Wednesday, May 14, 2014

My Creative Space Doesn't Have To Be Perfect To Be Beautiful ...

As many of you know, my husband and I purchased our first home a few months ago … a lovely little townhouse in a charming suburb nestled cozily between the big city and lush, sprawling horse ranches. After spending the first two years of our marriage in a tiny 1,100 sqft apartment our new townhouse feels like a mansion. We are blessed and proud to call it ours.

I've always loved interior design and home decor. As a teenager, I would buy magazines and tear out the pages that had pictures of rooms I wanted to recreate in my future dream home … I still do this, only now I pin images on Pinterest. What can I say? I like pretty things! Always have, always will. Needless to say when we got the keys to our new home my mind went into decorating overdrive. I had all these ideas for how I wanted our home to look and the vibe I wanted it to embody … And I had absolutely no idea how to put it all together.

Enter The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith. I kept seeing this book pop up in my Instagram feed and I finally caved in and ordered it. It arrived a few days ago and goodness gracious IT. IS. FABULOUS. I mean, it is really, really fabulous. It's the perfect blend of interior design brilliance, heart-to-heart wisdom, gorgeous photography and practical advice. It's a permission slip to mess up, make mistakes, take chances and change your mind. It's a reminder to dwell in contentment and gratitude, and to not take yourself (or your furniture) too seriously. The book's subtitle is "it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful" and that message is intricately weaved onto every page. Crazy inspirational.

So, on that note, I am *finally* ready to share a few sneak peeks of my new office / scrapbook room!! It's still very much a work in progress but I'm determined to embrace the journey as I curate the perfect home for us …

I'll be posting a room tour video on my YouTube channel soon … hopefully by the end of the month. 

I felt called to share this on my blog today because I think all of us creative types go through phases where we're too critical of our work and too focused on how things look as opposed to how they feel. This book an absolute must-read for anyone struggling to embrace their inner designer … whether you're trying to design a home or a scrapbook page or an art canvas or a quilt. If you need a gentle push in the right direction, you must get your hands on this book.


  1. Enjoy that extra space, it will soon be bulging at the seams :)

  2. I remember looking at this - thanks for the link. I definitely want to be surrounded by what I love & find inspiring. (sorry I didn't leave a comment before)


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