Love the Home You Have Living Room Challenge + Giveaway
Today I’m reviewing and giving away 3 copies of Love the Home You Have books, by Melissa Michaels, plus sharing my living room challenge.
Friends, I can’t be more thrilled than to share with you a new, fabulous book that I just finished, Love the Home you Have, by my dear friend, Melissa Michaels from The Inspired Room. I was invited to complete a simple Love Your Home Challenge inspired by her new book, so read on. Oh, and I’m giving away 3 copies!
Melissa has been my blogging friend (and real life friend), and a kindred spirit for many, many years, and I can’t say enough about her brand new first book! We’ve traveled together, shared life (many emails, phone calls, supporting each other), and guess what? I have actually hosted Melissa and her husband, Jerry, in my home for dinner (gulp)! That was sort of scary, but I couldn’t have been more honored to have them as our guests.
Love the Home you Have brings encouragement, inspiration, ideas, and quite honestly, excitement about the homes that we live in. Yes, I was excited while reading the book, because as I applied it to my life, it really got my juices flowing, reminding me of my own personal style, why to invest in what I’ve been given, how to use my home for good, and how to make it a sanctuary for my family.
Watch the trailer.
In fact, here’s a short trailer for you to view, so you can see for yourself how fabulous this book is. View ==> HERE.
Melissa also ends the book with a 31-day challenge, which I took on DAY 25: Living Room Wish List.
When you consider that our homes are where our lives, dreams, and relationship are shaped, I truly took Melissa’s words to heart and thought about what room in my house is bugging me the most. I decided on the living room, because it’s the room that gets the most cluttered. I’ve tried to work in one of the bedrooms upstairs, but it’s too dark and confined, and I love sitting with lots of windows, and room to spread out. Thus, ugh, our living room, in a sense, has become my office.
Day 25: Living Room
So, taking on the challenge, in this chapter, Melissa reminds us that you only need a few basic things to create a comfortable room. We’ve had the furniture in our living room for quite a few years, and I knew I couldn’t afford to replace or add anything big. Once you know that, you move on to the small things.
The first thing I did was clean up my magazines, pulled out some springy pillows (I like to rotate pillows for each season), and added a couple new layers, such as a new runner and I changed out the pillows.
I added a new candle (you can read more about this DIY succulent plant, here.)
Moved my work space to a side table in the same room (to keep the light that I love).
Cleaned the windows, wiped down the baseboards, vacuumed and dusted.
Grabbed an heirloom piece of art and brought it out to the living room. (How did I forget about this lovely painting from our uncle in Ireland? The colors match perfectly in my new space!)
That’s pretty much it, friends.
My new space is much fresher, prettier, perfect for the spring season ahead.
Plus, it’s company-ready! Which means, even though I tend to work in our living room, it only takes a few minutes to tidy up if company is coming over.
It’s okay to have your living room “lived in” when people come to visit too.
I realized long ago that people are not coming to see my home, but to visit our family.
Create a haven.
So let’s get to the heart of the book. Melissa says you can love the home you live in, no matter what. With flaws, everyday messes, hand-me-downs, mix and matched furniture. I especially loved the Creating a Haven chapter.
It’s easy to be discontent with our homes, or certain rooms that drive us crazy, but this is where I have to train my thoughts and remind myself that my home is perfect for our family, it meets our needs, it inspires us to do great things in life, and it helps us grow as people. It’s easy to hunker down in our homes and never open the doors to others. Why have a beautiful home when no one can share it with you? Or, why worry if you don’t have a beautiful home (but the people inside are beautiful).
It’s all about your perspective on life, what really matters to you (let the image go!), and the final outcome.
Do great things.
I love the word images throughout Melissa’s book. This one is my favorite. I really believe the best outcome of our lives is to not live for ourselves. I’ll let you digest that.
My husband and I open our home to many dinner parties, and other hospitality events, because great things happen during these moments. Moments that are here today, and gone tomorrow, but forever etched in our minds and hearts, because it’s around our table that life really happens.
It is our goal to fuel up, in a sense, being inspired by good friends who are also motivated to make a difference in this world, and then go back out and do great things.
We invite others in for refreshment, rejuvenation, and to gain courage and inspiration, and then we do something with what we’ve been given.
Our homes are a sanctuary and I love how Melissa constantly reminds us of this.
Now it’s time for YOU to win a copy of Melissa’s book!
3 book giveaway!
Comment: What is it about your home that stops you from loving it, or opening the door to others?
Giveaway ends Monday, April 6, 2015.
You can also buy a copy of Melissa’s right now – HERE.
Here are the other bloggers that you can hop over to read what challenge they took on!
If you’d like to share your own Home Love challenges on Melissa’s new community site, here are more details Home Love Stories.
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