Feathering my nest

I’m a nester of the first degree. As much as I love to travel, home is the best place on earth to me, like most of us, I think. And I love to feather my nest. I’m always on the lookout, especially when traveling, for a special something or momento that makes that certain bedroom corner or family room space a little more perfect, a little more inviting and cozy.

Whether I’m moving stuff around and changing things up – which I LOVE to do – or finding space for something new, the art and practice of feathering our nest, or home design, is almost an addiction.

I love to indulge my habit with home design TV shows, books, podcasts, home decorating shows and stores, friends’ home styles, model homes . . . you name it. I always learn something from any and all of the above.

Someone once told me that “aesthetics” has become the key issue of our society. While I pretty much disagree with that statement, I will admit to a certain truth within it.

My question is, what’s wrong with a little aesthetic love? Isn’t it natural to want to personalize your space in the world? Going back to cave living, their hieroglyphics told stories and documented their lives, and were done in a way that added beauty to their surroundings and to their rather austere lives. I think we’re a little more evolved than in those days, but our need for personalizing our nests, or caves, is as important as it’s always been.

Whether we’re in a house, a condo, a mobile home or apartment doesn’t matter. What does matter is that we honor ourselves and our lives with the comfort of a pretty-to-us refuge.

Given my near-obsession with home design, I’ve recently become addicted (geez, all this talk about obsessions and addiction – can anyone say intervention) to a new home design TV show called Nate & Jeremiah by design. (All photos in this post, except one, are of their design.)

Nate is Nate Berkus from Oprah Winfrey show fame. He’s adorable, and his husband, Jeremiah Brent, is too cute for words. They’ve moved to L.A. with their baby daughter, Poppy, brought their home design business with them, and started the show. They’re so talented, sweet and funny. I’m crazy about them, the show and their design aesthetic, and highly recommend it for a little home and life inspiration.

In another life, I would’ve been an interior designer – of course, in that other life, I would’ve had the talent for it, too. LOL. In this life, I’m happy to fawn over shows, books and friends who are immensely talented in this arena. I actually believe they have magical powers because what they see and bring to life is nothing short of just that – in my opinion.

So for now, I’m happy to be a looky-lou, a hanger-on, and a groupie in any way that works.

How about you? Are you a home design junkie, too? How do you feed your addict . . . er . . . interest?

Till next time,





  1. dona
    June 9, 2017 / 8:43 am

    Feathering my nest! I love that! What a great blog Judy. Our homes need to be a haven. Some place we can come to and feel secure and take that deep breathe and relax. Seems like the older I get, I can’t wait to come home. I love sitting back and l looking at all my framed pictures of my family and my rustic shabby chic design. Having a sister that is an Interior Designer is such a blessing! Judy, I love your home. Every time I come over I can’t get enough of looking at every inch of it. You have done a wonderful job of making your home “Judy and Michael,”and having a cozy feel about it. I’ve been wanting to tape that show with Nate & Jeremiah, in fact, I’m going to do it right now. I love their design! Thank you again for inspiring us to make our homes our haven and our nest!

    • Judy McLane
      June 13, 2017 / 7:25 am

      Home is truly the best place on earth! xxx

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