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Do you see it? That little book on my shelf with my name on it? Y’all. I WROTE A BOOK AND IT IS HERE IN MY OFFICE! It’s not released yet so don’t worry, you haven’t missed it. But soon! March 31! I held it in my hands for the first time yesterday. Honestly, it feels like I just had a baby that I’ve been waiting for so long to see!

Eight years ago, in January of 2007, I started The Inspired Room as a decorating business to help other women create a home they loved, right where they were with what they already had. I had been passionate about creating a beautiful home, one that wasn’t for show, but rather for beautiful living. You see, while I enjoyed decorating my home and making things around me more lovely, I was really more into how it felt to live there. I wanted my home to feel beautiful to me. I didn’t care about trends or shopping or decorating for show. I saw my home as my sanctuary and I wanted others to feel that same sense of peace with their home.

It brought me joy to improve my home and take care of it, but I didn’t have a big budget to buy new things nor did I have the patience or skill to DIY or craft them. I loved to surround myself with things that were meaningful. That was my thing, embracing authenticity and simple beauty in my home. In July, I started the blog on a whim. The Inspired Room blog was a unique mix of all the topics I felt were important to finding contentment at home. I’ve stayed true to that mission.

Never in a million years did I imagine that more than a few of you would ever be out there reading or sharing this journey with me all these years later! AHHH!!! I just can’t even believe it! Much to my surprise, my rambling stories, thoughts, ideas, and imperfections resonated with fellow house-lovers!

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At first there were just a few readers out there, somewhere, in the big black universe.

I shared more of my heart and what embracing authenticity and finding contentment with my home meant to me.

Many of you returned, saying you feel the same way or that you were encouraged to try new things or to see your home in a new way.

You became my friends. Blogging wasn’t about posting pretty pictures or projects, it was simply about sharing the experience of creating a home and going through life one blog post at a time (with nearly eight years of updates, that’s a lot of posts!)

Many of you have been here through the ups and downs, the move to the house I have now, and the very slow process of creating this place I now call home.

Two years ago, you all gave me the courage to put those years of home stories, experiences, those simple but meaningful ideas, and those bits of encouragement into a book. A real life, hold it in your hand BOOK. This first book (which is the first of eight!), Love The Home You Have, was born after years of forming of a philosophy that was shaped through six different houses, nearly twenty years of homemaking and so many years of blogging.

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This is the message I am passionate about.

This is the encouragement I need to remind myself of along the journey of creating a home, because I know how freeing, empowering and inspiring it is to love the home you have even when it isn’t always in its most lovable state. The foundational things I share in this book are what inspire ME to remember to show love to my home whenever I lose my way.

After this book, this fall, my second book (The Inspired Room) will be released. That book is going to be special in its own way too (a full color coffee table book!) and will expand upon the foundation of this first book. I can’t wait to share more about it soon.

Below you can see our happy faces posing with the book right after we opened it and held it for the first time! My daughter Courtney has been such a huge help to me through this process of book writing, I don’t know how I would have gotten through all this hard work without her! Her input was invaluable. I wanted this message to encourage her as she starts her home journey as much as it inspires me to keep on keeping on! We both put our hearts into this to make sure it was the gift we wanted to offer others, too.

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Until yesterday, it was still a book I could only read online, in an electronic PDF. I still couldn’t actually believe it was real, until I opened that package Monday and held it in my own hands. Friends, IT IS BEAUTIFUL! My publisher and the artist did an amazing job at creating a book that is SO special!

It’s a paperback book of encouraging words, but it’s also an extraordinarily fun and happy two-color book filled with meaningful and pretty hand-drawn quotes and sweet little illustrations. The cover is so soft and smooth, the letters and art are embossed and it feels like a dream! It isn’t just beautiful though, it’s TOUCHABLE. While you can preorder this book in electronic form, it’s really the kind of book you want to have in real life, to put on your shelf, to set on your nightstand, to curl up with by the fire. I can’t stop hugging it, stroking it, and taking photos of it from every angle! It’s just cute.

Okay, that almost sounded like the crazy cat lady. But it’s true, I love it so much I want to put little bows on it. And set it in a basket. And put it on a rainbow. And put it in my bed. :)

I can’t wait until you all can hold it in your own hands, too. The photos cannot do it justice.

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I just wanted to thank you all again for your support on this wild journey. I have several more quite exciting things I created especially for you that I can reveal in the coming weeks (eek!). This whole experience really would not be the same without you to share it with.

One thing I’m really excited to share is that Barnes & Noble is offering you guys an AMAZING deal on the preorder of Love the Home You Have on March 9 and 10th! How does 50% off the print version sound?!!!!! SERIOUSLY, that is amazing and a rare opportunity. I know they don’t offer that kind of deal often. In fact, it’s a one time deal on this book. It’s a two day only sale so I will remind you as it gets closer so you won’t miss it. It would be a wonderful time to buy yourself and a friend a book, or stock up for gifts for a new bride or homeowner! :)

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***Giveaway is now closed!!!***

I’m SO grateful to everyone who has offered their help to make sure this book gets out into the world. If you are able to share on your own social media, emails, or with friends and family about the book or the 50% off sale, that would be SO AMAZING!!! Soon I’ll be sharing a link to fun artwork and downloadable quotes from the book that you can use for yourself and to help me to spread the word about the book. Thank you!

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  1. Sounds like you have 4 children … 2 girls, a boy, and a book! Congratulations.

  2. Tracey DiGregorio says

    What a great idea for a book! I want to fall in love with my house again like when we purchased it 10 years ago!

  3. Heather L. says

    SO excited for this book! Congratulations!!!

  4. Always love your blog posts and would love to check out your book!

  5. How exciting! I love the cover. I draws me in and makes me want to pick it up and read it!

  6. Can’t wait to pre-order! My step-mother (she’s 82) has lamented in the past that she wants to help women love their homes, that the home is a sanctuary, that they should love it the way it is and be patient with making improvements over time. I always tell her about my “blog lady that I read,” who feels just the same way and is now even coming out with a REAL LIVE book about it. We’ve had this discussion more than once, because she is so passionate about homes and decorating. I’m ordering two books – one for her and one for my own bookshelf. Can’t wait! Oh, I think I need one for my sister, too, and a dear friend who decorates, and her young daughter, and …. I don’t have a blog, but if I did, your book would be promoted on it!

  7. Ah, contentment, on of the hardest human virtues to cultivate!

  8. I would love to have a copy of your book!

  9. YAY!!! Congrats! Can’t wait to read! My baby is Maeve Vintage – A vintage rental company out of Fort Wayne Indiana. :)

  10. Heather B . says

    So excited for this book! Love the cover, can’t wait to read what’s inside.

  11. Melissa I can’t wait to read your book! I wish I had found you soon after we bought our second house (you weren’t blogging yet :) and I was really struggling with how to make that house my home! I have learned so much reading your blog through the years. You have truly been an inspiration:) – Tara

  12. Anne Marie says

    Congrats to you and to my favorite blog – you are so inspiring. Can’t wait to see your book – hope I am a lucky winner!

  13. Jennifer says

    Would love to preorder your book! Thanks for the opportunity to win too! Now please book your flight and help me with my home in Boise! Lol. Thank you!

  14. Melissa, congratulations! I’m sure you were thrilled to hold the book in your hands, and see what all of your hard work had created!

  15. Congratulations!! Can’t wait to read your book!

  16. Crystal Teehan says

    Excited for your book and congratulations for such an accomplishment! I absolutely love your blog because of its authenticity and the soul that I can feel in your home through your pictures! Your style is not staged and cluttered, and I love the fact that you use the same accessories over and over again and they seem to always fit perfectly wherever you place them. You are an example and inspiration to me, a young mom and wife who is also a lover of all things home especially my own!

  17. Anticipating reading your beautiful new book! Congratulations!

  18. I’m fairly new to your blog but I enjoy your posts very much. Congratulations on your book! I love my home and feel as you do, I decorate it for myself. It’s my sanctuary and refuge and I love to change things out and enjoy the process and the finish. Congratulations once again.

  19. Shely McBride says

    I enjoy your blog very much, and can’t wait to read your book! Congratulations!!

  20. Congratulations! You set goals and made them happen!!

    I have yet to totally learn to love the house I have with its bags of potential, but also leaky plumbing, insufficient structural support, antiquated wiring and lack of ventilation. But we love the location, the yard, the quirky retro bathrooms and kitchen, and size.

  21. I love your blog, can’t wait to read through the book! Thank you!

  22. I am new to your blog–in the last 6 months or so and thoroughly enjoy it. My home is also my sanctuary. I have a large hand painted sign in my living room that is lettered with it….”my SANCTUARY”. Can’t wait for your book. I’m very excited for you!

  23. Maggie L says

    Congrats! What a huge accomplishment! Pat yourself on the pat becuase, you done good girl!

    PS… pick me ;)

  24. Mindy mason says

    Looks like a wonderful read!!!! Congratulations!

  25. I can’t wait to read your book, Melissa! We will be out of town on the preorder days but that won’t stop me from getting a copy. Congratulations!

  26. Just by reading the book’s title invites me to read it! Can’t wait :)

  27. I will definitely be checking out your new book! I’m really looking forward to it. :)

  28. Kathy DeBlasi says

    Your blog posts are always one of the top 3 I click on first. I love the simplicity of your decorating and writing style. I can always count on your blog posts to stay true to your blog’s focus and direction. I am sure your book will to. Congratulations on your success as a writer!

  29. How exciting, congratulations Melissa. I can’t wait to read your book and look forward to the next one too.

  30. I love your blog and your home! I can’t wait to read the book!

  31. Congratulations! Great idea for a book.

  32. Congratulations, Melissa!!! I can’t wait to get my hands on your new book- I LOVE the cover- it is adorable:)

  33. Michele Laramay says

    Congratulations! So exciting for you!

  34. I have just recently begun to look at our house as our home. In the past, because there were so many things that needed fixed or updated, I started thinking in terms of what all needed done so we could put it on the market. As a result, it has never felt quite like a home. I’m not sure how the transition in my heart took place but I’d be very interested in reading your book.

  35. I love your blog and now can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of your book! So happy for you–congratulations!

  36. Melissa M. says

    Congratulations! Looking forward to reading your book!

  37. Robin White says

    We designed and built our home 19 years ago to fit the needs of a young, growing family and it was a great place to fulfill that purpose. However, as our youngest child of our five heads off to college this fall, I find my thoughts turning to ways we can adapt our home to be a welcoming place for our adult offspring as well as their future spouses and grandkids. I love your style, your work, and mostly your attitude!

  38. Eeeeeek! Congratulations!!! I’m so excited for you– almost as if your book-baby were my niece or nephew! Does that sound too wierd? Lol… while it may not be the same as a tiny human, you are still finally able to hold in your hands the labor of love you’ve travailed over for so long! And I can’t wait to read it! :)

  39. Cynthia LeBlanc says

    Congratulations! Looking forward to savoring your book and adding it to my library.

