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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



Home Style Saturdays – Fall is on its way!  

Hi there friend! What do you have planned this weekend? I’m in a pre-fall nesting mood, so I have a few home-y ideas swirling around in my mind. Sadly my new blog/newsletter email service is STILL holding your emails hostage. If you’re stopping by wondering why you haven’t received one in forever, I AM STILL […]

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2019-08-24 09:13:03



Outdoor Cushion Storage Shed – DIY and Done!  

Fall is on its way! While there is gratefully no rush to break out the rain boots just yet (although we actually DID have a rainstorm in the wee hours of the morning the other day), it’s never too early to prepare the yard for when rain boots will once again become our wardrobe staple. […]

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2019-08-22 08:33:57



Small Space Tips + Stylish Seasonal Storage  

If you struggle to find enough storage in a small space like I do, today I have some small space tips and tricks for you! This post is in partnership with World Market This question comes up every year when we start talking about decorating for the seasons: Where do you keep those decorative items that […]

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2019-08-20 05:48:01



FALL NESTING + 20 Little Things to Love About Fall  

If you’re a long time TIR follower, you know I’ve always described Fall Nesting as a mindset. It’s an opportunity to evolve our home and daily rituals. Fall Nesting is an invitation to create a home at a pace that is both comfortable and inspiring to us. We won’t waste a minute rushing through it […]

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2019-08-19 12:11:02



Fall Decor Ideas + Home Style Saturdays  

Announcing Fall Nesting 2019 + Doormats Happy Saturday, friend! So apparently my blog posts are being held hostage again so my latest posts haven’t been sent out on email. If you have been wondering why you haven’t been getting posts from me lately, that’s why! We are working to resolve the email issues ASAP, but […]

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2019-08-17 05:34:42



Use What You Have Home Office + Painted Wood Shutters  

Even though I love getting new things for my home, quite often I am just as happy (if not more happy!) to be a “use what you have” kind of girl. That philosophy is actually THE very reason I started this blog. I wanted to help and inspire women to find joy in their surroundings, […]

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2019-08-16 09:09:33



My Home Office + Security  

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Panasonic. The opinions and text are all mine. Recently I had someone ask if I still use my home office. Yes I do! As my business has grown over the years, so has the need for dedicated work space so we use this space […]

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2019-08-15 12:02:13



Fall Nesting + Doormats  

Before we talk about Fall Nesting and doormats (YAY!), if you missed my recent posts when my email newsletter glitched (including my sponsored post Who Gives a Crap — lol, don’t worry, you’ll love this, click HERE to learn more and find my post HERE ….or if you missed my post called What Would You […]

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2019-08-14 03:19:54



Who Gives a Crap: Why I Love This Brand of TP  

Sponsored by Who Gives a CrapI tried a toilet paper brand called Who Gives A Crap, I was surprised. Over the years, I’ve received lots of home-related questions here on The Inspired Room. From home decor and remodeling, to organization, to home and time management, to selecting natural and safe ingredients for a home. Pretty […]

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2019-08-13 11:13:30



What Would You Do?  

Remember awhile back I mentioned the idea of a game table in the living room? Well, we finally moved our dining room table in here just to see what it would feel like.  I haven't had time to try chairs with it and haven't taken any more room pics to show you the table in […]

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2019-08-12 09:30:18



Home Style Saturdays: Decorating Style + Seasonal Changes  

My husband and I are on our way back from some much-needed time away! We weren’t gone long, but we had fun. We spent two days in Vancouver B.C. and then headed to Bellingham, Washington for two days to attend the Global Leadership conference. But like the true homebody that I am, I’m really looking […]

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2019-08-10 05:51:01



How to Decorate with Inspiration Rooms  

Hi friends! I'm out of town this week enjoying a little time away with my husband, so I've been mostly off the internet (besides some updates on my Insta stories!) but I wanted to pop in real quick to answer a question I received on my last post.  I thought many of you might find […]

