When I went to New York City for the Stylemaker even in September, I met Melissa from The Inspired Room in person for the first time and she shared a little sneak peek into her beautiful new book that carries the same name as her blog The Inspired Room.
Isn’t it the most beautiful cover? Melissa put so much work into this book and I can’t believe she pretty much did it all herself, including the photography. It is a truly inspiring book in which you can learn how to create a retreat for yourself and in Melissa’s own words ” that special place you envision as an escape from the cares and stress of the world”. For everyone that is a different vision but you can get inspired by others to create that space that is perfectly you.
Melissa has asked a couple of bloggers to share their own inspired room for her Inspired Room Tours which I’m going to do today.
For my room I pick my living room of course which is always changing according to what I am inspired by.
I will reminisce about all the changes and projects that went into that space of mine to make it my Inspired Room.
I started with my very neutral light grey wall color called Seashell Gray (4003-1A) by Valspar and have been able to do all my changes by keeping that wall color.
You can see a better view of the curtains (HERE) in the next photo with my old indoor/outdoor rug:
But last week I shared the new curtains I started to make for this space since I’ve had the horizontal striped for about 5 years now and was ready for new ones (click HERE for the tutorial):
Another one of my early projects which usually shows in the photography of the posts is the room divider/privacy screen I built and painted, so the gaping hole of our staircase wouldn’t be as open and noticeable. I built the structure and covered it in Ikea fabric. After living with the patterned fabric for a while I finally decided to cover it in a white canvas that I painted in a grey ombre effect. You can see the tutorial HERE and HERE.
You can see it on the right side of the photo:
The above photo brings me to the next DIY projects. I painted my old Bombay side tables white and I created some DIY pillows. If you guessed that I painted the black and white pillows then you are right and you can see the project HERE. The green leaf pillow is a Queen sham that I converted to a bolster pillow for last spring.
I painted some art and you can see the tutorial HERE:
And I gave this shelving unit that I bought at an auction and which is now in the corner of our fireplace area a makeover. You can see the before HERE. It’s one of my favorite pieces in my living room because it is so different.
With another one of my paintings:
I also painted this old Bombay mirror white and love it over my fireplace (see more HERE):
If you are new here and coming from Melissa’s blog then I can show you how my living room looks now for fall because I have it toned down a little which was inspired by the clothing I have been wearing lately:
And oh my gosh how could I forget my painted cuckoo clock. It’s how everything started. This crazy German had to paint a Craigslist cuckoo clock to remind her of her homeland and smile every time it does it’s thing for every hour. I don’t think I will ever get sick of that clock. Click HERE to see some before pictures.
I also splurge on some things like my Macy’s sofa but mostly like to mix thrifted, auctioned and DIY pieces with my few expensive key pieces.
And don’t forget that these cuties here are always part of my spaces because it wouldn’t be special and cozy without them and the rest of my family in them.
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Now there is also a giveaway. Click the image below or HERE for details on how to enter:
I truly think you will find Melissa’s book inspiring and you can find it HERE. I love adding to my coffee table collection and this book is a beautiful addiction to my coffee table for sure.