When You Don’t Know Where to Start in a Space

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For years I collected pretty things (mostly bargain bought) and set them around, but ignored how our family truly used our home and how I needed our home to serve us both in form and function.

When a room felt off or unfinished, I’d put a band-aid on in the shape of a new $20 disposable pillow. You know, the kind that you have to beg your family not to actually use because it would be flat within a week?

I employed tons of temporary fixes that helped divert attention for a moment, but two years and 15 cheap pillows later, I’d still be living in a home where the rooms felt unfinished, and I’d spent $300 on pillows and trinkets that should have gone towards a new rug.

I was sabotaging myself because I didn’t know where to start. And I didn’t feel confident on where to invest the limited home budget we had. My husband encouraged me to make our house into a comfy, pretty home, but I felt lost and overwhelmed when it came to actually making real decisions.

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Over time, with much trial and error, wrong paint colors and returning of rugs, I learned exactly how to approach every space in my house using just the right amount of the kinds of furniture and accessories that fit my style.

I finally fell in love with my home.

Then I created a course and led others through the same process–thousands of you have fallen in love with your home because you have taken the Cozy Minimalist Design class, and enrollment is now open for the next week!

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Moving 14 times in 20 years of marriage was both a blessing and a curse.

One of the good things that came out of moving so often, was that I stumbled onto a formula for setting up house quickly, creating rooms that worked for us in whatever stage of life we were in, incorporating mostly things we already had and taking note on what we truly needed to purchase to make the new place work.

In the four-week Cozy Minimalist Decorating Course I walk you though every step you need to take, in the correct order (soooo important) to complete a room-from start to finish in your home. It’s a simple process that you’ll be able to apply to every room of your house!

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Are you ready to join us and finally get your home looking the way you’ve always dreamed?

We are opening the doors to the Cozy Minimalist Design Class for the next week only. This is only the second time this year I’m opening this course, we won’t be doing this again until 2017.

You’ll have unlimited access to the four one hour video sessions, where I talk you though the process and share hundreds of motivating, teaching slides. The course is designed to last four weeks–but you could cover everything in four days if you are crazy motivated, it’s totally up to you.

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You’ll choose one room of your house to focus on, and by the end of the course, you’ll have a room you can be proud of. People will notice, your family will comment on the wonderful changes, and you’ll have new confidence to turn every room in your house into a room you adore.

I’ll talk you though every step of process, where to start, how to make design decisions and in what order, how to work in things you already have, choosing focal points, signature pieces, drapes, furniture placement, rugs, wall art, paint and so much more.

Whether you are renting, owning, moving in a year, or if you have lived in your home forever, this course is for you. You’ll finally be confident of the changes you need to make the best decisions for your home, in your particular season with your family’s needs in mind.

And, as a HUGE bonus, everyone who enrolls in the Cozy Minimalist Decorating course is invited to join a private facebook page where you can share progress of the room you are working on, be encouraged and ask questions! This is the BEST part! (insert too many dancing emojis here)

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I’ll be doing a weekly facebook live video in our private facebook page where I’ll answer questions and offer lots of encouragement too.

This is pretty much my favorite thing ever. Normally, this is an upgrade but this time, we are opening it up to everyone in the course–and guess what, if you’ve taken the course in the past but never joined the facebook group, look for an email from us in the next few days to invite you to join us.

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Let’s create the home you’ve always wanted, starting with what you already have.

It’s time to get Cozy.

And don’t be afraid that it’s called Cozy Minimalist. It’s just the responsible way to get whatever style it is that you are after–isn’t it better to use just the right amount of stuff–not too much, not too little, no counting possessions here!

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This is not a course on how to make your house look like mine, it’s how to make your house look the way you’ve always dreamed YOURS would look. Amen.

  • If your space has felt “off” but you can’t figure out what’s wrong…
  • If you are constantly taking quizzes on how to “find your style” but still unsure of how you want your home to look…
  • If you can’t decide where to start when it comes to decorating a room…
  • If you have a decorating budget, but it feels terrifying to make that first decision…
  • If you have close to no budget but you want to do better with what you have…
  • If you are constantly making excuses and apologizing for your home…
  • If you need guidance on furniture placement, rug sizes, coordinating patterns, where to put the TV, focal points, where to buy and how to hang drapes, how, where and why to hang wall art that makes sense, and simply how to turn a frustrating space into a space you can finally truly love…
  • If you just want to get your home looking the way you want it so you can stop thinking about it already, come on over, THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU!

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I’ll see you there!

