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Home decor blog full of simple DIY decorating ideas for beautiful rooms on a budget.

Quick Ship Design Staples from Serena & Lily: Making This House Our Home  

Make your house a home with these design staples!

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2021-10-07 10:00:00

7 Cozy Fall Porches  

One thing I'm extra excited about at our new house is our covered porch and balcony. We've been enjoying these spaces this summer, but I see us using them all year long too! Here are some covered porches that look oh so cozy for autumn!

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2021-10-01 17:53:00

5 Clever Ways to Make a Small Space Cozy and Inviting (Courtney's Apartment)  

Hi friends! Courtney (Melissa’s daughter) here today. I’ve lived in several small spaces and rentals over the years. From shared rooms in college, to a tiny bedroom at my sister’s townhouse, a 600 square foot studio apartment, and now a 500 square foot one bedroom…small spaces are very familiar to me! I’ve had a lot [...]

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2021-09-30 07:42:39

5 Fall Diffuser Blends that are Even Better Than Candles!  

Happy fall! Years ago I decided to no longer burn candles regularly and instead diffuse essential oils to scent my home. Not only do these blends smell AMAZING, so similar to candles I used to love, but I rest easier knowing I’m breathing in oils that are actually good for my family’s health (rather than [...]

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2021-09-27 06:11:09

Rattan Daybed in Our Guest Room  

Yesterday was the official first day of fall! But it’s been fall in my mind for weeks now… :) We have been deep in packing mode at house in Seattle this week (if you saw on my stories, our house is pending a sale!). It’s been an interesting feeling saying goodbye to a home we [...]

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2021-09-23 09:17:21

How to Get Art on Your TV with an Amazon Fire Stick Or Fire TV (DIY Frame TV)  

Hello! Kylee here today to share a fun hack I discovered recently! When we moved in to our new house, my husband and I had a running debate about whether or not we should have a TV above the fireplace. I personally felt like I didn’t want one since we had plenty of other TV [...]

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2021-09-23 02:42:42

Inspired By: A Cozy Island Home on Martha's Vineyard  

Before I begin decorating a new space, I consider how I want our home to feel in every season. I picture our new home feeling like the most inviting charming bed and breakfast hotel in a seaside town. This home on Martha's Vineyard is giving me cozy fall vibes, ideas and inspiration! I hope it inspires you, too.

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2021-09-21 13:17:37

Fall Nesting: Our Cozy Coffee Routine + Live Video  

Now that we have our new home, I’m so looking forward to getting into my fall nesting rhythms! We are sad to be saying good-bye to our old home, but couldn’t be more thrilled to have found such a cozy place for this next chapter of life. We’ll be moving our furniture and belongings in [...]

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2021-09-19 14:35:56

Decorating Our New Front Porch and Entry for Fall  

This post is created in partnership with Walmart Hi friends! First of all, I wanted to thank you again for all your sweet messages lately. It means so much to us that you’re excited for our family and this move. So many of you have been here for years, or even from the beginning of [...]

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2021-09-15 05:24:58

We're Moving: Part 3 (First Peek At Our New Home!)  

This home is finally ours! What a journey it’s been! I’m actually in shock that we are here and this is our home, but it really feels meant to be. I’ll give you a first peek at it today, but rest assured there’s more to come. There is so much I want to say, so [...]

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2021-09-14 11:32:01

New Minted Art in Kylee's Entry (+ a 20% off code!)  

Happy Monday! Kylee here today to continue with my entry updates and I wanted to share this new art I got from Minted! Adding a little color through art was high on our priority list for making this space warm and welcoming. This isn't my first Minted art, I've used them in my past home [...]

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2021-09-13 02:54:10

A Cozy Throw Blanket for Fall (+ Giveaway)  

It wouldn’t be fall without a cozy throw blanket! I'm sooo in love with these gorgeous handcrafted Scrunchy Throws made by my talented and sweet friend, artisan Rebekah Polder The Handcrafted Home. They are literally the softest coziest most beautiful throws I've ever laid my hands (and eyes) on. Perfect for snuggling all fall and [...]

