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Loving the Home We Have

LTHYH_Print_4x6I’m so honored to be a part of the promotion team for Love the Home You Have! While I received a copy for review, all opinions expressed are my own. 

I can’t remember when I fell in love with decorating and all things home d├ęcor. It’s just one of those things that’s always been there. Thankfully I married a man who relishes revamping old stuff, decorating with antiques, and collecting thrift store oddities just as much as I do.
Still, somewhere around kid three, or maybe it was moving, or then again maybe it was the homeschooling, whatever it was we are now at a point where I just don’t feel like my home is MY home anymore. It feels like a project I’ve started and stopped so many times and no progress is being made. I mean, as I write this I’m staring at a stack of canvases sitting in a corner below a bare wall. How sad is that?

Enter The Inspired Room, I’ve got to begin with the blog because that’s where I started reading Melissa Michaels. She’s got a realistic point of view when it comes to creating a home that I so appreciate. So much so that I was genuinely excited to read that she’d written a book, Love The Home You Have: Simple Ways to…Embrace Your Style, Get Organized, and Delight in Where You Are.

As I mentioned before I’ve gotten into a horrible home rut and this book is exactly what I needed to begin getting things back on track. There are a few chapters that are a little touchy feely and discuss the intangibles that go into the making of a home, but there are also honest to goodness instructions. Well, maybe not instructions, but viable questions, tasks, and suggestions for falling in love with the home you have all over again, or maybe for the first time. 

As Michaels discusses, finding contentment is the heart of loving the home you have and it is also a life lesson we continue to learn over time. I spend so many of my hours at home that finding that happy place really is important and vital to our entire family running smoothly.
Your home should be your haven…It’s where you raise your family, love your spouse, and find the security and confidence to set out on a journey to achieve your goals…It’s a place to welcome friends and an oasis where you can shut out the world. -Melissa Michaels
When I got the end of Chapter 13, despite all the lessons throughout, I realized Michaels leaves us with another call to action. The 31-day Love Your Home Challenge where you’ll take what you’ve read and apply it in real time. I love this! Who doesn’t love a challenge? To get started on your journey visit The Inspired Room, go ahead and write your Home Purpose Statement, or just go buy the book. Whatever you do it’s a step towards loving the home you have!

Erin Sipes
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