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Make it beautiful

Drab wood cabinet looking worse for wear?

Choose a happy color to make it beautiful again!

Make it beautiful

Tiny bathroom with no storage?

Be creative and make function beautiful!

Make it beautiful

Boring yard with no architectural detail?

Salvage something old to make a beautiful statement!

Make it beautiful

Fed up with towels all over the bathroom floor?

Cut down on frustration by making systems beautiful!

Big home, small home, fancy home, rental home.
Love, contentment and a little TLC makes things beautiful.

Fun blogging news, my blogging pal Nester has released her first e-book! I enjoyed getting a sneak peek at it and as always, Nester is a kindred spirit in her desire to find beauty in imperfection! Get your own copy today–and tell her I sent you over to get it! And while you are at it, head over to Remodeling Guy‘s blog to check out his first e-book, which I also read and enjoyed. I think it must be release your first e-book day.

Inspiration photos:

  1. Blue armoire: Country Living
  2. Small bathroom: KitchenBathIdeas
  3. Monogram towels: Country Living
  4. Old windows in yard: Southern Living


  1. Candi

    Love the photos! They’re wonderful inspiration :)

  2. Kathleen

    I love the towel idea. I have thought about buying the letters at Michaels but I am not sure they would pick them up off the floor and walk them back to the bathroom..too much to ask :) but it makes a pretty picture and dream for a mother!!

    Kathleens inspiring blog post..My Etsy Treasury Vintage Ice Cream

    • Melissa

      Ha, yeah, we eventually had to make a rule that you couldn’t take your towel out of the bathroom. You had to bring a bathrobe or your clothes into the bathroom to wear when you walk out!

  3. Emily

    nice simple inspiration here, melissa!

    happy monday!

    Emily@remodelingthislifes inspiring blog post..Lisa Leonard Designs Giveaway

  4. Becky K.

    Good point!

    Why complain when we can do something
    to change it to our liking.

    Great ideas!

    Becky K.s inspiring blog post..Blue Monday Already!

  5. Abbie

    I LOVE the blue wooden cabinet! Now, if I could just talk sweet hubby (who usually says yes to anything I want to change or decorate!) into something like that for our dining room!

    Abbies inspiring blog post..Not Me! Monday

  6. Remodeling Guy

    Hi Melissa!

    I loved your post way before I saw that you mentioned me at the botttom. Thanks for that.

    I really love the pictures you chose for this post! Some great inspiration. I think my favorite has to be that blue hutch/cabinet thingy at the top! I love that!

    I’m know I’m inspired!

    Have a great week!


  7. kayellen

    Hi Melissa!
    Love the pics of adding space and a open feeling to each room:)

    I am having a give away…because I am excited about the release of Artful Blogging Summer Issue!!
    I have an article on page 10-15 :)
    The more the merry to enter!

    Hope yopu are having a Sunshine day in Oregon!

    Take Care,
    Kay Ellen

    kayellens inspiring blog post..Happy May Day!

  8. Vee

    Hmmm, I think that tiny bathroom is precious, but I think I have a problem with that glass window wall there. Ha! It makes me wonder what’s on this side of the wall…a laundry room perhaps?

    Just reporting in to say that I am plugging away at painting so that I can join you for your next procrastinators’ party. Can’t spend more than a half hour at a time on it daily because I do so loathe painting, but even at that rate, it will eventually be accomplished, right?

    Vees inspiring blog post..An Odd Assortment

    • Melissa

      That is right, vee! baby steps. that is the ONLY way I am going to get my chairs done!

  9. Gina

    I love those photos, and the blue in that first one is awesome. I’m feeling a bit inspiration for an old nightstand waiting for a new coat of paint!

    Ginas inspiring blog post..Motivate Me Monday: Getting Dressed

  10. Shauntelle

    Melissa! OMG… great minds. I was driving into work this morning and thinking about the mess in my kids’ bathroom and how I was going to solve it by getting white towels embroidered with their names and hanging coat hooks for them to hang them, instead of towel racks. That way, no more asking “who threw these towels on the floor?” and getting a blank look because the perpetrators initials will be RIGHT there.

    Now if only you had a post about how to get them to actually hang the towels on the racks! That would be the true miracle! LOL

    Shauntelle@ A Beautiful Abodes inspiring blog post..Spring Fever: A Patio Revamp

  11. Erin

    What a fantastic post! Three cheers for positivity! Life is so much better with a big dose of it!

    That blue armoire makes my heart go pitter patter.

    Erins inspiring blog post..1920s Cottage Charmer

  12. Heathahlee

    Beautiful pictures! And I’m right in the middle of Nester’s book…I’m so glad she did it!

    By the way, I’m holding a giveaway…a sweet birdie tassel! Come on over if you’d like to enter! (and bring your friends! : ) )

    Heathahlees inspiring blog post..Birdie Giveaway!

  13. Kim

    I love the blue cabinet, too! We have a green one and I need a blue one now. What a beautiful post!

