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The Inspired Room {Book Cover Reveal and Behind the Scenes}

by | Jul 9, 2015 | Decorating Inspiration, My Books, My Life | 32 comments

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Today I’m so excited to officially reveal the cover for The Inspired Room book!

I’ve been a busy little bee behind the scenes working on my second book, The Inspired Room, due out on November 1! It is finally FINISHED! My first book, Love The Home You Have, a New York Times Bestseller (say WHAT?), was full of encouragement and ideas for simple and practical ways you can show love to your home and find contentment right where you are (whether you adore your home or not!). It contains the philosophy on which I built this community here on The Inspired Room, so it really was a perfect starting point for my first book.

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This new book is about decorating your home (with lots of inspiration and practical affordable tips for how to decorate and create a home you’ll love) featuring my own humble home in full color photographs taken by ME and my daughter Courtney (OH MY GOSH, what a job that was and how scary knowing my house is in a book, hahah!). You’ll also be so excited because it has the CUTEST hand drawn art by Nicole Johnson, the same talented artist who created the adorable art in Love the Home You Have! The design is cute all around, I cannot wait for you to see the whole thing!

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I can’t believe this book is DONE and off to the printer now. I think I’m still recovering from the effort, ha, but what a HUGE relief it was to have my girls a part of this fun adventure and such a talented team at Harvest House and Faceout Studio to take my words and photos and turn it into a very special and unique book.

As you probably can imagine, selecting and designing a book cover is a group effort involving many many people. Like many authors, I had a vision for what I dreamed this book might look like. Unlike what you’ll find on the cover of most design books or coffee table books, I didn’t want a photo! I wanted it to feel special, because this book is for KINDRED SPIRITS!

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I wanted it to be a book you would see on the shelf and want to run over and pick it up and hug it tight (I mean, honestly, WHY not? If you are going to buy a book you might as well love it, right?). I wanted you to be happy to carry around with you as you dream about your home or to set it on your coffee table or shelf to inspire you to create a beautiful home, right where you are.

I wanted the cover to be fresh, fun, whimsical, and friendly. I wanted it to have its own personality, some texture, lively colors and an interesting pattern that would not only be a pretty book, but would remind you of what a home should be. Home is where you LIVE, it’s not a showplace. A home should be uniquely designed for happiness, creativity, and memorable moments to happen. It’s where love should shine through.

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I knew instantly when I saw this cover design that it was THE ONE. And not only was it the one, but it is also the prettiest cover you’ll ever see because those little coppery leaves are actually going to be beautiful COPPER LEAF! They shimmer and shine because those subtle details matter!

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While this book features my home and my words, photos and ideas, this book is for you. It’s not a book designed to impress you, but rather it is designed to inspire and encourage you. And it isn’t to show off the most perfectly styled houses I could find or from hundreds of well-appointed rooms of design clients, but rather a book that invites you in to my imperfect, never finished and always in process home.

The Inspired Room book offers ideas for creating a real-life home on a reasonable budget, using what you have or what you can gather and design over time. Whether you are living in a home that is perfect for you already or you are at the beginning of your journey to make a home, an authentic home is always created one day at a time, starting right where you are. This book is for anyone who knows how important it is to have a home you truly love and are content with, wherever that might be.

Best of all, while this book is a high quality, large format, 208 page beautifully designed full-color photo book, it is surprisingly affordable. While many similar coffee table books I adore are $30 to $75 (!),  The Inspired Room retails at $26.95 and you can pre-order it on Barnes and Noble or Amazon for closer to $20! It would make a lovely gift for a wedding shower, Christmas, birthday or housewarming gift, too! If you pre-order the book, you’ll receive it when it releases in November and you’ll be one of the first to have it so it would be perfect for holiday gift giving.

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I cannot wait to share more about the book and the process of writing it and photographing it. My girls and I had such a great time dreaming about and working on this book, visiting Harvest House to help with the layout and to work alongside our awesome team there, and finally, celebrating its completion!

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This book was created with a lot of love, laughs, late nights and of course, early mornings at coffee shops.

I’ll be at the Haven Conference in Atlanta next week, Marian aka Miss Mustard Seed and I will be sharing some of our book-writing stories and tips for publishing a book so if you happen to be there, come to our session and let’s meet face to face!

Thanks again for how supportive and kind you’ve all been to me and my family through this journey, I’m humbled and grateful for your encouragement.

