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Courtney's Move Update: The Before & The Plan  

Hello, it’s Courtney here! Well, I have officially moved out of my apartment and into my parents’ lower level! I’m here today to share more details on how we’re laying out the new space and a bit of what our plans are! But first, let me just say…can we talk about how moving is always […]

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2020-02-24 03:58:20



Home Tour, Makeovers + Home Style Saturdays  

Happy Saturday, friend! My, oh, my this week flew by so fast. Next week is going to be an exciting one because we’ll finally post an update on Courtney’s move into my lower level! Moving always takes so much more time and energy than I remember, but we’re getting her all settled in and making […]

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2020-02-22 11:29:54



Spring Doormats That Will Greet You With A Smile  

Hey friends, who is ready for spring? RAISES HAND SO HIGH! The sun was out in Seattle today and it felt so good. I couldn’t help but feel a little more inspired for spring :). I’m looking forward to a quick makeover of our front porch this year (I am thinking of painting the tired […]

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2020-02-20 03:06:55



Posts You Might Have Missed + Home Style Saturday  

Hey friends! I wanted to share four fun new posts you might have missed! I just discovered there was another technical difficulty in my emailed posts. GAH! If you are an email subscriber you may have received several emails in a row with a repeatedly incorrect subject line (Organizing + Home Style Saturdays!). It is […]

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2020-02-17 03:43:39



8 Ways to Create a Romantic Home  

Lonny 8 Ways to Create a Romantic Home: 1. Bring home flowers Stop in a grocery store or florist for some pretty flowers to create a few small bouquets in the bedroom and bathroom. I find affordable flowers at Costco and Trader Joes! 2. Tidy up the bedroom & bathroom If the laundry piled up on the bed […]

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2020-02-14 02:09:19



How to Start Organizing Your Home  

When we feel overwhelmed by disorder in our home, we often think we need to get better organized. Where do we start? Add drawer dividers? Buy a new cabinet? Get some bins? Stuff things in baskets? I ran across a post I had written years ago that offered a simple answer to this question. It’s still […]

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2020-02-12 06:01:40



Organizing + Styling: Home Style Saturdays  

Hello, friend! What a week! We got Courtney’s furniture all moved in this morning. YAY! We were so focused on moving that I totally forgot to put this Home Style Saturdays post out! Whoops! Moving is always an ordeal but all things considered, it went really smoothly. She still has some small things to move […]

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2020-02-08 20:44:45



Six Simple Secrets for a Less Cluttered Home  

Greetings! Who needs to declutter? {raises hand}. I wish I could say that I decluttered once, years ago, and that was the end of the “excess stuff” in our home. But alas…. it’s an ongoing process for me. We decluttered a lot before we moved here four years ago but we still ended up with […]

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2020-02-07 03:25:24



Cozy & Inviting Coastal Living Room: Get the Look  

Cozy and Inviting (Get the Look!) is a fun periodic "mini-series" on The Inspired Room! To get that "cozy and inviting" mood many of us crave for our home, I will share a variety of inspiration rooms that feel cozy and inviting to me (for a variety of reasons!). Then I'll quickly brainstorm a list […]

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2020-02-03 10:35:33



Decluttering + Home Style Saturdays  

Happy Saturday! While our letterboard suggests we “sit back and relax”, this next week is going to be quite an eventful one at our house! Courtney officially moves into our lower level next weekend (catch up here if you missed that announcement!), so we are spending this week preparing (mostly doing lots of decluttering to […]

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2020-02-01 08:18:36



How to Design a Relaxing Wind-Down Ritual  

Welcome to this three part mini-series (part of My Year of Dwelling Well!) called How to Find Joy at Home (a simple guide)! “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” – Annie Dillard Do you make the small things in your life count? Do you design your routines with […]

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2020-01-31 12:39:24



Three Daily Intentions for a Joyful Mindset  

Welcome to this three part mini-series (part of My Year of Dwelling Well!) called How to Find Joy at Home (a simple guide)! Today is part two: Three Daily Intentions for a Joyful Mindset. To read part one, start here with Create a Happy Morning Routine. There are so many practical and inspiring things we […]

