My Design Philosophy + The Reward of Residence


In case you are new right here at The Impressed Room and/or simply becoming a member of in from Bre’s The Reward of Residence guide launch, welcome! I’m so glad you’re right here!

There’s a enjoyable giveaway and hyperlinks to different bloggers sharing their properties, so be sure you examine them out on the finish of the put up.

Right here’s a fast introduction to me and my house! My identify is Melissa and I’ve been running a blog right here about all issues house since 2007! Over the previous seven years I’ve written eleven books on the connection between feeling at house and the well-being of the individuals inside (a type of is my model new guide A Beautiful Life popping out this spring!). I offers you slightly intro to my house immediately as properly.

Creating a house has been my lifelong ardour, even earlier than I had a house of my very own! Bre and I share the same philosophy for the house so I’m THRILLED to be part of celebrating her new guide immediately. It’s possible you’ll know Bre from her fantastic weblog Rooms for Hire!

My husband and I simply moved into a brand new house three months in the past, after we turned empty nesters this summer time. Proper as our youngest (our son Luke!) was getting ready to maneuver out (once more, in spite of everything three of our children moved again house in some unspecified time in the future in 2020/2021!) in what ended up being a wild and sudden flip of occasions, we discovered our dream home! A comfy little cottage on an island within the Salish Sea.

Our New Home

We made a suggestion, put our house available on the market and now right here we’re! It was a bit extra difficult than that, however despite a whirlwind of fast choices and coping with the challenges of the actual property market, it was value each little bit of effort and stress to get right here the place we really feel a lot peace and immense gratitude for our house. We cease to pinch ourselves a number of occasions a day simply to remind ourselves that we actually do stay right here! It’s a dream come true — we really feel prefer it was an enormous blessing within the midst of a troublesome season. You’ll be able to learn extra in regards to the journey of discovering our house in a 3 half put up HERE.

My Design Philosophy + The Gift of Home

Creating a house we love has all the time been in regards to the refining course of of making a sacred and significant house. It’s one thing we are able to do wherever we’re, and in no matter sort of house or season of life we’re in. We didn’t wait till we might discover our final dream home, we simply outlined or redefined what our “dream home” was in each season! I consider that any house can really feel like our dream house, after we see it by means of the lens of gratitude.

My husband and I really feel every house we had was a present in that season. We deal with them with care, as if they are going to be our without end house. From our first newlywed condominium to our English Tudor fixer higher, to the Nineteen Fifties house we simply moved from, to each house in between…we did what we might inside our funds and time to make each a sanctuary.

I really feel deeply about having a house and rhythm of life that nurtures us and people we love. Creating a house includes discovering methods to inform our distinctive story, establishing heartfelt connections and reminiscences and savoring the each day moments. For me creating a house will not be about designing an ideal journal cowl or instagram worthy house, it’s about taking note of how we really feel to stay in our house. It’s studying how we are able to really feel higher there, whether or not it’s by means of slowing right down to extra absolutely admire what we’ve, cleansing up or tidying the areas in our house that make us really feel harassed or anxious, clearing out and letting go of what doesn’t serve us properly, or just making every room extra comfy or welcoming.

My Design Philosophy + The Gift of Home

On that be aware, for the reason that month of January can really feel fairly dreary (relying on the place you reside!) and generally seem to be it’s about 18 months lengthy, hahah, I made a decision on the finish of final yr that I might spend the month of January 2022 centered on prettifying one room in our new house.

My objective was to really feel extra at house by making that one room extra useful and welcoming. I selected our new bed room, so we’ve been engaged on refreshing it easy, sensible methods! (I’m calling the problem A Beautiful January and invited my readers to affix in, be happy to affix us, it’s not too late!).

My Design Philosophy + The Gift of Home

You’ll be able to learn the put up from this week with my most up-to-date bed room updates HERE! It’s wonderful how even just some easy and inexpensive updates have already impacted how we really feel in our room. We liked it to start with, however now we actually really feel at house in it! We’ve got plenty of different desires and plans for this house, however easy adjustments are sometimes essentially the most significant as a result of we don’t need to put them off for “sometime!” I really like being centered on this one house for the month of January!

My Design Philosophy + The Gift of Home

Now that the brand new yr has begun and the vacations are behind us, I’m feeling impressed for all the methods we are able to make this home our personal not solely in 2022 however in yearly to come back. I’d like to have you ever observe alongside! You’ll be able to atone for all posts at our new house right here, you possibly can subscribe to my publication right here to remain within the loop…in addition to discover every day happenings, suggestions and the behind the scenes on my Instagram tales.

For those who ever really feel overwhelmed with the place to start adorning, or simply want a pep speak to encourage you in your house journey, I hope you’ll decide up Bre’s pretty new guide The Reward of Residence! It’s a hardback guide full of lovely pictures of attainable rooms, and presents such sensible suggestions and recommendation for individuals (like us!) who wish to really feel extra at house proper the place they’re.

I’ll share just a few sneak peeks of the inside pages (scroll right down to see them!) in addition to hyperlinks beneath to the opposite pretty individuals on this weblog hop so you possibly can go to and be impressed by others who share a love of house!

Make sure to enter the GIVEAWAY on the finish of this put up, and you may enter on every of the blogs beneath as properly!


Wednesday 1/19
Melissa Michaels –  The Impressed Room
KariAnne Wooden – Thistlewood Farms
Claire Berard – Claire Lynn Residence
Sarah Wagner – Dreaming of Homemaking

 Friday 1/21
Bre Doucette – Rooms For Hire
Traci Hutcherson – Beneath My Coronary heart
Beth Hunter – Residence Tales A to Z
Courtney Fernan – A Considerate Place

My Design Philosophy + The Gift of Home
My Design Philosophy + The Gift of Home
My Design Philosophy + The Gift of Home

Click on right here to order Bre’s new guide, The Reward of Residence

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Subsequent on the tour, you get to go to my buddy KariAnne Wooden of Thistlewood Farms! We met in actual life just a few years again and he or she’s simply as enjoyable as she is on her weblog. (Enjoyable reality, she and I wrote a guide collectively referred to as However The place Do I Put The Sofa? And Solutions to 100 Different Adorning Questions). You’ll love her lovely house and the tales she tells! Click on HERE to go to KariAnne’s weblog!

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