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The Inspired Room Book Tour {Bloggers’ Favorite Rooms!}

The Inspired Room Book Tour {Bloggers' Favorite Rooms!}

Friends, I’m pretty excited to have the opportunity to do something fun here on The Inspired Room. I’ve been blogging for over eight years now and every year I meet the most delightful friends. You would think that it might be risky to make friends on the internet, but much to my surprise I have yet to meet any killers (as far as I know).

So many friends I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in person, and many others that I just know I would adore in real life as much as I do over the internet. I even love those of you who don’t blog, but leave comments for me or have started sharing your home on my free community site Home Love Stories! You are all the best.

Sharing my home with so many kindred spirits is so much fun for me, but getting to see YOUR HOME is extra wonderful. To kick off my book launch (YAY!) many of my friends have offered to post online and share their favorite inspired room and share my book. CUE ALL THE TEARS to have such great friends! Their homes are inspiring. I enjoyed each and every story and photo they shared in their posts on their blogs. You’ll have a chance to share your own “inspired rooms” with us too, so stay tuned to the end of this post.

Today I’m featuring a peek at some of these blogger “inspired rooms” and linking over to their tour so you can enjoy their homes too! I will be featuring more rooms in several posts over the next couple of weeks! I’d love for you to go meet these lovely bloggers and check out their rooms.

The Inspired Room Book Tour {Bloggers' Favorite Rooms!}Wicks Nest

Kristy is one of those people you instantly become friends with because she is just so warm and encouraging. She is a new blogger but I actually met her even before she started blogging via her friendly comments on Instagram. Her home is gorgeous! She shared a room that is in progress, a “man cave” office for her hubby! I love all the little details in the room already, he’s a lucky guy! Go see how it’s coming together!

The Inspired Room Book Tour {Bloggers' Favorite Rooms!}Michaela Noelle Designs

Michaela is our very own contributor here on The Inspired Room and one of the masterminds of The Bloom Workshop, which I had the honor of being a part of here in Seattle last week. She is crazy talented, if you ever have the chance to attend one of her creative workshops around the country, I would not hesitate to go! She’s a college friend of my daughter’s and recently moved to Michigan (to live near her boyfriend, awwww!). She now works as an interior designer to help clients pull together their rooms! Her dining room is so cute, go see!

The Inspired Room Book Tour {Bloggers' Favorite Rooms!}Fox Hollow Cottage

You have to go visit this sweet friend, Shannon. I love how she shares the evolution of this room in her post. Her fireplace is SO different now, as is her whole room. It is really interesting to see how it’s been updated over time to become such an inviting space!

The Inspired Room Book Tour {Bloggers' Favorite Rooms!}At the Picket Fence

Vanessa’s post is fun, she shares the evolution of her fireplace and how she embraced it in every season (even when she didn’t love it). I love what she shared and I was inspired by how she didn’t wait for the perfect mantel to enjoy it! Check out how the fireplace has changed into the gorgeous mantel she has now!

The Inspired Room Book Tour {Bloggers' Favorite Rooms!}Reluctant Entertainer

Sandy is a precious real life friend that I met through blogging! Our husbands hung out together at an event near her home and we even spent the evening being wined and dined in her wonderful backyard! She has the most amazing outdoor space, I was enchanted. I love her beautiful fall tablescape and I know you’ll love it, too!

The Inspired Room Book Tour {Bloggers' Favorite Rooms!}Southern Hospitality

Rhoda and I met through blogging wayyyyy back in 2007 so we’ve been friends a very long time. It’s always fun to see how her home evolves (and her sweet dad who helps make her dreams come true!). In this post she shared her favorite inspired room, her wonderful porch! What a treat to have such a neat space outside. You’ll enjoy seeing it!

The Inspired Room Book Tour {Bloggers' Favorite Rooms!}
Bliss at Home

Kristin and I met just a few weeks ago in NYC at a Better Homes and Gardens event. She was so sweet, an instant friend! When I saw her room, my jaw dropped to the floor. Such a stunning space! You must go see how she pulled the living room together to create a unique and stylish design.