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2020-01-30 08:29:29



How to Create a Happy Morning Routine  

Who doesn’t want to feel more joyful at home? Maybe you are experiencing the winter doldrums or just feel like you wish spring would hurry up and get here already! Winter can be hard for many of us! It’s dark. It’s chilly. Spring is still many weeks away. There are so many practical and inspiring […]

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2020-01-29 04:15:27



How to Love Your Home, Even When You Don't Like It (+ 5 Things I Love About Mine)  

Whether you fully love your home or not, I think focusing on gratitude for what you have (and can do!) is a helpful practice. What are five things you love about your home? Scroll down for ideas if you are struggling to answer this question! NOTE: we are sharing answers this week in our new […]

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2020-01-28 02:23:37



Home Style Saturdays  

You know what makes me reeeeally happy? A big bouquet of pink tulips! My husband gave these to me and they are the cheeriest sight in my living room! Also…they make me super excited for spring, except it’s only January and still pretty chilly. Ha! But as long as I can stay cozy inside, gaze […]

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2020-01-25 04:45:58



Returning Home + Let's Text!  

Getting away with my husband to Hawaii was really good for the soul. Good for MY soul especially. This trip was so peaceful. We spent a lot of time in nature, walking through botanical gardens, by the ocean, and stayed at two bed and breakfasts that were literally in the most serene rainforest settings you […]

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2020-01-23 12:19:47



Double Duty Home Offices + Multifunctional Rooms  

New year, new projects! While relaxing on the beach in Hawaii might be my new favorite way to start a new year, I was pretty excited to get home and dive into making progress on our house. Since my daughter Courtney is moving in to our lower level next month, we have been in the […]

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2020-01-22 10:49:47



Home Sweet Home + Home Style Saturdays  

Hey there sweet friend! Hello! My husband and I just returned from Hawaii! We had an amazing time, it was wonderful to get away and relax for ten days.  Although as a tried and true homebody, I have to admit it feels so good to be home again, too. :) Anyone else love getting home […]

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2020-01-18 05:08:32



Inspired By: Toile  

If you’ve been around the blog for awhile, you might remember this red toile chair in the kitchen of the Tudor I lived when I started The Inspired Room back in 2007! Come take a tour of my Portland home here! Shop My House, My Dash & Albert Rug Designs, My Books, and Latest Decor […]

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2020-01-16 12:06:33



3 Ways I'm Simplifying My Home This Year (+ Huge Furniture Sale!)  

This post is in partnership with World Market Y‘all know how I always say that the creation of a home is a slow process? We’ve lived in our home in Seattle for a little over 4 years now, and even though decor TV shows make us think entire houses are fully decorated in the span […]

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2020-01-13 11:27:33



Hello from Hawaii {and Home Style Saturdays}  

Helloooo from beautiful Hawaii! My husband and I have so been grateful for this time of rest and adventure. We keep pinching ourselves that we were invited on such an incredible trip. I’m pretty sure laying on the beach in Hawaii is one of the most refreshing ways we could start 2020… :) I’ve been […]

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2020-01-11 01:40:16



Life Update: Courtney is Moving!  

Hello! It’s Courtney here (Melissa’s daughter!). While my mom is off on a much deserved Hawaiian vacation with my dad, I thought I’d pop in here today to share an exciting home and life update of my own! If you follow me on Instagram or if you’ve been around The Inspired Room for awhile, you […]

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2020-01-08 08:23:58



Small Steps and Daily Rituals  

The best things come from small changes and the daily rituals we practice over and over again. How do you want to feel in your home this year? How do you want to feel in your body, your mind, your soul? How do I want to feel? It’s a powerful question. What goals do you […]

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2020-01-07 07:05:42



Charming Inexpensive Decorating: Non-Electric Wall Lights with Battery Candles  

Make your house cozier with inexpensive non-electric wall lights and battery-operated candles! I absolutely love simple, quick, affordable updates that add character and warmth to a home! In my fireplace reveal post I told you I’d come back and share more details about my new sconces, so here I am! This was such a quick […]

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2020-01-06 10:29:07



Winter Home Organization Ideas: Home Style Saturdays  

Hi friends, I hope you’re having a wonderful first few days of 2020! In case you’ve missed anything while getting into the swing of the New Year, here is the latest on The Inspired Room this week: A Year of Dwelling Well {An Invitation for 2020 + My New Book} State of the House: 2020 […]

