + four free ebooks!

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Greetings, friends!

I‘m pretty tickled to let you in on some BIG news today. On October 3, my newest baby will be released into the world (and hopefully find its way to your home!).

Friends, meet this special little book called Simple Gatherings.

Simple Gatherings is about how to host a memorable gathering for friends and family. But don’t worry. You can check perfection and intimidation at the door because this book isn’t about hosting a Pinterest-worthy party.

  • Simple Gatherings is about creating an experience that will draw people together.
  • From preparing your home and menu to setting the atmosphere and table, you’ll find simple tips for hosting any event.
  • Learn how to help guests feel welcome and comfortable in your home.
  • Discover ways to spark connection and conversation so everyone feels at ease (including yourself as a hostess!).
  • Find featured gathering ideas, creative activities, and special touches to make gatherings memorable!


I’m thrilled to offer you a chance to get my entire ebook collection FREE! You’ll be able to download a bundle of ALL FOUR of my books in ebook format when you preorder a copy of new latest book, Simple Gatherings. Stay tuned at the end of this post find out how to get this amazing preorder gift.

Simple Gatherings + four free ebooks!

This sweet book on simple hospitality has been in the works for quite awhile, but it is one I’ve been especially eager to share with you.

YOU are a big reason Simple Gatherings exists.

You see, this book came to be because you’ve chosen to gather here with me, on this blog. Many of you have been gathering here for over ten years! Some of you have just recently found your way here, but your presence is welcomed and treasured just the same.

Every time we gather here, I feel uplifted by your kindness. I feel blessed by your support. As I’ve gotten to know you, you’ve become my friends.

I look forward to seeing your name and thoughtful comments when we gather here as much as I look forward to seeing friends around my table. That is what gatherings of friends is all about!

So friends, I want to thank you for gathering with me here day after day, week after week, year after year. I feel like I am among friends. I hope you feel like you belong here, too.

Scroll down to find out how to get my entire collection of ebooks, ALL FOUR of my titles, in a bundle with a preorder of my new book Simple Gatherings! 

Simple Gatherings + four free ebooks!

Simple Gatherings + four free ebooks!

Simple Gatherings joins my four other books:

Love the Home You Have
The Inspired Room
Make Room for What You Love
Simple Decorating

(and of course, The Inspired Room Coloring Book!) 

You can find more about all of my books here.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m so excited to offer a FREE EBOOK BUNDLE with ALL FOUR of my ebooks to anyone who preorders Simple Gatherings! WOO HOO! Free books are my favorite.

Simple Gatherings + four free ebooks!

Simple Gatherings + four free ebooks!


Here’s how you can get all four of my books in a FREE ebook bundle: Love the Home You Have, The Inspired Room, Make Room for What You Love, and Simple Decorating!

Simple Gatherings + four free ebooks!

1. Pre-order my new book Simple Gatherings from your favorite retailer. You can order Simple Gatherings on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can buy a copy for yourself, or a friend. Or order a few copies for holiday or housewarming gifts! Pre-orders help authors in many ways, so thank you for your support.

2. Once you’ve placed your pre-order for Simple Gatherings, go here to the Harvest House website to input your name, email address and the order confirmation number from your retailer.

3. Next, you’ll receive an email with a code and instructions for how to download all four of my books in an ebook bundle! If you have ANY trouble at all, just email my publisher at and they’ll help you out!

Simple Gatherings will be released on October 3.

Once you pre-order Simple Gatherings, claim your free ebook bundle of all four of my books!

This is really a sweet deal.

Simple Gatherings + four free ebooks!

Simple Gatherings + four free ebooks!

Simple Gatherings + four free ebooks!

This growing stack of books is because YOU gathered here! <3

Simple Gatherings + four free ebooks!

Thank you for the support, friends. I love you more than pumpkin flavored everything (source: dishtowel).

Simple Gatherings + four free ebooks!