There is a lot of stuff out there on the internet.
Yes, I do realize that’s a ridiculous understatement. It’s akin to saying, “There’s a lot of salt out there in the ocean,” or perhaps, “There’s a lot of hydrogen out there in the air.”
No one actually says either of those things, of course. But that’s beside my point. Stay with me.
In stumbling about the blogosphere one finds many people with many voices and many products to peddle. Sometimes they are worthwhile, and much of the time they aren’t. Sometimes they make me want to do more, be more, and love better, and sometimes they make me want to throw my computer out the window.
Melissa Michaels is a gem.
I ran across her blog, titled The Inspired Room, a few months ago. And I’m so glad I did! On it she shares decorating tips (surprise, I know!) gorgeous pictures of dreamy rooms in magazines and her own home, inspirational thoughts (she guest posts for (in)courage), free printables, and all sorts of yummy things! This busy church-planter’s wife has had her work featured on HGTV, Ladies Home Journal, and the Pioneer Woman. You have to take a peek. Serious eye candy, I tell you. Go ahead, I’ll wait!
She’s also recently written an ebook. Woot! I love it when people do that. So I sent a note along to her assistant, who quite graciously sent me a copy to review. What I expected was wonderful decorating tips. What I got was wonderful decorating tips–and even better life advice! and I just wanted to steer you her way. Here’s an excerpt from the introduction:
“The dishes didn’t get done automatically, the decorating was never perfect on my limited budget, I was torn about how to spend my time, and I was paralyzed by finding myself in a life that didn’t seem to work for me. I suffered from constantly trying to achieve a dream that was always just beyond my reach.
And then I got real. I was tired of my own discontent and the feeling of never quite measuring up to my own expectations. I had to take a good look at the standards I was setting up for myself. I realized there was nothing wrong with my desire for a beautiful, well-kept home–but the image I had in my mind was unrealistic and, it turned out, not in line with what mattered most to me…”
Don’t you love it?
Melissa gives you practical ideas on how to find your own, authentic decorating style. That’s what The Inspired Room is all about. The topics in this book include Embracing Your Real Life, Using the Natural Creative Process, and Creating a Love of Home.
I was really challenged by paragraphs like this one …
“When our grandmothers knitted a blanket or baked a pie, they did it in the peace and quiet of their homes. They didn’t feel the need to talk about it with hundreds, but perhaps simply shared their recipe or creation with the neighbor across the yard winch is surrounded with aluminum fencing. They didn’t photograph it, they didn’t Photoshop it, they didn’t create the step-by-step tutorial with diagrams, sketches, and links to thirty other tutorials!”
Ahem. I resemble that comment. Now, of course she’s not saying that doing such things is wrong, just that an overabundance of that sort of pressure really saps the joy out of much of our homey activities. And she’s right.
There are some helpful exercises here you can go through to help you find a style you’ll love, practical advice on creating beauty with what you already have, and even seasonal decorating tips. Best of all, it’s soooo practical …
“When your standard is *perfect* and your goal is “getting it all done, you are pretty much guaranteed to fail, or die trying–unless you are a slave to your house. That is not how I wanted to live.”
She goes on to share the tricks she’s learned that help her live the life she really did want to live. Wonderful stuff!
I really loved this eBook, and I know you would, too! And look at this tiny price (my favorite size as far as prices go, haha): only $3.99. Awesome! You can read all about it and meet Melissa at The Inspired Room, or check out the page devoted to just the book: Not a DIY Diva. Enjoy!