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2020-01-04 06:31:08



10 Minute Household Tasks To Organize Your Life  

Raise your hand if getting organized is one of your goals for 2020! If your home is feeling totally out of control right now, you probably feel frustrated every day. You might be extra stressed out because you don’t even have time to get organized! That's why 10 minute organizing can change your life. Organizing […]

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2020-01-02 10:44:13



State of the House: 2020 Plans + Projects  

We’ve been in this house just over four years. I remember it was around years 4-6 in my previous house (and most of our homes) when I really started to feel like I was fully “at home.” Not that I didn’t feel at home or enjoy living there prior to that, of course, but it […]

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2019-12-31 23:50:00



A Year of Dwelling Well (an invitation for 2020!)  

This is the time of year for reflection as we take look back at a year coming to a close (and this year is the end of a decade!) plus a time to be intentional with all that is ahead. It’s a lot to think about! What is it we really want to experience in […]

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2019-12-30 11:00:00



New Year Organizing Ideas: Home Style Saturdays  

Hi friends! I hope you had a great holiday, we sure did! I don’t know about you, but I am so looking forward to putting Christmas away and getting things simplified and organized. I hope you enjoy all the inspiration to do just that in this week’s Home Style Saturdays! Shabbyfufu | Free Printable Life […]

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2019-12-28 21:11:52



How to Be Happy with Your Home (2019 in review)  

As we are still savoring these last few days of the holidays with our family, I thought it would be fun to round up some of my favorite blog posts and home projects from 2019! 2020 will be an extra creative and productive year around our home! I’m SO excited! We’ve been slowly transforming this […]

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2019-12-27 07:39:34



Home Style Saturdays  

I hope you enjoy the inspiration in this week's Home Style Saturdays! Southern Hospitality | Crockpot Chocolate Candy StoneGable | Silver and Gold Christmas Table The Inspired Room | Our Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Pie Recipe Designthusiasm | FREE Printable 2020 Calendar On Sutton Place | Olive Oil Granola Recipe Shabbyfufu | Things To Do In Waco […]

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2019-12-21 16:53:02



Tis the Season + Dwelling Well Journal  

Tis’ the season for slowing down to savor what this season is all about. Just before Thanksgiving I found out my thyroid had gone haywire again. Suddenly all of my festive holiday plans nearly came to a halt. If you read my book Dwelling or have followed my wellness journey for awhile, you might remember […]

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2019-12-19 11:00:00



New Blog Design + Home Style Saturdays  

Have you noticed that The Inspired Room blog got a new look? So excited! I couldn’t be happier! We are not only so pleased with the fresh new look, but also with just how much easier it is to navigate. You can endlessly through past posts, we have a newly refreshed shop, a fun new […]

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2019-12-14 11:00:00



The Magic of Christmas + Gingerbread Houses  

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This is the first time in several years that I haven’t had a big book deadline over the holidays. I’m really enjoying slowing down a bit and having time to do more of the things that make this season feel extra magical. One thing that’s happening? A […]

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2019-12-12 11:00:00



Simple Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas with Kraft Paper  

Brown paper packages tied up with string… I‘m always so inspired by simple kraft paper gift wrap with creative additions. There are so many possibilities to create unique looks. I hope you enjoy all these beautiful ideas! (Don’t miss the end of this post with some super cute wrapping paper and gift wrapping supplies!) Speaking […]

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2019-12-09 11:00:00



New Hallway Art & Home Style Saturdays  

Rug / Gold Lights / Black Sconce / Taper Candle / Art / Ceiling Light Time is FLYING by the past few weeks. I can’t believe Saturday has come around again, ha! Today I’m sharing some great inspiration from my fellow blogger friends for our Home Style Saturdays series, but first I wanted to show you […]

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2019-12-07 11:00:00



Simple + Beautiful Christmas Decorating Ideas  

Christmastime is here, happiness and cheer! We have added little touches of Christmas throughout the house, and we’re getting our real tree this week with the family. Have you decorated yet? Here are lots of ideas for simple and beautiful Christmas decor! Mini Trees in the Kitchen Wrap them up in burlap, or put them […]

