My Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Buy Myquillyn’s Book

The Nesting Place - It Doesn't Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful

My friend wrote a book. I am 100% biased because she is my friend. A dear heart friend. Her friendship has taught me so much but one of the biggest? Letting go of pleasing people. It has been a life long struggle for me & she has given me permission to let that go through her friendship & through the words in this book. Myquillyn, thank you.

This book, is available to purchase & is appearing on bookshelves in bookstores across the country {the official release date is tomorrow!}. Go buy one. Or two. Grab one as a gift for your mother or mother-in-law or friend or teacher or neighbor. Your house & heart will be blessed.

Toss that friendship bias out the window and pay attention now…here are my

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Buy Myquillyn’s Book:


10. The photographs – every single one! Myquillyn took them! How many design books do you know of that the author took the photographs? So, if you hate to read & love to look at the pictures in a book, this book is perfect for you! {but I hope you read it too!} Myquillyn states in the book, “If we feel bad after looking at a pretty photo, then we are looking at it all wrong.” {page 44} Watch out – your perfect world is gonna get rattled!

9. The cover photo has a plastic dinosaur & a covered chair with strings hanging off the bottom. The strings might drive perfect people crazy. If you struggle with perfection – buy the book for therapy.

8. Have you moved more than once in your lifetime? {I’m raising my hand – 11 times in 17 years}. Chapter 2 is for you.

7. You can be connected to Compassion International with a quick scan from your smart phone. Her sweet story about visiting Topiwo’s home in Tanzania is breathtaking & life changing & brings me to tears. every. single. time.


6. On page 51, she gives you permission to rest. Amen.

5. What are the signs of life in your home? {page 56} Every home should have them.


4. This book makes an imperfect home feel like home. {I purposely did not crop out the broom in the corner or the box of allergy pills or the towel that’s been sitting on the ledge to soak up leaks on rainy days when I forget to put the towel there…}


3. This is a book that your husband will enjoy reading too!

the_smiths2. We love her and her family – you will too after reading this book!

1. Your view of striving for perfection will be turned upside down. Aren’t you ready to let that perfection go? I’ll answer that for you…Yes! “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”


If you want to order the book & learn more about it, go here.

Guess what? I bought an extra copy to Giveaway! Leave a comment below & I’ll pick a random winner sometime this week!



  1. Andrea says

    I can’t think of a book I need more than this one right now. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. Eliza says

    I am so excited for this book! I am a young graduate student renting an apartment, and I have been so encouraged by Nester’s wonderful words. I am learning to embrace my home in its imperfections and I have Nester to thank for that!

  3. says

    This sounds like the perfect book for me. I need to work on a lot of the things mentioned. And I especially need to read a book with a cup of tea while calllllmly thinking about baby #3 on the way. Yes, that major surprise had caused a bit of turmoil followed by more desires to let go of perfection in many aspects, clean pretty home being one of them. I will definitely be purchasing! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. therese says

    I’ve thoroughly had it with pleasing people, especially when it can have bad results. Looking forward to reading. Is it on Amazon?

    • says

      Yes! It’s available on Amazon! Click the link at the bottom of the post where it says “go here” and scroll down to see the direct link to Amazon.

  5. Barb says

    Enjoy The Nester’s blog. Would love to have the book–perfection is impossible to attain!

  6. Rhonda says

    We moved into a fixer-upper home about the same time The Nester moved into her place last summer, and I have been challenged by her contentment in the midst of imperfection and unfinished projects. I’d love to win a copy of her book!

  7. Amanda G says

    I love Nesting Place—would love a copy of her book. She is so incredibly encouraging!

  8. LRenee says

    I have been a fan of the Nesting Place for years, and discovered your blog through the Nester. Hope to win a book, but if not- will buy it!

  9. Mary Scine says

    Pick me!!! ???? although I’ll most likely pick it up off the shelf even if I don’t win. I’m intrigued! Thank you for the top ten list! I was wondering what was in there!
    ???? miss ya!

  10. Laura Gonzalez says

    This book will be great for us and our home, I’m a mom of two young kids and we moved to our beloved house 3 years ago, some rooms are still empty and still haven’t finished remodel it some imperfections are not anymore, they give character to our house and we can’t imagine it without them, we love our old house every day more, this is home, a happy home.

  11. Jen Van Hooser says

    I fight my inner perfectionist on a daily basis, I would love the insight from this book!

  12. Rachel says

    Being a military wife and moving to 4 different states and a new country in 6 years is difficult. Finding ways to make our place a home with life is what keeps us going!
    I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book!