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>> Pre-order your copy of The Inspired Room at Barnes and Noble or Amazon! <<

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    Great article. How exciting another book release. Can’t wait just pre ordered mine at Amazon (no grass grows under my feet haha) Your first book is something I go back to re-read to pick up something I either didn’t get the first time or in my case have forgotten haha. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the cover of book number 2 it is so sweet the pattern would make a great pillow (food for thought). Have a great time with this new book. I hope there is lots of pictures of Jack and Lily love those dogs.

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    I love love love the new cover! I’m so excited to read this book. Love The Home You Have was a game changer for me. I can’t wait to finally meet you at Haven! Hugs, CoCo

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    I’m so excited to see your dream coming true. The cover is so you, and absolutely stunning! I love that you think of your readers as kindred spirits. How fun that the leaves will have real copper leaf on them….so perfect for a coffee table book… and just the kind of book I would like to have out. I am so looking forward to seeing your newest baby.

    Congratulations and may God’s favor be yours in abundance. [[hugs]]

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      Thank you Diane! It’s wonderful to have readers like you who I enjoy visiting with so much every day! xo & blessings

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    Congratulations on your 2nd book. The cover is beautiful! I can’t wait to see what’s inside. I’ll be at Haven next week too and hope I get a chance to meet you.

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    It looks wonderful Melissa!

    I am so thrilled for you that God is using you to encourage women to love their homes, to delight in making them places of comfort, welcome and beauty.

    So excited for this new book!

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    SO awesome – congratulations! What a journey you are on!

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    Congratulations, how exciting and I agree, the cover is a beauty!

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    OMG, you’ll be at Haven!? Can we take a selfie??

    The book is SO beautiful already just from the outside. I have enjoyed the #lovethehomeyouhave book SO MUCH and I am confident this book will be enjoyable, too!

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      Ha, YES! I have to leave right after my session so come find me and let’s take a selfie! Can’t wait!

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    Oh, wow! I am so excited for the next book, Melissa. :) Your first book spoke to my heart! I love the cover of the new book, and it looks like another hit for sure!

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    Truely beautiful, this cover!! Congratulations Melissa (and girls): again something to be proud of!

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    Cannot wait to see this book, Melissa! I loved the first one and I know this book will be no different. And that cover? Beautiful and so fitting of your style. Love! :)

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    I can’t wait to get this copper leaf book cover in my hands!!! It’s a beauty :)

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    Congratulations on the second book! It is beautiful and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

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    What a monumental undertaking! Thanks so much for giving us a little behind the scenes peek. How exciting for you and your girls. Best of luck and congrats on the beautiful cover art and the love and inspiration inside!

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    Preordered mine today!

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    I am so thrilled for you and love, love, love the cover! I can’t wait to get my preordered book and buying a few extra for gifts.

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    Pre-ordered the new book!! How exciting! It looks and sounds beautiful. So far I’ve gifted the first one to a half- dozen friends and they all tell me they loving it – and writing in it and storing tear sheets and swatches between the pages. It’s a terrific birthday present – very affordable, adorable, and something everyone is interested in – a more comfortable home!
    I’d love to hear you talk about publishing your books. Maybe you can describe it for us! Enjoy the trip. Your kindred spirit – Lyzz Pickle

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      Thank you so much, that means a lot to me! I’d be happy to share more on the book publishing. It’s pretty surreal so it’s fun to give some behind the scenes details! Thanks so much Lyzz, it’s wonderful to have lovely friends out there to share the journey with me!

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    Melissa, that’s wonderful news! I’d love to review it. I’m sure it is just as inspiring as your first book. Speaking of which, I’ve been loving the home I have and have made some real breakthroughs in organization. I expect to be quite streamlined by the end of the year!

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    Ahhhmazing..you are one busy lady.. It’s truly a piece of art and I can’t wait to read…so happy for you and all your accomplishments..

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    Very pretty! Can’t wait to see it!

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    Melissa, I loved your first book and am looking forward or reading this one as well. Wishing you continued success on your creative journey.

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    It looks beautiful.

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    Congratulations! The cover is lovely-can’t wait to read it!

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    I preordered two copies from amazon. One for me, one for my daughter in law. I save so many of your blogs for future reference , I’m hoping this is easier for referencing. I’m so excited!!

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    Congratulations Melissa! This looks like another lovely book! May it be a blessing to many!

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    What you wanted in a cover? Nailed it!

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    This is so exciting. Congratulations! I really liked the design of your book cover

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