#327A Is Cozy Minimalism Possible?

#327A Is Cozy Minimalism Possible?

Do you struggle with wanting to live clutter free but also wanting to create a warm and inviting feel to your home?

On today’s show, Kathi sits down with Myquillyn Smith to talk about her book, Cozy Minimalist Home. Myquillyn shares her insights into what it means to be a “cozy minimalist,” one who wants the most amount of style with the least amount of stuff.

Kathi and Myquillyn also discuss what it looks like to go from a “stuff manager” to a “home curator.” And Myquillyn shares the one thing you can do today to start your journey towards a cozy, minimalist home. You don’t want to miss this fun and informative interview!

Cozy Minimalist Home releases on October 23, 2018!

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Enter to win a copy of Myquilln’s book!

Two lucky winners will win a copy of Cozy Minimalist Home 

Enter by answering in the comments, “Which room do you struggle with the most when it comes to being a cozy minimalist?”

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Meet Our Guest

Myquillyn Smith

Myquillyn Smith

For the last ten years, Myquillyn Smith, known online as “The Nester,” has encouraged women to embrace their homes – imperfections and all. In Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff (Zondervan), Myquillyn helps readers see their home’s hidden potential and create beautiful, functional spaces they love.

Myquillyn is a self-taught, design school dropout who took a week-long course so she could be a certified home stager and redesigner. She and her family have lived in 13 different houses, apartments and condos and spent plenty of time getting real world design experience. Millions of women have been inspired by Myquillyn’s blog, The Nesting Place and her home has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies’ Home Journal, Cottages and Bungalows and the Charlotte Observer. Christianity Today named her one of 20 Creative Innovators of 2016. Her first book, The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful, released in 2014.

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The Book Project: A Challenge for Myself in 2017

The Book Project: A Challenge for Myself in 2017

At the beginning of 2017, I began what I like to call The Book Project. I challenged myself to reading a book a week for the entire year. You see, I’d grown pretty lazy when it came to reading. (Plopping down at the end of a long day to watch a Friend’s episode was so much easier…)

But I’m loving this challenge so much, and I thought that some of you would be interested in hearing some of the books I’ve been reading. Plus, I’d love your suggestions of additional books I should put on my list.

The Book Project

My list of books will be a jumble. There will be some writing and business books, and I’m leaning heavily on memoir at the moment. Some of the books I’m reading haven’t been released yet, and I’ve read those in order to offer endorsements for them. I’ll tell you more about those as the release dates get closer.

The ones in bold are the ones I’ve completed reading. Those not in bold I’m in the process of reading.

Just because the book is on the list, doesn’t mean that I recommend it. (I would love to get back the way too many hours I spend on The Cookbook Collector. Others loved it. Me? Not so much.) Rather, this is a list of what I’m reading and the challenge I am taking on.

Hillbilly Elegy is just stunning. An Invisible Thread was tremendous and touching, and Kitchen Confidential was a riot.

But the book I’m recommending right now is Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. This is possibly the best memoir I’ve read in my life. Trevor is the late-night host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Born in South Africa to a white dad and a black mom during the time of Apartheid, Trevor spends his formative years learning how to lie about who he was and who his parents were in order to stay on the right side of the law. An amazingly funny, touching and personal book. Loved it.

My current list of books

So here is where I’m at so far for my 2017 book challenge.

  1. Making Love Last: Divorce-Proofing Your Young Marriage Laura Taggart (Releasing July 4th, 2017)
  2. Hillbilly Elegy By J.D. Vance
  3. Doing Busy Better Glynnis Whitwer (Releasing July 4th, 2017)
  4. EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches Dave Ramsey
  5. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  6. An Invisible Thread Laura Schroff and Alex Trusniowski
  7. Kitchen Confidential By Anthony Bourdain
  8. How to Listen So People Will Talk Becky Harling (Releasing August 1, 2017)
  9. The Cookbook Collector Allegra Goodman
  10. Loving My Actual Christmas Alex Kuykendal (Releases Sept 5th, 2017)
  11. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
  12. Disrupted Dan Lyons
  13. Drinking: A Love Story Caroline Knapp

I’ll update you as I add more titles to the list on my year challenge, The Book Project.

So please, tell me what other books I should add to the list. Great memoirs, stunning fiction, helpful non-fiction? I want it all.3