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2021-09-12 02:32:21

New Entry Console Cabinet (+ the hack that saved me $1500!)  

Love this hack that saved Kylee $1500 on a new entry console cabinet!

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2021-09-09 08:04:19

Transitioning Our Entry Porch for Fall {Painted Concrete!}  

Welcome, friends! Can you believe it’s time for all things cozy? Fall is a lovely season to enjoy our homes, so I’m thrilled to join in a tour with a wonderful group of bloggers to get inspired for the season! You’ll find links to each blogger at the end of the post. Today I’m sharing [...]

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2021-09-08 06:49:43

Taking the Stress Out of Refinancing a Home  

This post is created in partnership with Refily, a new home refinance lender comparison tool with the goal to take the stress out of home refinance Taking care of our home is not only an important investment in our family’s health and well-being on so many levels (which we talk about here all of the [...]

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2021-09-07 11:12:15

We're Moving: Part Two  

If you missed part one of the post on our decision to move, you can catch up HERE! We are SO excited! It’s been an incredibly busy few weeks as we’ve been getting our house up for sale, but we are just so thrilled to begin this adventure by moving to a new home. I [...]

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2021-09-05 13:05:30

We're Moving: Part One  

Join us for our new life adventure and a new cozy home by the sea!

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2021-08-25 11:49:34

Kylee's Empty House Tour  

Hello! It’s Kylee here to show you some more of our new home! Just a few weeks ago we moved into our new Cape Cod style home (or just a cape depending on where you live!). To be honest I still can’t believe it’s really ours! While we owned our townhouse for years, this still [...]

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2021-08-24 03:02:32

Fall Decor from Target  

Okay, show of hands…who is ready for fall nesting? Who wants summer to stick around longer? :) I have mixed feelings. I’ve been really enjoying summer. But then again, you know how much I love fall! It’s been pretty hot (and smoky!) here in Seattle the past couple of days so I wouldn’t complain about [...]

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2021-08-15 02:12:46

My Favorite Blue and White Dishes  

A few years ago I got these beautiful blue and white dishes and I absolutely love them. They are timeless, so versatile for any season and can easily mix and match with other dishes!

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2021-08-13 14:27:13

Beautiful & Affordable Amazon Lighting  

Lighting is one of the best ways to add personality and character to your home. It's one of the first improvements I've always made when moving into a new home. Switching out builder basics or dated fixtures makes a world of difference in the feel of a home. See my favorite stylish and affordable lighting from Amazon in this post!

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2021-08-08 15:10:38

5 Take Away Tips from A Charming Cape Cod Home  

New England Home I love most styles of homes but my heart is drawn to the architecture in a Cape Cod style home. It’s fun to analyze photos of rooms, by paying special attention to design elements I love. It helps me to think more creatively about my own home. As I study a photo, I [...]

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2021-08-03 01:47:52

Styling Glass Kitchen Cabinets (Kylee's House Update)  

Brass Faucet Source // Farmhouse Sink // Similar Glass Light Hello! Kylee here! We are one week into the new house and starting to feel more and more settled every day! First thing on the priority list for me, was getting the kitchen in order. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen and [...]

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2021-08-02 10:17:04

Kylee's Cape Cod Style House  

Hi friends, Kylee here with a house update! You may have already seen my little video tour if you follow along on Instagram but I wanted to share that we officially moved in to our new house in Portland!  After a year of searching in a difficult market, we had decided that we were likely [...]

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2021-07-27 08:15:21

A Big Dream Coming True for Us (+ Get the First Peek at Kylee's New House)  

Hey friend, are you one of my newsletter subscribers? You will want to be subscribed to stay in the loop on some really fun news and to be the first to see Kylee’s adorable new house! Click HERE to subscribe. We’re just about to become empty nesters (for real this time) after over 30 years [...]