  40. Congratulations!! The book looks great and I can’t wait to read it. I enjoy your blog daily.

  41. Jennifer Thompso says

    Can’t wait to get a copy! Congratulations!

  42. Cheryl Miller says

    Congratulations! I love your blog and I’m sure I will love your book just as much!

  43. Susan Lauer says

    I love your style and can’t wait for your book (baby)! Congratulations…I know it will be a great success!

  44. Nikki Simmerson says

    I can’t wait to read your new book! My husband and I just moved into our first home and your website has given me plenty of ideas, so I can’t wait to see what is waiting inside the pages of the book! Cheers!

  45. Cynthia Penta says

    Yay! Congratulations on your achievement! I love how your heart & soul transcends into your home. Everyday living combined with attainable decorating and organization. I’m looking forward to reading it in paperback form now too!

  46. I am excited to read your new book “Love The Home You Have”, I am in a place where I am simplifying every aspect of my life so I can be more aware and grateful for what I have. Congrats on publishing your book, sit in this moment and enjoy it!

  47. Congratulations! I can only imagine how it feels like you gave birth to another child. Lots of work but so worth it! Can’t wait to read it since I love your style and your wonderful attitude.

  48. Thank you SO very much for the approach you take and the message you send! We can not all have homes that look like Pottery Barn catalogs, not would we really want them I think. It sure is easy to get caught up in that marketing, though.

    15 years ago my husband and I embarked on a project to remodel a home. He’s a contractor, but quickly lost interest in the reno, leaving me to do what I could by myself, 3 children in tow. The economy soon tanked and I had no choice but to feather a nest with what I had and what I could do on my own.

    You are truly and inspiration and a grounding, both at once.

  49. Congrats on your book. It has such an inviting appeal. This is one of those books that you will want to not only have, but also have set out for others to see. So many of my clients tell me that they just want to get their home back. I am sure you will have a successful pre-sale.

  50. Can’t wait

  51. Sharifa Abdul-Wahid says

    Congratulations! As so many before me have said, I’ve followed your blog and taken much inspiration from all that you’ve shared. Your thoughtfulness shines through your writing and the pictures you post. Well done you!

    As an aside, we’ve moved a lot over the years, but one of the first things I learned was to make whatever house we were in, the HOME that we loved. My children, now grown, have all incorporated that same philosophy into the life they share with their families!

  52. Mary Ann says

    I am eager to read your book. It’s been 5 years since we built our dream home and it doesn’t feel right yet. I am rethinking all my decisions and keep tweaking furnishings, etc., but don’t feel it’s there yet!

  53. The book looks great! And fun!!

  54. SueinMtVernon says

    Your blog is such a source of inspiration to me as I try to make my childhood home into “my” home. I feel a bit disrespectful to my parents in wanting to change things up, but I keep telling myself that this is what they would want me to do. I cannot wait to get my copy of your book — and winning one would just be awesome! Thanks so much !

  55. Congratulations on having your dream come true ! Your new book is a must have for my collection .

  56. Karen Nardi says

    Congratulations! Enjoy your blog very much and looking forward to your book!

  57. Timberly says

    congratulations on your new book!

  58. Congratulations! I’d love to read your book and couldn’t agree more that making people comfortable and welcome is the whole point. People forget all of the little details what they remember is how you made them feel. :)

  59. Congrats! I would love to have this book :)

  60. What a wonderful inspiring story! I’m a new subscriber and LOVE the blog!! You’ve given me SO many ideas already & you’re mantra resonates w/ me completely. I’ve always said God can’t bless you w/ more until you take care of what you have. So love the home you have really hits home w/ me. Congrats on the book!

  61. Janet Barber says

    I am so excited to get this book! I hope you pick me!

  62. HI Melissa! Love, love, love your blog! I don’t comment as much as I should :) but I so enjoy your posts. I have been reading blogs for a long time, and even tried my hand at it (wow, the work)!! What I most enjoy about your blog is that it has stayed classic. I can feel your heart about your home, you really do inspire us to love our homes, to embrace the gift that home is. Sometimes I drool over gorgeous photos and get totally discouraged that I can’t get that look. But then I come and read something here that inspires me all over again! Thank you for what you do, looking forward to your book!!

  63. barbara L. says

    looking forward to your first book

  64. Congratulations on the book!! Need to read…I’m one of those decorators who needs all the help they can get :)

  65. Stevi Newmann says

    Im not sure how I found your blog or your Instgram..But I am so glad I did! Looking forward to changing my house to a home, and reading your book. Thank you!!!

  66. Becky Walker says

    Always agonizing over a home that never had my personal touch, I saw an article in BHG that sparkled curiosity while in a doctors office. Viola! I am here! I look forward to reading your book and finally taking a much needed journey to find my own personal style again. Thank you!

  67. Tammy Gooch says

    I am battling advanced cancer and your blog is a bright spot in my day! You inspire me to get well as I dream of the day I can start to work on my home and turn it into MY masterpiece! Thank you for the hope and encouragement! I would LOVE a copy of your new book to read while I fight this battle. Thank you so much for taking the time to write and inspire us! May GOD bless you!

  68. So happy for you – it looks beautiful! Can’t wait to read your thoughts. My SIL is amazing at doing something with every home – no matter the condition it starts in. I find myself always in the idea phase and not accomplishing much. Hope to find some great help for changing my way of thinking in your book. :)

  69. Congrats! You so inspire me through your blog and I can’t wait to read your books!

  70. Woo Hoo!!!! Congrats on the book! It’s beautiful!!!! Can’t wait to hold it in my hands either!

  71. This is SO exciting! I love following your blog and am working on creating a home that my whole family loves; our haven. Congratulations on your book!

  72. Congrats on the book! If it’s as good as your blog it will be a number 1 best seller! Can’t wait to read it!

  73. maryann vanlew says

    thanks for the inspiration through the years! congrats!

  74. I How

  75. How exciting for you to finally see all your hard work come to fruition! And how exciting for us to be able to learn for your decorating experience! I’m looking forward to getting the book!

  76. Michelle says

    Congratulations! I am looking forward to reading it. I love your approach to decorating and I love your doodle commentary throughout your blog (I have a doodle myself!).

  77. chelsea m says

    Congrats! And thanks for the constant inspiration!

  78. Hi Melissa,
    I would love to read you book. After moving into another rental house in another country we are in the proces of making it our home again. I do enjoy your blog and all your inspirational ideas. Congratulations with your first book!

  79. Your e-mails are the first ones I open up after personal ones every day! When the book arrives, I will make myself a cup of tea and relax in favorite chair in my home (which has undergone much transformation due to your blog) and savor the book. If I win a book, I will give it as a gift to my daughter.

  80. How thrilled I am for you! Seeing a dream come true does not happen every day. The book looks adorable tucked into that vignette, though I have to tell you that the page opened to “You give a gift to others…” blessed me so much this morning.

  81. I’m so glad I found your blog. Congratulations on your book!

  82. SO looking forward to your book as I’ve been following you for quite a while on Pinterest (one of my first blogs I started following!).
    You and your daughter (though she looks much more like a sister) are beautiful!

  83. Linda Dye says

    Congratulations. ! It’s great to see someones dreams come true. May you be blessed as you bless others. In His Love, Linda

  84. So excited to read your book!!

  85. Adele Wehrenberg says

    I’m so happy for you, love your blog and looking forward to reading your book. We just moved from Florida to North Carolina & moving in to a brand new home next Friday, so your book will be very resourceful. Congrats! Melissa.

  86. Lori Lazarek says

    So excited for you! I would love a copy of your book! Your blog was the first decorating blog I started reading & so enjoy seeing your lovely home. And have fallen in love with the adventures of Jack & Lily! ☺

  87. WooHoo!!! Way to go!! Just like the labor and love and anticipation of childbirth without the physical pain!

  88. Thank you for your inspirations and ideas that making loving homes accessible to anyone. Can’t wait to see the book!

  89. My philosophy on decorating and my home is very similar to yours, and I never miss a blog post of yours. Congratulations on the book; I can’t wait to read it!

  90. Linda Dye says

    Congratulations!! It’s good to see your dreams come truem. May God bless you as you bless others In His Love, Linda

  91. Congratulations on your book! I enjoy reading all your blog posts and save them images to my phone, IG and pinterest for inspiration when I’m decorating and shopping. Your home looks fun and has so much personality. I’m patiently trying to get there with my home. I would love a copy of your book!

  92. I can’t wait to read it!! Of course, I’d love to win a copy, but I’ve got March 9th marked on my calendar to order one too!

  93. Congrats on your book! I always enjoy reading your blog.

  94. Can’t wait to read your book. I’m learning to love the home I have and make it special for all of the people and furries that call it home!

  95. Looks like such a fun book! Love the cover

  96. Congrats! I am so excited for you. Can’t wait to get your book! You and your daughter look like you could be sisters, beautiful!

  97. Patty Salgado says

    Congratulations on your book release Melissa! I’m excited for you and can hardly wait to own a copy. Your work speaks volumes. Thank you for inspiring me (and others) to simplify, beautify our nests elegantly modern with a dash of class. Wishing you continued Chic Success!
    Xoxo, Patty S.,Downey,CA

  98. Sarah Renner says

    Congratulations on reaching such an amazing milestone in your life! I absolutely love curling up on the couch after the kids are in bed and being inspired as I read through your blog. I ordered the bamboo tortoise blinds after I saw them in your kitchen and family room and they look incredible in my home too! Now, I can’t wait to read your book!

  99. KoriLin Hillig says

    How is it that I’m just now “hearing” anything about this book?!! I’m SO excited about this I can hardly stand it!!!!

  100. Thank you for sharing your gifts and talents! Excited to read you book! Loving the artwork I can see!

  101. Erika Olivera says

    I would love a copy! Thank you

  102. Nicole P says

    I look forward to your emails and all the lovely photos for inspiration, so I’m definitely looking forward to this book!!

  103. Love your premise. Sometimes I get caught up in the trends on blogs and self doubt creeps in. You help keep me centered.

  104. I can’t wait to hold your new book! I so enjoy your blog. I rush to open the email whenever it pops up.

  105. Congratulations! I enjoy your blog and decorating ideas!

  106. CathyAnn says

    WoooHoooo!! Congratulations!

  107. Piggerts says

    YEAH!! Awesome achievement!

  108. You go girl!

  109. Congratulations on the “birth” of your first book! I love the title and know it will be a wonderful blessing to so many. The space you have created here is truly an inspiration so how exciting g to see it progress to book form – yay! (And what a cute photo of you and your daughter!)

  110. So excited for you! Congratulations Melissa!

  111. Kristen D. says

    Congratulations!!! The book looks amazing and I am excited to read it! :)

  112. I have already pre ordered your book about 2 months ago and can’t wait to receive it! I wouldvLOVE to win another copy to gift to a dear friend for her birthday this month. Absolutely love your blog Melissa! Keep it up and God bless. ❤️

  113. JJ Jenney says

    Congratulations! I love reading your blog so if your book is a reflection or extension of that, I’m sure it will be a great read!

