Friday, May 2, 2014

Nester Made Me Do It (And a Giveaway for her NEW BOOK!!)


I decided my home needed artistic quirk. It happened over time, but looking back, I see now that quirk was a turning point for me. Once I added quirk, I fell deeply in love with my home. - The Nesting Place by Myquillyn "Nester" Smith

A couple weeks ago, I was sitting in this exact seat on the couch, wearing these exact sweatpants. The biggish kids were at school and Silas was probably in taping his ears to a lamp or something.

As Cory was walking out the door, he stopped momentarily by our green entry table. He looked at the table, looked at me. Looked at the table, looked at me. Then he made that "ehhh" hand motion across the entire vicinity of my beloved entry table and said, "Do you think we should do something with this?"

I mean, there's a first time for everything.

This is the guy who pretty much indulges all of my decorating whims, even when it means all the heavy lifting falls on him and his beard. This is the guy who's immune to noticing changes across the whole of the "change" spectrum.

When it comes to how our home looks, he's surprisingly supportive, given how little he actually cares about things like throw pillows and wall art. If it were up to him, he would throw the giant, glued-together fly-fishing puzzle on the wall with its cherry frame and call it a day.

((Actually, can we pause for a second? Because...why on earth did I ever have an outdoorsy puzzle glued together? Also, I was under the impression that I've always been allergic to cherry wood. Apparently not?))

I think my point is obvious.

You know the entry table is a hot mess when Cory Martin asks you to fix it.

I'll come clean - it had been that way for weeks.

I cracked up and immediately grabbed the camera to memorialize our sad state of affairs, complete with a toy firearm.

In my defense, I found the mirror at Marshall's last summer and fell deeply in amor. It has lived most of the year in the mud room, where it worked quite well. But no one goes in there except me. I thought it looked summery, and I like to complicate my life by moving things around with the seasons.

Unfortunately, I couldn't make the cool mirror work on the existing nail hole, and it's a tricky wall to nail because of a heat duct.

Yada yada, I gave up.

Paralysis by eyebrow mirror. 

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As luck would have it, later the same day, Nester's book The Nesting Place arrived in the mail.

Since we had a mostly-free weekend on our hands, and since it was snowing in mid-April, I dove into her book and didn't come up for air until I slammed it closed in final, supreme satisfaction. It's my ultimate-favorite kind of non-fiction book, combining useful information with juicy, newsy memoir.
 
I have long loved Nester. Her's was one of the first blogs I read. Don't be insanely jealous, but I once ate fast-food fried chicken with her and discussed the virtues of various dipping sauces. All I really remember about that day was, I felt shy because, hello. But when I did talk, she looked straight at me like there was no one she'd rather have across the booth. She's the real deal, and not just because she's the one who taught me years ago that curtains are really the only thing that should absolutely be mistreated.

I have always adored her style and her writing voice. Then I loved the real lady. And now I can tell you, her book might change your life.

All I know is, I was only one chapter in when the solution to our now-sad-once-happy green table smacked me square in the jibs.

An art wall!
Of course!


We do a lot of therapeutic painting around here. Everyone has his or her unique style. This artwork is our collective happy place. The only problem is, I've never known where to put them.

Enter a pair of scissors and an old wad of putty.

Art Wall. 
Art Voila.




I included art from all the resident artists (Cory and Howard don't play,) a photograph by my homegirl Becca, a few notes and greeting cards, an informational hand-out from a Korean palace, and a square of store-brand tissue box. I made the edges uneven on purpose, though I couldn't tell you why. In a clutch decision, I outlined the whole thing with a roll of black washi tape I got for free.

Quirky.
Cockamamie.
Rendonkulous.
Hare-brained.

Take your pick.

I'm not trying to win some far-fetched design award here. I'm trying to create a home that brings my family joy and reminds us of what matters most.

I know it might be polarizing, but hey, it's only the first thing you see when you walk into our home. It's not like first impressions are significant in any way.

The main thing is - it thrills me. It's us. It's colorful and personal and more than a little off-center.

This is what I've said all along. This is why it has been hard when people have asked me to help them decorate a room. I can't say what turns your crank.  I'm guessing the thought of taping tissue boxes to your walls isn't your happy place, but that's just a hunch.

You DO know what you love, even if you've always kept it a secret.

People think they don't know how to decorate.
Guess what? I don't, either.

I only know what I like and what makes me grin.
And I'm not afraid (anymore) to give it a shot.

The worst that could've happened with my art wall is that I hated it. It would have cost me zero dollars and no more than 10 minutes to un-happen it.

Nester's book was just the kick in the bum I needed to stop wishing and waiting and just do the crazy thing.

And guess what? She's giving 3 copies away to FPFG readers. People, her book is in the top 70 of all the Amazon books right now. It is so good and so anti-decoratey. It won't make you feel bad about yourself or your home. It won't make you feel silly or stupid or boss you around. It will give you permission to give yourself permission. And then you'll go do something crazy but you'll go to bed with a smile on your face.

All you have to do is leave me a comment. Tell me the craziest thing you've ever done to your home. OR, even better, because we're all friends here, tell me the thing you've always been too/too/too... to do. Too scared. Too embarassed. Too lazy? Whatever. We've all been there.

Consider your bum kicked.

(Nester made me do it.)


*Take a closer look and order your copy here.



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257 comments:

  1. First of all, I'm pretty honored to see my picture on your art wall! ;-) It always thrills me when people call me an artist, especially alongside the likes of your Silas and crew. Also, I want her book! And we all know "buying Nester's book" isn't in the budget, so pick me!

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  2. I love the Nester- everything about her! I actually am an interior designer, and felt I found a design soulmate in her, because I, too, have long said perfection is not the goal nor necessary, reflecting you is the goal of good design. Yay, nester, for shouting her message from the rooftops! The craziest thing I have done in my home, off the top of my head, is decide to paint my entire kitchen backsplash on a whim before a Super Bowl party a few years ago. It was a gamble, and our home was not a fixer upper per se, so painting tile was a bit unorthodox, but I didn't like it and just couldn't look at it one second longer! Best quick fix ever, and my temporary fix was so effective we have lived with it for several years!

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  3. I'd love to paint our garage door some bright flashy colour but then the whole neighborhood will know I'm wacky :)

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    1. You KNOW you've gotta do it, sister.
      I seriously think you should.
      I would drive by and take a pic, because I already know I would love and admire it.

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    2. I LOVE the idea of painting our garage door!!!! That never crossed my mind. I have lived in our home for over 16 years and ALWAYS hated our garage doors..but they are functional so we can't get new ones, right? Painting them is on my list now!

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  4. I've been too paint paralyzed to re-do the wall colors in our house, and we've been here now for 3 years. Our guest room is still a frightening green called something like Peas in a Pod.

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  5. Would love to get my hands on a copy of this book....been drooling over it. I am stuck in rental limbo right now and sure could use a boost. Craziest decor idea was the time I decided that my bamboo rug would make a great headboard in the guest bedroom...So I hung it up. Wish I had photo. Stayed that for years until we moved.

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    1. I am LOVING all of these confessions!
      We are truly awesome people!!! haha

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  6. My husband and I are new to being homeowners so I'm feeling slightly paralyzed with all the freedom a non-apartment offers! What to do?? Where to start?? What if this is all too much??

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  7. I fear decorating. I came from an undecorated childhood home, and while I can pin ideas like crazy the thought of spending money on decor or taking a risk on something scares me. I would love to do something fun in my little kitchen, especially with the cabinets.

