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Fall Nesting for Holiday Entertaining {Loving Fall: Day 14}

by | Nov 18, 2014 | Decorating Inspiration, Entertaining, Fall Decorating, Seasonal Decorating & Entertaining

Fall Nesting for Holiday Entertaining {Loving Fall: Day 14}

You know what I love about fall? NESTING. I know. Shocker, right? I especially love that it’s an extra cozy and festive time of the year for entertaining at home. I especially love nesting for a low key and simple get together around the holidays! I’m not a fancy party host at all, and I certainly don’t have all the rules of party etiquette down (we probably pass our food in the wrong direction and end up setting our drinking glasses on the wrong side of the plate, but somehow we manage to still have a good time!).

I really like to set up my house all pretty and plan out the events to welcome friends to have fun, relax and get to know each other.

Fall Nesting for Holiday Entertaining {Loving Fall: Day 14}

Creating a meaningful gathering makes opening my doors more fun for me, and I hope it makes it memorable for my guests too! This year I’ve been extra busy and distracted with book writing, but I still plan to host a few more get togethers. I’m always glad when I do!

Fall Nesting for Holiday Entertaining {Loving Fall: Day 14}

We love serving our favorite cranberry cider, too. It’s delicious and always makes the house smell amazing! If you missed the recipe, be sure to check it out in yesterday’s post! It’s fun to pull out all the seasonal recipes (have you tried my pumpkin squares yet? Last week I made it but instead of squares I put it in a loaf pan. JUST as YUMMY!) and fix up the house a bit with some holiday touches.

Fall Nesting for Holiday Entertaining {Loving Fall: Day 14}

Last Christmas we had fun decorating our house with pops of red. Red is so festive! This year I have other plans for our dining room holiday decor and colors, but I think it’s going to be just as fun. We’ve done so much rearranging of furniture and rooms this year, I’m looking forward to seeing how our Christmas decor all comes together. I LOVE this time of year.

Fall Nesting for Holiday Entertaining {Loving Fall: Day 14}

I enjoy thinking through the serving dishes I might use and how I could set the table. Recently I set up a little “hospitality cabinet” in the dining room so we will be more prepared to set tables for the holidays. You’ll see more of that in the dining room soon, we are settling it in by moving the mirror about it a bit and adding a little more decor the wall around it.

And speaking of our dining room and the table, this week we are going to give our old rickety table a fresh coat of white paint so it will be all clean and ready for whatever festivity we decide to host. Woo hoo! I’ve been wanting to refresh the paint on our table for a couple of years now.

Fall Nesting for Holiday Entertaining {Loving Fall: Day 14}

Those are some of the pre-Christmas rituals I really enjoy. I love the simple pleasures of enjoying a clean house, setting up the dishes and freshening up the decor! It’s so much to be nesting and fluffing up the house so we are all ready to welcome friends and family and to celebrate the reason for the season.

Besides the holiday decor, the traditions and the good company, I just love the little things like having all the candles lit, good music and tasty food.

Fall Nesting for Holiday Entertaining {Loving Fall: Day 14}

I have several serving/decor items that are perfect for entertaining any time of the year and they end up being my go-to favorites. I don’t really have much in the way of holiday themed dishes or seasonal serving pieces, I just don’t have room to store it all (although I love having a few little seasonal appetizer or dessert plates!).

Many of you had asked me about our white wood tray in the entry with the plush pumpkins a few weeks ago, it’s from Mary & Martha. It’s a favorite all year round because it can hold just about any decor and make it feel special and put together. You can see the tray below, with some of my favorite chunky white candlesticks, also from Mary & Martha.

Fall Nesting for Holiday Entertaining {Loving Fall: Day 14}

Fall Nesting for Holiday Entertaining {Loving Fall: Day 14}

Fall Nesting for Holiday Entertaining {Loving Fall: Day 14}

The beautiful hand blown glass lanterns you might have seen in my house are also from Mary & Martha as is the chalkboard tray, above, and the blue ruffled edge dishes in my open shelves in the kitchen picture. All some of my favorite versatile pieces to enjoy day to day ourselves or to use for parties at our house.

Fall Nesting for Holiday Entertaining {Loving Fall: Day 14}

I put the glass lanterns all over my house, I think they are so pretty! You can use them in different ways too, maybe try floating candles in water or filling the base with pebbles to change up the look.

Fall Nesting for Holiday Entertaining {Loving Fall: Day 14}

Since I have quite a few Mary & Martha items in my home and get asked about them all the time, I thought you’d enjoy a surprise Mary & Martha giveaway today! YAY! One lucky winner will receive the following gifts from Mary & Martha: the & tray, the set of mugs with tray, and a hand blown medium glass lantern!

***This giveaway is now closed!*** All you have to do to enter is leave a comment. If you want to shop, you can do so via this link to Mary & Martha.

This giveaway is sponsored by Mary and Martha.

Fall Nesting for Holiday Entertaining {Loving Fall: Day 14}

I wish this was a photo of my house (above) but alas, it is not. But isn’t it cute? Besides the cute room, I love all the unique dishes and that chalkboard sign. Mary & Martha has so many neat items for meaningful entertaining and hospitality, be sure to check it out! They also have a home based business opportunity that would be pretty fun! Who doesn’t enjoy pretty things?

Fall Nesting for Holiday Entertaining {Loving Fall: Day 14}


  1. Laura

    Melissa, thank you for sharing your home decor inspirations with us. You have such a keen sense of how to make your living space warm and welcoming. I adore the blown glass lanterns; they have such a rustic charm and add more dimension to a table top display. Bravo!

    • Nicole

      Beautiful items! Thank you for the chance to win. =)

  2. Cindy R

    Love reading your blog daily! The blown glass lanterns caught my eye right away. :) How beautiful!

  3. Kim

    What a great giveaway! Melissa, I can’t wait to see what you will do with your house for Christmas this year!

  4. Char

    My morning ritual starts with a cup of coffee and the Inspired Room. I love the way you are able to take simple things and create a warm and inviting space. The lanterns are beautiful and so versatile.

  5. Marilynn

    Love reading your blog daily!

  6. Lori H

    I love reading your cozy blog :) Thanks for sharing about Mary and Martha – what a neat site. I am always looking for a little something-something for entertaining!

  7. Hannah

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful home.

  8. Sallie

    Your cranberry cider drink has me in the mood for an informal gathering! Thanks for the inspiration! I’ll take a “Mary” approach to the party, instead of a “Martha” approach, and keep the focus where it belongs!

  9. Lisa

    Your home looks amazing! And I can’t wait to make your cranberry cider!

  10. Amy Dowling

    Thank you Melissa for introducing us to such a beautiful product! I am always looking for unique pieces to entertain with and these are just gorgeous. Your home is an inspiration.

  11. Kirsten

    I love your blog. It’s so inspring and beautiful.

  12. SheilaM

    Fall is my favorite time of year and I love NESTING this time of year too! Those hand blown glass lanterns are absolutely beautiful. Definitely will have to check them out!

  13. Suzanne

    I love reading about the changes and doings in your home and can’t wait to see what Christmas will look like.

  14. Sherri

    Your blog has been very “inspiring” to me! The best part is the simplicity with which you approach decorating and the realistic perspective you have on it’s importance in your life and family. I desperately want a chic, clean, well put together home. But I’m learning that I can have pretty things and let my style slowly evolve in the midst of living life with my hubby and four kids. Love what I’ve seen of Mary & Martha…and they have COFFEE! :)

  15. Mary Spring

    I love all the Mary and Martha stuff! I wonder if it’s because my name is Mary and my sister’s name is Martha????

  16. jenna

    The hand blown glass lantern is lovely…Mary and Martha site is great!

  17. Leilani

    Your home is decorated beautifully. Very classy Holiday decor. I love those lanterns. Thank you for the giveaway!

  18. Colette

    I just love your home. Thanks for the opportunity to win some lovely stuff!

  19. Tami

    Thanks for sharing your home! It looks so peaceful. Loving the Mary and Martha items!

  20. Sharon

    I so enjoy seeing how you put things together and make them pop. Your house is surely a very inviting home. I am looking forward to seeing what color you use in your dining room for Christmas this year.

  21. Chione

    I am so excited to try the cranberry cider recipe you posted yesterday. We are hosting Thanksgiving at our house this Saturday and I already bought all the ingredients for it. Thank you!

  22. Jen G.

    love these items!

  23. Pam

    Love Mary and Martha! Thanks for the giveaway and the inspiration from your blog.

  24. Patty

    What a wonderful contest. Their products are beautiful and I would love to win. Thanks for doing this.

  25. Stephanie C

    I love all of the natural elements used such as the greenery. It makes a huge impact with such simplicity! I’ve noticed lately that the new trend it to have a coffee/tea station setup in your kitchen or dining room. I’ve been thinking about making a designated area for my Keurig and K-cups. That tray with the coffee cups would be perfect for that spot! Thanks for sharing.

  26. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life

    Gorgeous, Everything is so pretty and looks ready for all the festivities of the holidays. The cider sounds fabulous.

  27. Pat

    Thanks so much for sharing with us! I am getting excited thinking about how I will decorate this year! I especially love how you keep it simple and uncluttered. I retired recently after 40 years in education. I feel so blessed to have this time to focus on my home again. I came across your blog and you are giving me new ideas and helping me update things. I am loving every day! Thanks so much, Melissa!

  28. Beverly

    Love visiting your (and Jack’s) blog. Your home is beautiful and so very welcoming. Thank you for a chance to win the Mary & Martha goodies.

  29. Bonnie Marn

    Love these….

  30. Kris

    What precious nesting you do! I love the candle holder and tray…and the mugs lined up on the tray! I hope to make the cider Thanksgiving morning as the family is waking!

  31. Kathryn Wind

    I’ve always admired their lovely things! Thanks for the opportunity! Those gorgeous lanterns would be perfect for our “coastal cozy” bedroom!

  32. Janna

    I love the little evergreens above your kitchen sink–they are adorable! I think I need that Mary&Martha chalkboard . . . thanks for sharing!

  33. Amy Wolff

    Thanks for introducing us to Mary & Martha. The lanterns are beautiful!

  34. Laura

    These are a few of my favorite things, not only part of a song but the season ! Your blog is fantastic, informative and just plain fun to read. I have recently re-invented my living room. Went from Victorian style to a more fun, easy flow style. Warm, comfy, not so stuffy. I even used a drop cloth for the slip cover on my couch. Looks just like the high end covers and only cost 12.00 at the local big box store. It is fun to search and find the things that make you feel good as well as save some money along the way. Have a great holiday season !!

  35. Teresa

    I have been admiring all the beautiful God centered decor on Mary and Martha. The lanterns are beautiful and love yours with the suspended candle, just beautiful! Creating a coffee station and the mugs and tray would be perfect. Great giveaway. Thank you for doing so and whoever receives this can count it as a special blessing today.

  36. Jennifer

    Thank you so much for your home inspiration! Your house is amazing and simple and just what I’m aspiring for. Can’t wait to see what you do for Christmas this year although if you stuck with last years decor that was perfection ! Lol. Thank you! Jen

  37. Jennifer

    I love all your decorating ideas, such an inspiration! The items from Mary and Martha would look wonderful in my home!!such classy items!

  38. Pat Champagne

    I love seeing your home. It is so beautiful. Love those chunky candlesticks. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. Pat.

  39. Susan

    Loving your fall articles!