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2019-12-04 11:00:00



4 Ways to Create a Cozy Winter Mood + Cyber Monday  

This post is in partnership with World Market Now that it’s December, I’m feeling like it’s finally time to start the Christmas tunes! I’m sitting around in my stretchy pants after Thanksgiving doing a little Cyber Monday shopping, making sure that my house and I will be all cozy and ready for Christmas. Today I’m […]

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2019-12-02 11:00:08



Christmas Inspiration + Home Style Saturdays  

Hey there! I hope you enjoy the inspiration in this week’s Home Style Saturdays! Here are a few recent blog posts you might have missed: New Linen Slipcovered Sofa in the Living Room Our Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Pie Happy Thanksgiving & 3 Black Friday Favorites DIY Natural Gifts + Craft Recipes + Free Printables Designthusiasm […]

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2019-11-30 11:00:00



Our Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Pie + Black Friday Sales  

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We sure did! Since I started a gluten-free diet awhile back, many of you have asked me about what gluten-free recipes we love and use. I thought you might enjoy seeing this beautiful gluten-free/vegan pie made by my daughter Courtney and her boyfriend! Isn’t it absolutely lovely? You can […]

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2019-11-29 11:00:00



Happy Thanksgiving + 3 Black Friday Favorites  

This post is in partnership with World Market Happy Thanksgiving, blog friends! Our house is full of family and friends (and many fur babies underfoot). The aroma of a delicious feast is wafting through the air and we are ready to gather around this table with such thankful hearts. I couldn’t let today go by […]

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2019-11-27 11:00:28



DIY Natural Gifts + Craft Recipes + Printables  

Hi friends! It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost December before we know it and Christmas will be here! I have some fun DIY gift ideas for you in today’s post (plus don’t miss the wonderful triple triple diffuser and essential oil Black Friday deal, too!). Last week we shared some simple natural DIY gift […]

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2019-11-27 11:00:00



Home Style Saturdays  

Hey friends! I hope you enjoy the inspiration in this week's Home Style Saturdays! Here are a few recent blog posts you might have missed: Our Annual Gift Guides My Winter Dining Room Decor (New & Sentimental Holiday Style) New Linen Slipcovered Sofa in the Living Room Warm & Cozy Room: My Fireplace Insert Reveal! […]

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2019-11-23 18:29:51



New Linen Slipcovered Sofa in the Living Room!  

This linen slipcovered sofa is featured in partnership with Sixpenny Ch-ch-ch changes! Tis’ the season for rearranging all the things. I’ve been on my usual pre-Thanksgiving mission to maximize coziness and prepare for celebration. If you’ve been around The Inspired Room for long, you know how I am this time of year, haha. Nothing is […]

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2019-11-22 11:00:32



Gift Ideas for Everyone  

Hey Friends! I'm excited to announce that our annual Christmas gift guides are ready. As usual, we had so much fun scouring the internet for the best gifts for the holidays and beyond. We selected our favorites so you can stay home in your jammies, knowing you'll find something wonderful for everyone on your list. […]

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2019-11-21 11:00:00



New + Sentimental Holiday Style  

Do you dream up a different decorating theme for your holiday decor each year? My holiday look or “theme” doesn’t tend to change much year to year. A few years back I named our holiday style “forest and sea” and that pretty much still sums it all up! I just periodically add a few new […]

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2019-11-20 11:00:00



Warm + Cozy Room: Fireplace Insert REVEAL!  

This post is in partnership with Napoleon Fireplaces I’ve never been as cozy in my home as I am right now! I’m SO HAPPY with my new fireplace! A warm fire in the fireplace has the power to transform how a home feels and how you feel in it. I can say already that our new […]

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2019-11-18 11:00:54



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2019-11-16 12:07:34



Christmas Decorating | Home Style Saturdays  

Yay for the weekend! We have so much fun stuff coming next week on the blog I can hardly wait! (hint: be checking the blog for a site redesign, our cozy fireplace insert reveal on Monday, a new sofa and artwork and our first (new) Christmas decorating post of the year!). We officially brought out […]

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2019-11-16 11:00:18



Tour A Dreamy Beach House in Seabrook  

Today I am jumping up and down with joy because I have a real treat for you. I am THRILLED to take you on a virtual beach house tour. I get to share a very special brand new modern coastal home with YOU! It’s truly a dream come true. While I wish it was a […]

