Weekend Links to Inspire & Encourage

10rosenlund-500x750This tour of a neutral home is stunning  :: Design Sponge 

It’s not about whether or not it’s your style, we are so past judging if we can enjoy a space based on its ‘style’. Remember, the way to be inspired online is to look at everything you see online SELFISHLY–which really isn’t selfish at all. Always ask yourself, what can I learn from this? This home has a lot to teach us about layering textures, using every day items as decor, incorporating reclaimed items, and more.

Jen Hatmaker Before & After Office

Before/After Pics of My New Office…and My Muse // Jen Hatmaker

Jen transformed this should-have-been-condemened space into an office we’d all love to have. Wait until you see how she hung her instagram prints.


Guestroom Refresh // The Hunted Interior

Kristin is the queen of grouping patterns together.


How I Plan the Perfectly Imperfect Staycation // Life{in}Grace


Try :: The story behind it.
I can’t get this song out of my head.
Happy Weekend Friends!!
PS, I like you. I hope you like you too.

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  1. Thanks for all the wonderful links. And agree, might not be our style but I do believe we can always take something away from it. And, love Kristin’s updated room.

  2. Wow, that song! That video! Thank you for sharing, I hadn’t heard it. I am certainly going to share it with all the lovely ladies in my life! Have a blessed weekend!

  3. Thank you for posting the Colbie Caillat music video, its awesome.

  4. How Jen turned that space into such a beautiful office is just mind blowing. After seeing that, I feel more inspired to turn our dark, creepy & absolutely depressing mudroom & powder room into something prettier (we recently took the wallpaper down and it looks like a place from a horror movie). Have a lovely weekend!

  5. that link to Design Sponge?
    I’m trying to memorize… *stunning*
    Thank you.

  6. That video….thanks so much for posting!! I am sitting here with tears in my eyes…so powerful. Now if I can only hear the message.

  7. All of this. Thank you beyond words!

    PS I was just in Charlotte and a Goodwill I found had TARGET STUFF!!!

  8. I love what you said about always asking yourself, “what can I learn from this?” It’s so true! When I look at beautiful rooms, I shouldn’t feel overwhelmed or discouraged. Have a great weekend!

  9. Julie Johnston says:

    Hi Mrs. Smith! So, I have spent a fair amount of time the past months stalking your blog and interested and anything else “nester”, hoping to find your cookie recipe. You know those amazing, big, chewy, chocolate chip cookies you used to sell to FPD students? :) Yup, still remember them and would LOVE to make them for me kiddos! Any chance you want to share that recipe?!?!?!?!?! Could be your best post of all times!!! (I’m Chip and Barbara’s oldest daughter, by the way;)

    • JULIE!! How are you!? Would you believe it’s simply the recipe from the back of the chocolate chip bag? I’ve always been convinced that there was something in the kroger brand ingrediants that made them better, they only turned out super yum when I used their flour and such, and I always made a triple batch, and melted the butter completely, made big cookies baked on squares of parchment. That’s the only thing different from the regular back of the bag steps! And undercook them just a bit!

  10. This is one of my favorite weekend links posts! I loved Jen’s new office but even more, I love all of inspiration and motivation she got from your book! You’re officially a housey Billy Graham to those yet to be converted to the IDHTBPTBB way of life. : ) And “Try”…don’t even get me started. My husband and I watched it together and both of us had tears. Three cheers for the courage to be real!

  11. I Really liked the post about the guestroom but why didn’t they add a photo of whole the guestroom? as I believe that in interior design the “big picture” is extremely important.

  12. Somehow in the midst of talking about the home you have become an advocate for women to embrace the imperfections when it comes to their looks and bodies. I loved your home tips in your book but what you said about choosing to wear a two piece at the pool because you accepted that your body was not perfect changed my life. That was the most powerful statement I took and I keep it with me constantly. Thank you. You are a true beauty seeker. xo

  13. You’re right–not really my style but interesting nontheless.

  14. Hi, I’m an artist from Brazil. I’m a painter and I’m promoting a giveaway of one of my paintings in exchange of publicity in your blog. Are you interested in this deal? To see my artwork visit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/cristinajaco
    Please answer me if you want to discuss the conditions. Thanks.
    Cristina Jacó

  15. Nice interior decoration and architects design!

  16. Thank you so much for sharing this music video with us, its so good.

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