Guest Blog: Feathering Your Nest, Literally

As I am presently in northern Kentucky visiting with my parents-in-law, it is my pleasure to introduce my special guest blogger today:  Jamie Justice Yost.   She reads my blog religiously and takes it very seriously.   And literally.   If parody is the sincerest form of flattery, I’ve got it made.  Read on for Jamie’s unique take on decorating:

Jamie’s Guide to Decorating a la Kristie Barnett

Feathering Your Nest:  Literally

Kristie often runs blogs under the heading “Feathering Your Nest.”  I’ve decided to take it literally. I recently took to a bedding store with a ski mask, a garbage bag, and a large pair of scissors. Using moves only known in circles of ninjas, I collected enough down from various pillows that I have more than enough to completely coat the inside of my bathtub in feathers. It’s a nice surprise for my overnight guests and it offers a nice, fluffy respite from a hard day’s work.

Unfortunately, my “baths by candlelight” have become a bit of a fire hazard, as I found out after settling in for an evening of bubbles, pinot noir, and the entire collected works of Kathy Ireland.  Another “tip from experience” I can give is to aim for feathers from non-water-habitable fowls, as I found the water slid right off the duck feathers and
straight into my bidet.

Inspiring Design: Lady GaGa Style

Anyone can go to House Beautiful or Better Homes & Gardens and get ideas for decorating, but I prefer to get my inspiration from less-than-traditional sources. Lady GaGa is a veritable wealth of easy-to-implement ideas for the home. For instance, I used this picture to inspire the design of my kitchen. I simply took balloons leftover from my niece’s birthday party and adhered them to the walls to create a style I like to call “Gaga-Ism.”

I’ve found that the balloons add a layer of texture to the walls that is refined yet unpredictable. It is also a bit playful, as the combined effect makes my kitchen look like a midway game from the county fair. The only drawback to this technique is that I’ve had to stop my practice of preparing pineapples by randomly throwing knives at it
until the skin falls off.  Regardless, that is why Kroger invented pre-cut pineapples and I now sing along with “Alejandro” with a smile on my face and a smirk in my heart.

Other sources of inspiration are Prince, Elton John, and Tanya Tucker (the early years.)  I bet you’re not laughing at my fringed lamps and bedazzled mantle now, are you?

Seasonal Styling: Decorations with Motors

Who says inflatable Christmas decorations only have to sit in your yard and slowly deflate throughout the day during the months of October – February? I simply stole my neighbor’s wobbling snowman and blew it up in my living room. It makes a comfy place to kick back at the end of the day and watch some TV and it keeps out annoying door-to-door salesmen.  After it deflates, just spray it with some cooking spray and use it as a slip-n-slide, upstairs hallway style. Who says decorations can’t be multi-functional?

While I’m on the idea of yard decorations, I’m sure some of you have seen the infamous “Easter Egg Trees” dotting trailer parks near you.  After someone stole all of the eggs out of my tree (who steals holiday decorations?) I came up with an easy solution.  I dyed my cats green and hung Easter eggs off of their ears and tails. Now my version of these trees not only moves, but it’s much more huggable. Suck on that, Easter egg thieves.

Object of Desire: Toilet Coffee Mug

I found this amazing mug while perusing the Harriet Carter catalog and simply had to have it.  Now I’m sipping my morning cup of joe in style and no one can pretend to not know this is MY coffee cup. I’m now also working on a line of toilets that are shaped like coffee mugs for my new line to be featured soon at an IKEA near you! For your very own masterpiece de caffeine, visit


Party Proposals:  White Trash Bash

Oh, the wealth of theme party ideas I have gleaned from this blog!  Just last year I hosted my very own “White Trash Bash 2009.”  I created a Redneck Fondue station by using a bird bath as a ranch dressing fountain complete with carrots, celery, and beef jerky to be dipped into the nectar of the rednecks.

 I also used a Twister mat as a tablecloth, decorated with purloined (that means stolen) plastic flamingoes, and I finally got to use the tires in my yard as extra seating for my guests. Party attendees were given their own brown bags to decorate and subsequently use as drink holders, which is a cheap and easy arts-n-crafts project that can double as a party favor.  Jeff Foxworthy literature was given as the award for best costume, which really wasn’t a contest since I quite obviously won.




Collective Soul: Turn of the Century Feather Dusters


Keeping Kristie’s love of vignettes in mind, I wanted to create a special place in my home for my collection of antique cleaning utensils. Keeping them in the closet seemed silly, so I decided to bring them out for the enjoyment of others.

I was able to create a comforter for my guest room out of the feather dusters, and I used several sponges I gleaned from the Salvation Army dumpster to create absorbent, yet stylish, flooring in my bathroom. Now when the water splashes off my duck-feathered bathtub, clean-up is a breeze!

I hope that you can take some of these hints and implement them into your own home.  If you would like to contact me directly concerning any decorating problems you may be experiencing in your soon-to-be-stylish abode, feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] Thanks for reading!

Thank you, Jamie.  You TOTALLY made my day.  🙂 KB

Photo Credits:  Sugar Mountain Farm, The Style PA, Sexy Fashion Pictures, Music MSN, Bradley Edu, Blog CDN, Harriet Carter, Hosting with the Most Zing, Patented Antiques, Joan Harvest.
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Dianne Tant
Dianne Tant
12 years ago

too funny and wierd! like this Jamie girl

Natalie A.
Natalie A.
12 years ago

Good to read some fun Jamie musings again. I miss the old Facebook daily doses! Have a great trip, Kristie!

12 years ago

Reminds me of the published parodies of Martha Stewart. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, you know. Kristie, I believe you have arrived.

12 years ago

It’s nice to have something to laugh about in this impossible summer heat. Good going, kiddo! I guess we’ll keep you! Mom

12 years ago

I like this guest blog almost as much as I like Unhappy Hipsters blog! too funny!!

Clothes Stand
Clothes Stand
12 years ago

Found this site on StumbleUpon, and I just wanted to say thanks for the info!

Walter Jeffries
9 years ago

Glad you enjoyed my photo of our chicken feathers. I would appreciate it if you could make a clickable photo credit linking to my web site under the photo:
©Walter Jeffries


-Walter Jeffries
Sugar Mountain Farm
Pastured Pigs in Vermont

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