Do you dream about having the perfect home? I do. I think mine started back when I was in elementary school and we took a trip to Asheville, North Carolina (one of my favorite cities), to visit Biltmore House. Talk about an eye-opening moment. I remember it. I couldn't believe how big and how beautiful it was. It had a room for everything. Literally, everything had its own room...fruits and veggies, own room...meats, own room...gardening, own room...hunting, own room...guests, own WING, hello?! That was officially the beginning of the house bug for me. And, I haven't recovered yet.
So, fast forward
Each was my dream home even though none of them were the same. What do I mean? Well, I wasn't certain myself until I read Melissa Michael's book, Love The Home You Have. Melissa, of The Inspired Room blog, puts into words how most of us feel about our dream home and how we can actually have that home right where we are now.
Some of you are probably like me and struggle with being content with my home when the grass always appears greener on the other side of the fence. To quote Melissa, "the grass is greener where it's watered."
"Studying why I love beautiful things challenges me to see them as works of art and not as impossible dreams...it inspires me to recreate it in my own way, in my own four walls, and within my ability and means."
Yes! That's it! Finding inspiration and using it to create our dream home within our means.
Back to Biltmore House, which I've visited several times since elementary school, what I found as inspiration from it was its ability to host guests, hold parties and events, provide a place to relax. Ok! That's manageable in the home I have. I can't quite throw a bowling party in my basement but we have hosted guests, threw birthday parties, wedding showers, and holidays that were a lot of fun.
It really is about finding inspiration and then using it to make your current home what you want it to be.
That's just a taste of Love The Home You Have. It offers so much more. It includes a 31-day challenge that would be perfect for a ladies' group to do together!
If you're interested in purchasing Melissa's book, you can find it here:
Love The Home You Have
Ok, I'm getting back to my copy of the book. I've got more notes to make.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
I was provided a free copy of the book to help spread the word. All opinions are mine. The affiliate link, should you purchase through it, would provide The Altered Past with a few pennies :)