5.07.2014

The Nesting Place and A Giveaway~

My friend, The Nester, wrote a book.  Honestly, this is awesome news...and I am sooo excited to share it with you today!


If you have been around the blogging world for any length of time, I'm sure you've heard of The Nester.  Her blog, The Nesting Place, was one of the first blogs I ever stumbled across.  And I was hooked from day one.  She has a wonderful way with words...she's incredibly funny and her decorating philosophy is really more of a life philosophy.  And it is so freeing.  "It Doesn't Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful".  
Nester and her cute family via TheNester.com


As I was writing my previous post, knowing that I was going to be sharing Nester's book today, I was thinking how those words applied to my own life.  My life certainly isn't perfect by anyone's standards.  But amid the chaos and heart-ache, my life is beautiful.  So beautiful.

Read more after the break...



Now take that same sentiment and apply it to your home.  There is so much beauty to be found in the imperfections of life.  And Nester shares that sentiment so well. 

Look how beautifully she packaged it!  Complete with a feather and a mini disco ball.  Love!


She and I have been real-life friends for a while now, and she sent me her book as a gift with no strings attached.  She didn't expect a post about it.  But after reading it, I was in love. And I wanted to share it with you too.  If you don't believe a book about decorating can be a page turner, you're wrong.  Just read this one and you'll see what I mean.

After I read it, I emailed Nester to tell her that I wanted to write about it on the blog, and she very generously offered to allow me to giveaway three copies of her book!!



If you'd like a chance to win one of the three copies, all you have to do is leave me a comment....that's it. But I'd love to hear how you embrace imperfection in your life...it's always so inspiring to me...so if you feel inclined, tell me that in your comment as well!

This giveaway will be open until Friday, May 9 at 11:59 pm MST.  I will announce the winner on my blog next week.

Good luck and have a beautifully imperfect day!

xoxo
Wendy

Nester gifted me a copy of her book. It was my decision to post about it.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  I love Nester and I love her book!!

66 comments:

Just a Simple Gal - Judy in Huntsville - AL said...

How fun - and you know what - I just embrace life [the good, the bad, the ugly, the wonderful, the unexpected] and try to always look for the best - perfectly imperfect, you know what I mean?

Jessica Marhoefer said...

I've been eyeing this book for a while! I can't wait to touch all the beautiful pages! I'm an interior designer so all design styles are beautiful to me. My home is a very eclectic mix if styles. It may not all match but it all coordinates and I love it! I think that is beautiful!

moois van me said...

this sounds as an interesting book ! If you ship them to belgium, I would like to enter the give away !

Kara said...

I've loved the Nester for years! I'd love to have a copy of her book, I'm sure it's fabulous!

Sandy A said...

I think the best way to enjoy and embrace life and all it offers is to just let go of any preconceived ideas of what a perfect life would be and live the best life you are given, and be thankful...

T Sorber said...

If things were perfect there would be no creativity, innovation, nor transformation-- and that's the fun part!

Pink and Green Mom said...

I would love to win! Thanks for the chance!!

readingrocks said...

Being born with a Type A personality and then choosing education as my career twenty-eight years ago (twenty of those years spent being a first grade teacher)I have always been in constant self-conflict with perfection versus imperfection!Let me just tell you that a room full of six year olds will teach even the most determined (or shall I say stubborn) adult that imperfection is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! After all, the best laid plans are unmade!

Kimberly said...

Each day, especially the difficult days, I try to make note of several beautiful blessings I realized that day. It truly helps me focus on the good. And there is so much good in life - even when it is difficult. I would love a chance to read this beautiful book!

Cozy Cottage Slipcovers said...

I lover her blog. The cover of the book is beautiful and makes me want to read it.

Teresa

Liz said...

What a great giveaway. I would love to win!

Helena Dias said...

This sounds as an interesting book !

Andrea B. said...

I'd love to read this book. It think we always need a reminder that it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful (at least I do). I have to remind myself everyday!

Unknown said...

I would love a copy of this book. I embrace imperfection as it gives me a chance to look at life differently and know that life is good and you can do anything you set your mind to.

Susanne Hefner said...

I would love to win a copy of the book. I think
we all need inspiration and encouragement during
different times of or lives. Thank you for the giveway.

Rebecca Stanley said...

Oh I love the Nester and want her book so badly! :-) I have to be able to embrace imperfection in our crazy messy house, otherwise I would be forever unhappy with it!

Stacey said...

I have lived in personages or rental homes for my entire 21 year marriage. I have had to learn to see the unique beauty of each home but I ave found that I am getting weary from it. I could definitely use some encouragement and inspiration!

Raquel said...

Sounds like the perfect book for me! Often times I don't embrace a project because it doesn't seem "perfect" in my eyes... I have been working on this exact principle in many areas of my life and can begin to see the difference it is making in my life:)... Now I just need that book to help me redecorate my house!
Raquel (I'm not a blogger but I enjoy sharing through Instagram @rmlines)

Julie Bean said...