  114. How exciting to see contentment and thankfulness modeled. Congratulations.

  115. Jessica Moore says

    Congratulations, how very exciting for you. I would so love a copy of your book.

  116. Congratulations! Can’t wait to see the book.

  117. Juli Simpson says

    I have been reading your blog for about 6 months and look forward to each installment. Congratulations on your book. Looking forward to buying one soon.

  118. Love the blog, looking forward to the book!!!

  119. I can’t wait to read your book! Congratulations!

  120. Your book looks so pretty! I cannot wait to read it and to feel the pretty cover! :-) It’s true, ebooks are super convenient, but real books are so much better. Congrats on book number 1 being out!!!

  121. Your blog is my favorite one….I love how warm and light your home is, also love that you encourage us all to love what we have, to find new homes for things to make it all different. I cannot wait to get your book! Congratulations!

  122. Excited for the book! Congrats! I want to fall in love with my house again!

  123. Excited for you and looking forward to your book.

  124. Love your blog. It is the first one I ever visited and love checking in every time there is a new posting.

  125. Jean Russo says

    Congratulations on your book. I can’t wait to read it. I hope I win!!!

  126. Stephanie says

    Congratulations! I’m excited for a beautiful book that’s full of the same thoughts and focus as the blog. Your focus on pieces that fit the space (especially for smaller spaces) has encouraged me in enjoying the house we have even though we need to be creative with storage.

  127. Colleen B says

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it—love my daily emails!

  128. Patricia says

    Congratulations! It’s a lot of work to write a book. Enjoy this moment … then get back to work writing the next…

  129. Congrats and I can’t wait to see the print book!

  130. I’m looking forward to reading your book and giving a copy to my daughter as well!

  131. Debra Schramm says

    Wow! Congratulations. I’d love to read this book! Hope I win one.

  132. Kristina rasmussen says

    I love your blog. It so resonates with my style and I have copied a few of your ideas. my favorite decorating trick is repurposing items in an unusual way and using ‘found’ items or gifts from loved ones as my decor staples while I rotate seasonal items in and out

  133. Good Morning….I love your *blog* for daily ‘inspiration’…and thank you for being there!! I am an AVID book LOVER and would be honoured to receive a copy of your due diligence!! Thanks so much and cheers, Valerie :)

  134. This will be a long comment, because I LOVE the title of the book, and more, I love the premise of your blog and the book. Over 30 years ago as a single mom I invited a couple over for dinner. The apartment I could afford had rat holes (coverd w sheet metal) in closets, and was located on the bottom floor of an old farm house in the middle of the city. The man asked as they were leaving if he could put Formica on a counter that was coverd with oil cloth. So sweet and caring, I accepted his offer. But I also realized that knowing the Lord provided this place, I made it comfortable for me and didn’t hesitate inviting friends over. That was long ago and I’m married 38 yrs with a blended family and 12 grandkids… I still don’t hesitate inviting people over and am more concerned with their comfort than the styling of my home. But I do love to style and am ever grateful for God’s provision I all the forms it’s taken. I’m buying your book for myself & friends who struggle with regrets and unrest instead of contentment and ablility to enjoy they’re homes. Thanks for writing it!

  135. Wanting to hold it, too – the actual copy, like you said, not digital version. Love reading the blog, will be awesome to have your book to carry around with me. Would love to win one, and be able to share it with others. Exciting for you!!

  136. Congratulations, Melissa! I am so excited for you and I can’t wait to read your new book!

  137. Kristi Rediske says

    Oh I would love to win this book, I also will pre-order when the time comes. From the title I feel like I do need to read this book, I have really been struggling in my home. God has blessed me with a nice home but the problem is I have downsized because I am closer to retirement and its just hard to let go of things I “think” I love and I “think” are important. Can’t wait to get a copy in my hands!

  138. Susan A. says

    Have enjoyed your home ideas and blog for years. Would be a dream to receive your new book!

  139. Congratulations Melissa! I can’t wait to have it in my hot little hands!

  140. Congratulations on writing this book! I am looking forward to reading it. I love to get your daily emails and inspiration. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and passion with everyone.

  141. Congratulations on the release of your book! This has been quite a journey for you. I am looking forward to reading this and adding it to my home library.

  142. Becky Hearsey says

    This book looks adorable and fun! I love your blog, so I am excited to see this book!!! Can’t wait!

  143. Christianne Sinclair says

    Hi! I don’t recall how I came upon your blog, but I enjoy it immensely. You are truly inspiring when I have no clue what to do with my home decor. We’ve been in a remodel phase for sixteen years and are finally completing it, only to then sell our home in order to move. Ugh. Thankfully moving won’t cause me to lose touch with your blog. Amazing how technology is so transportable – sort of like a book. :-) looking forward to buying it soon!!! (Or winning one?!)

  144. I found your blog several months ago and love the feel of your posts. We move into a new home in a couple months and I would love to read your book for insights that will aid me in settling into our new surroundings and making it feel like a safe haven for our family.

  145. Wonderful cover, makes me want to dive into the book right away! Can’t wait to sit next to the fireplace in the evenings and take in all your insights and ideas.

  146. Congratulations! I found your blog about a month ago, but I’m already a big fan! :) Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  147. Misty Bragg says

    I LOVE following your blog! I get so inspired by your ideas and posts! Thank you for being you and doing what you do! Congrats on the book!

  148. Lisa McNamara says

    Congratulations! Good for you for following your dream. A lot of us have those dreams and never follow through. I read your blogs everyday. THANK YOU!!

  149. Already have the book on hold at my library but bet I end up buying a copy. Love your blog!

  150. Christie says

    I would love to have this, as our home is well-loved but looking a little worn lately and funds are tight for any major updates. I need some inspiration to make it as pretty as I see in my mind with some creative ideas. Thank you!

  151. I can’t wait to read your book! I love your blog for the little tips I pick up to improve my home!!! Congratulations on your newest baby:)

  152. Love home decorating and home improvement books !!

  153. What a fun time for you and your family. Enjoy and Congratulations!

  154. i just need all the help i can get

  155. Janet Cole says

    I so look forward to reading your blog everyday, and I would be thrilled to have a copy of the book for my coffee table!

  156. Andrea Hartford says

    We are in the process of buying the home we have rented for the past 10 years and would love to get some great ideas to make it feel knew to us, to really make it ours!

  157. Annie cheney says

    Love it!!! Congratulations.

  158. Jenny Shell says

    Can’t wait to hold my own copy of “Love the Home you Have”…..congratulations on the first book!

  159. Congratulations-can’t wait to add it to my library!

  160. jessica thorne says


  161. So looking forward to enjoying your words in book form! ;o) ox

  162. Jennifer says

    Just found your blog today and am totally hooked. Having a great time scrolling through old posts. Bookmarked it to my favorites!! Congrats on making your passion so accessible to so many other people.

  163. Congrats on your book! I can’t wait to read it.

  164. Tracy Reese says

    I can’t wait to see the book! I love your blog and am sure your book will inspire me even more. I especially can’t wait for the coffee table book.

  165. sherry w says

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read your book!

  166. Stephanie Pontius says

    Whether I win it or buy it….I will have your book on my coffee table!

  167. I am so excited to read your book! And congrats!

  168. Heather Young says

    I can’t wait to read your book!

  169. Pick me!! I love it soo much!

  170. Congratulations! I am really looking forward to reading this book!

  171. Brenda Rodriguez says

    I’m so excited for you, Melissa! The cover is beautiful! Can’t wait to see the rest!!

  172. Congratulations…I love your style and look forward to reading your book(s)! :)

  173. Congrats on this new baby! Can’t wait to get to see it and own my own copy!

  174. I want to love my home even though I am a working single mom homeowner who never has time for home decor or fixing things or all those projects I dream about. I still want to love my home anyway and not compare my home to everyone else!

  175. Have enjoyed and learned lots of tips from your postings. Thanks so much!

  176. I’m so excited to read this! As a home owner and a crafter I have so many ideas but tend to get overwhelmed and want to start with a clean slate (aka new house). …Congratulations!

  177. Is everything that I need right now. Being a new homeowner with tons of things to fix in the house, sometimes is tough loving your home while is everything out of place. We’ve been trying to look beyond that and think about what our home can looks like when is done. Your blog is being definitely helpful for me.
    Congrats on the new book!

  178. Marla L. says

    Would love to have this book. I have a tendency to compare with my friends.

  179. Natalie Heath says

    This is one of my biggest struggles, it’s hard to balance wanting to “better” your life with not wanting things you don’t have. I would love a copy of your book! :) Have a great day!

  180. Can’t wait!

  181. So excited for you to actually hold your first book! I’m Eager to see it.

  182. Been following your blog for about a year. Since I don’t have much money it’s important that I love the home I’m in and figure out how to turn it in to my sanctuary. You help everyday.

  183. Elizabeth Carter says

    Hello and congratulations on your new book! How exciting! I’m a somewhat new follower (just before Christmas). I discovered your blog while searching photos of subway tiles used in the kitchen..I’m happy to say your beautiful kitchen helped inspired me to finally select a grout color and start my project! So thank you for that. :)

  184. So happy for you. What a blessed journey it’s been.

  185. Congratulations! Will be pre-ordering! Thank you for a chance to win a copy as well.

  186. Barb Langham says

    Congratulations! Love reading what you share with us!

  187. Can’t wait to read it!

  188. Rachel W says

    Congratulations! So excited for you :)

  189. CynthiaJo says

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read your book and to know you will have another come this Fall is even better! Thank you for sharing your home with us!

  190. Congratulations, love reading your shared inspiration!

  191. Melissa,
    I am so very excited for you and about your book! When I first read the announcement a while ago that you were writing a book, both my mom and I (Lynne, she is a regular commentor!) called one another and were giddy over the announcement! You and The Inspired Room have been a HUGE inspiration to me and my home, and I look forward to reading your book (even if I don’t win, I will be buying SEVERAL copies!)


  192. I get what you mean about texture and “touchableness” in a beautiful book – and to have it be your very own baby – well that’s gotta be surreal! I’ll be pre-ordering and have three daughters I’d love to hand a copy to. Looking forward to it!

  193. Just wanted to say I felt the joy in your heart (my eyes welled up with tears) as I read your words. What a happy day!! I am sooo very excited for you and cannot wait get my hands on your book and curl up for a fabulous read. [[[hugs]]]

  194. Kim Hunter says

    I love reading your blog and will love the book too. I especially love how you decorate with tourquoise !
    Hope I win!

  195. The book looks so fun. I can’t wait to read it.

  196. I’m so excited for you! What a great accomplishment!

  197. I happened upon your blog a long while ago and have been following along. Love your style and ability to make us feel we can do it too! Of course, Jack, and then Lilly, and then Bella have been added attractions too!

