DIY Decorating {My House Tour}

The Inspired Room Entry Striped Wall


DIY decorating

Welcome to my house tour! This is a new builder house that I am transforming little by little into a more custom and charming home. It’s been a long journey, you can read my story of the long journey to a dream house in a new post here.

You’ll find plenty of the before shots and progress posts to inspire you with how you can transform any space on a budget!

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 house, come on in and browse around!

Cozy Fall Entry Settee and Dresser - The Inspired Room House TourSettee and reading corner details here

Cozy Fall Entry DecoratingEntry updates

Fall Kitchen - Charcoal Cabinets and White Subway Tile

kitchen ideas

the inspired room kitchenMy Kitchen Makeover Reveal and Kitchen Source List

open shelves for dishesKitchen cabinets & makeover

coffee station kitchenCoffee Station in the Kitchen

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 

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

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

map wallpaper
Decorating a hallway with maps

Easy Affordable Bathroom MakeoverBathroom: Weekend Refresh!

Fall House Tour - Kitchen Paneled Wall and Command Center - The Inspired RoomMy Fall 2014 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's Room Gallery Wall Decor

teen boy bedroom ideas

teen boy bedroomSon’s Bedroom

Cozy Fall Family Room Sectional The Inspired RoomMedia room

Striped Gray and White Entry Wall - The Inspired RoomPainting a Striped Wall: My Best Tip!

My staircase makeover and new wood floors

I’ve been working on pretty much a whole house decorating overhaul since last year! I’m pretty excited about this redecorating season.


Navy Blue Office - The Inspired Room - Rattan BookshelfMy Office Updates and Design Plan

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.

Easy DIY No Sew Ikea Extra Long Curtains

DIY no sew curtains in the family room

Bamboo Blinds in the Family Room

Round Mirror Powder Bath

Powder 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!

Christmas Decorating in the Family Room The Inspired Room

Kitchen The Inspired Room Christmas House TourChristmas 2013 House Tour

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 garden

Teacup Gardens

Succulent Gardening

5 Minute Succulent Garden

The Inspired Room Front PorchFront Porch Outdoor Wingback Details

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

My Potting Table

pallet flower garden

My pallet garden

DIY Firepit and Backyard Makeover ProgressMy backyard firepit project

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. 

You can see my Summer House Tour 2013 here, and my Summer House Tour 2014 here! These are a part of a blog hop of 25 Home Tours!

Neutral Paint colors the inspired room

And you can find all my current paint colors here!

It doesn't have to be perfect but this is ridiculous

5 Things to Consider Before Choosing White Slipcovers

Jack and Lily Goldendoodle and Labradoodle

Summer House Tour Jack & Lily

Jack – Our Goldendoodle has his own blog now!
Come see The Inspired Dog Blog!

Want more inspiration? Here are two fun ways to find content! Follow me on Facebook and Pinterest, visit my inspiration galleries, and the popular How to Decorate series!