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2021-07-24 01:02:49

Six Favorite Tips for Decorating a Summer Bedroom  

One of the most enjoyable things for me in decorating is to focus on enjoying the season we're in! Why keep your spaces the same all the time when you can feel inspired with a few simple changes? Last week I brought in some fun elements to our bedroom to give it the feeling of a tropical retreat! Come see!

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2021-07-21 04:46:21

Garden Inspiration: Arbors, Trellises & Gates  

I‘ve always been fascinated by gardens…particularly garden entrances! I love how arbors or gates can add such an inviting and intriguing touch to an outdoor space. They always beckon me to walk through them…which is a bit of a problem if I see one in someone else’s yard that I’m not invited to (ha!)…I’m always [...]

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2021-07-17 02:12:46

Changes & Empty Nester Life  

It feels like summer is flying by here. I’m trying to slow things down as best I can and just enjoy every moment of this season. We have some cute new summery bedding for our guest room, so I’ve been having fun using the space for guests again! We had a couple of family get [...]

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2021-07-15 05:24:44

My Top 10 Must-Have Toxin-Free Products From Young Living  

I’ve been a fan of Young Living’s toxin-free products for seven or eight years now! We use MANY of them DAILY. They really have transformed our health and home. Today I want to share some of my favorite household and personal care products, as they really are incredible! But first, it’s official! Creating a toxin [...]

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2021-07-14 03:26:20

Tiny Bouquets in Small Repurposed Vases  

I accidentally cut a small small hydrangea from our bush the other day. I was so sad, it wasn’t intentional! But I brought the little flowers inside and put it in a small pitcher. Suddenly, I was happy! It looked so sweet! In design we often hear the advice to only cut longer stems and [...]

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2021-07-13 03:42:46

Exciting News! Get 24% off at Young Living without a starter kit!  

Big news! Creating a toxin-free home is going to be a whole lot easier and more affordable. Today we have something exciting to share with you. Young Living is unveiling an incredible new shopping platform with so many wonderful new and convenient features for their millions of customers, including the option to get what you [...]

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2021-07-11 17:50:43

How We Make Our Coffee in a Stovetop Espresso Maker  

Every morning, we make what is known as “Italian coffee” using a stovetop espresso maker (also referred to as a Moka Pot). This is a new version of the pot we use and recommend. We use several different brands of coffee, but one of our favorites is this one from Kicking Horse.You want to use [...]

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2021-07-09 02:47:40

Coastal Decorating Inspiration: Serena & Lily  

Serena & Lily is one place that never fails to bring me decorating inspiration. They have a Summer Tent Sale going on right now with pieces available and ready to ship. I thought I'd share some of my favorites with you here today!

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2021-07-08 02:14:57

Summer Diffuser Blends for Your Home  

Our emotions are impacted by so many things, including our senses! The sense of smell is very powerful. My own well-being is one reason I love to use essentials oils in our home. I quit using toxic candles, room sprays and other scented products years ago and I can’t say enough about what a powerful [...]

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2021-07-07 17:32:12

How to Be Patient with Home Projects  

It's hard to be patient with the pace of home projects, let alone be realistic with our own expectations. The internet plays games with our minds. Everything moves so fast! Like the pace of highlight reels for home makeovers, everyone else's projects seem to get completed in the time it takes me to even decide [...]

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2021-07-07 03:34:48

Happy Independence Day (+ my fave things on sale this weekend!)  

I noticed there were some great sales this weekend and a few of my favorite home decor pieces are on sale, too! Yay! I put my faves in the links below, so if you're looking for some deals this weekend I bet you'll find some cute stuff!

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2021-07-04 01:57:17

Summer Bouquet in a Lantern  

Happy July, friends! Thank you so much for all of your kind words in my post about our new door color. We love it, it’s making us happy every day! With all of the flowers blooming in our yard this time of year, I’m enjoying the weekly ritual of keeping the lantern filled with a [...]

