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The ebook :: It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful

This ebook is currently under mega construction.  I’m hoping to re-release it for your e readers in the upcoming months.

Do you find yourself discontent in your home? Have you given up, assuming that there is no way you can follow all of the decorating rules, rules you don’t even know? Do you long for a home that reflects what is important to you and your family, welcomes friends, and is an inviting retreat at the end of a long day?

I swiped that paragraph straight from my first ebook, It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful. Those nine words also known as IDHTBPTBB have become my battle cry, my mantra, and the ebook– my manifesto. And I hope you will adopt them as well. {am I the only one who thinks unibomber when I hear the word “manifesto”?}

I know some of you are familiar with my philosophy of a home. I’ve written about it here from time to time. But, I thought it would be helpful to have everything in one spot so anyone can access it all in one place without having to click around. Plus, I added in lots of new stuff. It’s a quick read at only 16 pages and that includes all the photos.

I truly believe that the home where you live in right now can become your dream home. This ebook isn’t a step by step list of rules for you to follow to achieve a perfect home but rather a fun read that will free you to make your home what you want it to be starting now.

Stay tuned, feel free to bug me, I’m hoping to release this ebook again in the near fall 2011 future…

It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful:: The ebook

The Big Announcement:

Do you find yourself discontent in your home? Have you given up, assuming that there is no way you can follow all of the decorating rules, rules you don’t even know? Do you long for a home that reflects what is important to you and your family, welcomes friends, and is an inviting retreat at the end of a long day?

I swiped that paragraph strait from my first ebook, It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful. Those nine words also known as IDHTBPTBB have become my battle cry, my mantra, and the ebook– my manifesto. And I hope you will adopt them as well. {am I the only one who thinks unibomber when I hear the word “manifesto”?}


I know some of you are familiar with my philosophy of a home. I’ve written about it here from time to time. But, I thought it would be helpful to have everything in one spot so anyone can access it all in one place without having to click around. Plus, I added in lots of new stuff. It’s a quick read at only 16 pages and that includes all the photos.

I truly believe that the home where you live in right now can become your dream home. This ebook isn’t a step by step list of rules for you to follow to achieve a perfect home but rather a fun read that will free you to make your home what you want it to be starting now.

The ebook is free to you for simply signing up for my Newsletter. A newsletter that I have no idea if I will follow through with and actually write but right now it sounds like a fun idea. Your email address will never be sold or abused in any way and if you hate the newsletter you can unsubscribe at any time.


There’s also a companion book, or as I like to call it IDHTBPTBB’s twin brother, written by my favorite contractor, Remodeling Guy called The Power of Remodeling: How Remodeling Your Home Can Change Your Life. It’s a great read and it’s free as well. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wish there was a movie.

For those of you wondering how I got all my computer smarts to come out with a fancy ebook and all I confess, Remodeling Guy did all the computer parts for me. Did you know that he’s a computer wiz too? His attention to detail is unbelievable. Thanks RG for slaving away for me!


So here it is:

Sign up for the newsletter right down here and follow the directions to get the ebook:
It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to be Beautiful!

There is a box to fill in your name and email right above this. If you cannot see it, that means your computer has some kind of block on it. No worries, email me and I’ll sign you up and tell you what to do!

It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful Part 2

Last night I was watching whatever channel that is that Jon and Kate plus 8 comes on. Have you seen it? It’s a show where they show the daily life of Jon (not John) and Kate and their 2 twin 6 year olds and their 6 sextuplet 2 year olds. Needless to say it makes my life look like a coma.

Well, I had witnessed one other time where Kate did the unthinkable. Low and behold, this show was a recap of all year and she did it again. What was this unimaginable act of which I speak?

She showed her stomach. She showed her stomach that carried 6 babies at one time. She showed her stomach that carried 6 babies at one time and then flopped back never to return to it’s recognizable state again. (without surgery that is)

You know what happened to me after she showed me, I mean us, the most weird looking wrinkly, butt resembling tummy I have ever seen? I loved her. I loved her so much. My devotion to her skyrocketed. Don’t you ever say anything bad about that woman, I will instantly defend her. Isn’t that funny how when someone shares a weakness or fault or reveals them self to be less than perfect we humans automatically relate?