  40. Rebecca

    Oh I love the lantern! Also, I have made your cider several times and everyone goes crazy for it – going to whip up a batch this week to drink while I decorate for Christmas :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. Genny

    Thank you for introducing me to Mary and Martha! Love those lanterns — putting them on my Christmas Wish List!

  42. Kim

    Your blog is one of my favorites. I love your decor and ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  43. Stacey

    Nesting is my favorite thing too but it’s extra sweet in the fall. :)

    Thanks for the give away opportunities. All of those items are wonderful and I’d be doing a happy dance if I won. :)

  44. Shannon

    Wow, really love these pieces! Thanks for sharing Mary and Martha!

  45. Tammy C

    Absolutely beautiful decorated rooms! Thank you for the chance to win!

  46. Laura

    So lovely! Those lanterns are gorgeous!

  47. Julie

    Melissa, I’ve just found your blog – a great inspiration for me! I’m such a simplist that although I love to create, I’ve always hated “decorating”. Well, it turns out that my poor husband and children can’t take any more of it, so I’m delving into the experiment of what might happen if I try to make the home beautiful while sticking to my needs of keeping it simple, authentic, and livable – starting with the holidays. One practical question: where on earth does all your “real life” stuff go? For example: in our turn of the century home, we have old built-in shelves in our living room (awesome!), which I want to use for beautiful displays, but I end up squeezing in kids books, reference books, dvds… you know, it ends up junky with things getting stacked there. We love our old house, but we have little built in storage and can’t currently invest in storage furniture. Any suggestions?

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Hi Julie! I would say to invest in baskets with lids and collect more as you can. Take the real life stuff you don’t want to see and organize it in the lidded baskets. Then let the other real life stuff that are attractive like books and pretty things you use out on display! I have written several posts about “every day on display” and using baskets for organizing, perhaps you’ll be able to get some inspiration from them! I have several books coming out next year that I hope will help inspire you too. :-)

  48. Amanda W.

    I enjoy your blog so much. Thanks for all the inspiration. Thanks for the give away opportunity…looks like a beautiful shop.

  49. Martha

    Love the Mary and Martha items. Love your site…so full of great ideas!

  50. Kathy

    I just love your decorating style! Your blog is definitely named appropriately as I am inspired by nearly every post. Thanks for introducing me to Mary & Martha. I am certain I will find lots of great decor for my home.

  51. Heather

    The lanterns are gorgeous!

  52. Let it Snow

    I really enjoy reading your blog daily! Thank you!!!!

  53. Jennifer Weaver

    Such beautiful rooms ~ Thanks for the opportunity!

  54. Ally

    I love fall nesting too. So many beautiful arrangements. I also really like those blown glass lanterns! Lovely!!

  55. Diane Peterson

    I LOVE the unique and clever way you decorate your house. It is so fresh and peaceful feeling. I also enjoy seeing how you mix things like older tables and dressers with the newer things, It is a delight to follow your blog and I think that I would really just like to be you, living in your house!! Happy Fall!

  56. Robin H

    Thanks for sharing great sources for interiors- your photos are beautiful!

  57. Susan Bulla

    I love to decorate for fall and for Christmas as well. This year is especially important as my house is on a fundraiser Christmas Housewalk!

  58. Debbie Branson

    Love your style, your beautiful home and Mary and Martha!

  59. Deanna

    I love these kinds of items for the home!

    Can’t wait to see your holiday decor, Melissa!

  60. Sharmilla

    Those glass lanterns are amazing1 I’m inspired!

  61. Lindsay Wade

    Mary and Martha! What a great find, especially as I gear up to purchase some thoughtful gifts for family and friends. Thank you for another excellent tip on my journey to happiness in my new home!

  62. cherie wrona

    This is making me wont to spend this snow day decorating!

  63. Angela

    Love your style. It would be mine if I had the creativity and originality you have. Agree with the previous commenter that I can’t wait to see your Christmas decor. Thanks for the chance to win. One can never have too many trays, right?

  64. Lauren

    Your home is always so inviting and especially cozy this time of year! Thank you for the giveaway and the introduction to Mary and Martha!

  65. Magdalene V

    I just discovered your blog and love it! Very inspirational!

  66. Rachel

    I love everything on here! and would totally love to add those prizes to my winter decor. Thanks for sharing them!

  67. Julie Daniel

    Aww. Thanks for the inspiration this morning, Melissa! Really got me thinking about how I welcome my loved friends and family into my home this season!

  68. Melanie

    Love your blog! Thanks for introducing me to Mary and Martha!

  69. Susi

    Looking forward to your book release. And those Mary and Martha lanterns are charming.

  70. Kathy

    Absolutely beautiful! I love the snowflakes over the window and the presents wrapped in white. So pretty!

  71. Elaine hardin

    Thank you for sharing. I am always inspired I would love to win any of the objects you showed

  72. Michele Laramay

    Your home is always beautiful and I enjoy watching you make changes. Thank you for the opportunity to win these beautiful things!

  73. Lisa

    Thanks for all the inspiration!

  74. Sharon Beach

    Everything looks beautiful!

  75. Pam

    So cozy, but fresh! Thanks for sharing Mary and Martha – love their stuff!

  76. Ramona

    Love Mary & Martha, especially the glass lanterns. Could fill my whole house with those.
    Would love to win these items for my home for Christmas.

  77. Kathy opaskar

    Your home is so beautiful. Love all the touches. Love the things from Mary and Martha!

  78. Jenny

    I am SO GLAD the email situation has been rectified!! WOOHOO!! Thank you for the mulled cranberry apple cider post as I will be making it for Thanksgiving!! And, finally, I love ALL THINGS Mary & Martha!!! Blessings to you & your family this holiday season!! :)

  79. Carolyn

    I enjoy reading your blog and look forward to seeing The Inspired Room in my email inbox! I love your style and have used several of your ideas in my home. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  80. Katie P.

    Your ideas for your home are inspire me to make things simple and special. I can’t wait to see your holiday decor this year. I drooled over your holiday home tour from last year and shared with my sister and mom to enjoy too. :) Love reading your blog daily!

  81. Kirstin Johnston

    Loving the cute decor! Good ideas for the holidays

  82. Linda O'Donnell

    Love love love your posts!

  83. Jere

    I love the lanterns, I too love all things cozy and candle lit!

  84. Anna

    Yay!!! I love all of your things from Mary and Martha! Thanks for this exciting opportunity. I adore your blog!

  85. KarinM

    Love your blog and the iems from Martha and Mary.

  86. Nicole

    I really enjoyed todays blog post! Your nesting blogs are my favorite because I love to see how your home evolves. I often use it for inspiration for my own home. I love the Mary and Martha pieces.

  87. virginia syombathy

    Your home is so beautiful and inviting. Thank you for the inspiration.
    Thanks for the giveaway, too!

  88. Rachel

    Yay! I love give aways :)
    I’ve never checked out the Mary and Martha website before, so I’ll have to do that today.

  89. Micheleofthelowcountry

    Simply inspirational! You have helped me find order and fearless execution in all my ideas! Thnx

  90. Regina

    Your home looks so cozy and peaceful! I have been noticing those lanterns and would love to have some for my home! Thanks for the giveaway. I love your style and enjoy reading your blog.

  91. Lenora Everett

    You have inspired me to simplify my decorations this year and get busy nesting! I love the items from Mary and Martha, especially your tray in the hallway and the blown-glass lanterns!

  92. maggie

    Everything looks so fresh and beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway.

  93. Allison

    I love this time of year too and would love to win to make our home even more cozy!

  94. Andrea

    As a newcomer to your blog, I am loving the cosy simplicity you show and all of the entertaining ideas. Keep them coming!

  95. Beth

    I love all the ways you make your home inviting. Love the lanterns, especially the tag on the front of the big lantern. I always learn a new way to make my home more welcoming when I read your blog.

  96. Ann

    I love your home, and I especially love seeing all your seasonal décor changes. Love the Mary and Martha items, and you have incorporated them so well into your home. Now, you have me inspired to putting up my Christmas items, and I usually don’t do that until the first of the month! Thank you for sharing.

  97. Cindy Osborn

    Love your house and love everything you posted from Mary & Martha!

  98. Patty

    The title of your blog is so appropriate as that is just what you always do……inspire me! And you make it look so simple, which calls my name, too. Thank you!

  99. Peggy

    Beautiful. Love anything chalkboard! Funny, in the classrooms getting rid of chalkboards and placing in our homes… used to be the other way around:)

    • Ms Maggie

      Yes, I agree and I love the smell of chalk (butter upper with asking to clean the erasers all the time!!!).

  100. Nicole

    Your house is beautiful! It encourages me to make my home more welcoming!

  101. Tracey

    Thanks for introducing me to this company – would love to win these products!

  102. Lauren Baxter

    Thanks for sharing about Mary & Martha, this is so my style and I love everything! This is by far one of my favourite posts you make it look so easy & so welcoming and comforting! Thank you for sharing! I’m so inspired for my home projects!

  103. ro

    I really like how you use white throughout your home…not too much…and nicely balanced with pops of color. When the kids are grown, I’d like to try white upholstery or covers. But with my husband counting as my eldest child…I’m not sure I’ll ever get there!

  104. Caitlin

    Great post. Thank you for the tips and showing us the cute products Mary & Martha have.

  105. Brenda

    What a great giveaway! Love your holiday decorating.

  106. Kari

    I just love reading your blog every morning! Love the Martha and Mary lanterns!

  107. Heather

    Love all of the decorations and the Mary & Martha items!

  108. Cheryl

    those lanterns and tray are lovely–why do so some items just speak ‘home’?

  109. Grace

    These lanterns look amazing! I would love to win them. :) And. . . I just love all of your rooms. :)

  110. Kristen

    That ampersand tray is my fav, love it!

  111. JA

    I was one of the unfortunate readers that missed
    your updates in October, so was especially happy
    to see your cozy space today. I’m already planning
    to incorporate some of your nesting ideas this season.
    I love the lanterns and sweet tag on the larger version.
    Happy Nesting.

  112. judy

    I love the glass lanterns-very versatile!

  113. Lynn Czap

    Have really enjoyed your Fall posts about cozying up our homes. Also like the way you change things up and move things around in your home-challenges me to not always leave things in the same place or put decorations where I always have:)

  114. Joan

    Love your blog and the Mary & Martha decor items! You inspire me to create a cozy home!!!!!

  115. Jeanne

    I love the simplicity of your decorating. The glass urns are especially beautiful. Thank you for your inspiration.

  116. Jenna

    Beautiful items! Can’t wait to see your house decorated for Christmas.

  117. Jan G.

    Love the glass lanterns! I was wondering where the iPad stand in the kitchen photo came from. I saw one at Joss and Main a while back, but foolishly did not push the “buy” button fast enough. Jan

  118. Martha

    Hi Melissa,
    I love the shelves in your kitchen and how you frequently change them just enough to enjoy the process.
    For so long I’ve had small children in the house and got away from lighting candles, something I used to really enjoy. I would love to use one of the lovely glass lanterns from Mary & Martha, I could fill the bottom with all kinds of things – acorns, faux snowflakes, wine corks, legos, Polly Pockets…

  119. Debbie

    Love the Martha and Mary tray, thanks for sharing your home.

  120. Barb A

    I love your use of trays around the house.

  121. Allison

    I love all the decor! Great finds! Love the Mary and Martha tray and lanterns!

