It’s a beautiful day when you receive a new book from an author friend you admire… My sweet friend, Melissa Michaels, Author, Blogger and Interior Designer extraordinaire has written her second book and I couldn’t be more excited! Melissa asked if I would help celebrate the upcoming Nov. 1st launch of her new book, ‘The Inspired Room’ by participating in an Inspired Home Tour with 36 other Blogger friends and… of course I said YES! :) I adore Melissa and originally fell in love with her warm approachable style through Instagram… I have since learned so much more about this very talented designer through her blog, The Inspired Room and her very successful NY Times best selling 1st book, ‘Love the Home You Have’.
I was immediately drawn to Melissa’s comfortable approach in her book… While reading it I felt as if I were listening to a friend. I was struck with how we both approach decorating and making changes to our homes in a similar manner. We both yearn to create spaces that feel warm and inviting yet also maintain a classic and stylish look and feel. Although Melissa and I are constantly switching things out in our homes, I love that her book offers helpful advice on how to do this by starting with what you already have as well as offering examples on how to create a home on a budget.
Everything can be accomplished by paying close attention to detail and recognizing that changes made to your home don’t have to happen ‘yesterday’ or on a grand scale… Rather than rush, baby steps built on a solid foundation can be the best direction to completing a successful space. This foundation should also, ‘reflect the family’s adventures as we create.’ Melissa emphasizes that the changing process in our homes need not require a professional. A direction is one thing but the process doesn’t have to be perfect. Sometimes the process reflects real life… Our changes may need change and we need to learn to be flexible and understand that sometimes it takes awhile to get our homes to the level we want.
‘Quality over Quantity’. I’ve heard this countless times from my Mom while growing up and as a result I approach everything in this manner… especially with my direction towards decorating. In her new book, Melissa states that she feels that it’s important when approaching decorating to strip away all things that have no real meaning or don’t add beauty to really see what needs to be added.
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All furniture except the dark leather chairs was kept light for a more open and uncluttered feel. The chairs help ground the space and my husband has always wanted something along these lines… To soften the smooth leather and introduce pattern I’ve added wool plaid throws to each chair along with pillows for texture. Little features and details like the brass nailheads on both leather chairs and desk chair coordinate with the beautiful copper brushstroke lamp from my dear friend, Jana Bek Designs. The large rustic clock with iron numbers over the desk pick up the black tones reflected in the cabinet pulls on both the media cabinet and trim on the drapes.
I still need to add artwork over the leather chairs, a barn door to cover the Jack and Jill bathroom and I’m currently looking for a large fake Longhorn piece to hang over the TV. While we are loving this space, I’m still not finished but as Melissa states in her book, everything doesn’t have to be perfect or rushed. My sentiments exactly!
To sweeten this exciting Blogger Inspired Room Tour and to help involve YOU in the process, Melissa is inviting all of you to participate and give you have the chance to win a $300 Anthropologie gift card! You will find all details by clicking here.
Thanks so much for checking out my newly converted room. I’ve learned so much through this process and Melissa’s new book, ‘The Inspired Room’ reinforces everything I believe… It’s a unique, relatable book about creating a real life home on a budget… starting with what you already have. It has lots of photos and tips that help guide you when decorating and in making your house feel like home. Isn’t that what we all aspire to? Thanks Melissa!