I have a hard time living contently in this Pinterest-driven world. It's not that I'm trying to keep up with the Joneses -- I really don't care what the Joneses have. I'm a visual person. Pretty things make me feel relaxed. So when I see a beautiful room on the computer screen or in a magazine, I can't help but dream about having "a kitchen like that" or "a bedroom like that" or "a deck like that".
House envy is a dangerous thing, my friends. You may spend too much dreaming and no time doing. Or you may spend too much money doing all the doing. It's so easy to become discontent with the space around you when we are bombarded with photos of beautiful spaces. I think we all fall into that trap from time to time.
The Inspired Room is one of my very favorite blogs. The way that Melissa writes is so calming and friendly that you feel like you could walk right into her home and chat over coffee. She shares beautiful photos of her home and other stunning spaces, but she is never afraid to keep it real. One of my favorite examples of that is this post about her doggies and their, um, ability to get dirty. I mean, if there's something that I can relate to, it's dogs and their ability to get dirty!
When Melissa sent me her new book, Love the Home You Have, for review, I was thrilled to be able sit down and pour through it. And then it took me forever to get through it. Because my life is not conducive to book-reading. Eventually I decided that life could wait and finished the book in a couple of days.
It's such a sweet, simple read. In it, Melissa walks through various ways to embrace your home for what it is, and encourages the reader to stop focusing on what your home is not. Lamenting over your messy kitchen? Stop drooling over the perfectly pristine one on Pinterest with perfectly stacked dishes and snacks tucked into wicker baskets. Instead, find a way to make your kitchen a little more organized. Maybe wicker baskets aren't in the budget, but the dollar store may have something cute to make your space a little more organized. Ultimately, we just need to find a way to love what we already have!
The pages of Love the Home You Have are full of ideas in order to achieve that goal. Melissa tells the story of the transition through her history of homes and helps us learn from her "mistakes". She walks us through action steps to guide us all through a journey to loving our homes. At the end of the book, she includes a 31 Day Love Your Home challenge, which includes small, simple things to help you love your home.
Overall, it's just a great read - simple and refreshing. It would make a wonderful gift for anyone who struggles to walk that line between Pinterest perfect and perfectly attainable!
**Disclosure - I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are 100% mine.