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The Siren Song of Garland and Why You Don't Always Have to Listen

The Siren Song of Garland and Why You Don't Always Have to Listen

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Story time.

You decide you need to be more creative in your home, pick garland as your homemade decoration of choice, and cozy up to Pinterest for some inspiration. Your eyes grow glassy at all the beautiful photos, and you quickly visit the craft store to buy all the tissue and ribbons you can. Maybe you even pull the trigger on a new sewing machine because how else are you going to sew your garland? Besides, every self-respecting American lady has a sewing machine and knows how to use it, right? Pep talk complete and credit card swiped, you make your strand of garland, hang it from the corner of your living room, look with great expectation, and instead find yourself confused.

Why does it look like you just forgot to take down a random party decoration? Why doesn't your living room look like those beautiful Pinterest photos with their worn ladders and Eames rockers and textured white walls? Because those photos are taken in a studio, and you're in a living room. Okay, no problem, you say, I'll just make more. More should fix it. 

Sweet ones, put down the star punch, and listen. 

You're in charge of your home, and if you don't want to fill it with Pinterest projects, you don't have to

Yes, I strongly believe that you should choose to be a maker, that you're perfectly capable of taking the beauty and function of your home into your own hands. And some people add creative, handmade touches with great style and skill; I'm friends with some of them. But that doesn't mean your house has to look the same. For the regular person, garlands are great for parties and kids' rooms, but I'm giving you the freedom to rethink it in your everyday spaces, especially if the effort of "keeping up" is draining your energy. 

Remember the definition of simple? Free from dishonesty, vanity, or pretense. A simple home is the truest version of you. Do you feel like you need to decorate with a lot of craft projects because you genuinely love the look in your house or because everyone else is doing it? Because you don't have to. Your home could have nary a homemade craft within its walls, and you're still a valuable person with a lovely, warm home.

The siren song of the garland is strong, but you don't have to listen unless you genuinely want to.

Need some hand-holding when it comes to finding your style and making your home cozy without garland and sewing machines? You have 24 hours to claim your spot in the Nester's Cozy Minimalist online decorating course. Registration closes THURSDAY AT MIDNIGHT (ET). Don't miss your chance to get the home you've always wanted with the stuff you already have. It's magic, and you'll love every second. Claim your spot here and NOW. I promise it's the best investment in your home you'll ever make.

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