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The next book on your fall reading list…

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If you know my story, you know we are in our 14th home in 21 years of marriage. There was a definite low point in our life where I felt hopeless, our lives were a terrible mess.

We were suddenly jobless, living in a friend’s condo rent free after selling the home I never wanted to leave, we sold one of our cars, we had just given away our family dog, we had a sickening amount of debt. I vividly remember laying on the floor in the sun room of that condo as low as I could get, wrapped in a blanket, crying.

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I spent my years of raising three tiny boys, who were 3.5 years apart from the youngest to the oldest, going to Bible studies on Wednesday mornings. Beth Moore was a staple, I remember watching her in her cute outfits on the videos, skipping most of the homework and then regretting it, feeling like we were secret BFFs while she brought the story of the Patriarchs to life in ways I haven’t heard since. Those were the days of diapers, sippy cups and Beth Moore’s reassuring southern accent whispering into my ear.

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That day on the condo on the floor, somehow one of Beth’s books (can I just call her Beth because I’ve been doing that in my head for years) found its way into my hands and she talked me straight of that pit right there on the floor and that day my entire perspective changed. I can still pinpoint everything about that moment.

I haven’t done a Beth Moore study in ages. My boys are older, I’m working, and I didn’t realize how much I missed hearing her Southern accent speak truth into my life.

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Well, I’ve been reunited with an old friend.

One of the greatest teachers of our time, Beth Moore has finally written fiction and it does not disappoint.

I love a good book, a good story, one that keeps you up later than you wanted to be and that’s exactly what The Undoing of Saint Silvanus is. It has layers, modern-day imperfect lives, super developed characters, and a satisfying ending. And of course, what we have come to expect from a Beth Moore book, she ties it up with a bow, focusing on the One who “is not scandalized by our failures.” It’s not cheesy, it’s not forced, it’s the kind of story you want to get lost in on a Saturday.

Four things I want to tell you about this book:
1. It’s written in a comforting southern accent, it took me three chapters to stop feeling like Beth Moore was reading me an adult bedtime story, after a while the story was so captivating, I forgot about the author and got sucked in, but the southern accent never goes away and I’m glad.

2. I read it this summer but kept thinking how appropriate it was that it was coming out in the fall, this book just feels like a fall read with cozy fires, rainstorms, and an unlikely family that embraces each other–you’ll fall in love with all of them.

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3. This drawing in the front of the book. Much of the story takes place in the sanctuary of an old church turned into an apartment home with a shared family room. I wish every book came with a rendering of the house where the story took place, I’m embarrassed to tell you how many times I flipped back to it, and now that the book is over, I kind of want to color it.

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4. The Undoing of Saint Silvanus is a thick book. You big book lovers know how important this is, with books like this, the bigger the better. You have 460 word-filled pages to enjoy this book. YES!

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I wondered, if the book would somehow sneak in Old Testament teachings with Bible passages and assignments but nope, it was a genuine well written story, if it came out today as a movie, I’d pay to go see it in the theater. Of course, there was redemption in the end, all messy and personal, just like it is in real life. Read all about the storyline here.

I’m delighted to be back in touch with my old friend Beth Moore, once again, she’s speaking encouraging words into my life, this time though the art of a well written story. The Undoing of Saint Silvanus releases today, here’s hoping there’s more fiction where that came from!

PS, Once you read the book, you’ll enjoy this free book club webcast in January!

Thanks to Tyndale for partnering with Nesting Place & sponsoring my honest review of this book.

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Weekend Wanderings

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Stop everything and visit Jeanne Olivier and her Fall Home Tour–it’s my favorite fall home of the season (they recently purchased this home, it’s so unexpected and lovely). Did you see, Emily Henderson bought a new home and she shares 5 different options she’s considering for her living room layout. Informative and fun to get […]

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Where to Find A Hand Bud Vase & Other Handy Things

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I love quirky things in my home and one of my long time favorite finds is this hand bud vase I found on clearance at HomeGoods years ago. It has a huge hole in the back, but no one ever sees that side. I get asked about it often and the other day I saw […]

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Nest Fest Tickets On Sale Now!

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  Do you like being inspired by creatives, makers and beautiful things? Do you like autumn and being outside during the most wonderful time of the year? Do you like eating food from food trucks and listening to amazing music? Do you want to buy some beautiful handmade/curated/and or vintage beauties for your home and […]

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What Hospitality Is

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Today, I’ve asked my long time friend Edie to write a guest post. Edie and I met online. We solidified our friendship at conferences, weekend trips and over email. She’s been to my home, she knows my husband’s name, she coached me on what counter tops to buy in my kitchen, she taught me how […]

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