DIY Decorating {My House Tour}

That House Was Perfect Hand Drawn Quote - The Inspired Room

Gray and White Striped Entry Wall - The Inspired Room

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DIY decorating

Welcome to my house tour! This was a new builder house that I transformed little by little into a more custom and charming home. It was a long journey, you can read my story of the long journey to a dream house in a new post here. I now live in a white brick cottage in Seattle, and you can follow along here as we make it our home!

You’ll find plenty of the before shots and progress posts to inspire you with how you can transform any space on a budget! Toward the end of this post, you’ll find links to my seasonal house tours.

I like to describe how I decorate as an eclectic decorating style (the long version would be eclectic, old world, northwest, coastal, farmhouse, cottage style because I am kind of indecisive and like to have options in decorating. Don’t judge). I find it hard to narrow down my choices!

Picture relaxing by a cozy fireplace in a weathered but beautiful and charming beach house on a blustery day — that, my friends, is my probably my ultimate DREAM house!

This blog is all about how to decorate a home — one that is unique to you, and I hope you’ll find lots of inspiration here to find your own style as I share mine! Most importantly, this blog is about how to love the home you have and find contentment right where you are.

Here are some links to rooms in my craftsman house, come on in and browse around!

Entry with Charcoal Gray Front Door - The Inspired RoomEntry updates

The Inspired Room Reading Corner - Entry
Settee and reading corner details here

Leather Sofa - Living Room Textures - The Inspired Room
My Kitchen Makeover Reveal and Kitchen Source List

open shelves for dishesKitchen cabinets & makeover

The Inspired Room Kitchen Coffee StationCoffee Station (and tips for how to make your own coffee station!)

Kitchen barstool with island

Styling cookbooks and dishes togetherCookbooks in the kitchen!

Pretty Pantry Organization with Jars

pantry organization with baskets and chalkboard labels

The pantry makeover

How I Organize My House

Summer Family Room Console Cabinet and Gallery Wall - The Inspired Room

Summer Dining Room - The Inspired RoomReinvented dining room curtains details  // Copper Lantern

Summer Dining Room White Plate Wall and Console TableHow to hang plates on a wall // Console Table Source

Simple Fall Mantel - The Inspired Room Fall DecoratingA Simple Fall Mantel in my 2014 Fall House Tour

Decorating with Pattern and Texture - The Inspired RoomSunbrella wingback chair details

DIY Map Wallpaper
DIY Idea – decorating a hallway with maps // Lighting Source

Easy Affordable Bathroom MakeoverBathroom: Weekend Refresh!

Fall House Tour - Kitchen Paneled Wall and Command Center - The Inspired RoomMy Fall House Tour

Paper clutter organization boardPaper organization — command central

Cozy-Fall-Master-Bedroom-The-Inspired-RoomMaster bedroom

bookcases styled in bedroomDaughter’s bedroom/guest room/library

teen boy bedroomSon’s Bedroom

Cozy Fall Family Room Sectional The Inspired RoomMedia room // Clock Source

Navy Blue Home Office - The Inspired Room

My office is a work in progress! My Office Updates and Design Plan // Office Organization

We live in the NW, our home is a craftsman style and we live in the Puget Sound area about an hour from Seattle. From my front porch we can see a “peek-a-boo” view of a lake. While I don’t exactly live by the sea, I like to dream!

We’ve lived here for four years now, but in the past year we’ve finally started redesigning our home to better suit our taste and style.

White Laundry Room Makeover Progress - Green BarnlightLaundry Room with DIY No-Sew Rolled Fabric Shade

Round Mirror Powder BathPowder Room Makeover 

But more than focusing on my decorating style and how amazing I might be able to make my home LOOK with lots of time staging or buying lots of stuff in a hurry for show, I like to focus more on my LIFE and let my style evolve as I experience the world around me.

I learned many years ago that I could spend too much time rushing around perfecting how a room looked, and miss out on savoring the process (and precious other things in life.) So I don’t rush. Each season brings something new!

Decorating my home is something I love, but I am always mindful of where my priorities are and the distinction between having a lovely home that works for who we are as a family and a perfect home designed for a magazine cover.

I don’t spend lots of time doing and redoing my rooms, just for the sake of reaching design perfection. For me it has to be a labor of love, not an obsession. That is why I pace myself. I want my home to be truly inspired by our life, and that authenticity tends to come with time, layer by layer.

indoor plants teacup gardenTeacup Gardens

Succulent Gardening5 Minute Succulent Garden

The Inspired Room Front PorchFront Porch Outdoor Wingback Details

Light Blue Painted Front Door - Front Porch DecoratingFront door paint details

The Inspired Room Backyard - Secret Garden
My Backyard Tour

The Inspired Room DIY Firepit - Backyard Tour
My backyard firepit project

pallet flower gardenMy pallet garden

I’m always on the lookout for doable ideas and easy ways to make a home beautiful to those who live there, I want it to feel beautiful from the inside out. I love having things in my home that have meaning and history so that my home radiates our love of life and all the positive memories we have.

I’m a believer in loving the home you have. 

Neutral Paint colors the inspired room

And you can find all my current paint colors here!

Christmas House Tour - The Inspired Room copy

My 2014 Christmas House Tour Part One and Part Two.

Fall House Tour - The Inspired Room copyFall House Tour 2014

Summer House Tour - The Inspired Room copySummer House Tour 2014

Kitchen The Inspired Room Christmas House TourChristmas 2013 House Tour

Cozy Fall Bedroom - Jack the Goldendoodle and Lily the Australian Labradoodle

Jack – Our Goldendoodle has his Facebook page that he updates regularly. You can see more photos of Jack, Lily, and Bella on The Inspired Dog Blog.

It doesn't have to be perfect but this is ridiculousSpeaking of Jack…here are 5 Things to Consider Before Choosing White Slipcovers.

The Inspired Room - New Book by New York Times Best Selling Author Melissa Michaels - Releasing November First

The Inspired Room book is a full color, large format coffee table decorating book with real-life tips and ideas to inspire you, alongside photos of my home! Order The Inspired Room at Amazon!

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Gift Guides - The Inspired Room blog

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