The Inspired Room …
..it’s the title of New York Times bestselling author, Melissa Michael’s new book.
..it’s also the title of her blog, aka. the 2014 and 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Readers’ Choice Decorating Blog award winner.
Needless to say, she knows a thing or two about decorating. And she has chosen not only to share her space with the rest of us, but also to give us a guide and inspiration for creating our own meaningful spaces.
In celebration of her book release, she has invited others to share about their own space in The Inspired Room Tour and is hosting an awesome giveaway, more on that later. Fortunately, she specified that the room doesn’t have to be perfectly decorated, or even done for that matter. Whew, that’s a relief!
Though I thoroughly enjoy many of the rooms in our house, I knew exactly which room I considered inspired. The sewing room. Its one of those spaces I never thought I would actually have, and I’m still kind of surprised when I walk in the room.
There are lots of perks about having kids two years apart, but this launching season is not the easiest one. As soon I begin to accept that one of our four has officially moved out from under our roof, the next one begins talking about following in their footsteps.
It’s a good thing. It’s what we’ve raised them to do. It just that it happens all too quickly for this Mama’s heart. Having a new purpose for those empty rooms seems to soften the
Years ago dad built a sewing unit for my mom with lots of drawers and shelves allowing her machines to sit flush with the desktop. Since I have some of her machines, they obviously fit perfectly. And the units I have span the entire window wall in the sewing room. There is plenty of storage, great natural light and a wonderful view, whatever the season.
Dad also made these shelves for baskets that once held moms quilting projects that now hold mending and current projects. Above them is a little cabinet that Dad and I created in his barn one winter day probably 20 years ago. Scouring his barn to come up with a project we could create with what we found has always been one of our favorite dad-daughter dates.
To the left of this little cabinet are 2 wall shelves that my brother made for me one Christmas 25 years ago. The jars and such will soon be thinned down to accent less items in a more intentional way.
We also picked up a three-legged chair for free at the ReStore that my hubby put four casters on so it can move easily in the carpet. The crocheted
tablecloth afghan is a recent thrifted acquisition.
There are so many little details throughout the room, from antique jars filled to the brim with vintage buttons to the extra lace and sequins that Mom used when she designed my wedding dress.
And the rolls of flannel quilting scraps in a candy jar from our daughters wedding, a funky little vintage desk fan and my grandmother’s fur trimmed pillbox hat with matching black gloves.
Hopefully I can finish up the decorating in the next month or so as I sort through all the possibilities and decide which ones to emphasize where.
Needless to say, there is a beautiful inspiration that comes from creating in a space that has been so influenced by generations of my family. There is a sort of calm that makes me so grateful for parents and grandparents who possessed the courage and skill to create all sorts of things. And an equally strong sense of excitement as I walk into this space where I too can somehow create all sorts of wonder.
It’s my happy place.
To begin in creating your own happy place, why not pick up a copy of Melissa’s new book The Inspired Room here.
And if you’re feeling really adventurous, share a post about your own inspired room to be entered in her big giveaway. You can find more details about that here at theinspiredroom.net.