an inspired room

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Guest Room, My House

I love celebrating friends and their achievements.  And one of my blog friends has something to celebrate.  Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room, just released her latest book, also called The Inspired Room!


I had the pleasure of spending time with Melissa as we prepared to teach a workshop on writing a book at the Haven conference this past summer.  I respect her a lot as a designer and an entrepreneur.  She’s also a pastor’s wife, so we have a lot of common ground.

In celebration of the book, I’m sharing one of my “inspired rooms”.

I was really torn with what room to share.  Those who have read my blog for a while have seen all of my rooms many times.  You know I love my dining room.  I’m slightly obsessed with the “bed wall” in our master bedroom.  But one room I’ve loved longer than any other, the room that was the first one to really show my style.  The first one that felt most like “me”.

The guest room.  Here’s how it looks today…


This is the most colorful room in my house.  I felt the freedom to deviate from my beloved blue & white, because it’s pretty separate from the rest of the house.  The blue and white in this room is warmed up with raspberry reds and warm golds.  There’s even a little purple thrown in, courtesy of the antique wedding ring quilt from my husband’s grandmother.


This room is a collection of old, like the $100 1800’s dresser, and new, the Pottery Barn sconces.  Things that were gifts (the raspberry buffalo check), inherited (the Bavarian dishes on the dresser) and won (the oil paintings on eBay & at a local charity auction).

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Things handmade (the no-sew bolster pillow), remade (the reupholstered bergere chair) and ready-made (the gold quilt and shams).


DIY projects (the faux planked wall) and ones that were hired out (the grain sack upholstered chair).


Things I collect (the ironstone platters), things that remind me of where I came from (the oil paintings of Germany) and things from places I dream of going (the French caned chair.)


Details that only I may notice, like the monograms on the inside arm of the grain sack upholstered chair.


And things that hit the soft spot in my heart for all things old, like to gorgeous graining and patina on the old dresser I bought off of craigslist.


I think rooms that are “inspired” are made up of things that speak to you.


This rooms speaks to me and I hear it loud and clear.

Do your spaces feel inspired?

The Inspired Room Tour - Celebrating the Launch of the New Coffee Table Book - The Inspired Room - by New York Times Best Selling Author of Love the Home You Have - Melissa Michaels


Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I just wanted to support my friend and introduce an inspiring book to my readers.  This post does contain affiliate links.

an inspired room

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