Archives for August 2012

Living Like You’re in The South of France

Living Like You're in The South of France

via Elle Decor

This post is sponsored by One Kings Lane, but my daydreams are my own.

Alright. So, I admit it. It isn’t really a secret around here anyway. I have always been a dreamer when it comes to my home. I grew up dreaming of living in castle, if that gives you any indication of my reasonable expectations. While I have matured a bit to where I do realize, now, after years of therapy (I kid! I kid!), that I will probably never live in a chateau in the South of France, I still like to feel like I’m that little girl living in her dream house. Even though I’m actually living in a new house on a small lot in the state of Washington. Don’t burst my bubble.

Do you all get a picture in your mind of where you live? One that doesn’t even really resemble reality,  but it keeps you somewhat entertained and enchanted with your fairly ordinary home? Maybe you add great architecture to your builder house, plant lovely gardens, or keep your eye out for just the right furniture pieces and accessories to get the look you dream about, even though you live in an ordinary house in the suburbs?

After our little getaway this week to Victoria and seeing the beauty of Empress Hotel, I’m feeling in the mood for a summer home in the south of France. Maybe like the one in the picture at the top of the post? Do you think it’s too much? I picture it overlooking the sea, of course. Details, whatever. You’d visit me there, right? I would invite you to a party and maybe you could have your own wing in the guest quarters.

Living Like You're in The South of France

But until that dream comes true, I can add a little bit of that style right where I am with a few inspired pieces. On that note, I found a few items I would LOVE to have from a Martha Stewart sale over at One Kings Lane. I’m sharing these just in case, you know, you too might want to create a South of France inspired dream in your little corner of the world.

1. Chester Dining Table 2. Georgia Chaise 3. Cuisine Hanging Light 4. Cheese Chalk Board 5. Rectangular Tray

You can find all these items and more at One Kings Lane. A little tip from me? It is one of those flash sales again where quantities are limited and you have to be one of the first to get there to shop, or your bubble might burst before your “I’m moving to the south of France” dream comes true. And I for one don’t want to dash your dreams. So RUN! GO! See what loveliness awaits! But don’t worry, there is always something new to discover even if these items disappear.

So have a little fun window shopping today in the South of France and maybe you’ll find something you love. It is completely free to sign up, browse, and dream a little. You are welcome.

PS. Can I just tell you that my kitchen counters are going in TODAY? Maybe you’ll see some sneak peeks on Instagram if you follow me there (theinspiredroom), but I for sure will have updates here for you SOON on all that has been happening and what is left to do! There was a bit of a lull on our progress the past couple of weeks, but this week the pace is picking back up! YAHOO! I don’t like lulls.

Announcing: The Fifth Annual Fall Nesting Series & Party!

Announcing: The Fifth Annual Fall Nesting Series & Party!

Fall Decorating Ideas BHG

I know, I know. It is still summer. Don’t you worry if you are still enjoying summer, I’m not rushing it away because honestly {don’t be jealous} but we have had THE BEST SUMMER weather! It has been so perfect I don’t want it to end. And school doesn’t start around here until September, so I still have lots of summer left!

But, y’all know I love fall and tend to talk about it starting in September, right? You do. You must. I mean, I’ve been hosting a Fall Nesting series and party in one form or another every year since 2008. That is a big deal. In fact, a few of you have already started asking if I’m doing Fall Nesting again this year! Yes, yes I am!

Wait. Did I just say this Fall Nesting Series & Party has been going on since 2008? People, do you know what that means? No, it doesn’t just mean I’m like a blogger from the 18th century who started blogging on her typewriter in 2007. Well, actually I did start in 2007, FIVE YEARS AGO and I’ve been blogging a long time, yes, I’ll admit that, but ….

If I’m doing my math right, and math is not my strong suit, this October will be my …. wait for it …..



I know! I can hardly believe it myself! Five years and you’d think I would not want to talk about Fall any more. I would think YOU would not want me to talk about Fall any more. And maybe you don’t. But, I’m not mad about having to talk about Fall again because there is absolutely no more glorious time of year than Fall. No two Fall seasons of nesting are the same at my house, so Fall never ever ever gets old (even though some of the most wonderful things about Fall never change.)

You can read my Autumn Manifesto from last year if you’d like a jump start or a little review on why I love Fall so much. Even if you don’t have a real FALL season where you are, you’ll see that Fall is a state of mind, not just a season you see outside.

And, here is a post on Fall Colors Combinations for this year if you’d like to see some fresh ways to use color!

Announcing: The Fifth Annual Fall Nesting Series & Party!

So, this today is your personal pre-invitation to join me this October for my Fifth Annual Fall Nesting Party.

Why am I inviting you so early, in mid-August? Because I want you to have time to think about participating in this series. You will get to link up your own posts about Fall Nesting, just like we’ve done since 2008. We are among Fall lovers here and obviously we go WAY BACK with Fall Nesting parties (where we talk about everything from Fall organizing and decor to getting ready for the holidays!).

This September I will be focusing on getting organized and ready for the fall season, so by October we’ll be in full Fall Nesting mode with lots of inspiring posts and parties! And you can join me.

This time, just for fun and more opportunities to join in, there will be a new linky party you can join EVERY SINGLE WEEK of October! Not just one? Nope! Join one linky party, join all, or just stop in every day to savor Fall. And yes, you totally can do your own Fall Nesting series in October if you’d like to and link up to the parties. I’m cool with that. I know some of you had fun doing that in the past, so join in any way you’d like!


Announcing: The Fifth Annual Fall Nesting Series & Party!

I’ll be writing about Fall Nesting pretty much all of October because that’s what I do (not necessarily for 31 days in a row this time around cause that kind of got to be a bit much for even me, but LOTS), but then every week I’ll open a linky party and YOU can link up to inspire the rest of us on the following loose “fall nesting” themes (making this up as I go, as I tend to do around here):

Fall Nesting Parties @ The Inspired Room {every Tuesday in October}

Week One:
Get Your Fall Nesting On {20 Little Things You Love About Fall, yep, we are bringing back that favorite list! so start thinking about what your favorite things are and get ready to link up your favorite fall things post in October!}

Week Two:
Fall around the House {OK, so don’t really fall, but let’s get nesting around the house for fall and show each other what we are up to!}

Week Three:
Decorating Fall Mantels & Porches {showing our fall mantels and porches}

Week Four:
Inspired Holiday Nesting {Halloween, Thanksgiving or Pre-Christmas Decorating & Entertaining Ideas}

Week Five:
Fall Project Round Up {Pick your favorite project from October and link it up!}

Basically, FALL. Fall fall fall, all the day all the month we will embrace Fall. Or Autumn. Either way. It’s all good to me.

I’ll be reminding you of the party themes and dates and all as we get closer! Meanwhile, save the button and let people know you are going to be participating in the glorious month of Fall Nesting!

And I’m already plotting some extra fun FALLISH surprises for you this October, so it should be one of our best Fall Nesting Parties ever!

So, will you join me for the 5th Annual Fall Nesting Series & Party? It’s a tradition around here!