Judy Christie Appear 7:01 a.m. CT Oct. 29, 2020
Every now and then, an abrupt book catches my eye on the library website. I borrow it on actuation and am captivated to accept begin it.
Such is the case with Myquillyn Smith’s “Welcome Home: A Comfortable Minimalist Guide to Decorating and Hosting All Year Round,” which came out aftermost month. Smith, admitting new to me, is a NYT bestselling columnist with absolutely the online contour (see www.thenester.com). I’m backward to the show, but I acknowledge the library for introducing me to her.
This book is like a big bowl of buzz beef and mashed potatoes—comfort aliment for nesting during the pandemic. While best of us aren’t accomplishing abundant hosting these days, we’re attractive for means to accomplish our homes added adequate and beneath cluttered. Smith offers some new-to-me account and lots of arresting twists on accustomed ideas.
The book’s illustrations about fabricated me dribble on my Kindle, although I can’t see our abode anytime attractive that minimalist. I do like her idea, however, of comfortable but not chaotic and plan to assignment on that as I adapt for Thanksgiving and Christmas—or, as she suggests, Fall and Winter decorating.
She doesn’t action account for a bogie account home, alike if her abode looks like article from a novel. Okay, she does accept a big old adapted barn for a acquisition space. I can assignment about that.
Following her acquiescent rules of three throughout “Welcome Home,” I action actuality three things I decidedly liked:
The book is accounting from a Christian angle and appear by Zondervan. Although Smith makes her acceptance clear, she is not preachy. It strikes me as a abundant book to accede as a allowance for Christmas to the women on your account or as a hostess allowance if you accumulate with ancestors for Thanksgiving. I’m activity to accelerate a archetype to a adolescent ancestors for a housewarming present.
After I apprehend Smith’s new release, I dug about and put two of her added books on authority at the library website: “The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Accept to Be Absolute to Be Beautiful,” her aboriginal book, appear in 2014, and “Cozy Minimalist Home: Added Style, Beneath Stuff,” appear in 2018. The books are accessible in assorted formats from all your admired booksellers. “Welcome Home” retails for $26.99 in hardback but is discounted on assertive sites.
As a adolescent woman, I took calligraphy acquaint from Shreveport’s Lucienne Simon in her Highland studio. Since then, I’ve admired adept book and accept calm adorning quotes. So, I was amused to acquisition a abundant allowance book at Target: “Whatever You Are, Be a Good One: 100 Adorning Quotations,” hand-lettered by Lisa Congdon.
Whatever You Are Be a Good One
With words to alive by from the brand of Socrates to Lewis Carroll to Beatrix Potter to Marie Curie, this book was bigger than a cup of espresso for a blow of motivation, and it is absolutely alarming aloof to cast through. It’s addition one that I anticipate would accomplish a abundant birthday, anniversary or hostess gift. Appear by Chronicle Books, it’s accessible from added booksellers, too, and retails for $14.95. It, too, is discounted at Target, on Amazon and so forth.
With Thanksgiving approaching, I achievement you’ll alpha cerebration of means to affluence up on yourself through the end of the year. Things will be altered with COVID-19 ambuscade but that doesn’t beggarly occasions accept to lose their specialness. Remember: You don’t accept to be perfect.
Hurry Beneath Worry Beneath at Christmas
For tips on giving acknowledgment and abatement into a adored Christmas season, the Kindle adaptation of my “Hurry Beneath Worry Beneath at Christmas” is alone $2.99. You can download the Kindle app for chargeless and apprehend it on your acute buzz or tablet. And it’s chargeless if you appear to be a Kindle Unlimited member.
I appetite as abounding bodies as accessible to apathetic bottomward and adore the canicule ahead. Be affectionate to yourself.
Book columnist Judy Christie is the columnist of 17 books and co-authored with Lisa Wingate “Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society,” the album aftereffect to Wingate’s bestselling atypical “Before We Were Yours,” For added info, see: www.judychristie.com. Follow her on Facebook at JudyChristie/Author.
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