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A Beautiful Life: The U-Haul Edition

by | Apr 3, 2009 | Decorating Inspiration

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A Beautiful Life: The U-Haul Edition

Just a quick post from me today…we arrived back home in Washington with our 26ft U-Haul, unloaded it and now our 10ft trailer has arrived. Our new house now looks like a furniture store. And that means I can start ‘shopping the house’! Oh happy day!

It will be fun to be able to try out the same old things in new ways and in new rooms. That is a beautiful thing — using what you have in new ways!

Thanks to everyone who left such sweet comments in the last week — welcoming me to Washington, encouraging me in the move and just sweet comments in general…I appreciate each one. Thank you.

Here are some links to check out while I am unpacking:

The Inspired Room Tumblr

Ratzlaff Reflections: Super cute Easter Eggs!
Money Saving Mom: Read my money saving tip for home improvement!
Simplemom: A Spring Menu Plan — great ideas here!
Nesting Place: Frame a Fork. If Nester wasn’t one of my BFF, I’d be jealous of her cleverness.
Like Merchant Ships: Great use for those odd curtain panels I keep stuffing in the closet!
The Home Office Organizer: Intro to Your Organized Home Office Tele Class FREE!
The French Cupboard: Boutiques, ooo, pretty places to shop!
Heaven in The Home: What is Etsy?
My Charming Kids: The sweet boy I pray for day and night…
From last weeks Beautiful Life Friday, see this video Shawn from Life at Buttercup Cottage put together showing the progress on her foyer!

A Beautiful Life: The U-Haul Edition

Now, it is time for Beautiful Life Friday! Every week I give The Inspired Room readers a chance to link up posts that celebrate a beautiful life! Whether it is something beautiful you created, something beautiful you saw or something beautiful in life that you enjoyed this week, you can share it here!

Participating in A Beautiful Life Friday each week is a great way to pause and appreciate the beauty right in front of us. Plus, it gives us a chance to visit your blog, get to know you and be inspired by YOU!

All you have to do is link DIRECTLY to a beautiful life post and link back here to The Inspired Room from your post. If you come back and your link is deleted, check to make sure you are linking directly to a Beautiful Life post and not to your home page! I make each Beautiful Life link on Mr. Linky a permanent part of the post the following week!

UPDATE: The posts from this week are now permanently a part of this post! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Happy Weekend!

Photo: HGTV (such a pretty & serene room, and you know I am always on the lookout for Coastal Inspiration! Check out HGTV for more ideas!)

1. [email protected] Porch Musings
2. Robin Rane\’ All Things Heart and Home
3. HookedonHouses (not so big houses)
4. Emily (photographs and flowers)
5. Newlyweds (Summer Garden)
6. Dawn @ Hydrangea Home
7. [email protected] It All Joy
8. Becky K.
9. Mrs. Rabe
10. [email protected] Cottage Gardens and Farm
11. TheEckLife-Shopping the house
12. teresa
13. Angkor Wat Photos | Gennaro
14. [email protected] Beauty and Bedlam(tea parties all day)
15. Tam @ The Gypsy\’s Corner
16. Polly
17. [email protected] Wonder Woman (Finding joy in what we are)
18. Better Is Little (My kitchen)
19. Suzanne, the Farmer\’s Wife
20. Amy @ dailygnome
21. Lea
22. Maya (Beach Beauties)
23. Gayle
24. Making This Home – embracing color
25. Lauren @ Sweet Bunny Adventures
26. Shawn/Lifeatbuttercupfarm
27. [email protected]
28. Black eyed susans kitchen (white wicker)
29. Deidra
30. Sabrina @ Superfluous
31. Brandie~The Delights of Anticipation
32. Arleen @ Seasons for All at Home
33. Girly Stuff
34. Flower Patch Farmgirl
35. Lorrie
36. Darlene @ Worth Walking Toward
37. A Beach Cottage ~ plain & simple
38. Being More Through Having Less – Pesto
39. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates
40. [email protected] (Easy Hallway Makeover!)
41. hill upon hill
42. Tamara
43. Michelle(Sick&Dreaming)
44. Sandy @ Quill Cottage
45. One Nutty Girl
46. ezia
47. ImagineCozy (Toss Pillows)
48. Kara (Entertainment Center)
49. [email protected]\’s Fault
50. Cre8Tiva
51. susan (Your home, only better.)

