Who is


Hey there! I’m Michael, the man behind Inspired by Charm. I started this blog back in 2009 when I purchased a bed and breakfast. The goal was to share my cooking and decorating adventures along the way. Since then, Inspired by Charm has grown into a well-respected resource for design inspiration, inventive recipes, and lifestyle advice.

Originally from St. Marys, PA, I currently live in Pittsburgh with my three cats: Jax, Leo, and Ruby. (Yes, I’m a crazy cat gentleman.) My home is a 1960s colonial that I’m constantly updating with a modern meets English country esthetic.

Inspired by Charm has always been a potluck of inspiration cataloging any and all of my passions. Lately, my focus has been on recipes, home decor ideas, entertaining tips, and all things vintage. If this sounds interesting, you’re in the right place.


  • I have a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from Penn State University.
  • Blogging for well over a decade,I have become a go-to resource for anyone looking to add a touch of style and creativity to their home and lifestyle.
  • Having tested and created over 1,000 recipes, I know what works and what makes a good recipe.
  • I’ve worked with brands likes Lowe’s, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, and HomeGoods to design and style beautiful and inspiring spaces.
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How To Use Inspired By Charm

With over 1,500 posts, there’s a wealth of inspiration at Inspired by Charm and it is all designed to help make your life a bit more delicious and beautiful. Whether you need a recipedecorating adviceentertaining tips, or holiday inspiration, it is my hope that Inspired by Charm will be the first place you search.

Interested in a learning opportunity? I offer several free email courses including my decorating secrets, how to create a picture-perfect fall, and my best ideas for the ultimate Christmas. Any one of these is a great place to start.

beautiful and colorful table set up outside for entertaining and dinner.


My number one goal has always been to INSPIRE YOU. You’re the reason I show up here. Along the way I’ve been so fortunate to have had my work featured by Martha Stewart, HGTV Magazine, The Pioneer Woman, The Huffington Post, Cottages and Bungalows, Buzz Feed, Better Homes and Gardens, and more. In fact, my home and Christmas tree made the cover of BHG’s Christmas Ideas Magazine. Additionally, Inspired by Charm was awarded “Best Entertaining Blog” by Saveur Magazine.

Through my years of blogging I’ve also had the opportunity to work with some of my favorite brands that includes Crate and Barrel, HomeGoods, GMC, Target, Lowes, Carnival Cruise Lines, Dave’s Killer Bread, ALDI, KitchenAid, and many more!

Fun Facts

While the professional-related facts may be interesting, I also want to share some fun personal facts about me. Here are a few:
  • I studied hospitality at Penn State and spent the first few years of my career as a restaurant manager at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia.
  • I studied hospitality at Penn State and spent the first few years of my career as a restaurant manager at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia.
  • I’m left handed but use my right hand to cut with a scissors.
  • During the summer I love flower gardening. I wouldn’t say I have the greenest thumb, but I keep showing up and planting in the hope that I will keep learning more.
  • I have two older brothers, two nephews, and one niece.
  • I love music and typically have something playing in the background throughout my day. I enjoy sharing my playlists. You can find my profile on Spotify to see what I’m listening to.
artwork in home art studio

Connect and Contact

Let’s work together

You can join me on Instagram to stay updated and get a behind-the-scenes look at all the things I create. I also share inspiration on TikTokFacebookPinterest, and Twitter. Come say hello!

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Have a question?

You can always reach me via email at info@inspiredbycharm.com?

I enjoy working with brands that I love. Let’s chat! Shoot me an email at info@inspiredbycharm.com to get started.

New Here?

Welcome! I know any new place can be overwhelming, so I want to help you get comfortable by sharing some of my readers’ favorite Inspired by Charm blog posts.

I couldn’t be more excited that you’re here and I’m so thankful you took the time to learn a little more about me.

Once again, welcome to Inspired by Charm!

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