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2021-07-03 04:10:32

Iced Maple Oat Milk Shaken Espresso Recipe (Starbucks Copycat)  

Have you tried the Starbucks iced brown sugar oat milk latte? It’s so yummy! We made our own similar version at home and it’s delicious, I wanted to share the recipe with you today! It’s super simple with just a few ingredients. Pin this post to save the recipe for later! Recipe for an individual [...]

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2021-07-01 11:02:32

How to Set a Cheerful Summer Table  

This post is in partnership with Walmart. Summer officially arrived and along with it, fresh decorating opportunities and resuming outdoor gatherings. Even after all the time we spent here in 2020, our backyard is still our favorite destination! Making our backyard feel like a retreat from the world over the past few years has become [...]

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2021-06-30 01:53:17

Thieves Kitchen and Bath Scrub: My New Favorite Cleaning Scrub!  

I am so excited to have a brand new favorite toxin-free product to share today that is incredible for cleaning sinks!

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2021-06-26 15:53:16

Six Simple Secrets for a Shiny Sink  

Today I'm sharing more of my favorite kitchen cleaning tips, with six simple secrets to keep your sink shiny!

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2021-06-26 10:16:54

Brick Ranch to Cottage: Blue Dutch Door Before & After  

We bought our orange brick 1950s ranch style house in Seattle six years ago. I know when I first showed the “before photos” of this home, many people may have had trouble trying to picture where we were headed with the style! I understand. It certainly didn’t look like my “cottage by the sea” dreams. [...]

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2021-06-24 02:57:04

Favorite Amazon Home Decor + Household Gadgets  

In addition to supporting our local favorites, I'm a big fan of online shopping for our home and business, it saves time and money and keeps me organized! Here are some of the best deals today on home decor and household items!

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2021-06-21 01:57:38

Kylee's Home Buying Story  

Hiiii! Melissa's daughter Kylee here :) It's been awhile since I've written a blog post! I know my mom has shared here that I am moving so I thought I would come share some of the story and journey so far. If you follow me or my mom on Instagram, you may have seen that [...]

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2021-06-16 11:02:36

Moving Home Again (Big News!)  

Sharing big news for our family and an upcoming move!

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2021-06-13 04:26:46

Summer Quilt + Pattern Mixing Tips  

I gave our tiny guest room a quick summer refresh last week. It’s nice to be back to having guests in the house, although most of our guests are family! :) I have an ever growing collection of quilts that are so fun to use on beds! A mix of patterns can make a small [...]

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2021-06-11 11:35:21

Father's Day Gift Guides 2021  

Hi friends! With Father’s Day right around the corner I wanted to share some great gift ideas for the guys in your life. Enjoy our gift guides below! Sources for the above (click each title for details): Waterproof Outdoor Picnic Blanket Picnic Mini Cheese Board Wood Handled BBQ Tools Set with Bag Radio + Bluetooth [...]

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2021-06-09 01:25:03

A New Paint Color for Our Dutch Door (+ Summer Doormats)  

To kick off the summer season which is quickly approaching, we are giving our front door and porch a little refresh! I think it’s a great time of year to work on some “curb appeal” so we will be all set for fall decorating and the holidays. You may have seen our new door color [...]

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2021-06-04 17:12:28

Lilacs at Home  

Rug Source // How to Hang plates on the Wall We had one home years ago that had lilacs in the yard, but they rarely bloomed. When we moved into this house in the fall six years ago, I didn’t know at the time what an incredible array of flowers would arrive thee next spring! [...]

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2021-06-02 08:25:07

Flags in Decor + Memorial Day Weekend  

I've been saving images of flags in beautiful settings for awhile now, they are so inspiring to me! I thought you might enjoy seeing them as much as I do. Hope you have a wonderful weekend celebrating the freedom we have and in remembrance and gratitude for those who gave their lives for it.

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2021-05-29 01:55:35

Favorite Memorial Day Sales  

Hi friends! I wanted to let you know about some Memorial Day weekend sales happening now, as well as collages of some of my favorite finds on sale! Enjoy! Ps…I’ll be back this weekend with a special holiday post! World Market has up to 25% off select outdoor items this weekend (+Members save an extra [...]

