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I have been reading this AMAZING book called *affliate link* “Love the Home you Have” by Melissa Michaels and I wanted to share it with the rest of you:). Melissa is the author of “The Inspired Room” blog. Her blog is one that I check almost daily and has been a true inspiration to me since I first found it over 5 years ago. The book has so many great SIMPLE tips in it on how to LOVE the home you have:). It has challenged my thoughts about messes, organization and perfection (this is a big one) in our home and encouraged me to be EVEN more content with where God has us in our new home.
Why is it so hard to love the home you have? Seriously, why is that? Our family has been so blessed, why am I not more thankful? God has given me grace to be more thankful in each house (believe me I have come a LONG way) but why do I always find something wrong with it? That grass is always greener idea that if somehow I had the perfect house I would have the perfect life! (BTW: That is a TOTAL lie). This is especially hard for me now as a new blogger and my desire to show you picture perfect pictures with every post:).
At the back of her new book, “Love the Home you Have” Melissa has a 31 day challenge and Day 14 is called Welcome Home. As Melissa says if your front door “doesn’t say “welcome home” in a way that makes you smile, today would be a good day to tidy up a bit.” So I took that challenge to heart and got to painting, planting and building (with Jason’s help)… let me explain:).
There are a lot of things I LOVE about our new old farmhouse like the size and the character ( It has been a true blessing to be able to have friends and family stay with us now) but one thing I struggle with is the outside color and the curb appeal. I would love an ALL white house with true front porch… can anyone relate? Our house has a lot of red very expensive windows that we will never replace and that I can’t paint so we are stuck with them.
The front door is also kinda hidden and where is the farmhouse front porch? It just doesn’t scream front entrance HERE like I would like it too:).
I painted the door RED. Yes, you read that right:) I repainted my door red after having painted it black less than a month ago for my Spring Home Tour. I know, I need help! I did it because every time I came in I kept thinking about how bad it looked against the red trim and it made me more sad about the fact that our trim isn’t all white. We also painted the white trim red around Tucker’s window that we added in the fall. … This also didn’t look finished and looked like more of a project:). I am trying to embrace the red trim until we can make those big exterior changes.
I got busy sweeping up all the leaves and washing the windows and storm door. Jason made me some beautiful cedar planters to place my $1 hydrangeas (yup, $1 from Easter leftovers at Lowes). He also made me a window box for the 2nd floor window the front door. I brought the Boston fern back outside with my lemon tree and some sidewalk chalk fin a pretty Longaberger basket for the kiddos:). My garden boots are back outside because it’s finally warm enough to garden again:). Yay!!! I love the spring!
I will be sharing a post on how to make your own planters in the next few days. Jason made the planters and the window box all with leftover wood from our cedar fence he built to give more attention to the front door. Aren’t they beautiful?
I also bought a pretty Spring Welcome mat from Target for our front door. Moose tore apart the Spring wreath I made when I took it down to paint but I kinda like the door without one and I was afraid adding one would make it look busy. I am thankful for the little changes we made to our house this past weekend and all for under $30! As I continue to pray that with God’s help I will recognize the important things to be thankful for and be more content with where we are in the process. I can honestly say that I smile when I walk up to my red door now, who would have thought? Thanks Melissa!
Hope this will inspire you to start freshening up your front door for Spring or tackle another project so we can all find more joy in the homes we have! For WAY more Inspiring Ideas AND HELP to love your home click here to buy “Love the Home you Have” by Melissa Michaels:). All the super cute inspiring quotes above are from “Love the Home you Have” and are available free on Melissa’s blog, The Inspired Room:). Take care,