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Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Welcome to my fall house tour! I’m so glad you are here. It seems like it’s been FOREVER since I’ve done a seasonal house tour, doesn’t it? It feels good to be back and opening my door to invite you all in for a look around after our move into this house last year. I mean, I invite you all in all the time, of course, but I think this is really the first time in this house that I’ve set out cookies for you and shown a lot of angles of several rooms all in one post. So, welcome :).

I’m so excited to be joining in with the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours today, hosted by Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Co. You can check out her fall tour here (be prepared to drool over her cozy home and beautiful newly remodeled kitchen!).

To those of you arriving from the gorgeous home of my lovely friend Shauna’s (The House of Silver Lining), come on in! I’m so glad to have you all here.

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Linen Settee Source

I started my TENTH year of blogging (!!!) this past July! If you’ve been following for long, you know fall has always been a favorite around my blog and my house. This is actually the third house I’ve lived in since I started blogging. Time flies when you are having fun, right?

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

This little house is definitely a work in progress inside and out, so we have the chaos and the cozy going on everywhere.

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

While each house I’ve lived in has been unique, I’ve always kept the same basic decorating formula: keep things simple and doable. In the fall I love to bring in extra coziness and warmth through texture and and few natural touches of the season.

With that said, this tour will be more of a look at “my house in the fall” than a look at the “101 ways I decorated with pumpkins” because that’s how I roll and it’s just the stage we’re in with our remodeling projects. At the end of this post you’ll find an extensive source list of my furniture, lighting, and accessories. But I have TONS of photos to share, so let’s get started!

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

I’ll let you peek around our main living areas today, and I’ll share our bedroom tomorrow. In the coming weeks I’ll have updates on our lower level and of course, I hope you’ll follow along with our upcoming small galley kitchen remodel and the new Dutch door installation, too! We’ll start those projects in just a matter of days now so I will have lots of updates to share.

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

For you regular readers, if you see a few little things around the house you haven’t seen before, it’s because they are so fresh and new I haven’t even had time to post about them yet! Rest assured, I’ll share posts and specifics about the updates in the coming weeks, so don’t worry, you haven’t missed anything. Consider this post a preview with more details to come. :)

You’ll also find a few paragraphs below with the short-version story of our home if you are new to the blog or just need a refresher about where we live.

Fall House Tour - The White Brick CottageHanging basket

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

The brief backstory of our “white brick cottage”

We bought this small 1950s red brick house in Seattle exactly one year ago. Honestly, it was the style of house I would often pass by when I was house hunting. Houses in our price range and location were in limited supply and hard to get with all the competition. We needed to get into a house before school started for our son, so we had to look at everything just in case there was potential!

As we walked through the house, we realized it might be just what we needed in this season of our life. Not only was it a well taken care of and solid house, it had amazing light flooding through large windows, a beautiful yard and a gorgeous view of the sky, sunsets, snow capped mountains and the Puget Sound. We knew it had potential, and indeed it does.

Our goal with this not-so-big house is to keep the modest size (1500 square feet of main living space, with a finished basement below), the structure, layout and much of the character it already had (white plaster walls, wood and slate floors, brick and stone architectural elements) but give it a fresh modern cottage look with our own unique mix of the eclectic coastal farmhouse ambience we love (inside and out).

This summer we painted the exterior so now we can officially say we live in a white brick cottage! I happen to SUPER LOVE white brick houses, so seeing the painted brick every day for the past couple of weeks has already made me feel so much more like this humble house was meant to be for us.

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

You can see a peek at our newly painted white brick (and our side patio progress) above.

There’s still lots to do like clean up the the new concrete, add a Dutch door to the front and this porch entrance, wrap the porch posts to make them chunkier, add stair railings and a front fence and gate. I’ll be back with updates as they happen :)

We’ll continue to add more character and curb appeal next year to the front and back of the house, but the paint alone radically changed how this home looks.

I’d love to talk more about our plans for the outside, but I took a MILLION photos of the entry, living room and dining room so let’s go back inside and keep looking around!

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Shop my house:

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage
Soon you’ll be able to see our new Dutch door reflected in this mirror. :) You can read more about my Dutch door plans here and here.

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Read more about our hallway makeover progress here

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Rattan daybed source

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

This is our pup Jack (and his sister, Lily, below). He’s a Goldendoodle and she’s a Labradoodle. You can follow them and their cousins Bella and Leo at

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Wingback Chair Source (multiple fabric options)

This fireplace was one of our first little projects. It was so easy but it really made such a huge difference in this room! You can find the budget fireplace makeover details here.

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Linen Settee Source

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

We will be opening up the doorway a bit more between the dining room and kitchen and making it into an arch. You can see where the archway and new kitchen will be in the image above! I can’t wait to show you our kitchen plans :). You can read about our ‘mood’ for the new kitchen here.

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage
Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick CottageNavy curtains

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

This summer we added the shiplap wall and it really helped bring more character to the dining room. You can find the details and what we used for the shiplap here.

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

See my plum bedroom here

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Thank you so much for stopping by, friends! I enjoyed having you over to see a bit of our house progress. I have a little surprise for those of you who made it all the way to the end of this tour. Leave a comment on this post and I’ll enter you into a GIVEAWAY to win a set of all four of my books. I’ll even sign them before I send ’em off to the winner :). (U.S. address only for book shipments, thanks for your understanding!)

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

>> Be sure to head to the next stop on the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour, Cuckoo4Design! Enjoy! <<


Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Living Room Sources:

Gray nailhead wingback chair

Linen wingback settee

Blue and white patterned rug (more similar rugs here)

Brass floor lamp

Rattan daybed

Leather sofa (more leather sofas here)

Gray linen curtains

Gray trestle coffee table

Wood mirror over fireplace

Gray velvet pillow covers

Daybed pillows: gray & white hex pattern – HomeGoods (similar / similar), navy & white – McGee & Co

Dip-dyed wood stool

Round pedestal side table (small space drop-leaf dining table, on sale)

Woven wood shades in Bali Abaca

Framed botanicals

Gray/navy dresser (and more similar style dressers)

Leather Moroccan pouf

Fringe blanket on leather sofa: HomeGoods

Rattan nesting tables – Ross

Copper wire basket with Plush Pumpkins

Blue glass gallon bottle – similar (mine was thrifted for my DIY Lamp)

White cable knit throw blanket

Wood and metal industrial console table (behind leather couch)

Fireplace paint details

Gray and white crewel pillows (HomeGoods, similar)

‘Coffee’ mug

Goldendoodle dessert plate

Dining Room Sources:

Navy pattern dining room curtains

Woven wood shades in Bali Abaca

Navy white and gold swirl lamps

Seagrass rug

Galvanized metal trough (on dining console)

Dining chandelier light with gray ombre wood beads (similar and similar)

White and rattan round mirror above dining console


Rattan dining shelf – thrifted (see more rattan furniture here)

Copper striped candlesticks

Bird botanical canvas (out of stock but similar available)

Moscow mule mugs

Slipcover dining chairs (and more similar)

Glass cabinet (antiqued taupe)

White and wood metal stool

Entry Sources:

Hanging basket with flat back front door

Proverbs Sign

Entry hook rack

Wood chevron cabinet

Seagrass entry runner

Built-in baskets

Hallway black hardware

Round mirror over entry cabinet (painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Paris Grey)

White Barnlights: Barnlight Electric / Benjamin® Union Porcelain Stem Mount Light / White Finish / Flush Mount / Mounting Finish: Same as fixture (white) / No Cage

Guest Room Sources:

Gray upholstered bed

Tassels blanket on guest bed

Mirror – Ashley HomeStore

Outdoor Sources:

Outdoor lantern above garage

Basket on front porch

Black lantern on front porch

Side porch light (matte gray)

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

>> Be sure to head to the next stop on the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour, Cuckoo4Design! Enjoy! <<


  1. Julia@Cuckoo4Design

    SO stunning! I’m completely obsessed with that tassel throw!

  2. Chris Horne

    A very inspiring tour. What I like best is that it all looks so do-able for the average person like me.

  3. Leanne

    You have made your new home so cozy & inviting! Thanks for the fall inspiration, it have given me the itch to make my house a little bit cozier!

  4. Teresa

    Wow, it all looks beautiful! It’s been fun to “come along for the ride” as you make this house your home.

  5. Donna

    I love that you are letting us take a look around as you slowly (and realistically) add new elements to your rooms. Thanks for encouraging those of us that can’t makeover multiple rooms at a time, but have to add pieces as money becomes available and/or we finally decide what would best suit our house.

  6. Jeanette Schroeder

    Love the ship lap in the dining room and your dog peeking from beneath the biscotti! I’m off to find pumpkins and mums today. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Nicole

    The natural design elements with blue touches are so inviting and relaxing! The progress you’ve made in a year is inspiring!

