Monday, July 28, 2014

The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith

Under the dust jacket for The Nesting Place is a smooth cover that looks like scraped chalk paint. Inside the journal-sized book Myquillyn Smith, aka “The Nester” in the blogging world, shares a personal history of the homes she has lived in and the lessons she has learned from decorating them.

According to her Imperfectionist Manifesto: “Home should be the safest place on earth." A place of rest, creativity and beauty. A place where you have the freedom to take risks in decorating. Do you have a piece of furniture or art you love? Use it. Smith believes if you love it, it works! She found a giant sailfish on Craigslist and hung it on her wall.

The Nesting Place is full of fun quotes, calligraphy, Bible verses, and plenty of color photographs to inspire you.

"Quieting a room" is a technique Smith uses to survey what she already has and what she needs. She strips a room down to its’ bare bones, taking out all the small stuff and clutter. Without all the visual shouting, the room speaks to her. She listens, making a mental list of what she wants to change.

And, if you are a renter, don't despair. Smith includes her “Top Eleven Reasons Renting is Awesome.”  Renting forces you to work within what she calls “Lovely Limitations.”

Smith’s creative decorating has been featured in such shelter magazines as Better Homes and Gardens’ Do It Yourself Magazine, available online through VBPL's Zinio Magazine Collection.

If you like The Nesting Place, try Inspired You: Letting God Breathe New Life Into Your Heart and Home by Marian Parsons aka Miss Mustard Seed, also a blogger.

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