Catching Up

The London Plane - Seattle

Hey Friends!

How was your weekend? Hope you had a great Mother’s Day! I actually had a great Mother’s Week last week :). I took a little time off (well, really it was more like a working vacation) to spend some time my family in Seattle. You’ll see a few pictures of our week in this post.

The Fat Hen - Ballard Restaurant in Seattle

I had a bunch of work to do, but I tried to juggle what I could (I even did some gardening at home!) around sipping lattes at cafes, hanging out at a bazillion restaurants, taking walks along the water and driving around Seattle gawking at houses. You know what that means, don’t you? Yes, I’ll have a little Seattle drive by to show you this week!

I am not quite home from my travels yet, the next two days my girls and I will be at Harvest House Publishers in Eugene, Oregon working on the design layout for my next book! We stopped in Portland for a few moments on our way to Eugene and got ice cream after visiting our favorite bookstore, Powells.

We are SO EXCITED to be a part of the book design process on our very own coffee table book, coming out in October!

Over the past several months we have written the content for the book, photographed over twelve hundred images of our house, and spent countless hours trying to choose the best images to send to our design team. We couldn’t be more excited to see it finally coming together!

We’ll see you here tomorrow for a drive-by of some beautiful Seattle houses!

Photos top to bottom: The London Plane, The Fat Hen (x2), Oddfellows Cafe, my backyard, Pioneer Square in Seattle, Hunt and Gather in Portland, Ben & Jerry’s in Portland, Powells

Get Inspired To Love The Home You Have

Our Homes Should Inspire Us Quote - from the book Love the Home You Have  - The Inspired Room

Close your eyes for a moment and picture your dream house. What do you see? Do you see piles of clutter, dirty dishes in the sink, or stuff piled on every surface in your dream house? I’m going to guess not. :) Somewhere deep inside, we know that how our home looks and feels is important to us. And while we know the people matter more than the house, we can’t help but feel a bit discouraged or flustered if our dreams and reality are too far apart.

We want our home to be a true sanctuary in every sense of the word. We want it to be comfortable. Nurturing. We want it to reflect who we are. A place to welcome our friends and family. The way we see and care for our home greatly impacts our feeling of contentment in life and even our ability to effectively impact the world around us.

Do you relate?


There is an inner conflict many of us house-lovers face.

We live here–therefore our house is a mess.

We live here–therefore we don’t want our house to be a mess.

It’s a tug-of-war between what we dream our sanctuary should be and the reality of what we see around us. And we try to find that balance in unfulfilling ways.

We need to make changes in our approach to find lasting contentment and love for the home we have.

Love the Home You Have - The Inspired Room Book - Melissa Michaels

I understand the struggle to find contentment, because I’ve felt it too. The solution for me isn’t to just accept the house in its mess (or I feel defeated, discouraged, and uninspired), and it isn’t to chase perfection (because I’ll never find it or be satisfied).

I wrote the book Love the Home You Have because after years of searching, trial and error, failure and success, I now know where contentment with a home isn’t found. And best of all, I know what it takes to find it.

I wrote this book to encourage dream-house seekers, apartment-dwellers, homeowners, renters, perfectionists, imperfectionists and everyone in between.

You’ll find inspiration and doable action steps in the book if you look around your home and …

…you feel at all discouraged by what you see.

…you love what you see, but you still wrestle with discontentment.

…you enjoy your home, but never feel you can keep up with your own expectations.

…your house feels out of control.

…you want your home to be your sanctuary.

…you wish your home was prettier or cleaner.

…you just moved in to your first home or you’ve been around the block a few times and want to remember what it’s like to dream.

…you don’t want to invite anyone over because you are ashamed of the mess.

…you wish you had a friend to come alongside you to cheer you on to get out of your slump so you can see your home in a new light.

… you need to find a balance between embracing the beauty and mess of everyday life.

…you can’t help but wonder if you are in the right (or wrong) house.

…you want to create a meaningful and intentional life within your own four walls.

…you want encouragement with how to love what you have and find contentment right where you are.

Home is Right Where You Are - from the book Love the Home You Have - The Inspired Room

This is my first book, and it’s the first step on the journey to love the home you have. It will be officially released on March 31st! It’s a cute little book full of encouragement, practical tips and inspiring advice. It’s not a decorating book. It’s not an interior design book. But I’ll help you get started with that, too. It’s a book that will motivate you to take action with what you can do or change in your surroundings. Your new outlook on your home will change the way you view your life. All without spending a fortune or moving to a better house.

I’m so grateful to you all for your help in making this book what it is. Without you, without your encouragement, I would never have been brave enough to put these words and my stories on paper. Thank you for every comment, every high five, and every “me too” along the way.

