Introducing: My New Book + The Covers That Didn’t Happen

Announcing: Welcome Home: A Cozy Minimalist Guide to Decorating and Hosting All Year Round.

Releasing September 15 

How does this book compare to the first two books? I’m glad you asked:

The Nesting Place says: maybe you’re unhappy with your home, here’s how to fix it and it starts with finding beauty in the imperfections.

Cozy Minimalist Home says: maybe you’re overwhelmed with your house, here’s how to fix it and it starts with more style and less stuff.

Welcome Home says: maybe you’re dreading hosting and seasonal decorating, here’s how to fix it and it starts with paying attention to creation, not in the holiday aisle of your favorite store.

I’m so happy to get to share this new cover and book with you. And you know me, I put just as much time into creating a great preorder bonus as on the book. Hint*🧁 new fun videos!

When you preorder any version of Welcome Home (ebook, audiobook, hard copy) from any retailer at anytime before September 15—you’ll be eligible to get the free preorder bonus (coming soon!). 

We’ll be creating the bonus starting next week, so if you follow along on Instagram, you’ll see some behind the scenes stuff on IG stories.

Preorder now, pay nothing until September 15!

Click here to preorder now.  

Amazon has two perks if you order through them: 

1. you pay nothing until the book actually releases 

2. Amazon has a price match guarantee meaning that if the price goes down between the time you preorder and the day the book releases, (it will) you’ll automatically pay the lowest price. Usually my book prices gets lowered 20-40% as the release date gets closer. No need to watch the price–if you preorder, you’ll automatically get the lowest price.  

You can also preorder from Barnes & Noble and Cokesbury.   

If you’re ready to create a more welcoming, seasonal home, Welcome Home is for you. 

Hang on to your digital receipt to claim your bonus in August. Don’t worry, I’ll remind you.

I always love seeing the covers that weren’t –here are a few covers we didn’t choose for various reasons. But I still love all of these images and thought you’d enjoy seeing what almost was. 

Lightened & Brightened for Summer

a sponsored post with Serena & Lily, sharing some updates I made for summer

We call this the side porch but really, it turns the front corner of our house and wraps around two full sides of the house. There’s always a steady breeze and it’s the perfect place for a nap.

When we first moved here there were a pair of old, rotten ceiling fans that I couldn’t wait to switch out with fun, pretty lights.

Then seven years passed by as we fixed up the more desperate rooms inside.

porch in waiting

Finally, I found my dream lighting and said goodbye to those old fans.

And once again, I was surprised at how much power a signature light fixture has in transforming a space.

A pair of the Large Headlands Bell Pendants look like they were made for this porch. They come in natural and black, but I wanted a super high contrast since they are viewed against the white ceiling. I like to say ‘Contrast is queen if you want to be seen‘, and this is proof!

When our double doors are open onto the porch, you can see everything from the kitchen. I love how the statement light draws you outside.

Here’s the front corner of our wrap-around porch. I bought this hanging rattan chair last year and I love how it makes my land-locked home in North Carolina feel all tropical and beachy.

The lighting in our bedroom was another non-emergency that got pushed aside while we finished other projects.

When we moved in we added this round wood fixture to replace the old ceiling fan. I loved the shape, but, we ended up keeping lots of wood in this room: floors, doors, dressers, window trim and wood blinds.

When it came time to update the lighting, I wanted something that would work with our masculine (yet still feminine) room. I knew I wanted a sphere shape, and I was also looking for a little glam and shine to balance out all the matte, masculine textures.

This Capiz Honecomb Chandelier was the perfect match. I opted for the smaller size since we have eight foot ceilings. It hangs over the end of the bed so we’re able to hang it lower without worrying about hitting our head on it. I love how it almost feels like a lighter version of a disco ball.

Right now all lighting is on sale at Serena & Lily (ends 6/22/20), here are a few of my favorite things:

Pacifica Outdoor Pendant

Capiz Honecomb Chandelier

Santa Barbara Round Pendant

Milton Floor Lamp

Santa Barbara Pendant (bell shaped)

Hedlands Bell Pendant

Preston Floor Lamp

Flynn Wall Sconce with wicker shade

Oblong Headlands Pendant

Flynn Wall Sconce with white shade

And my favorite non-lighting items from Serena & Lily:

Hanging Rattan Chair (single)

Bar Harbor Bone Inlay Mirror

Hanging Rattan Chair (double)

Dip Dyed Stool

La Jolla Basket

Mallocora Beach Towel

Capistrano Outdoor Daybed

South Seas Bar Cart

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