Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room blog, recently published this book: Love the Home You Have. I was so eager to get it, since I love her blog. She is very wise and keeps decorating and design in a real-world perspective that I totally respect and admire. I’m not alone in my sentiment, as she was voted Better Homes and Gardens Reader’s Favorite Decorating Blogger for 2014 and 2015. What’s more, she is based in Bremerton, WA, just like me! I’d love to meet her someday and pick her brain. Until then, her blog and book will have to suffice.
I’ll share a few of the nuggets that have truly helped me see my house with a fresh heart and new eyes.
1)”A well-loved home will always be a bit of a beautiful mess.” This is so true, especially when you have little ones at home like I do. While I sometimes get frustrated with the toys, bottles and burp rags that seem to reproduce as soon as I’ve put them away, this is my daily reality, and that is OK.
2)”Take care of the house you have, eventually you will feel that love come back to you.” While we were expecting Lucy, our second child, I kept saying, this house will work for now, but we will need a bigger, newer house in the near future. I wasn’t thinking of living in this old house long term, sort of always having one foot out the door. I kept saying to myself, “This house, this neighborhood, isn’t worth the investment of really fixing it up.” The reality is that we may be in this house for longer that I had imagined. And while we don’t have a pile of money to do major renovations, we can at least take care of things that we’ve neglected and look into small upgrades to enjoy living in it now. She’s helped me realize that I don’t have to forgo the dream of living in a larger, more updated house, but I shouldn’t forget to stop and appreciate the home I’m in today.
3) Melissa encourages us to create surroundings that feel like a “snapshot” of our lives, truly reflecting who we are and the way we live. This idea alone got me thinking about how my home already does this on many levels, and could function even better with just some imaginative rearranging. I’m able to paint my walls and furniture whatever color I want, I can make pillow covers until my heart is content and rearrange furniture to suit my growing family’s needs. We each have a bedroom to escape to. We have decent sized dining and living rooms and a kitchen with a dishwasher. Our basement allows us to store our prized possessions, gives us plenty of space for our hobbies and a much needed office for my husband who works from home. My home does these things for me now, I just wasn’t really acknowledging it.
Thank you, Melissa, for writing this inspiring book, you have helped me feel that, although our current home may not be look like the dream home I want in the future, it absolutely can be everything I need it to be.