13 very un-dream houses. That's Myquillyn Smith's story. Not one of them was where she would have chosen to live but those houses have helped teach her lessons about decorating, making a home and even about life that she shares in her book: The Nesting Place.
She encourages us to do what she wishes she'd done 13 times:
- embrace the house you live in
- make it lovely according to what you find lovely
- make it a home - one that works for you and is welcoming and comfortable for other people
She wholeheartedly believes that it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. In fact, she talks about giving up on perfection because imperfection is quite simply the reality:
IMPERFECT. INCOMPLETE. UNDONE.
Because: 'no amount of striving can create the perfect life we think we are looking for.'
She writes: 'as long as we all choose to walk around clothed, the laundry will never really be finished... As long as we eat, walk, and need places to sit down, the kitchen sink will have a few dirty dishes in it'
And she talks about seeing this inevitable imperfection differently: as signs of life.
'The too-small twin bed in the fifteen-year-old's room could be a trigger to be annoyed that we have to provide a new bed... Or it could be a time to appreciate that our boys are growing up, which is exactly what they should be doing. What a gift... These messes all stem from gifts in my life. My home is a reflection of our life, and life's messes can be gloriously beautiful.'
Wherever you live and whatever your circumstances, Myquillyn encourages creative freedom and an enjoyment of life that makes this book well worth reading.
I have one copy to give away. There are lots of pictures so it's definitely much better in real life than on Kindle!
Simply subscribe to mirrormakeover.org and email me to let me know that you have or already are!
Closes at 11.59pm GMT Sunday 8th June.
This giveaway is part of #imperfectweek.