The Inspired Room and My Inspired Room
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.
One of my first DIY projects and posts that I have done for this space were my painted horizontal striped curtains and my secretary desk makeover (click HERE and HERE).
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:
My latest DIY project in my living room was the Otomi TV stand makeover (HERE). Where I have my basic Ikea unit a graphic makeover with wall vinyl decals that I made:
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.
Here are the other blogs for today: City Farmhouse, Domestic Fashionista, Michaela Noelle Designs, Wicks Nest, At the Picket Fence
i love how you’ve gravitated so much more to black and white lately! your style is always perfection and uniquely yours!
I’m kind of black and white obsessed right now 😉 thank you
I love your use of color and light. It is so inviting and happy…having a few kitties around helps one love a room, too!
Thanks and yes it does. My house wouldn’t feel like a home to me without them.
Thanks my friend!
Your living room is always so stylish, Julia! I love how you’re constantly changing it 🙂
Ha thanks, it’s my favorite thing to do to change it up. I know I should DIY more but this is so much more enjoyable 😉
I’m a big fan of how much you change your living room. Digging the black and white now, but your color options both bold and bright are so good in there! I think it’s great that you’ve set up the bones of the room to be so versatile.
We change our outfits a lot too right? So why not the living spaces?And my bones stay the same too 😉 LOL
I loved seeing how you pulled your home together and all your projects! So much fun, the living room looks great! So glad we met and I so appreciate you sharing about my new book, too!
Thanks so much for the beautiful book and how thoughtful it was delivered. It looks so pretty on my coffee table and I will cherish it dearly. You are incredibly talented. Have a great night!
I keep forgetting how talented you are, then wonder why it’s taken me so long to get back to your blog. When I do, the journey is full of happy surprises in your very happy space! Love the new look! Big mwah, heather x
You are still here Heather. Thanks so much for the visit, that totally made my night!
You have such a lovely living room – it truly is inspired.
🙂 thank you Kim
You style is amazing! I never tire of seeing your living room!
Thank you Krystine
Love your living room! The shelving unit is to die for!! May I ask, what paint color are your living room walls? I just love it!
Thanks, it’s seashell grey by valspar
You’ve got good taste and the wonders you pull off in your living room is amazing! 🙂
Thanks so much again.