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Inspiring Finds for a Beautiful Life

by | Mar 13, 2009 | Decorating Inspiration, Details, Inspired Living

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Inspiring Finds for a Beautiful Life

Loved this kitchen makeover from The Lettered Cottage!
The bin things on the wall came from Home Goods, love that place!

Inspiring Finds for a Beautiful Life

I love the texture of the succulents with the white milk glass,
a beautiful and frugal idea from Nesting Place.

Inspiring Finds for a Beautiful Life

This was a great spring makeover post from A la Mode!
I like her twigs in the urn and that sweet ribbony flowery pillow!
And from A la Mode I learned about the blog below.

Inspiring Finds for a Beautiful Life

The Vintage Moth has all sorts of free vintage downloads
you can print and frame.
Free! I like it.

Inspiring Finds for a Beautiful Life

Creatively Dreaming shared a pretty spring bathroom makeover.
Love the new colors and accessories!

More great links I found this week:
Great tips for your address book Small Notebook
Tips for using leftover paint from Like Merchant Ships

Find these and other AMAZING ideas on my Inspiring Finds Tumblr!

    Before we get on with our Beautiful Life links for the week, I want to personally invite you all to an exciting online women’s conference (I put a video on my blog, you can watch it and find a conference link here).

    In spite of the fact that I will be speaking at the conference (and you all know how I feel about speaking in public!), I think it will be a great week of inspiration for all who attend. There are so many women who will be sharing their stories,

    I hope you’ll all consider coming to part of it or all of it! You don’t even have to dress up, you can wear your jammies if you want!

Have you been enjoying the beauty in the details,
the ordinary & the extraordinary?

I think of you often through the week!
I know these are tough times financially for so many of us.
No better time to be looking for the beauty we CAN find!

I love this quote from a fellow “A Beautiful Life”
participating blogger:

    Quote of the week: From Blah Blah Blahger
    (that name makes me laugh!)
    “I am blessed and today I will do everything
    in my power to remember that!”

Need more inspiration? Hooked on Houses
gave a great list of
“10 ways to be happy at home”!

Inspiring Finds for a Beautiful Life

Remember, link only to a specific post on living a beautiful life
and always link your post back to The Inspired Room!
Random posts, posts linked to a home page, or posts with no links back will be deleted.
You may re-link if you get your post fixed up.
Have questions? Feel free to ask!

The participants this week have now been added permanently to this post!
New entries for this week are closed, but visit each Friday for new editions of Beautiful Life Fridays!

1. Emily (Kitchen Makeover)
2. Becky K.
3. Living With Lindsay
4. teresa
5. [email protected] it all joy
6. HookedonHouses (happier home)
7. French Cupboard
8. Deidra @ jumping tandem
9. Arleen @ Seasons for All
10. songbirdtiff-accidental decorating
11. [email protected] Beauty and Bedlam(comfort foods)
12. v and co (thankful for noisemakers)
13. Newlyweds (Remodel)
14. the BLAH BLAH BLAHger (nostalgia)
15. Sheryl @ we are never alone
16. [email protected]~Spring-ing my kitchen
17. Audrey @ A Gathering Place{Master Bedroom Makeover}
18. The Eck Life-Spring A Ling
19. Shawn/Lifeatbuttercupfarm
20. heather jane
21. Tami @Ladyin the Stone House
22. Laura @ Decor to Adore
23. Tamara
24. Sandy @ Quill Cottage(A “Sew” Pretty Project)
25. Katie @ Making This Home
26. Audrey
27. [email protected]
28. Lea
29. Fifi Flowers Fashionable Jobs
30. Lorrie
31. Michelle @ Paper Glue Etc.
32. One Nutty Girl
33. Chrissie Grace (spending special time with your kids)
34. [email protected] Cottage Gardens and Farm
35. TTI: a beautiful corner of the world
36. The Scooper @ a la mode {Chocolate!}
37. Maureen
38. Sabrina @ Superfluous
39. Eileen @ Star\’s Fault
40. Andy
41. Barbie
42. Historic Homes | Gennaro
43. Michelle Grace
44. Hill Upon Hill (children\’s artwork)

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  1. teresa

    I will check out the conference, I’m sure you will do a wonderful job, but blessings still the same. I know what it like to speak in public, always nerve wrecking.
    Love all the ideas.
    Have a wonderful weekend. and thanks for thinking about us.

    teresas inspiring blog post..Denver, The ugly white car… and It’s a Beautiful Life.