  8. Cassie Bustamante

    your home is beautiful!!! i love what you’ve done so far with it, and i have envy over the thrifted rattan shelving unit- stunning!

  9. Sandra Mosolgo

    Lovely, cosy home not huge impersonal house! Is there a source for framed verses from Proverbs?

  10. Chris

    I just love your style. You give me all sorts of ideas for my condo

  11. Angie

    I’ve loved each one of your house designs! I always get the same feeling when looking at your home designs; cozy and classic. Recently, My husband and I have been unemployed and all I dream about is a new home and decorating it. I’m thinking about changing careers and finally following my dreams from when I was 12, of being an interior decorator. Blogs like yours help give me the inspiration I need! Thank you! – Angie

  12. Diane R

    What a beautiful tour! I, too, love white brick houses. Excuse me while I go take the tour again:)

  13. Edwina

    Congratulations on the progress you have made this past year! Thank you for the opportunity to win your beautiful books!

  14. Lisa McCracken

    Hello Melissa! Just beautiful. I am a long time reader and I so enjoy your blog. It has been a great experience following along as you decorate and remodel your new house. I love how you’ve taken us along on each step…it makes it seem do-able for everyone! Looking forward to the kitchen remodel! Thank you for the chance to win your books!

  15. Susan L.

    Lovely, lovely, lovely. Wish I had the energy to change out my house seasonally. I’m lucky to do Christmas. Even so, I get to enjoy yours! Such a non-cliched approach to fall.

  16. Jennette

    So pretty! I love the day bed in your living room, and I happen to love brick houses.

  17. Shannon M

    It’s fun watching the different mood and style you have in this house compared to your last one. I think we are all excitedly anticipating the kitchen plans!

  18. Emy

    I’m loving watching your house evolve into a home! It looks so cozy and sweet. You’re doing a wonderful job. Love those navy bird curtains.

  19. Sandy

    Everything looks lovely. It is really starting to take shape. Can’t wait to see the kitchen.

  20. Krystle

    Love watching the process on this house unfold, it feels so much more doable when you share the small updates. Keep it coming!

  21. Brooke Christen

    Loved the tour! I especially love that rattan day bed- I want that!! Excited to be in the tour with you:)

  22. Tara G.

    I so enjoy reading your posts! You share a lot of wisdom and I appreciate you keeping it authentic – like the reality of the process.

  23. DeNeal

    Hi Melissa, thank you so much for sharing your home! I have followed your blog for many years! Your work truly is inspirational and such a blessing. All the best with your projects. I look forward to seeing them unfold.

  24. Teresa s.

    Love the latest updates!

  25. Lifeisbutterbeans

    A beautiful, ongoing transformation….just lovely. Do you have info about the metal basket with the pumpkins in it on the chest in your entryway?

  26. Bonnie Stoltzfoos

    What a beautiful tour! I can’t wait to see the rest in future weeks! :)

  27. Sharon

    Wow! So fresh and eclectic. I can almost smell the sea.

  28. Shauna

    First off, HUGE Congratulations to 10 years!! You know how much I adore you and have been so inspired by your blog all these years. Here you go making another home so adorable! I could just ponder over every little detail and room. You have that special way of making it all so inviting Melissa and I wish I could just come on over for coffee and hang out. Happy fall sweet friend!

  29. Jo Jo

    I am SWOONING here! You’ve done a fantastic job on creating a home in your new house! Your photos are such a visual delight! I had so mich fun seeing and recognizing items in your home and loving how you switched out how you used them here! You would NEVER know there was any construction chaos going on anywhere else in your beautiful home. Going back and looking at your video and pics of your current home when you first purchased it, I have to say, I remember thinking…”How will she make this place as charming as her last home with it screaming ‘ mid- century’?” Well, Melissa…you blew it right out of the park!!! I love your dining room. That ship lap and chandelier is to die for! Love your new assessories ( baskets, throws, metal/ tin accents, etc). Your day bed in the living room…gorgeous by yah side windows and so inviting with all those fluffy pillows and darling Labordoodles! ? Your entry is cozy and so welcoming! Can’t wait to see your new Dutch doors! LOVE, live, LOVE the painted white exterior brick!!❤️❤️❤️ Your living room is absolutely gorgeous! The color on that fireplace is PERFECT! Your furniture placement couldn’t be more perfect to enjoy that VIEW and also to cozy up as a family. In short ( too late for THAT LOL!) I AM IN LOVE with what you’ve done!! So, so BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing and ENjOY your new lovely spaces. Can’t wait to see what’s going on in your kitchen remodel and patio progress. So excited for you! God bless~ n

  30. Sallie

    LOVE the white brick!! Your house is really looking like Melissa Michaels now! You’ve made it so cozy, inviting, and YOU! LOVE it! Congratulations on your work! There’s no place like home!

  31. Angie

    I’m thoroughly enjoying watching this house get it’s beauty makeover…you have great vision!

  32. Em

    It all looks so great, Melissa!! The settee looks so cozy!

  33. Linda in Charlotte, NC

    It is so fun to see some of your previous items used in a different way. I love everything! So warm and homey.

  34. HeatherB

    So beautiful! And every time I see your living room rug, I think, “I want that!!!” Maybe someday :) I am really enjoying watching the step by step process and transformation. Thank you for sharing!

  35. Donna Schmidt

    What a lovely home! You’ve done so much in the short time you have lived there. You should be so proud!

  36. Kim

    I love it! Love the white brick too. Very cozy and warm. Happy fall!

  37. Andi

    I’m so excited to see how your dutch door turned out! And your side patio is looking great!

  38. Amanda Katherine

    The white brick is gorgeous!! Your home looks so cozy and warm :)

  39. Judy

    Hi Melissa, your home is just stunning! The changes are amazing. You are truly gifted! I love the light fixtures you’ve chosen. I was wondering how high your ceilings are? We bought our first home this year. It’s a cape style, built in 1950. The ceilings are lower than average (7’3″). I’m wondering if light fixtures the same size you have would fit and not look to big or make the ceiling seem lower than it already is. Thank you!

  40. Gabrielle Mader

    your home is unique and I love all that your are doing to it, it looks comfortable. Thanks for the detailed your wood beaded chandy

  41. Melinda Young

    I’ve been so excited to see this post! I love all the updates and changes you’ve already made. Your home looks very cozy and inviting. I also love the painted brick outside. Turned out very nice.
    Thanks for inviting me in. I always enjoy reading your blog.

  42. Becca P

    I love what you’ve done. It’s all so welcoming!

  43. Christie

    Wow! You have been busily creative! I love the curtains and blinds, the dining chairs and chandelier, side hallway’s closet baskets, the white exterior and the new concrete (both exterior changes look updated yet still fit the house’s design and era).

    I see a peek into your kitchen with cabinet doors removed (looks so pretty) … would you please consider showing how you’ve made an outdated kitchen lovely *before* you remodel it? Seeing those touches would be so inspiring to me, as a renter who cannot change my kitchen much.

  44. Debbie carr

    Love what you’ve done and can’t wait to see more. Awesome giveaway.

  45. also melissa

    I am so enjoying following your progress in making this house your perfect home. Love all the cozy fall touches!

  46. Dianne B

    Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your home with us! You have an eye for potential ☺

  47. Maria Newell

    Hi Melissa! Your New House is really turning into a Beautiful Home! I am enjoying each step as you go along. It’s great that you are all ready for our Fall Season! You have created such a warm & cozy place to live in! I hope you and your family are feeling the vibe of these new changes as they come along. I was excited to see those new oars on the wall. This past Spring, I bought 2 new oars (I wish now that I have looked for antique looking ones.) and have them hanging the same way over our Family Room sofa. I have also recently purchased 2 wicker chairs, similar to yours, but are using them for dining chairs! I’m starting to feel like I’m in the mix now! lol
    Even though our 2 children have recently moved out, we have been gradually making some more home improvements ourselves. It seems to never end! We have already been in our home 2O years this past May and I still enjoy making new updates & changes to our home! I will be sharing some of my updates over at “Home Love Stories”. Thank you for letting me share my home with you and all our neighbors over there. I have enjoyed commenting on other peoples post about their homes and have made some new online friends over this past year and a half! I appreciate it!! And I can’t wait to see more of your home renovations!:)

  48. Michele

    How adorable, cute and cozy your home is! Love the fireplace and the colours dit dotted around. Cannot wait to see your Dutch door & galley kitchen…I have a small galley kitchen so waiting to see a few ideas ?

  49. Lorena Stevens

    Thanks for sharing photos of your home! What an adorable comfy and inviting!

  50. Eileen

    It looks amazing!!! Like you have been there 10 years!

  51. Missy

    I loved seeing a full tour of your home – it has been too long! I wish I could have you over for ideas in my own woodland cottage. I can’t wait to see the kitchen unfold.

  52. Phylicia Mathews

    I love it all! I can absolutely tell so much character and love went into your home. As I was scrolling and reading through the photos, I found myself wanting to sit in this chair or that couch — exactly the feeling I want to have in my home. Thanks for the inspiration, as always!

