My Office

nesting place office

I’ve had this here blog for almost seven years. And for most of that time, I had an office where I could be messy and creative and leave my stuff everywhere and have craft supplies organizedish and close my door and work like I mean it. I’m happy to say I used my offices well and fully. Until we moved to this house. This blog is our family business and now I have no office.

Our house itself is about 1750 square feet. Over 1000 square feet less than our last house. Of course, now we have 12 acres and a pond and a tree house which is SO FUN, but our house has been increasingly messy because the entire house is turning into my office.

green barn

We also have the World’s Worst Barn on our property. And after we had already decided to make an offer on this place, I found what everyone in my family already knew was here…

outside the office. ugh.

…the World’s Worst Office.

office porch

Make no mistake. There is nothing glamorous about this office.

rocky river office

Clearly this was the official office of the Rocky River Hunt, Fish, and Saddle Club. Fans of the Outer Banks. Let’s just say this room had Dude all over it. Grody if you will. It smelled of cat and mildew and 20 years of pee caked on a toilet.


office before

Potential right? Potential can be the kiss of death because I have such a heart for potential and sometimes it can be a curse when everything has potential it’s overwhelming. I fall hard for potential every time. Me + Potential = 4ever. Sadly.


Look an old toilet! In a cedarish lined bathroom in the office!


Yes, I hung up that deer head. In my defense the nail was already there. It’s a sickness.


I came home from Uganda to find that my husband, boys, and parents had been feverishly working to get this office painted up for me.


I posed all over the place, because HAPPY! And also DORKY!


This wall will hopefully become a craft area with a sink.


It has a wood stove! Actually, it has two wood stoves, we removed the tiny one on top from our house and plopped it in the office ‘for now’.¬† But the big one works and Chad said it worked so well that he had to open the windows to get some cool air. There’s also an alternative heat source, I think it’s that ugly metal box hanging from the ceiling. Let’s not talk about that right now.


Here’s the door. And I have a pretty view to the little fenced in pasture. There are only two tiny windows right now but, the white primer already helps brighten the room by 100%.


Honestly, when Chad showed me this big office with a full bathroom and how much my family has worked on it I had a half a second’s worth of guilt. I had just left Uganda and Rose and Mama Grace. Both of their families could live in this office together with more room than their current homes.

And then I thought about Rose. And how she used what she was given and used it well. How she danced in the kitchen.

Welcome to my kitchen.

I can’t cook 50 gallons of pork and beans at one time but I can do this blog thing. I can work smart and with a fresh vision. And for me, this office is my kitchen and y’all this place deserves to be danced in.

My vision for this office is for words of housey encouragement to be birthed here, I’d love to start small, before the barn is ready and hold mini craft days, I hope one day you can come hang out with me in this kitchen/office.


Maybe your Kitchen is your office or the nursery or your family room. Maybe your Kitchen is your church or your cubicle or your actual kitchen. No matter what your kitchen is. To totally cheese up this post…I hope you dance.

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  1. And to think I was just fussing about having to scrapbook in my big ole basement! I will never complain again! I will dance in my basement! Thank you for the perspective!!! God really does use you!!

  2. I think my favorite is the random water heater in the middle of the room.

    Can’t wait to see what you do!!!

  3. So exciting! You go dance in your office. The potential is definitely there! Mini-craft days sound amazing. But maybe it’s just because this mama of soon to be four can’t seem to find all of her craft supplies and I’m itching to be creative.

  4. Random note. A realtor just told me last week that you older toilets are stamped with the year under the lid, so you may be able to find out how old your office is that way (if you don’t know already!).

  5. Nester…you make this white haired middle aged mama sitting in chilly Maine smile. I totally get the love for potential. :-) Once I asked my husband to go get the “black little table out in the garage” and he came back in scratching his head with the melamine topped brown wood table. “Yup, that’s the one!” I said. Because I had painted it IN MY MIND.

    A ha ha ha – the power of POTENTIAL. :-) They should name a bonding primer “Potential”.

    What a lovely gift your family gave you. It will become a nest for your work, because that’s what you do. Can’t wait to see it evolve!!!

  6. It is going to be amazing. And what a gift to come home to…no priming for you missy. You were busy loving on little kids. I cannot wait to see what you do with it. And while we wait, I will be a little more thankful for my little office space and a smallish house because it reminds me to have perspective. And may I just say, I am having an Ann Voskamp office moment with your little barn. Your dreams are really coming true! That makes me smile.

