Love the Home You Have: Simple Ways to...Embrace Your Style *Get Organized *Delight in Where You Are

Love the Home You Have: Simple Ways to...Embrace Your Style *Get Organized *Delight in Where You Are

by Melissa Michaels


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What if the house of your dreams is the home you have? Meet Melissa Michaels, creator of the popular blog The Inspired Room and the best contentment coach you'll ever meet. With humor and candor Melissa reveals how to transform your rooms (and your life) from plainly livable to fabulously lovable.

Like a perfectly overstuffed chair, Melissa's encouragement beckons you to get comfortable and then get creative as you:

  • find beauty in the ordinary
  • discover your style and let it shine with simple ideas
  • entertain possibilities and people with more gratitude and joy
  • gather inspiration in the 31-day Love Your Home Challenge
  • leap from dreamer to doer with confidence

Much more than décor! This is your invitation to fall in love with the home you have and embrace the gifts of life, people, and blessings right where you are.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736963077
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 03/31/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 266,052
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Melissa Michaels is the creator of The Inspired Room, voted the 2015 and 2014 Better Homes and Gardens Readers’ Favorite Decorating Blog. With creative, simple ideas for decorating and organizing the home, she inspires more than half a million women each month. Melissa is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Love the Home You Have, Make Room for What You Love, and The Inspired Room coffee table book. She and her husband live in Washington, where they planted a church in 2009.