  122. Cheryl Kennedy

    Love it all!

  123. Barbara Sensibaugh

    I wish there was a Mary and Martha in Ohio!

  124. Monica

    You’ve inspired my holiday decor!!!

  125. Patty

    What great versatile items to enjoy all year!

  126. shonda nelson

    Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

  127. Lynn

    Love the glass lanterns and the apt ornament hanging on one of them! Thanks for letting us know about the Mary and Martha website – that is new to me!

  128. Mary

    Your home always looks cozy and inviting but I do love the Christmas touches! Thanks for the giveaway!

  129. Tammy W

    We are building a log home and these would be a fantastic addition to our new homes.

  130. Erin

    What an awesome give away. Thanks so much for a chance. :)

  131. Maura

    Perfect time of year to show your family how much they mean to you by creating great holiday memories in your home!

  132. SueinMtVernon

    Your beautiful home is such an inspiration. I wish you were a neighbor and could give me some decorating advice! Thanks for the chance to win!

  133. Libby


  134. Karen B

    I love all of your greenery. Thank you for all of the decorating inspiration! I’m off to buy se wreathed from a local Boy Scout troop.

  135. Karen B

    Gah! … I’ll be buying *some wreaths*

  136. Jenn

    Looking at the pictures of your house gives me an incentive to try and finish the unpacking from our recent move. Thanks!

  137. Ashley

    Love all of these items!

  138. Tonia

    I always make time to look at your email — it is some “me time” and today your home looks even more cozy and inviting. Lovely to incorporate things you use year round into your Christmas home decor!

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter the awesome giveaway with Mary & Martha!

  139. Kerry

    I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this Christmas Melissa! Love the Tray!!

  140. Lisa

    Your house looks beautiful. I’d love to win!

  141. Donna

    Absolutely love your simple, yet elegant touches for the holidays! I am always inspired to keep things clean and earthy with your decor ideas. In fact, this year we will have another woodland-themed tree in our home similar to the one featured on your blog two years ago! Thanks, and have a happy holiday season! :)

  142. Anne McMillan

    Love your blog…your home is such an inspiration!

  143. Brooke D.

    I always wonder how to make my home look cozy and ‘real’ for the holidays. I don’t want it to look like the Christmas section of the nearest big box store blew up in my living room, rather, I want it to look elegant and almost like it could stay that way all year round and it would look just fine. You have done that here, and I love it!

  144. Susan Smith

    Such beautiful things!

  145. Jane

    What a fun giveaway! Love, love, love the large glass lanterns.

  146. Dawn

    Love your blog and the Mary & Martha decor items! You inspire me to create a cozy home. Thanks :)

  147. Brittany

    Love your blog! Thanks for the great give away opportunity! I just made some hot cider – delicious!! :o)

  148. Glenda

    Those lanterns are fabulous!

  149. Laura

    Thanks for introducing me to Mary & Martha. Love their stuff and will definitely be checking out their website! I recently discovered your blog and I just love it! I’m definitely inspired!

  150. Amy

    You home is stunning! Can I just come and live there? :)

  151. Kari

    Well, I know that I love all of the Mary & Martha items featured in your Nesting article, so I cannot wait to click through and perhaps do a little Holiday shopping. You home is so lovely during normal times of the year, but truly cozy and “ahhh” worthy now!

  152. Tonya broddle

    Would love to shop at Mary and Martha! Beautiful pieces!

  153. Lisa S.

    Mary $ Martha? I can’t wait to stop over and start my holiday shopping. Thank you!

  154. Kelsey

    I love the scripture pendant on the lantern. My daughter has just begun to read and I have been meaning to incorporate more scriptures in our home to nurture her young faith and edify us all!

  155. Traci

    Love the lanterns! Hope to recreate the look!

  156. Brittney

    I love the lanterns, so beautiful! Great giveaway! Thank you! :-)

  157. Danielle

    Love the lanterns! They are so beautiful!

  158. Lori

    Everything looks so festive! Love the lanterns!

  159. April

    You have fabulous taste, I love all of the fresh greenery you’ve used especially the little evergreens in galvanized buckets over your sink!

  160. Crystal

    Your home is BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for sharing these wonderful, classy decorating ideas. I can’t wait to get started!

  161. Janet

    I would love to receive some of these gorgeous and super cozy pieces!

  162. Kristen

    Love the mulled cider – everything looks so cozy and welcoming!

  163. Helene

    Love those trays! AND I’m a mug collector…..all of which qualifies me to be the winner! Ha! Thanks for the fun chance anyway, Melissa, love everything I see, as usual.

  164. Michelle

    I love your blog! The lanterns are beautiful…. I would love to win!

  165. Patti Schewe

    I so look forward to your emails with wonderful pics and decorating ideas. I would love to have any of those items to help spruce up my new house. Love your blog!!

  166. Mary Edgerley

    Yours is the FIRST blog site I check out every day! Love it! I especially love the tag on the glass lantern you feature today that says, “Blessed area those who walk in the light of Your presence” Beautiful!! <3

  167. Kelly

    I love your blog Melissa and I love Mary & Martha too! What a blessing in our homes. My favorite of the featured pieces are the lanterns, they are so elegant. Love them! Thanks for your blog, keep up the good work.

  168. Stacey

    Your blog makes best rest a bit more bareable! I’m excited to go check out Mary and Martha!! Thanks for sharing!

  169. Mandy

    Your home is gorgeous! Could you tell me where your wicker dining chairs are from?

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you! They were from World Market a few years back, but sadly I don’t see them in stock anymore!

      • Mandy

        Oh well, I’ll have to keep an eye out for something similar. Thanks for replying!

  170. Angela Berghout

    I love the simple elegance of your holiday decor. I think I went through a tacky phase (wish I was joking!)and you’ve inspired me to simplify, using fresh evergreens and that Christmas red. I love that you really use what’s in your home and just add or relocate to freshen up the whole room. Thank you for sharing and inspiring me to surround myself with things I love!

  171. Alice

    That is A LOT of free items! Mary & Martha is so giving, love this company! Good Luck everyone!

  172. Bethany K

    I love all of the Mary and Martha items

  173. Nancy

    I enjoy your blog so much. It inspires me with great ideas and helps me get the “get up and go” I need to start decorating. Also, love your style.

  174. Trina

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home. Everything about it says cozy. The Mary & Martha items fit perfectly too. Beautiful.

  175. Renee Alexander

    Have added Mary & Martha to my favorites!

  176. Mary

    Such lovely inspiration! I really appreciate you sharing your creative ideas!!

  177. Gita

    I LOVE The Inspired Room. You truly do inspire. I can’t wait every morning to check my emails and see what is new on the site.It brings a smile to my face when I have had a rough previous day and it brings me joy to look at beautiful images of the home which inspires me even more to work harder towards owning my own home one day.
    Thank you The Inspired Room

  178. Erika

    Loving Mary & Martha! There was a vendor at our church craft show last weekend! I wanted everything! haha

  179. Tina

    Love your home and am look forward to seeing it decorated for the holidays!

  180. mary

    I would love this !!! You do awesome !!!

  181. tera

    Glad I found you’re blog. . And loves these mary and martha items

  182. Robin Fowler

    LOVE the way you decorated your home. Beautiful!

  183. Sarah Schuyler

    Thanks for sharing. You have a beautiful home.

  184. kimbunch

    Love the blog!

  185. karen

    I want to go home from work and make pumpkin squares! You website and your home are so inspiring but especially this time of year!

  186. Laura Hinckley Burghorn

    I love how you can “feel” the welcome of your home!

  187. Heather

    Very pretty! Love this time of year for the “nesting” as well!

  188. Cheryllee Sargent

    I am hooked on the Inspired Room! Thank you for introducing me to so many timeless
    and classic improvements to our home. Subtle changes make all the difference
    in keeping our home cozy and familiar, yet new and interesting.
    Thanks so much!

  189. Michele Luecking-Sunman

    Beautiful products– I love the lanterns!

  190. Kelly Whalen

    Thank you for sharing all your festive holiday touches with us today. Your posts have gotten me in the holiday spirit! I am ready to begin decorating my home and preparing for many holiday visitors. I would love to win the great items from Mary & Martha! Thank you!

  191. Ashley R

    I love the vintage announcement board and the new Christmas tiles that go along with it! Mary & Martha has beautiful products! Thank you for sharing.

  192. Terry

    Love the comfortable decorating ideas! Candles are pretty and “safe” in glass~ and I spotted a lamp made from a large glass bottle…. I have one and need to create a lamp for my living room! thanks and Happy Holidays!

  193. Karen

    I love reading your blog. You have given me so many ideas for my own home. Glad that the emails are coming again and I’m looking forward to receiving many more.

  194. Tammy Gooch

    Hello Mary and Martha,
    After 28 years of marriage I am a single mom raising my last two children alone living on child support while battling terminal cancer. I have a strong faith in GOD and we are praying for a Christmas miracle! I sooooo look forward to the Inspiational Room. I dream of the day that MAYBE my home could look like yours! I LOVE the colors you use and your decorating ideas. There is just something so PEACEFUL about your pics! You are a bright spot in my life right now and you truly do inspire me! I cannot THANK YOU enough! Sending you both a HUGE hug! GODS blessings to you! Tammy

  195. Debbie

    Well what a fun give away…:) I so enjoy your site…Thanks for all the sharing you do…:)

  196. Ruth

    Your pictures truly are inspiring & peaceful. I like your Mary & Martha items & didn’t know about them til seeing them in your posts.

  197. Hillary

    I don’t often have time in my hectic week to read your blog, but when I do – I’m instantly transported to the beautiful world you live in through your amazing photographs and styling. I dream that my home can look like yours someday!

  198. Karlan

    I love the simple elegance throughout your home. And the Christmas decor is so contry sheek! Great job :)

  199. carolyn campau

    Love the photos, thanks for sharing.

  200. Kathleen Bolton

    I love the lanterns in your home.
    So glad to be receiving your email updates again.

  201. Michele H.

    I LOVE the Mary & Martha products! I would be honored and grateful to win your contest!

  202. Sandy

    I love all the Mary & Martha items you’ve showcased! Going to use the link provided and head over to all the other pretty things for sale on their site!

  203. Melanie Fraser

    My favorite time of year too! Love fluffing up the house & getting creative! Thanks for all the beautiful inspiration!

  204. Lisa

    Your simple style is inspiring. I love to read about Mary and Martha in the bible, each woman had inspiring gifts and it’s a fun name for a company. I do love the & tray.

  205. Shannon

    What gorgeous items! Enjoy your site….and Jack’s blog! Thanks for sharing yourself with us!

  206. Theresa Edwards-Capen

    Thanks for the amazing introduction to the Mary & Martha site! I am so excited to have found it! I would be delighted to be the winner and proudly display her amazing decor.

    Thanks for being one of my favorite sites!

    Happy Holidays!

  207. Amy

    I love the small tree with burlap around it in your dining room! Our house is pretty small, so it’s always a struggle to find a good place for our tree. That’s such a simple idea and I just might have to steal it! :)

  208. Lorry King

    I love your blog and love your emphasis on simplicity! Your home seems so warm and inviting and your blog gets me excited about simple decorating as I get ready to have family over for the holidays ! You are the only home decorating blog I read! Many blessings to you!!

  209. Julie

    Love your blog! Beautiful home! Thanks for introducing me to Mary & Martha.

