The Gardenia Nest

Dedicated to all things home…

…Welcome to my nest

Decor, Organizing, DIY projects, gardening, renovations, etc.

Recipes of my own, those passed down to me from family members, and others that I have discovered here and there.

Things I’ve learned, experiences I’ve had, motherhood, and various other ideas.

“A house is made of brick and mortar, but home is made by the people who live there.”

M.K. Soni


I am a wife and a mom to two amazing kids who teach me more about the world each and every day. I consider myself to be a homemaker at heart, but it took me a while to figure that out. I initially didn’t have much of a choice but to stay at home caring for my infant and three year old toddler. On my journey (which included a lot of reaching out for help, self-improvement, and trial-and-error), I learned so much about myself, and I was finally able to discover who I am and what brings me joy. I’ve come to realize that there is nowhere else in the world that I’d rather be than here at home. I found my empowerment in being a stay-at-home mom. My motivation and creativity flourished. I absolutely love being inspired to create my home as I see it in my mind. My to-do lists include endless DIY projects. While I am no pro, I have learned a lot of tricks along the way that I am more than happy to share with you. Did I mention that I also have an absolute love of food? Yep, I believe it is our connection to one another, and I am always looking for new recipes to try. As you get to know me, I hope that I can inspire one of you–or at least teach you a few of the things that I’ve learned along the way. Welcome to my nest!