It would be amazing and SO encouraging if you would pre-order the book at AmazonBarnes and Noble, or iBooks and let your friends know they can pre-order it too (pin or share this post?) Soon I’ll have a special book page so you can read more about the book and find lots of goodies created just for you.

Love the Home You Have Book by Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room - Back Cover

PS. Our amazing designer at Harvest House, Nicole, did a beautiful job on the hand-drawn quotes in this post and created so many other sweet details inside Love the Home You Have. I can’t wait for you to see!

We will have LOTS of fun book launch activities coming up. I’ll share more of how you can help me with all that needs to get done in the next few weeks to get this book out, if you are able to help me? I would love for you to join my launch team — I’ll post details on what that’s about soon :-D! And, just so you know, I’m just about finished with another book (a coffee table book), called The Inspired Room, and I’m ridiculously excited about each one for different reasons! Eeek! :)

Thanks for joining me on this wild journey! XOXO

Don’t forget to pre-order at: Amazon or Barnes and Noble!

Healthy Home Fragrances {Scents of Well Being}

Healthy Home Fragrances - Essential Oils Diffuser

Thanks so much for your great comments on the Home Goals yesterday! I hope you’ll add your goals to the comments as you decide on them. Then maybe we can look back next year and see how well we did! YES! Accountability.

One of the things I talked about investing in this year is a sense of well being at our house. So today I thought I would share a little twist on that topic with another home-related topic I love to talk about, the SCENTS of well-being at home. I LOVE a good smelling home, don’t you? There’s so many ways to make your home more lovely, but scent is definitely high on the list for me.

This Christmas I bought everyone in our little family a pretty glass essential oil diffuser for their bedrooms. I LOVE IT! Ever since, I’ve had the best smelling house ever! Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m still all about my Anthro candles for ambience and they smell divine, but I am now a wee bit obsessed with diffusing.

I have had an amazing naturopathic doctor for 25 years and the advice I got from him back then and things I’ve learned since have been really life changing (I learned things years ago from my doctor that many people are just figuring out now or still don’t know.)

Ever since those early days of being introduced to healthy remedies I have been very interested in natural choices for our family, so I’m SOOO HAPPY about how well essential oils scent our home.

MAKE YOUR OWN LINEN SPRAY! I love making linen sprays (try about 15 drops of lavender essential oil and 15 drops of lemon essential oil, or whatever combination you like with 1 1/2 cups of water, you can also add 1-3 T of witch hazel or alcohol if you have it on hand to help blend the oil and water). I use blue glass spray bottles like these. See more natural home scent recipes here.

But I don’t know what took me so long to try a diffuser? Game changer. (Updated 2016: now I have SEVERAL diffusers and my life is forever changed! Feel free to ask me if you want to know about other diffusers and where to get them!)

Chemical Free Home Fragrance - Essential Oils Diffuser

I use a glass spray bottle with oils in water all the time, it’s is a quick, easy and portable way to spritz sheets or rooms. But a diffuser is really cool and now I’m addicted. The diffuser I have doesn’t use water or heat, so it keeps the oil in its natural state while it diffuses it through the air in a mist.

Everyone in our family loves their diffuser! A year ago in January our family got the flu a.k.a. the plague and I was sick and then without my energy for weeks. I rarely get sick so that was alarming. And who has time to get sick? No one. That’s when I placed my first order for oils (since my naturopathic doctor is in another state, I don’t get to go to him as much any more so I was excited to find an online source for ordering oils, mine are from Young Living).

So while I have a zillion oils I can diffuse for the scent and other health benefits, lately we have been diffusing Thieves Essential Oil (a natural immune system booster) in hopes of preventing the plague this year. I’ll keep you posted on how that works out. So far so good :).

You can order high quality oils and other diffusers at a discount from Young Living. If you sign up for a wholesale account, too, you can order a kit that comes with a diffuser and get a 24% discount on your orders (and this isn’t required but you can become a distributor of oils for your friends and family, as a side business or a career, I’d be happy to help you if you have questions!). You can find out more about it and how to sign up or even join my team here, I’ll personally contact you and offer help if you decide to join and share your email address!

I bought the diffuser in this post on Amazon (that link goes to the same brand diffuser I have, there are many different variations).

I’ve been researching more about diffusing and oils and got this book last year too, it has a lot of great info if you want to learn more: The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy!

So, what’s your favorite scent for the home?

*Disclaimer: I am not a medical provider or professional. Any recommendation for oils is not intended to cure, treat, or heal any disease. Use essential oils at your own risk and with your own research and common sense. I am a distributor with Young Living, find out more HERE.

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