On CONtent and conTENTment

I wanted to tell you about some up and coming things at Nesting Place.  For the past few months I’ve felt a bit scattered, maybe you noticed.  I’ve been hard at work bossing around the best graphic designer in the business. She’s so good that last year her que for the ENTIRE 2010 year filled up in six, yes 6 days.

Last year I was determined to write a Window Mistreatment ebook.  I gathered ideas from all of you, made a bunch of my own mistreatments and took way too many photos.  But, I hated the process of writing a tutorial based ebook. And it’s not fun to do things you hate.  So, after much thinking I came up with a solution.

I’m starting a Window Mistreatment blog.  We need it don’t we?  Nesting Place will still be the main place where I ramble on and on but, Wm will be a place where I only ramble about window news.  Not to mention feature of bunch of you with your amazing, mind boggling mistreatments.

And, while I was at it, I figured I should go ahead and start the blog for renters. I had first thought that would be an ebook as well.  No, I’m not renting out CONtent.  It’s a place for renters to come and find ideas and encouragement~a reminder to be conTENT with what we have.

You know, I’m kind of tired of gathering all the ideas that I find inspiring over at tumblr.  Wouldn’t it be easier if there were all here at a certain spot at Nesting Place?  Yeah, that’s better.

Since Darcy was busy whipping up some pretty new logos, I figured Nesting Place could use a little pick me up too.  We are a few weeks out still, but I couldn’t stand not telling you any longer.

I’ve been surprised at how much I enjoy writing blog posts.    I’m not promising these sites will be updated daily~actually, I can promise that they will not, but, they will have topic specific content {not conTENT} that will hopefully make it easier for everyone to find the inspiration they are looking for.

I’d love for you to read more about my thought process with starting these blogs over at Stephanie’s blog today. Stephanie is a dear friend with a great blog about social marketing that you should be reading.  She’s like Seth Godin only with a skirt and Anthropologie analogies.  She asked me to write about ebooks for her Content {CONtent not conTENT} Expression series.  So far, Tsh and Annie have shared their experince publishing books in very different ways.  I don’t know a lot about ebooks but I do know my own story and I had a long post about my own ebook endevor that left me wondering if it would help anyone.

me & dad

I mentioned to Stephanie that my dad knows a ton about the future of ebooks and that I’ve learned a lot from him and she asked him to write a follow up post tomorrow.  In my post at Steph’s I talked about four people who helped guide me {whether they know it or not} in my decision process.  Two people who put up with me the most went unmentioned: my husband {the ever encouraging, ever risk taker} and Dad {the thinker, question asker, encourager}.  Nesting Place and these other blogs would not exist if it weren’t for their encouragement and input.   I’ll remind you tomorrow to go read his post.  But, for today, if you want to hear a little bit more of my ebook story {and I get nervous about sharing stuff like that?} head on over to my friend Stephanie’s blog S. Bryant Social Marketing.

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  1. I’m so excited about the renting blog. I’m often frustrated by how little I can do with the small space that isn’t mine. :)

  2. Um, AWESOME! THe more Nester, the BETTER! SO excited about all the blogs!!!

  3. I lurve this already. (((HUGS))) Proud of you and all your “Nesting”

  4. I’ve been reading your blog for about a month now, and can’t get enough. Despite discovering other great, beautiful decorating blogs, I keep coming back here and reading some of the same posts over and over. You’ve really inspired me, the way I think about not just “decorating,” but my home as an expression and reflection of myself and our family. With that said, I’ve definitely felt frustrated about renting, and limited by it… so I can’t explain how elated I am to read a blog devoted to those of us who rent. :)

  5. I was just looking up some of your old posts on window mistreatments this weekend. Needed something fresh for the summer. Look forward to seeing the new sites!

  6. So many exciting changes! I’m looking forward to seeing this all happen :-) Congrats!

  7. I am SO excited about your new blogs!! I have been a faithful reader for a couple of years now and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us- I know it will be great.

  8. how does the Nester get better? Make more nests on the web. How exciting. Thank ya very much, can’t wait to see it all. I’ll be waiting with baited breath!

  9. I am excited about your new blog and series. We will be renting for the first time in over ten years ( longer for my husband) and I am nervous about how to do it. We have been in selling mode for so long that havent spent any more time or money on this house. I even unsubscribed to all other home deco blogs but yours.


  10. Super excited about all these blogs!

    We are not renters, but you give such great advice and have such a keen eye that I know I’ll learn a ton!

    Thanks for talking about being conTENT. Not an easy task, but something I’m always striving for.

    Can’t wait to see where your megaphone takes you!

  11. Angela Glidewell says:

    I’m a renter and am very discontent yet trying to be content with what God has given me to live in. At this time my focus is on improving my stuff and not concentrating on improving the house I live in. Next, all my windows have NO curtains since we move sooooo much I have given up on windows. Well, now I live in AZ where you need to wear Sunglasses in house. I desperately need curtains not just any curtains but curtains that will look good on trailer house windows from the 70’s and will help keep the house cool and the Sun out of our eyes. Looking forward to reading more!

  12. Looking forward to the Renter’s Blog…As a renter I feel very discontented about what I can do with regard to our space. Thanks!

  13. you are one BUSY lady! You’re amazing for taking on so much, and let’s be honest one nester blog just isn’t enough, at least for me :). Very excited to see the other blog posts you have in store for “us”, your loyal readers.