  210. VHiggins

    I love Mary & Martha, they have such lovely pieces!

  211. Sheena

    Thank you for the opportunity to win these items. They are all lovely and functional. Love your blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

  212. Traci Morgan

    Yes, please. Love the nesting/ homey photos.

  213. Tracy

    I’m new to your site and eagerly scroll through first to look at the pictures, then leisurely read through your posts. Thank you !

  214. Amy R,

    I love your home and its simplicity! Thanks for the inspiration to fluff our homes and invite guests in for the holidays. I love doing that too and I’m going to try your cider recipe.

  215. Cynthia @ her lovely nest

    the Christmas decor is wonderful and so homey! I especially love your plate wall with the wreath layered on top :-)

  216. Joy D

    I love Mary & Martha stuff – So I am very excited for this giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

  217. Hannah

    I love those glass lanterns – beautiful!

  218. Terri Davies

    Please choose me. I love the pictures!

  219. Michelle Paige

    I’ve never hear of Mary & Martha, but I absolutely LOVE them now! What beautiful things! Thanks for introducing me to them…and thanks for a fun giveaway!

  220. carol g

    Thank you for all your inspiration, Melissa. Both my front hall and my kitchen are grateful for your style! Thank you for the giveaway!

  221. Karena Liberty Gurr

    Simply gorgeous, understated, clean design.

  222. Jess Lindahl

    I love your festive, casual elegance! Your home is beautifully decorated, without feeling fussy.
    I have that beautiful chalk tray and it is one of my favorite pieces in my house. I have been drooling over those other pieces. I love the inspirational sayings with them. Merry Christmas!

  223. Victoria

    Gosh this is a wonderful giveway! LOVE the lanterns, trays – just everything. Your home if what my house wants to be when it grows up! I love your blog. Victoria

  224. Laura Baughman

    Thank you for opening the door to your darling home, and welcoming us all in like old friends. Your blog is a delightful treat when I turn my computer on every day. I adore how you decorated your home for the holidays last year, and can’t wait to see what you have planned this year. All the best from a new fan!

  225. Lynne

    I can’t wait to go shopping at Martha and Mary. I love that name and all it speaks to. I also love your kitchen window. Mine is my favorite view in the house. A bible verse on my new little stand (still trying to find the perfect cards to use), a tiny vase from a dear friend with a few greens or blooms from my yard, pretty curtains and the view from the window is my memorial garden to my mom.

  226. Leslie

    I love all of the fresh decorating ideas (not your typical reds and greens) for the holidays. It makes your home feel so comfy and cozy when the holiday decor easily blends with the rest of the house. Thanks for sharing!

  227. candy lewis

    I have really enjoyed your email with ideas and pictures. Your home is great and those lanterns are to die for.

  228. Sarah Mercado

    I love how every room has Christmas touches in it. Also, the beautiful uncluttered decor.

  229. Erin

    I always enjoy the beautiful photos of your home. Thank you for sharing and for the opportunity to win some great giveaway prizes!

  230. Jeanne Gallagher

    What an inviting style. Would love to see it in my home too. Will have to check out Mary and Martha.

  231. Cheryl

    Thanks for the great ideas! I’m ready to nest this winter in my cozy home too!!! :)

  232. Karen Nardi

    Enjoy your posts-your home is lovely! Love the items from Mary & Martha-I hadn’t heard of them so excited to shop with them!

  233. Tara

    I love decorating for this season also! Love all of your wreaths!

  234. Jean R

    Love your blog and style of decorating! Thanks for all the helpful tips and the wonderful giveaway.

  235. nancy

    I love your house!! I’m gonna go shop Mary & Martha now!

  236. Alice

    Love, love, love the lantern! Also the blue and white fabric on the footstool tucked under the table. Source?

  237. Michelle

    Love all the special touches in your home! The Mary and Martha give-away is icing on the cake!

  238. shannon G.

    This is my favorite time of year and I love your inspirational ideas.. Makes me feel crafty ;)

  239. Lee Ann

    once again such beautiful things…. and that pumpkin cake recipe is TO DIE FOR! I made it last year and I will be making it again…it was a hit!

  240. andrea brownfield

    Love the lanterns!

  241. Linda

    Oh my gosh I LOVE all of these items! Thanks for the giveaway. Happy Holidays!

  242. Kari

    Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and encouragement! You share simple yet beautiful ways to make a house a home! And as I am so busy I feel like I don’t have enough time. But when I look at your posts I am again encouraged and inspired to make one small step at decorating my home! Again, thank you! :)

  243. Cari

    I totally love the handblown glass lanterns! Beautiful!

  244. Emily

    Your house looks lovely all decorated for the holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway. :-)

  245. Emily

    Thank you for the inspiration and offering such a neat giveaway! forgot all about Mary & Martha’s stuff till reading this today.

  246. Sheri

    Your posts always leaves me inspired to go get all the things I love out of the closet & USE THEM!

  247. Kendall

    Thank you for all the decorating tips! Your house is beautiful!

  248. Janet magina

    Count me in Melissa, I would love to win those items!

  249. Katie Sarnecki

    Your home looks beautiful!

  250. Emily

    Thank you for the giving me inspiration today and having such a neat little giveaway!

  251. Rowena

    Your home is lovely and I love that tray!

  252. Teri

    Your cider recipe sounds really yummy and you shared other great ideas. I have had my eye on that Ampersand tray for quite a while!

  253. Julie

    Just the inspiration I needed today – recouping from knee surgery won’t stop my Christmas decorating & online shopping at Mary & Martha!

  254. Brydie

    Everything is beautiful. I love your blog.

  255. Megan W.

    Your home is always so inspiring!

  256. Penny Oliver

    I love your home. It has inspired me to declutter and begin my holiday nesting this year. I would also love to add the Mary and Martha items to my décor. Thanks for all you do.

  257. Sheila Michaelson

    Hi Melissa,
    I love all of the white you use.

  258. Mandy M.

    Thanks for your wonderful blog and book! I don’t have a lot of extra space in our coffee station for mugs but those look like they might just be narrow enough to fit!

  259. Ashley W.

    I look forward to reading your blog every day! I can’t wait for your book to come out too!

  260. Kathleen

    Wonderful post, your decor is so inspiring. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.! I so very much like those lanterns… I did a pin-it on them :)

  261. Laure Gill

    I love your house, and I love Mary & Martha!

  262. Brenda Martin

    Thanks for sharing such creative and fun ideas on your blog and for the opportunity to with these wonderful items!

  263. DonnaS

    Your home is so inviting! Thanks for sharing.

  264. BLBC

    OH … what a delightful opportunity in which to share the inspiration!

  265. Barb C

    Hope I win

  266. Alison

    Thank you for showcasing Mary & Martha on your site. I’m already a BIG fan! The photos don’t do the products justice. They are wonderful and really make a home beautiful.

  267. Gennie M.

    Want to house swap for the holidays? ;) Once you’ve finished decorating of course. Thanks for giving me a glimpse inside of your inspiring home. Simply Beautiful.

  268. Joyce Ostrmiller

    We have very similar tastes in decorating, although you do a much better job with it than I do. It would be so fun to win some new treasures.

  269. Lori

    Love the lanterns from Mary & Martha. Also, love the cider recipe and plan to make it ASAP! Your house is simply lovely and so inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  270. Bethany

    Your house is just SO cute! I love that everything is kind of clean and basic, but so easy to switch out and dress up.

  271. Anne P

    Thanks for sharing! I’m looking forward to simple entertaining as well.

  272. Gracie

    I love the pictures, they are beautiful & inspiring. One of my nesting favorites is cider, i too love the aroma of this delicious drink. I also like to do a harvest & Christmas boil (potpourri).

  273. Sara

    I love the Mary & Martha items and the scripture and inspirational messages that they allow me to share in my home. Your home is beautiful!

  274. Beth Keehne

    First time visitor to your blog, it will not however be the last! Very nice ideas and so warm and welcoming! Looking forward to more!

  275. Heather

    Hello! I really enjoy your website as I need all the help I can get. Thank you you for introducing me to Mary and Martha as I feel their items are something that will bring intentionality and focus!

  276. bridget

    Love your blog! Beautiful decor inspiration.

  277. Vel Smith

    Your home ready does inspire me. I appreciate the way little touches come together in a warm way, and I plan to do a little arranging today. I really love the glass lanterns and the way you grouped them.

  278. Devon

    I love the simplicity of your Christmas decor! ! I’d love to win, but I’m definitely checking out the Mary and Martha website:)

  279. Devon

    I love the simplicity of your Christmas decor! ! I’d love to win, but I’m definitely checking out the Mary and Martha website:)

  280. Brittany Steward

    One day I was perusing Pinterest for some inspiration for my future kitchen when I came across your blog, I am in love with the sink, tile walls and no cabinets above the counters! I so enjoy the photos and other ideas you share. Thanks so much!

  281. Meredith

    I adore Mary & Martha products! You have decorated your house beautifully w/ some of my favorite items!! What an awesome idea to have a giveaway as well!

  282. Judy

    I especially love the chunky candlesticks. This is so apropos today, as we in Michigan are nearly snowed in! Decorating for Christmas is definitely on my mind.

  283. Jennifer M.

    The Inspired Room is my favorite, favorite blog! I always find inspiration in your work. Bravo!

  284. amanda

    I am so thrilled that the holiday season is upon us. Yesterday, I spent the afternoon changing over my decor to more winter inspired things… It felt so cozy and relaxed last night here!

  285. Raina

    What a great giveaway! As I was looking I was thinking about DIYing the oval chalkboard tray. If I win that won’t be necessary!

  286. Stephanie

    Thank you for your beautiful inspiration, and thank you for the opportunity to win some beautiful treasures!

  287. Tina

    My sister and her family have just moved stateside this weekend. Her husband has been serving overseas,
    and this Christmas is the first time in 15+ years that our families will be together over Christmas. Yay!
    We are driving down from Canada to their New Home in Illinois! I would love to win these beautiful things
    For Her! Love & Thank you!

  288. Nancy w

    Loving the combination of rustic cottage-inspired decor witha holiday theme!

  289. Rondina Muncy

    I would really like to know where you purchased the copper-topped lantern-like light fixture.

    Also, I work with different fonts and design and collect objects with ampersands. Really like the ampersand platter.

    Thank you for the great ideas.

  290. Marilyn

    I’d love to win the items from Mary & Martha. They would be great for entertaining for the holidays!

  291. Corrie

    So inspirational! Love the little tree in the burlap sack!

  292. susanK

    I like to change things up in my home, and you inspire me to do so. Using the things I have, and an occasional new purchase in different & creative ways. Thanks for the inspiration

  293. Shirley

    How adorable everything looks! Love the little trees at the kitchen window.

  294. Joanne B.

    Love this generous giveaway! Thanks for sharing Mary&Martha with us too. Some nice things for sure- love that large ampersand plaque- many lovely things besides!

  295. Karen

    I LOVE your wicker chairs! I can’t seem to find them anywhere – they would look great at my house.

    New subscriber to your blog – very inspiring and fun!

  296. Amy Zwatty

    I LOVE your bog! So inspiring to me!

    • Amy Zwatty

      blog :)

  297. Lori

    Just recently discovered your blog and I enjoy so much falling into your inspiration.

  298. Suzie

    Oh my goodness! I love that tray!!

  299. Heather

    I love Mary & Martha!