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2019-08-09 02:43:09



Make Your Home Your Own  

Do you feel the freedom to make your house your own? Do you decorate in a way that makes you happy, brings you joy and reflects who you are? I know so many people tend to get “stuck” when it comes to making their own decorating decisions for their home. We worry too much about […]

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2019-08-05 10:47:30



Home Style Saturdays  

Hi friends! Thank you for all your nice comments and messages about my new book, and for applying to the launch team (if you missed that post this week, you can catch up here!). Are you having a fun summer so far? A lot of kids around the country seem to have gone back to […]

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2019-08-03 11:07:54



But Where Do I Put the Couch? | Book Launch Team + Giveaway  

Join our book launch team! And if you pre-order this brand new decorating book you can enter to win a $500 Wayfair gift card! You know those tricky questions or stressful situations that keep you wide awake at night? Like, how will I ever choose a paint color? Or … is it even possible to […]

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2019-08-01 09:44:27



Game Table in Living Room  

My mom always has the best ideas for making a house a home. Case in point, growing up I remember having game tables in many of our homes. Much like enjoying a meal around a table, having a designated spot to gather with friends and family to put together a puzzle, play a board game […]

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2019-07-31 06:22:22



Happy Corners + Home Sweet Home  

I mentioned the other day that we have decided to stay here in this house and continue to put down more roots. We feel at peace with this decision. Of course, life circumstances, needs and desires can always change so it’s impossible to say with absolutely certainty what will happen in the future! And that’s […]

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2019-07-30 09:59:54



Home Style Saturdays  

One thing I’ve noticed since sharing these Home Style Saturdays posts is how quickly the weeks fly by. So fast that when I was out of town I completely forgot to schedule the Home Style Saturday post! Somehow the weekend snuck right past me! (I finally got last week’s HSS post all set up now […]

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2019-07-27 11:31:49



Home Style Saturdays: Room Decorating Tips + Tricks  

On Sutton Place | 5 Favorite Farmhouse Fabrics Shabbyfufu | Easy DIY Cake Stand For Your Summer Tables Southern Hospitality | Adding Herringbone Marble Tile to a Fireplace StoneGable | How to Dry Hydrangeas the Easy Way The Inspired Room | 11 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Sofa Designthusiasm | Where to Find Table Linens and […]

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2019-07-27 02:06:43



Fire Pit Inspiration  

Sometimes I think I might enjoy gardening more than I like decorating. Anyone else? I really love puttering around our yard. Our home really is in the city of Seattle (I know a lot of people say they live “in Seattle” but actually live hours away in neighboring town). But just because we live within […]

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2019-07-26 03:06:36



Cozy Beach House: Get the Look  

Country Living I know it’s summer right now, but I love beach houses all year round. Do you? I love spending time at beach houses in storms, warm weather, mid-week, holidays and vacation days. That’s one of the reasons I love to incorporate subtle beach house elements in my own home. It’s the atmosphere I […]

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2019-07-23 05:50:58



10 Home Gadgets that Make Our Life Better (+ Prime Day Sales)  

PSA…if you didn’t know, today is Amazon Prime Day! If you aren't a Prime member, today would be the day to sign up or try out the 30 day free trial because today (Monday July 15) is Amazon Prime Day! That means you’ll find some amazing deals for Prime members-only! One note to keep in mind on […]

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2019-07-15 04:02:20



Home Style Saturdays: Cleaning Tips, Tutorials + More!  