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  8. Can I please win a copy? Please? OK, I'm not above begging as you can see. I'd love a copy! I've done alot of crazy things in my home but my favorite memory is a hoosier that was chipping mint paint and I bought it and brought it home and my husband looked at me like I had grown a beard and said "Surely you are not leaving this like this." Yup, I am"....and it made me delirously happy.

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  9. awe! LOVE your art wall :)
    hmmm ... craziest thing ... using watercolors to paint directly on my wall (totally works, by the way, and looks amazing!)

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  10. I let my kids (four of them - ages ten and under) decorate their bedroom walls, and one of the walls in the family room. Items that have been hap-hazardly (is that even how you spell that?) taped to the wall include (but definitely not limited to): various cutout super heroes from coloring books, doodle covered paper restaurant place mats, wrinkled photos that have been carried around in backpacks, old valentines, and a hand-drawn blueprint of our house (it's in blue marker, which makes it extra authentic). I get a strange sense of satisfaction when I look at what they've done. It's weird and goes against every natural inclination I have, but man do I love it. Mostly because the walls are covered with what they hold dear.

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  11. I guess the "craziest(?)" thing I've done lately is fill a small wall in our kitchen (counter to ceiling) with family art and things that make me happy.... even when other walls in our home remain totally blank/undecorated. I LIVE in our kitchen, and this wall makes me happy... all the way up to the ceiling!

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  12. LOVE the wall...we've had kids art up in our home for years...Is it too long to keep up even after the kids have gone to college? Just trying to prepare myself to replace it if I have to. Take the nice deck off the back of the house and make it a patio area instead...that's what the hubby wants but we're too lazy to even think about doing it!

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  13. I put a tin roof patio onto the back of my house in my brand newish neighborhood!! I love all things redneck. :)

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  14. The craziest thing I've ever done to my home was to rip up the carpet from our entire (tiny) house and throw it out in the yard while my husband was working in the garage. He had already told me we'd "just have to live with it", but I'd rather have rotten plywood than that nasty carpet! BTW, I discovered original hardwoods (in pretty good shape) underneath...sometimes you just have to risk it!

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  15. Just bought the coolest condo in the world. The views of downtown from the 22nd floor are terrific. But I'm so stuck on how to make the inside look as great as the outside. Nester just might save me!

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  16. I just hung Target tablecloths in my dining room.
    As drapes.
    Boom.
    LOVE your art wall and I would LOVE this book. (like for real)

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  17. In my tiny studio apartment I hung gauzy white fabric and bright red satin around my bed. Probably looked like something out of a cheesy victorian novel to everyone else, but it felt like vacation to me. What I've always wanted to do and been too afraid......get rid of the couch and buy a mad ton of pillows instead to lounge around on. I'll probably never do it now that we have a dog and there would be no way to get out of licking range.

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  18. we have been in this house for 5 years now and i still haven't painted the walls. at first i was adjusting to the house to see how it would all turn out, now i am just paralyzed...what to do? white? color? i have a gorgeous turkish rug that i inherited from my grandparents that is really bright - how to work with that? sigh....

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  19. I LOVE your art wall! You're so talented.

    I painted a pallet bright red and hung it on my dining room wall. It's still there, but I feel less and less like I should admit such a thing.

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  20. The craziest thing I ever did to my home was to have it painted bright yellow. I got all kinds of snide comments from neighbors, but it is bright and sunny and perfect.

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  21. I hung empty frames on the wall. All the walls. Blue & green frames downstairs, wooden frames on the middle level, white ones in RG's room. frames frames frames. It was my one decorating trick and I used every last drop of it. We're moving in 3 months, and I'm gonna get me that book, and I'm gonna figure out what I love, and I'm going to use all of the tricks, not just the "safe" one that makes my house end up looking like its in the middle of an estate sale and the art is all gone.

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    1. p.s. - I thought you outlined the art in electrical tape, as a nod to your youngest who has his ears taped to a lamp (guffaw!)

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  22. Craziest thing I have ever done home-wise was convince my husband to buy a 1980's ranch house with wallpaper in nearly every single room. There were these evil, rabid looking monkeys with beady eyes eating some kind of melon on the wallpaper in the dining room and hunting dogs and belt/belt buckles on the wallpaper in the living room. I told him that we could get the wallpaper stripped in a weekend before the moving van arrived on Monday - 6 months later, we were still living with wallpaper and damaged walls where the wallpaper tore up the drywall underneath. I told him I was led astray by all the decorating shows that made it look SO easy.

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  23. Oh, and in our first house, I painted the kitchen to match my chartreuse Fiestaware plates. It was so obnoxiously bright that my husband would yell "GREEN!!!" every time he walked into the kitchen.

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  24. When I was in college, I painted my bedroom walls orange with yellow vertical stripes. Where they met at the ceiling, they switched to being orange stripes on a yellow background. Throw in some red carpet and red edging where ceiling met wall and it was a circus room. The furniture was all white to keep it from being too clunky. There were no windows because it was in my parents' garage and my "closet" was a rod hung at an angle across a corner with red, yellow and orange plaid curtains hung in front of it. No one has ever appreciated that color layout except my mom. I'd happily do something similar again, but with less red because in retrospect that darkened it a bit much.

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  25. I'm dying to paint my kitchen cabinets white or cream! The thing is...they're perfectly fine the way they are (cherry wood), they're just sooo not me! I'm terrified to ruin perfectly good cabinets with a crappy paint job so I just live with it. Sooo tired of cherry cabinets!

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  26. you have to start with an empty canvas...that's why it had been empty for several weeks! it's wonderful, and it's you. still working on a couple blank canvases - like my rescued oak coffee table that sat in my dad's farm shop for 40+ years. First thing I plunked on it was a woven basket from Ethiopia that my sister gave me. Bam!

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    1. Oops, didn't realize I had commented under my 12 year old daughter's blog! Everything comes to my e-mail address, though. Kirsten

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  27. Your art wall makes me happy too! : ) Okay, craziest thing I've done was try to Venetian plaster our entire master bathroom while my husband was away on a business trip… I know, I know, a little dated now but back then all I had on my mind was a European villa. My Mom was a partner in crime and later told me she didn't sleep that night… thinking we may have ruined our bathroom and how on earth would we get all that plaster off! It turned out fine-ish but I was A-OK to leave it behind when we sold our house last year. Would L-O-V-E a copy of the Nester book!

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  28. I want Nester's book! I've got several rooms (okay, all except one half bathroom) that need something done--painting, art hung, backsplash installed, furniture, rearranging. I have been holding onto 3 random dresser drawers that I bought years ago at a yard sale. I had them stacked on a little end table years ago, but now they've been sitting...I really want to hang them on a wall. I just decided that I'm going to do it on a bedroom wall and not my living room wall--I kept trying to think about them in the living room, and it didn't quite work.

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  29. I have paneling in our home EVERWHERE, from the early 80's and my hubby won't let me paint. Some of it is even green. Horrible. But, at least it's paid for!

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  30. I totally, totally, totally want this book! I've been dying to paint my living room, stair case, hallway (they're all connected) for months now. They are a dark brown (cave much?) and I want to paint them a crisp, clean white and then hang a bunch of lovely thrifted-or-free-but-painted-white-for-cohesion picture frames across one wall. I haven't done this yet (although the frames have been painted for over a year) because I'm too busy. (yep, that's the lamest excuse in the book. Seriously would take me an afternoon to get it done if I just got to it, but there it is. :)

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  31. Would love to win this! We are moving next month and I have been on a chalk paint kick. No piece of furniture is safe. :)

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  32. your wall of art makes me smile! i've always been afraid to hang things on the walls... never knowing quite the right placement... one day... on a whim... I did a grouping on a wall in our dining room and I slapped up two metal locker baskets in the midst of it at different heights... I ended up loving the results : ) kinda quirky! I havent been able to check out the nester's book yet, but from what i've seen so far online... it looks like a fun one! xo

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  33. I need to add a little more crazy to my style. I play it too safe ! I think the book might be a helpful motivation to do just that. I love to decorate and use bright colors but I need more daring in it all ;)
    barbiemyree@gmail.com

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  34. Heck, I am afraid to paint my wooden window frames. I'm so not a risk taker but I do admire the Nester's and your decorating. :) Would love the book!! :) And I love your art wall!!

