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Build me a nest

November 8, 2010

As if my desire to sit all day in European cafe didn’t give it away, nesting mode has kicked in hardcore. Not Nest, like the wine bar, but nesting, the urge to hunker down and prepare for a long, cozy winter.

Just pretend I’m her:

But with better home decor, please.

Rachel wrote a great post about the urge to nest that perfectly sums up what I’ve been feeling recently. Jess, Emily and I were having this conversation over the weekend, too. As we edge closer to 25, we want to buy a sofa, invest in a stack of cute dishes and experience our own version of Young House Love.

Or Young Apartment Love, whatever. 😉

Every time I step into HomeGoods and World Market, I’m guaranteed to walk away with at least a couple of fairly-unnecessary items. When did I become the girl who lusts after a set of red and white Christmas plates? When did I start wanting a French-themed utensil crock? When did colorful aprons and a fancy KitchenAid mixer go from ‘like to have’ to ‘must have ASAP’?

When did I go from a 24-year-old girl — yes, I still call myself a girl — to a 64-year-old woman?!


On a related note, a friend recently turned me on to the website Bookshelf Porn. Don’t worry, nothing NSFW here, folks. If you’re looking for anything dirty, just move right along. Calling itself ‘porn for book lovers,’ (um, hello!), the site features amazing book collections from around the world.

Karl Lagerfeld, anyone?

I’m not sure what it is about the past year that’s set off such a strong nesting instinct. Maybe it’s finally living in the same place after years of bouncing around from my parents’ houses, hostels, miniscule Korean apartments and college dorms.

Maybe it’s the sense of being settled with a full-time job and ‘real’ life.

Maybe it’s having disposable income for the first time that encourages me to splurge on that totally unnecessary but oh-so-cute set of macchiato spoons.

It seems like more of my friends are feeling this way, too. We spend hours talking about dinners we’ve cooked, debating paint colors, planning dream weddings and swapping home furnishing tips. While many 24-year-olds are already considering marriage — groups seem be split among sets where everyone is ready for marriage and cliques where no one is — we’re all happy to make little lives for ourselves right here and right now, with or without a mate.

Especially when those lives include hot cookies baked on newly-acquired baking sheets, shaped with newly-bought cookie cutters and flavored with ingredients from an always-stocked pantry. 😉

But… now that I’ve diagnosed the addiction (housewares), I need to avoid the enablers (HomeGoods, Marshalls, pretty much anywhere that sells cute furnishings at a discount).

Have you experienced the nesting instinct? How did you deal with it?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 8, 2010 7:46 pm

    I just like sitting on comfy places! No cute dishes yet… but I suppose that is soon to come…

  2. November 9, 2010 9:48 am

    So spot on. I want a place I can call my own to decorate how I want and to cook what I want when I want. For now, I will just use the BF’s place and let him have all the cool kitchen supplies.

  3. November 9, 2010 1:50 pm

    Thanks for the bookshelf porn link!

  4. Danielle J permalink
    November 9, 2010 2:31 pm

    I am 100% with you on the nesting. Must be a 20-somethings settling down a bit thing

  5. November 9, 2010 6:14 pm

    I’m with you and everyone else. I hit 24 and stopped moving around and now all I want to do is build a little happy nest for myself. 😉

  6. November 9, 2010 6:53 pm

    I experienced it after moving into my first more permanent home. I wanted to make it my own. Now, I just experience the traditional “nesting” of prepping for a baby’s arrival. I bet it will hit real soon since I only have about 2 months left.

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