  7. That is sooo sweet!
    Isn’t if amazing what a coat of white paint can do??
    Two of my kids helped me turn a tiny, dark, wood paneled room into a tiny, white, vintagy photography studio. Use what you have right?! ;D

  8. Since you asked for volunteers, I totally volunteer to be part of the mini craft day before the barn is ready. I will bring my non-existent dance moves + shoes.
    Nevermind that you didn’t ask for volunteers.

  9. I love your office…especially the front porch. I love that you are choosing to see the best, and not let the smell get to you. What a wonderful surprise to come home to a painted office…your husband and kids are very sweet.
    On a side note, my friends always compliment my style, and I tell them I learned everything from you. Simple, use what you have, and have fun with it…it makes being a stay-at-home Momma so much more enjoyable, and peaceful. Thanks for all your recent writing. I have really enjoyed it!

  10. What a blessing your family is to you! It speaks wonders about you that they would be so willing to get this ready while you were gone. **happy dance**

  11. Assume you have heard Lee Ann Womack’s I Hope You Dance.
    It’s kind of a theme song for us – a bright piece of hope and a healthy reminder – to dance. Love this post.

  12. I think you should leave it the way it is lol

  13. I can’t wait to get my utility room slash laundry room slash hobby room slash office when we finally finish our renovation. It was the only room with enough space for me to squeeze my dreams into so all of the above will have to work and be quirky together. Congrats on your new office.

  14. This is a fabulous post! We’re dancing at our house today as well. It’s a different little jig called Hole-In-the-Floor-and-a-New-Job. Congrats on a new space and fresh perspective.

  15. Potential popped in my mind, too. Oh you’re going to have so much fun! Keep us posted :-)

  16. Love it! I teared up when you said your family had been working on it for you. And thanks for saying “nursery;” that’s my life right now. {hence the tears} = ) IDHTBPTBB

  17. How exciting! And I would love it if I could one day hang out with you in your kitchen office. :)

  18. How sweet of your family to do that. And what a place to work. Have you seen Karianne at Thistlewood Farms gatehouse. It also has an office in it for her and a craft room. Very cute. With a little TLC, you’re place is going to look great. I know all about the cat thing. We have rentals and male cats are always a problem even if they’ve been fixed. Ugh. Using paint helps to seal the odor away, so if it’s on your wood walls, (of course, I’m not sure how cat urine would get there, but you never know! haha ) the primer and paint should take care of that problem for you.

  19. Adriana Maes says

    I love how you always take what you have and go from there! Go Neste!

  20. I look forward to dancing all up in that joint!

  21. Awesome! What a sweet family you have!

  22. I can’t wait to see what you are going to do with this space!! Lifting you in prayer as you begin to make decisions and apply inspiration!! God is So Good!!! :)

  23. I love your blog! I dance in the kitchen also :)
    Please enter me in the book giveaway–the books all look fabulous! Thanks,

  24. Oh my gosh, definitely be cheesy! Such a sweet post, can’t wait to see what you do with the space and I KNOW you will inspire with it! And btw I would love to come hang out!

  25. Awesome! I’m excited for you!!! We’ve been going thru a remodel for almost 5 years & every time someone comes over I think, “don’t apologize.”- your words Nester!!!

  26. i love this. my favorite line: “Me + Potential = 4ever.” but not sadly. beautiful, instead. i can’t wait to see what you make of your space and the dancing that will be done. i say beautiful are those who can see things where others cannot. blessings to you!

  27. Great bones! Be still my overactive imagination! This is a wonderful space with so much potential. I can’t wait to see what you do with it! I would be dancing all over the place as well :)

  28. I hope my green eyed monster is not showing through! I love it! Painted paneling A+, Wood burning stove EXtra points. Can I put hanging baskets and wicker chairs on the porch and pretend i am there?

  29. Cindy@designlove says

    I would love to come dance in your kitchen! It’s going to be great!!!!


  30. “…when everything has potential it’s overwhelming.” YES! Story of my life. Can’t wait to see how your office evolves.

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  33. I love the encouragement you offer up with this post to be who you are meant to be (& to dance while you do it)! Having ‘suffered’ from ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ syndrome most of my life, it’s not always easy to find where passion lies but I am grateful for the many blessings I have to both enjoy & share. Thank you for putting your heart into what you do & inspiring the rest of us! PS. I, too, am a sucker for ‘potential’!

  34. I love to see transformations of real estate. It takes a real visionary to see the potential in an unsightly place. I have had some experience in this as well. My husband and I have lived in several fixer-uppers and have owned rentals through the years. We have painted dark paneled walls, stripped wallpaper, and changed 70’s decor to make living spaces more modern. I have scrubbed my share of old toilets and gotten my hands really dirty because I had the vision of what a property could become. It is a lot of work but also is a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy the journey. I can’t wait to see the results!

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