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  35. I would love a copy of this book...looks awesome! We have done many "on-the-cheap" renovations, I can't say any of them were crazy though. I'd love to try a chalkboard wall, but will I get tired of it too quickly??? That's my conundrum!

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  36. How do I enter to win the book? I need it STAT!!

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  37. I have always had trouble with a huge wall in my living room, last year I acquired a ten foot school classroom sized chalk board, and I kinda really wanna hang it in the living room. Is it too much? I have no idea how to hang it, but I guess I need the Nester to give the ok...

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  38. I'm too procrastinating to put curtains up on 80% of my windows.

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  39. LOVE the Nester and would LOVE to have her book!

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  40. Thanks to you, FPFG, I have been becoming more and more courageous in this area of my life. An elderly lady (94 years old) in our church passed away last fall. Her daughter was going through her mother's clothing, etc. and showed me this stack of handkerchiefs that she was going to take to Goodwill. I pointed out to her that they were "vintage" and was she sure she really wanted to give them away. She assured me she did...SO I mustered up some courage and said, "Well, if that is what you are really going to do with them, may I have them?" She was HAPPY to give them to me...and I promptly brought them home and put them in my top dresser drawer. A few months ago when I was cleaning out drawers I found those hankies again and went to bed that night wondering what I could do with them. I woke up the next morning with the idea! I washed, starched, ironed and folded them all in the same manner. I then removed the glass on the top of one of our end tables, carefully placed the hankies on the top of the table, and carefully put the glass back on top! This way I've not devalued them in any way and at the same time have a visible daily reminder of the special lady from whom I gleaned so much godly wisdom. And then a few weeks back I had my first ever photo to canvas done! And I'm becoming in love with COLOR!

    Oh...by the way...I just took the last batch of homemade tortilla chips from the oven. I have some Blue Smoke Peach Salsa that really ROCKS! Care to drop by? xo to you FPFG! :)

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  41. I put in an offer on a short sale house as a single gal, little savings, no home repair knowledge and the house had no working a/c and a funky dog smell. I closed on the house the same time I started dating a cute carpenter. Hours of elbow grease, sweat, and the cute carpenter helping me fix it up resulted in a great family home. I married the cute carpenter and we are raising our boys in the house we made a home. Buying a house by myself was risky but so worth it.

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  42. My craziest thing I have done decorating is painting my dining room navy blue, it was so drastic but I love it. When we moved in to our 1970 built house in 2000, every room was wallpapered and carpeted(even the bathrooms!). It is a slow process but every room is "ours" now 13 years later and far from perfect!

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  43. I haven't been brave enough to paint in a wild color yet. But I want to! We're about to move, so I think it's gonna happen in our next house!

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  44. The craziest thing we've done: plan a Christmas Eve open house for our (then) church plant as an incentive to get the crawl space remodel finished (we 'almost' made the deadline). But can I say CRAZY! The crawl space whose entry way was a 3 x 5 wall cut out was completely filled with dirt. My husband said, "We can make this liveable space." Mind you, neither my husband, nor myself are crafty or construction-minded. But we know how to use a shovel and a wheelbarrow. We dug and hauled dirt. Friends gave my husband a tutorial on putting up walls and installing basement windows. We bartered piano lessons with piano students' parents. One who was a cement guy, another was an electrician. Then, the cement guy knew a dry waller, who came to our house ON CHRISTMAS EVE and spent the entire day installing drywall. He completed his job and walked out the door with his tools 30 minutes before the first guest arrived. (Oh, and as he walked out the door he said, "This one's on me!" CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE THAT!?!?!

    Now, I have an extra 350 sq ft of space. And I am grateful for it. However, I absolutely do not recommend doing what we did! There may have been a few crazy moments and tears may have been involved! By the way, it's been four year and the room still has a cement floor. But the kids can play with chalk or paint or whatever and it's all good. One day, we'll save up to get carpet. But one huge addition is bookshelves. Lots and lots of bookshelves. My husband, who has become quite handy, built benched seating along one of the walls and around a corner. Then, he installed inexpensive white bookcases to the walls atop portions of the benched seating to make it look like fancy built-ins! (Huge brownie points, oh yea!)

    So crazy turned out okay...in this case!

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  45. Thank you for sharing your life with us through your blog. I look forward to each new post and always learn something. How is Robert doing? I have begun repainting our home and it took me the longest time to pick out paint colors. I am still choosing a "white" for the walls in our bedroom. I had no idea there were so many choices of white and they all are so different. I just wanted white, plain, bright crisp white.

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  46. I want to mix modern and vintage throughout my home, but I'm too anxious about doing it "wrong"! I have a feeling that this book will be the encouragement I need!

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  47. The craziest thing I've ever done is paint my bedroom walls a darky, moody charcoal. We don't plan to live in our current house forever, so it was risky for resale purposes, but I love it so much, I don't even care.

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  48. I love Nester (and you!)! She is one of the first blogs I read and I couldn't believe that someone else used hot glued on fabric and loved handmade things (especially when Kirkland's business was booming in my circle of peers). What fun!

    The craziest thing here could be the hot glued pom pom fringe that we had on chandelier lamp shades, lack of real "pictures" on the wall, as opposed to lots of words and the Word, or tiny wash tape banners in the kitchen.

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  49. We found a wall of verrtical planks under the plaster in our dining room. The house is over 200 years old and all the purists told me not to paint it. Including my hubby! I painted it white and made a gallery wall. It makes me so happy and even the husband likes it! I love your art wall.
    xo

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  50. Um. My bedroom walls have 8 different BOLD colors on them. And the window trim is another color. It's ok for sleeping. Your eyes are closed when you sleep, right?
    <3

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  51. I would love this book! I'm ready to throw lots of things on my walls, but unlike you (please take a moment and thank God that Cory is so supportive), my husband has distinct opinions about what a home "should" look like. So I'm waiting...and picking my battles...and my office looks more than a little crazy. :) Because that crazy needs to come out. The most crazy I've accomplished yet is a huge chalkboard wall in my kitchen. Literally, the whole wall.

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  52. Once took a hammer & crowbar to a very looong bench I purchased at a household sale. I had a vision/goal & hammered away until I had my husband's attention as well as his much needed assistance. My kids now sit on this bench every single day & it fits the ordinary length of my table!

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  53. we're in a new house too, and the white walls are begging to be dressed! we're too scared to paint though because we're not necessarily that creative or handy!

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  54. That book looks awesome! I need to take more risks with my home. I haven't done anything too "out there" but I do love putting art in our house that WE love (and don't really care if other people do or not!). Art is so personal, and I love how everything we have is something that is beautiful to us.

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  55. I L.O.V.E love how your wall turned out! And I love Nester too! She's so stinking cool. I'm hoping to meet her tomorrow...she's doing a little open house in the Charlotte area :)

    I don't feel like I'm risky enough in my house. I'm currently in rental hell right now, but hoping that changes SOON! BUT in my current rental, I didn't turn a driftwood conglomeration into a headboard (which did get some critical comments on my blog, which means it must be a little risky, right!?) and I hung a ladder horizontally, which turned out pretty cool...if I do say so myself :) Can't wait to have a place where I can really tear it up though!