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Table of Contents

Home Is in the Heart of the Beholder 7

1 Hello, Dream House 13

2 Getting There Is Half the Fun 25

3 Goodbye, Unrealistic Expectations 47

4 The Freedom of Authenticity 59

5 A Beautiful Mess 75

6 Decluttering the Nooks and Crannies 89

7 The Reward of Daily Routines 101

8 The Clean-Enough House 113

9 Adding Charm and Character 125

10 Love What You Have (Even When You Don't Like It) 139

11 Creating a Haven 153

12 Savoring the Seasons 167

13 Be Happy at Home 181

31-Day Love Your Home Challenge 195

Notes 213

Customer Reviews

Love the Home You Have: Simple Ways to...Embrace Your Style *Get Organized *Delight in Where You Are 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The message of this book is important -- loving where you live is an incentive to taking better care of it. I got the impression that several blog posts had been strung together, as the book is disorganized and repetitive, and the writing contains cutesy phrases and features that are worn out and stop the flow of the writing. I found the following books more helpful: At Home With Madame Chic, by Jennifer L. Scott Home Comforts, by Cheryl Mendelson Shelter for the Spirit, by Gloria Moran
Amy_Nelson More than 1 year ago
By the time I reached the second chapter, I felt something that I hadn't felt towards my home in years: hope, possibility, joy. Thanks to Melissa Michaels and "Love the Home You Have", I see the possibility in my home (even if it isn't currently my dream home) and the possibility in me. This was a wonderful, entertaining, and inspiring read. I loved to see Melissa's own journey toward home love recounted, and I found her tips, questions, and ideas to be more helpful than any resource I've come across in a long, long time.
CheriAnneWhite More than 1 year ago
This book is not only inspirational, it is masterfully crafted and permeated with encouragement. Melissa's insights are brilliant! Her ability to warmly communicate makes me feel as if I am sitting down over a cup of coffee and having an insightful discussion regarding my home and how to make incremental changes that will result in a new level of loving my home! No matter the size, style or budget of your home, this book will help you discover what you love and then transfer that love into beautiful nuances in your home! This book is a must-read as well as a perfect gift! I've already given it as a gift and the person who received it can't put it down! Now, that's the true mark of an excellent book!
gingerNikki More than 1 year ago
I LOVED reading this book, it is one of those books that I just couldn't put down. Melissa writes with love and humor, and this book is a joy to read!
FionasMosaic More than 1 year ago
A delightful, refreshing book. I LOVE decorating books. They give me lots of ideas and inspiration. But THIS BOOK changed my perspective. The idea (behind the great ideas!) is that I'm not decorating my house, I am loving my house, and spreading joy. Taking simple pleasure in the beautiful, and savoring the moments. This book is a little like Alexandra Stoddard meets Lucille Ball. Melissa has a great and humorous way of writing, and pointing out the beautiful moments. It is refreshing, but a lot like she knocked on your door with lattes' in hand and said, “Hey girl, what do you want to do with this room?” Excellent, and well written, perfect for if you are feeling "stuck" and unsure of what to do next with your home.
myveryeducatedmother More than 1 year ago
First up, I received a free copy of this book for review and read the author's blog regularly. That said, I still sincerely love this book. Over the last few years I'd fallen into rut and the state of my home was the proof. I’d flip through magazines and books looking for direction and while the images were always inspiring, they also presented an idea of perfection that was completely overwhelming.  That’s where this book is different than the rest. Sure there’s a lot of sentimental talk about the intangibles that go into making a home, but Michaels is showing you the direction to finding contentment with your home.  There are viable questions, tasks, and suggestions for you to do at the end of every chapter.  And if that’s not enough to get you motivated and actively working towards creating a home you love, the last portion of the book is a 31 Day Love Your Home Challenge with activities you’ll actually want to do.  As Michaels discusses, finding contentment is the heart of loving the home you have and it is also a life lesson we continue to learn over time. If you’re serious about creating a home that’s both a humble reflection of your family and a recharging station for your soul, this is the book for you. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a refreshing reminder of what true homemaking is. This is not a perfectly polished interior design book, rather, it's a personal, informal and honest book that inspires and encourages the reader through practical and common sense wisdom. Melissa writes honestly and openly from her heart and her life. She shares the journey of her life at home as mother, a wife, and a working woman through all the ups and downs. Each home she lived in has a story of the lessons she learned there. I am a designer, and I needed this reminder for myself and for my clients that it's not just the things we buy or style or (can't buy) that makes a great space-it's the people and the memories that truly matter. Every day we see the "perfection" online or in books and we get discouraged because we can never live up to that standard. This book reminds many of us tired grumpy, discontented housewives that making a home incorporates more than just decorating. Melissa shares practical tips and common sense advice that we need to hear again and again: how to create daily routines, create cozy corners, celebrate seasons, and make the most of what we have and be grateful. She gives tips on decorating from the heart with creativity and self expression, and reminds us to stay committed to the things that really matter first. If you are looking to be inspired and rejuvenated to live out the life you really want at home, I highly recommend it!
Shannon_Wheeler More than 1 year ago
Melissa Michaels shares her own funny and inspiring home stories in a way that makes it feel like you're sitting across the table sipping lattes together.  As she shares from her own life, including beautiful hand-lettered art, she inspires us to cultivate a right heart toward our home, because only in that can we move toward loving that home in a way that  is truly beautiful.  Full of encouragement and practical, applicable ideas about decorating in the real world, Melissa walks us through how to express our personal style in fun and meaningful ways in our homes.  This is a must-read if you're a home lover or a wannabe home lover.  You'll come away energized and inspired!  
MaryFB More than 1 year ago
As I read this book, I found myself nodding in agreement and saying to myself "Yep!" This book takes us on a journey through the author's  quest to find the perfect home for her and her family. She outlines the homes she has lived in and how none of them every seemed quite right.   I recommend this book to anyone who is struggling to make their house a home, to anyone who is looking for purpose and meaning in their life, and anyone who needs some encouragement during times of uncertainty and worry. This book comes with wonderful questions at the end of each chapter and a note taking section in the back of the book,.    "Love the Home you Have" will inspire, teach, encourage and bring a smile to your face! Buy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Love the Home you Have, Melissa Michaels gives all women permission to be content with the homes they have, patient in what they do to change their homes, and thoughtful in setting priorities on what is most important about their homes. Although there is food for thought for all ages, I think this book speaks especially to young women setting up their first homes, and overwhelmed by all that they think they must have in order to be happy in their homes. Chapter titles include "Goodbye, Unrealistic Expectations," "The Freedom of Authenticity," and "Love What You Have (Even When You Don't Like It.")  The author includes helpful suggestions for organization, decluttering, and cleaning. This is a book to read and re-read. There's even a 31-Day Love Your Home Challenge with a daily thought provoking suggestion, with room to write down your reflections. I highly recommend this book!
Debora_Exum More than 1 year ago
Refreshing and inspiring. Melissa's book teaches how to find contentment with the space and the things we already have. I am seeing my home through fresh, new eyes and making little changes every day that cause me to love my home just a little more with each change. These are not expensive, trendy changes, but changes that often require nothing more than a little bit of time and a tad of creativity. The book is organized in a way that makes it good to read cover to cover or to pick and choose a particular chapter to dig in to. Each chapter ends with probing questions that help me see my home in ways that show how it can become the perfect place for me and my family.
kelligase More than 1 year ago
Curl up in comfy chair with a cup of coffee while you read this book, and it almost feels like you're talking to a friend. In a world where we're surrounded with images of "perfect" looking, beautifully decorated, immaculate spaces, Melissa encourages us to love what we have instead of pining over what we do not. Her words are comforting, encouraging, and beautiful. This isn't a coffee table book filled with beautiful photos, so if that's what you're looking for, this isn't the book for you. It is also filled with inspiring words of God's love for us, so if Christianity isn't your thing, this book also isn't for you. But if you're looking for words of encouragement and inspiration, you'll love every word!
fivebirdsonparade More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book to help you connect with your home and your life. The author writes about her early years moving around and being less than satisfied with her surroundings. At some point she realized that she would make the best of her home and her life. Unlike other books I have read about making your house a home she takes into account budgets and lifestyles needs. Parts of the book have questions to answer and help you develop a plan and purpose for your home. She also gives tips on getting organized. Throughout the book she has pretty quotes and you can go online and print them to frame for your house. A delightful read that has "inspired" me to put a little love into my home!
angiee2 More than 1 year ago
In a world fill with images and pins of perfect homes, it is too easy to NOT like the homes that we have. If you are struggling with being satisfied with your surroundings, then read this book! There are no pictures to dazzle - no intense project ideas. This book is just filled with compassion, encouragement, and real advice on how to deal with our homes. It actually reawakened the person that I was when I first got my home. I loved it so much, but I forgot all the simple joys and things that used to make me happy. Melissa Michaels is so in touch with what makes a home a home, and she helps me remember. This book has motivated me to stop pinning and start doing! I highly recommend this book!
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As I read this book I feel like i have a personal life coach sitting right beside me.  Melissa’s faith and godly home purpose shines through her words with authenticity and without feeling overpowering.  The author provides the reader with motivation to create sanctuary spaces for everyday living and she offers encouragement to be content with our beautiful messes.  This is an interactive book.  You will read for awhile, put it down to spruce up a space, and come back for more!
Elizabeth_Sproule More than 1 year ago
Love it!  This books gets right to the heart of what a home is.  The focus is on finding a way to love what you have- even if it isn't the house you thought you wanted.  A great read and a great gift!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago