Thursday, May 1, 2014

Book Review: The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from Harper Collins, via their Book Look Blogger Program, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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And now a book that most Moms will instantly relate to!

the nesting place cover

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.

front room spring from the nesting place


This book is subtitled, It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful. And that is the core of the book- we have to learn to let go of making our rooms 'magazine perfect', and allow them to be lived in and comfortable. They should serve the purpose they are intended for and not be  so 'fussy'.  We need to work toward excellence in comfort ('nesting') and less toward perfection:

excellence quote

Myquillyn offers plenty of advise aimed at renters on how to make temporary changes that can totally alter a room, and make a leased space seem like your own home. Many of these changes you can use in any type of residence, as their simplicity is part of their appeal! Like this great technique of using white duct tape over a painted wall to great an eye catching focal point behind a master bed:

duct taped wall from the nesting place

She also shows you how you can make simple changes to alter the look of your rooms, for the seasons (ie Spring/Summer versus Fall/Winter), while keeping the same furniture, but by moving it all around, creating a new and unique space, but one that stays true to the functionality of the room. This is the same room from above the 'review' section, but changed to 'winter' look:

front room winter from the nesting place

If you are looking to make your living space 'homey', while keeping your own style and incorporating some trendy aspect, this book, and it's gorgeous photos, will inspire you in your own home. Miss Grace saw the photo below and demanded the graphic for our house! And she was happy to point out that we have similar boots for a vase in her room! 

hymn graphic from the nesting place

This would also be a lovely book to give to a friend, sister, or your Mom, on Mother's Day-to remind them to let go and relax, and enjoy their spaces! 

Note: All pictures above, from the author's Pinterest Board!

About the Author:

For the past five years Myquillyn Smith, “The Nester,” has been encouraging women to embrace the home they are in. She’s known throughout the blogging world as “The Nester” and writes a blog called “Nesting Place,” a site from which she wants readers to leave with hope, motivation, and inspiration for their homes. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three boys, their hockey paraphernalia, and plenty of brown dog hair. Everything in their house is washable, destroyable and imperfect. They have moved thirteen times in eighteen years of marriage. They are renters. And they love their home. Check out her website,, for more.

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