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  56. In college, my roommate and I took bolts of clearance fabric (yellow gingham), dipped it in liquid starch, and wallpapered (wall-fabric-ed?) the walls of our dorm room. The cheeriest cell, er, room in the dorm! I'd love to add more artsy touches to my home but not sure where to start. And I am on a TIGHT budget, so I don't want to waste any $$$...

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  57. My family and I have lived in our home for over 6 years now and I can't think of one crazy thing that I've done... The biggest reason for this is 1} I'm ridiculously indecisive and 2} I'm a big, fat chicken. Hence the need for The Nester's new book... It is possible that we'll be putting our home on the market in the near future and, if we do end up moving, I've vowed to truly create a home that reflects us in the next place. If we don't move... well, I'm just gonna have to pull up my "big girl panties" and make some changes around here...

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  58. I painted giant foot wide bright blue stripes around my huge bedroom. The stripes were level. The ceiling and floor were not. I got dizzy walking into the room, but it took so long to do I refused to paint over it

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  59. Oh, this was RICH!! I can just hear and see Cory waving his arm at the entry in dismay. I am cracking up. Also, I think we met for the first time over that silly fly fishing puzzle, did we not? And, finally, I just stashed an empty Aldi tissue box in my closet for safe keeping, because I KNEW I would find a use for it someday, and it is just too pretty to throw out. You are my kinda people. So, the craziest thing I ever did to decorate my home would be drawing a mini mural on my living room wall in pencil. You'll have to come see it sometime, because it doesn't photograph well. I would LOVE to win a copy of this book!!!

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  60. My young daughter taped pink tissue paper hearts all over all dining room walls for a tea party she had with a friend this past (is it past yet?) winter. I took them all down except for one than was suspended on the wall above our piano. It has remained there since. I see love, I feel love, and I smile…every time I see this pale pink, crinkly heart.

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  61. I love the your art wall, and can see why it would make you grin every time you see it. It is such joy seeing a home that represents the people living in it, rather than some sterile, perfect pinterest idea of what is "in". I love the quirkiness! and it makes me smile too :) Your place is not just a house it is a home.

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  62. Hmm... I don't think we've done anything too crazy at this house. Our first house (in Goshen) was a fixer upper and we did all sorts of crazy stuff. My favorite was painting the floor in the guest bedroom in a fun gingham block I found in either a Martha Stewart book or the magazine. It was time-consuming and a bit tedious, but I loved doing it. Plus it was adorable.

    Thank you for the chance to win that book. I went to put it in my Amazon wish list and it was already there. I think that's a sign!

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  63. Oddly, the decorating thing I want to do is paint some furniture. I know, that sounds so... dull. But it scares me. I have been a little random in my decor forever. Unfortunately I go through phases where I think I need to grow up. Unfortunate that. Good thing I am almost 40 and don't care anymore.

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  64. I spent a good five minutes looking at all of the pictures in the wall art, whoa...its like having an addictive picture book...on your wall. The craziest thing we've done to our little home is take an old bowling lane (that came from a historic old hotel that was recently restored in our city, with a bowling alley in the basement) that had passed several hands, and turn it into our kitchen island. My husband restored it, and tweeked the shape a bit. It has the darts in it, and I love when guests look at it, as they are eating, stop, and say, "Wait, was this a...?"

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  65. I use most things NOT for the purpose they were created for ;-) It's a fun challenge to use found items from my dad's junk pile at the farm, etc...! We're moving to another fixer-upper next week and I'd love to read Nester's book before I dive in!

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  66. Brave, but not successful. I once started prying our hideous kitchen backsplash tiles off the wall with a screwdriver while talking on the phone... because I had read on some blog that the tiles sometimes pop right off and we were discussing replacing them eventually. The tiles did not pop right off of our wall and so I had diy'd an even worse new look for our sad kitchen that we had to live with for the next year. Oops.

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  67. I have to admit that I did purchase the book and I am just waiting on the FedEx guy....~drooling~ BUT I would LOVE to win a copy so give it away to someone (in need) that would just LOVE this book.

    Hmmm what do I want to do.......I have so many ideas but.....hmmm ok well maybe paint my front door TEAL....Oh yeah but I have a yellowish/tanish home so WOW that would not go. LOL

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  68. probably (definitely) not the craziest thing. because i just do what i LIKE. it's our house, i don't care what other people think! but i LOVED when we left our living room COMPLETELY empty for 2 years. we had little kids and i knew they'd love playing in there SO much! scooters, race tracks for hot wheel cars, it morphed every day. and i loved it!

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  69. I want this book. Simple. The banner God has draped over my life now is "Embrace your limitations." That includes my decorating imperfections. My dad once called my house style "early Goodwill." That about sums it up.

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  70. Your blog and the Nester's are incredible! Both of you are so creative and I appreciate the fact that you are willing to share your thoughts and photos online. I am in the process of being less creative with our house as we ready it to put on the market. We are taking the color out as our realtor advised and depersonalizing everything. I need some photos of creatively designed space as we transition into our next place.

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  71. I also love your decor and the Nester, because you KNOW there ain't any perfect up in here! My worst decorating whim was taking the top of a pretty coffee table and adding a mirror to the middle and mounting it above my bed as a headboard. My dad (who puts in mirrors for a living) did it cheaply for me. And it looked nice, but we got some odd looks from friends when giving house tours because we had a MIRROR over our bed. Bless Dad's heart, he never mentioned it.

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  72. We have a huge picture of an Aboriginal man In our dining room because it reminds us of Papa from the Shack:)

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  73. I am discovering that I want to keep things in my home that mean things to me. Not just have/get things because they look like they came out of a magazine article I read. So....right now I am purging like crazy! Craigslist and I are currently BFFs, and I have made a goal to sell off one thing every day! So far so good!

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  74. Ohhhhhh... I'd love to have that book! Topping the "crazy home decor" list around here was the year that we painted our coffee table bright red, just for Christmas. It was my best Christmas ever.

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  75. oooh, I LOVE the Nester!! I have done many a crazy thing to our home that my husband comes home and just shakes his head now and says, "what do you need me to lift/move now?" We live in a house from the 1930s, and much of it I have been updating as we go along…that being said, I have removed kitchen cabinets and then whacked the wall behind it to see what it would look like to join our kitchen/DR (and it worked out!!) and sprayed the ceiling with water and started to remove the popcorn ceiling (did not turn out so well, made holes in the ceiling!). It's fun to try new ideas!!

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  76. Would LOVE a copy of Nester's book!! The only crazy things I've done in my home so far is put a desk in my kitchen as "counter space" and use old file cabinets as nightstands. Pathetic. I know. I vow to be braver with my decor!

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  77. crazy? We thumbtack kid art all over this joint. It's not nearly as snazzily organized as yours, but it makes it colorful and cheery. Also, last night at the request of one of my kiddos, we completed our first ever family painting. So.Much.Fun. It's on the wall already too :)

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  78. I haven't done anything too crazy yet, but slowly, I am crossing the edges of my comfort zone. When we moved into our house last January, I didn't paint every room the same color and that was a big step. I know have a turquoise laundry room, a grey bedroom, a blue bedroom, and a robins egg pantry. I hope to do even more "outside my comfort zone" things in the weeks/months to come.

