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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. Melissa,
    Thank you for these tips, especially because our home is our vacation home, our beach home, our mountain home…all wrapped into one lol. I like the DIY fire pit because we are thinking of possibly adding a cozy outdoor space and don’t want to spend (don’t have)a lot of money. Blessings and thanks,
    Bev

    • Ha! It’s a year round vacation home. I love it! Yes, the DIY firepit is a special space to gather in the yard, definitely cheaper than a vacation but almost as sweet. Happy Summer and blessings to you, Bev!

  2. When all my boys were small, my husband gave me a set of tiny vases, just clear glass, but sweet, and just perfect for the small offerings that come in grimy fists from the back yard. Well, of course, I still keep them full today, picking delicate weed blossoms or anything lovely that I find — and remembering . . .
    Thanks for these thoughts that bring me closer to summer!

  3. “clear the surfaces of clutter” — that’s a tough one 🙂
    You have a lovely home, Melissa. (And your dogs and mine must be cousins — mine’s a little guy, but otherwise they look so much alike!)
    I’m also contemplating the DIY fire pit project you describe.
    Thank you for the post, enjoy your summer!

  4. Great ideas, Melissa! We don’t have a summer home, but we do get to go to the beach each year, so I frame photos of those memories and place them with some shells around our existing decor. It’s a great reminder of our time together, and “ups” the anticipation for our annual trip!

  5. I love the suggestions you share about making our home into our summer home. I have one shelf on our floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that I decorate for each season. I love the idea of getting some cushions for the furniture. Our furniture would be hard to match with, so I’ll have to think on this. 🙂
    Great post!

  6. Melissa,
    I have several vacation corners in my house. I love to lounge on my couch in living room. My favorite is our back porch. We love sitting our there with drinks in cup holders listening to the rain fall.
    Blessings 🙂

  7. I leave my drapes up to block out the heat and bright light when the sun is beating down on the windows. I shut the south curtains in the mornings and the west in the afternoon. (We don’t have any east facing windows.)

  8. Ha! It’s an all season home. An outdoor firepit really does make your outdoor area feel like a destination. It’s so fun to gather family and friends together. Blessings to you, Bev! Enjoy your summer.

  9. That is so precious, what a gift! I’m so glad you are still using them, those little ones grow up so fast, don’t they? Happy Summer, Michele!

  10. Thank you, Sasha, I hope you have a wonderful summer, too!

  11. I love our keepsakes from the beach, too. You are right, it is neat to see those little treasures and look forward to the next trip! Happy Summer!

  12. Sounds like a wonderful place to relax! Happy Summer, Beth!