Redecorating (And The Nesting Place Review)

I requested The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have To Be Perfect To Be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith because I needed an e-book to read during middle of the night feedings with Clyde - it looked like a book with pretty pictures, and something that wouldn't be too heavy when I was already tired.  I did not expect to love this book so much!

I had never read Smith's blog before, so I went into reading this book completely unbiased, and I have to say I think she gave so much good decorating advice.  What I liked though was that this wasn't just a dry read about colors and decorating ideas - Smith also shares her personal stories and experiences throughout the book, and it made it really interesting to read.

So many of her suggestions inspired me to take a fresh look at my house.  A few of the things that stood out to me:

-She talks about "quieting" a room - taking everything out of the room except for the "bones".  All the decorations should come off the tables and walls so you can see what you have to work with and what improvements need to be made to the basics in the room.  I was so inspired I did it with my living room, and I think I decided I need new curtains.  I'm really done with the ones I have (actually I've been done with them for a while, I just needed some motivation to do something about it).

-I couldn't for the life of me find the right page, but Smith also mentions paying attention to where a person's eye goes when they first walk into the room.  It wasn't a major point, but it really made me think about where that area is in my house, and how I could improve it (it's the hall that leads to the kid's bedrooms, which is also a part of our living room, and I think I'm going to go for it and make a gallery wall!  Stay tuned.)

-She talked about not just looking for new or trendy pieces, but also using the pretty things you already have - the things that have personal history to them, like a vase you got from your grandmother, etc.  Her talk about finding ways to incorporate what you already have, i.e. "shopping" in your own house, have already inspired me to do some redecorating - without even spending any money yet!

-Smith included a ton of great ideas for thrift store shopping and working with a budget as well, which I always appreciate!

This book is one that I'll probably be referring to again and again - I don't think it will stay on my digital bookshelf, because there were so many great insights and ideas for creating a space that you love.  I know that I've been dissatisfied with my living room for a long time, and this book was the "oomph" I needed to reevaluate what I have, identify some of my bad decorating/shopping habits, and make the most of my space instead of just wishing it was different.  I think people of all decorating styles could get a lot out of this book!

Note: I received this book for free from Booklook in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.
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Kate Craig said...

I haven't bought the book, but I love her blog!

Hannah said...

That book sounds like just what I need, I have been feeling 'umph' about my living room lately, I might just have to check it out!

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