apple Our Fifth House

Friday, April 17, 2015

high five it's friday

TGIF!  I'm sooooo ready for the weekend!  There are so many random things on my mind today so let's just jump right in okay?! 

1.  These leopard wannabe birkenstocks gave me high school flashbacks, so I just had to grab a pair for myself and my little girlfriend.  It's nice to have small feet sometimes.  These girls sandals are sold up to a size 6, and it's buy one pair get one 50% off right now!  Yippee! 

2.  Whatever you do this weekend, DO NOT FORGET Lilly for Target hits stores this Sunday, April 19th!   It's going to be good y'all! 

3.  Somebody recently asked me if I thought I would always use red in my decor, which got me to thinking.  Will I always have red walls?  I don't know?  Maybe?  I can't say if I'll always want to use such heavy doses of that color, but I do think I'll always love the color red.  For me red isn't just a's an attitude.  And I really do think that some colors are just a part of your soul.  #deepthoughts 

4.  If you've never made yourself a large plate of apple nachos you are totally missing out!

I use sunbutter and mini Enjoy Life chocolate chips with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and it's total taste perfection!  YUM!

5.  Last but not least, today is the last day to submit your project for a makeover from Lowe's.  You're definitely not going to want to miss out on that action, so be sure to check out the details to see you qualify to send in the submission form. 

Happy Weekend friends! 

*affiliate links used

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

spring refresh with Lowe's (and me!)

As many of you who follow me on instagram know this past winter was especially hard on this Southern California transplant to Kentucky.  It came in like a lamb, all pretty and beautiful as most first snows always are.............

the view from our screened porch 

but it definitely over stayed it's welcome.  

For all the winter complaining I did I had no idea that this past winter was one of the harshest on record?!  My complaining feels quite validated, even if my city didn't make the top ten list.  Winter weather was hardest on the following cities named by the Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index as the "10 Bleakest Cities of 2015".  Lexington, KY must be number 11.  ;) 

1. Boston, MA 
2. Buffalo, NY 
3. Detroit, MI
4. Louisville, KY 
5. Hartford, CT
6. Nashville, TN
7. Newark, NJ
8. New York City, NY
9. Portland, ME
10. Providence, RI

If you live in (or a suburb of ) one of these cities I've got some great news for you today!  After you and (your home) weathered one of the toughest winters on record, Lowe's thinks someone in your hometown deserves a little sunshine in the form of a refreshed, madeover space in your home!   

With spring finally in the air, Lowe's wants to inspire and help consumers in the "10 Bleakest Cities of 2015" discover creative solutions to spruce up and improve their homes and communities with a quick makeover. 

And they've teamed up with 11 bloggers (including me!) to make these spring makeovers happen!  

SO, do you live in (or a suburb of) one of the "10 Bleakest Cities of 2015"?  Do you have a space in your home in need of a little refresh?  Have you been putting off a home project waiting for warmer weather?  Are looking to give your home a little curb appeal this spring?  Is there a backyard project you'd love some help completing?  Lowe's and I (and the team of bloggers and Lowe's volunteers) would love to help!   

To be considered for a spring makeover compliments of Lowe's you can fill out the submission form with the details of your space by clicking right here!

You have until Friday, April 17th, to submit your home project.  Selected projects will be easy refresh projects that can be completed in 24 hours such as landscaping, outdoor rooms, painting, and simple interior updates.  

This is going to be so fun!  I love a good makeover and partnering with Lowe's is pretty dreamy, not to mention all the other amazingly talented bloggers!  Y'all are going to want to get in on this action! 

Looking for some ideas to get you started?  Check out Lowe's Creative Ideas

window boxes

And now for the legal mumbo jumbo: 
If you submit a project, you will be asked to:
*Include image examples from Lowe’s or other sources for visualize references.
*Clearly communicate eligibility criteria
*Be looking to fix up a space within their residence (that could be completed within 24 hours over a two day period.)
*Be outgoing, energetic, and fun with unique stories to tell.
*Be comfortable being on camera and/or interviewed by local media
*Be in need of expert design help from one participating blogger.
*Be able to make quick decisions in order to keep tight timelines.
*Be available for a 2 day period to complete the makeover (between April 20-May 22).
*Allow photos of your home to be shared online
*Complete the online application form and agree to the terms.

*You must live in one of the “10 Bleakest Cities of 2015″ listed in this post and be the owner of your home.  You must be 21 years of age or older to apply.
Submissions will be reviewed and chosen by the Lowe's panel and only eligible participants will be contacted. 
Don't forget to fill out the submission form! 
*This post is sponsored by Lowe's Home Improvement.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

vignette styling ideas

I love styling and re-styling a vignette.  I live for the details in design, and I love how a freshly restyled vignette can give your room a whole new lease on life.  I'm certainly no decorating expert but since I just recently created a new spring moment on the dresser-turned-console-table in our living room I thought I'd share a few simple styling ideas with you all in hopes that maybe you might find a little takeaway here to apply in your own home!  

So first off it's all fair in love and decorating so you can totally use a dresser, a bookshelf or whatever your heart desires as a console table.  You can even get super inventive by stacking up old suitcases or grab two night stands and have a long board cut to fit over the top.  The sky's the limit.  I personally love me a furniture workhorse, so I'm a big time fan of using anything that marries form with concealed storage! 

vignette styling ideas - dresser turned console table

Second, if your statement piece i.e. your art piece or mirror or whatever your hanging over your console table isn't quite large enough put a frame on it.......or in this case put a frame around it.  Little art  + big open back frame + fabric nailed to the wall = big bang for the buck statement piece.  

Third, there's more than one way to update an old piece of furniture.  While paint is definitely one way to go, you can also give your vintage pieces a fresh update with modern lamps or a table runner.  I tend to gravitate towards a collected look so I dig the traditional modern mix here.  And since this dresser is a family heirloom that we have no intention of ever painting it's nice to give it a fresh look with zero commitment.  

Fourth, when in doubt go with a collection.  If you're unsure what to put in the middle of your console table don't over think it too much and just stick to a collection of some kind.  Whether it's a collection of stacked design books or a vintage collection of green glass jars or what I like to call an "indoor garden" which is basically a group of plants, you really can't go wrong.  Just vary the heights to keep things from looking too stiff.  And don't overlook your bowls which can easily double as sweet little planters. 

vignette styling ideas - bowls as planters

Fifth, it's not about perfection.  Styling a vignette is about you creating a moment in your home that makes you smile.  Decorating is supposed to be fun!  It's an opportunity to let your home reflect your personality.  The only decorating rule you should ever worry about following is: Decorate with what makes you happy! 

Do you love styling a vignette as much as I do?  This time of year especially it's just so nice to give your home a breath of fresh air! 

Blog Design by: Designer Blogs