share post

Drive By {Reader Edition}

by | Jul 26, 2015 | Decorating Inspiration, drive bys

This Post May Contain Affiliate Links. Please Read Our Disclosure Policy here

Drive By {Reader Edition}

Drive By {Reader Edition}

One of the things I’m pretty excited for in my move is my ability to do more drive-bys for you guys. Remember how I used to do those periodically? Yeah, way back then? Well, it was a lot easier to find a lot to show you when I lived in Portland. But now that I’ll be in Seattle, WOWSA! I’ll have lots of snooping to do in the lovely neighborhoods near and around where I’ll be living. :)

If you live near my new place (once I figure out where that will be!), watch out. Ha! I’ll be the one in dark clothes, crouching down behind the bushes trying to take a photo of your front door, or the one driving three miles an hour in front of your house. That’s how you’ll know it’s me. :) It’s going to be like old times!

My husband and I went for a little drive the other day in Seattle and had such a great time. We love looking at everyone’s landscaping, their fences and gates, their window boxes and paint colors and just gathering ideas for our own home. Sometimes we just dream. It’s a free summer date night :).

Drive By {Reader Edition}Queen Anne neighborhood drive-by in Seattle

Ever since I started blogging and going on my drive-bys for you all, I’ve DREAMED of seeing YOUR drive-bys. I have always wanted to see what your favorite houses look like, what neighborhoods you love to drive around or walk in and even a peek at your own house! But there really wasn’t an easy way for me to see, let alone for your fellow friends here at The Inspired Room to see!

But now, I have the solution! On Home Love Stories, you can upload photos of your house, your dream house, your favorite neighborhoods and show off any architectural features that you love look at! I’m so crazy excited about this, y’all, this is really cool and I hope you’ll join in.

It’s easy! Just take your phone camera to your favorite street, a neighborhood of inspiring houses, show off charming houses in your favorite vacation destination, or take photos of great fences and front yards to inspire us. Show us where you live! Here’s a drive-by a reader shared of her hometown of Tacoma, Washington! Just look at those houses! I love getting a glimpse of other parts of the country, world or even in our own neck of the woods. It’s a small world, so come meet your neighhors!

Drive By {Reader Edition}Magnolia neighborhood drive-by in Seattle

Yeah, I know you might worry that it is an invasion of privacy but if the front of the house is visible to anyone passing by and the Google camera could broadcast the same view. And I promise it won’t be nearly as flattering as what you would share, so, no one should be mad! Just avoid showing off their dirty laundry or messy yards for the world to see (which Google does all the time). You can always ask permission if it makes you feel better. I avoid personal details like license plates, people or anything that might upset someone. You don’t have to tell us the street name. I’ve never had anyone complain about their pretty home being featured and complimented, but more than once I’ve had people thank me! 

You can also show off your own home! Many readers have shown me their homes and it’s so much fun to see where you live. I know many of you live in some really cute houses or in charming neighborhoods, so LET’S SEE THEM!

Share yours here!


  1. Jann from Newton Custom Interiors

    Melissa, my husband and I love to look at houses in different neighborhoods where we visit. Either driving by in a car or just walking the neighborhoods. We both love to walk, and I think you see a lot more details that way.

  2. Kay

    HA! We took the dogs to the park this a.m., drove thru McD’s for iced coffees + then did a drive-by in our little town! Wish I’d known about this — but hey! It just gives me another excuse for yet another drive-by! After the Cardinals baseball game, that is!

  3. Nancy

    Thank you Melissa! I feel better about the drive-by photo-taking now. I think I’ll go for a spin right now and see what I can capture. :)

  4. Mary Crozier

    I just purchased your book, Love the Home you Have and thank you for the inspiration. We own a beautiful historical home in Phoenix, AZ and I’ve lost my love for it. Feeling bogged down by daily life, I am hoping your book can set me on the right track again. I recently lost both my parents and was taking care of my Dad at our home, when he died. The feeling of sadness is overwhelming so now is a good time to rearrange, organize and look forward. Today, I re-did the dining room mantle as this home has gorgeous, deep mantles and nearly a fireplace in every room. Just wanted to let you know that you are helping me through my grieving and I am taking positive steps to fall in love with my home again.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Hi Mary, I’m so sorry for your losses. I can’t imagine how hard that must be. I’m sure you feel just numb. Thank you for buying the book! I hope you’ll experience some rekindling of love for your home and can find joy again there. Your home sounds beautiful!

  5. Molly S.

    Fun to catch up on your blog … we are raising our family in Seattle’s Fremont (it’s really Phinney/Fremont/Ballard “Phrellard”) neighborhood and love those old picturesque homes on QA and Magnolia! Well, as long as they are all modern on the inside…

  6. Adrienne

    As a former journalist I learned that it is legal to take pictures of someone’s house as long as you are standing on public property (i.e. the street or sidewalk) and you don’t use a lens that has an abnormally large zoom. But for the sake of privacy, you are right to note that while it technically isn’t illegal, it’s best not to show details like the street name, license plates, or any people. It is always best to ask permission if you can, and people might enjoy knowing where there house is being posted so they can do online and see it featured!

  7. Adrienne

    Goodness gracious, so many type-o’s in my comment! You get the idea though.

  8. Stephanie Davis

    Even when traveling for leisure I get satisfaction out of checking out neighborhoods and daydreaming up a “what I would do with that property” scenario. I had a grand time doing that in some old Hollywood neighborhoods a few months back. It’s a healthy dose of design snooping.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

browse categories:

browse archives:

let’s stay connected!

Follow for daily
Home Inspiration:

get my free decorating guide

home decor inspiration, free downloads,
and more, straight to your inbox