Greetings, friends! Have you ever wondered how to keep outdoor patio cushions and rugs clean all season long? Today for Home Style Saturdays I’m sharing a popular post I wrote recently on how I do just that! You'll also find summer decorating ideas, non-alcoholic drink recipes, house cleaning tips, floral arrangement and vignettes, and a […]

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2019-07-13 02:01:34



Inspired By: Adirondack Chairs  

A dirondack chairs and summer just seem to go together, don’t they? I only have one in my yard (we had one other, but we had to recycle it when the wood rotted after years hanging out through Seattle winters). But I’ve long envisioned having them on a front porch or a circle of them […]

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2019-07-09 10:50:54



On the Hunt for Green (the color!) Decorating Accessories  

Once upon a time I found a beautiful green garden stool at a flea market. I couldn’t believe my eyes! I was so excited because I had been on the hunt for what felt like ages for green decor to add a richness and “depth” to my color scheme. Well, my joy turned to sorrow […]

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2019-07-08 11:22:11



Home Style Saturdays | Summer Inspiration  

In this week’s Home Style Saturdays round up you’ll find some great ideas to inspire you this summer, including fun decorating, home and garden renovation projects. Hope my U.S. friends all had a wonderful 4th! We had a low-key homebody holiday, which was just fine with me. :) Enjoy your weekend! Southern Hospitality | 1950’s […]

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2019-07-06 09:16:12



Inspired By: Red White & Blue Decor  

Shop Red White & Blue Decor: Related Posts: Inspired By: Rooms Decorated with Red (+ red decor sources) Blue & White Striped Decor (+ blue and white decor sources) Blue + White + Natural Coastal Style

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2019-07-04 06:41:13



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 […]

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2019-07-03 07:30:52



Kitchen Remodel Tip: Panel-Ready Dishwasher  

One of the design choices we made during our kitchen remodel was to have a cabinet front dishwasher, which is technically called a panel-ready dishwasher. A panel-ready dishwasher is specifically designed to hold a cabinet front. I really wanted this option for our kitchen because I knew it would help to streamline the look of […]

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2019-07-02 03:39:44



Drive By: Lake Oswego  

Most of my life I lived in Lake Oswego, Oregon. It’s where I feel most “at home.” It’s not only where I grew up, but it’s where my husband and I lived when we were first married and where we raised our girls during their early years (until we moved to Eastmoreland, where we had […]

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2019-06-30 01:05:16



Home Style Saturdays: Tips + Makeovers  

Hi friends! Tomorrow my girls and I are returning from our trip south to visit my publisher in Eugene, Oregon. We fit in a little relaxation and downtime, too, which was so needed! We ate at many delicious restaurants, got inspired while window shopping, and went on a few drive bys in my old Portland […]

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2019-06-29 02:25:37



My Best Secret for Making Cleaning Spark Joy  

Pssst, if you want details on my custom spray bottle pictured abovescroll to the bottom or click here! Does cleaning your house spark joy? It does for me! Well, mostly it does :). One of my best secrets for keeping my house clean has always been making the experience of cleaning as enjoyable as possible. […]

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2019-06-26 14:47:56



9 Clever Organizers to Tidy Your House  

Last week I went on a big “early summer” organizing spree. It always feels so great to declutter and organize your home, doesn’t it? As I was making my way through my house tidying things up I was thinking about about all of the ways I organize or corral my necessities to maximize our space. […]

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2019-06-25 09:28:12



Summer + Home Style Saturdays  

Happy summer! And how is it already Saturday again? The last week or so went by in a flash. With my son Luke’s graduation and birthday, and father’s day and family visiting, and my girls and I planning to head out of town next week to meet with my publisher, I guess we’ve had a […]

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2019-06-22 01:21:35



Inspired By: Rooms Decorated with Red  

Do you love rooms decorated with red? I don’t know if it is as commonly used as I remember it “back in the day” … or is it? I’m not sure I always trust Instagram or blogs to show a true cross section of what people like…. so I’d love to hear what color schemes […]

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2019-06-17 06:09:21



Home Style Saturdays | Summer Decor |Restore Grout |Collections  

Happy Saturday! I’ve been invited to be a regular participant in Home Style Saturdays. So what this means for you is that every Saturday you’ll find a post here on The Inspired Room with an image and link to each of the participants (and one from me!), which makes it a fun and inspiring round […]

