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This summer, my husband and I will celebrate our 29th anniversary.  Like most couples, we always had a dream to own a house.  But we made mistakes with credit right off the bat when we were young (thank God it wasn’t anything crazy huge, but it was a lot of money to our young twenty-something selves)  That’s when we learned to live with out credit.  We only bought things that we had the money to buy, or saved up for.  In hindsight, it was a great lesson to learn.  By the time we were in our 30’s we never really thought about credit – we enjoyed only buying what we could pay for today. Renting our home became comfortable and buying a home seemed farther out of our reach as the years went on, not to mention taking on credit of that size scared us!

That is until a few weeks ago!  I turned 50 on March 6, and on March 10, we became home owners!!  We bought the house we had been renting for the last year and a half.  After nearly 29 years of renting, we finally have a home we can call our own.  Moving to this house felt right the first night we slept here.  We all agreed, it felt like home……like the house we were always supposed to be in.

Our house is definitely not a fixer-upper, but it’s easy, especially with beautiful blogs and pinterest, to get in a rut.  It’s easy focus on what what we dislike, what’s out dated, what we don’t have and compare our homes and then……. feel like you have to keep up with every trend out there. Am I right?

As luck would have it, my blog friend Melissa from The Inspired Room has just written a book titled, “Love the Home you Have.”  and it’s full of warmth and a touch of humor reminding us to really treasure and find joy in our homes, even if it’s not perfect.  Make your present home, the one of your dreams. 

Love the Home You Have by Melissa Michaels

Melissa’s blog was one of the first I remember reading, and it’s still one of my favorites.  Like her blog, The Inspired Room, Melissa’s book is full of goodness, encouragement, simple tips and ideas for challenging yourself and making your home work best for you, along with creative solutions to freshening up what you already have.

I am a firm believer that it’s important to love the home your in.  I suppose that’s because we rented for nearly 29 years, and have always tried to make each house OUR HOME.  I never let renting make me feel like it wasn’t ours.  I love the way Melissa puts it by saying, “You can love your home.  Yes, the one with flaws, everyday messes and maybe even a mix of hand-me-down furniture.  Sure, it has some shortcomings, but it also has a lot going for it —-it’s where your life, relationships and dreams are being shaped.”   I love that!  It’s SO true.  She talks about how we are all different and finding the balance that is right for us is key, while she also touches on some really great topics that speak to each of us…… decorating with what you have, cleaning tips, finding a balance between mess and beauty, and more! At the end of her book, Melissa has a 31 day challenge of things you can do to love your home.

Recently Melissa invited some of her friends to join her and complete at least one challenge, from the back of her book, in our own home.  I had a really hard time simply choosing one, so I’ve been doing many of them.

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Of course, Day 1 Challenge  really touched base with me!

[Home Gratitude]

Your home is a gift and a blessing.  Walk around your house and think about how thankful you are for a roof over your head.  In spite of all its quirks and imperfections, your home is where you can create a place to nurture yourself and bless your family.  Try not to worry about all the material things you want to buy or change or improve.  Instead, remember how blessed your are to be able to create a home full of memories with what you already have.  View each room thru the lens of gratitude for the life you can create and memories you can make in your home. ~ Melissa Michaels, author of Love the Home you Have and The Inspired Room blog.

It’s hard not to let my “home want list” get the better of me.  Taking the time to be grateful for what we DO have……. so much joy comes from finding contentment where we are.

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Challenge #7 is [Your Sanctuary]  – Melissa reminds us that we all deserve a bedroom that is a sanctuary from the world, not a storage room.  This challenge encourages you to not only make your bed every day, but tidy up and see what you could improve.

Our master bedroom is my least favorite room in our house, because when I look at it I usually notice, the miss-matched furniture (much of which is hand-me-down, sentimental and pieces we’ve had for years), and wall paint color that I’d like to change.

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Today that’s all going to change!

I only noticed the beautiful hand-made sleigh bed my dad made, and the oak night stand and dresser I’ve had since childhood and all the memories that come with them.

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Recently I picked up some new bedding, sheets and decorative pillows to make our room feel fresh like Spring!  I didn’t worry that I had not painted the walls yet.  —side note, having new bedding with pretty decorative pillow is great incentive to make the bed 😉  My husband and I are pretty good about making the bed every day – but it’s usually “just pull the blankets up.  But it only takes a minute or two longer to make the bed well; pull the comforter down a little, straighten up the pillows and add the decorative pillows.  I smile every time I walk into our room when the bed is made properly.  Even if the rest of the room is a mess……a made bed makes the whole room look better.

Sources:
comforter – JC Penny
decorative petal pillow – JC Penny
knit pillows – Target (not available online)
sheets – Target
grey quilt – West Elm
white blanket – West Elm
curtains – Target
Wall Art – Hobby Lobby
mirror – thrift store
lamp, tray, vase, flowers and owls – had for years

 

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I noticed the coffered ceiling that I LOVE .

and the “Love You Madly” wall art I picked up from Hobby Lobby a few months ago.  The new white curtains that really help brighten the room.

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Suddenly, I saw a room I loved 😉

We are in our dream home…and it’s ours. It’s where life happens and life is good. Isn’t that what a dream home should be?

