I’m in a season of nesting right now. I haven’t posted in over 2 weeks and greatly enjoyed some much needed time taking care of my family and home. I’m so happy to be back today sharing a couple of recent celebrations and an awesome book I just read.
My beautiful daughter just graduated from Cosmetology School! The first graduate in 3 generations of Beauty School attendees. I made it a few months and years later ended up with a Computer Science degree. My mom only lasted a couple of weeks and later chose a career in Real Estate. We are so proud of our talented little hair stylist, and I will have free cuts and color for life…
We celebrated my son’s last birthday before the teen years set in. The family parties lasted all last week and I’m preparing for his friend party tomorrow. He starts middle school next week. So many milestones…
Yes, those are Christmas dishes in the background. I obviously needed this time to nest, although I must admit, those dishes are still there…
As He always does, God led me to the perfect book for my nesting season — The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith, aka The Nester.
I have been paralyzed by perfectionism for far too long. My entire house is the same shade of tan because of my fear of getting paint “out of the lines.” I put off decorating my home out of worries that it will never be perfect, never looking like it should grace the pages of a magazine.
As women, we ache to believe that real beauty can be found in the midst of imperfection. We are crying out for permission to lower our standards. Let yourself know: permission granted.
This wonderful book enlightened me. It gave me not only permission, but reasons to take a chance in decorating. I want to make a beautiful, comfortable, fun home for my precious family.
One of her fabulous tips is to go shopping in your home. Don’t be afraid to use things in different places, like dressers in the living room… I came across an adorable chandelier boxed up in my basement. It used to be in my daughter’s room years ago and has been collecting dust ever since.
My husband was less than thrilled when I decided to put it in my bathroom. After he installed it, he liked it almost as much as I do.
I even got the courage to paint the room a fun, bright color. It took me almost 2 days to do it, and I had to call in my daughter’s best friend to finish the line where the wall meets the ceiling. That section would have caused a nervous breakdown. Baby steps…
I’m working on my living room now. It’s a 70’s theme — green shag carpet included. I’ll definitely share pictures of it when finished.
I absolutely love Myquillyn’s book. I bought it for my kindle from Amazon. You can get your own copy here:
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She includes some great pictures of her home, including what it looks like on normal days, which was incredibly freeing.
No home with people living and loving in it always looks like something out of the pages of a magazine. This I really needed to be assured of and I’m forever grateful to Myquillyn for her openness and honesty.