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2019-06-15 07:53:47



Our White Gate  

You may have noticed this in my side patio makeover post, but we are no longer gateless in Seattle :). As was the case with many of our side patio projects, the gate creation and installation was not without many hiccups and mishaps. It literally had taken years (yes, years) to get this side patio […]

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2019-06-14 06:53:01



As Seasons Change  

Hi friends! This is the week that Luke (our youngest!) graduates from high school! So, I guess you could say I’m both looking forward to summer officially starting and not wanting to rush on to the next season. I’m trying to savor these last few days of Luke being in high school, knowing so much […]

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2019-06-11 07:58:12



Home Style Saturdays  

Ready for some weekend home style inspiration? Today I was invited to be a guest for a virtual blogger event called Home Style Saturdays!  Every Saturday five bloggers bring together some of their favorite posts to share with their collective communities. I got to share my spring patio refresh! Fun, yes? So kind of them […]

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2019-06-08 04:51:31



Well-Being + Wind Chimes on the Porch  

I love to listen to the gentle sounds around our home. I especially enjoy the sound of laughter, but when the house is otherwise quiet I love to hear the birds chirping outside my windows, wind blowing through the trees, the rustling of the palm leaves near my porch, soothing soft music in the background, […]

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2019-06-07 03:47:18



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 […]

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2019-06-06 08:32:41



11 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Sofa (+ My Faves)  

Choosing a sofa for your home can be a daunting process. They are an investment that can make or break a space, so it pays to do some research before you make a final decision. I know when I was shopping for my white slipcovered sofa last year, I went back and forth about a […]

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2019-06-04 01:57:47



7 reasons you don't love your bedroom (and how to fix it)  

Here are seven reasons you might not love your bedroom right now (and simple designer tips to fix it on a budget!).  Do any of these describe the state of your room right now? Your room doesn’t feel welcoming. Think about how you would prepare a room for a guest. Or, what if YOU were […]

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2019-06-03 04:28:31



The Best Way to Clean Your House Today + Giveaway  

Hi friends! Hope you’ve been having a great week! The sun is out here and it’s almost the weekend, so that combination is making me very happy. :) I will say though that the sun is ALSO telling me that it is time to do some serious spring, or, well, more like pre-summer cleaning. Funny […]

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2019-05-31 04:15:18



Outdoor Cushion and Rug Care + Patio FAQ  

Hey friends! Thank you so much for all the kind comments on my refreshed side patio. It has been a long process for the past 3 1/2 years or so to get it to this point with our outdoor spaces!!! If anyone else feels like their home progress has been sloooowwww….you know I can totally […]

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2019-05-29 11:44:02



Outdoor Cushion and Rug Care + Patio FAQ  

Hey friends! Thank you so much for all the kind comments on my refreshed my side patio. It has been a long process for the past 3 1/2 years or so to get it to this point!!! So if anyone else feels like their home progress has been sloooowwww….you know I can totally relate, hahaha. […]

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2019-05-29 02:07:34



8 Important Things That Might Be Missing From Your Home Decor  

A home won’t be finished in a day (unless you are watching a home makeover T.V. show, ha! In that case, that house will be completed in about 30 minutes.). In all likelihood, the homes we all fall in love with online or in a magazine took years, or an entire team of designers, to […]

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2019-05-28 08:25:17



Wall Sconces by the Bed: Get Inspired!  

Back when we lived in our Portland house, I put up wall sconces by the bed. I LOVED THEM! So cozy in a bedroom. I actually love the look of wall lights in every room of the house. They bring such a warm feeling around a room and of course, add a lot of character, […]

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2019-05-27 08:38:16



9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces  

If you’ve been dreaming of outdoor areas you and your family can enjoy this summer, here are nine elements you can easily incorporate to make your yard or patio more inviting and comfortable! 1. DIY Firepit My Easy DIY Firepit (15 minute DIY!) An outdoor firepit will be a cozy gathering place for friends and […]

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2019-05-26 04:42:47



Lamps on Kitchen Counters  

House and Garden UK Setting a lamp on a counter has always been one of my favorite ways to bring charm and warmth to a kitchen. It’s such a simple element to add, yet it’s not all that common. I think that’s one of the reasons I love it! It’s unexpected, but simple and so […]

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2019-05-24 01:10:06



Memorial Day 2019 – Favorite Sales!  