Love ya Wendy.

I have to tell myself and my kids that perfection is boring. Being unique brings qualities and experiences to others that they do not have. Each person brings something to the table. I tell my son when he feels like he can't play baseball like everyone else....you can win, you can learn, but you never lose. Even if you think you lost....you don't, because you gained some more knowledge about the experience.

Also another thing on feeling imperfect. Even if you aren't that new crisp $20 bill right from the bank, but feeling like a crumpled up, dirty and ripped $20, it doesn't matter...you are still worth the same amount!

Sharon@Goodness Gracious MeOMy said...

I DO like things tidy and neat (bordering on perfection - ahem!), but I so enjoy looking for the beautiful, the inspirational, the what-can-be. Even when stuff - or life - is messy!

Arlene said...

I would love a copy of Nesters book. It's funny. I painted a dresser yesterday and it turned out well but when I got up close to it I could see the scars and scratches that didn't get sanded out. The first thought that popped into my mind was "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful." The dresser is gorgeous and the nicks are only obvious when looked at closely. When I stand back and look at it is looks great. Good luck to you Wendy in your new life situation. It makes me think of the visiting teaching message last month how we are all like a 20 dollar bill. We may be tattered and crumpled with lifes challenges and feel worn out but we are still worth $20. Keep your chin up!

Rachael. Ma, United States said...

I can't wait to read this book!
Oh imperfections... That's my middle name. I try to be the best I can, and then I compare myself to others and then I see all my imperfections right in front of me. Now I'm trying to be more positive and just love myself for who I am. Everyone brings something different to the table!

Arlene said...

I just commented and then read the other comments and funny enough someone else refered to the $20 bill as well. I didn't see that before I commented. Must have been meant to be said to you today!

buttercup said...

I've never lived a "what if" life.
I've never "longed" for more. I'm living my best life with those I love. Take the good and the bad and "deal with it" the best I can.--Karen Seidlitz

Terrie Sherbon said...

In August of 1999, my husband of 30 years came home complaining of a headache. The next week he was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma that was in the form of a brain tumor. He died the following January. Life is too short to continually strive for perfection. Being an "anal" person I have a tendency to sweat the small stuff. I have to consciously take a deep breath and tell my self to relax. Most of the time, I am the only one that sees the "imperfections".

Michelle said...

I would much rather enjoy life with our son then spending every waking moment trying to have the "perfect life or home".

Rbb said...

Taking the time to enjoy things as they are and enjoying the process. Aargh that's what I'm aiming for.
Would love to receive the book. Thanks!

Southern Architectress said...

Thanks for a chance to win! I embrace perfection by being confident in everything I do or make because I know that nothing is flawless!

LeeAnn Taylor said...

I embrace imperfection when I invite others over for dinner even when my house is not "ready" and in the condition I'd prefer it to be to have company. It's the relationships that really matter!

vintgal003 said...

Hello, excellent giveaway, thanks! I always LOVE a challenge...imperfection...bring it on and let me see what creative plans I have for you!

Tara {The Silver Lining} said...

I've been seeing such great reviews of this book and would love to get my hands on it! My house is a work in progress ALWAYS. We moved in almost two years ago and there are so many things that still need to be done. I have to tell myself it will all happen in time! I want to find things I adore to fill my house with, not just buy to fill a space. So I'm taking it day by day!!

Lindsay said...

If I didn't embrace imperfection, I would not be able to appreciate my life. I'm a mom of 5 kids, so I've had to lower my expectations of what everything "should" be like and focus on things that are most important, like my family!

Melissa said...

Imperfection is the best way to describe my life. And I love it!

Julie D said...

Embracing the imperfection in life is really really difficult for me because I am a perfectionist by nature. I don't like things out of place and I want my house as clean as possible. But I'm slowly learning that it's okay to leave the dishes sit in the sink if it means extra family time.

dade said...

Surrounding myself with things I love makes the imperfections seem hidden. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
Daydra
Yakima, WA

Holly Collins said...

I just read about this book and I just learned about your blog and "Walla" here they are together.

angie noteboom said...

i just learned about this book a couple of weeks ago and was instantly smitten; i don't typically buy books unless they're from a used bookstore, but this is one i may have to splurge on :)
embracing imperfection is very difficult for me - but the one way i deal most with it is to try to keep a healthy worldview; to remind myself how simply so many people in this world live and that in the grand scheme of things, THINGS don't matter.

Connie said...

I would so like to win this great book.

GSGreatEscaper said...

A weed is just a flower that grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Some people hate dandelions, but all little children love them and bring them to their mothers clutched in their hot little hands - and they are beautiful - bright yellow and a symbol of love just as much or more than expensive long stemmed roses. Beauty lies in love.

terri h said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Eckman Family said...

I've never actually read a decorating book and would love to change that. I love all things imperfect as I have never been able to achieve perfection. To me, perfection is daring to have things the way YOU like them regardless of the current trends or styles.

