The Love Your Home Challenge Week Three {Spring 2016}

The Love Your Home Challenge Week Three {Spring 2016}

Welcome to week three of The Love Your Home Challenge, the Spring 2016 edition! Glad you are joining us. I am so enjoying sharing the challenges in the Sunday weekly list and on Instagram each day. We are partway through with the 31 days and it’s been such a fun experience for me so far! I hope you are enjoying it, too!

Every time I think about the day’s focus, I’m reminded of the special little things that make a house a home. I find myself not only thinking about the day’s challenge throughout the day, but actually making progress on my home in some way.

The specific focus of each challenge helps us to zero in on a practical way to take action. Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and blogs offer us an overload of photos and ideas we can enjoy right at our fingertips without leaving our comfy chair. We are wowed and impressed by gorgeous makeovers and perfectly staged, curated and edited rooms, they are inspiring for sure, but theses little daily challenges offer us confirmation that the simple things we do right now, the things we can actually touch, see, feel and experience today, are really the most important things after all.

Enjoy this week’s challenges and come back to let me know which ones you are completing! Share these with your friends, too! You can also share with me on Instagram or Home Love Stories. 

The Love Your Home Challenge Week Three {Spring 2016}

Day 15 – Making Memories: Gone are the days when we send all of our photos to be printed. While there are some good things about the technology shift to digital, the not so good thing is many of our favorite photos live on our phone or computer. Today take a quick look through your phone or computer images. Pick a few candid moments or special memories and send them online to a photo printer (or print them out at home right from your phone! Here is a phone printer that looks really cool). Update your frames and send a few through snail mail to family! You’ll make everyone feel loved.

Day 16 – A Place of Your Own: Do you have a special spot in your home, a comfy chair or a desk? Today treat yourself to a little love by improving or designing that place of your own. Add a spring pillow on a special chair, declutter your desktop and add a vase of flowers, find a special cup for your morning coffee or afternoon tea, or gather a new stack of books and magazines by your reading spot. Treat yourself to an inspiring place of your own.

Day 17 – Lovely Linens: Today we are going to streamline and refresh our linens. Pare down excess sheets and pillowcases and only keep to what you actually use.  Tidy up the shelf or closet where you keep bedding! Now, make a fresh linen spray to keep your room and linens smelling divine! Here’s my current favorite blend: mix drops of lavender and lemon essential oil with water in a small glass spray bottle.

Day 18 – A Gracious Giver: Where do you keep your gift wrap? Is it hard to find, wrinkled and crinkled? Do you have pretty ribbons, gift tags or embellishments for gifts? Today gather what you need to set up a newly organized space. What will inspire you to give each gift your own special touch? Make or print a few gift tags, visit a pretty paper store to pick out something new, or just organize what you already have.

Day 19 – Make it Sparkle: Today let’s make the bathroom sparkly! Clean the whole room if you are motivated, or focus on one part that could use a little TLC. Clean the mirrors, polish the faucets or reorganize a drawer. Make it shine and step back to admire your progress!

Day 20 – Music to Your Soul: Music moves us, improves our mood and inspires us! Today get your home soundtrack organized and ready. Set up a house cleaning soundtrack, put together a fun dinner playlist or round up inspirational songs that speak to your soul. You can set up music with an online service or app for your computer or phone (Amazon Music, Spotify and Pandora are all great options).

Day 21 – A Cleaning Frenzy: Today we are going to clean as much as we can for 15 minutes. Before you begin, grab your phone and snap a quick BEFORE pic of the area you intend to tidy or clean. Now, crank up your cleaning playlist and set a timer for 15 minutes. Ready, set, GO! When your timer goes off, grab the camera and take an after pic! Amazing, right?

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A Spring Refresh with Birch Lane

A Spring Refresh with Birch Lane

I‘m so happy to say that SPRING has actually sprung in Seattle! Our trees are blossoming and bulbs are popping up from the ground. The warmer sunnier days (in between the windy, cold and rainy days, ha) are really inspiring me! Recently Birch Lane invited me to be a part of their Spring Refresh campaign, so I am thrilled to be able to join in along with four other bloggers. I’ll also be doing a take over on Birch Lane Instagram’s feed so please come say hi? I’ll be sharing the four ways we refreshed a corner of our basement for spring!

If you are new to The Inspired Room, we moved into this 1950s house six months ago. It was hard to leave our mostly finished house knowing we’d be starting over here, but we are so thrilled to be in Seattle near our family that we are choosing to look at this as an adventure. You can read the story of our move and see a video tour of our new house here.

Our first improvement in this house wasn’t exactly a blogger’s dream makeover. We had to replace …. (dun, dun, dun) the sewer. Fun project, yes? Read about that here. Subsequently it made sense to replace our cracked driveway and a horrible side courtyard at the same time. But now that those repairs are under way or being completed, we are finally ready to focus our attention INSIDE to make this house our home. And that brings me to today and why I was SO excited by this fun chance to get a new project started!

