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I’m talking to Myquillyn Smith, whom you may know as “The Nester.” I met Myquillyn a few years ago when she invited me to be an author at her Nest Fest event. She’s as nice as she seems online.
We talk about decorating and organizing and decluttering and my fears of cute displays turning into piles of random clutter. I like her because she’s purposefully not intimidating and gives real tips that make me think, “Well, I could totally do that.”
Welcome Home – Myquillyn’s new book! (that’s my affiliate link)
Denise Groover says
Myquillyn‘s statement about what we’re decorating our homes with was helpful. It’s made me look around at my house and notice the random collections of items on flat surfaces, and realize that they’ve been there for months, as if I MEANT to decorate my house with them. I still need to deal with them, but this interview is helping me to see my house in a new light.
Great podcast! I listened twice. I could identify with several things. I found you, Dana, when we were in our 6th rental and about to move to our 7th. We are now in our 9th rental.
I have finally learned to pare down our furniture and decor to fit almost any home. It’s hard. Every home (or apartment) has had it’s own personality, from an old 1800’s farm house to Tuscan style. If we are in one place long enough I swap out key items using money from the sale of one item to buy the next. I finally sold our beautiful mid century modern dressers that just weren’t neutral!
I also bring seasonal items in from outdoors! I look forward to checking out Myquillyn’s book.
Cynthia Fowles says
Very good information! I agree that candles are meant to be used. The exception might be the incredible decorative ones from years ago that are part of a display. I also am addicted to the Halloween and Christmas animatronic toys. So are my grandkids.
I struggle with decorating seasonally and keeping it clean.
I understand about the books and have recently come to the conclusion that we need more shelves, a communal Kindle and to purge. We inherited several libraries and we have donated lots, but there are others that some just can’t let go. I am trying to put some volumes on the Kindle and letting the hard copy go. Not all books are on Kindle.
Keep up the great job. I have learned so much and am learning to love my space, even if it isn’t what I want.