Book review, Non-Fiction

Book Review: The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith

I’m excited to be sharing my first BookLook Bloggers review today.  This was a book that I had on my list of books to read so I was elated to see it was available for review!

Photo source:  The Nester
 I’ve been an off and on reader of The Nester blog for years.  Myquillyn’s blog is about home design and decor on a budget.  She specializes in decorating and updating rental homes and her philosophy is, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”  Reading her blog is always a breath of fresh air because she doesn’t strive for perfection.  I was really looking forward to digging into her first book, The Nesting Place.

I received the digital copy of this book and I plan to find it during my next book store trip so I can see the photos in print.  It is full of beautiful photos of her home–several of which I have pinned on Pinterest!  I got several great ideas from her photos and have a some ideas for implementing a few of them in my own home.

One thing that I loved about the book is that it isn’t just a decorating book. It’s a book about contentment with where you are and where you live.  It’s about making a beautiful home even when it’s a rental or when it’s not your “forever” home.  As she points out, “…home is wherever you live with your people.”  If we want to fully enjoy our homes we have to give up the perfect mentality.

She gives readers permission to do a lot of things.  To be quirky.  To make mistakes.  To repurpose your home based on your needs (like when I made my formal dining room into a music room).  To take risks.  To put holes in the walls–in fact she counted up 83 nail holes in her living room!  Simply put, to make your home YOUR home.

The photo on the cover features an imperfectly slipcovered chair.  Myquillyn points out that the first negative comment she ever received on her blog was in regards to that chair.  She let that comment just roll off her back because she loved how it turned out and to further make her point that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful, she put the photo of it on her book cover.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It has given me a new appreciation for my home and has encouraged me to make my home my own…imperfectly beautiful!

Disclaimer: I recieved a digital copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links–please see affiliate information in the footer.
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