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Survey Results…



So a few weeks ago I asked you to take a survey. AND DID YOU EVER!

Y’all blew me away.

I had about ten questions where you could write in your own answers, questions like “if you and I could spend an hour in your home, what would you want to talk about?”

The written answers, to just that ONE question alone were over 160 pages long. I am in heaven reading these, learning about you all, laughing at the funny jokes you wrote, figuring out what topics we can cover here at Nesting Place, what I’ve ignored, what you are sick of hearing about. This information is priceless!

I just wanted to check in and say THANK YOU. And I’m sending out the signed books to the winners today.

I’m also including a few photos of places in my house I don’t show you as often (I learned this from reading your answers in the survey, you want to see the unfinished, crazy parts of the house, even if they are from weird angles). Even though I talk the big talk when it comes to sharing imperfections, it’s still hard for me to share all the real, raw, untouched or half-touched places in our home. So thank you for asking. Also, I didn’t stage anything. I just took a photo  of my dresser with a bunch of clean laundry and then a few sweaters piled on top. Can you handle that? I already know the answer. You’re the best!



I’m so looking forward to the future of Nesting Place and I’m so happy you are here!

Turning a House Into a Home on a Thrift Store Budget

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I’m joining the How to Decorate Series 25 bloggers sharing great tips all week.

If I were a billionaire, I’d still shop second-hand.


Pair of chairs $35 each from Salvation Army, Dresser: $18 yard sale, Lamps: $8 each Thrift Store, Chalkboard: $1 Yard Sale with a $12 sea fan from HomeGoods spray painted white and hot glued to the chalkboard, Sailfish: $350 Craigslist, my biggest splurge ever and worth every penny.

Finding unique, storied, beautiful items for our home second-hand, is not just a necessity because I like to save money, it’s a fun treasure hunt for hidden beauty all over my town.

white sofa

I don’t buy everything second-hand (wouldn’t that be fun though?!) Just like with the clothes in my closet, I mix a few little splurges with a lot of great deals. Like this gallery wall, everything was second-hand, or super discounted, except for the hand-lettered Come Thou Fount canvas, the Impossible print, and the silhouettes of my boys. Since I mix inexpensive frames with photos and fun art, I can afford both.

lysa & nester

This week, I’m hanging out with the lovely & fun Lysa TerKeurst and making over a family room for our friend Alison using what she already has and a $250 budget. We’re thrifting, shopping the house and painting all sorts of things. There’s video, before and afters, and me, all sweaty and having the time of my life. Come see what we are working on!

tips for shopping second hand

1. Go with an open mind. Don’t walk in looking for a 20-inch green leather ottoman. Instead have a general idea of things you could use like a wooden chair, a lamp, a large decorative vase, etc.

2. Ask yourself, “If this was in Anthropologie would I love it and want to buy it?” If the answer is yes, you should buy it now!

3. Look first at size, shape, condition and function of items. You can usually change the color and fabric if you like it.

4. Don’t expect to find something every time you shop. Grab a drink from Sonic and enjoy the process of looking through the items. If I can hit five stores in one day, I usually (but not always) end up with a few interesting items.

5. Start small and work up to bigger risks. Don’t buy the $150 dresser from the thrift store in hopes of refinishing it if you’ve never tried it before. Instead, start with the $7 night stand. What’s the worst that can happen? You hate it and lose $7. But if it works?! You now have a nightstand you LOVE for just a few dollars; this is SO worth the risk.


Arm chair: $35 Salvation Army, White Table: $15 Yard Sale ( I KNOW, right?!) Mirror: $25 Thrift Store, Table that the mirror is on: $35 Goodwill (same table on the cover of the book)

Creating a beautiful, meaningful home, doesn’t have to be daunting, life-consuming or expensive. Start with what you have and work your way out from there. Quiet the house, move your furniture and begin to love the home you’re with. All you need to start with is one hour.

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Be sure to visit today’s posts in the How to Decorate Series:

Donna, Funky Junk Interiors: How to Turn Worthless Junk into Decorating Must Haves

 Beth Hunter, Home Stories A to ZHow to find your decorating style
Courtney Fernan, A Thoughtful Place: Gallery Wall Styles
Stacy Risenmay, Not Just A Housewife: How to decorate with plants

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Two Months at The Farm


It’s been two month since we bought our little house on 12 acres. Here’s where we are today with entirely too many pictures. (click here to see last months recap) I think one of the most helpful things when you are involved in a long, ongoing project is to constantly remind yourself how far you’ve come. It’s what helped us through when we were paying off our six figures worth of debt and it is encouraging to me simply to write this post. It’s an uncomplified way to motivate yourself!

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One Month Progress

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Family room after one month.


The wall paper border came off really easily with a water and vinegar mix.


and then we painted two coats of Kilz primer and one coat of Simply White color matched to Behr paint.


Our TV is massive in this little house…

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Guest Room Progress


ModCloth via Ryan inspired by a super inspiring commencement speech from Neil Gaiman


Sometimes when you work on a room there are more questions partway in than when you started.  Those questions could be looked at as problems or mistakes or they could be considered fun opportunities that will shape the final outcome in ways you couldn’t have imagined that will ultimately make the space better and unique.  I’ve learned to enjoy the weird quirks that a room presents as I go because those things make me be more creative and that’s where the magic happens.

I ordered a bed online and have learned enough to wait until it’s delivered before I paint the walls.  It said “khaki” in the description, but one person’s khaki is another person’s light pink is another person’s olive is another person’s paperbag brown. This color is not my khaki.  I’m still trying to decide if I want to adjust the room based on the bed color, or if I want to do something to the bed to change its color.  I haven’t put the bed together yet, just testing out the height. I’m not creating this space to fit a specific theme or color so I’m free to make decisions as I go–that’s how most of my rooms come about.  I try to keep my options open for as long as possible and let the room tell me what it wants to be.

The dresser and bed are the only things that I know for sure will go in the room.  The dresser has one coat of paint, but depending on what I do with the bed and the walls I may end up painting it a bright color.  So I’m not going to decide the final color until I make a decision about the bed and the walls.

I’m considering a dark wall for the main wall where the headboard of the bed will end up.

I’ve got a stencil all ready to go once I decide how to use it–maybe on the dark wall, if it turns out to be dark?  Maybe on another wall.

The light fixture I wanted to use in here is entirely too big.  It hangs down about two feet over the bed.  I guess it’s meant for a foyer.

Here’s some stuff in the closet I’m considering using in the room.

I’m thinking about glaming up the elk antlers.

Maybe making the closet a sitting area/with a coat rack that can easily be turned back into a closet?

If I have white walls I want the drapes to pop, I could embellish the current white drapes or start fresh.

The mirror is too big over the dresser in the room and I kind of miss it downstairs over the mantle, I think I’ll move it back for fall.  But then I’ll need to find a mirror for the guest room.

Constantly in my head is the fact that we are renting–how can I make this room spectacular, on a budget and when we move out it not be something that the next owners or renters will view as work they have to cover up?

I’m not in a huge rush to get this room finished.  Yes, I want it done so we can use it but, I don’t want to rush the process too much. Instead of picking out a room I want to copy, I let what I have and how I want the room to feel to dictate where it’s going.   First I’ll decide what direction I’m going with the bed and walls, everything else will fall into place after I make a few big decisions.

…to be continued.

Creating A Teenage Boys Room By Shopping The House

I should have done this three years ago.

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