Happy House Projects I’m Working On

Happy House Projects I'm Working On

Hi friends! As I mentioned last week, I’m working on quite a few updates around the house, as well as planning some upcoming projects that I’m super excited about!

I think my favorite stage of home design (especially in a home that needed some updating) is this one….when at least some of the major projects are crossed off and the overall mood of the home is more defined. Then I get to have fun with more of the refinements or details in each room.

Happy House Projects I'm Working On
My Summer House – sources in post

We still have some bigger projects to do, of course, (like our mint and pink bathroom!) but this season will feel far more manageable since some projects are already done or at least further along.

As much as I love coming up with a new vision for a home or the specific plans for a room remodel, for example, I guess I just love the process of evolving and refining spaces in smaller ways the most of all.

Lately I’ve going back and forth between being so content with how far the house has come (like I just want to sit and enjoy it all!) and realizing I still have so many more ideas that I’m too excited about the vision to stop! For me as a creative person, I guess that’s a perfectly happy place to be.

Right now I’m working on a few updates and creative furniture shuffles in order to add more character as I make each room feel cozier and more pulled together. These are the projects that make me the happiest!

Happy House Projects I'm Working On
My Summer House – sources in post

Here is a preview of a few happy house projects happening (or soon-to-be happening) around the house:

  • I’ve already made a few simple updates to our living room this summer and I love the feel of the changes so far. I’ll be sharing more soon. For starters, I got a new sisal rug and I’m loving having a neutral rug again.
  • I also got this statement art (mine wasn’t actually from Amazon, but it was out of stock where I got it, so I found the link there for you guys!).
  • Remember our fireplace makeover discussion? We are going to move forward with a fireplace update. I think most of you are going to be happy with our decision, so stay tuned :).
  • This summer I am going to be painting a secondhand bookshelf for a built-in effect in our living room. It’s funny how you can shop through your house and discover that you already have what you need, or close enough to it, that you can make it work with very little money to get the look you want. But I love shopping and getting new things, too, so I have my eye on a few new pieces.
  • I recently got this laptop table for our living room which has been so handy for working from home!
  • I’ve been working on a few switcheroos in my office, including moving our favorite leather sofa into it! I know you haven’t seen my office or the leather sofa for awhile on the blog but I promise, they both still exist! Ha! I decided I want a faux fiddle leaf fig there (the one I linked to is on sale!) to bring in some greenery. Greenery that will never die. :)
  • I just ordered a new cabinet for the living room that I’m super excited about, too, so stay tuned this summer and fall for all of the changes upstairs and down!

If you’re new to The Inspired Room or just catching up, you can take my house tour HERE and you can see our house improvements so far HERE (lots of before and afters!).

There are some great home decor sales going on this week, check them out below!

Happy House Projects I'm Working On

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My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

I‘ve always been torn between which house I love more. I have to admit, as much as I love decorating my fall and winter home, I’ve been especially enjoying working on our summer house lately.

Ahh…I can’t fool you. I only have one house. But I would love to have ALL THE HOUSES to decorate (can you imagine how fun that would be? or is that just me?).

I’ve discovered that this house comes to life this time of year, so why not have fun with summer style? I don’t have a real “summer house” but “love the home you have” is what I always say (yes, that’s the name of my first book LOL).

Top Photo Source: Annie Selke

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

Recently two of my favorite designers when it comes to summer home style, Annie Selke (Dash & Albert) and Mark Sikes, collaborated on a brand new collection. When they reached out to ask if I’d like to share some of my favorite pieces with you, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. This is my kind of fun.

I have been wanting to add a new rug to my dining room for quite awhile. The seagrass rug I had in this room has been great, but I have really been wanting to punch up the color and pattern in this space.

Now that we’ve lived here for nearly four years I’m feeling more and more like I know this house and the style that feels right to me here.

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

One of Mark’s rug designs (Big Sur) was perfect for what I had in mind. I think it looks and feels even better in this room than I had imagined! I’m in love with it already.

Not only is the classic pattern one of my favorite styles (reminds me a bit of the fabric I’ve brought with me to use in several of my homes over the past 25 years!) but I think it’s going to hold up really well, too.

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

This is my guest room. You’ve seen this little room quite a bit, but it’s always evolving!

You might remember that I also designed two rugs for Annie Selke/Dash & Albert! Well, I recently brought one of my rug designs (Inspired Stripe) into the guest room. I thought it might be fun to push the envelope a little to bring even more pattern in this room for the summer.

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

I loved my rug in here and I have to say, I love it even more paired up with Mark’s wonderful floral reversible quilt and shams (Pasadena). The plaid sheets and matching Euro shams are amazing, too (Julian Cobalt).

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

Now our tiny guest room is all ready for summer. And the bed is made up for my parents, who will be here in a week for LUKE’S HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION!

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

I can’t believe our little baby boy (who is now taller than everyone in our family) is finished with high school. I don’t think I’ve fully let this all sink in yet (although I will admit to bursting into tears a time or two.) He was in kindergarten when I started this blog! That’s just unreal to me.

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

I’ll share more on this time of transition in our life soon as well as more rooms in my ever evolving summer house. So stay tuned for all the summer happenings around our house. :)

Related resources:

Mark Sikes wrote a lovely book called Beautiful, it’s one of my favorite design books!

Shop the brand new Annie Selke / Mark Sikes collection here!

Shop more sources from this room here.