  198. This is so exciting! I have been thinking about decorating so much since my husband and I just bought our first home and I really want to make our home a comforting and inviting space, full of light, color, and love. I can’t wait to move in!

  199. Kathryn Wilson says

    Congratulations on your new book. What an accomplishment.

  200. Jana Nelson says

    Love your heart. Can’t wait to get my hands on the book. So grateful that you’re able to use your gifts to encourage others.

  201. Jolenne Smith says

    Can’t wait to get a copy. Your blog is truly inspirational :)

  202. Ginger Long says

    Home is considered the “man’s” castle. I am the queen of my home. It is my sanctuary and surrounds me with peace and joy. Every woman should feel this and your new book should help.

  203. Oh I am so excited about this book!! I love your instagram!! We bought an older home that reminds me of the home I grew up in. Now we are slowly updating it and as I get to add decor and different things I look to your blog for inspiration!!

  204. Congratulations! I found your blog a few months ago when I was feeling really down about my house. Reading your posts and seeing the changes to your home really inspired me to make some changes to my home. And it feels great! Thank you and I look forward to reading your book!

  205. I can’t wait to read it! Your first book and blog remind me that what I have is beautiful! and that my home doesn’t have to be perfect all the time, thank you.

  206. Melissa L says

    So excited for you. Congratulations!!

  207. Wow, what an amazing accomplishment – congratulations!! Looking forward to the book! Your home and blog are beautiful. You’re definitely one of my regular reads. Thanks for all the inspiration over the years!! =)

  208. I’m a long time follower of your blog and cannot wait for your book!

  209. Can’t wait to see this book and get a copy! I have been loving your blog. It’s right in line with my thinking in so many ways! I love helping my clients re-purpose and re- arrange the things that they have right in their house (once we find them, of course. As a professional organizer, I often have to dig through piles with my clients to discover what they forgot they had!)
    I do this in my own house all the time. (re-decorate and rearrange, not de-clutter) ;-)

  210. I love your blog and it has given me so much inspiration. I am a single senior woman who lives with my little dog and I am addicted to decorating. I live in a one bedroom apartment and recently I received a beautiful french country armoire for my birthday from my daughter, which I have converted to a television cabinet. It is a cream color and as a result I have spent the past six months converting my living room into a cottage/french country/shabby chic look. I am so happy you have written this book and I look forward to adding it to my collection.

  211. Andrea G says

    Congratulations! Beautiful book, would love to have a copy!

  212. Thank you for such a great giveaway! Looking forward to reading your new book. After 35 years of marriage and 3 homes we may be moving again, this time to a new state ( we now live in Texas). Your book could not have come at a better time for me. Congratulations❤️

  213. The book looks great! Congrats!

  214. Becky Weiss says

    Congratulations! Job well done. Can’t wait to read it!

  215. Dinelle H says

    Congrats :) – I would love to have a copy of your book.

  216. Congratulations, such a huge success :)

  217. Congrats on the book! How very exciting!!! I would love a copy :)

  218. Can’t wait to read it. Congratulations!

  219. Can’t wait to read it! You’re such an inspiration to me:-)

  220. Angie Knoell says

    Months ago, this was the first home blog I started reading and it’s still my favorite! I love reading every post and cannot wait to move into my new home. We are building and expect to move in later this month. I’m so looking forward to getting inspiration from your book.

  221. Chris Lobo says

    I have learned so much from you since starting to follow your blog several years ago. Can’t wait for your book – we all could use lesson in learning to love what we have! Congratulations on your first book and already looking forward to your next!! :)

  222. Your book looks awesome, I love reading your blog. Best of luck with it all!

  223. Exciting! Awaiting the release, as who doesn’t want to love the home you have now!

  224. Jennifer Wallis says

    Would love to have this book!!!

  225. So glad to have found your site. Love it!

  226. Congrats on your book! I can’t wait to read it

  227. Congrats on your book! I can’t wait to read it

  228. Stephanie says

    Congratulations!! Looking forward to reading your book, and of course, a free copy would be fabulous:)!

  229. Love the site. Can’t wait to read the book!

  230. Marilyn S says

    Congratulations on the book. It looks like a fun one to read.

  231. Amy Lazzell says

    Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to see your new book!!! I’m having to move (will probably end up in your neck of the woods) and need inspiration in adding life to an old home. Would love a free copy!!

  232. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  233. Congratulations! So happy to hear how God has blessed your endeavors!

  234. Congratulations on your book! It looks wonderful!

  235. I’m so happy for you in the release of your book, Melissa. As a fellow Christian wife and mother, I appreciate the priorities and balance you have shown in your decorating philosophy. You have been an inspiration to me, as I have enjoyed your blog for years.


  236. Shelley Bouly says

    I’m so happy for you. I can’t wait to read it and hold it in my hands too!

  237. kathy herrick says

    I came across your blog by chance, but I became a follower because of the words, “love the home you have.” congratulations on your new book. I would love to be a winner!

  238. Congratulations! So excited to read this book – love your blog!

  239. Joanne Thompson says

    this book sounds so wonderful! I would love to read it.

  240. Our home should inspire all who live there, and all we invite to share our life – whether briefly or regularly. Thank you for encouraging the sisterhood of women and freeing us to reflect love, joy and peace in our homes!

  241. What a wonderful gift you have…so very FUN to see your talents coming to print as well! Thank you for INSPIRING US to have Homes that we have been able to see in a different light, for being a cheerleader helping us to take ‘baby steps’ making our abode a sanctuary for all.

  242. Lisa McCracken says

    I’ve been looking forward to the release of this book! How exciting for you!! Thank you for the chance to win a copy

  243. My good friend is getting married and setting up her first home. What an inspiring gift this would be!

  244. Congratulations!! It’s well-earned and well-deserved!! Can’t wait to see it.

  245. Karyn Conklin says

    Simply cannot wait, I need several to gift to friends and family! Thank you so much for your heartfelt inspiration, just in time for spring!

  246. Congratulations! I thoroughly enjoy your blog and would love to win a copy of your book!

  247. Congrats! Anxious for ideas to simplify and beautify.

  248. So excited to read this book!

  249. Congrats! Can’t wait to see the book, and I love your blog!

  250. I’d love to win! I love books.

  251. Can’t wait to get this book!

  252. Tyffanie A says

    Congrats! Sounds like a great book – I’d love to check it out, especially because apartments are so hard to find in NYC that you definitely have to know how accept a less-than-perfect space!

  253. Kim Gibson says

    Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

  254. I’m excited for you for your book release. I can’t wait to read it!

  255. So much to learn and so much to do!

  256. Karen Johnson says

    We just moved last year and with a 9 year old and 3 year old, it would be next center to keep things calm, clean and organized. Congratulations on this new book! It is a labor of love.

  257. Christie says

    I would definitely love to win this book!!!!!!!!! :)

  258. Tina M. M. says

    I have so enjoyed your blog. I love your heart! I am a Mary & Martha consultant & learned about your through the business. You have blessed & inspired me! So excited for you about your book!

  259. I am very excited to read your book. You are such an inspiration to those of us who love our home but sometimes get “stuck” and restless with what we have. Recently I was certain I needed a new smaller sofa to update my living room but just could not justify the expense of another right now. Well, I gave the room a spring “fluff” inspired by your recent post and that was all I needed to do. I love that sofa now and see the room in a whole new perspective by rearranging furniture and swapping out accessories. (I thought I had already tried every arrangement possible but decided to give it another go and so glad I did!) What a blessing your post was to set me back on track. I am continually changing year round but the living room and that overly large leather sofa had me stumped. Thanks for inspiring me to love my room once again!
    p.s. I had to laugh, my sofa is the twin to your daughter’s red one, only in golden tan leather! All 97″ of it! :) Have a blessed day…

  260. Congratulations! And thank you! Your blog … and now the book … are such inspiration. It’s so easy to look at Pinterest and Houzz and Pottery Barn, and all the others, and feel my home is so lacking. And then I read your blog and am reminded that my home reflects me and it’s comfortable and that’s good. I can’t wait to read your book.

  261. Mellisa, I love your message, methods and mantra. We all can benefit from your inspirations and I would have loved having you inspire me in my early years of setting up my home. I’m sure I would have loved the home I had even more knowing it was Ok not to have the expensive beautiful homes that graced the pages of the magazines I read. That was all there was in the day, I remember feeling like a lovely home was out of reach. Young ladies today, on any budget, can make a warm and beautiful home they can be proud of .

  262. Julie Daniels says

    Excited to read your book!

  263. So excited for you, Melissa! Congratulations!

  264. Your home has inspired mine . . . and me. As my nest empties of the boys who once lived here, I feel that I’m getting re-acquainted with what I love about our home. It’s not all that impressive, but it is home, and I want to make it a haven, a sanctuary for me and my husband and however many people come by. Thank you for guiding me along the way. I can’t wait to get my hands on your book . . . and the next one . . . and the next.

  265. So excited for you! I’m 29 and coming up on my 7th year of marriage, I’m still working out how to make our home *ours* and your blog has been such an encouragement without making me feel like it’s not possible because I can’t afford Pottery Barn/Crate & Barrel/H&G everything!

  266. Carmel Welch says

    Congratulations! You are an inspiration! Thank you for the opportunity of a GIVEAWAY and for 50% off pre-orders! I have several people in mind, including my sister and my young adult niece and daughter who are starting on their own homes. While we most often can’t have everything we want when we want it, I believe it’s much more satisfying and long lasting to acquire that perfect thing at the right time.

  267. I just recently found your blog and I’m loving the inspiration. Congrats on the book! How exciting!

  268. Brenda Austin says

    Love your blog and so looking forward to your book! Would love to win a copy, but also plan to take advantage of the 50% off to get a couple also – will make a great gift!

  269. Your blog has been so helpful. Thank you so much! Can’t wait for you book release.

  270. Amy Josefy says

    I am new to your blog and I am so glad I came across it! We have been in our new home for a little over a year and I am still trying to find ways to truly make it feel like home. I would love to win your new book for inspiration!

  271. Jennifer Sechrest says

    Congratulations Melissa! I know you must be oozing with pride & excitement over your book release. As you should be.
    I saw this quote & it reminded me why I’ve followed your blog for several years now…

    ‘Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing’
    -Camille Pisarro

    Thank you for being such an inspiration to myself & others at finding that balance & peace in our homes & always reminding us to Love the Home we Have. It is exciting to see someone so deserving of success receiving it. I can’t wait to see what you have in store on the horizon.

  272. Kimberly Madrid says

    Congrats on the book! I love your blog. Your ideas are always an inspiration to me. Keep up the good work! :)

  273. How exciting for you! Wishing you continued success!

  274. Congrats & Good luck on your new “baby” I can’t wait to read it!

  275. So excited for you book to be release and congratulations! I discovered your blog a few months ago and love it. Has given me so many tips and ideas to put in place when my husband and I move into a more permanent place :)

  276. Jane Beckenham says

    I love your philosophy, love what we have, yes we can still improve it, but surround ourselves with what we love and welcome in those we love.
    That is what makes a home truly blessed

  277. How wonderful – congratulations. So looking forward to reading your new book.

  278. Katherine Shirley says

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate your blogs. They are encouraging as well as grounding. Life is not about accumulating new things with the changes upon us at every turn. How refreshing!!!