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  79. I love the art wall! It's quirky, bright and fun! Hmmm...the craziest thing I've done in my home? I once painted some lamps bright yellow and covered them in ca-razy floral fabric. My husband said it looked like the 70s puked on our lamps. I thought they were adorable...for all of 2 days. Then they just started wearing on me. Too much, all at once, all in one place. Took me just an hour to redo them to a much more suitable style that fit us better. But at least I took the chance! That's why I love the Nester...all about taking chances, throwing the idea of the perfection out that mistreated window and embracing where we are right now, not where we want to be someday. Can't wait to read her book!

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  80. If you ask my husband, the craziest thing I've done is decorate my son's bathroom with oil cans. The ones with the long pointy thing on top and you squeeze out drops of oil onto things (they have to have a real name, I just can't spit it out). It's a gas station themed bathroom, so it sounds logical to me. But I think the craziest thing I've done hasn't quite happened yet. I am just now cracking open a can of watermelon/hot pink/electric coral paint to redo a table for my front porch. I am out to shock the neighbors. In a good way!

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  81. I love turquoise/aqua but don't really have a place for it on the walls of my house, so I painted the interior of a sideboard in our sunroom a beautiful aqua. It's my secret and I love opening it up to see the color :)

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  82. I have longed to do so many different things in my house but my husband gives me "that look" as if I have 2 heads and worms coming out my ears when I mention doing anything nontraditional. He just likes things to look like they did when he was growing up (read: like his mom has always done things). I am afraid he will hate something and I will love something and THEN WHAT WOULD WE DO? Arm wrestle for it? He would win. Rock, paper, scissors? I am BAD at that game- no luck. Think of a number between 1-100? Who has time for numbers???? Anyway..... I have wanted to make a light fixture our of old Ball jars. I want to put it over my kitchen table. THAT is what I want to do and I think it is a great place to start. Maybe this summer.....

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  83. I haven't done anything because I am not sure what to do. My walls are painted gray, and I have green stools. I am so afraid to mix colors and patterns and I am not sure why. This book would help me for sure! LOVE your art wall!

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  84. I want to paint our tiny upstairs bathroom aqua blue. I doubt it will ever happen.

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  85. I have ideas in my head that would work so well for our house. But I'm just not always sure how to get them out of my head and into reality. I just bought a 60s end table and I really, really want to paint it teal. I just have to convince the husband.

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  86. AND my comment showed up as unknown..?? (Gray walls and green stools). Just in case I win...fingers crossed.... my name is April Kelly and my email is aprilsean(at)msn(dot)com.

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  87. so this one time during my year off from college i got so BORED and decided that i wanted to paint. i never have been much of an artist but i was sure that once my brush hit my bedroom wall i would find a hidden bit of talent. so i chose an inspirational quote and some obnoxiously bright acrylic paint and started painting. it was my wild crazy decorating adventure and you know what? mega fail. got halfway through, messed up and then just taped pictures all over the mess up words. ha now i have a HUGE wall of pictures in my room. so it ended semi-well. i think i should stick to less permanent decorating endeavors from now on. love your art wall, miss shannan!

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  88. Let's see. . .in every bedroom i had for about 8 years (that would equal 4 or 5 rentals), i'd go to the fabric store and buy the cheapest lightweight white fabric i could find in the home decor section (54 inches wide instead of 44), and thumbtack it onto the wall and ceiling behind and above my bed. Straight panel of fabric up the wall, then allowed to billow down from the ceiling, looped and thumbtacked back up somewhere around the midpoint above my bed. Can you picture it? I couldn't afford an actual bed with a headboard (had my mattress and box springs on the $30 metal frame). . .and also couldn't afford anything pretty that would be big enough to put on the wall (art or whatever) so that was my trick. I loved it every single time. Now we're in a house we built last summer (and we even have an actual bed with a headboard now, 5 or 6 years down the road) and it looks a lot like yours. . .all white walls, white cabinets, pretty engineered hardwood floors, lots of art (color) on the walls. So the crazy stuff i want to do now is like. . .paint our brand new white cabinets some sort of hazy pale blue/green/gray? That's not going to happen, can't bring myself to do it to brand new white cabinets, and even though my husband puts up with nearly all my decorating ideas, i know that one would cross the line. But i love the look of pale colored cabinets with white walls. . .it was just more custom than what we could afford in building the house. I've also been dying to paint and stencil a bathroom floor for years. Might be able to muster the courage for that one since we couldn't afford tile floors in our bathrooms, so they're linoleum. Pretty, inoffensive linoleum, but still. Stenciling would be so awesome. Wanna come over and make it happen with me? :)

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  89. What a great giveaway-thanks FPFG. Well, I do re-purpose an awful lot of things...but choosing the craziest would be tough. Loved reading all these!

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  90. Craziest thing Ive done,eh? There are so many. Like ripping the carpet off my front porch floor(yup, carpet on the front porch!) or ripping wallpaper off our entry and hallway walls which led to the discovery that there were SEVEN layers of it on the walls and THREE layers on the ceilings(again, seriously?) That demo job led to the discovery that the old plaster and lathe walls were severely damaged underneath so we had to re-plaster the walls just in order to get a smooth surface so we could paint. Needless to say, Im banned from starting projects on my own. :)

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  91. it would have to be my most recent endeavor....I have a 1978 wetbar in my den that hasn't been touched since the brady bunch orange & brown plaid wallpaper was hung. our home is on the market, and I had to do something to update it. so I chose to finish ripping down the wallpaper that I started ripping down about seven years ago (don't cringe, there are bi-fold doors on this wetbar so it was a hidden disaster). I chose to rehang paper since the walls were in such a disarray and I chose CHEETAH print paper. and I love it. it's so sassy. I've never hung paper; good think the wetbar is literally the size of a closet. of course, I made mistakes, but no one but me will ever know. and, like the nester says - idhtbptbb!!

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  92. Craziest? Tearing down perfectly good upper cabinets in my kitchen because they were too dark and dreary.... Never looked back since! By the way, I absolutely LOVE your art wall!

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  94. Craziest thing I've done? What I am doing RIGHT NOW! I couldn't afford to hire someone do to my kitchen backsplash, so I decided to do it by myself. I borrowed a wet saw from my brother-in-law, bought subway tiles, and watched 180 hours of youtube on how to install subway tiles. I've just finished one section today, and I am IN LOVE. It's not perfect, but I am so proud of myself for learning new skills and transforming the old ugly kitchen to brighter (and happier) space :)

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  95. It may not be the craziest thing I've done, but it's definitely the most recent...my daughter's door is constantly getting stuck shut because the knob gets jammed and won't turn. (Probably a fire hazard, right? Please say it's a fire hazard--it'll make me feel better.) So recently, when it was stuck shut and my husband wasn't home to "handle it with care," I kind of hulked out and broke the door frame getting it open...after which I promptly learned how to remove a defective door knob. Life's a learning process, and in this instance I learned how strong I can be...and my husband learned how patient he can be. And while the door is, at the same time, both "fixed" and "broken," the whole idea of being broken, yet somehow fixed and still usable reminds me of grace--which is, coincidentally, my daughter's name.

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  96. I made a room green (albeit my color of green) for all the toy tractors my husband collects. It sometimes hurts me to walk through the room, but you know...I kinda love him!

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  98. LOVE your art wall and I love The Nester too. I want to be dramatic but never really have the nerve. I have thought about a decoupage/collage thing for my bathroom….but been a little too scared.