  300. jill

    Your home has me excited for the holidays!

  301. Maggie Schmitt

    I love love love your blog. I always find inspiration for my home. Keep up the good work :) Maggie

  302. Beth

    Thank you for such an inspiring blog! You have reawakened me to the joy of nesting!

  303. Patricia

    You have a most beautiful home Melissa. I am definitely going to visit the Mary & Martha website. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway. Happy Holidays to you and yours!!!

  304. Barb

    I love the Mary and Martha items! Specially the hand blown glass lanterns!

  305. Natalie

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  306. Gloria Moore

    Love what you’ve done with M&M products!

  307. Penny

    I’ve missed your posts so I’m really glad to be able to read them once again.

    Your home always looks stunning and the flow is just right. It appears to be so relaxing even though you have your large bundles of joy to contend with.

    Thank-you for sharing and also many thanks to Mary & Martha for their giveaway……


  308. Kathleen Grace

    I love the glass candle holders, and I think I have an old oval frame stashed somewhere that I could turn into a chalkboard tray, so that’s a sweet inspiration! I’m just starting my Christmas decorating today. Have a great week and thanks for another great give away :>)

  309. Cheryl

    Love your blog. I am looking forward to making your cranberry cider recipe. Thanks for the giveaway.

  310. Susan

    I enjoy your classic decor and ideas for Fall nesting & holiday decorating. Thank you for featuring Mary & Martha. I had not heard of this place to shop and I look forward to perusing all of the goodies :) Thank you, too, for the giveaway~

  311. Lyndsey

    What is the definition of nesting??

    I love your home – gives me great ideas to do in mine. Thank you for the giveaway!

  312. Brooke

    Glad to have your email updates again! Loving your holiday style, I’m inspired to start some of my own!

  313. Meg Thorne

    I’m so excited about decorating for the holidays too. Even though our space is pretty limited on our down-sized house, I love making things cozy and festive! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  314. Missy Robinson

    I adore the Mary & Martha line and decorating for Christmas. It is wonderful!

  315. Yvete Whidden

    Wow! Talk about being inspired,your staircase decor is beautiful beyond words! I have almost the exact same staircase and have pondered as to how to fill in that are with the slanted wall and the staircase wall. When I looked at your photo I realized “THAT’S IT”!!! From the stipend walls and photo displays to your beautiful garland. Thank you for truly “inspiring me.”

  316. Michelle

    I love everything in your house and I love your posts! Thanks!

  317. Sarah bragg

    What a great giveaway!

  318. Lissa

    Love love the great ideas. The chalk tray is soo cute. I am inspired to start that holiday decorating earlier.
    Snowed in in Bflo, NY.

  319. eileen simon

    I love all of your accessories and how it all comes together!!

  320. Ms Maggie

    Now you got me thinking about what color scheme you are using this year…

  321. Mary @ 120 Spring Street

    Love your ideas for entertaining during this season, I agree, autumn is the time to begin nesting – and that’s so cozy! Your home is lovely, and the Mary and Martha items add to the charm. Thanks for offering the giveaway.


  322. Kathi

    The blown glass lanterns are fantastic! I enjoy reading your blog, you have been the inspiration for many updates to my own decor. Thank you for the chance to win!

  323. Danielle

    I love the lanterns! And, thank you for sharing your cider recipe – I’m looking forward to serving it this Thanksgiving :)

  324. Jessica

    Love everything!!!!

  325. Sandy

    I love your decorating ANY season. The Mary & Matha accessories are perfection. I can’t wait to see the new holiday decor and colors you have planned!

  326. Rhonda


  327. tara davis

    Your simplicity is perfection! As always, my fav!

  328. Bertie DeWane

    I’ll definitely be checking out Mary & Martha (I have two sisters by those names). I love the mugs in the holder. I really enjoy reading your blog. Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  329. Emily

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!! These would look great in our new home :) Thanks!

  330. Kris Pare

    You are one of the few blogs I read. I love your home and the quiet beauty it exudes. I am striving for that in my little house I just bought for my daughter and I. Thank you for sharing and the website has pretty items!

  331. Kate

    Thank you for sharing your home with us! It is really lovely and very warm and homey. Great ideas and I hope you don’t mind if we steal a few. I am filling my home with “repurposed” furniture and love to see how you have placed yours. Your Christmas pics make your home very inviting !!

  332. VikkiD

    Such beautiful inspiration for the holidays!

  333. Shannon

    Love your style and love your blog! This is our first Christmas in our new house and I am excited to decorate for the holidays. Your beautiful home is such an inspiration!.

  334. Lindsay Barrett

    Everything is so pretty!

  335. Michelle Myers

    Love all of your ideas. Thanks
    For sharing !

  336. Christa

    Your home looks so peaceful and inviting. I love the lanterns and the trays. They are so versatile in decoration. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home.

  337. Jolenne Smith

    I was debating whether I should start decorating my house for the holidays, and now I am very much convinced. Your home looks lovely and is inspiring me to get the nesting going.

  338. Carla Strong

    Love the glass candle holder, they would look wonderful in my new home! I would add a sprig of pine branch to it, the heat from the candle would make the room smell of pine and a decoration for Christmas!

  339. Kristin Fish

    Thank you–I so enjoy all of your decorating advice and inspiration!

  340. bethann

    I love the simplicity that you decorate with. I am relatively new to your blog, and I love clicking on to your site. You have really given me confidence in decorating and being me!
    Thank you and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  341. Vicki

    Those are beautiful!! Count me in!

    You’ve inspired me to change so much about how my home is decorated since I’ve been reading your blog. I’ll have to send you some pics to show the changes I’ve made. I’m simplifying so much and getting rid of tons of clutter. :-) Thank you for the inspiration!

  342. Diana Lawrence

    Love all of your beautiful room designs, Happy Holidays!

  343. Angela

    Love nesting this time of year and changing up decor. Mary and Martha pieces are beautiful!

  344. Angela

    As usual, your home is so beautiful!

  345. Angelique

    Thank you! Their stuff is beautiful!

  346. Kristin

    Love your blog!!! I am really coveting the glass front cabinet in the reading nook area in your home. May I ask the manufacturer or where you purchased it? Happy Holidays!!

  347. RoxAnne

    Just love these beautiful lanterns, tray, and cups from Mary & Martha! Thank you for sharing your home with us!

  348. Karen on Bainbridge Island

    Melissa, everything about your home seems to say come on in, I’ve been looking forward to having you stop by for a visit. If you can achieve that, I think you’ve reached the ideal.

    Even though it’s not your house, don’t I just love that bright green kitchen stool! What a great shot of color.

  349. Celia Roelligg

    I love Mary & Martha products. I would love to have all of the dishes and serve ware, but my favorites are the hand blown jars!!

  350. Lisa

    I love the glass lanterns!

  351. Marit

    Such a cozy and beautiful home! I love the rustic, warm winter decor.

  352. Gwen

    Beautiful home! Fall and winter, what better combination warm drinks and candles to welcome family!

  353. Stacey Thacker

    Your house just says welcome! I love it Melissa! And the Mary and Martha goodies are beautiful. Love to win! Especially that chalkboard tray!

  354. Judy Westmoreland

    Would love to win the beautiful mug set and glass latern. They say to me come on in and make yourself comfortable and stay awhile. Ps what is a URL number?

  355. Barbara

    I love the looks in these photos and love you for offering the chance to win these little treasures for the house.

  356. Jennifer

    Your home is so welcoming! Love your blog!

  357. Eileen

    You always have the sweetest decor for sprucing up around the holidays! I love that you share some of the simplest decor ideas that are so easy to copy in my own house! (Including the M&M additions – which make it especially easy to emulate!)

  358. Chris

    I enjoy your home. Not a lot of fuss simply beautiful!

  359. devon

    I love the beautiful glass lanterns and am looking forward to trying the cranberry cider. Thank you for the recipe.

  360. Debbie rickard

    I want to love the little trailer I’ve just moved into. I study The Inspired Room pictures. I would love to win the free gift today to help me make it home. Thanks, Debbie r

  361. Dixie Noel

    Mary and Martha are beautiful and classic pieces. Thanks for having the give-away!

  362. sharon

    so pretty, love your style. thank you for the chance!

  363. Glenda

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us.The ideas you give me are crazy good. I think the Mary and Martha items are just stunning.

  364. carla

    enjoy your blog….thanks for the giveaway! :)

  365. Sue Bowman

    Thank You for sharing your beautiful decorating ideas. Your home is amazing and I am inspired to start cleaning and freshening up my home for the holidays. Blessings

  366. Diana

    Enjoy your blog, book, & love Martha Mary Products

  367. Angela Cornett

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us and those precious dogs!!

  368. Joanna

    Thank you for sharing the Mary and Martha give away pieces. Would love to enjoy coffee with friends and family with the mug/tray set. Your home is beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

  369. Alison

    Always love your sense of style and your comments. Serenity comes to mind when I view your site. Thank you for the inspiration!

  370. Patty

    Just love every chance to see your amazing home! One little thing stuck out for me today……the towel over the basket by the sink in the kitchen. I love that idea!!!!

  371. Takisha Parrish

    I LOVE the glass lanterns! BEAUTIFUL!
    I always enjoy reading your blog, and looking at all the inspirational pictures you post! You’re amazing!

  372. Nancy

    New to your blog. Enjoyed your post. No-fuss entertaining means more time to enjoy your guests! Right on!

  373. Heather

    Love the giveaway items!

  374. Cathy

    What a great way to start the Holidays. I love your decor. Congrats on your book(s). How exciting. Love all of the Mary and Martha items. Happy Holidays.

  375. Phyllis

    What a fun giveaway! I would sure like to win. Thank you!

  376. Mandy Davidson

    I loved your post today. It gets me in the mood to nest myself and put out a few decorations. I loved all of the Mary and Martha purchases you have acquired. Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

  377. erin

    I am really enjoying your posts! Fall/Winter are my favorite decorating seasons & I love all of the little touches you add. I will definitely be incorporating some of your tips into my home this year! The lanterns are soo amazing!

  378. Carla Denancy

    Itis so Beautefull. All I wish was to have this in Brazil. Thanks for sharing.

  379. Laurie

    I love your beautiful yet casual home! Just the way I like mine to feel. Love the Mary & Martha selection as well!

  380. Eve Lewis

    Love your decorating tips!

  381. Teri Morrison

    Beautiful house! Thanks for the chance

  382. MJ

    We are avid tea and coffee consumers during the fall and winter months. Love the Tea for Two tray and accessories. Another display of your talents. Thanks for sharing them!

  383. Rosanna

    Your house is beautiful! You did a great job of Nesting ;-)

  384. Juliette Williams

    What a beautiful home you have! I absolutely adore the handblown glass lanterns. Gorgeous.

  385. Vicki S

    The pictures of your home are beautiful! Thanks for posting about Mary and Martha. Love their site!

  386. LJ

    Love the glass jar candles & the stools.. so happy!

  387. Robyn Buckwalter

    I love how all your colors POP due to the vast amount of white background in each room. I am a die hard fan of reds and they work in many seasons along with Christmas (valentines’ day and fourth of july). Yay!

  388. sarah

    Enjoyed this blog and would LOVE to have one of the glass lanterns!!

  389. marly z.

    Your home is so beautiful. I love everything you’ve done to give it such a warm, happy vibe.