My sister did it today too. She showed a photo of her 7 month tummy great with twins. While in a hospital gown. Without makeup and I’m guessing, no shower. Don’t you just love her? Don’t you just want to be her BFF? Well, I am.

If it’s perfect, it’s just not beautiful.

It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

If you’re like me, you have already taken your tree down and are ready to have a fresh looking nest. I know I always look forward to still having a wintery feel but, I can’t wait to clear out all the garland, extra pillows, tassels and wreaths that fill up my home.

Let’s talk about walls. The house that we currently live in has LOTS of wall space. I am not fond of many paintings that they sell in stores and I am very cheap so, I had to get creative.

Here is something I HATE! But it’s a necessary evil — the thermostat. This entire wall grouping was designed to hide it.

I placed a wall shelf underneath. I bought it from my FAVORITE home decorating place, Hobby Lobby, the original price was $15 but, they were 50% off . The small frames were $6 each and I just leaned them up against the wall so air could still get to that electronic thing. The larger picture frames were on sale for$10 from Garden Ridge and the mirror was also 50% and I paid $50 for it. The total price for this wall….$117 and it’s my biggest expanse of space to fill.

Don’t be afraid of yard sales. I like to look for frames. I bought a pair of these for $1 each because the glass was broken. They were still in the box from Kirkland’s with a $14.99 tag on them. When I got home, I threw out the glass. Who need glass anyway? That’s one less thing my boys can break and it eliminates picture glare!


Here’s another yard sale find, this iron work was $1. I just hung it with some heavy duty nails.


I also like to frame weird stuff like this picture I drew of our nest when we lived in Macon, GA.
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Here’s another wall grouping. I know I’m the only person in America who still likes gold but, according to Paris Hilton gold is all the rage. Three of these mirrors are from yard sales. I like mirrors compared to paintings because I don’t have to commit to colors that may be in the paintings.


Remember that star? Ebay, $39. Search for “metal barn star” .

I think this is my favorite thing. My seven year old did this last year. I got the frame for $10 because the glass was broken. Again, who needs it? Another thing I’ve done for kid’s art is to put them outside in old clothes and give them paint from our walls and let them paint pictures out of that. It’s a sure fire way to have kids art that goes with your color scheme. My only rule: they can’t leave any white space on the canvas.


Frame a card they made you.


I found two of these poster frames for $10 at Garden Ridge. The plexi (is that a word?) glass was broken and oh, they were a nice shade of vomit orange. Five minutes and a can of black spray paint later and I had nice black frames. Then, I got super lucky and I found 2 chalk boards at a yard sale. Again, $1 each.


I hot glued the chalkboards into the frames and, how fun are these? If you don’t want to go to that trouble just look for an ugly painting in a good frame at a yard sale. As long as the painting is on a smooth surface you can paint over it with chalk board paint for the same result.
Here’s a door from an old project that we had laying around. I painted it too.


My mom found these plastic outdoor shutters at the goodwill and yes, they were already red.


And don’t underestimate the power of plates. You can find them at the dollar store, wal-mart and yard sales. So CHEAP. And classy!


More plates here and, if you are in bed and eating a cupcake and need a plate, ta-da how awesome are you!?

The Only Secret Formula For Choosing the Perfect Paint Color

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We are all looking for those foolproof, step by step rules that we can just implement, get ideal results and then forget about it. We want less work, no risk and lots of reward. Even when it comes to something as simple as choosing a wall color. And I am the queen of wanting an easy answer. If there was an app or robot that could actually make the right decision for paint, I’d buy it right now. Last week I showed you the paint that Sherwin-Williams supplied for our bedroom makeover, this week, I’m getting on my cute decoupage soap box and giving a State of the Nest address about choosing a paint color.

Choosing a paint color is an art.

I may hate a color in a room, you might love the same exact color. There really is no wrong. Therefore, sadly, no one can give you a formula for how to get the ‘right color’ for a room they aren’t living in.

But I can tell you a way to find the right paint color.

It’s not about learning the secret step by step formula to how to choose the perfect paint color every time.

