About the Author

Melissa Michaels is the NY Times Bestselling author of Love The Home You Have and The Inspired Room book. Her blog, The Inspired Room, was voted Better Homes & Gardens Readers' Favorite decorating blog in 2014 and 2015. Melissa is a church planter's wife and a mom to three human kids and...

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  1. Thanks for talking about being intentional as we till our fires, warm our hearths, do what we need to do to make this place God’s blessed us with a haven, not just 4 square walls and a roof. I love the questions you’ve called us to consider!
    If we’ve ever need a respite, a safe place to land, it is now!

  2. Hi there – Established fan/subscriber here but first time commenter. I wholeheartedly agree with you and appreciate the thoughtfulness/introspection of this post. In our home and in my clients’ homes, the visuals of decorating are addressed, of course. But how successful are they if they do not also invite and welcome and comfort those who enter those spaces?
    After reading your post today in your Inspired Room blog regarding your “scientific” approach of glancing into a room, I just had to share how you really made me smile! Not only was it entertaining but I was so relieved because I do the same exact thing! A lot of the decorating I do is based on that one swift moment of not only how something looks, but also how it feels upon that first glance.
    Thanks, again. I love reading your posts!

  3. This is awesome. You are right….It IS an honor and a blessing to be a homemaker. And sometimes in the midst of doing laundry, dishes, and toy clean up – I forget that. Thank you so much for the reminder.
    I feel inspired now 🙂
    Have a lovely week,
    Kate 🙂

  4. Melissa, I love how you take the spiritual and make it so tangible and beautiful in your everyday life. And you help the rest of us do it too! You are a blessing, girl! Appreciate you…

  5. Thanks Melissa..I feel swamped and I really needed to hear what a blessing it is and honor to be at home taking care of things daily.

  6. As much as I love to decorate our home and change things regularly, as much as I love keeping up with new trends and learning about designers, the best compliments I have ever received have been, “There’s a really wonderful feeling in your home.” “The Spirit in your home is so strong.” And, “You can feel so much love in your home.”
    No rug or pillow can top that!

  7. I am examining our home as well. I have decided to remove certain parts of our life that bring only stress and replace them with things that bless. For instance, each day we are trying to play at least one game together as a family. We are doing a lot of board games, but as it warms I am sure tag and and races will take over. The laughter is growing again in our home. We are loving it!

  8. Oh yes, I needed to hear this today, needed a gentle nudge of encouragement. I whole-heartedly agree, I just don’t always live what I agree with… I was looking for another dose of motivation today, and here I found it.

  9. Amen! A very refreshing, encouraging post for all of us moms out there who think we are sacrificing the well being of our children by reducing the amount of activities they are involved in. So funny because it’s the reverse!

  10. Such a refreshing post. I like to think of my home as a place where we can just breathe and have conversation, be still, laugh, or whatever makes our heart giggle. You gave some great questions to think about.

  11. Wow! I read your blog on a regular basis and thank you for the visual inspiration you give…but WOW, this post is exceptional! Maybe it just resonates with me at this time of year but you have given such crystal perspective to a critical issue all Moms face. Thank you for your insight and pearls of wisdom.

  12. I am finding myself asking the same questions. I love being a keeper of my home, but after 31 years of marriage and a nearly empty next – my life looks so different now than it did only 5 years ago! I have more time, but I still must prioritize! Thank you for the helpful reminder.

  13. “I need to embrace each opportunity to intentionally build my home from the inside out.”
    Thanks, Melissa, for being transparent in the struggle to live out what we truly want to do. It is a daily commitment — every day I get up and think of everything ahead of me. It is very easy for me to feel overwhelmed.
    This year, I just want to keep returning to the commitment and desire you talk about — and not get down about my imperfection. It’s not about my batting average – it’s about getting up again and swinging every day. Sounds good, but it is hard for this perfectionist! 😉
    Motherhood is definitely a training and breaking ground for me.
    One mantra I say to myself is choose people over anything else that competes for my attention.

  14. I’m printing this to use as a book mark in my current read- The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence. They seem to match!