  53. Gennie M.

    I enjoyed all that you shared. Blessings!

  54. Julie Hanks

    I love seeing your gorgeous pics on IG, but I also follow your blog to get the details behind them. Congratulations on your beautiful home!

  55. Sandy

    I like your coastal farmhouse style!

  56. Tamela

    Melissa, your home is so relaxing, inviting, soothing, peaceful, serene, and beautifully decorated! Your hands are truly blessed! I felt all the love that you poured into your home as I looked at every picture. Your attention to the smallest detail is so evident in each vignette. I can not wait to see your other projects come to completion because I know that they are going to be a thing of beauty. Thanks for sharing your home Melissa and be blessed!

  57. Stephanie

    Love the new house!!

  58. Donna

    I really enjoy following your blog and watching the transformation of your home. It gives me inspiration on how to go about decorating my own home. Thank you!

  59. sayee

    You have such great taste and a supern knack of pulling rooms together. Just sometime ago these rooms were bare and look at them now! Amazing! I love the serene colors and the cozy homey feel of your decor,

  60. Georgia Gkouma

    What an exellent work you’ve done again in this house!!Enjoy!!!

  61. Gina

    I love the look of painted brick! Love your name for your home too! :) Your home is always so cozy and welcoming!

  62. Lila

    I love it!

  63. Amanda

    You house is always so homey and inviting. I always get new inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

  64. Karen

    Thanks for the tour of your lovely home and for entering me in the drawing!

  65. nancyo

    Lovely and just the right amount of cozy for autumn. When I saw the oars I did a double take – we have two oars with sentimental significance hung the same way on our family room walls, along with my field hockey stick and a hiking stick from Mt. Fuji. – nancyo

  66. Michelle Holland

    Your home is looking more and more like you every post, love it! What a blessing it would be to receive all of your books!
    Thanks, Michelle

  67. Staci

    Love your home! So fresh and clean, but cozy and warm all at the same time! Love that you share the details and give us all hope that loving our homes and changing them for the better is a process and that it takes time and can be affordable and that it doesn’t all have to be accomplished at once. Thank you!!!


    As always your home is warm and inviting and your talent always impresses me. Happy Fall to YOU!

  69. Donna

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! Beautiful home–thanks for sharing!

  70. Hannah Smith

    Thanks for the tour!!! I enjoy your blog so much!

  71. Cathy Cavagnaro

    I just discovered your blog and I am completely fascinated. What a lovely relaxing style you have! It could be just as lovely and comfortable in Central California. I will be following on blogger.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win your books. They could be the inspiration for the changes that I hope to make in my home.

  72. Debbie Brewer

    I have followed your blog for a long time and always enjoy. I am over the moon for the tasseled throw. Every thing always looks so warm and inviting.

  73. Karla in CA

    I loved the humor in the third photo of the coffee and biscotti series. So funny!
    Great dogs; great house.

  74. Linda P.

    Just love it all! The several little seating/visiting nooks are delightful. Thank you.

  75. Cynthia

    Inspired! with all you’ve done thus far in your “new” white brick home! Thank you for the opportunity to see the transformation as it unfolds! Love your style so I’m sure I’d love your books which have been on my wish list! Can’t wait to see more…Blessings!

  76. Jane Abernathy

    So enjoyed your sharing of your home! My family (my mother (90), me (60), and my twin sons (40) – 3 generations loving living together!) recently moved to a 20 acre farm, renovated the very neglected 1950s 6 bedroom house, and we are s-l-o-w-l-y unpacking. We are thinking on decor ideas, trying to put 4 adults’ visions into a new, practical, and affordable, cohesion. Your ideas and planning guides are very helpful for us, and it’s getting exciting as the seasonal decor gets new homes! Would really love to have your books to keep us going! I’ve been relying on your online info, but the physical books would be a blessing! Happy Fall!

  77. Carmel Welch

    Thank you for the warm and welcoming house tour! It was inspiring and you have accomplished so much in the first year… can’t wait for more! It was fun to see the pups included…it really felt like home.

  78. Melissa

    Love watching your home come together – especially as someone who used to live in Seattle, and now lives in a part of the country with very different style and scenery!

  79. Carol Stutzman

    Just beautiful & looks very peaceful without any caous!!

  80. Connie Saunders

    Hi Melissa! I love your style! I visited Seattle a couple of years ago and fell on love! I would love to see the views from your home. Love the white brick….. perfection ! Have been wanting to read your books and they would look amazing on my ‘new’ old coffee table. It is my Grams old dining table with the legs cut down. It makes me smile every time I see it.

  81. cindy

    thank you for sharing your home! I have been wanting to paint my brick fireplace for a few years but have been so scared to do it, however you just showed me how easy it will be!! Thank you and your home is beautiful!

  82. LisaV

    Cozy, Welcoming and Lovely. Thank you so much! Exactly what I needed to see today for inspiration in my own home. Cannot wait for your kitchen reno to begin! But probably not as much as you :)

  83. val

    I love the white walls and the mix of color and woods around the house! And of course I love your use of blue, my favorite color! I will never tire of blue!

  84. Caroline

    Love what you’ve done! I was laughing when you said for Fall you don’t just pull out a million pumpkins; last year my (adult, Art-major) daughter made a quiet comment about the number of pumpkins I had on display in the house. Had never realized just how ubiquitous and insidious those darn pumpkins were at overtaking all else. Thanks for the inpiration to look beyond–there are so many other textures, colors, shapes, and scents–so many reasons to celebrate Autumn! Thanks for giving us a peak; I’m glad I live in a world where there is The Inspired Room!

    • Caroline

      oops, I meant peek!

  85. Ali

    I love your fall home! I really have loved all your homes, most importantly I love that you share why you have moved and why you are taking your time to do what you really want with this home. Everything looks so fantastic so far, looking forward to see what’s ahead for your white brick cottage ?

  86. Sharon

    Beautiful! But especially looking forward to seeing what you do in your kitchen.

  87. Katie

    beautiful home :)

  88. Teresa

    Melissa everything is so warm and inviting. Beautiful! Happy fall!

  89. Ardith

    It’s all wonderful, Melissa. It shows that you love your home and that the improvements you are making will make the house happy as well. Cheers, Ardith

  90. Kelly

    Seasonal, fresh and doable! It looks so cozy and like a place full of warmth and love. I enjoyed all of the rooms but I keep coming back to the bird art and lamps in the dining room. I love how they play off each other. What a beautiful home! Thank you for welcoming me in!

  91. Linda

    Thought for sure there would be two puppy pictures – the second one with him enjoying a biscotti! I love how the throws wrap under the seat cushions of the wicker chairs. I’m swiping this look!

  92. Via B Design

    Everything looks good! I like your advice to keep it simple and doable.

  93. Marianne

    So enjoyed seeing all the progress you have made. It feels like the year has gone fast…maybe not for you! Everything is beautiful, very cozy and inviting. I so enjoy seeing pictures of Jack and Lily. We lost our Goldendoodle Phoebe seven months ago…still?. Give them a hug for me!

  94. Judy Westmoreland

    Love your Fall Home Tour. The living room looks so cozy, makes me want to come in, sit and have a cup of tea with you. I really like your dining room chairs. Again another cozy room. Your chairs around your white dining table looks so inviting.
    Can’t wait to see pictures of your Dutch doors installed.
    Thank you so much for the chocolate biscotti. Yummy!

  95. Sandy

    Just Beautiful! I have been waiting to see how you wold transform this home. It is so cozy, warm and inviting, makes me want to come for coffee and stay awhile! All your special touches, the wicker/rattan, the blue & white, the plants and books all just so welcoming. Love everything you have done and am looking forward to your new kitchen.

  96. Norma | The House that Will

    I’m so excited to see all the progress in your home. My, you have been busy! It’s looking so beautiful. And that historic painting of Galway still mesmerises me! :)

  97. Amber Mitchell

    I loved your tour ( as always)! You are the master of mixing different patterns and colors- your home looks so comfortable and effortless. Talk about home goals! I am looking forward to your winter and holiday decorations next! ♥

  98. Nikki

    Your home is just beautiful…and those pups are too cute. I love following their antics on Instagram!

  99. Kelly

    Fun to watch the transformation!

  100. Rena

    I love the plate your biscotti were laid out on! Your house is so cozy and beautiful, I love reading about your style.

  101. Angelica

    Beautiful and welcoming home!

  102. Eliza

    OMG the dog at the cookie bowl! I cannot stop laughing. So cute, and so typical of life with dogs.

    Great to see all the updates. I’ve been waiting.

    Enjoy fall! I’m enjoying spring though feeling it’s coming along a bit too slowly for me.
    Eliza from Oz

  103. Elyse Frasier

    It is all coming together so beautifully!

