Beauty Begins The Moment You Decide To Be Yourself

Beauty Begins The Moment You Decide To Be Yourself

If you ask any interior designer or design enthusiast for ideas about how to decorate a home, you’ll likely find enough opinions to make your head spin. Some ideas you might like, some you won’t, some will leave you scratching your head. Everyone has their own style and way of approaching design, but not everyone will understand your preferences and how you want to live in your home. You have to seek out ideas that resonate with you and apply them in your own way.

As you might know, I see design as a process of discovering what you love and embracing what inspires you in whatever season you are in. Since I’ve studied design principles and my own home preferences for decades I feel like I have a good sense of the look I like and I know what has worked for me. But I’m still always evolving in being ME and learning how to embrace my own style.

Beauty Begins The Moment You Decide To Be Yourself

There isn’t only one way to decorate a home. Even if you don’t feel like you have a strong opinion on design yet (or decorating just isn’t your thing) you still might have a sense of what you like when you see it. You know what will feel comfortable to you, you are drawn to colors and textures that appeal to you, and your heart might even perk up when you see a pattern or a style that inspires you. Your home should be personal and reflect the people who live there, so what you surround yourself with really matters!

I wasn’t sure if I should feel sad, or just laugh at the irony of her words but a recent Amazon reviewer of my coffee table book The Inspired Room shared that she didn’t like my color palette, didn’t like how we arranged our chairs in the kitchen, and basically said I decorated my house all wrong, in her opinion. She concluded her lengthy commentary by implying that bloggers shouldn’t share their homes or decorating ideas because that is like the blind leading the blind. 

Sadly, I think she misunderstood the point of the book (and blogging for that matter) and missed the whole philosophy behind it. 

Beauty Begins The Moment You Decide To Be Yourself

I don’t believe that the only acceptable way to decorate is to do it my way. Certainly not! I am willing to open my home not because it is a perfectly designed space (it isn’t!), but so I can share attainable ideas that have worked for me in my home. My hope is that you’ll feel inspired to embrace what YOU love and feel more confident and excited about using what you have.

I think when you are encouraged to be true to who you are, you’ll start to love where you live, too.

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” Coco Chanel

I’m well aware my imperfect home or decorating advice will never grace the cover of Architectural Digest. Amen and bless. I’m more than OK with that, though, because somehow in spite of my limitations and its imperfections, it still nurtures our family and is a place we love to come home to. And isn’t that what really matters? After nine years of sharing the significance of embracing authenticity at home, I am convinced we still need this message. Maybe now more than ever!

How do you try to embrace authenticity in your style?

**You can find The Inspired Room book here. Thank you to those of you who resonate with this message and have always encouraged me to keep on sharing it! You are my people. If you are new here, welcome! You can sign up to stay in the loop of blog posts via email, here.**

The Love Your Home Challenge

The Love Your Home Challenge

One of the things I’ve found as a home-maker is that the little things I do (or put my mind to) every day add up to the bigger things I’ve always dreamed about for my home and family. Joy and contentment right where we are, with what we already have, is all we really need.

For those of you who are new around here, I wrote a book called Love The Home You Have that was released last March, 2015. My book was about finding contentment where we are and it focused on the simple things we can do at home to reorient our perspective to what it takes to find joy in what we have and where we live.

It’s how you look at what you have and what you do with it every single day that changes everything.

At the back of Love the Home You Have is a 31 day Love Your Home Challenge, featuring 31 small home decor projects, fun tasks to inspire you, and even focused cleaning frenzies that will not only make it a treat to transform your home, but will bring a sense of direction and happiness to your day.

Home-making looks so easy and beautiful on Instagram, doesn’t it? But in real life we can see the full 360 degree view and it isn’t always as pretty as we wish it was. Spring has been a long time coming. I think we are all ready for a little sunshine and along with it, we could use a little home refreshing.

To motivate myself and to encourage you too, I’ll be offering two upcoming challenges this spring here at The Inspired Room that I hope will bring the spring back into our steps.

The Love Your Home Challenge

First of all, this upcoming week, will you join in the 31 Day Love Your Home Challenge?

Every Sunday (starting this weekend) I will post the week’s challenges (based on the 31 Love Your Home Challenges in the back of Love the Home You Have) here on the blog. You can get the book to follow along and to get some extra encouragement if you’d like to. Even if you completed some of the challenges previously, they are good ones to repeat or challenge yourself to take them to the next level.

Check the blog post each Sunday for an easy to follow list of 7 simple ways you could love your home in the upcoming days, along with a little extra pep talk or some encouragement to get you through the week. Do the ones you can or complete them all, it’s up to you!

I’ll post the day’s challenge once a day on Instagram, too, if you follow me there (@theinspiredroom).

If you’d like the extra motivation to stay focused or you just want to have a fun topic to share with kindred spirits, you can post the results of your challenges on your own blog or Home Love Stories (no blog required), or share on your Instagram, too! Use the hashtag #loveyourhomechallenge if you share so I can find you! But whether you decide to share or not, I hope you’ll follow along and let me know how you’re doing.

Then to keep our momentum and energy up, later in April I’ll post about a brand new challenge and we’ll keep on showing love to the home we have. It’s going to be fun.

I’ll have the first week’s Love Your Home challenges up this Sunday! :)

The Love Your Home Challenge