Book Signing!

The Inspired Room Book

My girls and I are so excited to be at the West Elm in Seattle today, Saturday the 21st, between 12-2 for a book signing of The Inspired Room! If you are in the area, please stop in and say hello? Bring your book or buy one there and I’d be happy to sign one for you or a gift for a friend!

Book Signing - The Inspired Room at The Bloom Workshop(excuse my cell phone pics, in spite of the lighting, the books really aren’t pink!)

One of the fun things about writing a book is celebrating the completion and launching the book into the world! Thank you to so many of you who have already bought the book (THANK YOU! XO), shared it with your friends, bought it for gifts, left encouraging notes and even taken the time to share positive reviews of the book. It all means so much to me!

A few weeks ago at Bloom Bash in Seattle, Michaela and Ashley of The Bloom Workshop not only put on an amazing two-day workshop for creatives, but they pulled together a really wonderful book launch party one evening in honor of The Inspired Room book! I was so touched by their generosity in hosting the event and throwing such a fun party, too. Everyone was so sweet to attend and celebrate with me. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to sign books, too!

Book Signing - The Inspired Room

Cupcake Royale - The Inspired Room Book Signing with The Bloom Workshop the cutest little cupcakes by Cupcake Royale!

Book Signing - The Inspired Room blog
Stay tuned later today for another blogger’s inspired room post where I’ll be highlighting more of the amazing girls who helped me with the launch by sharing their rooms! It was so fun to see everyone’s favorite spaces!


The Inspired Room - Getting Settled Into Our New Seattle Home

In case you thought my house was perfectly set up already for a before and after photoshoot due to the magic powers of blogs, it isn’t. :) But I’ve been working on getting settled in so I’ll share a bit of the behind the scenes for you with my cell phone pics.

Someday I know these rooms will come together and I will make sense of what goes where. But for now we are living in the moment and getting to know what it’s like to just *be* here. A house doesn’t become a home when it’s perfect, but it becomes a sanctuary when you let yourself live in it. So that is exactly what we are doing!

I had to laugh because my little entertaining cabinet looked like this the other day.

Blue and white vases / The Inspired Room blog

Keeping It Real - The Inspired Room blog
And now it looks like this. My 15 year old son set up his own little vignette in the corner of our living room. Ha! Style + function? (Guess I need to work on installing outlets for his computer near his own desk! Although the unintended benefit of this arrangement just might be more family togetherness so maybe its a perfect corner for a functional space)

The Inspired Room blog - Moving In to Our New Seattle House

My daughter Courtney and I have hung just one thing up on a wall so far, the mirror above the console. I have no idea whether or not it (or anything else for that matter) will stay there long term, but at least setting a few things up makes us feel more like we are making progress in getting settled even if we decide to change it all down the road.

Pretty Sky in Seattle

We’ve been really enjoying the view and even took a little walk down on the beach by our house to get a close up look at the area. I think the view of the ever changing sky is going to spoil us forever.

Jack and Lily at the Beach

Jack and Lily love playing in their new yard and going on adventures in Seattle. We took them on a little trip to Alki Beach and they had so much fun.

Seattle Ferry

We take the ferry to church, you can’t beat the ferry for a beautiful commute.

The Inspired Room blog - Getting Settled Into Our New Seattle House

Back in the house, as we unpacked the kitchen stuff into our little 1950s kitchen, I set up my flea market rattan shelf in the adjoining dining room to serve as a temporary holding place to put the overflow. Sometimes my stuff just ends up where it wants to be and I end up loving it. Just seeing things you love again makes you feel more at home.

Jura Coffee Machine - The Inspired Room blog
And of course, it’s not a home until the coffee station is set up.

Jack the Goldendoodle / The Inspired Room

Jack has been making himself right at home, he was nervous at first but now he’s really comfortable hanging out in the new house. But if you have any doubt of that, this should clear that up…

Jack the Goldendoodle - Getting Cozy - The Inspired Room blog

I’ll be sharing many more updates on the house and our plans and inspiration for each room as they evolve! For now, we are just really enjoying “getting acquainted” with this old house.

Some of you who follow me on Instagram may have seen a few of these photos. Click here to follow along if you haven’t yet! :)


Leather loveseat, blue tufted ottoman, trellis patterned arm chaircoffee maker (ours is an older model), mug drying rack, wood chevron cabinet, wood mirror, glass cabinet (taupe)

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Favorite Fall Nesting Rituals: Puttering

Fall Leaves and Boots - Quiet Fall - The Inspired Room

So today is the first day of Fall {insert happy dancing in boots and dreams of holiday lattes!!}. It was a perfect fall day here in Seattle as I was out running errands. The leaves on the deciduous trees are starting to change and tumble among the towering evergreens and there was even a little dew on the ground this morning. The air felt fresh and the sun was warm on my face but not hot or uncomfortable. In a word, it was just…perfect. I love the fluffy mix of gray and white clouds fluttering across the vibrant blue sky right now as I look out my window. Thoughts of PUMPKIN SQUARES and HOT SPICED CIDER are starting to fill my mind.

I love to enjoy the beauty of the fall season outside and hope it will last for many more weeks, but I can’t help but get a little giddy about fall nesting inside. After nine seasons of blogging about fall, I’m sure you are well aware that this season is when my heart starts beating a little faster and all the cozy ideas start filling my head and pouring into the blog. I can’t help it!

While every year is new and fresh because no two fall seasons are exactly alike like no two fall leaves are ever identical, what remains the same is the return of those favorite fall rituals. Don’t you just LOVE fall? How could you not?

It is the familiarity of the season’s rhythms that bring a sense of comfort I look forward to in my home. Returning to the kitchen to prepare a pot roast or bake something yummy to fill the air with the delicious scents of the season (yep, even though I’m just getting to know my vintage 1950s oven!), fall nesting and tidying up the home — basically just puttering around making things cozier and comfier is my favorite activity this time of year.

I’m an introvert and a homebody so there is no one more pleased than me to be returning inside and begin puttering around the house. I might start to resemble a hermit from fall until spring, but I’ll be the happiest hermit around.

Happy fall, friends! What are your favorite fall rituals?

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