  13. Brittany says

    Would love to read this book!!! Just recently stumbled across her book and blog and thought how refreshing in this world of constant competition!!

  14. BeckyAnn says

    There’s little I love more than a perfectly clean home, but with 3 little boys and 1 baby girl it’s a struggle from “son up to son down”. I’m realizing my time is far better spent teaching and enjoying my noisy, messy, crazy childen, than striving for the perfect home. Our home doesn’t have to be perfectly clean to be beautiful place to raise a family. This book is definitely for me!

  15. Michelle K says

    I am so encouraged and inspires by realness and transparency. Looks like this may be a great book for me.

  16. Sheri says

    I have followed the Nester’s blog for awhile and I would love to win a copy of her new book!!

  17. Ashton shjandemaar says

    I would adore on of these treasures! It’s just staring at me and my rag tag house!

  18. Natalie says

    I’m working really hard to embrace this message in my own life! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Kendra says

    I cannot wait to read this book! It sounds incredible. It’s quickly made its way to the top of my “to read” list…

  20. Sarah says

    I would love to receive this book to give to my daughter, who has ventured out on her own, renting a house and working two jobs in the hope of someday owning her own home. I want her to see the joy of loving right where she is on her way to whatever new adventure awaits. Myquillin’s story would resonate with her and would be great encouragement and beautiful inspiration.

  21. Peggy Savage says

    I’m really looking forward to seeing this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  22. says

    I love that you support your friend, and I love the idea of her book. I want to see if she executes it as gracefully as you believe, and if so, buy copies to bless my friends lives in the way that beautiful books and thoughtful gifts bless mine!
    Pick me!

  23. Amie says

    Everything about this book makes me want to read it and will be encouraging for my heart!

  24. Bekah Strangarity says

    This book loos amazing! Just the gift to live in imperfection and find beauty in that!

  25. Heather Hammond says

    looks fantastic. i’ve had 10 moves in 18 years with 6 being international moves…..and i’m a perfectionist……i think i need this book. ordering today.

  26. Veronica Guajardo says

    I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book! It would be even better if I could win a copy, thanks for the chance.

  27. says

    God bless a young woman with wisdom! When we buy into the perfection myth, we’re buying into satan’s lie and our lives are the worse for buying the lie. My house was always cluttered and a bit dusty because if Dave wanted to sit, drink a cup of coffee and chat…I was all over it! Now that he’s dead, those memories help sustain me. Life is about the memories and the making thereof; not perfection.
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  28. Carol says

    Iwould love to win a copy of this book! Im such a perfectionist, and would love to relax and enjoy life.

  29. Melaine says

    The Nester has been an inspiration for years! So excited to see she has a book! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Megan says

    Absolutely cannot wait to read The Nesting Place, and it would be even better if I didn’t have to wait for my local library to add it to their collection!

  31. Courtney Filipiak says

    I love the message of this book and her blog. And we have moved 11 times in 13 yrs .. striving for sanity is a higher priority than striving for perfection!!!!

  32. JennyJoT says

    I’d LOVE to have this book. Might help me be more open to sharing my home even though we have an abundance of dog hair due to an extra-exuberant Lab!

  33. Jess says

    I love her so much- her normalness is fantastic in this day and age of one-upping on the web.

  34. Colleen says

    I’ve already ordered one for myself, so I’d give this one to my sister. She needs it as much as I do. :)

  35. Jane says

    I would love to win. I am clueless about decorating & struggle with wanting things to look perfect & the mess that comes with 3 kids

  36. says

    My wife and I need this book! She is a perfectionist — especially about the way our home looks. She would find a great dose of “it’s okay if it’s not perfect”. And me? I’d have the perfect Mother’s Day gift to give her. Thanks for the chance to win such a great book!
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  37. Jen Bell says

    just discovered the nester blog and yours! and a give away! what a good day! thanks!

  38. Charlye says

    Thank you for the opportunity to possibly win this amazing book!!! The cover itself draws me in! I look forward to one day diving in to all this book has to offer!

  39. Erika says

    I have been eagerly awaiting this book. I just know it’s exactly what I need to read right now.

  40. Jamie-lea Drury says

    Loved stumbling across your blog and diving into a book that looks like something I would love to read and possibly my husband too :) Thank you for sharing your life loved the family pic.

  41. jodi says

    thank you for offering the chance to win this book that sounds like a breath of fresh air to the chaos of life!