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Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder?

Apr 17, 2024

My guest this week is the lovely Myquillyn Smith, also known as The Nester. She is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Welcome Home and Cozy Minimalist Home. For over a decade, she has been encouraging women to embrace imperfections and live boldly in their spaces through her blog.

Myquillyn’s home in North Carolina has been featured in publications such as Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies Home Journal, Cottages and Bungalows, and more. As a practicing imperfectionist, she believes in the power of small changes, putting nail holes in the wall, and taking the time to make a place feel like home – even if you’re renting.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her, hearing her perspective on creating a space you’ll love, and learning more about her latest book, House Rules, which is set to release on April 23rd. I just know you’re going to love her too!

3:07 – Myquillyn 101

  • Starting “The Nester” in 2007
  • Learning to build a home by moving frequently
  • Teaching universal decorating truths

9:55 – Making a Home

  • The perfectly staged homes seen on social media
  • Embracing imperfection in home decor
  • Making your space feel like you

17:45 – Establishing Roots Where You Are

  • Taking ownership of your space, even in rentals or temporary spaces
  • The perfect circumstance will never come
  • The power of simple changes in home design

29:06 – Design Insights

  • The genesis of Myquillyn’s passion for decorating
  • Understanding design principles like scale, contrast, and lighting
  • The Inspiration behind Myquillyn’s book, House Rules

38:39 – Embracing Imperfection

  • Being a practicing imperfectionist
  • Learning to take risks in home decor and life
  • You can’t ruin something you already hate
  • Connecting with Myquillyn + pre-ordering House Rules


“I’ve never met a home I haven’t loved. I believe every home has a silver lining.”

“I 100% believe it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”

“Where else can we take a risk if not at home?”

Learn more about Myquillyn:

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The Nester podcast

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About Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder?

Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder? Podcast is a weekly podcast where we have honest conversations about faith, business, life, and everything in between. Hosted by speaker and author, Molly Stillman, her mission is to make you laugh, cry, and laugh till you cry. She wants to create a community of people who are unafraid to be themselves and have honest conversations about the things that matter most. Her vision is to create a safe space for people to explore their faith and share their stories and gifts with the world.