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  1. Pat

    You know how I enjoy “shopping the house”. I’m looking forward to seeing all you do in your new home!!

    Pats inspiring blog post..~Exploring Possibilities~

  2. Robin Rane' ~ All Things Heart & Home

    Congrats with getting the furniture in the house! Have soooo much fun and try not to get overwhelmed!
    Blessings ~Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

  3. Becky K.

    Oh Melissa,

    I am glad you finally have your things around you.
    I can imagine the fun and frustration of all of that
    creativity right in your face….

    I am enjoying your stories about the journey.

    Becky K.s inspiring blog post..Finding What You Look For…

  4. Mrs.Rabe

    Happy Day, indeed!

    I love using my things in new ways! I can’t wait to see what you create there in your home!

    Have fun!

    Mrs.Rabes inspiring blog post..Update

  5. Debbykay

    While it likely seems undaunting, enjoy creating a new place you call home! It will be fun to use old things in new and beautiful ways–you will be able to think outside the box! Ha!

    Happy day!
    Debbykay at Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

    Debbykays inspiring blog post..Gifts of Spring

  6. teresa

    Let the fun begin! Glad to hear that your move went well. Can’t wait to see what you create! Loved the picture you shared- the colors just call to me.
    Hope you have help moving all that furniture around =)
    Have a great day, and thanks for It’s a Beautiful life link up, something I really enjoy.

  7. Julie

    Good luck , happy weenkend! enjoy …. :)

  8. Rona

    Congratulations on your move. We’ve moved twice in 1.5 years. Ugh! Thank goodness this last time our work contract included moving company expenses.
    Love the room.

    Ronas inspiring blog post..Soap Operas Are in Trouble – Do You Care?

  9. Myrnie

    Welcome to your new home! Happy shopping, and keep your chin up! (Did you get snow this morning, too? It’s APRIL!! At least it gives us a good reason to stay in and keep house… *grin*)

    Myrnies inspiring blog post..Give Me the Dirt

  10. Maya

    Even though moving is hard work I’ve always enjoyed starting over (if you will). Your new neighborhood is certainly stunning!

    Mayas inspiring blog post..Beach Beauties

  11. Gayle at Mountain Moma

    That is one of my favorite things to do when I move…find new ways to make the old things different! I recently changed the pictures in my living room and found it was exciting as well. Welcome to the pacific northwest! Warm lovely weather will surely be here soon making the entire region more beautiful.

    Gayle at Mountain Momas inspiring blog post..Handmade Vintage Easter Cards

  12. brlracincwgrl

    Good luck unpacking! :). Look forward to seeing it unveil!

  13. black eyed susans kitchen

    After all of the unpacking, you will finally get to do the fun stuff…decorating. Hopefully, that will encourage you to get those boxes emptied and out of the way. Have a wonderful weekend.
    ♥, Susan

    black eyed susans kitchens inspiring blog post..WEDDING RING CHINA

  14. Deidra

    Blessings to you in your new home. Moving is more than a notion! I’ve done it 18 times in my 45 years. Each time we moved was a new adventure, but we always gather a group of friends and family to pray with us in our new home. Asking God to bless each room, the conversations and memories made there. He has never disappointed.

    Deidras inspiring blog post..*Daddy*

  15. Sabrina

    Have fun decorating!!! Now the fun part begins! :)

  16. Julia

    Sounds like you’re nearing the finish line and can really start settling in soon. Moving can be so overwhelming. I think it took me a year to recover from my last move (ha). I always swear I’ll never do it again–but it’s like childbirth, and I forget how tough it was as soon as I see a cute house for sale. :-)

    Thanks for hosting!

    Julia @ Hooked on Housess inspiring blog post..Hooked on Not So Big Houses (And Giveaways!)

  17. Brandie Pahl

    Happy unpacking! I so wish I was moving into a new house right now too. Shopping the house sounds like fun! Love that bedroom pic too.

