The Inspired Room

Refining Your Home for Authentic Living™

The Inspired Room has MOVED! August 27, 2008

Filed under: The Inspired Room — Melissa @ The Inspired Room @ 12:19 pm


Friends! I am so happy you are here! But, if you got here through, I have officially MOVED! The Inspired Room has a new address. UPDATE: Actually I moved A YEAR AGO, so if you are still finding me this way, here is my NEW ADDRESS

You are invited to come visit me at my NEW BLOG HOME! Please, oh please? I would love to see you.

I’m getting all settled in and will be trying to get my new blog all pretty. Moving is a messy business so thanks for your patience.

CLICK HERE to go to my new address and let’s get caught up!

Be sure to sign up to receive my posts via a feed or email, so we never get separated again!

MUAH! See you there!


Washington Post Blog Watch March 14, 2008

Filed under: Decorating Inspiration,Organization,Randomness — Melissa @ The Inspired Room @ 12:49 pm


Thanks to the Washington Post for featuring The Inspired Room on Blog Watch March 13, 2008!

Special thanks to Brandie, The Home Office Organizer, for the informative article (5 Tips to Start Organizing Your Home Office) mentioned in the feature!

Also, congratulations to the worthy Things That Inspire for being mentioned on the Washington Post Blog Watch as well!

Home Office Photo: Cottage Living

The Inspired Room July 12, 2007

Filed under: Authentic Living,Decorating Inspiration — Melissa @ The Inspired Room @ 11:51 pm

Now for a few words about The Inspired Room™!

The Inspired Room™ is dear to my heart as it is the means by which I am able to help people find joy and beauty in their homes and lives. I consider it a great privilege to be invited into people’s homes and into their lives to help them refine their way of life through my personal vision of “interior design”–Refining Your Home for Authentic Living™.

I do not really care for the terms “decorate” or “interior design” as they have a certain pretentious, fake connotation in my mind. Like something you do to impress friends and neighbors, rather than something you experience for your own happiness and well-being.

While impressing everyone around you certainly has its appeal, it leaves you lacking in true happiness if the admiration is acquired simply through an excessive display of what you can do if you have money or copying someone else’s style–the “I bought it all at Pottery Barn” look (no offense to Pottery Barn, I love it there myself), or especially nauseating “Thanks, my designer whipped this room together while I was at the spa!”

The Inspired Room™ is unique from other decorating businesses in that I don’t want to decorate your home FOR you to show off my style or your ability to pay someone for high style. I want you to be a part of the process because you realize how personal your home is and you want to be involved in its creation.

So often we have little conversations with people (or in our minds!) about what is popular in decorating right now, what are the trends, what style of decorating do you like, what to do about your “leftover hunter green sofa” and for those truly design-challenged, what to do about your mauve and slate blue dining room you so proudly decorated in 1980.

We fret about the “rules” for choosing the right color from a stack of 3500 chips, or how to keep up with the Jones Family. Or–horror of all horrors–we ask our friend what THEY think of our taste!

I like to share what I have learned to help people find their own authentic style. If we can understand HOW to put together a lovely home, how to include color and life into our space, and how to keep our style fresh and timeless, our style will become beautiful to everyone who enters. Our authentic style will radiate a beauty that comes from a well-lived life, reflected through our things and how they are arranged in our home. No one else will be able to replicate our exact style. Nor should they!