Christmas Tour of Homes 2016 & A Call to Action for Cozy Minimalists


Welcome to the 2016 Christmas Tour of homes!

Thank you for checking in and opening up your imperfect home to strangers on the internet.

I’ll quickly go first, y’all, I’ve been sick for about two weeks now. Here’s my Christmas kitchen:

kitchen for realz


The house looks clean and orderly when I zoom in…

dining room


Long story here–we decided to move to a king size bed, so we got a new bed frame, I ordered a new mattress but didn’t like it, sent it back, and now we are sleeping on our old queen mattress on the king bed until I order another king size mattress.

I’m sitting here working from my queen mattress on a king size frame because my new king sized mattress wasn’t soft enough, getting ready to host a Christmas home tour on the internet and watching families fleeing from their dreams of a cozy home in Aleppo.

Chad and I watch the news, read the tweets and keep up with what the Preemptive Love Coalition is sharing.

Push play on this video for more information:

I’m spending part of my time in my cozy house recovering from being sick, part of my time making it pretty for Christmas and part of my time watching everything I can from Aleppo and Syria.

This is why we are Cozy Minimalists. We believe we can have a cozy home, with purpose–cozy for us and those who come here, but with intention to know when we have enough so that we can do other things.

Today, that other thing is to help our brothers and sisters who no longer have a home. Chad and I decided to join in with Preemptive Love, wait on buying our mattress and add to that money and give enough to provide meals for 100 families for a month. Will you join us in giving as well?

I cannot wait to see your lovely, safe home decorated for Christmas as it should be, would you consider also giving a gift to help those who no longer have a home?

sleeping bags



Thank you so much for giving so generously.

Want to do more than give? Click here.

Thank you for creating a home that’s inviting for your family, where you can welcome others in, I believe creating a welcoming home is a high calling, you are doing good work and I cannot wait to see your creativity in action.

Join in by linking up below to share your home with us (use a permalink directly to your post) and/or on instagram with the hashtags:


(It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful Christmas)


















  1. In the midst of all the fa-la-la, serious stuff is happening all around us.

    Sometimes we needed to be reminded of how very much we have … and how much more we can give.

    Blessings to you, Nester …

  2. Love the untrimed, natural form live christmas tree!

  3. Aleppo is always on my mind. It makes me feel ridiculous even linking up my tour here. But I always love your link party. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I adore your tree and home.

  4. Aleppo has been on my mind so much this week and I just found out about the Preemptive Love Coalition yesterday. I’m so impressed with the work they are doing in the midst of extreme chaos and tragedy. I hate that the world needs them, but love that they are standing in the gap to save as many lives as possible.

  5. I can totally relate to your mattress situation. As a single mom I slept on a twin bed for several years before I found my antique wrought iron full size bed—had to save money to purchase the full mattress so I had a twin mattress on the full bed for several weeks. Yep, been there done that.

    Thanks for the update on Aleppo—we have no clue as to how very blessed we are until we see the plight of others. Blessings to you and yours.

  6. Thank you so much for hosting every year. I always enjoy seeing other homes decked out for the holidays. But, I also appreciate your care and concern for others – thank you for reminding us of that when we have so many blessings.

  7. OK, so I know I live in a hole, but I am really a new follower to your blog, and I gotta tell you, this is the BEST Christmas tour I’ve seen…maybe EVER. Thank you for being so honest. THANK YOU for taking our priority lens and re-focusing it on the right subject. Going to give now. Happy holidays, and wishing you maximum peace and happiness in 2017 from one minimalist to another, and your newest biggest fan.

  8. Can I just say, “I love you”.

  9. Thank you for these reminders that both beauty and tragedy are all a part of this same world-wide story. That there is trouble but we can help. To quote Glennon Doyle Melton, today, “We are the ones we’re waiting for!”

  10. thank you for hosting as always and for bringing this issue to such light. It’s so easy to get caught up in the Christmas flurry, but it’s so important to remember to help those in need as well.

  11. Thanks for opening the link up back up :) Your home is lovely as always – I especially love the kitchen !

  12. Love this.

  13. Beautiful home, beautiful blog and such a beautiful idea! First time here and happy to be here! Thanks so much for sharing your heart and inviting us all to share! Merry Christmas! ??

  14. Thank you for sharing! Hey, I wanted to encourage you to try simmons beauty rest. We had one in our room and one in our son’s room. They are dreamy! Sadly, I was persuaded to get a different brand this time around and never will again. It is worth the money, and we’ve tried a lot of other brands but the simmons lasts forever compared to the other one we had. Just say’n!

  15. Thank you for posting this today, Myquillyn! Honestly, this had me in tears. And as a result, I donated to both Doctors Without Borders and Preemptive Love Coalition. Thank you for reminding me how richly blessed I am, and how we are called to share our blessings with others. Peace and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  16. what a wonderful call to action! Thank you for sharing such an important message. May all the peace and love of the season be yours.

