Michael is an entrepreneur, interior designer, and lifestyle blogger behind Inspired by Charm. His motto, “be who you are,” and his no-fuss ideas inspire his audience to stay true to their individual style. Michael lives in his hometown of St. Marys, PA and shares his love of sweets and anything gold with his two cats.
TT: What is your decorating mantra?
Michael: While there are certain guidelines you can follow to create a cohesive and well-designed space, I think it’s important to use what you love when decorating your home. At end of the day, you have to live in your space, so you might as well use what brings you joy.
TT: What room or specific area of the home do you find most challenging to decorate for the holidays? Any tips on styling this specific area?
Michael: I often find bedrooms challenging to decorate for the holidays. Not that you necessarily need to decorate your bedrooms, but if you do, it’s hard to find a good balance. I usually like to switch up pillows and throws. Cable knits and faux furs are great this time of year. A few small items such as a wreath or a bottle brush tree on a dresser also lend a seasonal touch without going overboard.
TT: What was your craziest/funniest/most unlikely source of inspiration for a holiday theme?
Michael: Well, actually, my Christmas Tree this year was inspired by Adele. Yeah, THE Adele. You can read more about it here.
TT: What was the most challenging aspect of decorating in Technicolor?
Michael: Technicolor is all about vivid colors. Sometimes colors like these can be seen as juvenile or ultra modern. While I love this bold look, I toned it down a bit by using some softer and muted colors as well. It kept my tree looking fun and vibrant, but still a bit traditional.
TT: Why did you pick this specific tree to decorate? How does your tree look different from last year?
Michael: I chose the Frozen Fir. I love the shape, color, and flocking. This was the first time I decorated a white tree, so I thought it would be a fun challenge. My color scheme decision came later. Last year, I decorated the navy tree, so this was quite a change. The only constant was that I used metallic and green ornaments to help tie it in with the rest of the room.
TT: Best part of decorating your Treetopia Tree?
Michael: My favorite part is seeing my vision come to life. It’s a fun challenge to plan a new tree every year. However, when it all comes together and the lights go on, it’s magic!