Let Freedom Ring

Yes. I have another table setting and more red velvet cake. Can you handle it? I’m going to send you other places to fully check them out, though I will tempt you with a few pictures here first.

Let Freedom Ring | Inspired by Charm

Okay, before we get going – I don’t know about you, but at one point in my life Pottery Barn was the decorating mecca for me. The bees knees, if you know what I mean. I loved visiting their stores, and getting their catalog in the mail was just pure joy. Over the years, my style has grown and changed. Somewhere along the way I developed a love for some modern styling, pure white and bold colors. These days I’m shopping at many different stores, but I will admit I still get that happy feeling every time their catalog arrives in my mailbox. I always flip through it to see what new pieces they have. I’m a huge fan of their lighting fixtures,I love my dining room table and, as you will see, I have a few of their other wonderful accessories. I still haven’t figured out how to define my style, but the one thing that I do know is that it’s always likely to contain a little Pottery-Barn-Style.

Let Freedom Ring | Inspired by Charm

Anyway, my point in telling you all of this is that this once-teenage-wannabe-designer, turned B&B owner, turned Lifestyle Blogger’s work is featured on Pottery Barn’s blog! Over the past couple years I have been truly blessed and I am incredibly grateful for all of the wonderful opportunities that have somehow appeared along my journey. It’s rare for me to sit down and really soak it all in … and that’s kind of sad. So, it’s moments like this one when I sit staring at my computer with pure joy – a dream I never realized I had has come true. Had you told me four years ago that I would somehow be associated with Pottery Barn, I would have probably laughed in your face. Now my work is on the their blog. (Even if it’s just a couple pictures.) Unbelievable.

Let Freedom Ring | Inspired by Charm

I’m sorry about such a long and wordy tangent, but I hope you get what I mean. If you are ever in the same boat, take some time to savor your success and proclaim your joy from the rooftops!

Let Freedom Ring | Inspired by Charm

Basically, I put together a red, white, and blue-inspired table.  I even got to use my new white dinnerware from BHG! I think it turned out pretty darn snazzy, I also got my hands on a few of their new products. I’m totally loving their whale cocktail shaker.


by @inspiredbycharm

Shut. the. front. door! So adorable, right?

Let’s take a look at a couple more pictures.

Let Freedom Ring | Inspired by Charm

Let Freedom Ring | Inspired by Charm

Let Freedom Ring | Inspired by Charm

Let Freedom Ring | Inspired by Charm

Let Freedom Ring | Inspired by Charm

Let Freedom Ring | Inspired by Charm

So festive and fun! Anyway, you can head on over to their blog today to check out a couple pictures and read about how the table came together. I would absolutely appreciate it if you could leave some comment love on their blog post. It would really mean the world to me.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting | Inspired by Charm

You may have also noticed the pretty cute and delicious cupcakes on the table. I recently whipped up some Red Velvet Cupcakes for BHG’s Delish Dish blog.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting | Inspired by Charm

The recipe is from Trisha Yearwood, who happens to be on the cover of their July issue. It’s a fairly basic red velvet recipe, but there is magic in the icing. She had the idea of throwing in chopped pecans.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting | Inspired by Charm

It’s pretty sensational!

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting | Inspired by Charm

You can head on over to Delish Dish for all of the yummy details and the full recipe by clicking here.

Last but not least, a huge thanks to each and every one of you!!! Your support, comments, emails, likes, pins, etc. really do make my heart sing. I know I couldn’t do this without you. So thank you again, and again, and again!

Let Freedom Ring | Inspired by Charm

Have a very Happy 4th of July!

    • Awww! So cute Susan. Thanks for sharing! And for all your sweet comments!

      xo Michael

  1. I am in LOVE with the 2 tiered stand the cupcakes are on. I need to know where to find that piece!

    • You can get it at Pottery Barn! Check out the post that I linked above for more details. Happy 4th!

      xo Michael

  2. Fantastic job, Michael. Wonderful when dreams come true! Each time I see your blog and pictures, I realize that all I have to do is look at the little things, and use some of the things I already have to create a beautful setting! I just realized I already have the drinking glasses you are using! Keep up the wonderful inspiration!

    • You got it Lisa! I do that all the time!

      Thanks so much for your sweet comments. I really do appreciate them!

      xo Michael

  3. Love it! I especially love that you are featured on the PB blog. I’ve been with you through a lot of this journey and it’s so exciting to see what you are up to. Congratulations!

    • Thank you Dana! So glad to have you following along. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it!

      xo Michael

  4. Congratulations Michael….you deserve to be featured!
    I love that whale cocktail shaker but am unable to find it on the internet. Can you please tell where you found it!

    • How sweet Kay! Thanks a million.

      You can find the Whale Shaker at Pottery Barn.

      xo Michael

  5. So lovely, Michael! I have been reading your blog for a while now (I found you via Pinterest), but have never left a comment before (sorry, I’m bad about that!) But I wanted to tell you that I am absolutely in love with it! Thank you for sharing your stunningly beautiful ideas with us!

    I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July!

    • Well, it’s nice to meet you and I’m SO glad you took the time to comment! Thank you!!! Hope you had a happy 4th too!

      xo Michael

  6. So OBVIOUSLY I am in love with all of the nautical elements! I absolutely need that whale shaker in my life. Your photos are blowing me away!

    I can’t wait to read more and I am really excited to meet you at Haven :)

  7. Look at ME! Look at ME! Barf shut the front door? Really?
    Nice pictures just tired of all the bragging

    • Thanks for the feedback Rick. I actually just posted a Reader Survey today (7/10). Your constructive feedback would be appreciated.

      Thank you!
      Michael

  8. Hello Michael! I just recently found you-maybe on Pinterest or from another blogger I follow? I can’t remember, but anyway, I have only been following for 2-3 weeks and I LOVE your pictures, posts, everything! I am personally obsessed with anchors (I don’t dare say how many bags, shirts, shorts, belts, jewelry pieces, flip flops, etc. that I have with Anchors on them!) and I love your red anchor tiered tray. Where did you find this? Or did you make it? So cute. Thanks for the great posts that keep me inspired!

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