In this post: I’m sharing my heart behind why I wrote my new book, Home Made Lovely, which is available now wherever books are sold online (and in many shops too). 

I love a pretty home, don’t you?

It’s something I’ve always loved – even as a teenager living in my parents’ house.

Like most women I’m most at peace in a home that is well-organized, beautiful, and clutter-free.

I also love to decorate and fluff and move things around to create lovelier spaces. 

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Why do we decorate our homes?

I’ve learned that we decorate our homes for all sorts of reasons.

Some of us do it to impress the neighbors and keep up with the Joneses (whoever they are).

Some of us decorate to fill a void of some sort.

And some of us decorate because we want to bring both beauty and meaning in to our homes.

That last group is who this book is for…women like you and me who want our homes to be beautiful while making our families, friends, and neighbors feel like the one-of-a-kind, genuinely loved, special creations they are.

Home is our happy place.

Or at least that’s what we want it to be. 

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I also know that we often don’t know where to start or how to put it all together. 

If you’re like me, you may have pretended that decorating your home isn’t that important, even though you’d like nothing more. 

And you might be sick and tired of spending time and money on decorating, only to have your home look no better than it did before. And all of that can feel very overwhelming. 

Introducing Home Made Lovely the Book!

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I’ve written Home Made Lovely partly as a decorating book. But not just a decorating book. 

Yes, I’m going to show you how to declutter and organize all the things in just seven simple steps so that you can function well in your home. And I’m going to walk you through the process I use to decorate every single room in my house on a budget in simple, repeatable step that you can use too – even if you have no ideas what you’re doing when you pick up this book. I’m also going to talk to you about hospitality and loving on your friends and neighbors. 

Shannon with Home Made Lovely Book

Why it’s different than other books

Home Made Lovely is different than other decorating books because I believe that decorating our homes should be about those that reside inside them, not creating a magazine-worthy spread. That before we decorate anything, we should first consider ourselves, our family, and our heavenly Father. I believe that creating a peaceful and welcoming home begins by clarifying who you’re decorating for, being thankful for the home you have in this season and deliberately dedicating it to God. 

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15 ESV)

With that foundation in place, we can do all those other things I talked about. We can choose a style, create a whole home decorating plan and make it look pretty and welcoming. All without the overwhelm. 

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What’s inside?

Throughout the pages of Home Made Lovely, I’m going to show you how to:

  • decorate in a way that suits your family’s real life
  • do a house blessing and dedicate your home to God
  • practice being thankful for the home you have in your current life season
  • declutter and organize everything before you decorate, and/or whenever it’s needed again
  • decorate your whole home step-by-step, in the correct order, one room at a time (as your time and budget allow)

Plus, I’m going to share more than twenty simple hospitality ideas to make your own family, as well as guests, feel welcome and loved in your home. You know, just to get you going. 

HML Book Lovely Hospitality chapter with candles and linen blanket

Why you’ll love the results

I personally know (and hear from my readers and email subscribers all the time) how hard it is to keep a house organized when you have kids coming and going. How difficult it is to figure out your decorating style and how to pull your whole house together into one lovely, cohesive look. 

If you’re like most women, you want a “home made lovely” but you have no clue where to start. And on top of it, you don’t want to get so concerned about the epaint colors that you forget about the people. My job is to help you keep the main thing the main thing. 

When you finish Home Made Lovely, you may wonder, Will I have a more beautiful, organized home?

The answer is unequivocally yes!

But do you know what else you’ll have?

  • Your sanity.
  • The peace God intended for you to have.
  • Money left in your bank account.

And, if you live under a roof with other people, you’ll also have people who won’t resent you but will embrace these changes right along with you. 

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Your Lovely Home, a free gift

For anyone who orders my book before October 1st, 2020, I’ve created a mini-course full of inspiration and actionable ideas for your home that can be watched and implemented in under an hour!

It’s like having me sitting beside you, chatting with you about your home over a cup of coffee.

Your Lovely Home mini-course includes these 7 short, fun videos:

  • The 3 things you need to create a lovely, welcoming entry
  • My quick go-to food for a fun family meal (or for last-minute guests)
  • How to create a layered table setting
  • My absolute favorite way to add seasonal decor
  • Scenting your home with essential oils (so it smells good without the chemicals)
  • My “cheater” muffin recipes that requires only two ingredients
  • Easy, inexpensive art from free printables

You can get the book and the free videos here. 

Free Chapter Sneak Peek

Of course, if you’d like to check out a sneak peek before you get the book, you can get a free chapter here. 🙂 

Home Made Lovely book open on coffee table with plants and tic tac toe game

I’d love your reviews!

Authors thrive on reviews and Amazon will share it in more searches with more people if it’s got great reviews. Thank you so much! 

If you’ve got the book, your review of it would be most appreciated on Amazon!

Home Made Lovely Book on table with coffee and tea

Share on Social Media

I would love to see photos of you and the book! Just snap a photo of you and Home Made Lovely (the book) and share with the hashtag


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