apple Our Fifth House: April 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

Playing a Little Game at Hi Sugarplum!

I am sure you already know and love Cassie from Hi Sugarplum!  She has amazing style (design and fashion), perfect hair, throws the best parties, and diy's the most amazing projects.  If that wasn't enough to make you kind of hate her; she's also one of the sweetest and funniest bloggers in all of blogland.  Yep, if we were seniors in high school I'd totally nominate her for the "best all around" category.  

So obviously when she asked me to guest post while she's on vacay with her hubs I leaped at the chance.  It's like being asked to sit at the cool kids lunch table!  I'm over there playing a fun little game that includes a little of this.......

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and this.



It's no surprise all of my answers to this fun little game she asked me to play are all television related.  I'm just slightly obsessed.  ;)  Head on over to Hi Sugarplum! to see who I would (hypothetically-in-a-dream-world, if the television characters they play were who they are in real life) marry, make-out and muzzle.  I wonder if you can guess my answers?

And don't forget the start of Derby Week over at The 2 Seasons!



Friday, April 27, 2012

The 2012 Summer List

Ummm.....summer starts in 4 weeks over here!  Ca-ray-zay!  While I was sprucing up the deck, I cleaned up the potting bench too.  When the kids got home from school I had them help me make our 2012 summer list.  Last year was the first year we made a summer list, and the kids loved it so much I thought it would be a fun tradition to continue.  Plus, it gives me some direction and ideas of what I can do to keep them busy, entertained, and not driving me crazy for the next 3 months.  ;)  Yes, it's a win - win!

potting bench

diy potting bench

Any guesses who added "sit and relax" to the list?   Ha!  I seriously doubt that will get checked off; what do you think?  I also added "build a fairy garden", and the kids were on board.  I think it will be a really fun project for us to do together.  I've started pinning some ideas and can't wait to get started.

summer list

I found these little metal pots at Marshalls for $2.99 each.

potting bench

I'm just slightly obsessed with them.

metal flower pots

I am so glad I pulled this old work bench out of the garage last summer.  It works so well as a potting bench and really brightens up our patio area.  It also doubles as a buffet for entertaining outdoors.

For all the deets on how I repurposed some old cabinet doors to create these chalkboard shutters check here.

summer list

They really are the perfect spot for our summer list, and I'm looking forward to crossing things off one by one.

summer list of activities

Have you made a summer list?

potting bench


Here's a recap of what we managed to cross off this list and you can check out all the other lists we've made in the past!

potting bench for all seasons
Have a great weekend!  Next week I'll be participating in Derby Week over at The 2 Seasons.  It's going to be all kinds of horse-lovin'-Kentucky-goodness, and I'm thrilled they asked me to participate!





Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Signature Color

You remember Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias right?  How could anyone forget that movie.  It's one of my all time favorites.  One thing I will never forget is when Shelby, played by Julia, says that pink is her signature color.

If you've been around Our Fifth House for any amount of time I think it's a pretty safe bet that you already know what my signature color is - RED!  I love it - yesterday (I wore red to my Jr. prom and my first car was red), today (my entry foyer





and family room



are both painted red), and tomorrow (it's an obsession that will never end I'm sure - shoes, hand bags, bracelets - you can never have enough red in your life I say).

So color me surprised when I started flipping through the May issue of House Beautiful.......


and found this little blurb from one of my all time favorite designers - Barclay Butera.


ACK!  I literally screamed!  My hub was not amused.  ;)  That color - Hunting Coat Red by Ralph Lauren - is the very. first. color. I ever painted in my diy -house fix in' up-life!  Back in the olden days, when Home Depot used to carry RL paint, my mom came to visit us (we lived in Virginia at the time - that was our 3rd house) and she helped me paint my dining and living room this color red.  I never before then had ever picked up a paint roller and painted anything myself!

Fast forward to now and when we toured this house before we bought it, the entry foyer and family room were already painted red.  Although the color the previous owners used, Porter Paints Apple, is no longer carried.  This Porter color is pretty much an exact match to the RL color, and when I walked in to the home for the very first time I felt like it was fate - like this home was already draped in my signature color just waiting for me to move in and make her mine.  ;)   I know I sound crazy - just go with it - that's what my hub does.  Anyhow, we did have the paint refreshed by our painter friend (I do paint - just not in vaulted rooms) and he matched this red in a Perspectives paint (which is a local paint shop here in Lexington that the pros swear by).

It really is the very best red - if you don't trust me - take Barclay Butera's word for it - his word is way better than mine.  See for yourself how amazing he is if you don't already know.

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I can't even tell you how thrilling it was for me to see Barclay Butera recommending my favorite paint color!  Yes, I'm a nerd and things like this make me scream.

