In college, I started a small Etsy shop and blog from the storage closet in my sorority house. A few years later, and through a very non-linear journey, that small Etsy shop grew into an internationally recognized sweatshirt brand & that little blog led to bestselling books and a publishing career. Now, I'm obsessed about helping other women uncover what they're made to do and take steps to make it happen, too.
Have ya ever settled in to watch your favorite HGTV show, only to find yourself comparing your home decor to Joanna Gaines’ designs?
Maybe you wanna create a beautiful space with a unique style, but girl, there are too many options and too much pressure!
Maybe you’re on a tight budget or you’re renting, and you’re not sure how to make the space a home.
Well, you’re in luck!
Blogger and author Myquillyn Smith, AKA The Nester, joined me on the podcast today to drop all the knowledge on how to create a welcoming home.
And hint, hint 😉 it doesn’t require you to buy that $1,000 piece of furniture you saw on HGTV.
So, let’s dive in and talk about, as Myquillyn likes to put it, “how to create the home you’ve always wanted so you can use it the way you’ve always dreamed of.”
For the last twelve years, Myquillyn Smith, known online as “The Nester,” has encouraged women to embrace their homes – imperfections and all.
With her signature tagline, “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful,” Myquillyn has empowered fans to see their home’s hidden potential and create beautiful, functional spaces they love.
Myquillyn is a self-taught, design school dropout who took a week-long course so she could be a certified home stager and redesigner. She and her family have lived in 13 different houses, apartments and condos (translation: they’ve spent plenty of time getting real world design experience).
The Nesting Place has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies’ Home Journal, Cottages and Bungalows and the Charlotte Observer.
So many times we feel the pressure to get our homes looking perfect – perfectly matching decor, zero clutter and shiny floors.
We believe we need it to look a certain way so we can show hospitality and invite others over. But that kind of thinking often leads to stress and unhealthy pressure.
We need to retrain ourselves on what the goal of our home is.
As Myquillyn said, “There’s beauty in mismatched sheets and unmade beds.”
Just take a sec to really think about the last time you went somewhere and felt true hospitality, where you felt listened to and cared for.
Now think about what that house was like. A lot of times there were imperfections – dishes in teh sink, kids running around, and items piled up on the table.
True hospitality doesn’t often happen in the perfect scenarios. It often happens within the imperfection. Those imperfections connect us.
Hospitality is a lot simpler than we make it out to be. We don’t have to require perfection from our homes or from ourselves to create true connection.
So the next time you feel frenzied to get everything looking perfect before a guest arrives, take a sec to pause, breathe, and remember what’s most important: human connection.
Matt and I are currently in the process of moving into a new home, which is a big task! So I asked Myquillyn what her advice is for people who want to decorate a new space.
Myquillyn has lived in 13 different homes throughout her marriage, including rentals, so she ahs a lot of experience in this area!
And guys, she dropped some KNOWLEDGE! Her advice really helped me understand how to tackle the decorating process.
The most important thing is to make sure you focus on ONE room at a time. Try not to buy furniture for six rooms at a time, because it will overwhelm you and you’ll end up making decisions in the wrong order.
Instead, start with one room and don’t worry about the rest for now. Then, follow these steps:
Myquillyn shared so many more great tips in this episode from hosting in a small space to decorating on a budget.
So if you’re ready to make a beautiful home (that’s about more than just decorations), turn off HGTV and tune in to this episode to learn:
Want more great home decorating tips? Check out Myquillyn’s website for blog posts, books, and workshops.
And don’t forget to tell us in the comments: How are you going to use your home to serve others?