    Have a wonderful Monday!


  14. Jen

    oh, yes, the old towel night mare. What, how, when will the wet towels stop? :)
    A little TLC goes a LONG way, but I don’ know if enough TLC is going to make my procrastination project work in another week. Maybe I’ll tackle something more manageable. :)

    Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlams inspiring blog post..Deals and Steals

  15. Brenda Kula

    Just goes to show you that no matter where you live, you can make it beautiful with inspiration from blogs (such as your lovely and informative one) and magazines and some elbow grease!

    Brenda Kulas inspiring blog post..New Kitchen Chairs

  16. AnNicole

    LOVE that cabinet! I think I need to be on the lookout for something I can gussy up like that for my bathroom.

    AnNicole@OurSuburbanCottages inspiring blog post..IDHTBPTBB – An Ode to The Nester

  17. Chie

    Good Monday to you Mel,
    Am dropping by to update more ideas *wink
    Well, my house is really petité…or just a lil house w/ 3 small bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (one in each floor, one is my Spa). Enough for a small family, me, hubby & 17 yrs daughter as our eldest son got his own flat. But I really in need more ideas how to plan so, all things are in place?

    Thanks for sharing and it really keep my projects on the go. My hubby is whining coz he can’t catch up every ideas, I have. I said “blame Melissa!” *LOL

    No often! Am thanking!

    Enjoy your Monday p.m. and more enjoyable days to come.

    Chies inspiring blog post..Home rehab on my Shadow Shots Sunday#21

  18. lylah ledner

    I’m enthralled with garden life and awfully busy too. I’m finding a new degree of creativity in an amongst the hard work. I’m playing with old things – regenerating them somewhere in the garden and all this to say i LOVE the garden pic. Gives me some…uh…ideas!

    Thanks dear friend for sharing the gift God’s given you here in such a soft form. I love u.

  19. Debbie

    Hi Melissa! Love that first picture. Just beautiful! Hope you are doing well! Hope your home is fitting you better now that you are in it! We are cleaning ours, nesting a bit, and looking down the road at moving parents in! I love the process of cleaning, painting and fixing…and then taking a nap!

    Debbies inspiring blog post..Power Embroidering!

  20. pve

    Just back with fresh white towels and brand new sheets.
    Nothing like fresh clean whites to make me happy – that and a bucket of paint! White or any color. Love all those fab images.

  21. Connie

    Hi Melissa,
    Your beautiful blue cabinet looks great. I would love to ask you about paints. I had my cabinets in the kitchen done with oil based paint. I told the painters I wanted to be able to distress, or antique them, and no problem, I have my glaze, and love what I did, but it is rough to the touch. Am I able to put, say a varnish or something over them to smooth them out or will I end up with chipped doors.
    I am on hold until I can figure this one out.
    Yours look great !!!Connie

    Connies inspiring blog post..Tropical Decorating

    • Melissa

      Hi Connie…thanks for the comment. I WISH that was my cabinet, but mine is still oak…I’m eying that blue paint and thinking it might look great on my own cabinet though! I’m using that photo as inspiration.

      I am pretty sure you can put the varnish over the glazing, as varnish is a finishing step to protect it.

      Anyone else have suggestions for her?

  22. Shawn/Lifeatbuttercupfarm

    Love the sentiment in your post. I do try to see the beauty around me an “add” into it! I especially like the “garden” inspiration as I am all things garden right now!

  23. Gayle at Mountain Moma

    I love your statement that “love contentment and TLC makes all things beautiful”. So true, so true.

    Gayle at Mountain Momas inspiring blog post..Happy Birthday Missy!

  24. Andi

    I love the idea of having everyone a labeled towel. Wow, do you know how great that would be?!?! Nobody in this house will use towels after each other, so I am washing a load every other day. Monogramed towels is the answer! Thanks for that idea! Gotta go thread my embroidery machine so that I can get this done!

  25. Pam D

    I just tried to go to your link for “reluctant entertainer,” but it comes up with some “go daddy” site with a bunch of links that don’t look right to me…? :) (Also, your comments section says “closed” on that post)

  26. Nichole

    All those hooks in the bathroom are to die for! And that blue cabinet is so shabby chic!

  27. Violet

    Beautiful ~ and as always inspiring!

  28. gina

    Love the monogrammed towel idea- with 6 of us, I often through towels in the hamper because I have no idea whose it is or when it was used last. :)

    ginas inspiring blog post..150+ ideas for family summer fun*

  29. Lee

    Those are gorgeous pictures. I’m in love with the blue paint color used on the cabinet. Do you know what it is?

    The monogramed towels are a great idea. I found a couple of less expensive ways. One was a story about the beach house of a clothing designer. She just did numbers, as they were for guests and each guest knew their number. The other was from Miss Martha herself – she stiched ribbon across the dobby (new word for me – it’s that tightly woven line acoss the towel). Different colors or patterns for each person. Again, maybe less expensive than monograming.


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