  104. BettieG

    Thank you for being an encouragement and beauty-bringer through your words and pictures! I love checking in to see the cozy updates that you make to your homes! –Blessings to you!

  105. Loi Thai Tone on Tone

    Melissa –
    Your home is really beautiful! It’s fresh, stylish, happy and approachable. I love your point of view!! And thanks for sharing your sources.
    Tone on Tone
    PS – Your doggies <3 !!!

  106. Martha

    Love seeing the updates and would love even more a set of your books!

  107. Lisa

    Oh I just love your home! So beautiful! Can’t wait to see the kitchen!

  108. Wendy

    Love your home and everything you’ve done to make it yours. So gorgeous. :)

  109. Brittany

    Just gorgeous, I could definitely lounge in that daybed all day!

  110. Kristen meeker

    Hi! I’ve loved watching your house progress. I’m trying to feel out my own style, and your house (and you!) give me inspiration! Thanks!

  111. Peg

    Thanks for the invitation in to the autumn tour of your lovely white brick cottage! In each of your homes you have shared on “The Inspired Room” blog, you have lived out your message of “loving the house you have” with beauty and joy. I enjoy following along! :)

  112. Regina

    Thanks for the tour and for the book giveaway! I have your book already, Simple Ideas to Love the Home You Have, but would love to win and have one I can loan out! Since I don’t want to give up my copy :)

  113. Elaine

    Calm and serene as always, Melissa. I just love following along and learning to see with new eyes. Thanks so much to you and your family for sharing your home with all of us.

  114. Rachel Winchester

    Love all the natural materials throughout your home! It’s peacefully beautiful. Thanks for the tour!!!

  115. Jane M.

    Thank you for a peek into your new home. I am very excited to see what you do next. Your blog is such an inspiration!

  116. Ruth in NZ

    Thanks so much for sharing. Your vision and the progress you have made is so inspiring. We have an 1890s villa we are slowly doing up in New Zealand and it feels like everything takes forever!

  117. Ruth in NZ

    Thank you for sharing your vision and progress. They are inspiring. We are in the process of doing up an 1890s villa in NZ and it seems to take forever to do anything.

  118. Lisa

    I love your living room throw pillow that is reminiscent of cement tile. The house looks great.

  119. Helene

    You have a way of working magic into the humblest of spaces! I look forward to your blog in the fall!

  120. Vonda

    I love the navy curtains in the dining room. Love it all. Can’t wait til the kitchen.

  121. Cynthia Diaz

    Love your home! I’ve been following since your last house and love to see the changes in this one. I wish i could decorate like you do. You make it seem so easy and i just keep struggling to get it right. I can’t wait to see the new kitchen soon!

  122. Joy B Rudolph

    Love you house! All your books are on my reading list so I would love to win them!

  123. Laura Thompson

    I can’t believe it’s been a year. I love seeing all of your improvements every week. It is all coming together so beautifully.
    Love your blog so much!

  124. Bree

    Everything is lovely Melissa!!! I know you must be enjoying your white brick cottage so much!!! I love white brick too…there’s just something majestic about it me❤️ Thanks for having us in your cozy home and happy fall:)

  125. S Anne

    It all looks so cozy & inviting! I am very anxious to see the start of the kitchen remodel!!

  126. Patti

    Always enjoy your blog and homes, thanks for sharing with us.

  127. jill

    the white exterior looks great!

  128. Jen

    Just love everything! It’s amazing what you’ve done in such a short amount of time. I’m blown away :)

  129. Mindy

    Such a warm and welcoming home. Thanks for letting us follow your progress – really looking forward to that kitchen ☺

  130. Pennaki5

    Hey great’re always such an inspiration!I love your living room,its so cozy for fall!!!

  131. A fan of your work

    I love the sense of the artistic shown in every room and corner of your home. It is soothing and peaceful and utterly beautiful. Melissa, thank you for sharing these photos with us all.

  132. Lauren H

    It’s looking great!! Can’t wait for the kitchen remodel!!

  133. Dorene

    Your house looks stunning and I have enjoyed following along with the progress. I am looking forward to seeing the changes you make in the kitchen as well as the addition of the Duch door. Thanks so much for inviting us in.


    For me, Fall says “cozy” and your home definitely projects that feeling! I’ve gotten a lot of great ideas from your home tour and I know I’ll continue to revisit the photos! Thanks so much!

  135. Sheryl Lynn Johnson

    I love how your puppy is eyeing those biscotti. Thanks for your great decorating inspiration. From one pastor’s wife to another ?

  136. Heidi

    Your home is so pretty and I’m looking forward to your kitchen remodel!

  137. Pamela

    I can’t believe all you’ve accomplished in just a year. The white brick looks fantastic and your tour of the inside is truly an inspiration! I can’t wait to get something done on the inside of my house. I look forward to the coming post. Thank you

  138. Teresa

    Love the whole thing… And would love your books :)

  139. Fatimah

    I love your house and decorating style! I read your blog every day with my morning coffee. It gives me the inspirational boost I need to get on with my daily chores! Thanks for inviting us to tour your home! And thanks for the cookies ?

  140. Crisanne

    The turquoise plates with the copper mugs are lovely! I’m inspired with all the copper touches; it seem like they really enhance the colors they are with.

  141. Pamela

    I love getting your emails in my inbox! Love your decorating style

  142. Sandy

    I’ve been in a new home for six months and your home and your style is such an inspiration to me. I love all the textures and layers and cohesiveness … you’re truly helping me on my own journey of making my house the home I want it to be … thank you for that!! I can’t wait to see the kitchen remodel and of course, the Dutch door! Cheers!

  143. Mandy M.

    Beautiful! You have made more progress in your house in a few months than I have in 20 years! You are an inspiration!

  144. Gigi

    I love your beautiful house and seeing the progress on all your decorating, remodeling and updating! Thanks for the amazing pictures and hugs to your adorable fur babies Jack and Lily! I see someone likes cookies… ;-)

  145. Michelle

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful home! I love your sense of style; everything looks beautiful yet comfortable and inviting. And, those two gorgeous fur babies look right at home.

  146. Mary

    I want to paint our brick exterior, but literally every person I mention this to has advised against it. Proud of you for doing it! Any readers have success stories from the midwest on painted brick exteriors?

  147. Kristi Clenney

    I LOVE fall too! I’ve already decorated. Thanks for sharing your beautiful ideas with us!

  148. Becky G

    Love your house, love your shopping links at the end, and would love your books :)

  149. Sara

    I have been enjoying watching your progress and your new home come together. It’s a great reminder that things don’t happen overnight!

  150. Aimee Boehme

    I adore your home. Each photo is more beautiful than the next.

  151. Arly

    I like the way you changed the color of your fireplace stone and I enjoy your use of pattern in the space. It all works well together.

  152. Ellette

    Wow! It looks wonderful! Good job and can’t wait to see the updates.

  153. Jenn | Jennifer Sechrest Photography

    As always, you’ve outdone yourself! The new house is coming together just beautifully! I love your mix of textures & the little touches of blues throughout. It’s my favorite color & something I’m also trying to do throughout my own home. Your Fall accents are just enough to celebrate the season without going overboard.
    I miss visiting Seattle every year. I used to visit every summer stay at a family friend’s home in Burien near Three Tree Point overlooking Puget Sound when we’d come out. It was one of my favorite places to be.
    It’s a beautiful & fun city!
    Happy Best Season of All!

  154. Linda Holding

    Hello Melissa how are you? I love what you done to your home!! Your style is awesome. Thank you for sharing . And morning everyone I certainly am inspired . Talk to you soon. Lindalike

  155. Shelley Krupa

    So beautiful! Thanks so much for the tour! Love it al!

  156. Carol

    The changes you have made just blow me away. What a difference a year makes. So lovely!

  157. Holly

    Thanks for the tour! It has been fun to see the changes you’ve made so far and I can’t wait to see how the rest turn out. (I’ve been a fan since 2010.)

  158. Marcia H

    I love how you blog! And how you decorate! I’m going to check out that bedding company you mentioned in today’s post because I need new bedding! Thanks for all your inspiration!

  159. Sharon

    Your home is beautiful and so cozy,,,,,can you talk about all the gorgeous plants and greenery you have sprinkled throughout? How do you choose them and then how to keep them alive? Thanks

  160. Sue

    Great tour! I always look forward to your blog. Excellent photos and the resources you provide are quite helpful. Looking forward to more.

  161. Wendy

    Really loved the tour, sometimes I have trouble with room layouts but I feel I’ve just walked through your home with you. It looks great, I love your new ceiling light in the dining room and all the beautiful patterns and colours you use. Looking forward to seeing the new kitchen and the Dutch door too.

  162. Sissy Watson

    Very very inspiring! Having just bought a new home, it’s like having a clean slate. So I’m following your journey with great interest!

  163. Angela G.

    You bless my days – 1) because as I can identify with you as a minister’s wife and can respect the loads you carry 2) because you are comfortable in who you are and reflect that for other women to understand and hopefully embrace.

