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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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”

A Timeless Favorite: Classic Fraser Fir

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree…

The opening lines of Joyce Kilmer’s classic poem, ‘Trees,’ perhaps best captures the marvelous beauty of nature. Truly, a tree evokes many wondrous feelings, making it such a fitting symbol of the season of life and love. A traditional holiday centerpiece, it also plays host to many merry holiday practices that have been with us far longer than anyone can remember.

Families look forward to recreating this magical setting in their home each year. Fortunately, there are artificial Christmas trees that are so realistic you would be enticed to give it a closer second or third look just to make sure. The Classic Fraser Fir from Tree Classics is just that.

Fraser Fir
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Charming Space Saver: Arctic White Pine

There’s nothing more magical than snow falling and transforming the outdoors into a shimmering, enchanting scene. Kids and adults alike can’t help but press their noses on the window pane to take a closer look at this winter wonderland.

It is only fitting that winter also heralds the coming of a magical holiday. Winter creates the best setting for the Christmas season, which is all about warmth – from the steaming hot chocolate and pot roast to the cozy gatherings brimming with love. With the beautiful landscape and the chilly weather, you can’t help but find joy in everything around you and want to give everyone a hug. No wonder many of us want to recreate this captivating ambiance in our homes. For families who do, Tree Classics offers the perfect tree: the Arctic White Pine. Continue reading “Charming Space Saver: Arctic White Pine”