Hi there! I'm so excited to introduce Well Nested and ourselves to new friends. This adventure is something that took a huge leap of faith and a lot of convincing of myself. It's just getting started, but so far it's been a blast...a scary and dream-come-true blast. It's something I've only dreamed of and never really imagined becoming a reality. But we'll get to that. First things first...
I'm Lindsey and I own Well Nested gifts and decor. I was born a coal miner's daughter....literally. To top it off, my dad is also a pastor. So technically, I was born a coal mining preacher's daughter...ANYway, I don't know if you know many preacher's kids, but any I've ever met are the "class clowns", and I'm no exception to that. I don't have siblings, and I'm the only grandchild on my mother's side of the family. I had one option: entertain myself. My Mama always worked and took care of us. She's a "Jack of all trades" if you ask me. She's a wonderful designer and has worked for custom home builders and cabinet makers in what I considered a dream job. Occasionally, she'd let me "pick" for new construction. "Picking" was choosing everything that stayed with the house: cabinetry, tile, countertops, lighting, paint, siding, shutters, carpet, cabinet hardware, etc. The fun stuff. I honestly think that ignited a little flame inside of me. My parents built several homes through the years which resulted in a lot of time spent in hardware stores. I hated these stores as a kid, but these days I enjoy spending free time leisurely strolling the aisles of certain home improvement stores. I. Love. It.
Mama instilled a love in me for making "home" mine. For taking a blank space and making it something beautiful. It's one of my passions, along with music. I grew up singing in church and eventually in school. Dad tried to teach me softball but I was an utter failure...I'm no athlete. Literally do not ask me to catch something. It will not happen. Anyway, I love to decorate. And redecorate. And re-redecorate. It's my jam.
I met my wonderful hubby Josh eight years ago and we've been married for almost six of those. We have a four legged baby we lovingly named "Hitch" because he was a wedding gift. Josh is good at so many things, but if there's one thing he hates it's a home improvement project. I mean, he LOATHES HGTV, DIY, or anything resembling a remodel. Opposites attract, for sure. Because if I could shiplap every wall and ceiling in my house, I totally would. That's not a "trend" that I'll tire of, because we live in a "farmhouse". More on that in a later post. Anyway, Josh tells me all the time "No matter how hard you try, you aren't going to turn me into Chip Gaines." He works, takes care of me, fishes, and keeps our place and stuff maintained, though. He also keeps this whole venture on track. Because I'm a dreamer and a do'er and he's a "Wait a minute, let's talk about/plan/save for this'er." Thank God. He keeps me grounded and he keeps Well Nested going. And he wraps, packs, and ships with care, so we keep him.
I'm a shopper. And there's nothing I love to shop for more than pretty things for my home. But that's not why I started this business. Have you ever felt like you were made for more? Or at the end of the day, you feel like you are unfulfilled? I felt God's calling that I was made for more. That He had given me certain passions and I wasn't living those out. I've poured my heart out to my husband and family about feeling like I was "made for more". I've had long conversations with coworkers about similar dreams. So I started seeking and praying and Well Nested gifts and decor was created. The name was chosen because for some reason, I kept thinking of a nest, and seeing that over and over in my mind. My home is my nest. And when I looked up the actual definition of "nest", I found that a nest is a "snug retreat or refuge; resting place; home." I don't think that it's ironic that when I was thinking of a verse that outlines God's plan for this business, I read Psalm 91:4- "He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and comfort." Wow. And just like that, we had a name. I believe every home should be Well Nested.
My vision for Well Nested is not simply making sales. I hope that we make new friends. I hope we gain family and build relationships with those in our community and beyond. I pray that Well Nested becomes a way for us to serve and that we have opportunities to give back and to pray for our Well Nested community. I hope to have more time for service projects and more time spent on and with my family. I hope we are given opportunities to work with local artists and makers, and with products that allow us to help others. I have big dreams for where this could lead. And I do hope that you will join the journey and become our new friends! I can't wait to get to know you!
As we get kicked off on a grand adventure, I'd like to give special thanks to Josh for supporting my dreams and for being in this with me even though "home decor and shopping isn't fishing". To Dad and Mom for everything. To Mom, Nanny, and ML for always inspiring me with your own beautiful homes. To my family and friends for their support and encouragement. To Brittany for inspiring me to stop wishing and start doing. To Vickie, Suzan, and Shelby for making me believe in this possibility and for pushing me. To Pamela for sending me in the right direction at the very beginning. To Jennie for your help in bringing my vision to life. And Brianna for taking care of business.