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I also took Challenge # 27 [Order In The Kitchen] when I cleaned out my pantry recently.  Nothing fancy, I simply got rid of unneeded items and organized everything a bit.  I’m still on a high from that real life pantry organization!

 

You can take the challenge, too, and share your projects with Melissa here.  If you are interested in more inspiring challenges from Melissa’s new book, visit Visit The Inspired Room HERE to find more information on the book, Love the Home you Have.
Thank you, Melissa, for sharing such a a special book with us!

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

39 comments

  1. I have to say, I think that bed is gorgeous! So much character in that wood! Thanks for the inspiration for love the home we are in. Sometimes it is hard with a young family to be content when the budget just isn’t there to change all of the things you want to. But there are so many things we love about our house, and my kids really love it too!

    • thanks so much! I REALLY love out bed, because my late dad built it, and because no one else has a bed like it!!
      I totally get what you mean about being content when budgets are tight, but the kids are going to remember the fun, love and good memories more than they will with how the house looked 😉

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  4. Cheryl, your post is wonderful. I love your perspective. Congratulations on the purchase of your home! AND THAT BED! It has such character! What a special piece. Thank you for being a part of this special day with such a heartfelt meaningful post. xo

    • Thanks Melissa, my dad was a furniture builder, so even though he passed away 11 years ago, we still have SO much of him around.  Which is really awesome, but also makes it VERY difficult if we decide we no longer want to use pieces that he’s made.  My oldest daughter also has a house full of furniture he made too!!

      Congrats again on the book,  it’s one of my favorites! 😉  and thanks for inviting me to be apart of the tour

  5. Oh, Cheryl, I am so excited for you on the purchase of your home. What an amazing feeling and I couldn’t be happier for you. You did it on your own terms, which is a huge, huge deal. I am so proud of your family for doing it the right way.

    Your bedding is beautiful and that bed is just incredible! What a statement piece!! xoxo

  6. I love your bedroom! The bedding a fabulous 🙂 

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  8. I love that you have made each place you rented your home, so beautiful!

    • I’ve had people say to me “why are you doing that if you are “just renting”, and that would always bother me.  They would make it sound like I shouldn’t bother making our home what we wanted it to be because we rented.  We weren’t knocking down walls, just painting and decorating.

      And I have to say, in all those years, we never regretted renting either.  We rented our last home for 16 years for an exceptionally great price (never went up in all the 16 years) – which also allowed us to have things that would not have been able to afford otherwise. 😉

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  10. Love this post so much! We are quickly bursting out of the seams of our 3 bedroom home but we don’t want to compromise our location for a bigger house so this post hits home. It’s hard to find a way to make a sanctuary that is also toddler-proof but you’ve inspired me to look at new bedding! 🙂

  11. I love this post Cheryl!!! There are so many similarities in what you describe, circumstances & whatnot that ring true to us too. Made me smile because that’s probably why it was so easy & comfortable to talk to you for hours – because life has had many familiar things.  Thanks so much for the daily happy moment!!  Hugs!! 

  12. I love your bedroom and the wall color looks great with the bedding.

    • thanks so much!  It does go pretty well doesn’t it.  I don’t ‘hate’ the color, it’s just a little darker than I would prefer.  Luckily that’s an easy fix 😉

  13. I love Melissa’s blog too and I’m excited to read her book. Congratulations on being a home owner! I can relate to having a mismatched bedroom. Most of my furniture other than the bed and nightstands are antiques passed down from my grandmother.  I’ll never sell them, but right now my room is the only one they’ll fit in. One day I’ll have the bedroom of my dreams, but for now I’m just grateful for the memories.  I love your bedding! Sometimes just updating a few accessories can make all the difference in the world. 

  14. This is a beautiful post that comes at a perfect time for me. I’ve been very down on my home and only looking at what’s wrong with it. I love your blog and all the very real, down to earth posts! Thanks for making me look at my home with a fresh, loving perspective.

  15. I love the idea of these challenges! I need to walk around my house and take time to enjoy the treasures that make our place a home.
    P.S. Our 29th anniversary is on Easter 🙂

  16. I’m so in love with that “Love you madly” sign!!! Stealing that idea 🙂

    xo,
    Seng

  17. Your spring bedroom is adorable!! I love the flowers, wall art & the owls { They’re good luck } !!!
    Paige.Rose

  18. I so enjoyed this post, Cheryl! It’s true – especially since the inception of Pinterest – that we often compare what we have to things we see online and as the old saying goes “comparison is the thief of joy.” I need to take a new look at my home with gratitude particularly for all the wonderful memories it holds.

  19. Oh your vignette on your bedside table is beautiful! I love that Melissa is reminding us to think of our home as a blessing and take time to really be grateful for it. Sounds like an awesome book! I also love your decorative pillow! Congrats on your new home too!

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  21. Cheryl!!  This is just beautiful!  You’ve motivated me to spruce up my bedroom 🙂  Love this!

  22. We have been renting the house we are in for about a year and a half, and I’m just starting to decorate.  We are hoping to build a house next year, so it felt pointless to make this house feel like home.  But it really started to get to me.  So even though I’m working with the furniture and decor we already have, it feels so much better to actually make it feel a little more like home.  And I love your new bedding!!

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  24. Lovely post! Really inspiring! Thanks! <3

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  26. This is so beautiful!

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