What I Learned in 2014 #imperfectionistsunite

blessed are those who see beautiful things in humble places

Today I’m linking up with my sister, Emily from Chatting at the Sky to share what I learned in 2014….

I love this community more every year. I cannot thank you enough for your love, acceptance, spelling corrections, laughs and general putting-up-with-me-ness. We are kindred spirits.

2014 was my favorite year yet as far as blogging, do you remember all we’ve been through….

everything1. This year I learned  Why today was spectacular in an ordinary way.

freedom2. That you’ve got to have guests when your house isn’t perfect.

i don't always have walls3. I can take out a wall in a fit of rage with my bare hands while wearing a bonnet.

truths4. Decorating truths you won’t see on HGTV

makers, say no boldly5. That the World Needs the Makers to say No Boldly

rest6. Why you have to choose your absence (my post at (in)courage)

change is my favorite color7. How to Change up a Room in one Hour

chair8. That sharing the imperfect is worth the risk.

kitchen9. The one thing I’ve figured out about kitchens — it changed my attitude about my kitchen

dining11. Arrows are a secret weapon in decorating

thrifted12. How to turn a house into a home on a thrift store budget. A one room makeover and video series with Lysa TerKeurst

master bedroom wall diy13. That Dashes, Risk & Imperfection are related

starting is progress14. Why it’s worth it to take one microscopic step forward.

imperfections put people at ease15. What progress really looks like.

walking each other home16. If you’re in the midst of a mess, join the club.

barn renovation17. Big, huge projects happen one day at a time: our barn renovation before & after

happy barn

I could look at this picture forever.


 18. That you have to dance in your kitchen….

 I loved sharing this year with you. Happy 2015 friends!


Your grace will never be forgot
Your mercy all my life
Will be my source forever song
My story and my light

From mountain top to valley low
through laughter and through tears
Surely the goodness of my God
Will follow all the years

For all that You have done for us
for every battle won
We’ll raise a song to bless Your heart
For all that you have done

You know our failures and regrets
You always led us home
Redemption’s arm has raised us up
Our triumph in the storm

For all that You have done for us
For every battle won
We’ll raise a song to bless Your heart
For all that you have done

(You’re faithful through the ages)

In unity we’ll stand as one
As family we’ll go
Shoulder to shoulder
Hand in hand
Into the great unknown

For all that You have done for us
For every battle won
We’ll raise a song to bless Your heart
For all that you have done

“For All That You Have Done” by Rend Collective


  1. I have loved, loved, loved following you for another year. :) thanks for all you post!

  2. You have been a wonderful inspiration this year and I’m glad I started following your blog. Thanks for all you do.

  3. I have learned so much from you in 2014. Thank you for sharing with all of us don’t-know-what-to-doers how to be okay with imperfect and help us to move forward in making our homes beautiful just. the. way. they. are. Hoping to meet up with you in person at one of your most fabulous barn events. Maybe in 2015. Until then, I’m sure I will continue to be inspired from afar : ) Happy 2015!

  4. Love your blog and your book. Thanks for sharing your heart!!

  5. I’m grateful for all you’ve learned. Because then we get to learn it all too. : ) I love every single one of these posts. And your book. And your barn. And that nail gel you recommended. And ALL The Nesterly Things.

    Happy New Year friend!

  6. Hi! Christina Lewis gave me your delightful book a few weeks ago and I feel I know you already! I love encountering women like you and Christina who have found ways to combine all they are – creative, spiritual, loving, funny, mommies – into their careers. I’m in the process of building and growing my writing business with exactly that in mind. Many thanks for the inspiration! Hopefully we’ll get to meet in person some time very soon!

    Happy 2015!
    All the best,
    Deb Mitchell

  7. Happy to have discovered you this year! You are one of the things I learned in 2014 when I discovered your book and gave it to my daughter for Mom’s Day! Yay!!!

  8. It’s been a great year, and you home is coming together so nicely.

  9. Happy New Year!

  10. Just finished your book, which was a Christmas gift from my Dad and wanted to write to say how much it touched me. As a self-taught designer that has been crafting and fumbling on my own home passionately for years, your writing helped me to see the value in being someone that designs from the heart, rather than from a place of qualifications, status or ego. There is certainly a club of interior designers that value money and recognition, but what is better than a home that represents your beautifully imperfect life? Thank you for solidifying what I had been feeling for years. xxx

  11. Oh these are some of the posts I loved the best, but my favourite? The Nellie Olson one :)
    Keep on being who you are, sharing your mind and wholeheartedness with us…Love you, and looking forward to receiving my copy of your book in South Africa! It’s only coming end January, but its one of my best bday prezzies already. Gonna do a little happy dance when it comes;)
    Blessings abundant for this new year to you and yours!

  12. Beautiful way to sum up the year! I loved every quote, every link. Loved the way you put the Rend lyrics at the end. Your words, rolling around in my brain this past year, have been a beautiful gift! Thank you!

  13. Happy New Year Nester…thank you for helping me see that imperfections are good!!!!!

  14. You have done amazing things this year….. thank you for continuing to inspire others all the time! May 2015 bring you only the best!

  15. Thank you for helping us all see that imperfections are okay in life. I have so enjoyed reading this past year and look forward to the next!


  16. I am newly discovering this blog and wiill be checking out all of these posts. You are one talented person!

  17. do you mind sharing what you filled the white poufs/ small ottomans with? I have some like those but they’re not filled. Thank you!

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