Perfection. You know the word. You either chase it or run the other way. When will we realize that there is a balance in the middle? Myquillyn Smith of The Nester, pulls from her personal journey through rental after rental on how to create a beautiful home wherever you are by letting go of the perfection. You can breathe now. Perfection does not create a beautiful home, your heart does.
It was a no brainer for me to want to review this book. I’ve been decorating since I was a teenager. Surprising my mom when she would come home to a whole new look in the living room due to me dragging the furniture around to create a fresh look in the room. Any room I could get my hands on, (or legs) I’d be on the floor pushing furniture with my legs across the room or into another room. It gave me confidence to hit the paint store and paint my walls the most beautiful shade of lilac & iridescence pale aqua. (it was the 80’s) It was the walls of my High school bedroom, that was actually the dining room. A dining room that was never used in our family of 6 as we always used the eat in kitchen. Having to share a room w/2 other sisters, I saw that room as an escape! Which my mom allowed. Adding just a sliding plastic door to the doorway it became the first room I did not have to share. I was in heaven.
Working with what you have, by repurposing, repositioning, resurfacing. I’ve embraced that my whole life and it is something so many miss and therefor decide to just not do anything. Myquillyn Smith, shares how she has done this over, and over and over through the 13 homes they have rented. For me in this book, it was just that, the renting. Unlike Myquillyn, I’ve had my own home the past 18 years. I got to totally settle in. Raise my family. It was such a blessing. Now, going through a divorce after 24 years, I’ve found myself renting the past couple of years. We (my daughter & I) call our rental home The Nash Pad. The location in Nashville changes (3 times) but the name hasn’t. My desire for it to feel like home has not changed either. Home is where we are. Even if it’s only a ‘corner’ carved out in the chaos the first month of settling in. It’s been heart wrenching for me as I’ve wanted to make changes in our rentals but I kept saying, wait till you own it. I’ve had this longing to own and be able to do what I want and also know it will be there to stay. Until I change it 🙂
Myquillyn helped me remember the worth of my efforts, even if they were for temporary results. My health is not how it was years ago, nor my available time. I’m 47 now, responsible for my place & working to do so. But you know, no matter what season you are in, a home that reflects peace, inspiration & joy will end up filling you with the same.
So what are you waiting for? Time will pass, and memories will not be made that could have been. For what reason? Being afraid to be yourself? Not taking a risk on a peice of furniture you don’t like in the first place? Use those leg & butt muscles (not your back) and move that dresser, …into your breakfast area. Separate the matching mirror and replace that crappy raw edged mirror in the hall bathroom. It’s not about perfection or money. It’s about your mindset. Set your mind to take a risk that you can create a home that will bless your family. Don’t forget to carve out that corner of it just for you either woman. Cause you need it. So you can read this book and reflect on things to come.
Be Strong, Be Brave, Be You!
*I received a digital copy of this book for free in exchange for my review, my opinions here are entirely my own and could never be bought!
Enjoy this 36 Page Preview of The Nesting Place It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful By Myquillyn Smith