Hi, friend! If you’re thinking about refreshing your home for summer, oh my are there some amazing sales out there right now to help us all do just that! Today I thought I’d round up some of my favorite online shopping sources and their Memorial Day deals (note, they all start NOW!). Enjoy! + + […]

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2019-05-23 01:37:05



10 Tricks for Budget-Friendly Decorating  

Do you want to update your home, but feel limited by a tight budget? Check out these ten inspiring tricks for budget-friendly decorating! 1. Buy Ugly Pillows Say what? If you shop at designer stores for beautiful new pillows, you’ll likely spend a fortune. You can save so much money by covering simple pillow forms, […]

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2019-05-22 09:21:29



My Anthropologie-Inspired Diffuser Recipes + Free Oils  

I just wanted my house to smell like Anthropologie. If you want your house to smell like Anthropologie (who doesn’t love that Volcano candle?), too, read on because I’ve got a FREE GIFT for you today that I know you will love! As you probably know, I’ve always been so in love with the scent […]

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2019-05-21 10:59:34



How to Add Cottage Character to Your Home Over Time  

I was scrolling the interwebs the other day and photos of a little cottage stopped me in my tracks. This coastal cottage in Carmel is almost exactly the big future vision I’ve had for my little house. This cottage is a sale pending in Carmel (see the post and more images via Hooked on Houses). […]

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2019-05-20 02:50:54



Reversible Bedding to Refresh Your Room!  

One easy way to mix patterns and have flexibility with your style is to use reversible bedding! That way you get the fun of having a new look for your bedroom, without another purchase. I have a reversible duvet cover I often use in my bedroom as well as reversible Euro shams. I’m always so […]

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2019-05-17 05:55:21



Gather: Blue and White Striped Decor  

What is it about stripes? Do you love them as much as I do? I think blue and white striped decor is such a classic summer look, it never goes out of style. Of course, I love blue and white stripes all year round! You can mix your favorite shades of blue and combine various […]

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2019-05-16 02:07:16



Gather: Blue and White Striped Decor  

What is it about stripes? Do you love them as much as I do? I think blue and white striped decor is such a classic summer look, it never goes out of style. Of course, I love blue and white stripes all year round! You can mix your favorite shades of blue and combine various […]

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2019-05-16 01:01:58



DIY Coffee Mug Herb Garden  

I‘ve had gardens on the mind lately! Last week I shared a DIY Terrarium Diffuser. Guess thinking about gardening makes sense, since it’s spring and all. Do you have an indoor herb garden? Fresh herbs are so yummy for cooking and can make a charming addition to your kitchen decor, too. You may have seen […]

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2019-05-15 08:02:08



If I Lived Here: Maine Cottage by the Sea  

House Beautiful If I lived here in this charming cottage by the sea…I’d keep the windows open so I could smell the salty breeze blowing through the house. I’d read a lot of mystery books and spend lazy afternoons roaming second hand stores for little treasures. I’d for sure sit on one of these adirondack […]

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2019-05-14 08:18:38



Blue + White + Natural Coastal Style  

It sure can take awhile to get into a groove when you move into a new-to-you home! I’ve always felt that if you are on a budget, have other priorities and/or the house has unique needs or opinions of its own it takes at least three years to find a groove. White Slipcovered Sofa / […]

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2019-05-10 01:12:46



Spring in our Outdoor Oasis (A Side Patio Refresh!)  

The pups and I saved a comfy spot just for you on our newly refreshed side patio! So come on in, grab yourself a cup of iced tea or coffee and join us in the sun today for a spring patio tour! This post is sponsored by World Market Don’t miss the World Market sale […]

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2019-05-09 06:15:57






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