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  99. A couple of years ago I made a couple of those skinny gallery shelves, an Ikea hack. I've had this wall in my dining room that I just couldn't get a handle on, basically since we got married 8 years ago. We have an ancient house and the wall is painted paneling over crumbling plaster. Every time I pounded a nail to hang something up I could hear plaster falling down inside. It made me scared to hang something up, because once it was up I best not be changing my mind. I saw these shelves on pinterest and knew they were the answer to my troubles! The Hubbs hung them up with some serious hardware and now I can change things all I want. I love the freedom of these lovely little shelves. I can go seasonal, or just whatever suits my whim at the time. I never feel super committed to a look, and I adore that freedom.

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  100. Our front porch has a wood floor, painted green. We have a plain, wood rocking chair with a pillow. The pillow has a whimsical, colorful peacock on it. The chair is just boring. I haven't done it yet but I want to paint that chair a bright yellow. I think it will add some character to my front porch!

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  101. I am a Snoopy fan. In a stroke of genius/insanity, my Mom and I painted my youngest son's room yellow (think the color of Charlie Brown's shirt) and then painted a black zig zag border around the room. I LOVE it. We decorated with vintage and new Snoopy/Peanuts memorabilia that I already had. It's very cute. Best of all, I didn't see "my" idea already posted to Pinterest. :)

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  102. The thing I'm too/too/too to do, is paint or refinish or something the hardwood floor in my living room. It's Brazilian cherry, we got a screaming deal on it, it's very pretty and I hate it. It's just so red, people! I want pale, grayish floors. My husband would freak out. He would like it if every single surface in our home was some kind of wood - stained only, not painted. Me? Opposite.

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  103. I LOVE your art wall! Unfortunately we've always been renters so I haven't gotten to do as much crazy stuff as I would like. But I have done some fun things like use only paper to create a LARGE Halloween mural on a wall, I also painted a mario mural on my sons wall and I made my fridge all stripey with ribbons :)

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  104. I haven't done anything wonky yet. But I have had my thoughts. I think I need to read her book. I follow her blog and love it so I for sure would love her book!

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  105. You & the Nester both inspire me with all your quirky, cockamamie, and rendonkulous decorating! I love your art wall, by the way! I don't think I could ever pull that off, but somehow on your wall it looks like it just belongs. I plan on painting my powder room walls Ravishing Coral and that is probably the most crazy I will have ever been in my decorating. I know, I'm slowly but surely peeking outside of my boring box : )

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  107. I want to put plaster on my plywood walls, but I'm too afraid it will take a long time and then look bad and fall off.

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  108. You're right. I'm afraid. Of what? I'm not sure. But even as I doubt my ideas and spin indefinitely in my own indecision, I do pepper us with a little wonk here and there, along with more than a few sentimental lovies. My current fav - ummm what is that word called that means display? - anyway, my current fav thing on display is an old wooden shoe shine box which belonged to my husband's grandfather. I sat it up on some shelves next to the fireplace with the family pics, a few baskets, a horseshoe I found in the back yard and the coolest old drawer. I love your kiddo's art. You're right. It's therapeutic. Just mentioned it to my 94 year old gramma today. Thanks as always. And to Nester too. You two rock.

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  109. I'd love this book. This is like the bajillionth blog I've entered to win it. Maybe I should just order on on Amazon, hey?

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  110. I've been too lazy to paint the cream trim in my rental apartment to a nice, crisp white...although I think about it every day!

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  111. Such a cute post. I'm in love with the wall art/mirror combo! I sometimes feel toooooo unsure of my own "style" to redecorate things in my house I don't LOVE.

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  112. Oh I need this book!!! My hubby and I have always rented, I've never really bought any of my own furnitiure or decorations- the scary thing is...I don't even think I know my style or what I like...I need to get more wild and free and fun with the house we moving into soon...I think I want lots and lots of colors- that makes me happy :)

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  113. When our family moved to Spain to work in churches there, 3 small kids in tow, I wanted to make our home "homey"-- so I brought along a few rolls of wallpaper, not knowing where we would live or what the walls would be like. We put up a bit here, some more there and our Spanish friends thought it weirdly interesting, but it made me feel at home.

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  114. I have a bathroom with half the wallpaper ripped down that has been that way for a year. I tend to start projects impulsively and not finish them for years. So maybe I'm just afraid to finish a project?

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  115. The ugly fake straight out of the seventies brown paneling in our dining room. I have yet to paint it. :/ In a sense I've by my own choosing forced myself into 17 months of Betty Draper-eske living. AND we're not even renting. How sad it that?! It's time!

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  116. Hey, Hey! It posted! Haven't been able to get comments to publish for months on here.

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  117. Not necessarily crazy, crazy, but when we did the reno on our kitchen I painted one whole wall, floor to ceiling, corner to corner, in cobalt blue for a chalkboard wall. It is full of writing and is always a conversation piece when people stop by. I recently hung the cow head from decor steals above one of the door frames in my living room entry corner and am planning to hang a vintage advertising sign up soon on one of my living room walls. Somehow it all works with my somewhat country traditional stuff accumulated over thirty years. I love your quirky style and the Nester's - I have her book, just finished reading it yesterday - such fun!, so don't really need to be entered to win, but wanted to comment.

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  119. Oh my goodness, what a nice giveaway, I like Nester, too! The craziest thing we have done is get rid of our carpet on our main level and put in hickory wood floors. We have old oak furniture and oak cupboards but even though the wood doesn't match, we like it! Love your art wall!

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  120. I've never heard of the Nester but am about to click on the link and discover the wonderfulness. Did enjoy reading all the comments!! I completely gutted our old bathroom in this house without thinking it solidly through and spent all winter redoing it. By gutting, I mean ripping out plaster and lathe, right to the studs, removing a whole wall, old insulation, etc, etc. And now we showered in there the first time this week and it was glorious. So satisfactory. Hubby still hates living in chaos and keeps asking when will I ever not want to renovate, and I just don't have the answer to that question...

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  121. Well. . .we were bringing in a trailer of wood for the fire this winter and one particular piece of firewood struck me as "art", so now it is on my mantle as a sculpture. It's killing my almost 13yo, he keeps asking me if I want him to sand of the gray bit and make it perfect :)

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  122. what a lovely giveaway! the craziest thing I've done is learned to decorate with my heart - if I love it, it will work (now I may have misjudged the size but that's a whole other story!) - for us!

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  123. I have a bathroom I have needed to paint for the years and years and still have not done yet. Yikes! I could use some inspiration!

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  124. This post literally made me laugh out loud! I think the "toy firearm" was my favorite part. :) I'm a little afraid of color....but I want to have it without somehow changing the serene blues and browns and muted oranges that we currently have and which make me so peaceful and happy. So somehow I want color but only peaceful color but only color that is simultaneously very happy?! I have absolutely no idea how to accomplish this so for right now I settle for my beautiful, colorful vintage Pyrex collection...that is peacefully contained behind the walls of my muted wood hutch from Pier1 . LOL

    I love both of your blogs and would love the chance to win this book! Thanks! :)

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  125. I would love to win a copy of the book! I love your blog and your decorating attitude.
    In college I thought I had a great decorating solution to our lack of curtains in the front room ... I hung a couple of yards of [hideous] flowered fabric from two small heart shaped wreaths across the window. It was quite clever, but looking back at photos, it is a countrified oddity. :)

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  126. Pick me! Pick me! Oh wait, that's the bad manners I try to get my kids to restrain from exhibiting. And, I must say, I am becoming kind of addicted to stealing photos off the internet and hanging them fresh from the inkjet with washi tape right on the wall.

