When I was organizing my decorating book collection on the new bookshelf in my office, something struck me. Most of the books were written by people who I now consider friends and professional acquaintances. When I was first joining decorating book clubs 18+ years ago to start and grow a collection, I never would’ve guessed that. And today, I am celebrating adding another book written by a friend to my shelf. Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room is launching her new book, Dwelling, this week.
In full transparency, I haven’t had a chance to read it from cover to cover, but I took some time and hopped around to each chapter to do some skimming and quick reading. What I love about this book is I was able to do that and still walk away with some encouragement and great ideas.
What I also like about this book is it focuses on what the home is all about. Your home and the stuff that’s in it is there to serve you, your family, and, by extension, your guests. If it’s not doing that, if it’s frustrating and stressful, it’s not serving its purpose.
Your home is not there to get likes on Instagram or to be magazine-worthy. It’s not there to show off how much you have or don’t have. It’s not simply a place to protect you from the elements.
It should serve you and, as Melissa puts it, it should nurture and inspire you and your family.
As her books always do, this one had me looking at my own house and thinking through my approach to certain rooms.
It’s obvious to me to make the studio a place that nurtures and inspires. It has to be conducive to creativity or it wouldn’t be a very good studio.
But what about other rooms in the house? I confess that sometimes I make choices based on what will look good or be photogenic or just what is my personal preference and I’m not necessarily looking at the big picture of wellness in our home and how each room can help or hinder that.
And what about the boy’s rooms? I haven’t even gotten around to painting them, yet, and it seems like a low priority when trash and dirty clothes are left all over the floor. Would they even care if the walls were painted? I think that’s the wrong question. The right one might be, Would painting the walls make their room a place that nurtures and inspires them?
Maybe it would inspire them to put the trash and clothes in their proper place at least. Kidding, but I’m thinking I should make painting their rooms a summer project.
I bet Dwelling will have you thinking about your own home and ways you can design it to nurture and inspire your family.
In order to celebrate this book launch, Melissa is offering up a copy of the book along with some home and self-care products she loves. Details on the giveaway and how to enter are below.
Disclosure: This is not a paid sponsored post, but I did receive a complimentary copy of the book. This post contains affiliate links.