Cozy Minimalists Unite!


If you are living in an overwhelmed house but underwhelmed with your options to change it, you’ve come to the right place

If you:

  • love beautiful things
  • want your home to feel cozy
  • want your home to reflect your style
  • want to create a cozy and stylish home without overspending and overwhelming a room with too much stuff

…then you are a Cozy Minimalist!

Cozy Minimalism has nothing to do with style or modern furniture or cold, empty spaces. It has everything to do with creating a space that reflects whatever style you love with just the right amount of your favorite things. Honestly, I’ve yet to meet someone who isn’t a cozy minimalist at heart.

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If you’ve ever hoped for a little more guidance in your home, if you’ve ever wanted to just snap a photo and get a few opinions on a space from like minded folks, if you ever wished you could just figure out what to do next in your room, then listen up…

For years I’ve wanted to host an online course and now, we are going to do it!

This is more intimate and actionable than reading a blog post–you’ll pick a room in your house to focus on and each week I’ll give some simple assignments that when added up over the four weeks of the course will help transform and refine your space so that it more closely reflects your style –but not because we are just going to add in more stuff. No way!

I’ll help you think through what should stay, what should go and where it should go. You’ll be able to use what you learn and apply it to every room in your house!


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We are offering the course live on Thursdays (after registration closes we’ll survey the members and pick the best times and even then each week we might do the live portion at a different time) starting March 26th.

But attending LIVE truly isn’t the point because everything will be recorded and available on the Cozy Minimalist site the next day.

We’ll also have a private, cozy facebook group where we can connect, share photos and ask questions. Does this mean if you aren’t on facebook you can’t join? Absolutely not, it just means you’ll miss that part of the community. If you aren’t on facebook, it probably means you aren’t the type of person who needs a lot of conversation interaction anyway–so you can still join and get all the content, just not that conversation that happens as a group.



I’ve got lots more information for you at the pretty new Cozy Minimalist site–come over now and read all about it, check out the FAQs and, we’ve got the first Barn Event of 2015 on the Calendar! Come on over and find out more!


  1. Wow, I’m out! This blog has become nothing more than one big solicitation. I read many blogs who have found a fair amount of success, but do it without ‘selling’ their readers. You should consider having a separate, commercial site. I begrudge no one the ability to make a living, but it’s all I see from you anymore and it feels like you’re taking advantage. Good luck with your MANY endeavors.

  2. This is SO AWESOME! The phrase “cozy minimalist” defines perfectly what I want for my home (and also my whole life actually). LOVE IT ALL!!!

  3. I’m so stoked to do this. Signed up and excited to start! Thanks for taking the time and energy to help us see our homes in more personal ways than we might get from your posts and book (which are still baller by the way). Worth every penny!

  4. I am super excited for this to begin! Can’t wait!!

  5. I had a security warning come up, when I looked at signing up for this. Needless to say, I won’t be doing it. I was also discouraged by the fact that you didn’t give the cost up front – not a good sign.

  6. CONGRATULATIONS on your MANY endeavors AND I am personally thrilled that you have decided to offer this course. I need major help! {btw the price is a steal compared to what I would pay for someone to come to my house for even a consultation with even one of the topics offered!}. And the community of Cozy Minimalists that will be created because of this course? that will be the best part.

  7. Just wanted to say that I’ve been a reader for several years, and I’m a big fan of your message. I’m cheering you on! Love the blog, LOVED the book, and this sounds great! Not sure I can join in this time, but I hope it’s a big success and that I’ll have another opportunity in the future. (I’m not put off at all by the price, it seems reasonable to me, but I did feel like I had to search around a little on the site to find it.)

  8. Alice McKee says

    I am also really disappointed in the price. I’m even more disappointed that it wasn’t listed up front. I always felt like this blog was a place about beautiful decor with a budget in mind, using what you already have, etc. I’m sure most of your readers shop their homes, thrift, and scour HomeGoods for a bargain because they are on a budget but still want their home to feel beautiful. I feel like the price of this class defeats your whole style philosophy and alienates a lot of your readers.

    • I appreciate your words Alice,

      The blog and its 7 years of content and future years worth of content will always be free for you–I love writing it so much and I plan on continuing to write here to encourage you for as long as people continue to come.

      Some people want more options than a blog and I’m so happy that I can offer more things! I wrote a book, I offer a membership site, I have events at the barn and now I’m trying out a course. They all have value and they all have a more than fair price for the particular value they bring. And often, we give stuff away, books, memberships and from the beginning we’ve been taking scholarship applications for the course (in the FAQ/Questions part of the site)

      If there are more things in the future that people would like for me to try to offer, I’m happy to see what I can do to offer it!

