You may have heard that my friend Melissa of The Inspired Room has a beautiful, new coffee table book that was just released. It’s relatable, inspiring and real-life all wrapped up into one pretty book. (See more here.)
To celebrate, she asked several blogger friends to share their own inspired rooms. To be quite honest, I’m not feeling over-the-top inspired by anything going on in the “new” house just yet. So, I’m sharing a space in our last home that really ended up being my favorite room so far.
All office photos by Caroline Lima Photography.
Not only was my office a wonderful (light-filled!) place to work, but it taught me about what’s really most inspiring to me personally when decorating a space:
A mix of old and new. I’m not sure I would ever be totally at ease with a room full of brand new everything. There’s something to be said for the history and character of older pieces.
Books. I love a space that’s filled with colorful books (old and new). To me, they instantly make a home feel collected and cozy.
Wisely spent (and saved) money. I can always feel good when I know I’ve used my budget well. For this room, we invested in built-in bookcases (which gave us a lot of bang for our buck!) and found the other statement pieces—a farmhouse table and lantern pendant—from Craigslist and a thrift store.
Flexible pieces. By flexible, I mean furniture that can be moved around and used in lots of different spots around the house. I think a classic farmhouse table and a good reading chair were both good investments for my style. (We’re still using both of them in a different house now, after all.) And, I loved being able to quickly change the office into a dining room by storing extra chairs in our attic.
For more inspiration, you can purchase The Inspired Room book here.