  279. Joanne B. says

    count me in for a wining copy! Just an FYI- the link on Barnes and Noble to read an excerpt does not function… would have liked to see a peak of it…

  280. Congratulations Melissa ! What a thrill for you (and all of us too!) Am looking forward to reading the book. I so enjoy your blog spot very much, and I’m sure your book is just as special!

  281. Brandy Cason says

    Congratulations on your new book! I can’t wait to read it.

  282. Some day I hope I love my home after over 10 years of my husband doing are remodel and still no where done I hope to love it some day. Can’t wait to see your book would love to win one thanks Kelly

  283. Me, me, me! I can’t wait to read the book!

  284. i would love to read this book!!!

  285. Best wishes on this exciting journey. I cannot wait to tuck this book in gift packages for family and friends.

  286. I enjoy your blog, decorating ideas/style and most of all your faith and enthusiasm to share it. Reading your words is like sharing a cup of coffee with a good friend that you want to relax and catch up with. I like the links to others like you who share their ideas and creativity. So happy for you and your books.

  287. Congratulations…found your blog a few months ago and love it! Would love a copy of your new book to inspire me.

  288. Debbie Yaeger says

    I look forward to your posts every day! I can hardly wait for your book!

  289. I wrote a long comment only to have the webpage recover in the middle. Anyway, I’d like to read your book. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  290. Francie Scott says

    If the book is anything like your blog it will be fantastic. We all get a little tired of our homes so I look forward to keeping the magic alive.

  291. Helene Roesch says

    I love your site, and congratulations. I’d love to read your book!

  292. Congratulations on this great achievement! I can’t wait to read it!

  293. Aimee Walter says

    So excited to give this a look and hopefully feel some inspiration. I’m really in need, as I’ve been in a dry spell lately.

  294. Thank you for your encouraging words and for inspiring all of us to love the home we are in! ☺️

  295. Melissa,
    I love going through your blog and getting ideas for mine and Kelly’s future house. I love the map wall you did. I’m excited for your book to come out. You are amazing and talented and down to earth. :)

  296. Soooooo very happy for you and for all of us! Can’t wait to hold the finished product myself!

  297. kris with a k says

    I am so happy for you – you seem to have such a creative heart and strong work ethic…you deserve all the successes you have achieved and will continue to achieve!

  298. Michelle Vincent says

    Congratulations on your book! I discovered your blog a few months ago and I am in awe. You are very inspiring. Thank you for sharing not only your home but encouraging words!

  299. How wonderful! Wonderful for you and wonderful for us.

  300. Fern Hummert says

    I love reading your blog and look forward to reading your book!

  301. I am new to your blog, and wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying it, and the Inspiralizer cookbook, just makes my day. I have always always been a “nester” and my home has meant everything to me, love to decorate, Country-Cabin- Cottage, what ever if I like the way it looks then I am happy camper… gee this is first time I have left a comment on a blog too, doing good for a 77 years young woman,lol..
    Thank you for what you are doing and sharing with all of us, I’ve even changed my diet habits because of you and the Inspiralizer (Bought a Spiralizer online, love it, ) keep up the good work, I appreciate you very much

  302. So excited to read this book! It’s wonderful that you’ve chosen to share this with us; I wish you all the success you deserve :)

  303. So excited for you! I’ve been a long time follower and it’s been fun to watch the changes in your house. Would love to win your new book!

  304. Wow! So excited for you. Love your blog and stories on the pups!! Congrats!

  305. Congratulations on all the hard work to produce a book. Will it be special be available for Australians?

  306. Congrats. I can’t wait to read it !

  307. Congratulations! What an accomplishment! I’m so happy for you and I look forward to reading it! Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

  308. oooh, pick me! I’ll be moving this summer, and can really use some inspiration!

  309. I can’t wait to read this lovely little book!! Congratulations!

  310. Jennifer P says

    I’m so excited for you! Congrats on getting published!

  311. I have enjoyed your blog for years and would love a copy of your book.

  312. Trish Barnett says

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read your book

  313. Tina Taylor says

    Love that book cover! After almost 44 years of marriage we just built our first home. I can honestly say I “Love the home I have” and would LOVE to win a copy of your new book!!

  314. I discovered your blog during the Holidays and was totally inspired! And now, a few months later, a BOOK!!! Wow – I certainly lucked out! I’m experiencing a “23-years in the same house” syndrome and need to update on a budget. I’m putting your book on my wish list! Thanks for you common sensical humor and lovely ideas.

  315. Jennifer C. says


  316. Congratulations, Melissa! Your book is on my wish list.

  317. I’m so excited for your book release. You’ve inspired my home efforts in so many ways and I can’t wait to read your lovely book and add it to my home decor collection. Congrats! :D

  318. Congratulations on your book! I am excited to read it.

  319. I have always said I decorate my home the way I want it to feel – and I love that you say that too! Congrats on the new book!

  320. I am so excited for you, Melissa! I pre-ordered my book when you first announced it, and now I will buy one for my daughter and daughter-in-law also. Can’t wait to begin reading!

  321. I love reading your inspiring posts and can’t wait for the books to hit the market,

  322. Sue Maybanks says

    Congratulations on your new book. I’m in Australia and have loved following your very inspiring blog the last couple years. I would love a copy of your new book :-)

  323. Candace Hales says

    I hope to win a copy but I can’t wait to preorder. Looking forward to rreading.

  324. Congratulations! I love reading your posts and have found them to be so heartfelt and thought-provoking. As a fellow blogger who’s been working on a children’s book about cooking, this is so inspiring to see your words and thoughts in print!

  325. congrats! Love your posts! So inspiring!

  326. Elizabeth says

    So excited for you! Was speaking with a friend going through edits on her book that she doesn’t even know yet if it will be published and it really brought new perspective into the whole process you authors go through. Best of luck with the launch.

    Excited to read your book. I’m really wanting to love my house, but I’m thinking I need to clear out some more STUFF first! Been making my plan all day.

  327. I find this blog *so* inspiring. I love the funny, conversational posts. But what I love the most are the pictures of your home and being inspired by what you’ve done. You present a way to have a really beautiful home while also having a place you can actually live in. I’m reminded not to take it all so seriously and to really have fun with it. I also really love the point you made about not making it for show, but making it a sanctuary for yourself. That’s so important to me.

  328. I can’t wait till the release date of your book!! Ive followed your blog for quite some time now and also follow you on Pinterest. Best wishes!!

  329. Linda Grubbs says

    Love your blog…..I KNOW I’ll love your book too!

  330. Hi Melissa!
    I’ve been reading your blog for several years now and have really enjoyed it.
    I don’t comment often but I would really love a chance to win your book.
    Let me say the thing that brought me to your website was your list of 20 little things to treasure in autumn back in 2008.
    Love that kind of stuff.


  331. Congratulations…..I enjoy your blog, and am looking forward to reading your new book.

  332. I think the title alone says it all. If we could all love the home we’re in, it would be a beautiful thing. I’d love to win this book for my mom for Mother’s Day.

  333. Melissa Osigian says

    YAY! I am so excited for you (and for me to get to read it soon!). Thank you for sharing your gifts so generously. You have been an encouragement to me since I started following your blog last year.

  334. Betty Crews says

    I so appreciate the warmth and creativity that comes through your blog. You truly are inspiring!

  335. Cindy Franck says

    I am thrilled that your book is published and is in “hold in my hands” form! In this day of technology it is rare for a person writing a blog to go beyond an e-book form and put it into print. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I look forward to reading your book and continuing to follow you on your blog. Congratulations!!!

  336. Warmest congratulations on this incredible accomplishment. You have been so inspiring to me and I appreciate your attitude and the message you are spreading about loving where you are. I love the dogs ad their stories as well. PICK ME for one of the free books, please! And keep up the good work.

  337. mila powers says

    Love your style and cant wait to read your book. Congrats to you!

  338. Susan Roberts says

    I am so looking forward to your book. When budgets get a little tight, it’s nice to know you have ideas to make us love our homes just the way they are. Congrats on your new book.

  339. Congrats on your new “baby” how exciting for you! Can’t wait to curl up with a nice warm blanket and turn the pages….

  340. Looking forward to reading your new book :)

  341. Christine C. says

    Love your blog! Congrats on your new book!

  342. I’m so excited for you Melissa!! I know this will be a great read and can’t wait to see and go through it! Thanks for the home decor encouragement all these years. I know it’s helped to keep me inspired. hee hee

  343. Love your website, and cannot wait to read your book. I am always inspired and intrigued by your practical and stylish decor and design ideas.

  344. Congratulations! So excited to read your new book…

  345. Rachel McKernan says

    I can’t even describe how excited I am for you! And to read the book of course! Congratulations, Melissa!!!

  346. Heather Bivins says

    I can’t wait to read your book(s)! I’m so excited for you (and me, ha!).

  347. congratutions!!…..god bless you for writing

  348. My favorite time of day is when I get the youngest on the school bus, come in and stoke the fire (we live in CT and it’s been very cold!) put the kettle on to brew tea and let the dogs in. Then I sit and read your blog. I look through old pictures, love reading your words, and ideas. I feel my taste is similar to yours, but my house looks nothing like yours…..yet. It’s big work in progress, and with 3 young children decorating ss usually last on the list of priorities. Thank you for those quiet moments…my favorite ones.

  349. Margaret Fraleigh says

    love your news letter and your inspired ideas. Would love to win a copy of your book.

  350. DebrafromMd says

    Congratulations on the book! I can’t wait to read it.

  351. Lyzz Pickle says

    Hi – I know you’re over the moon. I look forward to the 50% sale for Christmas presents. I pre-ordered your book way back when you first announced it. It should be here tomorrow.

  352. Becky Stepp says

    What a lovely book! Congrats on all of your hard work. This will be a great book not only for myself, but for my daughters as well.

  353. Katie Chase says

    Congratulations! Love reading and being inspired by your blog. Thanks for keeping it real.

  354. I am so excited about your book! I can’t wait to read it! Congratulations on making one of your dreams come true!

  355. Have followed your blog for years now…my inspiration…love a calm and neutral home with pieces reinvented by me…my home is “me.” This is something that has evolved over the years…you send a message in your writings…in your pictures…”make the home what defines you.” I love that! Congrats on the book… and another in the fall…wow…be so proud!!

  356. angie cholewczynski says

    ?. I have loved your blog since i discoveted it last year when you we’re
    Were voted #1. I look firward every week to read it and i cant wait
    To read your new book

  357. Can’t wait to read your book! Your blog is so inspirational to me. It’s one thing to be inspired by beautiful staged photos in magazines, but it’s a really much more wonderful to be inspired by homes that people really live in, and I love that you do that for your readers! Thank you!