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  127. The craziest decorating trick we ever tried was a make shift "clothes line" across the top of my 2 year old's bedroom window. I hung cute, plaid little boy boxer shorts from it with clothes pins - and I suppose you could have called it a "window mistreatment." I loved it! When he was about 5 and suffering through a bad stomach flu, he looked up at his "valence" and asked me, "mom, why is there underwear hanging above my window?"

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  128. It seems pretty tame now, but I decorated my college dorm room with a milk can (I was a farm girl) painted bright yellow and filled with ripe wheat from my Dad's field. People would visit just to see it. I loved it. I love that so many of you put out on the great interwebs your crazy ideas. I've copied and adapted and used as a launching point some of these. I don't think anyone needs to feel too crazy. We've got lots of company.

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  129. Hmmm...maybe painting the living room walls three times before getting them right? Love the Nester and you and your art wall is genius actually :)

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  130. I thought I could transform our 1960's bathroom to the 21st century in a week. That was 6 weeks ago…

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  131. I'd love this book! It's been on my wish list ever since I knew The Nester was writing it. You and she both inspire me with your fearless (decorating) spunk. My most individual and spunky decorating decisions, and the ones I probably enjoyed the most, were in the kitchen of our first home. Black and white checked marmoleum floors, red laminate counters and turquoise walls. Sounds insane, and it kinda was, but it made me happy every single time I walked in the room. :-) I always love reading what you write!

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  132. I painted my dom's ceiling dark navy. It was a risk but I loved it!!!! One of my favorite painting jobs!

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  133. I hung crib springs on the wall for a bulletin board. (see it here - http://ryanandtobi.blogspot.com/2013/11/crib-springs-bounce-back.html ) I love quirky! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  134. I asked my husband to wade into a muddy field to get me some big, dried out, branches with funky seed pods. I loved how they sounded when the branches moved. I arranged them in a vase and called it my fall arrangement. They made me smile every time I looked at them and reminded me that my husband loves me that much!

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  135. We took our hutch and covered the back of it in fabric that matched the wall color so it could be the wall separating our dining room and living room. We in no way thought we would fool people, we were just trying to not make our fake wall so jarring to the eye. Yet guests would still walk around the corner into the dining room and say, "Wait a minute...your wall?"

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  136. I've always wanted something big and Caribbean blue-ish, like a couch, or your kitchen island. :) If I ever, ever have a craft room, that color will feature prominently, It will be a happy heart in my otherwise neutral home. And I would so love to win this book!

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  137. I live in a rental and never know how long we will be here so haven't asked the landlady about doing anything too time intensive but I did paint our front door orange. I absolutely love it and it makes me smile when I drive up. The neighbours mostly think it is weird but I don't care! It is a very traditional neighbourhood and nobody has said anything downright bad about it so I just enjoy our 'weird' sticking out a bit.

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  138. I'd LOVE to win the nester's book! The craziest thing I've ever done in my home? Hmmmm, I have a gallery wall of old bread boards!

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  139. I can't say I've done anything too crazy but I did hang wooden crates on my wall after college, before pinterest, when something like that felt bold and new. It's quite clear I need to get a little riskier. :)

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  140. Would love it. Quirky and colorful is what we love. Homemade & handmade brings a feeling of coziness to ghe ♥. Love the art!

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  141. A few years ago a friend convinced me that dropcloths could double as curtains on our screened porch (I have seen pics where it did work!) so I loaded up all the kids (3, and I think I was pregnant) and we went to several stores finding the right size. And then I improvised for curtain rods because I was cheap only they weren't strong enough and sagged. My husband said something about it looking like a refugee camp and told me to take them down. The curtain rod hangers are still attached to the wall as a reminder of my flop!

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  142. A. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of that book! B. Your wall totally reminds me of that box you sent me a few years ago with all the things decoupaged on it! Remember? And then that made me think of THE FUN SALAD and now I'm just feeling a little blue and nostalgic. But a new book might cheer me up a bit! ;)

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  143. Under Nester's influence, I kicked Kiirkland's to the curb and did some quirky stuff--that I LOVE! After a big storm a few years ago, I begged my neighbors for their broken shutters to hang behind my TV. I could use some fresh Nester inspiration, so I sure hope I win!

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  144. I painted an accent wall in our upstairs loft/computer/play area. The landlord had it bright orange and that didn't speak to me. So I painted it dark dark blue with a HUGE- floor to ceiling- paisley on it. VERY very. I was so proud, invited me (self-admittedly non-crafty friend) over to see it before the paint was even dry and she was like, "What's that? A paramecium?" So even though I still love it- and will probably do something big, but on a dark dark grey or black wall in the next house- when new people come over and say they love it I tell them it's my paramecium. :)

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  145. I'm a wannabe at trying something "out there". Maybe this book would push me over the edge........in a good way. lol.

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  146. I painted a bathroom the same lime green as Popsicles and then painted Richard Scary type fish on it, and completed it with Lowly Worm sitting on a hook saying, "gone fishing". My landlord was not impressed, my young children loved it. I wish I had pictures of it, but alas, too many moves in the years since and I've lost them.

    I also painted our bedroom bright orange once by mistake. Who knew terracotta would come out Home Depot orange? Maybe that explains why I felt sleep deprived the whole two years we lived there? Again landlord was not amused. No sense of humour, I tell you!

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  147. A friend gave me an old chair, so we ripped off the fabric, stained the arms and legs, and started looking for fabric. There were no good fabric stores in our area at the time, and I couldn't find what I wanted online. Sure enough, Target to the rescue. I bought two tablecloths, cut up one of them for the fabric for the chair--a very busy flowery pattern, and used one for knock-off Pottery Barn pillows for the couch. Would LOVE a copy of this book. Your wall is fantastic, and you had me smiling as I read your story :)

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  148. Hmmm...I am paralyzed by decorating. Not because I'm afraid to do my ideas, but because I don't have many ideas!

    My biggest regret that before moving into our house, we painted the kitchen a certain shade of green. It looked great on the paint chip, but horrible in real life. We should have repainted it then and there, but instead we tolerated it for 5 years. That was my own special kind of crazy, I guess :)

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  149. I can't wait to get a hold of this book {whether I win it or purchase it}!
    I've been too scared to paint a few pieces that I have, thinking I'll choose the wrong colour or I'll regret it once painted. I just need to get painting and not worry so much about making mistakes.

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  150. I am to scared to do anything crazy. I think winning a copy of this book would be very freeing for me.

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  151. Hers was the first blog I ever read, too! Love your art wall!

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  152. I can't wait to read this! Buying one for my mom for Mother's Day first, though. The craziest thing I've done in my house is remove my headboard, buy an old door, then strip and paint it a bright teal color and hang it on the wall as a headboard. It's cute!

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  153. Oh, I would love a copy!!! For some reason, I'm terrified of painting furniture. I SO want to get over this fear!

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  154. All that I can say is. WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!!!!! You are pure genious! That mirror looks awesome now! It seemed lost before but then add the great wall art behind and BAM Girlfriend comes ALIVE!!!! I love it! I love you! And I suspect that I would LOVE that book!!!!!!

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  155. Matchy - matchy. That's my biggest problem. I know not to do it but sometimes I have to literally think..... DON'T MAKE IT MATCH. We just purhcased a new home so I could really use the book. A designer once called my style "ecclectic" which offended me for about 2 seconds then I got excited. LOL

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  157. One time I needed curtains for our guest/son's room. I hung mesquite tree branches on hooks and then looped leftover guazey white fabric through....My stepdad told my mom privately they should give us some money for real curtains. HOOT!!! Love your art wall. So perfect! Can't wait to read this book.