I can’t teach you how to pick the perfect paint color on your first try. And anyone that says they can is a liar.

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Because Sharing the Imperfect is Worth the Risk

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Almost seven years ago I started this blog.

And two months into it my sister told me I should talk about my window treatments.

My first reaction was that I can’t share my little embarrassing secret.

I was sure I’d be met with comments telling me I’m not supposed to do it that way.

I hadn’t been in this online community for long and sharing something so blatantly rule breaking as hot gluing my unlined, raw fabric ‘drapes’ was getting too real too fast.

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I wrote about them. How we hammered an upholstery tack with a high heeled shoe. Poor photography in bad lighting.

And I waited for the comments to come telling me how wrong, and dumb, and mistaken I was and how ashamed I should be. I waited for the citation from the ASID. I waited to be laughed off the internet.

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And that isn’t what this community did.

This community embraced it.

This community met these imperfect, hurried, I-love-pretty-things-but-protecting-the-family-budget-is-more-important-than-impressing-my-friends–ideas and accepted them.

Instead of my ideas and true self being met with hate or laughed off. You embraced them.

You said “me too”.

You said “more”.

You said, “we can see through the imperfection to the beauty and worth”.

“We see it too.”

You met my imperfections with love not hate.

And I was astonished and forever changed.

That was the day Nesting Place truly began.

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You are the reason this book exists.

Because your acceptance of my imperfections launched me into a place that freed me to be who I truly am, faults and all, so I could share my ideas, good bad and ugly.

This community was safe.

You made this online community feel like home.

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Revealing my imperfect ways connected us.

Revealing ourselves to trustworthy people always connects.

Imperfections are important in our life and our home because they put people at ease.

You are the ones at the play group, in the community groups, welcoming friends into your imperfect homes, embracing that imperfection despite what a glimpse on the screen might tell us is acceptable.

You are the ones risking, because you know true connection is worth it and it can start in our very homes.

You are the ones looking past the imperfect to the true beauty.

You are the ones teaching us, teaching me that this imperfection isn’t to be hidden, but embraced, celebrated even.

You are the ones saying YES, let’s stop pretending that we need to impress each other. None of us is perfect and I’ll take that risk and be the first to admit it. And it can start with a pair of mistreated, hot glued drapes. That actually look pretty good.

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That disapproval letter finally came.

It came in the form of a comment on a post about how to make slipcovers, the easy way.  It was 5 years into blogging and by then I had so much confidence in the strength and truth of this message that I didn’t affect me the way I had feared. Don’t get me wrong, I had other people who didn’t get what I was doing. But this one comment addressed everything an imperfectionists faces all in a few words. It said:

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It’s a lot of work to be the gatekeeper of what is and isn’t acceptable. Deeming only perfection has worth. Who would you rather be friends with? Who’s home are you more comfortable in? The person commenting, or the owner of this chair with the threads hanging off the bottom?

Embracing imperfection does not mean that we have given up or settled for less. Maybe accepting imperfection is a sign of maturity, balance and contentment.

I’m a normal, average woman who loves to be surrounded by meaningful beauty and it has been so freeing to drop the burden of perfection.

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We put that $12 thrifted, broken footed, craizily slipcovered chair, threads and all on the cover of a decorating book. Because IT. IS. BEAUTIFUL.

Not despite it’s threads and overly cushy seat  but maybe because of it. Because we know the secret. We know what true beauty is.

Not everyone can see the beauty in the midst of the imperfect.

But you can.

I can.

Because we choose see it.

Sometimes we have to fight to see it.

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We are the imperfectionists.

You are the ones teaching me, urging me to truly believe something I always secretly hoped was true.

That it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

And I can never thank you enough.

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Win a Copy of The Nesting Place arriving in bookstores and mailboxes this week:

Because Perfection is for the Birds @ Emily A Clark

It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect @ Naptime Diaries

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Buy The Nesting Place Book @ Caroline TeSelle

Every House Has A Silver Lining @ (in)courage

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Find out more about The Nesting Place here.

Has it been worth the risk to reveal your imperfections?

Have you learned that sometimes good enough has been better than perfect?

Are you waiting on the next house to create the home you’ve always wanted?

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