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2019-11-15 11:00:26



Fireplace Inserts + Design Options  

This post is in partnership with Napoleon Fireplaces What could be a cozier and more romantic feature in a room than a fireplace? There’s nothing quite as comforting as the warmth of a fireplace or as relaxing as the soft light of flames sparkling. With the installation of the brand new gas insert to our […]

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2019-11-12 11:00:04



Home Style Saturdays  

Hey friends! I hope you enjoy the inspiration in this week’s Home Style Saturdays! Here are a few recent blog posts you might have missed: Favorite Board Games & A ChallengeWhite Picket Garden Gates and Autumn HydrangeasHow to Add Character with Light FixturesAutumn Drive By - Charming Seattle NeighborhoodsFall Entry MakeoverOur Fireplace + Mood BoardOur Living Room […]

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2019-11-09 11:00:17



White Picket Garden Gates + Autumn Hydrangeas  

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive–to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love — then make the day count!” Steve Maraboli Is there a shift in the seasons yet where you are? I can already tell fall is trying to sneak away. Autumn is […]

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2019-11-08 11:00:32



How to add Character with Light Fixtures  

One of the more impactful yet simple ways to add character to a home is to give it an architectural personality. You can easily define and elevate the style of a space by simply switching outdated or underwhelming light fixtures. Unique lights will make an impression and tell a story, so they are an excellent […]

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2019-11-07 11:00:12



Favorite Board Games + A Challenge!  

We are so excited to have our game table in the living room! It's already a become a frequented destination for date nights, meals and games. So many of you have messaged me about our wood game board (called Agitation/Aggravation) that I thought it would be helpful to share some of our favorites with you. […]

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2019-11-04 11:00:08



November Inspiration | Home Style Saturdays  

Over the table rod Happy November, friend! So glad you stopped by. Hope you had a great week. Fall is sure flying by, isn’t it? Here in the U.S. it will be Thanksgiving before we know it. I’m working on some fun upcoming posts including a few room + yard updates, decorating inspiration posts, a […]

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2019-11-02 10:00:51



Advent Calendars – Family Traditions  

Advent Calendars I know it seems like Christmas is still so far away, but in reality it's only eight weeks from today. Can you believe it? Since advent calendars usually begin on the first day of December, now is a good time to prepare if you want to start or continue the tradition with your family this year! You can […]

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2019-10-31 10:00:43



Dreaming of Home  

Do you ever just see an inspiration photo and think, that’s just what I want my home to feel like? Even if your inspiration room looks very little like your home? Asking for a friend, haha. Ah, y’all know I do this. I can’t help it. It’s what I do. I love being inspired by […]

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2019-10-30 10:00:10



Simple Fall Joys + Home Style Saturdays  

Hi friends! I’m was so glad you enjoyed the autumn drive by as much as Courtney and I did. I love driving around looking at houses in every season, but especially this time of year in neighborhoods where the leaves are such vibrant colors and spilling out to brighten all the streets and sidewalks (although […]

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2019-10-26 10:00:54



Autumn Drive By  

Hi friends! It's Courtney here today! My mom and I were out running errands for a photoshoot this week, and on our way home we decided to do a spur of the moment autumn "drive by"! We always love a good neighborhood drive by, but especially in autumn with all the beautiful fall colors! My […]

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2019-10-24 10:00:35



Our Fireplace + Mood Board  

This post is in partnership with Napoleon Fireplaces As someone who loves decorating, I enjoy finding the potential in a home. So of course, that means I’m always thinking up new projects and ways we could make our home “better” in some way. It’s just what I do. When it comes down to what my […]

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2019-10-22 10:00:39



Fall + Home Style Saturdays  

  Hello, friend! We made some good progress on a couple of home projects this past week, one is inside and one outside! I can’t wait to tell you more next week :).  Meanwhile you can catch up on a few of my latest posts below and then be sure to scroll past to find […]

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2019-10-19 10:00:49



Christmas Decor Shop 2019  

Merry, merry! Your little Christmas elves are here to deliver our faves of the season so far (these shops will continue to be updated, so bookmark this post and check back often)! We like to share our annual Christmas shop early since holiday decor can go out of stock so quickly and some is on […]