  358. Jennifer says

    So exciting! Can’t wait to read it!

  359. Congrats on the new book… such a major moment for you! Cannot wait to own a copy of my own.

    – Jaime

  360. Laura dechaine says

    I think I NEED to read this book!

  361. Congratulations!!! I love the excitement you exude through your posts! We should all be so lucky to have something we are so passionate about!

  362. Congratulations on being a new author! So exciting.

  363. leigh smith says

    So proud of you! This is a very exciting time in your life!

  364. Hi Melissa, thanks so much for the encouragement and inspiration you have offered since I found your blog a year ago. Seriously, it’s become like having a best friend to curl up and talk pretty home with! Like you I’m also focusing on my authentic path, it’s an interesting and surprising journey! I’m so looking forward to your book, well done sweetheart!

  365. How wonderful for you! Thanks.

  366. It’s March, it’s snowing, it’s Buffalo. As I look out my window I realize how fortunate I am to be right here right now. Thank you Melissa

  367. anne youngs says

    I look forward to reading your blogs and feel as though Im visiting a friend in her home.

  368. Lauren Thompson says

    I’m so excited for you and love the premise of your new book! I want to learn how to make my home a peaceful sanctuary.

  369. What an awesome accomplishment for you! Your Blog is my absolute favorite! I am looking forward to having a copy of your new book!

  370. Awesome!! what a wonderful concept and lovely way to live and enjoy ‘home’ cant wait to see more of the book, I need it and what perfect timing, It is said when the teacher is needed they will appear (dont have correct wording but I remember the basis of it) I have come through a tumultous abusive marraige now divorced and my living quarters have been my safe sanctuary but its like my mind a cluttered mess reading your book would give me insight to putting into practise for it to become a welcoming place instead of a few dark areas overlaided with layers and layers of uneasy mess. Please select me to win one of your fantastic books, I would treasure your advice, read over and over and love putting into practise, so I can start welcoming family and friends back into my life. It really would be life changing for me.

  371. kimBinAK says

    Congratulations! So happy for you Michelle, for the print release of “Love the Home You Have” I greatly enjoy your blog and look forward to having a copy of my very own :) Blessings on you and your family!

  372. I can’t wait to read your book! I have always felt that making your home a sanctuary was very important and has never gotten the attention that it deserves. You have brought LIGHT to this subject and hopefully inspired others to have more than just conversation on the topic. I love your blog and feel as you’re a kindred spirit.

  373. Enjoy reading your blog and your home is beautiful. I have struggled to learn to love the home I have, hoping your book will inspire me!

  374. kimBinAK says

    So sorry, Melissa – I called you Michelle… My apologies… :?

  375. Lisa Morrow says

    The name of your blog is so perfect because each time I read what you write I am INSPIRED! Thank you for bringing us into your day to day creativeness and allowing us to be a part of your family. Can’t wait to read!!!!

  376. I recently discovered you blog, and it has already inspired me to look at my home in new ways. There is something comforting and encouraging in your posts. I am very happy for you and wish you great success with your book

  377. Denise. Kass says

    I want to thank you so much for sharing your journey. Your voice in your blog is so warm and approachable I feel like we are old friends. Just as I was removing the white lights from my mantle and moving my sailboat around, there you were talking about the mantle. We are psychic friends too. I look forward to opening my mail and seeing a message from you. I sincerely wish you continued success and I would like you to know that in your wonders, trys, advice, plans, hopes and dreams I hear your honesty and warmth and I appreciate it so much. Thank you for opening your heart. Warm Regards, Denise

  378. Congrats…! I love your blog and really look forward to reading the book, I’m going to win. :)

  379. Christie P says

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it!

  380. Congratulations Melissa on your first book! I’m sure it will be very informative! Blessings to you & your family. Melody

  381. NYC Nana says

    You have been so inspiring to me- I love gleaning wisdom from your blog. Thank you!

    P.S. Congrats on your book- Yay!!!!

  382. Yes you inspire me to want my home to be my home. Your ideas are very inspiring of course and make me want to make my home better. I am excited about your book and all it has to offer. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us.

  383. Boy do I need this book! Congratulations, and thank you for the chance to win a copy!

  384. V. Russell says

    ah! this is so exciting! congratulations!

  385. I am so excited for you. I hope Jack & Lilly are in it!

  386. Melissa and daughters:
    I am feeling your pride. What a gift you have been given and how nice of you to share it with all of us! Take your time and savor all of it. What a wonderful journey!
    I look forward to reading your book!

  387. Lynn Czap says

    Can’t wait to read your new book!

  388. I so much enjoy your website; it has inspired some welcome changes in my home and I hope to continue to be inspired by it. I’m sure the book is wonderful too!

  389. Can’t wait to see your book! Best luck!

  390. Congratulations, Melissa!!! I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to see your book!

  391. I had it in my cart on Amazon! Can’t wait to see it!

  392. SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! You should be very proud!
    Would love to have a copy! Thanks for the opportunity to maybe win one!

  393. windy rodriguez says

    I love my job (homemaker) and my place of work (home). :)

  394. So happy for you! Your first book looks and sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to read it.

  395. YOU WROTE A BOOK! So exciting! I know I will someday. Can’t wait to get my hands on yours!

  396. Congratulations!!! Love your blog and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of your book!!!

  397. Congratulations on your book. Can’t wait to actually be able to read it from cover to cover.
    Would love to win a copy that would be nice.

  398. MELISSA!!!!! How exciting! I’m so happy for you.

  399. Congratulations! You sound so amazingly happy, I can feel your enthusiasm bouncing off the screen!! And off the pages of your delightful looking book! I am anxious to hold a copy on my hand and feel the love and devotion you have obviously poured into it.

  400. Christen Daudelin says

    Well done! Really looking forward to reading your book, your blog is fantastic and am sure your book will be just as wonderful!

  401. Isabella R says

    Thanks for inspire me to make my home and sanctuary beautiful every day. God Bless you!!!

  402. Ohh…, thanks for the great wedding shower gift idea for my niece! Your book looks fabulous. (and Inspiring!)

  403. Congratulations! The book looks great – I cannot wait to read it! I completely get your urge to hold your book and take pictures of it – it is my dream to be published someday. Lovely pic of you and your daughter – you could be twins ;)

  404. I’m so happy for you – what an amazing achievement. I will be excited to read your book.

  405. Thanks for this giveaway–my niece just moved and this will be hers.

  406. Sherri F. says

    How exciting! Congratulations! I have followed your blog for a long time and you inspire me.

  407. Kelly A. says

    Congrats on the book!

  408. Kathleen says

    Wow, what a great book topic.

  409. Congratulations Melissa! I am so happy for you! You were the first blog I started following and the others just don’t measure up to yours. You are so inspiring and I love Jack too,

  410. Congratulations! I love your blog and can’t wait to get a copy of your book.

  411. Dave Darval says

    Congrats on the book. I would love to have a copy!

  412. Jennifer says

    Can’t wait to read it!! So happy for you!

  413. I have been reading your blog for several years now and it is absolutely one of my must-reads! I am so excited for you and your TWO new books! Thank you for the chance to win one:)

  414. You have inspired me more than you can imagine! Before coming across your website I was feeling really down about my home. We have lived here for over 30 years and I recently retired. Now I need a different feel and style in my home. Less formal, more relaxed and comfy. But now I am retired I don’t have the money I used to have. I cam across your blog via pinterest, and I feel so lucky, after reading some of your posts I have a new inspiration to take what I have and create the home I need now. I’ve event started blogging about it! Thanks so much for the confidence and inspiration Melissa, I will be forever grateful.
    Congratulations on the new book, I hope it inspires lots of others like myself!

    • Aw, that made my night. Very kind. I’m so happy the blog helps you, I love coming here to share and knowing there are wonderful people out there like you who are making a house a home too. Congratulations on your blog, too!

  415. thanks for reminding me that flawed or not our homes give us a soft place to land…..I always enjoy catching up on inspired room. Thanks and congratulations!

  416. Melissa you sound so excited and I would be too. You should be very proud!
    Love Nat

  417. I really love your style! And I can’t wait to read your book whether I win it or buy it :)

  418. Congratulations and may the Lord bless you and others through this book. I love your blog because as I read I feel so encouraged. You are a woman of grace and love for your family. Rejoice!!!!
    Thank you Thank you Thank you.
    You go girl!!!!

  419. I would love to win this book… Thank you for the opportunity! Even the cover is inspiring. I love the title. Congratulations!

  420. I just started reading your blog last year when you came in first in a magazine. I have enjoyed your lovely, welcoming home and reading about your choices. I have always made any home I was living in cozy and the place I love to be. I would be so pleased to win a copy of your new book.

  421. Donna Shaw says

    there is nothing more rewarding than being comfortable in the space that you have created to nurture your family and your own soul.

  422. Kiera Hovey says

    You are an inspiration and I look forward to reading your book!! Congratulations!!

  423. Eve Lewis says

    Excited for you! Will look forward to seeing it. “A dream fulfilled is a tree of life” Oroverbs 13:12

  424. Wendy Sievers says

    I enjoy reading your blog and can’t wait to have your new book in my hand, too. It is wonderful to see someone whose passion has turned into a successful career. Thanks for sharing!

  425. The first of eight books? I can’t wait to hear more!

  426. Jennifer says

    Congrats! Looking forward to reading your new book!

  427. Cynthia Pond says

    It is so great that you are sharing your inspiration with all of us, thank you. I have always loved decorating but never had the budget and got stumped with where to start. Recently I just finished and the key was to just jump in and do what you like don’t overthink it or worry about what others would do. Looking forward to reading your book

  428. Catherine says

    I have been enjoying your blog for almost a year now. I love your style and you always provide some inspiration that is so worthwhile!

  429. Congratulations, Melissa! Your book will be awesome and I’m so looking forward to it!

  430. Judy Durham says

    I have followed your blog for a long time ~ love your style!!!

  431. Jennifer D. says

    Congratulations on the new book! It sounds fabulous! I’ve been looking for some new coffee table books too. Excited about your next book too!!

  432. Congratulations!

    Glad to hear it’s available on March 31! I will be pre-ordering copies at Barnes and Noble on March 9! One for myself and a few for gifts!!

    I was so excited to see your post this morning that I rushed to Barnes and Noble to get my copy but realized later it wasn’t on shelves yet!! See, you are not the only one who is super excited!!

  433. So excited with you over the release of your book! I’m looking forward to enjoying your book as I sip a cup of tea. Appreciate all you share.

  434. So pleased for you Melissa…how exciting to write (and publish) your own book! Congratulations. Your blog has been an inspiration to this old lady…I enjoy your home decor ideas as we are never to old to see our homes with fresh eyes. Thanks for offering a give-away of the book…that’s always fun.

  435. Kim Schadrack says

    I can’t imagine the excitement you feel of having your own book published and out in the world! I look forward to reading my own copy.

