First of all, it's a short read...just a little over fifty pages and Melissa writes in a very easy-to-read, conversational style. It feels like you're getting lots of great advice from a much-wiser friend. Her message is simple--we can't become so wrapped up in what we think our lives and our homes should be that we forget to enjoy either one of them. We get so caught up in the images we see in magazines and all the ideas that are found on the web that we find ourselves swimming in a sea of inspiration, not sure which project to try first.
As a mom to little ones, I am often guilty of putting unnecessary pressure on myself to do everything and be everything. I want it all and I want it all to be perfect, but as I read, I was reminded that I will be happier if I am content with my life as it is now. I have to maintain realistic expectations for myself, my life, and my home. My home does not have to look like those that I see in magazines because that's not reality, but my home should reflect me.
Melissa gives advice on figuring out your own style so that you don't feel pressure to keep up with trends that aren't really you and so that your home is reflective of you, not the latest thing on the web. Also, she reminds you the importance of making your home a haven for you, your family, and your guests. You can do this by creating ambiance, taking decorating cues from the seasons, and by creating simple routines that allow your home to be neat and function well.
Melissa's book has left me thinking more about what I want from my home and my life, what my priorities are, and how knowing these will help me make decisions about how I decorate my home and how I spend my time in my home. Who knew that the way you decorate your home was (or should be) so connected to ones desires and dreams?
This book is well worth the time it takes to read it and little money it costs. We all want to have beautiful homes and lives to match, and I think this book helps its readers to figure out how to make that happen by taking a lot of the pressure off, keeping it real, and finding contentment.
If you'd like to get a copy of Melissa's ebook, please visit her website http://www.notadiydiva.com/.
You can also follow Melissa on her blog http://www.theinspiredroom.net/, Facebook,Twitter, and Pinterest.