    Thank you for sharing parts of your life with others.

  164. Jami Hemmenway

    Dear Melissa,
    You continue to be such a profound inspiration to me! Every time I look around our 100+ year old house and get discouraged about making any progress, you offer up small, affordable ideas that make a huge difference! I just have to remember that patience is a key ingredient in making a house a home.
    Thank you,

  165. Kathy N

    Your blog is one of my “secret pleasures”. Interior design falls somewhere in my list of “1001 Unpursued Careers” and in addition to my own home, I live it vicariously in yours. Thank you for your positive attitude and your love-what-you-have attitude!

  166. Debbi

    Your house looks beautiful! I can’t believe how lovely you’ve managed to make it in spite of all the renovations being done. Thanks for inspiring those of us who often get overwhelmed with all there is to do when seeking to make our house a special place for our families!

  167. Deborah D Yeary

    How very talented you are. I love your style, very fresh and clean. The narrative may already be here I will look. But I would love to hear your thought process for the choices and design ideas you’ve made. Are you an interior designer? Thanks for Shari g.

  168. Carolyn

    Thanks for sharing your gifts of inspiration and creativity! I love your blog and your eclectic style. I enjoy following your home renovation journey!!

  169. Debbi

    P.S. I don’t know if you have a chance to read all the comments, but if you’re reading this one, can you tell me where you got that framed print of the Proverbs passage? I just love it!

  170. Mary Coakley

    I liked your home very much its light and airy,the decor is great,I liked the little touches the rattan daybed shelves and the wrought iron tray.Thank you.

  171. Misty

    Your home is gorgeous!!! I would love your books!

  172. Melissa

    Thanks for the tour! What an amazing transformation so far. I can’t wait to see future updates.

  173. Linda

    Your house is coming together beautifully. Thanks for the tour.

  174. Kathy herrick

    thanks for the invite to your house tour.

  175. Susan R

    So beautiful and cozy!! Thank you for sharing your home, I am get so much inspiration from your beautiful photos!

  176. Catherine

    This post was my favorite thus far! I’m always surprised and delighted with your furniture and accessories.
    Thanks for sharing your talents and ideas.

  177. Lynn Wolf

    Wow!!! I love what you have done to your new home and I can’t wait to see full shots of your newly painted house!
    Jack and Lily are super cute and I love seeing pics of them :)

  178. Mary Ellen

    Absolutely love what you have done, and especially like the bird botanical canvas in the dining room.

  179. Tracie

    Bravo! I love all your cozy fall touches with snuggly textures, pumpkins, and fall flowers. Your home looks wonderful. I hope you’re enjoying the process.

  180. Kim G.

    Lovely and inspirational! Your home is beautiful, but simply decorated…which is just what I needed to see to give me motivation for my own home. Thanks!

  181. Millie Gardner

    Love seeing what you have done with your Not So Big house and what a difference the white paint has made in the exterior of your home. Your ability to see beyond the Is to the What Could Be gives me fresh eyes for the home we have.

  182. Karleen Miller

    Love following your blog. It is great looking at how you are making this house your home. You make me wish i lived in a house and not an apartment. But some of your ideas can as will be used. Thanks

  183. Jess P

    When I first started following blogs, yours was one of the first that I found! Thank you for sharing! Love the cozy, clean, crisp fall look of your home!

  184. Chris W

    your home is an inspiration and inspires me to get creative with my home. Thank you for inviting us in!

  185. Rachel Lundy

    You have done a great job updating your home! And I love your fall decorations!

  186. Georgette

    So inspiring – thanks for sharing!

  187. Sandy

    Great tour, and thank you for the cookies!

  188. Diane | An Extraordinary Day

    That cookie plate!!!! My heart!! You know, I’ve always liked dogs at a distance… but one day some cute pups like yours might make their way into my heart and home. ;)

    Melissa… I am in love with your white brick cottage. Seriously…. I am loving everything you’ve done. Before, everything was lovely… but now… it’s so inviting and you’ve got the perfect balance of colors and textures and hominess. I’m so happy for you. {{hugs}}

  189. Kristin Bell

    I’m thoroughly enjoying following your journey to make this house your home. Thank you for sharing! Love your design philosophy and Jack and Lily make me smile too.

  190. Eleanor Sturdy

    It is a real joy to share your home-making journey, thank you for your warm welcome! I am British, based in London, and dream of having the coastal farmhouse style myself one day. We have just refurbished our weekend place with much inspiration from you! Thank you.

  191. Patricia

    Enjoying your the journey of making a house your home. We have lived in our home for 30 years and are in the process of a complete makeover. It’s been fun following your progress and comparing ideas. You have me seriously thinking of a Dutch door in my new kitchen, a great idea for an off kitchen BBQ area.

    • Patricia

      Please excuse the typo: Enjoying your journey……….

  192. Trish

    Melissa –
    Daily, I look forward to seeing your latest decor tweaks up close and personal, and you never disappoint. Honestly, I find the Inspired Room’s posts motivational, as your realistic and relaxed attitude in ensuring the comfort, functionality and beauty of your home inspires me to follow suit. (I’ve just moved some nubby throws from the Linen Closet to the Living Room.)
    Today’s peek at your Autumn tweaks leaves me eager to see the next how well you’ve welcomed Autumn elsewhere in your home…
    Thanks so much for sharing your caring and creative self here. I feel like an honored guest welcomed to visit with a dear friend each time I read your blog!

  193. Leah

    Melissa, Look how far you’ve come in just ONE YEAR!!!!!!!! I love how everything is coming together in such a warm, cozy, beachy, “collected” way – what a great vibe!!! Also, I kept smiling at how many of the exact same things we have from World Market!!!!! One day we’ll go shopping together…; )
    Loving Fall right along with ya ~
    Leah: )

  194. Dana B

    You have the gift of inspiration…heart, soul, and home…thank you, Melissa!

  195. Alissa Rieth

    Everything looks amazing! It feels cozy and comfortable and is inspiring me to get my fall things out. Time to get my fall on…

  196. Carmen Gomez (Lilly)

    God bless your home, it looks super cozy, love the way your new home is shaping up, Enjoy!

  197. Rita Williams

    The tour was wonderful. Love you house and the doodles!

  198. Christie

    Love it all! Would love to see a before and after of the red and white brick.

  199. Kathy

    I just found your book at the library. I love it! There are so many amazing ideas, I can’t wait to get started.
    Your decorating tips make so much sense. I have finally found a book that addresses the I’m overwhelemed with decorating issue:) Can’t say enough great things about your book. Thanks!

  200. JeanaB

    Love seeing all the progress you have made. Really excited to see the outside once it’s finished. Well done!

  201. Lindsay

    OH Melissa, seeing your beautiful cottage come together is just amazing! I love the white brick exterior (a long-time favorite of mine too!) and I am just dying over all of the fall touches you added. Your living and dining room are so beautiful and cozy! I just love every single detail! Thank you so much for joining in :) Always such a pleasure to have you!!

  202. Jen

    Looks so inviting!!

  203. Brenda Oliver

    Beautiful! Inspiring and tasteful! Thank you for sharing your ideas and decorating savvy!

  204. Winnie

    I love everything in your house, but I particularly love the giant tassel throw!

  205. Jeanine Adams

    Soothing and inviting! I love it all.

  206. Kathy

    Always a pleasure to see that you have a new post on the blog. This was such fun seeing how everything is coming together. Thank you for sharing!!

  207. Phyllis

    Felt like I was really walking through your cozy cottage. Beautiful pictures and great inspiration. I love your extensive source list. Now I can’t wait to see what’s next!!!

  208. Roxanne Steed

    Loved this inspiring post! Thanks so much! I hope I’m not too late for the drawing for your books!!

  209. Amy

    I so enjoy your posts! Love your style – thanks for sharing your ideas!

  210. Mary Burchette (Bella Posto)

    Your home is beautiful, Melissa ~ I love your style! And I love that you painted the exterior brick white. I look forward to seeing future updates on your lovely home! :)

  211. Jessica Baptiste

    My favorite parts are the wooden chevron cabinet in the entry and the shiplap wall in the dining room! Would love to receive the signed books. Thanks for all your tips!

  212. Janet

    Thank you for opening your home for a tour. I picked up a few ideas to use in my home. As always, I enjoy seeing Jack and Lilly. I have a Goldendoodle myself.

  213. Charlene Christensen

    I love the use of layers and texture to add coziness! I also agree with the other comments about taking a more gradual approach to adding pieces. My budget certainly doesn’t allow an entire room in one hit, so I’m very inspired by your approach Melissa!

  214. KayLynn Drummond

    Love your fall house!! It’s looking amazing!

  215. Pam Cates

    Melissa you’ve done a great job in pulling the living room and dining room together! Just love it all. Where are your rattan chairs in relation to your living and dining rooms? Can not wait for your kitchen remodel to begin.I know you must be so excited!