  18. Nickki

    Hey Melissa,

    I LOVE that photo, where did you find it? Now I want ot repaint my room and find new bed linens. . .Well, maybe just a copy of the photo for inspiration.

  19. Lorrie

    Oh, enjoy the process, Melissa!


  20. Paula

    What a great new start. That’s the one thing I like about moving….reshopping the house goods.

    Paulas inspiring blog post..A Blue Ribbon Finish

  21. anne

    Hope you have a great weekend….Happy shopping too!! Cannot wait to see what is going on in your new home :-)

    annes inspiring blog post..More Handwritten Post!!!!

  22. Forex Trading Easy

    Good luck and enjoy your new home.
    Mine also moving to new home next month :-D

    Forex Trading Easys inspiring blog post..GBP USD Long?

  23. RML

    What a beautiful and inspiring blog! Good luck settling in and rearranging your furniture.

    RMLs inspiring blog post..No Spending Days

  24. cherrie

    Wow! It seems like you own even more than I do. A pictorial series of posts with your mes slowly disolving would be very upbuilding to others out here who have moved or are going to do so. Cherre

    cherries inspiring blog post..Small tablecloth bag

  25. Miss Sandy

    Oh my stars that bedroom photo reminds me of the beach, I am smitten! I look forward to seeing how your “home shopping” experience turns out. Thanks for the wonderful links to explore.

    Miss Sandys inspiring blog post..Beauty Is In The Eye of the Beholder…..

  26. Pearl Maple

    Good luck with the move and unpacking. It is fun to try out old favorites in new positions. Am still fiddiling post move here, sorting storage solutions, candelabra in the garden and little lost souls huddled on shelves wondering where they will end up. It is kind of like re-inventing yourself.

    Pearl Maples inspiring blog post..Sky Watch Friday

  27. Kelleigh

    Thanks so much for the link! What a treat!

    I’m totally new to this group of blogging goddesses, and I’m loving every minute of it! So inspiring!!

    Kelleighs inspiring blog post..Lots of new stuff

  28. Valerie

    Hello Melissa !

    I didn’t understand that you moved (my English is sometimes poor…) and I’m happy to read that it is done !
    It is so exciting (but tiring) to have a new house, with new closet, and WITHOUT any “bazar” ! :))

    (I love the first picture !)

    Valeries inspiring blog post..Fêtons le Printemps, pasta Primavera et tutti quanti !

  29. Laryssa

    Thanks for the link to my What is Etsy post! That was very sweet. I really liked the video and I thought it explained Etsy very well. Happy to know you and your furniture are reunited! Have fun feathering your new nest. :-)

    Laryssa @ Heaven In The Homes inspiring blog post..What is Etsy?

  30. ImagineCozy

    I am all about using what you have already!! It is so fun to see things in a different way. My brother-in-law just moved from Gig Harbor to Arizona. We loved the beautiful scenery there. Hope you settle in well.

    I really enjoy your blog — thank you for all of your inspiring thoughts and photos.

  31. Michelle

    Enjoy the unpacking. That is definitely the fun part! What a pretty bedroom you posted too.

    Michelles inspiring blog post..The Bathroom and a Laugh!

  32. Lisa

    Wow, I love the backdrop behind the bed. What a great idea. I’ll definitely keep that in mind.

    Beautiful selection as always!

    Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITYs inspiring blog post..Pretty Details and Butterfly Wings

  33. The Nester

    Thank you!

    I bet you’ve been working your tail off–hope you are enjoying getting all your stuff in one place.

    The Nesters inspiring blog post..Bird Watching

  34. Susan J Smith

    Power to you with the unpacking. I’ve done that 3 times in the past 11 years. Am I nuts to say it’s actually fun? Let your creativity soar! And be sure to post before and after pics of each room as you progress.

    Susan J Smiths inspiring blog post..Earthy Bling for a non-traditional Easter

  35. St. Michael's Wife

    Is this your bedroom? Girlfriend! I don’t know that I’d get any sleep in this room ’cause I’d be laying there all night admiring it! It is GORGEOUS! I, too, cannot wait to see what you do with your new casa!

    St. Michael’s Wifes inspiring blog post..Ya’ll Are Amazing!


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