I love to have a pretty house and hate to spend too much money or time making it pretty. This house holds me and a manly husband with a dirty job, three boys and a mangy dog.  I gave up following all those persnickety design rules years ago and you can too.

I Changed My Philosophy

I shop at thrift stores and make super easy washable white slipcovers.

I love a pretty mantel

I make window mistreatments

Mistreatment: (n). covering for a window that is quick, cheap and pretty. may or may not need hardware does not require sewing. a real designer’s worst nightmare.

Mistreating: (v). the act of treating a window with dignity and respect without use of the following: hundreds of dollars, sewing, time, crying, divorce, child neglect…

Master Bedroom makeover–mostly paint and thrift shopping

Nesting Place headquarters

I long for simplicity.

Homes are meant to be used.

10 Ways to Avoid Having a Home You’ll Love

Home Wasn’t Built in a Day


All of these photos are from our current home that we rent. I love our rental home and you can love your home too, no matter what or where it is.

And I’m learning to enjoy the process.


A few more posts:

This is Your House:: Is it Who You Want to Be?

A Beautiful Mess

Lower Your Expectations

A Secret Decorating Ingredient:: It’s Awful

This is Your House:: Is it Who You Want to Be? {especially for renters}

From a reader::

Nesting Place Purpose:

to give hope and motivation to women to embrace the home they are in, fill it with meaningful beauty and enjoy the risk and adventure of creating a haven they adore all while chanting the motto:: It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful.