It was an absolute joy talking with Myquillyn Smith. She’s the woman behind the popular design blog The Nester. For the past ten years, she (the ‘Nester’ as her fans know her) has been encouraging women to embrace their home—imperfections and all. Her motto is: ‘It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. She’s a published author of The Nesting Place, a design book that helps readers accept and find beauty in imperfection, and the freedom to take risks to create the home they’ve always wanted. She’s just released her second book: Cozy Minimalist Home. In it, she explains how it isn’t about going without or achieving a new modern style. Instead, she helps the reader achieve the style they love with the fewest possible items.
Myquillyn is down to earth and was fun to chat with. In this interview, she talks about the fixer-upper she lives in on 12 acres with her husband Chad their three teenage boys, two cats, a dog and a rooster. Her home is beautifully and simply decorated and has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Cottages & Bungalows and Ladies’ Home Journal. Myquillyn has a wonderful ability to offer practicle and ‘game-changing’ design advice and strategies for all of us looking to minimize and create rooms that inspire. Listen in, you’ll walk away with some practical and useful design nuggets.
Nest Fest Dates & Tickets: Nest Fest
Myquillyn’s Books: The Nesting Place & Cozy Minimalist Home
Myquillyn’s Online Design Course: Seasonal Classes
Myquillyn’s Most Important Budget Accessory: a great lamp
Myquillyn’s Favorite Indoor Plant: Kangaroo Paw
Myquillyn’s Current Favorite Book: Wondering Years by Knox McCoy
Myquillyn’s Tips: ‘In every room, have something with life in it (plant, fish, pet gear, bowl of fruit…) and at least one cleaned off surface’
Myquillyn’s Favorite App: PBS
Myquillyn’s Motto: ‘It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful’
Myquillyn’s Current Favorite Netflix: BBC’s Father Brown
Myquillyn’s’s Favorite Life Advice: ‘It doesn’t have to be new, it just has to be true‘
The talented Blake Atwell of Studio 1916
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