      • I agree that your offerings all have value. I feel like the offer you value in this course is at an amazingly fair rate considering the amount of work to prepare, edit, style, and teach. You cannot get interior design for $89 ANYWHERE that I am aware of. Yes, this is not full service, but creating a platform, managing a community, creating content for the course is definitely worth what you are asking. I don’t think it’s fair for women to put a ceiling on your earning potential when you give FREE content on your blog and have for years. I am sure none of them would like to receive messages from anonymous people saying they shouldn’t try to earn more. HOW RIDICULOUS!!! Hoping I can fit this course into my budget this month! THANK YOU for offering this!

      • There is nothing wrong with getting paid for a service. I’m sure you work very hard and all you offer is quality! By the way, I love your blog!

  9. Congrats, M!!! This looks great:) I know people will benefit form your unique take on decorating and making a home you love. All the best with it. XOXO

  10. I agree with some of the other comments but thought it was just me. It saddens me to see not only this blog but others have taken a turn for money making only ventures. I’m less inspired and more put off so reading them no longer makes me want to find frugal ways to make my home beautiful.

    • That is exactly how I feel. A blog that turns into a money-making venture or a place to sell a book has a lot less appeal to me. Look what happened to Young House Love!

    • I don’t feel that way at all. I get so excited for people that find their niche in life and get to spend their time doing what they love, while getting paid for it by others who really appreciate and value their point of view. What a joy for them! Blogging takes TONS of time and TONS of effort. I feel nothing but gratitude for bloggers who have freely shared content in the past. But when the time comes to place a monetary value on what they have to offer…good for them for capitalizing on what they do well! Long live the entrepreneurs!

  11. This sounds like fun and something I need, especially the declutter part. I won’t be able to join this time due to some other things that I need to take care of, but I would definitely be interested in the future. Also, I think the price is great and I would not have a problem paying that at all. It is much cheaper than hiring someone to come to my house for a consult, plus it is a chance to build community with like-minded folks. I think seven years of blog content, various magazine spreads, and a best seller book has earned you the right to spread your wings into another adventure. It is a choice for people to make. They can still come here for inspiration, but now, they also have a choice to dig deeper. My decision to be frugal in my decorating has everything to do with my commitment and desire to do so, and is not based on whether or not my favorite blog offers me an optional class if I choose to participate. The inspiration is still here, the class is just the icing on the cake if I decide to indulge! I was at your lovely barn last year for the writers event and I can say that you and Emily both are very gracious hosts and just wonderful people. I too am an introvert so I know what it costs you to open your doors to us. Thank you!

  12. Heather Bivins says

    It hurts my heart that I can’t take the course. For reals, my heart is feeling the feels. This is so great. We’re moving soon, so the timing is just not going to work out this time. Great idea! Great price! Please do it again!

  13. In response to Nester’s critics:
    1. Blogging is Nester’s job, and people typically work to make money. Would you work for free? If so, that’s not working; it’s called volunteering.
    2. The average cost to hire a decorator runs $50 to $200 per hour, so $89 for a four-hour design course is very reasonable in my book.
    3. It’s not unusual for people to change the direction of what they want to do over the course of seven years. Nester is branching out. Are you still doing exactly what you did seven years ago? I didn’t think so.
    4.. I don’t have a blog, I don’t know Nester personally, and I’m not an interior decorator.
    5. If you don’t like Nester’s blog, don’t read it.

  14. Oh how much I want to take this course! Like Heather, I will be moving soon, so it won’t work out for me. Thank you for being so generous and including all of us readers! xx

  15. This is a great idea! I love how we can work on our homes throughout the course with expert help from you. Thanks for sharing.

  16. love the title – love the heart – love that you teach in layers to your readers. The blog – the book – the membership. You’re doing great and I appreciate your heart and your artistry.

  17. I love this idea! I love the term “cozy minimalist,” too. I strive for this in my house. This month I am doing a minimalist challenge where I try to get rid of stuff/clutter in my house every single day. It is so freeing to get rid of the stuff that I don’t need so that I can enjoy the things I have. Great concept!!

  18. Aaaaaaaaand, that price is awesome! It would cost more than that for ONE hour with a decorator. I love the way you help people make the most of the items they already have. That’s a huge value right there! I know you will rock it!

  19. How exciting it is to have the opportunity to do something you’ve always wanted to do. So many clients ask for help with budgeting, editing and inspiration. Nice addition of Facebook support to bounce ideas around. Congratulations! xo becki

  20. I LOVE this idea. I’d do it in a heartbeat if I didn’t think it was too scattered and all over the place right now to be able to faithfully keep up with it. The Facebook group alone is a great idea…a cozy and safe place to share things with a bunch of other people who don’t expect perfection sounds divine!

