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HomeGoods Blogger: Michael

My HomeGoods:

The Colonnade at State College — State College, PA

My Blog:

Inspired by Charm

Favorite HomeGoods Finds:

Lamp with green chevron shade

What's Michael's story?

As a designer and lifestyle blogger, I am able to do all the things I love in one career. From designing to cooking and from creating to actually living, I truly love what I do. With a hospitality background, I know what it means to make a house a home and how to make people feel comfortable, welcome and happy. Designing and creating should be a fun and fulfilling process!

If my decorating style was a song, it would be:

A mix between country and pop. A song that sounds familiar. A song that makes you feel at home and happy, while still energetic, alive and exciting. Maybe Taylor Swift meets Mumford and Sons?

Three things that make my home happy:

I have a weakness for armchairs with fun patterns (I want one in every room of my house).
I also love accent tables.
While I’m not sure if this counts as furniture, I’m a light fixture junkie.


Also by Michael:


Eclectic and Colorful Spring Entertaining

March 06, 2019
by Michael

Entertaining and Recipes

One of my favorite things about spring entertaining is the color. After a long, gray, snowy winter I’m more than ready to infuse bright hues and a little whimsy into my home decorating. I thought it would be helpful to…

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A Bloody Mary Bar Cart for New Year’s Day

December 20, 2018
by Michael

Entertaining and Recipes

I am always looking for enjoyable, creative, and delicious ways to ring in another year! That’s why I decided to celebrate this January 1 with a Bloody Mary Bar. Photo by Inspired by Charm I don’t know if you’ve noticed,…

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5 Steps to a Beautifully Decorated Christmas Tree

November 23, 2018
by Michael

Seasonal Decor

Decorating Christmas trees is near the top of my list of favorite things to do during the holidays. For the past several years on my blog, I’ve been sharing one or two trees every year. That’s a lot of trees…

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Tips for Styling a Festive Holiday Table

November 09, 2018
by Michael

Kitchen and Dining Seasonal Decor

‘Tis the season for holiday entertaining! Today I’m excited to give you a peek at my dining room with tips for creating a festive holiday table! Photo by Inspired by Charm Call me crazy, but I love tablescapes. Because I…

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Tips for a Spooky Chic Halloween Table

September 10, 2018
by Michael

Entertaining and Recipes Seasonal Decor

All Hallows’ Eve is almost here. That’s why I’m sharing ghoulishly good tips for styling a spooky chic Halloween table! I so enjoy decorating for Halloween! One reason is that it’s such a forgiving holiday. Nothing needs to look “perfect”…

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Tips and Tricks for Styling the Coziest Bed

September 06, 2018
by Michael

Bed and Bath

Whether you’re hosting guests or creating a comfy retreat for yourself, here are my top tips and tricks for styling the coziest of beds. As I’ve mentioned here on Design Happy, I recently purchased a new home. After living in…

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My #GoFinding Adventures for my New Home

July 19, 2018
by Michael

Bed and Bath Furniture and Home Accents Organization and Cleaning

I recently purchased a new home which has been a wonderful experience. Being a lifestyle blogger, having a new and blank space is certainly an exciting opportunity. Naturally, I’ve been making many trips to HomeGoods for decorative and functional items…

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Celebrate the Summer Solstice in Style

June 01, 2018
by Michael

Entertaining and Recipes Outdoor Living Seasonal Decor

It feels like winter just ended so it’s hard to believe that summer is almost here. Regardless, I’m thrilled to welcome this new season into my life and home. That’s why today I’m sharing creative decorating ideas to help you…

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A Sweet Treat for Mother’s Day

May 07, 2018
by Michael

Entertaining and Recipes Gifting

Mother’s Day is almost here so today I’m sharing a few ways to make Mom feel important and loved. With a few simple touches, you can create a little magic for your Mom (or any special Mother in your life).…

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Celebrate National Peach Cobbler Day

April 13, 2018
by Michael

Entertaining and Recipes Kitchen and Dining

Did you know that today is National Peach Cobbler Day?! It is! And since peach cobbler is a quintessential summer dessert, I wanted to teach you how to make it. To keep things interesting, we are giving it a little…

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