Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Review: The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith

Title: The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful
Author: Myquillyn Smith
Enjoyment Rating: ****
Source: Hardback Copy

Have you ever felt that isn't worth it to make your house a home? Maybe you're in a crappy apartment or living in your parents' basement or living for just a few months in a dorm. Maybe you're in a house that needs so much done it seems overwhelming to start. Whatever your situation, Myquillyn Smith has probably lived it too. In fifteen years (or so) of marriage, she and her husband have lived in seventeen (or so) places (I can't remember the exact details), and for a long time she felt paralyzed by the idea of decorating a small budget or learning to love a rental house. But over the years, she has learned the tricks of making a house a home, and it has very little to do with square footage or granite countertops, and everything to do with learning to live with imperfections, being willing to change things up, and just digging in.

The Nesting Place is filled with pictures of the rental home in which she lived with her husband and three sons while she was writing the book (the family recently bought a new house). It's part memoir, part pep talk, and filled with practical suggestions of how to decorate a house that can be awesome and a reflection of your personal style, even if it's never going to be absolutely perfect. While I'm in a more settled place in my life, I still found this book extremely enjoyable to read and finished it with a bunch of practical applications I could use in my own home and life.

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