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2021-05-28 01:10:31

A House That Feels Like Home + New Indoor Outdoor Rug  

It’s definitely feeling like spring around our house, but even more so, it feels like HOME! We’ve lived in this house for *almost* six years now, can you believe it? I’ve never lived anywhere longer than six years, so it’s a really good feeling to be so settled and have had so many seasons in [...]

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2021-05-25 16:02:45

Life Lately: Scenes From Around Our House  

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Life Lately post, so I thought I’d catch up before this season gets away from us. Time sure flies, doesn’t it? We had such a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend, my parents were able to come stay at our home for the first time in over a year! We’ve [...]

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2021-05-24 15:27:59

The Best Secrets for How to Mix Patterns in Your Home  

Do you ever wonder how to mix and match patterns in your home? I know it can be tricky to figure out what “goes” with what! In today’s post I’ll share some of my secrets for pattern mixing and feature some of my favorite mix-and-match-able pillows from Serena & Lily to make it easier to [...]

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2021-05-21 05:37:26

Patterned Curtains in My Home + Similar Sources  

A fresh and often unexpected way to add color and pattern to a room is with curtain panels. You can easily change patterned curtains out for the season or move them from room to room to give a space a new look. Even though it may feel like a risk to go with a bolder [...]

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2021-05-18 17:09:11

Decorate a Seasonal Display Lantern (+ Permission for Imperfection)  

My husband and I were walking up to the porch the other day and he said, “you forgot to decorate your lantern for spring!”. I was surprised he even noticed, but he was right! It had slipped my mind in all the other things I’ve been doing around the house. All it had in it [...]

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2021-05-15 02:15:52

Help Me Redesign Our Garden Shed (+ Our Trick for Visualizing Design Changes)  

A few years ago our drab, tired backyard shed got a fresh coat of white paint. It made such a big difference in its cuteness, don’t you think? See the before photo below :). While the paint definitely gave it a new lease on life, I’ve been wanting to do a little something more to [...]

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2021-05-08 04:22:13

Designer Decorating Secret: Realistic Faux Plants  

A room always seems to feel more fresh and alive to me when there’s a plant in the room. Better yet, when there are several plants! I bet if you study photos of rooms you like, you’ll notice how many of them have at least one plant. Using faux plants in a room or a [...]

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2021-05-04 08:10:51

Come Take a Video Tour of a Dream Beach House!  

Last summer we stayed in the most amazing dream beach house in the town of Seabrook on the Washington Coast! I shared a two part tour of the home on the blog (click HERE for part one and HERE for part two). I also posted a video tour on my Instagram, but today I wanted [...]

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2021-05-02 02:50:04

Wood Pedestals, Trays, & Footed Stands in My Kitchen  

Simple details in a space can add function as well as warmth and character. One of my favorite ways to do that in my white kitchen is by bringing in more contrast with cozy textures with wood pedestals, trays and footed stands. It’s such a simple thing to do, but it sure makes a difference! [...]

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2021-04-26 19:11:11

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2021  

Hi friends! With Mother's Day right around the corner I wanted to share some sweet and thoughtful gift ideas for that special mom in your life. Enjoy our gift guides!

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2021-04-26 04:36:07

Out to See: Tulip Festival Roozengaarde (Washington State)  

I may be a day late in saying happy Earth Day, but my girls Kylee and Courtney and I were traipsing through a glorious local tulip farm oohing and ahhhhing over each unique petal in the beautiful fields of color! I love living in the NW, the incredible natural beauty is breathtaking. We literally took 1,000 photos/videos at [...]

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2021-04-23 10:30:01

Edible Flower Teacup Garden in the Kitchen  

Have you ever grown edible flowers? I think a kitchen garden or windowsill garden is so charming. A few weeks ago I was at a local garden store and saw these sweet little violas. I planted a bunch of them in pots but had a few leftover and decided to put a few in my colorful coffee mugs!