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2019-10-16 10:00:27



Living Room | Game + Dining Table  

Awhile back I posted about the idea of putting a small round table in the corner of our living room. Today I wanted to show you that I made progress on giving this a try! My thought was that we had room in this little corner for *something* so why not make it a usable […]

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2019-10-15 10:00:46



Get Inspired: Rifle Paper Co. Baking Dishes  

Every year around this time it somehow sneaks up on me. Christmas is just ten or so weeks away! Anyone else suddenly realizing that they aren’t ready? (Or are you the type who gets ready months in advance?) Of course, even before that it will be Thanksgiving. I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner at my house! Once […]

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2019-10-14 10:00:02



Autumn Decor + Home Style Saturdays  

It’s official. It feels chilly. We’ve had the heat on inside and frost on the windshield and ground outside. But the positive side of chilly is you can’t wait to be cozy! SO, in my quest for cozy something exciting is being installed at my house this next week, so stay tuned to find out […]

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2019-10-12 10:00:09



How to Make Your Home Feel Warm & Cozy (Top Tips + Decor Sale!)  

Want a warmer, cozier home? Today I'm sharing some of my favorite warm and cozy home decor tips! This post is in partnership with World Market. Scroll down to find my top picks from World Market’s awesome Friends and Family Sale at the end of this post!. It's Friends & Family time at Cost Plus […]

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2019-10-11 10:00:07



A Home that Tells Your Heart's Story  

My husband gave me these two little birds for our anniversary last spring. He held them out and said "this one is you and the other is me." As empty nesters now, these two birds take on even more meaning!  Our home has many things that tell our story. To someone looking at a photo […]

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2019-10-09 10:00:20



Creating Ambience with Mood Lighting  

We have always done quite bit of lamp shuffling in our house. Do you do this, too? Every time we move the furniture around, or change anything up for the season, I reassess and rearrange the lighting. I’m so impacted by the mood of our home. In the early years of being married, my husband […]

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2019-10-08 10:00:30



Fall Entry Makeover  

It’s been awhile since I’ve made any changes to this side of our entry hall, but with fall in full swing I got the bug to add something new! So I made a cozy and functional update to this space! I’m so excited to share my fall entry makeover with you today. This fall entry […]

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2019-10-07 10:00:12



Home Style Saturdays |Fall Weekend Vibes  

Jack has the cozy fall weekend vibe thing down. He sleeps in his own bed at night but the minute I make the bed in the morning he makes a beeline to curl up on this same spot every single day. Then after a long nap on my cozy vintage grainsack down pillow he goes […]

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2019-10-05 10:00:43



The Gift of Gathering + a Giveaway  

Fall is a wonderful season to practice hospitality. Who doesn’t love to gather together to eat a yummy meal and feel the warmth and love of a community? Today I have such a fun announcement and giveaway for you! My friend Bre Doucette from the blog Rooms For Rent has released a beautiful book on […]

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2019-10-04 10:00:52



A Hygge Home by the Sea  

Hygge (pronouced “hooga”) is a word the Danish use to describe the sense of coziness they create for themselves, friends and family in their home. Cozy blankets, candlelight, natural elements, the warmth of the fire and a mug of steaming hot soup in hand. Welcome, fall. That whole situation inspires me in every way! Experiencing […]

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2019-10-03 10:00:23



Join The Inspired Room Community! (Free Group for You!)  

Introducing: The Inspired Room Community! After receiving many messages and emails about this, I am so excited to invite y’all to The Inspired Room Community. I asked a few weeks ago if you’d be interested in joining a private Facebook community just for kindred spirits and friends in The Inspired Room, and the response was […]

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2019-10-02 10:00:43



5 Ways to Bring Hygge to Your Home  

I‘ll say it. I’m 100% READY for the fall vibes. Not only has October 1st arrived, but the furnace came on in my house today and I’m wearing a sweater and cozy socks because I’m still cold (to put this in perspective, it’s not really all that cold here and the sun was out today…I’m […]

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2019-10-01 10:00:15



Home Style Saturdays | Fall Treats + Tips  

Welcome to a new edition of Home Style Saturdays! Before you head off to get inspired by the round up of posts, I wanted to thank you all so much for your encouragement, thoughtful comments and prayers on our transition to being empty nesters this week. It meant so much to me! After we dropped […]

