My Nest

My Nest
My Nest





$750 DIY Mudroom Makeover

Creating a serene space that feels clean and clutter-free

After three years of living in our newly-built home, I still have so many projects and ideas for making our space better. One idea that has been at the top of my list for some time now is our entryway/laundry/mudroom. 

Home for the Holidays 2016

My cozy and simple holiday decor

The days are short, dark and cold in the great Northeast, but our home is filled with lights, warmth and joy. Accents of red and white are in abundance and a woodland theme with Fraser Fir branches are found throughout our home. 

Autumn-Inspired Tablescape

A simple & elegant table setup for my favorite season of the year!

Fall is truly a magical time of year in upstate New York. I love to drive along the country roads of Washington County with no real destination, just soaking in the beautiful foliage and antiquing in my favorite little village of Greenwich. Apple picking, mums, pumpkins, cider and leaves of golden hues covering the's no wonder I use the word "magical" to describe how I feel about this time of year.


Meet 'Vera Lyn'...

...The newest family member at The Unique Nest

Life just got a little sweeter, and fluffier --- (is that a word?) at our home. On Saturday, October 8th we welcomed the addition of an F1b standard Goldendoodle named 'Vera Lyn'. Vera came into our home and our hearts rather abruptly and brought a little puppy magic to our household.

$50 DIY Outdoor Coffee Table (IKEA hack)

Creating a chic outdoor table from the IKEA 'Lack' series

Hey friends! I'm so excited to share this SUPER DUPER easy and CHEAP project with you! It requires little to no skill (perfect for me) and makes the most adorable outdoor/indoor coffee table. 

My "Nest" On wheels

RV'ing for beginners [what you need to know]

As a young child I can vividly recall climbing in and out of RV’s at various mall shows around the area. This was great “family fun” in the 1980’s when my parents weren’t sure what else to do with my siblings and I. We would climb all around, beg my parents to buy one, and fight over who was getting top bunk. Although my parents never opted to purchase an RV, that nostalgic feeling was alive and well inside of me when my own children (then ages 5 and 8) asked about buying a camper.

Summertime ~ Outdoor Inspiration

ideas to make you swoon


The summer months are magical in any part of the world. Yet in some areas (like Upstate New York where I live) it is a very short magical experience. God's gift of a few short months of warm weather, lots of sunshine, and gardens in bloom.  I always look for simple yet impactful ideas for projects that I can take on that will make this quarter of my year functional and fun, but won't break the bank.

Brick & Mortar

the warmth and tradition of brick in modern day homes

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When you think flooring and backsplash you might not list brick as your first material of choice. However, brick is popping up more and more in today's contemporary homes and I'm loving it!

French Country Sitting Room

a cozy neutral space that's sure to soothe

Sometimes you just need one little spark to ignite your imagination - - - and that's just what happened with this sitting room space that I designed. I saw a gorgeous settee on Wayfair and I thought "Hmm...where could I put that? What could I pair it with?" That led to a full fledged online shopping adventure and new (FREE) vision board for my readers.

Nautical Kids Bath Makeover

Bringing cape cod inspiration to our urban farm home

Every summer my husband and I pack up the car and head to the Cape (Wellfleet to be precise). We've been going since we met and now our children get to enjoy the tradition that we started many years ago. The feeling of vacationing in the Cape is one of tranquility, reflection and good eats. We focus SO MUCH on the fresh seafood and summer cocktails. It's truly something I look forward to all year long. So I thought, why not bring the look and feel of the Cape right into our home? Who cares if we live in upstate NY in a farm-style home, let's do it! Plus - my kiddos loved the idea of feeling like they were at the beach :)

Bed Linens fit for a king (literally)

not all bedding is created equal 

Like most human beings, I look forward to a good night's rest after a long day. Over the years I have purchased several sheet sets with never giving much thought to my selection other than thread count. I was always told that the higher the number, the better the bedding - right?  WRONG!  There is a lot more that goes into the perfect bed sheet besides thread count.

Dollar Bin Desk {Target strikes again}

update your desk for just a few $$$

Heading into Target is typically dangerous territory for me. I enter with good intentions of saving money and getting the necessities, but usually leave with impulse buys galore! Luckily, most of the time these impulse purchases might cost just a few bucks as I really love to rummage through the dollar bins. Today I'm sharing some really cute office stationary with you that I found last week. These Target finds have brightened up my desk space and didn't break the bank.


Winter Refreshers

adding warmth to the winter home with simple decor 

After all of the holiday decorations are put away my home seems to feel bare and boring. So I take this opportunity each year to buy some new, yet inexpensive, pieces of decor that I can add around the home to breathe some new life into the new year. 


$60 Coffee Table Makeover

Sanding + Spray Paint + Stain = Whole new look

After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season I was ready to settle down and take on a good home project. You know how you have that list in the back of your head of all the little things you would do around your house if you had the time? Well I actually had some time at home over the holiday break (believe or not) and decided that it was the perfect time to tackle our worn out and dated coffee table.

Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

A Gluten-Free/Paleo Dessert

Looking for a delicious (and nutritious) dessert recipe? Look no further - these chocolate zucchini muffins are delectable! I've made LOTS of zucchini breads, muffins and cakes in my day. But I wanted to try something different this time and it needed to be gluten free for a family member. Plus, my husband and I have been trying to follow more of a Paleo-style diet because of the great results it has provided in the past. 
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