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2021-04-20 20:13:10

Fun Ways to Use Edible Flowers  

Edible flowers are such a fun and pretty addition to a treat for Mother's Day, a baby shower, engagement party, birthdays, a wedding, spring garden party, or just because! Here are lots of fun ideas and recipes!

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2021-04-20 14:55:33

Happy Spring Music Playlist  

I’ve shared a few music playlists on The Inspired Room over the years like my Happy Homebody Playlist, my Uplift Playlist and more (see all of my playlists here), and today I wanted to share a new Happy Spring Playlist for you! I hope it inspires a positive atmosphere for you in your homes and [...]

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2021-04-19 11:15:44

Our Cozy Cottage Basement  

One of the things we loved most about this house when we first looked at it was that it had a basement! I wasn’t really looking for one (not all homes here have them), but with a small home having a nice basement is definitely a plus. Although in many houses we looked at they [...]

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2021-04-17 05:59:58

Life Lately: Dogs, and More Dogs, and More Moving!  

Wait. Did I say something about becoming an empty nester a year and a half ago? I did? Haha, well, surprise! All the fur kids and human kids have moved back home here at some point in the last year! I was kind of wondering what it would feel like to be an empty nester [...]

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2021-04-16 03:32:49

Courtney's Apartment Update + Tour (500 Square Feet!)  

Hey guys! Courtney (Melissa’s daughter) here today. I’m here today to give you a tour of my new 500 square foot apartment! If you’re new here, in January I moved up to Bellingham, a beautiful and charming city by the water. Recently I showed you my empty apartment tour with mood boards for my design [...]

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2021-04-12 02:44:31

Outdoor Lounge Chair Furniture and Decor Inspiration  

I‘ve been getting excited about my yard and gardening and spending time outside this spring and summer! Last week on the blog I shared this Ultimate Outdoor Rug Roundup (click here). I was asked recently for the source of my outdoor lounge chairs and since they’re no longer available, I went on the hunt for [...]

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2021-04-07 18:55:53

5 Sweet Gluten-Free Recipes We Love to Make (Easter Ideas!)  

Happy Easter, friend! I wanted to share a few sweet recipes we love to make for holidays or get togethers, including a few we’ll be making this weekend. We eat healthy most of the time (ha!), but we do love making these treats as special traditions! If you are on a dairy-free or gluten-free diet, [...]

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2021-04-02 14:30:27

Ultimate Outdoor Rug Roundup (Target, Walmart, Pottery Barn, World Market, West Elm and more)  

Rug Source I love using outdoor rugs to make my backyard spaces feel pretty and refreshed for spring and summer! With so many great options for outdoor rugs available online these days, I know it can feel overwhelming to find ones you like. We scoured the web and rounded up some of our favorites–I hope [...]

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2021-04-01 03:44:03

How to Fall in Love with Your Home  

It's the little things that make a house a home. If you aren't in love with the one you have, here are some ideas to help you!

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2021-04-01 01:56:40

Inspired By: Exterior French Doors  

Adding exterior French doors is a fairly "simple" remodeling project that can bring in more light, transform the function and add character to a space inside and out. Enjoy the inspiration!

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2021-03-31 10:20:17

French Doors to the Patio from a New Bedroom (New Home Project!)  

Happy news! We are planning several new home projects this year! I’ve held off on updating a few key spaces in our home (other than paint or minor changes) because I knew, if we were going to stay in this house, that someday I was going to do “something more than paint” to make these [...]

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2021-03-31 03:47:04

The Cleaning Tool I Didn't Know I Desperately Needed for My Kitchen and Bathroom!  

Recently my daughter Kylee came by to show me her fun cleaning tool. Before she even left, I ordered my own on the spot! Let me explain why! 

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2021-03-27 12:17:34

3 Common Decorating Mistakes with Displaying Art (+ Mood Boards + Buy One Get One Free Art Prints)  

Choosing artwork to hang on the walls can be intimidating. Especially if you want to create a grouping with art. How do you know what "works" together on a wall? How do you pull the look of a room together using art?