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Would love to win a copy. I spent years being a miserable perfectionist. I have finally had to learn to let go of perfection in many things, so I can enjoy and live life the way that God intended me to.

{DallasLeopard} said...

I would LOVE a copy of this book- embracing imperfections in life to me is really about vulnerability- it is accepting that you have that struggle or imperfection. I believe that in life when we seek out others who maybe have our imperfections as strengths we are drawn to those people. These people for me have healed my soul. I have met so many women that have benefited my life and my own imperfections with their strengths. I also believe in the power of prayer and faith. Standing true to YOU is what can get you through some of the thickest trials in life.

Our journey said...

I am so excited about this book! Eek! Ok, so I'm learning how to embrace the imperfections in my life and house. I'm kinda controlling with cleaning and organizing, but I'm working hard on letting go and living in the moment..I'm a work in progress :)

Nicki Parrish said...

I learned how to embrace imperfection after I got a divorce and was left a single mom of two kids. Gone were the days that I could have a perfectly clean house and be a perfect mom that I had planned on being. It was about just surviving and getting by. And we did! I had to let go of my perfectionistic tendenecies. And I consider tha a success!

Karen said...

Oh, my! I wish I could say I am embracing imperfection in my life, but in reality I either fight it or ignore it. I have been spending too much time looking at the "perfectly" decorated rooms. I know real people can't really live that way - I think I could learn a thing or two from the Nester.

Elizabeth said...

We have moved over 4 times over the last four years and I have learned that it isn't really about what is in the rooms but the love that fills it that makes it a home. Love to be consider for the book :)

Benny Sequeira said...

Imperfection is a part of life, i have learnt to embrace it over the years... looking forward to winning the book.

Charlotte said...

I am new to blogging…and i don't expect perfection in my life or my home. But I am blessed with an amazing, loving husband of nearly 31 years…we make each other…at our imperfections!

http://queenoftheisle.blogspot.ca

Yvonne said...

I'd love to have acopy of the book - the older I get the more I try to find the beauty in everything - perfect or not. Life is too short to wait on perfect.

AuntiRi said...

It's the imperfect things done by people I love that I cling to most.

Libby said...

I've decided that part of embracing imperfection is to not hide it. Usually it seems like we want to put on a front and pretend all is well, yet I think that opening up about imperfection allows us to connect with others who may be going through the same thing, or who may have gone through the same thing and can offer us advice and a listening ear.

Glenda Beeler said...

I love The Nester and her approach to life and decorating. She has helped me see that there is beauty even in the things I didn't think I wanted. It really doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful!

Giovanna said...

I have loved the Nester for years! Maybe you could tell us how to pronounce her real name? Embracing imperfection to me means making do with what I have here and now. I might move in a couple of months, will leave this country in a couple of years, but meanwhile this is my house and I will make it as cosy and comfortable and beautiful and meaningful for my family as I can.

RUNSTANDSTILL said...

I'd love to win, thank you!
I embrace imperfection by often choosing to ignore the dust bunnies and dirty dishes in the sink - I ignore them to hang out with my kiddos instead!

Heather S. said...

I love the Nester!! If you ship to Canada please enter me to win her book. With a very busy one year old daughter I need constant reminders that IDHTBPTBB...

homefornowblog said...

As a perfectionist its hard to embrace the imperfect but I look at everything (when it comes to decorating) as a learning opportunity. I love making things pretty but I love the imperfect process the most.

homefornowblog said...

As a perfectionist its hard to embrace the imperfect but I look at everything (when it comes to decorating) as a learning opportunity. I love making things pretty but I love the imperfect process the most.

Nikki Cotton said...

I'm looking forward to reading this book, and then displaying on my imperfectly styled bookcase. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Rubyhousesliprs said...

Beautiful blog! Thanks for the inspiration! I embrace imperfection by seeking happiness and beauty in everything around me! :)

Maria said...

I'm looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the chance to win it!

Jenny said...

I'd love to win a copy!

I think my favorite perfection quote is 'Don't miss the good by chasing perfection.' Sometimes good is enough. We miss a lot of joy by wishing for & pursuing something we think is perfect. Many times we look back & see the imperfections are what make life perfect.

Molly B said...

I need this book! Moving across the country and I am so scared about starting over decorating! trying to remember IDHTBPTBB

Jenny@ L.O.T.s of Love said...

I'm sure the book is awesome!

mushy marn said...

Reading decorating blogs is a new hobby for me in my blissful state of retirement. My wonderful husband built our home 30+ years ago, and no, he was not a builder. He could only work on it on weekends, and he began his mornings poring over library books related to the construction task at hand ( i.e. foundations, framing, roofing, plumbing, etc.) Then he would build all weekend. We salvaged some wonderful materials, paid for things as we went and ended up with a wonderful home. It is not perfect, but it will be a one-of-a-kind legacy for our daughter who loved growing up here!

Bee said...

I fully intend to read this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!!