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Myquillyn Smith, The Nester, is a home stager, redesigner and design school drop-out. Her last home (a rental) was featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Cottages & Bungalows, Ladies' Home Journal and in her upcoming design philosphy book, The Nesting Place: It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful....

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  1. Beautiful picture. The color says SPRING. I think I must go out and look around today, see what wants to come in with me.

  2. Last Sunday we were leaving my mother-in-laws and I walked by the most beautiful smelling bush. It smelled like lemons and had the most beautiful little flowers in tidy little bunches. She told me to grab a branch and just pull it off. It is in a vase in our upstairs hall and still smells wonderful!

  3. Fresh tulips…they look like Easter eggs until they open…fresh flowers speak of the renewal of spring after the starkness of winter. I look forward to the beauty of each season. My soul seems to need each change. Now, I am looking for the beautiful colors that flow through this season. I open the windows and let in the cool air watching the invisible currents dance across the flowers. That reminds me of the unseen spirit that dances across my soul giving it air to breathe.

  4. That is gorgeous color there! Perfect for spring…I tend to let spring in with just the sunshine and the breeze. I love opening up my blinds, windows and doors just to have the spring sunlight and breeze come through.

  5. I just cut a big bunch of pussy willows, just before they burst out with all the pollen, for my grandmother-in-law. You should have seen her eyes light up as I brought them into her house.
    Seeing them out at the edges of the road around here in Central Wisconsin says spring to me…. it’s coming…. it’s a warm sunny few days here…. but if you can believe it, I am looking forward to some rain, it’s so dry and we need it so badly!

  6. Since it’s Easter this weekend… your photo reminded me that I like to put a clump of long blade green grass in a bowl (similar to yours,here) and lay the colored eggs in as part of an Easter centerpiece for the table.

  7. My girls bring me flowers from the back yard. That is a pretty color green. Amazing what our Father makes for us.

  8. That moss is great! We’ve got tulips putting up buds and I keep talking my girls out of picking them BEFORE they bloom – especially as there are not many!
    But I like to use sticks, rocks, grass, leaves, dried flowers and seeds to decorate!

  9. I’d like to find a wild dogwood tree and snip some branches. Then, I’d put them in a plain glass for display on my dining room table.

  10. I love this post. My kids do the exact same thing! They love to bring me all sorts of things in from outside! Moss is a favorite. We have collected shells, rocks, branches~those are our curtain rods, and pinecones. Many more things! I too have spent most of my married life on the move. My husband is a horse trainer!
    Take Care,
    Easter Blessings
    Maria