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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 ~

    I loved this post … I have been there too, where I thought I’d have to have a ‘perfect’ home in order to entertain … but it never worked out. Being a hostess was hard for me at first – but like anything, to ‘perfect’ something takes work.

    I have finally learned that those who really love you, don’t look for perfection – I think that having a happy home with love and laughter is what is going to make folk feel more comfortable than a floor you can eat off of (so to speak.)

    I love having people over … I just don’t do it enough. I should really do it more than I do!

  2. Don’t we all struggle with this, however laid back we think we are? A great reminder to keep on being open, being real, and becoming more humble than we pride ourselves on being…

  3. Melissa,
    I always enjoy your honesty. I’ve found myself in those situations more times than not. Not how I want to be. The older I get, the better I have gotten at “letting go” and not worrying if the whole house is vacuumed or if the closets are cleaned out. :o) I’m trying to be a better example to my girls that it is all about the relationships and memories being made and not so much about having all of my “ducks in a row”. :o)

    • Hi Su, the coupon code for 50% off the pedestal and caddy is table50. After you add these items to your cart, just enter this code at checkout and it will give you the discount. Let us know if this doesn’t work for you!

  4. As a new wife, I’ve already encountered a similar battles of feeling self-conscious of our small apartment and the mess that seems to multiply in small spaces. Thanks for the encouragement to break those thoughts now!

    I’ve been browsing the DaySpring products online, and they seem lovely! I was also trying to find the 50% off code, but I must be having the same issues as Su@TheIntentionalHome, as it didn’t work for me either.

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