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Myquillyn Smith, The Nester, is a home stager, redesigner and design school drop-out. Her last home (a rental) was featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Cottages & Bungalows, Ladies' Home Journal and in her upcoming design philosphy book, The Nesting Place: It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful....

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  1. Happy Birthday to Caroline!!
    Prayers for safe travels and a marvelous time for everyone!
    Thanks for inspiring and (in)couraging us!
    Ps- I’d always thought of a tea party to indulge in for bffs on my birthday…but never had the courage to think it could be pulled off… Hmmm, maybe in a few years when I turn 55??

  2. Happy Birthday to Caroline!!

    Prayers for safe travels and a marvelous time for everyone!

    Thanks for inspiring and (in)couraging us!

    Ps- I’d always thought of a tea party to indulge in for bffs on my birthday…but never had the courage to think it could be pulled off… Hmmm, maybe in a few years when I turn 55??

  3. So, funny story. I just pulled up my blog reader and this post popped up and then I said ” wait! Isn’t that the house I’m sitting in right now? No, wait. IT IS!!”

    Caroline continues to blow my mind with her generosity and love. Such an amazing lady!!

    Can’t wait for you to be here.

  4. So Lake Michigan doesn’t have real beaches??? Whatever! Leave the big city and visit the West Michigan side of the lake. Expand your horizons, get out of the armpit of Chicago and visit some new places. Our beaches (and our communities) win.

  5. “I’m incredibly thankful that I felt the nudge to risk feeling like a dork, being misunderstood, and taking the time to make friends in real life.” I hate being misunderstood. Ah, Nester…thanks for the encouragement. A reminder I need to be okay with being misunderstood for the sake of real life friendship.

  6. The risk of being misunderstood….oh my, that’s a biggie for me.

    I feel like it happens often and I have to fight not shutting myself off from friendships (new & old) just to avoid being misunderstood.