What's your signature color?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Color My World Challenge - Fabric

I'm back today with the fabric challenge.
I kind of cheated.  I didn't sew anything, upholster anything, no-sew anything, hot glue anything - nope I didn't use fabric in any of the traditional ways.  Like I said, I sort of kind of cheated.  I did use some grey fabric though.

My boy came home last week with these in his school folder.


He made them in art class, and I fell madly in love with them.

So off to the fabric store I went to look for some complimenting fabric at an affordable price.  I found a scrap in the back of the store, and it just so happened to be the right color for this challenge - grey!


I used it to wrap the mat in the frame (Target).



I added some brass thumb tacks around the opening. 


Then I borrowed an idea from my girl Courtney and added a gold detail to the frames with a little rub 'n buff. 


Courtney's method calls for spray painting painter's tape, but the weather wasn't great for spray painting.  I tried using the rub 'n buff on the tape but it wasn't working too well; so instead I taped off the sections I wanted to be gold and just rubbed directly on to the frames.  It didn't take long at all, and I really like the tarnished brass look I ended up with in the end.  Sometimes you gotta just roll with the punches in a middle of a diy project ya know?! 

All in all, a blank boring spot at the top of my staircase went from this......


to this. 


It makes my son so proud to see his artwork framed for everyone to see, and I LOVE having original pieces in my home.  ;)  





This challenge really helped me to get quite a bit accomplished in my entry foyer, and I'm really grateful for the motivation!  To see the other ways I challenged myself to add some grey in my entry foyer check here and here.  

Be sure to check out how all the other bloggers in the Color My World Challenge used their color in fabric!

Carmel - Our 5th House
Shelley - Crazy Wonderful
Tiffany - Living Savvy
Vashti & Jamie - Like me Some...


 Oh and don't forget about the link party next week!  Challenge yourself to try a new color in your home!




*Linking up Savvy Southern Style, Home Stories A to Z, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Monday, April 23, 2012

Flip Flop Hooray - Our Outdoor Living Room

Happy Monday peeps!  I hope you had a great weekend.  My dad, who lives in California, flew in Saturday afternoon and will be staying with us for almost 2 weeks!  I love having him here with us.  I only get to see him a few times a year, so I absolutely treasure the time I get to spend with him.  That being said, I didn't get those dang sliding doors painted as I had planned!  That February list is going to be the literal end of me people!  I had good intentions, but Friday the weather was so great I just had to spend it outside.  I can't paint them on a cold or rainy day because I need to leave them cracked open to dry.  Wouldn't you just know it rained and was too cold on Saturday and Sunday.  So here we are on Monday morning and they still. aren't. painted.  Oh well.  It will happen.......eventually.



Right outside these sliding doors is my deck that looked like this on the 4th of July last year.


I made a little furniture flip flop with my patio underneath.


This was taken last fall - if the pumpkins don't give it away.  ;)   Anyhow, I've decided to use the deck as an outdoor living room and make the patio the dining area.  I'm still not done with the patio set up, but the deck is done for now.  Our future plan is to replace this old wood deck, put a roof over it, and screen it in, but until we've collected the dough to make that dream happen.......here's how were rollin'.


I really love having this set up as an extension of our family room right inside.  It's so much better for entertaining too.


It feels more inviting.......like it's calling me out to grab a glass of wine and a good book.  What does it say to you?  ;) 


Right inside this sliding door you see in the above photo is our kitchen which is why I wanted to keep the grill up here on the deck.  

I reused everything I already had.  Besides a few plants and lanterns, the only thing I purchased this year was an outdoor rug from Target, which I love! 


It's amazing how this rug made the whole space feel more like a room.  It makes the seating area feel so comfy.  

A few of the terra cotta pots I painted last year........


were looking a little weathered; but I liked the scruffy look so I didn't bother repainting them. 


I also picked up this little outdoor side table this year at Marshalls.


It's the perfect spot to set up the iPod.  


This is now my new favorite spot.........even if I do need a new basketball goal.  ;) 


Little things like this Pier 1 lantern (they have the best affordable lanterns in my opinion)  and the beautiful blooms on this tree make me ridiculously happy. 



I'm also slightly obsessed with this blueish purple flower.  Anyone know what this girls name is? 


And who's surprised to see red flowers out here?  No one.  


Mandevilla is one of my favorite climbers.  It does very well in hot, humid climates, and it will hopefully climb the lattice nicely.  I'll take an end of summer picture to show you how my red climbers do- that is if I can remember to water them.  

I'm so ready to sit back, relax, and smell the flowers........


right after I get those sliding doors painted!   

What did you do this weekend?  

P.S. The galvanized clock and thermometer came from Lowes.  ( I bought them with a store credit, so they don't really count as new purchases - right?)  And for those that are new here, the outdoor wicker chairs and coffee table are from Target.  I bought them almost 2 years ago on clearance at the end of the season.  





*Linking up at The Nester's Plant Party
 
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