Life Lately on Instagram

Hi friends! It was such a gorgeous day on Saturday, it was good to see some sunshine. My magnolia tree right outside the kitchen window is just about to burst into pink blooms, so I’m sure the sun did it some good. I hope you are all finally done with the snow where you live? Goodness, I am so glad we are headed towards warmer days.

I’ll be back this week with more updates from around the house (I know I’ve been slow to answer more questions on our kitchen remodel, so I’ll for sure get back to it!).

But first, here’s a little peek into our life lately via our Instagram accounts…

You can never have too many, plants, right? We have plants on the walls, plants on the tables…I really love having a lot of greenery around the house. It’s fun for me to putter around watering them, talking to them, giving them names.

This new palm in the dining room is named Pete.

Jack has been up to his usual antics. This week he got a little too excited when Courtney came over and somehow he ended up leaping right up onto our dining room table. I think he was as shocked as we were. Jack will be six years old soon, not sure why he still acts like a puppy, hahah.

My daughters and I took a little break from a busy work week for brunch at The Fat Hen, a very small but very delicious local restaurant. Our favorite dish is the Eggs Benedict if you ever have the chance to visit. :) Everything on the menu is great, though. We always get a pot of French Press at the table, too. So good!

Quite awhile ago we did an “Out to See” post here on the Fat Hen.
I forget to do Out to See posts! I’ll try to get back into them when we go places. I know a lot of people like to visit Seattle, so I really should document more of our favorite places to go.

Even though we love going out to eat, we do try to eat healthy food at home. Kylee made a smoothie bowl this week with blended banana, a handful of frozen raspberries, and almond milk topped with bananas, bee pollen, raspberries, chia and hemp seeds, coconut, and mango. YUM! And so pretty, too.

We hosted a giveaway for Pure & Lovely in our Facebook group, so we had fun putting together little packages to send out this week to the winners (you’re welcome to join our group, find out more here)!


Note that I have a silver Plush Pumpkin holding up my computer screen in my office.

We keep it classy around here.

Many of my friends have kindly shared about the upcoming release this next Saturday of my new book Simple Decorating! I’m so grateful for the support, especially during book launches. If you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, you can find it here. If you weren’t able to see the video when we posted it the first time, hopefully you can this time! It wasn’t showing up for some of you but I think we have it fixed now :).

You can get the book from Amazon or Barnes and Noble online this week but it will be in stores by next Saturday. I loved the shot above from Allison at The Festive Farmhouse on Instagram.

My girls and I have been hard at work on future book photos…


We had family coming to visit this weekend so we did some housecleaning…

We had doggie play dates with all the pups…

We marveled at the glorious sunsets outside our window.

The dogs have been longing for more spring days to play outside…

We paused to appreciate simple joys.

And this weekend we have people tucked into cozy beds all over the house!

Happy Sunday, friend!

You can follow along with our Instagrams below:

The Inspired Room // Jack the Goldendoodle // Doodles at Home // Pure & Lovely //  Kylee // Courtney

If you’ve missed any recent posts, here are a few to catch up on:

New flooring in the basement

Our outdoor space for entertaining

Our paint colors (and 5 rules for selecting the perfect paint color)

Kitchen source list and the kitchen reveal.

Shiplap in the kitchen (details)

$500 Shopping Spree Giveaway

Spring Decorating Ideas

Christmas Tour 2016

Christmas Tour 2016 - The Inspired Room Christmas House Tour

Christmas Tour 2016

Hello, sweet friends. Merry Christmas! Come in. I’m so glad you stopped by for our Christmas Tour 2016. We’ve lived in Seattle for just over a year now and we sure LOVE it here! Welcome to our home.


Watch our video above in HD or click over to YouTube for full screen!

I’m excited to be a part of this holiday blog tour hosted by the wonderful Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Co. If you are here after visiting Shauna of The House of Silver Lining, welcome! Aren’t those ladies and their homes lovely?

