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Hi friends! It was such a gorgeous day on Saturday, it was good to see some sunshine. My magnolia tree right outside the kitchen window is just about to burst into pink blooms, so I’m sure the sun did it some good. I hope you are all finally done with the snow where you live? Goodness, I am so glad we are headed towards warmer days.

I’ll be back this week with more updates from around the house (I know I’ve been slow to answer more questions on our kitchen remodel, so I’ll for sure get back to it!).

But first, here’s a little peek into our life lately via our Instagram accounts…

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You can never have too many, plants, right? We have plants on the walls, plants on the tables…I really love having a lot of greenery around the house. It’s fun for me to putter around watering them, talking to them, giving them names.

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This new palm in the dining room is named Pete.

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Jack has been up to his usual antics. This week he got a little too excited when Courtney came over and somehow he ended up leaping right up onto our dining room table. I think he was as shocked as we were. Jack will be six years old soon, not sure why he still acts like a puppy, hahah.

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My daughters and I took a little break from a busy work week for brunch at The Fat Hen, a very small but very delicious local restaurant. Our favorite dish is the Eggs Benedict if you ever have the chance to visit. :) Everything on the menu is great, though. We always get a pot of French Press at the table, too. So good!

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Quite awhile ago we did an “Out to See” post here on the Fat Hen.
I forget to do Out to See posts! I’ll try to get back into them when we go places. I know a lot of people like to visit Seattle, so I really should document more of our favorite places to go.

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Even though we love going out to eat, we do try to eat healthy food at home. Kylee made a smoothie bowl this week with blended banana, a handful of frozen raspberries, and almond milk topped with bananas, bee pollen, raspberries, chia and hemp seeds, coconut, and mango. YUM! And so pretty, too.

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We hosted a giveaway for Pure & Lovely in our Facebook group, so we had fun putting together little packages to send out this week to the winners (you’re welcome to join our group, find out more here)!

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Note that I have a silver Plush Pumpkin holding up my computer screen in my office.

We keep it classy around here.

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Many of my friends have kindly shared about the upcoming release this next Saturday of my new book Simple Decorating! I’m so grateful for the support, especially during book launches. If you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, you can find it here. If you weren’t able to see the video when we posted it the first time, hopefully you can this time! It wasn’t showing up for some of you but I think we have it fixed now :).

You can get the book from Amazon or Barnes and Noble online this week but it will be in stores by next Saturday. I loved the shot above from Allison at The Festive Farmhouse on Instagram.

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My girls and I have been hard at work on future book photos…

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We had family coming to visit this weekend so we did some housecleaning…

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We had doggie play dates with all the pups…

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We marveled at the glorious sunsets outside our window.

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The dogs have been longing for more spring days to play outside…

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We paused to appreciate simple joys.

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And this weekend we have people tucked into cozy beds all over the house!

Happy Sunday, friend!

You can follow along with our Instagrams below:

The Inspired Room // Jack the Goldendoodle // Doodles at Home // Pure & Lovely //  Kylee // Courtney

If you’ve missed any recent posts, here are a few to catch up on:

New flooring in the basement

Our outdoor space for entertaining

Our paint colors (and 5 rules for selecting the perfect paint color)

Kitchen source list and the kitchen reveal.

Shiplap in the kitchen (details)

$500 Shopping Spree Giveaway

Spring Decorating Ideas

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  1. Jo Jo

    Oh, how I,love your lovely photos and your rooms, Melissa! You make me smile…you keep it real (silver pumpkin holding your computer screen. ?…hey, it works!). Your home is lush with those gorgeous plants! Love! Our home gets light but not as much sun, so I’ve learned to buy plants that tolerate lower light levels.. I usually shy away from faux greenery, but I’m seeing such an improvement in the quality of faux plants out there, that I’m considering filling in with some soon! Many do look sooo life-like! Pssst…I talk to my live pkants as well. ? My heart melts when I see photos of the pups! So dear!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Well thank you so much, Jo Jo! It always is such a joy to read your comments and know someone is out there :). Thank you, I hope you have a wonderful day.

  2. Deanna Rabe

    You’re home is so lovely. Warm, welcoming, and very inspiring!

    We are going to be planking our kitchen this year, and then painting it and the living room (they are completely open to each other) the same color, white. They’ve been a lovely warm yellow and its been great, but its been that color for many years and its time for a refresh!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you! Oh, I’m so happy for you, Deanna. :) That is going to be so much fun!

  3. Gosia

    what a beautiful house! I loved absolutely everything about it! x

  4. francesca gunn

    I ordered the book from Amazon and it came today! Looking forward to reading it this week.

  5. Stephanie

    I love the Out to See posts! ?

  6. Charlotte Lindsay

    Thanks for sharing! I definetly agree that you can never have too many plants, they bring a sense of life and airiness to any home decor style!

  7. Lily

    The dogs are adorable!!! :) And I love all the touches of greenery in your house. I think plants are essential in a home and I have many here, that I have also named as well. ;)

  8. Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista

    I have always been inspired by you and your home Melissa but I have to tell you the infatuation is growing stronger than ever lately. I am so in love with everything you are doing in your new place. I may have even told my husband that when shopping for things for our new home I am asking myself, “would Melissa put this in her home!?” He just rolls his eyes at me! But I ordered and already received your new book on Amazon and was excited to see you have another one coming out as well! So exciting! :)

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Ashley, you are too cute. Thank you, friend!!! And I’m so glad you left a comment because it reminded me, I sent you a box awhile ago that was returned as undeliverable :). OF COURSE it was, I know YOU HAVE A NEW ADDRESS! I just forgot. I might be able to get it resent to you if you want to PM me your new address :)

  9. Pat M.

    You have such a comfortable home – no matchy-matchy, nothing that looks as though you shouldn’t touch, or sit on, and I love the fact that there’s a dog in many of the photos. So many featured homes look so un-lived in and I so appreciate the fact that yours, while decorated so well, is so welcoming

    I’m sure you agree that it’s too bad they didn’t bury the electric lines in your neighborhood so that they don’t distract from the view – but it’s still wonderful.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you, Pat. :) Yes, we live in a city and Seattle views sometimes include power lines. I won’t be surprised if someday they get moved someday. I never in a million years thought we would be able to have a house with a view, so I actually just embrace those ordinary power lines as a reminder that this house came with a very unexpected, but extraordinary gift.

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