  216. Gigi

    Awesome tour! Thanks for sharing your home with us.

  217. Jen

    Love your home tour! Can’t wait to see the kitchen. I am sure it will be equally as beautiful!!!

  218. Janice

    Looks great! Can’t wait to see what you do with the kitchen.

  219. Ivy Corbett

    Enjoyed your house tour. I love your ideas and simple ways of decorating. Some inspiration just when I needed it!

  220. Susan H.

    So charming & welcoming! Thank you for sharing, cannot wait to see the new kitchen & Dutch door!

  221. Cindy

    Gorgeous home and precious pup!

  222. Diane Mayes

    I love your home and what you have done so far! Could not believe how great the painted brick looks. Pups are adorable!

  223. Gayle

    Your rooms look so fresh and pretty’. I love your first book and would love the chance to win the rest of them. Thanks for a great tour and giveaway.

  224. Kathy

    It has been fun to watch your beautiful and cozy home evolving – love it!

  225. Betsy

    Beautiful Tour!! Thanks for having me in :) I love the calming/cozy feeling. If I had my pj’s I would have stayed the night! Thanks again

  226. Amanda Barnett

    The white on the brick is perfection!

  227. Karen

    I just love how you can bring character and style and cozy to your houses. Can’t wait to keep seeing progress on this house. Thanks for the tour.

  228. Vanessa

    Your home is so lovely and feels so peaceful. Thanks so much for sharing and for taking so many pictures!!!

  229. Lindsay Leisner

    What a beautiful home! It’s so inviting and clean!!

  230. Stephanie

    Thank you for welcoming me in!;) I love watching the transformation of your home, an I would LOVE to win your books!!:)

  231. Charisse

    It’s great to see all the pics of your new house, can’t wait to see more! You have such amazing style! I’ve been a fan of your blog for years and your homes always look beautiful, but also really comfortable & inviting. I would LOVE to win all four of your books- maybe pick up some of your tips. Incredible giveaway!

  232. Lee-Anne

    Loving the new house! It is the same era as our house, so it’s fun to see the similarities.

  233. Sue

    Your home is so cozy and tastefully done. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  234. Maxie

    You have been my inspiration for the past three years, I simply love that your homes are warm, inviting, gorgeous but never seeming staged. Love it-

  235. Jenny G

    This is so beautiful! Love your homey, warm style!

  236. ~ Jess

    Thanks for showing us around. Especially loved the accent of the copper cups in the dining room, beautiful.

  237. Tonya

    Thank you for sharing your beautifully cozy home ? with us!

  238. Sherry

    Fall never looked so good! Thank you!

  239. Lynn Medley

    Love your home and decorating style. I have a very narrow galley kitchen and I like your idea of an arch to open it up.

  240. Debbie

    Love, love, love everything about your fall home tour! Tons of inspiration — DOABLE inspiration — which is the very best kind. I cannot tell you how much I enjoy your blog!

  241. Emily Hansen

    Thank you for the inspiration! I love your style…clean, simple, and do-able!

  242. Lizzy Mosback

    I love the way you use texture in your home- it makes you want to come in and touch and feel :) also- we had to rehome our own golden doodle when our son developed a severe dog allergy (he got licked on his cheek and his eye nearly swelled shut!) so we dearly miss him! It brings such a smile to my heart to see your sweet doodles. They are seriously the best breed!

  243. Paula Sattler

    I love how bright and airy every area of your house feels. I struggle with gloomy days in my area, and recently changed our window coverings to let in more light–HUGE difference! The natural light in your home is so pretty with your color palette. Thanks so much for sharing!

    I also love the plate with Jack’s picture. Adorable!

  244. Bev House

    Melissa, although I subscribe to several blogs (well, okay, more than several), yours is the one I enjoy the most. I read every word and study your photographs. Thanks so much for the tour. I feel inspired!

  245. Jennifer

    Wow, beautiful!! It’s really coming together!

  246. Jennifer C.

    You have a beautiful home! I’m in awe of all the natural light for a home in Seattle.
    – Former Pacific Northwesterner

  247. Amy K.

    Melissa — Congrats on 10 years of blogging, I’ve been following for *most* of that time, so thanks for the many years of inspiration! Your newest home is coming along so beautifully, and I’m excited to see everything that comes next…
    Happy Fall (my favorite season)!

  248. Leanne

    I love the round entry way mirror and the gray linen drapes. Very cozy!

  249. Amanda Jobe

    I’m not sure how it is just now that I’ve found your blog, but it is fantastic! I have many back posts to read. Thanks for the inspiration!

  250. laura

    I have appreciated your thoughtful, steady, and lovely progress as you’ve shared your Seattle house decisions and design with your readers.
    Looks cozy, welcoming, layered, and increasingly able to nurture the family within, and those to whom you open your door and your hearts!

  251. Bridget Holzwarth

    I love how you weave texture through out every room. It’s nice to hear how things are happening in phases and so looking forward to seeing the Dutch door!! I’very added eucalyptus to my shopping list after seeing your bouquet. Happy Fall!

  252. Crystal

    Thanks for the tour! We’re in the pull-our-hair-out planning stage, so encouraging to see an in-progress house a little further down the line than ours :)

  253. Linda Pack

    Thank you for sharing your home with us. It’s so cozy and bright and airy. It gives me lots of ideas. I seek to have my home be as welcoming as yours.

  254. Marina

    What a lovely home!

  255. Katherine

    You have a beautiful home that is so welcoming and warm. I love all the small touches.

  256. Mary Anne Clark

    I truly adore your beautiful home. It’s so inviting and after taking the tour, I just want to visit you now and see it in person! I can’t wait to see all your future plans for it unfold. P.S. I’ve been a follower for all 10 years.

  257. Judy Holroyd

    Can’t wait to see the rest. Love your style but love the dogs more!
    Thanks for sharing,

  258. Barb l.

    Thank you for sharing your lovely, cosy and inviting house with us all! Loved the tour and everything you have done so far.

  259. Maria

    Loving how you are working your magic in your new home too!! You are definitely an inspiration for my new home and I do mean that!! My son still loves seeing pictures of jack!!

  260. Candace

    I am renewed in my search for wood beaded chandelier, now!

  261. Rita

    So beautiful! What is especially nice is that I’ve found a blog I enjoy where the person actually lives in my state, and is going through some of the same challenges of making a “new to them” home theirs. We too need paint in every room, and some rooms need more help than others. Even more of a coincidence is you live in a brick rancher just like me! Found your blog through Thrifty Décor Chick and I’ll be visiting all the time now!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you, Rita! Nice to meet you. I’m so glad you’re here! Welcome.

  262. Frances Novak

    You have made your home so cozy and comfortable looking.

  263. Shauna Dagnan

    I haven’t been folowing you for very long but I really enjoyed the tour! Beautiful. Love how you managed an almost beachy atmosphere without using ” beach-themed’ accessories. I am looking forward to more posts.

  264. Jill

    Wow, you’ve come a long way in a short amount of time. I bought a new farmhouse two years ago and still have so much work to do to make it into my version of a comfortable home. Your post has inspired me to keep tweaking it–a little bit here, a change there–to help me move closer to my goal. Your home looks so fresh, comfortable, and welcoming. Well done!

  265. Simone Dorrington

    It amazes me how just a bit of paint, new curtains and some lovely homewares can transform a house into a home. I have enjoyed watching your journey. I wish I had discovered you earlier for your previous homes and watched their journey too.

  266. Lisa S

    Wow, I really wish I had an ounce of your talent Melissa! I’m definitely going to take some inspiration for fall decorating from this post! Thanks.

  267. Brittany Hoffman

    LOVE LOVE seeing everything in one post. I’m always so inspired. I have to keep chanting – My home is a journey… My home is a journey. ? I’ve never seen a post on the candles in the fireplace. We have a nonfunctional fireplace and I keep trying different styling without much success in making it feel super purposeful. I’d love your thoughts!

  268. Lisa Z

    My favorite piece in your whole house has got to be that rattan day bed. I’m swooning! And over that the view too! I have always loved your homes.

  269. Kristin Cadwallader

    Your floral arrangement is so very lovely! I love it against the blues and the earthy tones you are working in. It’s coming along beautifully, Melissa! Happy fall :) xo Kristin

  270. Jane @ See Jane Learn

    I love all the improvements you’ve been making! I really like how it’s cozy but simple, stylish and uncluttered-my goal! I live just south of you in Gig Harbor in a split-level which was never on my “wish list”. Like you, the location, view and potential won! I would love to win your books!

