My Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas Photo Shoot


Pat (photography) Brie (head photographer) me (dorky) and Nicole Teut (Associate Art Director at Meredith : Special Interest Publications) Yesterday was so much fun for me. The crew came in the morning and I pretty much just followed them around and watched and tried not to get in the way. They photographed our bedroom, family […]

Christmas in January


Tomorrow, I’m beyond thrilled to open my ragamuffin, imperfect, loved on, rental home for a six-room Christmas photo shoot for a beloved magazine.  (I think I can say which one, I’ll double-check and if so I’ll tell you in my next post, because don’t you want to read all about the shoot?).  We’ve had all […]

Moving My Sofas, Cowhide Rugs, & Other Family Room Changes

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Everyone wants to know why I moved my sofas. The number one answer is: because I am me.  And that’s what I do.  But I also have a real answer. This is what it looks like at 1:30 on a Tuesday. My husband is “doing the homeschooling” and this is the part where they are […]

The Real Design Trends for 2013


Sisse Jonassen‘s Home via Design Sponge. Photography: Emily Gilbert Invest in these trends that are in: 1. Being content with what you have even the old, imperfect, mismatched and loved on, yes, that is so IN (also, it never goes out) 2. Welcoming friends in your home without apology 3. Enjoying your home, wherever you […]

Have Less Be More


  I worried no one would come. An hour and a half before the sale three brave, beautiful women set up their chairs so they could be first in line. By 11am there were 100 people in line.  Forgive me for underestimating you. And thank you for your immeasurable help: Katherine, Tracie, Reeve, Karrie (& […]

Two Things Every Room Design Needs


A little inspiration so the top of this post doesn’t look like the train wreck that it is.  Takeaway from this photo?  Black accent wall. Via @Made by Girl Last week our guest room looked like this. And the week before that, and the week before that. The worst part was I didn’t have a […]

This Week at The Nest


Maybe no one will notice? I sat down and heard a large crack.  The next time I sat in it the back leg broke off. Not bad for a $12 thrift store chair that we slipcovered and used for two years.  Last year I begged my husband to put some vintage casters on the chair, […]

Monograms & Happy Accidents


After showing a photo from our room with this monogram I got emails, comments, tweets, and facebook messages asking where in the world I got my monogram.  I mentioned it at the end of April, Southern Nest a new sponsor here at Nesting Place.  A few months ago I was searching around on Etsy for […]

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My Better Homes & Gardens Do It Yourself Magazine Photo Shoot OH MY WORD!

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Brie Williams : Photographer, Amanda: Photographer’s Assistant, Paula : Senior Associate Editor Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Media (because she is fancy like that), Andrea : Regional Editor (who just happens to live about 20 minutes away I hope I don’t stalk her), Me : Spastic Renter I know I didn’t let on at all, […]

I am the Opposite of Cool Calm and Collected

   click here to watch on youtube Oh my word, cameras are coming to my house tomorrow and I’ve turned into the anti-nester. You see EVERYTHING, worse than even when you put your house on the market because you know there will be cameras, every smudgy door, every filthy window (I don’t think I’ve washed […]

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