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2019-09-28 08:17:29



Seasons Change | Life Lately  

We can feel a change of seasons in the air this time of year. I can feel it in my heart. Even Jack can sense it. Today, a wonderful season in our family will end as another beautiful one will begin. Tonight we will drop our baby boy off at college in the same exact […]

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2019-09-25 11:07:47



Cozy and Inviting Dining Room: Get the Look  

COZY & INVITING DINING ROOM We’re doing a fun periodic “mini-series” within our Fall Nesting series this year called Cozy & Inviting! Our first room in this series was here. The purpose of the post is just to let us study a room and observe the details you see or that stand out to you, […]

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2019-09-24 10:23:27



4 Ways to Create a Life-Changing Restful Nightly Ritual  

One of my FAVORITE ways to usher in fall is to get back to my nightly rituals (or create new ones!). I have different routines I tend to practice (or aspire to) in each season, but (of course!) fall is my favorite time for rituals. It’s like rekindling a familiar friendship. It just makes me […]

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2019-09-23 06:18:03



Empty Nesting + Home Style Saturdays  

Hi friends! I can’t believe how fast Saturdays come around. Maybe I’m just more observant of time passing now that I share these Saturday round ups. Or more likely it’s probably because I am paying close attention to all the little things I won’t see as often after next week, like my boy making a […]

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2019-09-21 11:08:02



Get Cozier for Fall Rearranging What You Have!  

You’ll want to scroll down in this post to laugh at Jack with me so don’t miss the end, but first, let’s talk about an affordable way to get a new fall look. My typical fall decorating has always been mostly about non-seasonal specific things, like moving everything around until it feels cozier to me. […]

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2019-09-19 11:19:56



The Best Way to Start Your Day  

I can’t think of a better way to start a fall day than being curled up on the couch in a quiet house, ready to watch the sun come up. Most often there’s a blanket on my lap, coffee in my hand, and a diffuser going next to me! Sound Hygge-ish? It is. But I […]

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2019-09-18 05:53:17



Hang the Art | Fall Nesting  

Here’s our Fall Nesting tip for the day. Hang the art. Houses with art that reflects the personality and story of the family who lives there will feel warm, lived in, loved. That’s what we want for our fall home, yes? So go ahead. Hang art. Lean it. Tack it up somewhere. Don’t overthink it. […]

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2019-09-17 12:08:42



Embrace Your Style + Make It Cozy  

I was thinking this weekend about all the ways we can make a home feel cozier and welcoming for fall. Your home doesn’t have to be decorated with traditional “fall colors” or neutrals, you don’t have to have plaid fabrics. You don’t have to have to go all out with corn husks, hay bales, pumpkins […]

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2019-09-16 03:40:38



Home Style Saturdays  

Alright y’all, let’s chat! I want to know…..who has decorated something for fall already? Do you have pumpkins out yet? A fall wreath? Plaid tablecloths? Cozy pillow covers? This weekend I think I’ll do a little more Fall Nesting. I’m getting excited to work on my porch because the brand new doormat I ordered last […]

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2019-09-14 06:54:11



How to Create a Cozy Sips Station (+ Mug Roundup)  

I feel like I might have invented the coffee station. I mean, I’m sure I didn’t actually invent it, ha, but I’ve been sharing my coffee stations since there was no such thing as Instagram so that has to count for something! Feeling like I was ahead of the curve here. So now that everyone […]

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2019-09-12 07:58:08



Decorating Blogger Q + A | Giveaway  

Today we’re kicking off a fun decorating blogger tour to celebrate the release of the new book, But Where Do I Put The Couch? PLUS, enter to win a $500 Wayfair card, you’ll get another entry at every stop on the tour (scroll to the list of bloggers and the Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway […]

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2019-09-11 01:48:55



Think Beyond the Throw Blanket + Book Launch Day!  