  271. Laurie t

    Yours is still the number one blog I look forward to reading every week! Love your style Melissa!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Wow, that’s so kind of you to say. :-D I’m very encouraged to hear that, thank you, Laurie! xO

  272. Mardi

    very refreshing- nice of you to share your purchases and how we can find similar items!
    I didn’t see your posts lately so not sure why? have one of your books :)

  273. Ariean Krieger

    Everything is so beautiful! I can’t wait to see what you do with this home- as it already is a stunner! I read your first two books this summer…they have really helped me both appreciate my (non-dream) home and be more selective about the meaningful items I use to decorate with. Excited to check out the others!

  274. Lin

    I found your blog at about the same time you moved. You have done so much with this house in a very short time. I can’t wait to see what you do next.

    Absolutely beautiful.

  275. Karen Jeanne

    I always get so many ideas from your photos… Now I am off to follow the doodles on Instagram! Thanks for the giveaway!

  276. Kandice

    Your fireplace is giving me inspiration! Ours looked very similar to your before photo and I have been trying to figure out a way to stain it a different color so it doesn’t have the thick painted look! Chalk paint is genius!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Yay! Yes, it really looks good in person, I have been very happy with the result!

  277. Charlene

    Love the oars! Where are they from?

  278. Tiffany

    I’m excited to see what your next steps are. You’ve already really made it a home!

  279. Donnie

    Hope you got to spend some quality time in that delightful daybed. So enjoy watching your new home evolve!

  280. Christine Berry

    I just love your home, it appears so warm and inviting.

  281. Lynn Mathers

    Loved the tour. I enjoy watching the progress on your new home.

  282. Moira Ann McGuinness

    Loved the tour. Can’t wait to read the books. Thanks!

  283. Christine Duncan

    Oh my word, I just spent my whole lunch hour swooning my way through this post! So beautiful, and I found several decor details that are inspiring me to dress up a couple of spaces this fall in my own home… gosh, wow ;) But then I always am inspired by what you share… I love your IG account! Gah.

  284. Lisa Moore

    So beautiful and inspiring as we are slowly making changes in our home!

  285. Britta N

    I love all the design ideas but especially love the dining room chandelier! It would be such fun to win your books and add some new fun designs Elements to our little home!

  286. Lisa

    I love that you took the time to post all of the sources. That is time consuming, yet so thoughtful.
    Your home looks wonderful and cozy. Somewhere you can LIVE in. And I am crushing on those hallway built-ins. I had those in my first house and want to build them in my next. Love. Love. Love.

  287. Kellie

    Your home is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

  288. Deborah

    The gray wingback chair and pillow!! {Swoon}

    Looking so lovely!

    I love your books and would be thrilled to win a set!

  289. Cathy ewbank

    Love all these photos, and I’ve enjoyed wTching you settle into your new home this past year. We are currently in a temporary rented house which I’m struggling to love, and we don’t want to spend money on it. I’m trying hard to make it ‘ours’ , but am struggling. I love looking at your photos for inspiration, thank you xx

  290. Erin

    You have such a lovely home! It looks so inviting!

  291. Alesha Sinks

    I’be been wanting to read your books for awhile now, so I’m super excited for this giveaway!
    Alesha <3

  292. Melissa Soler

    Such a beautiful home!!! I love everything about it.

  293. Angela

    Love getting a peek into your home! We are getting our house ready to sell and I’ve been soaking in all the inspiration I can get!

  294. Kayla

    I love the way you decorate! I recently got married and have been trying to decorate our first new little home together. It all just seems so overwhelming! It seems like I just love too many different styles and don’t know how to put it all together. Thanks for creating a blog to help me narrow everything down! Can’t wait to see everything else to come!

  295. Susan

    I love the way you decorate! It looks so pretty, but also homey, like people actually live there! ❤️

  296. Susan

    I love the way you decorate! It looks so pretty, but also cozy, like people actually live there! ❤️

  297. Leah

    It all looks so cozy! And yes, I’d be THRILLED to win all your books to keep me busy during the long winter that’s coming.

  298. Sheila

    Your blog and instagram feed are a constant source of inspiration for me!

  299. Alicia Swihart

    I love the clean fresh look of your home and how cozy and inviting it looks!

  300. Jessi


  301. Jessi

    Just lovely! I just love all the textures, and the blues :)

  302. Kristin

    The only problem with this tour is I LOVE it so much I am distracted from work! So much inspiration! I am trying to update some rooms in my home and gushing over these pictures..cannot wait to see more! Thank you.

  303. Sarah C.

    Thanks for all the fun fall ideas! I’m really inspired by your Instagram feed.

  304. Lawanda McGrath

    I love love love your beautiful home and taste in decor!

  305. Lisa

    I adore your home, your blog and your books, but most of all your heart and spirit! Thanks you for being a highlight in my day!

  306. Julie

    I love this peek into your fall home! I’m stashing ideas for a home addition/redo in the next year – thanks for your inspiration.

  307. Stephanie

    Your home, your blog and your heart are inspiring and encouraging! Thank you for sharing! And everything looks AMAZING! Decorating is so fun…now, what can I rearrange?…Ha!

  308. Jennifer Mirro

    Your books look beautiful. I think I found my new favorite site!

  309. Laura Kate

    Your house is gorgeous and it looks so cozy for fall! I especially love your tablescape!

  310. Melissa Hirshburg

    Beautiful photos!!! And yay book giveaway! ✨???

  311. Ruth

    Loved seeing all the progress!

  312. Marianne

    Everything looks so peaceful and inviting! I just want to sit in each room and be…

  313. Nichole Corley

    Thanks for the inspiration. Love the blue and white lamps in your dining room!

  314. Courtney

    Gorgeous home! You’ve achieved the “welcome, come in and get cozy” look and feel!

  315. Sandy A

    Your tour is a home filled with warmth and lots of inspiring ideas for us to use in our own homes. It is so lovely…

  316. Shelby Smoker

    So inspiring! Love all the blue accents!!! And coziness you’ve created!

  317. Tracey

    Love your home. Will you come to NZ and help decorate mine?

  318. Haley

    You’ve done such an amazing job! I love your books too! The only thing that could make them even more amazing ( is that possible?!) is “autographed” books!

  319. Willemijn

    Hi Melissa, i am following you blog for a while now. Getting ideas for our new house. Busy doing some renovation work at the moment. Choosing a kitchen, colours, doors etc for our very first home, after rentals in different places and countries. It is nice following the changes in your house. Greetings from Portugal.

  320. Annie

    Love your updates, love that you post your sources, love pretty much everything you have in your house so, of course, I LOVE YOUR BLOG!

  321. Jill Stipe

    Beautiful home! Always enjoy your Instagram, too! Thanks for sharing your talent and ideas! :)

  322. Christine Wilcockson

    LOVE your style!!

  323. Ashley

    I love seeing how much you have done in such a short period of time- absolutely inspiring!

  324. Jen

    The exterior is looking fabulous! And that ombré light fixture!

  325. Priscilla

    Congrats on 10 years of blogging?

  326. Jessie P.

    I am convinced I need some indoor green plants! Love yours…and love the grey chair in the living room!

  327. Kim Kurtz

    Loving all the blue accents. I’m working on putting more navy into our living room! Love the Inspired Room!

  328. Jessica Enlow

    I adore the console with the herringbone patterned doors.

  329. Katie

    Gorgeous home!! Absolutely love your style!!:) mY own home is def a work in progress but you are for sure an inspiration:)

  330. Shannon

    Love, love, love your style. Your homes always look so cozy.

  331. Christine Delgado

    Love the cozy feeling of your house…Love the little touches of fall

  332. Jill

    Oh my goodness! These books have been on my “want” list forever. Your home is beautiful! You’re so talented.

  333. Cathy

    That throw, all the blue and white and those pups. I’m in love with it all. You really have made your new house into a beautiful home.

  334. Ashley Bradberry

    So cozy and inviting, but without all the heaviness that traditional Fall colors can sometimes bring. Love your style!

  335. Gwen

    Your style is so inspiring!

  336. Shannon brown

    I just love your style so much! Loved this house tour – can I come move in? :)

  337. Gray S.

    I love the finishing touches… are definitely a “finisher”. I am a truck driver with my husband and I just finished reading Make Room For What You Love. It is sitting right next to me. I’m home on Wednesday and can’t wait to start the challenge!!

  338. Cassandra McCabe

    The colors, the textures, everything about this home is amazing and wonderful inspiration!

  339. Stacy

    Just beautiful!

  340. Tanya

    The copper and soft blue color combination in the table setting is so fresh and lovely! I would love to win your books.

  341. Patricia

    Love your style! Would lI’ve to win your books! Thank you!

  342. Kelly

    Your home is simply beautiful!! I love everything about it!

  343. Cathy Mapes

    Wish you were my neighbor ?

  344. Susan Turner

    Love your photos. I would not change a thing .

  345. Linda Grubbs

    Love it all!!! I was very excited to see the beautiful white brick!!!

  346. Summer Burton

    I love your Facebook page and would love to win all of your book! Winning them would be a great surprise at this current time in my life!