  2. Meredith

    Good luck with the conference Melissa, just because you’re not comfortable doing it, doesn’t mean that you’re not good at it! Thanks for another lovely week of inspiration.


  3. Audrey

    Beautiful links! I especially love the vintage print site, very cool!

    Audreys inspiring blog post..HGTV’s Rate My Space

  4. Polly

    The herb/seed “things” on the wall are really unique. That video is great! I think I’m going to share it on my personal blog just for it’s message. Reaching others for Christ because we’re inspired… wow! Beautiful! I’ll pop over to the website later and see what the conference is all about.

    Have a beautiful weekend. Blessings… Polly

    Pollys inspiring blog post..Spring Chick

  5. Julia

    I hadn’t heard of The Vintage Moth before and just spent half an hour looking through all of the amazing pictures she has scanned. Love it! Also love Layla’s kitchen makeover, which is absolutely stunning.

    Nice of you to mention my post, too!

    Hope you have a beautiful weekend. :-)

    Julia @ Hooked on Housess inspiring blog post..Hooked on Cool Wall Decals

  6. Sheryl

    Good luck at the conference. Remember – God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.

    Have a great week.

    Sheryls inspiring blog post..A Beautiful Life

  7. Laura

    Home Goods is a great store! I could get lost in there for several hours. Great picture of the succulents. I want to reuse my hurricane globes for something more creative than a candle holder. I can’t wait to try it.

    Lauras inspiring blog post..Bring the Spring indoors…even if it is still snowing.

  8. LaDonna

    What cute ideas! Makes me wish I didn’t have top cupboards in my kitchen so I could have this instead!
    I, also, like the succulents in the white milk glass. And since I have many displayed in my dining room already I can incorporate this idea now!
    Thank you for sharing!

  9. Vee

    What creative ideas for unique wall arrangements! That first photo is wonderful.

    Yes, the Vintage Moth is a great resource, I use it often as is The Feathered Nest.

    Super quote and one that I need to employ often!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Melissa. Will I find you speaking if I follow the link? I’d love that! Off to find out.

    Vees inspiring blog post..What? No Chickadees?

  10. heather jane

    I’m so excited about the Vintage Moth!!! Thank you for sharing that link.

    heather janes inspiring blog post..Beautiful

  11. tami

    I love the black cabinet with baskets. I actually did a book shelf make over this week with a little black paint and some baskets at my house. For one of the boys’ rooms. Love the clean, simple and organized look.

    tamis inspiring blog post..Let There Be Light

  12. Paula

    I love all your ideas. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Miss Sandy

    I can’t wait to explore all the lovely links in your post today! I loved the idea of the boxes in the first photo! The conference sounds great, I’ll check it out. Thank you as always for hosting and for sharing beauty tips to make our homes and lives more pretty!

  14. Katie at

    I sure do look forward to Fridays now. I love finding new blogs and beautiful ideas. Thanks for always hosting this, Melissa.

    Katie at makingthishome.coms inspiring blog post..Out of Service Today

  15. Audrey

    I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of weeks now and I LOVE it. Since you have your linky link thing up today I thought I would submit a collage I did earlier this week that was inspired by the beautiful weather we’re having down here.