  436. Anabel Walton says

    Congratulations! Yours is a very inspiring journey to follow!

  437. Diane Cummings says

    Hi Melissa-I am so, so happy for you. I cannot imagine the happiness you must be feeling in publishing your first book! A long time ago, I pre-ordered the book at Amazon. I cannot wait to get it into MY hands and examine it too. :) Good for you for staying the course and making this a reality in your life! We are in the process of building a new home and will be in soon-end of April. I have had so much fun being inspired by all of your posts. And, of course, we have a mutual love of GoldenDoodles. :)

  438. Susan Garrity says

    Congratulations! Your insights, descriptions, clever ideas, and beautiful photos are tools that help me to identify and drill down ways I can improve my home. I especially need help in figuring out how to edit and classify and group objects, and every time I consult your blog I have at least one “Ah ha!” moment that sets me on a more informed and confident path to loving my home more. The process is a less lonely and more fun adventure because of you. Thank you! Sooooo excited for the entire series!

  439. Elizabeth says

    You are my favorite! I know the book is fabulous since you wrote it.

  440. Christina Pearson says

    I’ve only recently started reading your blog but already I love the simplicity and authenticity that you share. And clearly, you love the home you’re in!

  441. Congrats Melissa!! You must be so thrilled to see your ideas in print, and I can’t wait to read them too. I really love your blog.

  442. First of all, congratulations on the publishing of your book. I know it will be an inspiration to me, the same as The Inspired Room has been. I live in an apt., so I’m unable to change a lot of thing, but I’m still inspired by the idea of loving what you have. I would be so thrilled to be chosen to received one of the five give away copies. My best to you as you continue to inspire.

  443. Would love to win a copy.

  444. I look forward to reading your book!

  445. Congrats! Looks beautiful:)

  446. Sandy Guy says

    Congratulations!! Love your posts!!

  447. I do love my little home! I would also love to read your book.

  448. Patti Rae says

    I would love a copy of your book!

  449. Pamela Cook says

    Congratulations!! I wish I could remember how I stumbled upon your blog, but I cannot. I am just so happy that I did. I don’t follow any other blogs except yours. I don’t know, maybe my wackadoodle labradoodle, also named Jack, found it and left it up on my laptop ?? I love your posts on FB. Can’t wait to order the new book. I live in a 1946 bungalow that has tons of charm but also needs some help. I am hoping to be inspired by your new book and love this home even more.

  450. Melinda Young says

    Congrats on your book! Let the sun shine!

  451. I can’t wait to read your book, congrats on being an author. I will be pre-ordering as well and would love to have a copy for a gift!

  452. I want to read your book!

  453. Love the blog! Can’t wait to read the book!

  454. I’m a new reader and just found your Home Goals worksheets. I see some projects in my future! Congratulations on your book and continued success!

  455. Would also love a copy of your book, love to decorate to and love your blog.

  456. Sandra Bayzat says

    Good Luck! I have enjoyed your site for years….I would sneak time at work (on my break of course!) to tune in to see what you were up to…..What a progression of rooms and words of wisdom! Again…good luck….maybe all your readers will run out and buy a copy. Wouldn’t that be fantastic!


  457. Excited about Barnes and Nobles’ offer – my favorite bookstore! Can’t wait for the book :-)

  458. Wising you the best of luck with your new book it should be as great as your blog. I never am lucky with giveaways this would be a great place to change my luck besides I have the best spot picked out to place this book

  459. I am excited to read your book.

  460. Karen on Bainbridge Island says

    Melissa, your words, whether online or in print, have meaning to those who read those words. You have welcomed us, your readers, into your home and your life, which is to our benefit. How wonderful that there is a reward for you as well…knowing you have a following, people who take to heart and find pleasure in what you have to say.

    And now another I’m sure, but more than that, knowing that your messages to us about our homes is important enough to be preserved in print. It’s an opportunity of us to read and re-read about how to make our houses into homes, our decorating visions into realities and makes our homes the haven that everyone wishes for.

    Congratulations, my friend.

  461. We’ve only recently discovered your blog and were converted advocates within minutes. We’ve shared may of your posts to our tribe of newbie DIYers and can’t wait to read your book!

  462. Angelika says

    aaahahahahaha. I’m laughing! The cat lady video! Oh man.
    Well, I preordered a copy on Amazon and I will be bringing it to church for a signing ;) You rock!

  463. congrats on the book! I love your blog!!!

  464. Although I’m only a few months into your blog I’m a forever fan! My email is full of The Inspired Room emails. I keep them for reference! I plan on getting a few copies of your book, one for me of course and a couple for gifts. Thanks for sharing :)

  465. The title of your book caught my eye- I’d love to read it!

  466. Congratulations on your new baby!!! You should be so proud. Would love to win your book–I would be one of the first Canadians to have it in my hot little hands and to share with others!

  467. Congratulations on your new baby! It’s always such a pleasure for me to enter the Inspired Room. You’re enthusiasm is always so infectious and makes me feel better about our ‘oh so boring little box of a rental ‘ house. You truly are an inspiration. Good luck with your book and I look forward to placing it on my shelves.. cheers.

  468. Congrats on your new book! Am looking so forward to reading it to glean your insight on creating a comfy and cozy home. So exciting!

  469. Your blog is lovely and I’m sure your book will be, too. My birthday is next week, and what a gift it would be to win your book. Congratulations on all you’ve accomplished!

  470. I am SO excited for this book! I’ve been struggling with a love/hate relationship with our current apartment. I want to love our home but at the same time the place causes me nothing but grief. I can’t wait to read what your tips and tricks are. Congrats on such an accomplishment!

  471. So excited for your book to be available. What a great accomplishment! So blessed that all of your hard work is paying off :)

  472. You are so creative. Whether it be a seasonal change or organizing it is always a doable for your readers. I use a lot of your ideas. I would love to have a copy of your book. Congratulation on your new book.

  473. I already have my copy reserved but would love to win one for my mom. Congrats!

  474. Rita Nelson says

    Can’t wait to get my hands on your book!

  475. I’ve been reading your blog for a long time now and can’t wait to read your new book! Your decorating approach and style caught my eye and kept me coming back. Keep writing and thank you!

  476. Thank you for sharing what you love. I have been a follower for a long time. I am always on a tight budget and your blog always gives me hope, that i can do something fresh even on a tiny budget. Congratulations on your book, im excited for you!


  477. so happy and proud for you! You are such an inspiration to all us homeMAKERS out here

  478. I’m passionate about home, family and making memories! Can’t wait to read your book to inspire more ways to love my home!!

  479. Christine says

    I would love to have the book. But if I don’t get selected, I will buy it from Barnes and Noble for sure. I love reading your posts and looking at the pictures. I love your hickory flooring. Anyway, I love fixing up my own little place, too. I know it is VERY exciting to have a book published. Happy for you.

  480. Looks like a great book!! How exciting for you!

  481. Bessie Chan says

    Melissa, congratulations !!!! Will I get your autograph as well if I am lucky enough to win your wonderful nook ? Totally love your style !!!

  482. I always appreciate reading what you have to share. I know your book is a labor of love and full of wonderful inspiration for us all. Can’t wait to read it.

  483. can’t wait for the book to be out! i live in a remote town in india and they usually don’t ship pretty much most of the stuff here- hope to be able to pick up your book in an airport bookstore on one of my flights soon!

    thanks for the inspiration!

    • Hi Priya! Yes, I know my publisher is trying to get my book in airport bookstores so hopefully you’ll be able to! If you don’t see it, you could email me your address and maybe I could figure out how to get it to you!

  484. I’ve been inspired by your blog for a long time! How fantastic to see your work in book form!

  485. Jen White says

    youve inspired me to own not ONE but TWO goldendoodles!!! I somehow turned into the crazy Goldendoodle lady lol!!! I’m really hoping to see Jack and Lilly in this book!!!

    • Ha! That’s awesome. This first book doesn’t have photos in it, but the next book called The Inspired Room (a coffee table photo book) does and I’m certain you’ll be seeing Jack and Lily (and maybe Bella too)!

  486. We are in the process of updating our home and your blog has been such an inspiration to me to let my personality come through in the remodel and not just go with what is currently trendy. Thank you for giving me the insight to appreciate this and enjoy the process.

  487. Good morning Melissa! I can’t wait to get my hands on your book. I’m a girl whose moved so many times since I started out with my first rental at 17. Through these past 39 years and all the moves somewhere along the way I gave up without really knowing it. I wait to put anything on the walls,leave things unpacked, etc. But I don’t want to do that anymore and I’ve so enjoyed your posts.They have inspired me. I’m excited again. Thank you for that and again I’m anxious to get YOUR book!!!! Have an awesome day.

  488. Congratulations on your book! Love your blog.

  489. Graziela says

    congratulations to you on your book! I’ve been following your blog for a few years now and just live your style. We inherited our home and really dislike it, it’s not what we have chosen but it’s a roof over our heads and paid for. We are slowly changing things, the next big thing is a kitchen remodel, I often look to your kitchen for ideas. I can’t tell you how often I show other people your home, and those floors!!!! Thank you for the opportunity! Best wishes to you!

  490. Cindy Taylor says

    I’m looking forward to your book.

  491. So excited for you! Congrats!!!!!

  492. congratulations and thank you for the giveaway.

  493. Congratulations on the book!

  494. How exciting! Congratulations….a proud moment to be sure! I’ve enjoyed reading your your site for a very long time and and it’s certainly inspired me in many different ways to enjoy our very old home that we’ve lived in and raised nine children in for over 35 years. Thanks so much for your inspiration and I would love to win a copy of your new book….it looks wonderful!

  495. Selina Rogers says

    A moment to truly treasure. I get excited when a book I’ve been waiting for hits the shelves so can’t begin to imagine how exciting & special holding a book you created must feel. Congratulations. Your blog and constant support from afar via this amazing virtual world is something else to be seriously proud of. I follow your updates & LOVE the photos but most of all I love being able to pep myself up & remind myself of the simple steps to creating little spaces of love & happiness around my home by simply visiting your site. Thank you for sharing x

  496. So excited about your new book! Congratulations!

  497. I can’t wait to hold this beautiful book in my hands! I couldn’t be happier for you.

  498. I love your dogs (they brighten my day!) and your book looks great! Congratulations!

  499. Nancy Wallace says

    I would love to win a copy of your book. Congratulations on writing your first book. That is quite a feat!

  500. Debora J says

    Thank you! May God continue to bless you as you share your life, loves and inspirations.

  501. I can’t wait to grab the book, excited for the amazing 50% off pre-order too!

  502. your new book sounds wonderful, and I would love to win a copy. We purchased an old home 4 years ago and I love it.

  503. Stephanie says

    Congrats! I want to be happiest at home and invite others in to add memories and more happiness!

  504. I love your message! And I can’t wait to see your book! Congratulations!!! :)

  505. Claire Faulkner says

    I have been SO encouraged by your blog and now am thrilled to read your book!! Thank you for sharing the gifts God has given you in creating a home that’s a haven and life-giving space!