  347. Stephany

    I love the sofa in front of that big beautiful window!! What a cozy spot to curl up with a good book!!

  348. Carla

    Very inspiring! I have hope to get my home cozy some day.

  349. Tommy Jane Roberts

    Beautiful and fresh! I totally rearranged my living room today and you inspire me to do even more! Thank you! Tommy Jane Roberts

  350. Kelly Dowling

    Gives me hope for my new house! ? Please pick me.

  351. Elizabeth

    You make simplifying and dec-cluttering look so easy. I love following your posts on facebook for inspiration.

  352. Debbie Fox

    I love the pictures. My home is definitely not clutter free and clear or inviting. Would love to win the books and definitely the one about keeping the things I love, not everything that comes in to our home.

  353. Amy Shenk

    Love the simple style and the down to earth tips that you give! Great home tour

  354. Alison Carcieri-Cassidy

    I love your creativity and your “love the home you live in” approach! My husband and I bought my grandparents 1954 Cape Cod and have been renovating it for four years, bringing in our own modern farmhouse English cottage vibe. I’m keeping as much original as I can, like the back Dutch door to the screened porch!, but lightening and brightening as I go. I even painted the solid pine paneling that no one thought would stick and it did- and I love it! Hope to get your books for more inspiration.

  355. Jenn Harmon

    I love every single detail about your home! Your cohesive use of coastal inspiration as well as color is so amazing and I love all the textures and prints as well!!

  356. Joy

    Love this home!

  357. EmmaJane Phillpotts

    Im not a big fan of wicker but I love your house and that fire place ? it seems so relaxing – perfect for our spring here in Australia. I have two of your books and m hopefully going to use the principles and inspiration to make our rental house a home! ?

  358. Camille Yarbrough

    I love your style! We bought our house in April and it’s slowly coming together. Love the process and seeing the house become our home!

  359. Bev

    Thanks for the lovely home tour. Looking forward to the kitchen remodel. I do love my home but need to take your excellent advice on keeping it simple and establishing routines so I can enjoy it more.

  360. Deb S

    Such beautiful, calm settings. Trying to empty out our bedroom to simplify and make it a more enjoyable place to be. Your rooms are inspiring! Thank you!

  361. Nicole

    Your home is so lovely and tranquil. And I’m absolutely in LOVE with the chandelier in the dining room!

  362. Suzy

    Your books & blog are inspiring. I live in a 100+ farmhouse and am looking for ways to freshen it up and make it cozier. From the other side of the state ‘thank you’~

  363. M.J. Taylor

    The house is looking amazing! You have put so much personality into it! I will admit that I am slightly jealous you go to paint your brick white!! I’m dying to paint mine! fingers crossed someday soon!!

  364. Elizabeth

    Love!!! I find I react to your style more than any other blogger I follow! And love the coloring book… So much fun!

  365. Mandy

    Always Love to watch your creations unfold!!!!

  366. Alanna

    I just love the white brick and the lamb near the side patio!!

  367. Deborah

    I absolutely Love your style and taste, your home is put together, but warm and inviting! Do you ever offer workshops?

  368. Imelda Phillips

    So inspiring as always. Be still my heart?

  369. Rita

    Thank you for the possibility to win those amazing books! Your house is very beautiful and light. I am striving for that calmness and brightness in our tiny house also so thank you for inspiring me!

  370. Melissa Day

    I absolutely love your style and would love to be able to reference your ideas when redoing our new “old home.”

  371. Mandi Baker

    I absolutely adore your style and your message about finding contentment wherever you are. You are such an encouragement to me!

  372. Angie

    Beautiful home!! The dogs are also adorable. Please enter me in your drawing for your set of books!

  373. Pamela Palmer

    I love everything about your Inspired Rooms. Great ideas, motivation, lovely to look at, INSPIRATION!
    I’m always looking for ways to put a certain “pop” in my decorating. I’m retired and on a limited budget, so I really have to look for ideas. I would love to have your books. Thank you.

  374. Annie

    Wow, I love it! So calm and refreshing I just want to grab a book and pull up a chair! I especially love the unexpected but perfect pop of Navy blue with the curtains! ??????

  375. Nikki

    Your home is so beautiful! It looks so comfy and cozy. Thanks for giving us a peek. I’m drooling over all of your pretty plants.

    And thanks for the giveaway. All of your books are on my wishlist.

  376. Phyllis

    Thanks for sharing. Lovely home.

  377. Laura Zimmerman

    I’m currently in pregnant nesting-mode and your method of decorating is really inspiring me! Because of your inspiration, I’m making better use of the things I already have (a vintage tablecloth is now a tapestry hung on our bedroom wall..! I would have never thought of that!), I’m placing books around more strategically, and I’m slowly transitioning our commonly used things to be actually “pretty,” like our colander. I’ve never been more please with my home in the fall than now. Thanks for all you do! :) Laura Z

  378. Margie Berry

    WOW! That pretty much sums it up. I began searching for inspiration to spruce up my apartment and found your site along the way. I don’t know how I am going to sleep tonight with all the vivid colors, textures and shapes running a marathon in my mind. But I am going to love every dreamy minute. You have such a gift of beauty, and I thank you for sharing your creativity with me here in north-central Iowa. I am in the process of making a crafting corner in my little office room, and I hope to soon begin making some imaginative projects of my own. Take care and God bless, Margie

  379. Laura Luyt

    Coastal Farmhouse – gosh, I just love it and love your style. I’ve been following you for a few years and you never fail to inspire! So thank you. :)

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you, Laura. That’s so thoughtful of you to say, I appreciate you following along with our adventures! XO

  380. Marianne Tavenner

    Just what I was looking for and you are the only one that had it. Seaside Farmhouse home. That is exactly what I’ve been looking for but didn’t exactly know what style it was. Perfection at its finest, you are quite an inspiration. Thank You.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Yay! Kindreds! It’s a unusual combo I think but it is perfect for me and this house. :) so glad you’re here.

  381. Susan

    Love the fall and your cozy white brick home

  382. Laurie

    How fun to see your new home, all ready for fall! I saw a few familiar items from your other homes, and also enjoyed the new ones. The white brick is perfect, and sets the stage for the interior. We moved into a small cottage nearly 5 years ago, and I am always looking for ideas to keep it simple and light. Your blog always gives me great ideas.

  383. Debbie

    OMG I am drooling!! I have been following your blog for a while now and followed along as you went on your house hunt, chose your white brick cottage, and are making it a drool worthy cottage! Love what you’ve done – please enter us in the book giveaway!!

  384. Kelly Clark Lejeune

    I love your home it’s so beautiful to look at and I love the furniture…you did a awesome job……I just love it!!

  385. Carol Ann

    Loved the house tour! I’m such a fan of blue and white, but am now rethinking how to incorporate that with some soft gray as you have done. I think it will keep it from being TOO blue and white. What color paint did you use for the living room walls?

  386. Kasia Marketti

    I absolutely love your style. I discovered your blog last year and get a lot of great ideas for my own home. I purchased your “Inspired room” book for my sister in law who just recently moved into her brand new home and she loves how your book is structred and all the great tips!

  387. Joanne

    I feel inspired! Found myself scrolling up and down a couple times just to enjoy the beauty of your home. Thank you for the tour.

  388. Catherine Turturro

    Like a breath of fresh air….calm and orderly, yet beautifully refreshing!

  389. Lori

    Melissa, hello. I’m on the same path, just farther behind. Some of what you mention I do intuitively, but I’ve been stuck. (Home mirrors life?) I’m doing the hard work to get unstuck and live like I know I can, and I need my home to reflect this evolution. Finding your blog is a godsend, starting right from July 2007! Your belief in an authentic life sets you apart from other home designers. Thanks for blogging. -Lori

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you Lori, I’m glad you are finding inspiration! So glad to have you here. xo

  390. Chris N

    Lovely home! This may be a silly question, but what did you use to hang your oars? I have a wooden oar to hang in my bathroom and I want to find something that’s inconspicuous but sturdy.

  391. Rose

    Your blog inspires me to make my little cape cod style home even more homey and inviting. I really like your style techniques.

  392. Elizabeth

    I live in my own 1950’s brick ranch on the east coast – so similar to your home down to the color palette and the same black iron posts on the porch. Mine was painted white when I bought it and I love it but its ready for re-painting. The white the prior owners used has far too much yellow in the base for me. I’ve scoured your site and don’t see it in the sources, so can you share what the paint color is you used on the exterior? Im drowning in white paint chips over here :-) Thanks, Melissa!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Oh yes, I don’t think I’ve actually posted about it yet so sorry you were hunting! It’s Reserved White by Benjamin Moore. :) Not bright, not too yellow. Just warm, soft and pretty.

  393. Jaime S

    Love your painted brick. Did you guys do it yourself or hire someone else? Can you recommend a brick primer and brand of paint? We are about to paint our brick so I’m trying to figure out what to use. Thanks so much!

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