6/18/2014

The Day my Outlook Changed About Our Home


First and most importantly, run - do not walk - to either the bookstore or your computer chair and jump in line or online to purchase The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith. 

This sweet book has totally and completely changed my outlook on our home. Mid-August will mark one year of Josh and I being homeowners...ONE YEAR. How in the world that happened so quickly, I'll never know. "Harry" as I lovingly refer to our house as, has brought me so much joy...and grief, and stress and tears, over this past year and my heart is overflowing with thankfulness for that little house. 

By nature, I'm a do-er and I do things quickly. I don't let a space sit for to long before I jump in and start decorating...nor do I let a decorated space stay that way for too long. Mix up it, switch stuff around, buy new trinkets? Count me in. After completing what I call "phase one" of decorating our house, I would literally sit on the couch every night and stew over what I could change, what I didn't like, did I need new curtains, how about that rug, I don't like that picture over there...the list goes on and on...and on and on and on. It's embarrassing...I'm ashamed of myself for how many times I'd stand in the living room and make Josh convince me that he liked the way the house was decorated and that it looked fine. Ugh, awful. 

So then phase two of decorating, or I guess redecorating I should say, started and the end result I loved. Everything was just right and I no longer sat on my couch every night wondering what I could change and when the next free Saturday I had was so that I could hit up the home stores with my mom. That's a good feeling my friends, a good feeling. 

Not long after finishing phase two did I take the plunge and purchase Myquillyn's book. I saw a lot of buzz about it on instagram and I thought I'd give it a look. I ordered The Nesting Place and Bread & Wine on Amazon one evening and two days later they were sitting on my doorstep waiting for me to arrive home from work. That very night I drew myself a bubble bath, poured a glass of wine, lit my favorite candle and started my journey through The Nesting Place. It didn't take me long to finish and I'd spend my lunch hour pouring through the pages of the book and crying along the way because I felt like she was speaking directly to my heart and my home. 

I told Josh how much the book drew me in and how much I loved reading it. I told him that I wanted our home to always be a safe haven and a place we loved coming back to, day in and day out. I don't know about you, but there is just a certain feeling I get when I pull into my house after a day of work or seeing the familiar sight of our house as the sun is setting and we're pulling in for the first time in a week after being on vacation. There really is nothing like being home. It's my safe place, that place that I find rest after long, stressful days, the place where I can be myself, no matter what. And in the coming years when our family grows, I want our children to be overjoyed to come home. I want  their friends to come to our house because it's a place of laughter and love and judgment is left at the door. I want mine and Josh's friends to jump at the chance to come over because they feel loved on and respected in our house. I want our families to bust down our door every chance they get. And I especially want my husband to love driving up to our home everyday, knowing that I have created a peaceful place of rest, encouragement, love, romance, and prayer for him. 

A house isn't about the latest trends gracing every room, but about the things that make you happy. Decor that brings back memories and most of all, a space that is yours. 

2 comments:

  1. Ahh this sounds SO good! I have to order these books. There has been so much talk about them. I have been hesitant simply because I already have such a long reading list, but I think it will be totally worth it. So happy to see their deep impact on you.

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  2. I LOVE this book so much. I'm about to make my mother and sister read it because it was THAT awesome!

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