Blogger Feature: Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room

Since July 2007, Melissa Michaels has been inspiring thousands of readers by sharing her ideas on how to create an authentic life and home. A pastor’s wife and a mom of three, she has extended her personal journey and embarked on a mission to motivate women to do the same. In just five years, her home decorating and interior design blog, The Inspired Room, has earned a readership of 300,000 unique readers each month. Read on and find out more about Melissa and her passion about stress-free and budget-friendly DIY decorating that leaves time to appreciate life’s little wonders.

Wreath Centerpiece by Melissa Michaels
Quick and Easy Wreath Centerpiece by Melissa Michaels

Q: When did your interest in DIY decorating begin, and how do you think your taste has evolved since then?

A: I’ve been interested in DIY decorating since I was very little. I used to decorate cardboard boxes for houses for my Barbies, so it was definitely an interest from an early age. My style has always evolved with the times and yet my taste has always tended to be a mix of old and new.

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Tips and Tricks for Outdoor Decorating During the Holidays

Stroll down any street during the holidays, and you’re sure to be inspired by the wide variety of lighting arrangements you will see. Creating a beautiful light spectacle using your home and landscape as your canvas isn’t as difficult as it may seem – it just takes some vision, planning and lights – plenty of lights. Here are some helpful tips and tricks for outdoor decorating for the holidays:

outdoor porch christmas decoration

Color Scheme and Theme

Maybe you have a certain color scheme in mind for the holidays and maybe that vision changes each year. Maybe lights are your favorite means of expressing your Christmas spirit, and you feel a sense of exhilaration when you creatively light up your outdoor artificial Christmas tree varieties. If you’ve found a Christmas tree clearance or Christmas tree sale and want to make your new trees the prime pieces in your light extravaganza, be sure you purchase enough lights to trim each tree or consider a pre-lit Christmas tree, as long as it fits with your overall color scheme. Create a vibrant palette with a broad spectrum of colors, or select a single color such as red, blue or white, and continue plotting your perfect color scheme.

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DIY Wreaths to Spice Up Your Holiday Decor

Say “Merry Christmas” by decorating your space with holiday greenery from Tree Classics. These stylish holiday pieces won’t evoke allergens or require a car to tote fresh greenery back home. In addition, artificial Christmas wreaths can be customized to fit any décor or theme.

The hanging of Christmas wreaths is a long-standing tradition in many homes. Tree Classics’ artificial wreaths feature highly realistic PE needles. Each has easy-to-shape branches and tips, allowing you to create the exact look you want. You can add personality and style to your wreaths and garlands with ornaments, ribbons, floral sprays and other items. Follow these DIY tips to create a themed wreath to perfectly match your holiday décor. Continue reading “DIY Wreaths to Spice Up Your Holiday Decor”

Mom Talk Mondays: Making Bonding Time Fun

Spending time with the kids is an important goal because it does more than create close family relationships. Bonding contributes to building the character of your children and providing them with essential life values. Set aside time for talks about how to handle the ups and downs of life! Make learning fun while strengthening your ties with your kids with these ideas.

Bond with Music

Music has a way of bringing people closer together. Go to a music store and listen to different tunes, finding out which kind of music you and your kids both enjoy. At home, play upbeat music and learn the latest dance craze together. In the car, play your favorite CD and sing away! Maybe you’ll discover your kids’ special talents.

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Top Christmas Trends of 2012

Christmas traditions are one of the most anticipated activities of the holiday season, but sometimes we all need to switch it up a little, start new traditions and have a little more creative fun when it comes to making our homes more festive. Keeping up with holiday trends is a great way to be inspired to start new projects that involve the whole family. Not to mention: a unique Christmas tree is sure to have all of your guests buzzing about your decor. To have your home ready by the time the first snow falls, check out these top Christmas trends of 2012.

Grand Fir Christmas Tree

Upside Down Trees

The classic triangle shape of a Christmas tree takes a whole new form with the trend of upside down Christmas trees, which actually began much sooner than its revival today. Upside down Christmas trees were actually a Catholic tradition that began in the Middle Ages, designed to indicate that the tree was not merely a floral decoration, but a symbol of Christianity. Continue reading “Top Christmas Trends of 2012”