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About the book:
Perfection is overrated.
Popular blogger and self-taught decorator Myquillyn Smith (The Nester) is all about embracing reality—especially when it comes to decorating a home bursting with boys, pets, and all the unpredictable messes of life.In The Nesting Place, Myquillyn shares the secrets of decorating for real people—and it has nothing to do with creating a flawless look to wow your guests. It has everything to do with embracing the natural imperfection and chaos of daily living.Drawing on her years of experience creating beauty in her 13 different homes, Myquillyn will show you how to think differently about the true purpose of your home and simply and creatively tailor it to reflect you and your unique style—without breaking the bank or stressing over comparisons. Full of easy tips, simple steps, and practical advice, The Nesting Place will give you the courage to take risks with your home and transform it into a place that’s inviting and warm for family and friends.There is beauty in the lived-in and loved-on and just-about-used-up, Myquillyn says, and welcoming that imperfection wholeheartedly just might be the most freeing thing you’ll ever do.
The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith
I love flipping through home magazines and books – you know the ones where every surface is clear and shiny and there are candles and plants on every surface? I really wish that I could make my house look that way and have always felt frustrated that I can’t. I’m not sure that those looks are practical for your average person that has messy kids, three cats and works at home. I’m sure I could do it if it was just me and my husband and I had lots of time and money but I don’t.
I had almost given up on having a home that I can love when I received The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith. I learned that I’m not the only one that has put off decorating projects until “someday” when I have more time and money. The Nesting Place is written for women just like me. It’s about loving your home for its imperfections and not trying to be perfect. It’s about learning to appreciate what you have and learning where to start in your quest to make it what you love. The Nesting Place is about creating a home that you love and has practical tips and loads of motivation.
The Nesting Place is a lot more than a book that teaches you how to make your home look the way you want, it’s a book that tells you how to be happy with the home that God chose for you. It’s about learning to accept your life even if it isn’t perfect because God knows what he’s doing.
I truly love this book. I have always felt so frustrated looking through other home books because I knew I didn’t have the money or a team of decorators to do what they did. I wanted to somehow turn our thrifted furniture into something gorgeous but was at a loss how to make it all look perfect. She shares what she did on a very limited budget to turn her home and in some case apartment into a place that she could love. Her gorgeous photos and words of encouragement gave me ideas that I could use that wouldn’t destroy my budget and it taught me to love my floors that are in need of refinishing and the fact that my 1865 house in some ways looks its age.
If you’re looking for encouragement, ideas and peace, I definitely recommend you read The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith.