So many of my blog friends have written books and the latest is Melissa, who you all know from the popular blog, The Inspired Room. She and I have been bloggy friends since the beginning and we both started blogging in 2007, so we go way back. She’s a sweet friend and I love that she has written her first (of many) books and Love the Home You Have speaks to all of us who are so into making our homes live the best that they possibly can for ourselves and families.
So, today I’m joining Melissa for her book launch! Today is the day and many of our blog friends will be posting about Melissa’s new book and joining her for a challenge in loving the homes we are in. Melissa has listed a 31 day challenge in the back of the book to give ideas on embracing and loving our homes.
Day 1 is Home Gratitude – Your Home is a gift and a blessing.
I can honestly say that I DO love my home. It IS a gift and a blessing to me! With all its quirks, imperfections, and squeaky floors. In spite of the fact that it’s a 1979 fixer upper and a house that I would have in the past turned up my nose at, I dearly love my home. It’s all me and my house wraps me up with such a warm feeling every single day. I love being home and enjoying the ambience of my house. Going through a few trials in life will do that to you. Hard times will make you really appreciate what you have to be thankful for so much more.
So, in honor of Spring, I got out some of my favorite dishes for the mantel.
I added some blue and white along with my green rabbit plates. Against the white plank wall, it just feels like Spring to me. A birds nest and rustic bird adds to the vignette.
Blue and white is so classic and never goes out of style. I found these blue and white ginger jars at Ross. Those green Bordallo bunny plates, I’ve been collecting for years. Started around 2000 and found them all at TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Homegoods. They are still with me and I still love them.
Fresh flowers are always a great way to bring spring inside your home as well, so pick up a bouquet when you get the change. Happy colors uplift spirits!
Melissa has such a great message in her book for all of us. Loving the Home You Have is about embracing, accepting and living with contentment, right where we are now. So, if you don’t happen to live in your dream home or your dream home looks different than you planned, I think you’ll enjoy Melissa’s book.
I know that my idea of a dream home has certainly changed as I’ve gotten older and lived a few more years. No longer do I have this unattainable idea of what my dream home will look like one day. I’m living in my dream home right now and dearly love my cottage.
It’s not perfect, but it’s home sweet home to me!
You can get the book from Amazon here (affiliate link):