  390. Stephanie B.

    Thank you for sharing that you make entertaining laid back, we tend to lose that around this time of year with the hustle & bustle of the holiday season . I love all these items and the way you display them in your home is lovely! I can’t wait to start my own holiday nesting!

  391. Jennifer Crow

    Love your fall staircase and LOVE that M&M wood tray paired with the velvet pumpkins!!! Swoon!

  392. Kenna

    Love seeing all the little touches you do for the holidays – so much fun!

  393. Donna Waltner

    I am thrilled to see how you have nested the Mary&Martha products in your home! So elegant and peaceful. Anyone who walks into your home would be inspired by the messages that are shared on these products. Love it!

  394. Carey

    What a perfect way to celebrate the true Light! Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  395. holly

    Love all the Martha & Mary pieces. Inspires me to decorate for the holidays!

  396. Dianne Callahan

    I love Mary & Martha and have always wanted something from them for my home!!! The ampersand is one of my favorites!!

  397. Jane Perdue

    love your blog–always great ideas!

  398. Theresa

    Love your beautiful home and how you have decorated for the holiday season! Your wreaths are gorgeous did you make them your self? If so can you write a post with a tutorial?


  399. Sara

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful home! I love reading your blog posts and seeing what new decorating tips you have! Can’t wait to see this year’s christmas decor pics :)

  400. Betsy

    Thank you for pointing out where you get some of your great pieces. I always wonder where they were found. Now I know – Mary & Martha! Thank you!

  401. donelle

    like you , i love decorating for the holidays and seasons! a home that is warm in beauty, is warm for the guest who come in…inviting and cheery !! the items from mary & martha look so great for the home and as you mentioned, can be used in different ways and in different rooms! thx for sharing….i enjoy checking out your site for the beauty and ideas ; D

  402. Pam

    I love the cute little trees on your sill above the sink. Thank you for sharing a website (Martha & Mary) that I didn’t know about and can now peruse for thoughtful gifts.I love the teacups in the tray!

  403. Terre

    Love the small but striking and beautiful holiday touches!

  404. Terre

    Thanks for all the ideas!

  405. Mindy

    Every photo of your home seems to speak, “Welcome, come on in” and I love that. The accessories you choose (including that beautiful tray) just seem to add to that cozy, welcome feel. Thank you for inviting us in : )

  406. Jesssica

    So I just found your blog today and I’m in love! I love how you use pops of color here and there. Thank you for sharing your home with us!

  407. Susie

    Yay! Thanks for the giveaway! Happy to win anything that is in your home; its really lovely. Crossing my fingers…someone has to win right? :D

  408. Martha

    Very nice giveaway. You have a beautiful blog with a lot of class and yet simple. Thanks for all your great ideas and inspirations.

  409. antiquechase

    I really love the accessories, they bring such a wonderful warmth to your space. What a delightful giveaway. I would be able to put everything to good use. LOVE!!

  410. Celeste

    Hi Melissa, this is the first time I leave a comment but I have been following your blog for almost a year now. We bought a new house 7 months ago and I am adding my personal touch little by little. Visiting your blog is always an inspiring and relaxing experience! By the way I am getting your postings delivered to my e-mail again. So, the bug is fixed! Thank you!

  411. Julie W

    What a wonderful giveaway!
    Thank you for the opportunity to participate.
    And, Melissa, you have a wonderful home.


  412. Kate

    I love getting ideas from your blog and LOVE this giveaway! Thanks for introducing us to a place to get beautiful and timeless accessories for our homes.

  413. Kelly

    Thanks so much for the beautiful images – your home is so lovely and cozy. I agree with you and love decorating for fall and winter seasons. I can’t wait to see how you decorate your dining room! I love your chunky tray and glass lanterns – so pretty!

  414. Stephanie

    Such a nice giveaway. Thank you!

  415. Faith

    Getting ready for the holidays is always so fun. Love those lanterns!

  416. jen

    I love how you made it seasonal without allowing it to look like Christmas threw up!

  417. Debbie

    Beautiful! The lanterns are my favorite!

  418. Janis Hill

    What a nice surprise: a lovely giveaway!
    Who wouldn’t be happy with this delightful assortment?

  419. Jennifer

    I’m new to your blog & I love everything I’ve read so far! Thank you for sharing your home with us! I can’t wait to see how you decorate for the holidays.

  420. Nicole Paschall

    I also LOVE decorating for the holidays! Creating space for family and friends to enjoy each other and celebrate the holidays! These accessories are perfect for creating that space!

  421. Michelle Holland

    Love your blog and I also decorate with meaningful things! Some new things from Mary and Martha would be most welcome!
    Blessings! Michelle

  422. Becky H

    I am new here and I love your blog. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  423. Heather

    I absolutely love the & (ampersand) tray! The wood is just so lovely! You are so kind to offer such a great little giveaway! Perfect for the holidays! =)

  424. Cathy

    Wow! So many comments already! I don’t think I will ever win, and what’s more I probably don’t qualify as I live in France… Anyway I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you how inspiring your blog is!

  425. Kathy DeBlasi

    As always your house looks great!

  426. kim b

    I just love all the M & M items from the ceramic cutting board, to the table runner and the lovely home decor.

  427. Kathy

    You are so generous – thanks!

  428. Gail Hunter

    As a fellow Portlander I’ve been cheering for your blog for a long time, and have been inspired by so many of your ideas, and in particular, your sense of hospitality. That easygoing feeling of welcome is what I sense in all of your posts and is my goal in my own home! The Mary & Martha collection is thoughtfully curated and versatile – thanks for the giveaway!

  429. Angela

    Such beautiful products! Would make nesting a joy.

  430. Emily

    Well these trays are delightful. I’ll have to check out more Mary and Martha items!

  431. Donna

    Your home is so beautiful and inviting ! Love the mugs for my morning coffee =)

  432. Lisa Stark

    I love your home and am so inspired by your blog. Can’t wait to check out Mary and Martha. Thank you for the introduction.

  433. Debbie Fitch

    Your home is so lovely. You have a flair for making your home warm and cozy as well as beautiful. Wonderful job.

  434. CareyContrarie

    Love, love, love your home! Makes me “homesick” wishing I was there! I must get your book maybe that will cure me. Thanks for all you do!

  435. Sandy Sayers

    I look forward to seeing what you have posted every day!

  436. Denise Steffie

    Can’t wait to try the cranberry cider! Sounds great!

  437. Geeta Dhain

    I love how the products are versatile and the scriptures always seem fitting

  438. kimBinAK

    Your blog is my new favorite to view for decorating ideas and inspiration for loving and living in my home :) I’ve not heard of Martha & Mary until today and am eager to view their site – thanks so much for this opportunity to add some new beauty to my home!

    Have a Blessed Thanksgiving — kimBinAK

  439. Lou Ann

    Your home is so lovely! Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Love these Mary and Martha items!

  440. Nissa hillock

    I love looking through the images in your home. Great design inspiration for everyday people. Thanks for the opportunity to win these great items.

  441. Rebecca Musser

    What lovely photos of your home. Wouldl love to win!

  442. Dana Everett

    Such beautiful pictures! I love the simpleness, so light with pops of color!

  443. Bethie

    I so look forward to your blog! Very inspirational!

  444. Linda

    I LOVE your blog. You truly inspire me with all your design, decorating and sensability! I so enjoy, as you do, changing the look of our home with the Seasons and it’s a good way to do some thorough cleaning at the same time. Thank you for sharing all your ideas in helping others to live life beautifully and to surround ourselves with what we love.


  445. Lois Glass

    I enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing your home with us. I especially love your kitchen and pantry. oh, and the map wallpaper. Thanks, too, for your enthusiasm for the holidays. It’s contagious!

  446. Andrea G

    Beautiful, love all the photos! Thank you for sharing!

  447. Melinda

    I would love to add some Mary and Martha to my home. I have visited the site often but never taken the plunge! Thank you for the chance!

  448. Mary

    Your blog today is so lovely…. your home just begs visitors to come and sit in your cozy beautiful spaces! I will definitely go visit Mary & Martha now after seeing your gorgeous items from there!! Thanks for the giveaway too!

  449. Holly P.

    I love your blog! You truly have a beautiful, inspiring home!

  450. Courtney

    Timeless and elegant! You give me great ideas!

  451. Amber livermore

    I love how you beautifully displayed your Mary & Martha decor!

  452. Sayee

    Mary & Martha really has some unique and classy items. You have used them beautifully around your house. I would love to shop at Mary & Martha for some of my Christmas gifts!

  453. Karen Mary

    Love the handblown glass. Visit your site almost every day for inspiration! Thanks for the great work and for the opportunity to win a Mary & Martha item!

  454. Sue H.

    Love your blog & home. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of it all. Mary & Martha has beautiful items!

  455. Jen w

    I am new to your blog and I am loving it!!! The Christmas touches are beautiful and doable, can’t wait to see this year’s:) the giveaway is awesome!! Thanks for the chance!!

  456. Elaine Guttmann

    Enjoying your blog! Where are the glass fronted cabinets from?

  457. Sally

    What a beautiful giveaway. Thank you.

  458. Sophia

    I love the glass lanterns! Thank you for the chance to win this amazing giveaway. I love your fall series by the way.

  459. Debbie K.

    I’m crazy about all of the beautiful white platters on your wall with that gorgeously simple Christmas wreath!! Just perfect :)

  460. Mary Jane

    I love your blog and all of your decorating.

  461. jane

    Your home is so warm and inviting. Thanks for sharing it with us. I adore the glass lanterns!

  462. Shirlee McGuire

    Beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  463. Heidi E.

    Love those lanterns! So pretty.

  464. Jennifer C.

    I love this!

  465. Kara

    love your home, thanks for inspiring me

  466. Patty Goodman

    Congratulations on the BHG feature! I often read magazines back to front, so when I got to your feature, I thought, “I’ve seen this house before!” Then realized it was yours! Love the glass lanterns!!

  467. Niki W

    Beautiful photos and inspiration. Mary & Martha is unique.

  468. Trudy L

    Your blog is always a breath of fresh air. And since you live in such a beautiful state, I can understand why you enjoy decorating for the holidays this time of year: it always smells like Christmas there with all those giant fir trees everywhere!

  469. Bridget H.

    You’ve inspired me to dress up our kitchen window with a swag of garland and some fresh holly. The last image in this series has me seriously thinking about painting the legs of our kitchen stools green – love that color and just what we need to break up all of the oak cabinets until we can do a full refresh. Am now off to browse M&M for more great ideas! Thanks

  470. Denise R.

    Peaceful, cozy & Inviting.

  471. Mary Lee

    Have never heard of Mary & Martha but love what I see in your home. On my way over to check out their site.

  472. MarySue

    I love and appreciate the inspiration you share. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.

  473. Teri

    In the middle of a move this holiday season so I appreciate a few simple tips I can incorporate and put me in a celebratory mood! Cranberry cider sounds heavenly!

  474. kathy

    Love your blog! Great giveaway too. Can’t wait for your books to come out.

  475. Lori

    Pops of red are SO festive. We do the same thing and I always miss it come January!

  476. Lisa Mothersead

    That first picture was so inviting! Visitors to your home are very lucky. Love the Mary and Martha items. I have ivory stoneware that I use for everything. The set is so perfect. Happy Thanksgiving!

  477. Robyn

    Love your blog and home! Also love the Mary & Martha items!!

  478. Bonnie thompson

    Love the Mary and Martha products.