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  158. Can't wait to get my hands on this book - one way or another - Nester is the first blog I ever read!! I actually LOVE your art wall - it totally makes the table, and the paintings are beautiful, y'all are talented painters! I "too" have been learning to embrace what I love, lose what I don't love and just trying to have fun with our home. We now have pink polka-dots in the living room, and now YOU & this post have inspired me to try a painting or 2....

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  159. Ok it's a weak wild, but painted my door red. I loved it! Thanks for chance to win.

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  160. One day I decided that my girls would like a HOT PINK bathroom with black and white accents. It sort of looked like a Barbie explosion all up in there. It also happened to be our guest bathroom. Everyone commented on how bright it was in there. . . and how the reflection of the pink walls made them all look nice and tanned.

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  161. I bought an old laminate topped bamboo-ish dresser at goodwill- I painted it bright coral and put wooden bun feet on it and now it's the showpiece of my dining room!

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  162. I had a big beautiful laundry room......i am not a fan of laundry. I had no space to work on my crafts......I am a fan of sewing, card making and anything crafty. I had large unused closets lining my hallway...... So we moved the washer and dryer to the closet in the hallway and turned the laundry room into a big beautiful amazing I spend lots of hours in it sewing/craft room.

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  163. I have recently moved to a new home and I need help with everything. I would love to win Nester's book!

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  164. I came by your blog this morning to tell you a story, but now I suppose I have to enter this fabulous giveaway, too. :-)

    People thought I was kind of crazy when I had my husband tear out all of our kitchen cabinets, but I absolutely love going cabinet-less. Most cabinets are wasted/poorly-used space anyway, & with the cabinets gone I can better see the three main walls (each a different shade of green). I've drawn a crayon mural on the inside of my upstairs bathroom, & Sharpie stripes on the outside of the future-guest-bedroom door. I glued googly eyes to several things in the downstairs bathroom. I'm just getting started! My house makes me happy, & when we have guests they feel comfortable-- that's what matters.

    Here's the story part: I was recently telling my mom about you & your being in a magazine (she gets hand-me-down magazines from two sources, so I wanted her to keep an eye out for me). Today, she sends me a text to tell me that her sister was telling her about something she saw in a magazine... it was your feature! I thought that was fun.

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  165. crazy thing to my home....im not very adventurous unless it would be cheap to fix! ha ha!
    would love this book!
    erincyoung (at) yahoo.com

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  166. my deepest desire is to paint our hardwood floors! EEK! what would Nester say?!?!

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  167. I bought a whimsical print from an Etsy link you put up a while back and had it framed and now it hangs over the toilet in our downstairs half-bath and people compliment it all the time. Thanks for the tip!

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  168. One of my favorite things in our house is a wall sticker of a grandfather clock that has a big spot for an actual clock face hung on it. It fits perfectly behind our front door where I would never be able to put anything else. I lurve it. :)

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  169. I'm too lazy to get some of my old artwork out from underneath the guest bed, frame it, and hang it. It's already matted--what am I waiting for!

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  170. we just moved out of a rental home that was all....brown wood paneling!!!!!!!!!!! we moved into a wonderful OLD farm house, small and cozy. we had to paint the entire thing because a little work was done in each room. i painted the kitchen YELLOW, ive always wanted a yellow kitchen. someone told me it was old fashioned, someone else said it was glaring. i LOVE IT! the bathroom is a light, bright aqua. tons of white trim, hours of painting white trim, but it makes the place. every other room is some shade of tan. may seem boring but it soothes me. gray may be in right now, but it would depress me, so i did my thing and im sitting around soaking it in after months of painting!!!!

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  171. I'm too scared/lazy/silly to paint our apartment because I don't want to repaint it when our lease ends...

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  172. i had no curtains up in my home for about three yeas after we had someone come in and paint for us - big job. it was too overwhelming for me. order? measure? buy fabric? cut? sew? ugh no.

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  173. The craziest and most fun thing done to our house was a marshmallow valance above the sink..... A rustic board and then marshmellows dangling on fishline all across for a Christmas curtain of marshmallows to go with my hot chocolate bar... The cutest and funniest!

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  174. Painted our bedroom blood red, and years later we bought a 1950s cottage all the while I was coinvincing my husband that it was a great idea...poor guy!

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  175. I think the oddest thing I've done is decoupage an old wooden chair with newspaper and hung a real lawn flamingo on the as a sort of centerpiece to a collection. Im currently having a hard time because our current house is all cement block, which crumbles when you try to make holes in it. Its been a real bummer. :(

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  176. Yay! Love your new wall! And excited about Nester's book! :)
    missashleigh at juno dot com

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  177. Yay! Love your new wall! And excited about Nester's book! :)
    missashleigh at juno dot com

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  178. I guess mine has to be something
    I did when we first
    Got married. We were poor; I was teaching and my husband had just returned from Vietnam Nam and Had started back to school to finish his degree. Now, picture this.....little home on the prairie in Minnesota, country decorating, homemade EVERYTHING cause that's how we rolled in the early 70s. I hung a homemade (of course) bread pretzel on the wall in a grouping. Yup, it's true. My daughter recently noticed it on some old pictures and she and her brothers are having a grand old time suggesting other things I might want to display; a piece of toast, a couple of Doritos......they think they are SO funny!

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  179. Ahhhhh NEED DAT BOOK! Craziest thing? Planked the side of all of our NEW oak cabinetry and painted everything white. Crazy because uhhhh three days ridic labor and we made new cabinets look they belong in a dilapidated old farm house. And I'm in loooove.:)

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  180. ^^^^^Oh and emilykate3130@yahoo.com cause one of those copies are def mine!;)

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  181. I bought an old wooden ladder from a yard sale years ago. The old man selling it looked at me like I was crazy when I told him what I was going to do with it....I took it home (hanging out the back of my truck!) and made my husband hang it horizontally from the ceiling above our couch...and I have stacks of quilts sitting on it. LOVE IT.

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  182. Would love to win this book! Feeling totally lazy right now and the fact that I can't think of anything crazy that I've done is probably proof that I need some inspiration! kcochran2@gmail.com

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  183. I haven't gotten up the nerve to try anything too crazy yet...but I want too! This book would be great to read and I love how you decorate your house!

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  184. I've been too scared to make a family picture tree on our living room wall. I have tons of pins from Pinterest & the frames. Would love to read the Nester's book!

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  185. I would LOVE to win the Nester's book! She is also my hero.... I use outdoor patio furniture indoors, hang coffee filter wreaths, make "fake" logs out of fake wood wrapping paper, and hang random pieces of wood on the walls. I could go on and on about my strange take on decorating!

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  186. I don't usually like change, and that includes rearranging furniture and other household stuff. I'm mostly happy with how things are situated now, so I think why change it? But sometimes I look around and wonder how I thought to put everything where it is. How do we start to put pieces in rooms? I honestly don't remember. I read another review of this book that's moved like 13 times in a decade or something--wow! That takes vision! And I don't always feel like I have that.

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  187. Long before people had words all over everything, I painted a "rug" on our wood floor and painted a quotation from "A Room of One's Own" all around the borders of it. It made me happy, but I think everyone else thought I was crazy.

    I love your crazy.

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  188. Probably painting my daughters room black and yes the Rolling Stones song Paint it Black played through my head the whole time LOL

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  189. Love that art wall and would love to win a copy of the book! It's definitely on my to acquire list!!

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  190. I have an old oar I want to mount of the living room wall but am a little hesitant.
    Sweetiesuzy@aol.com

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  191. I put a bathtub on our porch and made a little fish pond!

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  192. I put a bathtub on our porch and made a little fish pond!

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  193. I put a bathtub on our porch and made a little fish pond!

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