The Nesting Place – Giveaway

It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful!

My friend, Myquillyn Smith  (The Nester) recently sent me a copy of her new book The Nesting Place.

I briefly flipped through the pages but set the book aside.   I was in the middle of a project, covered in sawdust and paint and wanted to shower and snuggle up in bed to read it later that night…but after a long day of work I promptly fell asleep.  Maybe tomorrow…or Sunday…

The Nesting Place - Giveaway

I finally got to a stopping point on my four projects and was finally so tired from trying to push through and get them all done that I went to bed early one night (like 7:00 early) and read…

and read…

and read!


I thought this was going to be a design book.  I’ll give you a little spoiler — it’s so much MORE than a book about design and decorating.  WAY more!

Don’t get me wrong.  I love design, decorating and DIY – I basically eat, sleep and drink thinking about it.  BUT, I lately I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by the flood of “pretty images” that are so easy to access – and no matter how many times I swear off the internet I find myself jumping online during a necessary coffee break.

I have a serious love/hate relationship with Pinterest!  Great place to go for inspiration with literally thousands of images at the ready – all leading to a source where I can find the tutorial or even MORE images.   It’s difficult NOT to start feeling inadequate in various aspects of your own life.  Home, body, hair, makeup… food (meals I cook for my family look NOTHING like the perfectly staged photos where I found the recipe).  Eventually I start feeling overwhelmed by the flood of unrealistic images.

Maybe that overwhelmed and inadequate feeling is part of the reason it took me so long to finally read this book — that was written and given to me by a sweet friend!

Maybe my subconscious was like, “pretty picture overload — overload!”


I can tell you that The Nesting Place is the perfect CURE for overload and feeling overwhelmed or inadequate and not just in your home, in any area of your life where you might be feeling those feelings.

Design and decorating are certainly covered, money saving tips, do it yourself project ideas, where to splurge and where to save…all those things are covered.  Myquillyn walks us through how to be a purposeful imperfectionist, how to repurpose and most importantly:  how to embrace the home you are in rather than waiting for…perfection.


I’m sure 50 could read it and come away with 50 different perspectives.  It’s that kind of book.  I took what I needed from it.

This is what I needed:  I am far from perfect.  My home is far from perfect.  My skills, talents, efforts, family, body, hair, makeup, dinner preparation and presentation  … are far from perfect.

And I am totally cool with that!


I’m giving away THREE copies of  The Nesting Place.  

If you win — Congratulations!  If you don’t win — spend the $12.99 and buy a copy.

You will be glad you did!


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Must have a USA shipping address to qualify.  The giveaway will end This Sunday (May 11 – Mothers’ Day).



  1. Sandra, I love reading your take aways from the book! Thank you!!! Xo

  2. Julie B says:

    I need help with design, I don’t have much talent in that area and it helps to see another’s ideas.

  3. Heather says:

    I’d love to win because I need some inspiration to get out of my rut with our home – I’m totally stalled with any fresh decorating in this old very imperfect house we call a home!

  4. Tara Munoz says:

    I agree wholeheartedly with you on the live/hate relationship with Pinterest! I totally feel what you mean when you say that this book has an ability to calm and inspire you in more than just your decor life, also. I could totally use that!

  5. We’re building a new house and I could definitely use all the inspiration in this wonderful book!

  6. Cynthia Stuckey says:

    Oh I love her philosophy on appreciating where you are and loving the space, no matter the limitations. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  7. Dorothy McCollough says:

    I would love to win this book. Being happy with one’s self is so very important and so many people miss that. My house, my family, my life is not perfect, but I like me and where I am. And it took awhile to get there. Have a great mother’s day.

  8. kim massa says:

    Hi Sandra,
    I love to read. I love reference material. I have so many magazines and books about DIY but none on decorating. Oh wait, I have one book about color schemes. We completed a major renovation 2 years ago on our home but I am still decorating. I don’t want clutter, just want everything to feel good where it sits. Very hard for both me and my husband. We would appreciate the help the book offers.

  9. Dawn H. says:

    I’m not a reader, but this book sounds very appealing! We recently moved into our “forever” house and I haven’t done much to it because I don’t know what I want to do or where to start. Hopefully this book could help me add those finishing touches throughout our house.

  10. I would love to win because we are about to move to our second home (after one year of living in this apartment) and in all of my excitement about decorating a new home, I often lose focus of the wonderful things Nester says. I get overwhelmed with Pinterest perfect images and forget to enjoy the process of making our home imperfectly-perfectly ours!

  11. Tiffany F. says:

    My husband and I are setting up a bedroom for our soon to be our adopted 10 year old daughter and Pinterest sure can made the process exciting but overwhelming. This book sounds like a great way to get a dose of reality and reassurance that nothing is perfect; she’s going to love it no matter what

  12. I can definitely relate to the “pretty picture overload” idea. There are so many beautiful pictures on your blog, Pinterest, and other websites. It’s so easy to get caught up in the idea of trying to having everything perfect. The idea of being a “purposeful impressionist” sounds nice.

  13. Megan McKinney says:

    Mostly I’m just curious. You seem really pumped about it. We’re just starting this world of DIY and I spend a lot of time coming up with projects.

  14. J Gentry says:

    Well, being recently divorced, moving into a new home, and having to do extensive renovations on my new home, I find myself styling my space to reflect myself. I don’t have to ask anyone else’s permission, or input on ANY of my decisions. It’s a ME nest!

  15. I just bought a house with my partner, and we are both consumed with the Do All The Things mentality. It’s terrifying. A little dose of reality would be helpful.

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