The Inspired Room Christmas House Tour 2016

I love going on Christmas house tours. But if you ever look at homes on tours and feel like your own house isn’t nearly as festive or finished, you are in good company here. My whole house isn’t pulled together, either. :) In fact, I nearly didn’t get this one room ready in time for the tour! Our house has been quite “out of sorts” since the fall house tour. The kitchen has been under construction for months now (but we are about two weeks away from completion!) and we are finally installing new flooring downstairs and the two new exterior doors over the next couple weeks.

It’s been exciting, but a little messy. :)

Rattan Shelf, Cotton Wood WreathSimilar cotton wreath

Lumber and other supplies have been spread out all over my house and everything has been displaced. I had hoped our remodeling projects would have been completed by this tour, but at least there’s a good chance of completion before Christmas. :) Just a few days ago I seriously felt like my house was way too dusty and chaotic everywhere to even decorate for Christmas.

White holiday house collection - The Inspired Room

In what can only be explained as a Christmas miracle, last week I went on a big frenzy and dusted, cleaned up and put up some decorations in our living room and even HALF of our dining room (totally an overachiever, right?!) for Christmas.

Three days ago as I was tossing clutter from the room and literally down on my hands and knees wiping construction dust off the floor before taking the photos, my contractor looked at me funny and asked me if I was having company. There had been dust and chaos everywhere for over two months and then suddenly there I was setting up Christmas decor amongst the mess. And what probably appeared even more random, my girls and I were going around snapping photos. Bless his heart, he started picking up tiles and wood trim from the floor in the dining room to help tidy things up in case I was having a pre-party meltdown and his stuff was in my way.

It was a close call, but I finished in the nick of time to participate in this tour {HIGH FIVES!}.

Cozy Christmas Living Room 2016

So while I can’t offer up a ten part tour of my whole house fully decked out for Christmas this year, I’m relieved to have one and a half clean and tidied rooms to show you today. Don’t get me wrong, I really love the idea of each room in my house and every door and window being all festive for Christmas. I might even get more Christmas decorating done and share it in the coming weeks, but I may not.

What you see here of my Christmas house today is it. It’s all I’ve got. So I hope you don’t mind if we just hang out here :).

Christmas tour 2016 Christmas Decorating It Is Well Sign (get 20% off with the code THEINSPIREDROOM20)

The feel of our home overall has been evolving in the year since we moved in and especially over the past few months. It has been fun to make this new place feel more like home. Besides the new kitchen, we’ve been slowly getting settled in by painting walls, arranging furniture and just trying to get the right vibe going for this house.

One of our favorite things about this house is that the living room, dining room and kitchen have windows that face the rear of the house with a light and bright view of the Puget Sound, mountains and sky outside. A neutral color palette and simplified look with layers of comfy texture help this room feel oh-so-cozy for winter. It’s actually supposed to SNOW here today, so I’m extra thrilled to have one cozy spot (UPDATE: I added a picture above so you can see the snow in the yard!).

natural christmas decor

I love this little wire basket of evergreen clippings, pinecones and silver Christmas decorations.

Leather sofa, gray chunky cable knit rug

You can see a very small peek of the in-construction kitchen through the arch in the dining room. It won’t be blue for long, that’s just primer :). I am SO excited about the kitchen, I cannot wait to show you. :)

You might have noticed that we switched out our rug in the living room for a larger and more neutral one for the winter. I’ll be sharing more about the rug later in the week, but we really love how quiet and cozy it makes the room look and feel!

Christmas tour 2016 - The Inspired Room Dining Room

Small Christmas Tree The Inspired Room

DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes

I made these DIY snow globe jars years ago (I put them in my book, too!).

I never take them apart so I can just bring them out every year to enjoy.

Christmas Tree Ornaments - Coastal
Christmas House Tour

Coastal touches reflect special family memories and fit well with our view of the sound.
We decorated this little tree with some sweet little glass whales, sailboats and other decorations.

The Inspired Room Christmas Decorating Ideas

The dining room has been in shambles for awhile since it connects to the kitchen.
It was fun to clear it off and wipe off the table to set out a simple glass cloche with snow and a quirky reindeer.