  506. Tardevil says

    Congrats on the book! Can’t wait to pick up a copy!

  507. Fabulous! Proof that living well and being true to yourself have rewards.

  508. Judy C in NC says

    I am so happy for you and congratulations on such a wonderful achievement – I already know it must be remarkable and full of good inspiration and information. Thank you for thinking of us by offering your book giveaway. Judy C in NC

  509. I’m so excited for you! I have just recently begun to follow you, and what attracts me is that asking with lovely pictures and decorating ideas, you understand what HOME is. Love The Home You Have is exactly the journey I have been on, as well. Congratulations!

  510. Your blog was the first one I read and even encouraged me to start my own blog.

    Congratulations on your first book! Can’t wait to read it.

  511. Congrats on your new book! I have been following you on Facebook for a few years now as I have wanted to change the way I feel about my home and the way I feel in my home as well. Slow little steps and inspiration all the time from your blog. Again excited about your new book!

  512. Love this concept! A great idea to make changes in our homes so we can love them!

  513. Leslie B says

    Congrats on the book! I have been in my home over a year now and it is still not furnished to my liking. I’m also currently saving for my wedding so I haven’t been able to buy things for the house really. This is a great reminder that I need to stop and love my home just as it is now. The fact that I own my own home is a great accomplishment and there is something beautiful in living in the moment. Thank you!

  514. Congrats! Looking forward to reading your book!

  515. Can’t wait to read your book!

  516. How exciting! I could really use this book right now, seriously going through some “want a new house” phase. I need to love the hone I have.

  517. I stumbles across this blog about a year ago and LOVE it. I can’t wait to read the book!

  518. Judith Gollihar says

    After 50years of marriage, I will now have to figure out a home for me. Your blog (and I am sure the book) have and will give me great ideas on how to make my home right for me.

  519. This book looks like it would be good for me. If I had a mantra it would be “Repurpose-Recycle-Reuse”. I’m always looking for ways to use the things that I already have to make a comfortable home for my family. If you picked me I would be super excited!

  520. Angela Berghout says

    I think the message you give that your home is a work in progress and that REAL people and the pets they love, live in it is the one that speaks to me. I’m grateful for the home I have and I dream of what it may be one day!

  521. I really enjoy your blog and am excited to get the book.

  522. Looking forward to reading your book! Great message!!

  523. Can’t wait to read your book! I need help with ideas for my newly purchased dated ranch.

  524. Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it!

  525. Jennyfer M. says


  526. Looking forward to your book… My hobby is decorating and I enjoy looking at all kinds
    of decorating books. One of my favorite
    pastimes is to browse furniture stores to check out all the different rooms and accessories. It brings so much joy and happiness to decorate with what you love.

  527. I’ve been in my house for 20+ years and still don’t love it. This sounds like not only a book I would enjoy, but one I need. Congratulations on your success, I’m sure it’s just the beginning of a long, and fun new journey.

  528. Hi Melissa,
    I am a young mother of 4 sweet babies and my husband and I have moved about 10 times in 6 years of marriage, and each time I wanted so much to make a home for my little (growing) family. I have turned to your blog often for comfort, inspiration, and even advice during some of those long months in tiny apartments and homes. I am glad to have a book I can look forward to reading. It has been a long time since I have wanted to spend any free time on a book :) I hope I win one, but even if I don’t I plan to purchase a copy soon!

  529. Hmm. Dilemna. Should I cancel my Amazon pre-order to get it on sale from Barnes and Noble? ;-)

    Congratulations, Melissa!

  530. Love to give the book to my daughter who is a new home owner. You have a great message about practical simple beauty in the home

  531. Congratulations and thank you for the giveaway! I’m hoping I win! LOL!!! I’m pushing through and trying to get my home in shape and sometimes it’s so hard to find inspiration among all of the necessary chores, etc that comes along with a family of six. I think I do an ok job, but could always use help, especially when it’s from such a great source!

  532. Janet Mahala says

    I can’t wait to get a copy of your book. I am new to following your blog but look forward to your post. Best of luck with your book.

  533. Three thumbs up from the over 60 crowd! You have Inspired us ALL with your ideas and love of home. I plan on giving a copy of your book to my daughter and saving a copy for my new granddaughter. Thank you

  534. Many many congratulations! It is so wonderful to see you so very happy for your book. It surely is an achievement and something that you can be proud of for many years to come.
    It really makes me truly happy for you and your family and I love to see the happiness and satisfaction in your eyes. Wish you all the very best of everything in life. You are an inspiration!

  535. I NEED this book!! Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

  536. I live in a 100+ yr old farmhouse we’re. All oat 2 years into renovating. My flooring has been in atoeage a year. We havent had a sofa or even dining chsirs now in pver 6 months.
    I don’t. Know whether to cry or give up. And burn it down. If it weren’t. For the fish upstairs…. Lol

    But srsly. I started this renovation journey so I would love my home. So it would be comfortable for us… And the people we love who we wanted to spend more time with at home…

    Maybe your book could inspire the last little oomph we need to get’er done.

  537. I can’t wait to read it!

  538. can’t wait to read this book, thank you so much for writing it!

  539. Joan VanDewater says

    Love the premise of your book. Discontentment is taught and caught so easily these days. I’d love to read your ideas of contentment and changing perspective about the home I have, not the house I could have one day. Congrats on the “birth” of your book baby! ;-)

  540. I just pre-ordered a copy of your book!
    Congrats on such a fulfilling achievement!!
    Can’t wait to read your words :)

  541. so awesome! so exciting! I enjoy your blog and I’m sure I will enjoy the book when it comes out….can’t wait! Congratulations!

  542. Lori Bynes says

    I can’t remember how long I’ve been following you, but you’re the first blog of about 30 I regularly read each day (unless Jack has an entry, then HE’S first!). I’m so excited to share your view of a balancing contentment with DIY with family and friends. Congratulations on your new baby. Hope you sell millions.

  543. Can’t wait to start reading!

  544. This looks like a great book! Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it.

  545. I am really looking forward to your book. I have been struggling to love my house for 25+ years. I am always changing the arrangements searching for the comfortable one. I like/love most of my furniture and accessories, I just have a problem with placement. I was not born with the skill/gift of decorating LOL.

  546. Congrats! So excited for you and cannot wait to read the book. I have followed your blog for many years and just love it.

  547. Hey, LOVE interior design. It is my passion in life. Just moved into an old 1917 fixer upper and thinking about ways to make it a great, beautiful, historic place. Would love a copy of your book!

  548. Congratulations on your first…. of many…. books!!! I am looking forward to reading it!!

  549. Melissa: I have a question (that I am sure you might answer in your book, but I am too impatient:)) How do you work with Hand Me Downs/ what you have even when it isn’t right? I have a lovely couch in a yellow color (not my favorite color, but very comfortable, I love the shape and I would like to recover it one day), and a big beautiful green rug (that I love on its own, but it has to be in the room with the yellow couch because of the size of the room/rug) Some day (when I don’t have a little one, and a million other things don’t need to be fixed in the house) I would love to recover the couch to work with the rug…, but today I am struggling to “work with what I have”. Do you have any practical suggestions on how to work with “bossy furniture” that sometimes needs to reside together? Should I be looking for that tip in your book?

    • Yes, I do talk about the need to work with what we have and I offer some tips on setting up a room comfortably and bringing unity even when you don’t love each piece. I think finding some throw pillows that you like on the couch will help you divert your eyes to something you do like and unify your room a bit more so it can be comfortable enough to live with until the day you can recover it! You maybe could even layer a rug over the green one, I used to do that when I hated my carpet! I put a sisal rug over the carpet and it helped! :) Good luck and I hope you’ll enjoy the book (and the next one coming out in the fall with a lot of decorating helps and tips!).

  550. Oh, wow, I just really love how touchable your book sounds. There’s nothing like the feel and smell of a good book! Can’t wait to read it and the others in your series. Your blog is such a blessing and now there’s a whole series of books to look forward to. Can barely wait! Thanks for writing and congratulations!

  551. I think this is going to be a great book. Looking forward to the other one as well!

  552. What an amazing accomplishment! Excited for you to share it with the world!

  553. Catherine Hamilton says

    I have always wanted my home to be a sanctuary for anyone who entered. My husband and I are just beginning the “empty nest” season of life. I want my children to look forward to coming home. Having just discovered your blog, I look forward
    To your new posts each day after a long day of being a schoolteacher. Thank you for your blog!

  554. What a beautiful book! I am looking forward to reading it!

  555. donna reed says

    Your book sound interesting. I look forward to reading it.

  556. Congratulations on your book. I’m excited about reading it.

  557. It’s so thrilling to see someone achieve a lifelong dream! Many blessings to you and your family. Can’t wait to read it – congrats!

  558. I love your blog! I’m sure I’ll love your book, too!

  559. Laurie Takens says

    Can’t wait to read this Melissa….I’ve loved your blog for years!!

  560. Cathleen says

    Love the blog! Congratulations!

  561. Congratulations on getting this published. We need more fun reading materials out there.

  562. Congratulations! Looks like a beautiful book : ) Very excited to get it. Thanks for a chance to win.

  563. Congrats! Your blog and were the reasons I started my own blog. Keep the inspiration coming.

  564. Melissa, just the book I need to read! I’m a messy and need help making my home comfortable and happy!

  565. Angela May says

    I am new to your blog and I feel like I found a treasure! Can’t wait to get this book.

  566. Melissa, how exciting!! I’m sure we will all love your book…just like your blog :) Thanks for the giveaway!!

  567. barbara summey says

    I need a new book: and love your Harvest Publishers give aways: This is a Georgia Peach asking for a book:

  568. YarnyDragonfly says

    I would love to have this book! Please pick me!

  569. Mary Ann says

    How fun to have a book of your very own expertise published! Way to go! Would love to win a copy.

  570. I’m hearing that great song “Anticipation” over and over! Congrats to you!

  571. Courtney says

    You go girl! Your own published book – what an accomplishment! Congratulations!

  572. So delighted to finally see your first book. The cover looks great, really fun. Enjoy the journey!

  573. So exciting!!!

  574. So excited for your new book. I notticed I share many of the books on your bookshelves. Can’t wait to add yours!

  575. Nancy Bryden says

    Looks adorable…can’t wait for a real book!

  576. I would love to have a copy of your book. I’d also like your dog. :-)

  577. Kathy Plaia says

    Just read my e-mails and I missed the pre order opportunity by 1 day. I hope I win a free copy. Your blob is truly inspiring!

  578. Kathy Plaia says

    Sorry, the previous message should have read ” Your BLOG is truly inspiring. I don1t think you have a blob!

  579. Julie Dodge says

    Yours is the first blog I have ever followed. Im new to this, but I would love to win a copy of your book. Your blog is so uplifting and inspiring to me, I can imagine how fantastic the book will be!

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