|Short Bio||Myquillyn Smith
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. Website: www.thenester.com
|Publish Date||Apr 29, 2014|
- Review by Kallee
I was so excited to see this book available to be reviewed. In fact, it was my first e-book ever and I thoroughly LOVED it. I was so excited to “crack” it open and I was not disappointed. I have been reading Myquillan’s blog thenester.com for a few years and have loved her insights, decorating ideas, pictures, thrifting stories and encouragement to love the imperfections in your own home. I found that in her book she stayed true to her voice that I so enjoy reading on her blog. The pictures were incredible. I wish I could develop great picture talent like hers. I enjoyed reading the history of each of the homes that she has lived in and the journey they took her on in finding how to love the home you are in. To often we are looking at the things that we don’t have instead of appreciating what we have. Myquillan also encourages readers to take risks in their own homes. Nail holes are just nail holes she declares, and even goes so far to tell us how many nail holes are currently in her famous gallery wall, and how long they took to fill. Her words are so encouraging in fact that after reading just a few chapters, I picked myself up off the couch, grabbed a hammer, nails and two pictures that have been sitting on a chest since Christmas and promptly hung them in our foyer. I was so thrilled to have taken that little risk thanks to her encouragement. If you like decorating your home, need ideas for decorating your home, need encouragement in accepting imperfections than this book is a must read. It is actually I book I can see myself reading again.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. (Posted on 4/21/14)
- Review by Christina
...Just kidding. I'm long-winded ;)
While perusing the BookLook available books I came across this one. Since I literally breathe anything decorating-related, I was thrilled to find this book. I was in for a great surprise, as this is so much more than a "how to make your house pretty" book. It really took me by surprise.
Since I apparently live in a cave with no TV and a limited understanding of the potential of the interwebs (did I say that right?), I was unaware that the author of this book also runs a popular blog with lots of followers and amazing decorating/home ideas and advice. This book chronicles her journey from house to home, literally, 13 different places of residence. It also includes tips for renters, tips on choosing which type of home you'd like to create, and of course, beautiful pictures of her amazingly beautiful lived-in home. *swoon*
In addition to all the money-saving tips, the author suggests finding beauty in where you are and not living for "the next house". It's okay to make mistakes, it's okay to have mismatched pillows, and it's okay to not live in perfection. What matters is making a home where you and the people you love feel comfortable. She speaks about embracing things in all their majesty, from ugly carpet to cookie cutter plastic. There really is beauty in everything, you just have to try and see it.
Hi, my name is Christina, and I live in a crappy rental.
That's why this book really struck a chord with me. Coming from a fellow renter really meant something to me, she understood the plight of the everyday renter...not being able to do whatever you want with a space, maybe not having the resources or not wanting to spend the money on someone else's house, I found this particularly useful for me. Her suggestions on decorating for your family and using the space that you have were brilliant-especially when it comes to having a husband who is hesitant to spend any money because we won't see the return. The pictures were a real inspiration-she uses things like logs and plates to decorate her home-something I can definitely do. The best part about the book was that this all seemed so doable!
But like I said, this is so much more than a "how to" book...
For me, it spoke about contentment. I have been convicted of having a jealous or greedy heart before, but lately with all of my friends buying gorgeous homes or moving to places where they have, you know, trees...I've been really discontent with my situation. I longed for a place to call my own, to make my own garden and pick out my own flooring and paint. The author speaks of her epiphany-when a famous stranger died-but this book led to my own personal epiphany that home is what we make it...I need to examine myself and discover what type of environment I'd like to create for my family. I've envisioned myself in a comfortable, functional, yet well-decorated home, and I certainly can't do that if I'm living in "nexthouseland".
All in all, a great book, a fantastic and easy read, and very easy to relate to. I give it five stars and I highly recommend you go over and pre-order the book here!
Disclosure: I was provided this book in exchange for my opinion. All opinions expressed here are my own, awesome opinion! (Posted on 4/14/14)