    GO YOU, Nester! I think it’s wonderful that you’re using your gifts and talents and turning it into a JOB YOU LOVE AND MAKE MONEY DOING. Geez-A-Lou. Why do people get mad at other people who try to make a living?

    I used to make (and sell. gasp.) cakes. I never once had anyone complain that I charged money for them. And I never forced anyone who didn’t want a cake to pay for one. AND I never had anyone complain that I shouldn’t have started a cake business in the first place because it was mean of me to try to make money and suddenly my whole life was about making money.

    If you don’t want the cake, don’t buy the cake. But you don’t really have any reason to be mad at the baker.

  21. Congratulations on your new venture. Love the idea and love the name! I’m definitely a cozy minimalist. (And, I think the price point is perfect…affordable for those of us on a tight budget…making hiring a decorator attainable.)

    Wishing you lots of success.

  22. This is SUCH a great idea! And I’m thrilled to be able to participate! Price is amazing, especially for the type of interaction offered! Super excited to see what comes of this new endeavor!

  23. This. Is. Awesome. So excited for you and can’t wait to sign up when I have some extra cash. On the subject of cash – TOTALLY WORTH IT AND MORE! That is a STEAL for what you are offering and such an awesome idea. Hooray for cozy minimalism!! Love your work and how you make people feel like they can make their spaces beautiful. I can wait to take this course!! You are an incredible artist and inspiration!

  24. Please, please share where you got the white Leather looking pouf! I am looking for something just like that.
    I love your blog!

  25. I love everything about this and I truly, truly do not understand the negative reactions. As others have stated, the price is more than fair. I would never show up at my husband’s job (or anyone else’s, really) and devalue what he is doing by questioning why he would expect to get paid for the hard work he is putting in. Why do we do this to each other?

    Most importantly, I have gained so much from reading your thoughts here over many years. In a way, you’ve mentored me in freedom in my home. I love the way you always approach a problem by thinking at it in every direction. I want to emulate that. You’ve given much to this community. Why would we not want to give back to you? Isn’t that how a relationship works? When people love and serve me over and over again, I long to give back to them in some way–any way I can. There’s so much that could be said about the online world here, but I’ll refrain. I’ve already written a novel.

    What it boils down to: I see your hard work, Nester. I value it. I’m in your corner (Along with the many other women here. Hopefully, you knew it already.). I’m cheering on this new thing with everything in me!

  26. I think it is a fantastic idea for you to have real-time interaction with people who sincerely want to get their house designs sorted out – we have had fantastic advice from our Designer Company as we have worked through a small house plan – it is difficult because we constantly have to optimize – wherein we let go of some things in order to obtain other more important features, functionalities and the likes. We will continue to read the blog and I wish we had the time to join in on your online course offering.. Perhaps, it can be an annual recurring event that we can plan around.

  27. Stephanie Williams says

    Thanks for offering this course! I’m very excited about it and feel so blessed to be a recipient of one of the scholarships. I continue to be inspired by your blog and book, and now I look forward to this course. I admire your entrepreneurial spirit! I think it’s wonderful to be able to make money doing what you love. Guard your heart and don’t worry about the naysayers.

  28. This is the next best thing to having you come to my house! So excited for you and your latest endeavor. Nester, you always bless us with your generous heart. I was shocked by how affordable you made the webinar.
    Alas, I hope you will offer this again in the future. With an 8-week old baby, and 4 other kids in school, I don’t think I can really focus on this kind of project right now. Don’t get me wrong…I would totally love to abandon my duties as wife and mother to focus solely on making my house pretty. But I somehow think that would go against the entire message of your blog/webinar. :)
    Wishing you continued success!!!

  29. I am super excited about this challenge. I signed up today and everything said it went through but I haven’t received a confirmation e-mail. I hope I made it in time. I can’t wait to start!

  30. Hi Myquillin, I signed up for the cozy minimalist course a few days ago and paid online but haven’t received any notification yet for logging in as a member or info for the Facebook page. I am excited about the course and don’t want to miss anything. Thank you. Cecilee Goldberg

    • I have the same issue–I signed up before the deadline, but have not heard anything as to how to log in or join. And my e-mail address is not the same e-mail that I use for facebook, so hopefully that is not causing a problem. If anybody hears anything, can you update so I know there may be an issue?

  31. How can I access the Cozy Minimalist Facebook page? I am enrolled in the e-course but not sure how to gain access to the FB page. I tried searching for the page on Facebook but nothing came up. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!

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