  16. songbirdtiff

    Thank you for the beautiful and inspiring links. I’m just learning to decorate for the seasons, so I’m trying to soak up as much information and inspiration as I can! This is a great place to start. I love the prints from Vintage Moth. I could spend A LOT of time there. I may need to go buy some frames.

    songbirdtiffs inspiring blog post..Rest Stop (Matchbox 20)

  17. Lorrie

    Spring fluffing is in the air! I love the fresh looks you’ve shown.


  18. Irene

    Rich, useful, beautiful, inspiring. Thank you.

    Irenes inspiring blog post..Bike embelishment

  19. Chrissie Grace

    I love the kitchen pix. I have the old-school light colored wood, and I am trying to decide between painting them white or black.
    I linked to a post about doing an art project with my children. I get easily caught in the hustle and bustle of life and like to make beautiful moments with them…They are so inspiring.
    I love your blog!

    Chrissie Graces inspiring blog post..Flashback Friday

  20. Arleen

    Hi Melissa. What lovely photos and quotes you’ve included this week, and I agree that beauty IS in the details! As always, thank you for hosting this weekly activity for A Beautiful Life! ~Arleen

    Arleens inspiring blog post..Inspiration ~ Ottomans in the Round

  21. Debbykay

    Love the fresh inspirations! Lovely details in your blog finds!

    Best to you!
    Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

    Debbykays inspiring blog post..Time in a Bottle

  22. Things That Inspire

    It is a wonderful thing to celebrate the beauty in the world, and to make a beautiful life each and every day. Wasn’t it Emerson who said that ‘Beauty is God’s handwriting’?

    My post this week is about my favorite corner of beauty in this world. When I was taking Lamaze classes in preparation for the birth of my first child, the instructor told me to think of something that would make me happy and relaxed when I was in the peak of labor. I thought about the scene in the last picture on my post.

    Things That Inspires inspiring blog post..A beautiful corner of the world

  23. The Scooper

    I just stopped in for a visit and saw a vignette from my bedroom on your blog. Thank you! And isn’t the Vintage Moth great?

    The link I posted here this week isn’t about decorating. But it IS about chocolate. And we all know that chocolate is the key ingredient for “A Beautiful Life.”

    It’s a relatively easy and oh-so-yummy chocolate torte I just made. And it will change your life.

    The Scoopers inspiring blog post..Foodie

  24. Sabrina

    Again, all your ideas are so very pretty! I love coming her and getting lost in the beauty! (and getting ideas for my own place!)

  25. Donna at Extreme Home Renos

    I’ve been working on my home alot lately, and what keeps me smiling and appreciating are my pets lounging right alongside me. So my post is dedicated to their company! I’m #43. :)


    Donna at Extreme Home Renoss inspiring blog post..March update – upcoming changes!

  26. Andy

    You have such a fun site! I love getting ideas here!

    Andys inspiring blog post..10 Spot

  27. Lisa

    What a beautiful cottage? OMG, I can totally envision being in there sipping on a cup of tea and snuggled up with a great book. The view of the lake is amazing. Thanks for sharing this beautiful post. There is definitely beauty in the details. :)

    Lisas inspiring blog post..Spring is in the Air

  28. Barbie

    This is the first time I’ve participated in your Friday event. I absolutely love reading everything you have to offer. I hope I did everything right.

    Barbies inspiring blog post..Pay it forward

  29. Barbie

    This is the first time I’ve participated in your Friday event. I absolutely love reading everything you have to offer. I hope I did everything right.

  30. Gennaro

    I like the design of the first kitchen. It’s a nice combination of modern and traditional. I don’t normally like dark wood, but it works there.

    Gennaros inspiring blog post..Historic Estates Of U.S. Presidents

  31. cheryl

    thanks for posting this great article with photos on milk glass!! Using the succulents with the milk glass is beautiful. I blogged about it today and linked to your photos! Hugs and Blessings! ~Cheryl

  32. Barbie makeup games

    I sure do look forward to Fridays now. I love finding new blogs and beautiful ideas. Thanks for always hosting this, Melissa.


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