I’m going to be honest with you, it’s been a while since I read a book cover to cover. After I finished nursing school I think I just was so tired from so much reading I tapered off on my fun reading significantly. I read blogs daily, magazines, and articles. But The Nesting Place by The Nester, Myquillyn Smith, was the first book that I had read in a few months.
Nesting Place is one of my favorite blogs because of how authentic it is. Her tagline speaks to this: “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”
Her book, The Nesting Place, delves into this even more. While she shares great tips for reinventing your house to make a beautiful home (and hers is full of quirky loveliness), the focus is to inspire the reader to ditch perfection and realize an imperfect home can be a beautiful one.
This spoke to me, the perfectionist in all areas of my life. It helped me to focus less on what I could do to make my home magazine-worthy and more on what I can do to make my home functional and beautiful to me.
It’s not following a formula or trend (although I do love formulas, decorating rules, and trends). But all of that means nothing if you end up with a home that is impractical, uninspiring, or un-beautiful to you.
This book taught me the need to re-imagine my home for what I envision it being. To take a chance.
“You can’t ruin something you don’t like.” – Myquillyn Smith
So I’m going to repaint until I find the right color. I’m not going to be afraid to put nail holes in the walls. I’m going to paint things others would cringe at. I’m going to rearrange furniture.
The biggest thing I’m excited about after reading The Nesting Place is decorating my home with what I want. I don’t have to be afraid or ashamed to decorate with the colors, patterns, and accents that I love. If I want to put a pink pillow in our living room, I’m going to. I’m going to decorate with driftwood even though we don’t live near the beach. I am patiently waiting to find a head planter and a lawn jockey.
Our home is the place we feel empowered and encouraged to go out and do what we are called to do outside of the house. Our home is a sanctuary and place of rest. Home is a place of inspiration. So I am turning our home into a place for us and what serves us well. Hope you will come along for the ride with me.
And in case you couldn’t tell, I loved The Nesting Place. If you want some inspiration and perspective for your home, it’s the book for you.