  479. Debbie Eide

    Thanks for sharing with us and I love Martha & Mary products too!

  480. Amy Brown

    You absolutely have the perfect name. I AM inspired!!!

  481. Karen

    Really love the simplicity of your blog! Thank you for sharing such cozy ideas!

  482. Tanya

    Wow what an inspiration! O love give aways ! Thank you!

  483. Antoinette

    Melissa! your house is so beautiful :) Fav blog ever. The glass lanterns are stunning! :)

  484. Regina

    What beautiful things to choose from! Great giveaway.

  485. Renae

    I love beautiful things and clever words! The Inspired Room give me that every day! Love………..

  486. Donna @ More Than Hungry

    I was able to see much of the Mary and Martha line at the Allume Conference and fell in love with it! Thank you for your simple attainable design sense. Less is proven to be more in your beautiful inspiring rooms.

  487. Lucille

    Your blog is inspiring and makes me think of new ways to use unique pieces.

  488. Amber

    you have inspired me to purge and nest to get ready for christmas decorating!

  489. Trisha

    Beautiful inspiration. I absolutely love the lateens.

  490. Stephanie Coiro

    I just love your blog and your beautiful photos. Your photos give me such inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity to win such gorgeous items. Look forward to your blog every day!

  491. Linda David

    Love these items! You always have the neatest accessories in your house, and I always enjoy seeing your house.

  492. Lois

    Beautiful and inspiring ideas on your site!
    Thanks and just want to say thanks for recommending
    Lysa Tyrkeust;s book ‘The Best Yes’. SO Good!
    The Mary and Martha products are gorgeous!

  493. Tamara

    Oh my goodness…..I stopped halfway through your post to go look at the Martha & Mary website. And then to read to the bottom to see that you are sponsoring a giveaway? Wow! Would really love to win this – everything is beautiful!

  494. Tracy C

    I loooove the beautiful lanterns! Thank you for opening your home to us, I love to see what’s changed!

  495. Yvonne

    Love all the Mary & Martha touches!

  496. Laurie

    Oh, oh, oh……I just love everything!

  497. Lydia

    I’ve loved your blog for years. Haven’t commented much the past few years, mostly a lurker once a month or so. Life just gets busy and I don’t read or blog the way I’d like. Thanks for sharing about the Mary & Martha items, I’m off to shop the site! Also, we are picking up our goldendoodle next week, eeeek!!! So excited about meeting our sweet new girl, Daisy. Love following Jack on FB.

  498. Sue

    I absolutely love your blog. It’s simple yet very classy and sophisticated. Thank you for introducing Mary and Martha product line to us. Beautiful, classic pieces that can be used year round. Loved it!

  499. Robin

    I love how cozy your house is. Mine is not there yet but I’m working towards that goal.

  500. Cyndee

    Ooooo! I am so ready to start decorating for Christmas! Thanks for the inspiration and the eye candy!

  501. Katie

    I love the blog and I love the products!! I hope to win.

  502. Pat Roth

    Its hard to know when to be a Mary and when to be a Martha……. Love the blog.

  503. Judy

    Love your website and your wonderful ideas. I’m so excited that I have a chance to win the Mary and Martha items. They would look beautiful in my home. God bless you! Judy

  504. Sherri F.

    You always inspire me! My daughter just recently told me about Mary and Martha. Wonderful items and what great gifts!

  505. Angie

    Love the hand blown glass lanterns and I love your blog!
    Thanks for sharing,

  506. Kimberly White

    I love your blog and your decorating style!

  507. Judy Clay

    I love your blog and your home. You’re an inspiration!

  508. Megan

    Beautiful as always! Thanks for giving me some fun ideas.

  509. April was in CT now CA

    You’ve inspired me to do some nesting around my own house, so beautiful!

  510. KatE

    You make me want to run up and organize my closet right now! Love your home.

  511. Carol Bicknell

    Your house is so warm and charming. I am in love with those lanterns.
    I use many lanterns in each and every room of my home! Have a very
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  512. Jane

    I enjoy reading here and I’m looking forward to the book(s)! Happy Fall!

  513. Kim

    Love your blog and your book! Thanks for the nesting inspiration–simple and lovely!

  514. Joni

    Love your blog and I’m going to the Mary and Martha website now to browse.

  515. Kathy A

    Just found your blog and I am loving going through old posts!

  516. Elaine

    Loved this post! Great idea for a hospitality station. I am sure your little gatherings are truly spectacular. Will look forward to seeing your holiday décor this season. I always enjoy your posts.

    Definitely checking out Mary & Martha. Looks like I would enjoy shopping their site. Did someone say Chalkboard? *sigh*

  517. Kim

    This cold weather is really bringing out the nesting instinct. Thanks for the inspiration.

  518. Carolyn

    Love everything in this post, time to start decorating!

  519. Amy Moran

    What a great opportunity to win some really lovely gifts. Thank you.

  520. Sara Valnes

    I resently found your blog and started following it. We are now homeowners and always looking for inspiration to make it our own cozy place. Love your website!

  521. Razzle

    Always enjoy seeing your pictures. Love it!

  522. Christine

    I love your style and your home is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it.

  523. Elaine Hankins

    Your home is lovely… inspiring!

  524. Brenda Porter

    Your potos are beautiful!

  525. Betsy Kornelis

    I love your festive, but simple holiday touches. I’m inspired how you’ve made your home look Christmas-y, but not over the top. Can’t wait to see how you pull it together this year. Also, just love your kitchen renovation!

  526. Missy Birkhead

    Thanks for introducing me to Mary & Martha site. Love their deco pieces. Going to check out their website.

  527. Tanya Peshovich

    I love the two lemon Cyprus in your kitchen window. Did you have any difficulty taking care of them? I have one in a container by my front door and it has begun getting brown on the edges. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong.

  528. Carma

    Your home is beautiful, and would make visitors feel so welcome! Love the items from Mary & Martha!

  529. Lisa Suit

    I love how you have your home decorated! Also, I have had my eye on the “&” tray for awhile now!

  530. Marilyn

    Hi Melissa, Reading this post, I had a serious case of house envy, which I had to quickly stifle. Your home is beautiful–and getting prettier all of the time. I live in a very small home, with no dining room–but it’s paid for! I’m grateful for God’s blessings. Thanks for this fun giveaway. I especially love the lantern. I think I’ll head over now to check out Mary and Martha. Thanks again.

  531. Jenn

    I think the glass lanterns are so lovely. I think candles serve as a wonderful reminder to soak in the moment and slow down. Thank you for sharing!

  532. Sharon G

    Thanks for sharing your creativity, for introducing us to Mary & Martha, and for the giveaway opportunity.
    Blessings to you!

  533. Beth B.

    How fun! I was invited to a Mary and Martha party earlier this fall. So many beautiful items. I especially like the candle lanterns.

  534. Erin

    Love your site, so inspiring!

  535. Joanne

    It’s that time again. I just finished decorating my house and wrapping gifts this weekend. I’m going in for surgery the beginning of Dec. so I have to be very organized this year. I love the all the simple touches you add for that cozy feel. Mary & Martha have such beautiful decor items. No wonder you have several throughout your house.

  536. Barb

    Every blog of yours makes me look at my house with fresh eyes. That can be good and bad!! It gets my decorating mind going and sometimes simply moving things into different rooms changes everything! Thanks for your inspiration.

  537. Vivian

    I am new to your website and really enjoying all your fresh ideas.

  538. Helena

    Your home invokes such a feeling of serenity! Thank you for sharing the Mary and Martha website….love the beautiful glass lanterns.

  539. Anne Hatton

    Other than when my one of my four sons emails me, receiving your blog is my favorite email to click on at the end of the my day! When I see it come in my “in” box, I smile because it gives me incentive to get through my work related emails so I can sit down with a warm drink (currently it is cider), a sweet treat, and read about the different projects you are working on or admire how your display your beautiful things. You are down to earth, humble and I never feel intimidated that since I don’t have the gift of decorating, I’m not ‘welcome’ in your home. Thank you for brightening my days. I missed the emails the past several weeks-so much that I thought I would comment here to let you know how much I appreciate your blog.

  540. Heather

    Thank you for the inspiration. I like the small weath in the kitchen window. I’m motivated to start nesting in my own home now. I’m due for a little freshing up.

  541. Denise Joiner

    Love this collection and hope to win!!!

  542. BamaCarol

    What beautiful ideas you have for us. I love the lanterns and thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  543. Lisa B.

    What a super-duper giveaway … Thanks!! You’re blog is mega-amazing! My family and I recently moved into an adorable house that is bursting with personality — but needs some major spruce-n-shine! That M&M loot would surely do the trick! : )

  544. JennyA

    Your beautiful home is so inspiring, thanx for the giveaway opportunity!

  545. Angela

    Thank you for the beautiful inspiration! I love the way you use trays to layer in your decor! Must put Mary & Martha on my short list…

  546. linda

    I love the simple but oh so lovely and festive decor. Must check out Mary and Martha to see what else they have. We are going back to basics and simple…lots of red and plaid. Okay, more than usual and less fussy. Can’t help myself! I feel inspired and look forward to the day after Thanksgiving! I love Christmas. Thanks!

  547. Judy

    I love all of your beautiful decorating. Feels so warm,happy and a fun place. Always interesting!!i love the Mary and Martha. Thanks for sharing❤️

  548. Timberly

    i can’t wait to try the pumpkin squares recipe. Thanks!

  549. Rebecca @ Hello Creative Blog

    Oh goodness I love how warm your home looks!! I can’t wait to start decorating. :)

  550. Heather

    I cannot wait to read your book!!!

  551. Kelly

    Hard to imagine the holidays are upon us!

  552. Gail

    I always love your home, no matter the season. It is creative, and it inspires me. I am excited about Mary&Martha…….

  553. Jami

    Thanks for sharing your great ideas AND sources!

  554. Robin

    I absolutely love your decorating ideas! When your e-mails weren’t showing up in my inbox I really missed them and am so glad that the glitch was fixed. All is well….

  555. Gail

    Lovely home. It gives me so many creative ideas. Doesn’t matter the season, it is always inspiring……

  556. Jill K.

    Heading over to check out their site now. Thanks!

  557. Emily Lammers


  558. Amy

    Always enjoy your posts! I just discovered Mary & Martha and would love to win a treat!

  559. Linda

    Great stuff! Pick me!

  560. Jessica Moore

    Love your house!

  561. Steph B

    Such great taste and such great pieces. Thank you for the inspiration!

  562. Niki

    Family, Friends, Festivities. I would love to have these gifts for holiday gatherings!

  563. Megan Sanders

    I had already clicked over to their website to check out the pretties before I finished reading the whole post, so I was super excited to scroll down adn see the giveaway. I hope I get picked!

  564. Caroline

    Simply beautiful!

  565. Lolo

    If Mary and Martha would bring some warmth and coziness into our home, that would be wonderful!

  566. Julie

    Love reading your blog. Good luck with your books. Love the dark Christmas wreath against the white wall.

  567. Dawn B.

    Love the pop of color with the red bows!

  568. Debbi

    Thanks for inspiring us to make our homes beautiful for our families and all who enter!

  569. Diann

    Thanks for sharing. I love that tray!!!

  570. Andrea E.

    Your home is so beautiful! This giveaway is awesome – love the Bible verse attached to the candle!