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2021-03-22 05:42:49

5 Simple Ways to Decorate for Spring  

Country Living Set A Spring Table Set up a spring table, even if it’s just for you to enjoy! Add some springy details like a tablecloth, placemats, cloth napkins, fun cups, serving pieces, a simple centerpiece…whatever you have that can bring a fresh and inviting look to your table! Spring Wreath with Blue Ribbon Hang [...]

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2021-03-20 06:26:16

Inspiration from Anthropologie: Weekend Sale Finds  

Anthropologie has a 20% off sale this weekend only! Click HERE to shop and find some of my favorites in this post (+ decor from my home on the sale!) I‘m feeling so inspired to update my home. I think spring has definitely got me feeling ready for fresh spaces. I’m sure you know this [...]

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2021-03-19 07:48:03

Painting the Staircase (and Ideas for Staircase Runners!)  

We've been painting our little basement staircase and it's looking so cute! When we moved in it was covered in carpet and not-so-cute. See the progress and stair inspiration in this post!

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2021-03-18 10:06:04

Adorable Easter Decorating + Gift Ideas  

Easter is coming! Here are sweet ideas for memorable decor for your own spring home and traditions (and fun Easter gifts!).

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2021-03-17 09:10:29

The Secret to Finding Your Style and Feeling More at Home Where You Live  

Source (20% off EVERYTHING with code! Click HERE to shop!) What’s your decorating style? Do you feel at home where you live? If you ever feel conflicted about your style or the next decisions to make in making your house your home, you’re not alone! Maybe you’re just feeling stuck, or your current style isn’t [...]

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2021-03-16 08:53:38

New Kitchen Runner (+ My Honest Thoughts on Ruggable Rugs and Favorite Designs)  

Do you like rugs in your kitchen? I do! Rugs add cozy texture, patterns and color so I love them in kitchens, but they can get pretty dirty in a highly used space like this. Especially small kitchens like ours with an outside door, dogs running through, and messy cooks all day. I recently got [...]

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2021-03-15 10:28:51

The Light-Changing Magic of Rechargeable Bulbs for Sconces + Lamps!  

Have you always wanted wall sconces, but don’t have electrical outlets or wiring for them? Do you hate the look of a lamp cord running across a counter or dangling off of furniture or running down the wall? Same! I’ve got a clever solution to share with you today! Lately we’ve been doing a few [...]

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2021-03-10 12:19:45

Courtney's Small Apartment Bedroom  

Hi! It’s Courtney back again today to share with you my apartment bedroom! As I mentioned in my empty apartment tour post yesterday, this is my first time living in an apartment with a totally separate bedroom. My first apartment was an “open one bedroom” so the space was open but had a partial cutout [...]

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2021-03-09 07:23:09

Courtney's New Apartment Tour + Design Plans + Mood Boards  

Hi friends, it’s Courtney (Melissa’s daughter) here today! After living in my parents’ lower level apartment for the past year, I am now all moved into my new little apartment up in Bellingham, a cute town by the water in Washington! Today I wanted to give you the empty tour of my new place, as [...]

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2021-03-08 05:40:19

Obsessed: Studio McGee Target Home Decor Spring 2021 + Mood Boards  

Have you all seen the new Studio McGee line at Target? I am just getting around to looking through and wow, I am in love with so many of their items. (This isn’t sponsored, I just knew you’d love to see them, too!) There are so many incredible designs and options at really reasonable prices. [...]

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2021-03-04 12:15:32

My Morning Rituals + Five Morning Gadgets I Can't Live Without  

I have a few morning rituals and gadgets that help me start my day. Besides making life simpler, they have something else in common. They all involve the senses! I always begin my day out by adding fresh water to my water bottle. Do you drink water in the morning? It’s so important! I drink [...]

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2021-03-02 13:44:49

Pretty Artwork for Spring  

Happy MARCH! Spring is on its way. Do you ever swap out your artwork when the seasons change? Sometimes I will! It's pretty easy to to do if you keep your art in standard frames. Switching wintery prints for spring scenes or colors can really make a difference in the mood of a room. In [...]