The Inspired Room Book Tour {Bloggers' Favorite Rooms!}
City Farmhouse

Jen’s home is my dream setting (hello, water views). Her home is warm and inviting. Her favorite space is her living room and I can see why! It is light, cheery and yet comfortable. I would want to curl up by this fireplace, too! Go see the rest of her room!

The Inspired Room Book Tour {Bloggers' Favorite Rooms!}
Craftberry Bush

Lucy’s house is so serene and relaxing I think I would want to whisper if I was able to visit her in real life! Her home beautiful, but comfortable and homey, too. Her dog cracked me up, you have to go check out her inspiring space, the dog and her encouraging words.

The Inspired Room Book Tour {Bloggers' Favorite Rooms!}
Eleven Gables

I love this house and Emily who lives here. :) It just makes me happy to see her home and I can’t help but imagine sitting on her barstools chatting. I just love it. You need to go see the evolution of this kitchen and family room, it’s inspiring!

The Inspired Room Book Tour {Bloggers' Favorite Rooms!}
Fieldstone Hill

My dear friend Darlene has a house that feels like it must be straight out of a story book. I drool a little overtime I see her stone house. I love her “keeping it real” stories in this post! Come see her beautiful rooms and read the stories behind them, so funny!

The Inspired Room Book Tour {Bloggers' Favorite Rooms!}
Finding Home Farms

Laura has updated her wonderful kitchen, too. I loved reading the stories behind how her kitchen was transformed into a space for memory making and family time around the table. Laura has written a DIY metal craft book that is due out a few days after mine so I think our books should be friends. Check her book out here!

Below is the list of all the wonderful bloggers joining me in ‘The Inspired Room Tour’!

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Isn’t this fun? I always wanted to organize a tour of bloggers’ “inspired rooms,” but every year the idea seemed more and more daunting because there are so many bloggers! How would I choose who to include or feature? Well, finally I realized I didn’t have to choose. I could ask a few friends to help kick off the tour, but then I could ask everyone to be a part of it because if YOU are reading this, YOU are my favorite, too.

The Inspired Room Book Tour {Bloggers' Favorite Rooms!}

In honor of my book launch virtual tour for The Inspired Room coffee table book in just a few days, I would love for you to join in the fun. Would you share YOUR inspired room? You can share how your favorite room inspires you, how the room has evolved, or even your funny stories about your rooms (all those “keeping it real” moments we might not see through the pictures). Not a blogger? No problem! Just become one by joining Home Love Stories and creating a room tour post there!

The Inspired Room Book Tour {Bloggers' Favorite Rooms!}

As a little thank you for sharing your story and for helping me with this book launch, I’m offering a fun giveaway open to anyone who participates with a grand prize of a $300 Anthropologie gift card and runners up will receive my favorite copper mugs!

In order to enter, make sure you share the URL link to your post online via this form. You have to post your room on a blog, on video (like on YouTube) or Home Love Stories to be included in the giveaway. See all the details and terms here.

Thank you for all your support and help in launching The Inspired Room book, your kind words, reviews and posts about the book mean so much!

Here is the book page if you want to order a copy of the book, and check out the book trailer there too!

The Moment When You Get the Vision for Your House

The Moment When You Get the Vision for Your House

So in my last post I shared that I was feeling a bit disconnected from my house. I wasn’t sad or down. I promise, I ADORE living in Seattle. I just miss that connection to my home. Perhaps I’m overly sensitive about my environment, but I’m sure many of you can relate. Even though my house has so much potential, it was missing a little something that I need to feel like it’s MINE.

So yesterday I spent a little time pondering how I was going to find that connection. I have had quite a few ideas since we’ve moved here, and I’ve shared my vision posts to show how I’m seeing this house. Those vision posts have been really helpful. But as I mentioned yesterday, I really hadn’t taken the time over the past few weeks of living here to just zero in on what could be done and try some things.

I sat down with my new book yesterday and flipped through the pages, just reflecting back to when I felt kind of lost and stuck with my old house. As I was reading my own words in the book (something that’s kind of scary for me to do after a book is done, by the way, ha!) and remembering that thought process, it hit me.

The Moment When You Get the Vision for Your House

I needed to follow the same steps as I did in my old house! Sometimes I forget and I wander around trying to reinvent the wheel. No, this house isn’t the same as my old house. No two houses are. But there is so much about the process that is the same, I need to remember that.