  571. Lynn M

    Oh, that stool with the green legs is sweet. I love lusting after all the adorable things on your blog. Thanks for the chance to win.

  572. Eileen W

    Your giveaways are amazing! Sure don’t find stuff like this in my neck of the woods (southern Ontario Canada) It would truly be one of a kind in my home. Thanks for opening your home to us and passing along some great ideas!

  573. Kelly W.

    Everything is beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration always!

  574. Peggy

    Hi! Please enter me in the drawing!!

  575. Eileen

    Your giveaways are amazing! I sure don’t find stuff like that in my neck of the woods (southern Ontario Canada) They would truly be one of a kind in my home. Thanks for letting us into your home and sharing some awesome ideas. I like my stuff but I like your better–makes me want to start decorating all over again!

  576. Tanya Phillips

    Beautiful. Thanks so much for all of the inspiration

  577. Sherry

    Beautiful home. Love the lanterns.

  578. Mary

    Love your blog and your home is lovely. Thanks for the giveaway.

  579. Erin Clouse

    I adore that little chalkboard home sign. What a fun little kitchen it sits in too.

  580. Marie

    You have a beautiful home. Thanks for all the inspiration!!!

  581. Heidi Reece

    Beautiful! Your home looks great.

  582. Tanya Hulbert

    I’ve really been enjoying your emails in my inbox. So glad I signed up! We just put subway tile in our kitchen and noticed all the lovely subway tile in your kitchen. Thanks for this great chance at the giveaway! I will be checking out Mary and Martha’s site, soon. So, so lovely.

  583. Mindy

    Everything looks so festive and welcoming. I’ll be over for some of that cider! :)

  584. Peggy

    Last year at this time our home was under construction for a major remodel so we were cooking and living out of our dining room and downstairs powder room. Christmas breakfast was our first meal in the new space! We had lived in a cramped 1976 kitchen for 18 years and longed for some openness with simple lines. Finally the stars aligned and we were able to make this happen last year! Somewhere along the way I stumbled on Inspired Home and became even more inpired. The photos and products influenced our final decisions. (bamboo blinds, white subway tile, gray tones on lower cabinets) so now I type from our extended family room which is open, welcoming, and fills my soul with joy. Thank you Inspired Home and Melissa for sharing your ideas. I follow very few blogs but your’s is worthwhile and I always appreciate your sponsors. I just perused Mary and Martha and love how their products create a feeling a warmth for every day living.

  585. Deb Teitzel

    Love the tray with tea supplies on it. Now, that’s inviting! Thanks for all your great ideas.

  586. marlyss

    Love the blog….and all of your Loving Fall inspirations:)

  587. Cathy Mapes

    Love, love, love the feeling of your blog. Authentic, charming, and soooo appealing ! Fun too, and that’s important !!! Looking forward to your new books and thanking you in advance for sharing all you do with us :) The give-away choices are lovely !! Can’t wait to have them in my home.

  588. Maria

    great ideas…can’t wait to get the house ready for next week!

  589. Ana

    I love the glass lanterns and the big & sign – everything looks beautiful! Love following you!!!

  590. Lyzz

    Thanks for always sharing your sources for beautiful things!

  591. Meagan

    What beautiful meaningful items. Thank you for the opportunity to take some home!

  592. Julie

    Love, love, love your decor ideas! The glass hurricanes, tray and chunky candlesticks are awesome! I also really like your charcoal cabinets!

  593. rosa

    So lovely! Would really appreciate the glass lantern to cozy up my home for the holidays and all year long.

  594. Robin Albanese

    Thanks for this precious post! So good to see you in my inbox again :)

  595. Heidi

    Your home is just my style. I love it!

  596. Rebecca TerMeer

    I so enjoy looking at your blog. It is filled with such love and thoughtfulness. I was also looking for a yummy hot cider so I am going to try yours!

  597. Lisa

    I love your blog. Your home is so cozy and inviting.

  598. Vanessa

    These are all so lovely! It is so nice to get your posts in my inbox again.

  599. Donna

    I so admire your decorating taste. Everything you put your hand to seems to leave behind beauty and purpose in your choices. Plus I love your minimalist style. The Mary & Martha items are so beautiful!

  600. Dana

    I always leave your blog feeling so inspired! Thank you!

  601. Tracy M

    Your blog is always so inspiring. I love Christmas too! The Mary and Martha items are wonderfful!

  602. Sandy Jacobson

    It always a treat to visit your blog . . . love your home, love your style! I heart the lanterns from Mary and Martha :O) Hope you are having a wonderful holiday!

  603. Sharon

    I just recently found out about Mary and Martha. They have some beautiful things! Thanks for the chance.

  604. Patti Rae

    It looks beautiful!

  605. Laurie

    Love the & tray. Would be a perfect gift for my daughter in law!

  606. Missy

    Everything looks so beautiful! It feels so homey!

  607. Laura

    I’ve never heard of them. Looking forward to checking out their website and getting some new ideas!

  608. Maureen Duffy

    I am in love with those lanterns. So versatile and festive. After looking at the site I sent the link yo my husband as a small Christmas hint.

  609. Julie {Lilacs & Longhorns}

    You have put me in the mood to nest with all of your inspiring photos! I always love seeing your home all set for the fall and the holidays. Love the Mary & Martha lanterns…I can see why people are always commenting on them!
    Happy Holidays!

  610. Liz Noetzel

    Loved waking up to learn about Mary and Martha, thank you for sharing them with us! Your home and your blog are awesome!

  611. Amy Daisy

    Love your holiday touches especially those lanterns.

  612. Laura Kyer

    love, love, love Mary & Martha!!!

  613. Anna

    Wow, so many comments! I have recently found your blog & I’m really enjoying it.

  614. Joanne S

    Wow! Love your entry way and those blown glass lanterns. Very pretty and inviting. ~Joanne

  615. Vicky Stoddart

    Filling out my gift list from Mary and Martha will make everyone so pleased they will become new customers!

  616. Gail

    I’m so glad I discovered your blog this summer. I love the feel of your house. I’m going to try your Mulled cranberry apple cider this Friday when a couple of friends come over. And now I have to go check out the Mary and Martha site!

  617. Becky B

    Your home is absolutely AMAZING!!! I would LOVE to win something from Mary and Martha!!
    I have a ton of amazing ideas to decorate my home, but can’t afford to put them into place right now unfortunately.
    I love your blog and always look forward to your emails!

  618. Rose Ann

    Love your light and airy home, and the way you use every day items to spruce up for holidays. Heading over to check out the Mary and Martha site.

  619. Ellen

    I love how warm and inviting you make your home feel. Thanks for sharing your sources for such wonderful products like those from Mary and Martha!

  620. Kristen

    What darling pieces! I’m going to check out Mary and Martha, and also try your cranberry apple cider!

  621. Valerie H

    Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us!

  622. Denise kass

    I just love peeking into your house. It is so warm and invitng and clean and airy. My taste is so similar so it gives me comfort to feel that I’m in such good company! Oh yes, lanterns and chalkboard tray…. I need them now! I have to tell you for the umptienth time how much I love your blog!!!! Merci! Happy wonderful Thanjsgiving‼️

  623. Gina

    LOVE the Mary & Martha items! Going to use some of your holiday decorating ideas. Thanks!

  624. Marie Valum

    Love your home, it’s so warm and inviting!

  625. Susan

    I love reading your blog and find a lot of inspiration for my own decor. I am looking forward to your book coming out! Thank you for sharing!

  626. Jackie O

    As a M & M consultant I can attest to having a job where God comes first is a true blessing n getting to share Him with others is the icing on the cake! Thank you for opening up ur home n sharing all of ur creative ideas. Have a blessed n bright holidays.

  627. Jennifer Jackson

    I loved all the things in the giveaway especially the lantern.

  628. lynn s

    Love, love, love the Martha and Mary shop and had never heard of them before! Would be honored and tickled to have Mand M items in my home! Fingers crossed!

  629. Gail

    Your home is lovely, no matter the season. Excited to check out Mary & Martha.

  630. Pam

    Your home is beautiful. Love mary&martha. Would love to win this giveaway!

  631. Marni R

    What a lovely surprise giveaway! I just love your home. I am going to paint my walls with horizontal stripes one day – guaranteed!

  632. Erika

    So much inspiration gathered in one place! The Mary and Martha products look amazing. Always a joy to stop by and breath in some lovely inspiration from your blog.

  633. Jennifer

    LOVE your decorating style, such an inspiration!

  634. Lindsay

    Just today I found yuor blog through Pinterest Thanks for sharing all this homemaking goodness–and hosting the giveaway of beautiful house adornments!

  635. Rebecca Staton

    Just stumbled on this site and LOVE IT…my new favorite. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!!! I have just moved and am excited to decorate my home.

  636. Laura

    Your home is beautiful! I love the Mary & Martha items- I’m excited to check out their site!

  637. Kathy @ In Quiet Places Devotions

    With all the Christmas touches around your home already, when will you tell us what you are doing for your tree this year, or is it already up and hidden out of sight?

    I am making pumpkin cheese bars this weekend for my class at church, looking forward to it!

  638. Karen

    Melissa – I LOVE your blog – I’ve been sneaking over to check it out for a couple years now. I’ve contemplated starting a blog cuz I love decor, cooking and anything DIY, but working outside the house full time I just don’t have time to devote – that’s what retirement will be for. I love the Mary and Martha giveaway and would cherish them if I’m the lucky one!

  639. LAuren hail

    Love your blog! I look forward to every post.

  640. Annette


    First, I love your adorable doggies. I love seeing pictures of them in your blog. Second, your decorating is such an inspiration to me. I have made drastic lifestyle changes in order to stay home with my children to homeschool them. Our income has dropped significantly and I have a hard time motivating myself to decorate for the holidays or just change things around. I love looking at the pictures of your blog and the reminders of being a” keeper of the home” you express so beautifully and practically that is very attainable for someone like me. God bless you for the many blessings you share with others…

  641. Kelaine

    I am inspired!!!

  642. Joey Carnes

    I love the way the wreath looks against the white wall!

  643. Tracey

    What a generous and beautiful giveaway!

  644. Michelle Davies

    I love all the little touches you do to your home to make it so festive!

  645. Colleen

    Just love seeing how you decorate your home this time of year. I am really loving those hand blown glass lanterns!

  646. Linda F.

    I just LOVE your inspiring website. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!!

  647. Diana

    I love Mary & Martha products. God everywhere! Reminds me of Deut. 6

  648. Jessi Kyte

    Thank you for opening up your home and sharing! Very beautiful and welcoming! God bless!

  649. Dawn

    I love your blog and just want to thank you for sharing and inspiring me with your beautiful home! Those blown glass lanterns look gorgeous on your bookcases, so cozy and perfect!

  650. kristin

    Great giveaway!

  651. Barb L.

    Love your style – on your blog and in your home!

  652. corinne keith

    Thanks for introducing us to Mary & Martha. Have already enjoyed there website.

  653. Ruth

    Your home looks gorgeous the way you decorated for Christmas. I have not even started to think about decorating for Christmas yet. Your post has inspired me. The giveaways are gorgeous!

  654. Erin P

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with this Christmas! Thanks for the opportunity! Happy holidays!

  655. Faye Scharber

    Love reading your blog–you have such a beautiful clean style! Love the Mary & Martha accents.

  656. Stephanie Wentzel

    So pretty!!!

  657. Hannah R.