  14. oh, hooray, hooray, hooray! so glad for this news to be out. love the graphics and cannot wait to see everything come together.


  15. So glad to see this. I was one of your readers eagerly awaiting the window mistreatment ebook and was sad when catastrophe struck on that project. I am super excited to check out your new blogs but am especially giddy over the mistreatments (just moved into a new house and have a lot of windows needing some assistance!).

  16. I think you are pretty amazing. Just had to say that.

  17. I’m exhausted just reading this post….and excited about all the news. Please let us know if we can help support in any way. (lots of window mistreatment photos to share:)

  18. Paola Norman says:

    Your wonderful, I thought you should know that. I’ve now been reading your blog for just over 3 months now and I’ve been so inspired by your words, your home, your approach to decorating and your kindess in sharing your knoweldge with us readers.
    Whether you have one blog or three I’ll be reading them all. I didn’t know you had an ebook. Ironically, yesterday I was on Amazon looking to purchase a decorating book, I was looking at Stephen’s Saint-Onge’s book “Theres no place like home” all along thinking I wish the Nester had a book out as I would most certainly buy it.
    No matter which way you evolve your passion, more blogs, ebooks etc.. I’ll certainly be there. ( I can’t wait!).

  19. Nester, every time I visit your blog, I come away with an uplifted spirit. Just wanted to say thank you. I can tell that the intention behind your blog is pure and I appreciate it. I surely need to stop by more often!

  20. AWESOME! It is so much fun to see how your blog evolves…I’ve been with you ALMOST way back when. :) Love your logos. And love that the Nest Files is going to be here now–I love checking in to see what’s inspiring your noggin. Wow, that’s a lot of love, ha!

    All my best in this new venture!!!

  21. Nester,
    I’m so excited about the rental blog…the rental houses in Texas are….a lot uglier than the ones in NC. ;p)

  22. I am just soooo excited to see more of the wonderful YOU! Blessing and favor upon you and your amazing vision :))

  23. so great! I am a new-ish reader, and if I can offer any feedback at all as a reader, I really do like a “magazine” style blog. Will we be able to either click to those other blogs from this main blog, or subscribe to the individual blogs? If it’s the latter, then I would be inclined to create a folder in my Google reader for all of your blogs and subscribe that way, know what I mean?

    I’m coming out of the renting phase and into the home owning phase currently – we rent from my sister in law and will have the home in our name within the next three months. It is so much fun to be able to make decisions based on what we want and like, and not based on “where will we live next – is this [whatever] neutral enough to move?”

    I’m pretty certain that by the summer is over, there will not be one single white/cream/neutral wall in my home. Except the ceiling. :)

  24. Samantha says:

    I’m SO excited about the renting blog! As a homeowner-turned-renter (boo for buying at the top of the market in California and then needing to move for a job!), I want to make our house our home even if we don’t pay a mortgage.

    We’re moving into a new rental (tomorrow!) and we got the OK to paint, so I’ve been busy getting the main areas of the home all painted. I can’t wait to get in there and further make it feel like ours – and I can’t wait to read more ideas. Your blog has always been inspiring and I love your openness about renting and that just b/c you’re a renter doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful home.

  25. Yea! Yea! Yea! Exciting news for all, but especially for you. Taking on a lot, but I know you can do it. As a new renter, used to be a home-owner (well, still am… waiting for sale) I’m super excited about this new blog.

  26. Elizabeth Bailey says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

    I’m looking forward to your blog for renters! I love having a pretty home, but renting can definitely put a damper on things decor-wise… think seventies style paneling that they will not let me paint…. whimper. I can’t wait for your inspiration, and encouragement to be contest with whatever/wherever it is God has provided for me to call home!

  27. I cant wait to see the blog for renters!!!! I have been renting for a few years now and it can be so hard to be restricted. I often find myself not being content with the rental situation so hopefully it will help :) God bless!

  28. more of the nester is always a good thing! Good luck as you embark onto this exciting venture and I look forward to reading! I love that you have found your place to show your voice online. It obviously is working well for you! You are incredibly talented (and insightful) and I am so priveledged to watch you on this journey. I really appreciate that you incorporate talking about your home and tie it into more than just pretty stuff. You make it about life and I think that really sets you apart. Congrats! xo

  29. Oh my heavens…here I am four days after this announcement hunting you down about window mistreatments. I actually quoted you to the lady cutting my fabric, that’s how influenced I am!! On my counter sits a lovely bit of fabric and some tacks and my kitchen window is getting mistreated ASAP!

    I’ll be impatiently pacing until the new blog is up! Thank you so much!!

  30. I am excited to see the renting blog – I am about to do some painting in my apartment and I am a little nervous about it, considering I am going to have to paint it all black next year. But, I figure, I want to love where I live RIGHT NOW not want to love where I live next year.

  31. i cannot wait for your blog about renting to launch!! i am a renter and actually struggle with being content (shocker!!) i actually wrote a post about my decision to CHOOSE to be content. (http://allthingsbeverly.blogspot.com/2011/03/addiction-to-discontentment-to.html)

    all of that to say i’m excited about your new blog and i just know it will be such a great place of encouragement!!

  32. Awesome! Congrats!! Looking forward to the new blogs -you are SO talented! :-)

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