The Inspired Room Dining Room Christmas House Tour

Jack and Lily Doodle - The Inspired Room

The Inspired Room Christmas Cookies

The Inspired Room Christmas House Tour & Treats

I wish we could have baked these cookies ourselves, but alas, we don’t have an oven yet.

We look forward to some winter baking in the new kitchen.

Christmas House Tour The Inspired Room 2016

The Inspired Room Christmas House Tour
Small white Christmas houses - The Inspired Room Christmas Tour 2016

Galvanized Trough with Collected Ornaments

Every year I try to add a few more ornaments to our collection so I can fill up bowls or this trough with pretties.

Cozy cable knit rug

Christmas house tour 2016

JOY Letter ornaments - The Inspired Room

Rattan Daybed - Serena and Lily - Source link in post

Cozy winter daybed

The Inspired Room Christmas House Tour

jack-the-goldendoodle-at-christmas

Leather sofa, cozy cable knit rug

It is well with my soul sign, discount code and room sources are in the post!

White velvet stockings, pom pom garland

Ladder for Blankets - The Inspired Room Blog Christmas House Tour

It is well with my soul sign - source in post - Christmas House Tour

Jack and Lily Christmas - Doodles at Home - The Inspired Room

Jack and Lily Christmas - Doodles at Home - The Inspired Room

Jack and Lily Christmas - Doodles at Home - The Inspired Room

Lily’s face during Jack’s shenanigans always kills me.

Ornaments in a trough - The Inspired Room

I’m so glad I was able to get this one area of my home pulled together. You’ve heard me say this before, but I’ll say it again. If you are feeling stressed by the state or current condition of your own home, just start by setting up one cleaner and more festive corner. Find ways to savor it. Look at the pretty lights, Smell the seasonal scents. Take a deep breath and be present in that room. I’ve been reminding myself to get out of the chaotic rooms and sit in our living room as much as possible. It makes me feel so much more peaceful!

It’s not about how much we do. It’s not about how perfectly we do it.
What matters most is that we savor the season and find joy in counting our blessings.

Christmas House Tour 2016 cozy cable knit pillows

Merry Christmas from our house to yours.

Be sure to head over to Amber of Restless Arrow’s house for the next stop on the tour! She is so talented; I can’t wait to see her home!

You’ll find the others on the tour today here: The White Buffalo Styling Co. || Julie Blanner || Hi Sugarplum || The Inspired Room ||Restless Arrow || Cuckoo For Design

Room Sources:

It Is Well Sign (get 20% off with the code THEINSPIREDROOM20)

Leather loveseat (20% off with code CHEER)

Chunky woolen cable knit light gray area rug (I got this on a great Black Friday sale and it is the coziest rug EVER, I’ll share more about it soon!)

Cotton Wreath (similar)

Linen wingback settee

Rattan daybed

Ivory cable knit pillow

Gray coffee table

Botanical artwork

Linen curtains

Brass floor lamp

Fireplace paint details

Leather Moroccan pouf

Woven wood shades

Gray velvet pillow covers

Dip-dyed wood stools

Wood leaning ladder for blankets

White velvet stockings (on sale!)

Galvanized trough

Copper battery-operated wire string lights

Marble and wood cake stand

White ceramic houses: Target (similar)

Navy/gray dresser

Wood industrial console table

Navy patterned dining curtains (sold out but there may be new similar options)

White rattan round mirror

Rattan shelf – thrifted

Dining chairs

Ombre wood bead dining light

Dining room seagrass rug

Dining room clock

White glitter paper trees

Wi-fi thermostat

DIY Mason Jar snow globe details

Similar ship ornament // Similar whale ornament

Wall color: Simply White Benjamin Moore

Shiplap wall details

Ornaments: many from Target

My Christmas Decor Shop & Gift Guides

Be sure to head over to Amber of Restless Arrow’s house for the next stop on the tour! She is so talented; I can’t wait to see her home!

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