Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Nesting Place, by Myquillin Smith

From the Publisher:

This (in)courage Dayspring writer, with a strong endorsement from Ann Voskamp, will appeal to women who love God and want their home to be a place of welcome to all.

Popular blogger and self-taught decorator Myquillyn Smith realized years ago that although immaculate-looking homes are pretty in pictures, when she's actually in one, she's not comfortable. Instead, she's worried that she'll spill her drink on the rug, or she's wondering if it's okay to move the pillow out of the way to sit down.

This stay-at-home mom in stretchy yoga pants with expired milk in her refrigerator has stumbled upon the secret to decorating for real people, and it has nothing to do with trying to convince others of our perfection. Myquillyn believes that there is beauty in imperfection, in the lived-in and loved-on and used-just-about-up. Imperfections put people at ease and free us to take risks and create the home-and the life-we've always wanted.

Myquillyn's warm and insightful words are paired with her own gorgeous four-color photos and creative, easy ideas for arranging, decorating, and building a home that welcomes everyone. Readers will learn how to create their own style-without breaking the bank or stressing over comparisons.

My Review:

I was trying to choose between a couple of books that were offered through BookLook (I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review) and decided to get this one first since it was an ebook, that way I could skim through it enough to write a review, and then request my other book to read. Well... I didn't skim. I read.

I have referred to The Nester's blog a few times while decorating... to see how window "mis"treatments are done or just to get ideas. I love the way she decorates but I've never actually read the stuff she writes unless it's a how-to. I made the mistake of thinking that this book would just be about decorating, and it was just about decorating on the surface, but it spoke to me so much deeper than that.

In this book, you will find decorating tips and a lot of encouragement to overlook imperfections and rather than trying to make your home a magazine cover, instead turn it into a beautiful dwelling place that suits the purpose you have for it. Myquillin will advise you to go to thrift stores and not expect to find something every time, to re-purpose old pieces, to take a risk, to rearrange furniture not just within a room but from other rooms, etc. She will reassure you that paint is just paint and if you hate it, it's a small risk and can be fixed/ redone. And a nail hole is just a nail hole... they're easily fillable, so don't be afraid to hang pictures on walls, to work with opposites,

Myquillin will also tell you to quit looking for the perfection in your home and to embrace the imperfections, to prioritize and gain a little perspective, to be grateful for what you have rather than longing for what you lack.

"Allowing things in our homes and in our lives to be incomplete, imperfect, and undone in some ways is a form of trust. an you give up and allow some imperfections in your life?"

"You don't have to get perfect to have a pretty house. Most of us simply need to learn to see the beauty in the imperfect. Because life is gloriously messy. We can find rest in our less than perfect circumstances when we igre out that no amount of striving can create the perfect life we think we are looking for. Trust rest comes when we realize that we can't get it from trying extra hard. We find rest when we give up."

Is it me, or is she talking about a lot more than a house? :)

"A home's greatest purpose is to serve people, not the other way around."

"All my life I thought my dream was a pretty house, but really, my dream was to create a home.... Home. A place of rest while we are on this earth. A safe place for our children. A place to love and be loved. A place that is beautiful. A haven.... I decided to trust that the God who is in charge of my eternal life could also be trusted with my everyday life."

3 words: Read this book.

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