  17. Love you forever.

  18. Your kitchen is such a giant relief to me. I have been sick too and currently my countertops are covered with unfinished bird feeders for a 2nd grade project. Not very Chirstmasy. I hope your family has a wonderful holiday and that you are on the mend!

  19. Lisa Mothersead says

    Thank you!! Contributed.

  20. Myquilllin, thank you for demonstrating what it’s like to have a cozy, beautiful home while still giving sacrificially. And challenging others to do the same.

  21. Bless you. We are monthly partners at Preemptive Love – my heart aches.

  22. I hustled all day to get pictures of our simple yet cozy home this year in the midst of unpacking from our move and taking care of our little 5 month old! Thank you for always setting the tone that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful! This especially hits home for me this year! xo

  23. WELL DONE!!!! This post is amazing to me. You don’t shame us for our situation in life, you call us to action is such a beautiful way, you lead the way in giving, you encourage, inspire and sharpen! Blessings on you, dear Nester! God’s fingerprints are all over this. Giving tonight! Kelly

  24. Not sure what type of mattress you want, but we bought a Tuft and Needle last year and are happy with it. It definitely cost less than the other ones we looked at.

  25. Love, love this, Myquillin.

  26. Each month, 100% of your donation will go toward providing lifesaving heart surgeries, emergency relief, and job empowerment grants to those displaced by violence. – Just giving made me feel better about myself.

  27. Thanks so much for hosting this fun link up! So much gorgeous inspiration!

  28. So grateful you’re calling us all to action for Aleppo. <3

  29. We’re all very fortunate that we have homes that keep us safe and warm, that we can decorate and share pictures of, that we can take pride in. It’s important we celebrate this, but also important that we give back when we can to those who don’t share our good fortune. Thank you for this post, and for providing the resources where we can all give our support.

  30. Sorry to sound negative, I am western living born again Christian from Russia originally. I followed Aleppo and Syria conflict for a long time. I sincerely question Preemptive love and their money collection for this exercise. Russia claims that they are the only ones on the ground providing food to people who are civilians in Aleppo terrorized by so-called rebels (Al Nusra = Al Quaeda), now they are liberated. Media lies about Syrian army and Russians killing and raping civilians (untrue), Aleppo is liberated not fallen (unlike what Preemptive love claim), this organization has no single video feeding people of Aleppo, why? I checked their financials they collected close to 3million this year and only spend half that , rest is in their bank account , why? Please find someone like Doctors without borders, find videos from SANA, Anna News, Ruptly who are actually on the ground and not from main stream video to learn real stories, As follower of Jesus I am for truth. Love to all. Merry Christmas.

  31. Also sadly I got banned from Lisa Bevere’s FB posting similar comment and true links about Syria (search Canadian Journalist UN Syria to hear) , but truth is not welcome by famous TV pastors , with exception of really true leaders like Franklin Graham, Rodney Howard-Browne and few others who stand up for real truth.

    • I’m so happy that you are researching who you want to trust to help, Mark. Guidestar has them rated as a goldstar charity. For more answers, I found this facebook post (and Preemptives replies to similar questions) very helpful :

      Also, Lisa Bevere spent time with the Courtney’s and Preemptive Love Coalitiion just last month in Iraq and was able to report back and see the help they are doing first hand, she has built HUGE trust over the years with her community. I can imagine that someone leaving comments telling her that something she saw in person was fake would be bothersome.

  32. Is your tree artificial? If so where did you get it? I love it and also love the Preemptive Love Coalition. I’ve supported them for awhile now. Merry Christmas!

    • It’s a silvertip that we purchased from a local nursery, it’s real!

      • UGH – I’ve been searching for an artificial tree that looks like this for 3 years! I went to a Christmas house tour this year and saw one, but it was custom made – to the tune of $3k. YIKES!!

  33. Goodness, just reading this now and choked up seeing your bed frame again and hearing your heart making time and room for Aleppo amidst everything else. I just love you to the barn and back!

  34. Hello, I’ve enjoyed following you for sometime now. I have a question about your jute rugs. I bought the same ones that you have from Rugs USA. I’ve had mine for 6 months now and still can’t believe how dirty they are. What did you or do you do to combat that? When I roll them them to clean, there is always so much dirt underneath. I’ve never had a jute rug before and was so surprised. Having said all of this, I do like the way the look!

  35. Dear Nester, I’ve been a long time follower and reader and never commented on a single post. Just admired from afar, if you will. Reading this today gave me chills. We’ve all been bombarded (no pun intended) by the media that we forgot a crucial part of Syria’s conflict: there are actually people there suffering, starving and afraid. Anybody who can turn a blind eye to images from Syria of all those dead children and orphaned children is a heartless person. You might be an only bloger who actually reflected on this situation without fear of repercussions from your readership. I thank you for being fearless. Peace and good tidings from your Muslim-American reader. Merry Christmas and happy New Year.

  36. As a single mom I slept on a twin bed for several years before I found my antique wrought iron full size bed—had to save money to purchase the full mattress so I had a twin mattress on the full bed for several weeks.

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