This post I continue my ongoing series on my latest stack of book borrowed from my local public library.
Here is my latest stack of library books:
I realize the photo is not very clear, but many of the books did not turn out to be very memorable or I have borrowed them before, except for The Nesting Place (2014) by Myquillyn Smith.
Myquillyn Smith is a popular blogger – Nesting Place (thenester.com). The tagline of the Nesting Place blog is “It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful. This tagline embraces the whole them of the book!
I am a little jaded about home decorating books after flipping through so many from past library stacks (I do enjoy them, they just all seem the same after a while). This book was a refreshing change – it is filled with photos of a home actually being used and enjoyed. The author focuses on creating a home that meets your real life needs; accepting imperfections and not trying to make your home perfect but cozy and fun.
The book is also peppered with wonderful and inspirational quotes and I wanted to share my favorites:
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. – Epicurus
Where thou art, that is home. – Emily Dickinson
A beautiful thing is never perfect. – Ancient Proverb
Don’t scrub the soul out of your home. – Mary Randolph Carter
Everyone gets to decide how happy they want to be, because everyone gets to decide how grateful they are willing to be. – Ann Voskamp
Home interprets heaven. Home is heaven for beginners. – Charles Henry Parkhurst
It’s not about what is is, it’s about what is can become. – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
Imperfections put people at ease. – Myquillin Smith
One of the best things I got from the the book is the quote by Myquillin Smith that “imperfections put people at ease”. I have been guilty in the past of trying to have everything perfect, perhaps overdoing it, and I think that has impact in my relationships.
I have been learning to “chill out” and just let things be more natural (and not always spotlessly clean my house before someone comes over!)
I loved the Ann Voskamp quote so much I made a picture quote thingie:
Featured photo credit: “Blackbird Nest (abandoned)” by Rainer SXC Schmidt, freeimages.com