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The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to Be…
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The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful (original 2014; edição 2014)

por Myquillyn Smith (Autor)

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"Drawing on her years of experience creating beauty in her 13 different homes, Myquillyn will show you how to think differently about the true purpose of your home and simply and creatively tailor it to reflect you and your unique style--without breaking the bank or stressing over comparisons"--Amazon.com.… (mais)
Título:The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful
Autores:Myquillyn Smith (Autor)
Informação:Zondervan (2014), Edition: Illustrated, 208 pages
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The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful por Myquillyn Smith (2014)

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To others, it's probably an average book. For me? It's what I needed. A nice, positive nudge to live and decorate in the moment. #housegoals ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
This book isn't awful, but I can't recommend it, despite some good tips and ideas. It's repetitive, it's unnecessarily religious, and the author has some very antiquated views on gender roles and gender norms.

There were a lot of good ideas and good tips (embrace imperfection; decorate for you and your family, not your neighbors; remember that blogs and magazines use staged spaces; etc.), but nothing you couldn't find easily on her blog (on several dozen others). And, I really appreciated her candid (not staged or pre-staging) photos. But, there was a lot of unnecessary discussions regarding God or God's plans (keep in mind that I was raised as a Christian, have a grandfather who's a retired minister, etc. so I'm not generally put off by such things) and he views of gender roles were kind of offensive. I get that in her household, the husband is the "provider," but she spoke as if that should be the norm for all of us.

I was really surprised by how much her religion and beliefs regarding gender norms affected my overall enjoyment of this book, but, even after some time to reflect on the decor content, I still feel like this book was a waste of my money. It's repetitive, it's full of long autobiographical stories, and surprisingly lacking in actual advice and ideas. Yes, she spoke often about embracing imperfections, etc. (which I appreciated), but I didn't feel like there were that many ideas and tips. The few that she presented weren't new, special or anything that you can't find in every top ten tips list.

Don't buy this. If you can overlook (or embrace) her Christian banter and her gender stereotypes, consider finding this at a library. It's relatively short (I read it in just a few days), so it's a fairly quick read. ( )
  obtusata | Jan 9, 2020 |
I loved this book. Quick read. Helpful. Encouraging. Refreshing. ( )
  Sparrowgirl | Dec 21, 2019 |
Incredibly freeing! The subtitle says it all: it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. I picked up The Nesting Place on a whim at the library while chasing my little boys around the nonfiction stacks. It looked cozy and I didn't have a lot of time to make a protracted selection. I opened it up while dinner was cooking a few days later...and proceeded to finish it that evening. It was a timely message for this frustrated home decorator!

Myquillyn Smith gets it. She understands the internal struggles that homemakers experience as we look at the pristine, perfectly staged pictures on Pinterest. Pursuing perfection only has two ways forward: either we keep trying harder or we give up. And giving up (bad as it sounds) is the path to creating a home we truly love—because pursuing perfection is pursuing the wrong thing. Those perfect pictures are not there to be copied (which is impossible), but to inspire us in our own unique decor. She includes many pictures of the flaws in her home and its furnishings... keeping it real. I wouldn't choose all her decor but the philosophy behind it is the real attraction.

There's some practical advice to make the most of your space. I appreciate the perspective on embracing "lovely limitations," things that are inconvenient or awkward in our homes that can actually become a springboard for special creativity. She talks about her former weakness of trying to redecorate just with cute tchotchkes, which just leads to clutter that doesn't quite cover up the real (bigger) changes you need to make. She encourages the reader to not be afraid of making nail holes (it sounds easy as she says to fill them with putty, but what about repainting? Or does this only apply to people with white walls?). She's warm and personable; you feel like you'd like to be friends.

I also appreciated the references to Myquillyn's faith that are loosely scattered throughout. This isn't a book about spiritual growth or contentment per se and it certainly isn't the focus, but it helped me feel like I had more in common with Myquillyn than just a desire to make my home beautiful. The chapter about the boy her family sponsors through Compassion International and her visit to his home was a nice addition.

In short, I loved this book and am so thankful I stumbled across it. Recommended! ( )
1 vote atimco | Apr 26, 2018 |
More inspirational than practical, although I got a great idea for hanging curtains. ( )
  EricaSJ | Dec 17, 2017 |
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"Drawing on her years of experience creating beauty in her 13 different homes, Myquillyn will show you how to think differently about the true purpose of your home and simply and creatively tailor it to reflect you and your unique style--without breaking the bank or stressing over comparisons"--Amazon.com.

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