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2021-03-02 12:38:18

Decorating with Faux Flowers  

We had a fun small family birthday gathering for my daughter Kylee’s birthday this weekend! Simple gatherings are my favorite (and not just because I wrote a book by that name!). I love to make any event in my home (even last minute ones!) more special and memorable in simple ways. I keep a few [...]

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2021-03-01 04:14:19

Inspired By: Pretty Kitchens  

If there was one room that I could design over and over would be kitchens. I stumbled upon a few lovely kitchens this week I thought I'd share with you here, along with some of my favorite kitchen inspiration posts!

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2021-02-26 04:59:58

Simple Budget-Friendly Spring Decorating Idea  

It's fun to think outside the box when decorating your home for spring. Or in this case, it’s fun to think outside the vase :). What could be prettier than a simple spring bouquet? A pretty spring bouquet in a basket! Grab some tulips or any blooming flowers from a local farmer’s market or store [...]

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2021-02-25 02:52:57

How to Make Your Home Feel Ready for Spring  

Better Homes and Gardens Who likes to pull out their bunny decor this time of year? I’ll admit it, I love my ceramic bunnies. Whether you like decorating with signs of spring or not, your home can feel more like spring. Here are a few ideas to freshen up your home’s style for the season! [...]

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2021-02-23 08:17:28

Before & After: Painted Armoire with Milk Paint  

Hi there! It’s Courtney (Melissa’s daughter) here today. Recently on the blog we gave you a tour of the lower level apartment I lived in at my parents’ house for about a year. If you missed the tour, click here to see! I mentioned in that post that I had painted the wood armoire in [...]

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2021-02-22 03:40:39

Fresh Spring Home Decor Finds  

After that foot of snow fell to the ground at our house this weekend, I’m definitely over winter. It was beautiful and I enjoyed it but now I’m 100% ready for spring! Today I wanted to share a fresh look I love for spring with a collection of decor finds that are inspiring me! I [...]

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2021-02-16 03:15:40

A Snowy Valentine's Weekend  

Happy Valentine's Day from our family (and snowy homes) to yours! Here's a little peek at our weekend. Much love to you, friend! Thanks for following along with our adventures.

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2021-02-14 03:59:33

Spring Doormats to Welcome You Home  

Well, it may currently be snowing in Seattle, but I am READY for spring! How about you? One of my favorite ways to hurry spring along is to do a little internet shopping for a pretty new doormat for my porch. Here's a round up of some of my favorite spring doormats available right now [...]

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2021-02-12 11:21:12

Transforming a 1950s Brick Ranch to a Charming Coastal Cottage – Before & Afters  

When we bought our 1950s brick ranch in Seattle, it certainly wasn't my dream house. Over time, we began transforming this home into a place we love to live! Check out these inspiring before and afters!

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2021-02-10 09:14:05

One Essential Decor Element You Probably Need More of In Your Home  

There are so many things to think about when designing a comfortable room, but there is one element that I consider to be one of the most important. Can you guess what it is?

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2021-02-09 12:35:10

Bedroom Decorating Ideas + Mood Boards: One Cane Bed, 3 Ways  

Hi friends! Courtney here. One thing I love doing is creating design mood boards. Recently I found this amazing cane bed and wanted to create three different bedroom looks using the same bed! Scroll and click the thumbnails below for sources Turn on your JavaScript to view content SOURCES: Cane Bed // Blue and Green [...]

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2021-02-06 06:27:46

Storage Cabinets for Linens and Things  

After yesterday’s post about linen closet organization ideas, I got inspired to hunt for some freestanding cabinets that would work well for linens, bathroom storage, and so much more. Enjoy! Sources: Gray Cabinet Rustic Wood Linen Cabinet White Wash Wood Linen Cabinet Classic Linen Closet Shutter Door Armoire Two Door Accent Cabinet Natural Wood Curved [...]

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2021-02-03 09:04:13

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