Don’t Overcomplicate Your Home Decor | Myquillyn Smith, The Nester (Episode 234)

The topic of home decor can be intimidating for many who don’t feel that they are naturally talented at decorating.  But decorating is a skill that anyone can learn and continually improve.  Myquillyn has been mastering the skill of home decor for many years, and she helps others do the same in their own homes.  Today, she is encouraging us to stop taking our homes too seriously, to take risks in our home decor, to be willing to make mistakes and learn from them.  May this episode leave you feeling inspired and full of attainable ideas to experiment with in your home!

In this episode, we cover:

  • How to quickly create a homey feel in a new house
  • What it means to not take your house too seriously
  • Strengthening your decorating muscles by taking risks
  • Practical suggestions for experimenting with your home decor without spending too much
  • One major pitfall to avoid when curating your home decor
  • Some unique thoughts on the process of finding your style
  • Prioritizing the feeling of your home over the specific style
  • The three decor elements that will transform any room
  • How you can enjoy indoor plants through the concept of “plant math”

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About Myquillyn

Myquillyn Smith, also known as “The Nester,” is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Welcome Home and Cozy Minimalist Home . For the past 17 years, she’s been encouraging women to embrace their space—imperfections and all—and make it their own. Her previous homes have been featured in Better Homes & Gardens , Ladies’ Home Journal , and Cottages & Bungalows . She recently purchased and redecorated a 1905 Queen Anne Victorian home in Morganton, North Carolina, the inspiration for her new book House Rules . She’s never met a home she didn’t love. Find her online at and on Instagram @TheNester.

Resources Mentioned

House Rules: How to Decorate for Every Home, Style, and Budget by Myquillyn Smith


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