I started just puttering around with some decluttering in my living room. A bunch of stools, baskets and random things had ended up there in the move and they for sure didn’t work or contribute anything to the space. Just removing things from a room does wonders for your vision and sense of the space! It’s funny how what IS there can block you from seeing what COULD be there.

Getting rid of the excess that had just landed there in this room helped, but I was still just not sure what to do next. So from there I was in the dining room and tried something I had tried before, but this time something new really clicked. I not only removed a few excess things and slid furniture around to try it in new ways, but my daughter Courtney started marking up the wall with painter’s tape around the kitchen door, so we could get a better visual of an idea that had been brewing since we moved in :).

It is a risky idea because it is not what is normally done. You know, it might not follow “THE RULES.” Who makes those rules anyway?

The Moment When You Get the Vision for Your House

I haven’t yet shared that full idea here, because we weren’t exactly sure yet if it would all work. This house is different than any I’ve ever lived in, but that’s OK. Every house requires a time of discovery. We didn’t know if it was even OK to do it at all. Yeah, WHAT? OF COURSE IT IS OK TO DO IT! Silly me, it’s my house.

This house has been trying to tell me something. I am listening. She wants exactly what I want! It took about five minutes of seeing the idea mapped out with painters tape on the wall and our rearranged furniture in the space before we just KNEW. This was IT. HOORAY! This house and I are going to get along great, I just know it.

Courtney and I were practically jumping out of our skin.

Once we realized what had made us feel disconnected to our space, we knew exactly what we needed to do to feel connected.

With that one new little vision, and by daring to see our room in a new way, we knew we could:

-give our dining room our own unique look

-give the house more of our own personality

-use what we have in a fresh new way

-make our house feel cozier

-make more sense of the space we have (as limited as it is!)

-feel more connected to our dining room

-make a design statement that would appeal to our taste and freshen up the look of the house

-refresh the space on a budget that seems manageable

-reimagine how to make the dining room flow effortlessly into the kitchen (without gutting the whole house just to get the look we love).

-AND, once we knew all of these things, we started seeing how the rest of the main floor would come together.

RIGHT? That’s a LONG list of developments for only one day, but we are pretty tickled. We actually already love our house so much more EVEN with the tape on the wall than we did without the tape. We think we will just leave the tape there for now, it really has changed everything about how we perceive the space and even if we can’t get to that project immediately, it will help us to stay on course going forward.

The Moment When You Get the Vision for Your House

We’ll share a photo of our dining room with tape on the wall next week, so you can see what we see :). We might scare some of you with our idea, but hopefully you’ll like it as much as we do. It’s not expected at all, but I think that’s what we love so much about the idea. Gotta shake things up a little, right?

A house is just a structure until layer by layer, you make it a home.

Now I’m extra happy to finally introduce to you the brand new video trailer for my new book, The Inspired Room! It is pretty ironic and quite surreal how in many ways this book reflects RIGHT where I am in this new house. Making any house a home is a grand adventure.

The Moment When You Get the Vision for Your House

If we don’t live in our ideal house, many of us go through times of feeling uncertain about how to get the look we want for our home, or if it is even possible to ever really LOVE it {nods head.} I still don’t have it all figured out, but I definitely feel like I have a more clear piece of the puzzle. It’s always a slow but fun experience to see a house transform.

This book has lots of photos so you can enjoy just browsing through or even just set it out on your coffee table, but I hope you’ll sit down from time to time and read it, too. I shared lots of ideas and stories about how my other house came together over time, on a budget, using what we had and gathered as we went. I offered a lot of advice on how to use what you have RIGHT NOW (YAY!) and how to gather as you go to create an authentic home you’ll love. There are helpful tips for how you can apply the ideas to your own space, even if you have limitations or challenges.

I want you to feel that same sense of connection to YOUR house that I love feeling in mine.

Here’s the trailer!

You can preorder The Inspired Room here at the new book site so you’ll be one of the first to get it when it releases in just a few days!

Also, I just noticed Love the Home You Have (Kindle Edition) is just $2.99 at Amazon!

I can’t wait to show you our taped up dining room and our furniture all moved around, so you can see how we reimagine it. It’s so fun for me to share with you all, thanks again for letting me ramble on about houses :).