I absolutely LOVE this book. The strange thing is that I don’t particularly like The Nester’s style. I wouldn’t want a sailfish or a white deer head; and I really don’t like white walls. I don’t love this book for the pictures – even though they are really nice pictures. I love it for the words. You see, Nester gave me permission to be myself. She tells me that “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” and I believe her because she creates places that are beautiful in their imperfections; places that say “This is our home and we love it and the people that dwell within.”
Let me rewind a bit. TheNester.com is one of the first blogs I fell in love with around 2007. [I got to meet her in 2009 at my first blogging conference and she is super nice in person too!] First after reading her blog I was appalled that she was taping and stapling her curtains. Then I envied her freedom to do [what seemed to me] crazy things in her house that turned out awesome. Finally I clung to her saying and tried crazy things in my house like painting “God bless our nest” on the white wall in black paint. Not the greatest decorating idea but I was proud of it because I broke out of my self-imposed walls of “What if I don’t do it right?!” Nester told me there is no decorating police and I can decorate my house however I want. My next bold step was painting dark purple walls in my bedroom, and I absolutely loved it! I would do that again in a heartbeat. Within a few months of moving into that house there was not a full white wall left in the whole place. I was a painting whirlwind. I even painted the bricks.
Then we moved into a rental…
The Nester changed my mind about rentals too. Sounds funny, but it’s true! Her openness about living in a rental, about decorating anyways, about filling in nail holes and creating a space she loved gave me the courage to not be scared of my rental house.
First I painted stripes in my daughters’ room; it was easy to do it for them even though I know I’ll have to repaint when we move out. Then I couldn’t stand the white dining room walls any longer and I had a great time picking out a color for an accent wall. All the while in the back of my mind were the words from “The Nesting Place” encouraging me to take the risk, embrace the change, and make our home into a place we love. She says it much better so get the book and read it for yourself!
It might not make a lot of sense to think “Nester said it will be ok,” but it has given me the courage to get past the fear of messing up my house. Thank you Myquillyn. I know that fear is silly now. Besides she made lots of mistakes in the 13 houses she lived in and she’s been featured in magazines and all kinds of places as a decorator.
For all those reasons and more I love this book. I devoured it from cover to cover as soon as it arrived by carrying it with me for 2 days. I do love the illustrations & quotes, the excellent photographs, and even the way it smells; but most of all I love the encouragement and the way she figured out exactly what my brain was scared of and how to get past it. She talks about her mistakes openly, the money problems with wanting to decorate, the fact that people have to be comfortable living in the house, and the true purpose of our home.
Then I neglected writing the review because I wanted awesome pictures to go with it and the dining room still isn’t finished. I let the fear of imperfection stop me again. What can I say? I have a feeling I’ll fight that battle till the day I die. Or who knows – maybe the fact that I now tell my husband, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” will make it such a part of me that I won’t have to fight that fear anymore.
Warning: Reading “The Nesting Place” will cause you to look at your house differently, visit home improvement stores, and rearrange things multiple times. For me that’s been a good thing!
P.S. If you want to see how I repurposed that shelf in the dining room I made a video about it.
I was sent a book for review and all opinions and pictures are my own. I did add my affiliate link to this post.