That Time When 1000 of You Came to My House (Nest Fest Photos)

(be sure to click the speaker button for the music, thanks to Unmuatable for this video)

I’m so excited to get to host the third annual Nest Fest on our property again this year!

This year is going to be the biggest Nest Fest yet with room for more vendors and a very special surprise.

Here are some images from Nest Fest Past for you to enjoy. Tickets will go on sale in September.


We love being able to use this old sawmill property for something fun and pretty! After writing in this online space for 10 years, it’s a dream to get to host a get-together for you! This is how I offer hospitality to you, the Nesting Place community. It’s imperfect, inspiring and warm and welcoming.

I asked Barrie to capture the day in photos and she did a great job. Here are a million photos from Nest Fest 2016 and 2017 because I love them all–we had 50 vendors, 5 different types of musicians (see them all here) and perfect weather.

I can’t thank you all enough for coming out–from Florida, Michigan, Texas, Illinois, even–CALIFORNIA! What in the world?! All the way to little Midland, North Carolina! It was SUCH a joy, a huge amount of work, and a pleasure to get to meet some of you who have been reading along here on our pretty little corner of the internet!

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For the first 4 hours the barn was standing room only!!











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I could look at those photos all day! I cannot believe so many of you came!

PS, every year we feature some of my favorite authors.

See our 2017 authors and vendors here.

As usual, we’ll only have 1000 tickets available, thanks to our permit. And as usual, we expect them to sell out. Tickets go on sale in September.

2017 Nest Fest Team, Caroline (the Queen of it all) Megan, Ashely and Mandi.

Save the date for Nest Fest 2018 — October 20th.

Vendor applications open on May 8th.






  1. Yes, next year I will have to make the short drive from Raleigh!

  2. Oooh, I saw so many lovely things. Do any of your vendors have online shops you could link to?

  3. i hope you do it again! my daughter and i loved it and my mom wants to come back with us! :)

  4. I wanted to come SO badly, but just couldn’t swing the trip from St. Louis this year. I would LOVE to come next year! Please post the date as soon as you know it to help us plan our trip. Your book changed my home for the better. You inspired me to make some (simple!) decorating changes that I was afraid to make for a long time … but I’m so glad I finally did them. I love you and your sister both !

  5. I couldn’t make it this year either, but would love to come next year! I live in Illinois but have always wanted to visit NC. Your blog was the first one I ever read way back in the day – end of ’07/ early ’08 maybe? Your philosophy of idhtbptbb has seriously changed my life and I would love to meet you one day! :)

  6. My most favorite event I’ve ever done! Thank you for letting me be part of it. (And if you ever need help with it in the future, I’m just up the road.)

  7. I would love to come next year!! Sounds ike the perfect rod trip for my BFF and me!

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  9. I love your rustic and charming style. Nice photos, by the way.

  10. I’m dying to go next year so I decided to start saving now (I’m in western Canada!) just in case you decide to do it again. Thanks for sharing all the pictures of Nest Fest, it looks seriously amazing!

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  22. Kelly Wally says

    I live a couple of miles from here and was good friends with the original owners (there was one short-term owner in between them and you, I believe). My girls and I have many happy memories in this house and I am excited to come and see what you have done with the place.

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  26. Could you please post a link for purchasing tickets to Nestfest.
    Thank you!

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  28. Tenía tantas ganas de venir, pero este año no pude balancear el viaje desde St. Louis. ¡Me ENCANTARÍA venir el año que viene! Publique la fecha tan pronto como la sepa para ayudarnos a planificar nuestro viaje. Tu libro cambió mi casa para mejor. Me inspiraste para hacer algunos (¡simples!) Cambios de decoración que tenía miedo de hacer durante mucho tiempo … pero estoy muy contento de haberlos hecho finalmente. ¡Te amo a ti y a tu hermana!

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