Until recently, I was in a decorating rut - I'm not sure if it was the winter/dreary spring doldrums or what, but I was stuck. The irony of this rut I found myself dragged into was that one of my main goals with this blog was to inspire you all with ideas of how to decorate on a budget or even no budget at all. And I found myself stuck.
I'm pretty sure I know how I wound up in this dull place. I got trapped in "perfectionist" mode - the lure of all those magazine-pretty-perfectly-staged-that-no-real-humans-live-in homes that are shared all over the blogosphere, on Pinterest and Intagram. And while I have ideas, I was starting to feel like I didn't measure up, that my ideas were dinky, my pictures not perfect enough. BUT that's exactly why I started this blog - I want you all to show yourselves grace, yes, even in decorating!
I wanted you to know that it doesn't have to be picture perfect, it doesn't have to be magazine worthy to be your home....YOUR home.
Your home simply longs to be your version of beautiful - to bring joy and love and comfort to those who enter.
This book The Nesting Place brought me back to that place.
Thank you Myquillin Smith, aka The Nester, thank you.
Funny story about the Nester, she doesn't know this, but beyond me feeling like she is my "decorating philosophy soul sister" we share a lot of similarities. We attended the same college (which I discovered in the book), I knew her brother-in-law in my college years and we share many friends. In fact because of this, I was introduced to her blog back when she first started by one of my college besties who knew the connection! I followed along on her journey for a little while and for some reason drifted away. Recently I sought out her blog for inspiration after I decided it was time for me to start my own.
She has moved - a lot. She has decorated in seasons of want and seasons of plenty. Her house tells a story. Her house is lived in. Her house is comfortable. Her house is BEAUTIFUL.
If you are stuck, like I was, grab a copy of this book (link here) and be inspired again.
Learn to love the home you're in, breathe new life into it, love it again.