Today I have a super simple and pretty fall idea to share with you. I hope it will inspire you to think outside-the-throw-blanket and maybe do a little extra cozying up of your home this week! Plus, it’s BUT WHERE DO I PUT THE COUCH? BOOK LAUNCH DAY (scroll down for details)! Fall is an […]

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2019-09-10 09:45:32



Fall Nesting: Make Your Table Pretty  

Fall nesting doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Just do a little something every day to inspire yourself. I love to find simple, everyday opportunities to make my home feel cozier and more fallish. An easy place to get started is to make your table pretty. It's how you look at what you have […]

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2019-09-09 08:22:56



Cozy Weekend|Home Style Saturdays  

Happy Weekend! Somehow Saturday snuck up on me this week, anyone else? Monday holidays can really throw me off. Ha!  I hope you find time for a little fall nesting this weekend. Even one small change to your surroundings can be so inspiring! You’ll find a round up of fall ideas and recipes in today’s […]

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2019-09-07 08:11:01



Cozy & Inviting Kitchen: Get The Look  

Welcome to Fall Nesting! Don’t we all at some level crave a home that is cozy and inviting? Maybe it’s still 110 degrees where you are right now. I’m so sorry LOL! Maybe you are still craving air conditioning .… But remember, our perspective in this fall nesting series is that what we want our […]

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2019-09-06 10:56:13



Fall Nesting 2019 + Surprise Box Giveaways  

Hi friends! IT IS OFFICIALLY TIME for THE FALL NESTING SERIES, 2019 EDITION!!!!! You guys, I literally can’t believe we still get to DO THIS FALL NESTING THING TOGETHER! It’s been my favorite for over a decade! This year I have a few new twists and surprises up my sleeve, too, so you definitely won’t […]

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2019-09-05 01:23:51



Courtney's Studio Apartment Bedroom Tour + Linen Bedding  

Hello! It’s Courtney here today (Melissa’s daughter)! If you don’t know me yet, it’s nice to meet ya! I studied interior design in college and have worked full time for The Inspired Room as a creative director for the last several years! I’m always here behind the scenes assisting with the blog and our other […]

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2019-09-04 08:57:56



Cozy Fall Shop – Favorite Home Decor Sources  

Happy September! Who's ready for fall nesting? Meeeee!!!! We spent the weekend shopping for plants. One of our fall projects will be to add some cottage curb appeal to our front yard, I'm so excited! I'll share what we're up to in the front yard as we get this fall series started. Here's my annual […]

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2019-09-02 02:33:21



Home Style Saturdays – Autumn Decor Inspiration  

Hi friends! Hope you enjoy this week’s Home Style Saturdays post! On Sutton Place | Best Bulbs for Fall Planting Shabbyfufu | Chinoiserie Pumpkins The Easy Way Southern Hospitality | Modern Farmhouse in Atlanta StoneGable | Falling Leaf Mantel The Inspired Room | Simple Ways to Create a Welcoming Fall Porch Designthusiasm | 5 Ways to […]

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2019-08-31 10:37:47



Vintage Style + Modern Cottage  

Sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12 This design post is in partnership with Walmart I am always charmed by the mix of vintage style with modern cottage. A vintage-style modern cottage incorporates muted tones and key vintage […]

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2019-08-30 03:20:57



Fall Diffuser Blends + Why I Quit Candles  

Crunchy leaves, cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes. The scent of clove, nutmeg, and orange essential oils filling the air! Today I’m giving away a FREE fall scent bundle and recipes! I hope you’ll join me in falling in love with oils this fall! Grab the FREE FALL SCENT BUNDLE with your starter kit here. I […]

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2019-08-29 09:38:05



12 Ways to Slow Down & Savor Life + Free Dwelling Art Printables  

A quiet reprieve from the chaos of life is so meaningful to our well-being, and a hectic schedule requires balancing busyness with solitude. But how do we find that quiet time to ourselves when expectations constantly swirl around us, distracting us from slowing down to savor life? 12 Ways to Slow Down and Savor Life […]

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2019-08-28 04:46:53



Lakeside Style | Decorating with Walmart Finds  

Winter, spring, summer or fall, where would you love to live year-round? If you’re like me, you’d live near the water any day of the year. That’s why decorating with a lakeside or seaside style always feels like home to me. Sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 […]

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2019-08-27 03:58:17



Prepare a Cozy Fall Playlist  

The slight chill in the morning air here in the NW suggests that fall is indeed on its way! That makes me endlessly happy, of course (I’m a true fall-lover) but I’m really not in a big hurry to say good-bye to summer. I know many of you are also still wrapping up summer and […]

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2019-08-26 06:43:12






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