A Spring Refresh with Birch Lane

A few days ago I showed you our empty basement before pictures (in this post). We intend to use this lower level as a family gathering space. Our longer term goals for this space include new flooring, blinds, paint, trim work and new furniture. We sold our big navy velvet sectional with our old house, so we have planned to mostly start over with new seating in this room. So as you can imagine, this opportunity to do a Spring Refresh came at just the right time to give our space a jump start.

Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming knowing where to begin on home improvements, especially if your room is currently in the BEFORE state or you have to furnish an entire room (or basement). If you have a cute room already, a Spring Refresh might be about the finishing seasonal touch with pillows or accessories. But when you are furnishing a room from scratch, you have to start somewhere.

Because we aren’t furnishing our entire room at once (we’ll be adding additional pieces at other times in the near future) we wanted to start our spring refresh with one piece we really love so we can build the room and look the right direction from there.

We absolutely fell in love with this gorgeous blue-green Larson nailhead trim chair from Birch Lane. We chose the fabric called “Bryant Calypso Textured Slub”. We could not be more pleased with the quality, comfort, color, size and shape of this chair and its matching ottoman!

A Spring Refresh with Birch Lane

Most of the new furniture we hope to add will be upholstered in neutral fabrics, so the pretty color of this chair will be really special. It sets the tone for the overall color scheme and the fresh and fun vibe we envision for this room.

A Spring Refresh with Birch Lane

It did my heart good when this chair and ottoman arrived this week because we could finally see first glimmer of what this space will be like, even before we paint our walls. I love dreaming up things in my head, but I especially love seeing them start to take shape. Up until this week the lower level was just a random assortment of stuff so a new chair was a great first step.

A Spring Refresh with Birch Lane

Since our plan is to replace the carpet with hard surface flooring, we found a neutral striped rug at Wayfair awhile back that is just placed right over the existing carpet, grounding the space and conversation area, but it will also look great when we get the new floors.

A Spring Refresh with Birch Lane

Obviously, Jack approves of the ottoman. His feet kill me.

A Spring Refresh with Birch Lane

I love the nailhead detail on the chair, it adds an extra bit of style and class which I really like.

The pretty scalloped pillow cover from Birch Lane adds just the right spring vibe. I’m excited to see how different this chair will look throughout the year with other colors of pillows!

A Spring Refresh with Birch Lane
We have had Birch Lane lidded baskets for awhile now and we LOVE them! I have one in my bedroom for extra pillows and blankets and we will use this one to hide those unsightly remote controls. It also makes a great little side table if you put a tray on it!

A Spring Refresh with Birch Lane

I kind of have a THING for statement lighting, and this floor lamp? It had me at HELLO.

Here are 4 takeaway tips that we used for a Spring Refresh of our space!

1. Color is one of the best ways to update the look and feel of a room, so leave winter behind and bring a fresh spring hue to your space! A striking color offers personality and a fun point of interest to any room. A solid color on upholstery acts like a neutral, allowing you to still change the mood all year round with seasonal or patterned pillows covers and throws!

2. Tidy up your space and bring texture to your room this spring with a woven basket to corral the clutter, stash the magazines or store those TV and gaming remotes!

3. If you aren’t sure where to begin to refresh a room, why not start in a corner? You don’t have to makeover an entire room, focus on creating one space you really love. In our space, we took a previously uninspiring corner and set up a beautiful spot for reading and relaxing.

4.  Lighting is a great way to add new personality to a room. Every chair should have a light nearby, so for our Spring Refresh we selected a stunning floor lamp to finish off our reading space. Floor lamps are so versatile because they fit just about anywhere. They are easy to move around as needed for light and can be tucked into corners of other rooms if you decide to rearrange.

A Spring Refresh with Birch Lane

Shop this post and more of my favorite spring finds at Birch Lane by scrolling through below! Thank you to Birch Lane for providing the chair, ottoman, lamp and pillow for this post!

A Spring Refresh with Birch Lane


Larson Nailhead Trim Chair in Bryant Calypso Textured Slub (we ordered a few fabric samples online so we knew exactly what to expect when it arrived. I highly recommend ordering samples whenever possible, as colors can vary between computer screens!) :)

Larson Nailhead Trim Ottoman in Bryant Calypso Textured Slub

Stratford Floor Lamp

Yellow Scalloped Pillow Cover

Woven Lidded Basket

Taupe and Ivory Striped Rug

Horse Bookends

Wood Mirror

Be sure to visit the other participating bloggers’ and their gorgeous rooms in their spring refresh posts: Home Stories A to Z, Dear Lillie, Craftberry Bush, and Thistlewood Farms.

A Spring Refresh with Birch Lane